Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Franklin Regional bans COVID-19 vaccine clinics at school buildings

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Franklin Regional bans COVID-19 vaccine clinics at school buildings. “The Franklin Regional school board this week prohibited the district from using any of its buildings to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics for students or the community. The board voted 7-2 on Monday to ban the clinics, which dozens of other school districts in the area have held since vaccines first became available in the spring.”

Politico: Garland taps FBI in response to ‘disturbing spike’ in threats against educators

Politico: Garland taps FBI in response to ‘disturbing spike’ in threats against educators. “Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday ordered federal law enforcement authorities to huddle with local leaders in the coming weeks to address what the nation’s top prosecutor called a recent ‘disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence’ against educators and school board members.”

Washington Post: Kentucky schools overwhelmingly keep mask mandates after Republicans scrapped state requirement

Washington Post: Kentucky schools overwhelmingly keep mask mandates after Republicans scrapped state requirement. “Mark Dougherty, an infectious-disease physician in Lexington, Ky., sees the toll the state’s most severe coronavirus wave is inflicting on communities with the school year back in session: The teacher placed on a ventilator, the bus driver nearing intubation, the critically ill custodian. He feared their cases would be the ‘tip of the iceberg’ after the mostly Republican state legislature during a special session earlier this month repealed a statewide school mask mandate unilaterally put in place by the Democratic governor. But most Kentucky school districts made a different choice: They kept mask mandates in place.”

Politico: Sarasota becomes first Trump county to defy DeSantis on school masks

Politico: Sarasota becomes first Trump county to defy DeSantis on school masks. “By a 3-2 vote that came late Friday night, Sarasota’s board became the sixth in Florida to mandate masks and the first in a GOP-county to defy state laws blocking local Covid-19 requirements. Parents and local residents showed up in droves to protest the decision, telling the board they were ‘disgusted’ and ‘mad as heck’ over their ‘medical tyranny’ during a tense five-hour meeting where multiple people were kicked out for disruptions.”

Daily Beast: South Carolina School Board Loses Second Member to COVID—but Won’t Make Kids Wear Masks

Daily Beast: South Carolina School Board Loses Second Member to COVID—but Won’t Make Kids Wear Masks. “A school board in Horry County, South Carolina, has been rattled by the COVID-19 deaths of two members within months, just as kids in the district are returning to classrooms without a mask mandate in place. Board member Ray Winters, 50, died Monday from COVID-19, months after a board colleague, 52-year-old John Poston, perished from the deadly virus.”

The State: Breaking with state law, Charleston County schools will make students wear face masks

The State: Breaking with state law, Charleston County schools will make students wear face masks. “In a move that puts the school district at risk of losing state funding, Charleston County schools decided that everyone — students, employees and visitors — must wear a mask or face covering in schools until at least Oct. 15. The requirement takes effect immediately. The decision, made Monday by the school board during a special-called meeting, makes the Charleston County School District the first public school system to openly defy South Carolina law.”

NationBuilder: NationBuilder, RunForOffice.org, and BallotReady create the first public database of school board positions for all 50 states

NationBuilder: NationBuilder, RunForOffice.org, and BallotReady create the first public database of school board positions for all 50 states. “Nine months ago, NationBuilder and RunForOffice.org embarked on a uniquely ambitious project: to map all the electable positions in school districts in the US with the help of dedicated volunteers. Since then, a total of 275 people have contributed at least 3,491 total hours of work to research 13,090 districts, resulting in 81,361 school board positions available for public search.”