‘Building Resilient Communities’ Gives Local Concerns a Voice in DC
In The News
‘Building Resilient Communities’ Gives Local Concerns a Voice in DC
2023-01-30 20:08:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — What consumes those inside the beltway and in mainstream media doesn’t always reflect the realities of mainstream Americans or the communities in which they live. That was the consistent theme that emerged from last week’s “Building Resilient Communities”... Read More

UNC Students Worry Pending Supreme Court Case Will Undercut Efforts at Diversity
Education
UNC Students Worry Pending Supreme Court Case Will Undercut Efforts at Diversity
2022-10-17 13:46:52
by Natalie McCormick

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — At the heart of the University of North Carolina admissions process there is a mission statement promising the institution will educate a diverse student body to become the next generation of great leaders.  On Monday, Oct.... Read More

Opposition Grows to Virginia Policy on Transgender Student Rights
Civil Rights
Opposition Grows to Virginia Policy on Transgender Student Rights
2022-10-11 20:17:51
by Tom Ramstack

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The City of Alexandria is telling Virginia’s state leadership its schools will not comply with the proposed Model Policies denying special accommodations for transgender students that face a final deadline this month. A letter Mayor Justin Wilson... Read More

Climate Change Not Just Another ‘Culture War Issue’
Climate
Climate Change Not Just Another 'Culture War Issue’
2022-07-23 16:40:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON —The summer of 2022 has shaped up to be a season of discontent for those who consider themselves climate activists and fans of the environment. It began three weeks ago, when a majority of justices in the U.S. Supreme... Read More

Media Literacy Seen as Priority by Delaware Lawmakers
In The States
Media Literacy Seen as Priority by Delaware Lawmakers
2022-07-20 23:11:54
by Natalie McCormick

DOVER, Del. — As its session drew to a close in June, the Delaware State Senate passed a bill addressing what a majority of its members agreed was a pressing need to teach media literacy in schools throughout the state. ... Read More

Private School Enrollment Rising in America Since Onset of Pandemic 
Education
Private School Enrollment Rising in America Since Onset of Pandemic 
2022-07-18 21:31:49
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — There was a tiny dip and then it really flipped — private school enrollment, that is. While private schools had to market themselves strongly before COVID-19 hit the U.S. in March 2020, as the pandemic has worn on... Read More

Congressmen Criticize State Laws Censoring Education on Controversial Issues
Education
Congressmen Criticize State Laws Censoring Education on Controversial Issues
2022-05-19 19:55:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Teachers and students warned a congressional panel Thursday that recent state laws clamping down on politically volatile instruction in schools are likely to backfire by breeding intolerance. Seventeen states passed laws in the past two years intended to... Read More

More School Buses Could Get Wi-Fi
Education
More School Buses Could Get Wi-Fi
2022-05-13 21:04:20
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Adding Wi-Fi to school buses could be easier for school districts because of a proposed rule change by the Federal Communications Commission. The new rule, if adopted, would allow districts to apply for funding to connect school buses... Read More

Texas Professional Educators Rebuke Abbott’s Bill of Rights Proposal
In The States
Texas Professional Educators Rebuke Abbott’s Bill of Rights Proposal
2022-01-31 18:50:12
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Professional educators in Texas were blindsided by Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposal for a Parental Bill of Rights, which intends to amend the state constitution to grant parents enhanced authority over their children’s education. Abbott introduced his proposal... Read More

<strong>Texas Gov. Abbott Aims to Create Parental Bill of Rights </strong>
In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott Aims to Create Parental Bill of Rights 
2022-01-27 21:09:39
by Reece Nations

LEWISVILLE, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently revealed a proposal to amend the state constitution to grant parents greater control over their children's education and censure public educators for teaching material considered offensive. During a campaign event last week... Read More

A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles
Education
A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles

When April Schneider's children returned to in-person classrooms this year, she thought they were leaving behind the struggles from more than a year of remote learning. No more problems with borrowed tablets. No more days of missed lessons because her... Read More

School Year Delays, Virtual Learning Instituted Amid COVID-19 Spike
In The States
School Year Delays, Virtual Learning Instituted Amid COVID-19 Spike
2022-01-06 00:14:47
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — COVID-19 infection rates continue to complicate the school year as some districts have either delayed their start dates or shifted to virtual learning in response to the growing spike in cases. As many schools nationwide have either... Read More

School District Works to Implement Test-to-Stay Practice
Education
School District Works to Implement Test-to-Stay Practice
2022-01-05 18:51:08
by Alexa Hornbeck

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Members of the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas implemented changes to their test-to-stay practice this week, based on new guidance supported by the Biden administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on using the method... Read More

Scholars Say COVID Represents ‘Teachable Moment’ for Girls’ Education in Crisis
Think Tanks
Scholars Say COVID Represents ‘Teachable Moment’ for Girls’ Education in Crisis
2021-12-15 15:17:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — With the pandemic just one crisis affecting girls’ education globally, the Brookings Institution gathered a group of young scholars from around the world for a symposium to consider new ways to protect and promote the rights of women,... Read More

Federal Judge Rules Texas Mask Mandate Ban Violates ADA
Education
Federal Judge Rules Texas Mask Mandate Ban Violates ADA
2021-11-11 15:47:11
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge overturned Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order banning mask mandates in public schools on Wednesday, freeing local officials to set their own masking orders once again. U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Texas... Read More

COVID Cases Falling, But Trouble Signs Arise as Winter Looms
Education
COVID Cases Falling, But Trouble Signs Arise as Winter Looms

Tumbling COVID-19 case counts have some schools around the U.S. considering relaxing their mask rules, but deaths nationally have been ticking up over the past few weeks, some rural hospitals are showing signs of strain, and cold weather is setting... Read More

COVID Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect for NYC Teachers, Staff
Education
COVID Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect for NYC Teachers, Staff

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City teachers and other school staff members were all supposed to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when the bell rang Monday morning in one of the first school district mandates in the country requiring employees... Read More

Ed Dept. Officials Tell Congress Students Are Protected for In-Class Education
Education
Ed Dept. Officials Tell Congress Students Are Protected for In-Class Education
2021-10-01 19:52:21
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Biden administration officials tried to assure a Senate panel Thursday that the nation’s schools are following the right strategy to remain open while minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19. The new school year is barely a month old... Read More

Biden Plan Seeks to Expand Education, From Pre-K to college
Education
Biden Plan Seeks to Expand Education, From Pre-K to college

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Democrats push ahead with President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, they're promising historic investments across the arc of an education — from early childhood to college and beyond — in what advocates describe as the... Read More

FCC Allocates Over $1.2 Billion to Close the Homework Gap
Education
FCC Allocates Over $1.2 Billion to Close the Homework Gap
2021-09-24 18:19:32
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Communications Commission is allocating over $1.2 billion in the first round of funding of the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program with the aim of connecting more than 3.6 million students across the U.S., according to a release... Read More

Jill Biden Heads Back to Classroom As a Working First Lady
Education
Jill Biden Heads Back to Classroom As a Working First Lady

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden is going back to her whiteboard. After months of teaching writing and English to community college students in boxes on a computer screen, the first lady resumes teaching in person Tuesday from a classroom at... Read More

Virginia Supreme Court Reinstates Teacher Opposed to Transgender Policy
Law
Virginia Supreme Court Reinstates Teacher Opposed to Transgender Policy
2021-09-02 20:34:36
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week that a public school teacher must be reinstated after he was suspended for refusing to use transgender students’ preferred names and pronouns. The teacher, physical education instructor Tanner Cross, cited... Read More

Tea Party 2.0? Conservatives Get Organized in School Battles
Education
Tea Party 2.0? Conservatives Get Organized in School Battles

MEQUON, Wis. (AP) — A loose network of conservative groups with ties to major Republican donors and party-aligned think tanks is quietly lending firepower to local activists engaged in culture war fights in schools across the country. While they are... Read More

Masks Ordered for Most Florida Students, Defying DeSantis
In The States
Masks Ordered for Most Florida Students, Defying DeSantis

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Just over half of Florida's 2.8 million public school students now face mandates to wear masks in classrooms as a courtroom battle continues over efforts by Gov. Ron DeSantis to leave such decisions up to... Read More

AP-NORC poll: COVID Anxiety Up, Vaccine Requirements Favored
Opinion Polls
AP-NORC poll: COVID Anxiety Up, Vaccine Requirements Favored

DENVER (AP) — Anxiety in the United States over COVID-19 is at its highest level since winter, a new poll shows, as the delta variant rages, more states and school districts adopt mask and vaccination requirements and the nation's hospitals... Read More

GOP Governors, School Districts Battle Over Mask Mandates
In The States
GOP Governors, School Districts Battle Over Mask Mandates

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Millions of students in Florida, Texas and Arizona are now required to wear masks in class as school boards in mostly Democratic areas have defied their Republican governors and made face coverings mandatory. The three... Read More

Ed Dept. to Use Civil Rights Authority to Press for Face Masks in Schools
Education
Ed Dept. to Use Civil Rights Authority to Press for Face Masks in Schools
2021-08-19 13:11:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Education will invoke its civil rights enforcement authority to prevent states from imposing universal bans on wearing face masks in classrooms, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said on Wednesday. The decision represents a dramatic escalation of... Read More

Virginia Mandates Face Masks for all K-12 Schools
Education
Virginia Mandates Face Masks for all K-12 Schools
2021-08-12 19:16:45
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed an emergency order last Thursday requiring that face masks be worn in all indoor settings in the state's K-12 schools. The move comes after a handful of school districts in recent days... Read More

Education Department Establishing New Rulemaking Committee
Education
Education Department Establishing New Rulemaking Committee
2021-08-09 15:57:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Education published a notice in the Federal Register Monday establishing a negotiated rulemaking committee that will meet virtually beginning in October to rewrite regulations for Public Service Loan forgiveness, income-contingent repayment plans, and borrower... Read More

Select Committee Works to Make Congress Better for Staff, Members and the American People
Congress
Select Committee Works to Make Congress Better for Staff, Members and the American People
2021-08-02 20:36:58
by Dan McCue

Retaining staff on Capitol Hill has never been easy, but it’s likely never been harder than it is today against a backdrop of often divisive and toxic politics, the spiralling costs of living in the region, and in the wake... Read More

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