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Student loan forgiveness rules temporarily relaxed

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program will temporarily become easier to access for teachers and other public servants, the Biden administration announced on Oct. 6. The federal Education Department estimates that more than 550,000 borrowers, in...

California to mandate COVID-19 vaxes for students

California will become the first state in the U.S. to require public and private school students receiving in-person instruction to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Oct. 1, once the FDA gives full approval for COVID...

$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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chicago teachers' broad bargaining rights restored

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation on April 2 restoring the Chicago Teachers Union's ability to bargain with the city on a broader range of issues, including class size, layoffs and the duration of the school year

New ed secretary restores Puerto Rico school funds

The new U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona released $912 million in COVID-19 relief funds for Puerto Rico's schools. The Trump administration had previously blocked aid from reaching Puerto Rico, limiting the island to $7.3 million from the...