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Unemployed workers go back to school to get back to work

Feb 11, 2021
One in three unemployed workers has pursued more education or job training while out of work, the Pew Research Center says.
A woman covers her face, pausing while filling out a job application in San Francisco.
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Inside one family's journey to find an affordable college

The long road to a merit scholarship included 30 applications and 90 admissions essays.
For Lara Mordenti Perrault's daughter, the long road to a merit scholarship included 30 applications and 90 admissions essays.
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Parents who work full time are more likely to have kids at school in person — study

Jan 26, 2021
A new Gallup survey finds that 71% of parents who work full time have kids who are attending school in person.
A new Gallup survey found that only 47% of parents whose kids are learning remotely are working full time, while 71% of parents who work full time have kids back in brick-and-mortar schools.
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How one family is looking ahead to a post-pandemic world

Dec 9, 2020
After a dark year, New York City Accountant Michael Durant says he’s “starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.”
New York City accountant Michael Durant says he's beginning to see "light at the end of the tunnel" after a difficult year.
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What will it take for Americans to get a COVID vaccine?

Dec 4, 2020
Sixty percent of people now say they’ll get a vaccine, but that’s not enough to get the pandemic under control.
Lisa Taylor receives a COVID-19 vaccination from RN Jose Muniz, as she takes part in a vaccine study at Research Centers of America on Aug. 07, 2020 in Hollywood, Florida.
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Principal of Detroit technical career center tackles pandemic's challenges to training

Nov 25, 2020
Students might be learning virtually, but they're still learning a skilled trade.
A Randolph welding student before the pandemic. Now a welding student might learn via a virtual demonstration.
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Black students most likely to be going to school remotely

Nov 17, 2020
More than 70% of Black students are going to school entirely online, compared to 40% of white students.
More than 70% of Black students are learning entirely remotely right now, according to a Marketplace-Edison Research poll.
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Teachers turn to crowdfunding for pandemic supplies

Oct 2, 2020
In-person schooling? Remote learning? Either way, teachers say they need more supplies.
Teachers need supplies for remote learning: headphones, laptops, tablets, cameras. They also need safety equipment for in-person learning: air purifiers, face masks, hand sanitizer, and thermometers.
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Home schooling gets "a flood of interest" during pandemic uncertainty

Sep 23, 2020
Some parents, fearing COVID-19 outbreaks at reopened schools, are opting out of the traditional education system.
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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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