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    Why Schools Will Never Bring Bad Students Back From Online ‘Learning’

    As the school year progresses and districts continue to reopen, many students are still learning virtually. With the number of COVID-19 cases always fluctuating and so-called health experts’ continued insistence that the Wuhan virus poses a serious threat to students and educators, there is little reason to see this situation changing soon. Even if cases do decline and a vaccine is distributed, we are unlikely to see virtual schooling go away. Besides providing a safer option for students wanting to stay away from a crowded setting, virtual school is now proving to solve a much bigger challenge that has hampered public schools long before the virus: It has effectively become…

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    Florida schools will offer online classes next semester, Corcoran says

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s top education official said Wednesday that students will be allowed to attend classes online through the end of the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though funding for school districts remains under review. The state’s K-12 pandemic plan for the second semester of classes will be laid out in a new emergency order, probably before Thanksgiving, education commissioner Richard Corcoran said at a State Board of Education meeting. “I think we are on a pretty good schedule to get that done,” Corcoran said. The Department of Education has been working with local school leaders, and Corcoran said the new order has been a “collaborative effort” that…

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    Appleton school board member resigns as online school frustrations build

    APPLETON – Appleton School Board Vice President Leah Olson resigned from her post on Monday, citing the need to spend more time with her family as the coronavirus pandemic drags on.  At a virtual meeting set for noon Thursday, the six remaining school board members will officially launch the process of filling the vacancy.  The resignation comes amid growing family and community frustration with the Appleton Area School District’s decision to keep learning entirely online so far this school year. RELATED: Appleton Area School District sets sights on possible January return to in-person learning RELATED: Wisconsin’s largest teachers union calls for state to decide when schools should close due to COVID-19 RELATED: A…

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    Stress solution: Cancel online schooling

    Hello people of Kaua‘i! My name is Kyrie Linoz and I am also from the island of Kaua‘i. Recently, in my AP English class that I am taking at Waimea High School, we were required to design a writing inspired by Jonathan Swift’s “Modest Proposal” of 1729. This proposal was filled with satire about a completely-crazy solution to solve the overpopulation happening at the time in Ireland. The solution Swift thought of was to actually eat human babies. Of course, this an absolute horrible idea. But the purpose of Swift writing this was to get the people’s attention and think of possible solutions to overpopulation. Having to make a paper…

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    Schools go back to virtual learning in areas hard hit by Covid-19

    The Detroit Public Schools Community District, Michigan’s largest, is one of the latest to announce the move back to digital learning. In-person instruction will be suspended Friday until January 11 or possibly sooner, school officials said on Thursday. “The District relied on science and the data to reopen schools for in person learning this summer and fall and relied on the same criterium to decide that it was no longer safe for our students and employees to work in an in-person school environment,” said Nikolai Vitti, the district superintendent. The decision comes as the number of cases in the state “are skyrocketing,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said at a press conference…

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    COVID cases may cause school closings, despite kids failing online

    Math teacher Aaron Tomhave found it fairly easy to continue connecting with his students when his district outside of Houston shifted online in March. He’s a tech whiz, and he already had a good relationship with them.  But when the Splendora school district returned to in-person instruction in September, Tomhave noticed subtle differences with his new students: When he rolls up on his mechanic’s stool and asks them about their day and their schoolwork, he gets an authentic and immediate response. He knows that would have been harder over email. His students are grasping concepts more readily in person, too. “There is a big difference between accountability face to face and accountability online,” said Tomhave,…

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    New Virginia study finds online schooling is severely damaging students’ academic achievement

    A new study conducted by Virginia’s largest school system found that distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic is severely damaging academic achievement. What are the details? In comparison to the last academic year, the percentage of middle school and high school students enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools receiving marks of “F” in two or more classes during the first quarter of this academic year rose from 6{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} to 11{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}, the district’s Office of Research and Strategic Improvement found. The numbers represent a year-over-year increase of 83{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}. Younger students were much more seriously affected than older ones, as middle-schoolers exhibited a 300{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} increase in marks of “F,” while high…

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