New Yorkers in need line up to receive free produce during a Pop-Up Food pantry event hosted by Food Bank For New York City at Barclays Center on September 10, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Survey shows nearly half in US suffering serious economic hardship—and situation ‘going to get worse’

“There is nothing for the people we surveyed who earn under $100,000 a year to fall back on.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, September 11 As the United States endures its six month of the…

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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. President Donald Trump boards Marine One for departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC., on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto)
Posted in Common Dreams Elections News Race for the White House 2020 Vote by mail

Sanders warns nation: Trump is laying groundwork for election result mayhem

“Trump is now using his lies and misinformation to sow confusion and chaos in the election process and undermine American democracy,” says the Vermont senator. by Jon Queally, staff writer Sunday, September 6 Warning of the…

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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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Posted in Coronavirus Investigative Reporting Workshop News Public Safety

Cracks in campus healthcare

At college health centers, students battle misdiagnoses and inaccessible care. The coronavirus pandemic will be the biggest challenge to date. by Jenn Abelson, Nicole Dungca, Meryl Kornfield and Andrew Ba Tran / The Washington Post Saturday,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus The Conversation

With kids spending more waking hours on screens than ever, here’s what parents need to know

by James M. Lang, Assumption College Millions of working parents have spent months largely trapped in their homes with their children. Many are trying to get their jobs done remotely in the constant presence of their…

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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 Columns Coronavirus Education Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

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 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 Columns Economy Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Dismantling the false paths to equity

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   I’ll never forget the surprise on a colleague’s face who was working to build a nonprofit community development organization in the Mississippi delta several years ago when we first met….

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Betsy DeVos with Donald Trump (Shutterstock)
Posted in Columns Hightower

Betsy DeVos wants to rob poor school districts

Trump’s education secretary is trying to funnel coronavirus aid away from poor public schools to rich private ones. By Jim Hightower May 27, 2020 Times of great adversity not only bring out the best and worst…

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Posted in Children Coronavirus News Pro Publica

What parents should know about coronavirus as kids return to babysitters, day cares and camps

You never planned on raising kids during a pandemic, and there are no easy decisions. ProPublica scoured the latest research and talked to seven infectious disease and public health experts to help think through the issues…

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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 Online Schooling The Conversation

Not all kids have computers – and they’re being left behind with schools closed by the coronavirus

  by  Morgan Polikoff, University of Southern California; Anna Rosefsky Saavedra, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and Shira Korn, University of Southern California May 8, The big idea 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 Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus DACA News

DeVos blocks undocumented students from receiving coronavirus emergency aid

‘Cruel and Outrageous’: “This is what [it’s] like to be an immigrant under Trump.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Immigrant rights groups on Wednesday condemned the Trump administration’s decision to block undocumented students from a $6…

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Posted in Coronavirus First Peoples News News Pro Publica Rez Life

Rocky Ridge Boarding School on Navajo Nation stayed open after state school closure order. Then people started showing symptoms.

The federal government has released little information about the spread of coronavirus in Navajo schools. Now, some students and school staff are sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. by Alden Woods, The Arizona Republic April 7,…

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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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