School’s Out for Summer and Many Teachers Are Calling It Quits

Many teachers have packed up classrooms for the last time as schools break for summer, leaving a profession where stresses have multiplied as a national teacher shortage threatens to grow. Some 300,000 public-school teachers and other staff left the field between February 2020 and May 2022, a nearly 3% drop in that workforce, according to … Read more

School’s Out for Summer and Many Teachers Are Calling It Quits

Many teachers have packed up classrooms for the last time as schools break for summer, leaving a profession where stresses have multiplied as a national teacher shortage threatens to grow. Some 300,000 public-school teachers and other staff left the field between February 2020 and May 2022, a nearly 3% drop in that workforce, according to … Read more

Biden’s Patent Gift to Beijing

Ambassadors discuss before the opening ceremony of the 12th Ministerial Conference at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, June 12. Photo: martial trezzini/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The World Trade Organization was created to protect free-trade rules to spread prosperity. Now it’s becoming a vehicle to raid US innovation. See Friday’s agreement by the … Read more

Biden’s Patent Gift to Beijing

Ambassadors discuss before the opening ceremony of the 12th Ministerial Conference at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, June 12. Photo: martial trezzini/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The World Trade Organization was created to protect free-trade rules to spread prosperity. Now it’s becoming a vehicle to raid US innovation. See Friday’s agreement by the … Read more

FDA panel gives go-ahead for children under 5 to be vaccinated, but experts fret that not all parents will get on board

A panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave its endorsement to both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for children below the age of 5, the last group to be added to the vaccine program. The panel voted 21-0 that the benefits of Moderna’s MRNA, +4.06% two-dose vaccine for children between … Read more

US COVID cases at highest levels since November, while Northeast and Midwest are above delta peak

COVID cases continued to rise across the US on Monday and were trending at the highest levels seen since late November around the time that South African scientists first identified the highly transmissible omicron variant which quickly became dominant around the world. Sine then, the BA.2 variant of omicron, and two other subvariants named BA.2.12 … Read more

Uber’s Revenue Doubles, but Stock Falls After Lyft Warns of Higher Driver Costs

Uber Technologies Inc.’s UBER -4.65% revenue more than doubled last quarter, as demand for rides rebounded from the downturn caused by the Covid-19 surge late last year and the company’s food delivery grew despite restaurant reopenings. Uber issued a bullish outlook for the current quarter, but its shares fell about 5% Wednesday, triggered in part … Read more

South Africa hit by new subvariants of omicron that have been detected in the US in small numbers

A surge in COVID-19 cases in South Africa fueled by two new subvariants of omicron has raised concerns that they are even more transmissible than the BA.2 strain which has been dominant in the US since early April. The BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants have led to a tripling of cases in South Africa in the … Read more

Xi Jinping Is Betting It All on Zero Covid

China’s Leninist political system is very good at mass mobilization but very bad at stopping mass mobilization once it has begun. Mao Zedong proved this most destructively with the Great Leap Forward in 1958. Today Xi Jinping’s bold embrace of the zero-Covid policy, in the face of an increasingly transmissible Omicron variant, is evoking Mao’s … Read more

Apple Says Covid-19 Lockdowns in China Loom Over Sales

Apple Inc. AAPL 4.52% cautioned Thursday that the resurgence of Covid-19 in China threatens to hinder sales by as much as $ 8 billion in the current quarter — a setback after seeing supply-chain improvements during the first three months of the year. The guidance from the iPhone maker came Thursday shortly after the company … Read more