Children

Warren Praised for Using DNC Address to Demand Child Care as ‘Part of the Basic Infrastructure of This Nation’

Speaking on the third night of the Democratic National Convention from a Massachusetts kindergarten facility that’s been shuttered for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday lamented the failure of the wealthiest country on the planet to provide crucial services to families with children and demanded that child care be treated …

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Scores of Education Experts Call on Schools to Reject Screen-Saturated Return to Learning

As school districts across nation make plans for the fall semester—with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic forcing varying degrees of reliance on remote learning—scores of education experts on Tuesday sounded the alarm over the very real threat to students posed by increased screen time. The warning comes in a new statement (pdf) that cites risks to …

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Medical Experts Speak Out as Trump Doubles Down on False Claim That Children Are ‘Virtually Immune’ to Covid-19

Medical professionals were compelled to speak out Wednesday after President Donald Trump defended and doubled down on his claim that children are “virtually immune” to Covid-19, a dangerous falsehood the president has been spreading as part of his effort to pressure schools to reopen in the fall. “I’m talking about from getting very sick,” Trump …

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Democratic Bill Banning Toxic Pesticides in US Applauded as ‘Much-Needed’ Step to Protect Kids and the Planet

Democrats in the House and Senate on Tuesday introduced sweeping legislation that would ban some of the most toxic pesticides currently in use in the United States and institute stronger protections for farmworkers and communities that have been exposed to damaging chemicals by the agriculture industry. “It is long past time for the United States …

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Poll Reveals Surge of Fears Over In-Person Learning as Expert Warns School Reopenings in US ‘Guaranteed’ To Fail

As school districts across the country grapple with how to safely re-open in the coming weeks, the reality of Covid-19 spread has teachers, parents, and health experts warning of imminent danger just as new polling out Monday shows the U.S. public is having serious second thoughts about sending kids back to the classroom for in-person …

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Progressives Applaud AOC Proposal to Ban ‘Insidious Practice’ of Military Recruiting in Schools

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday proposed blocking the military from recruiting in schools, describing the practice as a predatory attack on disadvantaged children who already suffer from underfunded resources in their learning environments.  The proposal follows an amendment to the defense spending bill from Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, last week that would ban military …

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With Sweeping $775 Billion Investment in Child and Elder Care, Biden Goes Big to End ‘Caregiving Crisis’

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday won praise from progressives when he unveiled the third portion of his “Build Back Better” economic program, focused on investing in caregiving for children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.  The 10-year, $775 billion investment would create three million jobs in the caregiving sectors and free up millions of …

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Teachers Sue Florida Governor for Order to Reopen Schools in Defiance of ‘Basic Human Needs for Health and Safety’

Teachers in Florida—where coronavirus cases continue to surge—filed a lawsuit on Monday to block a state-ordered physical reopening of schools in August, saying, “There is no rational basis for ignoring science and evidence-based data.” The lawsuit (pdf), filed by the Florida Education Association (FEA), names as defendants Gov. Ron DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the …

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Outraged Over Trump’s Inept School Reopening Push, Teachers Ready #RedForEd Resurrection

As teachers and parents across the U.S. continue to express outrage over the federal government’s demand that public schools fully reopen in the next few weeks for the fall semester, some educators are looking to revitalize the nationwide Red for Ed movement of 2018 which led thousands of them to walk out of their classrooms in …

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120 Rights Groups Demand ICE Immediately ‘Release All Detained Families Together’

Led by Amnesty International USA, 120 rights groups on Friday urged the Trump administration to release all families being held in immigrant detention centers as it complies with a recent court order to release children from these facilities due to concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We strongly object to any plan to place a …

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National Academy of Sciences Emphasizes Need for ‘Significant’ Government Investment as Trump and DeVos Push to Reopen Schools

While President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos push to reopen schools in the fall despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, national experts on Wednesday released a report—welcomed by the country’s largest union—emphasizing the necessity of the federal and state governments providing “significant resources” to help teachers and students safely return to classrooms. “Betsy DeVos, …

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Hope for Other Cities to Follow After Minneapolis School Board Votes Unanimously to End Police Contract

The Minneapolis school board unanimously voted Tuesday evening to terminate the district’s $1.1 million yearly contract with the city’s police department, the decision coming a week and a half after the police killing of George Floyd.  The resolution, which will end the use of armed “school resource officers” in the district’s schools, had the support …

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Survey Shows 1 in 5 Teachers—Citing Covid-19 Concerns—Likely Won’t Return to US Schools This Fall

While most U.S. schools have ended in-person instruction for the rest of this academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic, polling results published Tuesday show that the majority of parents and teachers expect classrooms to reopen in the fall and worry about what that will mean for safety and education. In mid-May, Ipsos conducted a …

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UN Issues Call to Protect Children From ‘Potentially Catastrophic’ Economic and Social Effects of Pandemic

World governments must work together to keep the coronavirus pandemic from evolving into “a broader child-rights crisis,” the United Nations said Thursday. The intergovernmental organization released a policy report on the pandemic’s impact on children around the world, concluding that with 1.5 billion children already affected by school closures and with families around the world …

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‘Victory’: After Outrage Over Seizure of Coronavirus Relief Payments From Veterans, USAA Reverses Course

Update… Hours after David Dayen reported Thursday at The American Prospect that USAA was seizing coronavirus stimulus money from veterans with accounts at the financial institution, the bank reversed course, telling Dayen in a statement that the money seized would returned. “For members with negative deposit account balances, USAA will pause the collection of a negative account balance existing …

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