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Mayor Lori Lightfoot, right, with Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, announces CPS will begin the school year with remote learning, at a news conference in Chicago on Aug. 5, 2020. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago schools to begin fall remotely, dropping hybrid plan

Aug. 5, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor on Wednesday announced that the nation’s third-largest school district will not welcome students back to the classroom to start the school year, and will instead rely on remote instruction. The city's decision to abandon its plan to have students attend...

FILE - In this Friday, July 17, 2020, file photo, Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson speaks during a news conference at the CPS headquarters announcing a preliminary reopening framework for public schools, in Chicago. Chicago Public Schools is expected to announce Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, that it will start the school year with all-remote learning in response to coronavirus concerns, according to published reports. (Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Reports: Chicago schools to announce all-remote learning

Aug. 5, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools is expected to announce Wednesday that it will start the school year with all-remote learning in response to coronavirus concerns, according to published reports. The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, citing unnamed sources, said the announcement will be made...

Timea Hunter poses for a photograph at the Family Horse Academy, where she is hoping to organize education for a group of children during the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Southwest Ranches, Fla. Confronting the likelihood of more distance learning, families across the country are turning to private tutors and

Parents unhappy with school options assemble learning 'pods'

Aug. 4, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — On the 4-acre farm at the edge of the Everglades where Timea Hunter runs a horse academy, she has hosted plenty of parties, picnics and workshops. So with her children's school building closed, she figured why not use it also a classroom? While her son and daughter will participate in...

Aimee Rodriguez Webb works on her computer reading emails at her dinning room table that she set up as a virtual classroom for a Cobb County school, on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Marietta, Ga. After a rocky transition to distance learning last spring, Webb is determined to do better this fall. She bought a dry-erase board and a special camera to display worksheets, and she set up her dining room to broadcast school lessons. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Virtual school: Teachers want to improve but training varies

Aug. 1, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

After a rocky transition to distance learning last spring, Georgia teacher Aimee Rodriguez Webb is determined to do better this fall. She bought a dry-erase board and a special camera to display worksheets, and she set up her dining room to broadcast school lessons. “I’m getting myself geared up...

Two employees of the Ryugyong Health Complex disinfect the hands and check the fever of people coming to the complex to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: SKorea holds leader of church with virus cluster

Jul. 31, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean prosecutors have arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect as part of an investigation into allegations the church hampered the government’s anti-corfonavirus response after thousands of worshipers were infected in February and March. Prosecutors are...

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during an announcement that District of Columbia public schools will be all virtual through Nov. 6, during a news conference, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Washington, DC, will not reopen school buildings this fall

Jul. 30, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public schools in the nation's capital will open this fall with full-time computer distance learning, as officials have abandoned their initial plans to use a combination of distance and in-person instruction. Mayor Muriel Bowser's announcement Thursday was widely expected as all...

Ruth Vazquez de Castillo assembles hot lunches in the kitchen Thursday, July 16, 2020, for the final meal distribution of Brownsville Independent School District's summer program at Pace Early College High School in Brownsville, Texas. More than 670,000 meals were distributed to local children since the program started back in March as the pandemic hit Brownsville. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

Groups unite to urge US to extend food aid to schoolchildren

Jul. 30, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A high-profile coalition of educators, activists and philanthropists — including the American Federation of Teachers, the NAACP and the charity World Central Kitchen — is urging Congress to extend and expand emergency provisions that allow school districts nationwide to feed...

First-grade teacher Shannon Allen prepares a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

Despite fewer virus cases, Hawaii hesitant to open schools

Jul. 29, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The principal of the only school on Lanai thought reopening with full, in-person instruction next month was a no brainer: The Hawaiian island has had no confirmed coronavirus cases, and breezes flow through many of the school's classrooms. But even there, faculty pushed back, said Lanai...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Hard hit Australian state sees new cases drop

Jul. 28, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has recorded its lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in nine days while the state premier is expressing hope that it is the start of a downward trend. Victoria on Wednesday reported 295 new cases and nine deaths, seven of which were in aged...

Fairfax County Public School buses are lined up at a maintenance facility in Lorton, Va., Friday, July 24, 2020. The nation's 10th largest school district plans an all-virtual start to the fall semester amid the Covid-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

National teacher union supports strikes over reopening plans

Jul. 28, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

One of the nation's largest teachers unions is authorizing its members to strike if their schools plan to reopen without proper safety measures in the middle of the global pandemic. The American Federation of Teachers, which represents 1.7 million school employees, issued a resolution on Tuesday saying it will...