The U.S. Department of Agriculture won't extend a waiver from school meal requirements that provided more flexibility to feed students during interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Homeland Security's guidance, which is nonbinding, says teachers, cafeteria workers, mental health professionals, and others are "critical infrastructure workers" in schools.

Congress and the White House dally over coronavirus relief even as federal data show schools have almost no leftover emergency aid provided by Washington in March.

The Democrats' 2020 platform calls for tripling federal aid to disadvantaged students, "more stringent guardrails" for charter schools, and it declares that education is a public good, not a commodity.

The Aug. 18 program for the Democratic National Convention, which included the party's official nomination of Joe Biden for president, also featured speakers discussing education funding, gun violence at schools, and internet access.

The time when a new aid package might have influenced many districts' reopening decisions has long passed.

The annual Education Next survey also looked at how President Donald Trump's opinion on education topics affects public opinion, how political "populists" view the nation's schools, and more.

Many state legislatures have refused to alter their attendance laws, which means less revenue for schools where enrollment drops due to the pandemic, while remote learning may reduce staffing needs.

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred an unprecedented amount of national polling about schools. But how have local education leaders responded to polls, and what key trends have they revealed?

New running mates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their surrogates have zeroed in on an early message: Fear and uncertainty around schools can be blamed on President Donald Trump.

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