NJ Waives Graduation Rules, Makes Other School Changes Amid COVID

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday that New Jersey will once again have to make important statewide changes to New Jersey schools as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Murphy announced during a Monday news conference that the state Department of Education will, for the second time, be waiving a graduation assessment test requirement for all New Jersey 12th graders this spring.

This is due to COVID-19 and so many students forced to learn virtually from home, he noted.

The governor also extended the time in which certified teachers can work as substitutes, as school districts across the state

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COVID Collaborative Launches Vaccine Education Campaign | News

The COVID Collaborative — a coalition of experts in health, education, and the economy — launched a $50 million vaccine education campaign with nonprofit advertising group the Ad Council on Nov. 23. The effort aims to inform Americans about COVID-19 vaccines and their benefits.

Harvard School of Public Health Dean Michelle A. Williams co-founded the Collaborative alongside former Domestic Policy Council and USA Freedom Corps director John M. Bridgeland ’82 and current World Health Organization Ambassador for Global Strategy Roy G. Chambers. Chambers is a member of the School of Public Health Communication Advisory Board.

Several other Harvard faculty members

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Duke of Sussex tells Malala of worries about impact of Covid on girls’ education

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have expressed their concerns about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on girls’ education with activist Malala Yousafzai.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry are posing for a picture: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Yui Mok/PA)

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Yui Mok/PA)

Harry and Meghan’s video chat with the renowned 23-year-old education campaigner was released on Sunday to mark the International Day Of The Girl.

The trio spoke about how the Covid-19 outbreak has impacted young women’s access to education and the importance of learning.

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Support for School Choice Spiked 10 Percent among Public School Families during COVID Shutdown

As the coronavirus pandemic keeps many schools shuttered and forces parents to consider other options for their children’s education, support for school choice has spiked among parents of children who attend public school.

Since April, support for the concept of school choice jumped ten points from 67 percent to 77 percent among parents who have children in public school, according to a new RealClear Opinion Research poll.

Notably, support for choice is at a similarly high level across party lines and ethnicities.

About 72 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of Republicans, and 73 percent of Independents support giving parents a

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Bronx school closes after two staffers test positive for COVID; 17 other DOE staffers have tested positive across NYC

A Bronx elementary school had to be shut down after the city Education Department confirmed two people there tested positive for coronavirus.

The school, PS 811X in Crotona Park, will remain closed for 24 hours under city COVID protocols that dictate closure when two cases are confirmed within seven days of each other in the same location.

“As we get ready for in-person learning, we’ll stop at nothing to ensure principals, teachers and school staff have the protections they need to stay safe and prepare for the school year,” said Education Department spokeswoman Miranda Barbot. “We are putting people’s health

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