Biden administration says Florida’s teacher bonus plan may violate COVID-19 relief money rules
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida’s plan to use federal COVID-19 relief money to give classroom teachers and school principals $1,000 bonuses may have hit a snag. The U.S. Department of Education, in a letter this week, told Florida education leaders their bonus plan looks likely to conflict with federal requirements that the money help address student “learning loss” brought on by the pandemic. That could derail the state’s effort to spend nearly $216 million on bonuses for about 180,000 teachers and about 3,600 principals. The problem, first reported by Politico Florida, was detailed in a letter the f...
Mike Bianchi: By giving its teams $23 million COVID stimulus checks, SEC shows why it’s the gold standard
Here we are at Nick Saban Elementary School where the teacher, Mr. Sankey, is asking all of his kiddie conferences what their future goals are. “Pac-12, let’s start with you,” Mr. Sankey says. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Replies the Pac-12: “I wanna be big and strong so I can beat up everybody — just like the SEC!!!” “Good answer,” Mr. Sankey says. “And what about you, ACC?” “When I grow up, Mr. Sankey, I’m gonna be rich — just like the SEC!!!” “Excellent!” Mr. Sankey says, tousling the ACC’s moppy head of hair. “And how about you, Big 12?” “I’m gonna to be so famous that everyb...
Is California ending its mask mandate June 15?
Are the mask rules that Californians have been required to follow for nearly a year about to be scrapped? In the span of 24 hours, Gov. Gavin Newsom caused confusion over the issue, appearing to tell a TV reporter in Los Angeles that indoor mask rules would be dropped after June 15, the date he plans to end California’s colored COVID-19 tiers system which has limited how businesses and other activities can be run during the pandemic. But then in Monterey County Wednesday afternoon, Newsom said he wanted to “clarify” the issue, and seemed to walk his remarks back. On Tuesday, Elex Michaelson, c...
The Mercury News
Army apologizes after Fort Jackson soldier hijacks school bus in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The U.S. Army apologized after a trainee left Fort Jackson and hijacked a school bus with 18 elementary school students on board Thursday morning. None of the students was injured, and neither was the school bus driver, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. That didn't stop the Army for taking responsibility for the incident. "This was a failure in our accountability procedures that we truly regret and are apologetic to our community," Fort Jackson spokeswoman LA Sully said in a news release. "We are thankful for the fast actions of RCSD and the local community to assist in ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Preparing Your Child to Walk to School in Japan Without You
Perhaps the biggest and most immediate change that accompanies your child’s graduation from kindergarten to elementary school in Japan is her newfound independence. No longer assumed to require around-the-clock supervision, her first step out alone will likely be the walk to school and home again. Although most kids are delighted by this sudden freedom, for most parents, and some children, it will take some time to come to terms with it. When most soon-to-be first-year elementary school kids imagine walking to school by themselves they probably picture the sun shining, birds singing, friendly ...