NYC schools set to begin reopening Dec. 7, Mayor de Blasio says
NEW YORK — New York City schools are set to reopen in stages starting Dec. 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday.In-person learning at preschools, 3-K programs and elementary schools is on track to start on that date, followed by District 75 schools that provide special education on Dec. 10. Middle and high schools will reopen at a date still to be determined.“We have a different reality than what we had in the summer and … this is now the way forward and the best way to protect everyone,” de Blasio said.The announcement came as coronavirus is expected to keep surging in the city — the latest av...
New York Daily News
Georgia county votes to rename school for Michelle Obama
ATLANTA — The Clayton County Board of Education voted Monday to rename South Clayton Elementary School for a former first lady of the United States.In a 7-2 vote, the south metro leaders opted to rename the school the Michelle Obama STEM Elementary School. Obama was chosen over civil rights leader and former U.S. Congressman John Lewis for the honor, who was the preference of the two dissenting board members.“Both of them are great individuals,” board chairwoman Jessie Goree said before the vote was called. “All of us are willing to go one way or the other.”Obama has ties to Clayton County. He...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Inside a virtual classroom: What a school day is like for these third graders
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Katherine Hendrix sits alone in her third grade classroom at J.A. Rogers Elementary School, speaking to a TV filled with her students’ faces.“Good morning; you’re up early today,” she tells one boy as more boxes outlining students’ faces appear on the 65-inch-screen. She asks if he’s tired. A girl a few squares over eats yogurt.Hendrix, 34, asks if one student found his iPad yet. He said no. He’s borrowing his brother’s Chromebook, but he can’t figure out how to access his homework. He gets his 9-year-old brother, who tells Hendrix he knows how to use the laptop, but then im...
The Kansas City Star
Pandemic scrambles Seattle job market: Despite deep unemployment, some employers still can't hire fast enough
SEATTLE — If you want a sense of what six months of COVID-19 have done to the Seattle-area job market, ask Amy Fenning.Last year, the former college administrator decided she wanted to be an elementary school teacher and is currently finishing her training in the Renton School District.But thanks to the pandemic, Fenning has no idea when or where any teaching jobs will be available. So she’s hedging her bets and keeping the cashier job she took this summer at Target, where work is so plentiful she often has to turn down shifts. “They are always busy and always hiring,” says Fenning. “These are...
The Seattle Times
Presidential relatives bring campaigns to Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS — Former second lady Jill Biden and Donald Trump Jr. both campaigned for their presidential candidate relatives in Minnesota on Wednesday, underscoring the state’s rise as a pivotal Midwestern battleground in the race for the presidency this fall.Jill Biden stopped at Jeffers Pond Elementary School in Prior Lake as part of a back-to-school tour through swing states on behalf of Joe Biden’s campaign for president. She said the former vice president, who was campaigning in Michigan on Wednesday, is likely to make a campaign stop in Minnesota before Election Day.“It’s looking good but...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Trudy Rubin: Why US kids can't go back to school and German kids can
When I reached prominent German journalist Anna Sauerbrey by phone in Berlin she was picking up her son from elementary school.German children started returning to school in July and classes resumed full time in early August. All across Europe, schools are reopening after months of online learning due to the pandemic (with some countries having reopened in April or never shut down entirely).So why do Germans feel safe sending their kids back to school? In large part, says Sauerbrey, because they trust their leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel, a Ph.D. scientist, to give them the straight facts on...
The Philadelphia Inquirer