This weekend, take heed to a group of narrated articles from round The New York Instances, learn aloud by the reporters who wrote them.

For a whole bunch of poor households in Bastrop, Texas, a rural district exterior Austin, Norma Mercado is a one-woman rescue squad — a supply of meals, garments, transportation and counsel — with a present for conserving homeless college students in class. She can also be a reminder of the dimensions and complexity of pupil homelessness and an exemplar of a little-known federal program that’s all of the sudden awash in funds to assist deprived college students succeed.

Below a 1987 regulation now often known as the McKinney-Vento Act, each faculty district should appoint a “liaison” like Ms. Mercado to guard homeless college students’ rights. However till now solely about one district in 4 obtained cash for the work. With faculty closures from the pandemic harming poor college students, Congress final yr permitted $800 million in new grants, greater than tripling the funding for 3 years and auguring an period of innovation in providers for homeless youngsters.

“It’s like successful the lottery,” Ms. Mercado mentioned.

Written and narrated by Corina Knoll

Their plans have been daring, with no room for devastation.

They would go away their hometown and journey 6,500 miles to New York Metropolis collectively and take jobs, any type, that allowed them to ship a reimbursement to household. Ultimately, they might return to take pleasure in grandchildren whose school funds that they had helped present, whose futures would burn shiny.

GuiYing Ma and her husband, Zhanxin Gao, had ventured out of their metropolis of Fushun, in northeastern China, solely a handful of instances. However in 2017, the couple, at 56 years outdated, determined to use for visas in hopes of creating the form of cash that was out of their attain in China.

They went on to construct a modest lifetime of service in New York — till a surprising assault tore them aside.

Written by Dana Goldstein and Stephanie Saul | Narrated by Dana Goldstein

After the Florida Division of Training not too long ago rejected dozens of math textbooks, the large query was: Why?

The division mentioned a number of the books “contained prohibited matters” from social-emotional studying or essential race idea — however it has launched solely 4 particular textbook pages exhibiting content material to which it objects.

Utilizing on-line pattern supplies supplied by publishers to Florida faculty districts, The New York Instances was in a position to assessment 21 of the rejected books and see what could have led the state to reject them.

In a lot of the books, there was little that touched on race, by no means thoughts an educational framework like essential race idea. However lots of the textbooks included social-emotional studying content material, a apply with roots in psychological analysis that tries to assist college students develop mind-sets that may assist educational success.

Written by Julie Bosman, Sophie Kasakove, Jill Cowan and Richard Fausset | Narrated by Julie Bosman

Simply as plenty of main cities are attempting to lure folks again to previously bustling downtowns, leaders are confronting transit crime charges which have risen over prepandemic ranges in New York Metropolis, the San Francisco Bay Space, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Earlier this month, a capturing on a subway practice in Brooklyn injured 23 folks. In different cities, tales of violent assaults, muggings and stabbings on buses and trains dominate the night information and frightened conversations in neighborhood apps.

Low ridership has left many passengers saying they really feel extra susceptible than earlier than.

The disaster on public transit methods threatens the nation’s restoration from the coronavirus pandemic.

Written and narrated by Noam Scheiber

Over the previous decade and a half, many younger, college-educated employees have confronted a disturbing actuality: It was tougher for them to succeed in the center class than for earlier generations.

Members of this college-educated working class sometimes earn much less cash than they envisioned after they went off to highschool. In lots of instances, they’ve endured bouts of unemployment. And so they complain of being trapped in jobs that don’t make good use of their expertise.

The change has had profound results, driving shifts within the nation’s politics and mobilizing workers to demand fairer remedy at work. It might even be prompting a once-in-a-century revival of the labor motion.

The Instances’s narrated articles are made by Tally Abecassis, Parin Behrooz, Anna Diamond, Sarah Diamond, Jack D’Isidoro, Aaron Esposito, Dan Farrell, Elena Hecht, Adrienne Hurst, Elisheba Ittoop, Emma Kehlbeck, Marion Lozano, Tanya Pérez, Krish Seenivasan, Margaret H. Willison, Kate Winslett, John Woo and Tiana Younger. Particular due to Sam Dolnick, Ryan Wegner, Julia Simon and Desiree Ibekwe.