Education

De Blasio Sorry For Lack Of Plan To Reopen Schools

Gothamist reports: As parents wait to hear from the city and state over when public schools will reopen amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a mea culpa at a news conference on Wednesday, admitting he should have crafted a reopening redux plan before shutting down the entire school system last week. De Blasio said he …

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NYC Schools To Re-Close As City Hits Positivity Marker

The New York Times reports: New York City’s entire public school system will shutter on Thursday, Chancellor Richard A. Carranza wrote in an email to school principals, in a worrisome signal that a second wave of the coronavirus has arrived. Schools have been open for in-person instruction for just under eight weeks. The shutdown — which was prompted by the …

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De Blasio Warns NYC Schools On Verge Of Closing

AM New York reports: New York City parents should prepare for school closures due to a citywide spike in COVID-19 cases as early as Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday. For weeks, the number of new cases of the virus has been steadily increasing across the five boroughs pushing the city’s overall positivity rate closer to the de …

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School Attended By Barrett Kids Reports COVID Cases

The New York Times reports: A school attended by some of the children of Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court nominee who brought her family to a Rose Garden celebration at the White House on Sept. 26, notified parents on Thursday that one teacher and two high school students had tested positive for the coronavirus. The outbreak at Trinity School, …

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Cuomo To Close Schools In New York City Hot Spots

CNBC reports: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday ordered schools in certain New York City neighborhoods closed within a day in an attempt to halt flare-ups of the coronavirus. The governor took the action a day after the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, asked the state for permission to reinstate restrictions schools and businesses in nine ZIP codes in …

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NY Student Gets One-Year Suspension For Trespassing After Defying Orders To Say Home For Remote Lessons

The New York Daily News reports: A Long Island student has been suspended for a year after repeatedly defying his school’s remote learning schedule, insisting that classes should always be held in person — even during a pandemic. Maverick Stow, a senior at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, will not be allowed on school grounds for any “school-sponsored …

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Teacher Strike Threat Delays Opening Of NYC Schools

The New York Daily News reports: The scheduled start of in-person learning at city schools has been pushed back, from Sept. 10 to Sept. 21, Mayor de Blasio said Tuesday. Sept. 10-15 “will be devoted to preparation” by school staff, he said at a press conference. Sept. 16-18 will provide a “transitional period” for the school year in which online …

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FL Claims COVID Numbers In Schools Are “Confidential”

Jacksonville’s NBC News affiliate reports: After the first full week of classes in Duval County, school officials say they are still counting how many teachers and students test positive for the novel coronavirus. But, the district said, it can’t share those numbers. The Duval County Health Department told Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) officials Tuesday they needed to get permission …

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Lori Loughlin Gets Two Months In Admissions Scandal

Yahoo News reports: On Friday, Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to federal charges connected to the college admissions cheating scandal. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton accepted Loughlin’s plea agreement. The 56-year-old “Full House” star will have to pay a $150,000 fine and complete 100 hours of community service. She will …

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MISSISSIPPI: Thousands Of Students And Teachers Told To Quarantine As Hundreds Test Positive For COVID-19

The Mississippi Free Press reports: Even as public schools across Mississippi reported hundreds of new COVID-19 cases among students and teachers, dozens more schools opened up today. In Hinds County, Gov. Tate Reeves arrived for his press conference today and immediately launched into a discussion of the latest news. After the governor was done with his initial remarks, around 10 …

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DOJ: Yale Discriminated Against Whites And Asians

CBNC reports: Yale University’s undergraduate admissions process “illegally discriminates” against White and Asian students, the Department of Justice said Thursday. A two-year investigation into the Ivy League school found that “race is the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year,” in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the DOJ said in a press …

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97,000 Kids Tested COVID+ In Last Two Weeks Of July

The Washington Post reports: More than 97,000 U.S. children tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, more than a quarter of the total number of children diagnosed nationwide since March, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. The report cited data from 49 states, New York City, Washington, …

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Nine COVID Cases Reported At Georgia School After Photos Showing Crowded Hallways Went Viral [VIDEO]

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: The Paulding County high school that became infamous for hallways crowded with unmasked students reported a half-dozen students and three staffers in the school with COVID-19, the school district told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Saturday. “At this time, we know there were six students and three staff members who were in school for at least some time …

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Cuomo: All New York State Schools Can Open In Fall

ABC New York reports: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that schools in New York state can reopen in the fall. He said that every school district in every region is reauthorized to reopen. He added that they will continue to monitor the infection rate leading up to the first day of school. “It is just great news,” Cuomo said. “We are …

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Indiana Student Tests Positive On First Day Of Class

The New York Times reports: One of the first school districts in the country to reopen its doors during the coronavirus pandemic did not even make it a day before being forced to grapple with the issue facing every system actively trying to get students into classrooms: What happens when someone comes to school infected? Just hours into the first …

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Lawyers Offer Free Living Wills To Florida Teachers

NBC News reports: A number of Florida lawyers are offering free or discounted living wills for teachers who may be required to return to the classroom this school year. “I had read a story a few weeks ago about three Arizona teachers who’d gone back to school to work on a project,” said Charles Gallagher, whose St. Petersburg law firm, …

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Barron Trump’s Private School Won’t Fully Reopen

The New York Times reports: The school attended by President Trump’s son will not fully reopen in September out of concern over the coronavirus pandemic despite the president’s insistence that students across the country be brought back to classrooms in the fall. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a private school in Washington’s Maryland suburbs, said in a letter to parents that …

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New CDC Guidelines Support Reopening Schools

CNN reports: New CDC guidelines on education and child care come down hard in favor of opening schools, saying children don’t suffer much from coronavirus, are less likely than adults to spread it and suffer from being out of school. But the new guidelines posted Thursday do recommend that local officials should consider closing schools, or keeping them closed, if …

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Poll: 46% Say Open Schools With “Major Adjustments”

The Associated Press reports: Virtual instruction. Mandated masks. Physical distancing. The start of school will look very different this year because of the coronavirus — and that’s OK with the vast majority of Americans. Only about 1 in 10 Americans think daycare centers, preschools or K-12 schools should open this fall without restrictions, according to a new poll from The …

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REPORT: Tennessee County School System Requires Parents To Sign “Death Waiver” For Returning Students

Knoxville’s ABC News affiliate reports: Anderson County will welcome their students back starting on August 10, but that will not be the same starting date for every school and grade. Ryan Sutton, Anderson County Schools communications/public relations coordinator says it will be a staggered start for various grade levels. Social distancing efforts will be in place for classrooms, hallways and …

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