• 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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  • Jobs

    Toll Worker Job Losses Highlight Long-Term Fallout of Pandemic

    John Mahalis of Philadelphia was two and a half months from his pension’s vesting when he learned that he would be permanently laid off from his job as a toll collector on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The news was a gut punch; Mr. Mahalis said it would leave him less able to financially weather retirement. “It came out of the blue,” said Mr. Mahalis, 65. He had worked for the turnpike for five years after 20 years of unemployment due to an injury he sustained as a dockworker. He had loved the work, especially interacting with customers, and earned good money: By taking as much overtime as he could get, he…

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  • Education

    Fallout from vote to reject gifted and talented test contract

    Editor’s Note: Weekly New York Education is a weekly version of POLITICO Pro’s daily New York Education newsletter. POLITICO Pro is a policy intelligence platform that combines the news you need with tools you can use to take action on the day’s biggest stories. Act on the news with POLITICO Pro. Good morning and welcome to the Monday edition of the New York Education newsletter. We take a look at the week ahead and a look back at the past week. Reaction is beginning to trickle in following a vote by the Panel for Educational Policy, the Department of Education’s governing body, to reject a testing contract for the admissions…

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  • Education

    Duke Ellington School of the Arts suffers from fallout of false accusations

    Yet Ellington officials say the people who run D.C. public schools have failed to honor promises they made in 2017 to put the school on sound financial footing. The D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) has also not apologized for the harm it did to the school’s reputation three years ago by falsely accusing the families of 143 students of violating tuition rules. Ellington officials say that may have had something to do with the failure to create a new funding formula for the school. Ellington needs help raising inadequate salary levels and relieving the pressure of its big fundraising needs. “Recently, a prospective supporter said she…

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