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A-level and GCSEs could be held in public buildings next year, education secretary says

The Government is still "actively considering" pushing back exams to give pupils more time to catch-up on learning
The Government is still “actively considering” pushing back exams to give pupils more time to catch-up on learning

A-level and GCSE exams could be held in public buildings next year if social distancing requirements are still in place, the education secretary has said.  

This could include town halls or any other spacious venues such as concert halls, community centres or exhibition halls.  

Gavin Williamson told MPs at the education select committee that a “reserve set” of exam papers may be introduced next year if pupils are unable to sit a test on a given day if they are unwell or

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Obama education secretary on Trump and DeVos

Arne Duncan served as secretary of education under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2015. Today Duncan is advocating for #BackToSchoolSolutions, a new community-oriented campaign founded by Arianna Huffington aimed at sourcing first-hand stories and ideas for how communities can help U.S. children this back-to-school season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duncan tells Yahoo Finance that the burden of finding solutions for schools amid the pandemic is falling to those at the local level as a result of a “lack of leadership” from the federal government. 

“I think the innovation, the creativity, the solutions, or the answers are all going to

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Dismissing ‘Flexible’ CDC Guidelines, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Doubles Down on Pushing Schools to Reopen

On Sunday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reiterated the Trump Administration’s risky push for schools to fully re-open in the fall. This despite CDC guidelines warning that children meeting in groups could greatly increase the spread of the coronavirus.

“Kids need to be back in school and that school leaders across the country need to be making plans to do just that,” DeVos said Sunday on CNN’s State of The Union. “There’s going to be the exception to the rule, but the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall. And where there are little flare ups

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Education Secretary Betsy Devos says it should be ‘the rule’ to return students to classrooms in the fall

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos listens during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the US Department of Education July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos listens during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the US Department of Education July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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  • Education Secretary Betsy Devos on Sunday doubled down on the Trump administration’s position on opening schools in the fall amid the US’ ongoing record spike in cases of the novel coronavirus.

  • “There is going to be the exception to the rule,” Devos said. “But the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall.”

  • While children are at low risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19, the

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Education Secretary wants U.S. schools open, offers no safety plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos kept up the administration’s push to reopen U.S. schools in the fall on Sunday, but failed to embrace any blueprint – including federal health guidelines – for how that could be done safely.

“We know that children get the virus at a far lower rate than any other part of the population. There is nothing in the data that would suggest that kids being back in school is dangerous to them,” DeVos told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

She did not offer any details on how her department would advise or help school

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