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Public education is facing a crisis of epic proportions
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Jan 31, 9:37 AM: Test scores are down, and violence is up. Parents are screaming at school boards, and children are crying on the couches of social workers. Anger is rising. Patience is falling.
‘It’s Just Stressful’: Students Feel the Weight of Pandemic Uncertainty
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Jan 31, 9:34 AM: The pandemic has changed children. Some can’t shake that feeling of instability. Others are taking on adult responsibilities. And anxiety is all around.
‘Educators are feeling overwhelmed’: Aldine ISD cancels classes for next 3 Fridays
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Jan 27, 9:08 AM:

The next three Fridays will be holidays for students and planning days for staff in the Aldine Independent School District.

Mostly educators of color could face termination due to vaccine mandate, Boston Teachers Union says
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Jan 27, 6:42 AM: Boston Public Schools, already struggling to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of its students, could lose dozens of educators of color when the city’s new employee vaccine mandate takes effect Monday, according to the >
D.C. students walk out to protest ‘not safe’ school covid protocols
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Jan 26, 9:22 AM: Dozens of students from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School walked out Tuesday afternoon in a push for more coronavirus testing and virtual options in D.C. Public Schools. Students in smaller numbers from eight other schools >
Amid COVID surge, these schools have stayed open. Leaders explain how they’re doing it.
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Jan 24, 10:00 AM: The omicron COVID-19 variant couldn't have hit at a worse time for U.S. schools. As consensus solidified that schools should strive to stay open, the mutation riddled staff and students with often mild but isolation-inducing >
Some parents want to use the school choice system to desegregate Colorado schools
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Jan 24, 9:03 AM: Lefkowits is one of a growing number of white families who believe integrated public schools are crucial to building a multiracial democracy.
Parents pressure Danbury schools to invest in academics, social emotional support in 2022-23 budget
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Jan 20, 9:44 AM: As students continue to face academic and social gaps due to the coronavirus pandemic, Danbury school leaders and parents aim to invest in these and other areas.
Tensions rise as Mass. changes school COVID measures for ‘current state of pandemic’
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Jan 19, 9:05 AM: A vocal contingent of experts say the time has come for schools to prioritize pre-pandemic routines over arduous measures to contain an illness that has, so far, caused few children serious symptoms. And schools have begun to >
America has failed to learn from the safe opening of classrooms abroad
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Jan 18, 9:44 AM: Over the past two years America’s children have missed more time in the classroom than those in most of the rich world. School closures that began there in early 2020 dragged on until the summer of 2021.
California schools under intense strain, fighting to stay open during Omicron surge
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Jan 18, 9:07 AM: A student shows her negative coronavirus test result from a cellphone to enter Olive Vista Middle School this week. Schools throughout the state are strained as coronavirus rates soar.
Michigan Democratic Party deletes post questioning parents’ role in schools
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Jan 18, 8:15 AM: The Michigan Democratic Party has deleted a weekend Facebook post that questioned the role parents have in deciding what is taught in public schools and drew criticism from conservative and school choice groups.
Teachers confront half-empty classrooms as virus surges
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Jan 14, 10:13 AM: Teachers around the U.S. are confronting classrooms where as many as half of students are absent because they have been exposed to COVID-19 or their families kept them at home out of concern about the surging coronavirus.
Opinion: It’s time to acknowledge reality. Many schools will likely have to close because of o
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Jan 13, 9:30 AM: Let’s be clear: No one wants to take kids out of school. At this point in the pandemic, the benefits of in-person education are evident. Not only is it better for learning, but it is also better for the social and emotional >
Desperate to fill teacher shortages, school districts ask parents and various staff to become subs
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Jan 12, 9:56 AM:

With more teachers sickened or sidelined by the highly contagious Omicron variant, school districts across the country have resorted to extraordinary measures to keep classrooms running.

Schools See Big Drop in Attendance as Students Stay Away, Citing Covid-19
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Jan 12, 9:55 AM: Public-school attendance across the U.S. has dropped to unusually low levels, complicating efforts to keep schools open, as districts also contend with major staff shortages.
Stitt’s education secretary comes down on schools halting in-person instruction amid soaring COVID a
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Jan 12, 9:01 AM: Some educators took issue on Tuesday with comments Gov. Kevin Stitt’s education secretary, Ryan Walters, made about in-class cancellations as COVID cases continue to rise.
In classrooms or online, parents grapple with omicron school ‘chaos’
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Jan 10, 10:03 AM: Omicron is upending schools all across the country. Parents and families are navigating last-minute virtual learning, changing risk assessments and their own positive COVID tests.
With No School in Sight, Chicago Families Grit Their Teeth
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Jan 7, 9:19 AM: While city officials clash with the teachers’ union over how to return to classrooms amid Omicron, families around Chicago reflect on the pandemic’s effects on their children.
Opinion: Omicron is not a reason to keep schools closed
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Jan 7, 9:18 AM: Instead of arguing over whether schools are “safe,” let’s agree that schools are essential and then work to reduce risk to get students back to in-person learning.

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