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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
Wade Eyerly

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
A statue of Johnny Appleseed welcomes visitors to the Massachusetts Visitor Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Inset: Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Betsy Appleseed and School Choice

Choice initiatives and expansions in Florida, Arkansas, West Virginia and elsewhere show that eventually, trees blossom

Baby Bust

The 2020 Census makes newly relevant a column that anticipated the findings
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, center, and lawmakers gather Wednesday, March 10, 2021, for a news conference to announce that leaders of the state legislature and the governor have reached an agreement to reopen the state's K-12 public schools to full-time daily instruction in Raleigh.

Can Teaching Be Improved by Law?

At least twenty states have passed or are considering measures related to the science of reading.
Students file off a bus and walk into a school

An Ode to Elementary Schools

These schools have the greatest potential impact on kids’ academic, social, and emotional progress
P-EBT graphic

The Government Is Paying Public School Parents Billions of Dollars to Keep Their Children Home

Family would lose $409 a month in Pandemic-EBT benefits by moving 3 children to in-person from remote
Illustration depicting the difference between equality and equity

When Does Educational Equity Become Educationally Unethical?

"The push for equity stumbles into a truly gruesome place when educators are being trained or directed to shortchange some students based on how they look or where they live."

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