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  • Schools nationwide brace for cuts from new financial crisis

    05/30/2020 5:51:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2020 | By JEFF AMY
    .... The financial crisis wrought by COVID-19 has left America’s more than 13,000 school systems wrestling with the likelihood of big budget cuts. In some, it already has spoiled dreams of expanded funding and teacher pay raises. Advocates are pushing for more federal aid to schools as researchers warn budget woes could lead to massive teacher layoffs - and less learning. The cuts will add to the strain on districts like Catoosa County that never recovered fully from the 2008 recession, which led to sharp staffing declines at American public schools over a period of rising student enrollment. With cuts...
  • Planned Parenthood and Schools Push Sex on Kids, Show How to Get Secret Abortions

    05/27/2020 3:11:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | May 27, 2020 | Micaiah Bilger
    A new report from the Family Research Council shows how the Planned Parenthood abortion chain and other pro-abortion groups are pushing a radical sex education agenda on students across the country. Released Friday, “Sex Education in Public Schools: Sexualization of Children and LGBT Indoctrination” documents how middle and high school students are being taught how to have secret abortions without their parents’ knowledge and how to shop for condoms and use sex toys. Christian Post reports some students also are being taught “fake abstinence,” or waiting to have sex until they are in a committed relationship, rather than until marriage....
  • JCPS board votes to increase district's tax rate by 7 cents, starting 50-day recall window

    05/21/2020 5:22:59 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 8 replies
    WDRB News Louisville ^ | May 21, 2020 | Kevin Wheatley
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Board of Education voted 5-2 Thursday to increase the district’s property tax rate by 7 cents per $100 of assessed property value, setting up a potential recall at the polls in November if opponents can garner enough support. Board members Diane Porter, Chris Kolb, James Craig, Corrie Shull and Joe Marshall voted for the rate increase while board members Chris Brady and Linda Duncan voted against it. Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Marty Pollio recommended the board pass the higher tax rate, which puts the district's tax rate at 80.6 cents per $100...
  • Most Kids Are Better Off With Schools Shut Down Because They’re Anti-American Daycare

    05/21/2020 7:59:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 21, 2020 | Joy Pullman
    The question is: What makes you think things are any better during the rest of the school year you don't see? Governors’ decisions to shut down schools may be the least science-informed of all the coronavirus impositions we’ve had to endure nationally over the past few months. As the Wall Street Journal recently noted: A recent study from Australia identified only 18 cases (nine children and nine staff) across 15 schools, and only two of the infected children’s 863 close contacts at the schools became ill. Another review last month, published by the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health,...
  • Scientists divided over coronavirus risk to children if schools reopen

    05/17/2020 1:40:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/17/20 | Robin McKie, Toby Helm
    The most striking feature about the impact of Covid-19 on children is how little research has been conducted in the field. Only a handful of studies have been carried out across the world, and scientists are divided over their interpretation. As a result, politicians are now being asked to decide if they should open schools in order to protect children’s mental health and education without any clear scientific guidance about the risks of triggering a second wave of Covid-19 and infecting school staff in the process. It is known that children are less likely to become ill if infected with...
  • President Trump Unexpectedly Breaks With One Of His Own

    05/14/2020 10:59:51 AM PDT · by yoe · 51 replies
    National Insiders ^ | May 14, 2020 | Justin Caruso
    President Donald Trump publicly broke with Dr. Anthony Fauci in two different sets of remarks Wednesday, saying that he “totally disagree(s)” with Fauci about reopening schools. “Anthony is a good person, very good person. I’ve disagreed with him,” Trump said during an interview with “Mornings with Maria,” noting his policy on shutting down China travel.
  • NAEP: 8th-graders' scores drop in US history, geography

    05/09/2020 3:23:18 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 35 replies
    Education Dive ^ | April 23, 2020 | Linda Jacobson
    Eighth-graders’ scores on national U.S. history and geography tests have declined since 2014, while their performance in civics has held steady at the basic level, according to National Assessment of Educational Progress results released Thursday. "Right now, the value of history, geography and civics is quite clear," Lesley Muldoon, executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets NAEP policy, said on a press call. "Everyone needs to understand the world around us and our role in it."
  • K-12 school leaders warn of 'disaster' from huge coronavirus-related budget cuts as layoffs and furloughs begin

    05/08/2020 8:23:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    The Washington Post via SFGate ^ | May 8, 2020 | by Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post
    WASHINGTON - Just as they face unprecedented new challenges and financial costs, leaders of K-12 public school districts around the country are warning of dire consequences from sharp budget cuts from state legislatures attempting to deal with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The alarm was sounded by school superintendents in 62 cities, who sent a letter to Congress through the nonprofit Council for the Great City Schools, asking Congress for billions of dollars in new federal education assistance and warning that some 275,000 teachers could be laid off in their districts alone because of budget cuts caused by...
  • Germany To Reopen All Shops And Schools In May

    05/06/2020 12:40:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    IB Times ^ | 5/06/20
    Germany will take new steps towards normalisation in May, including reopening shops and schools after weeks of shutdown imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus, according to a draft agreement seen by AFP Wednesday. "Even after initial steps to open up were introduced from April 20, the number of new infections remained low," the document read, with "no new wave of infection" so far detected -- justifying the series of bolder reopening steps. So far, only certain children like those soon facing exams had been allowed to return to class. But now kindergartens and primary schools will also reopen...
  • Gov. Lamont announces decision to close CT public schools for the rest of the academic year

    05/05/2020 2:45:47 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Governor Ned Lamont Tuesday announced Tuesday that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he is ordering in-person classes at all K-12 public school facilities in Connecticut to remain canceled for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year and continue providing distance learning during this period. Schools will also be required to continue providing meals to children under the school lunch and breakfast programs for students at home. ... “I know how important it is for so many students and teachers to finish out the school year, and I was holding out hope – particularly for high school seniors – that...
  • Massachusetts data: Zero School-aged young people have died from coronavirus

    04/29/2020 10:14:28 AM PDT · by Missouri gal · 34 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 29, 2020 | Guy Benson
    ...[I]t seems quite noteworthy that as of Sunday, coronavirus had killed zero school-aged people in all of Massachusetts and just 31 people under age of 50. Total. Out of close to 3,000 deaths in the state... Meanwhile, in New York, a top doctor who's been working on the frontlines...says he now believes re-opening is in order-for health reasons, in addition to economic ones.
  • Teachers union: 'Scream bloody murder' if schools reopen against medical advice

    04/28/2020 3:34:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 67 replies
    Politico via Yahoo ^ | 4/28/20 | Nicole Gaudiano
    The nation's two biggest teachers unions say they would consider strikes or major protests if schools reopen without the proper safety measures in place or against the advice of medical experts — raising the possibility of yet more school disruptions. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, previewing a reopening plan first with POLITICO, said funding is needed for a host of public health measures for schools, including personal protective equipment. Collective bargaining, strong enforcement of safety standards and protections from retaliation will be important for teachers and staff so they feel safe to speak up as schools try new...
  • Protesters Descend On Wisconsin Capitol To Send A Message: We’re Done Staying Home

    04/25/2020 6:09:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 25, 2010 | Kylee Zempel
    Wisconsinites are signaling they're done playing political games and aren't buying into the idea that they're 'Safer at Home.' MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin stay-at-home orders were supposed to expire Friday. Instead, thousands of disgruntled Wisconsinites descended upon the capitol in protest after the Evers administration extended the Dairy State’s so-called Safer at Home order another month. Endless blaring honks turned to white noise as vehicles backed up East Washington Avenue before circling the capitol, with many waving signs and flags out of windows and sun roofs. One man drove a Yukon decked out with Trump 2020 gear, pulling a trailer...
  • Ohio K-12 schools closed for the remainder of the academic year

    04/20/2020 1:42:42 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 9 replies
    WCMH TV ^ | April 20, 2020 | WCHM Staff
    COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Students will continue distance learning for the rest of the school year, DeWine said during his coronavirus briefing. DeWine said the decision was made after talking to several parents, teachers, and administrators. The governor laid out two reasons for the decision: the virus is still out there, and continuity for the students. Even though the state has flattened the curve of the disease, it is still not safe to have students back in schools, he...
  • 5 N.J. Catholic schools to close, including South Jersey football powerhouse

    04/17/2020 3:19:44 PM PDT · by usafa92 · 9 replies ^ | 4/17/2020 | Riley Yates
    Five Catholic schools in southern New Jersey are closing permanently because of financial problems made worse by the coronavirus pandemic, the Diocese of Camden announced Friday. The schools will be shuttered at the end of the academic year, and include Saint Joseph Regional High School in Hammonton, a south Jersey football powerhouse. Together, they educate 745 students, but have seen their enrollment drop significantly in recent years, making them financially unviable, the diocese said. “The decision to close these schools is sobering and painful,” the diocese said in a statement posted on its website. “It has not been made lightly.”...
  • Coronavirus latest: German easing of lockdown to start with schools on May 4

    04/15/2020 9:51:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 04.15.2020 | lc/se (AFP, dpa, AP, Reuters)
    Germany’s Angela Merkel announced a plan to start easing lockdown measures, with some businesses and schools set to start working on May 4. At the same time, the social distancing is set to stay in place and Germany’s government will “strongly recommend” to people to wear face masks while grocery shopping or in public transport. […] “We need to understand that we will need to live with the virus as long as there is no medication or vaccine,” Chancellor Merkel said. …
  • Cuomo on re-opening NYC schools: ‘June is a long way away’

    04/12/2020 11:49:29 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 12, 2020 | 1:29pm | Kate Sheehy and Bruce Golding
    New York City schools won’t be re-opened until it’s safe to do so — but that doesn’t mean they’ll remain closed until the fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. Amid a feud with Mayor Bill de Blasio over public access to schools during the coronavirus crisis, Cuomo said they would stay shuttered for the time being. “We’re not going to open any school till it is safe from a public-health point of view,” he said during a news conference in Albany. “Whatever plan we come up with will be driven by data and science.” But Cuomo pointedly rejected de Blasio’s...
  • Cuomo says no decision yet on closing NYC schools for rest of school year, despite de Blasio announcement

    04/11/2020 10:59:10 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/11/20 | Adam Shaw
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo denied Saturday that New York City schools will be closed for the rest of the year because of the coronavirus, hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio said they would. “There’s been no decision on schools,” Cuomo said in Albany at his daily coronavirus briefing. Cuomo said of de Blasio: “He didn’t close them and he can’t open them.”
  • Florida Gov. DeSantis mulls reopening schools: Coronavirus 'doesn't seem to threaten' kids

    04/10/2020 11:46:34 AM PDT · by Libloather · 120 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/10/20 | Marty Johnson
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Thursday signaled that there was still a possibility that Florida schools could reopen in May after being closed since March due to the coronavirus outbreak. “We’re going to look at the evidence and make a decision," DeSantis said of the possibility of children returning to schools in the state, the Tampa Bay Times reported. "If it’s safe, we want kids to be in school. ... Even if it’s for a couple of weeks, we think there would be value in that," he continued. CNN reported that DeSantis added that he didn't think anyone under...
  • Pennsylvania schools ordered to remain closed until end of academic year

    04/10/2020 7:32:22 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 11 replies
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania schools will remain shuttered for the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic that has sickened thousands and caused hundreds of deaths statewide, the governor said Thursday. The extended shutdown order, issued by Gov. Tom Wolf's education secretary, affects more than 1.7 million students in public and private K-12 schools. It means children will spend the rest of the year learning remotely. It also wipes out school plays and concerts, sporting events, field trips, proms and everything else that typically happens during the spring. “While this was a critical step for us...