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    by J.D. Davidson   Ohio’s largest school district continues to move forward with plans to open the school year for students Aug. 24, despite the system’s teachers union getting closer to a strike. Jennifer Adair, president of the Columbus City Schools Board of Education, said in a statement the board was troubled to learn the Columbus Education Association filed a notice of intent to strike a day after a 20th negotiating session. “The board’s offer is comprehensive, fair, and respectful. It is responsive to specific concerns raised by CEA and includes respectful economic terms,” Adair said in the statement. “But CEA has continued to refuse to provide a response to all remaining issues. With this lack of good faith efforts by CEA, we believe announcing a strike is premature and a disservice to our school community.” The two sides spent hours at the negotiating table Wednesday with a federal mediator but failed to reach an agreement. The union followed with that session with its notice of intent to strike. CEA members expect to meet Aug. 21, if no agreement has...
    EVEN if you think you've wasted a day, the five-hour rule can help you get back on track. Everyone has different priorities during the day, but there are ways to plan accordingly if you wish to dedicate time to learning and growing. 1The five-hour rule is following by many successful people A single day can be broken down into three parts: Sleeping, working, and other necessary tasks like eating and cleaning. At a basic level, the five-hour rule asks you to spend at least one hour each day reading, writing, or dedicating yourself to learning something - adding up to five hours over the course of a week. A number of successful people, including former president Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Oprah, and Elon Musk, follow the five-hour rule. By adhering to this rule, you're not only learning something new, but you're practicing other skills like discipline while expanding your mind. READ MOE LIFESTYLE STORIESSTUNNERS OF 69 These stars have the same thing in common which is key for their sex appealFAKE FRIENDS Bride slates ‘selfish’ friends for bailing on wedding...
    A MUM who lets her kids skip school has defended her parenting, insisting that sometimes self care is just what's needed. Nicole took to TikTok to share a video in which she explained her thought process behind allowing her girls to miss days of school. 4Nicole took to TikTok to explain why she regularly allows her kids to skip schoolCredit: Tiktok/@nicoledelgadooo 4Among the activities on the day off school was a trip to the toy shopCredit: Tiktok/@nicoledelgadooo "I let my kids skip school," she began. "Yeah, you heard me. "If they give me a good enough reason, I let them skip. "Hear me out before you go in the comments." She continued to explain that the day before the girls' day she documented, her youngest daughter had to get three stitches in her forehead following a "really bad tumble". "So instead of making her sit at school all day, I took her on a girls’ day, because sometimes you just need a little self care," Nicole concluded. While her admission was somewhat controversial, the majority...
    ELLIE Goldstein is like most 20-year-olds - she loves to dance, eat Nando's and chat to her mates. But unlike most other 20-year-olds, Ellie is also a groundbreaking Gucci beauty model and now a celebrated Myth Buster as part of learning disability charity Mencap’s brilliant new campaign. 3Ellie Goldstein has Down's syndrome and was photographed for Mencap's Myth Busters campaign by India Whiley-MortonCredit: MENCAP She’s one of 18 Myth Busters, appearing alongside Harvey Price, son of Katie Price, CBeebies presenter George Webster and Line Of Duty actor Tommy Jessop. Together they are championing people with a learning disability, and smashing taboos as they do it.  "The Myth Busters want to change people’s minds about living with a learning disability and what it looks like," says Ellie. Around 1.5 million people in the UK are living with a learning disability, and representation on telly, in film and in the media, is shockingly scarce. But seeing Ellie’s success, and the success of her fellow Myth Busters - like football coach Sas Granville, business owner and baker Michael Beynon, and political campaigner...
    RYAN Brierley believes Brodie Croft can be a Super League star – if fans ‘give him a cuddle.’ And 2022 will see a new Salford, one that fans should believe in. 3 Brodie Croft has been tipped to be a star in Super League at SalfordCredit: STEVE MCCORMICK/SALFORD RED DEVILS The full-back achieved his dream by scoring a try on his debut for his boyhood heroes in Saturday’s 48-12 friendly win over Swinton. But it is the prospect of working with Aussie half-back Croft, who experienced the ups and downs of being in the NRL at Melbourne and Brisbane, that really excites him. Brierley believes the stage is set for the 24-year-old, as he can concentrate on his rugby rather than off-field worries, if fans take him to their hearts. He said: “Everyone forgets he’s still a young kid but he’s got a willingness to learn. “I urge people to do a little of what they did with Jackson Hastings – embrace him and enjoy his style of play as he’s been built up to be this dominant-type half, that’s not...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A group of Oakland Unified high school students are threatening to walk off campuses if the school district doesn’t provide more COVID protections or return to online learning. More than 150 high school students signed a petition demanding that the school district provide KN95 masks for every student, twice weekly COVID tests for everyone on campus and more covered outdoor spaces where students can eat in inclement weather. The students say the only other acceptable choice would be to return to online learning. READ MORE: Exclusive VIDEO: Sisters Hide In Bedroom During Terrifying San Francisco Home Invasion RobberyThe students say the district has until Jan. 17 to meet their demands. READ MORE: Tip Leads To Arrests Of Suspected Santa Rosa Gang Members; Weapons Seized“This letter is to inform you that OUSD students are not comfortable with going to school with the rising cases of COVID-19,” according to the letter. “There’s a lot of concerns regarding safety measures and how to protect us from COVID-19, especially the highly contagious Omicron variant. We must go back to distance...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — School safety is at issue with COVID-10 causing widespread staffing shortages. The Pennsylvania teachers’ union says students should temporarily go back to virtual learning, unless safety measures improve. READ MORE: At Least 46 Philadelphia Schools Shifting To All Virtual Learning Next Week Due To COVID-19-Related Staffing ShortagesEverybody wants to keep kids in school safely, but can it be done? Doctors say yes, teachers say no. “Schools are not safe to open and there is really no quality of learning going on,” American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania President Arthur Steinberg said. The president of the Pennsylvania teachers’ union says dramatic staffing shortages in schools due to COVID are creating chaos. “The kids’ learning is suffering because they’re not able to run a quality, efficient program,” Steinberg said. The AFT wants mitigation reinstated in schools. That includes negotiated vaccination mandates, masking requirements using KN95s or greater, and asymptomatic testing regardless of vaccination status. If that doesn’t happen, the AFT says in-person learning should pause for two weeks and students would go back to virtual learning. “We want to do...
    Chicago Public Schools remained closed on Thursday and may not resume for its 350,000 students until Monday after the teacher's union and city failed to come to an agreement on additional COVID-19 policies Wednesday night. Thursday marked the second day of what city and public school officials called an 'illegal strike' by the Chicago Teachers Union, which voted earlier this week to refuse in-person learning until its demands for more COVID regulations were met.  The CTU, led by socialist Jesse Sharkey, demanded that the city and Chicago Public Schools ask students to opt into COVID testing in order to come back to in-person classes, as well as provide high quality masks for all. It also called on schools to go remote if 20 per cent of staff were in isolation or in quarantine. The demands go further than what's implemented in the New York City and Los Angeles School Districts, the two largest districts in the nation, who have both vowed to avoid any shutdowns due to COVID.  Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez, who has disavowed the strike, said...
    Both school officials and elected leaders agree that last year's long-term shutdowns had a negative impact on the mental health and well-being of schoolchildren and desire to avoid returning to those policies. But some parents and teachers' unions are more fearful of COVID-19 amid rising case numbers and record hospitalizations of children, putting pressure on schools nationwide to revisit controversial coronavirus practices. The Los Angeles Unified School District announced Monday that schools will not reopen until Jan. 11 because of the Omicron variant surge. The Associated Press reported that the district will require its 600,000 students and about 73,000 employees to show a negative COVID-19 test to enter schools. Syracuse, New York, canceled school Monday because of rising coronavirus infections and a shortage of substitute teachers. Schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will return to virtual learning Tuesday because of rising cases among staff members, with the goal of returning to in-person instruction on Jan. 10, the AP reported. And in Detroit, Michigan, schools will not offer in-person or online instruction because of sick employees and "excessive staff shortages."...
    A new Arizona school choice program will fund school tuition for eligible students whose public schools close amid a spike in COVID-19 Omicron variant cases, according to a press release from Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. The Open for Learning Recovery Benefit program gives parents a maximum of $7,000 to pay for child care, transportation to education centers, online tutoring and school tuition to help cater to students who fail to perform in virtual learning environments, according to the press release. Eligible parents can opt into the program “if a school closes for even one day.” “In Arizona, we’re going to ensure continued access to in-person learning,” Ducey said. “Everyone agrees that schools should stay open and kids need to be in the classroom. With this announcement, we are making sure parents and families have options if a school closes its doors.” We’re making sure in-person learning remains an option for all Arizona families and students. That’s why we’re taking preemptive action and launching the Open for Learning Recovery Benefit. 1/ — Doug Ducey (@dougducey) January 4, 2022 The program...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The head of the country’s third largest school district said if the Chicago Teachers Union votes for remote learning and not to return, schools will be open but there will be no classes. Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez said teachers, staff and students are welcome to come to classrooms. READ MORE: Chicago Teachers Union To Vote On Remote Learning For CPS Students Amid COVID-19 Surge“If they do take a vote to do a walkout tomorrow, I have to cancel classes,” Martinez said. “I am not closing the schools. The schools are going to be open. And so again, all staff will be welcome to come to school because we are going to have a plan for our families. I am not going to let our parents down.” He said he understood why parents may be uncomfortable with that idea, with the COVID Omicron surge, but cited misinformation as to the safety of school buildings. “At this point, the misinformation and anxiety is so high and I saw it firsthand. I was visiting schools I wanted to...
    Chicago Teachers Union members may strike if their demands for negative coronavirus tests for all students to return to class after winter break — or a two-week return to remote learning — are not met. More than 90% of CTU members voted in favor of participating in "a remote-work action" as soon as "the first week" after winter break if CPS "doesn't call for a period of remote instruction after winter break," according to a Wednesday news release from CTU President Jesse Sharkey. The union on Thursday presented Chicago Public Schools (CPS) with a proposal demanding COVID-19 protections, which include a "massive increase in testing" and negative COVID tests "in order for all students to return to class," or a two-week return to remote learning, an email from Sharkey to union members reads. CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION POLLING MEMBERS OVER POSSIBLE ‘SHIFT TO REMOTE LEARNING’ AS CORONAVIRUS CASES RISE "At this point, it is up to us — all of us in solidarity — to ensure safety for our members, our students and our school communities," Sharkey said in the email....
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — All public schools in Philadelphia will remain open for in-person learning next week if a SEPTA strike occurs, the Philadelphia School District said Thursday. While the school district plans to operate on normal schedules, they will not offer additional transportation for students if an agreement is not reached between Transport Workers Union Local 234 and SEPTA and a strike occurs. A strike could happen as early as Monday morning if an agreement is not reached between the TWU Local 234 and SEPTA by Sunday night. READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: Police Need Help Identifying 2 Shooters In 2019 'Clear Assassination' Of Curtis Holmes, Tyrek DunnStudents who are currently assigned to a bus or van route will continue to receive transportation services, but because of the national bus driver shortage, the district is unable to provide transportation to students who are not currently assigned to a route. SEPTA Releases Guide For Riders In Event Of Strike: Here’s What You Need To Know The district says in the event of a strike, families should expect bus delays and delays for...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The School District of Philadelphia is warning parents of a possible SEPTA strike next month. The Transport Workers Union Local 234 current contract expires on Oct. 31. If a new contract is not agreed on by then, the union has authorized a strike as early as Nov. 1. READ MORE: Prosecutors Outline Close Working Relationship Between John Dougherty, Bobby Henon In Corruption TrialIn a letter and robocall to parents, the district says that if a strike does occur, the district could shift back to 100% virtual learning. READ MORE: Open For Business: PopQuiz Computers Helping Customers Deal With Unwanted Surprises Technology Sometimes BringsA final decision has not been made. MORE NEWS: Police: 2 Philadelphia Water Department Employees Involved In Shooting Following Crash In City VehicleA SEPTA spokesperson says negotiations continue.
    DEKALB, Ill. -- Just days before students are set to return to class at Northern Illinois University, faculty and staff there have been told if the on-campus COVID-19 positivity rate hits the 8% mark they will be allowed to teach remotely, union officials said.The new agreement announced this week by the Illinois Federation of Teachers comes amid growing concerns across the country about a rapidly rising number of cases of the delta variant of the coronavirus and is just one example of various steps that schools, cities and states are taking to slow the spread of the virus.RELATED: U of I to expand to in-person learning next fall, majority of classes return to classroomNationally, the surge in cases has prompted officials to implement mask and vaccine mandates, and the Chicago Tribune reported that officials also announced that students and faculty at the DeKalb campus must wear masks in all instructional spaces, including the library, when classes begin Aug. 23. The school had previously implemented a vaccination requirement for students.Keith Nyquist, an instructor of business communications and president of the non-tenured...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There is a push across the Tri-State Area to get students vaccinated against COVID-19 before school starts. New York City’s strategy has been to make the COVID vaccine as accessible as possible, but data shows fewer than half the city’s 12 to 17-year-olds got their first dose, CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported. READ MORE: Jeffrey Epstein Accuser Virginia Giuffre Sues Prince Andrew For Alleged Sexual Assault When She Was A Minor “I just kept bugging her, just saying I wanted to get the shot, everyday,” said 15-year-old Jasiah Kingsbury. Jasiah’s urging led his family to a pop-up COVID vaccination clinic in Brownsville on Monday. “He decided he’s got to go back to school. It’s all in-person. So he feels safer with the shot,” said Natalie Edwards, Jasiah’s mom. Monday was the last day to get the first shot in time to be fully vaccinated by the start of the in-person school year on Sept. 13. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC vaccinations by zip code...
    MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace declared Thursday that Republicans are to blame if children don’t return to in-person learning at the start of the upcoming school year.  The ex-GOP flack-turned-MSNBC host echoed the Biden administration during a "Deadline: White House" discussion about COVID surging as America’s children return to school. Real Clear Politics columnist A.B. Stoddard suggested the Biden administration needs to ensure kids return to in-person learning so Republicans aren’t able to score political points over the issue.  MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace declared Thursday that Republicans are to blame if children don’t return to in-person learning at the start of the upcoming school year.  MSNBC'S EX-REPUBLICAN FLACK NICOLLE WALLACE HAS HISTORY OF FAWNING OVER LIBERAL GUESTS "This White House and this administration and the Democratic Party, I think, is going to get pummeled if we end up in a situation where people are back mostly online and Republicans are blaming the Biden administration for the state of mental decline of the nation’s children," Stoddard said.  Wallace, one of the most fanatically anti-GOP voices on MSNBC, chimed in, saying she...
    Older people can pick up new skills faster if doing so benefits other people, rather than themselves — unlike young adults, who learn faster when helping themselves. This is the conclusion of a study by researchers from the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford who conducted tests involving so-called reinforcement learning. This is the understanding we develop from assessing the positive outcomes from our previous choices — enabling us to adapt our decisions to our environment. The finding that older people are more motivated to learn when it helps others could help experts find new ways to combat age-related cognitive decline, the team said. The team also found that older people appeared more likely to have 'grown out' of psychopathic traits like a lack of empathy, perhaps explaining the results. Older people can pick up new skills faster if doing so benefits other people, rather than themselves — unlike young adults, who learn faster when helping themselves, a study found PSYCHOPATHIC TRAITS AND AGE  As part of the study, the team also asked each participant to complete a test to assess...
    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new guidance for fully reopening schools in the fall and called on all children above age two to wear masks. In recommendations published on Monday, the organization said it fully supports in-person learning but that kids should don face coverings regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.  'AAP recommends universal masking because a significant portion of the student population is not yet eligible for vaccines, and masking is proven to reduce transmission of the virus and to protect those who are not vaccinated,' a statement reads. 'Many schools will not have a system to monitor vaccine status of students, teachers and staff, and some communities overall have low vaccination uptake where the virus may be circulating more prominently.' This is much stricter than the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this month that recommended masks should be worn only  indoors and among those who are not fully vaccinated.    The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidance on Monday saying that all students above age 2 and staff in schools should...
    (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated its Covid-19 schools guidance to emphasize in-person schooling is a priority in the fall, regardless of whether all mitigation measures can be implemented. However, it remains important to layer safety strategies such as masking and physical distancing, and most importantly, vaccinations for everyone eligible.Schools that are ready to transition away from pandemic precautions as community transmission reaches low levels should do so gradually, the agency said in a draft of the updated guidance obtained by CNN.Many kids are struggling as they come out of pandemic isolation. Experts advise what may help with the transition"If localities decide to remove prevention strategies in schools based on local conditions, they should remove them one at a time and monitor closely (with adequate testing) for any increases in COVID-19 cases before removing the next prevention strategy," the guidance says, adding that schools need to be transparent with families, staff and the community as they do so. The CDC suggests schools take steps to promote Covid-19 vaccination, including offering vaccines on site, providing paid...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Education provided more information on the new law that allows students to repeat a grade level because of the coronavirus pandemic. The law applies to students who were enrolled during the 2020-21 school year. The law would allow students to repeat their grade level because of education loss during the pandemic, even if they reached the academic requirements to move to the next grade level. READ MORE: Allegheny County Wont Comply With Election Audit Request From Republican Sen. Doug Mastriano A student who turned 21 years old and was receiving individualized education during the 2020-21 school year can also come back because of protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Parents, guardians or students over the age of 18 must fill out a form from the department’s website. READ MORE: Water Main Break In Shaler Township Sends Water Shooting Into Air Once completed, the form needs signed and submitted to the school district, which includes a variety of institutions like Charter or other schools. The deadline to apply is July...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — Parents in Pennsylvania could soon have the power to decide if they want their child to repeat a grade due to learning loss caused by the pandemic. The state Senate Education Committee approved a bipartisan bill Monday that would give parents that option for the 2021-2022 school year. READ MORE: Acting Secretary Of Health And Deputy Dont Testify At Hearing About Contact Tracing Data Breach It’s been more than a year of struggles for students, juggling the ups and downs of virtual and hybrid learning, leaving many behind in the process. That’s why some lawmakers are taking action, including state Senator Camera Bartolotta. “This bill would give parents the option to hold a child back and retake last year, and so many parents I know are very eager to do just that,” said Bartolotta. Some parents KDKA spoke to feel it’s a great idea. “You don’t want them to struggle for the next year. I’d rather them stay back so they can understand things, then move them forward,” said parent Tracy Dubina. The bill, which is...
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    FREMONT — A law firm hired by a group of frustrated parents is threatening to sue Fremont’s school district if officials don’t meet their demand to reopen schools for in-person learning by April 26. The demand letter was sent to the district on Wednesday, about two weeks after Fremont Unified School District Superintendent CJ Cammack announced schools would remain in distance learning for the rest of the school year after the district was unable to strike a deal with the teachers union for reopening plans. The district “has no rational or legal excuse to keep its students in distance learning, where they are lagging behind academically and suffering emotionally,” the letter from attorney Lee Andelin said. Andelin, of the Southern California-based law firm Aannestad, Andelin & Corn, was hired by a group of parents calling themselves Fremont Parents for Reopening, who started a nonprofit to raise money to cover the legal fees, and have recently launched a website about the issue. “Despite air filters placed in every classroom, safety protocols beyond current state and local guidance, and sufficient access to...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — In Rockford to highlight educational resources for families across the state, Governor JB Pritzker said the pandemic had an effect on the state’s school children that has yet to be completely measured. “We’re all wondering if this was a lost year for many children,” Pritzker said. “We worry about how living through this pandemic will impact their future.” READ MORE: COVID Vaccine Clinic At Dicks Sporting Goods Park Put On Hold After 11 Patients Experience Adverse Side Effects The governor credited President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan to improve the educational system hit hard by the pandemic. “We have an unparalleled opportunity to revitalize learning and teaching for students and educators, an opportunity to address learning loss, and make the years ahead so much better  with significant investments that were otherwise out of reach,” Pritzker said. Pritzker said the state’s P-20 Council Plan is set up to help families and educators with resources with issues that have come up during remote learning throughout the pandemic with the Illinois Learning Renewal Resource Guide. “Guidance for navigating this long period...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — In Rockford to highlight educational resources for families across the state, Governor JB Pritzker said the pandemic had an effect on the state’s school children that has yet to be completely measured. “We’re all wondering if this was a lost year for many children,” Pritzker said. “We worry about how living through this pandemic will impact their future.” READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Thunderstorms Passing Through Wednesday Evening The governor credited President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan to improve the educational system hit hard by the pandemic. “We have an unparalleled opportunity to revitalize learning and teaching for students and educators, an opportunity to address learning loss, and make the years ahead so much better  with significant investments that were otherwise out of reach,” Pritzker said. Pritzker said the state’s P-20 Council Plan is set up to help families and educators with resources with issues that have come up during remote learning throughout the pandemic with the Illinois Learning Renewal Resource Guide. “Guidance for navigating this long period of disruption,” Pritzker said. “Things like tutoring and counseling, and investing...
    ATTLEBORO (CBS) – Like many districts, Attleboro schools have been hybrid for a few months and some parents like Jessica Grigoriadis say it’s time to get the students back including her son. “The motivation isn’t there for school,” she said. “He’s not getting the social aspect which is so important in my opinion.” On Friday, state Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley will ask for the authority to phase out hybrid and remote learning and start a phased-in return to all in-person learning in early April, which Attleboro Superintendent David Sawyer supports, but comes with many logistical challenges. READ MORE: New Hampshire To Offer COVID Vaccine For Teachers, Residents 50 And Older This Month “Attleboro has large class sizes making distancing challenging with even a three feet minimum,” said Sawyer. It will be a pivot for schools looking for guidance from the state if approval is granted. But the head of the Attleboro Education Association Joseph Amaral believes it’s a rush. “Part of the plan included waiting for all teachers to be vaccinated. What seems like an arbitrary date...
    Close to a year ago, life as we previously knew it changed overnight as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. As cases arrived and spread across Minnesota, many of our daily routines came to a screeching halt as difficult choices were made in our communities over whether to continue functioning as “normal.” As a private Catholic high school based in Victoria, determining what our “normal” should look like was the immediate question. We understood the seriousness of COVID-19, and saw the pain and risk experienced by many as a result. We also knew that to continue in-person learning as safely and effectively as before, we would need to do so with the full support of our teachers, staff, students and their families. Michael BrennanHigh school is possibly the most formative time in a person’s life. They are extremely valuable years that you can never get back. As an academic community that places a high value on in-person learning and experiences, our question when navigating what our new normal should look like was this: Can we accomplish both? Is it...
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    Chicago parents upset over the impasse between school district officials and the teacher's union said they are prepared to sue in order to force educators to return to their classrooms.  The Chicago Teacher's Union and Chicago Public Schools have been engaged in a standoff over the reopening of schools amid what union members deem are lackluster coronavirus prevention efforts. Teachers and staff for K-8 were ordered to return Monday in an effort to prepare for a Feb. 1 opening.  Those plans were shuttered after the union overwhelmingly voted to continue virtual learning instead of physically reporting for work. In-person learning was canceled Wednesday when teachers defied district orders to return after negotiations over re-opening conditions broke down. Students were taught remotely on Thursday as well.  Chicago-area police officer Ammie Kassem, 45, told Fox News that parents will take legal action if teachers decide to strike.  THOUSANDS OF CHICAGO TEACHERS NOT HEADING BACK TO CLASSROOMS FOLLOWING UNION VOTE  In this Jan. 11 file photo, pre-kindergarten teacher Angela Panush reads a story to her students at Dawes Elementary in Chicago. Some parents have suggested they...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Thousands of CPS families are waiting for word on whether their kids will have remote learning Thursday. Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union negotiated again Wednesday about a safe return to the classroom. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reports on what Mayor Lori Lightfoot had to say about what students are supposed to do Thursday. The answer is unclear but here’s why. A union spokesperson said if a safety agreement about a return to classrooms isn’t reached Wednesday, they will tell all teachers to stay remote Thursday. That includes pre-K and cluster teachers, who’ve been back in the classrooms since the beginning of the month.  And K-8 teachers who otherwise would be going back.  CBS 2 asked that question, about whether teachers would be locked out of their google classrooms twice and Mayor Lightfoot didn’t answer. “I don’t think we should be talking about lockouts. What we should be talking about is how do we get a deal done, so that we can move forward,” Lightfoot said. If they are locked out, it means...
    THIS is the hilarious moment a feisty four-year-old threatened to 'punch Boris Johnson in the face' if lockdown is extended. Mum Harmony Brandon filmed Marley's furious rant after he learned his swimming lessons have been cancelled by England's third national shutdown. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 7A little boy's rant at Boris Johnson has gone viral on TikTok 7Marley, four, hit out at 'Boris Bohnson' after learning he can't go swimming during lockdownCredit: Supplied 7The tot's mum Harmony, 25, said many Brits will have sympathy with Marley's frustrationCredit: Supplied Harmony, 25 and of Essex, said the video has gone viral after it struck a chord with Brits feeling exactly the same way as her son. The footage - which shows an angry Marley saying he'd like to fight 'Boris Bohnson' - has already had more than 30,000 views on TikTok. The schoolboy says: "Hello Boris Bohnson. "If you get one more lockdown - my mum told me you’re doing lockdowns for weeks now - I am going round your house to punch...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public School administrators say they are waiting to see if there’s a spike in COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County from the holiday break before deciding whether to begin opening schools at the start of the second semester, Jan. 27. The district wants the total cases below 100 and the positivity rate below 10% for Allegheny County before allowing students back into school buildings. Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet said it’s possible kids won’t return at all this year if the numbers remain high. “That’s a possibility; but, also, we will take every chance we can get to try to get kids back to in-person learning. But, again, making sure we make those decisions that are safe for our teachers, our students, our faculty and staff, and families as well,” Dr. Hamlet said. “Unfortunately, we can’t forecast what’s going to happen, but we do know that there is going to be a holiday spike coming soon. If students do go back, it will be students with special needs and those struggling who will go first. It would be...
    Lawyers representing parents in Virginia warned their school district that if a teachers union pushes members to participate in another so-called “sick-out” strike, they will respond with legal action, the Liberty Justice Center announced in a statement. The Fairfax Education Association (FEA) urged its members in the Fairfax County Public Schools to call in sick in late October for a “mental health day” ahead of a deadline for teachers’ decisions on whether to return to their classrooms for in-person learning. Teachers could also decide to take a leave of absence or resign. The Liberty Justice Center (LJC), which represents the parents of students enrolled in the district, is calling the “mental health day” a “union-organized sick-out.” Since this is a form of strike, the legal group argued, it’s illegal in Virginia and any teacher who participates in one forfeits his or her employment.  If the union calls for another strike, legal action pushing school board members to fire teachers and union leaders will follow, the LJC warned. “Teacher strikes are illegal for a reason: they negatively impact the academic achievement...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio says he will decide Wednesday if schools will stay open Thursday for in-person learning. If schools close, students will not get a Snow Day. The mayor says all students will be expected to log on for remote learning. MORE STORM INFORMATION FROM NYC: Guidance on restaurant preparations Severe weather guidance Department of Sanitation snow operations Track NYC snow plows “Someone said to me the other day, they felt kind of forlorn about the fact it ends the Snow Day as we knew it as kids, when we looked forward to a day off. Yes, it’s true, that’s now gonna be a thing of the past,” de Blasio said. The mayor said he will announce his decision on school closures around 6 p.m. Wednesday. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK NYC Under Snow Alert Starting Wednesday Afternoon As Winter Storm Heads Our Way Stimulus Package Update: A COVID Relief Deal May Be Within Reach Long Island Communities Prepare For Major Winter Storm
    Joy Behar said Wednesday on ABC’s “The View” that American children are not being taught the history of slavery and segregation, so they do not understand “white privilege.” The panel was discussing Olivia Jade’s apology for her involvement in a college admission scandal that resulted in her parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, being sent to prison. Behar said, “We know that white privilege is everywhere. I mean, Kellyanne Conway, who was just deplorable for the last four years, is getting a multimillion dollar book deal. The Situation from “The Jersey Shore” after his stint in jail went right back to “The Jersey Shore” show. Martha Stewart got her gig back. She is now setting tables everywhere. Not that I resent it. It’s just that’s the way it goes, and what I feel like is I understand my own white privilege. I always have. I just think about things like that all the time.” She added, “I was a school teacher. Let’s remember that for a minute because I don’t think that kids in this country are learning our history. They’re...
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