Anya Kamenetz


Anya Kamenetz is NPR's lead education blogger. She joined NPR in 2014, working as part of a new initiative to coordinate on-air and online coverage of learning.

Kamenetz is the author of several books about the future of education. Generation Debt(Riverhead, 2006), dealt with youth economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, 2010), investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. Her forthcoming book, The Test (PublicAffairs, 2015), is about the past, present and future of testing in American schools.

Anya Kamenetz appears in the following:

Amid Rising Coronavirus Cases, New York City Shuts Its Schools — Again

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio had said he would close schools at a testing positivity rate of 3%, and stuck to his position. Not everyone is happy.


New York City To Close Schools For In-Person Learning

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

New York City is once again closing schools for in-person learning, beginning Thursday. The announcement comes as coronavirus case numbers in the city — and around the country — continue to rise.


Biden Wants To Help Pay Some Student Loans, But There's Pressure To Go Further

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The president-elect called for immediate action to help borrowers who are "having to make choices between paying their student loan and paying the rent."


New York City Mayor Warns Schools Might Need To Close Next Week

Friday, November 13, 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that schools in New York City could close as early as Monday. There's a debate over whether schools should be closed while restaurants and bars remain open.


Lessons From Europe, Where Cases Are Rising But Schools Are Open

Friday, November 13, 2020

Amid a new wave of coronavirus restrictions, France, the U.K. and Germany are keeping schools open. The U.S. has taken a different approach.


What A Biden Presidency Could Mean For Education

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

As the new president sets his priorities, will having an educator as first lady help schools and colleges get what they hope for?


Tips For Talking To Children About The Election

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

With many Americans focused on the election, NPR's Life Kit team offers tips to parents and caregivers on how to talk about the election — and civics more broadly — with children.


Now Is A Good Time To Talk To Kids About Civics

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Here's a primer from our Life Kit parenting team.


COVID-19 Has Robbed The World's Poorest Children Of Nearly 4 Months Of Schooling

Thursday, October 29, 2020

A new report finds the return to education has been much slower in the world's poorer countries.


A Rising Number Of U.S. Children Have The Option Of In-Person School

Thursday, October 22, 2020

By Election Day, more than 60% of public school students will be attending schools that offer in-person learning at least a few days a week, an updated tracker finds.


Are The Risks Of Reopening Schools Exaggerated?

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

New research has found few links between in-person K-12 schooling and COVID-19 case rates. "There is not a consistent pattern," one study author said.


30 Issues: School Integration vs. School Choice

Thursday, October 15, 2020

How we ensure that all children receive a proper education?

Enrollment Is Dropping In Public Schools Around the Country

Friday, October 09, 2020

Many parents appear to be keeping their children out of public school, especially from kindergarten. The declines could mean less state funding for school districts.


Pandemic Seems To Be Driving School Enrollment Down, NPR Investigation Shows

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

In many states, this week marks fall count day, when schools must submit enrollment numbers to determine state funding for the next year. But the pandemic seems to be driving down those enrollments.


Kids In New York City Go Back To School For In-Person Classes

Thursday, October 01, 2020

After two delays and many contentious debates with teachers, parents and principals, students in the largest school district in the country are returning to in-person school.


School Districts Rethink Attendance Policies To Accommodate Pandemic Realities

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Attendance is one of the most important factors that determine a student's success, and daily head count is crucial to school funding. But in the pandemic, schools have to rethink attendance policies.


School Attendance In The COVID Era: What Counts As 'Present'?

Thursday, September 24, 2020

With millions of students logging in from home, the pandemic has disrupted the traditional school function of making sure students are "in school."


New Dashboard Tracks Coronavirus Cases In Schools Across 47 States

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The effort, still in its early stages, hopes to track infections and determine the effectiveness of safety measures.


New York City Delays School Reopening; Campus Lockdowns Grow

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Our roundup of education stories looks at the turmoil following Mayor Bill de Blasio's latest delay announcement; and the continuing struggles on campus to control COVID outbreaks.


New York City Postpones Start Of School Year For Most Students Once Again

Thursday, September 17, 2020

New York City has announced a second delay to the start of the school year for most students. In-person classes will start on Sept. 21 only for the youngest and special-needs students.