Alabama prepares for more students to choose online school next year

Updated May 28, 9:22 AM; Posted May 28, 7:30 AM By Trisha Powell Crain Alabama’s schools could look very different when classes start again in August, and not just because teachers could be wearing masks. Alabama classrooms could also be missing hundreds of thousands of children. “There’s a real belief among all of us that we’re going to…

Alabama schools given the green light for on-campus summer school programs in June

Krista Johnson, May 21, 2020 |  Gov. Kay Ivey holds press conference for Coronavirus update Alabama students in grades 7-12 can go back into the classroom for summer school programs, starting June 1, following the governor’s latest move toward lessened restrictions related to containing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Thursday amendments to her…

Alabama’s public schools could reopen in June

By Bryan Henry|  May 4, 2020 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – State educators are beginning to map out plans not only for summer school and school activities but also the start of the 2020-21 school year. There are two key dates Alabama State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey is looking at: June 8 and July 6. Cleanliness will…

Teaching remotely: Long days for teachers as they work to connect with students

Janelle Retka, May 20, 2020 Teaching in Washington state has moved online, at least for the duration of the school year, as campuses remain closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That leaves educators looking for creative ways to connect with 55,000 K-12 students in Yakima County and guide them through coursework.ADVERTISING Several weeks into…

From NYC Parents to Principals, Mayor De Blasio’s Decision During COVID-19 to Fill Teacher Openings From Troubled Absent Teacher Reserve Sparks Worries

Mayor Bill de Blasio and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew (Getty Images / Flickr) As the coronavirus continues to ravage the United States and its economy — and as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos redirects federal relief money earmarked for poor students to those in wealthy communities — state and district leaders have been left scrambling in…

Wisconsin Policy Forum study: School shutdowns, distance learning could make student achievement gaps worse

Samantha West, May 19, 2020 MADISON – Before the coronavirus pandemic upended education, more than 82,000 children across Wisconsin — disproportionately low-income students of color — lacked internet access at home, according to a Wisconsin Policy Forum analysis of the state’s digital divide. Now, as the vast majority of Wisconsin schools rely on virtual learning as the…