Anya Kamenetz

NPR

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:

With One Move, Congress Could Lift Millions Of Children Out Of Poverty

Friday, February 26, 2021

Lawmakers are weighing a proposal to give families with kids a monthly cash benefit to help ease the lifelong pull of poverty. Experts say it could cut U.S. child poverty nearly in half.

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Teaching Students A New Black History

Thursday, February 25, 2021

An innovative education startup is offering culturally responsive learning to Black students across the country.

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States Must Test Student Learning This Year, Biden Administration Says

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Annual state testing was canceled last year because of the pandemic. Many states want to skip it again, but the Education Department says no.

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CDC Guidelines For In-Person Learning Prove To Be An Impossible Task For Many Schools

Monday, February 22, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest school guidelines are running into complicated facts on the ground, especially when it comes to physical distancing and community spread.

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If Schools Follow CDC Guidance, Biden's Reopening Goals Could Be Hard To Reach

Friday, February 19, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest school guidelines are running into complicated facts on the ground, especially when it comes to physical distancing and community spread.

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CDC Offers Clearest Guidance Yet For Reopening Schools

Friday, February 12, 2021

The updated guidelines make key changes to earlier language and include a new color-coded chart that divides school reopening options into four zones based on the level of community transmission.

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Keep Schools Open All Summer, And Other Bold Ideas To Help Kids Catch Up

Monday, February 08, 2021

Educators, parents and students say there's a chance to take stock and reinvent education.

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Biden Administration Proposes $130 Billion To Help Schools Reopen

Monday, February 08, 2021

President Biden's relief bill currently includes $130 billion for public K-12 schools. The biggest chunk of of the spending would go to districts to avoid layoffs and hire more personnel.

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Education Dept. Launches First Federal Effort To Track School Reopening

Friday, February 05, 2021

For the first time since the pandemic began, the U.S. Education Department will begin tracking where schools have reopened and just how unequal the access to learning has been.

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Educators Consider Extending School Schedule Into The Summer

Monday, February 01, 2021

Because of the pandemic most U.S. students are still experiencing disrupted learning. Some education leaders are asking: How do we come back from this? Should we extend learning into the summer?

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Did Closing Schools Save Lives Or Cost Lives? The Debate Continues

Sunday, January 31, 2021

In November, a scientific paper estimated millions of years of life could be lost due to prolonged school closures in the U.S. The paper has since been corrected and critiqued.

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Don't Call It A Comeback: School Districts That Never Opened Are Having Trouble Now

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

About a third of U.S. students haven't had a single day in a classroom since March 2020. Coming back now — with the virus still spreading and teachers pushing back — hasn't been easy.

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Biden's Plans To Reopen Schools In His First 100 Days

Friday, January 22, 2021

Biden has made reopening most K-12 schools a major priority for his first 100 days and he's signed a flurry of executive orders indicating a much stronger role in federal leadership to do that safely.

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Biden Announces Executive Actions Meant To Help Reopen Schools

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The new measures would increase testing and access to personal protective equipment for schools, and create a centralized, national database of school coronavirus cases.

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Now Is A Good Time To Talk To Kids About Civics

Friday, January 15, 2021

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

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Why Billions In Food Aid Hasn't Gotten To Needy Families

Friday, January 15, 2021

The federal government has yet to approve plans in most states for giving out money that was authorized in October.

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Amid Surges, Teachers Line Up For Their Vaccines

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Designated as frontline essential workers, some educators see a path out of "the lion's den."

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How To Talk To Kids About The Riots At The U.S. Capitol

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Many young people across the country are finding this moment extremely scary. Parents, caregivers and teachers can help them cope.

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What U.S. Educators Think Of Getting A COVID-19 Vaccine

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Federal guidelines say school personnel and child care workers should receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as front-line workers. NPR talks with educators about their opinion of the vaccine.

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Role Of Teachers Unions In The Push To Reopen Classrooms

Friday, December 04, 2020

In the pandemic-centered debate over school reopenings, teachers unions have been standing up with strike threats, legal actions and protests. Critics say this action has nothing to do with education.

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