A Week in the Life of a Baltimore School Getting Back to Class

As school districts diverge on handling the pandemic, Baltimore City Public Schools are slowly trying to get students back in the classroom. It has not been easy, but neither has remote learning.

#baltimore-md, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #parenting, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #teachers-and-school-employees

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N.J. Governor Wants Schools Open. Local Officials Have Other Ideas.

The tensions point to the difficulty governors across the Northeast have had in persuading districts to reopen — decisions that often require school boards to buck powerful unions.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #shutdowns-institutional

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For Parents, Every Day Is Bird School

One bird feeder became two, then three. Months passed.

#birds, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #your-feed-selfcare

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The Future Was Supposed to Be Better Than This

Thanksgiving — like the rest of life — just isn’t the same through a screen.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day, #united-states

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How de Blasio Backed Himself Into a Corner on Closing Schools

He says that he has celebrated educators more than any mayor in the last 20 years, but Bill de Blasio has taken heat from all sides about school policy during the pandemic.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #mayors, #mulgrew-michael, #principals-school, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-federation-of-teachers

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New York City’s 3 Percent Problem

The nation’s largest public school system defied the odds to reopen for in-person classes. Eight weeks later, the schools are having to shut again.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #parenting

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Choose a Gift That Changes Lives

Educate a girl. Send a young person to college. Restore a person’s sight.

#africa, #black-people, #camfed, #cataracts, #children-and-childhood, #court-appointed-special-advocates-casa, #education-k-12, #foster-care, #himalayan-cataract-project-nonprofit, #onegoal, #philanthropy, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #reading-partners-nonprofit, #united-states, #volunteers-and-community-service

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What Happened When a School District Banned Thin Blue Line Flags

Some students in a mostly white New York suburb said the flag made them feel unsafe. Banning it prompted accusations of political bias.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #education-k-12, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #pelham-ny

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Texas Board Revises Sex Education Standards to Include More Birth Control

For the first time since 1997, Texas’ education board made major changes to its sex education standards, allowing the teaching of contraceptive methods to middle school students.

#abstinence-sexual, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #education-k-12, #sex-education, #texas

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When New York City Schools Reopen, 765,000 Students Won’t Be There

It is unclear when in-person instruction will restart, but the number of children who will return to classrooms has fallen short of the mayor’s predictions.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #minorities, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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As Winter Looms, Outdoor Schools Face Tough Decisions

With coronavirus cases surging, educators who moved classes outside are now grappling with how to keep kids safe from both the virus and the elements.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #parenting, #weather

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San Francisco’s School Plan Could Offer Other Districts Hope

With relatively low virus rates, the city faces a dilemma over a return to in-person instruction.

#breed-london, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #san-francisco-calif, #sanchez-mark, #shutdowns-institutional, #special-education

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‘Remote Learning Is Not Working’: Shutdown Hurts Children, Parents Say

As schools close again, frustrated and angry parents say the decision does not make the city safer.

#carranza-richard-a, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #mulgrew-michael, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional

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NYC Parents Say School Shutdown Hurts Children: ‘Remote Learning is Not Working’

As schools close again, frustrated and angry parents say the decision does not make the city safer.

#carranza-richard-a, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #mulgrew-michael, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional

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The Problem With Coronavirus School Closures

Children have suffered because many mayors and governors were too willing to close public schools.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dropouts, #e-learning, #education, #education-k-12, #oregon, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New York City School Closings: The Latest

In a big setback for the city’s recovery, the schools chancellor, Richard Carranza, said the nation’s largest district would return to all-remote learning.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #mulgrew-michael, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-federation-of-teachers

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Racism Impoverishes the Whole Economy

While the targets unquestionably suffer the most, denying people equal opportunities diminishes the finances of millions of Americans.

#bell-laboratories, #black-people, #boards-of-directors, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #forbes-magazine, #gross-domestic-product, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #innovation, #inventions-and-patents, #michigan-state-university, #minorities, #musk-elon, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #scholarships-and-fellowships, #small-business-administration, #united-states-economy, #venture-capital, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls

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Schools Should Be the Last Things We Close, Not the First

Why do we keep asking children to bear the brunt of a lockdown?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #shutdowns-institutional

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Dr. Céline Gounder, Adviser to Biden, on the Next Covid Attack Plan

Schools are essential while restaurants are not, said Dr. Gounder. And manufacturers may soon be ordered to produce protective gear for health workers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #defense-production-act, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #education-k-12, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #gounder-celine, #harris-kamala-d, #medicine-and-health, #presidential-election-of-2020, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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How Will Biden Approach School Reopenings?

Answer: Schools over restaurants, for now.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education, #education-k-12, #murthy-vivek-h, #presidential-election-of-2020, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rural-areas, #thanksgiving-day

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Did It Hit 3%? Why Parents and Teachers Are Fixated on One Number

Weeks after he managed to reopen the New York City school system, Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing fresh questions about if and when to close it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #mulgrew-michael, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-federation-of-teachers

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Is It Possible to Outgrow A.D.H.D.?

The challenges of the diagnosis make it unclear whether the condition is outgrown or simply becomes better managed, experts say.

#attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #parenting, #psychology-and-psychologists

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What Biden’s Election Could Mean for Student Loans

The incoming administration has proposed a series of changes that could affect more than 42 million student loan borrowers. Here’s what to expect.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #corinthian-colleges-inc, #democratic-party, #devos-elizabeth-1958, #education-k-12, #federal-aid-us, #for-profit-schools, #law-and-legislation, #obama-barack, #personal-bankruptcies, #personal-finances, #presidential-election-of-2020, #student-loans, #warren-elizabeth

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In Wi-Fi ‘Dead Zones,’ Rural Students Can’t Log On to Virtual School

Millions of American students lack reliable internet access. Some are learning in parking lots connected to Wi-Fi buses or crashing with relatives to get online.

#chapel-hill-nc, #common-sense-media, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #robeson-county-nc, #rural-areas, #shutdowns-institutional, #steyer-james-p

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Biden’s Education Department Will Move Fast to Reverse Betsy DeVos’s Policies

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has presented an education agenda that is starkly different from the Trump era, beginning with a far more cautious approach to school reopenings.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-reopenings, #devos-elizabeth-1958, #education-k-12, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As Virus Cases Spike, Should Indoor Dining Be Allowed When Classrooms Close?

Science increasingly suggests classrooms can be kept open safely. But dining rooms pose a different problem.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #restaurants

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As Coronavirus Cases Spike, Should Indoor Dinning be Allowed When Classrooms Close?

Science increasingly suggests classrooms can be kept open safely. But dining rooms pose a different problem.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #restaurants

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Teens in Covid Isolation: ‘I Felt Like I Was Suffocating’

Remote learning, lockdowns and pandemic uncertainty have increased anxiety and depression among adolescents, and heightened concerns about their mental health.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #education-k-12, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #your-feed-healthcare

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Are Schools Teaching Kids to Diet?

Many parents are concerned to see what their kids are learning about food, body image and weight while remote learning.

#children-and-childhood, #diet-and-nutrition, #education-k-12, #food, #physical-education-and-training, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Coronavirus Surge in N.Y.: 5 Takeaways

New York and New Jersey have imposed new restrictions to curb a spike in coronavirus cases. 

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N.Y.C. Schools May Close Again, a Grim Sign of a Global Dilemma

The school system, the nation’s largest, has had strikingly few virus cases. Even so, the mayor may end in-person classes because the city’s overall rate is surging.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #mulgrew-michael, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #varma-jay-k

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Lucille Bridges, Mother of Civil Rights Trailblazer, Dies at 86

In 1960, Ms. Bridges enrolled her daughter Ruby in an all-white school in New Orleans and escorted her there, breaking through segregation.

#black-people, #bridges-lucille-commadore-1934-2020, #bridges-ruby, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #deaths-obituaries, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #education-k-12, #new-orleans-la, #segregation-and-desegregation

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Florida Principal Who Wouldn’t Call Holocaust ‘Factual’ Is Fired Again

William Latson was fired last year after an email exchange about staying “politically neutral” about Holocaust education became public. After being rehired last month, he was fired again on Tuesday.

#boca-raton-fla, #education-k-12, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #latson-william, #palm-beach-county-fla, #spanish-river-community-high-school-boca-raton-fla

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With Help From Herb Alpert, Letting the Light In at the Harlem School of the Arts

Dorothy Maynor never sang at the Met, but the school she founded is glowing anew, thanks to the revitalization of its beloved “gathering place.”

#alpert-herb, #art, #education-k-12, #harlem-school-of-the-arts, #maynor-dorothy, #music, #philanthropy

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As Hong Kong Law Goes After ‘Black Sheep,’ Fear Clouds Universities

Campuses have long been hubs of protest in the city. Now, the authorities have promised to root out teachers who bring politics to the classroom.

#chinese-university-of-hong-kong-the, #colleges-and-universities, #communist-party-of-china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #education-k-12, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements

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A Star of the ‘Raging Rooks,’ He Helped Change the Face of N.Y.C. Chess

Charu Robinson was one of the pioneers who inspired a generation of children to play a game that had been the province of elite schools.

#black-people, #chess, #dalton-school, #education-k-12, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #robinson-charu-1977-2020

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Are We Losing a Generation of Children to Remote Learning?

Leaving children to teach themselves from a sofa might be the greatest untold tragedy of the pandemic.

#e-learning, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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How an Oregon Measure for Universal Preschool Could Be a National Model

Creators of the Portland-area approach tried to avoid the pitfalls of similar policies elsewhere, and are giving teachers large raises.

#child-care, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #portland-ore, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Eerie Limbo of Remote Schooling

A mother fears that her kids are learning less and missing more.

#children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #parenting, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #work-life-balance

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Parents in N.Y.C. Public Schools Now Face This Agonizing Choice

Only one in four students have returned to classrooms. The remainder have two weeks left to decide if they’ll go back, too.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #mulgrew-michael, #new-york-city, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-federation-of-teachers

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In San Francisco, Virus Is Contained but Schools Are Still Closed

A debate over reopening classrooms pits the mayor against the Board of Education, cutting across class, party and racial lines.

#breed-london, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #minorities, #san-francisco-calif, #teachers-and-school-employees

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Schools Stay Open in Europe’s New Lockdowns, a Reversal From Spring

Europe’s latest wave of restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus have largely avoided closing schools. We take a look at why and how they are being kept open.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #france, #germany, #ireland, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional, #social-conditions-and-trends, #teachers-and-school-employees

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The Mystery of How Many Mothers Have Left Work Because of School Closings

How one researcher arrived at a figure of more than a million and a half.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #education-k-12, #labor-and-jobs, #parenting, #recession-and-depression, #shutdowns-institutional, #women-and-girls

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How to Do School When Motivation Has Gone Missing

Here’s what teenagers can do to equip themselves to move forward during this difficult and frustrating time.

#content-type-service, #education-k-12, #parenting, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #youth

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When Virtual School Means a Respite From Racism

When learning is virtual, Black parents can watch for unfair treatment.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #home-schooling, #race-and-ethnicity, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states

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Reopening of N.Y.C. Classrooms Faces a Major Test

Only about a quarter of public school students have shown up for in-person instruction, reflecting a range of concerns among parents.

#art, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #deville-abigail, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #madison-square-park-manhattan-ny, #madison-square-park-conservancy, #new-york-city, #rapaport-brooke-kamin, #statue-of-liberty

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These 4 Schools Created Outdoor Classrooms. Take a Look.

To combat the coronavirus, schools across America moved students outdoors. Here’s a look at four new learning environments.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #falmouth-mass, #hot-springs-ark, #new-york-city, #pewaukee-wis

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Only 26% of N.Y.C. Students Attend In-Person Classes, Far From Goal

Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing a major test: Will children return to public schools over the next few weeks?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #teachers-and-school-employees

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A Teacher, His Killer and the Failure of French Integration

For generations, public schools assimilated immigrant children into French society by instilling the nation’s ideals. The beheading of a teacher has raised doubts about whether that model still works.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #education-k-12, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #muslims-and-islam, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #terrorism

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A Voting Rights Battle in a School Board ‘Coup’

For Black residents of Sumter County, the fight for representation echoed the civil rights era. For white residents, it reflected the anxiety, made manifest by the Trump era, of maintaining power over institutions even without the votes to do so.

#black-people, #education-k-12, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2000, #race-and-ethnicity, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #whites

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