• Education

    N.C. COVID-19 funding for schools approved

    The Department of Education finally approved North Carolina’s plan to spend federal COVID-19 funds for schools on Monday. The state received its initial $2.4 billion allotment from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund in March. Monday’s decision means the state will receive an additional $1.2 billion. The majority of this federal funding will go directly to districts and schools. The remaining 10%, or $360 million, will go to statewide initiatives that are intended to aid schools and students as they recover from the pandemic. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content. The Department of Public Instruction will use the funds to launch several of these…

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  • Jobs

    How the Covid-19 pandemic cemented the death of jobs

    Once upon a time, there were good jobs. These jobs paid people enough money to live on, even enough to support a family. They provided health insurance so people could go to a doctor if they got sick. They even came with pensions so that once you’d worked for a certain number of years, you could actually stop working. You could rest. But there was a problem. These jobs weren’t for everyone. They were mostly for white men, and mostly in certain places, like a factory or an office. For everyone else, there were jobs that paid less, with fewer benefits — or no benefits at all. And over time,…

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  • Online School

    Great Falls High School Moves Online After COVID-19 Outbreak | Montana News

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — About 1,500 students at Great Falls High School will begin remote learning Tuesday and through the rest of the week because of an increase in COVID-19 cases among students and staff, Great Falls Public Schools said Monday. More than 35 people have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said. Classes will return to a normal schedule on Monday, Sept. 20. “This will allow for the quarantine or isolation times of staff and students to lapse and for our sanitation teams to do the necessary deep cleaning and air exchange of the entire school,” school officials said in a statement. Over 40 classrooms will need to be…

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  • Jobs

    Job Boards Pop up for Workplaces Without COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

    More companies are implementing vaccine mandates for employees after Pfizer’s FDA approval. Now, job boards are popping up to connect anti-vax workers with employers that don’t require the shot. One site listed multiple openings for nurses at rural nursing homes that said: “No Jab required.” Loading Something is loading. Job boards for sharing open roles at companies that do not require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 have been popping up online as vaccine mandates are becoming more common. One board is hosted on Gab, the social media platform that has been embraced by some conservatives and members of the far-right. In an email sent to users on Wednesday, Gab…

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  • Home Schooling

    Homeschooling spike expected to continue during COVID-19 pandemic, even as schools reopen

    NEW ORLEANS – Even though most school districts have reopened their doors this semester, many students will not be returning to the classroom.  The number of students being homeschooled has nearly doubled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Home Education Research Institutes estimates about 5 million students were homeschooling in March 2021. In 2020, that number sat at 2.6 million.  “Interest has exploded,” said Christopher Chin, the president of Homeschool Louisiana, a faith-based support group for homeschooling families.  Chin said he’d expect this trend to continue even after the pandemic.  “There is going to be some melt where people do go back into an institutional school setting,…

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  • Home Schooling

    Sparked by COVID-19 pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US

    Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. MOM’S VIRAL PHOTO ENCOURAGING KIDS TO GET OUTSIDE SPARKS SCREEN TIME DEBATE The specific reasons vary widely. Some families who spoke with the Associated Press have children with special educational needs; others seek a faith-based curriculum or say their local schools are flawed. The common denominator: They tried homeschooling on what they thought was a temporary basis and found it beneficial to their children. “That’s one of the silver linings of the pandemic…

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  • Home Schooling

    Homeschooling sees a resurgence as COVID-19 cases rise

    LEE COUNTY The changing pandemic is causing a homeschooling surge. Many parents are opting out of sending their kids to in-person classes this school year, as COVID-19 cases rise and schools return to full-capacity learning. Stability and safety are two very important things to parents when it comes to the kids’ experience. That’s why we are seeing an increase in homeschooling nationwide. The classroom is changing. “I was not a fan,” Cesali Garcia said. “Just too much time of them on the computer hours and hours.” Mothers such as Cesali Garcia and Rachel Gagnon switched to homeschooling. “The pandemic forced me to take that leap,” Garcia said. “I was…

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