Defund the Police to Fund Public Schools – Education Article

 Back in the pre-Coronavirus days when we still had in-person classes I used to come to school in a suit.   Every day, suit and tie.   I didn’t have to – the dress code allowed me to wear pretty much whatever I wanted and most teachers dressed much more casually.   Now let me be clear – I’m not saying my way was the only way. Each teacher has his or her own way of doing things that work…

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‘We’re still waiting’: schools lack free laptops pledged for poorer GCSE pupils | Education

Headteachers fear the government’s promise to deliver laptops to disadvantaged teenagers will not be fulfilled as the majority said this weekend they had still received none.  On 19 April, the secretary of state for education, Gavin Williamson, announced the scheme, claiming it would “take the pressure off” parents and schools, and support children without any access to online learning while schools were shut.  Yet, with just a week to go before secondary schools reopen more widely to pupils on 15…

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Outcry over decision to end free school meals voucher scheme in July | Education

Campaigners have threatened to take the government to court over its decision not to extend its free school meals voucher system for low-income families over the summer holiday period. The national voucher scheme, which is worth £15 a week to recipients, was introduced in March to help poorer families feed their children when schools were closed under lockdown measures. But ministers announced on Thursday that it would not run during the summer holidays, adding that the government had “always been…

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America Has Failed in Every Way But One – Education Article

 This year has been a disaster.   We are living through a global pandemic yet have inadequate health screenings, medical equipment or a viable vaccine.   We are witness to public lynchings of black people at the hands of law enforcement yet our legal system continues to be slow to act if at all.   Our schools and hospitals are starved for resources yet police have riot gear, tear gas and army surplus tanks to patrol the streets.   Climate…

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U.S. wants to reopen its economy. It won’t happen without work support – Education Article

Sharlotte Stapleton, pictured with her husband, Cleveland, and son, Kvian, has been out of work since mid-March, when she was laid off from her job at a Natchez, Mississippi hotel. For families like the Stapletons, child care challenges during the coronavirus pandemic can make it hard to return to work, especially if their jobs are outside the home. Credit: Sharlotte Stapleton Before she was laid off in March, Sharlotte Stapleton’s 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift at the Magnolia Bluffs…

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Good News: Harrisburg is Not Cutting Education Funding! Bad News: Handouts for the Rich & Charter Schools – Education Article

  If you live in Pennsylvania, you can breathe a sigh of relief now that the legislature has passed a stopgap budget that does not cut education funding.   But you can let out that breath in a cry of disgust when you see where much of that money is going and how many underprivileged kids will be left wanting.   GOOD NEWS   With the economy in tatters due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the state legislature never-the-less passed a…

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Pennsylvania Wants YOU to Give Standardized Tests to Your Kids at Home – Education Article

    A multi-million dollar corporation wants to make sure Pennsylvania’s children keep getting standardized tests.  Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) and the state Department of Education are providing the optional Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) assessments for use in students’ homes.     Students are not required to take the CDT in the Commonwealth unless their district decides to give it. The test is encouraged by the state as a way of telling how students will do on the required tests.…

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Time for a government U-turn over the UK’s shocking child poverty levels | Schools

If there is a consensus emerging from the awful coronavirus pandemic, it is this: it has shone a spotlight on child poverty and the damage it does to young lives. Politicians who voted for austerity measures – including the two-child cap on child benefit and the five-week delay to the first payment of universal credit – that cruelly punished disadvantaged children, have rediscovered a concern for those whose lives have been blighted by their actions. Where, I wonder, was their…

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Why High Stakes Testing Was Cancelled This Year (and Probably Will Be Next Year, Too) – Education Article

 There are at least two silver linings to the current Coronavirus catastrophe for education.   One – with nearly all public schools closed, March was the first month since 2002 without a school shooting.   Two – districts nationwide cancelled high stakes standardized tests in April and May.   Taken together, these are two victories that no one could have predicted before November.   Gun safety restrictions remain laughably lax in the US compared to the rest of the world.…

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Without more federal funds, half of all child care centers could close forever – Education Article

A child plays outside at a child care center in Texas. Experts caution an estimated 50 percent of licensed child care centers in the nation are at risk of closing permanently if the federal government does not provide more funding. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report As the days of a national shutdown stretched on, Aliya Johnson-Roberts knew she would have to start cutting employees’ hours and laying off some of her staff. When her child care center in northeast Philadelphia…

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Many key workers fear pay falling below Home Office income requirement | UK news

More than 100,000 NHS staff in England, about half the women working as full-time carers, and 25% of the teaching force are putting their lives at risk during the crisis despite not earning enough to have the right to a family life in the UK, a report has found. The same immigration rule on income requirements also means that many key workers feel forced to work in dangerous conditions for fear of losing their jobs, which would cause their income…

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Save Our Schools From Coronavirus Budget Cuts – Education Article

    America is one dumbass country.   We don’t do the metric system.   We don’t do universal healthcare.   And during a global pandemic, we don’t demand the government pay us to stay home and stop the spread of the disease.   Instead, we demand the government let us go out and get sick.   It should come as no surprise, then, that we deeply under-fund our public schools.   There’s always money for a new war or…

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Adventures in Online Teaching: Reinventing the Wheel for a Handful of Students – Education Article

 Today in our ZOOM meeting, one of my students tried to get one over on me.   I sat at the bureau in my guest bedroom, surveying a gallery of 7th grade faces lined up in little boxes on my laptop like the opening scene of the Brady Bunch.   Lilly was lying on her bed face up, almost definitely scrolling on her cell phone.   Pha’rrel was eating a cookie as he tried to fit his overgrown curls under…

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You Can’t Have My Students’ Lives to Restart Your Economy – Education Article

    It’s okay if a few children die to start up the economy.   That is literally the opinion being offered by media influencers and policymakers as Coronavirus social distancing efforts continue passed the 30-day mark.   In the midst of a global pandemic, we’ve closed down all nonessential businesses while people self quarantine at home waiting for the curve of infection to plateau and then drop off. Medical experts tell us this is the only way to ensure…

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Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 General Election – Education Article

 With Bernie Sanders dropping out of the 2020 Democratic Primary, I can think of only these 10 reasons to vote for Joe Biden in the November general election:   10) He’s not Donald Trump. 9) He’s not Donald Trump. 8) He’s not Donald Trump. 7) He’s not Donald Trump. 6) He’s not Donald Trump. 5) He’s not Donald Trump. 4) He’s not Donald Trump. 3) He’s not Donald Trump. 2) He’s not Donald Trump. 1) He’s not Donald Trump.  …

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UK’s poorest families suffering as free school meal vouchers delayed | Education

Many families whose children are eligible for free school meals have not received supermarket vouchers as promised by the government because of delays in the supply system, school leaders say. Headteachers and school business managers in England said the problem was widespread, and many took to social media to complain about difficulties accessing the scheme and delays in delivering vouchers to the families who need them. Until now there has been support for the government’s announcement of a national voucher…

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