Back-to-School Help for Students Without Internet

Elva Mankin

Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site. For Marcy Gage, getting decent broadband service for her home has been a 15-year battle. Because of her location in rural Maine, she’s had to rely on expensive-yet-spotty satellite internet because the local cable company stopped laying lines about […]

Masks are on superintendents’ back-to-school shopping lists. Some leaders wonder if there will be enough.

Elva Mankin

Shari Obrenski, a high school history teacher in Cleveland, usually spends about $500 each year on paper, pencils, markers and tissues for her classroom. This year, her back-to-school list includes hand sanitizer, wipes and disinfectant spray — none of which Obrenski can find in stores. She hopes the Cleveland Metropolitan School District can get them. […]

Covid Is Shaking Up Back-to-School Shopping

Elva Mankin

(Bloomberg Opinion) — School districts nationwide are beginning to announce their reopening plans for the coming academic year. The policies vary widely, with Atlanta and Los Angeles saying that school would be entirely online and, New York, the country’s largest district, opting for a mix of in-person and digital learning. Of course, […]

Top back-to-school gear: Tech Support

Elva Mankin

Welcome to Tech Support, a segment where I, Dan Howley, serve as your intrepid guide through the sometimes confusing, often frustrating, world of personal technology. Here, I answer all of your most pressing questions about the various gizmos, gadgets, and services you use in your everyday life. Have a question […]

Back-to-School Essentials for Busy Parents

Elva Mankin

Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site. For parents, the COVID-19 pandemic has made back-to-school plans for their children particularly stressful this year. Many school districts are combining in-class and online learning, which means kids’ schedules will be even more hectic than usual. Parents, then, will […]

9 questions to help vet your back-to-school choices

Elva Mankin

In Brandon Wislocki’s fifth grade class this spring in California, daily virtual classes were an experiment in creativity. The Zoom sessions featured guitar playing, group discussions about literature, live math lessons, checks for understanding through Zoom’s chat function and silly games, such as Oreo stacking and household scavenger hunts. The remote lessons featured […]

9 questions to ask to vet your back-to-school choices

Elva Mankin

In Brandon Wislocki’s fifth-grade class this spring in California, daily virtual classes were an experiment in creativity. The Zoom sessions featured guitar playing, group discussions about literature, live math lessons, checks for understanding through Zoom’s chat function, and silly games, such as Oreo-stacking and household scavenger hunts. The remote lessons also featured something […]

Coronavirus Pandemic Shifts Back-to-School Spending

Elva Mankin

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t stopping parents from hitting the back-to-school sales, but it may be changing what’s on their shopping lists. Back-to-school spending for children in grades K-12 is expected to hit $28.1 billion — or $529 per student — which is relatively flat from last year, when $27.8 billion […]