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Biden is pressuring states to drop bans on mask mandates. Will it work?

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Feds open civil rights investigations into 5 states that have limited school mask mandates

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How would you spend $500 million? Memphis school district wants to know

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Biden pushes back as governors, including in Tennessee, try to block school mask mandates

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What does $6 billion in COVID relief buy in Michigan schools?

Michigan districts are investing heavily in summer school to accelerate learning. They are hiring reading, math, and behavioral specialists (and a few drones) as students transition back to classrooms. 

As schools hire teachers and counselors, a funding cliff looms

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A Bronx principal turned congressman unveils Green New Deal for nation’s schools

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‘Urgent as it ever has been’: Biden pick says she’ll rebuild civil rights office at critical time

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De Blasio keeps mask rules for NYC schools despite CDC changes

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Behind the scenes, civil rights groups urge Biden administration to place limits on school police

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Cardona: I trust teachers to handle history ‘we’re not proud of’

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‘Be very careful’: Cardona expresses concerns about virtual learning next fall

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$100 million and many open questions: Here’s how Biden is approaching school integration

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Biden ed department: Federal law protects LGBTQ students against discrimination at school

Title I, but not: What we know about Joe Biden’s plan to fix school funding

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How Biden grants and parent concerns of ‘indoctrination’ spurred Tennessee Republicans to limit how race and racism are taught

The COVID-19 outbreak is changing our daily reality

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Biden’s free community college plan would present big opportunities, new challenges for Colorado

‘I expect it.’ Cardona says every school needs in-person instruction this fall

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I’m a Chicago principal. This round of state testing won’t tell me anything that matters.

The pandemic has offered its own lessons about what makes a good school, a good teacher, and a good student.

Joe Biden wants to fix America’s school funding gaps. It won’t be easy.

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4 ways Biden’s American Families Plan would matter for schools and children

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NYC schools used first coronavirus relief package to cover custodial expenses, documents reveal

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As Biden eyes infrastructure, recent research suggests students’ environments affect academic success

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Cardona: Schools need to rebuild trust with students and families of color as reopening continues

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Biden proposes doubling Title I, sending even more money to high-poverty schools

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NYC schools to get billions of new dollars under state budget deal

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In Philadelphia, education secretary says schools can open safely

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‘Like I’m drowning:’ Five stories from the student debt crisis

The collective $1.6 trillion owed by 44 million American borrowers spans every age group.

Biden admin says no to states hoping to cancel testing

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Philadelphia will use federal relief money on building repair, academic recovery, and dealing with trauma 

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The federal government finally has data on schooling during COVID. Here are 3 key takeaways.

Facing competing pressures, CDC weighs relaxing 6 feet rule in schools