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June 24, 2020
'I'm Willing to Fight for America': Five Student Activists on Protesting for Change
Anya Kamenetz, Jeffrey Pierre, Sequoia Carrillo, and Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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The COVID-19 health crisis closed schools all over the world. But students are still taking the lead in protests calling for social change.

Five high school and college students explain how they're fighting in different ways for Black lives, racial equality, and an end to police brutality.

Report on Indirect Student Expenses
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
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Information about indirect and nontuition college expenses is difficult to find, and these expenses are often the reason for financial hardship among students, says a new report.

Using data from more than 800 colleges and 150 students, the study examines how indirect and nontuition college expenses like housing, transportation, food, laptops, and other supplies are calculated and communicated by colleges and why students struggle to understand the costs beyond tuition.

The COVID-19 Recession Risks Facing Working High School Students: Stress, Disengagement—and Dropping Out?
Kyle Stokes, LAist
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It was in late March that Juan Constantino, 17, began contemplating whether to abandon his education and instead work full time to help his family pay bills. 

He's not alone. As summer break begins and the economy dips into a recession, principals at some Los Angeles public schools in low-income neighborhoods are beginning to ask an uncomfortable question about working-age students such as Constantino: Could some of them be at risk of dropping out?

Pandemic Pedagogy and the Limits of Compassion
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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It’s one thing to have a philosophy, and another to put it into practice. This spring's abrupt shift to remote instruction pushed Laura Tilghman, an assistant professor of anthropology at Plymouth State University, to rethink aspects of her job that had once been assumed—and to figure out what really mattered to her as a teacher. 

Lessons Learned From Rural Community Colleges’ Response to COVID-19
Suzanne Wilson Summers, Higher Education Today
Looking Beyond the College Degree
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Earn as You Learn a Sought After Health Care IT Skill
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
What if Colleges Designed Gap Years? This Year, Especially, They Should
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Commentary: Where Credit Is Due
Drew Lurker, Community College Daily
Standing Up for Students Amid the Pandemic Learning ‘Swirl’
Amber Garrison Duncan and Haley Glover, Medium
Opinion: No Better Time for Colleges to Change Ways
Jim Applegate, Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Commentary: Estoy en Casa: I’m Home
Josue Rodriguez, Young Invincibles
The Rising Urgency for Non-Degree Credential Quality Standards
Michelle Van Noy and Heather McKay, The EvoLLLution
Blog: The General Education Curriculum We Need
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
How COVID-19 Changed Everything and Nothing at All
Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities, Blue Moon Consulting Group, and SimpsonScarborough
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