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Through a letter that the president of the classroom teachers association, Justin Katz, reported that at this afternoon’s meeting of the school district board he will be publicly requesting that the school superintendent Dr Donald Fennoy be removed from office. They claim that the members of this union have lost faith in him.

This Tuesday the Palm Beach County School District released a video in which the superintendent talks about starting classes in person.

Dr Donald Fennoy, School District Superintendent, says that “Somewhere along the way we stopped talking about the kids. When you try to please everyone, you end up not pleasing anyone, the messages become diffuse and tensions increase ”.

And indeed, the tension has increased. This is because, according to Justin Katz, president of the association of classroom teachers, has been arguing for months that teachers should have the possibility to choose whether they prefer to teach virtual or in person.

In a letter sent to the Katz school district, he requests the removal of the superintendent. Part of this letter says:

“… The Association has tried to work with the current superintendent, but we have lost faith and now have zero confidence that this rudderless boat can be fixed without immediate change ….”

For its part, in the morning hours the school district indicated that Dr Fennoy and the entire administration are focused on reopening the schools in the safest way, reiterating that students will receive educational excellence either remotely or in person. .

The school board meeting is taking place right now, which for the first time in months is being held in person at the school district offices and not virtually as they have been.

We will be informing you about the result of this request.

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Shortage of Chromebooks complicating efforts for remote learning in New Hampshire

As a state in which nearly half of its residents lack a broadband internet connection, New Hampshire is also having to address a nationwide shortage of Chromebooks.

Nashua and Manchester, two of the state’s largest public-school districts, do not have enough Chromebook laptops for their students, New Hampshire Public Radio reported.

Though the Nashua School District has distributed about 7,000 Chromebooks, some students are participating in online learning without a device.

The district’s technology director, Greg Rodriguez, told NHPR that it could be at the end of this year when Nashua receives its order for 3,500 additional Chromebooks.

All is not terrible for Nashua on the technological front, however. NHPR reported that its schools will soon enjoy faster internet, and the Boys and Girls Club is providing connections to families who lack one.

Manchester School District is also playing the waiting game with the more than 3,000 Chromebooks it ordered. The devices are affordable at $200 a pop, but their processing speed may not be enough to have users properly connect to Zoom or other videoconferencing platforms.

Stephen Cross, Manchester’s technology director, told NHPR that it will be the teachers who are impacted the most by the Chromebook shortage. Until the district’s orders arrive – which will also be at the end of the year – many teachers will have to make do with their own computers.

“Until we get these laptops in, we're going to have a situation where teachers won't have sufficient hardware,” Cross told NHPR.

Last month, Gov. Chris Sununu announced that New Hampshire would spend $16 million on addressing the glaring digital divide in the state.

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