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

Trump Administration Walks Back Rule on Foreign Students
Education
Trump Administration Walks Back Rule on Foreign Students
2020-07-14 20:32:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the pandemic. The decision was announced at the start of... Read More

Cuomo Outlines Plan to Reopen Schools in New York
State News
Cuomo Outlines Plan to Reopen Schools in New York

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out a data-driven plan on Monday for reopening New York schools that hinges on consistently dropping coronavirus infection rates, mandates for face mask usage in classrooms and daily screenings of staff and students.... Read More

Five States Sue Education Dept. Over CARES Act School Funding
Education
Five States Sue Education Dept. Over CARES Act School Funding
2020-07-13 13:27:31
by Tom Ramstack

Five states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit this week that accuses the U.S. Education Department of shorting schools in low-income areas on their fair share of coronavirus relief funds. Instead, too much of the money is going... Read More

Virus Spread, Not Politics Should Guide Schools, Doctors Say
Education
Virus Spread, Not Politics Should Guide Schools, Doctors Say

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher. They’re urging a more cautious approach, which many local... Read More

US Education Chief DeVos Downplays Risk of Opening Schools
Education
US Education Chief DeVos Downplays Risk of Opening Schools

The top U.S. education official downplayed the risk of reopening schools in the fall, a high priority of President Donald Trump, and repeated a threat to cut funding to schools that don’t fully resume in-person learning as educators wrestle with... Read More

Democrats Rebuke White House Over Possibly Directing Virus Aid Away from Public Schools
Education
Democrats Rebuke White House Over Possibly Directing Virus Aid Away from Public Schools

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s apparent proposal that future coronavirus aid for schools be tied to students, rather than school districts, has drawn rebukes from key Democrats. “He wants to increase funding in CARES four for education, but he’s looking... Read More

Utah Secures 500,000 Face Masks in Anticipation of Reopening Schools
State News
Utah Secures 500,000 Face Masks in Anticipation of Reopening Schools
2020-07-07 19:06:08
by Jacob Pederson

The Utah Board of Education has received a shipment of 500,000 face masks it plans to distribute to students and teachers as they return to school in the fall. The collection of masks is the latest manifestation of Gov. Gary... Read More

Economists and Educators Make Plea for Bigger COVID-19 Relief Bailout
Education
Economists and Educators Make Plea for Bigger COVID-19 Relief Bailout
2020-06-23 18:38:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Economists and educators asked a congressional committee Monday for a federal bailout to help ethnic minorities who they say are hit unequally hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. They agreed widely that African Americans and Latinos are losing their... Read More

Senate Panel Considers Steps to Reopen Nation’s Schools
Education
Senate Panel Considers Steps to Reopen Nation’s Schools

WASHINGTON — The Senate health committee on Wednesday considered the steps schools should take to reopen later this year as officials seek to protect students, teachers and staff from COVID-19 while compensating for learning gaps students experienced this year. The... Read More

With Schools Shut, Democrats Seek Funds to Close ‘Homework Gap’
Education
With Schools Shut, Democrats Seek Funds to Close ‘Homework Gap’

WASHINGTON — With millions of students stranded at home for the duration of the academic year and questions persisting about whether the COVID-19 pandemic will allow schools to reopen in the fall, lawmakers and federal agencies are weighing the best... Read More

Questions Abound As School Boards Assess How to Reopen After COVID-19
Education
Questions Abound As School Boards Assess How to Reopen After COVID-19
2020-05-14 21:11:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Anyone who doubts how difficult it will be to reopen the nation's public schools in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak need only spend a few moments speaking to leaders of the National School Boards Association. Public schools... Read More

Student Advocates Sue Education Dept. for Wage Garnishments in Loan Defaults
Education
Student Advocates Sue Education Dept. for Wage Garnishments in Loan Defaults
2020-05-04 13:07:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Higher education advocacy groups are suing the U.S. Education Department for continuing to garnish the wages of persons who default on student loan payments during the coronavirus epidemic. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced March 25 her department would... Read More

Trump Urges States to Consider Opening Schools Before Summer
Education
Trump Urges States to Consider Opening Schools Before Summer

President Donald Trump says states should “seriously consider” reopening their public schools before the end of the academic year, even though dozens already have said it would be unsafe for students to return until the summer or fall. Trump made... Read More

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