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Nursing schools see applications rise, despite COVID …

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Nurses around the U.S. are getting burned out by the COVID-19 crisis and quitting, yet applications to nursing schools are rising, driven by what educators say are young people who see the global emergency as an opportunity and a challenge.

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New York public schools to end gifted and talented …

(1 days ago) The program has spawned legal challenges over the years, with opponents charging that it imposed a caste system in public schools. “After years of fighting, the mayor has finally made a step to end, or start dismantling, this institutionalized racism that we have in our schools

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Flush with COVID-19 aid, schools steer funding to sports

(1 days ago) Schools have wide flexibility in how they use the money but only three years to spend it, a deadline that has led some to look for quick purchases that won’t need ongoing funding after the federal money is gone. ADVERTISEMENT. When school officials in Whitewater, Wisconsin, learned they would be getting $2 million in pandemic relief this year

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Pandemic windfall for US schools has few strings attached

(1 days ago) Schools across the U.S. are about to start a new year amid a flood of federal money larger than they've ever seen before, an infusion of pandemic relief aid that is four times the amount the U.S. Department of Education sends to K-12 schools in a typical year. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) 1 of 17.

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Schools reopen with masks optional in many US classrooms

(1 days ago) Outbreaks that have hit schools at the very start of the year have added to calls for more mask requirements. In Marion, Arkansas, over 800 students and staff members have been quarantined because of exposure since classes began last week in the 4,000-student district.

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Rural North Carolina schools using COVID-19 funds for tech

(1 days ago) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When the COVID-19 pandemic hit their rural community, Weldon City Schools raced to give its pupils the tools they needed to quickly transition to virtual learning. The district set up internet hotspots for those without connectivity at …

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US boarding school review prompts calls for trauma support

(1 days ago) According to the boarding school healing coalition, hundreds of thousands of Native American children passed through boarding schools in the U.S. between 1869 and the 1960s. While research and family accounts confirm there were children who never made it home, a full accounting of deaths at the schools has never been done.

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Schools confront more polarization with mask rules for fall

(1 days ago) Schools are weighing a variety of plans to manage junior high and middle school classrooms filled with both vaccinated and unvaccinated students. ADVERTISEMENT “I’m so frustrated that it’s become a political issue because it shouldn’t be. It’s science,” said Mary Tuttle, who operates an Indianapolis in-home day care center and hopes

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Pennsylvania teachers unions: Schools should require masks

(1 days ago) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends masks in schools for students, staff and teachers. But masking has become a highly contentious and politicized issue, with heated discussions taking place at the local level as school boards decide what their policy will be as schools reopen for the fall.Some Pennsylvania districts said they will require masks, while others …

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California requires menstrual products in public schools

(1 days ago) California’s latest effort builds on a 2017 law requiring low-income schools in disadvantaged areas to provide students with free menstrual products. It expands the law to include grades 6 to 12, community colleges and the California State University and University of California systems, starting in the 2022-23 school year.

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Virtual schools saw little disruption, got equal virus aid

(1 days ago) Virtual schools, some of which spend millions of dollars a year on advertising, promoted themselves as a better alternative to public schools that were struggling to offer online classes. Stride’s latest financial reports showed a 48% increase in revenue since last year, with most of it coming from contracts with schools.

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What are California's new virus rules for public schools

(1 days ago) FILE — In this Feb. 25, 2021 file photo students are dropped off at Newhall Elementary School in Santa Clarita, Calif. California health officials announced new coronavirus rules for public schools on Monday July 12, 2021.

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Wichita schools closed after water main break, boil advisory

(1 days ago) WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ largest city was placed under a water boil order after a large water main break, leading Wichita-area schools to close Friday and prompting residents to make a run on bottled water. The city issued the advisory Thursday afternoon, affecting its nearly 400,000

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How New Mexico schools are spending $1B in pandemic funding

(1 days ago) Schools in Los Alamos still have about $200,000 to spend and parents indicated that they want individual tutoring and more after-school activities for students. In Wagon Mound, the process started on Facebook, where parents said they wanted to bring back home economics classes and repair the district’s long-neglected baseball field.

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Parents sue Missoula school district over mask requirement

(1 days ago) HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Several parents are suing Missoula public schools over a mask requirement as the school year in Montana is set to begin amid a new wave of COVID-19 cases. An attorney representing parents of students in Missoula said the requirement is in violation of the state’s constitution, which guarantees individuals the right to make their own medical decisions.

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UN official: Taliban to announce secondary school for girls

(1 days ago) 1 day ago · Over the past 20 years, that figure rose to almost 10 million children at all levels, including 4 million girls, Abdi said, and in the last decade the number of schools tripled from 6,000 to 18,000. “Education gains of the past two decades must be strengthened and not rolled back,” he said.

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India schools cautiously reopen even as COVID warnings grow

(1 days ago) Students attend a class on the first day of partial reopening of schools in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Many students in India will be able to step inside a classroom for the first time in nearly 18 months from Wednesday, as authorities have given the green light to partially reopen schools despite apprehension from some parents and signs that coronavirus

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Idaho governor announces millions for COVID tests in schools

(1 days ago) NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Thursday said he is directing $30 million to expand COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools. The Republican governor made the announcement at Nampa High School in southwestern Idaho as coronavirus cases spike because of the delta variant just as students prepare to return to class next week.

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More than half of Michigan students must wear mask in school

(1 days ago) The public at large backs masking in schools. About 58% of Americans favor requiring it for students, including 52% of parents, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Roughly 25% of adults and 28% of parents are opposed, while 17 % to 18% are neither for nor against.

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Schools sue and mayor defies Arkansas mask mandate ban

(1 days ago) The schools’ lawsuit argues that the ban violates Arkansas’ constitution. It seeks a temporary order blocking the prohibition while the lawsuit is considered. Another lawsuit by two parents challenging the ban is going before a state judge Friday morning.

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Georgia schools seek to boost education with $5.9B in aid

(1 days ago) Schools have already used the money to buy protective equipment and computers for students to take home. Some are now making heating and air conditioning upgrades and spending to help students make up ground academically. “It has been just a battle for schools,” said Emily Castillo Leon, founder of the Ethos Classical School charter in Atlanta.

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More COVID-19 shots, studies offer hope for US schools

(1 days ago) A study of COVID-19 cases from the winter pandemic peak in Los Angeles County found that case rates among children and adolescents were about 3½ times lower than in the general community when schools followed federal guidance on mask wearing, physical distancing, testing and other virus measures, officials said.

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Typhoon prompts Hong Kong to close schools, stock market

(1 days ago) Typhoon prompts Hong Kong to close schools, stock market. October 13, 2021 GMT. 1 of 8. People make their way on an empty street as Typhoon Kompasu passes in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. Hong Kong suspended classes, stock market trading and government services as the typhoon passed south of the city Wednesday. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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Oklahoma schools leader switches parties to run for governor

(1 days ago) OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, who has clashed repeatedly with Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and his appointees over the state’s response to COVID-19 in schools, said Thursday she will switch parties and run as a Democrat against him next year. A longtime Republican first elected in 2014, Hofmeister said the decision to switch parties and run for governor …

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Mask disputes, outbreaks make for rocky start of school year

(1 days ago) A handful of Republican-led states ban schools from requiring masks but many have defied the laws and are fighting them in the courts. In West Texas, the Iraan-Sheffield Independent School District district, which began its school year Aug. 10, said Monday it was shutting down for two weeks so students and staff could quarantine.

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Florida to dock school district salaries for requiring masks

(1 days ago) Masks in schools have become one of the latest fronts in the partisan fight over coronavirus regulations. Like DeSantis, some Republican governors have moved to ban mask mandates, though policies on face coverings, testing and quarantines in schools vary widely across the country.

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Mayor: Chicago's new schools chief leads San Antonio schools

(1 days ago) CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot named San Antonio schools Superintendent Pedro Martinez Wednesday as the new CEO of the nation's third-largest school district. Martinez previously worked for Chicago Public Schools and replaces interim schools CEO Jose Torres, who had been leading the roughly 350,000-student district after CEO Janice Jackson announced …

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Some governors use federal virus aid to expand school choice

(1 days ago) “Using pandemic relief money to open new charter schools is an insult to the public school teachers who have worked tirelessly since March 2020 to keep public schools open,” said Brown, a high school English teacher in rural Grundy County. U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, a Virginia Democrat who serves as chair of the House Labor and Education

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Arizona schools awash in federal virus cash, some flooded

(1 days ago) Schools on the Navajo Nation generally came out way ahead. The biggest winner of all was the Cedar Unified School District on the Navajo Nation. The district runs the Jeditto School in the community Keams Canyon about 125 miles (200 kilometers) northeast of Flagstaff.

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Pandemic spurs boom in virtual offerings for US schools

(1 days ago) Before the pandemic, 691 fully virtual public schools enrolled 293,717 students in the 2019-20 school year, according to National Center for Education Statistics data. That compared with 478 schools with an enrollment of just under 200,000 in 2013-14. Projections for the coming school year are not available, NCES said.

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Virginia renews its calls for mask wearing as schools reopen

(1 days ago) Schools in Hopewell, south of Richmond, started the academic year on July 26. As of Tuesday, the school system of about 4,000 students reported 40 cases. Most are among students. And most are attributed to community spread, although a small …

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School mask, vaccine mandates supported in US: AP-NORC poll

(1 days ago) BOSTON (AP) — As COVID-19 cases surge around the country, a majority of Americans say they support mask mandates for students and teachers in K-12 schools, according to a new poll, but their views are sharply divided along political lines.

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GOP governors, school districts battle over mask mandates

(1 days ago) Save Our Schools, an Arizona group that successfully repealed a statewide voucher program, said Ducey is trying to use COVID-19 to restore public funding of private schools. “We are ready to fight the abhorrent policies,” the group said in a statement.

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Some Indonesian students return to schools, at a distance

(1 days ago) Schools in several other cities also reopened Monday. As schools restart, government guidelines have changed many class traditions. Chatting in class is not allowed, facemasks must be worn at all times and no one can leave class for recess. Schools must slash class capacity by 50% by holding classes in two shifts. Teachers must be vaccinated.

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Delaware schools to receive more than $669M in virus funding

(1 days ago) DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware schools are set to receive more than $669 million in federal taxpayer money as part of the government’s coronavirus response efforts. The amount of money allocated to Delaware equals more than 40% of this year's general fund budget for school district and charter school operations.

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Third judge blocks Gov. Lee's mask opt out in schools

(1 days ago) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A third federal judge has blocked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's order allowing families to opt out of school mask mandates. The decision, handed down by U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw late Friday, is the latest development in the ongoing legal battle over Lee's order launched by parents and advocates alarmed over the spike in coronavirus cases in Tennessee's schools.

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California may require menstrual products in public schools

(1 days ago) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California public schools and colleges would have to stock their restrooms with free menstrual products under legislation sent Thursday to Gov. Gavin Newsom as women’s rights advocates push nationwide for …

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Bus driver shortages are latest challenge hitting US schools

(1 days ago) Schools across the U.S. are offering hiring bonuses, providing the training needed to get a commercial driver’s license and increasing hourly pay to attract more drivers. The shortage of bus drivers is complicating the start of a school year already besieged by the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19, contentious disagreement over

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Maine dad sues school system over mask mandate

(1 days ago) PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A father is suing in federal court over a mask mandate imposed on his 12-year-old daughter in the Winslow school system. The lawsuit names the town of Winslow, school board, public schools and Superintendent Peter Thiboutot as defendants, and accuses them of overstating the risk COVID-19 poses to children.

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More South Carolina schools set to flout mask mandate ban

(1 days ago) COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With hundreds of South Carolina students already quarantined for COVID-19 at the start of the fall semester, the state's second-largest public school district will require masks in schools despite a state budget proviso that bans districts from doing so without risking funding.

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Kentucky lawmakers scrap statewide mask mandate in schools

(1 days ago) FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers, many not wearing masks, voted Thursday to scrap a statewide mask mandate in public schools and shifted masking decisions to local school boards, acting in a special session as the state's worst COVID-19 …

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Tennessee gov allows opt-out of student mask requirements

(1 days ago) Private schools can still require students to wear masks under the order, Lee spokesperson Casey Black said. But there would be an opt-out option in private schools that were following a government-issued mask requirement, she said. Shelby County’s health order applies to private schools.

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Teacher sues to stop Phoenix school district's mask mandate

(1 days ago) Phoenix Elementary has 14 schools primarily located in central Phoenix. The district’s more than 5,000 students start classes on Thursday. The state’s prohibition against mask mandates by school districts was included in budget legislation enacted in late June.

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Oregon requires COVID-19 vaccination for teachers, staff

(1 days ago) PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Amid a surge in coronavirus cases, Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday that Oregon is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine requirement to include all teachers, educators, support staff and volunteers in K-12 schools.

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In COVID-slammed Idaho, schools risk buckling hospitals

(1 days ago) Most schools in the region where Primary Health runs 21 urgent care and family medicine clinics started two or three weeks ago, and many districts in the area didn’t require everyone to wear masks. “We are now reporting out on a regular basis two to three hundred new cases or more,” Peterman said, compared to about 10 new cases a week at

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Judge: Florida can't enforce ban on school mask mandates

(2 days ago) Jacob Oliva, public schools chancellor at the state Department of Education, said in a notice last week to local superintendents that “enforcement must cease if the stay is lifted.” That includes the effort to dock salaries of school board members or impose other financial penalties.

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