'A lose-lose situation': Schools try to plan their reopening amid conflicting coronavirus guidelines
PHILADELPHIA — A month into planning what fall might look like for the 2,700 students in his Gloucester County school district, Jim Lavender tore through 104 pages of guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education.By Wednesday, Lavender had spent days, nights, and a weekend scouring every page three times, trying to figure out how he could safely meet social distancing, masking, and health requirements — to say nothing of teaching and learning.“It’s almost an untenable task,” said Lavender, superintendent of the Kingsway Regional School District.After an abrupt transition this spring to ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Leaked emails and passwords were from 'third-party data breaches,' University of Michigan says
DETROIT — Thousands of University of Michigan students got a scare Friday night: warnings circulating on social media about an apparent data breach leaking their U-M email addresses and passwords.On Saturday, the University of Michigan released a statement saying the information was from older “third-party data breaches, such as Chegg, Zynga, LinkedIn” where users used their student emails to sign up register.The release emphasized there was no data leak from the university’s end, and stressed students should not use the same passwords outside of U-M services. The university’s Information and ...
Detroit Free Press
Miami Dade College, the nation's largest community college, will use temperature checks in the fall
MIAMI — Miami Dade College plans to bring back as many students, faculty and staff as possible to its campuses this fall with a strict measure that other large universities in South Florida won’t implement: temperature checks.The largest community college in the country — with approximately 120,000 students — drafted a three-phase reopening plan that is “general on purpose” to adapt to the fluctuating pandemic conditions, said Lenore Rodicio, the executive vice president and provost. MDC will adhere to local, state and national guidance but will apply stricter rules if necessary.“It’s a flexib...
How COVID-19 affects education for people with disabilities in Ghana
When COVID-19 hit Ghana, many students with special needs shifted to online learning and had to use digital platforms not designed for people with disabilities. Photo of a person using a mobile phone in Ghana by Amuzujoe, July 22, 2019, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY 4.0.In Ghana, education has undergone a series of reforms, but the educational experiences of people with disabilities (PWDs) are often neglected.As the coronavirus hit Ghana, researchers have looked at its impact on working-class students and students in rural areas, but not specifically on students with special needs — especially w...
A COVID-19 outbreak on UW's Greek Row hints at how hard it may be to open colleges this fall
SEATTLE — This week’s outbreak at several University of Washington fraternities has hinted at just how hard it’s going to be to keep COVID-19 from spreading when college students return to campus this fall — especially since those students are eager to be around other young people after months of lockdowns and living at home.As of Friday, 117 students living in 15 fraternity houses this summer have reported testing positive for the virus. The university has confirmed 89 of those cases, along with an additional four students who visited fraternities but didn’t live in them. The numbers are like...
The Seattle Times
Five-star recruit Makur Maker commits to Howard University: 'I need to make the HBCU movement real'
Five-star high school basketball recruit Makur Maker announced his commitment to Howard University on Friday morning. Maker is now the highest-ranked college basketball prospect to commit to a historically black college or university.Maker also considered UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis before announcing his commitment to Howard.“I was the 1st to announce my visit to Howard & others started to dream ‘what if,’ ” he tweeted. “I need to make the HBCU movement real so that others will follow. I hope I inspire guys like Mikey Williams to join me on this journey. I am committing to Howard U & coach Kenn...
New York Daily News
Shannon Ryan: College athletes' voices — such as Illinois linebacker Milo Eifler's — should be a bigger part of the conversation about sports returning
Illinois linebacker Milo Eifler’s comfort level about returning to football will be gauged by one key development in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.“Is there a vaccine?” he asked.There’s not. And there probably won’t be when — or if — the college football season begins in the fall.Eifler spent a one-hour video call Wednesday discussing how he grapples with this dilemma of balancing his passion for football against the risks of playing during a pandemic.“Yeah, we want to come back and want to play,” Eifler said, “but we just want to make sure our health and our safety is the priority. ...
Miami AD Blake James urges college athlete endorsement laws to be extended nationally
The Miami Hurricanes are one of the Florida programs that could figure to see the immediate benefits of the state’s recent bill to allow college athletes to profit from endorsements beginning in July of 2021.While Florida schools could see a recruiting advantage come from such a law that has not yet been passed in most other states, UM athletic director Blake James feels this is legislation that needs to be extended nationwide.“I think we need to create opportunities for kids to legitimately capitalize on name, image and likeness,” said James on ACC Network this week. “In the state of Florida,...
At least 80 Washington students in fraternities test positive for coronavirus, a foreboding sign for college reopenings
SEATTLE — At least 80 students living in a dozen fraternity houses just north of the University of Washington campus have reported testing positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, with hundreds of results pending.The university learned Saturday that three fraternity residents had symptoms of COVID-19, and public health officials noticed a spike in cases from the area among people ages 18 to 20, said UW spokeswoman Michelle Ma. Since UW announced Tuesday that at least 38 students tested positive, the student-run Interfraternity Council informed the university of 42 more positive results....
The Seattle Times
UCF football players call for controversial professor to be fired
ORLANDO, Fla. — Some of the UCF football team’s biggest stars are demanding the university fire Charles Negy, a psychology associate professor who has sparked protests with his controversial social media posts.Senior running back Greg McCrae was the first to express his outrage on Twitter and was joined by other players, including quarterback McKenzie Milton.“@CharlesNegy is a racist & sexist professor who is currently employed by my university,” McCrae wrote. “I do not condone comments and tweets that he has made openly disgracing others because of their race or gender. @UCF @UCFCartwright #U...