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Cuomo Makes Big Move on Schools

All can reopen if conditions are met, but whether they will is a different story

(Newser) - New York state used to be the COVID-19 epicenter of the country. On Friday, its governor made a big announcement that shows how things have changed. "All schools can open," said Andrew Cuomo, per the New York Times . "If anyone can open schools, we can open schools....

This State Has the Best School System in America

Massachusetts ranks No. 1 in WalletHub ranking; New Mexico comes in last

(Newser) - After a school year disrupted by COVID-19, parents are more concerned than ever about their children's education. The coronavirus aside, how well public schools fare across America is often dictated by the funding they receive, which is one of the factors WalletHub took into account in its examination of...

Sure, American Schools Can Reopen—for 'Certain Kids'

The divide between public and private schools looks even wider now

(Newser) - Turns out schools can reopen in America after all—if they're private. While most public schools are opening part-time or not at all amid the coronavirus pandemic, private schools are finding they have the budgets, facilities, and small class sizes to reopen, the New York Times reports. That means...

Florida Makes a Big Decision on Schools Reopening

Education commissioner issues emergency order mandating all public schools open in August

(Newser) - As Florida's coronavirus cases surge, the education commissioner there issued an emergency order Monday that mandated all public K-12 schools open in August. Per the Tallahassee Democrat , Richard Corcoran's order requires that all brick-and-mortar schools open for at least five days a week for each student. That rules...

Small Montana School Is Reopening for Students

Willow Creek will be among the first in the nation to do so

(Newser) - A tiny public school in Montana will be among the first in the US to resume classroom teaching this week after being closed for nearly two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, per the AP . In opening its doors to most of its 56 students and 18 staff members on...

Officials Lock Horns Over NYC School Closure

Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn't so sure they'll remain closed for the school year

(Newser) - Governor and mayor locked horns again Saturday, this time over whether school buildings in the nation's largest district would close for the rest of the year, with classes continuing online, the AP reports. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news briefing that public school sites...

New York Mayor Makes Big Announcement on Schools

Bill de Blasio hopes they'll reopen in September

(Newser) - The nation's biggest public school system is closed for the academic year. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement Saturday and said his city's schools will remain closed until September, the New York Post reports. "It will help us to save lives," said...

Seattle Schools Send Home Unvaccinated Students

Wednesday was the deadline for proving compliance

(Newser) - Hundreds of students were shut out of school Wednesday in Seattle because records didn't show they'd had the required vaccinations. A few weeks ago, 2,200 students didn't have vaccinations on file, the Times reports. After warnings were sent out about the Wednesday deadline and free vaccination...

In This School District, a Controversial Way to Flush Out Threats

Civil rights advocates say western NY system compromises student privacy

(Newser) - An upstate New York school district has begun using facial recognition technology to look for threats, over the objection of civil rights advocates who say it compromises student privacy. The Lockport City School District said it activated the system Thursday after meeting conditions set by state education officials, including that...

Girl, 14, Got Oregon to Pass a Holocaust Bill

Along with her dear friend, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor

(Newser) - When Claire Sarnowski, as a fourth grader, met Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener at one of his talks, no one could have predicted that their friendship would end up changing the law in Oregon. But it looks like that's exactly what's about to happen: Thanks to work done by...

Back-to-School Surprise for Detroit: Dry Water Fountains

Lead, copper prompt 106 Detroit schools to shut off water; kids will drink from water coolers

(Newser) - Some 50,000 Detroit public school students will start the school year Tuesday by drinking water from coolers, not fountains, after the discovery of elevated levels of lead or copper in the supply—the latest setback in a state already dealing with the consequences of contaminated tap water in Flint...

Akron Public Schools Weighs In on LeBron James' Intelligence

'He's a bright guy, end of story,' spokesman says

(Newser) - "Anyone that's done what LeBron James has done for the past decade to 15 years for our children to prepare them to flourish in life has to be an intelligent person." With that, Akron Public Schools spokesman Mark Williamson joined first lady Melania Trump in praising a...

5 US States With Best, Worst School Systems

Massachusetts takes top spot; New Mexico is last

(Newser) - If you know your children will be in public schools for their entire K-12 career, it might pay to check out which states have the highest-quality educational offerings. WalletHub looked at how all 50, plus the District of Columbia, ranked across more than two dozen metrics in the "Quality"...

Solution for US Teacher Shortage Slammed as 'Abuse'

Some schools recruit teachers from overseas to work for wages that Americans won't accept

(Newser) - As teachers in multiple states stage walkouts to protest low pay, the New York Times reports on a trend taking place in some public schools: hiring foreign workers willing to teach for the wages that Americans aren't. Those who support the practice, which involves overseas teachers coming in via...

W. Va. Lawmaker on Teacher Strike: 'I Don't Like Feeling Bullied'

Strike now in day 7

(Newser) - West Virginia public school students were home again Friday, with classrooms closed for a seventh straight class day as teachers fought for pay raises. The state Senate's GOP majority refused Thursday to take up legislation to give them a 5% pay raise after four years without one. The Republican-controlled...

He Got His Daughter Into a Top School. It Cost Him His Job

DC Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson broke the rules he wrote himself

(Newser) - "It wasn't a mistake out of anything other than trying to ensure that my daughter’s well-being was taken care of," says Antwan Wilson, but it's a mistake that has cost the DC Public Schools Chancellor his job, just one year and 19 days into his...

No Plan After High School, No Diploma, Says Chicago Mayor

Proposal would require students to show their next move

(Newser) - Don't have a plan after high school? Don't expect a diploma, says Rahm Emanuel. Under a new proposal from the Chicago mayor, high school students of Chicago Public Schools will need to prove they have a plan for their immediate future before they can graduate, reports the Chicago ...

Rapper Slams Governor, Gives $1M to Chicago Schools

Chance the Rapper urges Gov. Bruce Rauner to start doing his job

(Newser) - Chance the Rapper demanded action Monday as he handed a $1 million check to his hometown's struggling school system. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner "still won't commit to give Chicago's kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums," Chance said, per the Chicago Tribune . "Gov. Rauner,...

Education Chief to Schools: Stop Hitting Kids

John King says corporal punishment is 'harmful,' 'ineffective'

(Newser) - Education Secretary John King has a message for states where physical discipline is permitted in schools, per USA Today : Quit it. In a letter to governors and state school chiefs, King says 22 states—mostly in the South and West—still allow corporal punishment or don't forbid it. He...

Teachers' New Pet: GoFundMe

Educators increasingly turn to crowdfunding to supplement cost of classroom supplies

(Newser) - Paper? Pencils? Laptops? Robots? Teachers are increasingly relying on crowdfunding efforts to stock their classrooms with both the mundane and sometimes big-ticket items, reports the AP . Contributions to education campaigns have climbed on GoFundMe and DonorsChoose, from just more than $31.2 million in 2010 to nearly $140 million in...

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