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CHICAGO — As dean of Illinois’ largest teacher preparation program, Jim Wolfinger works to cultivate socially aware educators who can inspire students in any setting — whether that’s an urban neighborhood with racially diverse families or a small farming community. “The literature for a long time has told us: If we think of teaching as simply delivering the content, then you’re going to ...

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MENLO PARK, Calif. — South of San Francisco, the Sequoia Union High School District serves some of the Bay Area’s wealthiest communities, such as Atherton, Menlo Park and Woodside, as well as some of its neediest, including East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks and Redwood City. On Tuesday, the school district learned it had risen into a state tier that would allow high school students, if they ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom has often talked about his desire to reopen schools. It wasn’t until the final days of last year, however, that he introduced a plan to speed up a return to the classroom. Facing the very real possibility of a recall election in the fall, getting children back to class — and stemming growing frustration ...

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Last year, then-Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made one of the few good moves of her tenure by waiving the annual standardized tests given to elementary and secondary school students under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Schools were in emergency mode as they closed campuses in March, many students were without the tools for remote learning, let alone remote testing, and to put it ...

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DETROIT — Some of the emails are thoughtful. Others are pleading. But many don't waste time on pleasantries. "Some of them are very threatening; they're cruel," said Beth Pyden, one of four school board members in Chippewa Valley Schools facing a recall attempt over their votes last year to delay the return of in-person learning. "A lot of them start with 'I demand ... '" School board members ...

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The QAnon conspiracies. The Electoral College confusion. At some point in September, it became too much for Sharon McMahon, a former high school government teacher. So she posted an explainer to her Instagram account @SharonSaysSo. "Hello friends," she began with a big smile. "Welcome to my nonpartisan government education video. I'm Sharon Mc­Mahon, longtime government teacher. "Let's learn ...

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Let's not kid ourselves. Efforts by both California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office and state legislators to reopen schools by vaccinating teachers aren't the result of science or even fairness. But with teachers nervous about returning to in-person classrooms and their powerful unions putting up a mighty fight, most schools aren't going to open without vaccinating their staffs, so let's get on ...

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LOS ANGLES – When Los Angeles parent Cynthia Rojas heard that federal experts and local health authorities said elementary campuses could reopen, she was ecstatic. But then reality hit her: Campuses in the L.A. Unified School District would not reopen anytime soon. That disappointment became a defining moment that brought her and other parents to a protest Monday outside the Federal Building ...