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Nation Jan 12Democrats balance keeping schools open against confronting teachers’ unions
Nearly two years into a pandemic that shows no signs of waning, Democrats are speaking out against COVID-19 school closures, recognizing a rising anger among parents worried that their kids are falling behind.
Education Dec 17Harvard drops standardized test requirement through 2026
Harvard announced the move Thursday amid concerns about students' access to testing sites during the pandemic. It extends a policy many colleges have adopted during the pandemic and that a growing number are keeping for years to come.
Nation Oct 05Arizona can’t use COVID money for anti-mask grants, feds say
In a letter to Ducey, the Treasury Department said the grant programs are "not a permissible use" of the funding.
Health Aug 30State mask bans face federal civil rights inquiries
The Education Department says it's investigating five Republican-led states that have banned mask requirements in schools, saying the policies could amount to discrimination against students with disabilities or health conditions.
Education Aug 23AP-NORC poll finds school mask, vaccine mandates supported in U.S.
The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that about 6 in 10 Americans say masks and vaccines should be required in schools.
Education Aug 19U.S. to erase student debt for those with severe disabilities
The Biden administration says it will automatically erase student loan debt for more than 300,000 Americans with disabilities that leave them unable to earn significant incomes.
Education Aug 06Pause on student loan payments extended through January
The Biden administration has announced that federal student loan payments will remain suspended through January 2022, extending a pause that was scheduled to expire next month.
Health Jul 09Vaccinated teachers and students can forgo masks inside schools, CDC says
The changes come amid a national vaccination campaign in which children as young as 12 are eligible to get shots, as well as a general decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.
Education Jun 16Biden admin extends Title IX protections to transgender students
In a policy directive, the department said discrimination based on a student's sexual orientation or gender identity will be treated as a violation of federal sex discrimination law.
Education May 13Chief of teachers union is ‘all in’ on full fall reopening
The president of the American Federation of Teachers called Thursday for a full return to in-person learning in the fall, saying the union is "all in" on bringing students back to the classroom.