Latest from Laura Meckler

At 100 years old, Edmund Gordon thinks the key to schooling starts at home

Eminent psychologist Edmund Gordon reflects on how to advance the well-being of children.
  • Jun 13, 2021

Can honors and regular students learn math together? A new approach argues yes.

Educators are turning a skeptical eye to the longstanding practice of tracking students into classrooms based on ability levels. Mixing kids up, they say, can promote equity and improve learning for all, but not everyone is convinced.
  • Jun 4, 2021

Discord in San Francisco schools, on race and reopening, looms large

The city’s school board ended merit-based admissions at an elite high school.
  • May 22, 2021

Civics legislation snared in national debate over talking about race in education

Conservative media and activists are pelting Republicans lawmakers to abandon a measure that would authorize $1 billion a year in grants to pay for more civics education.
  • May 15, 2021

Leaders turn to coronavirus vaccine incentives — Shake Shack, $1 million prizes and more

State and local leaders around the U.S. are hoping freebies and other incentives can boost vaccination rates as demand for a coronavirus shot slows.
  • May 14, 2021

Teachers union chief calls for full return to school this fall

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, says schools should be open in-person, five days a week in the coming academic year.
  • May 13, 2021

With Pfizer coronavirus vaccine authorized for adolescents, some parents scramble to make appointments while others are wary

The decision that the two-shot regimen is safe and effective for younger adolescents had been highly anticipated by many parents and pediatricians, particularly with the growing gap between what vaccinated and unvaccinated people may do safely.
  • May 11, 2021

White House proposes $1.8 trillion package that would dramatically expand education, safety net programs

Universal preschool and free community college are among a plethora of initiatives that would be paid for by tax increases and IRS changes.
  • Apr 28, 2021

Biden is meeting his modest school-reopening goal — but progress is uneven

Progress has been made on President Biden’s goal to get schools reopened, but there is vast unevenness across the country, with students of color and those living on the coasts least likely to be in school.
  • Apr 23, 2021