Designing a useful textbook for an open access audience – Q and A with Filipe Campante, Federico Sturzenegger and Andrés Velasco, authors of Advanced Macroeconomics: An Easy Guide (London School of Economics)

London School of Economics: Designing a useful textbook for an open access audience – Q and A with Filipe Campante, Federico Sturzenegger and Andrés Velasco, authors of Advanced Macroeconomics: An Easy Guide. “Textbooks play an important role in defining fields of research and summarising key academic ideas for a wider audience. But how do you do this for an open access audience that is potentially unlimited? We talked to Filipe Campante, Federico Sturzenegger and Andrés Velasco¸ authors of the recently published LSE Press book Advanced Macroeconomics: An Easy Guide, about how the field has changed in recent times, what makes their approach to macro-economics distinctive, and what rationales and ambitions lie behind producing an open access textbook.”

Yahoo News: CDC recommends masks stay on in schools

Yahoo News: CDC recommends masks stay on in schools. “Even as the Biden administration is preparing to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children as young as 5, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, indicated on Wednesday morning that her agency would not be changing its guidance that all teachers, students and staff wear masks in schools.”

ProPublica: The Federal Government Gave Billions to America’s Schools for COVID-19 Relief. Where Did the Money Go?

ProPublica: The Federal Government Gave Billions to America’s Schools for COVID-19 Relief. Where Did the Money Go?. “After the pandemic shut down schools across the country, the federal government provided about $190 billion in aid to help them reopen and respond to the effects of the pandemic. In the year and a half since millions of children were sent home, the Education Department has done only limited tracking of how the money has been spent. That has left officials in Washington largely in the dark about how effective the aid has been in helping students, especially those whose schools and communities were among the hardest hit by the pandemic.”

New York Times: California Accounts for 12% of U.S. Students, but Only 1% of Covid School Closures

New York Times: California Accounts for 12% of U.S. Students, but Only 1% of Covid School Closures. “Of the 2,321 nationwide school closures since August because of Covid-19, about 1 percent have been in California — even though the state accounts for 12 percent of the nation’s K-12 students, according to data from Burbio, a technology company that monitors outbreaks. So some parents may be wondering: If masking, testing and other prevention strategies are working so well, why is the state adding an immunization requirement?”

The Center Square: New website compiles Missouri school test scores, annual student improvement

The Center Square: New website compiles Missouri school test scores, annual student improvement. “Parents and taxpayers can now review Missouri school and district data to evaluate a wide range of performance indicators, including whether students are improving year over year. [The site] by the Show-Me Institute launched last week to make data easily available and in a format understood by the public.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta school district to hire epidemiologist among 26 new COVID positions

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta school district to hire epidemiologist among 26 new COVID positions. “The new roles include five help desk operators, who principals can call when they have questions about COVID-19 protocols; 20 case investigators, who will work with schools to conduct case investigations and help notify those who have been in contact with someone who tests positive; and a district epidemiologist.”

“There are no unimportant jobs”: This retired FBI boss became a school bus driver amid shortage (CBS News)

CBS: “There are no unimportant jobs”: This retired FBI boss became a school bus driver amid shortage. “If anyone has earned a coffee break, it’s 63-year-old Mike Mason of Midlothian, Virginia. He has served his country for decades — first as a captain in the Marines and later as the No. 4 man at the FBI. Mason left the bureau in 2007 and went to work as an executive at a Fortune 500 company, and then retired. But Mason said retirement did not sit well with him.”

Mother Jones: The Kids the Pandemic Left Behind

Mother Jones: The Kids the Pandemic Left Behind. “The coronavirus pandemic upended the lives of kids like Esteban across the country. For starters, the shuttering of in-person school has been particularly hard on teenagers; in one national poll, nearly half of parents reported that their teens’ mental health had suffered since face-to-face classes were suspended in March 2020. The academic consequences were real, too: The consulting firm McKinsey estimated that at the end of the school year, students at highly diverse schools like Justice were, academically, an average of six months behind where they would have been had the outbreak never happened.”

WRAL: Three Triangle school districts with a vaccine mandate are an outlier, survey finds

WRAL: Three Triangle school districts with a vaccine mandate are an outlier, survey finds. “Person County has a total public and private student population of just 4,367, meaning those cases represent more than 1 positive case for every 25 students in the county. That’s the highest rate of any county in the state. Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Orange and Durham County public school systems all have vaccine mandates in place for their staff members, although religious and medical exemptions are allowed.”

CNET: Teachers union demands social media companies curb misinformation, violent trends

CNET: Teachers union demands social media companies curb misinformation, violent trends. “Becky Pringle, the president of the National Education Association, sent a letter to TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram about the issues schools are facing due to social media, according to a report Friday from the The Wall Street Journal. The letter explains the challenges schools have faced so far this year and calls for the companies to ‘prioritize the safety of people over profits.’”

The Virginia-Pilot: Suffolk schools to investigate whether teacher asked student who died to walk sick children to nurse

The Virginian-Pilot: Suffolk schools to investigate whether teacher asked student who died to walk sick children to nurse. “School administrators are investigating whether a teacher had tasked a fifth-grader who died of coronavirus complications last week to walk sick students to the nurse. Anthonette Ward, a Suffolk Public Schools spokeswoman, said the student’s school has a rule for how to handle children with COVID-19 symptoms, and only adults are supposed to accompany them.”