COVID-19

COVID-19 September 22nd, 2022

Federal judge strikes down Biden vaccine mandates for Head Start teachers

(The Center Square) – Sandy Brick felt her freedom was on the line. The Head Start teacher taught through the pandemic and opposed a federal “jab-or-job” mandate from the president. Judge Terry A. Doughty, on the bench of a U.S. District Court in Louisiana, on Wednesday agreed. He ruled the federal government cannot require Head Start…
COVID-19, General Education September 20th, 2022

Despite Biden saying ‘pandemic is over,’ Pritzker reissues executive orders, though rules relaxed for K-12 staff

(The Center Square) – While the President of the United States says the pandemic is over, Gov. J.B. Pritzker continues his COVID-19 executive orders, though they continue to unwind. President Joe Biden was recently asked by 60 Minutes if the COVID-19 pandemic is over, given the first Detroit Auto Show is happening after three years. “The…
COVID-19, General Education September 20th, 2022

Some Michigan schools keep mum on COVID relief spending

(The Center Square) – Theoretically, taxpayers should be able to see how Michigan schools are spending $5.7 billion of taxpayer money to recover from COVID-19-related learning loss. But an investigation by The Center Square through more than 80 records requests to schools statewide shows how difficult it can be to obtain itemized COVID spending records. Many schools never…
COVID-19, General Education, Opinion September 7th, 2022

Biden administration and special interest groups played politics instead of getting kids back to school

(reimaginED) – On Sept. 1, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona claimed that the Biden administration had a plan to “focus on safely getting back to in-person learning” last year. On the same day, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that school re-openings were “the work of Democrats in spite of Republicans.” But after the release…
COVID-19, General Education, Opinion September 6th, 2022

Mask mandates expose the mulishness of public education bureaucrats while others buck policy

According to Burbio’s Mask Policy Tracker, only seven of the 500 largest school districts in the United States (1.4%) had a mask mandate in effect for students beginning the 2022-2023 school year.   This stands in stark contrast to the more than 70% of schools having mandates in place one year ago.  These numbers must be…
COVID-19 September 2nd, 2022

Arizona attorney general’s office files civil rights lawsuit against Tucson for not honoring religious exemptions

(The Center Square) – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office filed a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Tucson over its COVID-19 vaccination requirements. The Attorney General’s office says the city violated Arizona law and discriminated against Tucson employees by not honoring religious and disability-related medical exemptions to the city’s coronavirus vaccine mandate. The Attorney General’s…
COVID-19, General Education September 2nd, 2022

Pandemic-era school shutdowns caused decades of student learning loss, federal report shows

(The Center Square) – A new federal report shows that the nationwide shutdown of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic led to historic learning losses for students. The Department of Education released data Thursday showing that national test scores declined the most in decades. “Average scores for age 9 students in 2022 declined 5 points in reading and 7…
COVID-19, Public Education August 29th, 2022

Washington D.C. delays enforcement of student vaccine mandate after mass noncompliance

(The Center Square) – Washington, D.C.’s vaccine mandate for students over 12 years old has been the subject of major controversy, and is now being put to the test after thousands of students returned to school this month without being vaccinated. The city, which has one of the most aggressive mandates in the country for students,…
COVID-19, Public Education August 25th, 2022

AG Paxton advisory: Texas public schools can’t impose mask mandates

(The Center Square) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an advisory Wednesday as the new school year begins to clarify that no public schools can impose mask mandates. Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order GA-38 still remains in effect, which prohibits public school districts from imposing mask mandates as a condition to receive in-person instruction. It…
COVID-19, Public Education August 18th, 2022

Coalition of lawmakers to D.C. mayor: End ‘unreasonable and destructive’ vaccine mandate for kids

(The Center Square) – A coalition of leading Republicans sent a letter to Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser Thursday calling for an end to end the district’s “unreasonable and destructive” vaccine mandate mandate for kids over 12. Students return to school at the end of the month, meaning only a few days remain to repeal the mandate or…