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The Shrinking School Week

Effects of a four-day schedule on student achievement
Cheerleader stands in front of Mahanoy Area High School

Supreme Court Hears Argument in Student Speech Case

“f— school f— softball f— cheer f— everything,” a junior-varsity cheerleader said on Snapchat
Book covers of "Making College Pay" by Beth Akers and "The Price You Pay For College" by Ron LIeber

Advice and Caution on Investing in a College Education

An economist and a financial journalist offer their strategies

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Cheerleader stands in front of Mahanoy Area High School

Supreme Court Hears Argument in Student Speech Case

“f— school f— softball f— cheer f— everything,” a junior-varsity cheerleader said on Snapchat
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“Reopening Hesitancy” Threatens Fall 2021

"It's been absolutely wrong to keep schools closed."
In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, center, is taken into custody as his attorney, Eric Nelson, left, looks on, after the verdicts were read at Chauvin's trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Tarnished Shield of Qualified Immunity

Cases involving teachers, principals, and school board members have been central to the evolution of a legal doctrine that also often protects abusive police from financial liability.
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A Test for the Test Makers

College Board and ACT move to grow and diversify as the pandemic fuels test-optional admissions trend
Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. stands in front of a class at Edward Hynes Charter School after the school resumed in-person learning in October 2020.

What’s Next in New Orleans

The Louisiana city has the most unusual school system in America. But can the new board of a radically decentralized district handle the latest challenges?
A protester holds an “END QUALIFIED IMMUNITY” sign during a Black Lives Matter protest in Brooklyn, New York, on July 4, 2020.

Schooling Qualified Immunity

Should educators be shielded from civil liability for violating students’ rights?

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First Lady Jill Biden tours a cafeteria at the Samuel Smith Elementary School in Burlington, N.J., with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

Don’t Ban Virtual School. Improve It.

Insist on an in-person adult to supervise remote learning
Figure 1. Learning Modalities in the Fall of 2020

For Minority Families, Returning to In-Person Learning Might Be More Complex than Just Re-Opening Schools

Choosing remote or hybrid learning over in-person instruction is associated with parents’ political partisanship and students’ school type
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There’s Insurance for Homes or Cars—Why Not College Degrees?

Entrepeneur offers colleges a way to guarantee their graduates' future income
SpaceX launch of Thaicom 6 to Geo transfer orbit

Testing, SpaceX, and the Quest for Consensus

A hoped-for revolution in assessment confronts practical obstacles

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