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$5.8B in student debt being erased for the disabled

More than 323,000 borrowers with significant or permanent disabilities will be relieved of a total of about $5.8 billion in student debt beginning in September, the U.S. Education Department announced.

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Civil rights probes over school masks

Five states with Republican governors that banned school districts from requiring masks are facing civil rights investigations opened Aug. 30 by the federal Education Department.

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COVID-19 pandemic widens student learning gaps

The COVID-19 pandemic slowed progress and widened learning gaps for students in grades 3-8 in math and reading during the 2020-2021 school year, according to national data released July 28 by the testing group NWEA.

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Florida becomes 8th state to ban trans girls from school sports

Florida became the eighth state in the nation to ban transgender girls from participating in girls' sports in school when the state's Republican governor signed a bill into law at the start of LGBTQ Pride Month.


Right to unionize will be on Illinois ballot

Voters in Illinois will determine in 2022 whether collective bargaining is a constitutional right.

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Most schools will return to in-person learning in the fall

Schools around the country are planning a return to widespread in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year, with some districts completely eliminating remote learning.

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Hunts Point Market workers win big raise

A weeklong strike at the Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx ended on Jan. 23 with workers winning their largest pay raise in decades and more money for health coverage. More than 1,400 workers, who have been working through the pandemic to help supply produce to New York City, has voted to strike.

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Amazon workers hold first union vote

Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama began holding the corporation’s first union vote in the United States on Feb. 8. Amazon does not employ any union labor in the country and the approximately 5,800 fulfillment center employees are facing stiff opposition from the tech giant.

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Outlining Biden plan for safe school reopening

Miguel Cardona, President Joe Biden's nominee for education secretary, pledged at a Senate hearing on Feb. 3 to reopen schools with new science-based guidance, to expand testing and to prioritize coronavirus vaccines for teachers.

Suit: California not providing equal ed during pandemic

A recent lawsuit alleges that the state of California is not providing equal education during the pandemic.