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    by Evan Stambaugh   Minnesota school districts belonging to the Association of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD), a lobbying organization, are facing a collective budget shortfall of $235.3 million for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. That figure comes from the results of an AMSD survey taken by 45 school districts across the state. For example, Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Schools are facing respective shortfalls of $59.5 million and $42.8 million — approximately 43% of the combined shortfall. Only eight school districts that took the survey reported no projected shortfalls. The AMSD survey data does not account for “one-time federal funds” and assumes no increase in state or federal funding for public schools. The budget shortfalls may be linked to a continued decline in public school enrollment. Across all Minnesota public school districts since 2019, more than 23,000 students have been taken out of public school and enrolled in private schools, charter schools, or homeschool. Much of this trend has been driven by elementary school students, according to Minnesota Department of Education data. In a report on the survey results, however, AMSD attributed much of the shortfall to...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- In Nassau County and several other counties throughout New York, students are celebrating going maskless Wednesday.While in New York City, there will be a rally of parents wanting their students to keep their masks on.But Wednesday is the day many have been waiting on, kids returning to the classroom without their masks on.It is now up to local districts to decide if they want to remain masked.Most have decided to ditch them, except for New York City Public Schools.The city is expecting a decision from Mayor Eric Adams by Friday on when they can take their mask off.Some say they're okay with keeping the mask on."I think we need a bit longer with the mask mandate, not a good idea to lift it due to fact that some kids are unvaccinated, it's not responsible to do so," said Justine Katimbang, an 11th grader."I know a lot of people are anti-mask, they can do what they want, but I'm going to keep my mask on," said Christina Joachin, an 11th grader.The United Federation of Teachers chiming in...
    A majority of Virginia public school districts are flouting Gov. Glenn YoungkinGlenn YoungkinOvernight Energy & Environment — 'Forever chemical' suits face time crunch Lawmaker asks ex-EPA chief why he couldn't convince Trump climate change is real Virginia governor knocks school boards challenging order making masks optional MORE's (R) executive order that makes wearing masks optional for children in the state's schools, according to The Washington Post. In an analysis, the newspaper found that two days after the order took effect, 53 percent of the state's school districts are still requiring masks for all students, comprising 67 percent of the state's public school student population. The Post noted that the division in the state over the issue falls along partisan lines, as "almost every" district that complied with Youngkin's order voting for him in the 2021 gubernatorial election. Youngkin's office did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment. Seven Virginia school boards are suing Youngkin in an effort to block his executive order making mask-wearing optional in the classroom. The plaintiffs, led by Fairfax County Public Schools, are requesting an immediate injunction of Youngkin's order, which gives Virginia...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – While several local school districts push for masks, North Texas schools are not requiring vaccines for teachers. A CBS 11 I-Team investigation found most school districts are not even asking teachers about their vaccination status. Out of the 42 school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that responded to an I-Team survey, only six districts said they were either keeping track of teacher vaccination rates or had an estimated vaccination rate based on anonymous surveys. With concerns about the delta variant’s impact on children, anxious parents are seeking information as they try to determine their child’s Covid-19 risks. For some this includes whether their child’s teacher has been vaccinated. “Parents are definitely concerned. You don’t know who’s vaccinated in the building and who’s not,” said Seneca Denman, a teacher at Dallas ISD’s Haynes Global Prep Academy. “I would tell parents that I’m fully vaccinated if that helps ease their minds.” But not every teacher is comfortable with sharing that information and school districts say due to privacy laws they can’t tell a parent whether their child’s...
    DALLAS(CBSDFW.COM) — While several local school districts push for masks, North Texas schools are not requiring vaccines for teachers. A CBS 11 I-Team investigation found most districts are not even asking teachers about vaccination status. Out of the 42 school districts that responded to an I-Team survey, six districts said they were either keeping track of teacher vaccination rates or had a estimated vaccination rate based on anonymous surveys. San Antonio ISD is the only major school district in Texas to require all its staff to be vaccinated. More later tonight from the CBS 11 I-Team
    More than half of Florida's nearly 3million public school students are subject to mask mandates, which comes in the midst of efforts by Gov. Ron DeSantis to ban the requirement as courtroom battles continue over whether parents should be able to make such decisions amid a surge of positive COVID-19 cases related to the highly contagious delta variant.  Several school districts are challenging the Republican governor weeks into the new school year. On Tuesday, school board members in Orange County agreed with the school superintendent that most students should be required to wear masks through Oct. 30.  The district initially began the school year allowing parents to opt out, but a surge in COVID-19 cases in the Orlando area has disrupted classes.  FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARD DEFIES DESANTIS, SETS 90-DAY MASK POLICY AFTER HEATED MEETING VideoThrough Thursday, the district reported 2,201 positive cases among students since school began, with 2,079 people under active quarantine, according to the district’s dashboard. At least six school districts – Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Sarasota and Alachua – have issued mask requirements for students and school...
    LONG ISLAND (WABC) -- Several school districts on Long Island said Wednesday, despite New York Governor Kathy Hochul's order, they're not adjusting their optional mask wearing policies this fall until they receive definitive guidance from the State Department of Health."Until such guidance is provided, we will continue with the protocols that have been endorsed by our Board of Education and shared with our community," Massapequa Superintendent Lucille Iconis said.Hochul said Tuesday she is instructing the State Department of Health to issue a universal mask mandate for schools.The Farmingdale and Commack School Districts said they also are not adjusting their optional mask policies until they receive specifics from the State Department of Health. The Commack School District is allowing students to remove their masks when seated at their desks. The district has installed sneeze guards around every desk.The Kings Park School District was set to be mask-optional this fall, but the superintendent said in light of the governor's order, the district will require masks.Massapequa parent Dana Durso said she supports her school district's decision, for now, to stand up against the...
    School boards in Florida 's Hillsborough and Miami-Dade Counties voted during emergency meetings on Wednesday to require face coverings inside school buildings, defying Gov. Ron DeSantis 's order blocking institutions from making masks compulsory. The votes came after Miami-Dade County reported a case positivity rate of 20% from Aug. 6-12 and the Hillsborough school district confirmed 1,840 positive cases among students and staff, with 10,000 students and staff in the district quarantined. "After consulting with our public health partners ... the Hillsborough County School Board voted to make face coverings mandatory for all students and staff with a medical exemption opt-out," the school district published Wednesday, noting that the mask requirement goes into effect on Aug. 19 and lasts for 30 days. Miami-Dade County Public Schools displays a similar notice on its webpage . BIDEN OFFERS CASH TO FLORIDA EDUCATORS WHO MANDATE MASKS, DEFYING DESANTIS ORDER BANNING THEM On July 30, DeSantis signed an executive order protecting parents’ freedom to opt out from school districts’ mask mandates and tasked the Florida Department of Education with enforcing the order. Under...
    Joe Biden campaigns in New Hampshire ahead of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Daily Kos Elections is pleased to present the first installment in our project to calculate the results of the 2020 presidential election for the nation’s 6,766 legislative districts, starting with the perennial swing state of New Hampshire. Last fall, both the state Senate and state House changed hands in the Granite State, making them the only legislative chambers in the country to flip sides in November. They also offer an important lesson: Despite the record levels of political polarization in this country, the outcome at the top of the ticket is not necessarily destiny further down the ballot. That’s vividly illustrated in New Hampshire’s gigantic 400-member House, which Republicans recaptured in 2020 with a 213-187 majority. Just two years earlier, Democrats had retaken the House from Republicans during the 2018 blue wave, winning 233 seats to the GOP’s 167. Last year’s results, therefore, represented a 92-seat swing in favor of Republicans, a remarkable result given that Joe Biden carried the state by a comfortable 53-45 spread. Thanks...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — As Maryland schools continue to allowed more students to come back to in-person learning this week, a new report shows that most of the public school systems saw failure rates double or triple during their second semester. According to the report released by state school superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon, virtual learning has made a huge impact on middle and high school students grades. READ MORE: Sentencing Expected Tuesday In Deadly Towson Hit-And-Run Case A chart in the report (see page 8 below) shows, 21 out of 24 school districts report failure rates increased among high school students in science and English, 20 districts are seeing fail rates increase in math and 19 districts are seeing fail rates increase in social studies. READ MORE: 14-Year-Old Girl Missing From Westminster Among middle schoolers, the statistics are even worse with 23 out of 24 Maryland public school districts reporting an increase in fail rates in every subject. MORE NEWS: Man Shot In Leg During Alleged Attempted Robbery In Essex, Police Say See the full report below: View...
    Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide ventures down to Florida, where Republicans flipped two House seats and again captured the state’s 29 electoral votes. You can find our detailed calculations here, a large-size map of the results here, and our permanent, bookmarkable link for all 435 districts here. Democrats hoped that an improved political climate would allow Joe Biden to take Florida four years after Donald Trump edged out Hillary Clinton 49-48, but Trump instead prevailed by a stronger 51-48 margin. Trump carried the same 14 House districts he’d carried in 2016 as well as the 26th District, while Biden won the remaining 12 Clinton seats. Biden actually performed better than Clinton in 14 of the state’s 27 congressional districts, but Trump benefited from massive shifts in South Florida, especially in a trio of heavily Latino constituencies with large Cuban American populations. At the heart of that threesome is the 26th District, which is likely the only Obama/Clinton/Trump district in the entire country. This seat, which includes the southwestern Miami area and...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s back to school this week for a number of districts across the area. At the beginning of the month, the state updated its guidance to encourage schools to get students back in the classroom. “January 19, that’s Tuesday, we are anticipating opening K-5 four days a week,” said Baldwin-Whitehall Superintendent Randy Lutz. Lutz told parents on Friday it will be a slow return, grade by grade, to four days a week of in-person learning for the school district. “We went through each and every classroom to look at the layout for where we are in spacing. We talked about student arrival via car and bus and cafeteria with alternative lunch spaces,” Lutz said. Lutz said this will be the first time students have been in the classroom four days a week since the end of March. Extra precautions were taken in all elementary schools. “I feel very confident. Laterally, we made sure there were 6 feet of distance, front to back. If I’m looking at the back of another child’s head, maybe I’m at 4 or...
    (CBS Detroit)– After being required to shut down in November due to rising Coronavirus cases, high schools in Michigan are allowed to reopen for in person learning Monday, but with cases still being reported, is reopening safe? “All along in person has probably been safe for the kids, right, children in general when they get COVID are not as sick,” said Dr. Matthew Sims, director of Infectious Disease Research at Beaumont Health. As well fatalities from COVID are rare in kids. However, Doctor Sims says, although virus transmission rates within schools are low, the problem lies with kids taking it home. “A kid can bring it home infect their family member who may not have symptoms who may then bring it somewhere else and then you get an outbreak that you can’t really hack back as easily to the school.” Coming off a holiday break most districts in the area choosing to remain virtual for now. Dr. Richard Machesky, superintendent with the Troy School District says, they plan to resume elementary in person Jan. 18 with High Schools returning the following...
    (CBS Detroit)– After being required to shut down in November due to rising Coronavirus cases, high schools in Michigan are allowed to reopen for in person learning Monday, but with cases still being reported, is reopening safe? “All along in person has probably been safe for the kids, right, children in general when they get COVID are not as sick,” said Dr. Matthew Sims, director of Infectious Disease Research at Beaumont Health. As well fatalities from COVID are rare in kids. However, Doctor Sims says, although virus transmission rates within schools are low, the problem lies with kids taking it home. “A kid can bring it home infect their family member who may not have symptoms who may then bring it somewhere else and then you get an outbreak that you can’t really hack back as easily to the school.” Coming off a holiday break most districts in the area choosing to remain virtual for now. Dr. Richard Machesky, superintendent with the Troy School District says, they plan to resume elementary in person Jan. 18 with High Schools returning the following...
    (CBS Detroit)– After being required to shut down in November due to rising Coronavirus cases, high schools in Michigan are allowed to reopen for in person learning today, but with cases still being reported, is reopening safe? “All along in person has probably been safe for the kids, right, children in general when they get COVID are not as sick.” Said Dr. Matthew Sims, Director of Infectious Disease Research at Beaumont Health As well fatalities from COVID are rare in kids. However; Doctor Sims says, although virus transmission rates within schools are low, the problem lies with kids taking it home. “A kid can bring it home infect their family member who may not have symptoms who may then bring it somewhere else and then you get an outbreak that you can’t really hack back as easily to the school.” Coming off a holiday break most districts in the area choosing to remain virtual for now. Dr. Richard Machesky, Superintendent with the Troy School District says, they plan to resume elementary in person January 18th with High Schools returning the following week. “Give...
    (CBS Detroit)– After being required to shut down in November due to rising Coronavirus cases, high schools in Michigan are allowed to reopen for in person learning today, but with cases still being reported, is reopening safe? “All along in person has probably been safe for the kids, right, children in general when they get COVID are not as sick.” Said Dr. Matthew Sims, Director of Infectious Disease Research at Beaumont Health As well fatalities from COVID are rare in kids. However; Doctor Sims says, although virus transmission rates within schools are low, the problem lies with kids taking it home. “A kid can bring it home infect their family member who may not have symptoms who may then bring it somewhere else and then you get an outbreak that you can’t really hack back as easily to the school.” Coming off a holiday break most districts in the area choosing to remain virtual for now. Dr. Richard Machesky, Superintendent with the Troy School District says, they plan to resume elementary in person January 18th with High Schools returning the following week. “Give...
    With students set to return to the classroom - whether fully in-person or partially remote - this week, school districts will once again come face to face with the COVID-19 pandemic they battled for four months. In New York, the state has been monitoring school districts’ progress in combating the virus, posting daily data updates on how many teachers, staff members, and students have tested positive for COVID-19 since classes resumed in September. On Wednesday, Sept. 9, the state launched the New York State COVID-19 Schools “Report Card,” which requires districts to send data to the Department of Health so it can be posted online for the public to see, allowing parents to make informed decisions about whether to allow their child back in the classroom or keep them learning virtually. The dashboard includes the number of students and staff members who test positive on and off-site, as well as the number of school-aged children who tested positive for COVID-19 within the district’s zip code. At first, some district leaders in New York were hesitant about being so reliant on...
    (CBS DETROIT) –  According to IMPLAN data, employment in New York’s 5th Congressional District had decreased by 1/5th in the second quarter of 2020 compared to 2018. At that point, the district’s employment numbers were the most adversely affected in the nation. IMPLAN Group LLC, the leading provider of economic impact data and technology, has constructed a data set to analyze the economy as it was in the wake of the coronavirus. Using this data, economists at IMPLAN compiled a list comparing employment figures in each congressional district from 2018 to Q2 2020 and identified the 10 districts with the largest changes in employment. The 10 most adversely affected districts were located in New York, New Jersey, and Michigan. Their rankings and percent decreases in employment are: NY 5th (-20%) NJ 2nd (-18%) MI 3rd (-18%) MI 2nd (-18%) NY 14th (-18%) MI 9th (-18%) MI 11th (-18%) MI 13th (-18%) NY 27th (-18%) MI 5th (-18%) The 10 congressional districts which maintained employment closest to 2018 were located in Utah, Idaho, and Arizona. Their rankings and percent decreases in employment are: UT 3rd (0%) UT 2nd...
    (CNN)The national environment has worsened so much for President Donald Trump that Democrats are now competing in once-red House districts, while Republicans are trying to stem their losses.Seven of the 10 seats on CNN's ranking of districts most likely to flip partisan control are now held by Republicans -- one more than two weeks ago, which reflects the degree to which the battlefield has shifted in Democrats' favor. The rankings are based on CNN's reporting, as well as polling, fundraising and advertising spending data.Latest House and Senate ratings show Democrats increasingly competitive in Republican areas It's hard to underscore how remarkable the shift in the landscape is. After Democrats' historic gains in the 2018 midterms, Republicans thought they'd be on the offensive in 2020, blazing a trail back to the majority by targeting the 30 districts Trump won in 2016 that are held by Democrats. But the President is now proving to be a roadblock even in many of those districts, while helping Democrats open up new avenues to expand their majority in once-red districts. Inside Elections with Nathan L....
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