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Liz WillenDear reader,
 
Questions abound for education as the country begins to emerge from the painful and often crippling pandemic. That’s why we at The Hechinger Report are immersing ourselves in reporting on the challenges ahead.
 
For higher education, that includes a very real struggle to find skilled labor, a need for institutions to work together to change and improve higher education and the hidden debt that prevents many students from moving forward.
 
On the K-12 level, pandemic relief funds could reduce class sizes, although the research on how effective that might be is mixed. In the meantime, signs of hope are emerging in the form of brightly colored “magic” buses that are coming back to life and entrancing students, after a year of sitting idle.
 
What are your questions about the future of education? As always, we love to hear from our readers.

Liz Willen, Editor
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Main Idea 

Biden’s infrastructure plan would create plenty of jobs, but who will do them?

Employers are already straining to find construction and water plant workers, bridge builders.
Reading List 

A ‘magic’ school bus brings science class to schools in need

A fleet of mobile immersive labs gives students in rural and low-income communities hands-on STEM experiences.


PROOF POINTS: Pandemic relief money is flowing to class-size reduction but research evidence for it isn’t strong

Results from heralded 1980s experiment in Tennessee are rarely replicated.
 

OPINION: Higher Education needs to get comfortable with trial and error

Better outcomes and graduation rates are possible for underrepresented and low-income students if we work together and share what we’ve learned.


STUDENT VOICE: Doubling the Pell Grant will make college a reality for more students like me

Struggles to meet food, transportation and other basic needs derail college completion for far too many.
 

Public colleges shock students by sending them to costly debt collection agencies

With fees and interest, debt can balloon by nearly a third in several months in some states.
 

OPINION: The pandemic gave graduating high school seniors new strength and resilience

A college health doctor and teacher/coach see hopeful signs for a new generation of students as they face whatever is next.
Solutions 
"With policing in the spotlight, districts search for alternatives to SROs," Concord Monitor

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