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Kindergarten Enrollment Fell Last Year. Now Schools Wonder How Many Kids Are Coming
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Clare Lombardo | July 26, 2021
Juanmonino | Getty Images Elia Garrison was already considering holding her son Dominic back from starting kindergarten before the pandemic hit in 2020. Coronavirus, she says, cemented that choice. Dominic is the fifth of six children, and Garrison, a blogger in Perkasie, Pa., watched how tumultuous classes were for her ...
When Schools Shut Down In Alaska, These Students Went Moose Hunting
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Sequoia Carrillo, Sneha Dey | July 23, 2021
High schoolers Ethan Lincoln, Kaylee King and Jamin Crow's podcast about their experiences subsistence hunting is a finalist in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. The students are pictured here at the KYUK radio transmitter site in Bethel, Alaska.Katie Basile | KYUK Jamin Crow waited silently for the bull moose to ...
UNC Becomes The First School To Organize Group Endorsement Deals For Its Players
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Becky Sullivan | July 21, 2021
The University of North Carolina is the first school to organize group licensing deals for its players.Jason Miller | Getty Images The University of North Carolina has become the first college athletics program to organize group licensing deals for its current student athletes, in the latest development of the sea ...
Cornel West Has Announced He’s Leaving Harvard And Says The School Has Lost Its Way
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Deepa Shivaram | July 13, 2021
Cornel West, here at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in 2016, suggests in his resignation letter that politics were a factor in Harvard University's decision not to extend tenure to him.Zach Gibson | AFP via Getty Images Cornel West, one of the nation's foremost Black scholars and an ...
Illinois Has Become The First State To Require The Teaching Of Asian American History
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Deepa Shivaram | July 13, 2021
Gov. J.B. Pritzker, pictured at the Illinois State Capitol in May 2020, has signed legislation that makes his state the first in the nation to require the teaching of Asian American history in public schools.Justin L. Fowler | AP Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation requiring that Asian American ...
Nikole Hannah-Jones Chose Howard Over UNC. HBCUs Hope It’s The Start Of A New Era
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Deepa Shivaram | July 13, 2021
Nikole Hannah-Jones stands for a portrait at her home in Brooklyn on July 6, 2021. Hannah-Jones says she will not teach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill following an extended fight over tenure.John Minchillo | AP When the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones announced last week ...
What Do Alabama And California Have In Common? Top-Notch U.S. History Standards
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Cory Turner | July 12, 2021
Laurent Hrybyk for NPR Updated July 15, 2021 at 7:55 AM ET A new review of states' learning standards brings fresh insight — and facts — to the heated debate over critical race theory (CRT) and America's K-12 schools. Critical race theory is an academic approach that looks at how ...
Aspiring Teachers Get New Help Paying For College
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Cory Turner | July 1, 2021
shuoshu | Getty Images New rules kick in today that will help aspiring teachers pay for college and complete a years-long overhaul of the federal TEACH Grant program — from a bureaucratic bear trap that hobbled thousands of teachers with unfair student loan debts to a program that may actually ...
How Do You Help Girls Thrive In School? There’s A Surprising Answer
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Joanne Lu | June 27, 2021
Students work on a classroom exercise at a school in Kibera, a poor neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya.Tony Karumba | AFP via Getty Images You'd think the best way to get girls to succeed in school would be to design programs specifically for them — offer them mental health support or ...
High School Graduations Brought Joy This Year, Even If They Weren’t Back To Normal
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Elizabeth Miller, Aubri Juhasz, Debbie Truong | June 26, 2021
Alex Lozowski-Pierce poses with family after his personal graduation ceremony at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore. He called the day a "dream come true."Beth Nakamura for NPR On a Thursday in mid-June, senior Alex Lozowski-Pierce walked into Reynolds High School in his cap and gown, with 10 family members ...