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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A public school system in Kentucky has partnered with the state's thoroughbred industry to provide students with career opportunities, and experience learning on farms. Nearly two dozen thoroughbred businesses have pledged more than $300,000 for the three-year agreement announced Tuesday, said Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk. The program targets middle and high school students at the public school in Lexington, news outlets reported. “As our nation grapples with the issue of racial and social justice, our moral imperative in the district is to provide access and opportunity for students who otherwise would not have those advantages,” Caulk added. Braxton Lynch, the board chair of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, said it was necessary for students...
    By KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee reversed course Tuesday by announcing that Tennessee will release data on COVID-19 in schools despite initially declaring such information would not be collected by the state. The move marks yet another concession from the Republican's administration to be more transparent only after Lee faced loud pleas from the public to release more information during the pandemic. “This a health crisis. Privacy around personal information around someone’s health is incredibly important," Lee told reporters during a COVID-19 briefing. “It’s a real balance to determine how to protect that privacy and at the same time to give transparency to folks who need to know.” Lee's state health agency had stated...
    Teachers unions across the country see the coronavirus pandemic as "an opportunity" to "squeeze more money from taxpayers and put their private and public charter school competition out of business," the Wall Street Journal editorial board charged in an op-ed published late Monday. As evidence, the board pointed in part to a list of demands made by a group of teachers unions and progressive organizations Monday as part of a political-tinged "National Day of Resistance." The demands include cancellation of rents and mortagages, handouts to unemployed Americans, a tax on stock market speculation to be used to fund school reopenings and a moratorium on new charter programs. The WSJ board also cited American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten's calls for "safety strikes" if local union chapters deem...
    Students who attend in-person classes at New Jersey’s schools will be required to wear masks unless they have medical exemption, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his Monday news conference. The requirement is a change in policy for the state Board of Education which previously said masks were required on school buses but only recommended at schools. Other exemptions to the policy are if the students are in extreme heat, are in water, are eating or drinking and in some cases if they are participating in gym or music class and can socially distance. Students have the option of remote learning, but three Democratic members of the Assembly introduced a bill last week calling for all New Jersey...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Teachers Union plans to hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss a possible strike.Union members are not happy with Chicago Public Schools' hybrid-learning school year plan, citing safety issues because of COVID-19.Any walkout would ultimately require a yes vote from 75% of the full CTU membership.CTU members rallied and made their voices, and horns heard Monday.CPS responded in a statement Tuesday, saying "Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our students and staff, and Chicago Public Schools won't open its doors on September 8 if public health officials don't deem it safe to do so. We continue to gather community feedback and closely monitor the public health data before making any...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Public Schools announced some big changes to its busing system when school resumes in-person learning this fall. DPS will begin with remote learning on Aug. 24 through Oct. 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (credit: ThinkStock) DPS said that under the health and social-distancing guidelines for transportation, buses will only be able to operate at 33% capacity. That means many students, including most middle school and high school general education students, will no longer be eligible to ride the bus to school. DPS said it will prioritize transportation for the youngest and highest-needs learners as well as students legally entitled to transportation, such as those in special education or those experiencing homelessness.
    Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) issued a mandate Tuesday requiring every citizen to wear a mask at public gatherings or while shopping for the next two weeks, arguing that the statewide order is necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 — and to bring back college football. What are the details? Reeves held a televised press conference to announce his executive order regarding masks, where he declared, "I want to see college football. The best way for that to occur is for us all to realize is that wearing a mask — as irritating as that can be and I promise I hate it more than anyone watching today — is critical," the Mississippi Free Press reported. ...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Broward County Public Schools will restart the new school year on August 19, and it will be online only due to the coronavirus pandemic. But on Tuesday, during remarks to a special meeting of the county’s School Board on Tuesday, Superintendent Robert Runcie announced they are looking at the possibility of special needs students having some face-to-face learning, instead of 100 percent eLearning. “I have directed staff to look at a pilot program if we can find students and teachers who are willing. It would start August 31,” said Runcie in response to some parents of special needs students who have complained that distance learning doesn’t work for their children. “This pilot effort will allow us to...
    Mississippi's governor announced Tuesday that he will require masks to be worn in businesses and elsewhere in public for the next two weeks as the state attempts to reduce its rate of new coronavirus infections. Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said at a press conference that the order was necessary to reduce the spread of the virus in the state, which has fallen from its peak in late July but still remains much higher than earlier this year. “Wearing a mask — as irritating as it can be, and I promise you I hate it more than anyone watching today — is critical,” Reeves said, according to the Kentucky Herald-Ledger. Reeves also announced that in eight counties across the state hardest hit by...
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Members of the Pikes Peak Education Association protested the return of in-person learning by signing their last will and testament in front of the El Paso County Board of Health this week. Colorado Education Association posted pictures on social media on Monday that show teachers signing their wills as fears surrounding the coronavirus pandemic remain high. Earlier in the day the CEA shared a statement on Facebook that fewer than 1 in 5 “educators and support professionals believe their district will be ready to keep them safe from COVID-19 when school starts.” They also shared a comment from a teacher that explains their stance: “Educators understand the importance of data to inform our instructional...
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Members of the Pikes Peak Education Association protested the return of in-person learning by signing their last will and testament in front of the El Paso County Board of Health this week. Colorado Education Association posted pictures on social media on Monday that show teachers signing their wills as fears surrounding the coronavirus pandemic remain high. Earlier in the day the CEA shared a statement on Facebook that fewer than 1 in 5 “educators and support professionals believe their district will be ready to keep them safe from COVID-19 when school starts.” They also shared a comment from a teacher that explains their stance: “Educators understand the importance of data to inform our instructional...
    Atlanta Public Schools announced it would postpone the first day of school to Aug. 24, two weeks later than scheduled, and would require students to wear face masks when they are in school buildings amid the coronavirus pandemic. Public schools in Atlanta were initially expected to begin in early August, but the school board this week voted to push back that date in order to give teachers and families enough time to prepare for remote and virtual learning. NEW JERSEY TO REQUIRE STUDENTS TO WEAR MASKS IN SCHOOL  The district announced last month that students would begin the 2020-2021 school year with virtual instruction only for at least the first nine weeks of the school year, but noted that some students are...
    MIAMI — On the 4-acre farm at the edge of the Everglades where Timea Hunter runs a horse academy, she has hosted plenty of parties, picnics and workshops. So with her children’s school building closed, she figured why not use it also a classroom? While her son and daughter will participate in distance learning at their school, she plans to hire a teacher together with the families of four to six other children who could provide supplemental, in-person instruction on the farm shaded by royal poinciana trees. “We have a very nice picnic area, a mini playground and big tables where the kids can seat under the shade and they can study there,” Hunter said. “We are not educated...
    Eager to both save her business and better serve her customers during the pandemic, Anne Hendrickson hopes to convert much of her Work It co-working center on St. Paul’s Fairview Avenue into a student hub. Instead of start-ups, she’s courting kids as young as 13. Instead of social distancing, she calls it “distance-socializing” — a place where online education can happen away from home, with scholarships for families that can’t afford the cost of a monthly membership. Reaction from existing members has been positive, she said. “There’s huge excitement and energy for it,” Hendrickson said. “They’d love to help the students in a situation where there are no good answers. It’s been an interesting journey for us, but I felt...
    If you live in or around the nation's capital, you're probably aware that a fight has been brewing in Montgomery County, Maryland over whether private schools in the county will be allowed to reopen this fall. Montgomery County is one of the most populous and wealthy counties in America, and because of its proximity to Washington, D.C., local government fights there tend to get more attention than what might be happening in your county in flyover country. Thus it is that even Fox News and other national outlets have been covering a fight that seems local, but is in reality national. Montgomery County, you see, had issued a blanket order that private and religious schools could not offer...
    By CAROLYN THOMPSON and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — On the 4-acre farm at the edge of the Everglades where Timea Hunter runs a horse academy, she has hosted plenty of parties, picnics and workshops. So with her children's school building closed, she figured why not use it also a classroom? While her son and daughter will participate in distance learning at their school, she plans to hire a teacher together with the families of four to six other children who could provide supplemental, in-person instruction on the farm shaded by royal poinciana trees. “We have a very nice picnic area, a mini playground and big tables where the kids can seat under the shade and they...
    SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) – More than 250 employees in Georgia’s largest public school district have reported testing positive for the coronavirus or possibly being exposed to it about a week before the school year is set to begin, according to district officials. Gwinnett County Public Schools teachers — many of whom were not allowed to work from home — began in-person planning Wednesday at county facilities, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. By Thursday, about 260 employees had called in to report a positive COVID-19 test or possible exposure to a case and were excluded from work, officials confirmed to news outlets. Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks announced last month that the 180,000-student district in suburban Atlanta would not offer in-person classes when instruction begins Aug. 12, saying...
    By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — California health officials released guidelines Monday for elementary schools to seek waivers that would allow them to offer classroom instruction but recommended that local health officials not even consider that option in counties with the highest rates of coronavirus infection. The state Department of Public Health released the guidelines for public, private and charter schools seeking permission from local health officers to resume in-person instruction if they are located in one of 38 counties that remain on a state watch list because of troubling COVID-19 increases. Those counties contain most of the state’s population. The waivers only apply for kindergarten to sixth grade because health officials say those students are less...
    (CNN)Ashley Newman had her dream job in Georgia's largest school district. She taught gifted fifth graders in the same school district where she grew up and wanted to give back. Last week, she resigned after being denied the option to work from home, while all students will begin learning virtually later this month.Newman and at least 2,000 other teachers, parents and community stakeholders, have signed a petition asking Gwinnett County Public Schools, the largest school system in Georgia, to allow teachers the option to work from home. As of last Thursday, around 260 district employees had either tested positive for Covid-19 or been in contact with someone who was positive, according to Sloan Roach, the executive director of communication for...
    (WJZ)- Queen Anne’s County Public Schools’ Board of Education announced Monday that the district will not be delivering student meals on Tuesday, August 4 due to the expected inclement weather resulting from Tropical Storm Isaias. “Due to the anticipated wind speeds of 50 to 70 mph and the significant amount of rainfall expected on Tuesday from Tropical Storm Isaias, meal distribution at Grasonville Elementary School, Sudlersville Middle School, and Queen Anne’s High School has been canceled,” said QACPS Public Information Officer Jeff Straight in a statement. TRACKING ISAIAS: MEMA Activates Pre-Landfall Planning Team To Prepare As Tropical Storm Makes Its Way Up East Coast Tropical Storm Warnings In Effect For Parts Of Maryland As Tropical Storm Isaias Lashes Florida...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Monday that the closure of all schools, including private and parochial schools, in Montgomery County was “overly broad,” and he has issued an order to stop it. The move comes after Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles announced last Friday an order for such schools to remain closed to in-person instruction through Oct. 1, citing increased COVID-19 transmission rates in the D.C. area. “The recovery plan for Maryland public schools stresses local flexibility within the parameters set by state officials,” Hogan said in a statement. Public school boards and superintendents had made decisions regarding the start of class “after consultation with state and local health officials. Private and parochial schools deserve the same opportunity...
    More than 250 employees in Georgia's largest public school district have reported testing positive for the coronavirus or possibly being exposed to it about a week before the school year is set to begin, according to district officials. Gwinnett County Public Schools teachers - many of whom were not allowed to work from home - began in-person planning Wednesday at county facilities, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. By Thursday, about 260 employees had called in to report a positive COVID-19 test or possible exposure to a case and were excluded from work, officials confirmed to news outlets. Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks announced last month that the 180,000-student district in suburban Atlanta would not offer in-person classes when instruction begins Aug. 12, saying...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — The Maryland Department of Health and the Public School Superintendent Association of Maryland has decided to postpone the 2020 high school fall and winter competition season during the first semester. “This decision comes in light of the recent announcements of local school systems to begin education virtually and provides each school system with options for the gradual increase of student engagement for the physical and social-emotional health of students,” the MPSSAA said in a statement Sunday. Local school systems will be able to use MPSSAA waiver regulations as approved by the State Board of Education on June 23, 2020 for student engagement during the first semester. They are also working on finalizing a hybrid two-semester plan focused...
    Days after a Georgia high school football player loss both parents to COVID-19 four days apart, nearly 2,000 doctors and other health workers begged the governor to “revisit” his “strategy for combating the virus.” ”The recent surge of cases associated with decreased social distancing is placing our hospitals at risk again, and aggressive actions are urgently needed,” the health experts wrote in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sunday.  Their plea follows a new peak of 4,813 COVID-19 cases in the state on July 24, a peak seven-day average of 3,745 that same day, and a much-publicized standoff between Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms regarding her desire to require Atlanta residents to wear masks in public. The mayor tweeted the experts’...
    LOS ANGELES (CBLA) – After weeks of negotiation, the second largest school district in the nation and its teachers union reached a tentative deal late Sunday night on how to proceed with distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Los Angeles Unified School District and the United Teachers Los Angeles bargaining team reached the agreement after a marathon weekend negotiation session, UTLA reported on social media. The deal is pending a vote from both the UTLA teachers and the LAUSD School Board. The details are still unknown. Last week, UTLA said it rejected a proposal from LAUSD to have its teachers instruct students virtually from empty classrooms when the school year resumes Aug. 18. It’s unclear how that played into...
            by Scott McClallen  The Buckeye Institute Wednesday joined an amicus brief supporting private school students in a July 7 lawsuit between several states and the federal government. At issue is a federal rule initiated by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, directing the U.S. Department of Education to share federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) funds between private and public schools. Several state attorneys general, including California, Michigan and Wisconsin, in early July challenged DeVos’s rule, arguing it misinterpreted the CARES Act language in allocating funds to private schools. “We cannot and will not sit on the sidelines while critical funding specifically allocated based on low-income status is allowed to be reallocated by counting students that have...
    Joe Biden sent his own children to an elite private school, and parades as the Black Lives Matter candidate, yet his policies are openly hostile to the educational choices that offer the best chance for minority advancement. The Biden-Bernie Sanders “unity” policy platform aims a dagger at charter schools, insisting they “undermine the many extraordinary public schools in this country.” It targets “for profit” charter schools for destruction, while strangling the rest with demands for “accountability.” It calls for accepting a labyrinth of red-tape, ideological intrusion into the curriculum, ending “high stakes” testing, mandating teacher “diversity” and restricting discipline procedures. What is it with Democrats and their hostility to schools that offer poor minority kids the best ticket out of...
    District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Thursday that schools will stay closed for the first term and that all learning will be virtual, citing the well-being of students as the top priority. But on Friday, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said at a House hearing on the coronavirus that children will face “significant public health consequences” if kept away from school and that the services provided to many children at school don’t get those needs met at home. “The health, safety, and well being of our students, staff, families, and community are our top priority. Flexibility will be key as we move forward, monitoring the conditions of our community and...
    By KATRYNA PERERA, Frederick News-Post FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — With Frederick County Public Schools still unsure of how it will reopen this fall, some parents may consider taking an alternate approach to educating their children — in the form of homeschooling. Leslie Granofsky and Renee Huston both live in Frederick County and both homeschool their children. They say in the past few weeks they have seen a peaked interest from other parents about the possibilities of continuing education at home. This has led them to host a virtual panel titled “Considering Homeschooling” with two other homeschooling mothers — both of which are working parents — to answer questions about how to get started, how to juggle work responsibilities, and what...
    (CNN)At this point in the Covid-19 pandemic, we each have our own list of our biggest coronavirus concerns. But there's one question that unites many of us, and that's "What is the next school year going to look like?"The answer to that question will depend on where you live -- and not just because that determines what state rules and regulations will apply.As usual with the coronavirus, the pandemic has compounded problems that existed before it emerged -- especially for Black folks and people of color. And if you want to find an institution that demonstrates that reality, there may not be a better place to look than America's public school system. America is on a brink like none...
    BY BRIAN GORDON, Asheville Citizen Times ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — This fall, Grace Christian Academy will look fairly normal. The Cleveland County private school will welcome full classes of students, pre-K through 12th grade, to in-person instruction. Neither teachers nor students will have to wear face coverings and no virtual academy will be offered. While public schools must practice 6-feet social distancing, limit class sizes, and require face coverings, hundreds of North Carolina private schools have the autonomy to decide how to resume lessons during the coronavirus. No single approach categorizes all private schools, but many — like Grace Christian — plan for more aggressive reopenings as school leaders say families and staff are ready to reenter classrooms. There will...
            by Bethany Blankley  Several reports and national surveys indicate that private and charter schools provided more meaningful educational services during state shutdowns than public schools did, and more parents are choosing nontraditional educational options this fall. A nationally representative survey conducted by Education Next found that while there was “a lot of lost ground on learning” during coronavirus shutdowns in the spring semester, there was “a more robust response in the charter school sector and in the private school sector” among respondents. According to the survey, private and charter school teachers were more than twice as likely to meet with their students every day than teachers at public schools were. Private and charter schools were roughly 20...
    President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are endangering the health and lives of millions of children and their families by demanding schools around the country reopen for in-person classes as the coronavirus pandemic continues. In addition, Trump and DeVos are using the pandemic as an excuse to intensify their war on public schools, public school teachers and teacher unions. They want the American people to believe that public schools do a lousy job and that teacher unions are only interested in fattening teachers’ paychecks and protecting incompetents. The president and education secretary seem to believe the only way students can get a good education is to abandon public schools and enroll in charters or private schools. TRUMP WANTS $105B...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Public Schools board has voted on how its students will return to class. The board voted to delay in-person classes for nine weeks and do remote learning only. BREAKING: Pittsburgh School Board approves plan to delay inperson classes nine weeks for remote learning only. @KDKA pic.twitter.com/Vs81hALuGQ — Andy Sheehan (@AndySheehankdka) July 31, 2020 The options included a hybrid of home and in-school learning. Another option gaining support was to keep students out of the classroom for the first nine weeks. “I cannot in my heart ask people to return to the buildings,” board member Terry Kennedy said at Friday’s meeting. Kennedy said she will vote for a nine-week delay. "I cannot in my heart...
    As state officials across the country scramble to solidify plans to reopen schools in the fall, a new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention analyzing the transmission rate at a Georgia overnight camp suggests that the spread of the coronavirus amongst students is inevitable.  The study, released Friday, analyzed 597 children and staff who attended the overnight camp between June 21 and June 27. At the end of the week, 76 percent of campers who were tested came back positive—despite the organizers following most state guidelines set by the governor and the CDC.  The camp, however, didn’t require campers to wear masks, only the staff, or open windows and doors for increased ventilation, per CDC guidelines. And...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year from school districts throughout New York state are due into Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday.At his daily briefing, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would be watching the positivity rate for COVID-19 in NYC to determine if schools can reopen and stay open for the 2020-2021 school year."We will not reopen our schools unless the city's infection rate is below 3%," the mayor announced. The city's infection rate has remained stead at 2% for several weeks, and was at 1% on Friday.EMBED More News Videos Mayor Bill de Blasio outlines the plan for reopening NYC public schools in the fall. "The essence of this plan is...
    Robert Redfield of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) testified on Friday that this fall, the United States must reopen schools that were shut down to stem the coronavirus spread because failing to do so would be detrimental and even deadly for the development and health of students K thru 12. During a hearing by the House Oversight and Reform Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the top Republican on the panel, asked Dr. Redfield, “Do you think that schools should safely reopen this fall with in-person learning?” “Yes, I think it’s important to realize that it’s in the public health best interests of K thru 12 students to get back in face-to-face...
    Public school systems throughout the D.C. region are grappling with how to handle the new school year during the coronavirus pandemic. Many are urging caution, start dates are being pushed back and some form of virtual learning is being included in plans by multiple regional school systems. Below are the plans for school systems by state and county in the WTOP listening area. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. More Coronavirus News Sign up for WTOP alerts Latest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and Virginia Coronavirus FAQ: What you need to know Coronavirus resources: Get and give help in DC, Maryland and Virginia Looking for more information? D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each...
    A former New Jersey high school student who tripped over a pothole while fleeing a swarm of wasps during an outdoor gym class has won a $100,000 settlement in his lawsuit, according to reports. Luis Silverio, now 20, claimed in a 2017 complaint that he had been running laps on a dilapidated pathway in Westside Park on Sept. 16, 2016, at the instruction of Jason Brant, his gym teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, the Paterson Times reported. His classmates began throwing rocks at a tree containing a nest – sending the wasps into a stinging frenzy among the kids, according to the outlet.. When Silverio and other students ran toward the school to flee the wasps,...
    Alexandria City Public Schools plans to begin the school year with virtual classes under a proposal released by the school system Friday. The “Virtual+” plan announced by Superintendent Gregory C. Hutchings Jr. in a news release Friday calls for 100% virtual learning and will provide all students with either tablets or Chromebook laptops. The proposal will be presented to the Alexandria City School Board for a vote Aug. 7 and will be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education. Alexandria’s school start date is Sept. 8. Alexandria’s plan said virtual classes this fall will come with a “structured bell schedule,” daily live instruction from teachers and additional help for “vulnerable student,” including one-on-one and small group tutoring. As far as...
    Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Robert Redfield wears a face mask while he waits to testify before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump Administration's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. June 23, 2020.Kevin Dietsch | Reuters A top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official warned Congress on Friday of "significant public health consequences" if schools don't reopen in the fall.  "It's important to realize that it's in the public health's best interest for K-12 students to get back into face-to-face learning," CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield testified before the House Select Subcommittee during a hearing on containing the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. "There's really...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Test and trace protocols were announced for NYC public schools for 2020-2021 school year.The announcement was made Thursday by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza."We are doing everything in our power to keep kids healthy while ensuring they are getting the education they deserve," Mayor de Blasio said. "These rigorous test and trace protocols will keep our students and staff safe as we start off this new school year."The plan was developed in partnership with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Health + Hospitals and the NYC Test + Trace Corps in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.RELATED | US COVID death toll surpasses 150,000EMBED More News Videos Josh...
    All Washington, D.C., public schools will begin the year virtually on Aug. 31 until at least Nov 6., Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office announced Thursday. The announcement comes after the mayor last week tightened mask requirements and imposed a quarantine on travelers arriving in the district from coronavirus hotspots. Students who do not have Internet access or a computer at home will be provided with the necessary technology, the mayor’s office said. Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said D.C. had been collecting data from more than 13,000 respondents and found 44 percent of students do not have access to a device at home. Deputy Mayor of Education Paul Kihn said the school system would continue to work on options for in-person...
            by James D. Agresti  According to the New York Times, one of the main reasons why public K–12 schools are reopening more slowly from Covid-19 lockdowns than private schools is because public schools generally have less money. Times reporter Claire Cain Miller makes this claim three times in a single article, but her assertion is the polar opposite of reality and has been so for decades. Twenty-five years ago, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) estimated that public K–12 schools spent an average of 43–52% more per student than private schools in the 1991–92 school year. Since then, DOE data shows that inflation-adjusted average spending per public school student has risen by 40%. Consistent...
    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Three Adams County school districts are committing to provide COVID-19 testing for all teachers and staff this fall. Westminster Public Schools, 27J Schools and Mapleton Public Schools are partnering with Gary Community Investments’ COVIDCheck Colorado initiative. (credit: CBS) The three districts join Aurora Public Schools, which recently committed to provide teachers with rapid COVID-19 testing. The new initiative will also provide symptom tracking and contact tracing tools. “These three Adams County school districts are demonstrating a level of leadership that tells their staff, students and families how deeply they care about their health and safety,” said Gary Community Investments CEO Mike Johnston. “And, they’re showing that in Adams County there is a plan and a path...
    St. Paul Public Schools officials said Thursday evening that the district is taking steps to adopt a recommendation to begin the upcoming school year with all students learning remotely. The announcement followed an afternoon news conference in which Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz outlined the criteria districts should consider in deciding when to fully reopen schools for in-person instruction, which include local infection rates, school building capacities and several other factors. SPPS officials have been consulting with the Minnesota departments of education and health, as well as city officials, to determine the best course of action. “The leading recommendation is that SPPS will plan to start the school year in distance learning for all students,” a Thursday update for district families...
    In order to hold in-person classes at all public schools, communities must have their coronavirus outbreaks under control, registering fewer than 10 new cases per 10,000 residents on average over a two week period of time. Infections rates higher than that will require some type of hybrid learning model for some students. If new cases exceed 50 per 10,000 residents over a two week period than all classes should be held online. That’s the guidance Gov. Tim Walz provided to public school leaders Thursday as the 2020-21 school year rapidly approaches. Under those guidelines, no district would be forced to hold all classes online at current infection rates, but districts in several counties, including Blue Earth, Hennepin and a number...
    Washington, D.C. public schools will begin the academic year entirely virtually, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced Thursday. Education officials said the decision was made to emphasize the health and safety of students and staff, as coronavirus cases in the region have been increasing in recent weeks.  Virtual classes for pre-K through 12th grade will begin Aug. 31 and run through Nov. 6.  D.C. officials said they are planning for in-person options for the second term. Neighboring school districts in Virginia and Maryland had previously announced their decisions to conduct virtual learning in the fall. D.C. education leaders during a press conference acknowledged the concerns about students having access to the technology needed for virtual learning, and stressed they are committed...
    Marin County’s battle over Sir Francis Drake accelerated on two fronts Wednesday, with officials removing a controversial statue in Larkspur and signs from the namesake high school in San Anselmo. Larkspur had the 30-foot roadside sculpture hauled off at about 3 a.m. and placed in an undisclosed location. Officials cited concerns that the piece — which activists decry because of the 16th century explorer’s ties to slavery and white colonialism — would be unsafely toppled at a protest planned for Thursday. Dan Schwarz, the city manager, said the staff made the decision after consulting with the Central Marin Police Authority. “It’s in storage and it’s covered up,” he said. Meanwhile, the Tamalpais Union High School District removed signs bearing Drake’s...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The region’s largest school district will decide how to return to class later this week. The Pittsburgh Public Schools board will vote on a plan Friday. On Wednesday, parents and teachers weighed in on the proposed plans. With more coronavirus cases in the region now than in March when in-school learning shutdown, the concern about sending students back to classrooms is proving difficult. “We really have to balance the risks,” said Allegheny County Medical Director Dr. Debra Bogen during a briefing on Wednesday. Dr. Boden echoed the same concerns that came up repeatedly during Wednesday’s three-hour remote PPS special public hearing. “What happens if there is another shortage of approved disinfectant supplies?” said parent Valerie Webb Allman...
    FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ) — Public school students in Frederick County will attend classes virtually for the fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year. However, school leaders will be able to identify targeted small groups to take part in in-person learning at schools. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines During this time, all athletics and extracurricular activities are still suspended. You can learn more about how Frederick County Public Schools plans to reopen by clicking here. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    CARROLL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — The superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools is recommending a mostly virtual start to the school year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The school board met Wednesday weighing various options, including a hybrid of in-person and at-home learning, but no final decision has been made yet. >>WJZ has a new news app! Download it now!
    ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos announced the district will begin school on Monday, August 17 with classes entirely online for “at least” the first 4 weeks. During a school board meeting Wednesday night, most of the speakers who addressed the board were teachers. Nine out of the first ten pleaded with trustees to stick to its plan to begin the school year with online instruction. That’s what is going to happen. Superintendent Cavazos released the following statement on the matter: From the onset of COVID-19 in March, I promised our students, staff and community that their safety would be my No. 1 priority and I haven’t wavered. I’m disappointed that public school systems have been challenged with...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb says he’ll audit the Pittsburgh Public Schools to see if they have enough laptops and other technology to teach students remotely. Sala Udin, a school board member, said in a letter to Lamb that he asked the administration for a count of laptops but has not received a response. Udin also raises doubts that the district is ready for the school year, especially if classes are fully online
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University’s governing board has set aside $10 million to support public school students in its home city of Providence, Rhode Island. Brown designated $8.1 million in unrestricted endowed funds to add to $1.9 million raised by donors, following through on a promise made in 2006, the Providence Journal reported. According to a press release issued Wednesday, the money will be used to improve teaching and learning, ensure access to quality education and support the public schools’ state-run turnaround plan. Brown President Christina H. Paxson says the need to do more in Providence became clear after a review by Johns Hopkins University detailed challenges with teaching, curriculum and morale, and led to the state’s intervention. “Every...
    Hamptonites are livid about an invasion of well-heeled city slickers stomping all over their kids’ schoolyards. After reports of Hamptons schools being inundated this fall, with one school in Amagansett expecting to double its enrollment in the new school year, locals are bracing for an influx of pushy city parents and their offspring who aren’t leaving their summer homes when the season ends. “It’s an arrogance and an entitlement. They’re narcissistic and they just don’t care,” Vanessa Gordon, Sag Harbor mom of two, told The Post. “I’m very concerned about enrollment. If this isn’t handled properly, it’s going to become a disaster.” Among her concerns? Limited resources, soaring class sizes and greater risk of catching the coronavirus. “It’s going to cause...
    Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Wednesday visited a North Carolina private school that has resumed in-person classes as part of the Trump administration’s pressure campaign on public schools to reopen. Pence and DeVos, both maskless during their visit, spoke to fourth-grade students about the importance of education and met with school administrators, according to the Raleigh News and Observer. Before the visit, Pence tweeted, “To Open Up America Again is to open up schools again!” As public schools nationwide announce that students will begin the fall semester online, the Trump administration has used visits like Wednesday's to push public systems to adopt strategies already implemented by many private and religious schools. The school Pence and...
    Public school teachers in Washington, D.C., lined up fake "body bags" and displayed signs in front of the school system's offices recently to protest a partial return to the classroom. Evidently, the teachers wanted to make their feelings known ahead of Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser's announcement regarding D.C.'s plan for reopening schools this fall. Bowser is expected to make the announcement this Friday. Debbie Truong, an education reporter for WAMU-FM, Washington's NPR station, posted a photo of the bags to Twitter on Monday. In the photo, you can see filled garbage bags tied with duct tape lined up outside the offices along with several signs that read, "RIP Favorite Teacher," "RIP, Killed in the Line of Duty," and "[D.C....
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Parents in the Pittsburgh Public Schools District can tune into a special hearing for public comment online today at 5:30 p.m. Registration to attend the event is closed but a link to the event’s live stream can be found on Pittsburgh Public Schools’ website. The meeting will give parents a clearer picture of what learning will look like in the fall semester. School leaders will also vote on Friday for the school reopening plan. “I never want to lose a student because of something we could’ve stopped or changed,” said Kathy Monti-Trievel, a Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher. “I still think it’s a risk to put so many kids in the same space at the same...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Many parents and educators are anxiously awaiting to hear what school will look like in the fall. WCCO’s Erin Hassanzadeh spoke to the Minneapolis Public Schools superintendent about his plan, which is still contingent on the governor’s announcement on schools. “We’re positioning ourselves to be as responsive as possible to what the governors direction is. Also knowing we have a preference right now as to where we’d like to begin,” Graff said. That preference is distant learning with extra enhancements. He says improvements will include streamlined platforms, tech support for families and more hands on materials to enhance learning this year. His recommendation reflects input from educators and families. “It’s been evident the preference has not been...
    DENVER (CBS4) – With the future of education for many Colorado children from kindergarten to high school uncertain, concern is growing that inequity will increase in the state as education becomes fractured. Some parents are seeking other options outside of public school to get their kids more teaching than online learning can provide. (credit: CBS) “This is an imperfect situation. Everyone is struggling to make due within an imperfect situation,” said Dr. Kevin Welner, the National Education Policy Center Director and an Education Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. “Our public schools are being asked to do more at a time when the funding is decreasing.” On Tuesday, many Republican state legislators signed a letter asking Gov. Jared Polis...
    ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) — School districts across the region are meeting this week to discuss health and safety plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, the Quarter Valley School District approved its return-to-school plan. A spokesperson said the district surveyed teachers and parents, and a majority want some in-person learning. Sarah Bell and other families in the district will have until the first week of August to choose remote learning, in-person learning or a hybrid model. “I would feel comfortable sending my kids to school,” Bell said. “I also like the idea of virtual learning.” The plan approved by the district will now be sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In the plan are procedures like cleaning and...
    PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia is switching gears to keep all public school students in online classes after a previous plan to return students to class two days a week drew fears and criticism from parents, teachers and administrators. The district announced it’s revised plan for students Tuesday, which calls for online-only instruction at least through the first marking period that ends in mid-November. The district will hold a public forum on the revised plan Thursday when the school board is expected to vote. The new plan would switch to a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning after Nov. 17 as long as the city’s Department of Health confirmed it was safe to do so, school officials...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The School District of Philadelphia is switching gears to keep all public school students in online classes after a previous plan to return students to class two days a week drew fears and criticism from parents, teachers and administrators. The district announced its revised plan for students Tuesday, which calls for online-only instruction at least through the first marking period that ends in mid-November. The district will hold a public forum on the revised plan Thursday when the school board is expected to vote. The new plan would switch to a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning after Nov. 17, officials said. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Children attending Columbus city schools, Ohio's largest district, will take classes virtually at least through October, city officials announced Tuesday. The district had considered a blended approach involving online and in-person learning for students through middle school, but worsening public health conditions led to the decision to go completely virtual, said Superintendent Talisa Dixon. Franklin County, home to Columbus, has some of the highest numbers of positive COVID-19 tests in Ohio. Even before Gov. Mike DeWine issued his statewide mask order, the county was under its own mandate for mask-wearing in public. Under the plan, school will begin Sept. 8 — at least two weeks later than normal — and students will learn virtually at least...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Public Schools is preparing for students to start the school year off via distance learning. According to a phased plan released to parents, the district expects to start the school year on Sept. 8 with students primarily using distance learning. However, this won’t be the same scenario as happened during the lockdown, as buildings would be open to students requiring additional support. The district expects to move to a mix of distance and in-person learning sometime in the first quarter. However, no estimate was given on when a full return to in-person classes could happen, given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. RELATED: Minnesota Parents Anxiously Await Gov. Walz’s ‘Back To School’ Plan...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Children attending Columbus city schools, Ohio’s largest district, will take classes virtually at least through October, city officials announced Tuesday. The district had considered a blended approach involving online and in-person learning for students through middle school, but worsening public health conditions led to the decision to go completely virtual, said Superintendent Talisa Dixon. Franklin County, home to Columbus, has some of the highest numbers of positive COVID-19 tests in Ohio. Even before Gov. Mike DeWine issued his statewide mask order, the county was under its own mandate for mask-wearing in public. Under the plan, school will begin Sept. 8 — at least two weeks later than normal — and students will learn virtually at least...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s existing reopening guidance for schools is too vague, and superintendents and school boards need more specifics from the state Department of Health about how to do it safely, a superintendents group said Monday following a call with Wolf administration officials. The superintendents asked for more concrete recommendations from the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf as they make decisions on how, and whether, to welcome students back to the classroom this fall, including what to do if a teacher or student tests positive for the coronavirus. “No tools have been given to school districts. Guidelines are best practices and suggestions and ideas. They are not specific recommendations,” said Mark DiRocco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association...
    Public school teachers in the nation’s capital laid out fake body bags in protest against the possibility that schools could reopen in the coming weeks. As cities and states across the nation wrestle with the choice between returning children to classrooms or continuing the distance-learning protocols that were implemented last spring, a number of teachers have come down firmly on the side of keeping schools closed. (RELATED: POLL: 20% Of Teachers ‘Unlikely’ To Return To The Classroom If Schools Reopen In The Fall) D.C Public Schools teachers briefly lined up “body bags” outside school system offices, protesting plans that could send them back to classrooms in the fall Mayor Bowser is expected to announce if schools will partially open in...
    President Trump wants schools to reopen as normal for in-person classroom instruction in the fall despite the pandemic, but if they don’t, he has signaled he is willing to push for a major expansion in school choice in response. “If schools do not reopen, the funding should go to parents to send their child to public, private, charter, religious, or home school of their choice. The key word being ‘choice,’” Trump told reporters at the White House last week. “If the school is closed, the money should follow the student, so the parents and families are in control of their own decisions. So we’d like the money to go to the parents of the student. This way, they can make...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Twelve additional Detroit Public Schools students were tested for Covid-19 over the weekend. None of them tested positive. This comes after over 331 students were tested on Friday. Two students tests came back positive according to Chief Public Health Officer, Denise Fair. Parents of those students have been notified. The data shows the students infection rate remains at less than one percent. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s existing reopening guidance for schools is too vague, and superintendents and school boards need more specifics from the state Department of Health about how to do it safely, a superintendents group said Monday following a call with Wolf administration officials. The superintendents asked for more concrete recommendations from the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf as they make decisions on how, and whether, to welcome students back to the classroom this fall, including what to do if a teacher or student tests positive for the coronavirus. “No tools have been given to school districts. Guidelines are best practices and suggestions and ideas. They are not specific recommendations,” said Mark DiRocco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools leaders could decide to rework part of the plan for reopening schools in the fall.The school district held the first in a series of virtual meetings Monday, seeking community input on its preliminary school reopening proposal.Partent and teachers had the opprotunity to ask dozens of questions, many expressing concerns about the effectiveness and safety of the current CPS plan.A mid-session pill showed more than half of those tuning in are uncomfortable with the current proposal, with 42% answering "not comfortable at all."Some of the questions focused how to give high school juniors and seniors options for in-person learning.RELATED: CPS, mayor release hybrid learning framework for possible Chicago school reopenings in fallEMBED More News Videos...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools leaders could decide to rework part of the plan for reopening schools in the fall.The school district will hold the first in a series of virtual meetings. They are talking about how to give high school juniors and seniors options for in-person learning. Under the original plan, all juniors and seniors would have had remote learning for the fall semester.RELATED: CPS, mayor release hybrid learning framework for possible Chicago school reopenings in fallEMBED More News Videos Depending on your age and grade, the plan involves in-person instruction, remote learning, or both. The Chicago Teachers Union says any in-person learning would be unsafe.RELATED: Pediatricians give parents back-to-school advice to keep students safe from COVID-19 this...
    Public-health experts: Reopen Schools! Though no fans of President Trump, Harvard public-health professors Benjamin Sommers, Joseph Allen, Sarah Bleich and Jessica Cohen agree with him in The Boston Globe: “Schools can — and should — reopen” in the fall. Just “listen to the science,” which shows that the spring school closures have, among other things, “led to months of lost learning and widened gaps in educational achievement.” At the same time, studies show children are “less likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19,” half as likely to “get infected in the first place” and “less likely than adults to” transmit it to others. Yes, schools would need to “implement proven risk-reduction strategies” — but that’s no reason to keep them...
    DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Denton County Public Health has announced 78 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 6,121 confirmed COVID-19 cases. They’re also reporting 33 newly recovered cases of COVID-19, increasing the countywide recovery total to 3,309. To minimize spread of COVID-19, DCPH urges all community members to: • Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance in public settings and when around individuals outside of the household • Wear masks or face coverings, which should cover both the nose and mouth, in public settings and when around individuals outside of the household • Wash and/or sanitize hands frequently • Stay home if you are symptomatic Denton ISD’s new school year was...
    The city’s principals’ union has sent the Department of Education a list of 141 questions it says the city must answer before reopening schools. The list, obtained by The Post, was included in a letter to members last week blasting the DOE’s “alarming lack of preparation”  for the first day of school, tentatively set for  Sept. 10. The Council of Supervisors and Administrators said the questions underscore the looming problems and dangers that school leaders face. “These are questions that are imperative for the DOE to answer,” wrote union president Mark Cannizzaro. The list includes many basic questions on safety and sanitation such as whether every school will have a nurse, who will take temperatures, when will supplies — PPE,...
    Joshua Claybourn is leaning toward sending his kindergarten daughter to in-person classes at a private school next month. Holly Davis’ sixth-grade daughter will learn online, though the family has not yet decided what to do for school for a teenage daughter who requires special accommodations for hearing problems and dyslexia and another who’s starting college. As they decide how their children will learn this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, these parents are anxiously weighing the benefits of in-person instruction against the risks that schools could shut their doors again or that their children could contract the virus and pass it on. “To say we are stressed might be an understatement,” said Davis, of Noblesville, Indiana, whose family is self-isolating after...
    By TAMMY WEBBER and STEPHEN GROVES, Associated Press Joshua Claybourn is leaning toward sending his kindergarten daughter to in-person classes at a private school next month. Holly Davis’ sixth-grade daughter will learn online, though the family has not yet decided what to do for school for a teenage daughter who requires special accommodations for hearing problems and dyslexia and another who’s starting college. As they decide how their children will learn this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, these parents are anxiously weighing the benefits of in-person instruction against the risks that schools could shut their doors again or that their children could contract the virus and pass it on. “To say we are stressed might be an understatement,” said Davis,...
    EFEMADRID Updated: 07/23/2020 10: 31h Save Related news Alone 62 percent of public school elementary students received online classes by video call with some of their teachers since the closing of schools in mid-March as a result of the coronavirus. In the case of concerted schools, these classes have reached 84%, according to a Study of the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) that, considers that “it is still insufficient”. In both cases, the average duration of the classes, including the videos made by the teachers, was just over two hours a day. To find out the educational response of schools during the confinement, OCU has collected the experience of 903 families with children in primary...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora Public Schools will start the school year with at least 8 weeks of remote learning. On Friday, the APS Board of Education provided guidance to begin the school year remotely given the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in Adams and Arapahoe counties. (credit: CBS) The district will provide online learning for the first quarter of the school year, through at least Oct. 8. Grades 1-12 will start school on Aug. 18 and preschool and kindergarten will start on Aug. 24. The district also made changes to the school calendar. Students will not have a fall break in Oct. Instead, students will have off a full week for Thanksgiving. APS released the following statement to CBS4:...
    Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner.Irfan Khan | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images A day after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines encouraging public schools to reopen, the leader of the nation's second-largest district said there was no timeline for when Los Angeles classrooms would welcome students again. The opening date for the new school year would have been Aug. 18, but Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner was one of the first public school district leaders to announce distance learning would remain in place as fall approached. "It's an incredibly tough call," Beutner told "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt on Friday. "Because we understand students need to be in school. Young learners, those learning...
    The New York Times raised some eyebrows on Thursday with the announcement of its new podcast, "Nice White Parents." "Nice White Parents," a limited series from the publication in partnership with Serial Productions, will focus on "the 60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block." "We know that American public schools do not guarantee each child an equal education — two decades of school reform initiatives have not changed that. But when we look at how our schools are failing, we usually focus on who they’re failing: Black and brown kids. We ask: Why aren’t they performing better? Why aren’t they achieving more?... Those are not the right questions," the Times described. "If you want to understand...
    Within the span of 48 hours, more than 1,500 physicians have signed the Job Creators Network Foundation’s petition advocating for elementary and middle schools to reopen this fall for in-person classroom schooling. “Tens of millions of American students and families, particularly minorities, have faced severe disruptions from prolonged school closures,” said Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network. “These consequences extend beyond just scholastic slippage, which may never be recovered, to social and health impacts, including missed school lunches and an escape from abusive homes. For the sake of all American families, especially the most vulnerable, and following the best science, state and local officials must reopen schools.” The petition is part of the Job Creators Network Foundation’s ‘Flatten the...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Even before the pandemic, hundreds of Massachusetts students attended public school virtually. Now, one of those schools is working with districts in the state to pass on its best practices. TEC Connections Academy (TECCA) is one of two virtual public schools in the Commonwealth. The independent public school district opened its doors in 2014, one year after Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill “giving preference to virtual schools that reach out to a special group of students.” “We have a very diverse student population. We have students that are athletes, on Broadway, we also have students with social and emotional anxieties,” said TECCA Superintendent Patrick Lattuca. “We started with 400 students. And each year our enrollment has...
    In one of Georgia's counties hardest-hit by the coronavirus, parents are protesting for their children to return to classes for the upcoming semester. "The virus is not going away, we know it's not going away. We have to enforce some sort of normal," one Gwinnett County parent, Joanne Bayouk, told CNN in an article published Friday. "And though our normal is going to change, our kids need to go back." According to Georgia's Department of Public Health, Gwinnet County has recorded 14,442 COVID-19 cases. Across the state, the department has listed over 156,500 cases and 209 deaths related to the virus. Gwinnett County Public Schools announced Monday that classes would resume this year with online-only sessions, prompting hundreds of parents to...
    The question of whether to reopen schools for in-person instruction is split sharply down party lines, with Republicans mostly in favor of reopening, and Democrats mostly wanting them to remain closed for the foreseeable future, an ABC News/Ipsos poll showed. The country is deeply divided over how to proceed with schools, with 55% of respondents opposed to reopening in the fall. At the same time, 59% of parents say they're concerned about their children falling behind because of school closures. Most Republicans, 79%, support schools reopening in the fall, while most Democrats, 78% want schools to operate remotely during the fall semester. Most schools across the country closed in the second half of March or early April in the...
    By Doina Chiacu and Rich McKay (Reuters) - With just weeks to go before U.S. schools begin to open, federal health and education officials on Friday stressed the need for children to get back into the classroom despite fears about safety as coronavirus infections surge. Administration officials said reopening schools was critical for children's mental and emotional well-being, as well as for allowing parents to get back to work to boost the economy, a priority for President Donald Trump as he seeks re-election in November. Dr Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a news briefing the CDC had released additional resource documents to provide "some more granular detail" for administrators and parents. "They're...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidelines on schools reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. In the new guidance unveiled Thursday, the CDC emphasized that sending students back to school was "critically important." "It is critically important for our public health to open schools this fall," CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield said. The CDC released "new science-based resources and tools for school administrators, teachers, parents, guardians, and caregivers when schools open this fall." The resources, which include advice and checklists, are available on the CDC website. "The CDC resources released today will help parents, teachers and administrators make practical, safety-focused decisions as this school year begins," Redfield added. "I know this has been a...