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With an Influx of Covid Relief Funds, States Spend on Schools

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State Legislation Restricting the Teaching of Racial History

The latest culture war in education is being fought over how schools teach racial issues…

CDC and School District Strategies on How, When To Reopen Schools

New guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July and August 2021…

What’s Behind The Legislative Push to Ban Transgender Athletes

Last year, Idaho became the first state to ban transgender student athletes from…

Parsing the Evidence Requirements of Federal Covid Aid

School districts are grappling with how to spend the latest and largest installment of…

Getting to Yes on Covid Relief Spending

The U.S. Education Department’s new guidance on spending Covid relief aid for K-12 schools…

National Trends in School Openings Since January

FutureEd has produced a national school-opening trend line by aggregating weekly…

Education Spending in Congressional Covid Plans

 For a full account of Congressional Covid-19 aid, read our explainer.

Education in the 2021 State of the State Addresses

When governors delivered their State of the State addresses this winter — often via…

The Pandemic and the Educational Opportunity Gap

Students in the nation’s wealthiest school districts have greater access to hybrid instructional approaches, which…

How Governors Are Using Their CARES Act Education Dollars

Back in March, when the coronavirus crisis first shuttered schools and universities, Congress dedicated some…

What the Pandemic Means for the Free College Movement

    At a time when families are losing jobs and…

A Debate on School Reopening Plays Out on Twitter

The reopening of schools and the wearing of masks have dominated the national coronavirus debate…

Roadmaps to Reopening: States’ Guidance to Schools on Masks and More

As political leaders debate the merits of reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic, state education…

Tracking State Coronavirus Legislation

Coronavirus has shaken nearly every aspect of the education sector. Widespread closures prevent…

The Supreme Court Supports Aid to Religious Schools

The Supreme Court has handed down a ruling that would effectively allow more public dollars…

A New, Higher Bar for Title IX Complaints

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has released new federal regulations for Title IX,…

Where Biden and Sanders Stand On Education

While leading Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have…

Education in 2020 State of the States Addresses

Across the country, governors are delivering state of the state addresses filled with proposals for…

A Primer on Student-Based Budgeting

School district superintendents have to make hundreds of decisions every year, from weather-based school closings…

The Geography of Risk: Skipping School Vaccinations

The measles outbreak earlier this year prompted some states to reconsider their approach to…

Where College is Already Free

Research and graphic by FutureEd Research Associate Rachel Grich   The…

How $7 Billion Helped Students in Distressed Schools

The New York Times Learning section created a graphic representation of the findings from…

New Strategies for Measuring Poverty in Schools

    For decades, the federal Free and Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL)…

Elevating Teaching and Learning in Tennessee

A FutureEd report, Scaling Reform, documents how Tennessee has enhanced its learning standards for…

Tapping Federal Dollars to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama in late 2015, requires schools…

How Did ESSA’s “Non-Academic” Indicator Get So Academic?

When Congress rewrote the federal No Child Left Behind Act to give states greater…

What We Know—And Need to Know—About Private-School Choice

Private-school choice is at the top of the Trump administration’s education agenda. And it’s expanding…

Elevating Teaching Lifts a City’s Schools

Read the story: How D.C, Schools are Revolutionizing Teaching Infographic by …

Candice Jackson: In Her Own Words

Candice Jackson, the acting chief of the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, calls…

Private School Choice Across the States

With President Donald Trump pledging to spend federal money to send students to private schools,…