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  1. In the Fight Over How to Teach Reading, This Guru Makes a Major Retreat U.S., Today

    Lucy Calkins, a leading literacy expert, has rewritten her curriculum to include a fuller embrace of phonics and the science of reading. Critics may not be appeased.

  2. What’s the Best Way to Find a Gifted 4-Year-Old? New York, May 20

    New York City has abandoned its test to screen for gifted and talented children. Now the responsibility of choosing students falls squarely on teacher recommendations.

  3. With Plunging Enrollment, a ‘Seismic Hit’ to Public Schools U.S., 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.

  4. The Government Gave Out Bad Loans. Students Deserve a Bailout. Opinion, May 17

    Biden’s $10,000 in relief isn’t enough.

  5. New Biden Administration Rules for Charter Schools Spur Bipartisan Backlash U.S., May 13

    Critics of the proposal say the rules are overly restrictive and would stymie the growth of charter schools, whose 3.6 million students are largely Black and Hispanic.

  6. Nearing a Grim Milestone: One Million U.S. Covid Deaths Opinion, May 13

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

  7. Mayor Adams Unveils Program to Address Dyslexia in N.Y.C. Schools New York, May 12

    The mayor, who has dyslexia himself, would open two new schools, train teachers and direct schools to use phonics-based lessons as a way to address a literacy crisis in the city.

  8. Report Catalogs Abuse of Native American Children at Former Government Schools U.S., May 11

    Interior Secretary Deb Haaland called for a review last year, after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves of children who attended similar schools in Canada.

  9. Why Is the Supreme Court So Secretive? Opinion, 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.

  10. What I Want My Kids to Learn About American Racism Opinion, May 10

    Calling out racism is part of the work, not all of it. After you get rid of the things you don’t like, you need to build the things you do.

  11. In Europe’s Schoolyards, Putin’s War Hurts Russian-Speaking Children World, May 9

    Across the continent, pupils face bullying, harassment and humiliation over the invasion of Ukraine, another perverse effect of a war that is overwhelmingly affecting the innocent.

  12. A Haven for L.G.B.T.Q. Students in the Heart of Alabama U.S., May 8

    The Magic City Acceptance Academy, a public charter school, finally opened last year after several attempts. Students there have watched state legislators debate their future in real time.

  13. Florida Releases Reviews That Led to Rejection of Math Textbooks U.S., May 7

    To explain its puzzling rejection of dozens of textbooks, the state released 6,000 pages of comments, revealing an often confusing and divisive process.

  14. Teenagers’ Views of the News Opinion, May 7

    We invited high school students to write letters reacting to a recent article, and here are some of our favorites.

  15. Pre-K Is Powerful if Done Right. Here’s How. Opinion, May 6

    Low-quality pre-K programs can be worse than useless. High-quality ones can change lives.

  16. Texas Governor Ready to Challenge Schooling of Migrant Children U.S., May 5

    Gov. Greg Abbott may target a 1982 Supreme Court ruling that requires schools to educate undocumented children. Some conservatives see an opening for a fresh look at old precedents.

  17. ‘Not Good for Learning’ Briefing, May 5

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

  18. I Just Want My Kid to Learn Algebra. Does That Make Me a Culture Warrior? Opinion, May 4

    Americans still underperform in math. That, not debates about testing and social emotional learning, should be our focus.

  19. Teacher Suspended for Telling Students to Pick Cotton in Slavery Lesson New York, May 2

    Parents at a school in Rochester, N.Y., said Patrick Rausch, a white social studies teacher, had also instructed his seventh-grade students to call him “massah.”

  20. In Florida, Social-Emotional Learning + Math = Rejection Opinion, 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.

  21. Bangladesh Shutters Dozens of Schools Set Up by Rohingya in Camps World, May 2

    More than 30 schools, teaching tens of thousands of Rohingya students, were closed in Bangladesh, where officials are said to have feared the schools would encourage the refugees to stay permanently.

  22. Learning More Briefing, May 2

    Why did U.S. schools make so much progress in the 1990s and early 2000s?

  23. How a Debut Graphic Memoir Became the Most Banned Book in the Country Books, May 1

    Maia Kobabe’s book “Gender Queer,” about coming out as nonbinary, landed the author at the center of a battle over which books belong in schools, and who gets to make that decision.

  24. Tus hijos pueden manejar las ideas peligrosas en Español, May 1

    Quiero que mis hijas lean, vean y escuchen cualquier cosa que despierte su interés, aunque a mí no me guste.

  25. Wonking Out: Education Has Less to Do With Inequality Than You Think Opinion, April 29

    College debtors aren’t a privileged class.

  26. Seven Lessons Democrats Need to Learn — Fast Opinion, April 28

    Retooling the party for an age of disorder.

  27. Vote on N.Y.C. School Funding Will ‘Blow Up’ System, Chancellor Says New York, April 28

    The Panel for Educational Policy blocked the Adams administration’s funding formula, a move that may delay school budgets for the coming year.

  28. The L.A. Riots Were 30 Years Ago. I’m Still Trying to Understand Them. Magazine, April 28

    In 1992, Héctor Tobar was a young reporter at The Los Angeles Times when the city erupted in violence. What really happened — and what didn’t?

  29. What Were the L.A. Riots? Interactive, April 28

    After the police officers who beat Rodney King were acquitted, Los Angeles went to war with itself. The violence lasted a week, but its causes stretched back years.

  30. The Revolt of the College-Educated Working Class Business, April 28

    Since the Great Recession, the college-educated have taken more frontline jobs at companies like Starbucks and Amazon. Now they’re helping to unionize them.

  31. Your Kids Can Handle Dangerous Ideas Opinion, April 28

    Parents seem to be freaking out over everything their kids see, read and do.

  32. The Supreme Court Considers a Football Coach’s Prayers The Daily, April 27

    The justices’ decision could have broad implications for freedom of religion — and freedom from it.

  33. Three Opinion Writers on Why the G.O.P. Can’t Stop Saying ‘Gay’ Opinion, April 27

    A left-right debate on the overblown gender panic gripping American politics.

  34. La confrontación política llega a Disney en Español, April 26

    La política sustentada en teorías de la conspiración arriba al Mundo Mágico.

  35. Elon Musk’s Promise to Promote Free Speech on Twitter Opinion, April 26

    Readers are split over whether this prospect should be cheered or feared. Also: A hard-line U.S. message to Russia; parents and teachers.

  36. Have You Witnessed Bad Behavior in Youth Sports? The Learning Network, April 26

    Unruly parents, players and coaches are driving a referee shortage. Do you think sports officials are treated unfairly?

  37. The Attack on Big Mouse Is Also an Assault on Democracy Opinion, April 25

    Conspiracy-theory politics catches up with Disney.

  38. Supreme Court Allows Elite High School’s New Admissions Rules U.S., April 25

    A group including parents of Asian American students challenged the new criteria at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia.

  39. Supreme Court Leans Toward Coach in Case on School Prayer U.S., April 25

    Members of the court’s conservative majority indicated that the coach, Joseph A. Kennedy, had a constitutional right to kneel and pray at the 50-yard line after games.

  40. Amid a Rise in Shootings, New York’s Children Confront a Wave of Grief New York, April 25

    At least 40 children and teenagers have been shot this year, taking a toll on young people whose lives have already been disrupted by the pandemic.

  41. How Good Is Your Sense of Direction? The Learning Network, April 25

    Do you use your own internal compass to get from place to place? Or do you depend on a smartphone map?

  42. What We Know About the DeSantis-Disney Rift U.S., April 24

    The Florida governor and state lawmakers revoked the theme park’s special tax status in an ongoing battle that escalated over a recently passed education bill.

  43. He Fuels the Right’s Cultural Fires (and Spreads Them to Florida) U.S., April 24

    Christopher Rufo helped make critical race theory a conservative rallying cry. Now he sees L.G.B.T.Q. issues as an even more potent line of attack.

  44. What Does the Curriculum Look Like in Your School? U.S., April 23

    We want to hear from you.

  45. How to Make School Board Culture Wars Even Worse Opinion, April 23

    Tennessee has a plan for that.

  46. Coach’s Prayers Prompt Supreme Court Test of Religious Freedom U.S., April 23

    Joseph Kennedy, a football coach at a public high school in Washington State, lost his job after praying on the 50-yard line after games.

  47. The ‘Unbelievable, Horrible, Crushing Weight’ of Student Loans Podcasts, April 22

    And why it doesn’t have to be like this.

  48. Punishing Disney, DeSantis Signals a Lasting G.O.P. Brawl With Business U.S., April 22

    Gov. Ron DeSantis’s move to revoke the company’s special tax status in Florida showed how combative his party has grown toward corporations that are increasingly taking a stand on political issues.

  49. 6 Kids Speak Out Against Hair Discrimination Magazine, April 22

    They talked to The New York Times for Kids about being singled out at school for how they wear their hair. Now they’re fighting for legislation so other kids won’t go through the same thing.

  50. Quinta Brunson Knows Why America Was Ready for ‘Abbott Elementary’ Interactive, March 28

    “Finally, network has a good understanding of the millennial way. Networks 10 years ago were like: “What the hell are you guys talking about? You sound crazy.’”

  51. Read the document Interactive, February 11

    The statement issued Thursday by the Karnataka High Court in Bangalore, the state capital.

  52. Training for a Double Dutch Competition Interactive, December 4

    Watch two teams practice for the 30th anniversary of the Double Dutch Holiday Classic at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

  53. How One N.Y.C. Teen Navigated the Pandemic and Made It to Her Senior Year Interactive, November 22

    We spent six months with Genesis, one of one million New York City students who has lived through the most disrupted moment in the modern history of public education.

  54. On the Scene: Vaccine Clinics Open at Schools Interactive, November 9

    A weeklong effort to vaccine children ages 5-11 began at New York City schools this week.

  55. Weekly Health Quiz: Exercise, Alcohol and Low-Carb Diets Interactive, September 30

    Test your knowledge of this week’s health news.

  56. What to Know About New York’s First Day of School Interactive, September 13

    The city's 1 million students return to classrooms today, many for the first time since March 2020.

  57. How to Choose School Supplies Interactive, August 26

    What to look for in backpacks, lunch boxes, and pencils.

  58. A Virus Expert’s Advice for Safe Schools Interactive, August 5

    What the spread of the Delta variant means for sending kids back to the classroom.

  59. Read the Petition to N.J. Supreme Court Interactive, June 28

    St. Theresa School argued in a court document that it was the school’s First Amendment right to fire the pregnant teacher.

  60. New York Is Back. Now It Has a Second Chance. Interactive, June 8

    America’s greatest city is beating the pandemic. Can it also recover from decades of division and neglect?

  61. Who Should Lead New York City? Interactive, May 13

    Here are the mayoral candidates in their own words, so voters can make up their own minds.

  62. 12 Moms on Their Secret Strengths Interactive, May 6

    Moms spend a lot of time cataloging their failures. This Mother’s Day, revel in your talents.

  63. When a School Restarts but Students Can’t Interactive, May 5

    Working on the audio documentary “Odessa” gave one producer a painful look at the post-lockdown emotional struggles of teenagers.

  64. Ouvrir les fenêtres, essentiel à la réouverture des écoles Interactive, March 22

    Une simulation des flux d’air dans une vraie salle de classe à New York montre que des mesures simples de ventilation peuvent réduire le risque d’exposition au coronavirus.

  65. Should Your School Be Fully Open? Here’s What the C.D.C. Says Interactive, March 2

    Few counties in the United States meet the C.D.C.’s guidelines to avoid major restrictions on reopening schools, according to a New York Times analysis.

  66. Para reabrir las escuelas hay que abrir las ventanas Interactive, March 1

    Una simulación del flujo de aire en un aula real de la ciudad de Nueva York muestra que la simple ventilación y la filtración pueden reducir la probabilidad de exposición al coronavirus.

  67. Why Opening Windows Is a Key to Reopening Schools Interactive, February 26

    A simulation of airflow in a real New York City classroom shows how simple ventilation and filtration can reduce the probability of coronavirus exposure.

  68. First Students Return to Chicago Classrooms Interactive, February 11

    A deal between the city and its teachers' union cleared the way for prekindergarten and special needs students. More will follow.

  69. The State of the Virus: A Notable Decline in New Cases Interactive, February 5

    A look at this week’s news from the team tracking the coronavirus.

  70. Where Are U.S. Teachers Ineligible to Be Vaccinated? Interactive, February 4

    Even in states where teachers are allowed to get shots, a sudden expansion of vaccine eligibility, combined with a limited supply of doses, has made it difficult for some to make appointments.

  71. Grading Education in the Pandemic Interactive, January 25

    There are 13,000 school districts in the U.S. Here is how some are faring.

  72. A Big List of Podcasts for Little Kids Interactive, January 21

    To keep your little ones occupied, look no further than the world of podcasts. Here are a few ideas for kids ages 2 to 6.

  73. What It’s Like to Attend School on a Phone Interactive, January 14

    From the basement apartment she shares with her mom, Taniya Ria is one of tens of thousands of students who spent time trying to navigate remote learning on a phone.

  74. General Austin: A Role Model for Young Black Americans Letters, December 24

    A reader praises President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for defense secretary. Also: Stresses in teaching today.

  75. What if Remote Learning Slows Them Down? Interactive, December 22

    Bianca Barragán is counting on her children’s bilingual education program to teach them English. From afar, that’s a challenge.

  76. These Buses Bring School to Students Interactive, December 17

    Remote learning is extra hard for millions of students who lack reliable internet at home. Wi-Fi buses are the solution in this Michigan community.

  77. New Virus, Old Enemy Interactive, November 16

    The U.S. military’s past battles with Infectious disease have helped it fight off coronavirus.

  78. How N.Y.C.’s Plan to Open Schools Fell Apart Interactive, September 17

    Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled the start of in-person classes for the country’s largest school system just three days before they were set to begin, sowing even more confusing among parents and educators.

  79. ‘The Science Should Not Stand in the Way,’ McEnany Says of Reopening Schools Video, July 16

    The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said President Trump wants schools to reopen despite the rise in coronavirus cases.

  80. The Gaps Between White and Black America, in Charts Interactive, June 19

    Racism is at the heart of our nation’s inequality.

  81. 6 Steps to Become a Better Reader Interactive, May 27

    You want to read more but are having a hard time staying focused? This list will help keep you on track.

  82. Can You Break the Pull of a ZIP Code? Most Can’t Interactive, May 14

    Our cities’ teachers on how children’s neighborhoods at birth shape their lives.

  83. How Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts Birthed the Contemporary Avant-Garde Interactive, April 13

    A city poised on the edge of Europe and the rest of the world became the incubator for talents like Dries Van Noten, Luc Tuymans and Ann Demeulemeester.

  84. Remote Learning Comes to America as Coronavirus Shuts Schools Interactive, March 10

    Facing the threat of the coronavirus, schools around the country are trying a new experiment in distance learning on a mass scale. We followed one family through the experience.

  85. School Closings Over Coronavirus in New York and New Jersey Interactive, March 9

    Here is a growing list of public and private schools, as well as colleges and universities, that have suspended or altered classes in the local effort to curb the outbreak.

  86. How Do We Sing Our ABC’s? L-M-N-O-Please Not Like That Express, October 30

    What happens if you alter the alphabet song so that you don’t have to condense the 12th through 16th letters into a single breath? Some people get angry.

  87. Woodie Flowers, Who Made Science a Competitive Sport, Dies at 75 Obits, October 24

    His hands-on methods of teaching mechanical engineering at M.I.T. made him a star on campus (and on PBS) and led to student contests on a global scale.

  88. National Democrats Signal Support as Chicago Teachers’ Strike Stretches On National, October 22

    Senator Elizabeth Warren was among several Democratic presidential candidates voicing support for the strike in the country’s third-largest school district.

  89. Back to School Shopping Made Easy Interactive, July 23

    Send your kids to school with A+ supplies that will last the year through. We worked with the experts at Wirecutter to compile this list of essentials that’ll make shopping for school supplies a breeze.

  90. House Votes to Give ‘Dreamers’ a Path to Citizenship Washington, June 4

    The House voted Tuesday to give 2.5 million young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, a defiant gesture as President Trump pushes a crackdown on migrants.

  91. How New York’s Elite Public Schools Lost Their Black and Hispanic Students Interactive, June 3

    At one school, black and Hispanic enrollment plummeted to 14 percent from 50 percent. At another, it went to 4 percent. “What has happened?” a black alumna asked.

  92. Bernie Sanders’s Education Plan Laments Rise of Charter Schools Express, May 18

    In a 10-point declaration of his education policy priorities, the Vermont senator framed efforts to curtail charter schools as a means to “desegregate” public education.

  93. Eloquent Voices: Teens React to The Times Letters, April 20

    High schoolers offer their views on violence in El Salvador, suicide, transgender people, leggings, Asian stereotypes and more.

  94. Raniya Wright, 10, Died of Natural Causes, Not Because of School Fight, Officials Say Express, April 19

    Investigators said that Raniya, whose death caused an outpouring of grief and made national headlines, had a birth defect that caused a blood vessel in her brain to burst.

  95. Learning About Our Democracy Letters, April 17

    A social studies teacher says students can grapple with difficult ideas.

  96. Facing Segregated Schools, Parents Took Integration Into Their Own Hands. It’s Working. Metro, April 16

    Changes to middle school enrollment in parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan could force City Hall to take action on school segregation.

  97. Measles Outbreak: Yeshiva’s Preschool Program Is Closed by New York City Health Officials Metro, April 15

    The program is the first one to be closed as part of the city’s escalating effort to stem the country’s largest measles outbreak in decades.

  98. Cursive Seemed to Go the Way of Quills and Parchment. Now It’s Coming Back. Express, April 13

    Defenders of the writing style have lobbied to revive it in schools, igniting a debate about American values and exposing intergenerational fault lines.