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Some experts said it may be too soon to get a larger view of how the aid was spent, but other's say that without real-time insight into district spending, schools will not be able to shift priorities if they find certain programs are working better than others.

After the pandemic shut down schools, the federal government provided about $190 billion in aid to help them respond to the effects of the pandemic - but in the year and a half since, the Education Department has done only limited tracking of how the money has been spent. Read more»

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, imposed a statewide ban on mask mandates in schools, forcing many high-risk students to stay home.

For medically vulnerable children, school-wide masking is essential to allow them to safely return to school, health experts say, yet some states and districts have made masks optional, forcing high-risk students to stay home. Read more»

The Walton Foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach for America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 for every one placed in a charter school. Read more»

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would phase out its use of private prisons. While significant, the move will not put an end to the booming immigrant detention industry. Private prison companies will continue to receive millions in government contracts to detain unauthorized immigrants. Read more»

Deceased vets’ data has been sent to the wrong widows. Employees have snooped on the records of patients who’ve committed suicide. And whistleblowers say their own medical privacy has been violated. In response, the VA says patient privacy is a priority. Read more»

Albert C. Gray, president of ACICS, during a Senate hearing in June.

Accreditation agencies are supposed to make sure that colleges are putting students in a position to succeed. That’s not happening at schools overseen by one accreditor in particular. Read more»

How the Supreme Court case over lethal injection shows it’s becoming nearly impossible to find experts to defend the practice. Read more»

The Supreme Court is reviewing lethal injection for the first time in seven years. Here’s what it means for the death penalty. Read more»