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VT High School Holds Halftime Drag Pageant [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: A Vermont high school homecoming football game turned into a “drag ball” runway at halftime, with a mix of students and faculty members parading in gowns, wigs and makeup — and a big crowd in rainbow colors to cheer them on. “Things went amazing,” Ezra Totten, student leader of the Gender Sexuality Alliance at Burlington High …

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Florida Withholds Paychecks Of County School Board

The Tallahassee Democrat reports: Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran withheld the salaries of all Leon County School Board members Friday, even though the district walked back its COVID-induced mask rule this week. In a letter to the district, Corcoran said that even though parents have the ultimate authority on whether their child wears a mask to school under the new …

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Texas School District: Our Bad, There Actually Aren’t Two Sides When It Comes To Lessons About Holocaust

From the Carroll County School District: As the Superintendent of Schools, I express my sincere apology regarding the online article and news story released today. During the conversations with teachers during last week’s meeting, the comments made were in no way to convey that the Holocaust was anything less than a terrible event in history. Additionally, we recognize there are …

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CT GOP Official: Helping Kids Of Color Feel Like They Belong Has A Negative Effect On White Christian Kids

Hartford’s CBS News affiliate reports: Mary Beeman, the campaign manager for the Guilford Republican school board candidates, commented, “helping kids of color to feel they belong has a negative effect on white, Christian, or conservative kids,” during a UConn. virtual education forum. When questioned about her comment, Beeman said, “The statement I made was poorly worded and shown out of …

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De Blasio: 95% Of NYC School Employees Now Vaxxed

The Hill reports: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced during a press conference Monday that 95 percent of staff from the city’s Department of Education are vaccinated against the coronavirus as an employee mandate takes effect. The mayor touted the public school employee vaccination rate, which reached 96 percent among teachers and 99 percent among principals, saying it …

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Sotomayor Rejects Petition By Anti-Vax NYC Teachers

New York City’s ABC News affiliate reports: The deadline has passed for unvaccinated New York City public school employees to get their first dose of the COVID-19 shot or face suspension and possible termination, after Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor declined to provide a last minute reprieve Friday. Sotomayor denied the request by a group of teachers for an emergency …

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California First State To Mandate Vax For All Students

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that his state will be the first to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for children in public and private schools. Under the mandate, the COVID-19 vaccine will be added to the list of other compulsory vaccinations required for schooling such as vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella. As with the …

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Anti-Mask Parents Plot To Defund Iowa School District

The Des Moines Register reports: Hundreds of thousands of dollars are at stake for a suburban Des Moines school district Friday if incensed parents follow through with a plan to artificially lower the district’s enrollment numbers. Ankeny Community School District families angry over a new mask mandate are threatening to unenroll their children from school ahead of the state’s Oct. …

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National School Boards Association Begs Biden For Federal Protection From Attacks By Extremist Groups

From the National School Boards Association: Dear Mr. President: America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) respectfully asks for federal law enforcement and other assistance to deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation. Local school board members want to …

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Appeals Court Upholds Vax Mandate For NYC Schools

The New York Times reports: New York City’s vaccine mandate for nearly all adults working in its public schools can proceed as scheduled, a federal appeals panel ruled on Monday, reversing a decision made over the weekend that paused enforcement of the mandate until later this week at the earliest. Mayor Bill de Blasio had originally ordered well over 150,000 …

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NYC Teachers Win Temporary Block On Vax Mandate

New York City’s ABC News affiliate reports: A new roadblock could put New York City’s vaccine mandate for schools in jeopardy as it closes in on Monday’s deadline. A federal appeals court has temporarily delayed the city from implementing its vaccine requirement for public school employees. The temporary restraining order was granted by a judge on the federal government’s Second …

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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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At Least 6 Dead In Russian University Mass Shooting

CBS News reports: A gunman opened fire on a Russian university campus on Monday killing at least six people, investigators said, in the country’s second mass shooting this year to target students. Videos circulating on social media showed people throwing belongings from windows of university buildings in the central city of Perm before jumping to flee the shooter. State media …

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POLL: Support Grows For Vaccine Proof Mandates

CNN reports: The public is split about evenly, 51% to 49%, on whether requiring proof of vaccination for everyday activities is an acceptable way to increase the vaccination rate, or an unacceptable infringement on personal rights. But there’s greater backing for requiring vaccines in many specific instances. More than half of Americans now say they support requiring vaccinations for office …

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DeSantis Wins Appeal On Mask Mandates In FL Schools

The Miami Herald reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis and his administration won approval on Friday to put a hold on a Leon County judge’s ruling that said the state could not enforce a ban on strict mask mandates in schools. The 1st District Court of Appeal agreed to a state request to reinstate a stay on Judge John Cooper’s ruling amid …

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Amazon To Cover College Costs For Hourly Workers

CNBC reports: Amazon said Thursday it will offer to pay 100% of college tuition for its 750,000 U.S. hourly employees. The e-commerce giant is following the lead of other large U.S. companies that are dangling perks such as education benefits or more pay to woo workers in a tight job market. Starting in January, Amazon said, it will cover the …

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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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DeSantis Loses Again On Face Masks In Public Schools

Click Orlando reports: A judge on Wednesday again ruled against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ mask policy for students, setting aside a stay to his initial ruling and allowing school districts to enact mask mandates as the case moves forward on appeal. Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper ruled last month that DeSantis did not have the authority to stop …

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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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