Reopening schools raises complicated questions about health, education and inequity

Mar 10, 2021
A poll from the Pew Research Center found more than half of Americans think schools shouldn't reopen until teachers are vaccinated.
Education workers line up to receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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For teachers, pandemic adds new stresses

Feb 25, 2021
A new Rand survey found stress was the top reason why teachers leave the profession, even before COVID-19.
A new report from the Rand Corporation shows the toll stress takes on those in the profession, and how the pandemic has made things worse.
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Teachers move near the front of the line for vaccine

Dec 21, 2020
It's up to states to decide if teachers qualify as frontline essential workers, given that they're able to work remotely.
A teacher helps her first-grade student during in-person class at an elementary school in Stamford, Connecticut, in September.
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"And then it occurred to me that I could just make the box of supplies myself"

Nov 17, 2020
Teacher Nia Grigsby started The School Box Toolbox when her own daughters were running low on supplies early in the pandemic.
School Box Toolbox supplies for first and second grade students.
Courtesy of Nia Grigsby

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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Teachers weigh their options as some districts reopen with in-person classes

Jul 30, 2020
Some choose to quit due to health concerns rather than go back into the classroom.
Teachers in Tennessee passing out food to students.
Courtesy Tennessee Department of Education

Teachers push back against school reopening plans

Jul 2, 2020
School closures have made work almost impossible for many parents, but classrooms present health risks.
An elementary school teacher reads to her class online as she sits in her empty classroom.
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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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Prioritizing stability over wealth

Nov 27, 2019
Ohio native Louise Eberle says the work-life balance of her public school job gives her more than wealth ever could.
Photo courtesy of Louise Eberle

Adventures in Housing: The boarding school dorm parents

Sep 30, 2019
Sometimes a housing story is actually a love story.
Bill and Margaret Enos met working as teachers in a boarding school. He was a dorm parent, she was a dorm parent, and then they were dorm parents together.
Photo courtesy of the Enos