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    These people quit their jobs during the pandemic. Here’s what they’re doing now

    In July, four million people quit their jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. People can quit for many reasons: Some want a better work-life balance or higher pay, while others realize their job is just not the right fit anymore, or they want to do something completely different with their time. But not everyone can afford to quit their job, and it often requires planning. Scott Banks had a plan. The 57-year-old intended to retire at 60 and travel the country in an RV with his wife. The couple had been diligently saving and spent many vacations RV’ing with their two kids over the years, so they were…

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    The number of homeschooled kids in America has doubled during the pandemic

    The number of U.S. kids who are homeschooled has nearly doubled during the pandemic. Why it matters: Some parents have lost faith in traditional schools, others fear exposing their kids to the coronavirus — and the broad exodus could further weaken America’s struggling public education system. By the numbers: Nearly 2.6 million kids have switched from traditional school to homeschooling since the pandemic began, according to a new report from the Bellwether Education Partners, commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation. Now the total number of homeschooled kids sits at about 5 million. According to census data, more than 11% of U.S. households are now homeschooling. And it’s not just white…

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    How the Covid-19 pandemic cemented the death of jobs

    Once upon a time, there were good jobs. These jobs paid people enough money to live on, even enough to support a family. They provided health insurance so people could go to a doctor if they got sick. They even came with pensions so that once you’d worked for a certain number of years, you could actually stop working. You could rest. But there was a problem. These jobs weren’t for everyone. They were mostly for white men, and mostly in certain places, like a factory or an office. For everyone else, there were jobs that paid less, with fewer benefits — or no benefits at all. And over time,…

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    COVID pandemic: Homeschooling families took lessons on the road

    Chelsea Forsythe was a teacher early in her career, ran a preschool out of her home and earned a master’s degree in education. The idea of homeschooling long percolated in the back of her mind, a backup plan in case of emergency. That emergency came last fall as her kids returned to school. When the physical building reopened after the COVID-19 shutdown, the kids encountered drama about masks, drama about outbreaks, drama about how to safely do just about anything. “Being a kid was pressure enough,” Chelsea says. “And to have to add that on top of it I was like, nope.” Thus began the Forsythes’ foray into homeschooling. The…

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    Homeschooling spike expected to continue during COVID-19 pandemic, even as schools reopen

    NEW ORLEANS – Even though most school districts have reopened their doors this semester, many students will not be returning to the classroom.  The number of students being homeschooled has nearly doubled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Home Education Research Institutes estimates about 5 million students were homeschooling in March 2021. In 2020, that number sat at 2.6 million.  “Interest has exploded,” said Christopher Chin, the president of Homeschool Louisiana, a faith-based support group for homeschooling families.  Chin said he’d expect this trend to continue even after the pandemic.  “There is going to be some melt where people do go back into an institutional school setting,…

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    Indications emerge that some parents who tested out homeschooling earlier in the pandemic are planning to stick with it

    Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary widely. Some families who spoke with the Associated Press have children with special educational needs; others seek a faith-based curriculum or say their local schools are flawed. The common denominator: They tried homeschooling on what they thought was a temporary basis and found it beneficial to their children. Read more: United, Google ask employees to get vaccinated before returning to work “That’s one of the silver linings of the pandemic…

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    Covid pandemic pushes hunt for remote jobs up 460%

    MoMo Productions | DigitalVision | Getty Images Interest in working remotely has surged during the Covid-19 pandemic and is lingering even as the economy reopens, a new study suggests. The share of online job searches for remote positions jumped 460% in the two years between June 2019 and June 2021, according to an analysis published Monday by job site Glassdoor. That bump isn’t siloed in a handful of occupations, but is widespread across a host of different jobs. Interest in remote work appears to have leveled off in recent months but remains elevated, according to Glassdoor data, even as health restrictions lift and businesses reopen their physical space for in-person…

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