Departing Trump Administration Wants to Weaken Nutrition Rules for School Meals
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Departing Trump Administration Wants to Weaken Nutrition Rules for School Meals

PHILADELPHIA — In their last days in office, Trump administration officials are trying to reduce nutrition requirements for school meals, seeking to undo changes initiated by the Obama administration a decade ago. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it wants... Read More

Third Way Hosts First Installment of Virtual
Think Tanks
Third Way Hosts First Installment of Virtual "Wine with Wonks" Series
2020-12-04 15:12:31
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON – Third Way, a Washington D.C.- based think tank, launched its inaugural “Wine with Wonks” virtual series this week that features scholars from its ACADEMIX Upshot series in an effort to promote their research and explore various education topics... Read More

NewDEAL Forum Releases Policy Proposals on Education and Jobs Mismatch in COVID Era
Education
NewDEAL Forum Releases Policy Proposals on Education and Jobs Mismatch in COVID Era
2020-12-04 14:47:03
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - As part of the 10th Annual NewDEAL Leaders Conference held this week, the NewDEAL Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, released a new education report detailing policy solutions for providing high quality college and career pathways for students... Read More

TX-10: Mike Siegel (D)
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TX-10: Mike Siegel (D)
2020-11-02 21:31:25
by TWN Staff

About Siegel: Mike Siegel is a civil rights lawyer and former public school teacher running for Texas’s 10th Congressional district. He began his career in 1999, joining the Americorps national civil service program and teaching 3rd grade as a Teach... Read More

OR-02: Cliff Bentz (R)
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OR-02: Cliff Bentz (R)
2020-11-02 05:26:51
by TWN Staff

About Bentz: Cliff Bentz is a third generation Oregonian, raised on his family’s cattle ranches in Harney County. He attended Whitehorse Ranch and Pine Creek Grade Schools. At age 14, he was sent to live with an aunt and uncle... Read More

NY-22: Anthony Brindisi (D)
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NY-22: Anthony Brindisi (D)
2020-11-02 04:55:59
by TWN Staff

About Brindisi: Elected in 2018, Anthony Brindisi has been an outspoken advocate for his district. As an independent voice and a tireless supporter of Upstate New York’s working families, Brindisi has developed a record of working with anyone, at any... Read More

NY-16: Jamaal Bowman (D)
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NY-16: Jamaal Bowman (D)
2020-11-02 04:31:14
by TWN Staff

About Bowman: Jamaal Bowman was born and raised in New York City.  He spent his early years in public housing and later in rent-controlled apartments. He didn’t have much growing up, but his mother provided him all that he needed:... Read More

NC-09: Cynthia Wallace (D)
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NC-09: Cynthia Wallace (D)
2020-11-01 12:09:24
by TWN Staff

About Wallace: Cynthia Wallace resides in Charlotte, N.C., in the 9th Congressional District. The granddaughter of farmers, she grew up in Springfield, Ga., a small town with a rural route address with no street address. She is the daughter of... Read More

IA-01: Ashley Hinson (R)
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IA-01: Ashley Hinson (R)
2020-11-01 07:28:23
by TWN Staff

About Hinson : Ashley Hinson is a current Iowa House representative, a former award-winning journalist and a mom. An Iowa native, Ashley is the first woman to represent Iowa’s 67th district, which covers Hiawatha, Robins, Cedar Rapids and Marion, where she... Read More

NC-08: Richard Hudson (R)
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NC-08: Richard Hudson (R)
2020-10-31 16:10:32
by TWN Staff

About Hudson: Since he was elected in 2012, Richard Hudson has worked hard to serve North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District, which includes all or part of seven counties spanning from Salisbury and Concord across South-Central North Carolina to Cumberland County.... Read More

NE-02: Kara Eastman (D)
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NE-02: Kara Eastman (D)
2020-10-30 23:10:34
by TWN Staff

About Eastman : Kara Eastman has more than 20 years of experience leading non-profit organizations. She is currently president of Kara Eastman Partners, a small business that provides consulting services in the non-profit sector.  An MSW in Social Work, she... Read More

MO-02: Jill Schupp (D)
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MO-02: Jill Schupp (D)
2020-10-30 22:59:31
by TWN Staff

About Schupp: Schupp grew up in University City. A former Marine, her father worked six days a week at a junkyard he started at age 19 with his father in East St. Louis, before becoming a car salesman at Weber... Read More

CA-25: Christy Smith (D)
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CA-25: Christy Smith (D)
2020-10-30 19:55:41
by TWN Staff

About Smith: Christy Smith has been living in Santa Clarita for nearly 40 years, has a husband and two daughters.  Smith has worked to improve schools, classrooms, and opportunities for students. She started her career in the U.S. Department of... Read More

New Survey Says Most Schools Weren’t Prepared For COVID-19 Disruption
Education
New Survey Says Most Schools Weren’t Prepared For COVID-19 Disruption
2020-10-05 12:50:26
by Sara Wilkerson

A new survey conducted by the Rand Corporation researchers indicates that most schools were not fully prepared for remote instruction and prolonged school closures at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Rand researchers compiled responses from 957 elementary and secondary... Read More

Coronavirus Infections Among School-Age Kids Rose in September After Classes Resumed
Health
Coronavirus Infections Among School-Age Kids Rose in September After Classes Resumed

Keen to send the nation’s kids back to reopened schools, President Donald Trump has called children “virtually immune,” “essentially immune” and “almost immune” to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But a new report by researchers from the Centers for Disease... Read More

Parents Sue LA Unified School District, Blasting Its Online Learning as Inadequate
Education
Parents Sue LA Unified School District, Blasting Its Online Learning as Inadequate

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School District’s distance learning plan has caused “enormous learning losses” and left tens of thousands of Black and Latino students without a basic education, according to allegations in a class action lawsuit filed... Read More

Third Way Offers Lawmakers Insight into America’s New Education Landscape
Education
Third Way Offers Lawmakers Insight into America’s New Education Landscape
2020-09-24 21:21:33
by Sara Wilkerson

Third Way recently added new additions to its ACADEMIX Upshot series, a short-form research series dedicated to examining the impact of COVID-19 on America’s education system. Academic experts across the country have contributed to Third Way’s series since it first... Read More

Substitute Teachers Are in High Demand for School Districts Trying to Fill Vacancies in a Pandemic
Education
Substitute Teachers Are in High Demand for School Districts Trying to Fill Vacancies in a Pandemic

PHILADELPHIA — Dawn Pittman retired from teaching in 2013 after more than three decades. But Pittman has no plans to give up her passion — even in a pandemic. When Camden resumes in-person learning, possibly in January, she hopes to... Read More

Act Restores Private Right to Sue on Discriminatory Educational Practices
Education
Act Restores Private Right to Sue on Discriminatory Educational Practices
2020-09-17 13:49:04
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - The House passed the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act (EIEA), legislation on Wednesday that will restore students’ and parents’ right to hold schools accountable for racial discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The... Read More

New York Launches COVID Response Team to Monitor City's Schools
Cities
New York Launches COVID Response Team to Monitor City's Schools
2020-09-16 14:40:46
by Daniel Londono

NEW YORK, N.Y.- The City of New York on Monday implemented a new COVID "Response Team" to monitor the city's schools and hopefully prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus in one of the nation's hardest hit municipalities. The city's new... Read More

DeVos: Open Schools But Let Parents Choose Whether Children Attend
Education
DeVos: Open Schools But Let Parents Choose Whether Children Attend

DETROIT — In a new letter to the nation’s parents, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is encouraging them to send their kids back to school, warning of students falling behind academically without directly addressing the health risks posed by the coronavirus.... Read More

College Students Return to Campus Faced With Multiple Options and Fear
Education
College Students Return to Campus Faced With Multiple Options and Fear
2020-08-28 18:10:11
by Sara Wilkerson

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to produce strains on key cornerstones of society, the education system in America is faced with its biggest challenge yet: students returning to the classroom. To find out more about how students are feeling as... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks DoEd Rule Favoring More CARES Act Funding for Private Schools
Education
Federal Judge Blocks DoEd Rule Favoring More CARES Act Funding for Private Schools
2020-08-24 21:16:58
by Sara Wilkerson

SEATTLE - A federal judge ruled last week in favor of Seattle Attorney General Bob Ferguson's request to block a Department of Education rule that required school districts to either share a larger percentage of federal funding with private schools... Read More

Iowa Governor's Push to Reopen Schools Descends Into Chaos
Education
Iowa Governor's Push to Reopen Schools Descends Into Chaos

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An aggressive push by Iowa’s pro-Trump governor to reopen schools amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak has descended into chaos, with some districts and teachers rebelling and experts calling the scientific benchmarks used by the state... Read More

Free Virtual Resources for Parents and Educators as America Goes Back to School
Education
Free Virtual Resources for Parents and Educators as America Goes Back to School
2020-08-19 15:30:17
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — As American students head back to school, parents, teachers, and administrators are securing resources to offer safe school environments or transition to online classrooms while maintaining rigorous curriculums. Everyone is striving to keep students’ minds sharp and bodies... Read More

Districts Go Round and Round on School Bus Reopening Plans
Education
Districts Go Round and Round on School Bus Reopening Plans

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — School districts nationwide puzzling over how to safely educate children during a pandemic have a more immediate challenge — getting 26 million bus-riding students there in the first place. Few challenges are proving to be more... Read More

Senators Urge USDA to Extend School Meal Waivers for Low-Income Students
Education
Senators Urge USDA to Extend School Meal Waivers for Low-Income Students
2020-08-03 21:02:49
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Thirty-four members of the U.S. Senate have signed a letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting an extension of various waivers that allow low-income students access through the upcoming school year to school-provided meals. One-in-seven children... Read More

CDC Endorses the Reopening of Schools, Downplays Health Risks
Education
CDC Endorses the Reopening of Schools, Downplays Health Risks
2020-07-24 17:39:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Centers for Disease Control is reversing course and now says schools should reopen in the fall, downplaying the potential health risks associated with such a move while conceding the recommendation is based on “limited data.” The new... Read More

Biden Previews His Plans on Education and Care for The Elderly
2020 Elections
Biden Previews His Plans on Education and Care for The Elderly

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden on Monday previewed his plans to build a “caring economy,” saying he will make it easier for elderly Medicaid recipients to receive care at home. Biden is expected to offer more details on his proposals regarding... Read More

School Buses Pose Social Distancing Problem as Schools Prepare to Reopen
Health
School Buses Pose Social Distancing Problem as Schools Prepare to Reopen
2020-07-16 20:43:52
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- Despite an increasing number of coronavirus cases in all but a handful of U.S. states, school districts across the country are pushing ahead with plans to resume in-person classes this fall. With the pandemic continuing, minimizing the risk... Read More

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