Students and Educators Discuss the Ongoing Effects of the Pandemic
A recap of The River’s panel event.
Poughkeepsie High School Refuses to Give Up
High turnover, low funding, and the pandemic have hampered the city’s only public high school. But the narrative is changing.
Two Years Into the Pandemic, Here’s Why I’m Still Paying Attention
There’s still so much we can do to protect each other.
SUNY New Paltz Black Studies Department Protests Sojourner Truth Statue on Campus
A new memorial to the historically significant abolitionist was set to be installed at the Sojourner Truth Library this fall. Why is it receiving pushback from faculty?
Why Going Back to School Feels Like Surrendering Shelter
Tensions over masks and vaccines have complicated the return of in-person learning.
Disputes Over Federal Relief Funds Reflect Longstanding Tensions Within KCSD
Parents and teachers are frustrated with the Kingston school district’s response to COVID-19, and its track record on community involvement and equity.
Why Don’t More New Yorkers Know What Happened in the Holocaust?
A new study of young adults reveals troubling misbeliefs and knowledge gaps, at a time of rising antisemitism and white nationalism.
‘Swept Downstream’: On a Year of Education During the Pandemic
We all came together around shared experiences early on, but the reality of remote learning—and the isolation, technical difficulties, and frustrations it brings—has made high school much harder.
SUNY Faculty Urge Pension to Divest from Fossil Fuels
The TIAA Divest campaign builds momentum for pulling funding from polluters and reinvesting in renewable energy companies.
How Three Families Are Navigating the Back-to-School Process
The pandemic forced parents to juggle work schedules and take on educational roles they could have never imagined. Now they’ll have to do it again.
‘Walking on a Tightrope’: How College Graduates Are Dealing With an Uncertain Future
Generation Z, which includes the class of 2020, was already the most stressed out generation in America. And that was before the pandemic.
Remote Learning Doesn’t Support Special Education Learners
Shuttered schools pose learning challenges for most families. But parents of children with developmental disabilities fear a critical loss of educational and social skills.
Social pressures cause many immigrants to stop speaking their first language, losing an aspect of cultural identity in the process. Some families are trying to keep those ties alive.
Why Is American Education Declining?
A decade after Common Core was implemented, sobering new results indicate that students aren’t faring better.
Food for Thought
School lunch debt is on the rise, and rural districts have it especially hard. But one program offers universal free cafeteria meals in low-income schools. Can it work here?
America’s Digital Divide
From commerce and culture to social connection, almost no segment of contemporary life is untouched by the internet. In many rural communities, limited broadband access remains a barrier to 21st-century connectivity.
Understanding the Vaccination Controversy
Recent measles outbreaks put Hudson Valley schools at the center of a vitriolic legal and public health debate.
The problem of shrinking student enrollment ticks silently away until it becomes too urgent to ignore. Then it erupts into community outrage about tough decisions.