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Go deeper on the latest education issues with these explainers from Education Week
School & District Management Explainer Teachers' COVID Sick Leave, Explained
Who gets paid? Are unvaccinated teachers eligible? How long should teachers be allowed to take off? Districts' answers will surprise you.
Mark Lieberman, January 11, 2022
7 min read
Teaching Profession Video Explainer: Why Is America’s Teaching Force So White?
A lack of diversity in the teaching profession is a problem with academic ramifications for all students. A look at the history behind the issue.
Brooke Saias, December 7, 2021
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School Climate & Safety Explainer School Resource Officers (SROs), Explained
Does the presence of armed officers prevent school violence? Do they contribute for Black children to the 'school to prison pipeline'?
Stephen Sawchuk, November 16, 2021
13 min read
Education Funding Explainer Everything You Need to Know About Schools and COVID Relief Funds
How much did your district get in pandemic emergency aid? When must the money be spent? Is there more on the way? EdWeek has the answers.
Mark Lieberman & Andrew Ujifusa, September 10, 2021
11 min read
Social Studies Explainer Who Decides What History We Teach? An Explainer
Education Week breaks down how politics has long been embedded in this decision, and how new laws may affect the process.
Sarah Schwartz, August 11, 2021
15 min read
English-Language Learners Explainer Who's Teaching the Children Crossing the U.S. Border? Answers to 6 Questions
A growing number of unaccompanied minors are crossing into the U.S. via the southwestern border. What's happening with their education?
Dalia Faheid, June 7, 2021
9 min read
Equity & Diversity Video What Is Critical Race Theory and Why Are States Banning It? (Video)
Several state legislatures have severely limited the way teachers can discuss issues of race in the classroom.
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Equity & Diversity Explainer What Is Critical Race Theory, and Why Is It Under Attack?
Debates about critical race theory are coming to your district, board room, and classroom. Here's what you need to understand about the academic concept—and how it's portrayed in political circles.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 18, 2021
10 min read
Student Well-Being Explainer What Does the CDC's New Mask Recommendation Mean for Schools?
The CDC says that schools should maintain "layered mitigation strategies," including mask wearing, for the rest of the school year.
Evie Blad & Stephen Sawchuk, May 14, 2021
7 min read
Student Well-Being Explainer Can Schools Require Students to Get COVID-19 Vaccines, and Will They?
As younger children qualify for COVID-19 vaccines, health experts wonder if families will opt out of the vaccine if it's not required.
Evie Blad, May 12, 2021
7 min read
School & District Management Explainer The Dismal State of School Infrastructure, in Charts
School buildings across the country are in disarray. Here's how it happened and what it would take to fix the problem.
Mark Lieberman, April 27, 2021
2 min read
School & District Management Explainer VUCA: What It Is and Why It Matters to Schools
You may not know what VUCA is, but you are living it, probably more than ever before.
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Education Funding Explainer What the American Rescue Plan Means for Schools
The Biden administration bets that nearly $130 billion will help schools address the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on K-12 education
Andrew Ujifusa, April 5, 2021
5:37
School & District Management Video Schools as Vaccine Clinics: Advice From School Leaders Who Made It Work
The Anchorage, Alaska, school district has tips for districts on how to operate a large-scale community vaccination program.
Jaclyn Borowski , April 2, 2021
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