Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls talk about best way to encourage equitable education

Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls talk about best way to encourage equitable education


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NOTE INTO A POSITIVE CHANGE. AND CONTINUING OUR COMMITMENT 2020 COVERAGE THIS MORNING, WE ASKED THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR THEIR THOUGHTS ON EDUCATION EQUALITY. >> WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU GROW UP, WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE, WHAT FAMILY YOU COME FROM, THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU LIVE. REGARDLESS OF YOUR ZIP COD AND PART OF THAT IS DOING AND BUILDING OFF OF THE BUDGET WE PASSED. WE SECURED $140 MILLION IN NEW PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION FUNDIN , STATE FUNDING FOR OUR SCHOOLS IN THE LAST BUDGET. THE BIGGEST INCREASE IN 20 YEARS. THE BIGGEST SCHOOL BUDGET STATE SUPPORT IN HISTORY. FINALLY DOING FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN. SOMETHING I RAN ON IN 2014 FOR THE FIRST TIME WE

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The 6-Figure Tutor: Jay Veal of INC Education


On a Tuesday evening early this summer, Jay Veal fired up his laptop in Dallas for a tutoring session with a teen in Minneapolis. A rising ninth-grader, the girl had excelled with Veal’s support before her family relocated to the Twin Cities, and she wanted a bit more of a boost from her trusted tutor before starting school.

In these days of pandemic-forced virtual learning, the scenario isn’t particularly unusual. But in this case, the tutor is also the founder and CEO of a multi-state, half-million-dollar startup, INC Education, and a new nonprofit edtech venture, Black Tutors of Social Media (BTSM).


Veal’s hands-on approach has helped propel INC Education’s success since its 2015 launch, and his accessibility continues to yield dividends. “Folks like the fact that I’m still involved with students,” Veal says. “They like that they can actually reach out to

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Distance Learning and Special Education

Does the Goleta Unified School District feel that they are above the law and have authority to violate a student’s civil rights under IDEA [Individuals with Disabilities Education Act]? There are federal laws that specifically outline the rights of parents to be involved and participate in the creation of any IEP [Individualized Education Program] or placement plan for their child whether the IEP is in emergency times or not. I would like to draw attention to the fact that with the order for the schools to close there were no waivers given to the rights granted under IDEA, therefore to create an IEP or placement plan without involving the parents or to change their services without indication of what services are to be changed is a violation of the students civil rights under IDEA. The district cannot strip parents of their rights to have active involvement in the educational plan

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“Patriotic Education”: Trump Rejects America’s Racist Past

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At a moment when books about America’s racist history are selling out, and some in the country, including many in corporate boardrooms, are trying to grapple with the enduring legacy of systemic racism, President Trump and Republicans are laying out a gauzy story of America that requires no reckoning for the country’s history of slavery, racial terror and social, economic and political injustice.

Over the past several weeks, Trump has painted criticism of America’s past as unpatriotic, and attempted to create a space where White voters can feel OK with that. That includes “restoring patriotic education” in schools “where they’re trying to change everything that we’ve learned,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. “The only path to unity is to rebuild

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Learning pods are here to stay and could disrupt American education

That is what Kendra Newton is doing: The 24-year-old first-grade teacher resigned from her job with Orange County Public Schools in Florida after learning she would have to teach in-person this fall. She is moving across the country to Oregon, where she will lead a pod of eight students — for a higher salary than she earned in Florida.

“It gave me a way to feel safe working,” Newton said. “I will have guaranteed money coming in, and a stable idea of what my life will be like, because there won’t be a school district changing its mind every two seconds. For my mental health, it’s just a better option.”

No reliable data exists on how many teachers have left, or are considering leaving, their jobs to teach pods. But worried school officials are sending emails claiming that pods pose just as much of a health risk as returning to

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DeSoto gets taken over by state education agency; superintendent says he did not resign, plans to continue working

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a sign on the side of a building: DeSoto Independent School District headquarters sign in DeSoto, Texas, Wednesday, June 24, 2020.


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DeSoto Independent School District headquarters sign in DeSoto, Texas, Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

DeSoto ISD will be taken over by a state-appointed conservator.

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And D’Andre Weaver, the district’s superintendent who announced plans to resign on Sunday during an emergency meeting, told The Dallas Morning News on Thursday that he did not sign a board-approved voluntary resignation agreement and plans to continue as DeSoto’s superintendent.

The Texas Education Agency sent a certified letter to the DeSoto board of trustees Wednesday, informing the district that A.J. Crabill, a former TEA deputy commissioner of education for governance, would serve in that role.

Investigators published a final report last month highlighting financial mismanagement that took place from 2012 to 2018, where the district amassed a $21.6 million budget shortfall through lax management and lavish spending. The report recommended

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Biden and Trump battle over pandemic-related school closures.

“Let me be clear,” Biden said, in his second speech in three days taking direct aim at his Republican opponent. “If President Trump and his administration had done their jobs early on in this crisis, American schools would be open. And they’d be open safely.”

The speech marked another attempt by Biden to emphasize Trump’s response to the global pandemic, the issue that Biden’s campaign believes will guide voters’ decisions more than any other.

White House advisers and Trump campaign officials reiterated Wednesday that Trump was pushing to reopen schools — a position they still view as politically advantageous — and they are moving to heighten demands that local districts begin in-person instruction.

Trump administration officials are considering allocating Abbott machines for rapid testing to states based on the number of students attending school this fall, giving states an incentive to put more students in classrooms, a person familiar with

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Amherst, UMass officials tout education, not punishment, for mask scofflaws

AMHERST — Town and University of Massachusetts officials said Thursday their goal is to educate students about wearing masks and social distancing, instead of punishing them with fines or expulsion from school.

The Amherst Board of Health has made masks mandatory downtown because of dangers posed by COVID-19 pandemic.

During an hour-long online forum Thursday, Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingston said a person refusing to wear a mask would not be fined.

He also said police will maintain a database on all calls related to people not wearing masks, and that they hope to learn from the data.

“Officers are trained to deescalate a situation, rather than let something spiral out of control, the chief said.

“If someone is adamant about not wearing a mask, we are not going to force the issue,” Livingstone said.

Police officers “will not be getting into situations when it becomes confrontational at all,” he

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Man charged with murdering Newark education advocate who was found dead in his home

A man was arrested Wednesday and charged with murdering a Newark education advocate in his home last month, authorities said.

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Joshua Wise, 28, of Newark, was charged with murder and weapons-related offenses in connection with the death of Johnnie Lattner, 55, of Newark, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday afternoon.

Lattner was found dead in his Mt. Pleasant Avenue home on Aug. 17 and while his death was originally considered suspicious, it was not ruled a homicide until an autopsy was performed, the office said.

An investigation was launched and Wise, who knew Lattner, was arrested Wednesday, officials said.

No other details were released Thursday, as the investigation into Lattner’s death remained active, the office said.

Lattner was the co-founder of PULSE (Parents Unified for Local School Education), a non-profit organization that was formed by parents as an advocacy group for students in Newark.

The group held

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Open letter to Biden and Harris: How to undo damage DeVos did to public education

In some bit of irony, Trump and DeVos pushed the public schools that they have disparaged to open for the 2020-2021 school year, and at one point threatened to withhold federal funding from those that did not. (They didn’t have the power to withhold funding already approved by Congress.)

Biden, vice president under President Barack Obama and now the Democratic presidential nominee, and his running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), have both savaged the Trump-DeVos education agenda. And they have said they would try to make the education system more equitable for underserved students.

This post is an open letter to Biden and DeVos from Chris Reykdal, the Washington state superintendent of public instruction, offering 10 steps that Reykdal said would help set a foundation for a more equitable school system.

An Open Letter to the Biden-Harris Ticket:

Mr. Vice President and Senator Harris, there is so much at

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