Coronavirus / COVID-19

Students with intellectual, developmental differences continue to thrive at Jacksonville private school

Like most schools that were shuttered by the COVID-19 virus, North Florida School of Special Education in Jacksonville had to sprint to set up a distance learning program for students suddenly confined to their homes. For Sally Hazelip, the head of NFSSE, it was a longer race that taught her[Read More…]

Young struggling readers need ounce of prevention soon rather than pound of cure later

Andrew Rotherham recently proposed that America’s public schools remain open this summer. Many impediments stand in the way of this, including numerous laws and many thousands of contracts. A common reaction to Rotherham’s summer school proposal looks something close to “that’s not going to happen.” This was a common reaction[Read More…]

“We’re not changing the rigor.” In the wake of closures, this school isn’t letting academics slide

Editor’s note: Scroll to the end of this post to watch a portion of Dayspring Academy’s virtual morning assembly, in which assistant principal Jennifer Smith encourages students to “finish this year strong.” PORT RICHEY, Fla. – The new, online, morning assembly at Dayspring Academy began one day last week with[Read More…]

Pinellas County private school managing academics, behavior in online setting

On the first day of virtual school, Raina Phenicie attended all her classes, including P.E. “It just blew my mind,” said her dad, Scott Phenicie. “Here’s a kid in my kitchen doing jumping jacks and pushups. She was sweating and breathing and drinking water.”  When music time came, she was[Read More…]

Port Richey Catholic school rallies around family affected by coronavirus

As schools continue to navigate their new reality in the face of coronavirus, a Catholic school in Port Richey is facing a challenge that goes beyond educating children and cuts to the heart of what it means to be a community. On March 10, nearly a week before most brick-and-mortar[Read More…]

Charter schools adjusting instruction during pandemic

Families will remember March 2020 for how quickly state officials closed schools due to the coronavirus outbreak. If schools want to offer parents and children continuity and stability, educators and policymakers must focus in April on jump-starting instruction while students are at home. Yet some state policymakers are finding new[Read More…]

COVID-19 could be worse – it could be coming back

In Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” the doctor and Igor are robbing graves for monster parts. Dr. Frankenstein complains, and Igor optimistically notes that it could be worse, because it could be raining. Lightning, thunder and a torrential downpour instantly follow. The coronavirus pandemic has educators scrambling to develop impromptu distance[Read More…]

School choice will help us respond to coronavirus

Editor’s note: This commentary from Neal McCluskey, director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, first appeared on I do not have any expertise in COVID-19. From what I can tell, I am reflective of the vast majority of people, and hence we are all facing a time of significant uncertainty.[Read More…]