Online education was a mess in the spring. As COVID-19 prompts schools to stay virtual, will it get better this fall?
CHICAGO — When the COVID-19 pandemic forced Chicago Public Schools to make a hurried switch to remote instruction earlier this year, Lidia Muro said it didn’t work out so well for her 5-year-old stepson Elijah, then a kindergartner at Marvin Camras Elementary.Some of the schoolwork he was given required logins and passwords his parents didn’t receive, she said. Communication with his teacher was lacking. And while it took Elijah a single day to finish math lessons that were supposed to stretch over months, he fell behind in reading.“The program was mostly games, I think,” Muro said. “Education...
Mark Zeigler: It's time for college sports to tell athletes take it or leave it
Eventually, and that moment draws nearer by the day, college athletic administrators need to make a choice:Are they going to continue backpedaling, or are they going to make a tackle?Are they going to stand up and stand by their product?Is enough ever going to be enough?Because apparently college athletes – or at least college football players – aren’t going to stop asking for more even as they receive concession after concession. The latest group with its hand out is Pac-12 football players, who issued a lengthy list of “demands” Sunday with the threat of boycotting the season.Here’s a sugges...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Pac-12 football player group including UW Huskies Joe Tryon and Ty Jones presents list of demands, threatens to opt out of 2020 season
A group that claims to represent “hundreds of Pac-12 football players” distributed a news release on Sunday that includes a set of demands surrounding health and safety protections; the fight against racial injustice; the preservation of all existing Pac-12 sports; extended healthcare; name, image and likeness rights; and revenue sharing within the conference.If its demands are not met, the group — dubbed the “College Football Player Opt-Out Movement,” according to the news release — has threatened not to participate in practices or games.Two University of Washington football players — redshir...
The Seattle Times
Many of South Florida's private schools — and some charters — will return to buildings in the fall
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Parents hoping to send their children to an actual school campus this fall may have to shell out money for a private school.Despite pressure from the state and federal governments to open their campuses for the new year, most South Florida public schools plan to start off online only due to the continued surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths in South Florida. A few charter schools plan to offer in-person instruction, but most say they will begin online until conditions improve.For private schools, it’s a different story.“Most of the private schools we’ve heard from or abou...
President Trump's son Barron won't attend in-person classes at private school due to county-wide mandate
Barron Trump will not return to in-person classes at his Maryland private school until October — even as his president father threatens to cut much-needed funding to school districts that go remote this fall.Barron, 14, and other students at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, won’t return to campus until Oct. 1, following a county directive issued Friday.“Nonpublic schools located within Montgomery County, Maryland are prohibited from physically reopening for in-person instruction through October 1, 2020,” read the order, which noted that “nonpublic school” refers to any schoo...
New York Daily News
Bryce Miller: College professor Joely Proudfit weighs reasons, wait for Washington's NFL name change
SAN DIEGO — Fights for societal change are not only waged in lavish boardrooms among billionaires, as happened when the defiant owner of Washington D.C.’s NFL team begrudgingly agreed to change a racially offensive nickname.The fact that Dan Snyder caved only when naming rights check-writer FedEx threatened to rip its name off of FedEx Field reminded us about the power of cash over conscience.Sometimes, though, the struggle for what’s right plays out in a first grade after-school program.Joely Proudfit, a California State University San Marcos professor in the American Indian Studies program w...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Georgia camp outbreak shows rapid virus spread among children
ATLANTA — COVID-19 spread quickly among unmasked youth at YMCA camp, CDC finds.Some 260 cases of the coronavirus have been tied to attendees and staff at a North Georgia YMCA children’s camp in June, according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the largest known superspreading events in the state.The report details how COVID-19 spread rapidly among children and teens within the camp and raises questions about the effectiveness of safety protocols as school districts and colleges contemplate reopening for in-person instruction this fall.YMCA Ca...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Bail denied for UC Davis Chinese researcher as judge finds defendant a flight risk
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal magistrate judge denied a request Friday to release on bail a former Chinese researcher at the University of California, Davis who has been accused of lying about her ties to China’s military and Communist Party to gain access to the United States.“I just don’t see sufficient conditions to overcome flight risk,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes said in ordering continued detention of Juan Tang. “She would have every reason to leave.”Tang, 37, has been held without bail at the Sacramento County Main Jail since July 23, after she was arrested by FBI agents when...
The Sacramento Bee
University of Texas official: No parties, on or off campus, allowed for fall semester
AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas will not allow students to hold parties on or off campus during the fall semester as the city continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.In an email sent to students Friday afternoon, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly encouraged students to follow the city of Austin’s guidance to stay home and the state’s orders to wear a mask in public. Parties, she added, will not be permitted.“While the orders and guidelines continue to evolve, parties (whether on or off campus) put peoples’ health and safety at risk and ra...
FBI to investigate whether Chinese Consulate spied on universities' coronavirus research
AUSTIN, Texas — The FBI is looking into whether the Chinese government tried to illegally procure coronavirus vaccine research from American universities, including the University of Texas, UT officials said this week.In an email to faculty and graduate students Monday evening, UT interim Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Jaffe said the FBI notified the university last week that, due to the recent closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston, it will be contacting UT researchers about the role of the consulate and efforts by the Chinese government to illegally procure research.The U.S. g...