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    DENVER (CBS4) – Schools districts across Colorado are desperate to hire more staff in a variety of positions, but filling the need inside the classroom is a priority. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) “Safety is our No. 1 thing, and we can’t have empty classrooms,” Lacey Nelson said. Nelson is the Director of Talent Acquisition...
    School_Buses_Going_Electric_95925 Holly Thorpe poses for a photo in front of a school bus at MAST Academy, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, in Miami. Thorpe, 14, urged the Miami-Dade County Public Schools to considering replacing foul-smelling diesel buses with electric vehicles. The school board voted this week to use a state grant to purchase up to 50 electric buses. Miami-Dade is joining...
    Bulloch County Schools, through its website, provides the community access to the state’s new online dashboard for tracking Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds to Georgia school districts. These federal relief funds were allotted to school districts to help sustain operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, address student learning loss,...
    A new analysis of student test-score data found school districts with administrators hired to head “diversity and inclusion” programs are not only not shrinking achievement gaps, but may actually be serving to expand them. “If [Chief Diversity Officers] CDOs are not accomplishing their stated goals, what is accomplished by creating these positions?” asked Jay Greene, Ph.D. and James Paul, authors...
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) – Months into the school year, the alarming shortage of school bus drivers is still ongoing. Some parents in the Elk Grove School District now say their kids aren’t getting home until late into the evening. The district is just one of many dealing with this issue. READ MORE: Downtown Sacramento Prepares For Ironman CaliforniaIn Elk Grove,...
    San Jose High senior Jordan Fricke knows of one class that’s had a revolving door of three long-term substitute teachers so far this fall. Berkeley High School teacher Hasmig Minassian has seen a librarian supervise four classes because no one else was available. Logan Mengotto’s father said his son didn’t have a teacher in two classes the first week at...
    A bill that would require school districts to post curriculum online received approval from a key Senate panel on Monday. The Senate Education Committee voted along party lines to advance House Bill 1332 to the chamber floor for consideration. “[The bill] allows parents to play a greater and more active role in the oversight of what their children are being...
    It’s no secret that Long Island is home to some of the nation’s finest public school districts. But which top the list? Each year, Niche issues its rankings of the top districts across the US, factoring in reviews from parents, students, and data from the US Department of Education. According to Niche, ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness,...
    It’s no secret that Massachusetts is home to some of the nation’s finest public school districts. But which top the list? A school district in Middlesex County overwhelmingly earned top marks in the commonwealth, according to a newly released ranking. Each year, Niche issues its rankings of the top districts across the US, factoring in reviews from parents, students, and...
    A pair of school districts in Connecticut are among the top in the nation, according to a newly released ranking. Each year, Niche issues its rankings of the top districts across the US, factoring in reviews from parents, students, and data from the US Department of Education. According to Niche, ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates,...
                        The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is proposing a new long-term rule to ban mask mandates and enshrine its new quarantine rules for students in Florida’s public school system. Florida’s new surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, signed off on the first phase of the new rules last month...
                        As food shortages soar across the United States, they have also hit home in central Ohio school districts. One of those school districts is New Albany-Plain Local Schools. The school’s Communications Manager Patrick Gallaway, through the district’s Food Services Coordinator, whom Gallaway did not name, detailed for The...
    The COVID pandemic created an environment where academic inequities were exposed."Most of the consumer-facing solutions, even if they're relatively inexpensive, are still too expensive for so many families," says Philip Cutler, the CEO of a free online tutoring service called, Paper.A survey of school districts across the country done pre-COVID found that 66% of high schools had one digital learning...
    California’s two largest school districts — Los Angeles and San Diego — are targeted in lawsuits challenging their student COVID-19 vaccination mandates, alleging the vaccines are too new and that unvaccinated children face discrimination and the denial of their equal right to a public education. Both school systems were ahead of the state in requiring student vaccines as a measure...
    SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Schools across California are dealing with a massive substitute teacher shortage since the return to in-person learning, and South San Francisco Unified is no exception. The substitute shortage is so dire that SSFUSD Superintendent Dr. Shawnterra Moore and school district staff members have recently been taking over classes. READ MORE: Salty Tap Water Forces...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A big concern for school districts across the Bay Area right now is the teacher shortage, including finding substitute teachers. The shortage is so bad that some districts are now asking counselors and district staff to fill in as subs."It's obviously not an ideal situation," Peter Feng, the communications director at South San Francisco Unified School...
    NORTHBROOK, Ill. (WLS) -- Allstate's decision to sell off its huge corporate campus in Northbrook could have significant ramifications for two school districts that rely heavily on the insurance company for property tax revenue.Allstate has been a good neighbor in Northbrook for the past 50 years, but now, like so many industries feeling the impact of the work from home...
    A measure that prohibits Illinois schools from issuing policies on hairstyles associated with race or ethnicity will soon be state law. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 817 , also known as the Jett Hawkins Act. “Nobody should be made to feel ‘less than’ for how they express themselves," Pritzker said. "In Illinois, we’re making it so school uniform and...
    By Madeline Holcombe and Raja Razek | CNN Wisconsin parents are suing two school districts over their Covid-19 mitigation efforts, arguing that the systems failed to protect their children from getting infected. The first lawsuit was filed in federal court last week by Shannon Jensen against the Waukesha School District, the Waukesha Board of Education, a number of school board...
                        Williamson County Schools (WCS) are calling on its residents to help name two of its new “virtual campuses.” The online schools are a part of more than 50 such internet-based learning initiatives approved as a result of legislation passed in 2011. With many parents choosing online schooling due...
                        Eight county school boards in Florida are to be disciplined by the State Board of Education for maintaining mask mandates for students despite DeSantis’ Executive Order 21-175 (EO 21-175) that leaves that decision to their parents. In a conference call on Thursday, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and other...
    The Florida Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to withhold funds from eight school districts enforcing coronavirus mask mandates that do not allow parents to have the ability to opt-out their children from the rules. CNN reports: In doing so, the state board said that school districts in Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Duval, Leon, Miami-Dade, Orange and Palm Beach counties were...
    "What's so equally disturbing about these school board members' gross violations of law, violations of law that are now receiving unprecedented and self-gratifying federal patronage from a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C., is that weeks of positivity rate data now shows no difference in districts with unlawful mask mandates versus those communities that protect parents' rights," he added. "Forced masking...
    The Florida Board of Education (BOE) on Thursday found eight public school districts in noncompliance with state orders banning mandatory mask mandates and gave them two days to amend policies or lose millions of dollars in state funding. The seven-member BOE considered 11 “action items” presented by state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran against districts he alleged violated state law and...
                        Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is “lying” about mask mandates in Florida’s schools and claims masks have been effective in stopping the spread of COVID. “Ron DeSantis is lying to you about masks in schools … In every single case, kids were better...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There’s a disturbing new trend on TikTok that has kids assaulting teachers. “I think it’s ridiculous it doesn’t really make any sense,” said college student, Lana Cotton. READ MORE: Baltimore County History Teacher Brianna Ross Named Maryland's Teacher Of The YearFor the month of October, students are encouraged to slap a teacher and run away without getting...
    The Florida Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of sanctioning eight school districts with mask mandates that do not allow parents to opt out. The eight districts — Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Duval, Leon, Miami-Dade, Orange and Palm Beach — could potentially face funding cutbacks if they do not show that they have complied with the state government's order, the...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBEThe State Board of Education on Thursday ratcheted up discipline against eight county school boards that have maintained student mask mandates to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The crackdown intensified the battle over whether school districts can set student mask requirements, a debate that is also playing out in courts. Board members backed a recommendation by...
    (CNN)The Florida Board of Education on Thursday voted to sanction eight school districts that have instituted Covid-19 mask mandates without giving parents the ability to opt their students out. In doing so, the state board said that school districts in Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Duval, Leon, Miami-Dade, Orange and Palm Beach counties were not in compliance and directly violating a Florida...
    U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s son-in-law is a co-founder of an educational data mining company that promotes the tenets of Critical Race Theory (CRT), a report at Becker News observed Wednesday. The report noting Garland’s family ties to CRT comes in the wake of the attorney general’s memorandum directing the FBI to mobilize against parents who oppose CRT and mask...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – The Florida Board of Education has voted unanimously to sanction eight out of 11 school districts, including Broward and Miami-Dade, for not complying to a rule allowing parents or guardians to opt out of making their child wear a mask in school. Both Broward and Miami-Dade superintendents made their plea to the board Thursday. And both superintendents...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Six school districts have challenged a revised Florida Department of Health rule that seeks to block student mask requirements and allow parents to decide whether children go to school after being exposed to people with COVID-19. Attorneys for the school boards in Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, Duval, Alachua and Leon counties filed the challenge late Wednesday afternoon at...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has released school district COVID-19 data which she said shows mask mandates worked to slow the spread of coronavirus. In a virtual press conference Thursday morning, Fried said the DeSantis’ administration worked to block the release of the data which shows that school districts requiring masks resulted in up to seven times...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — It’s no secret that students struggled with distance learning last year, but it’s been difficult to quantify the actual impact on California students – until now. CBS13 submitted public records requests for student failure rates to more than 50 local school districts and found, overall, for every 10 kids with a failing grade during the 2019/2020 school...
    Black and Latinx students are disproportionately harmed by the state’s failure to exert oversight and take action against some school district disciplinary practices, including transferring students to alternative and often inferior programs, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by parents and an advocacy group. The suit alleges that students of color continue to be overrepresented in expulsion and suspension rates...
    After failing to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for how Florida would intend to use federal funding for its schools, the state will forgo $2.3 billion in COVID-19 relief money. On Monday, the DOE sent a letter informing Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran that he had missed the deadline to submit a plan and obtain American Rescue...
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One Wisconsin school district built a new football field. In Iowa, a high school weight room is getting a renovation. Another in Kentucky is replacing two outdoor tracks — all of this funded by the billions of dollars in federal pandemic relief Congress sent to schools this year. The money is part of a $123...
    Billionaire hedge fund manager and Citadel Securities founder Ken Griffin has been a major donor to far-right Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is seeking reelection in 2022 and is often mentioned as a possible GOP presidential candidate for 2024. But in an interview with Bloomberg News on October 4, Griffin was critical of DeSantis' handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. DeSantis...
    Florida was the only state that failed to submit a plan necessary to qualify for a federal aid program designed to buoy the state's public school system, according to the U.S. Department Education – and the department is struggling to ascertain why. "[The Florida Department of Education's] delay raises significant concerns because of the unnecessary uncertainty it is creating...
    One Wisconsin school district built a new football field. In Iowa, a high school weight room is getting a renovation. Another in Kentucky is replacing two outdoor tracks — all of this funded by the billions of dollars in federal pandemic relief Congress sent to schools this year. The money is part of a $123 billion infusion intended to help...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia School District’s school selection process for the 2022-23 school year opens Wednesday at 4 p.m. School selection allows students in grades K-12 the chance to attend a school outside of their neighborhood. Officials hope changes this year will make the process more equitable for kids from marginalized neighborhoods. The school selection process runs through Nov....
    Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is taking action against school boards that have student mask mandates.Photo via NSFSome school districts that have imposed student mask requirements aren’t backing down, despite state threats of financial penalties and a revamped Department of Health rule aimed at bolstering parental choice on masks. The State Board of Education will meet Thursday and is considering disciplinary...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Niche’s 2022 list of the best schools in Pennsylvania has been released and four Pittsburgh area schools were named in the top ten. READ MORE: West Virginia Man Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison For His Role In Meth BustNiche creates its rankings from data from the U.S. Department of Education, test...
                        Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) officials announced Tuesday that they are giving $4.9 million in competitive grants to support school improvement efforts in 14 school districts and state charter schools. This, according to a press release that GADOE officials published on their website. “The grants, which total $4,938,154, are designed to provide...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is the last state to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education that’s required before more than $2.3 billion in federal aid for Florida schools can be released, according to a letter sent to the state Monday. The letter sent to Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said the state Department of Education missed...
    The Georgia Department of Education’s Office of Rural Education & Innovation is announcing its first round of initiatives to support rural schools and districts, including funding to expand internet connectivity, promote workforce development, support the development of literacy/foundational skills, and combat nonacademic barriers to learning.   “We are committed to supporting...
    By Kalley Huang, Mandi Cai and Brian Lopez, The Texas Tribune Sept. 17, 2021 "Texas schools have reported more coronavirus cases in two months than they did in the entire 2020-21 school year" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about...
                      by Scott McClallen  A new report found that only 12% of educators in some schools believed students would complete the 2020-21 school year proficient in math, English Language Arts, science, or social studies. That’s according to Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) report that found Partnership districts were hit harder by COVID-19...