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 a group of teachers in Nashville is bridging the public-private divide

Jun 10, 2019
The educators behind the new cooperative model hope to take it to schools nationwide.
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Why the former education secretary says "education runs on lies"

Sep 3, 2018
There's a disconnect between politicians' words on education and their actions, says Arne Duncan.
Then-Secretary of Education Arne Duncan meets with student chefs during a high school culinary contest in 2012.
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"Money is never enough,” the former federal education secretary says

Jul 24, 2018
We need high expectations for kids along with investment in schools, Arne Duncan says.
Then-Education Secretary Arne Duncan talks with second-graders at Paul Revere Elementary school in San Francisco in 2009
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Back-to-school supplies are a little more expensive — and complicated

Aug 11, 2017
An Ohio business wants to pick out those specific items for you and deliver it to school.
Back-to-school supplies can add up.
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Chicago students will need proof of a post-high school plan to graduate

Jul 5, 2017
Across the country, public school leaders are always brainstorming, trying to come up with big — and sometimes flashy — ideas to help push more kids to the finish line. The latest one comes from Chicago Public Schools. It said…

How LAUSD raised the bar for chicken lunches

May 3, 2017
The school district looked for quality in the food and the supply chain, and 'no one could meet their standards,' L.A. Times reporter says.
School children pick up their lunches from the cafeteria at the Normandie Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles.
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New study finds wide disparities nationally in per-child spending

Apr 26, 2017
Education, health and social services can be impacted by where children live.

Chicago public schools face financial crisis

Oct 11, 2016
The school is reeling from funding cutbacks and mounting debts.
Chicago teachers picketing during a one-day strike in April. 
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Another school year, another year of teacher shortages

Sep 15, 2016
Teacher shortages are significant in special education, math and science.
Many public schools are struggling to find and retain teachers.
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