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Apr 25 2023
Minnesota graduation rates near pre-pandemic highs
Four-year graduation rates for Minnesota seniors rose again, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education. MDE says the 2022 graduation data shows the graduation rate for the class of 2022 was 83.6%, a .2% increase from 2021. MDE goes on to say that 3,840 students from earlier classes also earned their diplomas. Pre-pandemic the overall graduation rate was 83.8% in 2020Fox9
May 03 2023
Eighth Graders Test Scores in History, Civics Plummet After Pandemic
American eighth graders’ test scores in history and civics have hit lows not seen in nearly two decades, according to the first Nation’s Report Card released after the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducts its National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to measure students’ proficiency in civics and history everyBreitbart News
Apr 27 2023
Pandemic sent high school sex to new low, survey finds
The first years of the pandemic saw a huge decline in high school students having sex, according to a government survey.
Teen sex was already becoming less and less common before COVID-19.
About three decades ago, more than half of teens said they’d had sex, according to a large government survey conducted every two years. By 2019, the share was 38%. In 2021, 30% of teens saidAssociated Press
Apr 25 2023
Minnesota graduation rates inch back toward pre-pandemic highs
Minnesota schools saw a rise in four-year public high school graduation rates last year following a drop during the COVID-19 pandemic. The class of 2022 graduated at 83.6 percent, up from 83.3 percent for the prior year’s class and close to the historic high of 83.8 percent in 2020, the Minnesota Department of Education said Tuesday. Rate gaps between white students and students of colorAustin Daily Herald
May 12 2023
Indiana's Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box, who oversaw pandemic response, set to retire at end of month
• Dr. Kristina Box has served as the Indiana Health Commissioner since October 2017 when she replaced Dr. Jerome Adams, who became Donald Trump's surgeon general. • The main challenge Dr. Box faced during her tenure was leading the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Indiana; Gov. Holcomb called the pandemic "the most significant public health event in a century." • Dr. Box announced on MayFox News (Online News)
May 10 2023
Here’s what you need to know about Title 42, the pandemic-era policy that quickly sends migrants to Mexico
For more than three years, the federal government has turned away migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, including those who are seeking asylum, using a public emergency health order known as Title 42. It was launched by the Trump administration at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued under the Biden administration.
Title 42 has been the subject of different court rulings, butThe Texas Tribune
Apr 04 2023
Tackling the biggest fraud in US history – pandemic relief
Hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars were stolen during the pandemic, as Congress rushed to aid small businesses and individuals. Now the U.S. is trying to claw some money back – and fix vulnerabilities in the system.
A New Jersey man donning a curly orange wig defrauded California and the federal government of more than $1.67 million in pandemic relief funds. They finally caught upChristian Science Monitor
May 05 2023
'I declare COVID over': World Health Organization boss says pandemic is no longer a global health emergency
The Covid pandemic is no longer a global emergency, according to leaders at the World Health Organization (WHO) — a symbolic moment that the virus's reign over the world is near its end.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the United Nations organization, said Friday: 'It's with great hope that I declare COVID-19 over as a global health emergency.'
However, WHODaily Mail
Apr 07 2023
Online Church Attendance Retains Some of Its Pandemic Boost
It’s been three years since Easter set records for church streaming, with churches canceling in-person worship during the early weeks of COVID-19. Though church doors have long reopened for services in the United States, the pandemic has had a lasting effect on attendance.
A multisite church based in Riverside, California, Sandals Church had about 80,000 people watch its services overChristianity Today
Apr 18 2023
Analysis shows NC students made gains on pandemic losses in 2021-22
RALEIGH — A new analysis of North Carolina test results from the 2021-22 school year shows that students made significant strides from the previous year in recovering instructional time lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. This latest evidence of post-pandemic recovery in the state’s public schools was presented today to the House K-12 Education Committee by Dr. Jeni Corn, director of research andThe Robesonian