Administrators for the West Contra Costa Unified School District have closed all of their schools. They said the omicron variant has caused a significant number of teacher absences.
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Mark Schlissel has been removed as president of the University of Michigan due to an alleged "inappropriate relationship with a university employee," the school said Saturday on its website. The removal was effective “immediately,” the University of Michigan Board of Regents said, adding that members learned on Dec. 8, 2021, about the relationship from an anonymous complaint and that an investigation revealed that “over the years,” Schlissel used his university email account to “communicate with that subordinate in a manner inconsistent with the dignity and reputation of the university.” “As you know, the Regents received an anonymous complaint regarding an alleged sexual affair between you and a subordinate,” the board wrote in its letter to Schlissel informing him of his removal.
A substitute teacher in Florida resigned after she repeatedly used a racial slur at school where the majority of students are Black, report says
The teacher continued to use the slur in front of the schools' principal, who is Black, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
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Letter to the editor: Jordan has a style of talking much and saying little.
A New York school district has apologized after sixth-graders were given an 'unacceptable' homework assignment for their Spanish class
Students were told to translate sentences like "You (friendly) are Mexican and ugly" and "You (politely) are pretty and American."
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The only reality the governor, the attorney general and the right-wing legislators have to offer is chaos and misinformation.
- Fox News
Chicago Public Schools students walked out of classes on Friday and made several demands, including a return to remote learning for two weeks and coronavirus “stipends” for students.
- The Hill
Youngkin signs executive orders banning critical race theory, lifting mask mandate in Virginia public schools
Virginia's Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed 11 executive orders on his first day in office, including one lifting a mask mandate in public schools and another banning the teaching of critical race theory, both issues Youngkin campaigned on."Executive Order Number One delivers on his Day One promise to restore excellence in education by ending the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education," a press release...
On his first day in office, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin banned teaching Critical Race Theory and mask mandates in schools
Critical Race Theory was not part of Virginia's K-12 schools standards of learning, the commonwealth's department of education said last year.
- Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Texas parents, students and school employees are facing disruptions as some districts temporarily close or alter operations amid the COVID-19 surge.
- The New York Times
Amid a flurry of bills nationwide that seek to ban the teaching of critical race theory in schools, one such proposal in Virginia stood out. Tucked inside a bill introduced by Wren Williams, a Republican delegate, was a glaring error: Among the concepts that school boards would be required to ensure students understood was “the first debate between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.” But as scholars, Williams’ colleagues in the House of Delegates and others on social media noted, that debat
- Asheville Citizen-Times
A woman is out of jail on a written promise after a Jan. 12 incident at Asheville Highschool when she allegedly pepper sprayed a student.
- The Augusta Chronicle
Columnist Dana Harris looks back on the effect COVID-19 has has on learning in the United States and looks forward to what comes next.
- Springfield News-Leader
Rep. Chuck Basye, a Rocheport Republican and sponsor of the bill, has been a vocal critic of district school boards.
- LA Times
Surging coronavirus cases among students and staff due to the Omicron variant have put schools under intense strain, exhausting teachers and increasing student anxiety.
- Motley Fool
The rise of infections caused by the omicron variant is just one more reason to buy this growth stock.
- Raleigh News and Observer
For this student in Chapel Hill, pandemic burnout comes not from ongoing safety precautions but from seeing some people’s lack of empathy while they continue their lives as if everything is fine.
- NBC News
Three lawmakers have asked companies that develop online degree programs for universities for information about their recruiting tactics and use of federal aid dollars.
- Business Insider
Ohio school says a shortage of cafeteria staff forced it to serve takeout pizza to hundreds of students for lunch
A school district in Independence bought students fast food from a local business after realizing it did not have enough cafeteria workers on Friday.
- Detroit Free Press
U-M's board fired Mark Schlissel in a surprise move Saturday evening after investigating an inappropriate relationship
- The New York Times
NEW YORK — The approach to the little reform school in the woods seemed to be from a storybook, a winding road bringing new students to its remote campus, with dormitories and a red barn perched beside a pond. Teenagers who were not in class sat quietly on porches or carried buckets across a broad lawn, part of the regimen of chores in a program that promised to rehabilitate — to cure. But a rash of recent lawsuits against the little campus in the woods, the Family Foundation School in Hancock,