Rathke: Confusing Support and Autonomy for Welfare Recipients

Greenville       Some months ago I was reading about the demise of a significant social service and advocacy organization. A former executive director, David Tobis, who had also written a book about the organization and was one…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Education The Conversation

Once a symbol of desegregation, Ruby Bridges’ school now reflects another battle engulfing public education

If that building’s walls could talk, they certainly would tell the well-known story of its desegregation. by Connie L. Schaffer, University of Nebraska Omaha; Martha Graham Viator, Rowan University, and Meg White, Stockton University   On…

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First grade teacher Dianna Accordino puts out erasers at each desk in her classroom where the desks are spaced out for social distancing in Spring Township, Pennsylvania on August 21, 2020. (Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News

Teacher deaths and college-town outbreaks deepen concern over Covid-19 risks stirred by school reopenings

Rising infections among students and educators as reopenings begin appear to confirm warnings from teachers and parents that schools lack adequate resources to safely restart in-person classes. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, September 11 New…

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos listens during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the U.S. Department of Education July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. Vice President Pence and the task force members discussed the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic and the reopening of nation's schools in the Fall. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News

DeVos says pandemic ultimately a ‘good thing’ for US public education

“Calling Covid-19 a ‘good thing’ for our schools just goes to show you how divorced this administration is from reality.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Monday, August 31 On the heels of two federal judges halting…

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First grade teacher Yolanda Vasquez stands in protest along with other teachers and counselors in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office on July 16, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Screenshot from Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education Labor News

After Organizing mass ‘sick-out,’ Arizona teachers and school staff applauded for ‘bold’ collective action to stop unsafe reopening

“Teachers are in a position to have a voice, and they just weren’t being heard.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Teachers and school staff members in a Phoenix suburb were praised by progressives and public health…

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Students on a school bus to Hunters Point Boarding School in St. Michaels, Arizona, one of 180 schools managed by the federal Bureau of Indian Education. BIE-run schools have consistently let down their Native students. (Mark Henle/Arizona Republic)
Posted in Analysis Education First Nations First Peoples News Pro Publica

The federal government gives native students an inadequate education, and gets away with it

The Bureau of Indian Education has repeatedly neglected warnings that it is not providing a quality education for 46,000 Native students. Once called a “stain on our Nation’s history,” the school system has let down its…

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Children in an elementary school class wear masks and sit as desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, California on July 9, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News Public Health Restart 2020

US teachers and pediatricians demand major Federal investment in schools to allow for safe reopening

“It’s incredible to me that the federal government would see the necessity of bailing out airlines and banks and not see the need to do something similar for the public schools in this country,” said one…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News Restart 2020

Trump accused of suppressing CDC warning that full school reopenings pose ‘Highest Risk’ of Covid-19 spread

“By trying to bury what the CDC recommends, Trump is betraying every student, teacher, and parent in this country. Shame on him. Shame on those who enable him.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 13…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Education Wade Rathke

Hyper Education

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   The President says, open the schools. Actually, he doesn’t have any power over opening the schools, so it’s more bully-boy posturing and threatening backed up by Betsey DeVos prattling along…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education ICE News

Lawmakers demand Trump rescind plan to force international students out of US

“ICE’s arbitrary new policy is irrational and xenophobic, and risks the health of students, faculty, and staff.” Even though NAU students will be affected by the ICE move US Rep. O’Halleran did not sign the letter….

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News

Teachers say rush to reopen schools without Covid-19 safety plan shows Trump and DeVos ‘Do not care about students’

“America must listen to the health experts on when to reopen schools and to educators on how to return to in-person instruction.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, July 8 A coalition representing millions of American…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News

Teachers Union says CDC flowchart on school reopening shows Trump disregard for student safety

“The reality of reopening school buildings and college campuses is that any missteps could cost lives… Once again, this administration has politics trumping science.” by Jon Queally, staff writer Monday, May 18 The largest education union…

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Posted in Coronavirus Education Education funding News The Conversation Vouchers

Giving private schools federal emergency funds slated for low-income students will shortchange at-risk kids

Low-income Seattle students began to pick up bagged lunches in March after their school closed. Karen Ducey/Getty Images   by   Derek W. Black, University of South Carolina Public schools have faced three distinct challenges since…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Education The Conversation

5 ways parents can support their college-age children who’ve been forced to return home due to COVID-19

Matthew J. Mayhew, The Ohio State University Editor’s Note: With many college students forced to return home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tensions and arguments are bound to flare up. Here, Matthew Mayhew, an education researcher…

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Posted in Coronavirus Education News

AZ schools to remain closed thru end of school year. School’s out for summer, sort of

Mayors call on Gov to issue order closing non-essential businesses March 30 11:00 AM MST Flagstaff This morning Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said that schools will not reopen this year. Arizona students will have to…

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Posted in Coronavirus Digital Divide Education The Conversation

The digital divide leaves millions at a disadvantage during the coronavirus pandemic

Unsurprisingly, the internet is playing a critical role in getting the word out to be careful and to help flatten the COVID-19 curve.  Slow or unreliable internet access is a reality for millions of Americans. ben…

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Posted in Analysis Education Opinion Public Policy

Why colleges should think twice before punishing student protesters

Jerusha Osberg Conner, Villanova University For much of the 2019-2020 academic year, Syracuse University has been besieged by student protests over how the school handled of a series of racist incidents on campus. In the latest…

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Posted in Analysis Children Education funding Politics Poverty Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Democratic candidates seek a big and unprecedented K-12 funding boost

David S. Knight, University of Washington Democratic presidential candidates are proposing new approaches to the federal government’s role in public education. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders want to triple the US$15 billion…

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Posted in Arizona Arizona Legislature Education funding News Public Policy

Arizona education funding may be sent out of state

If a few Arizona senators have their way we could be sending our education tax dollars out of state. Senate Bill 1224 would be the only voucher program that designates money for out of state schools…

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Posted in Audio Children Education Entertainment Podcasts

Unique ‘Mary Farfisa’ Episode, A River In Space, touches on old age, Alzheimer’s

  By Jim Cheff, The Meteor ‘Mary Farfisa’ is a series of radio plays for children, created by writer/artist Jim Cheff. It ran for two years on Radio Sunnyside in Flagstaff. It now can be found…

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Posted in Education Health News Off the wire Science

Screen time: Conclusions about the effects of digital media are often incomplete, irrelevant or wrong

Humans are barraged by digital media 24/7. Is it a problem? Bruce Rolff/Shutterstock.com Byron Reeves, Stanford University; Nilam Ram, Pennsylvania State University, and Thomas N. Robinson, Stanford University There’s a lot of talk about digital media….

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Posted in Education Education funding News

Education town hall sheds light on public school funding issues

Flagstaff     The struggle to provide adequate funding for public schools in Arizona has been going on for years. The recession in the early 2000’s created a perfect storm for forces that would undermine funding for…

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