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In urban districts, a new embrace of career and technical programs

There is a rising national profile of high school career and technical education, or CTE. Large urban districts are rethinking and expanding these programs in the wake of the pandemic as students look for more direct, debt-free routes to in-demand careers.

August 19, 2022 | Washington Post
Back to school with a catastrophic teacher shortage

On this episode of “Post Reports,” why school districts across the country are facing a critical teacher shortage this fall.

August 16, 2022 | Washington Post
‘Never seen it this bad’: America faces catastrophic teacher shortage

Rural school districts in Texas are switching to four-day weeks this fall due to lack of staff. Florida is asking veterans with no teaching background to enter classrooms. Arizona is allowing college students to step in and instruct children. The teacher shortage in America has hit crisis levels — and school officials everywhere are scrambling to ensure that, as students return to classrooms, someone will be there to educate them.

August 4, 2022 | Washington Post
Behavioral issues, absenteeism at schools increase, federal data shows

More than 80% of public schools reported that the pandemic has taken a toll on student behavior and social-emotional development, while nearly as many schools say they need more mental health support

July 5, 2022 | Washington Post
What’s better for disadvantaged students, trades or college?

Public high schools advertising themselves as models of vocational and academic instruction have often been weak in both areas, writes Jay Matthews. But Massachusetts has made great strides since its 1993 Education Reform Act required that vocational students be taught with the same academic standards and tests used by regular public schools.

June 19, 2022 | Washington Post
Students this year need summer school. Some districts can’t staff it.

As school systems open for summer sessions, some are seeing the fallout of a punishing pandemic school year. Many would argue that the 2021-2022 school year was among the toughest they’ve experienced — with extreme staffing shortages, clashes over masking and quarantines, political tumult nationally, widespread exhaustion, students who needed extra support, and, as one school leader put it, “uncertainty around every corner.”

June 11, 2022 | Washington Post
Schools are struggling to meet rising mental health needs, data shows

A survey released Tuesday documents the toll the pandemic has taken on students’ mental health, with 7 in 10 public schools seeing a rise in the number of children seeking services. Even more, 76 percent, said faculty and staff members have expressed concerns about depression, anxiety and trauma in students since the start of the pandemic.

May 31, 2022 | Washington Post
For Black Americans, teaching about systemic racism is more urgent than ever

For many Black educators and students, teaching about race has never felt more important after the Buffalo massacre.

May 20, 2022 | Washington Post
States are mandating Asian American history lessons to stop bigotry

As anti-Asian attacks surge nationwide, a movement is hoping to combat hate with history, pushing states to require lessons on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in public schools.

May 20, 2022 | Washington Post