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    The U.S. Department of Education (DOE), led by Betsy DeVos (pictured above), is threatening to withhold $18 million in federal funds from three Connecticut school districts unless they stop following the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s guidelines allowing transgender athletes to compete in sports. The DOE’s Office for Civil Rights sent a letter to the Groton, Hartford and New Haven school districts telling them that allowing trans students to compete in sports teams matching their gender identities violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a subsection of the law that requires federally funded institutions not to discriminate on the basis of sex. Connecticut Attorney General William Tong has pledged to “vigorously oppose” defunding efforts, but the state’s Democratic Governor Ned Lamont...
            by Autumn Klein  Nearly 20% of New York’s Millennials and Gen Z believe the Jewish people are to blame for The Holocaust, a nationwide survey released Wednesday found. While The Holocaust resulted in over 11 million deaths, 36% of respondents under age 39 believed the total death count of Jews was “two million or fewer,” according to a nationwide survey of young people by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, also known as the Claims Conference. Over 60% of respondents were unaware that six million Jews were murdered. Among those who were aware of the death toll, 48% were unable to name any of the 40,000 concentration camps or ghettos people were forced into during...
    CULVER CITY (CBSLA) — President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he has approved a proposal that would temporarily stop TikTok from being banned in the U.S. The deal would put part of TikTok shares in Oracle and Walmart, as confirmed by the social media platform in a statement. “We are pleased that the proposal by TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart will resolve the security concerns of the U.S. administration and settle questions around TikTok’s future in the U.S.,” TikTok said in a statement. Trump said the new company, expected to based in Texas, will bring at least 25,000 jobs and make a $5 billion contribution to an education fund dedicated to education for Americans. Trump had argued that the Chinese-based...
    NINGBO, China (Reuters) - TikTok owner Bytedance said in a social media post on Sunday that it was the first time it had heard in the news it was setting up a $5 billion education fund in the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump said he had approved a deal, which included a $5 billion education fund, to allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States. "The company has been committed to investing in the education field, and plans to work with partners and global shareholders to launch online classroom projects based on AI and video technology for students around the world," ByteDance said on its official account on Toutiao. (Reporting by Shivani Singh in Ningbo and Sophie...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland Department of Labor awarded this week nearly $17 million to 25 local adult education providers. These organizations will continue to expand access to adult education opportunities for Marylanders in the areas of adult basic and secondary education, English language acquisition and civics education. The programs selected to receive grant funds include all 16 Maryland community colleges, three local K-12 school systems, four community-based organizations, one public library system and the state correctional education system. All currently-funded adult education providers will be awarded program status for the next three years. This grant funding is awarded by the U.S. Department of Education with additional state funds provided by Labor. To access additional information on Maryland’s adult education provider...
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called for Congress to pass coronavirus relief legislation with funding for school choice, warning that more private schools are on the brink of closing without federal help. "We need to have immediate relief for those schools," DeVos told Fox News in an interview. "Think about the impact of all of these kids who suddenly now are showing up at the traditional public school door because they no longer have this other option. That's a crisis in the making right there." Her comments come as at least 160 private schools have permanently closed so far this year as a result of economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, and a recent court ruling against DeVos has limited relief fund...
    Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told reporters on Thursday that the “new president” will be willing to put a resolution they are sponsoring into executive policy and forgive up to $50,000 in student loan debt for 45 million borrowers. The debt forgiveness, Schumer said, would be “a lifeline to lift you up” instead of “an anchor to hold you down,” and added that the granting of free educations would “wipe out” the entire debt for 75 percent of loan holders. “We have a responsibility to act,” Warren said, to “improve the lives of millions of Americans.” Especially to improve the lives of “communities of color,” who are the most indebted and are now also facing the coronavirus...
    A fifth of college students are opting out of the fall semester, and that’s understandable. A $50,000 bill for Zoom university? No thanks. Even putting the coronavirus pandemic aside, our higher-education system was broken a long time ago. Most universities have been following a lecture-based model since the 14th century — an era with no printing press (let alone Internet access), when it made a lot more sense to transmit information via a booming speech to a large group in a huge hall. But research shows passive lectures don’t work, and we shouldn’t be beholden to tradition. What does work? Flipped classrooms, in which students digest course material in their own time and then use classes for interactive discussions and...
    The state of Connecticut’s policy to allow biological males to compete against biological females in sports competitions could result in a loss of federal funding.  The warning from the agency’s civil rights office comes as the issue has gained national attention after three high school female athletes in the state sued, claiming allowing men to compete against women violates the federal Title IX statute to protect female students from discrimination based on their biological sex. The three girls — Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell — challenged the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s decision to allow boys to compete against them if they “identify” as girls. The Hill reported on the development: New Haven Public Schools and the Capitol Region...
    YAPHANK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There has been more fallout from the coronavirus pandemic on Long Island. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone plans to submit $20 million in budget cuts to the police department. As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Friday, reaction is strong. MORE: Bellone: Due To Budget ‘Catastrophe’ Suffolk County Considering Reallocating Money Earmarked To Protect Environment Suffolk has been a go-to destination for many escaping the pandemic, particularly in the Hamptons and East End, even staying beyond the summer. But that boost to the economy has not been enough and it prompted a dire prediction for Bellone. “Catastrophic cuts to education, to public health, to public safety,” Bellone said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines,...
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is vowing to withhold federal funding from several Connecticut schools unless they withdraw from an athletic conference that allows transgender students to compete on teams 'that correspond with their gender identity'. According to a report in The New York Times Friday, the Education Department 'has warned officials from three Connecticut school districts that it will not release $18 million in grants on October 1, unless the districts cut ties with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference'.  The Conference's policy has caused controversy, with many claiming the decision to allow transgender girls to compete in girls' sports is unfair to those who are born female.  Back in May, the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights claimed that the...
    FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) — A school counselor at a central Kentucky Army post that started in-person classes in August died this week after being diagnosed with the coronavirus, officials said. Fort Knox Middle-High School counselor Pamela Harris was diagnosed with the virus and was being treated at a local hospital when she died Tuesday, said Will Griffin, spokesman for the Department of Defense Education Activity. The school said on social media that the Army veteran had served as a Defense Department educator in the southeast district for several years. “Her kindness, energy, and love for her job, was seen daily as she greeted students, and co-workers, with a smile and an encouraging word. The joy she possessed in her...
    FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) — A school counselor at a central Kentucky Army post that started in-person classes in August died this week after being diagnosed with the coronavirus, officials said. Fort Knox Middle-High School counselor Pamela Harris was diagnosed with the virus and was being treated at a local hospital when she died Tuesday, said Will Griffin, spokesman for the Department of Defense Education Activity. The school said on social media that the Army veteran had served as a Defense Department educator in the southeast district for several years. “Her kindness, energy, and love for her job, was seen daily as she greeted students, and co-workers, with a smile and an encouraging word. The joy she possessed in...
    DOVER, Del. (CBS) — Delaware’s State Board of Education has given the green light to a plan allowing high school sports to happen in the fall. The board met Thursday night and approved the plan presented by Delaware’s Interscholastic Athletic Association. With the 4-3 vote, high schools in the state can begin fall season sports on Sept. 28. DIAA Fall Sports Season to Begin on 9/28 . . . https://t.co/it4eM9Qry7 pic.twitter.com/cSk56P9L1J — DIAA (@DIAA_Delaware) September 18, 2020 Under the plan, fall sports will have a three-week preseason and football will have a 25-day preseason. Cross country will be permitted to have up to 12 dates of competition.  Volleyball, field hockey and boys soccer will be permitted to have up...
    We think of COVID-19 as killing primarily the elderly around the world, but in poor countries it is more cataclysmic than that. It is killing children through malnutrition. It is leading more people to die from tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS. It is forcing girls out of school and into child marriages. It is causing women to die in childbirth. It is setting back efforts to eradicate polio, fight malaria and reduce female genital mutilation. It is leading to lapses in vitamin A distribution that will cause more children to suffer blindness and die. The U.N. Population Fund warns that COVID-19 may lead to an additional 13 million child marriages around the world and to some 47 million women being unable...
    The Department of Education announced it is investigating Princeton University after its president said racism is “embedded” at the Ivy League school and in society, according to a new report. In an open letter published earlier this month, Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber outlined his plan to tackle “systemic racism” at the university and elsewhere. “Racist assumptions from the past also remain embedded in structures of the University itself,” he wrote. “For example, Princeton inherits from earlier generations at least nine departments and programs organized around European languages and culture, but only a single, relatively small program in African studies.” NEW YORK COLLEGE PROFESSOR 'REASSIGNED' AFTER TELLING STUDENTS NOT OT VOTE FOR TRUMP If "racism and the damage it does to people of color...
    A letter that was probably intended as an exercise in self-flagellation designed to placate angry protesters might soon have serious consequences for Princeton University, according to a report from the Washington Examiner. The genesis of the letter appears to have been a series of protests at and around Princeton University that occurred in early June in response to the May 2 death of George Floyd. The protests prompted Princeton to rename its public policy school to remove reference to former president Woodrow Wilson, who was a notorious racist. They also prompted Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber to promise that the University would undertake some soul searching with respect to how the university could help combat systemic racism. In...
    The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into Princeton University after its president acknowledged that systemic racism is “embedded” in the university’s structures. The department informed Princeton of the investigation in a letter Wednesday, citing Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber’s open letter earlier this month discussing the school's efforts to address systemic racism. Officials said the university “repeatedly represented and warranted to” the department that it was complying with nondiscrimination mandates under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but asserted that Eisgruber in his letter had admitted the university is “racist.” The Department of Education expressed concern that the university has received tens of millions of dollars in federal funds despite the potential lack of compliance. “Based on its admitted racism,...
    The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold federal funding from Connecticut public schools over a policy that allows transgender girls to play on girls' sports teams, according to the Associated Press.  The move stems from a complaint filed last year by several cisgender female track athletes against two transgender female runners, claiming they had an unfair physical advantage. The Department of Education’s office for civil rights determined that the policy allowing transgender girls to play in the same sports as cisgender girls was violates the civil rights of athletes who are not transgender. New Haven Public Schools and the Capitol Region Education Council were reportedly asked to sign a document in order to receive $3 million in federal funds...
    The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) awarded $8.7 million to eight child support agencies to develop nine programs that educate teens and young adults about the financial, legal, and emotional responsibilities of parenthood. The agencies will collaborate with youth job development programs, foster care transition services, juvenile justice agencies, teen pregnancy prevention programs, community colleges and public schools to integrate child support and responsible parenting education into a wide range of youth centered systems. These grantees will participate in the Charting a Course for Responsible Parenting and Economic Mobility Demonstration for a three-year term....
    Nearly 20% of New York’s Millennials and Gen Z believe the Jewish people are to blame for The Holocaust, a nationwide survey released Wednesday found. While The Holocaust resulted in over 11 million deaths, 36% of respondents under age 39 believed the total death count of Jews was “two million or fewer,” according to a nationwide survey of young people by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, also known as the Claims Conference. Over 60% of respondents were unaware that six million Jews were murdered. Among those who were aware of the death toll, 48% were unable to name any of the 40,000 concentration camps or ghettos people were forced into during World War II.  Nearly half of...
    A surprisingly high number of young Americans polled nationwide displayed profound ignorance about the Holocaust, with a sizable percentage even believing that Jewish people were responsible for it, according to the results of a survey released on Wednesday. In the first-ever survey of young people between 18 and 39 in all 50 states about the topic, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany discovered that nearly two-thirds of those polled did not know that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. Nearly half could not name a single concentration camp or ghetto. Almost a quarter either did not believe the Holocaust happened, that it was exaggerated, or were unsure. About 12% had not heard about the Holocaust at...
    The coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the closure of schools, threatens to erase the progress made in the last decade in education and health, particularly in the poorest countries, the World Bank said on Wednesday. “Human capital is absolutely vital to the financial and economic future of the country, as well as to social well-being,” said David Malpass, president of the World Bank, during a conference call on the occasion of the publication of the report on the Capital Index. Human. This indicator measures the level that a child can expect to reach at age 18 depending on the health and education services in their country. But the achievements made in the last ten...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Less than a week before in-person classes are scheduled to start, the number of families choosing to keep their children out of school buildings continues to rise.  According to Department of Education data released this week, 42% of New York City’s over 1 million public school students will not be returning to school buildings this year and are instead opting for fully remote learning. Out of those students requesting to opt-out of the city’s blended learning model, where students take classes online and in the classroom, 25 % identify as Asian, 21% as Black, 38% as Hispanic, 11% as white and...
    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a $130,000 donation to an African girls' education charity to mark their recent birthdays, it has been revealed.  Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, pledged the money to CAMFED, which supports girls' education across the continent, and said there is 'no better way to celebrate what really matters'.  The couple made the donation yesterday after fans, who call themselves the Sussex Squad, launched a fundraising drive in honour of Harry and Meghan's birthdays on September 15 and August 4, respectively.  The campaign raised $129,000 and Harry and Meghan responded by matching the donations with their own $130,000 contribution.  Charitable donations are tax deductible in both the US and the UK. CAMFED is...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This content was created exclusively for KSAT Explains, a new, weekly streaming show that dives deep into the biggest issues facing San Antonio and South Texas. Watch past episodes here and download the free KSAT-TV app to stay up on the latest. A city’s ability to provide multiple transportation options is crucial in creating equitable opportunities for all, according to local experts. “We have a big city, and the opportunity for people to access quality jobs and school and other resources, including groceries, is not the same throughout our city. And that’s where transportation comes in,” said Greg Griffin, an assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio....
    (CBS DETROIT) – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited sacred heart academy in Grand Rapids on Monday. DeVos said there is no one size fits all approach to in person learning and urged local leaders to use cares act resources to safely open schools. Michigan is part of a coalition of states suing the U.S. Department of Education over the distribution of cares act funds to public schools. Alleging private schools will get more money. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    Parents and children protest the opening of schools, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., September 14, 2020.Brendan McDermid | Reuters The disruption to schools caused by the coronavirus pandemic constitutes a "global education emergency" that threatens to derail the education of at least 24 million students projected to drop out of school as a result, said Henrietta Fore, executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund.  "At the height of Covid-19," 192 countries shuttered schools, leaving 1.6 billion students without in-person learning, Fore said on a press call hosted by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. She added that now, more than 870 million...
    By NAZANINE MOSHIRI NAIROBI (Reuters) - Five-year-old Kenyan student Miguel Munene sits between his parents, holding their hands as he watches cartoon characters teaching him to pronounce "fish". The television has replaced Munene's teachers and classmates after the government shut schools indefinitely in March to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. They are closed until at least January. Many children don't have the option to learn online - the United Nations children's agency UNICEF says at least half of sub-Saharan Africa's schoolchildren do not have internet access. So some, like Munene, watch a cartoon made by Tanzanian non-profit organisation Ubongo, which offers television and radio content for free to African broadcasters. “Other programmes are just for fun, but Ubongo...
              Four mothers have filed a lawsuit against California Gov. Gavin Newsom over his coronavirus education plan, claiming adverse effects including anxiety over poor grades and lack of special education access. The lawsuit was filed Sept. 10 in Shasta County Superior Court by the Freedom Foundation on behalf of the northern California families. The complaint is available here. The plaintiffs allege the plan that requires students to be in classes part-time denies them their constitutional right to a quality education as enshrined in the California Constitution. Other defendants are Xavier Becerra, California attorney general; Sandra Shewry, state public health director; Tony Thurmond, state education director; Jim Cloney, superintendent of the Shasta Union High School...
    By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Tuesday for a super sized two-week special session, but the bills that dominated discussion and time over the past two years likely will be ignored and left to die. The House passed a massive education overhaul bill in March 2019, and the Senate passed its own version after eight weeks of debate on March 4, 2020. The first COVID-19 case in South Carolina was reported two days later, eventually grinding the legislative session and much of society to a halt and assuring that the kind of back-and-forth lawmakers need to hash out differences complex bills wasn't going to happen before the two-year session...
    President Trump reiterated that his administration will end “radical indoctrination” in schools. "We will stop the radical indoctrination of our students and restore patriotic education to our schools. We will teach our children to love our country, honor our history, and always respect our great American flag,” he said at a rally in Nevada on Sunday. President Trump: "We will stop the radical indoctrination of our students and restore patriotic education to our schools." pic.twitter.com/5dhvONpjUl— The Hill (@thehill) September 14, 2020 "We will live by the timeless words of our national motto, ‘In God we trust.’ And we're going to keep it that way," he said. Trump held a rally outside of Las Vegas on Sunday at...
    As a fall semester of virtual learning has begun amid the coronavirus pandemic, many students and parents across the D.C. region have faced the same set of challenges. But parents of special education students in Virginia’s Loudoun County said distance learning has been especially hard for their children. The Loudoun County School Board held its regular meeting Tuesday night to cap the first day of the new school year. “Students and educators missed seeing each other in person and at the same time there clearly was significant enthusiasm regarding the start of the school year,” said Loudoun County School Superintendent Eric Williams. During the public comments period, some parents spoke out about the challenges of distance learning. Parents of special...
    ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — School resource police officers will remain inside Howard County schools following a school board vote on Thursday night. The student member of the school board called for a vote on the issue, which failed in a 4-2 vote. All 12 public high schools have officers, while six officers split time between 12 middle schools. Elementary schools in Howard County do not have officers.
    Vadivel Balaji, the popular comedian, who worked in television shows and films, passed away on September 10, 2020. Aged 45, the actor was reportedly unwell for the last two weeks. His demise was a huge shock for many industry members. There are many celebs who have expressed their grief over the demise of Vadivel Balaji. Sivakarthikeyan, who had worked with the late actor for the television show Adhu Idhu Yedhu, has reportedly decided to extend support to the late actor’s family. Vadivel Balaji Dies at 45, Comedian Suffered Cardiac Arrest. As per a report in IndiaGlitz, popular Tamil actor Sivakarthikeyan has decided to take care of Vadivel Balaji’s children’s education. The latter is survived by his wife and two kids....
    When I made the choice 15 years ago to opt out of New York City’s public school system and send my daughter to what most would call an “elite” private school, I knew I wasn’t part of the solution to the problem of educational inequity in our city. But I never imagined that her school, a prestigious institution in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, would actively work to undermine the education of thousands of other children in the borough and across the city and state. Children in many ultra-Orthodox yeshivas are graduating high school without the most basic education — unable to read and write English, do math beyond rudimentary addition and subtraction, or grasp the most basic aspects of...
    The Orange County Board of Education’s bid to force California to re-open school campuses for in-person learning ended Wednesday when the California Supreme Court refused to hear the case. Board of Education President Ken Williams expressed disappointment with the ruling. “I am sorry that the state Supreme Court did not view that Governor Newsom has abused his emergency powers that are given to governors under a real healthcare crisis. Our families and children are suffering from not going to school.” Last month, the board, along with a few parents and several private schools across California, took the unusual step of filing legal actions directly with the state Supreme Court. Two lawsuits claimed that actions by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — Gov. Gavin Newsom announced two new, high profile appointments to the State Board of Education Wednesday. The governor appointed two new policy advisors to the board, both with significant experience in the public sector: Brooks Allen, a long time legal counsel for the board; and Debra Brown, a former director of government affairs for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Newsom appointed Allen, 45, to the Education Policy Advisor to the Governor position and nominated him to be the executive director of the board of education. Before working for the board, Allen spent years at the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, where he served as the director of education advocacy. Among his achievements at the ACLU...
    This is Part 2 of America’s biggest disgraces. It shows the NAEP reading and math scores for students from 4th grade to 12th grade. In every grade, all the way up to high school graduation, Black students lag far behind their white counterparts: The folks who run the NAEP are infamously shy about explaining their test scores in a way that makes sense to people. They are just numbers floating in air. However, it’s possible to apply some arithmetic to these scores and convert them into something a little more understandable.¹ In a nutshell, on average, Black students are roughly 2-3 years behind in 12th grade; 1-2 years behind in 8th grade, and about 1 year behind in 4th...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — School buses will be available for New York City students when they return for in-person learning on Sept. 21. “One of the big questions that’s been out there is school bus service – how we bring it back. Today, we announce that school bus service will be back and will be available to all children who need it,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. The mayor said buses will be able to accommodate 100,000 students on the first day of school. WATCH: Mayor De Blasio’s Daily Briefing On Reopening New York City  He said the city has contracted 60 companies to provide nearly 6,000 special education routes and 2,500 general education routes. “There will be mandatory masks...
            by Vivian Jones  While the Tennessee Department of Education has said temporarily withdrawn guidance on child well-being checks was not intended to apply to every child, internal documents and emails sent in development of the guidance show officials have misrepresented the intended scope of the initiative in response to public outrage. A guidance toolkit outlining statewide Child Wellbeing Checks was developed by the COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force and released Aug. 11. Within three days, the department had withdrawn the program after uproar over perceived big-brother style government overreach. In response to concerns over the initiative’s application to all children in the state – birth to age 18 – the state repeatedly has claimed the guidance document did not...
              Three former high-level Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) officials who left the department voluntarily criticized their former boss, Commissioner Penny Schwinn, in exclusive interviews with The Tennessee Star. The former officials spoke with The Star on the condition of anonymity. Their criticisms of Schwinn are withering, and include the following allegations: Schwinn mocked and ridiculed Gov. Bill Lee, her boss, at a staff meeting last year. Schwinn gave government records to a reporter that she knew contained false information. Schwinn lied to Lee to avoid appearing in public with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The Tennessee Star contacted Lee’s public information officers for comment about this story last Wednesday and...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With less than three weeks left until New York City students return to school in-person, parents are still waiting to get key information, including details about how kids will get to school. When buses roll out of the depots at the start of the school year, there will be some new protocols in place: Each one will be at 25% capacity. Face masks are required. Students will be seated next to the window in every other row. Only siblings will be allowed to sit together. Buses will be disinfected every day. “You’re not going to have as many kids on the buses, but at the same time, you’re not going to have as many...
    Washington and Lee University has defended its course titled 'How to Overthrow the Government, which requires students to write a revolutionary manifesto, after coming under fire from critics led by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The president of the private liberal-arts university in Virginia on Monday issued a statement defending the course, which is one of 15 introductory writing seminars that first-year students are required to take. The controversy exploded after the course description gained notice, stating in part: 'This course places each student at the head of a popular revolutionary movement aiming to overthrow a sitting government and forge a better society.' 'How will you attain power? How will you communicate with the masses? How do you plan on...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Wawa is treating those who work in the education system to free coffee to kick off the school year. Teachers, faculty and school administration employees can enjoy one any size free coffee per visit through Sept. 30. Wawa says they are running the promotion to thank employees for everything they do especially during the crazy start to this school year due to the current health pandemic. Teachers, faculty, school administration or support personnel qualify for the free coffee promotion and should tell the cashier their position when checking out.  
    The coronavirus pandemic has forced people to perform complicated mental gymnastics and assess the risk of nearly every interaction they have. And now that fall is here, parents, teachers, and kids in the US are being forced to make nearly impossible decisions about how to handle school. For some school districts in the US, that means making school entirely virtual. Others are experimenting with hybrid learning models, where students and school staff are home some days and in the classroom on other days. Some families have formed “pandemic pods”—which has sparked important conversations about privilege, the equity gap in education, and what an increasingly privatized school system might look like. And of course, there’s the not-insignificant question of how...
    This story is part of a joint series by The Forge and Prism. Read the rest of the series—Organizing, Innovation, and Upheaval—here. Three months ago, protests in Minneapolis gave way to a national uprising. Ushering in a new focus on racial justice, the uprisings have challenged the way people relate to one another and how some talk about community safety. Coupled with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, the uprisings have forced people to rethink how to protect their communities through strengthening their bonds with one another. Mutual aid groups and block-level community defense are two ways people shifted beyond traditional American individualism. Magdalena Kaluza, a climate organizer with TakeAction Minnesota, said that in the midst of the uprising,...
    Getty Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs at Ozzfest 2016 at San Manuel Amphitheater on September 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Rock ‘n roll legend Ozzy Osbourne is the latest celebrity to get the “Biography” treatment from A&E. Ahead of his special, here’s what you need to know about his childhood, including a stint in prison and how he grew up in poverty with his siblings. Osbourne Did Six Weeks in Prison Sneak Peek: Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne | A&EA&E Network’s genre-defining, Emmy Award-winning ‘Biography’ is set to air the two-hour documentary special exploring the many lives and decade-spanning career of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne. Featuring exclusive interviews with Ozzy as he reflects on...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images President Donald Trump on Sunday said the Department of Education was “looking” at taking funding away from schools that used The New York Times‘ 1619 Project as a basis for their curriculum. The ongoing series encourages readers to view America through the prism of slavery, referring to slaves brought to the state of Virginia in 1619. “California has implemented the 1619 Project [in] public schools,” an anonymous user wrote on Twitter. “Soon you wont recognize America.” Quoting the missive, Trump wrote, “Department of Education is looking at this. If so, they will not be funded!” The Pulitzer Center produced a curriculum based on the project that schools may use. Some critics have said it presents history in an...
    A 19-year-old Kansas Democrat running for a seat in the state House blamed a lack of "early childhood education funding" after admitting to abusive behavior toward his ex-girlfriend on Sunday. "We must strive to create a society safe for women, which we currently do not do," candidate Aaron Coleman wrote in a statement. "I believe if we had more early childhood education funding, and taught what healthy interpersonal relationships look like, my ex and I would have been less toxic to each other." KANSAS DEMOCRAT LINKED TO 'REVENGE PORN' NOW SAYS HE'LL STAY IN STATE HOUSE ELECTION Coleman also used his ex's accusations to make a case for "Medicaid for all." "[W]e must pass Medicaid for All so people can receive counseling and mental health...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump is continuing to wage battle against interpretations of history which he claims are un-American.In a Sunday morning tweet, the President said the US Department of Education would investigate whether California schools are using the New York Times' "1619 Project" in public school curriculum. The Pulitzer-Prize winning collection reframes American history around the date of August 1619, when the first slave ship arrived on America's shores."Department of Education is looking at this. If so, they will not be funded!" he wrote on Twitter, citing a message from an unverified account saying it was being taught in schools there.The message came after the President's budget chief instructed heads of federal agencies to dramatically alter racial sensitivity training programs for...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Rendon failed to honor parents’ rights at work After national outrage, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has issued an apology to Assemblymember Buffy Wicks for denying her the right to a proxy vote while she was on maternity leave to care for her four-week-old daughter(“Lawmaker brings newborn to Capitol after being told she can’t vote by proxy,” Sept. 2). Speaker Rendon’s behavior was unacceptable. Nevertheless, Wicks graciously accepted his apology. Going forward, I hope Rendon will do everything in his power to assure the rights of parents in the workplace. It will take that and more if he expects to live down the anger and...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The New York City Department of Education released its calendar for the upcoming school year.The calendar includes the delayed start date of September 21.Students can also expect to get all of their usual holidays off.However, the one big difference on the calendar shows all students will have to attend class remotely on Election Day -- that's typically a holiday for students and staff since schools are used as polling sites.It took longer than normal to put out the calendar due to all the changes because of the pandemic.MORE NEWS: Moving companies turn customers away as people leave Tri-State in record numbersEMBED More News Videos Dan Krauth reports on people leaving New York City in record numbers...
    The COVID pandemic and the killing of George Floyd are triggering issues that will not tolerate delay. Many aspects of our society are in crisis mode regarding “what to do.” Education is foremost for many. The governor has wisely provided flexibility to local boards. Even so, we do not believe we will return to “normal” – and that just might be a good thing as past practice left many students along the wayside, not only students of color from poor families. Complicating this is our financial scenario in Minnesota with a $1.5 billion surplus morphing to a $2.5 billion deficit overnight. Minnesota’s hefty $3 billion “rainy day fund” could be depleted in the next 10 months. Mark Haveman at the...
    Chief State School Officers received a letter from Secretary Betsy DeVos this week stating that the U.S. Department of Education does not plan to grant federal testing waivers for the 2020-21 school year. The exact wording of the letter was: “You should not anticipate such waivers being granted again.” Here’s what State School Superintendent Richard Woods said in response: I have to be completely candid with my thoughts on this decision. It is disappointing, shows a complete disconnect with the realities of the classroom, and will be a detriment to public education. Though testing is a federal requirement, I have worked in earnest to get our state requirements in...
    First Lady Chirlaine McCray said she basked in the break from official duties during the start of the city’s coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 24,000 New Yorkers. “I think I went from relief from not having to do the regular schedule because you know a lot of what I do, my husband does, we do events. There was for me I have to admit a certain amount of relief from that,” McCray said with a laugh Friday at a virtual conference with Mental Health America President Paul Gionfriddo. Gionfriddo had asked McCray how she, her husband, Mayor de Blasio, and their two adult children had been managing during the crisis that’s devastated the Big Apple, sickening over 231,000...
    First Lady Chirlaine McCray said she basked in the break from official duties during the start of the city’s coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 24,000 New Yorkers. “I think I went from relief from not having to do the regular schedule because you know a lot of what I do, my husband does, we do events. There was for me I have to admit a certain amount of relief from that,” McCray said with a laugh Friday at a virtual conference with Mental Health America President Paul Gionfriddo. Gionfriddo had asked McCray how she, her husband, Mayor de Blasio, and their two adult children had been managing during the crisis that’s devastated the Big Apple, sickening over 231,000 New...
    A Newark man has been charged with murder after a Newark education activist was found dead in his home last month, authorities said. Johnnie Lattner, 55 -- the co-founder of PULSE (Parents Unified for Local School Education) -- was found unresponsive at a Mount Pleasant Avenue home Aug. 17,  Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose said. The death was considered suspicious and ruled a homicide following an autopsy, Ambrose and Stephens said. The cause of death was sharp force injuries, an ECPO spokeswoman said. Joshua Wise, 28, of Newark -- who knew Lattner -- was charged with killing him Wednesday, authorities said. Wise was also facing related weapons charges, they said....
    WORCESTER (CBS) – A group of students and parents is worried about the air inside of school buildings and how poor circulation could help spread the coronavirus. “It’s been rough on everybody,” said Irene Patchiunas, who takes care of her young grandchildren when their remote classes are in session. At their Worcester school, there’s roof construction underway. The City has pledged to invest $15 million in new HVAC to improve the air quality in all its schools. “I think the investment is great because the schools are old,” said Patchiunas. Other parents are less confident. “I’m very concerned about students and teachers going back to schools that weren’t designed to have HVAC systems,” said Worcester father Nate Clark....
    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...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The coronavirus pandemic has caused issues for adults looking to further their education. Adult literacy programs are looking for help as hundreds of people are submitting applications for free tutoring services. But few are actually volunteering as tutors. “Adult education is something a lot of folks don’t think about, but there really is a great need,” Maria Polinsky of Literacy Pittsburgh told KDKA. The organization is swamped. Literacy Pittsburgh prepares adults in Allegheny and Beaver counties for the workforce by providing free tutoring for more than 5,000 people each year. “In Allegheny County alone there’s about 54,000 adults who either don’t have a high school credential or don’t have the adequate English language skills,” said Polinsky. With...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Henry Schandel, the former principal of M.S. 158 Marie Curie in Bayside, has been removed from his post after several students were harmed in separate incidents in the school last year.  Schandel will now serve as assistant principal at another school, according to the Department of Education.  The Bayside campus, located at 46-35 Oceania St., was thrusted into the spotlight during the last academic year, where students detailed disturbing incidents at the hands of fellow classmates.  The incidents included an eighth-grade student who endured months of sexual harassment from her male classmate and another incident where a student forcibly put a finger in another...
    Jill Biden lashed out at Donald Trump Wednesday morning, claiming he is to blame for the chaos in America even though the president continues to push the narrative that Joe Biden would exacerbate the issues stemming from the pandemic. 'We are in Donald Trump's America,' the Democratic nominee's wife told CNN. 'And there's just so much chaos. And I feel that, you know, educators don't know what to do, students don't know what to do.' The lifelong educator was speaking from a classroom as she discussed education in the time of coronavirus. She railed against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, claiming her husband's first initiative when it comes to schools will be appointing someone who has worked in public education their...
    On March 12, 2020, the university where I was then employed, Brown, announced it was moving classes online. The northeast was the early epicenter of the pandemic in America, and there was pressure on universities in the region to make the right decision—and, almost as important, craft a careful message. Institutions had to convey that they were fully considering the seriousness of Covid-19 and propose plans for their students to receive the high-caliber education that was already promised and paid for. Soon thereafter, conversations emerged about how the decision to send students home—ostensibly about preventing campus outbreaks—contained many blind spots. First-generation and low-income students, for example, often relied on campus life for food or study sanctuary. Personal exchanges with...
    One day after a number of Maryland schools started classes, the state Board of Education approved new requirements for instruction for the school year. According to the plan approved by the board, schools must include three and a half hours of “synchronous” instruction each day. Synchronous means live, online instruction. It will be up to the school districts to decide how that three and a half hours will be provided for grades K-12. School districts that planned to not have students return for in-person instruction until the second semester are also required to “reevaluate their reopening plans” and submit them to the Maryland State Department of Education by the third week of November. The requirements passed by the state school...
    One of the largest school districts in the Hudson Valley is reversing course and now plans to begin the year fully remotely after planning for a hybrid model to kick off the academic year due to potential staffing shortages. The Lakeland Board of Education announced that educators will be teaching students remotely when it kicks off the school year on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Distance learning will be the norm for educators and students at the district's five elementary schools, two high schools, and one middle school through at least Tuesday, Oct. 13, at which point district officials will reassess the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. “We are keenly aware that this change will result in challenges...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — After hours of debate, the Maryland State Board of Education on Tuesday passed a motion that will mandate an average of three-and-a-half hours of active, on-camera instruction during the school day. Under the motion, schools are required to be open for at least 180 school days and provide six hours of learning each day. The motion also requires half-day pre-kindergarten classes to have at least 1.5 hours of on-camera instruction spread across the day. The Maryland State Board of Education will mandate 3.5 hours of active, on-camera instruction spread out over each school day—passing the motion after hours of debate. Here’s what passed ⬇️ @wjz pic.twitter.com/DZXKJTlhAh — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) September 1, 2020 State Superintendent of...
    Donald Trump’s failure to control the pandemic or to have meaningful support for schools (just pressure to open in person regardless of safety) is, as with so many things in the coronavirus era, creating a messy patchwork response in which not just red states and blue states but even towns within miles of each other are coming up with different answers. But one of the big trends is—as much as it’s an unintentional consequence of Trump’s larger failures—something Trump might have designed if he had given the matter any real thought. That would be the learning pod. Facing the choice between unsafe schools or having their kids at home trying to learn remotely, many parents with the means to do so are forming small groups...
    The World Council of Churches (WCC) noted Monday that for children, the damage done by quarantines far outweighs any health risks from the coronavirus itself. “For children, the COVID-19 pandemic is more about the impact of containment measures than a health issue, as such,” the WCC declares on its website. “Confinement may put children at risk for domestic violence and affect their rights to education, care and protection.” The essay cites Cornelius Williams, associate director and global chief of child protection for UNICEF’s programme division, who said that the impact on children from lockdowns is a “crisis within a crisis, where containment  measures pose a serious threat to basic rights, such as education, care, protection, decent living standards and even...
    Share Tweet Share Share E-mail An international research study, led by the Center for Healthy Brain Aging (CHeBA) in Sydney supported the finding of that years of education are related to dementia. In fact, they reported that, the more years of education a person has, the lower the risk of dementia. Thus, the research compared people who had only completed primary school with those who had completed secondary school and used data from 30,785 people over 55 and from 14 different countries. In this regard, the study’s lead author, Steve Makkar, explained that those who had completed middle or high school were less likely to develop cognitive declinewhile those who had not completed primary school...
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Independent School District announced they plan to bring back a small group of students, as school safety indicators show a moderate risk with the COVID-19 pandemic. Janell Rubio has two students who attend Lanier High School, but they began the school year virtually because of COVID-19. She said her daughter is a freshman but is struggling with online learning. Rubio hopes her daughter will be back in the classroom as soon as it’s safe. “Honestly health-wise I don’t want to send her back. I don’t want to send any of them back, but know that they need the help education-wise. I’m still drifting between both,” she said. However, she is unsure of when the...
    There's no longer any doubt that America's school systems are being targeted by the radical left. At least 800 leaked documents reveal the dangerous Marxist curriculum being taught to our kids in schools across the country. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos joined Glenn Beck on this week's TV special to speak to parents who are frustrated with school districts and unions that care more about pushing progressive agendas than educating America's children. DeVos noted that the "very troubling" kind of cultivation happening in schools today has actually been going on for years, resulting in the civil unrest we're now seeing across the country. She emphasized that "now more than ever" we must empower...
    JILL Duggar's husband, Derick Duggar, revealed that he is now a "PTO member" of his son Israel's public school after going against her dad Jim Bob's education rules. The former reality TV star took to Twitter recently and shared with his fans that he is now an active participant in his eldest child's school. 9Derick Duggar boasted that he's now a 'PTO member' of his son Israel's public schoolCredit: Instagram 9'Does that make me a grown-up now?!' the former reality star tweeted Derick wrote: "I never thought I’d see the day, but I’m officially a member of the PTO at my kid’s school. Does that make me a grown-up now?!" The 31-year-old then added: "#parentteacherorganization #adulting." The tweet comes after...
    The Turkish drama series “Dirillis Ertugrul” (Resurrection) is Pakistans most viewed, loved and adored series. However, Pakistan’s biggest Islamic educational institution has declared watching the series against Shariah. This is after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had called on all Pakistanis to watch the drama as it holds a great message for the Muslim world and would bring them together on principles, originated from the teachings of Islam. Gunjan Saxena: Delhi HC to Hear Plea That Seeks Stay on Jahnvi Kapoor’s Netflix Film over IAF’s Portrayal After its Urdu dubbed version hit the Pakistani state television screen, its viewership shot up, with appreciation pouring from all parts of the country, rocketing its online viewership in Pakistan to over one million...
    The California Supreme Court has taken the rare step of quickly taking up two lawsuits – one of them filed on behalf of the Orange County Board of Education – to reopen schools for in-class learning. The state’s highest court has asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to respond by this Friday to petitions filed directly with the court. Four Orange County Board of Education trustees, who sued the governor last week, gathered for a press conference Wednesday to hail the court’s move as a victory for the children of California. “We’re fighting because of you,” Trustee Mari Barke told a cheering crowd gathered outside the Orange County Department of Education building in Costa Mesa Wednesday. She was joined by Board President...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. children’s agency says at least a third of children couldn’t access remote learning when the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools, creating “a global education emergency.” At the height of lockdowns meant to curb the pandemic, nearly 1.5 billion children were affected by school closures, UNICEF said. “For at least 463 million children whose schools closed due to COVID-19, there was no such a thing as remote learning,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said. “The sheer number of children whose education was completely disrupted for months on end is a global education emergency,” she said in a statement. “The repercussions could be felt in economies and societies for decades to come.” The report released late Wednesday...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. children’s agency says at least a third of children couldn’t access remote learning when the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools, creating “a global education emergency.” At the height of lockdowns meant to curb the pandemic, nearly 1.5 billion children were affected by school closures, UNICEF said. “For at least 463 million children whose schools closed due to COVID-19, there was no such a thing as remote learning,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said. “The sheer number of children whose education was completely disrupted for months on end is a global education emergency,” she said in a statement. “The repercussions could be felt in economies and societies for decades to come.” The report released late Wednesday...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Board of Education voted to keep its contract with Chicago police Wednesday, as protests continued outside CPS headquarters.The board voted to 4-2 to keep the contract.Student-led groups have spent the summer marching, protesting, rallying and even getting arrested over the issue of Chicago police officers in schools. On Wednesday, they took over the block in front of Chicago Public School headquarters, hoping to convince board members to cut the CPD contract with schools.RELATED: Lincoln Park High School council votes to remove SROs after student protestEMBED More News Videos A North Side high school council has voted to remove its school resource officers. Some members said they have been listening."It's the board's duty to listen to...
    A major northeastern university is threatening to punish students who engage in the ritualistic pastime of gathering in large groups while on or off campus severely. Boston University announced on Wednesday that students who are found gathering in groups of more than 25 persons will face expulsion for the fall semester and their tuition will not be reimbursed. "I hope that I will not have to suspend anyone, and I know if we all work together, and remain committed to our goal of maintaining a healthy living and learning environment, we can and will do this," Kenneth Elmore, the university's dean of students, wrote in an email to students. Elmore noted that students who either host or attend...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Back to School 2020 will look nothing like business as usual. Districts across the state will start the year with virtual classes, and some teachers’ groups disagree with the state superintendent on the number of hours students will need in front of a computer each day. State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon wants students to get a minimum of 3.5 hours of live instruction every day, but this proposal came with the first day of school just one week away. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Some...
    The politics of reopening schools – specifically reopening them in-person as quickly as possible – will all but ensure that 50 million children enrolled in the country's public school system will be back to remote learning for the 2020-21 academic year, public health experts and educators are now warning. "The bottom line is not whether you're pro open school or against it, it's do you have a sustainable plan for keeping schools open," Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said Tuesday during a school reopening panel hosted by U.S. News & World Report. [GRAPHIC: How are the nation's biggest schools returning to the classroom?] "Because if your goal is to just keep schools open for a...
    Getty Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos extended the student loan deferment originally laid out in the CARES Act and again in President Trump’s August 8 memo on August 21, giving millions of Americans relief until the end of the year. However, the original CARES Act – which was set to expire September 30 but was extended to December 31, 2020 – excludes loans that are not owned by the Department of Education. This affects two very common types of loans: FFEL and Perkins Loans. FFEL and Perkins Loans are held by over 14 million students and graduates, according to Student Loan Hero, and representing the equivalent of $267 billion in student loan debt....
            by Jon Street  The U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into Fordham University, about two months after student Austin Tong received notification from the New York City private college that his social media posts violated university policy and that he had been placed on probation. As Campus Reform previously reported, Tong, a Chinese-American student, posted on Instagram in early June a photo of retired St. Louis police officer David Dorn, who was killed while defending a friend’s store from looters amid nationwide, violent demonstrations. The post contained an image of Dorn, who was Black, along with the caption, “Y’all a bunch of hypocrites.” Another post showed Tong holding a firearm pointed toward the ground with...
    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (KABC) -- Orange County was removed from the state's coronavirus watch list Sunday morning.The removal comes as hospitalizations and other key metrics in the county are have been moving in the right direction, with the rate of county residents testing positive for COVID-19 at 5.4%, which falls below the state's desired threshold of 8%.The county could be placed back on the list should it be flagged for exceeding any one of six different metrics for three consecutive days. Those metrics are the case rate, the percentage of positive tests, the average number of tests a county is able to perform daily, changes in the number of hospitalized patients and the percentage of ventilators and intensive care beds...
            by Lindsey Burke  Normally when a business shuts its doors, it doesn’t still get to charge its customers for a product they can no longer access. It certainly doesn’t get to charge its customers twice for the privilege. Yet, that’s exactly what we’re seeing from some public school districts. They refuse to open their doors for in-person learning—citing safety risks—but they are able to open these same school buildings to charge overworked and tired parents for day care. This is double-dipping into parents’ pocketbooks, and it likely runs afoul of state constitutions. Even though they are not offering in-person instruction, parents (and all taxpayers) are required to pay taxes to pay for district schools. As...
    Spelman College (Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org) U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Friday executed President Donald Trump‘s memorandum that gave borrowers of federally held student loans prolonged relief, lasting until the end of the calendar year without penalty. The action leaves interest rates at 0%, pauses collections and ensures that nonpayments will count toward forgiveness. Earlier this year, the same loans were suspended until September 30 by the far-reaching CARES Act stimulus package, which halted collections on defaulted loans and all non-payments counted toward the 120 payments required by the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. The CARES Act was pushed through to give economic relief to businesses and workers as the novel coronavirus spread across the...
              Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) Commissioner Penny Schwinn is a leftist and a statist who wants the government to have too great of a role developing public school students, according to a video one organization released this week. Gary Humble, speaking for Tennessee Stands, criticized Schwinn and the TDOE for proposing that state officials go to people’s homes to perform wellness checks on children. Humble said that a lot of people had a problem with that proposal, and that’s why state officials put the program on hold. “That program was an incredibly progressive and invasive statist program that left a lot of us scratching our heads thinking ‘How in the world did...
    Facebook/Kathy Hoffman Kathy Hoffman pictured on her Facebook page in January 2020. Kathy Hoffman is the Democratic Arizona school superintendent who is accused of “sexualizing children” in an accusation from political rivals. On August 20, a tweet from the account “RealBasedMAGA” went viral. The tweet Hoffman “hates the Bible” because at the time of her swearing-in in January 2019, Hoffman was sworn in on the Dr. Seuss book, “Too Many Moose.” The tweet also alleged that Hoffman was “pushing sex education on kindergartners that includes teaching them masturbation and sexual positions.” Twitter/RealBasedMAGA In June 2019, it was widely reported that Hoffman along with Democratic State Senator Martin Quezada and Hoffman were defeated in attempts to update...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As the start of the school year inches closer and closer, more districts are unveiling their plans for how they plan to kick things off. On Thursday, St. Cloud’s school board announced plans to start the 2020-2021 year with a hybrid learning model. They said they based their decision on the state’s Stay Safe Minnesota matrix and from the latest local health data. The plan will see students in grades 6 through 12 learning in school two days a week (alternating either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday) and three days of distance learning. The same will go for elementary students in grades 3 through 5. Kindergartners and students in grades 1 and 2 will learn...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza warned that 9,000 Department of Education jobs will be lost if the state decides to permanently hold 20% of aid to New York City. The measure would also force all public schools to only conduct online classes.   Governor Andrew Cuomo cited a growing deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s shuttering of businesses in March and the absence of a federal bailout for the withholding of local aid. The state is holding onto as much as it can as it waits for Washington to step in and help.  But if those federal funds never come, it’s “game over,”...
    The Susan B. Anthony Museum and House took to Twitter on Tuesday to speak for the women’s rights activist and declined President Donald Trump’s pardon on her behalf. “On news of a presidential pardon for Susan B. Anthony on August 18, 2020: Objection!” the tweet read. “Mr. President, Susan B. Anthony must decline your offer of a pardon today!” On news of a presidential pardon for Susan B. Anthony on August 18, 2020: Objection! Mr. President, Susan B. Anthony must decline your offer of a pardon today! — S. B. Anthony Museum (@SusanBHouse) August 18, 2020 Trump pardoned Susan B. Anthony on Tuesday, the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted certain women...
    We know that Kamala Harris is slated to speak Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention. What we don’t know is which Kamala Harris will show up. Joe Biden chose the California senator as his running mate because he was under pressure to add diversity to the ticket. He doesn’t need Ms. Harris to win Blacks, women or her reliably blue home state. He needs her to help him get progressive activists off his back. In that regard, she was a smart choice. In other regards, we’ll have to wait and see. DNC CONVENTION SPEAKERS: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT KAMALA HARRIS Ms. Harris’s political pedigree isn’t especially long, but it is complicated. Before joining the Senate, she served as San...
    (CNN)In a summer filled with dismaying reports about coronavirus, scenes of activists confronting systemic racism and evidence everywhere of a nation in turmoil, many of us welcomed the announcement of Sen. Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's 2020 running mate as a reprieve. Harris is the personification of the American dream. Richard ReddickJust look at her background, which she brings up often as a major influence in her career path. Harris is the daughter of immigrant parents who came to the US in pursuit of higher education and reached prominence in their fields -- her Jamaican father became an economics professor at Stanford, and her Indian mother was a breast cancer researcher. Kamala Harris graduated from Howard University and the UC...
    Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces Apple’s new iPad during an event at Lane Tech College Prep High School on March 27, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) City officials handed out more than 300,000 iPads to students after New York City schools closed last spring. Those iPads will continue to be used for remote learning and will function as hotspots, providing internet-access to other nearby devices. Through a T-Mobile data plan, children and their families can connect to the internet on multiple devices within the home without having to pay money out of their own pockets, the Daily News reported. READ MORE: Cuomo orders New York schools to remain closed “Enabling hundreds of thousands...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s secretary of education is the latest member of the governor’s cabinet to announce his resignation. Secretary of State Michael Rogers told the governor this week that he plans to resign from his positions as both Stitt’s secretary of education and his chief policy negotiator. “As I audit my time and priorities, it has become clear I should no longer juggle running an agency, negotiating your policy priorities, and serving as the secretary of education," Rogers wrote in an email to Stitt on Wednesday. Rogers said he planned to continue serving in his role as secretary of state. Stitt announced this week that he had hired former state Senate leader Brian Bingman to...
    Gav's last shot THE stakes are too high for Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to make any more slip-ups. Many British children have already missed out on nearly six months of face-to-face education because he failed to get schools open before the summer. 2Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will be out of a job if he makes any more slip-upsCredit: Alamy Live News And this week, it became clear that he let down students from deprived areas by using a disputed algorithm to determine their A-level grades. His sticking-plaster fix of a “triple lock” sounded firm, but is peeling swiftly. Everyone knows he’s been dealt a tough hand: sorting out qualifications for the Corona Generation was always going to be...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Members of the New York City Council are joining calls to delay the start of the school year. While buildings are being cleaned for their planned reopening on September 10, the United Federation of Teachers has said it will fight to prevent schools that do not meet safety standards from opening their doors. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Complete Coronavirus Coverage...
              Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles says, “NO!!!” to Gov. Bill Lee’s Big Brother-style child wellbeing program that plans to send government officials to families’ homes to do welfare checks of children. The Tennessee Department of Education says it released a toolkit on child wellbeing checks to ensure the needs of children are being met during and after extended periods away from school. It is promoted as protecting children. The department earmarked $1 million in COVID-19 funds to set up regional overseers to work with districts, which are encouraged to apply. A grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will give funding for eight regional staff members to work across the...
    MBA, or Master of Business Administration, programs are ideal for those who want to gain valuable business skills. According to a study published by Statista Research Department, however, top MBA programs in the United States can cost as much as $140K in tuition alone! For most Americans, the thought of spending that much cash, or borrowing that much capital in loans, is enough to incite a stomach ache. If you are serious about strengthening your business acumen across various sectors, including accounting, marketing, and finance, but aren’t ready to invest a ton of money, then an online training like The Complete 2020 MBA Hacker Bundle is a great way to get started. This training consists of eleven courses—here’s a breakdown...
    As school systems across the country reckon with the innumerable challenges of re-opening amid the pressures of a resurgent coronavirus pandemic, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has reportedly isolated herself within her expansive Michigan estate. At the same time, public attitudes about reopening have soured as schools experimenting with in-person learning report nearly immediate outbreaks of COVID-19. In a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll, almost 60% of Americans rejected fully in-person learning. That figure rose from 53% in July, when DeVos compared the risk of returning to schools with riding a rocket ship into space in a phone call with governors. As DeVos has apparently distanced herself from population centers while the pandemic’s effects impact new parts of the country, she has simultaneously pushed for the nation’s public schools to put teachers and students back in the classroom full-time. DeVos’ hardline advocacy, which flouts...