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Superintendent Austin Buetner fist bumps a kindergartener, as students finish their first day of school. Photo: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

School superintendents nationwide are leaving their posts in far greater numbers than in past years — the trend likely a result of the difficulties brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The growing departures are being seen in both large cities and midsize and smaller districts in suburban and rural areas, according to the School Superintendents Association.

  • In New Hampshire, roughly 20 superintendents and assistant superintendents are retiring or taking new jobs, up from 12 in the previous year, per the Post.
  • The superintendents who are leaving have done so by pursuing similar positions in different locations, retiring early, or having been forced out because of differences with their local school boards.
  • “We have worked 15 hours a day, seven days a week — truly 15 hours a day, truly seven days a week,” Austin Beutner, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, told the Post.
  • “It has been exhausting, and my guess is, from talking to other superintendents, this year has been like none other,” he added.

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Sep 11, 2021 - Health

Texas attorney general sues 6 school districts over mask mandates

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Friday that he's suing six school districts that have defied Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide ban on mask mandates.

The big picture: Some school districts in Texas have sought to implement masking requirements for teachers, students and staff as COVID-19 cases surge across the state.

Trump blasts “wacky” GOP Sen. Cassidy after “Axios on HBO” interview

Former President Trump on Monday blasted Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) after he told "Axios on HBO" that he is not sure Trump could win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Driving the news: When told that Trump could be expected to win the nomination, Cassidy jumped in saying: "I don't know that."

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Image from the Rhodium Group study "Pathways to Paris." Courtesy of the Rhodium Group.

The verdict is in: President Biden's U.S. emissions-cutting pledge isn't a fantasy, but the path to meeting it is very difficult and relies on forces outside of White House control.

Driving the news: The Rhodium Group just released an analysis of policy combinations that could close the gap between the current U.S. trajectory and Biden's vow under the Paris Agreement to cut emissions in half by 2030.