San Francisco Chronicle: Bay Area charter schools tap tens of millions in federal small business loans

San Francisco Chronicle: Bay Area charter schools tap tens of millions in federal small business loans. “Charter schools in the Bay Area received tens of millions of dollars from a federal coronavirus relief program intended for small businesses, money they say is necessary to stay afloat amid the pandemic. The schools are alternatives to traditional public schools and are exempt from many state regulations related to class size, curriculum and teacher tenure, yet still receive state funding.”

From anti-vax to anti-mask: School districts brace for parent resistance (Politico)

Politico: From anti-vax to anti-mask: School districts brace for parent resistance. “California’s anti-vaccine movement has a new target: masks. The same parents who loudly opposed school vaccine requirements in Sacramento last year are turning their attention to mask recommendations that districts are considering as they figure out how to send kids back to the classroom in the middle of a pandemic.”

Politico: Florida to rescue ‘essential’ online education programs after veto

Politico: Florida to rescue ‘essential’ online education programs after veto. ” ‘Essential’ pieces of a $29.4 million education program vetoed by Gov. Ron DeSantis will survive and be transferred from the University of West Florida. The emergency rescue, which sidesteps Florida law and suggests that state officials were unprepared for the far-reaching fallout of the veto, was announced by the State University System Board of Governors and UWF just hours before the cuts took hold at midnight Tuesday.”

Washington Post: D.C. school system and teachers clash ahead of school reopening

Washington Post: D.C. school system and teachers clash ahead of school reopening. “The Washington Teachers’ Union is telling its members to ignore a school system letter asking teachers to select whether they plan to teach in person in the fall or stay home. The letter, and the union’s response, represent the latest tension between school leaders and teachers as the city struggles to build confidence in its school reopening plan.”

San Francisco Chronicle: More than 40 Bay Area school principals in quarantine after in-person meeting

San Francisco Chronicle: More than 40 Bay Area school principals in quarantine after in-person meeting. “More than 40 school principals in the South Bay are in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 during an in-person meeting held by the Santa Clara Unified School District. A pre-symptomatic individual at the school reopening planning meeting on June 19 tested positive for the coronavirus just a few days after school administrators congregated.”

NPR: After Reopening Schools, Israel Orders Them To Shut If COVID-19 Cases Are Discovered

NPR: After Reopening Schools, Israel Orders Them To Shut If COVID-19 Cases Are Discovered. “Two weeks after Israel fully reopened schools, a COVID-19 outbreak sweeping through classrooms — including at least 130 cases at a single school — has led officials to close dozens of schools where students and staff were infected. A new policy orders any school where a virus case emerges to close.”

New York Times: Focus on Opening Schools, Not Bars

New York Times: Focus on Opening Schools, Not Bars. “The way states lifted social distancing restrictions imposed to fight the coronavirus sadly demonstrates our priorities. Officials let bars, restaurants and gyms open, despite warnings from public health experts that these environments pose the greatest risk for spreading the disease. Yet political leaders seem to have paid scant attention to safely reopening schools.”

Politico: DeSantis kills online learning program amid virus resurgence

Politico: DeSantis kills online learning program amid virus resurgence. “With a stroke of his veto pen, Gov. Ron DeSantis wiped out the entire $29.4 million budget for a suite of online education services that have become critical to students and faculty during the Covid-19 outbreak. The move, barring action before midnight Tuesday, will kill the Complete Florida Plus Program, an array of technology systems that faculty, staff and students throughout Florida rely on, never more so than now, in the midst of a pandemic that has amplified reliance on distance learning. The cuts include a database of online courses and an online library service that provides 17 million books to 1.3 million students, faculty and staff.”

NPR: U.S. Pediatricians Call For In-Person School This Fall

NPR: U.S. Pediatricians Call For In-Person School This Fall. “The nation’s pediatricians have come out with a strong statement in favor of bringing children back to the classroom this fall wherever and whenever they can do so safely. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidance ‘strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.'”

New York Times: Remote School Is a Nightmare. Few in Power Care.

New York Times: Remote School Is a Nightmare. Few in Power Care.. “With expanded unemployment benefits set to expire at the end of July, many parents will have no choice but to return to work by September. Even for parents who can work from home, home schooling is often a crushing burden that’s destroying careers, mental health and family relationships. And online school has had dismal results, especially for poor, black and Hispanic students.”

Phys .org: 1/3 of parents in 3 states may not send children to school because of COVID-19

Phys .org: 1/3 of parents in 3 states may not send children to school because of COVID-19. “And as lawmakers and educators reimagine the K-12 model for fall, a new survey assessed parents’ plans for in-person school and support for 15 potential measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in schools in Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio.”

Mashable: The online lesson plan marketplace boomed when the pandemic hit

Mashable: The online lesson plan marketplace boomed when the pandemic hit. “The coronavirus pandemic has upended life as we know it, mandating we sequester ourselves to slow the spread of a potentially deadly illness that has killed hundreds of thousands of people globally. That reality presents a whole host of complications to everyday life. One major issue: How do we educate our kids?”