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    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The San Francisco School Board has put a hold on renaming all of its 44 schools on Sunday.Gabriela Lopez, commissioner of San Francisco Board of Education, said on Facebook to acknowledge that reopening the schools and bringing the students back would be the first priority."Today, I released a statement on the board's focus to bring our students back into our schools. We must stay focused on reopening. I am committed to sharing as much information with parents as possible as this process moves forward. And I have faith and confidence that we will get this right. Together."The San Francisco School Board has been criticized for its efforts in trying to rename its 44 schools, where its names have ties to slavery, oppression and gentrification. Many have criticized the Board for not doing enough research, saying the committee that advised the school board got the facts wrong....
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The San Francisco School Board has put a hold on renaming all of its 44 schools on Sunday.Gabriela Lopez, commissioner of San Francisco Board of Education, said on Facebook to acknowledge that reopening the schools and bringing the students back would be the first priority."Today, I released a statement on the board's focus to bring our students back into our schools. We must stay focused on reopening. I am committed to sharing as much information with parents as possible as this process moves forward. And I have faith and confidence that we will get this right. Together."The San Francisco School Board has been criticized for its efforts in trying to rename its 44 schools, where its names have ties to slavery, oppression and gentrification. Many have criticized the Board for not doing enough research, saying the committee that advised the school board got the facts wrong....
    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out his plan on Monday to release England from its third national lockdown. The lockdown began on Jan. 4 after a more infectious variant of the coronavirus was discovered. Below is what we know so far about any easing of restrictions. - Johnson has said the route out of lockdown will be "cautious and phased", with schools expected to reopen on March 8. Opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer said on Sunday he agreed that all schools should try to open then. - Care home residents will be able to receive one visitor indoors, and hold hands, from March 8. - Health secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday that the government would need to wait for a couple of weeks between each stage of easing to determine the impact on the population. - The Sunday Times reported that groups of six,...
    Miami : February 21, 2021February 21, 2021 0 President Joe Biden arrived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday for what would be his first trip outside of Washington since taking office, and where he sought to advance his pandemic relief plan. At an open council meeting organized by CNN, Biden answered questions from the audience and promised that any American who wants a vaccine will have access to one by the middle of the year. “By the end of July this year,” the president promised, adding that when he took office on January 20, “there were only 50 million and now we will have 600 million doses, enough to vaccinate all Americans, throughout the world. country”. Biden made the statement during his exchange with the audience selected for the meeting, which was held under the rules of social distancing. The first questions to the Democratic president focused...
    The British government declared Sunday that every adult in the country should get a first coronavirus vaccine shot by July 31, at least a month earlier than its previous target, as it prepared to set out a "cautious" plan to ease the U.K.'s lockdown. The previous aim was for all adults to get a jab by September. The new target also calls for everyone 50 and over and those with an underlying health condition to get their first of two vaccine shots by April 15, rather than the previous date of May 1. The makers of the two vaccines that Britain is using, Pfizer and AstraZeneca, have both experienced supply problems in Europe. But U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that "we now think that we have the supplies" to speed up the vaccination campaign. The early success of Britain's vaccination effort is welcome good news for a...
    Miami : The United States is struggling to reopen its public schools across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the White House said Sunday that it expects to have full-time classroom instruction in most schools by April. “That’s our goal, that’s our plan,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on the “This Week” program. ABC. But he said meeting the goal depends on congressional passage of President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, which includes $ 130 billion in assistance for schools. “A lot of schools across the country don’t have the resources to be able to invest in improving facilities, hiring more bus drivers, hiring more temporary teachers so we can have smaller classes,” he said. The United States is struggling to reopen its public schools across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the White House said Sunday that it expects to have...
    A fine balance BORIS Johnson is a born risk-taker. He gambled with the Tory leadership and won, then held his nerve with the EU to get Brexit done. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   3We must accept at least a little risk to avoid a fourth crippling lockdownCredit: London News Pictures The PM also bet the farm on buying up millions of vaccines to beat Covid-19 and now one in three adults in this country has been jabbed. But caution is writ large through his lockdown-easing Roadmap to Recovery. Eight weeks until the shops re-open or until you can stand outside a pub clutching a plastic pint glass. Home-working to go on, possibly for months. While we make this slow walk to freedom, Boris will be besieged by scientists who won’t be happy to unlock the UK until Covid infections reach zero....
    New York : Donald Trump Jr. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / EFE Donald Trump Jr. It has been the subject of controversy for several months because of its appearance, for some related to the possible use of drugs. This Sunday, a video of the former president’s son Donald trump went viral, due to its confusing message against Joe biden, looking tired and having been recorded in a kind of weapons store. “This looks and sounds like an extremist video posted from a bunker in a secret location”wrote the journalist Aaron Rupar. In his video, Trump Jr. criticizes the Biden Administration for serving scientists about the COVID-19 pandemic and being careful about reopening schools. “One of the things that I want to talk about and read recently is about this thing called unionized teachers… they have prevented the reopening of schools… they have failed children in terms...
    NEW YORK -- Just over a year since the first known US COVID-19 death, more than 500,000 people will have died from the disease by the end of this week."It's something that is historic. It's nothing like we've ever been though in the last 102 years since the 1918 influenza pandemic," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases."It really is a terrible situation that we've been through and that we're still going through. And that's the reason why we keep insisting to continue with the public health measures -- because we don't want this to get much worse than it already is."More than 497,600 people have died from COVID-19 in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University.And another 91,000 Americans are projected to die from the disease by June 1, according to the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.Decreases in...
    Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said on Sunday that she needed to "debunk" the myth that teachers unions don’t want to reopen schools and took a swipe at California Gov. Gavin Newsom for failing to prioritize vaccines in Los Angeles -- but dodged on to whether students would be able to fully resume in-person instruction this school year.  "I do want to debunk this myth that teacher unions, at least our union, doesn’t want to reopen schools," Weingarten told NBC News’ "Meet the Press." "Teachers know that in person education is really important and we would have said that pre-pandemic. We knew that remote education is not a good substitute." "Is this school year probably not going to have full school openings?" NBC News’ Chuck Todd asked. "What does full school opening mean? If you do six-feet of physical distancing, you’re essentially saying in a school you’re going to have about 50 or...
    Fox News anchor Chris Wallace pressed Dr. Anthony Fauci during a “Fox News Sunday” interview about “garbled messages” coming out of President Joe Biden’s administration on schools reopening. “President Biden came in saying that they were going to run things more smoothly, that they were going to follow the science, but in the last couple of weeks, there have been some garbled messages coming out of this administration,” Wallace said. While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that schools can reopen without all teachers necessarily being vaccinated against COVID-19, Wallace played Fauci a “somewhat different message” from Vice President Kamala Harris. “That sounds like Vice President Harris was following the teachers unions, not the science,” Wallace said. WATCH: “No, Chris, you want to parse words, I was listening very carefully,” Fauci responded. “What Vice President Harris said, it should be a priority. She did not say...
    WASHINGTON - The United States is struggling to reopen its public schools across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the White House said Sunday it is hoping to have full-time, in-class instruction in a majority of schools by April.  “That's our goal, that's our objective, that's our plan,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told ABC’s “This Week” show.  But she said meeting the goal is contingent on congressional approval of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, which includes $130 billion in assistance for schools.  “Many schools across the country don’t have the resources to be able to invest in improving the facilities, on hiring more bus drivers, on hiring more temporary teachers so we can have smaller class sizes,” she said.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given “clear, science-based guidelines for school districts on the range of steps they can take...
    Now that’s an easy A… The former head of New York’s teachers union on Sunday gave a passing grade to the city’s efforts to bring back in-person learning amid the coronavirus pandemic — despite a dizzying cycle of closures, reopenings and more closures. “There’s no perfect solution, but frankly I think that New York City has done a pretty good job in terms of showing the way,” said Randi Weingarten, who heads the national American Federation of Teachers union, during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked if there was a “model” district for reopening. “We’ve learned a lot from what New York City did in September and October,” continued Weingarten, who served as president of New York’s United Federation of Teachers from 1998 to 2009. Following a coronavirus-induced closure of more than six months — and multiple false starts — public schools partially reopened across...
    More On: schools Entire school board resigns after members get caught mocking parents Judge rules DOE must provide charter schools with COVID-19 tests Johns Hopkins expert backs school reopening: ‘More kids die when schools are closed’ Andrew Yang says he doesn’t support prioritizing secular education over faith-based Now that’s an easy A… The former head of New York’s teachers union on Sunday gave a passing grade to the city’s efforts to bring back in-person learning amid the coronavirus pandemic — despite a dizzying cycle of closures, reopenings and more closures. “There’s no perfect solution, but frankly I think that New York City has done a pretty good job in terms of showing the way,” said Randi Weingarten, who heads the national American Federation of Teachers union, during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked if there was a “model” district for reopening. “We’ve learned a lot...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Sec. of Education Jim Peyser said the process of getting students back in school is not moving fast enough, but he hopes a new testing program being expanded by the state will help more children return to the classroom. “The first priority has to be to bring as many students as we possibly can back into their schools, back into their classrooms with their teachers, with their peers for in-person instruction as soon as possible,” Peyser told WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller. “That is happening, but on an unfortunately too slow basis.” READ MORE: MassDOT Begins Updating Exit Numbers On Interstate 95 This week, the state plans to expand its “pooled” testing program to more school districts. Hundreds of schools have expressed interest in joining the program. Pooled testing allows labs to test up to 20 samples at once. Any batch that comes back positive would...
    The president of the American Federation of Teachers, the U.S.'s second-largest teachers' union, said Sunday that there is "no perfect solution" for opening schools safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic while pointing to successes that some municipalities have had with efforts to reopen. Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Randi Weingarten told host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddCongressional Democrats say Trump acquittal was foregone conclusion Raskin: 'No regrets at all' on handling of Trump impeachment trial CDC head: 'I think we need a lot more resources in order to get the schools safe' MORE that New York City officials had led the way in providing access to vaccines for teachers and imposing safety precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in schools. "There's no perfect solution, but frankly I think New York City has done a pretty good job in terms of showing the way," she said. "Big school district, lots...
    Chris Wallace pressed Dr. Anthony Fauci on Fox News Sunday over “garbled messages” from the Joe Biden administration on school reopenings. In the past few weeks, public health officials, including the head of the CDC, have said that it would be safe to reopen schools with mitigation in place and without requiring teacher vaccinations. Wallace played a clip of Vice President Kamala Harris dodging on that issue last week and says, “That sounds like Vice President Harris was following the teachers’ unions, not the science.” Fauci said in response, “What Vice President Harris said is it should be a priority. She did not say it’s a sine qua non that unless you get vaccinated you cannot come into the school and teach. ” He added that he agrees with what other Biden administration officials that vaccination of teachers should be a high priority. “I think the only point I was...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are setting aside a spirited debate over school choice for the next year. The House Education Committee last week decided to retain a bill that would create “education freedom accounts” that could be used toward private school or home school expenses. Lawmakers will continue to work on it, but it won't come up for a vote until next year. During lengthy public hearings, the bill's supporters argued it would provide options for families dissatisfied with their local schools, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. Opponents argue the bill will drain money from public school districts and allow wealthy parents to use taxpayer money to send their children to private schools that are free to discriminate against applicants on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race and more. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed....
    ANDALUSIA, Ala. (AP) — A longtime schools chief in Alabama has announced his pending retirement. Andalusia City Schools Superintendent Ted Watson, in an email to the schools, said he plans to retire at the end of August. He first made the announcement at last Tuesday’s board meeting, WSFA-TV reported. Watson said he has been an educator for 35 years, spending all but four of those years in Andalusia. He became superintendent in 2010. “No one could have been more fortunate than me. There have been good times and bad but I truly have been blessed to work with what I believe to be Alabama’s finest,” Watson said in the email. Watson said he will do what he can to make sure there's a smooth transition. “An early announcement was my attempt at trying to give our board ample time to do just that,” he added. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All...
    Brexit leader Nigel Farage has warned that there is a “communist takeover” of large swaths of Britain’s private education sector, as an investigation has revealed that schools throughout the country have been bought out by firms connected to the Chinese government. There are currently 17 private schools in the United Kingdom owned by Chinese firms, nine of which are owned by senior members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The schools are reportedly presenting a “whitewashed” view of China to their students, and one school has admitted that the goal of infiltrating the education system is to propagate China’s One Belt, One Road global initiative, an investigation from the Mail on Sunday revealed. Reform UK party leader Nigel Farage said that the British government “must wake up to the dangers and act quickly” warning that “the world is being taken over by stealth by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Under...
    BORIS Johnson’s hopes of getting all school kids back in classrooms on 8 March handed a huge boost after Labour boss Sir Keir Starmer defied his union paymasters to back the plan.  The Prime Minister is preparing a major school safety campaign this week to convince parents children are safe, despite nine teaching unions saying they want a staggered return.  ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   3Schools are expected to go back by March 8, with Keir Starmer throwing his support behind the planCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Sir Keir Starmer faced down unions to call for the mass opening of schoolsCredit: Sky News He will also unveil millions in support for a major catch up push and a Covid mass-testing regime for all schools to follow in the coming days.   But a fresh bout Labour civil war exploded once again after...
    Throughout this pandemic, we have been urged to “follow the science.”  The medical experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, U.S. Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Rochelle Wollensky, and top California Department of Public Health officials have roundly concluded that schools — particularly elementary schools — can safely reopen without vaccinating teachers. Research conducted internationally and throughout the United States consistently reveals dramatically lower infection rates among young children in congregate settings — without increasing infection rates among teachers or child care providers. When many California public charter and private schools opened months ago, California’s top health official found no increase in viral transmission from their reopening. Science hasn’t guided school re-opening decisions, unfortunately; politics has. Politics opened bars, card clubs and marijuana dispensaries over the past year while closing our schools and stranding our students — with children from our poorest families suffering most severely. Gov. Gavin Newsom committed billions...
              Members of the Shelby County School Board want to create an expanded version of African-American studies for K-12 curriculum districtwide. The proposal came from board member Stephanie Love, the District 3 representative. It argued that current curriculum has failed to remedy the negative impacts students face from the “continuous and systemic murder of African-Americans by law enforcement” and the county’s high homicide rates. The proposal also stated that current curriculum only covers slavery and limits its scope to certain, bigger historical figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If passed, the resolution would draft an expansive K-12 curriculum by June and implement the curriculum in the fall. In an interview with The Tennessee Star, Love explained that this idea was borne out of ongoing issues with racial inequities nationwide, as well as certain issues that impacted the community in Memphis. According to Love, the...
    Reaction to Pac-12 developments on and off the field (special edition) … 1. Those crazy Californians Almost two years to the day after the groundbreaking ‘Fair Pay To Play Act’ was introduced into the California state assembly, another bill focused on the rights of college athletes has entered the legislative pipeline in Sacramento. Say hello to AB-609 — “The College Athlete Race and Gender Equity Act.” It’s not merely groundbreaking. It prevents breaking ground, literally. The bill requires California universities to pay football and men’s basketball players tens of millions of dollars in royalties for the use of their name, image and likeness. One of the stipulations in AB-609 would bar universities from building athletic facilities (locker rooms, weight rooms, arenas, etc.) just to keep up with their peers. Another stipulation would force universities to suspend athletic directors for three years if their departments fall out of compliance with Title...
    The New Zealand authorities will distribute, therefore free of charge, periodic protection in schools to fight against “menstrual insecurity”. 1/12 According to Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, a study found that about one in 12 teenage girls does not go to school during her period due to lack of access to appropriate protection. “Young people should not miss their education because of something normal for half of the population”, said Ms. Ardern in comments reported by the French media. According to her, providing these protections in schools is a way for the government to directly tackle poverty, “to help increase the rate of school attendance and to have a beneficial effect on the well-being of children”. > To read also: Jacinda Ardern: “climate emergency” declared in New Zealand Menstrual insecurity This program will start in June for some 25 million...
    OAKLEY (KPIX) — A few dozen people gathered at Oakley City Hall Saturday, not all of them from Oakley. What happened here this week is now part of the statewide fight over reopening schools. “It’s not, honestly, the light we would want on our city” said parent Rebecca Mears. “It is unfortunate that it came to that but unfortunately they were caught red-handed making inappropriate and unprofessional comments.” Parents call for reopening school at a rally outside Oakley City Hall. (CBS) Originally planned as a protest against the school board members who have now resigned, Saturday’s event became a call for open schools. “Five days a week, on campus, now!” one speaker said. “That’s what’s gotta happen.” “We are from Brentwood Unified School District,” explained Chandra Bates. “Unfortunately, we just pulled our kids from the district because the school has not been transparent and has not let parents have a...
    The California Department of Public Health announced its youth sports update on Friday, which provides a path forward for a resumption of high school sports beyond the purple tier sports of cross-country, golf, tennis and track and field. Restrictions for high-contact outdoor sports have been relaxed, although most Southern California counties need cases to continue to decline to meet the requirement to restart sports such as football, field hockey, rugby and water polo. Here are answers to questions you might have. When will football season begin? The Southern Section says football teams must complete their seasons by April 17. Teams are required to have a minimum 14 days of practice before playing their first game. The first practice day can be Tuesday if a county reaches a COVID-19 case rate of 14 per 100,000. Weekly testing of players and coaches will be required. Those that have been conditioning for weeks...
    Democrats are kowtowing to the teachers unions that fund their campaigns, but opening schools has to be about American children and not politics, according to Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., on Newsmax TV. "Democrats lawmakers are going to have to do something other than pay lip service to the idea of returning to school," Bishop told Saturdays "The Count." "A lot of people talking about enormous appropriations of additional money for schools. "Its fine to take care of the problems schools may have getting back from COVID, but what the CDC has said is its safe to do so and the money thats been appropriated previously for schools has not been spent." Bishop noted President Joe Bidens $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bailout includes $130 billion more for schools, but only 5% would be spent before September 2021. "The answer is they really dont want to get kids back in school because the...
    OAKLAND (KPIX) — When the federal government opened its mass vaccination clinic at the Oakland Coliseum, it also included a couple of mobile units to target areas of special need. Saturday, the focus was on getting schools reopened. The vaccination clinic at the Alameda County Office of Education in Hayward was held specifically for employees who either work on campuses now or will be on campus when in-person learning resumes. Superintendent of Schools L.K. Monroe gave credit to the county for including teachers and school workers in its Tier 1B designation. “Many counties have had difficulties being able to prioritize educators,” she said. “They’ve said, we’re going to stick with 65-plus, see how that goes, and then we’ll let you know, educators, when we can look at vaccinating you. Alameda County said we need our educators to have access to this vaccine, too.” Dan McCafferty, campus supervisor at Livermore High...
    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Many elected officials and parents are pressuring teachers to get back on campus. Now Los Angeles Unified School District teachers are pushing back.In downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, educators, parents and students gathered to voice their concerns by participating in a car caravan protest and rally. They said they were worried about reopening schools for in-person instruction before it is safe to do so.The group Reclaim Our Schools L.A. and the union United Teachers Los Angeles organized the Saturday morning demonstration.UTLA said its members will vote on whether they should refuse to report to work if the school district reopen its campuses soon. The union said it wants to see L.A. County move out of the state's purple tier designation, indicating widespread transmission of the coronavirus, before in-person instruction resumes.UTLA is also demanding vaccines for all educators.
    PUPILS who have missed months of school during the pandemic will face classes during the summer holidays to help them catch up. Headteachers will be handed hundreds of millions of pounds to open classes during the six-week break for youngsters who have fallen behind with their education. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   5Kids needing extra support after months of lockdown could be offered summer school placementsCredit: Alamy 5Those struggling with being out of class will take part in sports and activities in the morning followed by classroom learning in the afternoonCredit: AFP - Getty The news will soon be announced by Boris Johnson as officials urge education chiefs to bring in freelance tutors or pay teachers for extra work out of school hours, The Sunday Times reports. The summer schools will feature sports and group activities in the morning followed by lessons...
    More On: department of education Veteran Bronx educator claims she was fired after refusing ‘Black Panther’ salute Judge rules DOE must provide charter schools with COVID-19 tests Letters to the Editor— Feb. 20, 2021 City Council debates giving NYC DOE control over school safety A veteran Bronx superintendent once praised by Chancellor Richard Carranza for her successes in the classroom claims her career was derailed by his “equity” agenda — forcing her to take a demotion in a desperate bid to preserve her pension, according to a $150 million lawsuit. Karen Ames, a 30-year Department of Education employee, says she was targeted by Carranza’s “Disrupt and Dismantle” campaign to oust or marginalize longtime employees because she is over 40, and Jewish. “The agenda of Chancellor Carranza and his senior leadership team was euphemistically touted as an ‘equity platform’ but in reality, it was a platform used to create gender, age,...
    Debate over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent guidance on reopening schools amid the pandemic, as well as the winter weather ravaging Texas are expected to dominate this week’s Sunday talk shows.  Last Friday, the CDC released long-awaited guidelines on a phased reopening for schools across the country. The agency, among its recommendations for a safe reopening, listed the universal wearing of masks by students, staff and teachers as well as social distancing.  The CDC added that vaccinations for teachers should be prioritized, but "should not be considered a condition" for reopening schools.  The recommendations prompted more questions aimed at the Biden administration, as experts are attempting to promote the safety of returning to schools, while teachers unions are pushing back against returning to in-person learning.  Republicans have also criticized President Biden over claims that he is not pushing hard enough for schools to reopen.  The issue...
    On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks stated that President Joe Biden has had a “professional organization” and hasn’t had many mistakes other than “one little error” on “when schools are going to re-open.” Brooks said, “He’s amazingly done very well at holding the Democratic Party together, which was not natural. I think he’s done that extremely skillfully, his approval rating. There really have been not so many errors, one little error about how — when schools are going to re-open. But, pretty much else, it’s a professional organization, just as it was a professional campaign.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson pointed out some of the lessons taught to children in some public schools in America, rooted in leftist ideology often to promote Black Lives Matter and other left-of-center causes. Transcript as follows: CARLSON: Nothing changes the society long term more than the way we teach our children, what we teach them and how we teach them. If you want to pass on your values, you tell your kids about them. So school matters, maybe more than anything, and from the very first day of this show, we have covered the way our schools are changing and the indoctrination that your kids are suffering through. Here was our first segment on it. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I taught my class shortly after Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech, and for many students, particularly for young women, it was something...
    CORONAVIRUS deaths have plunged 28 per cent in a week with 445 fatalities reported today. Another 10,406 cases were recorded, bringing the total to 4,105,675. 3Coronavirus deaths are continuing to fall as Boris Johnson prepares his roadmap out of lockdown (File)Credit: © 2021 Joshua Bratt The rise in fatalities brings the total number since the beginning of the pandemic to 120,365. It is smaller than the 621 deaths recorded last Saturday, and nearly half the figure of 828 reported on February 6. But today's increase in cases is slightly larger than the 9,765 infections recorded last week. It comes as: Hopes have been raised that pubs and family meet ups outdoors could be allowed in April as the PM prepares his lockdown roadmap. Hairdressers could stay shut until April as government sources stressed there is 'still some time to go' for close contact services. Majorca and Ibiza...
    The entire school board of a California public school has resigned after members were caught making disparaging remarks about parents during a meeting they thought was private, numerous sources reported. Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito, Richie Masadas and Lisa Brizendine, members of the Oakley Union Elementary School Board, all resigned following a petition that circulated calling for the board’s resignation over the “disrespectful” comments members made, according to ABC 7. Superintendent Greg Hetrick, in a statement to district families, said “I want to inform you that Board Members Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito, Richie Masadas and Lisa Brizendine have submitted their resignations from their position on the OUESD School Board,” ABC 7 reported.  The statement read in part: This was a difficult decision, but we hear the community’s concerns, and we believe yielding to your request that we step down will allow the District to move forward. Please do not let our...
    Officials in Putnam County are seeking guidance from the state as they look to reopen more schools for in-person learning while avoiding community spread of COVID-19. Nearly a year into the pandemic, with various parts of the economy re-opening in different stages, parents, education, local and health officials are questioning: “what is next for schools?” “Parents and caregivers are understandably concerned,” Putnam County Department of Health Educator Susan Hoffner said. “Families have varied needs and levels of comfort with the delivery of education, as well as the safety precautions in place in schools. 
“They are questioning policies and have become increasingly vocal, raising perceived inconsistencies in guidance and disparities among different schools, districts, and counties in the state,” she added. “Behind the scenes, local elected officials have initiated direct conversations with the governor and state lawmakers.” According to officials in Putnam, the guidance from the state has...
    On Friday’s broadcast of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Director of the Harvard Healthy Buildings Program and Associate Professor Dr. Joseph Allen criticized the CDC’s school re-opening guidelines by stating that if schools follow the guidelines, schools that are open now would close, and “if schools start following this new guidance strictly, kids are not getting back to full-time school.” Allen said, “We’ve seen examples where schools have stayed open and have been effectively open with very little in-school transmission, even in communities with high community spread. In fact, CDC’s own report has shown that. We’ve also seen the opposite. We’ve seen low community spread, poor controls in school, and cases. So, the community spread metric idea sounds great, but the reality is, it doesn’t really tell us what’s happening in schools. 90% of the schools right now in the U.S. are in what CDC deems the red zone, even schools that...
    On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) defended the push for more funding for schools in the coronavirus relief bill even though only some of the money will be released in FY 2021 and money from prior coronavirus relief bills hasn’t been spent yet by stating that the money will “be spent when it can be spent effectively.” Dingell said, “Well, it’s not to say that some of that money can’t be moved forward. But there’s — we don’t want to waste money. But let’s really talk about what’s happening. Everybody wants to get the schools re-opened. And I mean everybody, from the students, to teachers, and everybody that’s on school boards, communities, up to the president of the United States. But people are still concerned about the contagiousness of COVID. I talk to teachers every single day who are scared. They want...
    Elizabeth Blackwell had an epiphany. After a friend back home in Cincinnati admitted that she delayed treatment for uterine problems because she didn’t want to be handled by a “rough unfeeling man,” Blackwell — then a shy 24-year-old music teacher — decided to study medicine. “If I could have been treated by a lady doctor,” the friend confided to Blackwell, “my worst sufferings would have spared me.” That sent Blackwell on a mission: She applied to 29 schools before getting into Geneva Medical College in New York state two years later in 1847— the male students voted to admit her, assuming her application was a joke from a rival school.  The unflappable Blackwell, however, was no joke, and her professors and fellow students treated her with respect, even as journalists from all over came to Geneva to “gawk” at the “pretty little specimen of the feminine gender” as she took...
    More On: doctors Texas doctor defends stealing COVID-19 vaccine doses for friends, family 22-year-old was told she had a hangover – but her actual diagnosis was much worse Doctor who founded vaccine company hosted superspreader event that infected 24 Stanford pediatrician arrested for trying to have sex with underage girl Elizabeth Blackwell had an epiphany. After a friend back home in Cincinnati admitted that she delayed treatment for uterine problems because she didn’t want to be handled by a “rough unfeeling man,” Blackwell — then a shy 24-year-old music teacher — decided to study medicine. “If I could have been treated by a lady doctor,” the friend confided to Blackwell, “my worst sufferings would have spared me.” That sent Blackwell on a mission: She applied to 29 schools before getting into Geneva Medical College in New York state two years later in 1847— the male students voted to admit...
    California public school parents have become understandably exasperated with the months of squabbling between teacher unions, county officials, the state Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom over school reopenings. School districts in much of the country have resumed classes with little evidence of coronavirus outbreaks. Many private and charter schools in California have done the same. But when it comes to public schools in our state, teacher unions have disproportionate political influence locally and statewide, and each school district has been left to negotiate a labor agreement for reopening on its own. The result: Chaos. Students sitting at home, many falling further behind in their schoolwork. Parents trying to juggle their jobs, provided they can even work from home, while helping their kids with their lessons and Zoom connections. Some California districts have managed to reopen, but they are disproportionately the wealthier ones. Once again, it’s people of color and low-income...
    Every member of a school board in Northern California resigned on Friday after a video revealed they mocked parents during a virtual public meeting about reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Lisa Brizendine, president of the Oakley Union Elementary School District, resigned with members Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito and Richie Masadas, Fox News reported. Schools Superintendent Greg Hetrick described the comments as 'truly inappropriate' and issued an apology on Thursday. 'Last night at the Oakley Union Elementary School District Regular Board Meeting there were unfortunate and truly inappropriate comments made that were heard by many. These comments are not typical and more importantly they are not what the community should expect from our school district,' he said. 'The comments made were not in alignment with our Vision and are definitely not what any of us stand for as leaders.' Scroll down for video  The resignations come after video revealed they mocked parents...
            by Scott McClallen  On Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz updated Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan to allow more middle school and high school students to return to the classroom for hybrid or in-person learning as early as Monday. Walz expects all schools to offer their students some form of in-person learning by March 8, but said he won’t force them to comply. “We don’t push them, we partner with them,” Walz said. Walz’s administration says 85% of K-8 classes are in some form of in-person learning, and the transmission rate among teachers is 0.37%. However, many schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul haven’t returned to in-person instruction. “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” Walz said of a reporter asking him what he would do if teachers’ unions refuse to return to in-person work. “It’s time for students to be back in the classroom,” Walz said. “We...
              Senator Siobhan Dunnavant’s (R-Henrico) SB 1303 requiring schools to provide both in-person and virtual learning options is still moving through the House of Delegates, but slowly. Dunnavant’s bill earned bipartisan support in the Senate, thanks in part to support from Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) and Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond.) But a House Education subcommittee initially introduced several amendments to the bill that would effectively leave the status quo intact, prompting opposition from House Republicans. Dunnavant told The Virginia Star that she was working with House legislators and hoped to have a good compromise ready next week. The House Education Committee met on Wednesday and was scheduled to consider the amended bill, but instead voted to temporarily pass by the bill. “Senator Dunnavant’s bill is a bill that is important to all of us and we want to make sure that we get it right,...
    By MARK RICE, The Ledger-Enquirer COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Thanks to a request from a retired professor, the Muscogee County School District has agreed to fill a half-century-old omission in its history. The late Mary Lee Hall Bussey, the Black educator who led the county’s “Negro schools” for 18 years during segregation, will be honored in the rightful place where its all-white superintendents are remembered. Judy Purnell, who taught African and African-American culture at Columbus State University, presented her case during the MCSD board’s work session last week. Then, during Feb. 19's meeting, the board unanimously passed a resolution that gives Bussey the posthumous title of superintendent and orders a professional portrait of her to be commissioned and hung in the Muscogee County Public Education Center along with images of the other superintendents. Purnell, who grew up in Columbus and attended segregated schools, expressed her gratitude for the board’s decision....
    An Oregon Christian school that sued the state for failing to teach in person during a pandemic lockdown dropped the case after the ban was lifted. The First Amendment lawsuit was filed last October by Hermiston Christian School against Oregon Governor Kate Brown, as well as the heads of the departments of education and health. The K-12 private school argued that it was religious discrimination when the state forced “small” private schools, defined as those with 75 students or fewer, to close while allowing their secular public counterparts to open for in-person instruction. According to the lawsuit, religious schools represent 100 percent of private schools in Umatilla County, where Hermiston Christian School is located. « The defendants’ COVID-19 orders and guidance generally prohibit in-person instruction, but grant a ‘small school’ exception to public schools and deny the same exception to private religious schools, » the complaint says. . Alliance Defending Freedom, a...
    OAKLEY — It started with profanity, jokes about parents just wanting a babysitter or to smoke pot in their homes, and then, with the horrible realization by the elected officials making these comments that they were speaking on a live video stream being broadcast to the public. And now, the three-day saga that has garnered national attention and widespread condemnation has resulted in the resignation of the entire Oakley Union Elementary School District Board, according to a letter by the district’s superintendent. “We deeply regret the earlier comments that were made in the meeting of the Board of Education earlier this week,” a joint statement by now ex-board members Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito, and Richie Masadas says. “As trustees, we realize it is our responsibility to model the conduct that we expect of our students and staff, and it is our obligation to build confidence in district leadership; our comments...
    Local news shines as Texas went dark Ted Cruzs explanation for his Cancun trip made things worse Unique Tip If Your Car Has Automatic Headlights Ad Microsoft The Best Flashlight We've Ever Tested Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/26 SLIDES © Canva Best counties to live in Florida What makes a particular county the best? Oftentimes, it's a good mix of opportunities for fun outdoor activities and cultural attractions. Throw in some historical sites, good schools, job opportunities,...
    Nothing changes a society more over the long term than the way we teach our children, what we teach them, and how we teach them. If you want to pass on your values, you tell your kids about them. So school matters maybe more than anything. From the very first day "Tucker Carlson Tonight" came on the air in November 2016, we have covered the way our schools are changing and the indoctrination that your kids are suffering through. Over the past four-plus years, the curricula in so many schools has turned from the extremely left-wing to the outright totalitarian.  For example, the school district in Buffalo, N.Y., now has an Office of Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Initiatives. The Buffalo school district's "first days of school" lesson plan gets political in very specific terms. "Do Black Lives Matter in America?" it begins. By the end of the lesson, it declares, "Students will be able to understand the need...
    HAYWARD (KPIX 5) — California will set aside 10% of first vaccine doses for staffers in education in childcare beginning next month to help return children to in-class learning, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday at a mobile vaccination clinic in Hayward. The move comes a day after California’s legislative leaders announced a $6.5 billion proposal aimed at reopening schools later this spring, a timeline that Newsom said is not fast enough for California’s six million K-12 students and that he would veto. “My fear about what was put out yesterday is that it’s actually going to slow down our ability to re-open schools safely,” said Newsom. “That’s my concern. We will continue, we are continuing dialogue with the legislature, but the proposal that was put back actually sets back the cause of safely re-opening schools,” Newsom said. The statewide discussion over re-opening is happening as the California Office of...
    The Department of Education must begin administering COVID-19 tests in charter schools, a court ruled Friday. New York County Supreme Court Justice Frank Nervo determined that the DOE “shall provide and administer COVID-19 screening tests to students and staff of charter schools upon identical terms as testing provided to public schools,” court papers say. The decision is a win for charter schools and families who complained that the city had unfairly denied them coronavirus tests despite public schools receiving them weekly. A lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court in December charges that charter schools should be entitled to the same testing requirements as the DOE’s public schools because they receive public funding. Many of the charter schools were forced to go fully remote because they couldn’t get ahold of the tests, according to the suit, which was filed by schools including Zeta, Renaissance, Classical, Public Prep Academies...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It may be the weekend, but at school’s around North Texas, work won’t stop. “We have about 75 campuses in the district, and about 25 locations have been affected by this storm,” said Arlington ISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos. READ MORE: 4 Recovering, 1 In Critical Condition, After Ending Up In Frigid Pond In Irving Park Now, the task for each district is to assess if they were affected by the winter storms, and if so, how bad. In Wiley ISD, at least three to four campuses have had major flooding. While Fort Worth ISD says they’ve seen damage so far in at least 45 to 50 schools. On top of the floods, many are also dealing with connectivity issues from power outages, and boil orders that impact the ability for kids to wash their hands, and for cafeterias to produce food. READ MORE: Keller Restaurants Helping...
    More On: Coronavirus in NY When it comes to nursing homes, Andrew Cuomo is no Nelson Rockefeller ‘We have to make the changes’: Cuomo proposes his own nursing-home reform package Top NYS legislators push back against Gov. Cuomo over nursing home data Feds’ probe of Cuomo’s nursing-home scandal needs to be interference-free The Department of Education must begin administering COVID-19 tests in charter schools, a court ruled Friday. New York County Supreme Court Justice Frank Nervo determined that the DOE “shall provide and administer COVID-19 screening tests to students and staff of charter schools upon identical terms as testing provided to public schools,” court papers say. The decision is a win for charter schools and families who complained that the city had unfairly denied them coronavirus tests despite public schools receiving them weekly. A lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court in December charges that charter schools should...
    A controversial United Nations agency that was defunded by the Trump administration will likely soon get a new injection of US taxpayer cash as the Biden administration is expected to return to funding the agency. The policy change comes at a time when the UN agency - UNRWA - faces fresh calls to put an end to incitement and antisemitism in its education system. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group has asked UN chief Antonio Guterres to condemn the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, (UNRWA) over its continued school curriculum of hate and indoctrination taught to some three hundred thousand students at its schools in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center raised the issue last week following a meeting with a representative of the UN Secretary General. Cooper told Fox News that he...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Public school enrollment in Minnesota dropped by about 17,000 students as families turned to home schooling, private schools and delaying entry into kindergarten amid the coronavirus pandemic, state education officials announced Friday. The enrollment figures from the Minnesota Department of Education represented a 2% drop from the previous school year. READ MORE: They Met Online, Thousands Of Miles Apart; Now COVID Has Their Wedding Plans In Limbo Officials had warned that they were seeing a decline. The state allocates school funding based on enrollment, and districts stand to lose about $10,164 for every student they failed to keep. Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed education budget includes $25 million in one-time money to compensate. “COVID-19 has already robbed our students of so many milestones that make school memorable,” Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker said in a statement. “Now, our schools are potentially facing a huge loss in funding and...
    School authorities and legislators in Florida (USA) have requested information about the almost 90,000 primary and secondary students that have not been enrolled in public schools after the pandemic, which may mean a decrease in the budget allocation. State school districts estimate that due to the covid-19 pandemic, at least 87,811 students have not been enrolled in public schools, relative to the enrollment forecasts for the 2020-2021 academic year. According to an alarm launched this Thursday in a virtual meeting between Florida school superintendents and state legislators, the situation is delicate because the funds that public schools receive annually are directly proportional to enrollment. The Speaker of the State House of Representatives, the Republican Chris Sprowls, He said lower enrollment will create a challenge when budgeting for schools. In a letter sent to superintendents, Sprowls stated that an emergency order, linking education funding to projected enrollment, allowed districts to...
    More On: teachers union Get schools open, President Biden Lincoln Project’s disgrace and other commentary School reopening is a bipartisan cause, so why is Biden so sluggish? Biden’s troubling double-talk on school openings must’ve set a record San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera this week expanded his suit against the city’s school district and Board of Education for dillydallying in reopening schools, which apparently don’t care about the fact that children are killing themselves. The educrats there are independent of mayoral control, but fully under the thumb of the local teachers’ union, which has offered impossible demands rather than let members do their jobs. Herrera’s initial suit cited the record-high numbers of hospitalized suicidal children and those requiring emergency mental health care. Now he’s added charges of violating students’ rights to attend public school under the state Constitution, discriminating against students on the basis of wealth and violating state...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. McConnell politically shrewd but cowardly Following the acquittal of former President Trump, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a scathing speech about Trump’s guilt. Some in the media labeled it courageous. It was really a hypocritical, self-serving, cowardly act. McConnell hypocritically voted to acquit arguing an out-of-office president could not be impeached, yet he created that excuse by recessing the Senate for two weeks instead of conducting a trial. Related Articles Letters: End the debate | Rate hike | Public utilities | Power shutoffs | Righteous acquittal Letters: Seamless CVS | Indict Trump | Whose apology? | Iran’s crimes | Public schools Letters: Responsible reopening | Money on the table | Dangerous idea | Manipulating facts | Character missing Letters: Faster response | Short-sighted |...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. End the debate and vaccinate teachers I have read many positions from the various states’ teachers’ unions, the Biden administration, the Centers for Disease Control, as well as so many local politicos’ opinions regarding opening of our schools. Joseph Di Salvo’s oped in The Mercury News (“Teachers need vaccinations for schools to reopen safely,” Page A6, Feb. 17) was a pragmatic and wonderfully instructive blueprint for opening our schools. Stop the debate. Just vaccinate our teachers and get our children back in school. Get on with in-classroom education. It’s time. David E. Cohen Former publisher/owner Silicon Valley Community Newspapers San Jose CPUC must say no to water rate hike San Jose has some of the highest costs for electric, water, gasoline and housing — far higher than other cities outside California. Now, San Jose Water...
    By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge heard arguments Friday on whether medically vulnerable lawmakers should be given remote access to the New Hampshire House sessions next week or whether separate entrances for Democrats and Republicans and other safety measures would suffice. Seven Democratic lawmakers sued Republican House Speaker Sherm Packard earlier this week arguing that holding in-person sessions without a remote option violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and the state and federal constitutions. It also forces them to choose between risking their lives and not performing their duties as elected officials, attorney Paul Twomey said at a hearing Friday. If all 28 lawmakers with medical disabilities stayed home, nearly 100,000 residents across the state would lose representation, he said. “We think no matter how you look at it, if people chose to take the risk of attending or choose not to attend, they...
    PROFESSOR Chris Whitty is reportedly "very unhappy" with Boris Johnson’s plans to open all schools in a "big bang"  The chief medical officer for England was said to be reluctant to personally get behind the policy this week. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   5Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty is allegedly not aboard the PM's bid to return kids to schoolCredit: Getty - Pool 5Parents are desperate to know when their kids can go back to schoolCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5Boris Johnson has vowed to open schools as part of a 'big bang' in his anticipated 'road map to recovery'Credit: PA The PM is desperate to get children back into schools on March 8 after months of lost education caused by the pandemic, stressing earlier this week that it was his "number one priority". But education sources told the Guardian Whitty...
    While progress has been made on President Biden's goal to reopen most schools within 100 days after one month in office, nearly 60 percent of students are still not going to school full-time. Currently, 41.9 percent of children K-12 are learning in the classroom five days per week, up from 35.4 percent on Jan. 19, one day before Biden took office, according to data gathered by school reopening tracker Burbio. Virtual learning is being used in 31.7 percent of schools, down from 42.6 on Jan. 19, and a hybrid form of in-person and virtual is in place at 26.4 percent of schools, up from 22 percent. Hybrid learning differs in the amount of classroom time by district.  Burbio aggregates data from over 80,000 schools throughout the country, including those in the 200 largest districts, in every state of the U.S. to count the percentage of students back in the classroom. The total number of...
    Gov. Roy Cooper reiterated his opposition Thursday to a Republican-led bill that resumes in-person learning in North Carolina public schools. The measure, Senate Bill 37, passed the General Assembly and was sent to Cooper on Wednesday, but the governor said he would not sign the legislation until it adheres to public health guidance and expands local control. "We need our children back in the classroom," Cooper said Thursday during a news briefing. "We need to do it safely. We need to follow the guidelines, but they need to be back." SB 37 requires all public K-12 schools to resume in-person learning for students with special needs without social distancing and all other K-12 classrooms to operate based on school districts' discretion. Cooper, however, said putting middle-school and high-school students back in the classrooms without social distancing goes against public health guidance. He said the bill also hinders local or state...
    CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) — New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed a K-through-12 back-to-school emergency order on Friday. “All schools must come back to a least a hybrid model of learning at least a couple days a week starting March 8,” the governor said. The decision has school officials rushing to make plans within the next two weeks. READ MORE: Mass. Announces Improvements To Vaccine Appointment Website “It’s going to be difficult. In-person is different from remote learning. They’ve been putting much more hours and work than normal,” President NEA New Hampshire, Megan Tuttle said. Sununu said only a few schools are fully remote right now, 60% of schools are already in a hybrid model and 40% have been in-person learning five days a week. The order requires schools to provide the option of in-person learning at least two days a week. READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 1,679 New COVID Cases; Hospitalizations...
    By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than $2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funding will be allocated across Washington state under a measure signed into law Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure, which received strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate this month, spends $2.2 billion on various efforts, including vaccine administration, rental assistance and money for school districts as they move back toward in-classroom teaching. “The focus this year is relief, recovery and resilience, and this legislation will make big progress in all three,” Inslee said before signing the bill. Under the bill, $714 million will be allocated to schools as they move toward welcoming students back to the classroom. An additional $618 million will go toward vaccine administration, contact tracing and testing, and $365 million will go toward rental assistance to help renters and landlords affected by the pandemic. The...
    Dr. Saideh Farahmandnia in Sacramento, Calif., on Feb. 12, 2021. (Salgu Wissmath/The New York Times) Dr. Kristy Cromblin knew that as the descendant of Alabama sharecroppers and the first person in her family to go to college, making it to medical school might seem like an improbable dream. Her parents watched in proud disbelief as she inched closer to that goal, enrolling in a medical school in Barbados and enlisting in the military with plans to serve one day as a flight surgeon. Then came an unexpected hurdle: A contentious divorce led Cromblin to take seven years away from medical school to care for her two sons. In 2012, she returned for her final year, excited to complete her exams and apply for residency, the final step in her training. But no one had told Cromblin that hospital residency programs, which have been flooded with a rising number...
    Background photo created by rawpixel.com - www.freepik.com The Bulloch County School System is hiring substitutes for several positions. Pay rates have temporarily increased for substitutes during the period of February 22 – May 26, 2021. The increased per day rate is $135 for these positions, with the exception of nurses, which is now $250. Substitute positions available are for teachers, nurses, clerical staff, custodians, bus drivers, bus monitors, and mechanics. For more information and to apply, visit online HERE. 
    Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday said the state will begin setting aside 10% of its vaccines for teachers and school staff starting next month in a bid to speed reopening of schools closed since last March by the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom said 35 counties — many of them in the Bay Area — already have begun vaccinating teachers, and “we want to operationalize that for all 58 counties in the state.” “We are setting aside 10% all doses — 7,500 doses every week — that will be set aside for those educators and child care workers,” Newsom said at a news conference at a new mobile vaccine clinic in Hayward. “There’s momentum on reopening schools, and I want to continue that momentum. That’s why we’re setting aside 10% of the vaccines to do precisely that. That is a significant set aside. We think that will substantially address concerns.” The announcement...
    Dr. Drew Pinsky predicted that “school closures will be looked at” as the “most serious misadventure” from the coronavirus pandemic. “School closures will be looked at as the most serious misadventure from this pandemic,” the media personality tweeted to his many followers Friday. (RELATED: ‘They Should Be Ashamed Of Themselves’: Dr. Drew Blasts Media’s Coronavirus Coverage) “Did a physician recommend this?” he added. “Because the CDC did not. We don’t know the impact closing schools might have on our youth. Might it be a permanent injury to their well-being?” School closures will be looked at as the most serious misadventure from this pandemic. Did a physician recommend this? Because the CDC did not. We don’t know the impact closing schools might have on our youth. Might it be a permanent injury to their well-being? — Dr. Drew (@drdrew) February 19, 2021 “California’s COVID tier system makes it impossible for...
    California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomState lawmakers propose bill to ban fracking in California by 2027 California coronavirus hospitalizations dropping, death rate holds steady Caitlyn Jenner rules out gubernatorial run in California MORE (D) announced Friday that the state will set aside 10 percent of first doses of coronavirus vaccines for educators.  Newsom touted that 35 of California’s 58 counties “currently are prioritizing vaccinations for teachers and educators," but noted that “we want to operationalize that as the standard for all 58 counties in the state.” “Effective March 1, not only are we doing that through our third party administrator, but we are also setting aside 10 percent of all first doses beginning with a baseline of 75,000 doses every single week that will be made available and set aside for those educators and childcare workers that are supporting our efforts to get our kids back into in-person instruction,” he said...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom was highly critical Friday of a plan from the California Legislature aimed at getting students back in classrooms this spring. Newsom wants students to return to the classroom much earlier. “My fear about what was put out yesterday is it’s actually going to slow down our ability to reopen schools safely,” he said at an Alameda County news conference. “That’s my concern. We are continuing dialogue with the Legislature, but the proposal that was put out actually set back the cause of safely reopening schools on a timeline that advantages the most vulnerable Californians in this state.” Newsom said it was encouraging to see the $6.5 billion commitment lawmakers were willing to fund the return. “But when you look through the details of the proposal, it actually does not allow any cohorts to open for some time,” the governor said. “I believe very...
    School officials are concerned that many students are falling behind in their academic learning levels with the disruption of schooling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In D.C., they’re working on a plan to get kids back on track. The proposed budgets for D.C.’s schools for the upcoming year include the learning recovery plan, educational programs aimed at countering the educational backslide students have experienced during the pandemic. “I think we need to be really clear that there are no silver bullets to how we accelerate learning. There are no items you take off the shelf and magically have our students back on track,” said D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee. “It is going to require more time with our talented educators, with our students, and we set out a plan to make that happen.” There are some new educational offerings in the plan. More Coronavirus News Sign up for WTOP...
    The Hotline mailbag is published each Friday. Send questions to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com or hit me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline. (In each case, please acknowledge authorization to publish your name and question.) Because of volume — and in some cases, the need for research — not all questions will be answered the week they are submitted.  You and @BrockHuard have mentioned one of the reasons the #PAC12 is miles behind the #SEC/Big 10 is they don’t have the same resources they had in 1990s-2000s. Can you expound on that and why are academics so restrictive in the Pac12 but not in the #Big10? Thanks. @kmasterman I won’t speak for Huard here, but the issue, in my mind, is one of relativity over time: How many miles (dollars) behind is the Pac-12 now and how does that compare to the deficit back then? We don’t have details on the annual distributions from the conferences to the...
    The president of a California public school’s board has resigned following a petition launched by parents rebuking “disrespectful” comments about parents that some board members made during a meeting, numerous sources reported. Lisa Brizendine, the president of the Oakley Union Elementary School board, resigned and apologized for her “callous and uncalled for” remarks during a meeting that board members thought was private, but was actually available to the public, KTVU reported Friday. UPDATE: President of Oakley school board resigns, apologizes for ‘callous remarks’ https://t.co/M17PAcfIyy — KTVU (@KTVU) February 19, 2021 “I am raising a 10-year-old with special needs and having him home during this pandemic, while also holding down two jobs to support my family has been a huge stress,” Brizendine said in a statement to KTVU. “I suffer with many of the same things that parents are going through from mental health issues to regression.” “My remark was...
    COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met on Thursday and received a number of updates from the OHSAA staff, including winter and spring state tournament venues, and had an initial discussion regarding charging school membership dues — beginning with the 2021-22 school year. Details and discussion meetings regarding membership dues will be communicated with member schools in March. Sites for the upcoming regional basketball tournaments have been set and are listed below. Of note, since most universities in Ohio are not currently allowing fans or outside groups to use their facilities due to COVID-19 campus protocols, most of the boys basketball regional tournaments will take place at member school gymnasiums. Ticketing details have been sent to member schools to comply with Ohio Department of Health regulations. “As we have seen throughout this pandemic, our member schools will do whatever it takes to provide participation...
    Public schools may soon face a funding crisis, and it’s not just because parents are withdrawing their children in search of alternatives that offer in-person learning.
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that state officials will set aside 10% of California’s weekly allotment of COVID-19 vaccine doses for educators starting next month, an effort to jump-start the process of reopening more public school campuses as virus conditions improve in communities across the state. The announcement, made during a visit to an Oakland vaccination clinic, marked a swift turn of events after school reopening negotiations between Newsom and state lawmakers stalled in part over the governor’s reluctance to promise vaccinations to teachers and school employees. “The reason we can do that more formally, even though we’ve allowed for it over the course of the last number of weeks, is the window of visibility into the future with more vaccinations that are now coming from the Biden administration,” Newsom said. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, legislators at odds over $6.6-billion plan to open California elementary...
    The California Department of Public Health released its much-anticipated youth sports update on Friday after weeks of talks with coaches and CIF officials while seeing a major decline in coronavirus cases. The new guidance offers a way for a twice-delayed high school football and water polo teams to begin practicing with a weekly testing component on Feb. 26. Last March, high school sports came to a halt in California when schools shut down at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. In July, the CIF, the state’s governing body for high school sports, delayed the 2020-21 fall sports season until December. State health guidelines prohibited competitive sports for months even though most other states continued to hold competitions. On Friday, the CDPH announced that weekly testing will be required for outdoor contact sports such as football, rugby and water polo participants ages 13 and older in counties with a case rate...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) announced on Friday that public school enrollment has decreased, citing the COVID-19 pandemic. And it could impact funding for public schools. According to MDE, there was roughly a 2% decrease (about 17,000 students) in public school enrollment between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. READ MORE: Fit February: Tips For Falling Asleep “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families across the state made choices that they believed were best for their students including delaying starting kindergarten for our younger learners and some considered nonpublic options,” MDE said in a release. Indeed, there was a significant increase in younger students enrolling in nonpublic options. Compared to the previous school year, there was a 12.4% increase in kindergarten enrollment and the number of kids in home school increased by 49.5%. READ MORE: Crystal Police: Distraction May Have Been Factor In Crash...
    More On: Coronavirus ‘Alone’: How Italian town with first known virus death fared Japan finds new COVID-19 strain, immigration center reports infections CDC director worries over ‘pandemic fatigue’ come spring Blue Jays can’t begin their season in Canada The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “overly burdensome” guidelines on returning to school are and “dismissive” of science, which shows “more kids die when schools are closed,” according to a Johns Hopkins University expert. Dr. Marty Makary penned a blistering op-ed for Fox News panning the agency’s new guidance calling for a phased reopening of K-12 schools, which is based off community transmission rates. “Defying science, the guidelines create testing and distancing requirements so extreme it makes consistent in-person learning unachievable for the vast majority of schools in America today,” Makary wrote. “For instance, if a community has a high rate of COVID transmission, the CDC says students and teachers...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — Students across the Metroplex are getting one more snow day Friday. But schools are spending the day, and likely the weekend, trying to figure out if they’ll be ready for students to return next week. The sun is out, the temperature is going up, but North Texas schools have been locked up in the cold all week. READ MORE: ERCOT Says Texas Grids Are Up And Running & Electrical Systems Are Back To Normal Officials with the Fort Worth Independent School District told CBS 11 News it wasn’t until Friday that they were able to get back into some buildings for the first time. While administrators know there is damage in some buildings it’s a big district and it takes time to check everything. The same assessment is happening at districts all over the region. Officials with the Keller ISD believe they will continue to find...
    Legislation that supporters say would increase diversity at some of Virginia’s most elite schools failed in the state Senate on Thursday as a committee decided to scrap the bill “indefinitely.” The move followed a passionate debate within the Senate Health and Education Committee during which Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, said his constituents were “overwhelmingly” against it. “My emails ran almost 20 or 30 to 1 against what we’re proposing to do,” Saslaw said. The admissions debate has been gaining steam particularly in Northern Virginia at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, located in Fairfax County, one of the Governor’s Schools that has been ranked as the top public high school in the country. The bill would have required the Virginia Board of Education to develop fresh guidelines for the state’s 19 Governor’s Schools, which serve gifted high school students. The board would need to “issue guidance...
    US President Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 16, 2021.SAUL LOEB | AFP | Getty Images "We need student loan forgiveness beyond the potential $10,000 your administration has proposed," Jocelyn Fish, a marketing director for a community theater, told President Joe Biden at CNN's presidential town hall on Tuesday night. "We need at least a $50,000 minimum. What will you do to make that happen?" "I will not make that happen," the president replied. Biden went on to suggest that it didn't make sense to use money to forgive the student debt "for people who have gone to Harvard and Yale and Penn" rather than "to provide for early education for young children who come from disadvantaged circumstances." The exchange quickly rattled progressives, advocates and student loan borrowers who've been calling on Biden to increase the amount of debt forgiveness...
    TEACHING unions are attempting to sabotage Boris Johnson’s plan to reopen all schools on March 8.  A coalition of education unions today demanded a “phased return” to classrooms - despite a dramatic fall in coronavirus infections. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   3A coalition of education unions has demanded a “phased return” to classrooms on March 8 (File photo)Credit: AFP - Getty 3Boris Johnson is desperate to get children back into schools by March 8 after months of lost education caused by the pandemicCredit: Reuters The PM is desperate to get children back into schools on March 8 after months of lost education caused by the pandemic, stressing earlier this week that it was his “number one priority”. But a coalition of nine militant teaching unions today claimed that sending kids back to the classroom on the proposed date would be a “reckless...
    After weeks of tense negotiations, California’s legislative leaders agreed Thursday on a $6.5 billion proposal aimed at getting students back in classrooms this spring following months of closures because of the pandemic. But the plan does not have the blessing of Gov. Gavin Newsom, who said Thursday it "doesn’t go far enough or fast enough." Should Newsom veto it, the Legislature would need two-thirds of both chambers to override him. That has not happened since 1979. Legislative leaders seemed undeterred, with Assembly Budget chair Phil Ting saying they "believe this is the right plan to encourage the most schools to open up." Clarendon Alternative Elementary School fourth-grader Ayla Einhorn works on her computer as students and parents attend distance learning Zoom classes at Midtown Terrace Playground in San Francisco on Thursday. (AP) SAN FRANCISCO OFFICIALS SHOW OFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL READY FOR STUDENTS, BUT NO REOPENING DATE IN SIGHT...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday paved the way for middle and high school students to return to classrooms across Minnesota by relaxing limits on in-person learning, a decision he made based on data saying schools can be relatively safe for kids and teachers under the right conditions.  GOP lawmakers who control the Minnesota Senate have long argued for an end to remote learning, but they weren’t satisfied with the governor’s move. On Thursday, those Republicans argued Walz should never have had the ability to keep classrooms closed in the first place, and approved a bill that would put that idea into practice — removing the governor’s authority under his peacetime emergency powers to decide whether schools should be open. Students “should...
    Gov. Chris Sununu making a push to get more New Hampshire kids back into classrooms with a new directive expanding in-person learning. On Thursday, Sununu said he will sign an executive order "in coming days" that beginning March 8, all K-12 schools must provide at least two days of in-person learning per week. Sununu said about 60% of the state's schools are currently learning in a hybrid model, while 40% have in-person learning 5 days a week. Only a few are still fully remote, he said. "I've long said we need to get our kids back in the classroom, and today's action is a step in the right direction," Sununu posted on social media. "The data is there, the will of the kids is there, the will of the parents is there - and that's what we are doing at the state level." Sununu said there...
    Lisa Brizendine, president of the Oakley Union Elementary School District Board, resigned on Thursday, one day after she and fellow trustees were caught making disparaging remarks about parents just before a meeting when they thought their mics were turned off. Board members were preparing for the meeting and discussing some social media posts and letters when Brizendine chimed in to share her thought about the growing criticism they’ve faced over closed schools, suggesting parents wanted schools reopened so they get their babysitters back. “They forget that there’s real people behind those letters they are writing,” she said. “We are real community members, we have kids or have known kids who have gone to those schools, so we have a vested interest in this process and they don’t know what goes on behind the scene and it’s unfortunate they want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back.” When...
    A majority of teachers currently back in classrooms for in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic say they are comfortable with the experience, a national union’s poll has found.  The survey from the American Federation of Teachers, conducted from Feb. 4-6, asked 600 teachers and 200 paraprofessionals/school-related personnel their opinions on an issue that has become a heated debate across the country.  Of the teachers who responded, 61% of those working in schools where in-person or hybrid learning is happening said they feel comfortable with the return so far, compared to 35% who said they don't, according to the poll.  California school board member threatens to 'f--- up' parentsOakley Union School District parent Ashley Stalf joins 'The Ingraham Angle' to discuss the vulgar comments CALIFORNIA PARENT OUTRAGED BY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS’ VIRAL COMMENTS: ‘WE THOUGHT THEY HAD OUR BACKS’  When the same question was asked to teachers in schools that are still operating remotely, that number flipped. Fifty-five percent of teachers in that group said they would not feel comfortable going back to work in-person, compared to 40% who...
    California lawmakers have reached a $6.5 billion deal on legislation aimed at providing funding for schools to reopen across the state by April 15. Lawmakers unveiled a proposal in the form of two bills on Thursday, Assembly Bill 86 and Senate Bill 86, according to The Mercury News. The bills would provide additional funding to open schools — more than what California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomState lawmakers propose bill to ban fracking in California by 2027 California coronavirus hospitalizations dropping, death rate holds steady Caitlyn Jenner rules out gubernatorial run in California MORE has supported so far, the News noted.  Newsom would have to sign the legislation, once it is passed by the legislature, for it to become law. The proposal, which was shared on Twitter by California Assemblyman Phil Ting (D), would allocate $2 billion to assist schools in reopening for in-person instruction, as well as $4.6 billion in learning...
    The Chattooga County Board of Education approved the 2021-2022 School Calendar.
    Across Minnesota today, students are returning to school after months of distance learning. As they do, a growing number of educational leaders and commentators across the country are arguing that schools should focus first on addressing the “learning loss” that students likely suffered since schools closed last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policies being proposed include: extended summer school, year-round learning, grade retention, intensive online and in-person tutoring, and boot camps during which students concentrate on making up for lost ground in mastering basic skills. While learning loss is an issue that we must understand and address, young people’s path out of the pandemic should not begin with boot camps. Starting with that strategy would only exacerbate the inequities that the COVID-19 pandemic has already laid bare. But if focusing on learning loss is not the right way to help students return to school, what is? A wide...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Vaccine expansion to CVS seamless Something worked right. Hurray. On Thursday I read in The Mercury News that selected pharmacies would begin giving vaccinations on Friday (“CVS now offers vaccinations in the Bay Area,” B1, Feb. 12 ). I’m eligible. I went to the signup site right away. While I waited, the page refreshed reassuringly every 30 seconds. Four hours later — my turn. Signed up for Feb. 14 at a nearby CVS. I would a thousand times rather go to a local CVS than drag out to a sports arena. I got the first shot. The process at CVS was well organized, efficient, orderly, and smooth. Everyone was friendly and competent. If there was a bit of a wait, I didn’t mind, and I didn’t hear anyone complain. My thanks to Santa Clara County...
    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government moved Friday to further tighten restrictive measures amid a surge of a highly contagious coronavirus variant in one of the hardest-hit European Union’s nations. The worsening situation has forced the Cabinet to abandon its plans to reopen all stores as early as next week, while there are wider signs from central Europe of a new infection surge. “I can’t image we would change our view,” Health Minister Jan Blatny said. Blatny said residents will now also have to wear better masks in places where large numbers of people gather, including stores, hospitals and on public transportation. He said that cloth masks used so far by many will no longer be good enough and that medical grade masks, safety respirators or two surgical masks will instead be required. “We’ve agreed that it’s necessary to do all we can to prevent the infection from spreading,” Blatny...