COVID-19 (page 7)

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    Continuing the pandemic panic

    Editors at Issues and Insights consider the ongoing panic surrounding the nation’s approach to COVID-19. This week, California, which has a death rate that is less than half the national average, is rolling back its reopening amid an increase in coronavirus cases. Elsewhere, we’re awash in stories about…
    Mitch Kokai, July 16, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on incomplete, unavailable COVID-19 data. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal tackles the thorny issue of slavery reparations.
    Mitch Kokai, July 16, 2020
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    “Plan B is an example of systematic classicism and racism”

    Gov. Cooper selected the “Plan B” school reopening strategy yesterday.  Teachers and public education advocates are unhappy (to say the least). From a popular teacher Facebook page:…
    Terry Stoops, July 15, 2020
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    Did Cooper cancel band and chorus classes?

    Yesterday, the NC Department of Health and Human Services released an updated version of its StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12).  The updated version included requirements not specified in the original June 8 document, including: Discontinue in-person activities that involve bringing together large groups of people or activities that do…
    Terry Stoops, July 15, 2020
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    Media make odd choices when promoting governors

    Jim Geraghty of National Review Online questions media outlets’ choices of governors to promote during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pretend for a moment that you are a journalist with a strong leaning in favor of progressivism and the Democratic Party, and you wish to make the argument that Democratic…
    Mitch Kokai, July 15, 2020
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    Now 77 percent of NC’s known COVID-19 cases are in recovery

    The number of people recovered from COVID-19 in NC has grown at an increasing rate relative not only to known cases, but more importantly, relative to deaths.
    Jon Sanders, July 14, 2020
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    Teachers respond to Plan B rumors

    Gov. Cooper is expected to announce the adoption of school reopening plan B, which requires schools to implement social distancing and sanitation measures.  Plan B would allow school districts to offer a full-time remote learning option. As I write in my research update today, many teachers had hoped that…
    Terry Stoops, July 14, 2020