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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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California and Maine will offer free public school lunches

Jul 20, 2021
These are the first statewide programs, though some cities already have universal free lunch in schools.
The two states will begin providing free lunches to students in public school during the 2022-23 school year.
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Chinese students, parents stressed by demands of extracurricular classes

Jun 9, 2021
Academic competition pressures families to enroll children in tutoring courses. But some parents are resisting.
Fifth-grader Ziyou cracks under pressure in "A Love for Dilemma," a Chinese TV series about the education rat race.
"A Love for Dilemma"

Education may help close the racial wealth gap, but it isn't a panacea

Apr 8, 2021
Darrick Hamilton, a co-author of a recent study from the New School, describes other ways to address the disparity that hurts Black Americans.
New graduates at Agnes Scott College in Georgia. African Americans need access to capital, Darrick Hamilton says.
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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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