Lakewood elementary school teachers deliver books to kids during remote learning

First grade teachers Nicole Andregg and Patricia Birch found a way to stay connected to their students.

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — This year, the school year is unprecedented, and different on so many levels for everyone, including teachers.

Two first-grade teachers, from Hayes Elementary School in Lakewood, found a way to bridge the gap and connect with kids, through reading.

When their students started the school year off remotely, Nicole Andregg and Patricia Birch knew many of their students didn’t have what they needed.

“We also knew that a lot of kids don’t have books in their hands all the time. So we thought, ‘why don’t we just start a bookmobile?’ We can deliver books to children and say hi to them. And they’ll get to see our faces and have a little special treat from us,” Patricia said.

“They’re just smiling and beaming and we are, too,” Nicole echoed.

Teaming

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University watchdog warns over online learning saying it will fine institutions which fail to deliver

 The university watchdog has issued a warning over online learning as it says it will fine institutions which fail to deliver for students.

Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students, said it is “vital” that universities “honour the promises” they made to students when they applied.

She said that the regulator is “actively monitoring” the standard of online degrees, adding that where teaching moves online, universities must ensure that quality remains high.

The watchdog said it will investigate any complaints it receives about the quality of online learning, adding that it has the power to issue fines if it finds that universities have breached their conditions of registration.

Close to a quarter of a million students across the country are now being taught online, according to an analysis by The Telegraph, with Liverpool becoming the latest university to axe all face-to-face classes as cases.

Cases in the city

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Validated by scathing report, HISD special ed advocates question whether state can deliver change

After spending nearly two decades working in Houston ISD and four years fighting to get special education services for her second grade daughter, Nicole Tripp predicted state investigators reviewing the district’s handling of students with disabilities would find extensive issues.

As she expected, the Texas Education Agency released a blistering report late Tuesday that documented numerous violations of special education laws in HISD, findings that mirrored Tripp’s experience as a parent and former employee.

“You’re going to have some factors outside of the district’s control, but I do think that what I saw in HISD, before leaving, was intentional mismanagement that I don’t see in other districts,” said Tripp, who worked in HISD’s special education department from 2000 to 2018, most recently as an assistive technology specialist leader.

The state’s wide-ranging report on Houston ISD’s special education department, the result of an 11-month investigation into Texas’ largest school district, validated

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