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‘We’re Not Controlling It in Our Schools’: Covid Safety Lapses Abound Across US

‘We’re Not Controlling It in Our Schools’: Covid Safety Lapses Abound Across US

/ re-opening schools, school safety
Laura Ungar, Kaiser Health News | A KHN analysis of federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration data found more than 780 COVID-19-related complaints covering more than 2,000 public and private K-12 schools. Read "Sick kids in class, teachers ...
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Ohio economists say return to school will boost the economy

Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal | Gov. Mike DeWine is trying to get Ohio students back in the classroom by March and he plans to give adults who work in classroom settings priority access to scarce doses of the coronavirus ...
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Education Pick Miguel Cardona On Biden's Promise To Reopen Schools

Education Pick Miguel Cardona On Biden’s Promise To Reopen Schools

/ leadership, re-opening schools
Cory Turner, Eda Uzunlar, WOSU | With many U.S. schools still shuttered or operating on a limited basis, and millions of children learning remotely (or trying to), the stakes are high for Miguel Cardona. He is President Biden's pick to ...
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New executive order aligns Title IX with Bostock decision

New executive order aligns Title IX with Bostock decision

/ equity, legal
Melissa M. Carleton, Kate Vivian Davis, Bricker & Eckler LLP | After months of speculation as to how a new administration may enforce Title IX, newly inaugurated President Biden wasted no time in addressing the matter. On his first day ...
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13,000 School Districts, 13,000 Approaches to Teaching During Covid

13,000 School Districts, 13,000 Approaches to Teaching During Covid

/ coronavirus
Kate Taylor, The New York Times | Through all of this, there has been no official accounting of how many American students are attending school in person or virtually. We don’t know precisely how many remote students are not receiving ...
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Biden Announces Executive Actions Meant To Help Reopen Schools

Biden Announces Executive Actions Meant To Help Reopen Schools

/ coronavirus, re-opening schools
Anya Kamenetz and Elissa Nadworny, NPR | President Biden has called reopening schools a "national emergency" and said he wants to see most K-12 schools in the United States open during his first 100 days in office, which would be ...
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Despite COVID-19, standardized testing may force English learners back to school campuses

Despite COVID-19, standardized testing may force English learners back to school campuses

/ assessment, EL
Alia Wong, USA TODAY | A coalition of groups including the National Association for Bilingual Education and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law recently wrote a letter to President-elect Joe Biden's transition team, saying the tests for English learners ...
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SAT Discontinues Subject Tests And Optional Essay

SAT Discontinues Subject Tests And Optional Essay

/ assessment
Elissa Nadworny, NPR The College Board announced on Tuesday that it will discontinue the optional essay component of the SAT and that it will no longer offer subject tests in U.S. history, languages and math, among other topics. The organization, ...
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Trump's '1776 Commission' report excuses slavery, condemns legacy of civil rights movement

Trump’s ‘1776 Commission’ report excuses slavery, condemns legacy of civil rights movement

/ civics, curriculum, social-studies
Matthew Brown, USA TODAY | On the evening of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the White House released the final report from its “1776 Commission” – a document that excuses America’s history of slavery, derides the legacy of the civil ...
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Prior to COVID-19, states cut $600B in ed funding since Great Recession

Prior to COVID-19, states cut $600B in ed funding since Great Recession

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Roger Riddell, K-12 Dive | A pair of reports released Thursday by the Education Law Center — "Making the Grade 2020" and "$600 Billion Lost: State Disinvestment in Education Following the Great Recession" — add deeper context to the financial ...
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Transgender athletes look hopefully to White House transition

Transgender athletes look hopefully to White House transition

/ equity, sports
Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press - PBS News Hour | President-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Education is expected to switch sides in two key legal battles — one in Connecticut, the other in Idaho — that could go a long way ...
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From ‘Stunning’ to ‘Surprising’: How News of the Capitol Attack Was Repackaged for Schools by Newsela

From ‘Stunning’ to ‘Surprising’: How News of the Capitol Attack Was Repackaged for Schools by Newsela

/ curriculum, social-studies
Benjamin Herold, EdWeek | On Jan. 7, the Associated Press published a story describing how a violent mob loyal to President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. The attack was a “stunning” attempt to overturn the recent presidential election, the AP ...
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Jumbled-up sentences show that AIs still don’t really understand language

Jumbled-up sentences show that AIs still don’t really understand language

/ artificial intelligence, tech
Will Douglas Heaven, MIT Technology Review | Many AIs that appear to understand language and that score better than humans on a common set of comprehension tasks don’t notice when the words in a sentence are jumbled up, which shows ...
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Calls to reopen classrooms grow as teachers get vaccinated

Calls to reopen classrooms grow as teachers get vaccinated

/ coronavirus, re-opening schools, vaccine
Lindsay Whitehurst, Terry Tang, and Allen G. Breed, AP News | State leaders around the U.S. are increasingly pushing for schools to reopen this winter — pressuring them, even — as teachers begin to gain access to the vaccine against ...
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While Awaiting a Vaccine and Debating Reopening, District Responses to Medical Accommodations for At-Risk Teachers Vary Wildly Across the Country

While Awaiting a Vaccine and Debating Reopening, District Responses to Medical Accommodations for At-Risk Teachers Vary Wildly Across the Country

/ coronavirus, re-opening schools, vaccine
Zoe Kirsch, The 74 | According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 1.5 million teachers — or almost one in four — have medical conditions that place them at increased risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19. Many are consequently ...
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Nearly a Year Into Remote Learning ‘Digital Divide’ Persists as Key Educational Threat, as Census Data Show 1 in 3 Households Still Struggling With Limited Tech Access

Nearly a Year Into Remote Learning ‘Digital Divide’ Persists as Key Educational Threat, as Census Data Show 1 in 3 Households Still Struggling With Limited Tech Access

/ equity, remote learning, tech
Brendan Lowe, The 74 | According to a report released last month by UCLA, nearly one in three American households had limited computer or internet access this fall, more than half a year after the pandemic erupted. The report, which ...
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Amid Surges, Teachers Line Up For Their Vaccines

Amid Surges, Teachers Line Up For Their Vaccines

/ coronavirus, vaccine
Anya Kamentz, NPR | As another semester gets under way, more than half of U.S. public school students are learning in front of tablets and laptops, according to the organization Burbio. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to try to open ...
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Caught in a Financial ‘Triple Squeeze,’ Districts Could See Annual Costs of $2,500 Per Student to Address Pandemic-Related Learning Loss

Caught in a Financial ‘Triple Squeeze,’ Districts Could See Annual Costs of $2,500 Per Student to Address Pandemic-Related Learning Loss

/ finance-funding
Linda Jacobson, The 74 | Conducted by Education Resource Strategies, a nonprofit consulting firm that works with districts on financial issues, the projections account for the kind of “high-dosage” tutoring needed for students who have fallen the furthest behind and ...
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Teens Balance Zoom Classes and Fast-Food Jobs — Sometimes at the Same Time — to Support Struggling Families

Teens Balance Zoom Classes and Fast-Food Jobs — Sometimes at the Same Time — to Support Struggling Families

Linda Jacobson, The 74 | Like parents bouncing between work and their children’s Zoom sessions, many high school students are maintaining a split focus, connecting to online classes while trying to bring home a paycheck. Students and school leaders say ...
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DeVos Resigns As Education Secretary, Says, 'Impressionable Children Are Watching'

DeVos Resigns As Education Secretary, Says, ‘Impressionable Children Are Watching’

/ leadership
Cory Turner, NPR | U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sent a letter to President Trump on Thursday announcing her resignation. She is the latest administration official to quit in protest of Wednesday's violence at the U.S. Capitol. The news was ...
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