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Sweet child of mine: Tax credits for parents

Mother kissing her smiling young daughter during fall season.
Mother kissing her smiling young daughter during fall season.

The costs of raising a child, such as for child care, general costs of living and college tuition, can really add up and are often on the rise. But parents may find some relief at tax time with tax credits for education, child care and for simply having children.

Child tax credits

Many of the tax breaks for parents pertain to child care and education, but the easiest tax break of all is for simply having children. For tax years prior to 2018, the Child Tax Credit provides up to $1,000

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Boris Johnson appeals to parents to get children back to school

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the VJ Day National Remembrance event, held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Britain August 15, 2020. REUTERS/Molly Darlington/Pool/File Photo - Molly Darlington/REUTERS
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the VJ Day National Remembrance event, held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Britain August 15, 2020. REUTERS/Molly Darlington/Pool/File Photo – Molly Darlington/REUTERS
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Boris Johnson will directly appeal to parents to send their children back to school, amid fears they are the final stumbling block in the Government’s efforts to return youngsters to full-time education. 

The Prime Minister will say on Monday that “nothing will have a greater effect on their life chances” than continuing to keep children at home when schools return at the

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Johnson urges parents to send children back to school as unions warn plan to reopen classrooms ‘negligent in the extreme’

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POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson has appealed to parents to send their children to schools when they reopen next week as a major union warned more teachers are needed in preparation.

The National Education Union (NEU) also accused ministers of being “negligent in the extreme”, saying schools had been left in the dark on how to deal with a coronavirus outbreak.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has warned the exams crisis that has engulfed the government for a fortnight has put the planned reopening of schools “at risk”.

But the prime minister thanked school staff who he said had

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What are ‘learning pods’? Parents seek options as pandemic complicates school year

Pandemic pods. Microschools. Quaranteams.

These are just a few of the terms used to describe the latest effort by American families to navigate their children’s education this fall as the coronavirus pandemic complicates the school year.

The concept involves kids at or around the same education level gathering in person in small groups led or supervised by volunteer parents, hired teachers or nannies. Ideas on education bubbles sprouted when many school districts announced they will return virtually without reopening campuses.

The ultimate goal? To ensure children receive their education with the socialization necessary for proper development and learning while maintaining

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Private special ed schools can restrain kids with disabilities 1,000s of times. Parents might not know.

Shirley Profit holds a work of art she created while she was attending High Road schools in Connecticut for students with disabilities. In total, over five years, High Road staff restrained Shirley at least 96 times and put her in seclusion 146 times.
Shirley Profit holds a work of art she created while she was attending High Road schools in Connecticut for students with disabilities. In total, over five years, High Road staff restrained Shirley at least 96 times and put her in seclusion 146 times.

This story was produced by the Teacher Project, an education reporting fellowship at Columbia Journalism School.

When the public school in Norwalk, Connecticut, wanted to send Barbara Profit’s children to a private school for kids with disabilities, the mother warily agreed. She had hoped to keep them in public school, but knew her two kids, ages 9

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