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U.S. public school enrollment overall decreased by 3% in the fall of 2020, but kindergarten enrollment dropped 9%. Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

4 trends in public school enrollment due to COVID-19

Fewer students enrolled in public school and more were home-schooled during the 2020-21 school year. Researchers analyzed records in Michigan to understand what drove parents to make these decisions.
Charter school enrollment reportedly grew 7% during the pandemic. FG Trade/E+ via Getty Images

Why charter schools are not as ‘public’ as they claim to be

Charter school enrollment grew during the pandemic. But behind these schools’ rising popularity is a history of harsh discipline, inaccessibility and targeted marketing.
Microschools gained in appeal to some parents during the pandemic. Complexio/E+ via Getty Images

What are microschools? 5 questions answered

Microschools might be an attractive alternative to regular public schools that are wrestling with the pandemic, but they are mostly out of reach for low-income students, a researcher says.
The Richardson Independent School District in Texas is among the many districts across the state defying the governor’s mask mandate ban to require masks for students. AP Photo/LM Otero

Who has the power to say kids do or don’t have to wear masks in school – the governor or the school district? It’s not clear

If it sounds like the law is all over the place on school mask mandates, that’s because it is. The nation’s schools are subject to a complex web of local, state and federal laws.
Black teachers comprise just 7% of U.S. public school teachers even though 16% of their students are Black. Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Lessons from segregated schools can help make today’s classrooms more inclusive

Two scholars of inclusive education explain how segregated Black schools advocated for Black children in a way that’s often missing from today’s desegregated classrooms.
More than half of U.S. public school students are children of color, while most of their teachers are white. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

4 ways to get more Black and Latino teachers in K-12 public schools

Teacher turnover is higher among Black and Latino teachers than white teachers. An education policy expert explains what schools can do to reverse the trend.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks during the daily briefing on COVID-19 on March 27, 2020, in Washington, D.C. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

Through her divisive rhetoric, Education Secretary DeVos leaves a troubled legacy of her own

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has resigned. Five experts comment on the impact she had on education.
Cyberattacks against America’s K-12 schools are on the rise. janiecbros via iStock / Getty Images Plus

K-12 schools need to take cyberattacks more seriously

America’s public schools often lack the adequate security to protect their students’ most sensitive data from being linked on the web.
Teacher activism in the U.S. has helped pushed the Democratic party towards renewed investment in public education. Children listen as former president Barack Obama campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)

How teachers’ union activism helped shift the U.S. election debate on education

The push to expand charter schools in the U.S. contributed to a robust movement of teachers’ unions and allies demanding a well-resourced public school system.
The late education philosopher Paulo Freire would have argued that online schooling further entitles those in positions of power. Nefandisimo

Renowned educator Paulo Freire would have questioned how we are schooling our kids in the age of COVID-19

The education philosopher Paulo Freire would have denounced the pandemic-fueled proliferation of online schooling as an affront to democracy and a further entitlement for those in positions of power.

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