COVID-19

COVID-19, Public Education January 20th, 2023

Omaha school district spends COVID-relief funds to open $6.6 million health care center in poor performing high school

A Nebraska high school is using federal COVID-relief dollars on a health care center despite the extreme academic needs of its students. Benson High School (BHS) in Omaha will soon offer health care services to students and the greater community with the completion of a $6.6 million-dollar, two-story addition scheduled to open in the fall of…
COVID-19, Public Education January 10th, 2023

Mask mandates make comeback in some public schools amid push back from MDs, parents

Experts and parents are questioning school districts which are imposing mask mandates over seasonal increases in viruses. Districts in Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey and Massachusetts are among those bringing back masks, reports ABCNews.com. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the superintendent announced a two-week mask mandate as students return to school after the Christmas holiday. “The Ann Arbor…
COVID-19, Public Education January 9th, 2023

Report: Washington schools superintendent not sufficiently tracking $3B in federal aid

(The Center Square) – A new state study looking at school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on minority students found that the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction wasn’t adequately tracking school districts’ spending of nearly $3 billion in federal aid. OSPI received $2.9 billion in federal Elementary and Secondary School…
COVID-19, Public Education January 3rd, 2023

States resort to desperate measures to make up for pandemic learning loss

(Daily Caller) – State leaders are implementing new ways to boost their students’ academic scores after recent reports found that national averages plummeted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nation’s Report Card revealed that eighth-grade national math and reading scores dropped eight and three points, respectively, while average fourth-grade scores fell five and three points. Now, states…
COVID-19, Public Education December 30th, 2022

Boston could bring back mask mandate for kids

(Daily Caller) – Boston Public Schools is considering reinstating a mask mandate after the holiday break to minimize absenteeism from COVID-19, the mayor stated in a Wednesday announcement. The decision is currently under consideration by city officials who fear a rise in COVID-19 cases once students return to the classroom in the new year, NBC Boston reported.…
COVID-19, Public Education December 23rd, 2022

Georgia education officials cite education loss as a top priority for 2023

(The Center Square) – Georgia education officials say they plan to address lost learning opportunities stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. But a leading Georgia nonprofit says state lawmakers should pass legislation to give parents more educational choices, saying the pandemic proved the “one-size-fits-all” model no longer works. “As we look toward 2023, we will remain laser-focused…
COVID-19, Public Education December 22nd, 2022

School district under fire for latest mandatory COVID-19 masking policy

A school district in New Jersey is taking heat after it reinstated mandatory masking for students, district employees and visitors to all district buildings. “Please be advised that as per our Board Policy No. 5141.10, during periods of a High Activity Level as published in the NJDOH (New Jersey Department of Health) COVID-19 Activity Level Report,…
COVID-19, Public Education December 16th, 2022

City’s school district orders kids to mask up for two weeks after holidays

(Daily Caller) – Philadelphia schools will again require students and staff to wear masks during the school day after the holidays, according to Fox 29 News. The School District of Philadelphia, the eighth-largest school system in the county, is implementing a mask mandate for two weeks once classes resume from the holiday break, according to Fox 29…
COVID-19, General Education December 16th, 2022

Randi Weingarten doesn’t appear at final House coronavirus hearing after GOP invite

(Daily Caller) – Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), did not testify before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Wednesday, despite an invitation from Republican members. Republican Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the committee’s ranking member, sent a letter Monday inviting Weingarten to testify. Wednesday’s hearing was the committee’s last…
COVID-19, Public Education December 7th, 2022

Public school enrollment plunge was especially deep among younger students, report finds

Enrollment in America’s public schools plummeted during the pandemic particularly in lower grades, according to a new report. The American Enterprise Institute report examines how COVID-related policies affected enrollment loss in over 8,200 public school districts, and builds on similar reports of enrollment decline during the period. Here are three key findings from the report:  1.…