Cuomo: New York schools can open if covid-19 infection rates low

Cuomo was able to approve in-person instruction because New York, once the nation’s main hotbed of the coronavirus pandemic, now has one of the lowest infection rates of any state — about 1 percent. He said schools can reopen as long as the positivity rate is below 5 percent, using a 14-day average.

“If anyone can open schools, we can open schools,” he said at a news conference to announce the decision. “That’s true for every region in the state, period.

President Trump has been pushing schools to reopen fully, although it appears that most students in the country will

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Lessons from the pandemic’s education pod parents

Some say these pods are a decent solution to a real-time problem, while others have say the pods will only fuel the inequity already baked into our educational system because only people with money can participate.

This post, written by Kevin Welner, an attorney and professor specializing in educational policy and law, explains why both sides have it partly right, and what we can learn from what he calls the new “pod parents.”

By Kevin Welner

Hollywood told us in 1956 that the “pod people” are determined to subdue the entire planet, replacing each person with an alien surrogate devoid

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2 Delaware school boards vote to start school year online

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Two school boards in Delaware have voted to start the school year with virtual classes.

The school boards of the Capital School District in Dover, and the Milford School District in Milford, a city about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Dover, voted in favor of the move Thursday, The Delaware State News reported.

The Capital School District Board unanimously voted for the decision, while the board members in Milford decided in a 5-1 vote.

The votes for the virtual launch comes as school boards across Delaware are contemplating how to start of the academic year

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Confederate names stripped from 2 Virginia schools are going back up.


The Hanover County NAACP is appalled by the Hanover County School Board’s apparent about-face on removing Confederate names from Lee-Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School. The announcement today that the School Board has directed school staff to reinstall signs bearing Confederate names undermines our confidence in the School Board’s commitment to bringing the community together.

We had been encouraged when, just weeks ago, a majority of the School Board voted to change the names, and the names were removed from the schools. The

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Teaching and Learning in the Pandemic


—Stephanie Shafer for Education Week

When teachers go back to school this fall, the classroom as they’ve known it will be gone, and their instruction will be more critical than ever.

That’s a daunting combination, but it’s what the pandemic has delivered. The spring produced crisis schooling, and teachers and schools scrambled to find online resources and master remote teaching techniques. A more deliberate approach this fall could mean a better experience for students; the lack of one could turn equity gaps into chasms.

With so much riding on instruction, districts need to plan for it

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The disturbing state of racial diversity in Massachusetts schools

The authors of the report — which was produced by the Beyond Test Scores Project at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and the Center for Education and Civil Rights at Pennsylvania State University — say that their findings are disturbing, but they also offer a hopeful path forward.

The report and the following post were written by Jack Schneider, assistant professor of education at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and co-host of the “Have You Heard” podcast, @edu_historian; Peter Piazza, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Education and Civil Rights and project director for the Massachusetts Consortium

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Protesters across country oppose ‘unsafe’ school openings during covid-19

Trump’s demands that schools reopen while coronavirus infection rates are increasing in most states have politicized reopening decisions being made at the local and state levels. Many district leaders, including in Republican-led states, have said they are starting the school year virtually because it is too dangerous to reopen school buildings and risk the spread of the coronavirus.

Still, some districts have already begun the 2020-2021 academic year by reopening school buildings, and already coronavirus cases have been reported in some of them.

In Georgia’s Gwinnett County, some 260 employees tested positive or had possibly been exposed to the coronavirus

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Will Opening Schools Worsen the Pandemic? – Inside School Research

Will reopening schools cause the nation’s already simmering coronavirus pandemic to boil over? While the picture from studies and reopenings in other countries is beginning to come into focus, it’s unlikely school and district leaders will have a clear answer before they have to make their own decisions for this fall.

After relatively scant research on children and the coronavirus in the early months of the pandemic, there has been slowly building consensus around just a few findings: that children, particularly pre-adolescents, appear to be less likely to contract the disease; and that the majority of those that do

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