Oakland Unified has designated today as a wellness day for the district’s teachers. This follows teacher sick-outs held at a number of schools earlier this week. Justin Andrews reports.
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Schools may be a local issue, but how they are run—especially during the pandemic—can stoke the outrage politics that define many state and national races. Democrats, to their grief, learned as much in November when Republican Glenn Youngkin thumped a former Democratic governor by harping on the disastrous performance of the state’s schools when COVID-19 hit. My wife and I are the proud parents of twin second-grade boys enrolled in a great local public school.
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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.
Taylor Ranch teacher Carrie Koontz wants everybody to remember that even academically high-performing elementary school students are little children.
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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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The superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools instructed principals in the district to suspend students who refuse to wear a mask in school, defying an order by Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin that grants parents the authority to select whether their children wear masks.
The University of Pennsylvania’s law school is looking to initiate a process to sanction tenured law professor Amy Wax for her past racist speech, including the anti-Asian and immigration comments she made in December 2021. Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School Ted Ruger announced on Tuesday that he would organize a faculty review to determine the possible actions that needed to be taken against Wax, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Wax could receive a punishment ranging from a minor sanction, such as a letter of reprimand, to a suspension or termination of employment.
Six Muslim students say they are not being allowed to attend classes because they wear headscarves.
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The House Education Committee voted 9-6 Friday to kill Gov. Kristi Noem's proposed moment of silence bill that she said would restore prayer in schools.
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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.
An anti-mask mom threatened to bring a loaded gun during a Virginia school board meeting, saying 'see you all on Monday'
Police have been notified of the comments by the parent at Thursday's Page County Public Schools board meeting and are investigating the incident.
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Denver public school teaching kindergartners BLM 'guiding principles' including 'disruption of nuclear family'
A public elementary school in the Denver, Colorado area is planning to subject kindergartners and first graders to gender and race sensitivity teaching as part of a push to teach the “guiding principles” of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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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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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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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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Michigan university held basketball games at 100% capacity despite shutting down in-person learning in January
Michigan State University allowed basketball games to continue at 100% attendance capacity while shutting down in-person learning for nearly the entire month of January.
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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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Fresh off a round of school closures driven by the omicron variant, Illinois school districts could soon be facing more upheaval as litigation challenging Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s mask mandate and other COVID-19 protocol lands before a downstate judge. Sangamon County Circuit Judge Raylene Grischow is expected to rule soon on a request to temporarily halt the governor’s executive orders on masking ...
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U.S. schools scramble to fix staff shortages, as CDC calls for canceling 'high-risk' extracurriculars to help keep them open
New Mexico and Oklahoma are among states scrambling to come up with solutions to COVID staffing shortages, as the CDC recommends canceling certain extracurricular activities to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Prepare to hear a whole lot about 'action civics,' the latest issue in education that Republicans are mad about
Much like critical race theory, Republicans say they fear action civics is another form of left-wing "indoctrination" in schools and are attempting to restrict it in some states.