News: Education

As a new year starts, schools prepare for fewer masks, more learning and joy
Cory Turner, Jeffrey Pierre | August 18, 2022
Superintendent Dr. Errick Greene on the first day of school in Jackson, Miss. His first stop: North Jackson Elementary School. Jeffrey Pierre | NPR More than 50 million children are slowly returning to classrooms for the new school year — the third year in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
HBCUs are building a new prison-to-college pipeline
Sequoia Carrillo | August 17, 2022
Stanley Andrisse says his 21-year-old self, who was once facing 20 years to life in prison, could never have imagined his life today: Andrisse is now an endocrinologist, scientist and professor at Howard University's College of Medicine. He has a Ph.D., an MBA, and a lab full of students who ...
$3.9 billion in debt is canceled for former students of ITT Tech
The Associated Press | August 16, 2022
An ITT Technical Institute campus in Rancho Cordova, Calif., is seen on Sept. 6, 2016. Students who used federal loans to attend ITT Tech as far back as 2005 will automatically get that debt canceled. Rich Pedroncelli | AP WASHINGTON — Students who used federal loans to attend ITT Technical ...
Colleges ease COVID-19 restrictions as fall semester begins for millions of students
Elissa Nadworny | August 16, 2022
Students on campus at the University of Michigan. Elissa Nadworny | NPR Millions of students are heading back to college for their third full academic year since the COVID pandemic hit. But as students move into their dorms and sign up for classes this year, things are different. On many ...
After the rise of BLM, Black students and their families are heading back to HBCUs
Shauneen Miranda | August 15, 2022
Morehouse College is one of several historically Black colleges and universities seeing a surge in applications and enrollments in recent years. Mike Stewart | AP A number of historically Black colleges and universities are seeing an increase in Black students applying and enrolling after years of decline. "The percentage of ...
How colleges are preparing for a new public health threat: monkeypox
Pooja Salhotra | August 6, 2022
Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill., is prepared to help students isolate if they test positive for monkeypox. Courtesy of Lake Forest College Andrea Conner has become "the accidental COVID Czar" of Lake Forest College, a small school north of Chicago where she serves as dean of students. "When ...
Clarence Thomas drops out of teaching a law class after students protested
Ayana Archie | July 28, 2022
Following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the George Washington University law school received calls to drop Justice Clarence Thomas and cancel the seminar he taught. Erin Schaff, The New York Times | AP Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has told George Washington University that he won't ...
A growing number of Americans are questioning the value of going to college
Pooja Salhotra | July 26, 2022
The share of Americans who believe colleges and universities have a positive impact on the country has declined since 2020, according to recent survey. Seth Wenig | AP The share of Americans who believe colleges and universities have a positive impact on the country has dropped by 14 percentage points ...
200k student borrowers are closer to getting their loans erased after judge’s ruling
Cory Turner, Sequoia Carrillo, Pooja Salhotra | July 21, 2022
LA Johnson | NPR Updated August 5, 2022 at 3:23 PM ET Update: On Thursday, a federal judge in San Francisco granted preliminary approval of a settlement that would cancel the loans of more than 200,000 student borrowers who say they were defrauded by their colleges. It's the latest development ...