|3-24-20 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--School Closures Hit Parents of Kids with Special Needs Especially Hard
One woman is getting remote support from her son’s teachers, but she says most days her family is in ‘survival mode’
John is an 8-year-old from Verona with cerebral palsy and autism. When school is in regular session, he works directly with an aide all day. But now, with school buildings closed statewide in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, that’s not happening.
NJ Spotlight--As COVID-19 Heats Up, Governor Puts $1B in Planned Spending in Deep Freeze
Social-distancing measures have sent consumer spending into a tailspin, a sharp downturn felt all across the state economy that’s reducing revenues in all sectors
Star Ledger--Expect N.J. schools to be closed for ‘extended period of time’ during coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Murphy says
Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that New Jersey residents should expect all schools in the state to remain closed for a “long and extended period of time” due to the coronavirus outbreak, though no timetable has been determined.
Matt Arco | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Updated Mar 23, 2020; Posted Mar 23, 2020
Philadelphia Inquirer--Pa. schools close till April 6; long-term closures expected elsewhere amid coronavirus outbreak
As the number of coronavirus cases balloons around the country and across the region, schools are bracing for longer-term closures.
In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that schools, initially shut through Friday, will remain closed at least through April 6 and possibly longer “if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.”
NPR--Education Dept. Says Disability Laws Shouldn't Get In The Way Of Online Learning
As classes move online, many schools fear students with disabilities could be left behind, in violation of federal laws. The Education Department calls this reading of the law "a serious misunderstanding."
The vast majority of states have closed public schools in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and many districts are now faced with a dilemma: how to provide remote learning to students without running afoul of civil rights and disability laws.
Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--The Education World Wants a Coronavirus Stimulus. What Would Help the Most?
This post has been updated to reflect a revised version of Senate Republican coronavirus stimulus legislation released Sunday:
As schools have shut down across America, the nation's education community is beginning to pressure Washington for stimulus funding to help weather the coronavirus pandemic. But what could and should a K-12 stimulus actually look like?
Andrew Ujifusa on March 22, 2020 12:41 PM
Education Dive--Educators 'scrambling' to continue special ed services as nearly all states close schools
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said it was "extremely disappointing" districts opted to close without remote learning "out of fear" they would be unable to serve students with disabilities.
Extended school closures are becoming the norm as the novel coronavirus spreads and districts are moving to put in place equitable remote learning systems as a result. But how those systems will ensure a free and appropriate public education for students with disabilities, who are among those hit hardest by closures, is still uncertain.
Garden State Coalition of Schools