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Girl Gets 'Uniform Infraction' at School —Over 'Jihab'

Teacher who wrote up 8th-grader misspelled 'hijab' on dress code violation form

(Newser) - A Massachusetts school is taking heat after a teacher wrote up an eighth-grader there for wearing a hijab in class. NBC Boston reports on the incident at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, where the girl was dinged for a "uniform infraction" for donning the religious head covering worn by...

Chappelle Has Surprise News at Theater Dedication

Theater at his alma mater, Duke Ellington School, won't be named after him after all

(Newser) - Just before Dave Chappelle's most recent Netflix special dropped, his alma mater, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, announced its theater would be named for the comedian, who pledged to donate $100,000 to teachers' wages. It's "the most significant honor of my...

Florida Teacher Hospitalized After Attack by 5-Year-Old

It's the third time this has happened, union president says

(Newser) - A teacher in Florida was hospitalized after she was attacked by a 5-year-old special needs student her union chief describes as "enraged." According to a police report, the attack happened when the boy was taken to a "cool down" room after he started throwing things and flipping...

Cops: Vigilantes Abduct Principal Over COVID Measures

Greek principal was driven to police station, where his alleged attackers were then detained

(Newser) - Police in northern Greece have jailed several people who allegedly handcuffed a principal, forced him into a car, then drove him to a police station, demanding he be arrested for enforcing COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, members of the group known as Guardians of the Constitution, who argue the restrictions violate constitutional...

As School Day Began, an 'Unbelievable' Crash

A moose smashed through the window of a Saskatchewan school

(Newser) - An early-morning program at a Saskatchewan school proved unusually exciting for the kids in attendance this week. The CBC reports that just before 9am on Thursday, a moose was spotted lurking around the Sylvia Fedoruk School in Saskatoon, just as a before-school program was wrapping up in a community room...

Mom's Lawsuit Seeks Order for School to Follow COVID Guidelines

Wisconsin brewery's PAC is funding potential class-action suit

(Newser) - A school district in Wisconsin is being sued by a woman who says her oldest son became infected after the district lifted COVID-19 protocols. The federal lawsuit filed by Shannon Jensen and other parents against the Waukesha School District is seeking class-action status, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . Jensen says...

Massachusetts Has Creative Fix for Crippling Shortage

National Guard to fill in on school bus routes

(Newser) - Schools are finally opening again; the next challenge is getting kids into the buildings. There are school bus driver shortages all over the country for many reasons. Massachusetts has a solution—at least a temporary fix. Up to 250 members of the Massachusetts National Guard who already have commercial driver’...

Introducing Your New Bus Driver: Mom and Dad

Meanwhile, one school district will force many kids to walk

(Newser) - Schools in many states are having a hard time finding school bus drivers—to the extent that one school is offering to pay parents who drive their kids. The EastSide Charter School in Wilmington, Del., is offering $700 per year for each child that is dropped off and picked up....

Texas Mother Charged After School Stunt Video Goes Viral

30-year-old pretended to be her 13-year-old daughter for a day

(Newser) - It’s not unusual for mothers and daughters to look alike and share clothes. It’s very unusual for a mom to go to middle school in her daughter’s place, however. Casey Garcia, mom to a middle schooler in San Elizario, Texas, did just that, and now faces...

Find at School Site a 'Horrifying Reminder' of Indigenous Abuse

Ground-penetrating radar on property in British Columbia, Canada, finds remains of 215 children

(Newser) - The site of a residential school that was once the largest in Canada has been hiding a gruesome secret for more than 40 years—one that serves as "a horrifying reminder of the abuses against Indigenous people in Canada," per CTV News . On Friday, Chief Rosanne Casimir of...

CDC: Evidence Growing on Schools, COVID

Agency: In-person schooling seems to be safe if masks, social distancing are required

(Newser) - Health officials say evidence continues to mount that it's generally safe to have in-person schooling, if US schools require mask wearing and other precautions. The latest study, published online Tuesday by a CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, looked at schools in rural Wisconsin and found cases linked...

School to Javanka: Take Your Kids Away

But Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner insist it was their decision

(Newser) - Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have pulled their kids out of an upscale day school in Washington, DC, saying they needed in-person learning—but the move was apparently prompted by parental complaints, the Daily Beast reports. Parents at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School say they were concerned about Trump and...

Court: This School Policy Violated the Constitution

Judges rule in favor of transgender rights advocates and Gavin Grimm

(Newser) - A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a Virginia school board's transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional and discriminated against a transgender male student who was barred from using the boys bathrooms in his high school, the AP reports. The ruling is a victory for transgender rights advocates and Gavin...

Johns Hopkins Releases New Tracker
Johns Hopkins
Releases New Tracker

Johns Hopkins Releases New Tracker

University says it wants to help parents, educators

(Newser) - Johns Hopkins University's coronavirus tracker has helped the world monitor the pandemic's progress. The Baltimore university has now launched another tracker to look at school reopening plans across the country; coronavirus prevention measures is just one of 12 categories examined. "Not only will schools need to reopen...

Trump Threatens School Funding Over Reopening

He slams 'impractical' CDC guidelines

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be issuing revised guidelines on reopening schools—hours after President Trump slammed the CDC's current guidance, which includes mask-wearing and social distancing, as "very tough & expensive." "While they want them...

Trump: Feds Will Pressure Governors to Reopen Schools

'They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed'

(Newser) - President Trump vowed to pressure governors to reopen schools Tuesday, accusing Democrats of wanting to keep them closed for political reasons instead of health reasons. "We don’t want people to make political statements or do it for political reasons. They think it’s going to be good for...

Supreme Court Gives Victory to Conservatives on Schools

Upholds Montana program that aids religious schools

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it easier for religious schools to obtain public funds, upholding a Montana scholarship program that allows state tax credits for private schooling, per the AP . The court's 5-4 ruling, with conservatives in the majority, came in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program...

California's Kids Might Start School in July

Gov. Gavin Newsom said it's a possibility after months of distance learning

(Newser) - The summertime chimes of ice cream trucks could be replaced by school bells in California. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday students could return to the classroom as early as July, and starting early could help make up for some of the “learning losses” as parents have tried to teach...

'I Just Can't Do This': Harried Parents Are Giving Up

Home schooling is getting harder as the weeks go by

(Newser) - Frustration is mounting as more families across the US enter their second or even third week of distance learning—and some overwhelmed parents say it will be their last, the AP reports. Amid the barrage of learning apps, video meet-ups, and e-mailed assignments that pass as pandemic home school, some...

Devin Nunes Calls California School Closure Move 'Overkill'

Gov. Newsom confirms schools won't reopen before summer

(Newser) - California's 6 million students won't be going back to school this academic year, but that doesn't mean school is out, officials say. Gov. Gavin Newsom confirmed Wednesday that schools won't reopen before summer, KGO reports. Two weeks ago, the Democrat warned that schools were likely to...

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