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May 06 2020 - 11:58 AM
Daily News from Around the World: 5/06/20

At the midpoint of Teacher Appreciation Week, the Gottesman Libraries Services Team sends a special greeting to teachers. What with working hard remotely, despite school closures, teachers deserve our gratitude! The United States is seeing an unprecedented disruption of K-12 schooling forced by the coronavirus pandemic. This has resulted in a widespread shutdown of physical buildings and traditional, in-person, instruction. A State-by-State Map of School-Building Closures, along with charts and tables, freely available on the web, are regularly being updated by Education Week. As always, our news selections are inspired by the Front Pages posted daily on

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week 2006 by angegreene. Credit Courtesy Creative Commons.

SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE Published in Sarasota, Fla.

No clear action plan for schools. Coronavirus Florida: Sarasota School Board

Sarasota County’s first priority is helping students advance to the next grade. Contingency plans for reopening in September are sending staff scrambling. Buses, schedules, and laptops are among the many concerns. The district doesn’t have enough drivers or buses to maintain social distancing practices. What is a bus driver to do with a student who has a fever? A staggered schedule where students divide their time between learning at home online and in physical school buildings would require more teachers. And, what if the district collects the thousands of laptops on loan over the summer? They may have to repeat the process if the pandemic spikes again.

No recess today by ejbSF. Credit Courtesy Creative Commons.

THE SUN Published in San Bernardino, Calif.

US coronavirus infection rate is rising as deaths top 70,000 and states open up

Outside of the New York metropolitan area’s progress against the coronavirus, numbers across the rest of the U.S. show the country moving in the wrong direction. Sadly, the known infection rate is rising, even as states move to lift their lockdowns.

In happier news:

TIMES-HERALD Published in Vallejo, Calif.

Jesse Bethel High seniors celebrated at drive-thru event

At an emotional event, approximately 30 members of the faculty, all practicing social distancing, held up signs celebrating the seniors of Jesse Bethel High School. More than 100 vehicles containing students from the Class of 2020 drove through to receive caps and gowns, along with warm congratulations.

Here’s a profile of one special teacher in Maine, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week:

KENNEBEC JOURNAL Published in Augusta, Maine

Teacher’s success built on relationships

Front page news about Kristin Lorbeski, a teacher in Gardiner, Maine. Lorbeski knows that her students will learn only if they like school. She is now meeting the challenge to keep them connected, as they continue to learn at home, with proactive measures that include loving visits from the distance of her car.

Also in the news, a proposal that may help make large-scale changes in the field of education:

THE NEW YORK TIMES Published in New York, N.Y. 

New York to Work With Gates Foundation to 'Reimagine' Schools

As part of broader reforms in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined plans to work with the foundation of Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates to improve New York's education system through a fundamental rethink of the classroom.

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