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Pandemic stress drives some Colorado teachers from classroom

Jan. 16, 2022 10:12 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Diane Santorico was a year shy of completing her third decade as a teacher when the profession that once gave her so much joy nearly stole all of it. She was sick – physically sick – and tired. The first few weeks of school had demanded that she teach in a...

Chicago students stage walkout, say COVID protocols lacking

Jan. 14, 2022 19:28 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of Chicago students staged a walkout Friday, saying there weren't enough precautions in place to protect them from COVID-19 despite an agreement between the teachers union and school district to return to classrooms. The walkout at schools across the city...

Teachers confront half-empty classrooms as virus surges

Jan. 13, 2022 17:33 PM EST

Teachers around the U.S. are confronting classrooms where as many as half of students are absent because they have been exposed to COVID-19 or their families kept them at home out of concern about the surging coronavirus. The widespread absences have only added to the difficulty of...

NYC mayor considering virtual learning plan for schools

Jan. 13, 2022 16:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Eric Adams is considering allowing the nation's largest school district to return to some form of virtual instruction as the city weathers a wave of coronavirus cases, a reversal from his pledge a week ago to keep children in schools. Adams said...

French teachers go on strike over handling of pandemic

Jan. 13, 2022 10:20 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French teachers voiced anger at the way the French government is handling the pandemic in schools, denounced confusing rules and called for more protection during a nationwide strike on Thursday. Exhausted by the pressures of surging COVID-19 cases, many teachers...

Chicago teachers accept COVID deal, keeping kids in school

Jan. 12, 2022 20:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Students in the nation's third-largest school district returned to classrooms Wednesday after Chicago Public Schools canceled five days of classes amid a standoff with the teachers' union over COVID-19 safety protocols. Their return happened the same day the full...

Democrats try to stamp out school closures as omicron surges

Jan. 12, 2022 15:54 PM EST

When Chicago teachers voted to work remotely last week to protest COVID-19 safety protections in the nation’s third-largest school district, Democratic Party officials leapt into action. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker pushed for a quick end to the job action and helped secure rapid...

Biden redoubling focus on testing amid shortages, confusion

Jan. 12, 2022 15:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is redoubling its efforts to expand supply and accessibility of COVID-19 testing as it faces mounting criticism over long lines and supply shortages for testing nationwide and confusion about when to get tested amid the omicron surge. The...

Union, parents mull if Chicago teacher standoff was worth it

Jan. 11, 2022 19:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago schools will expand COVID-19 testing and have standards to switch schools to remote learning under a hard-fought tentative deal approved by teachers' union leaders. But parents and some union members questioned whether the bitter fight over pandemic safety protocols that...

Teachers union calls for statewide remote learning period

Jan. 11, 2022 11:41 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A major Rhode Island teachers union is calling on school districts across the state to switch to remote learning for at least the next week as a wave of new coronavirus infections has left many schools understaffed. National Education Association Rhode...