The Texas School Superintendent Who Defied Governor Abbott

Pedro Martinez is leaving San Antonio to become Chicago’s schools chief. He weighs in on his battles with Gov. Greg Abbott and why a student vaccine mandate should be “on the table.”

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Have We Failed Suburban Schools?

Our focus on the problems with inner-city education has left us with big blind spots.

#education-k-12, #internal-sub-only, #rural-areas, #segregation-and-desegregation, #suburbs, #teachers-and-school-employees

N.Y.C. Schools’ Covid Strategy: Test More, but Keep Classrooms Open

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced weekly testing of students and relaxed quarantine rules but continued to resist mandatory vaccination of schoolchildren.

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

Schools Reopen: Stories From Across Pandemic America

Across the country, students are returning to classes. We connected with hundreds of them to see how they — along with teachers, administrators and parents — are coping.

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Most Schools Do Not Yet Meet Biden’s Demand for Testing and Vaccines

Large districts mostly require masks, and students in the same classroom as an infected person won’t necessarily be told or asked to quarantine.

#children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #quarantines, #teachers-and-school-employees, #vaccination-and-immunization

Keeping 1 Million N.Y.C. Students Safe Amid the Delta Variant

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the school safety reopening plan on Thursday, raising questions about the city’s readiness to bring back all its students to schools next month.

#coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #teachers-and-school-employees, #tests-medical

Scott Walker: Act 10’s Weakening of Unions Worked in Wisconsin

Act 10’s reforms to weaken public-sector unions helped both schools and taxpayers.

#collective-bargaining, #education-k-12, #organized-labor, #politics-and-government, #seniority-systems, #teachers-and-school-employees, #walker-scott-k, #wisconsin

Illinois will require masks indoors for everyone and educators must get shots or face testing.

All state residents 2 and older will need to wear masks inside. Students and staff at public schools already have to wear masks.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #illinois, #masks, #teachers-and-school-employees

The Clock Is Ticking: What We Know About N.Y.C.’s School Reopening Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio has insisted that all students will return to classrooms full-time, despite the Delta variant.

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The Maddening Critical Race Theory Debate

Liberals Should Be Anti-Anti-C.R.T. 

#children-and-childhood, #conservatism-us-politics, #education, #education-k-12, #foundation-for-individual-rights-in-education, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #linker-damon, #race-and-ethnicity, #teachers-and-school-employees, #whites

An Unmarried Catholic Schoolteacher Got Pregnant. She Was Fired.

A lawsuit that she filed in New Jersey is testing the First Amendment limits of religious freedom.

#discrimination, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-religion, #new-jersey, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #roman-catholic-church, #st-theresa-school, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #teachers-and-school-employees, #victoria-crisitello

Thacher, a California Prep School, Apologizes for Past Sex Abuse

In a 91-page report, the private coed boarding school in Ojai detailed sexual assaults and harassment against students dating back to the 1980s.

#california, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #education-secondary, #ojai-calif, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #teachers-and-school-employees, #thacher-school-ojai-calif, #women-and-girls

A Fading Coal County Bets on Schools, but There’s One Big Hitch

Hard hit by the decline of mining, a rural area in West Virginia is trying to attract teachers in a comeback effort. What’s lacking are jobs for the graduates.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #education-k-12, #labor-and-jobs, #mcdowell-county-w-va, #population, #rural-areas, #teachers-and-school-employees

What the Tulsa Race Massacre Can Teach Us

The project of healing history’s wounds is difficult but necessary work.

#black-people, #history-academic-subject, #law-and-legislation, #race-and-ethnicity, #teachers-and-school-employees, #tulsa-okla, #tulsa-race-riot-1921

In a Post-Covid World, Let’s Pay Teachers Six Figures

The pandemic gave us a newfound appreciation for educators. Now let’s compensate them accordingly.

#education-k-12, #teachers-and-school-employees

What It Would Take for N.Y.C. Schools to Fully Reopen This Fall

Mayor Bill de Blasio must soon make crucial decisions about medical waivers for teachers, remote schooling and social distancing for September.

#black-people, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #teachers-and-school-employees

President of Key Teachers’ Union Shares Plea: ‘Schools Must Be Open’ in Fall

About half the nation’s schools are not fully open despite rising vaccination levels, and teachers’ unions are getting much of the blame. Randi Weingarten hopes to carve a path forward.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #organized-labor, #teachers-and-school-employees, #weingarten-randi

F.B.I. Asking Questions After a Pension Fund Aimed High and Fell Short

The Pennsylvania teachers’ retirement fund put more than half its assets into risky alternative investments. The math didn’t work out, spurring an investigation.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #kurds, #pennsylvania, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #property-taxes, #teachers-and-school-employees, #wages-and-salaries

Restaurants and Broadway Are Coming Back. What About Our Schools?

As the city reopens, parents, teachers and students remain stuck in a hybrid-learning holding pattern.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #education-department-nyc, #parenting, #teachers-and-school-employees

Save Snow Days!

Haven’t kids lost enough this year?

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Why the Right Loves Public School Culture Wars

Biden doesn’t rile up the grassroots. Critical race theory does.

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How the Centner Academy Became a Beacon for Anti-Vaxxers

Centner Academy barred teachers newly vaccinated against the coronavirus from being near students. Some parents threatened to withdraw their children. Others clamored to enroll.

#centner-academy-miami-fla, #centner-leila, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #florida, #miami-fla, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #teachers-and-school-employees, #vaccination-and-immunization

Florida Private School Bars Vaccinated Teachers From Student Contact

Centner Academy advertises its support for “medical freedom from mandated vaccines,” and has recently hosted talks by antivaccine advocates.

#centner-academy, #centner-leila, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #florida, #internal-essential, #miami-fla, #teachers-and-school-employees, #vaccination-and-immunization

Italy’s Problem With School Dropouts Goes From Bad to Worse in Pandemic

Even before the coronavirus hit, Italy had among the worst dropout rates in Europe. But closed schools and online classes have pushed students out in ever higher numbers.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dropouts, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #italy, #naples-italy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees

A 4-Year-Old Child Is Not a Problem. And Expulsion Is Not a Solution.

There is an effective approach to breaking the preschool-to-prison pipeline.

#anxiety-and-stress, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #teachers-and-school-employees

Florida Superintendent Arrested on Perjury Charge in School Safety Inquiry

The superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, Robert W. Runcie, was arrested as part of a criminal investigation following the Parkland school shooting in 2018.

#broward-county-fla, #marjory-stoneman-douglas-high-school-parkland-fla, #myrick-barbara-j, #parkland-fla-shooting-2018, #perjury, #runcie-robert-w, #teachers-and-school-employees

Online Schools Are Here to Stay, Even After the Pandemic

Some families have come to prefer stand-alone virtual schools and districts are rushing to accommodate them — though questions about remote learning persist.

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The Outlook for Public Schools in N.Y.C.

The temporary closures of schools that have frustrated parents may soon become less common under new virus rules.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #new-york-city, #teachers-and-school-employees

Why Students Are Logging In to Class From 7,000 Miles Away

Students are joining remote classes from outside the country. In one New Jersey school district, computers were traced to 24 countries on a day last month.

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Fed Up With Remote Learning, Governors Make a Push to Reopen Schools

A bipartisan group of governors decided to flex its muscle and get students back into classrooms, despite union resistance and bureaucratic hesitancy.

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As Pandemic Upends Teaching, Fewer Students Want to Pursue It

Disruptions to education during the pandemic are turning people away from a profession that was already struggling to attract new recruits.

#american-assn-of-colleges-for-teacher-education, #cardona-miguel-a-1975, #careers-and-professions, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #teachers-and-school-employees

High School Football Coach Is Fired After Players’ Use of Anti-Semitic Language

School officials in Duxbury, Mass., denounced what they called the “horrifying and disappointing” language and said they had hired a private lawyer to conduct an investigation.

#anti-semitism, #coaches-and-managers, #duxbury-mass, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #interscholastic-athletics, #teachers-and-school-employees

‘I’ve Lost a Lot of Faith’: Suburban Parents Push Schools to Reopen Faster

Frustration over pandemic reopening plans is growing in New Jersey’s affluent suburbs, where taxes are high and many students are barely in classrooms.

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In a Boost to Reopening Schools, C.D.C. Says Students Can Be 3 Feet Apart

The previous recommendation of six feet of distancing was a major obstacle to bringing students back for in-person learning.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-states

Why Child Care Staff Had to Show Up While Teachers Worked Remotely

The pandemic has spotlighted disparities in working conditions between child care workers and teachers.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #child-care, #district-council-37, #education-k-12, #garrido-henry, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees, #weingarten-randi, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Learning Apps Have Boomed During the Pandemic. Now Comes the Real Test

Start-ups hope there’s no turning back for online learning, even as more students return to the classroom.

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Biden Got the Vaccine Rollout Humming, With Trump’s Help

Trump administration officials grumble that they laid the groundwork for surging vaccinations, but some hard work in the trenches has helped pick up the pace of production.

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Texas School’s Lesson on Chivalry Asked Girls to ‘Walk Daintily’ and Obey Men

A Shallowater High School assignment meant to demonstrate medieval-era misogyny was scrapped after at least one parent objected.

#discrimination, #education-k-12, #gender, #homework, #lubbock-tex, #shallowater-high-school, #teachers-and-school-employees, #texas, #women-and-girls

Biden Administration Steps Up Push for School Reopenings

A day after President Biden said teachers should be prioritized for vaccination, the first lady and the education secretary hit the road to urge communities to return to in-person learning.

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As School Closures Near First Anniversary, a Diverse Parent Movement Demands Action

Frustrated with remote learning, parents in the Philadelphia area are running for office, suing, relocating and retreating to private school.

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Oregon Is Vaccinating Teachers. It Might Not Be Enough to Reopen Schools.

Oregon is a case study in how Pacific Coast cities are lagging the country in resuming in-person teaching.

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Any Advice on What to Wear for Your First Job?

Vanessa Friedman, fashion director of The New York Times, takes reader questions.

#content-type-service, #fashion-and-apparel, #teachers-and-school-employees, #your-feed-selfcare

The Influence of a Perfect Teacher

Perhaps because I had a teacher who made reading aloud into ceremony, ritual and compelling drama, I grew up to find my cause in pediatricians’ promoting reading aloud at checkups.

#books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #libraries-and-librarians, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #teachers-and-school-employees

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on What She Learned From Battling the Teachers’ Union

In an interview, Ms. Lightfoot talked about how she hoped to rebuild trust in the system and eventually reopen high schools.

#chicago-ill, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #lightfoot-lori, #mayors, #organized-labor, #teachers-and-school-employees

New York Was the 1st Big School District to Reopen. Here’s What Happened.

Elementary schools have been open for months. As the city prepares to reopen middle schools, problems remain, but there is also cause for optimism.

#chicago-ill, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #elementary-school, #new-york-city, #parenting, #teachers-and-school-employees

CDC Draws Up a Blueprint for Reopening Schools

Amid an acrid national controversy, the agency proposed detailed criteria for returning students to classrooms.

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Republicans Seize on Shuttered Schools as a Political Rallying Cry

As President Biden struggles to keep his pledge to reopen schools in 100 days, Republicans in Congress are hammering at the issue as a way to win back alienated women and suburban voters.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blunt-roy-d, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #republican-party, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-states-politics-and-government

What You Need to Know About the CDC’s New School Guidelines

The federal government’s new guidance for reopening classrooms does not require teachers to be vaccinated first.

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Biden Trims Ambitions on School Reopening Pledge

As the White House struggles to flesh out President Biden’s promise to reopen schools within 100 days, aides have found themselves steadily lowering expectations.

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What Will It Take to Reopen Schools?

The Biden administration is determined to restart in-person learning quickly. But there are some major hurdles.

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