Latest from Laura Meckler

Senate confirms Miguel Cardona as education secretary

The vote caps his rise from teacher to the nation’s top schools chief.
  • Mar 1, 2021

Biden pushes full-time school, but districts are cautious after CDC weighs in

CDC guidelines are keeping many schools partly, or fully, shuttered.
  • Feb 25, 2021

Education Department offers flexibility, but not a way out, for spring testing

Biden administration rejects calls to allow states to skip the tests altogether.
  • Feb 22, 2021
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Biden’s shifting benchmarks for reopening schools

Can President Biden come through on this promise of reopening most schools within his first 100 days? How much can the president influence when and how schools welcome students back into the classroom? And what are the political consequences?
  • Feb 18, 2021

Biden team struggles to specify when schools will open, normalcy will return

Almost a year into the pandemic, urgent questions remain unanswered: When can schools open, when can we get vaccinated, and when will things seem normal?
  • Feb 17, 2021

Is it safe to open schools? Yes, but ...

Going back to school is frightening for many teachers and parents, especially with coronavirus rates remaining at high levels and new variants of the coronavirus emerging. And yet the negative consequences of all-remote learning are significant, too.
  • Feb 17, 2021

CDC defends school guidelines as advocates say they make it too hard to reopen

Guidance was more measured on openings than many expected.
  • Feb 14, 2021

CDC offers road map for safely reopening schools

The new guidelines say in-class learning is safe with precautions in place.
  • Feb 12, 2021

Biden’s goal to reopen schools meets high-stakes political test

The president must balance competing interests as he aims to fulfill a campaign promise.
  • Feb 12, 2021

Cardona, Biden’s education pick, voices support for transgender athletes

Senate confirmation appears likely for Connecticut’s schools chief.
  • Feb 3, 2021