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Patrick Wall

Senior National Reporter

Patrick Wall is a Senior National Reporter for Chalkbeat. He was previously interim bureau chief and a reporter for Chalkbeat New York. Patrick started his career as a fourth-grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools before earning a master’s degree in journalism from CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. He’s been published in The Atlantic, Mother Jones, and DNAinfo, among other publications. He was a Spencer Education-Reporting Fellow at Columbia University and won a national beat reporting award from the Education Writers Association.

Multiple Republican-led states have created or expanded private school choice this year.
Democrats are starting to push back against Republicans’ “parents’ rights” message, but it’s unclear whether the counterattack will work or last.
Board members acknowledged the larger issue would likely be settled by the Supreme Court, with implications for the separation of church and state.
The proposal would not allow K-12 schools to establish across-the-board bans.
Guns have been brandished or fired on school grounds more than 230 times this academic year. Can schools enhance security without turning campuses into fortresses?
The bills would make it easier for schools to remove disruptive students.
Train paraprofessionals and parents, carve out class time, and be wary of virtual programs.
Less than 10% of students received any tutoring this fall in several large districts, according to an AP/Chalkbeat survey. In others, it was less than 1%.
Many students moved or started homeschooling during the pandemic, but others might not have gone to school.
The debate over whether to ease up on academic expectations or double down is flaring up across the country.
Spending accelerated this fall as planned projects started in U.S. school districts.
Republicans, who will soon have control of the House of Representatives but not the Senate, may not be willing to pay for more mental health services.
Several big school districts had fewer psychologists or counselors this fall than they did before the pandemic.
Education has featured prominently in Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin, three battleground states with tight races for governor.
Monday could mark the beginning of the end for affirmative action in higher education. The cases could also portend changes to K-12 schools.
More than 80% of LGBTQ students say they faced harassment or assault.
Far fewer schools are providing students with home internet assistance this year compared with earlier in the pandemic, according to new federal data.
As signals of inclusivity fade or vanish, it is often students of color and LGBTQ young people who feel the effects most acutely.
A growing movement is working to reduce gun violence where students most often experience it.
Many schools are working to plug vacancies, boost student attendance, and address student mental health and academic needs this fall.
Republican-led states oppose efforts to extend federal protections to trans students.
As Alabama imposes sweeping new restrictions on transgender youth, a support group offers space for community.
The full reach of the new laws won’t be known until fall. Already, many LGBTQ students feel under siege.
Newark previously asked for dozens of schools, but the state only built eight.
Police say they searched schools for explosives, but superintendent denies bomb threat.
Moves run counter to Newark’s goal of having more men of color as school leaders.