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  1. Should Schools Tell Parents Their Child Identifies as Transgender? Letters, February 4

    Readers discuss why some students may adopt a new gender identity at school without their parents’ knowledge.

  2. Erasing Black History Is Not the Role of the College Board Editorial, February 4

    The way forward is confronting this history, not wishing it away.

  3. House G.O.P. Subpoenas Biden Officials for Investigating School-Related Threats Washington, February 3

    Representative Jim Jordan, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, demanded documents for an investigation into whether the government mistreated parents scrutinized after threats against school officials.

  4. New York Blocks Payments to 20 Firms That Serve Hasidic Schools Metro, February 3

    Amid concerns about fraud in the industry, the city has stopped doing business with the companies, which provide special education, primarily to yeshivas.

  5. Congress Expands Scrutiny of Junior R.O.T.C. Programs National, February 2

    Senators said they were “disturbed” by reports that schools were automatically enrolling students into the military program. Lawmakers are also examining other issues.

  6. Charter School Expansion Faces Tough Fight in New York Metro, February 2

    Gov. Kathy Hochul wants to allow more charter schools to open in New York City. But as the public school system loses students, the effort faces strong political headwinds.

  7. Ron DeSantis’s Efforts to Make Education in Florida Less ‘Woke’ Letters, February 2

    The Florida governor’s influence on an A.P. Black studies course. Also: The killing of Black men; a formidable Trump; anti-boycott bills; living without plastic.

  8. Education Firms That Serve Hasidic Schools Are Barred Amid Fraud Inquiry Metro, February 2

    New York City education officials will block payments for some companies that have billed the government to provide special education, primarily for students in yeshivas.

  9. Inside the College Board’s Revised African American Studies Curriculum National, February 2

    A guide to some changes in the curriculum, and how the new course differs from standard treatments of Black history in American high schools.

  10. The Controversy Over ‘American Dirt’ Letters, February 1

    Readers discuss criticisms of Jeanine Cummins’s novel about a woman trying to flee Mexico. Also: Marjorie Taylor Greene’s antisemitic comments; Chinese child-rearing.

  11. Coach Who Posed as a High School Player in Virginia Causes Season’s Forfeit Express, February 1

    The Portsmouth Public Schools received a report last week that an assistant coach had played in a girls’ junior varsity basketball game on Jan. 21. The team decided not to go forward with the season.

  12. ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ at 50: Those Are Magic Numbers Culture, January 31

    The educational snippets are the ultimate font of Gen X nostalgia. But what is it we’re nostalgic for?

  13. Why Black Families Are Leaving New York, and What It Means for the City Metro, January 31

    Black children in particular are disappearing from the city, and many families point to one reason: Raising children here has become too expensive.

  14. Ron DeSantis Wants to Erase Black History. Why? Op Ed, January 31

    This disturbing attempt to erase history is one of the most visible examples of performative white supremacy since the presidency of Donald Trump.

  15. Students Lost One-Third of a School Year to Pandemic, Study Finds Science, January 30

    Learning delays and regressions were most severe in developing countries and among children from low-income backgrounds. And students still haven’t caught up.

  16. How Will Chatbots Change Education? Letters, January 28

    Readers discuss how students are using artificial intelligence to write papers for them.

  17. See Workers as Workers, Not as a College Credential Editorial, January 28

    Eliminating the college degree requirement for state government jobs is both good policy and good leadership.

  18. Woman, 29, Enrolled in High School and Pretended to Be a Teenager Metro, January 26

    The woman attended classes in New Brunswick for four days before her ruse was discovered, officials said.

  19. Lloyd Morrisett, a Founder of ‘Sesame Street,’ Dies at 93 Obits, January 26

    His observations about his 3-year-old daughter’s viewing habits led him to join Joan Ganz Cooney in creating a program that revolutionized children’s television.

  20. Which Are the Best States for Raising a Family? Real Estate, January 26

    Parents have more flexibility these days to choose where they want to put down roots. A new study can help them decide.

  21. Temple Grandin and the Power of Visual Thinking Letters, January 25

    Readers agree with Ms. Grandin that it is often undervalued. Also: Kevin McCarthy’s vindictive move; action on climate change; the Supreme Court leak.

  22. Newport News School Was Warned 3 Times That 6-Year-Old Had a Gun, Lawyer Says National, January 25

    Under pressure, the school board voted to end the superintendent’s contract. Other administrators have also left the elementary school.

  23. Harvard or Happiness? 11 High School Seniors Debate College Rankings. Interactive, January 25

    Students describe the peril and promise of the college application process.

  24. ‘Get Your Hands Off Me’: Student Arrest Puts Role of School Police Under Scrutiny Video, January 25

    A Tennessee high school student was violently arrested after refusing to play kickball in gym class. Body camera footage has renewed scrutiny over the role of school police.

  25. Trans Kids Deserve Private Lives, Too Op Ed, January 24

    When students redefine their gender identity without telling their parents.

  26. 2 Students Are Fatally Shot at Youth Program in Des Moines Express, January 23

    An 18-year-old gang member has been charged with murdering two teenagers who the authorities said were in a rival gang. The founder of a program for at-risk youths was also shot and was seriously injured.

  27. Bathroom Bans for Transgender Youths Are Poised for Supreme Court Review Washington, January 23

    A recent ruling created a split among federal appeals courts on whether schools can forbid transgender students to use restrooms matching their gender identities.

  28. When Students Change Gender Identity, and Parents Don’t Know National, January 22

    Educators are facing wrenching new tensions over whether they should tell parents when students socially transition at school.

  29. Families Struggle as Pandemic Program Offering Free School Meals Ends Washington, January 22

    A federal benefit guaranteeing free school meals to millions more students has expired as food prices have risen. Many families are feeling the pinch.

  30. Florida Gives Reasons for Rejecting A.P. African American Studies Class National, January 22

    The state’s Department of Education cites examples of what it calls “the woke indoctrination” of students.

  31. Canada Settles $2 Billion Suit Over ‘Cultural Genocide’ at Residential Schools Foreign, January 21

    The class action, brought by 325 First Nations, said that residential schools, sanctioned by the government, eroded Indigenous cultures and languages.

  32. How Charlie Javice Got JPMorgan to Pay $175 Million for … What Exactly? Sunday Business, January 21

    A young founder promised to simplify the college financial aid process. It was a compelling pitch. Especially, as now seems likely, to those with little firsthand knowledge of financial aid.

  33. La guerra en Ucrania continúa. También la escuela en Español, January 20

    En Kiev, la capital ucraniana, los ataques rusos y los cortes de electricidad forman parte de la jornada escolar. Profesores y alumnos siguen adelante con determinación.

  34. More Evidence of Children’s Graves Is Found at Former Indigenous School Foreign, January 19

    The finding, announced by the Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum Nation, comes from one of several searches underway at former Indigenous schools across Canada.

  35. 6-Year-Old Accused of Shooting Teacher in Virginia Has ‘Acute Disability,’ Family Says National, January 19

    The child had previously been accompanied by a parent every day in school, but that stopped the week of the shooting, his family said.

  36. Florida Rejects A.P. African American Studies Class National, January 19

    The state’s Department of Education said in a letter that the course content was “inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value.”

  37. When Mental Illness Afflicts the Young Letters, January 18

    A psychiatrist and two social workers write about stigma and discrimination. Also: Presidential papers; gas stoves; transgender courage; writing and thinking.

  38. How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech Business, January 18

    Dutch privacy negotiators have spurred major changes at Google, Microsoft and Zoom, using a landmark European data protection law as a lever.

  39. China Helped Raise My American Kids, and They Turned Out Fine Op Ed, January 18

    U.S. polarization and live-shooter drills make me miss my Chinese government co-parent.

  40. School Is in Session, Power or Not Foreign, January 17

    In Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, Russian strikes and power outages are part of the school day. Teachers and students press on with resolve.

  41. Brooklyn’s Lifeguard Factory Is Open Again Metropolitan, January 14

    A high school in Bushwick is coaxing teenagers into a long-neglected pool, turning nonswimmers into competitors — and possibly a summer job in a lifeguard chair.

  42. School Searched 6-Year-Old’s Backpack Before Newport News Shooting, Officials Say National, January 13

    No weapon was found during the search, according to the school district. The 6-year-old boy is accused of later shooting his teacher.

  43. ChatGPT Transforms a Classroom and Is ‘M3GAN’ Real? Podcasts, January 13

    Also, why teenagers are buying old digital cameras.

  44. Could Black Flight Change a Model of Integration? Real Estate, January 13

    American suburbs have long faced the issue of white families leaving as more residents of color move in. But in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Black families, upset about changes in the schools, are trickling to nearby suburbs.

  45. Así es como Finlandia enseña a los chicos a detectar la desinformación en Español, January 13

    La alfabetización mediática es parte del plan de estudios nacional desde preescolar. Los estudiantes del país nórdico son de los más resilientes contra la desinformación en Europa.

  46. Budget Slashes 3-K for New York City Children Metro, January 13

    Mayor Eric Adams’s budget proposal retains funding for the police, sanitation and housing, but 3-K will no longer become universal for city preschoolers.

  47. Norm Fruchter, Champion of Equal Access to Education, Dies at 85 Obits, January 12

    A lawsuit he helped initiate to change how the state allocates aid to localities reaped a bonanza for New York City schools.

  48. Don’t Ban ChatGPT in Schools. Teach With It. Business, January 12

    OpenAI’s new chatbot is raising fears of cheating on homework, but its potential as an educational tool outweighs its risks.

  49. Panic Buttons, Classroom Locks: How Schools Have Boosted Security National, January 12

    A new survey shows increased investments in safety measures over the past five years. Yet there are more campus gun incidents than ever.

  50. Nuestra deuda con los pensadores visuales en Español, January 12

    Las competencias de las personas que piensan en imágenes es esencial para encontrar la solución a muchos problemas de la sociedad. Y les estamos fallando.

  51. Education Firms Charged With Stealing $2.8 Million in Child Care Funds Metro, January 11

    The companies, which mainly served the Orthodox Jewish community, billed the government for services that they never provided, federal prosecutors said.

  52. How Finland Is Teaching a Generation to Spot Misinformation Express, January 10

    The Nordic country is testing new ways to teach students about propaganda. Here’s what other countries can learn from its success.

  53. Three-Quarters of Teenagers Have Seen Online Pornography by Age 17 Business, January 10

    Sexually explicit content has become so prevalent online that teenagers are deluged, according to a new report by a nonprofit child advocacy group.

  54. 6-Year-Old Brought Gun From Home in Newport News School Shooting, Police Say National, January 9

    The wounded teacher went to the school office and said “call 911” before collapsing, a witness said.

  55. Speaker, Speaker, What Do You See? I See MAGA Looking at Me. Op Ed, January 9

    Kevin McCarthy gets his chance to bang the gavel.

  56. Temple Grandin: Society Is Failing Visual Thinkers, and That Hurts Us All Op Ed, January 9

    American schools are screening out too many of our visual and spatial thinkers.

  57. After 6-Year-Old Is Accused in School Shooting, Many Questions and a Murky Legal Path National, January 8

    The teacher who was shot was in stable condition on Saturday, the police said, but details surrounding the gun remained unknown.

  58. Arkansas Man Arrested in Theft of 1,500-Year-Old Church Relics Express, January 7

    The man is accused of smashing open the altar of the Subiaco Abbey church with a hammer and stealing the ancient relics inside.

  59. What Went Unsaid in the Chief Justice’s Report on the Judiciary Op Ed, January 7

    Chief Justice John Roberts did not mention any of the many issues that swirled around the court last year.

  60. Dr. Anthony Fauci, ‘an Iconic Public Servant’ Letters, December 14

    Readers laud Dr. Fauci for becoming a trusted voice on medical science. Also: Sandy Hook; a hospital model; learning during the pandemic; military spending.

  61. There’s a Reason There Aren’t Enough Teachers in America. Many Reasons, Actually. Op Ed, December 14

    We are going about education reform all wrong.

  62. Florida Lawmaker Charged With Pandemic Aid Fraud National, December 8

    State Representative Joe Harding, a sponsor of the law that critics have called “Don’t Say Gay,” is accused of illegally obtaining or trying to obtain more than $150,000 in loans.

  63. Sizing Up the First ‘Normal’ School Year N Y T Now, November 23

    Plus, the White House is optimistic about winter.

  64. Masks Cut Covid Spread in Schools, Study Finds Science, November 10

    In a so-called natural experiment, two school districts in Boston maintained masking after mandates had been lifted in others, enabling a unique comparison.

  65. Pandemic Learning Loss Is Not an Emergency Op Ed, October 29

    In a vacuum, test score declines look like bad news. But none of this happened in a vacuum.

  66. More Than 100 N.Y.C. Middle Schools Will Drop Selective Screens Metro, October 26

    Local districts decided whether to allow middle schools to use grades in choosing students. The majority chose to keep a less competitive lottery system that began during the pandemic.

  67. Math Scores Fell in Nearly Every State, and Reading Dipped on National Exam National, October 24

    The results, from what is known as the nation’s report card, offer the most definitive picture yet of the pandemic’s devastating impact on students.

  68. How One School Is Beating the Odds in Math, the Pandemic’s Hardest-Hit Subject National, October 15

    Benjamin Franklin Elementary in Connecticut overhauled the way it taught — and the way it ran the classroom. Every minute counted.

  69. Russia’s New Onslaught Against Ukraine Letters, October 10

    Readers respond to the latest Russian attacks in Ukraine. Also: The wonders of math; pandemic spending; Republicans and crime.

  70. Back to School and Back to Normal. Or at Least Close Enough. Special Sections, October 6

    As school began this year, we sent reporters to find out how much — or how little — has changed since the pandemic changed everything.

  71. Could Tutoring Be the Best Tool for Fighting Learning Loss? Special Sections, October 6

    In-school tutoring is not a silver bullet. But it may help students and schools reduce some pandemic-related slides in achievement.

  72. With Online Learning, ‘Let’s Take a Breath and See What Worked and Didn’t Work’ Special Sections, October 6

    The massive expansion of online higher education created a worldwide laboratory to finally assess its value and its future.

  73. Meeting the Mental Health Challenge in School and at Home Special Sections, October 6

    From kindergarten through college, educators are experimenting with ways to ease the stress students are facing — not only from the pandemic, but from life itself.

  74. N.Y.C. Children Held Ground in Reading, but Lagged in Math, Tests Show Metro, September 28

    The first standardized test results that capture how most city schoolchildren did during the pandemic offered a mixed picture.

  75. How Big Were Pandemic Learning Losses, Really? Op Ed, September 21

    Despite the Covid disruption, school test score declines look pretty modest.

  76. Burnout, Productivity and Other Tales of the Office Letters, September 19

    Readers discuss new aspects of the workplace during the pandemic. Also: A political balance; Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Gorbachev; student newspapers.

  77. When Schools Don’t Educate Their Students Letters, September 13

    Readers discuss an investigation into the lack of secular education at New York’s yeshivas. Also: Outdoor dining; climate-crisis deniers.

  78. Want to Regain Parents’ Trust, Public Health Institutions? Be Humble. Op Ed, September 10

    Definitive statements on open questions isn’t the way.

  79. American Schools Got a $190 Billion Covid Windfall. Where Is It Going? Magazine, September 8

    Unprecedented federal aid could help schools dig out of pandemic problems — if they can figure out how to spend it in time.

  80. N.Y.C. Schools Reopen With Focus on Recovery From Pandemic Losses Metro, September 8

    “We need to show them: We’re back,” said the head of the principals’ union as children return to school Thursday with Covid restrictions largely ended.

  81. Can America’s Schoolchildren Recover From the Pandemic? Op Ed, September 7

    Students are struggling, and not just on standardized tests.

  82. At Head Start, Masks Remain On, Despite C.D.C. Guidelines National, September 7

    Some of the nation’s poorest pre-K students are the last still under mask mandates, affecting enrollment.

  83. School Is for Everyone Op Ed, September 1

    Our democracy sprouts in the nursery of public schools — where students grapple, together, with our messy history and learn to negotiate differences.

  84. School Is for Wasting Time and Money Op Ed, September 1

    I have deep doubts about the intellectual and social value of schooling.

  85. These 12 Teachers Don’t See Themselves as Superheroes Interactive, September 1

    Twelve public school teachers joined Times Opinion to discuss the state of education today.

  86. The Pandemic Erased Two Decades of Progress in Math and Reading National, September 1

    The results of a national test showed just how devastating the last two years have been for 9-year-old schoolchildren, especially the most vulnerable.

  87. How Bad Is the Teacher Shortage? Depends Where You Live. National, August 29

    Urgently needed: teachers in struggling districts, certified in math or special education. Perks: maybe a pay raise, or how about a four-day week?

  88. ‘Why Was It So Hard?’: How the Pandemic Changed Our Children Book Review, August 23

    “The Stolen Year,” by Anya Kamenetz, is an account of Covid’s devastating effects on American youth.

  89. Your Tuesday Briefing: Political Turmoil in Pakistan N Y T Now, August 22

    Plus the Philippines reopens schools and China raises interest rates.

  90. Philippines Returns to School, Ending One of World’s Longest Shutdowns Foreign, August 22

    More than two years after Covid emptied their classrooms, students are resuming in-person learning. The lost time will be hard to make up.

  91. Lo que debes saber para proteger a tus hijos de la viruela del mono en Español, August 22

    Según los expertos, los niños no tienen riesgo alto de infección. Pero ofrecen consejos para cuidar a todos en el regreso a clases, desde los más pequeños hasta los universitarios.

  92. How to Protect Against Monkeypox as School Starts Well, August 17

    Experts say children are not at a high risk of infection. But they have advice to keep everyone — from toddlers to college kids — safe.

  93. Covid and N.Y.C. Schools: Back to Class, and Finally Back to Normal? Metropolitan, August 17

    The city Education Department has ended most Covid restrictions for students, although teachers still have to be vaccinated.

  94. Los CDC emitieron nuevos lineamientos para la covid. Esto hay que saber en Español, August 16

    En las nuevas recomendaciones la carga de la protección recae en los individuos. A continuación explicamos cómo proceder.

  95. A Campaign Tactic by Democrats: Smart? Risky? Unethical? Letters, August 14

    Readers debate the party’s strategy of supporting far-right G.O.P. candidates it thinks it can beat. Also: Covid and schools; Ukraine’s students; Kansas and abortion.

  96. What the New C.D.C. Guidelines Mean for You Science, August 12

    The new recommendations put the onus on individuals to protect themselves. Here’s how to navigate them.

  97. C.D.C. Eases Covid Guidelines, Noting Virus Is ‘Here to Stay’ Science, August 11

    The new guidelines eliminate quarantines and put less emphasis on social distancing, routine surveillance testing and contact tracing.

  98. Here’s What School Covid Policies Should Look Like This Year Op Ed, August 4

    The crisis kids face at this point in the pandemic is not the virus but the cost of so many years of disrupted school.

  99. Hochul says N.Y. students probably won’t have to mask, but keeps a public transit mandate. Metro, July 20

    As coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths in New York tick up as a result of the rapidly spreading Omicron subvariant known as BA.5, Gov. Kathy Hochul held her first Covid briefing in months.

  100. Hochul says N.Y. students probably won’t have to mask, but keeps a public transit mandate. Metro, July 20

    As coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths in New York tick up as a result of the rapidly spreading Omicron subvariant known as BA.5, Gov. Kathy Hochul held her first Covid briefing in months.

  101. Students Are Learning Well Again. But Full Recovery? That’s a Long Way Off. National, July 19

    A new report estimates that it may take students at least three to five years to recover from the pandemic. Federal relief money will most likely have run out by then.

  102. Hawaii, the last state with an indoor mask mandate for public schools, will make masks optional. National, July 13

    Masks will become optional in Hawaii’s schools when the new academic year starts on Aug. 1, as the state tries for “a more normal classroom experience this fall,” a state health official said.

  103. Why Judges Keep Recusing Themselves From a N.Y.C. Vaccine Mandate Case Metro, July 1

    The city’s teachers, who sued over vaccine requirements, said the judges assigned to the case owned thousands of dollars of Covid-19 vaccine-maker stock, which could affect their rulings.

  104. Covid Stopped the Music. Now This School Is Striking Up the Band Again. Metro, June 19

    Young violists and sax players in Brooklyn get reacquainted with their instruments, and with one another: “You have to play in harmony.”

  105. Covid Stopped the Music. Now This School Is Striking Up the Band Again. Metro, June 19

    Young violists and sax players in Brooklyn get reacquainted with their instruments, and with one another: “You have to play in harmony.”

  106. N.Y.C. is lifting a mask mandate for toddlers on Monday. Metro, June 9

    New York City is still strongly recommending that masks be worn indoors for people of all ages, however, as new, confirmed coronavirus cases still remain at a high level despite recent declines.

  107. 362 School Counselors on the Pandemic’s Effect on Children: ‘Anxiety Is Filling Our Kids’ Interactive, May 29

    In a Times survey, counselors said students are behind in their abilities to learn, cope and relate.

  108. Some universities and schools in the U.S. are reimposing indoor mask mandates. National, May 25

    The moves are a sign that while the academic year may be coming to a close, the pandemic is still not.

  109. Philadelphia reinstates a mask mandate in schools. National, May 23

    With cases rising again, the superintendent said that as the pandemic evolves, “so too will our response to it.”

  110. A Thank-You Note to Teachers After a Year of Attacks Op Ed, May 23

    Today’s culture wars treat teachers like political prisoners or, even worse, the enemy.

  111. With Plunging Enrollment, a ‘Seismic Hit’ to Public Schools National, May 17

    The pandemic has supercharged the decline in the nation’s public school system in ways that experts say will not easily be reversed.

  112. Nearing a Grim Milestone: One Million U.S. Covid Deaths Letters, May 13

    Readers ponder an impending horrible milestone. Also: Grief in our times; college debt; policies and public opinion; students’ letters.

  113. Why Is the Supreme Court So Secretive? Letters, May 10

    Readers call for more openness and discuss judicial restraint and the justices’ religious beliefs. Also: Mask decisions; Twitter’s dark side; skipping school.

  114. ‘Not Good for Learning’ N Y T Now, May 5

    New research is showing the high costs of long school closures in some communities.

  115. In Florida, Social-Emotional Learning + Math = Rejection Letters, May 2

    Readers discuss the Florida Department of Education’s objections to some of the topics in math textbooks. Also: The Ukraine war; mask mandates.