Faculty of UMD’s largest college threatens to teach online only

DULUTH – Leaders of the University of Minnesota Duluth’s largest college may put all their classes online if administrators don’t meet demands to make the campus better prepared for the pandemic.

“It is difficult to imagine that we will be able to be in person for more than a few weeks with what we know of the current plan,” wrote the department heads of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering in a letter to UMD Chancellor Lendley Black. “We are risking our ability to deliver classes even remotely if we do not achieve these items very quickly.”

The letter, delivered Monday, identifies several “action items” they want the university to implement before classes start Aug. 31, including an on-campus testing site, daily updates on positive cases, notifications if students test positive and clear options for online alternatives for students.

“The incentive for a student to come to class with

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Teachers union threatens ‘safety strikes’ before Biden speech

The American Federation of Teachers called Tuesday for “safety strikes” as a last resort if school reopening plans don’t meet demands for keeping educators healthy and safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Union President Randi Weingarten delivered that battle cry during an address to union members, adding fresh tension to fraught schoolhouse debates as President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden take sides on opposite ends of the fight.

The national labor union floated the prospect of teacher strikes two days before Biden is scheduled to deliver a speech Thursday to the group’s 1.7 million members.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is also expected to discuss concerns about schools reopening in a discussion with Weingarten on Tuesday night.

“Let’s be clear: Just as we have done with our health care workers, we will fight on all fronts for the safety of students

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Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status.

Trump said on Twitter on Friday he was ordering the Treasury Department to re-examine the tax-exempt status of schools that he says provide “radical indoctrination” instead of education.

“Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education,” he tweeted. “Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues. Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!”

The Republican president did not explain what prompted the remark or which schools would be reviewed. But the threat is just one more that Trump has issued against schools as he ratchets up pressure to get them to open this fall. Twice this week

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