Public Education

Students’ Mass Migration Back to College Gets a Failing Grade

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign created a model for students coming back, including twice-a-week testing. But officials didn't anticipate that students wouldn't isolate, even after they tested positive for Covid-19.

The Pandemic Has Parents Fleeing From Schools—Maybe Forever

Covid-19 is a catalyst for families who were already skeptical of the traditional school system—and are now thinking about leaving it for good.

University of Texas Student Football Fans Will Be Tested Before Saturday Game

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Mosquito swarms that increased after Hurricane Laura are attacking Louisiana livestock … Richmond, Virginia city council votes to ban open carrying of firearms in public spaces … Controversy over South Dakota tourism ads.

Lawmakers Hope to Allow School Districts—Not Governor—to Set Crowd Size for Sporting Events

Spectators are currently allowed at sporting events in Pennsylvania, but state limits on crowd sizes would make it difficult for many, if any, audience members to attend games. Proposed legislation aims to allow school districts to set their own limits.

New York City to Set Up Random Covid Testing at Schools

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Michigan streamlines benefits renewal form … Another mayor moves after home protests … Los Angeles firefighter believed to be kidnapped in Mexico.

Nine People Test Positive at Georgia High School Where Photo of Crowded Hallways Went Viral

LOCAL AND STATE ROUNDUP | Newspaper identifies 14 Florida inmates who died of Covid who were parole eligible … Los Angeles considers revoking projects if developers tied to corruption … Illinois school district bans pjs for remote learning.

Iowa Governor Vows To Enforce State In-Person School Requirement

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Idaho is the only state that hasn’t signed up for a pandemic food program … Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan rejects a county’s temporary prohibition on in-person classes for private school … Nevada to send out mail-in ballots to all registered voters.

We Need to Talk About Ventilation

How is it that six months into a respiratory pandemic, we are still doing so little to mitigate airborne transmission?

Why Can’t We Just Have Class Outside?

It might be the answer to America’s school-reopening problem.

In Bid to Boost Tech Workforce, University of Florida Develops 'Fastest' Academic Supercomputer

The artificial intelligence-rooted supercomputer, built in part with funding from Nvidia, will be used in AI-centric courses. The university has to hiring 100 new faculty members who are focused on the evolving technology.

Florida's Largest Teacher Union Files a Lawsuit Challenging School Reopening Order

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Nursing home trade group calls current rise in cases "a category five-level emergency" ... California AG to investigate evidence destruction in police shooting case ... Atlanta mayor says governor trying to stop her from talking to the media.

How Trump Closed Down the Schools

The president is demanding that classes resume this fall—but his own failures are forcing districts to shut their doors.

California School Districts Grope for Sensible Reopening Plans

School districts are grinding forward amid the chaos of conflicting information, weighing the push and pull of opinions from parents, teachers and staff, as well as political leaders.

Florida Orders Schools to Make In-Classroom School Available in Fall

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Phoenix mayor wants FEMA to set up testing center … Houston mayor asks state Republican party to cancel convention … Georgia governor sends National Guard to Atlanta.

One State's Request to Pause Standardized Testing for Students

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said this week he would request a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for standardized testing in the coming school year, citing disruptions and budget shortfalls from the coronavirus pandemic.

Virginia Plots Fall School Reopening, With Some Students Likely Back in Classrooms

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Louisville police release nearly blank incident report in Breonna Taylor shooting … New Jersey freezes lead pipe plans … Georgia election problems to be investigated.

Coronavirus Will Have an Unequal Impact on School Budgets

Districts that can largely support themselves with local tax dollars are in a better position as the economic downturn continues.

California’s Largest University System To Go Online This Fall—Will Other Schools Follow?

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas AG slams city coronavirus restrictions as going too far … South Carolina to delay budget debate … State attorneys general demand safety information from Amazon.