News: Education

You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to land a high-paying job
Elissa Nadworny | October 7, 2021
Cha Pornea for NPR It's common knowledge at this point that the more education you have, the more money you'll make. Studies have shown that, on average, someone with a bachelor's degree will earn more than someone with an associate degree or a yearlong certificate. But according to new research ...
What borrowers need to know about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness overhaul
Cory Turner | October 6, 2021
"Borrowers who devote a decade of their lives to public service should be able to rely on the promise of Public Service Loan Forgiveness," U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said on Wednesday.Joshua Roberts | Getty Images Zahra Nealy was in the shower, listening to the radio, when she heard NPR ...
The Justice Department will address threats against school officials and staff
Rachel Treisman | October 5, 2021
People attend a special Board of Education meeting on mask mandates for students and staff in Kalamazoo County Schools at the Schoolcraft High School Gymnasium on Aug. 23 in Schoolcraft, Mich. COVID-19 protocols around the country have divided parents and school staff, in some cases leading to violence and intimidation.Matthew ...
How reading aloud can help you bond with your kids and make them better readers
Diana Opong, Andee Tagle | October 1, 2021
DjelicS | Getty Images We've all heard about the benefits of learning to read quietly and independently. A big part of learning at school is all about reading, but it's not always easy to find time for more reading at home. Families have busy schedules filled with after-school activities and ...
School boards are asking for federal help as they face threats and violence
Anya Kamenetz | September 30, 2021
A Clark County, Nev., School District school bus drives through a Summerlin neighborhood last month. The National School Boards Association included an incident from Clark County in its letter to President Biden.Bill Clark | CQ Roll Call/Getty Images Confrontations over masks, vaccines and how race is taught in schools have ...
The Education Secretary Plays Hardball (And A Cowbell) To Push For Safe Schools
Cory Turner | September 23, 2021
U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona accompanies North High School's marching band on the cowbell during a Monday pep rally in Eau Claire, Wis.Tim Gruber for NPR Updated September 24, 2021 at 6:58 AM ET Miguel Cardona walks the halls of Locust Lane Elementary School in Eau Claire, Wis., with a ...
The Stakes Feel Higher Than Ever As The Education Secretary Welcomes Students Back
Cory Turner | September 20, 2021
U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, pictured here in March, begins a back-to-school tour of the Midwest on Monday.Chris Kleponis | Bloomberg via Getty Images U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona kickstarts his "Return-to-School Road Trip" this week, talking up the Biden administration's efforts to help children safely return to classrooms. The ...
She’s Been Teaching For 18 Years. She Says This Year Is Her Most Stressful Yet
Natosha Via, LA Johnson | September 15, 2021
Before classes begin for the day, elementary music teacher Penelope Quesada gathers her most commonly used cleaning supplies and places them around the classroom in places of convenience.Natosha Via for NPR Students in Louisville, Ky., have been back in classrooms for a month this school year, and already parents are ...
Harvard University Will Stop Investing In Fossil Fuels After Years Of Public Pressure
Rachel Treisman | September 10, 2021
Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow said Thursday that the university will move to end its investments in fossil fuel companies, though stopped short of using the word "divest."Maddie Meyer | Getty Images Harvard University says it will end its investments in fossil fuels, a move that activists — both on ...
Biden Dangles New Federal Funds For Schools That Defy Mask Mandate Bans
Anya Kamenetz | September 9, 2021
Parents drop their children off for the first day of school in Novi, Mich., on Tuesday.Emily Elconin | Bloomberg/Getty Images On Thursday, President Biden announced a series of actions aimed at getting control of the surging pandemic. Alongside new vaccine requirements for private businesses, he announced new steps to encourage ...