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- States ‘Hateful’: White House Blasts Texas’ Pending Restriction on Transgender Student AthletesAbbott hasn’t said when he’ll sign House Bill 25 into law, but there’s no doubt he will, having pressed for the trans sports ban all year.States Critical Race Theory Law Runs Into Legal Trouble in ArizonaA county judge ruled last month that Arizona's restriction on classroom discussions about race was passed in a deceptive manner.States California Is Mandating COVID Vaccines for Kids. Will Other States Follow?California's is the first statewide student requirement for COVID-19 vaccines. Will other states follow? And what about loopholes?States How Vaccine Loopholes Could Weaken COVID Shot Mandates for KidsFor years before the pandemic, states sought to tighten loopholes in school vaccine requirements. Those efforts may now be put to the test.States To Quarantine or Not? Florida Is Letting Parents DecideThe choice to quarantine exposed students will be up to parents, not school districts, under a rule signed by Florida’s new surgeon general.States During Site Visit From Cardona, Illinois Governor Defends Vaccine, Testing Policies“The testing regimen is there in order to make sure that they’re not entering the institution where they work and spreading COVID-19.”States Kentucky Ends All Statewide Mask Mandates After Governor's Vetoes OverriddenThe Republican-led legislation strips the Democratic governor's ability to issue statewide mask mandates in schools or anywhere else.States Bill to Restrict How Race and Racism Is Taught in Schools Headed to Texas GovernorIf the "critical race theory" bill sounds familiar, that's because lawmakers passed a similar one during the regular legislative session.States Infographic Which States Are Reporting COVID-19 Cases in Schools?Some states are reporting the number of COVID-19 cases in their schools and districts. Use this table to find your state's data.States From Our Research Center Map: A-F Grades, Rankings for States on School QualityHere’s a map showing grades for all the states on this year’s Quality Counts summative report card, on which the nation gets a C overall.States Nation Gets a 'C' on Latest School Quality Report Card, While N.J. Again Boasts Top GradeA slight increase in this year's Quality Counts score isn't enough to boost the nation's school system above last year's middling grade.States From Our Research Center State Grades on K-12 Achievement: 2021 Map and RankingsExamine the grades and scores that states and the nation earned on K-12 achievement, along with how they scored on a host of indicators.States Interactive Where Teachers Are Required to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19Track the states mandating COVID-19 shots for teachers, the states banning such mandates, and the states asking local officials to decide.States New York Will Require Masks for Everyone in Schools, Says Gov. Kathy Hochul“None of us want a rerun of last year’s horrors with COVID-19," said New York's newly sworn-in governor.States Federal COVID Aid a Flash Point as Tensions Escalate Over School Mask PoliciesThe Biden administration reassures schools they can use federal aid to make up for penalties for defying state bans on mask mandates.