Special education teacher at William Cullen Bryant High School loses morale when no students show up for in-person learning

WOODSIDE, Queens (WABC) — A special education teacher took video of his empty classroom after none of his nine students showed up for first period.

The video was taken at William Cullen Bryant High School on Thursday — the first day of in-person learning for middle school and high school students in New York City in nearly seven months.

“We’re off to a very, very rough start,” the teacher said. “My morale has dramatically decreased since I got here.”

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The teacher said more kids did show up online for remote learning.

“On a positive note, my babies are roaming the school and I get to see them for the first time in 6 months,” he wrote alongside the video.

Attendance did improve somewhat for his later classes when he had six out of eight, four out of 10, and

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Online Alcohol Safety Education Program Available at No Cost for High School Students in Florida, Texas, and New York

– Digital course helps students make better choices about alcohol safety and gives teachers additional e-learning resources during COVID-19 –

The Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation, Inc.—established by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to fund programs that support alcohol safety and underage drinking prevention—today announced the AlcoholEdu for High School online curriculum is now available at no cost for all public and private high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida, Dallas and Collin counties in Texas, and Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, and Richmond counties in New York for the 2020-2021 school year. After successfully launching the program in South Florida in 2017 and then Dallas in 2019, the Youth Alcohol Awareness and Education Foundation is proud to further expand the AlcoholEdu for High School program into New York for this latest school year. The program will be available in these three markets for the next

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Oxnard high school students juggle online school, work


The coronavirus pandemic has changed life as we knew it, including how students learn.


Although the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the traditional school year, high school students still have the same responsibilities when it comes to planning for their post-graduate futures.

Hundreds of students in local public school districts have applied for permits to work jobs around their school schedules. State law requires minors to obtain a work permit before getting a job.

Since the beginning of the school year, the Conejo Valley Unified School District has issued 293 general work permits to its high school students, according to district spokesperson Kim Gold. 

In Oxnard Union High School District alone, district Career Education Director Monica Phillippe said there are around 500 students with work permits.

UPDATE: Moorpark Unified first in county to receive approval to open for young learners

Pablo Gallegos, a work experience education coordinator at

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Higher ed partnerships expand high school curricular horizons

Dive Brief:

  • A hundred 11th- and 12th-grade students in New York City will be able to take a free online criminal justice course, “Introduction to Criminal Justice,” from Howard University during the 2020-21 school year as part of a partnership with the nonprofit National Education Equity Lab, District Administration reports.
  • Other partnerships are also underway with colleges and universities, via the non-profit, including Yale University, the University of Connecticut and Arizona State University. All will focus on expanding opportunities to low-income students and students of color.
  • Howard University is specifically eyeing the partnership as a way to introduce historically black colleges and universities to more students, and its course will allow students to virtually visit local prisons to gain a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system.

Dive Insight:

While high schools are focused on helping students take the next step after graduating, whether that’s attending a college or

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Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI) Expands Footprint in Illinois With Opening of the High Road School of Peoria

PEORIA, Ill., Sept. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), a premier provider of education services for K-12 students who require additional educational and positive behavioral supports to overcome challenges that impede success in a traditional school setting, today announced the opening of the High Road School of Peoria (325 W. Romeo B Garrett Avenue, Peoria, IL). The new school marks the second High Road location serving districts across Illinois. Due to COVID-19, classes at the High Road School of Peoria began remotely, with plans for students to resume in-person learning later this fall.

The High Road School of Peoria delivers customized education services for students in grades K-12 (aged 5-21) whose needs cannot be adequately addressed in the traditional classroom. The school’s programs are designed to improve behaviors that impede academic achievement, build transferable life skills, generate positive outcomes, and move students toward a return to

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Virtual College Fair encourages high school seniors to seek higher education

Open to all Idaho high school students, attendees can learn about all programs offered at each of Idaho’s eight public and three private higher education schools.

BOISE, Idaho — Historically, Idaho has struggled with college and university attendance after high school.

Many students are now deferring their secondary education plans due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

However, it’s a fact about high school seniors: the longer they delay a decision about college and career, the harder it is for them to re-engage, according to college and career program manager for the Idaho State Board of Education, Byron Yankey.

This reality is one of the reasons for this week’s Virtual College Fair. Open to every Idaho high school student, their families, and adults looking to advance or change their career, attendees can learn about all programs offered at each of Idaho’s eight public and three private higher education institutions.

“This is

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Florida Department of Education Taps Pioneering Nonprofit to Boost Entrepreneurial Skills, Mindset for High School Students

BARRINGTON, Ill., Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Uncharted Learning, a national nonprofit committed to helping students develop resilience and problem solving skills through entrepreneurship today announced its collaboration with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and the Florida Association of Career and Technical Education (FACTE) as part of the state’s effort to give more students access to high-quality courses that develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets. Through the program, FLDOE is investing $1 million in entrepreneurial education, including grants to K-12 school districts and secondary schools that want to offer entrepreneurship programs.

Uncharted Learning has been selected as one of two organizations that will share best practices for developing entrepreneurship education and training programs in K-12 schools and tips for completing the grant applications. Beginning Sept. 29, FLDOE and FACTE will host a series of webinars for school districts and Florida College System institutions interested in submitting grant applications.

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Shaker Schools Extend High School Online Education Enrollment

an open laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Shaker Heights Schools have extended online education model enrollment for high school students.

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Shaker Heights Schools have extended online education model enrollment for high school students.

SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH — The Shaker Heights Schools have extended the deadline for families to enroll in online learning models for high school education.

“We’ve received some feedback from High School families that they need additional information about the High School onsite plan in order to decide if the online option is best for their student/family,” the district said on social media.

Originally, families needed to enroll in an online-only education model by Sept. 29. That deadline has been extended.

“In the coming weeks, the district will provide High School families with details of the onsite learning plan for High School students during the 2020-2021 school year. An additional opportunity to opt into the online option will be provided to all High School families at that time,” the district said.

Enrollment plans that have already

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The High Cost of a Free College Education


Barbara Kelley

American colleges and universities will experience greater demand for lower tuition rates in the years ahead, as the coronavirus reshapes the U.S. higher-education system and more students access learning online.

Nonetheless, I respectfully disagree with Daniel Pianko’s assertion that the winning university of the future will be the one that drops its tuition rates the lowest, simply because many students value the on-campus college experience—and are willing to pay for it after the pandemic subsides (“Free Market Can Deliver Free College,” op-ed, Sept. 22).

Meanwhile, remarkable lectures, several from the nation’s top schools, are available on YouTube free of charge.

Alexander J. Bortone

Pensacola, Fla.

Fundamentally, education cannot be free. The time and energy required in education and the associated opportunity costs of lost income or leisure make it impossible for someone to obtain a free education. Indeed, these opportunity costs

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Guam high schoolers face challenges planning for higher education


Former Green Beret Roman Rozell enlisted to support his family. Now, he’s back in college wrestling men almost half his age at Arizona State University.


As Guam high school seniors navigate a complicated college admissions process, a global pandemic has forced them to face unprecedented confusion.

Students must build resumes with no extracurriculars, navigate online classes and select colleges without in-person visits.

“College applications is still a priority and always will be until I graduate, but spending this much time alone at home has forced me to reevaluate what is important,” said Marina Babauta, a senior at John F. Kennedy High school. 

Because of pandemic restrictions, more than 60% of four-year universities are test-optional.

For her dream schools, Babauta feels relieved that test scores are optional, but worries that she needs to focus on recommendations and extracurriculars, which receive extra attention this year. 

Guam coronavirus: 76-year-old woman

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