Education

Florida Students Hurl Anti-LGBT Abuse At Classmates

Jacksonville’s NBC News affiliate reports: A troubling series of videos posted to social media this week appears to show a group of students hurling hate speech at other students at a St. Johns County high school. Students can be heard using homophobic slurs in the videos, which have been edited by News4Jax to shield the identities of students. Parents told …

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Man Gets 1282 Years In 2019 CO School Mass Shooting

Denver’s NBC News affiliate reports: A Douglas County judge on Friday said she hoped to prevent another school shooting from ever happening again when she sentenced the man responsible for the deadly shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch to 1,282.5 years on top of the mandatory life sentence for his first-degree murder conviction. “I obviously disagree that imposing a sentence …

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FL Middle Schoolers Charged In “Columbine-Like” Plot

ABC News reports: Two Florida middle schoolers with an apparent interest in the Columbine High School massacre were allegedly plotting to carry out a school shooting of their own until a teacher was tipped off about a possible concealed weapon, authorities said. The teacher at Harns Marsh Middle School in Lehigh Acres, near Fort Myers, alerted school administrators and a …

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Kentucky Ends Statewide Mask Mandate For Schools

The Associated Press reports: Kentucky lawmakers, many not wearing masks, voted Thursday to scrap a statewide mask mandate in public schools and shifted masking decisions to local school boards, acting in a special session as the state’s worst COVID-19 surge threatens to overwhelm hospitals. Gov. Andy Beshear responded late Thursday night by vetoing portions of the bill nullifying mask mandates …

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LA Schools Mandate Vax For Students 12 And Older

The New York Times reports: Los Angeles is the first major school district in the United States to mandate coronavirus vaccines for students 12 and older who are attending class in person. With the Delta variant ripping across the country, the district’s Board of Education voted, 6-0, to pass the measure on Thursday afternoon. The Los Angeles Unified School District …

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Weekly Pediatric COVID Cases Top 250K For First Time

The Washington Post reports: It’s back-to-school week for many families in the United States — just as coronavirus cases surge among children and teens. Weekly pediatric coronavirus cases surpassed 250,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic, according to the most recent data published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Its data shows that more than a …

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Anti-Masker Gives Weird Demo For NC School Board

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: The Wake County school board voted 8-1 on Tuesday to continue its universal masking requirement to comply with a new state law requiring monthly votes on mask policies. Board members said Tuesday they need more time and information before they can agree to require either COVID testing or vaccinations. Jasmine Raeford, a kindergarten teacher, …

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Fistfights After MO School Board’s Mask Vote [VIDEO]

Kansas City’s ABC News affiliate reports: The Pleasant Hill Board of Education voted unanimously to require masks in its schools. Following the announcement of the board’s decision, several people were throwing fits and hitting one another in the parking lot. Pleasant Hill sheriff’s deputies got involved and handcuffed one individual. The unrest led to more police officers arriving on scene. …

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POLL: Two-Thirds Of Parents Support Masks In Schools

USA Today reports: About two in three parents of children under age 18 said they supported mask mandates for both teachers and students as pediatric cases have risen, according to a poll released Tuesday. The USA Today/Ipsos poll determined that 64 percent of parents back requiring teachers to wear masks in schools regardless of their vaccination status, and 62 percent …

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NYC Teachers Union Battles De Blasio’s Vax Mandate

Gothamist reports: The New York City teachers union has formally requested the state to intervene against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandate for all city Department of Education employees, calling it “draconian” and a violation of due process with less than two weeks to go until the first day of public school September 13th. The union said the city is …

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Oregon School Superintendent Fired By School Board For Enforcing State’s Mandate On Face Masks [VIDEO]

The Oregonian reports: Kevin Purnell was fired Monday as superintendent of the Adrian School District just one week after students returned to school. The Adrian School Board, convening in an emotionally charged special meeting, voted 4-1 Monday evening to terminate Purnell after meeting in an executive, or closed door, session for less than half an hour to consider the matter. …

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FL Parents Fistfight After Mask Mandate Announced

Fort Myers’ NBC News affiliate reports: The Lee County School District will now require masks for teachers and students, eliminating the opt-out form. The school superintendent made the announcement Monday. At a workshop meeting Monday, Superintendent Ken Savage said the mandate will be reassessed after that 30 days. “To those that are angry with this decision today, I will likely …

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Education Department Opens Civil Rights Investigation Into Five Red States Over Bans On Masks In Schools

The Associated Press reports: The Education Department announced Monday that it’s investigating five Republican-led states that have banned mask requirements in schools, saying the policies could amount to discrimination against students with disabilities or health conditions. The department’s Office for Civil Rights sent letters to education chiefs in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah. Those states have barred schools …

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Unvaxxed Symptomatic Teacher Infected Half Of Class

The Hill reports: An unvaccinated elementary school teacher in California who was diagnosed with COVID-19 infected half of the students in their classroom and sparked a community-wide outbreak, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The teacher showed up to work while symptomatic, and continued to teach for two days before receiving a test. …

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Liberty University Imposes Campus-Wide Quarantine

Via press release from Liberty University: As part of its ongoing monitoring of positive COVID-19 rates on campus as well as active community cases and local hospital capacity, Liberty University administration announced on Thursday that it is enacting a temporary mitigation period from Aug. 30-Sept. 10. The university is making adjustments to campus operations during this time, which are designed …

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Man Strips Before School Board To Mock Anti-Maskers

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: A Texas man stripped during a contentious school board meeting to make a point about wearing masks, causing a stir in the small town of Dripping Springs. When James Akers first approached the microphone for his allotted 90 seconds to speak before the board and the socially-distanced audience gathered in the auditorium, he was fully …

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Man Fired For Nazi Salute At School Board Meeting

The Detroit Metro Times reports: Paul Marcum, who witnesses say flashed a Nazi salute and chanted “Heil Hitler” at a raucous Birmingham Board of Education meeting last week, has lost his job as a tennis instructor at the Sports Club of West Bloomfield. Police are investigating Marcum after witnesses said he flashed the Nazi salute and repeated “Heil Hitler” Wednesday …

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All NYC Public School Staff Must Get Vax, No Opt-Out

New York City’s NBC News affiliate reports: All New York City public school teachers and other staffers will have to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, officials said Monday as the nation’s largest school system prepared for classes to start next month. The city previously said teachers, like other city employees, would have to get the shots or get tested weekly …

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IL Teacher Accused Of Telling Students That Gayness Is Caused By Being Unwanted In The Womb [VIDEO]

Peoria’s CBS News affiliate reports: A current part-time Morton High School teacher is facing accusations of homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, and racial insensitivity. Student testimonies show these claims go as far back as 2009. The district’s superintendent Dr. Jeff Hill twice confirmed in e-mails that there is an ongoing investigation into these allegations against French teacher Kim Johnson. “I remember comments …

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Florida Teacher Fired After Racist Rant At Kids [VIDEO]

Fort Myers’ ABC News affiliate reports: The woman caught on camera yelling racist insults at a mother and kids is no longer employed by the Collier County School District. According to CCPS’ staff email directory, Patricia Schmidt was an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Specialist at Lely Elementary School, but she has since been fired, a spokesperson for CCPS confirmed. “Are …

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