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In-person learning draws ire of teachers; 11 COVID-19 deaths

Sep. 22, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A major Massachusetts teachers union is accusing the state's top education official of pressuring more than a dozen school districts for asking them to come up with plans for in-person learning. “In light of the stark discrepancy between local public health data and your reopening...

Mat-Su teachers vote to strike if negotiations fail

Sep. 21, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

PALMER, Alaska (AP) — Teachers in Alaska's second-largest school district have voted to strike if the teachers union can’t come to an agreement with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. The Mat-Su Education Association announced Monday that 85% of eligible members voted to strike. That...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2020, file photo, Des Moines Public School students and supporters march from Roosevelt High School to the Governor's Mansion at Terrace Hill to protest the cancellation of fall and winter extracurriculars, in Des Moines, Iowa. All in-person activities were suspended this month as the district's classroom instruction remains virtual. (Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)

Des Moines says no to governor's demand for classroom return

Sep. 20, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Students in Iowa’s largest school system are facing the possibility that this most unusual school year could stretch into next summer, and the district could be hit with crippling bills because of a dispute with the governor over the safety of returning to classrooms during...

Lack of internet access has become critical for students

Sep. 19, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Educators have worried for years about the “homework gap,” where students without high-speed internet access at home earn lower grades and are less likely to attend college. Three of the states with the lowest levels of high-speed internet access are in the Deep South:...

School counselor at Kentucky Army post dies of COVID-19

Sep. 18, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) — A school counselor at a central Kentucky Army post that started in-person classes in August has died after being diagnosed with the coronavirus, officials said. Fort Knox Middle-High School counselor Pamela Harris was diagnosed with the virus and was being treated at a local hospital...

Medical staff prepare to take a COVID-19 tests at a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

Sep. 17, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of...

Hawaii schools to adopt blended learning under new guidance

Sep. 17, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Department of Education Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said Thursday the state's public schools would start combining stay-at-home and remote learning instruction during the second quarter that starts next month, but the teachers union vowed to fight the plan. Most schools in the...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, a student wears a protective masks as they arrive for classes at the Immaculate Conception School while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols in The Bronx borough of New York. New York City has again delayed the planned start of in-person learning for most of the more than 1 million students in its public school system. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday, Sept. 17,  that most elementary school students would do remote-only learning until Sept. 29. Middle and high schools would stay remote through Oct. 1.(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NYC again delays in-person learning for most students

Sep. 17, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s ambitious attempt to be among the first big cities to bring students back into classrooms closed by the coronavirus suffered another setback Thursday, as the mayor announced he was delaying the start of in-person instruction for most students due to a shortage of...

Florida teachers want superintendent fired over COVID plans

Sep. 16, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teachers union wants a district superintendent fired for his handling of school reopenings while the state Wednesday reported more than 13,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Florida since March. The union representing Palm Beach County teachers is calling for...

FILE- In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, parents bring their children to participate in an outdoor learning demonstration to display methods schools can use to continue on-site education during the coronavirus pandemic, at P.S. 15 in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York City's already delayed school year is scheduled to start remotely Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 in a soft opening that will serve as a prologue to the return of students to physical classrooms on the following week. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Doubts persist at start of NYC's hybrid school year

Sep. 16, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's already- delayed school year started remotely Wednesday in a soft opening that will serve as a prologue to the return of students to actual classrooms next week. Even as more than a million kids remotely return to class, it's an open question whether the city can pull off...