Parents should get education funding directly to help with online school

  • During the pandemic, parents have been finding themselves working less and teaching more, as school closures have kept their children home.
  • These parents deserve to get some of the governments education funding to help ease the transtition.
  • We need to put our kids in the forefront of the conversation, and let parents decide their educational paths.
  • Karol Markowicz is a writer living in Brooklyn. .
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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“What are you doing about school?” It’s a question every parent in America has heard or answered this question in recent months: “What are you doing about school?”

We all pretend there’s a good choice or a real answer. But as schools across the country plan an all-remote opening or a hybrid model with some in-person learning coupled with online learning, most parents know there

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Florida school district’s pro-BLM cartoon draws the ire of some parents

A pro-Black Lives Matter cartoon made available to students at a Florida school district outraged some parents, who claimed the district was trying to indoctrinate students with a left-wing agenda.

The controversial “Black Lives Matter Protests” cartoon has since been pulled by the Sarasota County district.

It was viewable through the district’s “BrainPOP” site.  BrainPOP, a third-party vendor,  creates instructional videos for a variety of subjects, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

In the video, a character explains the history of Black Lives Matter and encourages students to join protests for police reform. The character commends the protests for influencing the Minneapolis City Council to reform its police department.

Before a contentious meeting Tuesday night, School Board Member Bridget Ziegler wrote on Facebook that parents had made her aware of the video and that she had asked Superintendent Brennan Asplen to look into the matter.


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Don’t let reopening debates distract from what’s most important in education: Parents

Stakeholders are fighting over what’s going to be best for children and their education this fall, whether it’s home-schooling pods, normal classrooms, online schooling, or something else. But these conversations ignore what’s most important: Empowering parents or guardians and getting them engaged.

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Rather than any particular education model, research shows students need relationships, positive parental or guardian relationships, in particular, to develop well. No matter which educational option families choose, studies show that positive parental involvement drives student success academically, physically, and socially. Luckily, these relationships can happen no matter the educational setting. In fact, when given options, parents tend to be more actively involved in their child’s learning.


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Parents who listen and provide support and guidance, as opposed to those who rely solely on schools, raise well-adjusted children. Parents should make their involvement apparent because students succeed when they feel their parents

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Trump, DeVos raise school choice in appeal to vexed parents

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Advocates, Parents, And Disabled Students Want More Than Just Better Funding For Schools

Out of the dozens of issues that make up the world of disability policy and politics, education may be the most frustrating, and at the same time the most important.

One of the proudest achievements of the disability rights movement is the stunning change in education of kids with disabilities. In a little under 50 years, we have gone from a situation where most disabled students simply had no legal right to a public education — and were widely excluded from schools with no recourse at all — to a legal right and nearly universal expectation that all kids with any disability will receive a public education in a completely or mostly mainstream environment. It’s an undeniable improvement.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, generally referred to as IDEA, makes the right to a “free, appropriate education” for children and youth with disabilities Federal law, and outlines detailed roles

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Idaho to fully restore school budget cuts, add aid to parents | Local News

BOISE — Idaho will tap federal CARES Act funds to make back up the $99 million it’s cut from the public school budget, plus another $50 million that will go directly to Idaho families to help parents cover school-related expenses for their kids amid the pandemic.

Gov. Brad Little announced the decisions Friday at a news conference in the Lincoln Auditorium at the state Capitol.

“Supporting K-12 education in Idaho is our constitutional and moral responsibility, and it’s my top priority as governor,” Little declared. “My goal is to make Idaho a place where our children choose to stay and for those who left to choose to return. We simply cannot meet that goal without a strong public education system in place. … The stresses on our kids, families and educators right now are enormous.”

The cut to this year’s public school budget was imposed July 1 at the start

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Parents Concerned Over DOE Plan to Randomly Test Students

Jennifer Calderon says she’s already anxious about sending her three children back to school during the pandemic. So she says a new city policy allowing the Education Department to randomly test all students for cOVID-19 is unacceptable.

What You Need To Know

  • Under the deal to reopen school, teachers and students will be subject to random Covid testing beginning Oct. 1
  • Parents say they don’t object to the testing, but they do object to it being done in school when they’re not present
  • Parental consent is required. Children of parents who do not provide consent will have to learn remotely
  • The Education Department defended the program, saying it must take aggressive safety measures to keep students and staff safe

“You do not touch my kid without me there. That’s it. You do not,” Calderon said.

The DOE announced the policy last week as part of an agreement with the teachers

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Covid-Era Tech Grads Launch Careers From Parents’ Homes

Caren Zeng started a job at Google this month. She works from a bedroom at her parents’ house.

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Eric Lee has dreamed of working for Microsoft Corp. for as long as he can remember, and was stoked this spring to land a job at the tech giant right out of college. But instead of traveling across the country to start his career at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash., Lee joined the workforce this month from his family’s house in the suburbs of Boston.

The arrangement has its comforts. Every hour Lee’s mom brings him a different type of cut-up fruit, then usually noodles for lunch. But he feels disconnected from his new colleagues in a way he wouldn’t if they were sharing an office. When Lee gets stuck on a tricky line of code, he sends a message asking for advice, then tries to

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Fearing virus, parents in Spain rise against back to school

BARCELONA, Spain — Ángela López hardly fits the profile of a rule-breaker. But the mother of a 7-year-old girl with respiratory problems has found herself among parents ready to challenge Spanish authorities on a blanket order to return to school.

They are wary of safety measures they see as ill-funded as a new wave of coronavirus infections sweeps the country. They fear sick students could infect relatives who are at higher risk of falling ill from COVID-19. And they claim that they have invested in computers and better network connections to prepare for online lessons, even preparing to homeschool their children if necessary.

Many of the defiant parents, including López, are also ready to stand up to the country’s rigid, one-size-fits-all rule of mandatory in-school education, even if that means facing charges for truancy, which in Spain can be punished with three to six months in prison.

Her daughter was

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despite lockdown difficulties, parents should persevere

Bilingualism can result in changes in the brains of children, potentially offering increased problem-solving skills. Pupils who are competent in two or more languages may have academic advantages over monolingual children.

In Wales, children have the opportunity to become bilingual by attending Welsh-medium primary and secondary schools, where the sole or main language of instruction is Welsh.

However, parents who do not speak Welsh but send their children to be educated in the language have reported finding home schooling challenging during the lockdown. Some may even be considering moving their children to English schools in order to be better able to support them at home – perhaps because of fears of future lockdowns or quarantines.

Nevertheless, where they can, parents should keep the faith. The benefits of a bilingual education are huge, and turning their backs on Welsh-medium education might be detrimental to increasing the number of young Welsh speakers.

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