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Standardized Testing Not a Victim of the Coronavirus Pandemic. But Should it Be?

State officials and educators are grappling with what to do about standardized tests this year.

First lady Jill Biden stands in front of a white board in a robotics classroom. She is wearing a white dress, a dusky pink blazer, and a pink mask over her mouth and nose.
First Lady Jill Biden Finds Teachable Moments amid Depths of Pandemic

She's still teaching, virtually from the White House, and can't wait to get back to the classroom.

Bensalem Township School District Superintendent Samuel Lee speaks during a virtual hearing on education concerns. (Screenshot)
Pandemic-Related Costs Wreaking Havoc on PA School District Budgets

The pandemic has brought many financial challenges to all of Pennsylvania’s 501 school districts.

Teachers including Kathy Volin, right, and Dana Cohen, center, conduct their classes online from laptops during freezing temperatures outside the Joseph Greenberg School in Philadelphia, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. A mediator will decide if Philadelphia school teachers must return to their classrooms despite safety concerns as the district plans to resume in-person instruction later this month. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Educators, Wolf at Odds Over Vaccine Rollout

Several educational organizations—groups that aren’t always on the same side—are asking Gov. Tom Wolf to make vaccinating school staff against the coronavirus a priority.

A finished clean room with stacked chairs in the science room at the Mildred Avenue K-8 School building in Boston's Mattapan, which were being cleaned for the reopening of school on July 9, 2020. Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Here’s the Mess Betsy DeVos Left for Incoming Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos left the department’s funding for low-income schools, protections for students with disabilities, and rights for survivors under Title IX in shambles.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf adjusts his face mask to protect against COVID-19 during a news conference in Harrisburg, Pa., regarding the counting of ballots in the 2020 general election. Facing a deep, pandemic-inflicted budget deficit, Gov. Wolf will ask lawmakers for billions of dollars funded by higher taxes on Pennsylvania’s huge natural gas industry for workforce development and employment assistance to help the state recover. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Gov. Wolf Seeks Big Increase in School Funding, Tax Increase

Gov. Tom Wolf will propose a sweeping new plan to dramatically boost funding for public schools, to be supported by an increase in the state's personal income tax rate.

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Lehigh University Trustees Rescind Trump’s Honorary Degree

Lehigh University faculty voted three years ago to take away the degree, but the trustees declined to do so at the time.