FCC Announces $37M for Schools, Libraries
FCC Announces $37M for Schools, Libraries
2022-04-19 21:32:06
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Schools and libraries are getting $37 million more from the Federal Communications Commission because of Emergency Connectivity Fund support. “This program has opened doors for thousands of students who lacked connectivity to get the tools they need to... Read More

In The States
Media Outlets Sue Virginia’s Governor for Records of His Education Tip Line
2022-04-14 18:00:59
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. — A group of media outlets sued Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Wednesday over his refusal to turn over information about his administration's email tip line for reporting "divisive" information taught in schools. The media organizations filed Freedom... Read More

In The States
Judge Says Schools Can Require Masks Despite Different Virginia Law
2022-03-25 21:06:11
by Tom Ramstack

LYNCHBURG, Va. — A federal judge’s ruling this week modifies a Virginia law abolishing mask mandates in public schools. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon ruled that schools with 12 students who have health conditions that make them vulnerable to COVID-19... Read More

In The States
Judge Puts Virginia Ban on School Face Mask Mandates on Hold
2022-02-04 21:47:22
by Dan McCue

ARLINGTON, Va. — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin cannot enforce a ban on face mask mandates in the state’s schools until the outcome of several pending cases on the issue are resolved, a state circuit court judge ruled Friday. Judge Louise... Read More

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

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

Schools Fight Back Against GOP Governors, Defy Bans on Masks

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With the highly contagious delta variant fueling a surge in coronavirus cases just as students return to classrooms, major school districts in Arizona, Florida, Texas and beyond are increasingly defying Republican leaders who banned school... Read More

School Infrastructure Investments Bridge Paths to Better Future
2021-04-29 18:58:14
by Victoria Turner

Tara Roberts, a single mother of eight, was committed but “in tears” as she opened her first classroom door at Portland Community College, said Mark Mitsui, president of PCC. She now holds a doctorate in nursing, is a health care... Read More

High Schools Transform Into Vaccination Sites
2021-04-06 15:55:07
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON - Last Thursday, President Biden announced new vaccine goals of “200 million shots in one hundred days,” and has nearly surpassed that goal with about 154 million shots administered as of this week. "I know it's ambitious – twice... Read More

CDC Says Distancing of 3 Feet for Kids is Sufficient
2021-03-19 20:38:15
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday that it has revised its social distancing guidelines for schools, further clearing the way for schools to reopen for full-time, in-person instruction.  The agency now says students should... Read More

In The States
Arizona Schools Must Offer In-Person Instruction
2021-03-08 14:09:42
by TWN Staff

PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order last week requiring public schools to offer in-person, teacher-led instruction by Monday, March 15. According to the Republican governor, 12 of Arizona’s 15 counties are in phases where all schools... Read More

Schools Struggle with Teachers Over Return to In-Class Learning
2021-02-09 15:44:20
by Tom Ramstack

Public school classes are resuming this week but some teachers in cities nationwide say they might not be there. They are threatening sickouts or strikes because of the risk of COVID-19 infection if they return to in-class education. The United... Read More

State News
Governor Wants Virginia Schools to Offer In-Person Learning by March 15
2021-02-05 19:37:17
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that he wants Virginia school systems to begin offering options for in-person learning by March 15. “Children learn better in classrooms. And that’s where they need to be,” he said during... Read More

Push to Reopen Schools Could Leave Out Millions of Students

President Joe Biden says he wants most schools serving kindergarten through eighth grade to reopen by late April, but even if that happens, it is likely to leave out millions of students, many of them minorities in urban areas. “We’re... Read More

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

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

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

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

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