4 ways we can ensure remote learning is actually effective

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The pandemic’s disruption to the 2020-2021 school year provides an opportunity to help remote education reach its fullest potential. Many of the nation’s 57 million K-12 students will spend at least part of the 2020-2021 school year either dealing with distance learning or a hybrid model that keeps them out of classrooms several days a week. They’ll spend lots of time using teleconferencing software, with teachers either convening classes live or prerecording lessons. Read Full Story

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In the face of divisive politics, paid family leave should remain a bipartisan priority

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As a result of the ongoing pandemic, working parents continue to face brutal economic, healthcare, and childcare trade-offs. A divisive political landscape was a defining attribute of 2020, and will continue to be one in 2021. However, one universally agreed-upon issue is the endlessly exhausting toll the pandemic has on caregivers. Working parents are facing brutal economic, healthcare, and childcare trade-offs. Nearly a year into the COVID-19 crisis, most people have exhausted their short-term leave options, and large numbers are simply leaving the workforce. In September 2020 at the start of the school year, 865,000 women dropped out of the labor force—or 4x the rate of men. COVID-19 has laid bare the gaps in our caregiving infrastructure. Read Full Story

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A COVID-19 recession could shrink the paychecks of the Class of 2020 for years

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High school and college graduates in 2020 could have expected the strongest job market in 50 years. Now, due to massive economic fallout, they’re at risk of graduating into a recession. Before the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses and schools to close, high school and college graduates from the Class of 2020 could have expected to graduate into the strongest job market in 50 years. Read Full Story

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