Seattle schools’ special education services during COVID-19 subject of US Department of Education investigation
SEATTLE — The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating Seattle Public Schools after hearing “disturbing reports” about how the district handled special education during the pandemic. In a letter sent Tuesday to Superintendent Denise Juneau, Education Department officials cite concerns that some students with disabilities went without specialized instruction — and some teachers weren’t allowed to provide it. “According to one local news report last spring, the District told its special education teachers ‘not to deliver specially-designed instruction,’ and disallo...
The Seattle Times
Commentary: After the siege, we need civics education
If the last five years in American politics have taught us one thing, it is that we can all use a refresher course in civics. The events of Jan. 6 were only the latest and most extreme illustration of America's confusion over the meaning of words like freedom, truth and democracy. One of us is a long-time White House correspondent. One of us is a former United States education secretary. Amidst feelings of fear and hope, we’re speaking with one voice today to call on our fellow Americans to relearn the lessons of American history so as to prevent the kind of madness we have experienced since D...
New York Daily News
Betsy DeVos resigns as secretary of education
DETROIT — Betsy DeVos, the West Michigan political force who rose to secretary of education, resigned Thursday night, saying President Donald Trump incited a mob that invaded the Capitol Wednesday. "We should be highlighting and celebrating your Administration's many accomplishments on behalf of the American people," DeVos wrote in a letter to the president. "Instead we are left to clean up the mess caused by violent protesters overrunning the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to undermine the people's business. That behavior was unconscionable for our country. There is no mistaking the impact your r...
Detroit Free Press
As COVID turns education upside down, how are kids, adults coping?
ATLANTA — The start of the school year went fine for Misty Waldrop's little girl, as she learned how to take screenshots and submit assignments online. Then, the real work started. "It was way above her reading level," Waldrop realized. Her third-grader grew frustrated with the assignments on Hall County, Georgia''s online platform, especially when her teachers were slow to respond to her questions. She also missed PE, art and music. Waldrop sent her back into her elementary school. Tracey Clark, a mother in Cobb County, refused to do that. "Schools aren't structured for social distancing," sh...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
DeVos tells Education Department employees to resist certain changes
WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday urged Education Department employees to continue to resist any policies that they believe could hurt students with a new administration preparing to take over. "Many of you know well that most everything in this town, when it comes to education, is focused on schools — not students," DeVos told agency employees in a virtual meeting Tuesday. "So, let me leave you with this last plea: Resist. Be the resistance against a familiar force that will distract you from doing what’s right for students." The remarks, first reported Tuesday nigh...
Detroit Free Press
'Go out there and vote, use that right': How the Chicago Bears are using voter education and initiatives to help their local communities
After Chicago Bears players canceled a preseason practice in the wake of a police shooting of Jacob Blake in August in Kenosha, Wis., they talked about how they hoped to address social injustice and police brutality.Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan was vocal about one way to promote change: voting those into office who might help. And he said Friday he has already exercised that choice.“My family’s big on using your rights,” he said. “Back in the day, we (African-Americans) didn’t have those rights, as you know. People worked hard for us to have that right to vote. I think it’s very, very imp...
Ex-NFL receiver Walt Powell blazing trail with Politiscope app aimed at political education
NEW YORK — He reached a personal crossroads three year ago, trapped between a familiar past and uncertain future. Clarity escaped him. He was an out-of-work twenty-something going sideways.But Walt Powell soon found a path that he never knew existed.The former NFL wide receiver/returner, who played for the Jets in 2014, finally found a purpose. It was strange that a kid from St. Louis, who knew little about politics was now consumed by it.Powell and his close friend Jackson White laid the foundation that day for what would become Politiscope, a politician-profile app aimed at educating and eng...
New York Daily News
Student lawsuits asking for COVID-19 refunds pile up against universities
SAN DIEGO — Hands-on learning. Face-to-face interactions. Study sessions in the student union. Workouts in the student gym.That’s what students said they signed up for — and were required to pay for — when they attended universities across the country last spring.But, they argue, it’s not what they got once the coronavirus drove them off campus. And now they want their money back.Class-action lawsuits calling for partial reimbursement of tuition and fees are continuing to amass nationwide — from Ivy League institutions to goliath state university systems to small private colleges — with potent...
The San Diego Union-Tribune