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September 14, 2020

When Is It Safe for Schools to Open? Many States Haven't Given Clear Answers

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia provide "no clear public health criteria" for reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, a research center's analysis finds.

July 29, 2020

States Overlook Academics in School Reopening Plans, Analysis Finds

A new analysis warns that states' school reopening plans fail to adequately address academics, even as students prepare for another unprecedented school year.

July 19, 2020

Tension Rises in States Over Who Decides When to Reopen Schools

School administrators in some states are caught up in tensions about who gets the final say about when they can reopen their buildings and what precautions they should take to protect their communities.

July 08, 2020

Confederate-Named Schools Honor 'Racist Past,' Virginia Governor Says

Public and private schools named for leaders of the Confederacy have come under renewed scrutiny amid the national Black Lives Matter protests.

June 30, 2020

What the Supreme Court's Ruling on Religious Schools Means in Practice

Groups on all sides of the debate over private school choice agree that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling will be tremendously consequential. But it may take some time for the ripple effects to spread.

April 30, 2020

From Triage to Recovery: Issues States Will Address in School Reopening Plans

The Council of Chief State School Officers has taken a broad inventory of what states will have to deal with when they reopen buildings shuttered due to the pandemic, from student health and safety to academics.

April 22, 2020

Coronavirus Fallout Threatens States' Prekindergarten Progress, Report Warns

States have made progress in expanding access to high-quality pre-K, but budget cuts due to the pandemic could reverse that, the National Institute for Early Education Research warns.

April 20, 2020

One State Polls the Public on Whether to Reopen Schools

As Montana's governor pursues a plan to gradually reopen the state, the state education department is relying in part on public opinion to decide whether to reopen schools this year.

April 10, 2020

Trump Says He Could Overrule a Governor to Keep Schools Closed, But Prefers Not to

Asked whether he would order Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to keep schools closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Trump said he wanted to respect constitutional considerations but added he had the "right" to overrule governors.

April 07, 2020

Interactive: How School Funding Cuts Driven by the Coronavirus Could Affect Your State

Our interactive tool lets you see to what extent federal coronavirus emergency aid would mitigate state education budget cuts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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