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Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Sep. 23, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Sept. 18 The Kingsport Times-News on the state being transparent about COVID-19 data: It took localities to lead the way before the state of Tennessee finally agreed to give residents more detailed information on COVID-19 distribution. But the state refuses to...

School district scrambles to find substitute teachers

Sep. 23, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district is scrambling to find substitute teachers after a large number of full-time teachers chose to stay home as students returned to brick and mortar classes for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. The Palm Beach County school district said...

Some youth sports restrictions removed in St. Louis County

Sep. 23, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County is relaxing some restrictions on youth sports as coronavirus positivity rates have decreased among children in the region, County Executive Sam Page said Wednesday. The new regulations fall short of allowing high-contact high school sports such as football and ice...

Gov. DeSantis: Pandemic continues to hurt small businesses

Sep. 22, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed concern during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic will continue to hurt small businesses and may disrupt commercial real estate even after it’s over. “It seems to me that as you look to see what’s...

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...

More Kansas schools ending in-person classes, sports

Sep. 22, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More Kansas schools have ended in-person classes and canceled sports because of coronavirus exposure and team quarantines. Both Haysville and Derby have quarantined their high school football teams, but Derby still plans to hold Friday night’s game, the Wichita Eagle reported....

Geraldine Swann, director of community outreach at Hampstead Hill Academy in Baltimore, poses for a photograph Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Baltimore. The pandemic has Geri Swann working her cell phone constantly, as she gets up to 100 emails a day seeking help for students and their families. Finding them Chromebooks, buying eyeglasses for kids squinting at screens. Helping people get unemployment checks. Delivering groceries so a woman can feed her school-aged grandchildren while their parents recover from COVID-19.  This is what a community schools coordinator does _ and as a new academic year begins in the throes of coronavirus infections, Swann has only been busier in support of the struggling families at her diverse Baltimore charter school.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Pandemic highlights opportunity gaps in public schools

Sep. 22, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — This pandemic has Geri Swann working her cell phone constantly as she deals with up to 100 emails a day seeking help for students and their families. Finding them Chromebooks, and then buying eyeglasses for kids squinting at screens. Helping people get unemployment checks. Delivering...

Montgomery County schools face $100M shortfall

Sep. 22, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Public schools in Maryland's Montgomery County are bracing for a major blow to funding in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. WTOP reported Tuesday that the school district is mulling deep budget cuts for fiscal year 2022. Montgomery County school officials said at a virtual...

The Directors Guild of America headquarters is pictured on April 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. Hollywood's unions announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of empty sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Basic Crafts unions and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists jointly announced the deal reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after months of planning and negotiating. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

The Latest: Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement

Sep. 21, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s unions have announced that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of stagnant sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the...

Public elementary school teachers Julia and Seth Hooper pick up their children Emry, 7, and Ivy, 4, on Monday, Aug. 10, at the Western Heights Learning Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Hoopers said Emry will attend a private school at the center this fall because public schools won't be in person. Emry struggled with online learning in the spring and his parents were unable to help him while simultaneously teaching other online classes. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Justice Department sees bias in limits on private schools

Sep. 21, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department sided Monday with the father of a seventh grade prep school student in a lawsuit that challenges pandemic-related limits on classroom capacity at private schools in New Mexico as more restrictive than public school guidelines. Albuquerque-based U.S....