- I said I wasn’t likely to clip stories about schools opening/closing/going remote unless they were excessively interesting to me. This one qualifies. Pickerington City Schools in suburban central Ohio has created a new plan to deal with staff shortages due to the pandemic. It’s called “Flexible Learning 3.0” and it works like this: when staffing shortages for K-6 classes reach whatever is the threshold for “too many” (undefined in this piece), the district’s junior high and high school students will go to virtual instruction and “staff members from the 7-12 buildings who don't have classroom obligations” (again, how many?) will be assigned to K-6 buildings that have staffing shortages and will provide instruction to those students. The idea is that big kids can handle remote learning. “They are expected to be in class and there will be a teacher on the other side of the camera delivering instruction”. The supe calls it “a plan that helps our most vulnerable students stay in school.” All I can think to say is: wonder what 1.0 and 2.0 were like? (ThisWeek News, 1/20/22)
- In celebration of National School Choice Week, take a look at the first school choice fair ever held in West Virginia. Yeah yeah, I know it’s still up to a court to decide if any of those charter choices will actually exist next year, but I for one admire the optimism. (WCHS-TV, Charleston, WV, 1/22/22)
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