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5 alternative school options parents are weighing as more districts opt for remote learning

CHICAGO — Laura Reber, founder and CEO of Chicago Home Tutors, has been fielding calls from nervous parents around the clock in recent weeks, as uncertainty over fall schooling sent many searching for alternative options.

Reber, whose firm of 100 tutors has served Chicago-area students for eight years, said she understands parents’ frustrations. Her reassurances to them focus on the fact that, while it might not be an ideal year for education, their students — and their peers across the country — will get through it.

“The whole nation is going to be in the same boat,” she said. “Not that that’s a huge comfort, but if you move to a private school or another district, there’s really no guarantee that they’re not going to change their plan.”

With Mayor Lori Lightfoot announcing Wednesday that the new school year will begin with remote learning instead of a hybrid plan in

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More pro athletes opt out, Indiana student tests positive on first day of school, Birx warns rural US

Congressional leaders and White House officials bickered over details of a proposed $1 trillion stimulus package Sunday, with checks to individuals, jobless benefits and relief for small businesses hanging in the balance.

All sides agree that progress was made in talks Saturday, but on Sunday no one spoke optimistically about a deal coming soon. Among the major sticking points: what will replace a $600 weekly unemployment benefit supplement that expired last week. That bonus more than doubled unemployment checks for tens of millions of Americans left jobless by months of the pandemic-driven recession.

“We have to balance,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “There’s obviously a need to support workers, support the economy. … On the other hand, we have to be careful about not piling on enormous amounts of debt.”

Meanwhile, more pro athletes say they won’t play this season, and another music festival has

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More pro athletes opt out of season, Indiana student tests positive on first day of school, Birx warns rural US

Congressional leaders and White House officials bickered over details of a proposed $1 trillion stimulus package Sunday, with checks to individuals, jobless benefits and relief for small businesses hanging in the balance.

All sides agree that progress was made in talks Saturday, but on Sunday no one spoke optimistically about a deal coming soon. Among the major sticking points: what will replace a $600 weekly unemployment benefit supplement that expired last week. That bonus more than doubled unemployment checks for tens of millions of Americans left jobless by months of the pandemic-driven recession.

“We have to balance,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “There’s obviously a need to support workers, support the economy. … On the other hand, we have to be careful about not piling on enormous amounts of debt.”

Meanwhile, more pro athletes say they won’t play this season, and another music festival has

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More pro athletes opt out of season, Birx warns rural US, Texas doc fights ‘war against COVID, war against stupidity’

Congressional leaders and White House officials bickered over details of a proposed $1 trillion package Sunday, with stimulus checks, jobless benefits and relief for small businesses hanging in the balance.

All sides agree that progress was made in talks Saturday, but on Sunday no one spoke optimistically about a deal coming soon. Among the major sticking points: what will replace a $600 weekly unemployment benefit supplement that expired last week. That bonus more than doubled unemployment checks for tens of millions of Americans left jobless by months of the pandemic-driven recession.

“We have to balance,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “There’s obviously a need to support workers, support the economy. … On the other hand, we have to be careful about not piling on enormous amounts of debt.”

Texas was among several states setting records for deaths in a week. One physician lamented that he

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Students opt for virtual career fairs, job recruitment, as colleges go remote

Handshake, the LinkedIn for college students, is offering a virtual platform that helps students find and land jobs as the workforce shifts to one that is primarily remote.

WHICH UNIVERSITIES WILL BE ONLINE IN THE FALL?

The platform launched as students gear up for the start of the school year in the fall and as the graduation class of 2020 continues to traverse an intangible and isolated job market as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The job market is still a challenging one,” the VP of Higher Education and Student Success at Handshake, Christine Cruzvergara, told FOX Business. “As we all know, there have been a lot of layoffs. There is still high unemployment at the moment. There are certain industries that have taken a huge hit. However, you do see certain industries still hiring pretty rapidly.”

CORONAVIRUS IS CHANGING THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS, ESPECIALLY FOR ELITE SCHOOLS

Following

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