Sometimes ‘Proper’ Speech Isn’t Correct Speech

Contractions can be frowned upon. We’re gonna wanna rethink that.

#internal-sub-only-nl, #language-and-languages, #teachers-and-school-employees, #ukraine

Ohio Makes It Easier for Teachers to Carry Guns at School

A new law requires educators and other school staff members who want to carry a weapon to undergo no more than 24 hours of training — compared with more than 700 hours previously.

#dewine-mike, #education-k-12, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #ohio, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #teachers-and-school-employees

After Uvalde, Teachers Wonder ‘What More?’

Teachers were already grappling with adrift students and political fights. After the mass shooting in a Texas elementary school, many wondered how much more they had left to give.

#anxiety-and-stress, #berkeley-high-school-berkeley-calif, #education-k-12, #grief-emotion, #school-discipline-students, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #teachers-and-school-employees, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

We Need to Stay Heartbroken About School Shootings

After the massacre in Texas, the children’s author Kate DiCamillo captured the depth of our grief.

#books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #dicamillo-kate, #education-k-12, #teachers-and-school-employees, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022, #writing-and-writers

Class Sizes Set to Shrink in New York City Schools, but at What Cost?

A bill approved by state lawmakers to shrink New York City class sizes would cost millions, and its passage reignited a longstanding debate about whether the move would help students as intended.

#adams-eric-l, #banks-david-c-1962, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #liu-john-c, #mayors, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #state-legislatures, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-federation-of-teachers

Uvalde Teacher Spoke With Husband, a Police Officer, Before She Died

Eva Mireles’s husband was an officer with the school district’s Police Department. But he was not allowed to enter the place where his wife and her students were under attack.

#mireles-eva, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #teachers-and-school-employees, #uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

After Uvalde: The Voices of Fearful Teachers

“When did the willingness to put your life on the line become an acceptable prerequisite for being an educator?” Also: Benefits of camp; psychiatric care.

#camps-and-camping, #gun-control, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #teachers-and-school-employees, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

America’s Teachers Offer Answers to the Education Crisis

“Our system had fault lines way before the pandemic.”

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #teachers-and-school-employees

In the Culture Wars, Teachers Are Under Attack

Today’s culture wars treat teachers like political prisoners or, even worse, the enemy.

#books-and-literature, #discrimination, #state-legislatures, #teachers-and-school-employees

More Pandemic Fallout: The Chronically Absent Student

At one middle school, more than 40 percent of the students have been chronically absent this year. Districts are going to great lengths — offering gift cards, night classes — to reach them.

#absenteeism-and-truancy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #hartford-conn, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-states

In Several States, Teachers Get Their Biggest Raise in Decades

Budget surpluses have enabled states to pass bills giving teachers a bigger paycheck, but not everyone is certain that will help improve schooling.

#alabama, #bonuses, #education-k-12, #florida, #georgia, #idaho, #mississippi, #new-mexico, #teachers-and-school-employees, #wages-and-salaries

Minneapolis Teachers Reach a Tentative Deal to End Strike

The agreement would resolve a standoff that had closed schools for nearly three weeks.

#education-k-12, #minneapolis-minn, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional, #strikes, #teachers-and-school-employees, #wages-and-salaries

12 Teenagers on What They Would Ask Their 40-Year-Old Selves

In a new Times Opinion focus group, teens also talked about their “addiction” to social media and being nervous to speak on sensitive subjects in class.

#anxiety-and-stress, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity, #social-media, #teachers-and-school-employees, #teenagers-and-adolescence

A Poised Supreme Court Nominee, and ‘Nasty Politicians’

Readers were impressed by Judge Jackson’s performance in the face of G.O.P. senators’ attacks. Also: Troops’ mental health; Trump and Ukraine; supporting teachers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blackburn-marsha, #cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #education-k-12, #graham-lindsey, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #manafort-paul-j, #mental-health-and-disorders, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #supreme-court-us, #teachers-and-school-employees, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zelensky-volodymyr

L.A. Unified Will Stop Requiring Masks

The nation’s second-largest public school district, which had held out even after the state dropped its mandate, will continue to strongly recommend masks in classrooms.

#carvalho-alberto-m, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #masks, #teachers-and-school-employees

The Pandemic Disrupted American Schools Again and Again. Why?

Why was the pandemic so disruptive to education?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #internal-open-access, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees

Minneapolis Teachers Announce They Will Go on Strike

Negotiations are still happening in St. Paul. The unions are asking for smaller class sizes and higher wages, while the school districts say their budgets are shrinking as enrollment declines.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #education-k-12, #minneapolis-minn, #organized-labor, #st-paul-minn, #strikes, #teachers-and-school-employees, #wages-and-salaries

NYC Ends Pandemic Mandates Despite Concerns That It Is Moving Too Quickly

Masks will no longer be required in public schools and proof-of- vaccination is no longer required for many indoor activities.

#adams-adrienne-1960, #adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #education-k-12, #los-angeles-county-calif, #new-york-city, #restaurants, #teachers-and-school-employees, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

School Is Back in Person, but the Five-Day School Week Often Isn’t

We asked 148,000 parents how many days of school their children missed in January. A quarter said more than a week.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees, #youth

Girl’s Note to Teacher Leads Police to Her Brother’s Body

The girl’s mother wrote that she was being held against her will at a house in Las Vegas and that she feared for her son, the authorities said.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #clark-county-nev, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #las-vegas-nev, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nevada, #police-department-las-vegas-nev, #refrigerators, #teachers-and-school-employees

New Twist in Pandemic’s Impact on Schools: Substitutes in Camouflage

Deployed to classrooms in New Mexico to help with crippling staff shortages, National Guard troops are employing their informal motto, “Semper Gumby” — Always Flexible.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #education-k-12, #national-guard, #new-mexico, #reserves-military, #shortages, #teachers-and-school-employees

You Just Can’t Tell the Truth About America Anymore

The teaching of history is under siege. 

#censorship, #conservatism-us-politics, #education-k-12, #florida, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #law-and-legislation, #state-legislatures, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-states-politics-and-government

Indonesian Teacher Convicted of Raping Students for Years

In a case that outraged the nation, the founder of a school was convicted of raping 13 students, fathering nine children with them.

#bandung-indonesia, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #sex-crimes, #teachers-and-school-employees, #women-and-girls

Puerto Rico Teachers Lead Push for Higher Pay for Public Workers

The demands for increased wages and better working conditions come as Puerto Rico tries to pull itself out of bankruptcy.

#government-employees, #hurricane-maria-2017, #pierluisi-pedro-r, #puerto-rico, #teachers-and-school-employees, #wages-and-salaries

School Districts Must Make an Important Decision: Mask or Not?

With the end of many statewide mask mandates, it’s up to local districts whether they will keep the requirement. Communities anticipate political and emotional fights ahead.

#boston-mass, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #jha-ashish-1970, #masks, #newton-mass, #teachers-and-school-employees

The Beauty of ABC’s ‘Abbott Elementary’

A new ABC sitcom, which honors teachers, debuts as the profession is under attack

#abbott-elementary-tv-program, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #race-and-ethnicity, #teachers-and-school-employees

Broken Lights, No Glue: ‘Abbott Elementary’ Has Teachers Talking

A new sitcom by Quinta Brunson about a Philadelphia public school is a relatable balm during a period of intense stress for educators.

#abbott-elementary-tv-program, #abc-inc, #brunson-quinta, #education-k-12, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #ralph-sheryl-lee, #teachers-and-school-employees, #television

‘Maus’ Holocaust Novel Removed From Classrooms by School Board

The board voted unanimously to remove the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel from classrooms because it contained swear words, according to minutes from the meeting.

#anti-defamation-league, #books-and-literature, #censorship, #comic-books-and-strips, #education-k-12, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #school-boards, #spiegelman-art, #teachers-and-school-employees, #tennessee

What Are Your Questions About Schools?

Reporters from The New York Times will try to answer them in the Education Briefing newsletter.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #teachers-and-school-employees, #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

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

‘The Kids Are Casualties in a War’

How students, teachers and parents were caught in the middle of a standoff between Chicago’s mayor and its teachers’ union.

#audio-neutral-informative, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lightfoot-lori, #organized-labor, #teachers-and-school-employees

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

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

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

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

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

Fury in China After Li Tiantian, an Outspoken Teacher, Disappears

Supporters of Li Tiantian believe that local officials may have sent her to a psychiatric hospital, a longstanding way of stifling and discrediting dissent.

#censorship, #china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hunan-province-china, #li-tiantian, #politics-and-government, #teachers-and-school-employees

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

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

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

In Texas, Panic Over Critical Race Theory Extends to Bookshelves

A new state law constricts teachers when it comes to race and history. And a politician is questioning why 850 titles are on library shelves. The result: “A lot of our teachers are petrified.”

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #alamo-san-antonio-tex, #black-people, #critical-race-theory, #education-k-12, #history-academic-subject, #libraries-and-librarians, #republican-party, #teachers-and-school-employees, #texas

David Banks Is the Next N.Y.C. Schools Chancellor

Mr. Banks, who founded the Eagle Academy, a network of public schools for boys, is the first commissioner named to Mayor-elect Eric Adams’s administration.

#adams-eric-l, #banks-david-c-1962, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #teachers-and-school-employees

Schools Are Closing Classrooms on Fridays. Parents Are Furious.

Desperate to keep teachers, some districts have turned to remote teaching for one day a week — and sometimes more. Families have been left scrambling to find child care.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #detroit-mich, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #parenting, #portland-ore, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #southfield-mich, #teachers-and-school-employees

School District Investigates Claims of Longtime Sexual Misconduct by Teachers

Six teachers from Babylon High School have been placed on leave as the investigation continues and alumnae come forward with claims.

#ahearn-laura-a, #babylon-ny, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #education-k-12, #long-island-ny, #police-department-suffolk-county-ny, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #statutes-of-limitations, #teachers-and-school-employees

While Politics Consume School Board Meetings, a Very Different Crisis Festers

In a wealthy suburban Philadelphia district, schools are struggling with shortages of all sorts. Behavioral problems have mushroomed. “We are in triage mode,” one teacher said.

#bucks-county-pa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #masks, #school-boards, #shortages, #teachers-and-school-employees

Substitute Teachers Never Got Much Respect, but Now They Are in Demand

Because of staff shortages, some school districts are canceling classes. Others are lowering their hiring standards. The result can be a chaotic classroom.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #labor-and-jobs, #national-education-assn, #seattle-wash, #teachers-and-school-employees, #wages-and-salaries

How Public Preschool Can Help, and How to Make Sure It Doesn’t Hurt

Congress is considering universal pre-K and subsidies for child care. Research shows how these policies can benefit children, and when they can backfire.

#child-care, #children-and-childhood, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #research, #teachers-and-school-employees