Esther Eaton
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Vaccine rollout reaches teachers

Education | Uneven distribution and limited supplies mean it could be a while before classes go back to normal
by Esther Eaton
Posted 1/20/21, 02:54 pm

Starting shortly after noon on Jan. 14, teachers in Mariposa County, Calif., rolled up their sleeves in an elementary school for their first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Now that the rural county has inoculated most of its healthcare workers, it is moving on to educators, who have worked in-person since October. About 70 percent of the school district’s staff have signed up for their first dose, according to Superintendent Jeff Aranguena.

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Divisions remain over school resource officers

Education | Many districts opt to keep police presence for students’ safety
by Esther Eaton
Posted 1/20/21, 01:25 pm

In 2002, the day after a stabbing at the Alabama school where he worked as a school resource officer, Mo Canady arrived ready to prevent retaliation, but instead, he found himself comforting students. He remembers counselors asking him to speak with a student who had brought her pillow to school and wanted Canady’s reassurance that she was safe.

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Putting Band-Aids on student debt problems

Education | Student debt freeze helped some, but cancellation isn’t a long-term solution
by Esther Eaton
Posted 1/13/21, 03:28 pm

Olivia Cooper graduated from Union University in Tennessee in May 2020 with a biology degree and about $45,000 in student debt. As the first in her family to attend college, Cooper didn’t know about cost-saving options like starting at a community college. By graduation, her loans had already accrued about $3,000 in interest. “I don’t know that I had a great concept of money or felt like I had other options,” Cooper said. “I felt kind of stuck.”

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