President Biden spoke before meeting with the White House Covid-19 response team and urged those unvaccinated, including children, to receive their vaccine as the omicron variant spreads. The president also encouraged schools to remain open and encouraged them to use federal funding to ensure the safety of students and teachers.
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Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares (R) has fired attorneys from the University of Virginia and George Mason University, saying he "wants the university counsel to return to giving legal advice based on law."The University of Virginia's Tim Heaphy, who was on leave to help lead the House's investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, was reportedly among 30 staffers Miyares dismissed upon taking office last week, according to...
A Texas teacher was placed on administrative leave after ranting to junior high school students and calling them 'complete and utter morons'
"I have never in my life dealt with kids that are so awful that if they fell into a river, I would let them float away," the teacher said in audio obtained by KHOU.
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Running for governor, Democrat Beto O'Rourke said in a November rally that 70% of Texas fourth graders cannot read at grade level. Is he right?
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One Pennsylvania school board member is sending a message message to parents: “No, I don't work for you.”
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Members of conservative parent group Moms for Liberty criticized a contract to buy 53 tickets for the Conscious Discipline Institute this summer
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In February 2019, Crystal Smith was working as a teacher at the Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School when she was caught on surveillance cameras kicking a 5-year-old girl.
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Tens of thousands of people have gotten student loan forgiveness through an overhauled federal program. Here's how to get help with your debt.
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Florida lawmakers advanced a bill that would allow parents to sue schools if staff speak to students about gender identity or sexuality
Known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, the legislation says it protects a parent's "right to make decisions" on "the upbringing and control of their children."
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A Texas teacher remained on administrative leave Friday after a video showing her ranting about her students and her job circulated online.
Six Muslim students say they are not being allowed to attend classes because they wear headscarves.
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State School Board member Michelle Newman says public education is important to introduce children to different people and ideas.
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Nearly 128 years ago, a father argued that a school board overreached by requiring smallpox vaccine for son. He lost in case that resembles today's mask fights.
Meet a first-generation college grad with $250,000 in student debt: 'It's the price I had to pay to achieve the American Dream'
Juan Sorto called the student-loan process "freaking confusing" — and he's not the only one. Paying off debt in the US can be a lifelong process.
A Pakistani inmate serving a life sentence for murder in an overcrowded Karachi prison has won a scholarship for further study after taking one of the highest scores in the city's higher secondary school exams last year. Syed Naeem Shah, 35, scored the highest in the general high school exams among private candidates - that is, among non-traditional students - last year in Pakistan's largest city, winning a scholarship for further studies from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP). "What I have achieved while languishing in jail is not possible if one does not have conviction," Shah told Reuters in an interview in Central Prison Karachi, built by the British in 1899 in the port city in southeastern Pakistan.
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On her first day as a pandemic substitute teacher, Kitty Kremer got a face shield, a mask, a microphone, some wipes and directions to the classroom where the children were waiting behind plexiglass. "I felt like a space person, walking from room to room," Kremer — one of Minnesota's irreplaceable replacement teachers — said with a laugh. When it feels like the pandemic is tearing Minnesota ...
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Students in Los Angeles public schools will be required to wear "well-fitting, non-cloth masks with a nose-wire" and staff will be required to wear surgical-grade masks beginning Monday under the school district's latest round of pandemic protocols.The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on Friday updated its coronavirus guidelines, which are posted on its website, to essentially ban cloth masks."Masking will be required at all times,...
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As thousands of schools close classrooms, some districts have managed to keep disruptions to a minimum. Here's what they're getting right.
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A Pennsylvania school district apologized after a photo appeared to show a teacher taping a mask to a student's face
During a school board meeting earlier this week, parents called for the teacher to be fired, according to local reports.
A 17-year-old Maryland student was charged after one of his classmates was found shot in a school bathroom
The suspected shooter was charged with attempted second-degree murder. Police found a ghost gun that "was believed to be the gun used" by the suspect.