The governor has announced partnerships with a number of wealthy business leaders to lead economic, technological and educational recovery efforts in New York — and civil rights advocates and educators are not happy. NYCLU's Johann Miller has called on Cuomo to pass reforms that address racial inequities in New York's K-12 schools.
When students return to school after a lengthy pandemic-induced absence, the consensus is they will have lost significant academic ground. Still unresolved for governments and educators are the questions of how — or even whether — teachers should try to make up for lost learning. Some have proposed holding evening or Saturday classes for students to catch up. A Maryland senator has proposed school year-round. In California, the governor has suggested the next school year could begin as soon as July.
Dave Friedfel of the New York state government watchdog group, Citizens Budget Commission, published a piece on Tuesday calling for the Division of the Budget to cut funding to wealthy school districts to cover budgetary deficits caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
A Monday court filing from the U.S. Education Department says the agency was still garnishing wages from more than 50,000 workers who had fallen behind on their student loans more than a month after Congress ordered an immediate suspension of the practice during the coronavirus pandemic.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday issued a new policy that will reshape the way schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual misconduct, bolstering the rights of the accused and narrowing the scope of cases colleges are required to investigate. "We released a final rule that recognizes we can continue to combat sexual misconduct without abandoning our core values of fairness, presumption of innocence and due process," DeVos said in a call with reporters.
New York state is collaborating with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a blueprint to reimagine education in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic; and asking New Yorkers to create and share a video explaining why people should wear a mask in public to be used in a public service announcement.
The state will monitor four core factors to determine if a region may reopen in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; outlines safety precautions required of reopening businesses; extends health care marketplace special enrollment.