From Montclair Local: Moms rally to reopen schools during COVID

PHOTOS BY KATE ALBRIGHT Parents wanting to reopen schools “sooner than later” took to the parks of Montclair Saturday, Dec. 12 to rally to open the school classrooms. While some parents want learning to remain remote, a group of vocal parents want their children in the classroom. Full article on Montclair Local: https://www.montclairlocal.news/2020/12/12/photos-moms-rally-to-reopen-schools-during-covid

From NorthJersey.com: ‘The kids are so disengaged’: NJ families rally to reopen schools in Montclair, Nutley

Excerpt: Families rallied in Montclair and Nutley on Saturday to demand that their districts reopen schools, arguing that children were struggling to learn at home and that schools were not high-risk environments. “There are hundreds of school districts that have opened around us,” said Deirdre Carlough, who has children in kindergarten and second grade. “We’ve …

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EdWeek Article: Biden’s Victory Will Complicate Union Resistance to School Reopening

Excerpt: Teachers’ unions worked fervently to unseat President Trump and elect longtime ally Joe Biden. They’ve gotten their wish. Now, they’d do well to recall the old adage: Be careful what you wish for. Trump’s imminent departure means that unions are about to lose the erratic, impulsive, cartoonish foil that has allowed them to portray …

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Politico: Sean Spiller making the rounds for a job as Biden’s education secretary

Is there a link between the fact that Montclair kids are still not back in school and the fact that Sean Spiller is both Mayor of Montclair and Vice-President of the New Jersey Education Association? Do you have any opinion on that? Full article on Politico: https://www.politico.com/states/new-jersey/story/2020/12/01/njeas-sean-spiller-making-the-rounds-for-a-job-as-bidens-education-secretary-1338970

Baristanet: Montclair Public Schools Postpone In Person Learning To January 25 & February 8

Excerpt from Bartistanet: Montclair Public School students won’t begin in person learning until January 25th for special education and elementary school students and February 8th for high school and middle school students. The announcement was made by Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Ponds as part of his Superintendent’s report during Wednesday’s Montclair Board of Education meeting. Ponds …

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From the Washington Post: ‘A lost generation’: Surge of research reveals students sliding backward, most vulnerable worst affected

Keeping schools closed is the most INEQUITABLE practice imaginable! Excerpt from the Washington Post: *After the U.S. education system fractured into Zoom screens last spring, experts feared millions of children would fall behind. Hard evidence now shows they were right. * *A flood of new data — on the national, state and district levels — …

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