Happy Sunday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country.
New Jersey nursing homes left in financial crisis due to covid, full details of NYC’s academic recovery plan finally emerge, Richard Branson makes a trip to space, flooding in Texas cities has bought wildlife out of their natural homes, and Alabama requires summer school literacy programs for students with reading deficits. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
The Star-Ledger Published in Jersey City, NJ
COVID has caused turmoil for the elderly all over the world. In New Jersey alone over eight thousand people living in nursing homes died in 2020. With restrictions lifting we see many industries starting to come back to life, but some are not able to pull themselves out of the hole the pandemic put them in. Since March 2020, three nursing facilities in the state have shut down. Financial pressures felt by long-term care facilities because of COVID may have left nonprofit operators such as those represented by LeadingAge especially vulnerable.
Chalkbeat Published in New York, NY
New York City will infuse public schools with $635 million for an academic recovery plan. The main focus will be on literacy, including extra coaches and interventions, class size reductions at certain schools, and even the books that students read. As part of a new universal curriculum, called Mosaic, that the city plans to roll out in 2023, classroom libraries are expected this fall to begin getting 9 million new books that reflect the diversity of children in the nation’s largest school system. Noting that, the city will launch after-school and Saturday programs for more than 200,000 students with individualized education programs.
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
Billionaire Richard Branson hurtled into space aboard his own winged rocket ship Sunday, bringing astro-tourism a step closer to reality and beating out his exceedingly richer rival Jeff Bezos. His Virgin Galactic space-tourism company reached an altitude of 53.5 miles (86 kilometers) over the New Mexico desert — enough to experience three to four minutes of weightlessness and witness the curvature of the Earth — and then glided back home to a runway landing.
Houston Chronicle Published in Houston, TX
Cities all across Texas have been dealing with mass flooding these past few days due to tropical storms. With the rain comes wildlife leaving their homes to explore other areas, specifically alligators. In Texas, the American alligator ranges from the Sabine River of East Texas to the Gulf of Mexico across the coastal marshes to the Rio Grande and west to around Interstate 35.
Their range encompasses about 120 Texas counties with the highest concentration along the Gulf Coastal Plains.
Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, Ala. USA
Alabama required schools to hold summer literacy camps with 70 hours of reading instruction for students in kindergarten through third grade who have shown a deficit in reading. This is technically the second summer the state required camps, but the pandemic interfered last year. Of the nearly 40,000 children identified with reading deficiencies at the end of the 2019-20 school year, only 6,500 attended summer camps last summer.
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