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Surge in COVID cases prompts Boston schools to go all-remote

Oct. 21, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston schools will switch to all-remote learning in response to a rising number of coronavirus cases in the city, Mayor Marty Walsh and Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said in a statement Wednesday. The switch to remote-only learning starts Thursday. The city’s seven-day average...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020 file photo, Gov. Brad Little shares his COVID-19 reopen plan during a press conference at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. Idaho is seeing its largest coronavirus spike since the pandemic began, with new cases increasing by 46.5% percent over the past two weeks. That has some health care experts urging Gov. Brad Little to take additional action to slow the spread. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)

Idaho's coronavirus cases spike again, doctors urge action

Oct. 20, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is seeing its largest coronavirus spike since the pandemic began, with new cases increasing by 46.5% percent over the past two weeks. That trend has some health care experts urging Gov. Brad Little to take additional action to slow the spread. “As a health system, we're...

Number of COVID-19 cases ticking up in Miami-Dade schools

Oct. 20, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has risen to 90 among students and teachers in Miami-Dade County's public schools since classrooms reopened for face-to-face learning, according to the district's dashboard. Some parents and teachers worry that the number is significantly higher,...

No class Monday in West Ada district due to teacher shortage

Oct. 17, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A school district in Idaho has canceled school next Monday due to a teacher shortage after hundreds called out in sick in protest of in-person instruction during the pandemic. The West Ada School District in the Boise metropolitan area made the announcement to cancel on Friday and said...

Holston View Elementary School Program Assistant Trey Arrington takes the temperatures of students as they arrive for the first day of school in Bristol, Tennessee, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)

Tennessee governor: Hold teachers, schools harmless on tests

Oct. 16, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is calling for the temporary suspension of negative consequences for Tennessee schools and teachers related to student tests for the current school year due to adjustments and disruptions to learning caused by the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The Republican governor said...

CPS to bring pre-K and special-needs children back to school

Oct. 16, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — After seeing a significant drop in the number of pre-kindergarten and special education students enrolled in its online classes, the Chicago Public Schools on Friday announced that many of those children would return to the classroom by the end of December. “It is evident that online...

Judge denies teachers' request for remote-only teaching

Oct. 15, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A judge has denied a request by Boston public school teachers for an injunction that would have allowed them to choose to teach remotely as long as the city's coronavirus positivity rate remained higher than 4%. “Even once the 4% positive threshold is cleared, the Boston Public Schools...

Faculty strike at Youngstown State ends, classes resume

Oct. 15, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Classes resumed Thursday at Youngstown State University following a three-day strike by faculty members that centered on pay and related issues. The university announced the school and the union reached “an understanding for the general framework on a new three-year...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Oct. 14, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: City shouldn’t have to sue for gun safety The Citizens’ Voice Oct. 10 With nearly three months remaining in 2020, six murders Monday in Philadelphia pushed this year’s homicide total, 366, beyond the...

Progress reported in talks to end strike at Youngstown State

Oct. 13, 2020 8:17 AM EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Faculty members at Youngstown State University remained on strike Tuesday, although union officials said “significant movement” has been made in contract talks. The strike started early Monday, but negotiators then met for several hours and were due to return to the...