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:

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.

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'I'm Only 1 Person': Teachers Feel Torn Between Their Students And Their Own Kids

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Educators around the U.S. told us they're facing heartbreaking choices between the needs of their students and the needs of their own children.

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The Pandemic Has Researchers Worried About Teen Suicide

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Anxiety and depression among teens and youth are getting worse since COVID lockdowns began in March, early studies suggest, and many experts say they fear a corresponding increase in suicide.

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Biden Calls School Reopening A 'National Emergency'

Friday, September 04, 2020

The former vice president sharply criticized President Trump's handling of school reopening; the outbreaks on college campuses continue, and other education news you might have missed.

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New York City Reaches Agreement With Educator Union To Push Back The Start Of School

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

The United Federation of Teachers, which represents most of New York City's educators, has announced it has reached an agreement over a safe school reopening plan.

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'Learning Hubs' Offer Free Child Care And Learning — But Only For A Lucky Few

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Small groups of students, organized at the local level, may offer a more equitable alternative to "pandemic pods." But they're far from universally accessible.

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Teachers In New York City May Strike Over COVID-19 Concerns

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Next week's start for New York City schools is on shaky ground as one of the largest teachers unions considers a strike. The union, along with other groups, raised issues with the reopening plan.

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Communities Are Trying To Help Working Parents Who Face A Child Care Gap

Monday, August 31, 2020

With many schools opening up either part-time or remotely, working parents face a childcare gap. Districts and nonprofits are partnering to provide accessible childcare and remote learning options.

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New York City Educators Warn School Reopening Plan Is 'Missing Pieces'

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Of the nation's 10 largest school districts, New York City is the only one planning to open its doors to students. But objections are mounting over safety, logistics and money.

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New York City Schools Face Strike As District Plans To Reopen Amid Pandemic

Friday, August 21, 2020

Of the nation's 10 largest school districts, only New York City's schools plan to open. Now, the city is facing strike threats and mass confusion.

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NYC Teachers Union 'Prepared To Strike' If Safety Demands Are Not Met

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The president of the city's United Federation of Teachers called for testing every student and staff member before the start of school, set for Sept. 10.

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How Safe Is Your School's Reopening Plan? Here's What To Look For

Thursday, August 06, 2020

As schools weigh the risks of reopening, many are making plans to lower the risks of coronavirus transmission. Here's how to vet your school's proposals.

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Most Teachers Concerned About In-Person School; 2 In 3 Want To Start The Year Online

Thursday, August 06, 2020

A new national poll of teachers from NPR/Ipsos finds broad trepidation about returning to the classroom, with 77% of those surveyed worried about risking their own health.

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Teachers, Parents To Protest School Reopenings Without Adequate Funding

Monday, August 03, 2020

More school districts are reopening with in-person classes or under a hybrid model this week. But are schools reopening safely? What does the science say?

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What Are Parents Doing For Child Care? Here Are 3 Options (With Trade-Offs)

Friday, July 31, 2020

Some parents, particularly moms, are stepping back from the workforce, while others are turning to in-home day cares and "pandemic pods."

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Without National Strategy For School Reopenings, Parents Face Uncertainty

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The school reopening debate is heating up again. The nation's biggest teachers union raised the possibility of strikes if schools reopen without sufficient safeguards. Child care is another issue.

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'Pandemic Pods' Raise Concerns About Equity

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

As many schools opt for a hybrid or online-only fall semester, some parents are teaming up and hiring teachers to educate their children in small groups — so-called pandemic pods.

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Can Online Learning Be Better This Fall? These Educators Think So

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A new national effort aims to deliver better online learning to any district that wants it. Some worry the program is overpromising.

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National Summer School Initiative Aims To Improve Online Teaching

Saturday, July 25, 2020

With many schools moving to remote learning or a hybrid format in the fall, a group of public and charter school leaders are trying to make sure students get a quality education, even if it's remote.

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In Reversal, Trump Says Schools In Coronavirus Hot Spots Should Delay Reopening

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The president links billions of dollars in federal aid to school districts that reopen fully but acknowledges that in some coronavirus hot spots, the start of the school year may need to be delayed.

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