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  • New Jersey gym owners squaring off with Gov. Murphy kick down the barricades at entrance

    08/01/2020 11:35:47 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 01 2020 | Sam Dorman
    The owners of Atilis gym in New Jersey reopened on Saturday by kicking down the wooden barricades authorities used to block their entrance amid coronavirus restrictions. Co-owner Ian Smith posted a video of himself and his business partner, Frank Trumbetti, kicking the barriers and entering as a crowd cheers their decision. The dramatic display indicated that the months-long standoff between Gov. Phil Murphy and the gym owners wasn't finished. Smith's caption contained a defiant message for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy: "You will not trample one [sic] our rights and you will not destroy our lives. We will not back...
  • CDC warns Congress of ‘significant public health consequences’ if schools don’t reopen in the fall

    07/31/2020 7:06:17 PM PDT · by rxsid · 71 replies ^ | 07.31.2020 | Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
    CDC warns Congress of ‘significant public health consequences’ if schools don’t reopen in the fall Millions of children get nutritional and mental health services at schools, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told a House Select Subcommittee hearing on containing the coronavirus outbreak. “It’s important to realize that it’s in the public health’s best interest for K-12 students to get back into face-to-face learning,” he said. Redfield said he wants school reopenings to be done “smartly.” The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Congress on Friday of “significant public health consequences” if schools don’t reopen in the...

    07/31/2020 9:20:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic League ^ | July 30, 2020 | Bill Donohue
    CYNICISM GROWING OVER COVID EDICTS Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on why people are ignoring Covid-19 health warnings:Ideally, the public should follow the advice of public health experts in times of a pandemic. They should also listen to news reports, and abide by what their elected officials have to say. Court decisions also merit respect. But when doctors, journalists, politicians and judges act inconsistently, evincing a political bias, cynicism is not only predictable, it is warranted.On July 29, President Trump and his supporters gathered in Midland, Texas for an event. Most wore masks and practiced social distancing, but some...
  • Teachers are writing their own obituaries as schools near reopening amid COVID-19 (Drama Queens)

    07/30/2020 6:57:37 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 84 replies
    ABC ^ | 07 30 2020 | Nicole Pelletiere
    A group of Iowa teachers have sent their own mock obituaries to their governor in hopes she'll revisit plans for reopening schools. "I'm very scared," 7th grade teacher Kerry Finley of Iowa City told "Good Morning America." "Are we going to wear scrubs? Are they going to amend the dress code? If we are going to do this, we are going to have to do this the way the hospitals did. We need training. We can't just say, 'OK, go back.'" Finley is one of several educators who wrote their obituaries after art teacher Jeremy Dumkrieger shared his own obit...
  • Teacher’s union president says strikes probable in Texas, Arizona, Florida

    07/29/2020 11:57:53 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 30 2020 | Jack Hobbs
    The president of the American Federation of Teachers warned Wednesday that strikes due to unsafe working conditions in schools were possible in Texas, Florida and Arizona — all states with high coronavirus infection rates. “If people die while they are educating kids, you eviscerate any credibility that you would have going forward about whether or not a school is safe,” Randi Weingarten told POLITICO. Earlier this month the American Federation of Teachers, which represents over 1.7 million educators, adopted a resolution which demands the only schools that should reopen for in-person instruction should be in places where the infection rate...
  • Teachers Are Wary of Returning to Class, and Online Instruction Too. Unions are threatening to strike if classrooms reopen, but are also pushing to limit live remote teaching. Their demands will shape pandemic education.

    07/29/2020 6:18:55 PM PDT · by karpov · 71 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 29, 2020 | Dana Goldstein and Eliza Shapiro
    As the nation heads toward a chaotic back-to-school season, with officials struggling over when to reopen classrooms and how to engage children online, teachers’ unions are playing a powerful role in determining the shape of public education as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage. Teachers in many districts are fighting for longer school closures, stronger safety requirements and limits on what they are required to do in virtual classrooms, while flooding social media and state capitols with their concerns and threatening to walk off their jobs if key demands are not met. On Tuesday, the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union raised...
  • When Done Right, the Benefit of Reopening Schools Outweighs the Risk

    07/29/2020 12:25:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | July 29, 2020 | Rik Mehta
    This coming fall, my wife and I find ourselves stumped like so many other parents out there: what do we do with our three boys if the schools aren’t open? Through our own hard work, we’ve been blessed to be able to afford childcare and distance learning measures that go above and beyond what the public system can offer. But what about so many parents out there – single parents going it alone, moms and dads out of work trying to make ends meet? With unemployment soaring, who is standing up for them and their precious children who deserve an...
  • How long will it be before residents of Pa. nursing homes can have visitors again?

    07/28/2020 3:26:24 PM PDT · by lightman · 35 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 28 July A.D. 2020 | David Wenner
    Every skilled nursing home in Pennsylvania has met the July 24 deadline for testing all residents and employees for COVID-19, the state said Tuesday. Completing that round of tests is a key part of the plan for allowing in-person visits to nursing homes — something that hasn’t happened in Pennsylvania since early March, and which experts say has grave medical consequences of its own. If a facility has zero infections among residents and staff, it can move into the first stage of a three-stage plan for resuming visits. It takes one or more additional two-week periods of no infections before...
  • The Media Wants To Guilt-Trip Parents Over School 'Pods' Worried about how the latest COVID-19 workaround might exacerbate inequality? Maybe open the damned elementary schools instead.

    07/27/2020 2:47:46 PM PDT · by karpov · 17 replies
    Reason ^ | July 24, 2020 | Matt Welch
    Even before the recent unpleasantness, I have long read The New York Times, at least in part, as an exercise in making upper-middle-class liberals feel guilty about their consumer choices. Those convenient Amazon deliveries? Packaged by exploited laborers. Those cheap manicures? Given by nearly indentured immigrants. (Except not.) So it does not surprise me that the Times is reacting to the latest creative workaround to dysfunctional governmental coronavirus response—parent-organized teaching pools, or "pods," whereby a small group of kids can receive instruction and supervision for the many days this fall that schools are not in session—with a triple helping of...
  • Cruz accuses Democrats of coordinated effort to keep schools, businesses closed to hurt Trump

    07/27/2020 3:25:34 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | Gregg Re | 07.27.2020
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday accused Democrats of deliberately seeking to extend coronavirus lockdowns of businesses and schools so that President Trump suffers politically ahead of the presidential election. Democratic-aligned teachers' unions have remained opposed to opening schools. In Los Angeles, the teachers' union has made overtly political demands as part of its reopening plan, including defunding the police, taxing the wealthy, implementing a moratorium on charter schools, providing "Medicare-for-all," and obtaining more federal funding. "We're 100 days out from the presidential election -- the only objective Democrats have is to defeat Donald Trump," Cruz told CBS News'...
  • Another COVID-19 ‘stimulus’ bill without rhyme or reason

    07/26/2020 10:00:39 PM PDT · by TBP · 22 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 24, 2020 | Editorial Board
    Congress is getting set to OK another trillion or three in spending sort of related to the pandemic, with not a lot more rhyme or reason than in prior rounds. These are routinely called “stimulus” bills, even though much of the spending is more like “life support” for an economy dramatically slowed by lockdowns and deep uncertainty about even the near future. That includes cash for Americans thrown out of work — which is relief money. The Paycheck Protection Program, meanwhile, bribes businesses to keep on employees they’d otherwise lay off — in hopes those companies and workers will be...
  • Remarks by Vice President Pence at a Roundtable on Safely Reopening Schools | Indianapolis, IN

    07/25/2020 12:13:12 PM PDT · by ransomnote ^ | July 24, 2020 | Vice President Pence and others
    Marian University Indianapolis, IndianaTHE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you, Governor.  Thank you for those kind words, and thank you for your leadership.  We wanted to be here in Indiana to make it very clear to the people all across this state that thanks to the extraordinary commitment of our healthcare workers, the cooperation of people all across Indiana, and your strong leadership, that — that we are getting there.And that I pledge to you, Governor: While — while Indiana’s overall positivity rate remains low — below 10 percent — there are areas of the state where we see rising...
  • New Commercial Features Doctors Calling to “Flatten the Fear”

    07/22/2020 12:16:32 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 15 replies
    New Commercial Features Doctors Calling to “Flatten the Fear” Together we’ve flattened the curve, now it’s time to flatten the fear. Doctors from around the country are saying it’s okay to get back to work and reopen America. Sign the Petition
  • While Schools Open From Wuhan To Stockholm, California Shuts Theirs Down

    07/21/2020 6:58:12 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 14 replies
    thefederalist ^ | 07/21/2020 | Scott J Street
    Gov. Gavin Newsom made what may go down as the biggest public policy blunder in California history last Friday when he essentially ordered schools in most of the state to close their doors for the fall semester. Newsom’s order requires schools within counties on the “Monitoring List” to remain completely closed. The list is determined not by coronavirus cases among children, but by increases in the number of overall infections per 100,000 people, changes in the rate of hospitalization, and increases in positive test results, among other factors. For counties where students are permitted to return to school, all children...
  • Can’t get out of lockdown? Blame extortion by teachers unions....

    07/21/2020 10:52:12 AM PDT · by caww · 53 replies
    washingtonexaminer. ^ | 7/21/2020 | Mike Watson
    As states and municipalities pursue phased reopenings of economic and social life amid the novel coronavirus, workers are headed back to work. But some workers are finding teachers unions to be an unexpected impediment to their own resumption of something-like-normality. The burden of the unions’ obstinacy will likely fall hardest on suburban professional women, forced to choose between their careers and supervising children forced to “learn” through “distance learning” — a euphemism for government school systems’ pathetic substitute for classroom instruction. The unions argue that subjecting children to inferior home-based, video conference schooling is necessary to protect them and the...
  • Iowa governor overrides schools, requires in-person classes.

    07/18/2020 11:50:01 PM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 6 replies
    KMEG TV ^ | July 17, 2020 | David Pitt
    VAN METER, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday she would override local school districts and require students to spend at least half of their education time in classrooms despite concerns the move could endanger children and teachers as the number of coronavirus cases increase in the state. Reynolds’ decision will invalidate plans implemented by some districts including Des Moines, the state’s largest school system, to limit in-person classes to one day a week for most students with online learning on other days. The governor’s actions are in line with the fervent recommendations of President Donald Trump, who has...
  • A New Report By Health Policy Experts Shows Path To Reopen Schools

    07/18/2020 10:51:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 18, 2020 | Allyson Schuster
    A new report summarizes research showing the financial and health repercussions of keeping schools, colleges, and child-care facilities closed far outweigh any risk. The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity report also offers recommendations on how to reopen for the safest and fairest results. Report coauthor Avik Roy said in a tweet the report aims for policymakers to learn of and “heed the educational, social, and public health impact of prolonged school closures” for the nearly 80 million U.S. students who have already been out of school for months in 2020. The article described the nation’s current educational plans as...
  • I Demand A Refund For Services Unperformed

    07/17/2020 6:10:00 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    MOTUS ^ | 7-17-20 | MOTUS
    Well yeah, the Los Angeles United School District teachers will continue to get paid for providing “remote” teaching lessons online. Unlike the parents who won’t be able to return to work since the little darlings will be home all day. My problem with teachers’ unions has always been that they are a tax payer funded entity (via teacher-paid dues) serving as a political entity that lobbies for progressive positions. In the past they’ve at least pretended to be “all about the children.” But the truth eventually slips out as it did recently when the United Teachers Los Angeles, a...

    07/17/2020 7:47:39 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    Powerline ^ | POSTED ON JULY 16, 2020 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER
    It is impossible to overstate how low “journalism” has fallen in the United States. Becket Adams, in the Examiner, gives us a classic example. In her press briefing yesterday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said: The president has said, unmistakably, that he wants schools to open. And I was just in the [Oval Office] talking to him about that. And when he says “open,” he means, “open in full” – kids being able to attend each and every day at their school. The science should not stand in the way of this. And as Dr. Scott Atlas, and I...
  • Wolf willing to 'pull the plug' on school reopening if new COVID surge can't be stopped

    07/15/2020 5:16:01 PM PDT · by lightman · 37 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 15 July A.D. 2020 | David Wenner
    Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday he’s willing to “pull the plug” on school reopening if a new surge of COVID-19 infections continues to grow. Yet it might be irrelevant, he said, because fear of catching the disease would likely keep teachers and students away anyway. Wolf and others cited that potential as a major factor in the decision to impose the new restrictions on restaurants, bars and indoor gatherings announced Wednesday. With only about six weeks remaining before the start of school, it’s critical to bring the surge under control now, they stressed. “If we do not get community disease...