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Endorsements Still Touchy for Teachers’ Unions in Presidential Election Season

Supporters cheer as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters, in September in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. —Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times/AP Members want in on decisions March 23, 2020 After complaints from members who felt shut out during the 2016 presidential primary endorsement process, the

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The Stimulus Package Will Help Families, But It Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Opinion —iStock/Getty The current proposal won’t meet our students’ current educational needs By John P. Bailey March 23, 2020 This coronavirus is a once-in-a-generation pandemic that has required unprecedented measures to protect public health. An equally unprecedented response is needed to manage the growing economic risks, including the extra costs parents are facing. The federal

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How Effective Is Online Learning? What the Research Does and Doesn’t Tells Us

Students who struggle will likely struggle more online By Susanna Loeb March 20, 2020 The times have dictated school closings and the rapid expansion of online education. Can online lessons replace in-school time? Clearly online time cannot provide many of the informal social interactions students have at school, but how will online courses do in

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Getting Paid During the Coronavirus Crisis: How a New Law Affects School Employees

President Trump signed an emergency paid leave law that will provide relief for employees across America—including those who work in schools—dealing with COVID-19. Here’s a guide to how the law may affect you. What kind of emergency paid leave is the federal government offering right now? Two kinds: Sick leave, for up to 80 hours,

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State Education Chiefs on the Coronavirus: What We Need to Know Now

There is no blueprint for schools to manage the current health crisis By Mike Magee As I write this, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia, have ordered their schools to close because of the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Reports of more closures are coming in seemingly by the hour.

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Absenteeism Driven by Virus Could Trip Up States on ESSA

The scramble to contain the spread of the new coronavirus has thrown a big, unforeseen roadblock into many school districts’ efforts to drive down rates of student absences. The uncertainty created by the virus eventually may be reflected in year-end data on chronic absenteeism rates that will be publicly reported and, for many schools, used

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To Close or Not? How Superintendents Decide to Shut Down Schools

With COVID-19 continuing to spread throughout the United States, thousands of superintendents are suddenly becoming fluent in a peculiar new idiom: that of “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” of infection to prevent overwhelming medical facilities. Increasingly, they’re faced with the tough decision of if and when they should decide to close their schools to

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My 5 Basic Rules for Talking to Young Students About Coronavirus

Students are anxious about COVID-19. Teachers must face this difficult conversation By Ivy Higgins “Has there ever been a worse virus, Miss Higgins?” Juan asked during a class conversation about the COVID-19 this week. I had opened up a discussion of the topic when I realized that students were understandably anxious about the coronavirus outbreak.

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