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Liz WillenDear reader,
 
Before the pandemic thrust a spotlight on terrible conditions in some public schools — think dead rats, empty soap dispensers, rodent droppings and faucets leaking brown water — parents in poor cities throughout the U.S. often waged unsuccessful battles for improvements. Now, in some parts of New Jersey, families are fighting to retain online learning options this fall amid concerns that classrooms are unsafe.  
 
We’ll be following similar tales throughout the summer, as Covid-19 cases continue to rise, adding more uncertainty to what fall will look like. On the higher education front, there is one area where change is a long time coming: legacy admission, which advantages the wealthy and connected. We report on how Colorado became the first state to prohibit legacy admission in public universities. And at a time when many fraternities have been banned on campuses, we bring you the latest research on potential benefits of Greek life.
 
As always, we’re eager to hear your stories as well. Let us know what’s on your mind.

Liz Willen, Editor
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Main Idea 

These parents want more virtual learning. New Jersey says they’re on their own

‘I feel like the voices of those parents haven’t been heard as much as the parents who were fighting and throwing fits to have schools reopen.’

 

Reading List 

Colorado leads the way in closing the door to legacy admission 

The next attack: A boycott on donations planned by young alumni of selective universities.
 

PROOF POINTS: New poll points to college and career benefits of Greek life despite criticism

Research split on academic advantages of fraternities and sororities on campus.
 

Report gives colleges a roadmap for high-quality online education after the pandemic

The abrupt switch to online learning wasn’t ideal, but has offered some valuable lessons.
 

OPINION: Why Black families have found some benefits in distance learning 

Virtual learning was far from ideal, but students benefited from the increased technology and communication.
 

Building virtual monuments to Black historical figures

Immersive technology lets students learn about Black historical figures on their phones.
Solutions 
"Some Minnesota school districts made changes to grading systems during pandemic to help protect GPAs, they may not go back," The Bemidji Pioneer

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