The Pivot Point

Jul 31, 2020
What technology will help us transition to a post-pandemic future?
Dr. Paul McKay, who is working on an vaccine for COVID-19, looks at bacteria containing the coronavirus' DNA fragments at Imperial College School of Medicine in London on Feb. 10.
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Navigating the pandemic when “every decision is an individual decision”

Jul 27, 2020
With mixed messaging coming from the government, community college dean Derrick Lindstrom says acting appropriately comes down personal choices.
Community college Dean Derrick Lindstrom with his wife, Christina, kids Ella and Charles, and dog Lucie.
Courtesy Derrick Lindstrom

School districts weigh health risks and costs of reopening in the fall

Jul 14, 2020
The LA Unified School District, the second-largest in the country, will go online-only in the fall.
The Los Angeles Unified School District, which is sticking with online classes come August, has over 600,000 students. Testing them for COVID-19 could cost $300 per student over the year.
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How does race fit into intro econ courses?

Jun 25, 2020
Gary Hoover of the University of Oklahoma said talking about race in Econ 101 would help increase diversity in the field.
"What we expect in economics is that everyone will be ... rational," says economist Gary Hoover. Above, students at a university in Germany.
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COVID-19 has caused more public school job losses than the entire Great Recession

Jun 4, 2020
Almost 469,000 workers in K-12 public education lost a job in just the month of April.
Some jobs involve school building maintenance with facilities closed, but about half were positions that deal directly with students.
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University of California tests the fate of the SAT and ACT

May 22, 2020
The UC system, one of the SAT's largest source of customers, is phasing out the exams. How will that change the business of standardized tests?
Students walk near Royce Hall on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles.
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How COVID-19 could disrupt college admissions

Apr 15, 2020
The pandemic is changing the way high school seniors choose their institution of higher learning.
University lecture halls may be empty, but the college admissions processes marches on.
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The arms race over consumption is what drives people in wealthy countries to work more than they really need to.
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Adventures in Housing: Holding out on a home to invest in something else

Nov 26, 2019
Zarrish Khan was about to buy a house when tragic news prompted a U-turn.
Zarrish Khan with her children, Hasan, left, and Mishal.
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States increase spending at fastest clip since the recession

Nov 21, 2019
States spent money on education, infrastructure and transportation.
Many states used funds from higher gas taxes to drive an increase in transportation-related funding.
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