Kansas schools under most stress he’s ever seen, education commissioner says – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

A school’s football coaching staff is in quarantine in one Kansas school district.

In another, the entire kindergarten staff is quarantined. In other schools, it is just one or two students or staff members who test positive for the coronavirus, but suddenly, the entire school has to quarantine.

Those are just some of the situations Randy Watson, state commissioner of education, saw when he toured western Kansas schools last week, and they are the challenges that each district, big and small, will eventually face, he told the Kansas State Board of Education on Wednesday.

Most rural Kansas schools opened before Labor Day, Watson said, and have been in school for a few weeks. In that short time, they have been tested already by the strains of keeping schools open during the pandemic, especially as cases begin to pop up among students and staff.

“What that starts, then, is a juggling

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School funding attorney says he’s exploring injunction against 20% school aid cuts

More schools around New York say they are scaling back on plans for in-person learning and expanding remote instruction. They cite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s temporary 20% cut in state aid to schools, enacted to help close a pandemic-related state budget deficit. Now, the attorney who won a court case over a lack of school funding, says the cuts might be unconstitutional, and is looking into seeking an injunction against them.  

Michael Rebell was the lead attorney in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit. It resulted in a 2006 New York Court of Appeals decision that ordered the state to pay billions more in school aid each year, to help secure each child’s right under New York’s constitution, to a sound, basic education.

There’s been debate over whether that court order was ever fulfilled, under the tenure of Gov. Cuomo. But Rebell said a permanent 20% cut in state aid, which

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