Guidance for Classes Returning Released in NV, MD and MO
Recently, the states of Maryland, Nevada and Missouri published re-opening and re-entry guidance for schools in their respective states. The Nevada Department of Education released a ‘Path Forward ‘ Plan, ‘Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education’ was released by the Maryland Department of Education, and ‘Pandemic Recovery Considerations’ was released by the Missouri School Boards Association. NAfME is interested in seeing how states plan for the re-opening of schools in the coming academic year; if your state or school board has released such guidance, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State & National News
4/29/2020- ‘As Indiana school districts begin preparing for the fall semester, some school leaders are hearing a concerning message from parents: They don’t want their children to come back.’
4/28/2020- ‘New York City officials unveiled a new grading policy for students across its public schools on Tuesday, in light of the coronavirus impact on the city’s education system.’
4/21/2020- ‘Republican leaders of the Arizona Legislature who have been hoping to return to finish a coronavirus-interrupted session are instead planning to adjourn on May 1 and come back at Gov. Doug Ducey’s call when state finances are more certain.’
4/30/2020- ‘The South Carolina Legislature plans to return in less than two weeks as lawmakers face a deadline to pass key bills before they are required to adjourn.’
5/4/2020- ‘California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon is calling lawmakers back to the Capitol on Monday, restarting a legislative session interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, even as a handful of lawmakers plan to stay home for fear of contracting or spreading the disease.’
4/4/2020- ‘What does summer school look like during a pandemic? Chicago Public Schools, like districts across the country, is still deciding.’
5/1/2020- ‘The state Department of Education is considering whether to add additional school days at the end of summer or in early fall to make up for classroom instruction time lost because of the coronavirus.’
5/5/2020- ‘Wearing face masks and sitting far apart, Alabama lawmakers on Monday resumed a legislative session that is being shortened because of coronavirus.’
Some Good News
5/4/2020- NAfME member ‘Michael Knepper, a 21-year veteran teacher and band director from Musselman High School, is Berkeley County Schools’ 2020 Teacher of the Year.’
5/5/2020- ‘The Missouri Senate passed a new budget Tuesday that restores cuts to higher education and fully funds K-12 education.’
Research and Analysis
State budget shortfalls from COVID-19’s economic fallout could total $650 billion over three years, we estimate based on new economic projections from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and updated projections from Goldman Sachs.
State funding for higher education remains below pre-recession levels and will likely stay that way, a new report from the State Higher Education Executive Officers association shows.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, over half of the nation’s K-12 students are children of color, while about 80% of the educator workforce is white. States are increasingly interested in closing this diversity gap, as studies show that a more diverse teacher workforce benefits both students in the classroom and teachers already in the field.
Policy Roundup is compiled by NAfME’s Matt Barusch.