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Teachers unions' unprecedented power grab during Biden administration, COVID-19 could be here to stay
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Jan 3, 10:26 AM:

Teachers unions across the country have emerged as power players in President Joe Biden's administration, wielding near-absolute authority over school reopenings and mask mandates. The pandemic exposed just how much control >

Column: Geometry before algebra? Schools will try more new angles in 2022.
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Jan 3, 10:25 AM: The pandemic gives schools an urgency to address learning loss — and room to experiment
Fauci, teachers unions at odds over reopening schools
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Jan 3, 10:23 AM: Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday expressed support for reopening schools after the holiday break, offering guidance that contradicts the push from some teachers unions to keep schools shuttered.
Some schools start new year with fully remote learning
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Jan 3, 10:18 AM: With the holiday break coming to an end Monday, a number of school districts across the country are deciding to go fully remote to start the new year as COVID-19 cases rise. These decisions come despite mounting evidence that >
How 2021 Set the Stage for a Seismic Overhaul of Education
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Dec 30, 9:29 AM: The coronavirus pandemic in 2021 laid the groundwork for a reexamination of what’s asked of public schools, how they’re supported, and how they serve students and their families.
Commentary: Five Education Resolutions for the New Year
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Dec 30, 9:28 AM: Given these challenges and the rising importance of education as a pathway to economic and social possibility, we have made the case in recent months that this is a crucial moment in our national education journey – one where we >
Commentary: COVID’s impact on education in 2021 & beyond
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Dec 30, 9:27 AM: Beyond parental engagement, another significant benefit rendered by COVID has been a renewed commitment to expanding the options for how and what education is delivered.
‘I Feel Half as Successful’: Teachers and Districts at War Over Hybrid Education
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Dec 29, 9:28 AM: Teachers want to ban teaching students in person and online at the same time. Some education leaders say it should be what the future looks like.
Schools Use Trial and Error for Choosing Edtech, But They Don’t Have to
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Dec 29, 9:25 AM: As I have written previously, the lack of information-sharing between school districts is a textbook example of what economists call a “collective action problem.” It will never solve itself. Absent a major systematic change, our >
Editorial: Randi Weingarten’s attempts to rewrite school-closings history won’t fly
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Dec 29, 9:24 AM:

American Federation of Teachers boss Randi Weingarten has learned an important lesson from the pandemic: Parents really resent the fact that she and the union she heads pushed to keep schools closed for so long at the expense of >

Fresh evidence the White House put teachers unions ahead of science on school COVID safety
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Dec 28, 11:07 AM: "Follow the science,” it said about handling COVID. But for Team Biden, it was follow the teachers unions when it came to reopening schools.
A Case for School Choice
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Dec 23, 8:22 AM: Many observers of the Dec. 8 oral arguments at the Supreme Court in Carson v. Makin seem convinced the State of Maine is going to lose, and Register commentator Andrea Piccotti-Bayer has offered great insights why they should (see >
Opinion: Do-it-yourself education is on the rise
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Dec 23, 8:21 AM: The number of homeschooled children is growing. Will that inspire innovations in traditional schools — or undermine their communal purpose?
Biden White House Works to Boost Parent Involvement as GOP Scores Points on Education
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Dec 22, 9:58 AM: The Democratic administration is introducing a grant program aimed at boosting parent input as the GOP has made significant inroads toward becoming the party of education.
‘Our Parents Have Done Enough’: Cardona Urges Schools to Stay Open, Biden Touts Safety Measures as Omicron Cases Spread
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Dec 22, 9:57 AM: With the Omicron variant now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the U.S. and cases spiking, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Tuesday urged school leaders not to retreat from in-person learning.
Fed-Up Parents Want Education Reforms That Prepare Their Children For Life, Not Just College
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Dec 22, 9:56 AM: As education continues to push its way through other issues to stay at the top of American voters’ minds, a recent survey found that parents are unhappy with the radicalized public education system and want to see reforms that >
Commentary: Democrats in bed with teachers unions
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Dec 22, 9:55 AM: The teachers unions’ hold over the Democratic Party has real-world consequences — ask the children who’ve lost more than a year of in-person learning. Enough time has passed that we’re beginning to see serious analysis of the >
Are Schools Ready for the Next Big Surge?
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Dec 21, 9:50 AM: Still, the alarming spread of the virus could expose the rickety infrastructure that has kept schools running through most of this year. Many schools are still in need of substitute teachers and bus drivers, and can ill afford an >
School Closures Mount as Omicron Spreads, Staff Shortages Swell
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Dec 21, 9:49 AM:

The number of school disruptions due to COVID-19, including closing early for the holiday break or announcing temporary returns to virtual learning next week, is on the rise – nearing the total number of disruptions recorded in >

Schools need teachers of color. This is how to retain them, educators say.
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Dec 20, 10:48 AM: A high school district in Phoenix boasts a diverse teaching staff. A key to their success? Listening to what teachers of color say they and their students need.

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