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The Resistance Has Come Too Far to Stop Now
With the fight for Build Back Better raging, this is no time to shrink from the political fray.
October 19, 2021
Manchin’s Shameful Child Care Stance Isn’t Just Bad Politics. It’s Self-Defeating Policy.
The senator is forcing a choice among four crucial pillars of a holistic solution to help struggling families.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
October 8, 2021
Reopening Schools: Is New York City Keeping Its Most Vulnerable Kids Safe?
The mayor calls the city’s Covid-19 protocols the “gold standard,” but epidemiologist Michael Osterholm says there’s a lot more the city can and must do.
August 30, 2021
The Disastrous Opening of One Arkansas School District
When schools in Marion, Ark., opened, the district was prohibited from requiring masks. Here’s what their experience can teach the rest of the country.
August 23, 2021
Are Bans Against School Mask Mandates Against the Law?
The Biden administration may use disability rights legislation to require masks in schools.
David M. Perry
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August 17, 2021
Public Education Is Set Up to Fail in the Pandemic
A crisis looms over school reentry. Chronic underinvestment threatens to make it that much worse.
August 5, 2021
From a High-School Cheerleader, a Lesson in Free Speech
As school resumes, the Supreme Court’s decision in the most significant student free speech case in decades reverberates across the country.
August 4, 2021
A Quick Reminder That Mandating Vaccines Is Totally Constitutional
No, the Bill of Rights does not block vaccine mandates. Neither does HIPAA. Just ask the three Republican judges who ruled that Indiana University can require students to be vaccinated.
July 21, 2021
Texan Republican Cancel Culture Targets the Teachings of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Why did Texas senators vote to drop Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” from school curriculums?
July 14, 2021
How a Harlem Skyrise Got Hijacked—and Forgotten
The fate of June Jordan’s visionary reimagining of Harlem, like the “progressive” design for IS 201, shows that when it comes to Utopias, the key question is always: “Whose?”