High Schools

29-hour meeting ends with Miami school board voting to reopen schools next month

The Board of Education began meeting on Monday to decide when to reopen school buildings, taking up a recommendation by Superintendent Alberto Carvalho’s administration to begin a staggered opening in early October.

The meeting spilled over into Tuesday, and after 18 hours of public testimony from more than 750 people and more hours of debate, the board voted unanimously to start opening schools on Oct. 14, more than a week later than first proposed by Carvalho. According to the plan, the first students to return will be those in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade and those with special needs — and

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A historian takes on Trump’s view of American history

Edward L. Ayers has some thoughts on that, which he explains below — and it’s really no surprise, given that he is a renowned Civil War scholar who has devoted his professional life to the field and has a very different view than do Trump and his acolytes.

Ayers is executive director of New American History, where he was president from 2007 to 2015. New American History is an online project based at the University of Richmond, designed to help students and teachers see the nation’s history in new ways.

In addition, Ayers has been named National Professor of

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Civics knowledge among American adults jumps in new survey — but hold your applause

  • Only 51 percent of respondents correctly said the Supreme Court has the final responsibility for deciding whether an action taken by the president is constitutional, lower than the 61 percent in 2019.
  • And when asked what a 5-to-4 Supreme Court ruling means, only 54 percent correctly knew that the decision is the law and needs to be followed — a drop from 59 percent in 2019.

The survey, taken annually by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, found significant jumps in civics understanding on specific issues, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the center, said that

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New York City reverses school opening plan. Now most students will start remotely.

De Blasio (D) had pledged to provide parents the option to send their children back to school for at least part of the week, allowing for social distancing, and provide virtual instruction the rest of the time. School buildings were set to reopen Monday.

But he faced significant pushback from many teachers and parents, who expressed concern about whether schools could adequately prevent a coronavirus outbreak, with many buildings having poor ventilation systems. There were also concerns about whether schools had enough personal protective equipment, such as masks.

“This is a huge undertaking,” de Blasio said at a news

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Why young kids should be allowed to learn through play (not worksheets)

Carlsson-Paige is author of “Taking Back Childhood.” The mother of two artist sons, Matt and Kyle Damon, she is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Legacy Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps for work over several decades on behalf of children and families.

She has written before on this blog about how young children learn through play and how early-childhood education has been twisted over the past few decades by policies that focused on raising standardized test scores and pushed academic work into preschool.

Here is her new piece about reimagining early-childhood

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College applicants will make the pandemic a focus of their admissions essays. Should they?

For many students, grade point averages will not include grades for the spring semester of the 2019-20 academic year, when schools closed as the pandemic hit and most districts went to pass-fail systems.

Because SAT and ACT admissions test administrations had to be canceled because of concerns about spreading the coronavirus, many students don’t have scores to include. As a result, two-thirds of U.S. colleges and universities have announced test-optional policies for students applying for fall 2021, according to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, a nonprofit known as FairTest that works to end the misuse of standardized

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This teacher’s fourth-grade students only wanted to talk about Chadwick Boseman. So he let them.

And so in the piece below, Holland explains why the students were so animated about Boseman and how he is finding ways to continue the conversation that started that day.

Holland, who is also a mathematics content reviewer and research assistant for two education nonprofit groups, has written for several publications. His piece below first appeared in the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. I was given permission to republish it.

By Neven Holland

MEMPHIS — School has already started in this city, where I am teaching virtually until further notice. Before

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The ‘logistical madness’ of hybrid school schedules — by nearly 50 frustrated teachers

The city has a very low coronavirus infection rate now after being a pandemic hot spot in the spring, and de Blasio and others argue schools should open for students who want to attend.

On Monday, the mayor announced 55 positive coronavirus tests among New York City school employees who have been on campuses getting ready for the opening. That amounts to a 0.3 percent positivity rate among nearly 17,000 personnel tested, de Blasio said.

In this post, nearly 50 faculty members at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, a public school serving grades 6-12 in Queens, came together to write

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SAT Scores, Test-Takers Tick Down Amid COVID-19 Closures – Inside School Research

Widespread and ongoing closures in the wake of the coronavius pandemic played havoc with college admissions tests this spring and summer, with both the average performance and participation declining, according to the annual report of the College Board, which administers the test.

Just under 2.2 million students took the SAT in 2020, about 22,000 students fewer than last year, and the number of students participating in the essay portion of the test fell from 64 percent to 57 percent. The average scores for the 2020 test also dropped, from 528 to 523 in math and from 531 to

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