Tag: school reopening

As millions of kids skip kindergarten, the learning gap widens – and schools may lose funding. See more national education news here

| February 23, 2021
As millions of kids skip kindergarten, the learning gap widens – and schools may lose funding. See more national education news here

Last school year was hard enough. Denise Ladson Johnson’s son Moses struggled with the abrupt transition to distance learning in the spring, with having to say goodbye to his teacher and classmates and not knowing when he’d see them again. It didn’t help that Moses was only in prekindergarten at the time.

The instability was a big reason Ladson Johnson, who lives in Charleston, South Carolina, decided to homeschool Moses this year rather than enrolling him in his district’s kindergarten program. There were too many “uncertainties,” Ladson Johnson said. How could Moses, who’s now 6, learn lessons and social skills remotely?

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Education notebook: Districts prepare to welcome students back to classrooms. See more state education news here

| February 16, 2021
Education notebook: Districts prepare to welcome students back to classrooms. See more state education news here

Multiple school districts in southern Arizona plan on bringing students back to campus in the coming months, as parents call for in-person learning options and COVID-19 metrics improve.

This week, southern Arizona’s largest school district, Tucson Unified, announced students could return to campuses starting March 24. TUSD stands out among Tucson school districts for so far remaining in remote instruction throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

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COVID cases among teachers appear to be rising. What does that mean? See more national education news here

| January 19, 2021
COVID cases among teachers appear to be rising. What does that mean? See more national education news here

In New York, Texas, and a slice of the rest of the country where data is available, teachers and other staff where school buildings are open have higher COVID infection rates than their surrounding communities.

Critically, the data does not show whether teachers caught the virus in schools, or offer definitive answers about the risks of school reopening. It’s possible the results reflect more widespread testing among teachers, and the evidence that remote teachers have lower infection rates is mixed. But the latest data complicates our understanding of the risks of school reopening.

“The fact that the staff rates are growing at a faster rate than the community rates is something we should be paying attention to,” said Emily Oster, the Brown University researcher who spearheaded the analysis and collection of this data.

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Arizona schools, students take action after protests for justice and reform. See more state education news here

| June 16, 2020
Arizona schools, students take action after protests for justice and reform. See more state education news here

Arizona schools are taking action to ensure schools are equitable, safe places for students of color following recent protests for justice and police reform after George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died May 25th after a white Minneapolis Police Officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

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Survey: Majority of voting Arizona parents support sending kids back to school. See more state education news here

| June 9, 2020
Survey: Majority of voting Arizona parents support sending kids back to school. See more state education news here

A statewide poll of likely Arizona voters found that 57 percent of parents with children at home support sending them back to school in the fall.

“I think that people understand that getting kids to school is going to be a critical part of restarting the economy,” said Paul Bentz with HighGround Public Affairs, the consultants who conducted the poll.

According to the poll, those without kids at home were less supportive of letting students go back to school. A little more than half of those respondents said kids should go back in the fall.

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