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Miguel Cardona was confirmed Monday as the next U.S. secretary of education on a 64 to 33 Senate vote. President Joe Biden’s nomination of Cardona, who most recently served as Connecticut’s commissioner of education, was seen as a popular choice that appealed to both teachers’ unions and education reform circles.  Cardona, 45, will take the helm
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The U.S. Department of Education announced Monday that schools will still be required to administer standardized tests for the 2020-2021 school year despite months of upheaval in which many students failed to step foot inside a school building. The decision was made without the leadership of Miguel Cardona, President Joe Biden’s nominee for education secretary,
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Children’s books have come a long way in terms of representing the diversity of the human experience, but we still have a ways to go. Plus-size kids in particular do not often see themselves represented in their literature. “Unfortunately, finding plus-size characters who are kind, genuine, adventurous, brave, clever, or all of the above in
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This story about school discipline was produced as part of an ongoing series on school discipline during the pandemic, reported by HuffPost and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Sign up for the Hechinger newsletter here. One Thursday this fall, a middle schooler in Florida’s Brevard Public Schools received an in-school suspension.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Enrollment in Roman Catholic schools in the United States dropped 6.4% from the previous academic year amid the pandemic and economic stresses — the largest single-year decline in at least five decades, Catholic education officials reported Monday. Among the factors were the closure or consolidation of more than 200 schools and
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Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy/Getty Images Mister Rogers famously told children to “look for the helpers” ― the people in this world who work to assist others and spread goodness, even (or especially) in challenging times. But you don’t have to be a grown-up to be a helper. Kids can play this role too.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday dropped its discrimination lawsuit against Yale University that had alleged the university was illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants. The Justice Department noted in its filing that it was voluntarily dismissing the action, filed in October under the Trump administration. A judge must still sign
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NORTH OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Parents who sought to opt out their children from learning Black History Month curriculum at a charter school in northern Utah have withdrawn their requests. Maria Montessori Academy in North Ogden experienced a public backlash after announcing plans to make participation optional, the Standard-Examiner reported Saturday. “We regret that after
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Chalisa Thammapatanakul /EyeEm via Getty ImagesIt can be hard for young people to distinguish between ads and entertainment.  Advertising is a multibillion-dollar industry, so it’s not surprising that it has a powerful influence on consumers’ habits and choices. This applies to both the youngest consumers and their parents. Research has highlighted the effect of advertising
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In the future, students might dismiss stories about weather-related school closures as folklore. The COVID-19 pandemic compelled us to experiment with edtech, but it’s still unclear whether attending school virtually with a laptop at the kitchen table offers the same benefits as being in a classroom. One recent study found that only 27% of schools
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California is pursuing a legal challenge against the Trump administration’s controversial new student visa policy, which will force foreigners studying in the U.S. to leave the country or switch schools if they attend a university doing online-only instruction this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.  California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he’s filing a lawsuit
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This story about rural education was produced as part of the series Critical Condition: The Students the Pandemic Hit Hardest, reported by HuffPost and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Terri Johnson willed her body not to show signs of impatience. She had been sitting in the parking
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Indian online learning platform Unacademy said on Tuesday it has acquired Chandigarh-based startup PrepLadder for $50 million as the Facebook-backed edtech giant scouts for deals to expand its presence in the country. PrepLadder, which employs about 150 people, offers courses aimed at medical students. The two-year-old startup, which never raised any capital from external investors, has
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This story about children of incarcerated parents was produced as part of the series Critical Condition: The Students the Pandemic Hit Hardest, reported by HuffPost and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. This winter, before the pandemic changed everything, Brittany Jefferson spent weekdays at a call center, putting in
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This story about grandparents raising grandchildren was produced as part of the series Critical Condition: The Students the Pandemic Hit Hardest, reported by HuffPost and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. When her 22-year-old daughter died of an opioid overdose, Joanne H. Clough swooped in to
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Facebook, which reaches more users than any other international firm in India, has identified a new area of opportunity to further spread its tentacles in the world’s second largest internet market. On Sunday, the social juggernaut announced it had partnered with the Central Board of Secondary Education, a government body that oversees education in private
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The Supreme Court dealt a victory to private school choice advocates on Tuesday in its ruling on a landmark case that opens the floodgates for allowing public dollars to fund religious institutions. The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, centered around a school tax credit program in Montana that provided financial incentives for individuals
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Kids don’t always use the correct words to describe the world around them, but they often come up with hilarious ― and arguably superior ― terms. Many parents tweet their kids’ funny descriptors and malapropisms, including “chocolate jello” (pudding), “sneeze gravy” (snot), “finger skaters” and “statue of puberty.” We’ve rounded up 35 funny tweets about
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Sex education in the United States is complicated. One example: For decades, the United States invested billions into abstinence-only programs. Eventually, schools rejected government funding for these programs and pushed a more comprehensive and medically accurate agenda. Even with progress, schools across the country continue to reckon with a legacy of inaccuracy. And the government
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Zuoyebang, a Beijing-headquartered startup that runs an online learning app, said on Monday it has raised $750 million in a new financing round as investors demonstrate their continued trust in — and focus on — Asia’s booming edtech market. U.S. investment firm Tiger Global and Hong Kong-based private equity firm FountainVest Partners led the six-year-old
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This story about refugee families was produced as part of the series Critical Condition: The Students the Pandemic Hit Hardest, reported by HuffPost and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education.   When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to pivot to remote learning, Nawar Almadani and her family weren’t
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This story about education in tribal schools was produced as part of the series Critical Condition: The Students the Pandemic Hit Hardest, reported by HuffPost and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Samantha Honani’s son hasn’t completed a school assignment in months. After his high school
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June 27 (Reuters) – Princeton University is renaming its public policy school and Wilson College after concluding that U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s racist thinking and policies “make him an inappropriate namesake.” Announcing the move on Saturday, Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber said it related to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and
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Nearly 40 million Americans are unemployed, and a recent study that examined more than 66,000 tech job layoffs found that sales and customer success roles are most vulnerable amid COVID-19. In response, some quarters of Silicon Valley are abuzz about a long-standing technology: reskilling, or training individuals to adopt an entirely new skillset or career
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