Issues

October 6, 2021

Education Week, Vol. 41, Issue 8
Education Briefly Stated: October 6, 2021
October 5, 2021
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A "Bus Drivers Wanted" sign is shown Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Sandy, Utah. A shortage of bus drivers is complicating the start of a new school year already facing a surge in COVID-19 cases and conflicts over whether masks should be required in school buildings.
A "Bus Drivers Wanted" sign is shown Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Sandy, Utah. A shortage of bus drivers is complicating the start of a new school year already facing a surge in COVID-19 cases and conflicts over whether masks should be required in school buildings.
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Two students wearing masks and backpacks in front of lockers.
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Houston Health Department LVN Alicia Meza prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 3, at a Houston Health Department's COVID-19 vaccine clinic.
A nurse in Houston prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine. A federal advisory committee voted not to recommend a booster shot for K-12 school staff.
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Opponents of legislation that tightened  rules on exemptions for vaccinations demonstrate outside the office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom in Sacramento, Calif., in Sept. 2019. Medical exemptions in California more than tripled in the three years after they became the only allowable reason for a student to be unvaccinated.
Opponents of legislation that tightened rules on exemptions for vaccinations demonstrate outside the office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom in Sacramento, Calif., in Sept. 2019.
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States How Vaccine Loopholes Could Weaken COVID Shot Mandates for Kids
Evie Blad, September 28, 2021
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Cole Rodriguez, a 15-year-old student at Topeka West, gets a COVID-19 vaccine Monday, Aug. 9, 2021 at Topeka High School's vaccine clinic.
Cole Rodriguez, a 15-year-old student, gets a COVID-19 vaccine at Topeka High School's vaccine clinic.
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Templeton Students have opportunities throughout the school year to wear traditional garments from their Native countries. The students are always excited to share their cultures with others.
Students at Templeton Elementary in Riverdale, Md., wear garments from their native countries. The school works to make refugee students feel comfortable and supported, including by offering Afghan students a place to pray and halal food options.
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English-Language Learners Here's How Schools Are Helping Afghan Refugee Students
Ileana Najarro, September 22, 2021
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From left, Mia-Arie Wilson, 13, Lindsey Coates, 13, Ava Bell, 13, and Makayla Waiters, 13, at Western Branch Middle School in Chesapeake, Va., on Sept. 21, 2021. The students are members of the Student Council Association and have been instrumental in making changes at the school.
From left, Mia Arie Wilson, 13, Lindsey Coates, 13, Ava Bell, 13, and Makayla Waiters, 13, at Western Branch Middle School in Chesapeake, Va., were part of a student social justice task force that prompted big changes at their school.
Julia Rendleman for Education Week
Conceptual illustration of a large pencil erasing a member of a community.
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Equity & Diversity Opinion You Can't Legislate Away Black and Gay Educators and Students
Rafael Walker, October 5, 2021
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Surreal image of a red apple reflecting a distorted image in a mirror
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Teaching Profession Opinion I’m Back in the Classroom With a Ph.D. and Some Advice for Policymakers
Amanda Slaten Frasier, October 5, 2021
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Illustration of a child looking into an empty refrigerator.
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Student Well-Being Opinion I Lived Off School Lunches as a Kid. Here’s How to Make the Program Better
Shari Walker, October 4, 2021
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