Tuesday, April 6, 2021

THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Tuesday, April 6, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #openonlywhensafe #edchat #K12 #learning #edleadership #edtech #engchat #literacy #edreform

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Biden’s school reopening drive fuels fourth surge of pandemic in the US https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/04/06/schl-a06.html

Los Angeles teachers will get child care stipend for young kids https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2021/04/05/los-angeles-teachers-will-get-child-care-stipend-for-young-kids-1371732

NYC Educator: UFT Executive Board April 5, 2021--We Are Back - http://nyceducator.com/2021/04/uft-executive-board-april-5-2021-we-are.html

Upper elementary students can return to Philadelphia’s public schools later this month https://philadelphia.chalkbeat.org/2021/4/5/22368951/hl-upper-elementary-students-can-return-to-philadelphias-public-schools-later-this-month via @ChalkbeatPHL

Homeroom: My Daughter Is Lying to Me About School http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/XCcJL_bUgbw/

The Urgency of Vaccinating Kids http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/82Z1MOxtYhE/

Inside the Covid-Induced Collapse of American Higher Education - SUNY Albany associate professor Aaron Major takes stock of the academic labor movement and its post-pandemic future. https://inthesetimes.com/article/higher-education-covid-labor-unrest

Arkansas governor vetoes ban on youth transgender care https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/05/arkansas-governor-transgender-care-ban-veto-479062

Texas STAAR faces technical problems, leaving thousands of students unable to access test https://www.texastribune.org/2021/04/06/texas-staar-testing/

Biden Justice Department reverses Trump order -- LGBTQ students now protected by law http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRawStory/~3/UTVCqxj63rI/

Amid 'huge tension,' San Francisco set to formally suspend renaming of public schools http://feeds.latimes.com/~r/lanowblog/~3/npcJ1Dq-ITw/san-francisco-reverse-decision-rename-public-schools

The NPR Student Podcast Challenge: Announcing Our College Winners https://www.npr.org/2021/04/06/984561899/the-npr-student-podcast-challenge-announcing-our-college-winners

COMIC: Teaching Preschoolers While Masked Up During The Pandemic https://www.npr.org/2021/04/06/983605880/comic-teaching-preschoolers-while-masked-up-during-the-pandemic

Standardized tests for NYC students will be ‘opt-in’ this year https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/ny-state-tests-opt-in-20210406-puy56uvmtrdobajit2h4lesfpm-story.html#ed=rss_www.nydailynews.com/arcio/rss/category/new-york/education/

NYC scraps ‘two-case’ COVID school closure rule but doesn’t yet have new policy https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/ny-nyc-scraps-two-case-covid-school-closure-rule-20210405-u362rqsrr5ckzpuzxiuw7pdgle-story.html#ed=rss_www.nydailynews.com/arcio/rss/category/new-york/education/

Anti-Asian attacks at a Philadelphia school led to landmark ruling over a decade ago. Did anything change? https://philadelphia.chalkbeat.org/2021/4/6/22367983/anti-asian-attacks-in-philadelphia-led-to-landmark-ruling-over-a-decade-ago-did-anything-change

STUDENT VOICE: Here’s why my high school and others must address anti-Asian racism https://hechingerreport.org/student-voice-heres-why-my-high-school-and-others-must-address-anti-asian-racism/

Insolvent insurance? Oklahoma Schools Risk Management Trust could dissolve https://nondoc.com/2021/04/06/oklahoma-schools-risk-management-trust-could-dissolve/ via @nondocmedia

Washington Teachers Union President Killed in Easter Sunday Crash – NBC4 Washington - https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/washington-teachers-union-president-killed-in-easter-sunday-crash-in-maryland/2630111/ via @nbcwashington

Continued Conversations on Consent – Parenting for Liberation - https://wp.me/p7fXox-1P5 on @wordpressdotcom

One small idea in Biden’s infrastructure plan with big benefits: Electric school buses https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2021/4/6/22364385/one-small-idea-in-bidens-infrastructure-plan-with-big-benefits-electric-school-buses

New report examines how COVID has affected public education in Pa. https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/new-report-examines-how-covid-has-affected-public-education-in-pa/article_7e895e0e-8cb7-11eb-a421-b7ce659e4157.html

End the hygiene theater, CDC says - https://www.yahoo.com/news/end-the-hygiene-theater-cdc-says-173440864.html#new_tab on @YahooNews

Teachers' union opposes NYC change to COVID school closure rules - https://wp.me/pb3Qpq-1cuU8 by @nypmetro on @nypost

Majority of Madison students chose to return to in-person learning but online option here to stay | Local Education | madison.com - https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/majority-of-madison-students-chose-to-return-to-in-person-learning-but-online-option-here/article_bddd61d3-fb1e-5b99-97ed-9dc8cd3082be.html#new_tab

In Malden and statewide, mixed emotions as elementary schools resume full-time in-person learning - The Boston Globe - https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/04/06/metro/malden-statewide-mixed-emotions-elementary-schools-resume-full-time-in-person-learning/#new_tab on @BostonGlobe

Florida Education Association ad campaign targets teacher 'paycheck protection' bill - https://wp.me/pcPG06-1KzP by @RenzoDowney on @Fla_Pol

What BYU and Jean Twenge say about online vs. in-class learning - Deseret News - https://www.deseret.com/2021/4/5/22363821/byu-study-with-jean-twenge-says-sleep-helps-mental-health-but-parents-kids-like-in-class-best#new_tab on deseretnews

Adults say yes to the vaccine — for themselves, not their kids - Axios - https://www.axios.com/adults-say-yes-to-the-vaccine-for-themselves-not-their-kids-a59af424-c312-4bcb-b4b2-94f3b88ec3ac.html#new_tab on @axios

Oklahoma Virtual School Finds Nighttime Is The Right Time For Learning - https://www.news9.com/story/606ba506f2ea2205d5e71806/oklahoma-virtual-school-finds-nighttime-is-the-right-time-for-learning-#new_tab

Biden administration announces next steps in overhauling Title IX campus sexual assault rules - https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/biden-administration-announces-next-steps-overhauling-title-ix-campus-sexual-n1263113#new_tab by NBCNews on @NBCNews

81% of teachers vaccinated or have appointments, according to union survey - CBS News - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-19-vaccine-teachers-81-percent/#new_tab on @CBSPolitics

Big Education Ape: Teacher Tom: Only Compassion Makes Hope Worth Something - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/04/teacher-tom-only-compassion-makes-hope.html

Big Education Ape: Ending the year with hope | Laura Bradley - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/04/ending-year-with-hope-laura-bradley.html

Big Education Ape: Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Launches Comprehensive Review of Title IX Regulations + Secretary Cardona Continues “Help is Here” School Reopening Tour | U.S. Department of Education - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/04/department-of-educations-office-for.html

How Do Students Catch Up After a Lost Year? - The Atlantic
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