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Stange comments on decreased enrollment rates

Mar 14, 2022 Bridge Michigan
Public school districts saw a drop in enrollment during the pandemic, with parents moving their students to private schools with COVID-19 rules parents were happier with. Enrollment rates are staying steady, a sign that those parents have decided to...
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Jacob discusses chronic absenteeism fueled by pandemic

Feb 20, 2022 The Columbus Dispatch
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the nation are struggling with rising absenteeism rates. Brian Jacob, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy, weighed in on the issue.  "There was a once-in-a-century global public...
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EPI paper cited on COVID crisis in education

Jan 31, 2022 Washington Post
The Washington Post reported on the "crisis of epic proportions" being faced by public education across areas of absenteeism, enrollment, teacher shortages, and other issues, many brought on by the adjustments needed for remote learning caused by...
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2021: A year of public policy

Dec 16, 2021
The Ford School of Public Policy is a top-ranked public policy school dedicated to preparing diverse leaders to take on society’s most pressing challenges and make transformational discoveries through cutting-edge research. Experts from the Ford...
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Lawmakers seek out U-M faculty for expertise on various topics

Dec 1, 2021
Federal lawmakers continue to seek out University of Michigan faculty members to lend their expertise and knowledge to help inform federal policy. In the last year, 13 U-M faculty members and researchers testified at 14 congressional hearings...
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Musaddiq details driving factors of school enrollment drops

Oct 7, 2021
Ford School postdoctoral fellow Tareena Musaddiq explains findings from a recent Education Policy Initiative working paper about the pandemic's effects on school enrollment and its consequences in The Conversation. Musaddiq writes that the large...
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Weiland provides context for kindergarten enrollment numbers

Aug 20, 2021 MLive
With the delta variant on the rise, educators are worried about getting kindergartners in the classroom yet again. Christina Weiland, associate professor of education, explained why kindergarten enrollment shrunk last year, and the variant might...
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Weiland explains hurdles for early childhood education

Aug 13, 2021
As the new school year begins, many early childhood educators are wondering what the year will look like. Christina Weiland, associate professor of education and faculty co-director of the Education Policy Initiative, explained to WXYZ the obstacles...
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Education Policy Initiative's report gains more traction

Jul 6, 2021
The Education Policy Initiative's recent report, "Historic Crisis, Historic Opportunity: Using Evidence to Mitigate the Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on Young Children and Early care and Education Programs," has gained more traction in the media,...
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The student loan system has "layers and layers of dysfunction"

Jan 6, 2021 "The student loan system has 'layers and layers of dysfunction'" podcast
 As President-elect Joe Biden mulls forgiving $10,000 in student loan debt — and leading Democrats and others on his left push for more — one of our listeners wants to know: What would that do to the economy, and is it even possible for the White...
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Dynarski: “The U.S. is reopening many of the wrong schools”

Aug 4, 2020
Ford School professor Sue Dynarski writes in a column for The New York Times that with coronavirus cases spiking in dozens of states, the prospect of anything resembling a normal school year is fading fast. Schools can’t safely reopen if infections...
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Dynarski addresses remote learning inequities

May 20, 2020
“The pandemic has revealed enormous inequalities in homes, in schools, in families. So the technological challenges are large, and they are very much connected to a family's financial resources,” according to Ford School professor Susan Dynarski,...
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The School Year Really Ended in March

May 13, 2020 "The School Year Really Ended in March" article
“Abrupt closings have stalled the learning of millions of students. U.S. education needs a rescue, an economist says, and it won’t be cheap.” (read...