How one school district is using its beloved farm to bring students back to in-person learning
LANGLEY, Wash. — Over the course of an hour, the three sisters, their friend and their dad cleared out and deconstructed an entire bean tunnel — chicken wire, hog panel, T-posts, bamboo poles and all.Under the watchful eyes of their teacher Jean Cravy and school farm manager Cary Peterson, the South Whidbey School District students dismantled the big structure one piece at a time, not long after a late October frost rendered the long, thin fortex bean pods swollen, inedible — but still compostable.Their giggles filled the crisp air. After months of learning on a computer, they were happy to be...
The Seattle Times
The Miami school district says all schools are ready to reopen this week. Some disagree
MIAMI — On June 10, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho told School Board members that Miami-Dade County Public Schools will “absolutely have schools open Aug. 24” while exercising all guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.“Expect that,” he said.Carvalho moved up the school reopening timeline to Sept. 30, but hundreds of teachers and parents protested and the board voted on a later mid-October timeline. Deputy superintendent Valtena Brown told medical experts that schools would be “100% ready” by Sept. 25.The Friday before schools open Monday to welcome 22,000 students in pre-kindergarten, ...
Appeals court rules against Minnesota school district in 'landmark' bias case
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that a transgender student at Coon Rapids High School had a right to use the boys’ locker room.Instead, the Anoka-Hennepin School District had directed the student, N.H., to use an “enhanced privacy” bathroom separate from the boys’ locker room in violation of the state’s human rights act, the court said in a decision filed Monday.The state Department of Human Rights called it a landmark ruling.“This decision means that schools are now safer and more welcoming for transgender and gender nonconforming students across Minnesota,” Human...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Parkland families will have to share no more than $300,000 in mass shooting lawsuit against school district, court rules
The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the school district where the Parkland mass shooting took place more than two years ago does not have to pay more than $300,000 in combined damages to the victims’ families.Attorneys for survivors and families of the 17 students and staff killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018 had asked the court to consider each gunshot as a separate incident, arguing that each plaintiff was entitled to receive $200,000, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.But the limit under Florida state law is $300,000, which the court said shou...
New York Daily News
Cybercriminals strike schools amid pandemic
WASHINGTON — Just days before the Aug. 3 scheduled start of school, officials at the Athens Independent School District in East Texas received a shock.Cybercriminals had attacked the district’s entire computer network, encrypting all the data and demanding $50,000 in ransom for its release. Access to everything from teacher communications to student assignments was blocked.“It was terribly disruptive, to put it mildly,” said Toni Clay, the district’s spokesperson. “We no longer had access to any student information, such as schedules, email addresses, anything that would be stored. Internally,...
Substitute teachers are in high demand for school districts trying to fill vacancies in a pandemic
PHILADELPHIA — Dawn Pittman retired from teaching in 2013 after more than three decades. But Pittman has no plans to give up her passion — even in a pandemic. When Camden resumes in-person learning, possibly in January, she hopes to answer the call as a substitute.“I absolutely love teaching,” said Pittman, 58, of Merchantville, New Jersey.Retired Philadelphia teacher Janice Richardson has already been getting those calls. She says she has turned down lucrative offers from parents and districts — as much as $2,000 a week to substitute-teach, something she hasn’t done since 2016.“I get calls ev...
The Philadelphia Inquirer