Education Commissioner Seeks Full In-Person Return Despite Rising COVID Cases

State education officials say their information shows local students aren’t catching COVID-19 in schools; that’s part of their plea to parents urging them to allow their kids to return to the classroom amid the pandemic.

While the state experiences an uptick in cases, Connecticut’s Department of Education reports that less than one percent of the K-12 student body has tested positive for COVID-19 since many students went back to in-person learning for the fall.

“The evidence so far suggests that the cases that schools are reporting to us may really be originating from activities that happen outside of school rather than transmission within the school, so we’re really not hearing from [the state Dept. of Public Health] that transmission is happening in our schools,” said Ajit Gopalakrishnan, CSDE’s chief performance officer.

Reporting as of October 7 shows that since schools began hosting students on August 27, 421 students – along

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California Commissioner Makes Appointments to Insurance Boards

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has added new members to the California Department of Insurance’s Curriculum Board, the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association’s Board of Directors, and the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s Governing Committee.

Rene Swan has been appointed to the Curriculum Board, which oversees the development of prelicensing and continuing education curriculum for agents and brokers licensed by the California Department of Insurance to uphold professional standards that protect consumers. Swan is president of United Valley Insurance Services Inc., a property/casualty insurance agency network of over 85 independent agencies. Swan has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. Swan joins the board as a property/casualty trade association representative with a term ending on Oct. 2, 2023.

Alan Acosta has been appointed to the CLHIGA Board, which includes all insurance companies licensed to sell life and health insurance, and annuities, in California as

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Governor Lamont, education commissioner still optimistic about school reopening |

HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont and state Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said Tuesday they remain pleased with the reopening of Connecticut’s public schools, despite coronavirus-related concerns raised by the state’s largest teachers union regarding needier districts lacking proper air ventilation, personal protective equipment, and deep cleaning.

Cardona said there have been about 370 cases of infected students and about 150 cases of infected staff reported to state officials since schools opened in August. The 370 cases include students who are currently learning remotely. He said the infection rate for students, who he said appeared to have contracted COVID-19 off-campus, is less than 1%, which is lower than the statewide infection rate.

“A lot of success is happening in our schools. Obviously this always is going to be a work in progress but we’re going to get better at it,” Cardona said, adding how he’s “very impressed” that the percentage of

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Lamont, commissioner still optimistic about school reopening

Gov. Ned Lamont and state Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said Tuesday they remain pleased with the reopening of Connecticut’s public schools, despite coronavirus-related concerns raised by the state’s largest teachers’ union regarding needier districts lacking proper air ventilation, personal protective equipment and deep cleaning.

Cardona said there have been about 370 cases of infected students and about 150 cases of infected staff reported to state officials since schools opened in August. The 370 cases include students who are currently learning remotely. He said the infection rate for students, who he said appeared to have contracted COVID-19 off-campus, is less than 1%, which is lower than the statewide infection rate.

“A lot of success is happening in our schools. Obviously this always is going to be a work in progress but we’re going to get better at it,” Cardona said, adding how he’s “very impressed” that the percentage of Connecticut

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TN Education Commissioner used pre-pandemic report to gauge “significant learning loss”

(WTVC) – Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn cited Spring learning loss projections on national, months-old research, rather than up-to-date testing from Tennessee students.

There’s no question, educators are still navigating learning curves after the pandemic forced kids out of the classroom in the Spring.

However, NewsChannel 9 found out state leaders cited pre-pandemic data, not recent Fall 2020 tests from Tennessee students to categorize what she called a “significant learning loss” during a press conference last week.

Lawmakers grilled Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn during a series of hearing on schools re-opening.

At a press conference with Governor Bill Lee last week, Commissioner Schwinn said “preliminary projections” reflected there was an estimated 50 percent decrease in proficiency rates in 3rd grade reading and a projected 65 percent decrease in proficiency in math.

On Friday, Hamilton County Schools Spokesperson Tim Hensley said the student’s data from district was not included in the

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Tennessee education commissioner accused of misleading about learning loss

Chalkbeat Tennessee says during a call with superintendents on Friday Schwinn described the data as “estimated predictions.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Educators and lawmakers from across the state are criticizing the Tennessee Department of Education for data it released, showing Tennessee students were experiencing a “significant” learning loss due to schools being closed from COVID-19.

But it turns out much of that data was based on testing done before the pandemic, according to Chalkbeat Tennessee, a non-profit news organization focused on education issues.

It was an announcement that got everyone’s attention.

Tennessee education commissioner Penny Schwinn released data to show the impact prolonged school closures were having on Tennessee students.

“Because of some of these building closures and because of the impacts of COVID-19, we are seeing a significant decrease in the proficiency of students entering school this fall,” said Schwinn.

Schwinn said data showed a 50 percent decrease in third-grade

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Florida education commissioner orders Miami to open schools

A school district spokeswoman said the letter was being reviewed; the school board scheduled an emergency meeting for Sept. 29 to figure out next steps.

Miami-Dade is one of a few districts that started the 2020-21 school year with all-remote learning after winning permission from the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) because of exceptionally high coronavirus rates.

Corcoran’s letter came as a surprise to Miami-Dade officials. The Miami Herald quoted Hantman as saying, “It’s just very strange to me and I think it took everyone by surprise. I’m very much in favor of opening schools but when it’s safe.”

Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, chief communications officer for the district, said in a statement emailed to The Post:

“Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is carefully reviewing the letter received from the Commissioner of Education on Friday. The District was prepared to launch Stage II of our reopening plan, under the adjusted timeline

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State education commissioner tells Miami schools to open by Oct. 5 or prove exceptions

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran wrote a letter to Miami-Dade County Public Schools calling for schools to be fully open by Oct. 5 or ask for exemptions on a school-by-school basis.

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The School Board on Friday morning received Corcoran’s three-page letter, which was addressed to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman. He begins the letter by expressing “grave concerns” about the board’s recent vote for a delayed start to a soft and conditional opening of schools Oct. 14 with all schools opening for those who wish to return to the schoolhouse on Oct. 21.

Corcoran said Tuesday’s vote “directly contradicts” the reopening plan the school district submitted to the state. He charged it also clashes with Miami-Dade County’s transition to Phase 2 on Sept. 14. That transition cleared the way for schools to reopen for in-person learning and triggered the reopening of movie theaters,

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Maine Education Commissioner provides update as students return to classrooms

More Maine students are returning to the classroom. Their schools are set up much different from when they left half a year ago.

AUGUSTA, Maine — As students return to school, we’re hearing from the Maine Department of Education commissioner about how the start of the year has been going for schools statewide.

It seems for the most part in Maine students have been able to return to the classroom, some for more days a week than others.

Many districts are also utilizing a hybrid model of both in-person and online instruction.

We asked the Department of Education Commissioner, Pender Makin, about whether students will be allowed to switch to only learning from home if need be.

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“In many school districts, many schools are offering fully remote options. Not all are able to or have the capacity

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Florida education commissioner, board member spar over COVID-19 data

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran on Wednesday criticized “union bosses” and said Florida has been a model for reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but a member of the State Board of Education defended leaders of teachers unions and called for better data about children infected with the virus.

The exchange between Corcoran and Board of Education member Michael Olenick came as the state continues to battle the Florida Education Association teachers union in court about a reopening order and as school districts move forward with offering in-person and online classes to students.

Corcoran, a former House speaker who has long sparred with unions, ripped the litigation, which he described as “frivolous” and said was brought by “union bosses.” He also suggested union leaders did not represent the views of teachers, who wanted to be back in classrooms.

“When we opened up schools, you know what every teacher

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