The Real Roots of the Debate Over Schools During Covid

How “taxpayer became just another kind of consumer.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #frauds-and-swindling, #internal-sub-only-nl, #paranoia, #vaccination-and-immunization

‘Attempted Security Threat’ Disables Software at Some New York Schools

The outage in a platform used by teachers and students has caused another disruption for a system that has had its share amid the pandemic.

#adams-eric-l, #computers-and-the-internet, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #goldstein-leon-m-high-school-for-the-sciences-brooklyn-ny, #new-york-city, #school-of-the-future, #teachers-and-school-employees

Former Obama Administration Adviser Pleads Guilty in $218,000 Theft Scheme

Seth Andrew, 42, pleaded guilty to charges that he had devised a scheme to steal from a network of charter schools he founded. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

#andrew-seth-1978, #charter-schools, #democracy-prep-public-schools-inc, #education-k-12, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #robberies-and-thefts

A Bill Proposed a New Way to Teach History. It Got the History Wrong.

A Republican legislator in Virginia who campaigned against critical race theory introduced a bill that incorrectly said the Lincoln-Douglas debates were between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

#american-historical-assn, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #critical-race-theory, #douglas-stephen-a, #douglass-frederick, #education-k-12, #history-academic-subject, #race-and-ethnicity

Supreme Court to Hear Case of Coach Who Lost His Job Over Postgame Prayers

A federal appeals court ruled that a school board in Washington State could require the coach to stop praying at the 50-yard line after high school football games.

#bremerton-wash, #coaches-and-managers, #education-k-12, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #supreme-court-us

America Is Falling Apart at the Seams

Why are so many of us behaving so badly?

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #education-k-12, #firearms, #hate-crimes, #loneliness, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states, #yglesias-matthew

A Schooling Debate: In Person or Remote?

Readers discuss an article about rising tensions as some teachers’ unions push for remote learning. Also: Snacks on planes.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #chicago-ill, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #snack-foods, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-airlines

Teachers in France Plan Strike Over Covid Rules for Classrooms

Teaching unions also planned demonstrations nationwide that are expected to pose a serious challenge for the government of President Emmanuel Macron.

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

Why Coronavirus Testing Is Falling Short in Many Schools Across the U.S.

As millions of American students head back to their desks, the virus testing that was supposed to help keep classrooms open safely is itself being tested.

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #tests-medical

Despite Omicron, Los Angeles Students Are Returning to Class

All staff members and students, vaccinated or not, must be tested for the coronavirus before returning to public school campuses.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-unified-school-district, #tests-medical

Randi Weingarten Still Wants Schools Open

Even with Omicron, the teachers’ union leader isn’t calling for shutdowns.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #democratic-party, #education, #education-k-12, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees, #weingarten-randi

Learning Loss Among Our Kids Is Significant. Here’s How to Help Them.

Will Covid closures lead to an overhaul of public school systems?

#bloomberg-michael-r, #charter-schools, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duncan-arne, #education-k-12, #hurricane-katrina-2005, #internal-sub-only-nl, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees

A Moose Hunting Class Is Teaching Students About Food

A small group of Alaskan middle-schoolers get a hands-on lesson in hunting and processing food from the land.

#alaska, #butchers-and-butchering, #education-k-12, #food, #hunting-and-trapping, #meat, #moose

London Schools Are Determined to Stay Open. Staff Illnesses Make It Hard.

Schools across England are grappling with what it looks like to live with the pandemic as it enters its third year. Sound familiar?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #england, #london-england, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees

Disruption, Dismay, Dissent: Americans Grapple With Omicron

The variant is spreading fast. For some, it is causing milder illness. But its distinct qualities have left Americans making a new set of calculations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #education-k-12, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #tests-medical, #united-states

Connecticut High School Hockey Player Dies After Fall on the Rink

Teddy Balkind, a sophomore at St. Luke’s School, died after he fell and his neck was cut by another player’s skate, police and school officials said.

#brunswick-school-greenwich-conn, #connecticut, #deaths-fatalities, #education-k-12, #falls, #hockey-ice, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #st-lukes-school, #teddy-balkind

With Omicron, Teachers’ Unions Push for Remote Schooling, Worrying Democrats

Chicago teachers have voted to go remote. Other unions are agitating for change. For Democrats, who promised to keep schools open, the tensions are a distinctly unwelcome development.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #atlanta-ga, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #chicago-ill, #chicago-teachers-union, #collective-bargaining, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #fairfax-county-va, #kentucky, #lightfoot-lori, #milwaukee-wis, #newark-nj, #newark-teachers-union, #san-francisco-calif, #teachers-and-school-employees, #weingarten-randi

New Yorkers Reflect on a Stressful Week Back at School Amid Omicron Wave

Two dozen interviews with parents, educators and students revealed a range of opinions about whether schools should remain open. But most said the return to classrooms had been bumpy.

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #teachers-and-school-employees, #vaccination-and-immunization

Commemorating Jan. 6, and Meting Out Justice

Readers praise President Biden’s “stirring speech” and urge more vigorous prosecution of “all those complicit.” Also: Trump on Jan. 6; a student’s anguish; baby furniture.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #furniture, #garland-merrick-b, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #supply-chain, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

With No School in Sight, Chicago Families Grit Their Teeth

While city officials clash with the teachers’ union over how to return to classrooms amid Omicron, families around Chicago reflect on the pandemic’s effects on their children.

#chicago-ill, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees

A School Won 92-4 in Basketball. Then the Coach Was Suspended.

Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic high school for girls in Hamden, Conn., said that running up the score against Lyman Hall High School did not mesh with its values.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #coaches-and-managers, #connecticut, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #hamden-conn, #interscholastic-athletics, #new-haven-conn, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #wallingford-conn

Chicagoans Adjust to Closed Schools During Union Dispute

Teachers voted to stop going to school amid a standoff between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Teachers Union, which called for more virus safeguards.

#chicago-ill, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #lightfoot-lori, #strikes

Chicago Public Schools and the Teachers’ Union Clash

Two days after winter break, union members were preparing to vote on whether they would refuse to report to school buildings.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #lightfoot-lori, #mayors, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional, #weingarten-randi

Parents Grapple With Omicron as Open vs Remote Schools Debate Continues

Some want classrooms to stay open through the surge; others are desperate for a remote option. For nearly all, it’s an agonizing situation.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional

‘It’s Chaos’ as Schools Confront Omicron

After an unrelenting spike in cases, a small but growing list of districts — including Newark, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Cleveland — moved temporarily to remote learning.

#adams-eric-l, #atlanta-ga, #chicago-ill, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #desantis-ron, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #florida, #lightfoot-lori, #milwaukee-wis, #new-york-city, #northeastern-states-us, #shutdowns-institutional, #somerville-mass

The Challenges of Keeping Schools Open

Readers discuss the teacher shortage and conditions in inner-city schools. Also: The nuclear threat; saving the free press; Meredith Willson.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doomsday, #education-k-12, #national-broadcasting-co, #news-and-news-media, #nuclear-weapons, #willson-meredith

Meisha Porter Had 3 Goals as N.Y.C. Schools Chief: ‘Open. Open. Open.’

The departing New York City schools chancellor pulled off a big task in a short period of time: reopening the nation’s largest school district during a pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #porter-meisha-r

Adams’s Virus Policy Includes Keeping Vaccine Mandate for Businesses

After a long silence on the subject, New York City’s incoming mayor said he would extend a number of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Covid-19 policies.

#adams-eric-l, #brooklyn-chamber-of-commerce, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #el-sadr-wafaa, #government-employees, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #new-york-city, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #staten-island-nyc, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

New York City Looks to Test More and Keep Classrooms Open

The city said it would allow students who were exposed to Covid to remain in school if they test negative for the coronavirus and have no symptoms.

#adams-eric-l, #belt-parkway-ny, #brooklyn-queens-expressway, #cross-bronx-expressway-bronx-ny, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #george-washington-bridge, #hochul-kathleen-c, #long-island-expressway, #new-york-city, #roads-and-traffic

The Students Returned, but the Fallout From a Long Disruption Remained

“They’re like, ‘The world’s out of control, why should I be in control?’” the principal of Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa., said of some of his struggling students.

#anxiety-and-stress, #bailey-iii-harrison, #bethlehem-pa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #depression-mental, #education-k-12, #liberty-high-school, #mental-health-and-disorders, #principals-school, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #school-discipline-students, #teachers-and-school-employees, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Eric Adams’s First Big Task as Mayor: Reopening Schools in the New Year

New York City’s school system experienced by far the most chaotic and disrupted days of the fall semester this week, as virus cases rose across the city.

#adams-eric-l, #banks-david-c-1962, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional

The Latest High School Prank? Students Sleeping.

Instagram accounts featuring photos of students slouching, nodding off and parking badly took off this past semester at schools around the country.

#education-k-12, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #sleep, #social-media

As Workers Gain Pay Leverage, Nonprofits Can’t Keep Up

Schools and social assistance agencies face staffing shortages as they compete with businesses able to raise wages — and services are suffering.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #federal-aid-us, #finances, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #nonprofit-organizations, #shortages, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Covid-19 and Schools: Are They Ready for the Next Big Surge?

Districts say they don’t want to close classrooms again. But the latest wave in Covid-19 cases could challenge the rickety infrastructure that has kept schools running this year.

#chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #northeastern-states-us

Are Schools Ready for the Next Big Surge?

Districts say they don’t want to close classrooms again. But the latest wave in Covid-19 cases could challenge the rickety infrastructure that has kept schools running this year.

#chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #northeastern-states-us

How the Kremlin Is Militarizing Russian Society

With a “youth army,” a cathedral honoring the military and state media promoting patriotism, the government is preparing Russians for the possibility of a fight.

#crimea-ukraine, #defense-and-military-forces, #education-k-12, #levada-center, #muratov-dmitri-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Do Not Close the Schools Again

The Omicron surge is scary. But schools must stay open.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #shutdowns-institutional

Third-Graders Instructed to Re-enact Scenes From Holocaust, Principal Says

A staff librarian was put on leave after students at an elementary school in Washington, D.C., were directed to simulate shootings and the digging of mass graves.

#district-of-columbia-public-schools, #education-k-12, #hitler-adolf, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era

Fed Up With Those Who Won’t Get Vaccinated

Readers join Charles M. Blow in voicing anger at vaccine resisters who endanger others. Also: The brain as democracy’s infrastructure.

#anger-emotion, #blow-charles-m, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #education-k-12, #infrastructure-public-works, #vaccination-and-immunization

Why Los Angeles Delayed Enforcing Its Student Vaccine Mandate

As the deadline for compliance approached, the school board faced a difficult question: What would happen to the tens of thousands of students who were still not vaccinated?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #los-angeles-calif, #school-boards, #vaccination-and-immunization

C.D.C. Embraces ‘Test and Stay’ Policy for Unvaccinated Students

Two new studies show that unvaccinated children exposed to the virus are safe to stay in school if they remain asymptomatic and get tested twice over the course of a week.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #parenting, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

Former Puerto Rico Education Secretary Is Sentenced to Prison

Julia Keleher, who had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud, said she was “inept” in how she handled some big policy changes in a troubled system.

#corruption-institutional, #education-k-12, #keleher-julia, #puerto-rico

Can Randi Weingarten Save Public Schools?

Amid the pandemic, the union leader is stuck between outraged parents and burnt-out teachers.

#charter-schools, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #critical-race-theory, #education-k-12, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #teachers-and-school-employees

Some U.S. Schools Close After Shooting Rumors on Social Media

Security was heightened after vague warnings of threats circulated on TikTok and other social media platforms, police and school officials said.

#cyberharassment, #education-k-12, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #snap-inc, #social-media, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #tiktok-bytedance

Unfulfilled Promise

A start-up football school called Christians of Faith, later known as Bishop Sycamore, recruited players from tough neighborhoods with talk of academic help and a path to glory. But the path only led them back to where they started.

#bronx-nyc, #columbus-ohio, #content-type-personal-profile, #education-k-12, #football, #img-academy, #last-chance-u-tv-program, #private-and-sectarian-schools

L.A. Schools Postpone Vaccine Mandate for Students Until Fall 2022

The mandate would have required students 12 and over to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 10 or switch to online learning. Now, unvaccinated students will have to be tested frequently starring in January.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-unified-school-district, #vaccination-and-immunization

Shirley McBay, Pioneering Mathematician, Is Dead at 86

The first Black student to receive a doctorate from the University of Georgia, she devoted her life to advocating for diversity in science and math education.

#black-people, #chemistry, #colleges-and-universities, #deaths-obituaries, #education-k-12, #equal-educational-opportunities, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #mathematics, #mcbay-shirley-1935-2021, #race-and-ethnicity, #spelman-college, #university-of-georgia

Teachers Scramble to Scoop Up Cash in Promotion Called Demeaning

Ten teachers in South Dakota competed for $5,000 in dollar bills to spend on classroom improvements. Critics called the event at a hockey game in Sioux Falls demeaning.

#education-k-12, #philanthropy, #sioux-falls-sd, #sioux-falls-stampede-hockey-team, #south-dakota, #squid-game-tv-program, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-states-hockey-league, #wages-and-salaries

Education Is Like a Beautiful Garden

Consider giving to education-related charities this holiday season.

#education-k-12, #internal-sub-only-nl, #khan-academy, #kristof-nicholas-d, #philanthropy, #united-states-economy, #wikipedia

Detecting Signs of Trouble in Schools

Discussing steps to reduce the number of school shootings. Also: Book censorship; hunger in Afghanistan; abortion after incest; what kind of America?

#abortion, #afghanistan, #books-and-literature, #censorship, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #food, #foreign-aid, #gun-control, #incest, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #teachers-and-school-employees, #texas