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
School nurses at front line of coronavirus fight, but are there enough of them?
WIMBERLEY, Texas — Jacob’s Well Elementary School nurse Annie Wood bends slightly to take the temperature of a fourth grade student. And then another. And then another.Wood performs temperature checks with touchless thermometers of all students once a week, part of a new campus effort to keep the coronavirus away.The Wimberley district is one of the few in Central Texas to have launched in-person classes for the fall semester, and so far, officials have reported no cases.As school districts across the country reopen their doors to students for the first time since the pandemic abruptly shutter...
This school district is starting class in person. Teachers can opt out — with no pay
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While most area school districts plan to begin class after Labor Day, much of it online only, Independence, Mo., is ready to start Monday, with most students in person.And if teachers don’t like it, they can opt out, with no pay.“I’m afraid to go and afraid to say anything about it,” said one Independence elementary school music teacher who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation from district leaders. “I’m expected to look parents in the eye and tell them everything is fine and that their students will be fine when I know they are not.”Her fellow teachers will speak out...
The Kansas City Star
Only 48% of Seattle's elementary school kids logged in to district's online portal last spring, data show
SEATTLE — According to the only metric available for student engagement in Seattle last spring, less than half of elementary school kids logged into the district’s learning portal after Seattle Public Schools shut down for the coronavirus.Between March and June, only 48% of kindergarten through fifth graders logged on to Schoology, the district’s learning management system where teachers post assignments and announcements. For student populations the district has sworn to serve better, the rates are lower.Only 41% of English learners in kindergarten through fifth grade logged in at least once,...
The Seattle Times
Mother of arrested Key West, Fla., boy sues city, police officers, teacher and school district
MIAMI — Lawyers for the mother of a now 10-year-old boy who Key West police officers tried to handcuff in 2018 at his elementary school after he was accused of punching a teacher filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday in federal court against the school district, the city, the individual officers involved as well as the teacher and two school officials.The video of the incident at Gerald Adams Elementary School in Key West received national attention this week after the attorney for the mother, civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, posted it on his Twitter account Monday morning.It outraged police...