From middle school teacher to stay-at-home dad: Why one father left his job

Dec 2, 2021
When the pandemic forced schools to close, Michael Cochran left his job to take on more childcare responsibilities at home.
A father left his job as a teacher to focus on family. Here's how they are making it work.
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Why there's a child care shortage, and how parents are coping

Oct 8, 2021
Across the country, families are struggling to secure the child care they need.
One of the biggest factors in the struggle to find child care is low pay.
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The "organizational nightmare" of managing a classroom this year

Sep 23, 2021
According to high school art teacher Megan Anzalone, the number of students quarantining this year makes her job more challenging.
Teaching this year has been “a bit of an organizational nightmare for everybody from the administration all the way down to the kids,” said high school art teacher Megan Anzalone.
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Why one high school teacher is becoming a student again

Aug 26, 2021
"The burnout factor is real," Catherine Fink of Longmont, Colorado, says of teaching. She's starting her first year of law school.
"If it was more financially rewarding, I might stay in it," Catherine Fink says of teaching.
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Teachers are leaving the profession due to COVID-19 stresses

Aug 25, 2021
The size of the teaching workforce didn't change significantly in Arizona, but pandemic-related stress has been a big factor for those who decided to quit.
Former Phoenix English teacher Elise Villescaz says choosing to be a teacher was the best decision she ever made. She left the profession because of the stress of teaching during the pandemic was too difficult.
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Feds flex the power of the purse to get states in line with COVID-19 restrictions

Aug 23, 2021
The Biden administration has said it would use the power of the purse to try to compel governors who won't champion mask or vaccine mandates to change course.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at Dallas's City Hall.
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Why are the waitlists for child care so long?

Aug 19, 2021
Child care centers, which already struggled to recruit staffers, face additional pressures brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.
It can be hard to find child care providers because of the low pay and lack of benefits.
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Is China’s multibillion-dollar tutoring industry coming to an end?

Aug 16, 2021
Top Chinese education stocks dipped by 70% within hours last month. But what does it feel like on the ground in China?
The hit Chinese TV series "A Love for Dilemma" focuses on the senseless education rat race in China, driven in part by tutoring schools.
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Facing staff shortages, schools offer thousands in bonuses and retention incentives

Aug 9, 2021
With school starting up again soon in many places, school districts across the country are still scrambling to fill positions, an effort complicated by the delta variant.
A Stamford, Connecticut, educator teaches second grade in September 2020. Some schools are offering incentives to fill staff shortages.
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For this schoolteacher, the pandemic was a turning point

Jul 27, 2021
“I couldn’t do it anymore,” said Abby Norman, a former schoolteacher in Atlanta.
After quitting her teaching job, Abby Norman discovered she could make more money working fewer hours as a bartender.
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