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De Blasio Failed New York Kids

Alternatively, he could have decided weeks, if not months ago to start the school year completely remote and announced that the city would gradually move toward in-person learning if conditions allowed for it.

But the mayor chose neither of those paths. He set deadlines that he refused to put in the work to meet, sowing chaos and ongoing frustration for families and teachers alike. How on Earth did he not foresee a staffing shortage? De Blasio has failed our kids and is teaching them a lesson about political leadership that I hope they never forget.

Our children have endured six months of hardship and fear and Zoom calls and canceled plans, and far too many have lost loved ones to this virus. The start of school, though, was a bright spot on the horizon for my family and so many others.

But even as I told my children that September

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Fauci makes pitch for baseball’s return; ‘Cuomo Chips a hit in New York; jobless claims rise for first time since March

Major League Baseball’s opening day finally arrived Thursday, the virus-shortened season kicking off almost four months late and minus fans in the stands. 

The Washington Nationals, last year’s World Series champs, were hosting the venerable New York Yankees – with the equally venerable Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, tossing out the ceremonial first pitch.

In New York state, officials had to tighten guidelines for the mandate that bars serve food with their drinks. A handful of “Cuomo Chips” apparently does not meet the requirement. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, having fought off a deadly COVID-19 charge in the spring, is adamant that the state won’t go there again.

Nationally, the daily death toll surpassed 1,000 for the second straight day and hospitalizations were again peaking. The paralyzing coronavirus pandemic, beaten back by New York and a few other states, showed little sign of easing nationwid.

The Johns Hopkins

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Push to Reopen U.S. Schools; New York Cases Steady: Virus Update

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said “the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall,” despite rising cases around the country. New York reported 677 new cases, in line with daily rises in the last week, and five deaths.

South Africa may reintroduce tighter regulations on the movement of people and curb sales of alcohol as coronavirus infections soar, the Sunday Times reported. Hungary is also restricting travel after spikes in neighboring countries. Infections in Germany increased by 377.

Thailand plans to start human trials for a locally developed, potential Covid-19 vaccine as early as September, making it among the first done outside high-income countries, after encouraging results in monkeys and mice.

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U.S. Schools Must Reopen. Are You Listening, New York?

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Online schooling has failed. American schools need to reopen in the fall.

It has now become obvious that the steady diet of online instruction put in place for the coronavirus pandemic not only has hurt kids academically and increased absenteeism, but has contributed to anxiety and depression and probably even aggravated health problems such as obesity.

“All policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school,” the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a June report.

A few states are starting to tackle the challenge of balancing the proven damage inflicted by inadequate internet technology and the deeper shortcomings of digital learning against the uncertain risks of Covid-19 infection. California, New Jersey, Alabama and Louisiana are among several states that have published detailed guidelines for enabling at least some in-person instruction. Other states, notably New York, have

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