Category: Education News

Whoopi Shouts Down Another Meghan McCain and Joy Behar Fight: ‘I Swear to GOD!’

Returning from a one-week summer break, The View quickly devolved into yet another shoutfest between frequent sparring partners Meghan McCain and Joy Behar, prompting lead host Whoopi Goldberg to scold the pair and threaten them with a quick commercial break.

The ABC talk show kicked off Monday’s broadcast by discussing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ disastrous Sunday talk-show appearances, something the panel appeared to be in agreement over.

“So Meghan, we’re not seeming to get any real guidance from the education secretary. So what do you think a good idea for a plan could be?” Goldberg noted after highlighting DeVos’ inability

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Illegal schools are leaving thousands of pupils ‘languishing’, warns Ofsted chief

Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman
Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman

Ofsted’s chief inspector has issued a fresh warning about the problem of illegal schools, as new figures showed that the watchdog has investigated almost 700 unregulated institutions in the last four years.

Amanda Spielman said that thousands of children were “languishing” in schools where officials could not guarantee that they were either safe or “getting a decent education”.

The warning came as new figures released by Ofsted showed that the body has carried out 694 investigations of unregulated schools since 2016, and issued 95 warning notices to organisations that inspectors concluded were operating illegally.


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Former education secretary on “balancing act” of school reopening

The CDC is expected to release new guidelines on reopening schools safely after President Trump criticized the original guidance as “tough” and “expensive.” Despite the ongoing controversy, former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said it will be the states and local communities making the ultimate decision. 

“They’re the people who are paying the bills,” Spellings said on “CBS This Morning” Thursday. “I think parents are looking to their local officials to understand the needs of that community and that balancing act, and be a party to those decisions.” 

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump has been pressuring state and local officials to open schools

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Trump Insists That Schools Open, But Teachers Aren’t So Sure

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President Donald Trump has made his position clear: “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!” he tweeted Monday. As Covid-19 surges in parts of the U.S., many teachers aren’t convinced.

The pandemic’s ever-shifting nature has robbed school districts of the ability to plan with certainty — not only for instruction, but to provide protective equipment and intensive cleaning. Even if a sustained decline in infections allows them to open their doors, many are preparing a mix of in-person and remote education that is certain to fall short of the president’s expectations.

“The reality is that they have to map

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Hundreds of schools still waiting for new buildings a decade after Gove axed rebuilding scheme


Hundreds of ageing schools where rebuilding schemes were axed by Michael Gove in hugely-controversial cuts exactly a decade ago are still waiting for new buildings.

A total of 715 schemes bit the dust when the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme was scrapped in July 2010 – in what the former education secretary now describes as “a fiasco”.

Just 389 schools have been rebuilt since, The Independent can reveal, under replacement schemes which were slow to get off the ground and have hit delays since.

The NASUWT teachers’ union said the figures showed the decision to axe BSF

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