Coronavirus Brings ‘Homework Gap’ to the Forefront

Even before he launched his distance learning classroom last week, middle school band director Blake Bogan knew he faced some unique challenges. “Most of my job is listening to students and helping them mix and blend their sound with their peers,” says Bogan, who teaches at Raceland Middle School in Raceland, La. It’s a rural town of roughly 10,000 about an hour’s drive southwest of New Orleans. Since perfecting the mix and blend of a Read More

Schools Face Nightmare Scenario After Coronavirus Crisis

SCHOOL OFFICIALS FROM the country’s biggest school districts recently sent a message to Congress: Inject the K-12 system with a serious infusion of cash ahead of what forecasters say is the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, or brace for the catastrophic results of hallowed out school budgets. “Dark clouds are forming on the educational horizon that will spell disaster if Congress does not intervene,” 62 superintendents from school districts like New York City, Los Read More

Teachers Union Blasts Trump, Lays Out Plan for Reopening Schools

THE AMERICAN FEDERATION of Teachers, the 1.7-million member teachers union, issued guidance Wednesday for how and when schools should safely reopen, slamming President Donald Trump for his comments to governors suggesting they look at opening schools. “Our blueprint serves as a stark contrast to the conflicting guidance, bluster and lies of the Trump administration,” said AFT president Randi Weingarten. The 20-page guidance, which Weingarten said would evolve as the status of the coronavirus epidemic evolves, includes five major Read More

DeVos To Use Coronavirus Relief Funds For Home Schooling ‘Microgrants’

This week, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that more than $300 million from the first coronavirus rescue package will go to two education grant competitions for K-12 and higher ed. States will be able to apply for a piece of the $180 million allotted to the “Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant” and $127.5 million allotted to the “Reimagining Workforce Preparation Grant.” The money is 1% of the more than $30 billion set aside for education in the CARES Read More

3 cybersecurity tips crucial to secure student information in remote learning

The early March onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. forced the majority of the nation’s school districts, ready or not, to embrace a fully online learning model. As buildings closed to help slow the illness’ spread, administrators had to confront a number of questions: How do we quickly provide training to do this effectively? What about students who lack home internet access? How should assignments be structured to take pressure off of families also Read More

Secretary DeVos Releases Statement on ‘Inexcusable’ NAEP Results

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2018 Civics, Geography, and U.S. History Assessments for 8th Graders: “America’s antiquated approach to education is creating a generation of future leaders who will not have a foundational understanding of what makes this country exceptional. We cannot continue to excuse this problem away. Instead, we need to fundamentally rethink education in America. It is the only way Read More

Why students need looping now more than ever

The months after Spring Break are a sacred time for educators — teachers in every school across America look forward to these last two months as an opportunity to crystallize an entire year’s worth of human connection, learning and special classroom memories. In a situation that is equally unbelievable and profoundly tragic, stay-at-home orders bring an abrupt end to these magical moments that usually define the school year. Yet it doesn’t have to end. It doesn’t have Read More

Schools Struggle to Educate Students With Disabilities Amid Pandemic

SETTING UP DISTANCE learning for the 55 million students who were forced out of school by the coronavirus pandemic is a challenge, but it’s even more of a challenge for educators to figure out how to best educate the 7 million students with disabilities. And those students, who are less likely to be able to access online education, are also at much greater risk of falling behind. “I like to look at things realistically,” Eriel Jeffrey, a special Read More

Secretary DeVos Announces $3 Billion in Emergency Education Block Grants for Governors

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that nearly $3 billion will quickly be made available to governors to ensure education continues for students of all ages impacted by the coronavirus national emergency. The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is an extraordinarily flexible “emergency block grant” designed to enable governors to decide how best to meet the needs of students, schools (including charter Read More

School Nurses Join Fight Against Coronavirus

After a grueling shift, exhausted nurses and doctors walk out hospital doors, their tired faces red and raw where masks have rubbed against their skin for many long hours. But when they’re met by a chorus of cheers and salutes from firefighters, police, and EMTs, those tired faces break into smiles, and, a lot of the time, tears. Among them is Sue Weimer, the school nurse from Shawnee High School in Burlington County, New Jersey. Read More