Education

Flaws in Census Count Imperil Trump Plan to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants

With counting operations all but ground to a halt in the spring, the administration asked Congress in April to extend the legal deadline for delivering reapportionment totals to April 2021, rather than Dec. 31. But in July, Mr. Trump abruptly reversed course, ordering that the Dec. 31 deadline be met. That forced Census Bureau experts […]

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Reopening Schools Before a Children’s Vaccine

This is the Coronavirus Schools Briefing, a guide to the seismic changes in U.S. education that are taking place during the pandemic. Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox. What’s next: kids’ vaccines The first coronavirus vaccines for adults are nearly here, but children’s vaccines will take a lot longer. Pfizer and […]

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El nuevo examen para la ciudadanía estadounidense es más largo y complicado

El gobierno de Trump está implementando cambios radicales en el examen que los inmigrantes deben tomar para convertirse en ciudadanos de Estados Unidos, ahora se incluyen matices de filosofía conservadora que dificultan la prueba para las personas que están estudiando el idioma inglés. La nueva prueba de ciudadanía, que entró en vigor el martes, es […]

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New U.S. Citizenship Test Is Longer and More Difficult

The Trump administration is rolling out sweeping changes to the test immigrants must take to become United States citizens, injecting hints of conservative philosophy and making the test harder for many learners of the English language. The new citizenship test that went into effect on Tuesday is longer than before, with applicants now required to […]

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Pantyhose and Trash Bags: How Music Programs Are Surviving in the Pandemic

The Northern Virginia Community College campus in Annandale, Va., is home to a thriving symphony orchestra, open to students and members of the community. Despite having fewer resources and a smaller music department than most universities, it has the support of Reunion Music Society, a local nonprofit group that helped it reach record enrollment this […]

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Why School Districts Are Bringing Back Younger Children First

After a summer of uncertainty and fear about how schools across the globe would operate in a pandemic, a consensus has emerged in more and more districts: In-person teaching with young children is safer than with older ones and particularly crucial for their development. On Sunday, New York City, home to the country’s largest school […]

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Reopening Whiplash in New York City

Parents, teachers and children had only a few days to get used to the nation’s biggest school district shutting classrooms before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced another plot twist on Sunday: Students in pre-K and elementary school would return to school after all, starting on Dec. 7. But — and there is always a “but” […]

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A Week in the Life of a Baltimore School Getting Back to Class

BALTIMORE — Zia Hellman prepared to welcome her kindergarten students back to Walter P. Carter Elementary/Middle School this month the way any teacher would on the first day of school: She fussed over her classroom. Ms. Hellman, 26, dodged around the triangular desks, spaced six feet apart and taped off in blue boxes. She fretted […]

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The Exquisite Angst of Applying to College in a Deeply Anxious Year

Institutions that usually take test scores into account will have to find other ways to evaluate test-free applications like Mr. Strachan’s. At Yale, admissions officers will take a closer look at elements like teacher recommendations, high school transcripts and student writing, including the personal essay, said Mr. Quinlan, the admissions dean. That aspect also gave […]

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N.J. Governor Wants Schools Open. Local Officials Have Other Ideas.

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. — Gov. Philip D. Murphy has urged New Jersey school districts to open for some face-to-face instruction, repeatedly noting that the coronavirus spread among teachers and students was far lower than expected. Last week, as New York City was reeling from the mayor’s decision to close the nation’s largest school district, Mr. […]