• Science

    Opinion | Biden Says He’s Pro-Science. Why Is His Schools Plan Based on Fear?

    Teachers’ unions opposing or slow-walking reopening are expressing fear of returning to the classroom before (or even after) getting vaccinated. And many parents, too, are afraid of sending children back to school. The unions seem to have influenced the Biden administration’s reopening plan. But the administration’s guidance, if followed, might close more schools than it would open. The plan says schools should fully open only if community spread is brought down to levels below where most communities are now, with less than 8 percent of tests coming back positive and fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 population. That would preclude most school districts in the country, and it’s more restrictive…

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  • Education

    Board of Education approves classroom reopening plan for JCPS: What to know

    After hours of discussions, the Jefferson County Board of Education voted Thursday evening to approve reopening schools.The vote was four in favor and three against the plan for the state’s largest school district. Schools are now set to reopen next month, a year after they shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.Here are the reopening dates under the approved plan with the hybrid model for all JCPS sites:March 17: Grades K-2March 18: Grades 3-5March 22: Early childhoodApril 5: Middle and high schoolThe decision to get children back in the classroom comes after months of questions about when Jefferson County Public Schools would reopen school buildings. It also came on the…

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  • Education

    Fraction of Biden’s $128B education relief plan would go toward schools in 2021, CBO estimates

    President Biden’s COVID-19 relief package would put $128 billion toward helping K-12 public schools deal with the coronavirus pandemic, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that just $6 billion would flow to schools in 2021. The CBO estimates that the number would increase to $32 billion in 2022 and 2023, respectively. The rest of the money would be paid out through 2028, according to a cost estimate released Monday. The comparatively small outlay for fiscal year 2021, which runs through Sept. 30, 2021, is expected because previously allocated money has not yet been spent. BIDEN’S NEW TARGET FOR REOPENED SCHOOLS IS BEHIND WHERE US IS NOW, DATA SHOW Congress previously approved $31 billion for education relief in…

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  • Home Schooling

    Plymouth families look to homeschooling as alternative to hybrid learning plan

    PLYMOUTH – With six children under the age of 13, Kathy Bom Conselho faced a difficult decision as the town contemplated a return to classes last summer. Bom Conselho already had issues with the multiple platforms and programs her four school-age children had been learning under last spring. The Manomet woman learned the hard way that the Chromebook the district sent home with her oldest child last spring didn’t have parental controls. Bom Conselho didn’t relish the thought of having her children spending so much time on computer screens anyway, but the prospect of keeping her incoming first-grader connected with her teacher and classmates from home finally forced her hand.…

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  • Education

    House overrides Hogan’s veto of education reform plan, other measures

    The House voted Monday to override Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s veto of a multibillion-dollar education reform plan, known as the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. The House voted Monday to override Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s veto of a multibillion-dollar education reform plan, known as the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. The vote, 95-37, surpassed the three-fifths majority required and was mainly along party lines. The Blueprint bill is a 10-year plan that would expand pre-kindergarten programs and increase funding for schools with high concentrations of poverty, increase pay and career…

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  • Education

    Sa’ar unveils emergency plan on education

    New Hope leader Gideon Sa’ar outlined his party’s plan for revamping the education system at an online press conference on Sunday.Sa’ar said that in any government he would form, he would keep the Education portfolio for his party and give it to his number two, MK Yifat Shasha Biton, an educator with a doctorate in education from the University of Haifa, who headed the education department as deputy mayor of Kiryat Shmona and served as vice president of Ohalo, a teacher training college in Katzrin. “In the coronavirus crisis, the government failed at educating and protecting our children,” Sa’ar said. “Education must be based on long-term planning and a thought…

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  • Education

    Education and Transportation Front and Center in Capital Plan

    2/5/2021 Mayor John Cooper Makes City’s Largest-Ever Education Investment Education and transportation take center stage in Mayor John Cooper’s capital spending plan (CSP), which includes Nashville’s largest-ever investment for schools and advances transportation improvements without additional tax increases. Two-thirds of the $474.6 million plan go to education and transportation needs. After Mayor Cooper’s first capital spending plan addressed only emergency projects due to acute fiscal constraints, this year’s CSP brings overdue investment in the needs of a growing city. As a result of revenue increases, budget savings and a recent debt refinancing, Nashville is now in position to invest in its future. “We are a growing city with…

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