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AFT and NEA Join Push for National Overhaul of Police Practices – Politics K-12

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The two national teachers' unions have signed on to an effort to get Congress to create a federal standard for when police officers can use force, prohibit racial profiling, and end a program that provides surplus military supplies to local law enforcement, including school police. In a Monday letter to congressional leaders, hundreds of organizations—including the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association—say that these and other changes to police practices and oversight will "protect Black communities from the systemic perils of over policing, police brutality, misconduct, and harassment, and end the impunity with which officers operate in
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What We’ve Learned from Distance Learning, and What it Means for the Future

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A Rocketship Public Schools student participates in distance learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s almost summer, and our worldwide three-month experiment with distance learning comes to a close. Some schools and teachers have responded beautifully to this challenge. In other settings, virtually no learning has occurred at all. The Center for Reinventing Public Education recently conducted a national survey to capture data from across the county. It paints a powerful picture about how challenging distance learning has been.   • Districts rolled out distance learning plans slowly • Only 20% of districts report using a system to track attendance •
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N.C school board votes for in-person graduation amid virus

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MONROE, N.C. (AP) — A school board in North Carolina has voted to hold an in-person graduation ceremony for all its high schools that would be a violation of the state’s coronavirus safety orders. The Union County Public Schools Board decided in a 5-4 vote Thursday to hold the ceremonies in an outdoor stadium where students would maintain social distancing, news outlets reported. But the ceremonies would still violate Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order limiting mass gatherings to 25 people in outdoor spaces. “Obviously we have a terrible lack of leadership from the governor of our state,” Gary Sides, a
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Meet Ed.L.D. Marshal James Mercer

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James Mercer, Ed.L.D.’20, says being a middle school principal in Atlanta was the greatest job he ever had. Still, the recent graduate and Commencement marshal came to Harvard looking for ways to increase his impact. “It’s one thing to be able to go into a turnaround situation as a principal and really bring new life and hope to a school and a community and teach people they have the tools to transform themselves,” he says. “But I wanted to figure out how to do that on a system level. I’m not going to be satisfied until I figure out how
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The Most Practical Graduation Gifts That Every Grad Needs

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HuffPost may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Prices and availability subject to change. It’s the middle of May — when finals are over, grades are in, credits are counted and graduation ceremonies are usually happening. But the end of the school year looks a little different for the class of 2020.Still, graduating college is always a reason to celebrate — all those all-nighters finally paid off, after all.You might be looking to get the grad in your life a thoughtful gift that they’ll actually use. Since they’re officially adults and hunting for their first
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Watch: The CDC Guidance on Reopening Schools, Explained – Politics K-12

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80803 « Groups Seek to Ease Spec. Ed. Funding Mandate as Schools Respond to Pandemic | Main https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS8lVLJRqfc The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released long-awaited guidance on reopening schools that were closed in response to the coronavirus.  The recommendations, which are voluntary, gave some parents and teachers their first detailed glimpse of how schools might change their operations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Among the highlights, they call for adults to wear masks and recommend them for students in areas where social distancing isn't possible. They also call for students to stay in small classroom cohorts throughout the
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“The 1619 Project” Enters American Classrooms: Adding new sizzle to education about slavery—but at a significant cost.

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Nikole Hannah-Jones When New York Times correspondent Nikole Hannah-Jones won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary for an article she published about blacks and the ideal of America, her own newspaper reported, “The essay was published on Aug. 14, and the magazine issue gained public attention immediately, with copies selling out and educators around the country teaching The 1619 Project.” That the Pulitzer was for “commentary” rather than history, national reporting, or some other more empirically anchored category generated some amusement in competing newsrooms. Given all the theatrics that have attended the article’s publication, it’s possible that the most appropriate award
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Murphy says outdoor graduations permitted starting July 6

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey schools can hold outdoor graduation ceremonies starting July 6, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday. Murphy, a Democrat, announced the latest relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in a tweet before his regular news conference on the outbreak. “To the class of 2020, I am proud to say that you will have your opportunity to join with your classmates and families to celebrate your graduation,” Murphy said at the news conference. The events must be held outside and adhere to social-distancing guidelines, Murphy said. It's possible such restrictions will mean that graduation ceremonies must occur over a
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Pivoting to Respond to Challenging Times

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and Harvard shifted to online learning, many HGSE courses were nearing the second half of the semester, with final projects already in motion. That didn’t stop HGSE faculty from pivoting to reorient their courses toward a response to the crisis. And students dove in to tackle educational challenges posed by the outbreak.  In the wake of the pandemic, “we have inequality gaps on a much greater scale,” says Lecturer Ola Ozernov-Palchik, faculty director of the Mind, Brain, and Education Program. “I’m acutely aware of how the pandemic affects children from an underprivileged background, so I
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Thank-You Gifts For The Family And Friends Who Got You To Graduation

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HuffPost may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Prices and availability subject to change.Congrats, 2020 grads! Graduating is a huge deal, and although you made it happen, chances are that a few people in your life helped along the way. Whether it was a friend who studied with you in the library, a professor who pushed you to apply for that scholarship, or a parent who supported you financially or emotionally, there are a lot of people to thank at graduation.While seeing you snag that degree and accomplish your goals is a gift in itself,
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