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    ROME (CNN) — An Italian prosecutor on Saturday asked for life sentences for two San Francisco Bay Area students charged with murdering a police officer in an alleged drug deal gone wrong. Finnegan Lee Elder, 21 and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 20, have been accused of stabbing Vice Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega to death in Rome in July 2019. READ MORE: Heres What You Can Expect From The $1.9 Trillion Senate Stimulus Package Prosecutor Maria Sabina Calabretta told the court in Rome that given the circumstances of the case, the two should receive the maximum sentence permitted under Italian law. “I ask for the full responsibility of both for what concerns all the crimes listed, taken aggravating circumstances in consideration, and evidently considered more serious the murder crime,” she said. The lawyer representing Rosa Maria Rega, the officer’s widow, called the prosecutor’s request “just.” The 35-year old officer was stabbed eight times...
    By BRYAN ANDERSON, Associated Press/Report for America RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Top North Carolina education officials on Thursday called for all of the state's 115 school districts to make available at least partial in-person instruction by the end of the month to any of the system's 1.5 million students who want it. The State Board of Education voted unanimously to support a resolution that agreed with new guidance state health officials outlined a day earlier. The statement also encourages local school boards to act swiftly to implement the recommended reopening. “Public school units should resume providing all students enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade with the option of in-person learning to the fullest extent possible,” the resolution states, adding that school boards should adopt plans to reopen by the end of March “as soon as possible.” Actions from public health officials and education leaders this week encourage school reopening...
    President Joe Biden will pursue free college tuition for students who attend historically black colleges, universities and community colleges as a form of slavery reparations. President Joe Biden’s administration will move forward with policies beneficial to African-Americans as Congress considers creating a commission to study the merits of direct reparation payments, White House adviser Cedric Richmond told Axios in an interview. The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Feb. 17 regarding legislation that would create the commission. “If you start talking about free college tuition to [historically black colleges and universities] and you start talking about free community college in Title I and all of those things, I think that you are well on your way,” Richmond said when asked about reparations, according to Axios. “We have to start breaking down systemic racism and barriers that have held people of color back and especially African-Americans,” he continued. “We have...
    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's public schools should resume in-person classes as soon as possible because children can attend class safely, said Dr. Sarah Kemble, the state's acting state epidemiologist “As we have learned more about COVID-19 and schools, we have also learned that schools are not, as initially anticipated, amplifiers of COVID-19 transmission,” Kemble wrote in a letter last Friday to Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz and the Hawaii Department of Education. “Rather schools are one of the safest environments for children when it comes to COVID-19.” Kemble said in-person instruction provides children better educational, social, emotional and physical support than online instruction. She said universal mask usage, hygiene and keeping kids in cohorts can dramatically minimize the transmission risk of the coronavirus. “Schools that have implemented mitigation measures are able to control COVID-19 transmission better than many community settings, where children may interact in less structured ways or attend gatherings...
    Washington (CNN)Millions of students across the US are still out of the classroom after nearly a year, fueling a heated debate among school districts, teachers and parents about the best -- and safest -- way to educate kids even as President Joe Biden pushes to get them back in buildings. Biden has pledged to reopen most schools for in-person instruction by May, but some experts fear the revised guidance published by his administration could make it harder for some schools to do so -- even by next fall.Bidens first 100 days Biden sends letter to congressional leadership explaining justification for Syria strike Biden says 'no time to waste' for Senate to pass his Covid relief package Biden's message to Iran with missile strikes: 'You can't act with impunity, be careful' Unlike other countries, the US leaves school control at the local level, and the challenges to providing in-person instruction...
    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (CBS4) – Every month during the school year, CBS4, along with PDC Energy honor a high school student who’s excelling in science, technology, engineering or math. The Future Leaders winner gets $1,000 and a profile on CBS4 News. This month’s winner is Nicole Chen. She’s a senior at Cherry Creek High School, and her passion is computer science. Nicole Chen (credit CBS) “By junior year, I became my teacher’s assistant for the computer science at Creek. And I’m super involved in  the coding clubs, and competitions at Cherry Creek High School,” Chen explained. Chen has reached outside her high school for opportunities to learn more coding, and computer applications. She got an internship at the Mines Interactive Robotics Research Lab, or MIRRORLab at the Colorado School of Mines. “My project focuses on developing a machine learning algorithm that better helps robots conform to human socio-linguistic norms,” Chen...
    OAKLAND — Oakland Unified School District leaders told families in a letter this week they want students back in school by the end of next month. According to the letter, which was sent to families and posted on the school district’s website on Wednesday, the plan is to bring back the district’s youngest students first, but families and students who want to continue to learn from home would be able to do so. “After being in distance learning since last March, the OUSD Board of Education now believes it is critical for the social emotional and academic well-being of our students that Oakland Unified safely open our school sites for in-person learning by mid to late March, in alignment with the proposed deadlines currently being discussed in Sacramento,” the letter states. The idea would be to bring back elementary school students in small, socially distanced cohorts on a modified schedule,...
    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he wants students to return to classrooms by April. Baker, a Republican, and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley both shared their views on resuming in-person learning during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. "Our administration has been clear for months [that] the best place for kids is in the classroom, and today, Commissioner Riley started a process ... to get more kids back into the classroom full time by phasing out remote-only learning in April," Baker said. ARIZONA GOV. DUCEY ORDERS STUDY TO ASSESS LEARNING LOSS DURING PANDEMIC Riley announced that he will be asking the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to grant him the authority "to determine when the hybrid and remote models no longer count for learning hours." The commissioner, who vowed to "take a phased-in approach to returning students to the classroom" in consultation with...
    By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson announced Thursday that he wants most classes to be taught in-person this fall, saying it's time to give students a typical college experience again. Thompson told reporters in a virtual question-and-answer session that he has directed chancellors to ensure students at every campus have an opportunity to attend at least 75% of classes in person. The system's social distancing, masks and aggressive testing protocols have kept COVID-19 infection rates low, Thompson said. Testing on Tuesday revealed only 24 infections across 13 four-year campuses, according to the system's latest data. Thompson said testing on Thursday showed a less than 1% positivity rate on all campuses. “We are so safe,” Thompson said. “I know we'll never get back to normal. I know that. But I'm going to fight like hell to get back as close to...
    HAVERHILL (CBS) – It’s time for kids to be back in school full time. At least that’s what Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini said at the last school committee meeting. “I think frankly it’s way past time,” Fiorentini said. “Have the children back in school for full time in person learning as of April 1 of this year.” He has tasked the Haverhill School Superintendent to create a proposal that would end the hybrid learning model for the district and put teachers back in the classroom with students vaccinated or not with proper social distancing rules. RELATED: Widespread 4-7 Inches Of Snow Likely In Southern New England Thursday Into Friday The school committee board all voted in favor of a proposal but one, Toni Donais. “This is something that has not happened in 100 years and we can not put our staff and students’ health at risk, and I feel...
    An Iowa state senator has introduced legislation that would eliminate tenure at the state’s public universities. Iowa Sen. Bradley Zaun argues that “I don’t think anyone in our universities should be guaranteed a job.” Bradley Zaun (R) has proposed “an Act prohibiting tenure systems at public post secondary educational institutions, and including applicability provisions.” In a recent interview with Iowa radio host Jeff Angelo, Zaun briefly discussed his views on the matter. “I don’t think anyone in our universities should be guaranteed a job,” said the state senator, who went on to suggest that employees of public universities should be treated the same way employees are treated in the private sector with regards to retaining their jobs. “What happens in our private sector should be applied to our universities as well,” said Zaun. The state senator also criticized sabbaticals that take the professor away from the classroom, as well as the...
    While teacher unions push to keep schools closed, a mother of a daughter with Down Syndrome spoke out against the coronavirus-related measure since it is not benefiting her child. "You know, I can't speak for the unions. I just know from my daughter being back in the classroom would be beneficial from a social point of view," Chaula Butterworth told "America’s Newsroom," discussing her daughter Debica facing the challenge of remote learning while schools are closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. RAND PAUL: KIDS MISSING SCHOOL IS 'DISASTER,' SAYS BIDEN 'BEHOLDEN' TO TEACHERS UNIONS Meanwhile, President Biden's hands-off approach to schools reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic is hurting America's children, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Saturday. "Being at home without any instruction ... for a lot of kids is a disaster," he said. Paul said many students kept at home are now behind almost an entire grade year. Studies show students who have returned to in-school learning...
              Governor Ralph Northam wants Virginia’s schools to provide in-person learning options by March 15, one year and two days after first ordering schools to close on March 13, 2020. On Friday, the governor sent a letter to school districts instructing them to provide in-person options and encouraged the schools to develop learning-loss mitigation strategies. “Many Virginia students are approaching a full year without in-person access to their school communities. This is having a real and significant impact on their educational and social development—but after a year of experience, we are now equipped as a society to safely open schools and operate them in ways that protect students, teachers, and staff members,” Northam wrote. In his letter, Northam said almost two-thirds of Virginia’s 133 school had already developed some kind of in-person option. “But about 40 school divisions currently offer no in-person options, preventing...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Saying her patience with Chicago Teachers Union leadership has run out, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday said she wants to get a deal done to reopen Chicago Public Schools by the end of the day, blaming the union for the lack of an agreement so far. “We need to get this deal done and get it done today, without further delay,” she said. “Yesterday, there were a series of steps backward that were simply not productive, and we have conveyed that problem to the CTU leadership in the strongest terms possible.” The mayor said CPS spent hours on Wednesday waiting for CTU leadership to provide their latest proposal. “We are still waiting on the CTU,” she said. “All we need now is for CTU leadership to get serious and meet us at the finish line.” Wednesday night, CPS said it was extending a “cooling-off period” during the...
              Members of the Tennessee General Assembly will consider a bill that mandates public school and charter school officials screen students to evaluate how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their mental and behavioral health patterns. This, according to legislation that State Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis) filed last month. If legislators approve the plan then school systems would evaluate kindergarten through eighth-grade students, according to the language of the bill. Members of the Williamson County-based Tennessee Stands said they disapprove of Robinson’s bill. In a recent emailed newsletter to supporters, Tennessee Stands described it as “a mini wellbeing check.” “[It] gives state oversight over mental health for students K-8 without parental consent and creates funding for full-time psychologists and social workers for school districts,” Tennessee Stands said. Tennessee Stands is a nonprofit. According to its website, members of the group focus on individual liberties. Robinson’s bill...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Gov. Gavin Newsom wants teacher unions to agree on a plan to get students back in class as soon as possible, or tell families it won’t happen at all this year. The governor made those comments in an interview with the Association of California School Administrators Friday. Unions have laid out a long list of demands before a return to class, including vaccines for teachers. Most of the state’s 6 million students have been distance learning for almost a year. “If we wait for the perfect, we might as well just pack it up and just be honest with folks that we’re not going to open for in-person instruction this school year,” Newsom said. Newsom wants the youngest students back on campus by mid-February. More from CBS Sacramento: ‘The Earth Knew It Was Too Soon’: Customers Mourn ‘Midtown Mayor’ Found Dead At His Neighborhood Market...
    The Chicago Teachers Union was pushing Friday for its members to be vaccinated before being required to return to classrooms, one of the key sticking points in its ongoing labor dispute with the city’s public schools over a planned Feb. 1 reopening date for K-8 students.  But the argument for teachers to obtain the COVID-19 inoculations as a precursor for resuming in-person work appears not to have prevented other large school districts around the U.S. from reopening their doors -- some even months ago.   Public educational facilities in places like New York City, Miami-Dade County and Houston are currently open for various levels of in-person and blended learning. Yet, out of that group, only in New York -- as of about two weeks ago -- are teachers currently eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine, according to an analysis by Education Week.  In this Jan. 11 photo, pre-kindergarten teacher Angela Panush reads a story to her students at Dawes Elementary in Chicago. Some parents have suggested they will sue to force teachers to return to classrooms for in-person instruction. (AP/Chicago Sun-Times) CHICAGO PARENTS PROMISE TO SUE TEACHER’S...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There’s another round in the battle between CPS and teachers over the safe return to classrooms during the pandemic. CPS teachers from kindergarten through eighth grade were supposed to go back to schools for prep time on Wednesday. But now everybody’s staying home, even teachers who had already gone back to teach in person. In the latest twist, the Chicago Teachers Union told members who already had been back in class, teaching Pre-K and academic cluster students, to stay home Wednesday. As a result, CPS said it had no choice but to make everyone remote for the day. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she’s just about had it. “I am deeply disappointed that after all this time, all these sessions, all the work to make our CPS school buildings are safe, no agreement has yet been reached,” Lightfoot said. On Wednesday, the Chicago Teachers Union tweeted : “There...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – While most districts across the region have been offering at least the choice of classroom learning, Pittsburgh Public Schools is considering again moving back the start day — this time until April 6. The teachers union says it’s the wise thing to do. “We’re just saying we’d like to wait for the vaccinations for the safety of our students and our members,” said union president Nina Esposito-Visgitis. In a letter to school board president Sylvia Wilson, the union executive committee said: “Overall, we find that our membership is anxious to get back to their students, but they want to do it safely, once they have been vaccinated with both doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.” After hearing from parents Monday night, the board will vote on Wednesday whether to delay, but the watchdog group A-Plus Schools cites falling academic scores and more than 4,000...
    President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that students should be able to return to face-to-face classes at the university one day a week. Emmanuel Macron addressed the students of Paris-Saclay (Essonne) this Thursday at midday. While acknowledging that “the next few weeks are going to be quite hard”, he wants French students to be able to return to face-to-face classes at the university one day a week. Living with constraints The Head of State recalled that “a student must have the same rights as an employee (…) If he needs it, he must be able to return to the university one day a week” in lecture halls with a 20% maximum gauge. According to the president, “A student has the right to have 20% of his or her time in person – that is to say, one day out of five”. He nevertheless recalls: “obviously there will...
    > SEE the file: “Covid-19: The vaccine race” Emmanuel Macron wished Thursday that the students, deprived of amphis for more than two months, can return to the university one day a week, but the fight against the epidemic of Covid-19 promises to be still long this winter, under the persistent threat of more contagious variants of the virus. The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, must take stock Thursday evening, on the evolution of the health situation, against the backdrop of a slight increase in contamination and hospitalizations and with no prospect of easing restrictions. A week after the announcement of the advanced curfew at 6:00 p.m. throughout the country, there will be “no change in national restrictions this week,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday. “We are giving this (device) a chance, it is possible that this measure will slow down the circulation of the virus even more...
    “A student must have the same rights as an employee (…) If he needs it, he must be able to return to the university one day a week” in lecture halls with a maximum tonnage of 20%, indicated the Head of State during an exchange with students at the University of Paris-Saclay (Essonne).
    The new year brings a ray of hope for California parents like Kate Gude, who has watched with mounting worry as her four kids suffer social isolation and reduced instruction time from online learning in Los Gatos schools, where classrooms have been closed because of the pandemic since last March. The first COVID-19 vaccine shots were given to health care workers a month ago. Teachers whose safety fears have blunted reopening efforts are next in line. And the governor has a new $2 billion plan aimed at getting kids back into classrooms over the next three months. “I’m an eternal optimist,” Gude, 52, said as she joined a demonstration outside her district’s shuttered high school. “In lots of other districts, kids are going back already. Other schools have proven it’s possible to do this.” But is it realistic to expect wide-scale reopening this spring in California, whose pace on schools so...
              Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Tuesday called on the Tennessee General Assembly to convene for a special legislative session to address what he said were “urgent issues facing Tennessee students and schools.” This, according to a press release that Lee’s staff published on the governor’s website. Lee wants to schedule the special session to start on January 19 of next year to discuss the 2021-22 school year, the press release said. Lee said on his Facebook page Tuesday that the special session will address learning loss, funding, accountability, literacy, and teacher pay. “We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense disruption for Tennessee’s students, educators, and districts, and the challenges they face must be addressed urgently,” Lee said in the press release. “Even before the virus hit, and despite years of improvement, too many of our state’s students were still unable to...
    By JESSICA NOCERA, The Richmond Times-Dispatch CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — Falling Creek Middle School teacher Emma Clark refused to teach in person when called back to the classroom. For weeks her job was in limbo and her paycheck withheld. Now she’s back in the virtual classroom, where she wanted to be all along — and hoping to create a safe space for other Chesterfield County Public School teachers to share their stories. For Clark, it started as nearly 34,000 Chesterfield County middle and high school students headed back into the classroom on Nov. 9; she stayed home, preparing to teach her English classes virtually, even though she had not been approved to do so. Clark’s virtual teaching only lasted about 15 minutes, before her video connection to her students was cut off and she received a text from her principal directing her to “cease your virtual instruction immediately.” In that...
    ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – As calls for a return to in-person learning grow louder, one Jeffco Public Schools teacher is concerned the district may make the wrong decision. (credit: CBS) “It’s probably going to get worse as we go through the holidays. And it’s not time for them to come back in,” said Dale Munholland, a social studies teacher at Pomona High School in Arvada. He was responding to a rally Wednesday night by parents demanding the district allow students back into the classroom. In a lengthy Facebook post, Munholland pointed out the numerous challenges associated with distance learning but says it’s still too soon to return. “I needed to let (parents) know I heard them and I understood what they were saying, but it just wasn’t the time,” he said. The U.S. History teacher prides himself on a interpersonal connection with students. Something that just can’t be done online....
    BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – There’s no district in the Denver metro area that has gone longer. “And so it’s hard to tell him, OK now you’re going to be at home and you don’t get to have any interaction other that with Mom, Dad and baby brother,” said teacher and parent Bethany Brown about her conversation with her 5-year-old kindergartener. She had to break the news that school was going to be all from home. The letter had just come out. “I know this is disappointing news, but want to again remind you of all that we have accomplished this first semester as we have continued planning forward,” wrote superintendent Dr. Chris Fiedler. They will suspend in-person learning Dec. 1 at the Thanksgiving break. That means after Friday, Bethany’s son won’t be seeing his friends until at least January. The school hopes to re-start in-person learning after the winter break....
    The Department of Education wants to lessen the impact of grades on class ranking amid the COVID-19 pandemic in favor of factors like “motivation” and “integrity.” As part of new guidelines issued late last month, the DOE is encouraging principals to change the process that determines valedictorians and other academic honors. Class rank has traditionally been established through grade point average with some additional weights for advanced coursework. But citing the hardships on students imposed by the coronavirus, the DOE wants administrators to rethink that system and instead use other measures. “Schools should consider factors such as equity, motivation, and academic integrity when considering whether to specify an individual student’s rank,” the policy states. The DOE and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza have said that any fundamental policy changes will be limited to the current academic year due to COVID-19. But critics argue that the guidelines are less about the coronavirus...
    Success Academy claims the city is playing foul with their fields. The charter school operator said Monday that City Hall is suddenly demanding $500,000 in “permits” to let its students use their athletic fields. Calling it a “hostile” shakedown, Success officials said they’ve been using the facilities for years without any additional costs. “City Hall is attempting — illegally — to charge Success Academy half a million dollars to use its own athletic fields,” Success said in a statement. A Department of Education spokesperson blamed the new fees on coronavirus cleaning and maintenance costs. “The COVID-19 pandemic impacted every part of how our public schools run – including ​increasing the costs of disinfecting and cleaning schools,” said Nathaniel Styer. He said that budget shortfalls compelled the agency to charge the charter. “Unfortunately, without additional resources from the State or Federal government, we had to make the hard decision to...
    Success Academy claims the city is playing foul with their fields. The charter school operator said Monday that City Hall is suddenly demanding $500,000 in “permits” to let its students use their athletic fields. Calling it a “hostile” shakedown, Success officials said they’ve been using the facilities for years without any additional costs. “City Hall is attempting — illegally — to charge Success Academy half a million dollars to use its own athletic fields,” Success said in a statement. A Department of Education spokesperson blamed the new fees on coronavirus cleaning and maintenance costs. “The COVID-19 pandemic impacted every part of how our public schools run – including ​increasing the costs of disinfecting and cleaning schools,” said Nathaniel Styer. He said that budget shortfalls compelled the agency to charge the charter. “Unfortunately, without additional resources from the State or Federal government, we had to make the hard decision to increase...
    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools has unveiled a plan to turn more of its alumni into teachers in the district. The initiative, called Teach Chicago Tomorrow, was announced by officials Tuesday. They hope it will eventually help them hire more than 500 CPS graduates to be teachers per year; as of now, the district hires about 140 alumni every year. As part of the initiative, CPS is creating a path for alumni to follow so they can become public school teachers in Chicago: They’ll go to City Colleges for an associate’s degree and then to Illinois State University for a bachelor’s degree, though they’ll take classes in Chicago. After doing student teaching work for a year, they’ll be given “priority” access to jobs at CPS, said CPS CEO Janice Jackson. Officials hope the effort will help diversify the district’s faculty. CPS is facing a shortage of educators of color, officials...
    CBS News is chronicling what has changed for the lives of Americans in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. In one of the biggest school districts in the country, some students are so satisfied with virtual learning that they see no benefit in returning to in-person learning until the threat of contracting COVID-19 has abated or a vaccine is widely available.  "I'm very, very lucky to have some really, really awesome teachers," said Houston high school senior Jennifer Hamad. "I don't think if my teachers were on the moon that would change." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox And Hamad, who is the speaker of the Houston Independent School District Student Congress, fears that "sending students back to school right now, prematurely, creates more disruption and is more disruptive and dangerous to students' lives than it is beneficial."  The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is allowing families to choose whether...
    Palo Alto Unified wants to begin reopening classrooms in a couple of weeks but hundreds of parents and teachers say that’s too soon and dangerous with the coronavirus still spreading. Almost 400 parents and teachers have signed a letter urging the school board not to approve the district’s plan to bring elementary school students back to campuses starting Oct. 12 with two grade levels phased in every week through Nov. 9. Middle and high school students would start returning on Jan. 7 in similarly staggered schedules. The school board is scheduled to consider approving the plan at its meeting Tuesday. Before schools reopen, parents of elementary school students would have to decide whether to keep their children at home for continued distance learning or send them to in-person classes. Under the plan, parents won’t be able to change their minds after making a choice. Ben Patton, the letter’s author and...
    SALEM (CBS) – A large party involving Salem State University students is now under investigation and the school is urging anyone who was there to get a coronavirus test. Police say there were more than 50 people at the apartment party on Becket Street Friday night before they broke it up. One person who was not a student was arrested for disorderly conduct and the building owner was cited. The limit on indoor gatherings in Massachusetts is 25. In a joint statement from university president John Keenan and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, anyone who was at the party will be issued a citation from the city. Students will also face “additional disciplinary consequences from the university.” “All individuals who attended this gathering, whether identified or not, are strongly encouraged to get a free COVID-19 test, either through SSU if they are a university student or through the City’s free ‘Stop...
    LONDON (Reuters) - The British government wants university students to be able to return home for Christmas, culture minister Oliver Dowden said on Sunday, amid concerns that more lockdown measures may be needed to curb the rising number of coronavirus cases. Coronavirus outbreaks have forced some colleges to ask students -- many of whom are far from home and paying thousands of pounds for accommodation and teaching -- to self-isolate in their rooms and follow lectures online. "I very much want students to be able to go home at Christmas," Dowden told Sky News. "We're three months away from Christmas. We've announced a range of measures. We are constantly keeping this situation under review." But the government is facing disquiet from some of its own lawmakers who are pushing for parliament to have more of a say over COVID restrictions, including through an amendment being pushed by prominent lawmakers Graham...
    He’s going to fight for their “rights” to party. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to seek a “bill of rights” to protect college students from being expelled for partying hearty during the coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis on Thursday called policies that punish social students for defying rules that limit the size of gatherings “draconian” while appearing at a virtual public health roundtable. “I understand that universities are trying to do the right thing, but I personally think its dramatically draconian that a student could get potentially expelled for going to a party. That’s what college kids do,” DeSantis said. DeSantis didn’t provide more details about his proposed “bill of rights” or whether he would try to pass it as an executive order. But he said that he believes that social distancing rules should focus on protecting the state’s most vulnerable residents, the elderly population. “I just think that we’ve...
    Floridas GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for a “bill of rights” to protect college students from getting punished by colleges for hosting partings and other large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Associated Press. “I understand that universities are trying to do the right thing,” the governor told reporters at a press briefing at the Capitol in Tallahassee. “But, I personally think its dramatically draconian that a student could get potentially expelled for going to a party. That’s what college kids do.” DeSantis said he will prevent local governments from closing restaurants because little data exists showing that keeping these businesses closed would curb coronavirus cases. In April, the governor issued an executive order claiming that state guidelines “supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.” The defense from DeSantis comes after photos went viral online of parties taking place...
    GOVRONDESANTIS/TWITTERGov. Ron DeSantis thinks students who attend Florida’s 12 state universities should be able to socialize without worrying about getting thrown out of school. To that end, DeSantis said Thursday he’s willing to consider a college students’ “bill of rights” that would preclude state universities from taking actions against students who are enjoying themselves. The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to questions about when he might issue the “bill of rights” or whether it would be done through an executive order. Trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Florida State University announced last week that it would suspend students who attend or host large gatherings on or off campus. Also, it said it would suspend students who test positive for COVID-19 but don’t isolate themselves.  “I personally think it’s incredibly draconian that a student would get potentially expelled for going to a party,” DeSantis said Thursday. “That’s what college kids...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida attorney general scrutinizing Bloomberg paying fines for felons to vote Trump may meet with potential Supreme Court pick in Miami Florida governor unveils legislation targeting protesters in 'violent or disorderly' demonstrations MORE (R) on Thursday proposed a “bill of rights” for college students in response to schools punishing students for hosting parties and other social gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reported.  “I understand that universities are trying to do the right thing,” the governor told reporters at a press briefing at the Capitol in Tallahassee. “But, I personally think it's dramatically draconian that a student could get potentially expelled for going to a party. That’s what college kids do.”  DeSantis added that he planned on blocking local governments from closing restaurants, claiming there is currently little evidence that stopping service at these businesses would lower the number of COVID-19 cases. The governor...
    Gov. Larry Hogan remains enthusiastic about students across Maryland returning to classrooms, and though plans from school districts have been approved and state health metrics have been trending downward, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are still aiming for a return sometime next year. “All 24 of our public school jurisdictions have now made the decision and submitted plans, which were approved yesterday by the Maryland State Department of Education, to at least begin bringing some students back safely into schools,” Hogan said at a news conference Thursday. However, the decision still lies with each school district. The state required each district to submit its reopening plan by mid-August and they needed to respond to any clarifications the state needed a month later. But the state’s approval of reopening plans does not affect when schools will reopen, said Gboyinde Onijala, of Montgomery County Public Schools. “We submitted our plan to the...
    A New York University student demanded that her professor be fired for allegedly telling students that wearing face masks doesn’t prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to a report. Julia Jackson accused her communications professor, Mark Crispin Miller, of using his position of power to boost far-right conspiracy theories and discredit medical professionals in class, according to NBC New York. “An MCC tenured professor spent an entire class period telling students that wearing masks doesn’t prevent the spread of COVID-19, and that hydroxychloroquine trials were made to fail so more people would be given the vaccine and have their DNA changed,” Jackson tweeted at the school Sunday. “I have forwarded the emails to the NYU bias hotline,” she added, while accusing the teacher of running his own “conspiracy website.” But Miller said he cited scientific studies during his “Mass Persuasion and Propaganda” class which backed up the claim that...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Superintendent Robert Runcie has announced that he wants students to return to their classrooms on October 5th. The district is facing pressure because of a state funding factor tied to the number of kids who are actually in their seats in school the week of October 5th. Runcie made his recommendation to the district’s School Board on Tuesday. This would be a voluntary return to school, no student would be forced to do it. Surveys will go out to parents next week asking them which option they prefer. On Monday, Jeff Moquin, chief of staff to Superintendent Robert Runcie, sent an email to the School Board concerning what will be expected from teachers. The memo stated that once the schools open, teachers will no longer be allowed to teach from home. Anna Fusco, the head of the Broward Teachers Union, said teachers have been told they...
    By MELINDA MARTINEZ, Alexandria Town Talk ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — It’s not about winning awards for Dennis Stewart, principal of Alexandria Middle Magnet School, who was recently named the 2021 Louisiana Middle School Principal of the year. “You can give me award after award after award,” he said. To him, his job is about taking care of every child with whom he has been charged and make their lives better. “That’s what matters to me,” he said. “Nothing else matters.” Even so, Stewart is overwhelmed and in shock over the honor. “I’m coming down off the high right now,” he said “I’m recognizing the impact of being the Louisiana Middle School Principal of the Year. That’s amazing to me. I owe it all to God. I give Him all the glory and all the praise. And then my faculty and staff. And most of all my students. It’s for them....
    By The Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Health officials are strongly recommending Michigan State University students living on or near the school’s East Lansing campus self-quarantine because of an outbreak of the coronavirus. The Ingham County Health Department says at least a third of the 342 people affiliated with the university testing positive for the virus since Aug. 24 attended parties or social gatherings. At least one third of the gatherings were associated with fraternities or sororities. The health department says in the three weeks before the surge, only 23 people affiliated with the university had tested positive. The state has more than 110,800 confirmed cases and more than 6,500 deaths. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK — North and South Dakotas lead US in virus growth; both governors reject mask rules — Texas reports nearly 3,500 new virus cases — Illinois reports more...
              Aitken Bibles tie into the lessons of the American Revolution in historical and even secular ways, said one of the men who wants to bring them to Tennessee’s elementary, middle, and high schools. As reported, organizers of The American Bible Project want to donate these Aitken Bibles to the state’s school libraries. American Bible Project founder Stephen Skelton told The Tennessee Star Wednesday that “the story of the Aitken Bible is one of those great forgotten stories of American history.” “We are looking to fix that. We are looking for folks to know their forgotten American history. The tie-in to the American Revolution and founding of the country is quite profound. What happened was when the American Revolution began, America placed an embargo against trade with Great Britain. Among the many items that we stopped receiving from Great Britain were Bibles. Great Britain is...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City In order to prompt more children to bike to school – and an overall boom in cycling – city Comptroller Scott Stringer is asking the Department of Education to adopt a program with CitiBike as in-person classes are expected to resume on a limited basis Sept. 21. Stringer cited data gathered between 2009 and 2015 that showed the number of kids pedaling to and from home dropped from 23% to 18% and as the DOE considers how to get students to and from safely considering COVID-19 and reduced capacity on buses. The comptroller’s proposal includes the implementation of a half mile of bike lanes around 50 schools in the city within the next year and that the DOE provides free bicycles or Citi Bike memberships to every low-income public high school...
    The father of an Illinois State University students wants his daughter's online classes to be discounted.The man, Brian, said if his daughter, who is starting her sophomore year at ISU, is learning from home online, then those virtual classes should be reduced.Brian's daughter is taking five classes this fall and said they've all been changed to virtual classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.He said he respects every professor who feels more comfortable with remote instruction and he understands that COVID-19 has brought about many changes to the college experience.But he said everyone is struggling and Illinois State should do what he believes is right."We simply feel that if the class is online, some sort of discount should be applied because it is not the same experience," Brian said. "If we attend a sporting event, we know it is going to cost us more money because we are seeing those athletes...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel wants to delay re-opening campuses in the Twin Cities, Duluth and Rochester for two weeks in the wake of COVID-19 outbreaks at other U.S. colleges. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Gabel announced her proposal Friday. The Board of Regents will consider it on Monday. The plan comes on the heels of outbreaks at schools such as the University of North Carolina and Notre Dame. White House Coronavirus Task Force leader Dr. Deborah Birx has said colleges should be able to conduct 10,000 tests per day. Right now the University of Minnesota plans to test only students who are symptomatic or have been exposed to someone who has been infected. “If the university's best plan is that students aren't going to go out and party, then I don't think that's a solid plan,” said Amy Ma, the Twin Cities campus' student...
    By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Interim University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson said Tuesday that he'll ask Gov. Tony Evers to include a nearly $100 million boost for the system in the next state budget as the coronavirus pandemic bleeds revenue from campuses. A UW news release outlining the request makes no mention of the virus. The closest it comes is a sentence with Thompson acknowledging “unprecedented challenges." Instead, the release lists a number of new initiatives Thompson wants to use the money to launch. Chief among them is the Wisconsin Tuition Promise, a pledge to pay up to four years' worth of tuition and fees at any system school for incoming state resident freshmen and transfer students whose families make $60,000 or less. The initiative is modeled after UW-Madison's Bucky's Tuition Promise, which covers tuition for resident freshmen and transfer students at the state's...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teachers’ union is urging public schools to avoid face-to-face instruction when students return next month due to the coronavirus. The West Virginia Education Association suggested the online-only start Thursday based on a survey of the union’s membership. WVEA President Dale Lee said most of the respondents felt uncomfortable returning to classrooms under their individual county’s reopening plans. In addition, nearly all members were skeptical that students could effectively maintain social distancing and wear masks. “Full distance learning will give time for counties to get a handle on the situation and to further iron out the details on how the next steps of the school re-entry will be handled in each location,” Lee said. Gov. Jim Justice has pushed back the start of the school year to Sept. 8. He said recently that a final decision on the reopening would have to be made...
    By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teachers’ union is urging public schools to avoid face-to-face instruction when students return next month due to the coronavirus. The West Virginia Education Association suggested the online-only start Thursday based on a survey of the union’s membership. WVEA President Dale Lee said most of the respondents felt uncomfortable returning to classrooms under their individual county’s reopening plans. In addition, nearly all members were skeptical that students could effectively maintain social distancing and wear masks. “Full distance learning will give time for counties to get a handle on the situation and to further iron out the details on how the next steps of the school re-entry will be handled in each location,” Lee said. Gov. Jim Justice has pushed back the start of the school year to Sept. 8. He said recently that a final decision on the reopening...
    Teachers should return to their classrooms in the fall, with or without their students, the superintendent of schools in Dallas told "The Story" Wednesday. Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa argued that while it is "unprofessional" for teachers to conduct their virtual lessons from home, his push to have teachers return to their classrooms for the new school year has received little support among educators in his district. BAYLOR PEDIATRICIAN: CORONAVIRUS CONGESTED SOUTH WILL HAVE HARD TIME REOPENING SCHOOLS "It is unprofessional to have your dogs bark while you are trying to teach a lesson to students," Hinojosa said. "We had a difficult struggle enforcing that expectation ... so we had to back down off of that one, but we’re continuing to press forward. We need students back in the building whenever possible." As the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow across Texas, teachers are growing increasingly hesitant over whether or not to return to their classrooms for the fall, Hinojosa said....
    An Illinois lawmaker is calling on schools to abolish history classes until a new curriculum can be created that doesn’t create a “racist society.” State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford, has argued that “current school history teaching leads to white privilege and a racist society,” NBC5 reported. “When it comes to teaching history in Illinois, we need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans,” the Democratic representative said in a statement. “I’m calling on the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts to take immediate action by removing current history books and curriculum practices that unfairly communicate our history.” Ford, who provided no specific examples from the current curriculum, said that until the textbooks and lessons are overhauled, the state “should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved.” Ford’s call to action came Sunday at a press...
    An Illinois lawmaker is calling on schools to abolish history classes until a new curriculum can be created that doesn’t create a “racist society.” State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford, has argued that “current school history teaching leads to white privilege and a racist society,” NBC5 reported. “When it comes to teaching history in Illinois, we need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans,” the Democratic representative said in a statement. “I’m calling on the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts to take immediate action by removing current history books and curriculum practices that unfairly communicate our history.” Ford, who provided no specific examples from the current curriculum, said that until the textbooks and lessons are overhauled, the state “should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved.” Ford’s call to action came Sunday at a press conference...
    Stranded abroad by the coronavirus pandemic and squeezed by political tensions, Chinese students in the United States are rethinking their host and home countries. Eight years ago, Shizheng Tie, then aged 13, moved alone from China to rural Ohio for one sole purpose: education. She once had a budding American dream, but now she says she is facing hostility in that country. "As a Chinese living in the US, I am very scared now," she says. Tie, now a senior student at Johns Hopkins University, describes America as "anti-China" and "chaotic". Some 360,000 Chinese students are currently enrolled in schools in the US. In the past months, they have experienced two historical events - a global pandemic and unprecedented tensions between the US and China, which have reshaped their views of the two nations.'Politicised' and 'anxious'The majority of Chinese students in the US are self-funded and hope their western education...
    A Texas teachers group is urging the delay of opening college and university campuses to in-person instruction and pressuring for online-only learning until at least Sept. 8. In a press release, the Texas Faculty Association on Tuesday urged Gov. Greg Abbott to instruct the governing boards of all state-supported universities to take such action. The association also wants community colleges and private universities to do the same. “Universities are coming up with different plans to reopen their campuses while the virus is still raging through Texas. Thousands of new cases are being reported daily, and deaths are increasing,” said Pat Heintzelman, president of the association and an instructor at Lamar State University in Beaumont. “Faculty at some universities are being allowed to choose how they will teach – face-to-face, online only or a hybrid version – but faculty at other universities are being required to return to their classrooms before...
    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Hispanic leader upset about the removal of Spanish conquistador monuments is pushing for New Mexico to end its support for Chicano and Native American Studies. In a letter to University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes, New Mexico League of United Latin American Citizens executive director Ralph Arellanes wrote that the state’s largest university should dismantle both programs because they teach Latino students “self-hate” about their Spanish heritage. Arellanes, who signed that letter in his role of New Mexic LULAC executive director and chair of the Hispano Roundtable of New Mexico, said he has collected stories of Hispanic students “leaving classrooms crying” after being told by professors that Spanish conquistadors participated in genocide against Indigenous populations. “The Hispano Roundtable of New Mexico, New Mexico LULAC and our many expert historians in New Mexico request a meeting with...
    By TOM DAVIES, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Democratic nominee for Indiana governor called Tuesday for more widespread mask use in schools and for school leaders to turn more toward online coursework rather than having students return to classrooms in the coming weeks. Woody Myers, a physician and former state health commissioner, said because of rising coronavirus cases and deaths in the state he had a “strong desire ... that we get masks in the schools in every circumstance.” Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, who is seeking a second term in the November election, said last week he would not issue a statewide mask-wearing mandate or direct school districts on whether they should have children return to classrooms for the start of new school years. Myers criticized Holcomb and the Trump administration for a lack of guidance on how schools can reopen safely and for pushing them to have students...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump would like to see tuition aid for private-school students in the next coronavirus relief bill, top adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Friday, adding the White House will release guidance on reopening schools amid the pandemic this week or early next week. "Five million kids across this country are not in public schools, roughly, and many of those parents have no certainty right now whether those kids are going to be able to go back to school because they may not be able to afford it," Conway told reporters at the White House. More than 45 million students attend public schools, funded mostly by states and local governments, according to the Education Department. "So 10% - we're looking at 10% of the money pretty much going to nonpublic schools," she said, adding that "$13 billion or so has already been invested in the schools."...
    By KATHLEEN FOODY, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools should start the fall semester with virtual classes rather than calling students back to buildings left empty since March, the union representing thousands of teachers in the nation's third-largest school district said Thursday. As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise in dozens of states, there is no way to ensure the safety of students and teachers in schools this fall, leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union said. The union also wants charter schools to start the year virtually. Ariam Abraham, a high school English teacher at Simeon Career Academy on the city’s South Side, said she worries about older coworkers who have spent the spring and summer staying home as much as possible, trying to avoid the virus. Her classroom windows don’t open and some rooms don’t have windows to encourage air flow, Abraham said. “I...
    LOS ANGELES—The conservative-leaning Orange County Board of Education in California on Monday evening voted in favor of guidelines that call for the reopening district schools in time for fall classes and said it would not require social distancing and mask-wearing for its students. The OC Register reported that the school board, which approved the recommendations in a 4-to-1 vote, has no power to demand the county’s 27 school districts to reopen and the ultimate decision will rest with individual districts. The Orange County Department opposes reopening, the report said. The Los Angeles Times reported that the school board pointed to a white paper with safety recommendations and called the months of widespread remote learning an “utter failure” for students. Video“Among our greatest responsibilities as adults is our responsibility to model courage and persistence in the face of uncertainty and fear, which is what many families are feeling with the mixed messages and confusion surrounding reopening of...
    Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday said if the Trump administration wants schools to reopen safely in New York and across the country this fall, the federal government will have to boost funding to help with some of the costs. “Everyone wants our schools to reopen, but the federal government must lead the way by funding the safety measures that would open the doors of New York and the nation’s schools in a way that helps ensure the coronavirus does not needlessly spread or infect teachers, kids or staff,” the New York Democrat said during a briefing. Schumer wants the feds to fork over $175 billion for the effort. Without the funds to help cover the costs of Personal Protection Equipment and cleaning supplies, local governments could be hit with sky-high expenses that would devastate their budgets, he argued. In that case, “local taxes could rise and some schools might simply...
    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's health department is urging that children be caught up on their vaccines as soon as possible after a drop in immunizations due to the cancellation of appointments during the coronavirus pandemic. The state said the percentage of 5-month-olds fully up to date on all recommended vaccines was less than half in May, down from about two-thirds in recent years. Vaccination coverage declined in almost every other milestone age cohort below age 2, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state's chief medical executive and chief deputy health director, said it is concerning that so many children are behind, making them susceptible to preventable diseases. Health care providers are putting in place safety procedures to ensure patients can come in for well visits and immunizations, she said. “Vaccines are essential,” Khaldun said....
    As the fall months that usually mark the preparation of back-to-school approaches, parents and their children in many states are caught in a limbo between returning or continuing their education online. President Donald Trump has been calling for schools to reopen in the fall, highlighting the burden that continued shutdowns place on both students and their parents who must find caretakers while at work.  “We have to open our schools. Open our schools. Stop this nonsense,” Trump said Thursday. “It’s only political nonsense. They don’t want to open because they think it will help them on November 3rd. I think it will hurt them on November 3rd.” (RELATED: ‘Stop This Political Nonsense’: Trump Calls For Schools To Reopen, Blames Democrats For Closures) The American Academy of Pediatrics also gave a full-throated endorsement of returning children to school as soon as possible, citing the importance of in-person learning and the negative...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Amid a concerning resurgence of the coronavirus, leadership for the union which represents thousands of teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District is recommending that campuses remain closed to students when the fall semester begins next month. FILE — Two security guards talk on the campus of McKinley School in Compton, Calif., on April 28, 2020. (Getty Images) Both the board of directors and the bargaining team for United Teachers Los Angeles voted in favor of keeping campuses closed when the fall semester begins and conducting learning entirely online, the union announced Thursday night. The current school start date is slated for Aug. 18. The union said it has polled its approximately 30,000 teachers on the issue and will release those results Friday night. “It is time to take a stand against Trump’s dangerous, anti-science agenda that puts the lives of our members, our students,...
    Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday that Donald Trump wants to increase school spending, even though earlier in the day the president threatened to cut federal funding if schools do not reopen in the fall. 'He wants to increase funding and CARES for education,' the White House press secretary asserted during a press conference Wednesday afternoon. 'But he's looking at potentially redirecting to make sure it goes toward the student and is most likely tied to the student and not to a district where schools are closed.' 'I would note that he said this is something he may consider in the tweet,' she added. Trump claimed Wednesday morning that Democrats are pushing to keep schools closed because they are concerned that reopening would be a bad political move for presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden ahead of the November presidential election. He added that countries that have begun reopening their schools are having...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden "of course" hopes students can return to school in the fall after the coronavirus closings, a campaign official said Tuesday, but is urging officials making those decisions to keep in line with recommendations of public health experts. The Biden campaign, last month, rolled out their plan to reopen schools in the fall amid the pandemic, which they said could be “the single most important step to get parents back to work” and proposed several safety measures that would need to be in place upon students returning to the classroom. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION VOWS TO WORK 'HAND-IN-HAND' WITH STATES TO REOPEN SCHOOLS THIS FALL AMID CORONAVIRUS When asked whether Biden supported sending students back to school in the fall, a Biden campaign official told Fox News: “Of course he does. That’s why he’s been making these proposals and pressing Trump to act.” The official added: “But we need...
    New University of Maryland President Darryll Pines has big plans for the new school year, which is happening amid a global pandemic and a movement toward racial equality. Pines isn’t new to trying to open doors and generate opportunities in academia. As the former dean of the university’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, he said, “Over the 11 years I was dean, we doubled the number of female faculty members in the college of engineering, and we doubled the number of underrepresented minority faculty members.” He also worked to diversify the student body at the school of engineering, and he wants to do the same across the College Park campus in all fields of study. Pines also wants to establish a kind of geographic diversity. A look at the university’s enrollment revealed that among in-state students, the largest group of students who enrolled in fall 2019 came from Montgomery...
    SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Education Agency is preparing to distribute 53 million disposable masks, 18 million reusable masks, 12 million sets of gloves, 42,000 thermometers, 1 million face shields and thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer to school districts across Texas in preparation of the new school year to battle COVID-19. TEA officials said the personal protective equipment is expected to start arriving at public schools between mid-July and early August. But officials said school districts aren’t required to use PPE, which is a big problem for a school workers union in San Antonio. TEA releases guidelines on remote learning, announces it will distribute masks, thermometers Alejandra Lopez, president of the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel, said the union is grappling with what she feels is the politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s clear to us that TEA is following the trajectory of Governor Abbott,” Lopez...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A group of Broward County parents, students, and teachers are arguing they should be given the option to go back to school five days a week come August. “If parents feel comfortable and confident in sending their kids back, then let them,” said Cooper City mom of two Anna Warburton. She said her kids, an incoming 7th grader and 2nd grader, suffered under the distance learning model put in place when school’s closed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Jennifer Herman is also arguing for the option to send her three kids back to school full time for the upcoming school year and told CBS4 she feels ignored by Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie. Download The New CBS4 News App Here “We feel we’re not being heard,” Herman said. “We want the option to send our children [to school]. When you look...
    AUSTIN, Texas – Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria announced Tuesday that the state needs to mandate that students and teachers wear masks on school campuses this fall. Candelaria said in an email statement that said Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath are refusing to order school districts to mandate mask requirements. “In their haste to reopen schools in the midst of a deadly pandemic, Gov. Abbott and Education Commissioner Mike Morath are refusing to order school districts to impose mask requirements on campuses or compel a systemic regimen to protect the safety of millions of Texans who are part of our public school system,” Candelaria’s said. “If schools are going to be forced to reopen prematurely, the Texas State Teachers Association demands that the governor and the education commissioner require every school district to mandate everyone entering a school campus or other workplace —...
    By Estelle Shirbon | Reuters LONDON – An Oxford University college said on Wednesday it wanted to remove from its facade a statue of 19th century colonialist Cecil Rhodes that has been a target of anti-racism protests, though the decision would be made independently. Oriel College has been under pressure for several years from the #RhodesMustFall campaign, which argues the statue glorifies racism and is an insult to black students, but the college has previously resisted calls to remove it. The movement was reinvigorated by the global wave of anti-racism protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and on June 9 a large demonstration took place outside the college, renewing calls for the statue’s removal. In Britain, the Black Lives Matter protests have ignited a debate about monuments commemorating the nation’s imperialist past. A student at Oriel in his youth, Rhodes left the college money...
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