Need to know: COVID-19
- As of Friday, September 25, there were 204,331 confirmed cases. See cases by county here.
- The share of positive tests as a percentage of total tests is 5.2%.
In the weeds
Pew Research Center released a new report yesterday on the economic fallout of COVID-19. Unsurprisingly, their survey shows low-income and people of color report more economic harm from the pandemic, including having to use money from savings or retirement and having trouble paying bills.
Of those who reported they have lost a job, half said they are still unemployed and a third said they have returned to their old job. The survey ran August 3-16. See the rest of the results here.
For your consideration
As of Sept. 10, community college enrollment nationally is down 7.5%, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Among four-year schools, public four-years are down just 0.4% compared to private nonprofit four-years that are down 3.8%.
Enrollment drops at undergraduate institutions, both two-year and four-year, are largest for American Indian, white, and Black students.
The Center on Reinventing Public Education teamed up with the Collaborative for Student Success to document “promising practices” emerging from district reopening plans. The report looks at five areas: support for staff, students, and parents; academic program and data use; expectations and resource transparency; and connectivity and technology. They highlight Guilford County Schools in the connectivity and technology section.
What we're reading
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