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Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US

Jul. 26, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They're now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary...

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US

Jul. 25, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They're now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary...

The Latest: Australia state declares emergency over COVID-19

Jul. 22, 2021 23:59 PM EDT

SYDNEY — An Australian state government on Friday declared an emergency due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney. The New South Wales state government reported one fatality and 136 new infections in the latest 24-hour period, the biggest daily tally of new cases since the...

Remote options listed as start of Hawaii school year nears

Jul. 22, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — With less than two weeks before the start of a new school year, Hawaii's Department of Education has posted a list of about 100 schools that will offer distance learning. Hawaii public school students return to classes Aug. 3. ...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jul. 21, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. July 19Gov. Tim Walz issued his 25th executive order of 2021 (his 171st overall) to bar the practice of conversion therapy on children in Minnesota. Conversion therapy, sometimes called reparative therapy, seeks to change the sexual orientation...

Recall seeks board member's ouster over online classes

Jul. 19, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A coalition of parents angered by the monthslong suspension of in-person learning in Virginia's largest school system has submitted thousands of signatures petitioning for the recall of a school board member. The petition submitted Monday to the...

Health officer: Mississippi seeing '4th wave' of COVID cases

Jul. 19, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's top public health official said Monday that the state is seeing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in July. “4th wave is here,” Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state health officer, wrote on Twitter. The Mississippi...

Forest school community growing, seeing increased interest

Jul. 17, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Rachel and Jeremy Thacker’s son Teagan did well in traditional school but had a lot of energy and often fidgeted in class. After switching to the forest school model at Wauhatchie School for his third-grade year, his parents said he thrived....

Lawsuit seeks $150M from Indiana online schools fraud claims

Jul. 12, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The leaders of two now-closed Indiana online charter schools are accused in a new lawsuit of defrauding the state of more than $150 million by padding their student enrollments and inappropriately paying money to a web of related businesses. The...

Louisiana school board settles BB gun suspension lawsuits

Jul. 09, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana school board agreed to pay $165,000 to settle lawsuits by parents of two children suspended last year for holding BB guns during online classes. Fourth grader Ka’Mauri Harrison of Harvey and sixth grader Tomie Brown of Grand Isle both...