Nearly 1 in 3 Oregon students learning in-person attend private schools, election 2020 preview: The week in education

An Oregonian/OregonLive analysis of state education data found that 30% of students who attended in-person classes the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 2 are enrolled in private schools.

All told, 550 Oregon schools offered some form of in-person instruction that week, teaching some 46,000 students. One hundred and seventy of those schools are private and taught 13,000 students in-person, state Department of Education figures show.

That means 6% of the state’s 560,000 K-12 students visited a classroom last week. The share of private students in the overall population is about 2%.

In order for school districts to allow in-person instruction, the county they’re in must meet specific coronavirus set by the state. If a district or school draws 10% or more of its workforce or enrollment from more than one county, both must meet the metrics in order for the district to open its classrooms.

That’s the case in Portland Public

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Total of 106 students, 57 staffers test positive for COVID in Massachusetts schools over the last week, education officials report

Massachusetts school districts have reported 106 new coronavirus cases over the last week among students who are learning in-person or through hybrid instruction, according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Additionally, DESE reports 57 new COVID-19 cases among district staff members. The new cases reflect reporting between Oct. 1 through Oct. 7 across school districts, charter schools, collaboratives and approved special education schools.

The data includes positive cases for students in hybrid or in-person learning models, excluding students in districts that are learning only remotely. Staff cases include employees who have been in a district building within the seven days before the report of the positive case.

Notably, there were eight new cases among students in Haverhill schools, five among students in Hudson schools and Burlington schools and four among students in Hingham schools. Every other district saw three or fewer new cases, with the vast majority

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‘Trying to jam a month’s worth of work into a week’ | Coons fears Barrett won’t be vetted properly prior to SCOTUS hearing | The Latest from WDEL News

“Look, Judge [Amy Coney] Barrett possesses qualifications that I think are appropriate and relevant for a nominee for the most significant court in our country,” Said Senator Chris Coons Wednesday. “My concern isn’t her qualifications. It’s her judicial philosophy and reviews, and the ways in which those will have real world consequences for millions of Americans.”

Right now, with everything going on in the world, Coons does not feel like it is the appropriate time to be choosing a candidate for the nation’s highest court. Confirmations should come following only careful consideration, and consideration takes a not insignificant amount of time. There is a body of work for congressional leaders to sort through to decide whether or not they can support a candidate for the office and that time has not been provided, Coons said.

“Frankly, we’re trying to jam a month’s worth of work into a week, and it

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National Voter Education Week 2020 Aims To Reach Nonvoters

ACROSS AMERICA — A national nonpartisan campaign will set aside a week in October to help bridge the education gap between polling booths and new and never-before voters.

This year, National Voter Education Week kicks off Oct. 5. Continuing through Oct. 9, this digital education campaign — a project led by the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition — hopes to teach voters how to find their polling location, understand their ballot, make a plan to vote in person or remotely, and more ahead of the November presidential election.

In anticipation of National Voter Education Week, here’s what you should know about the campaign and voting in your state prior to the election.

1) Why is National Voter Education Week needed?

Since the last presidential election, more than 15 million Americans became old enough to vote — and chances are more than 40 percent will never cast a ballot.

In 2016,

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Portland middle school schedules clarified, rural district pushes to reopen high school: The week in education

In late July, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said students may not see the inside of a classroom for months if the state didn’t curb steadily rising coronavirus infections.

For much of August, the average daily rate of new cases steadily fell until it hit a season low in mid-September. Then, rates started to climb.

New state modeling shows what Oregon health officials call a “discouraging” trend as the most optimistic scenario forecasts an average of 800 new cases per day by Oct. 22, or about 19 per 100,000 residents.

That’s nearly double the threshold state health and education officials set for all of Oregon’s students to return to in-person instruction.

Those rising infection rates have dashed some districts’ hopes of allowing their students back into classrooms, most notably in Lane and Douglas counties, where spikes in case counts scuttled districts’ hopes of a state-sanctioned reopening.

Here are some of the

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Most Connecticut school districts sticking with hybrid of online and in-person learning; 133 coronavirus cases among students and staff last week

About a month into the school year, most Connecticut school districts continue to operate on a hybrid model mixing online and in-person learning, with only two districts statewide opting for fully remote education.

In an update released Thursday afternoon, the state Department of Education reported that from Sept. 21-25, nearly 60% of schools educated students with a mix of online and classroom learning, while 34% had students attending classes five days a week.

“Hybrid learning models were offered in a majority of public school district grades,” the department said. “In this model, all students attend school in-person on some but not all days and on the days when students are not in-person, instruction is provided remotely through technology or other means. The fully in-person learning model — where all students attend school in-person on all days — was offered more in the elementary grades than in the middle and high

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Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools consider switch to in-person learning five days a week

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools Superintendent Joelle Magyar wants to change the district’s plan to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and resume in-person learning five days a week for K-12 pupils starting Oct. 26.

Magyar said the hybrid education model, in which pupils attend in-person classes twice a week and learn remotely on computers the other three days, is working for some pupils but others are struggling, especially younger children.

“It’s not a developmentally appropriate model for many of our students,” Magyar told the school board Wednesday (Sept. 23).

The board for the most part wasn’t receptive to Magyar’s recommendation. Board member Mark Dosen said the district had committed to hybrid learning so that families can plan ahead without having to worry about a sudden change to all-remote or five-day, in-person models.

Ultimately, the board decided to seek input from families and survey them on whether they want

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SD K-12 schools see new cases pass 200 for third week

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The inability of the American medical system to perform timely, accurate testing for the presence of COVID-19 has hampered efforts to understand and respond to the pandemic. (Photo: Stock image)

When it comes to COVID-19 in the education system of South Dakota, the number of higher education and K-12 cases are trending in opposite directions week-over-week, state health department data reveals. 

And there may not be a clear reason why, state health officials said this week.

Cases at the higher ed level climbed to 1,329 by Friday, while cases at the K-12 level reached 1,371. While those overall totals are similar, the change over time shows the difference. 

More: All S.D. public universities will require masks indoors when semester starts

Cases within South Dakota’s colleges haven’t been above 200 weekly since Sept. 12, with the highest amount of new cases reported the week of Aug. 29 at 457. This

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SD K-12 schools see new cases pass 200 for third week; higher ed cases drop significantly

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The inability of the American medical system to perform timely, accurate testing for the presence of COVID-19 has hampered efforts to understand and respond to the pandemic. (Photo: Stock image)

When it comes to COVID-19 in the education system of South Dakota, the number of higher education and K-12 cases are trending in opposite directions week-over-week, state health department data reveals. 

And there may not be a clear reason why, state health officials said this week.

Cases at the higher ed level climbed to 1,329 by Friday, while cases at the K-12 level reached 1,371. While those overall totals are similar, the change over time shows the difference. 

More: All S.D. public universities will require masks indoors when semester starts

Cases within South Dakota’s colleges haven’t been above 200 weekly since Sept. 12, with the highest amount of new cases reported the week of Aug. 29 at 457. This

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Students in Union County will return to school four days per week

During a meeting Tuesday, the BOE voted to allow grades PK-5 to return to school four days per week beginning Oct. 26

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — The Union County Board of Education voted 8 – 1 in favor of adding more in-person learning days for elementary students during a meeting Tuesday.  The new plans come after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced elementary schools could return to full time in-person learning beginning October 5. 

The board approved four days of in-person learning for students in grades Pre-K through 5 starting October 26.  Under the plan, students would go to school Monday through Thursday and do remote learning every Friday.  

The school district already had plans in place for students in grades Pre-K through 12 to transition from one to two days per week in the classroom beginning next Tuesday. Those plans will remain in place through October 26.

#NEW: Union

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