Supreme Court: Religious schools must get Maine tuition aid
WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Maine can't exclude religious schools from a program that offers tuition aid for private education, a decision that could ease religious organizations' access to taxpayer money. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for a conservative majority that the Maine program violates the Constitution's protections for religious freedoms. Until now, Maine’s exclusion of religious schools has been upheld, Frey said during the appearance on Maine Public. Parents who challenged the program argued that the exclusion of religious schools violates their religious rights under the Constitution. Most of the justices attended religious schools, and several send or have sent their children to them.wftv.com
Justices rule religious schools must get Maine tuition aid
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for a conservative majority that the Maine program violates the Constitution's protections for religious freedoms. Once they do, however, they can’t cut out religious schools, he wrote, echoing his opinion in a similar case from two years ago. Until now, Maine’s exclusion of religious schools has been upheld, Frey said during the appearance on Maine Public. Parents who challenged the program argued that the exclusion of religious schools violates their religious rights under the Constitution. Most of the justices attended religious schools, and several send or have sent their children to them.wftv.com
📚Want to win gaming consoles, tablets and scooters? Join this summer reading challenge
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Next on Moms for Liberty library challenge list: The Kite Runner, Slaughterhouse-Five
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How do Seminole County deputies handle troublemakers in school? Juvenile intervention officers
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Enrollment in US Catholic schools rebounds after sharp drop
Catholic Schools FILE - Students enter the first new Catholic school built in Baltimore in roughly 60 years on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, named after Mother Mary Lange, who started a Catholic school for Black children in 1828 _ the first U.S. Catholic school for African-American youth. Enrollment in Roman Catholic schools in the United States rose 3.8% from the previous academic year, rebounding from a sharp drop caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic education officials reported Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/David McFadden) (David McFadden)Enrollment in Catholic schools in the United States rose 3.8% from the previous academic year, rebounding from a sharp drop caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic education officials reported Monday. This year, Catholic elementary schools had a 5.8% increase in enrollment; secondary schools had a slight drop of 0.4%. “Enrollment of the youngest learners in Catholic schools was a driver of the overall Catholic elementary school increase.wftv.com
Bomb threats target multiple U.S. schools for second consecutive day
For the second day in a row, several historically Black colleges and universities in the U.S. received bomb threats and were forced to cancel classes or tell students to shelter in place. CBS News chief Justice and Homeland Security correspondent Jeff Pegues reports from Washington. Then A. Zachary Faison, Jr., the president and CEO of Edward Waters University, one of the schools that received a threat, joins CBS News' Jericka Duncan and Tanya Rivero to discuss the situation.news.yahoo.com
Uganda's schools reopen, ending world's longest lockdown
KAMPALA, Uganda — (AP) — Uganda's schools reopened to students on Monday, ending the world's longest school disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Uganda's schools have been fully or partially shut for more than 83 weeks, the world's longest disruption, according to figures from the U.N. cultural agency. The protracted school lockdown proved controversial in a country where measures aimed at stemming the spread of the virus were ignored by many. Welcoming the reopening of Uganda's schools, Save the Children warned that “lost learning may lead to high dropout rates in the coming weeks without urgent action," including what it described as catch-up clubs. They said their support was key for Uganda's school system to remain open.wftv.com
Uganda's schools reopen, ending world's longest lockdown
The reopening caused traffic congestion in some areas of the capital, Kampala, and students can be seen carrying their mattresses in the streets, a back-to-boarding school phenomenon not witnessed here for nearly two years. Uganda’s schools have been fully or partially shut for more than 83 weeks, the world's longest disruption, according to figures from the U.N. cultural agency.news.yahoo.com
Court suggests religious schools OK to get Maine tuition aid
Supreme Court Religious Schools Light from the morning sun illuminates the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a challenge from parents in Maine who want to use a state tuition program to send their children to religious schools. Scott Applewhite) (J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to rule that religious schools can't be excluded from a Maine program that offers tuition aid for private education. The case is the latest test of religious freedoms for a Supreme Court that has favored faith-based discrimination claims. The Supreme Court could use this case to resolve the extent to which religious schools may use public funding for explicitly religious activities, such as worship services and religious education courses.wftv.com
Oregon, Oregon State to require vaccination proof to attend
EUGENE, Ore. — (AP) — Oregon and Oregon State became the first Power Five schools to announce they will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for people over the age of 12 to attend football games. Oregon is one of several Pac-12 schools that is requiring students and employees to be vaccinated or apply for an exemption. The Oregon football team opens its season at 54,000-seat Autzen Stadium in Eugene on Sept. 4 against Fresno State. Oregon State begins its home schedule at Reser Stadium on Sept. 11 against Hawaii. Tulane's decision followed a mandate set by city officials that also impacts the NFL's Saints, but schools officials said they were moving toward instituting the policy on their own.wftv.com
Brevard County schools vote to make face masks voluntary at end of year
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More CPS students sign up for in-person learning but still no high school return date set; district sets pre-Labor Day opening for next fall
Similarly sized schools with more than 67% opting in would default to the two-day model. Schools with more than 1,000 students and fewer than 67% opting in could use the two- or four- day model, depending on space limitations. If more than 67% of students at large schools opted in, they could use the two-day model if space permitted but would have to use the one-day model if space was limited.chicagotribune.com
Huge crowd gathers in Naperville for rally demanding full return to in-person classes: ‘All we’re asking for is an option’
“We’ve got to get our schools reopened,” Vallas said. “We’ve got to allow parents the option of continuing to have their children learn remote. But there’s no reason with what we pay on schools in this country ... schools have been closed for close to 12 months. How are we spending our money?”chicagotribune.com
Los Angeles schools and teacher's union reach tentative deal to start reopening in April
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U.N. uses empty desks of "Pandemic Classroom" in call on nations to end "very worrying" COVID school closures
In the Rose Garden of the U.N. campus in Manhattan, the "Pandemic Classroom" exhibit was unveiled on Tuesday evening to highlight what U.N. children's education agency UNICEF calls the "COVID-19 education crisis." "With every day that goes by, these children will fall further behind and the most vulnerable will pay the heaviest price." School desks are setup as part of a UNICEF 'Pandemic Classroom,' each seat representing one million children living in countries where schools have been entirely closed for almost a year, outside the UN Headquarters in New York on March 2, 2021. "We are increasingly seeing some very worrying evidence of the implication of protection-related concerns of schools being closed. The U.N.'s education and cultural agency, UNESCO, which contributed to the UNICEF report, says 888 million children worldwide continue to face disruptions to their education because of full and partial school closures.cbsnews.com
CPS opens its schools Monday to the most students since last March. Is it ready? Some principals say schools lack staff to resume in-person classes safely.
“One of the major problems, however, is that schools cannot implement the proper mitigation strategies if they don’t have the staff to implement them. Most schools don’t even have the staff to implement a decent instructional program,” he continued. “For example, tens of thousands of students are going to return to so-called in-person learning, only to sit in the classroom to look at the screen so they can learn from a teacher who is teaching from home, and the CEO and the mayor are not mentioning that extremely important fact when they talk to the public about reopening, which puts principals in a horrendous situation with parents when their children’s experience in so-called in-person learning doesn’t match the expectations.”chicagotribune.com
Expert on expanding COVID-19 vaccine access and reopening schools
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