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Science Oct 05U.S. endured a record fire season. What could be done differently?
As the wildfire season lengthens and the fires become larger and more dangerous — a trend driven by a number of factors, including climate change — both state and federal natural resource departments are spending more time and money on…
Education Jul 05Ahead of retirement wave, some states fill jobs with apprenticeships
While President Donald Trump and state lawmakers around the country extol the benefits of apprenticeships — and put money behind grants and tax credits to encourage private sector companies to offer them — some state agencies are creating their own…
Education Apr 09States want more career and technical training, but struggle to find teachers
Two-thirds of states are currently reporting a shortage of career and technical education teachers in at least one specialty.
Education Apr 06Who will teach career and technical training courses that states want?
Many Minnesota employers say they can’t find skilled workers with the right career training. Meanwhile, high schools are cutting career and technical education courses because they can’t find qualified teachers.
Nation Dec 17Controversy over ‘sanctuary’ campuses is misleading, legal analysts say
Although the sanctuary campus movement is based on small policy tweaks, the term “sanctuary” is politically controversial.
Nation Jun 01Here’s why low-income households may gamble with homeownership
Texas passed a law last year that will help McKinney and homebuyers like him claim titles to the properties they’re paying for, the latest in a series of reforms. Other states also are adding protections for buyers involved in this…
Education May 19What happens when colleges warn students about loan debt?
A growing number of students need to borrow — and borrow heavily — to finance their college educations. And giving them more information about their debt may help change their borrowing habits.