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Education unions and teachers concerned by ‘big bang’ reopening of schools

<p>Boris Johnson is expected to announce all children will be allowed to return to school on 8 March</p> (Getty Images)

Boris Johnson is expected to announce all children will be allowed to return to school on 8 March

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Concerns have been raised over a “big bang” reopening for schools under which all students will be allowed to return in two weeks’ time, which Boris Johnson has confirmed as the first step in easing England’s lockdown.

Education unions had called for a “safe and sustainable” approach and warned it will be “reckless” to bring all pupils back en masse.

However Mr Johnson confirmed plans for all pupils in England to return on 8 March as he set out a

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Education Secretary DeVos slams teachers unions for ‘playing politics with children’s lives’

Teachers unions are failing American students amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Secretary of Education argued Thursday.

As more states are forcing students to go to virtual at-home learning to stop the spread of COVID-19, many children are suffering because of it, from worsening grades to poor mental health.

“The answer, of course, is get the kids back in school in person and it’s something the president has been calling for, for months, as have I and others,” Betsy

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Biden education secretary frontrunners have been critical of charter schools, back teacher unions

President-elect Joe Biden has his eyes on two frontrunners for Education Secretary as he lines up his cabinet choices, but his pick is likely to frustrate Republicans in favor of charter schools.

Biden, who ran with the endorsement and campaigning support of former President Barak Obama, is separating himself from his last presidential administration by throwing his weight behind teachers unions — making him one of the first pro-teachers union presidents in decades.

The National Education Association (NEA), one of the U.S.’s largest teacher unions, endorsed Biden who has remained mum on his inclusion of charter schools in his education

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Local Education Unions Claim Higher Numbers Of Coronavirus Cases In W.Va. Schools

A coalition of education union members from across the state claim that COVID-19 cases in West Virginia public schools are higher than what is being reported by the state Department of Education.

Members of the West Virginia United Caucus, which includes the state chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, the West Virginia Education Association, and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association, held a press conference Tuesday night over Zoom and Facebook Live to release numbers from their Covid Tracking.

The group claims that since schools opened Sept. 8, there have been at least 149 cases of the coronavirus

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Teaching unions condemn last minute schools guidance

Principal Cara Ackroyd cleans a classroom desk at Outwood Academy Shafton in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, as preparations are made before the start of the new term - Danny Lawson/ PA
Principal Cara Ackroyd cleans a classroom desk at Outwood Academy Shafton in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, as preparations are made before the start of the new term – Danny Lawson/ PA

Headteachers and union leaders have criticised last minute sweeping plans to enforce staggered rota systems on schools in lockdown regions just days before millions of pupils return to classes.

The Department for Education (DfE) has published its guidance about how schools in areas with worrying rises in coronavirus cases could send secondary school pupils home for two weeks at a time to study in an attempt to reduce infection rates.

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