Jefferson County Public Schools teacher Penelope Quesada sees over 100 students a day between her six classes at Semple Elementary School in Louisville, KY. The majority of students at Semple qualify for free or reduced-priced school meals, which is a commonly used measure of poverty. Quesada said she has spent nearly $600 of her own money on cleaning supplies and other precautionary measures. She's taught for 18 years and said this year has been more stressful and emotional than any other year.
Scarlet Taveras was 17 when she evacuated her high school, just south of the World Trade Center, on Sept. 11, 2001. She is now a mom of two children, and the behaviors and feelings she’s noticed in her sons as they live through the COVID-19 pandemic are similar to — but not exactly the same as — what she and her friends experienced in their teenage years in the wake of the terrorist attacks.
Santa Fe Fiesta's Pet Parade (or Desfile de los Niños) is the inspiration for Judith Torres' new picture book "An Alphabet Pet Parade in Topsy-Turvy Town, Population 26." Torres, born and raised in Santa Fe, has many fond memories of the fiesta. But the event that remains most vivid is the Pet Parade, "seeing the other kids and their animals going around the plaza," she said in a phone interview from her home in central California.
Amazon is offering to cover four-year college tuition for most of its approximately 750,000 hourly workers in the United States, the latest major employer to offer the perk to attract and retain hourly employees in a tight job market. It will also begin covering high school diploma programs, GED's and English as a Second Language (ESL) certifications for employees.
The Justice Department has reached a settlement with Newark Public Schools to resolve the department's investigation into the school district’s programs for its students who are English-language learners. The agreement ends the district's longstanding and common practice of removing students from programs for English learners before they become fluent in English. The district has agreed to improve services for English-learning students, so they can access the same educational opportunities as other students in the Newark Public Schools.
As President Joe Biden announced the end of the longest war in U.S. history, schools across the nation prepared for an influx of refugees, who were among the more than 120,000 people that were evacuated from Afghanistan.
When I was little, I used to love the books where you would connect the dots to make pictures. Some were very easy, you could tell what the picture was going to be even before you started, but some were very complex, and you had no idea what was going to emerge. The topic of Sept. 11, 2001 is very complex. On that day, when I was trying to comfort a classroom of terrified eighth graders — much less understand it myself — I couldn't see the dots that needed to be connected.
Debbie Reese reviews Sharice's Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman, a picture book by U.S. Congresswoman Sharice Davids with Nancy K. Mays.