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New: Why union leaders on the West Coast say their schools have been slower to reopen One UTLA leader told me they take the CDC guidance "with a grain of salt." "For us, it didn’t work. It didn’t take into account the specific issues we’re facing in LA." huffpost.com/entry/west-coa…
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New: GOP leaders are trying to paint teachers unions as villains, but a new poll shows that union members are largely aligned with Americans on school reopenings Only 34% of AFT members say schools should be closed, 31% of Americans say the same huffpost.com/entry/aft-safe…
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Teachers say they most trust the CDC to make good decisions about when/if to reopen schools They say they least trust parent groups like the PTA to make good decisions huffpost.com/entry/aft-safe…
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Educators' opinions on whether or not schools should be open seem to reflect that of Americans at large. 34 percent of teachers think schools should be online only. 31 percent of Americans think school should be online only. huffpost.com/entry/aft-safe…
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New: I got an early look at an internal AFT poll of its members. A vast majority say they'd support a return to in-person learning but under a number of conditions, including vaccine prioritization and flexibility for at-risk teachers to work from home huffpost.com/entry/aft-safe…
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New: Teachers unions have come under a lot of fire lately, but a new HuffPost/YouGov poll suggests that the public at large thinks their actions are justified. More people than not support potential strikes huffpost.com/entry/teachers…
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The GOP has tried to paint teachers unions as villains on school reopenings. A new HuffPost poll shows the public doesn't see it that way. Ppl are supportive of recent union actions Still, the public is deeply divided on whether schools should reopen huffpost.com/entry/teachers…
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Here's what happened at Miguel Cardona's confirmation hearing: 1) warm reception from both dems and republicans 2) he emphasized on reopening schools 3) republican senators went after transgender athletes huffpost.com/entry/miguel-c…
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New: Betsy DeVos may no longer be Secretary of Education, but states are happily carrying out her agenda. More and more states -- pushed by the pandemic and Republican statehouse wins -- are pushing voucher programs huffpost.com/entry/betsy-de…
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New: Voucher bills are moving through state legislatures at a breakneck speed. Republicans have seized on frustration with public schools during COVID to push them. A bill in Georgia would give children vouchers if their schools are not 100% in person huffpost.com/entry/betsy-de…
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New: Amid a year of unprecedented disruptions, parents are begging schools to please hold their children back a year huffpost.com/entry/children…
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The 1776 Commission is actually what's taught in thousands of Christian schools around the country, many of which receive public funding through vouchers. One textbook I analyzed described slaves as a "better investment than indentured servants." huffpost.com/entry/christia…
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They characterize Nelson Mandela as a “marxist agitator” who helped drive South Africa to “radical affirmative action,” & say Satan hatched modern psychology. Slavery is described in purely economic terms as a "better investment" than indentured servants huffpost.com/entry/christia…
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NEW: Textbooks in thousands of K-12 schools echo the white Christian nationalism from last week's riots. They teach that "globalists" are anti-Christian, Obama helped spur "race riots," and that Trump is the country's "fighter" for Christian values huffpost.com/entry/christia…
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New: Teachers compare teaching about the Capitol riots to that of Columbine and 9/11. One teacher describes the confusion of her Black students: "If 20 of us had done that, we all would have been dead." "Is this a KKK rally?" huffpost.com/entry/capitol-…
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History teachers, how are you going to explain this?
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New: Biden is expected to nominate Miguel Cardona, Connectict's top schools chief for Education Secretary. Cardona is an uncontroversial pick who doesn't offend teachers unions or education reform groups. He's spent his career working in public schools huffpost.com/entry/miguel-c…
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Not handing in homework used to result in lower grades. Now, in some districts it results in a truancy letter home threatening fines and legal action My dispatch on another complication of remote learning: huffpost.com/entry/truancy-…
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🚨New: They didn't turn in their homework during remote learning. Then their parents received threats of fines and court. Now one child has regular panic attacks that he is going to fail and his family will face legal action huffpost.com/entry/truancy-…s
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NEW: These kids didn't hand in their homework or turned their camera off for remote learning. Then, their school districts threatened their families with court & fines. Strict, punitive truancy laws are bumping up against the realities of remote learning huffpost.com/entry/truancy-…
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Amina's son is in METCO, a desegregation program that busses kids of color from Boston to affluent suburbs. She enrolled in this program so he could compete on a level playing field. But during months off from school, other kids worked to get ahead huffpost.com/entry/covid-19…
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New: Amina Scott's son has always been ahead or on grade level. This year, he was mysteriously behind his peers. It's b/c some kids in his class had resources for tutoring and enrichment. How COVID is widening disparities, even within the same classroom huffpost.com/entry/covid-19…
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New: The U.S. Department of Education has started investigating COVID-19 related school discrimination, after HuffPost first reported these cases were on hold huffpost.com/entry/covid-19…
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Among the names under consideration to be the next Education Secretary is Tim Shriver, a member of the Kennedy family who has long led the Special Olympics. (Remember: the Trump administration repeatedly tried to cut funding for the Special Olympics) huffpost.com/entry/betsy-de…
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NEW: Lots of speculation about who will be the next Education Secretary, with labor vs. ed reform groups pushing their own picks. Tim Shriver of the Kennedy family has also thrown his hat into the ring and is currently being vetted huffpost.com/entry/betsy-de…
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New: The Education Department tells me that employees in the civil rights division are no longer allowed to recommend that schools implement anti-bias training. Employees tell me they were not aware of this huffpost.com/entry/betsy-de…
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🚨NEW: During a national education civil rights emergency, the Edu Dept has been failing to address urgent issues of COVID-related discrimination Employees say the dept is ignoring the problems that are currently harming students during the pandemic.huffpost.com/entry/betsy-de…p
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NEW: During a pandemic that has turned schools upside down, the Education Dept has spent months failing to address complaints of urgent COVID discrimination in schools. This & more in a deep dive into the last 4 years of civil rights under DeVos: huffpost.com/entry/betsy-de…
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New: With no federal aid in sight, schools are figuring out where they can cut, amid shelling out cash for PPE, technology. "I cannot wait for federal funding to serve kids. The needs are immediate right now." huffpost.com/entry/school-b…
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NEW: An Ohio school has been assigning kids PragerU videos for class. The site has videos like 'the left ruins everything' & 'playing the black card' Turns out, PragerU is amid a new push to get into K12 schools. They say 'so many' teachers have signed up huffpost.com/entry/right-wi…
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Millennials got screwed. Here are all the ways we're setting Gen Z up for failure, too. One report estimates that K-12 students in the U.S. already lost $2.8 trillion in future wages from school closures through September. From @EmilyRPeck & me: huffpost.com/entry/gen-z-sc…
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“By ignoring underlying conditions, the demands of transgender supremacy marginalize our unique kids, especially those with autism and mental health diagnoses,” the new head of the Diversity and Inclusion committee recently said. huffpost.com/entry/educatio…
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NEW: The Department of Education's civil rights division has a new Diversity and Inclusion committee. Leaders appointed a longtime anti-LGBTQ activist to head it. Employees say it makes the committee farcical huffpost.com/entry/educatio…
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She hands in homework while ringing up customers. She participates in Zoom class in between anxious asking patrons to wear masks. She never sees friends. “I just wish I had some rest,” she says. “I’m tired most of the time.” huffpost.com/entry/teenage-…
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NEW: Meet Daniela. At the end of last year she worked 40+ hours a week. She attended virtual HS. She paid a bulk of her family's bills. She's part of a group of teens, who amid economic upheaval, are suddenly breadwinners. huffpost.com/entry/teenage-…
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New: Experts tell me they're expecting a big increase in high school dropouts “I think the really simple answer is we’re pretty nervous,” said an expert. “I think there’s worry there’s some kids who have already dropped out," said another researcher. huffpost.com/entry/high-sch…
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NEW: A HuffPost/YouGov poll has found that a majority of Americans would support teachers who go on strike over unsafe working conditions huffpost.com/entry/teacher-…
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In the spring, some private schools thought they were facing financial ruin. Now, affluent parents are flocking in pursuit of in-person learning. Another way in which COVID is exacerbating existing inequalities From me & @EmilyRPeck huffpost.com/entry/private-…
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Audrey Taito, a rising fourth-grader in Sacramento, California, can’t say exactly what she did to get her school email account blocked in the spring. She’s only 9. m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5f…
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One district told me that during in-school suspensions, children will congregate in a virtual classroom with other students facing the same punishment. During out-of-school suspensions, children will likely have their own solitary virtual classroom huffpost.com/entry/school-d…
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NEW: Even if they're fully remote, schools are grappling with how to discipline children from afar. Virtual suspensions are *a thing* I spoke to a 9 y/o who had her email account briefly blocked. "I don’t want to go back to school bc they embarrass me." huffpost.com/entry/school-d…
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New: I spoke to teachers around the country who are already back in the classroom about how kids seem to be faring. They all said kids seem happier than ever -- noticeably happy -- to be back at school huffpost.com/entry/teachers…
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UPDATE: After publication of our story, the school changed its policy. The school is now working with teachers to accommodate their individual situations. Their jobs are no longer in jeopardy. twitter.com/rklein90/statu…
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NEW: A private school founded by the VP of Sinclair Broadcast told teachers they could come back in-person or lose their jobs. Teachers think the message is coming directly from the Sinclair VP. It highlights the tough position of teachers w/o unions huffpost.com/entry/sinclair…
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New: Randi Weingarten announced today that the AFT will support educator 'safety strikes' as a last resort. The union's leadership has approved a resolution which says "nothing is off the table." huffpost.com/entry/school-r…
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NEW: A teen decided not to attend her HS graduation ceremony in-person, so the school cut her out of the ceremony. The school's policy: attend in-person or don't get recognized, even during a global pandemic. huffpost.com/entry/high-sch…
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New: Counties w/ high rates of lynching are now more likely to paddle students in school today, esp. Black students. Each additional lynching in a state’s county increased the odds of corporal punishment happening to a Black student by 6% Past is present huffpost.com/entry/lynching…
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Which is all to say, the past is present is present is present and none of this is accidental huffpost.com/entry/lynching…
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I traveled to Mississippi (pre-covid) to learn more about how this plays out in school. One student described watching another getting paddled in front of the entire class, while kids jeered. “She kind of laughed, but I think she wanted to cry.” huffpost.com/entry/lynching…
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