High school football, but no in-person classes? Parents wonder what gives at some schools

Ann Arbor parent Beverly Davidson doesn’t want to come across as an “angry monster” or worse yet, an armchair quarterback.

She has two children who had participated in sports at Ann Arbor Public Schools prior to the COVID-19 pandemic but made the decision to hold them back from playing this year.

It’s one of many Michigan school districts that have held off on in-person instruction to stop the spread of the virus but green-lighted student participation in athletics. It’s a prioritization some worry keeps students behind in the classroom even as sports surge forward with similar safety risks.

Davidson sees it as inconsistent.

“I think it sends a conflicting message about safety: It’s not safe enough to go to school, but it’s safe to be in an auditorium playing contact sports,” said Davidson, a social worker who has lived in Ann Arbor for 20 years.

“Not every student in the

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Learn a New Skill From Home With These 15 Online Classes

If you’re feeling a little stagnant from spending so much time indoors recently, there’s no better cure than learning a new skill or picking up a hobby. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to go about taking an exciting new class without having to even leave your computer chair. So whether you want to learn the basics of computer programming, how to play guitar, or the science behind a top-shelf mixed drink, you’ve got plenty of at-home course options to choose from below—and each is currently available at a deep discount.

1. The Mixologist and Budding Bartender Bundle; $30 (93 percent off)

It’ll take just 10 hours to master these nine courses about cocktails and professional bartending, all taught by a certified sommelier. Seriously, could a class be more fun?

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2. The Fundamental Drawing Bundle for Beginners; $40 (96 percent off)

If you’ve always

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State education officials approve school districts’ plans to eventually resume in-person classes

Maryland education officials have approved plans for all 24 school systems to eventually resume in-person classes, as expectations build at the state level to bring at least some students back to school buildings this fall.

Maryland schools superintendent Karen Salmon told the state board of education Tuesday that all school systems had submitted revised plans to adhere to the criteria for operating during the pandemic. Baltimore City was the only system that submitted a plan that did not need revisions.

With Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement that the state is entering the third and final stage of his administration’s plan for relaxing restrictions that were put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Salmon said it is safe for all schools to reopen.

“Everyone is able to open, and almost all school systems” are beginning to, she said. “We are going to start to see an increase in

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Missouri Job Center to offer IT and web development classes | KOLR

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The Missouri Job Center announced Friday it will be offering IT and web development classes for free to those who meet eligibility guidelines.

According to a press release, the job center can do this with the help of The Geek Foundation. Classes will meet two nights per week and are tailored to adults wanting to change careers and get into the field of Information Technology and Web Development.

Below are the two tech classes offered:

  • Develop Yourself IT Class is a 24-week class that prepares students to take the CompTIA A+ exam and equips students with skill sets needed for entry-level IT job opportunities
  • Develop Yourself Full-Stack Web Development Class is 20 weeks and trains in JavaScript, Java, and the foundational programming concepts needed for Front-End and Full-Stack Web Developer careers

Both classes begin on October 27th and will be offered at multiple locations, the job center says.

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Reports: Barr told prosecutors to consider charging violent protesters with sedition

During a phone call last week with federal prosecutors, Attorney General William Barr said they should consider charging anyone who committed a violent crime during recent protests with sedition, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times on Wednesday.This was a very unusual suggestion, as the federal sedition law is rarely invoked, and his proposal startled some people on the call, the Times reports. Federal prosecutors have so far charged more than 200 people with violent crimes related to the protests, with most accused of arson or assaulting federal officers.Research by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project shows that more than 93 percent of the anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests over the summer were peaceful, the Times reports. FBI officials have said most people who committed violent acts

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4 Education Stocks to Gain on Growing Demand for Online Classes

Schools have finally started reopening in the United States. Although most Americans expect all schools to reopen in the fall, there are chances that teachers and students may not be there, as many schools districts that have opened are also reporting a rise in spread of the virus.

The U.S. education system has been one of the biggest casualties of the pandemic and online education has been the only way to complete the semester this year.

Students, Parents, Prefer Remote Learning

Although both parents and students believe that public education is among Americans’ top priorities, most students feel they should continue their education through some form of distance learning, according o a poll conducted by Morning Consult, a private company that does national political polling.

Around 52% of the adults polled opposed reopening of K-12 schools for in-person instruction in fall 2020 amid the pandemic, and close to 80% said

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Remote learning isn’t just for kids. These Tucson classes will help you continue your own education. | tucson life

Even grown-ups long graduated can go back to school this fall. 

The University of Arizona and the local continuing education institution The Learning Curve are offering virtual classes that will teach you about everything from the history and production of chocolate to using music to navigate the pandemic. There are so many options. 

Even better? This isn’t your third-grader’s remote learning experience. There are no tests, no homework and no credit. You learn simply for the joy of it. 

“I think that we all benefit from continued learning,” says Susan Dick, the founder and director of The Learning Curve. “It’s good for our brains, and it’s good for our hearts to keep learning about a variety of topics and ways we can understand each other. People understand each other through arts, humanities, literature, music and history, and there has never been a more important time for us to do that.” 

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College offers late-start child development classes this fall | Lifestyle

There is rising demand for educators and social workers who specialize in working with children. This fall, Cerro Coso Community College is offering a variety of late-start child development classes online designed to prepare students for employment in the field.

Cerro Coso Community College is offering late start child development classes this fall online. All three 12-week classes will begin Sept. 21 and end Dec. 12 and will require students to observe children in a group setting.

CHDV C102 (72950) – Introduction to Materials and Curriculum will present an overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for infants and young children. Students examine the teacher’s role in supporting development by using observation and assessment strategies and emphasizing the essential role of play. An overview of content areas include, but is not limited to: language and literacy. Social and emotional learning, sensory learning, art and creativity,

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UNC-Chapel Hill’s move to online classes is the ‘canary in the coal mine’

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has had a turbulent week. Within only a few days of restarting fall classes in-person, school officials identified four outbreaks of the COVID-19 disease and coronavirus tests turned up more than 130 positive cases. 

Officials made the call Monday to transition all undergraduate classes online for the rest of the term and promised not to penalize students who leave campus housing. It’s the first major university to pivot from in-person to remote instruction after beginning fall classes, and higher education and health experts say the move doesn’t bode well for other colleges. 

They agree not all colleges will suffer UNC-Chapel Hill’s fate, especially if they have robust testing and contact tracing. But schools should be aware of, and try to avoid, the weak points in the university’s reopening plan that may have contributed to the abrupt transition online.

“UNC is the

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Growing concerns that special education students are falling behind as classes go remote

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With more schools set to open next Monday, some districts are scrambling to hire school nurses. Less than 40% of schools employed a full-time nurse before the coronavirus pandemic. There are also growing concerns for the seven million children who receive special education services.

Remote learning has been a tremendous challenge for 6-year-old Calvin Latham.

“This spring a lot of kids with disabilities didn’t soar in that environment,” said Toby Latham, Calvin’s father.

The rising first-grader from Virginia has a brain malformation, making him one of seven million children in the U.S. receiving special education services.

“He needs hand-over-hand support for writing exercises and the cutting and gluing and the basic things a first-grader would do,” said Latham.

Many special education students are legally guaranteed services, like an aide, through individualized education plans, or IEPs. But in a May survey, nearly

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