I tried an idea and it is so far working!
Do NOT install 1.19.52. Do NOT run it from your applications folder. Download the disk image and then run Minecraft Education 1.19.52 from that disk image. So, do not delete the disk image. Keep it for now.
Be sure to BACK UP your worlds. On Mac -- navigate to Library/Application Support/minecraftpe -- duplicate the 'minecraftpe' folder.
This is working for me. I have inventory and chat working correctly. PHEW! And the worlds are correctly saving and exiting upon leaving.
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