• Education

    There’s another virus plaguing our schools

    Over the past year our public schools have suffered two pandemics. One has long been evolving; the other hit us suddenly. One burst forth in full fury right here in Minneapolis; the other blew in from China. Both maladies have hit our schools hard, but in different ways. COVID-19 brought about an abrupt and general school shutdown in spring 2020. The other long-developing condition surged about the same time, accelerating a trend that is transforming our public schools into something that they were never intended to be. Let’s give this second pandemic a parallel name and call it “Wokeness-19.” Because of COVID-19 parents have had to scramble and juggle, while…

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  • Jobs

    ‘I Did Something Useful’: Unemployed Workers Take On the Virus in Temp Jobs

    Those suggestions are now taped to the wall of his cubicle, where he works alongside fellow testers who used to work in many fields, including airline pilots and cabin crews. Before March, Mr. Lawrence’s days were filled with music, working with orchestras, symphony choruses and national choirs across the country. He took the job swabbing throats to fill time, earn some money and connect with others. “I’ve enjoyed it much more than I expected to,” said Mr. Lawrence, 55. The virus continues to spread through Britain, accelerated by an especially contagious variant, and the country recently surpassed the grim milestone of 100,000 Covid deaths. Helping in some way to slow…

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  • Home Schooling

    Homeschooling on the rise in Louisiana during virus outbreak

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is seeing the ranks of its homeschooled students grow larger during the coronavirus pandemic. The number of homeschooled students was 33,001 in October, the latest data available from the state, a 4{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} increase over the previous year and a 10{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} hike for homeschooled students who hope to qualify for college scholarships. “There are so many who have pulled their kids out of school because of COVID,” said Christopher Chin, president of Homeschool Louisiana, a networking group for parents and students. The number of students taught at home has grown by 23{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} in the past five years and 76{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} in the past decade, according to…

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  • Jobs

    A meager gain in U.S. jobs last month highlights virus’ damage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers barely added jobs last month, underscoring the viral pandemic’s ongoing grip on the economy and likely adding momentum to the Biden administration’s push for a bold rescue aid package. The increase of just 49,000 positions in January made scarcely any dent in the nearly 10 million jobs that remain lost since the virus intensified nearly a year ago. The tepid increase followed a decline of 227,000 jobs in December, the first loss since April. The unemployment rate fell sharply in January from 6.7{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} to 6.3{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}, the Labor Department said Friday. Most of the drop in unemployment occurred because some people out of work found jobs,…

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  • Jobs

    A meager gain in US jobs last month highlights virus’ damage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers barely added jobs last month, underscoring the viral pandemic’s ongoing grip on the economy and likely adding momentum to the Biden administration’s push for a bold rescue aid package. The increase of just 49,000 positions in January made scarcely any dent in the nearly 10 million jobs that remain lost since the virus intensified nearly a year ago. The tepid increase followed a decline of 227,000 jobs in December, the first loss since April. The unemployment rate fell sharply in January from 6.7{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} to 6.3{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}, the Labor Department said Friday. Most of the drop in unemployment occurred because some people out of work found jobs,…

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  • Online School

    Virus: Louisiana school goes online, forfeits soccer playoffs

    HOUMA, La. (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has sent a Louisiana school back to online-only learning, forcing it to forfeit playoff games for both the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams. The state health department recommended closing in-person classes at H.L. Bourgeois High School based both on the number of COVID-19 cases and contact tracing that found possible exposures at the school, Terrebonne Parish Superintendent of Schools Philip Martin told The Courier. With a Mardi Gras break scheduled Feb. 15-19, students are scheduled to return to campus Feb. 22. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association website shows Friday as the girls’ soccer playoffs first-round deadline, with Feb. 11 for the boys. Louisiana OMV makes LSU…

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  • Education

    Education nominee vows to tackle problems worsened by virus

    TribLIVE’s Daily and Weekly email newsletters deliver the news you want and information you need, right to your inbox. About an hour ago President Joe Biden’s nominee for education secretary is promising to help reopen schools but says much of the hardest work will come after that as schools try to address long-standing disparities worsened by the pandemic. “These inequities will endure, and prevent the potential of this great country, unless tackled head-on,” Miguel Cardona said in testimony prepared for a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing Wednesday. “And so it is our responsibility, and it would be my greatest privilege, if confirmed, to forge opportunity out of…

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