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Photo of Sen. Mitch McConnell speaking from behind a podium

Biden History and Civics Priorities Emerge as Battlegrounds

Mention of 1619 Project sparks “grave concern” from Republican Senators
Worcester Technical High School teacher Louis Desy, right, watches as Zaire Peart, left, holds a flashlight for Kyle Dipilato, who is disassembling a car donated by a local salvage company.

From the College Credentialist Prejudice to Opportunity Pluralism

Preparing youth for jobs and careers after Covid-19
Third grader Madison Cortes, right, reads off math problems to classmates on zoom while teacher Maria Mirkovic looks on at Christa McAuliffe School in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Getting Ed-Tech Wrong Would Be a Bitter Pandemic Legacy

Bad ed-tech habits that formed during the shutdown risk compromising instruction and even slowing the return to school next fall.
A puzzle with two pieces breaking away

Break Up Urban School Districts

Smaller districts would give parents a better shot at prevailing over teachers unions.
Students work together outside Warren Hall at Cornell University.

Lessons Learned from Teaching during the Pandemic

When it comes to remote learning, teacher experience, active learning, and peer interaction can help
First Lady Michelle Obama and Newark Mayor Cory Booker sit with children at the Maple Avenue School in Newark, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.

Charter School “Push Out” Myth Is Debunked in a New Study of Newark

Students who land in charter schools are less likely to leave—including English learners and students with disabilities
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

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