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With millions of students logging in from home, the pandemic has disrupted the traditional school function of making sure students are “in school.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is already seeing an increase of of COVID-19 cases as schools and colleges bring students back to campus. “Schools are going to have positive cases because they’re in the community, and they reflect the community,” DeWine said at his coronavirus briefing Tuesday. The Ohio Department… Read More
With less structure and supervision than is typically provided inside a classroom, remote classes lean hard on already stressed parents to help students with ADHD stay focused and engaged.
After an NPR investigation led to an overhaul of the troubled TEACH Grant program, the U.S. Department of Education says teachers have had nearly $44 million in loans turned back into grants.
When U.S. schools went online-only in the spring, many struggled to provide vital services to students with disabilities. Families, advocates and many educators say this fall has to be different.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio health officials say school districts will not be allowed to use face shields rather than facial coverings or masks in most cases as a means of curbing coronavirus transmission as schools get ready to start the 2020-21 academic year. The Ohio Department of Health on Saturday cited guidance from the… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state is now accepting applications for schools seeking funds to expand broadband accessibility. That program has lifted a restriction that supporters say will go even further in helping low-income districts. The state is granting $50 million in federal funds to school districts that need help providing Internet access to… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Going back to school will be different this year but there’s one thing that won’t change. Ohioans will still be able to take advantage of a tax-free weekend for shopping for those back to school items. And it is happening now. The annual tax-free holiday began Friday morning and will run… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday added another statewide health order requiring all children in grades K-12 to wear masks while in school, with certain exceptions. The previous order was for third graders and older. DeWine said the aim is providing safe schools for students and employees when schools return to in-person classes…. Read More
Randi Weingarten, the head of the American Federation of Teachers, said “safety strikes” should only take place as a last resort. The decision on whether to strike would be left to the local union.
The president linked billions of dollars in federal aid to school districts that reopen fully, but acknowledged that in some coronavirus hot spots, the start of the school year may need to be delayed.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos came to a Columbus suburb to talk about school choice. And some local elected officials are miffed that they weren’t even aware of it until after the fact. Democratic House Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) says she was surprised when she saw on Twitter that Devos was at a roundtable… Read More
Ohio teachers and union leaders called on the U.S. Senate to pass a COVID-19 relief bill immediately on Monday afternoon.As the U.S. Senate debates what to include in the “HEROES” Coronavirus relief package, Ohio educators say they need help to reopen schools and keep kids safe. As the U.S. Senate debates what to include in… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A bill that would give Ohio’s local school boards the power to allow employees to carry guns in school buildings gets its first Senate hearing in almost two months on Tuesday. But gun control groups say the bill also eliminates required weapons training for those workers. Susie Lane teaches first… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As school districts unveil their plans for resuming school this fall, some teachers are anxious about returning to their classrooms. Hilliard City Schools teacher Sherise Thompson sums it up this way. “I’m scared. I know there’s still a fatality rate and I think that we shouldn’t be going back to… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says officials are working on plans to reopen schools across the state in early September as coronavirus cases rise to record highs. The Republican governor on Wednesday said he’s targeting Sept. 8 as a tentative date to reopen schools but stressed that the timing could change depending… Read More
The administration acknowledges the risk of students spreading the contagion to vulnerable populations but emphasizes that school closures disrupt “critical services to children and their families.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — With protests shining a light on deeply rooted racial inequities, school leaders are being asked to be on the lookout for racial trauma when students return to class. Kadee Anstadt, superintendent for Washington Local Schools, says they’re preparing to make sure students feel safe on a number of levels. She… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says the state fully intends for schools to reopen in the fall. The governor said Tuesday the goal is to have kids back in the classroom. DeWine said at a news briefing that the date for when schools could start is completely up to local school boards…. Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court has let stand the law that allows the state to take over failing school districts, starting with the Youngstown City Schools in 2015. By a 5-2 vote, the court disagreed with the Youngstown City Schools, which said the addition of a 67-page amendment on the… Read More
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced what she called historic changes Wednesday to Obama-era guidelines that she said will make the process fairer.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Roughly 14 percent of students enrolled in U.S. public schools receive special education services. As families across the nation grapple with home learning, what are the particular challenges the parents of these children face? NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff reports and talks to Selene Almazan of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates,… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio officials said on Wednesday that they reversed course on a requirement for all customers to wear masks before entering stores when they begin to reopen in May based on feedback from businesses. According to Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, employers had many questions about how to enforce the new rule. “You are asking us… Read More
Special education advocates are relieved that the federal law that guarantees a free public education to students with disabilities will remain.
There are more than 1.5 million homeless public school students in the United States. But with many of those young people relying on school for safety, stability and food, the mass closures of school buildings all over the country due to the coronavirus have left them even more vulnerable than before. NewsHour Weekend’s Zachary Green… Read More