• Education

    How political organizers are channeling parents’ education frustrations

    “I hope that the race in Virginia really woke a lot of people up and said, OK, there is a groundswell of parents,” Schillinger said. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of parents are in Facebook groups focused on keeping schools open. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found 48% of parents said they should have a lot of say in what their child’s school teaches. Keri Rodrigues is president of the National Parents Union, a collective of organizations that work to empower parents’ voices. “They’re entirely right to say that we’re angry. They’re entirely wrong about what we’re really angry about,” Rodrigues said. “I would tell you that 90 to 95%…

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  • Education

    MSNBC’s Joy Reid: ‘Education’ issue is ‘code’ for White parents who don’t want race taught in schools

    MSNBC’s Joy Reid called the issue of education a “code” for White parents who don’t want their children to be taught about race during her coverage of the Virginia gubernatorial election Tuesday. Citing exit polling, Reid noted that while the coronavirus factored low on the issues most important to Virginia voters this election, education ranked high. Reid used air quotes when saying the word education. ELECTION DAY: VIRGINIA, NEW JERSEY POLLS OPEN IN GOVERNOR’S RACE SEEN AS REFERENDUM ON BIDEN: LIVE She called it “code for White parents who don’t like the idea about teaching about race.” Aimee Allison (L), founder and president of the She the People organization, kicks…

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  • Education

    Virginia parents slam Obama’s ‘tone-deaf’ dismissal of education issues amid alleged sexual assault

    Former President Obama condemned Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin for focusing on hot-button education issues during the campaign, dismissing those issues as unserious and “fake outrage.” Virginia parents and parent advocates shot back at Obama’s remarks, calling them “tone deaf” and “clueless.” “We don’t have time to be wasting on these phony trumped-up culture wars, this fake outrage that right-wing media peddles to juice their ratings,” Obama said while campaigning for Democrat Terry McAuliffe on Saturday. He accused Youngkin of avoiding “serious problems that affect serious people” and suggested that outrage over the actions of school boards is unjustified. “Instead of stoking anger aimed at school boards and administrators,…

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  • Education

    N.H. Education Commissioner lends support to parents at conservative forum

    New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut has long taken a critical stance towards the public school system he oversees. Now, he’s lending his support to conservative activists who want to overturn school mask mandates and who have called for continued push back against local school boards. Get NHPR’s reporting about politics, the pandemic, and other top stories in your inbox — sign up for our newsletter today. On Sunday, Edelblut spoke at a forum hosted by the Government Integrity Project, a conservative activist group that has been involved in several right-wing and libertarian controversies in recent months. Members of the group have encouraged baseless accusations of fraud in state elections,…

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  • Home Schooling

    Indications emerge that some parents who tested out homeschooling earlier in the pandemic are planning to stick with it

    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. 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. Read more: United, Google ask employees to get vaccinated before returning to work “That’s one of the silver linings of the pandemic…

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  • Online School

    Parents call for mask mandate, online school outside Frisco ISD building | News

    This story was updated on Aug. 19 to include comment from Frisco ISD regarding COVID-19 notifications and updated protocols. Parents with signs gathered outside the Frisco ISD Administration Building Monday morning with a list of requests as students return to school once again in the midst of a pandemic. About 25 community members came together Monday donning masks and posters that called for virtual school or hybrid options for all Frisco ISD students, a mask mandate and safe social distancing during school lunchtimes. The demonstration came days after the district kicked off the new school year. Attendee Kelly Karthik said the group’s requests come down to four points, the first…

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  • Online School

    Some parents are seeking out permanent virtual school for the fall

    “When the pandemic first hit, online school was a bit messy for everyone,” Lucero, a stay-at-home mother from Colorado Springs, told CNN Business. “But my older daughter did so well with it. She started participating more with teachers and became more comfortable than when she was in a school setting. Her grades were amazing.” Her daughter, 13, is on the autism spectrum and diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, conditions that often make it harder for children to communicate, socialize and adapt to environmental changes, such as distracting noises in the classroom. When the Colorado Springs School District announced plans earlier this year to launch a permanent online school option, called…

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