Beat: Impact: Education Policy


Students arrive masked to Memorial Elementary School, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Bethel Park, Pa., a Pittsburgh suburb. In a heated school board meeting the previous evening, the Bethel Park School District voted to amend the district's health and safety plan and require all students, staff and visitors to wear masks inside the district's schools. (Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
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While every school district has its own rules for containing COVID-19 on campus, the CDC has also released recommendations to help schools stay safe.

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The Phoenix Union High School District announced the campaign last week in an attempt to get 85% of its school community vaccinated.

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State lawmakers suspended the use of standardized tests for the ranking of schools, while still requiring that they be administered to students.

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Phoenix-based ‘Sesame Street’ Puppeteer Takes Show on the Road

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