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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?
A student follows along with a school lesson on a laptop.

Schools Squandered Virtual Learning

A timid response, with lessons for the future
Signature charter school in Evansville, Indiana

What I Learned in 23 Years Ranking America’s Most Challenging High Schools

Most students are capable of much more learning than they are asked to do
Representative Lauren Boebert’s Zoom background

What Teachers Spy in Homes over Zoom Winds Up in Court

Visible guns, Trump banners get students in trouble
Book cover of "A Search for Common Ground: Conversations About the Toughest Questions in K–12 Education"

“If You Can Teach the Band to Play Like This, Why Can’t You Teach Kids to Read?”

Simply putting more money into failed school systems does not produce better results.

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