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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/educati...m_npd_nn_fb_ma

    When Covid-19 closed schools, Black, Hispanic and poor kids took biggest hit in math, reading

    When the Covid-19 pandemic forced the closure of most U.S. schools last spring, students were thrown into new and unfamiliar ways of learning. Special education students and children learning English lost support that their schools struggled to provide online. Many students had no access to computers or internet and were completely cut off from their teachers.

    The true toll these disruptions have taken on student learning won’t be known for months or years, but new reports from national education-testing organizations have begun to offer an early look at that impact.
    This isn't surprising, but it's still heartbreaking.

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      Originally posted by jlw1980 View Post
      I'm surprised that you think reopening the schools is a good thing.

      I have a lot of mixed feelings about it.
      All the evidence says that schools are not a serious problem. The problems created by closing them are worse.
      Russian warship, go **** yourself

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        Originally posted by JL25and3 View Post
        I’d say that this decision hurt his chances for re-election, but I think that ship sailed already.
        Isn't he term limited? I thought they changed it back to two terms after King Michael had his fun.

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          Originally posted by OFcoombs113 View Post
          i believe they won because they ran on fear of 'socialism and abolishing the police', nonsense of course but worked exactly what loeffler and purdue are doing now in georgia right now and avoid covid alltogether
          Loeffler didn't really do a good job of avoiding Covid.

          Originally posted by JL25and3 View Post
          All the evidence says that schools are not a serious problem. The problems created by closing them are worse.
          This. The fact that we as a country are still quicker to close schools instead of restaurants is such a damning indictment of our priorities.

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            Re: Covid-19

            An update on Covid here in Rhode Island.

            https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1...545863681.html

            COVID Update December 1: Donald Trump, here’s your chance. This message is for you.

            No need to tweet that he won’t do any of these things. Really, I do get that. But I’m going to make my plea anyway. 1/
            Donald Trump is still the person in the country who could do the most to prevent the most deaths.

            Each day that goes by is a missed opportunity to save more lives— in ways only he can do. 2/
            We are growing 1 million plus new cases/week. Hospitals in the smallest towns & big cities are dangerously teetering on the edge. 3/
            I talked to an ER doc in RI today. She worked the Friday after Thanksgiving. Admitted every single case that came in. Every room that opened they slotted a patient in. Every ER bed that opened they filled in. As fast as they could. 4/


            Anyone with milder COVID is staying home. She watched several patients get dropped off by their children. The children couldn’t come in. She describes wanting to yell to the kids to stop & look at their parent. Because she thought it might be a final time. 5/
            They try to dedicate a phone in the ER exclusively to being available for family members. Family members call & because they cannot see their sick loved one, they want to stay on the phone with the doc. The doc has 19 other patients at the same time. 6/
            Every bed full, every ER bed full, waiting room full, some staying at home. Tomorrow they open a field hospital. The quality of care slips in small ways— less time, needing to be more severe to get a bed. Most people coming in are essential workers or their parents. 7/
            She described the palliative measures they are taking. The phone calls that eventually get made saying they are sorry they have no good news...some days are getting made 2000 times across the country. More than once each minute. That phone call. 8/
            In the middle of this the president, still the president, does nothing.

            His team is looking for work.
            Press conferences about a vaccine. Tweeting about petty .................

            As he always has, he has the power to do something. 9/
            It goes on....worth the read.

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              Originally posted by RYMASTER or Ryan_Yankees View Post
              Isn't he term limited? I thought they changed it back to two terms after King Michael had his fun.
              Right, he can't run again next time.


              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_N...yoral_election
              NYYFANS: See you on the other side!

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                Originally posted by Yankees1962 View Post
                Right, he can't run again next time.


                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_N...yoral_election
                And a good thing. He may be less popular thanBloomberg was in his last term, or than Rudy was on September 10, 2001.
                Russian warship, go **** yourself

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                  Originally posted by Yankees1962 View Post
                  Right, he can't run again next time.


                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_N...yoral_election
                  My cousin is actually running for mayor of NYC. It's weird because I am pretty much estranged from that side of the family but I have always had tremendous respect for her. She is super smart and I hope she does well in the election.
                  2020 - We have baseball! For now.

                  The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.

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                    Originally posted by RYMASTER or Ryan_Yankees View Post
                    Isn't he term limited? I thought they changed it back to two terms after King Michael had his fun.
                    Still term limited. King Michael changed the rules just for his benefit. Unfortunately Emperor
                    Cuomo can run for Governor forever.

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                      Originally posted by JL25and3 View Post
                      And a good thing. He may be less popular thanBloomberg was in his last term, or than Rudy was on September 10, 2001.
                      Yeah, I think he sucks at his job as he's another example that a Dem/Progressive can be as bad as some Repugs/Conservative.
                      NYYFANS: See you on the other side!

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                        Re: Covid-19

                        Originally posted by jlw1980 View Post
                        I'm surprised that you think reopening the schools is a good thing.

                        I have a lot of mixed feelings about it.
                        We were partially open in my district, and shut it all down this week to see if the cases locally finally die down. Like most other places, we've had exponential growth the last 3 weeks. If we decide to extend the closure, we will remain closed until after winter break.

                        I too have mixed feelings, but as some of our teachers are getting sick, I get more concerned. I sit with these kids at arms length for three hours at a time, so the rise in cases is concerning to me.

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                          Originally posted by Casey at the Bat View Post
                          We were partially open in my district, and shut it all down this week to see if the cases locally finally die down. Like most other places, we've had exponential growth the last 3 weeks. If we decide to extend the closure, we will remain closed until after winter break.

                          I too have mixed feelings, but as some of our teachers are getting sick, I get more concerned. I sit with these kids at arms length for three hours at a time, so the rise in cases is concerning to me.
                          This. Should teachers be expected to put their lives on the line when remote learning is an available (albeit less effective) method of teaching? I think NYC is an especially unique case where most teachers rely on mass transit to get to school, so it’s not just a matter of transmission within the school. Maybe the answer is yes, that teachers should risk their lives, but I can’t say I know what the right decision is. I will say that I’m not going to fault De Blasio for making a difficult and politically unpopular decision to close schools in a fluctuating situation-a decision meant to save the lives of teachers. It’s entirely possible it’s the wrong decision, but I’m sure glad i don’t have to make it.

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                            Re: Covid-19

                            Originally posted by Casey at the Bat View Post
                            We were partially open in my district, and shut it all down this week to see if the cases locally finally die down. Like most other places, we've had exponential growth the last 3 weeks. If we decide to extend the closure, we will remain closed until after winter break.

                            I too have mixed feelings, but as some of our teachers are getting sick, I get more concerned. I sit with these kids at arms length for three hours at a time, so the rise in cases is concerning to me.
                            Yeah, not being in school is very hard on all kids, and disproportionately harms kids of color and poor kids. They get further and further behind, and don't get the services and socialization they need. OTOH, being in school puts the lives of teachers and other staff at risk. It also risks the older people in kids' homes, and even some children, themselves.

                            I honestly think it would've been wise to entirely cancel this school year and pick up next year. Pay everyone but the most essential workers (healthcare, grocery, utilities, etc) to stay home. But our government is too garbage to do that because capitalism.

                            We've lost too many people. We're gonna lose more. We can never get them back.

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                              Re: Covid-19

                              ‘Absolutely remarkable’: No one who got Moderna’s vaccine in trial developed severe COVID-19

                              https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020...evere-covid-19

                              Continuing the spate of stunning news about COVID-19 vaccines, the biotech company Moderna announced the final results of the 30,000-person efficacy trial for its candidate in a press release today: Only 11 people who received two doses of the vaccine developed COVID-19 symptoms after being infected with the pandemic coronavirus, versus 185 symptomatic cases in a placebo group. That is an efficacy of 94.1%, the company says, far above what many vaccine scientists were expecting just a few weeks ago.

                              More impressive still, Moderna’s candidate had 100% efficacy against severe disease. There were zero such COVID-19 cases among those vaccinated, but 30 in the placebo group. The company today plans to file a request for emergency use authorization (EUA) for its vaccine with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is also seeking a similar green light from the European Medicines Agency.
                              Dolly Parton wins again. She helped to fund this. We don't deserve her.

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                                Re: Covid-19

                                Originally posted by jlw1980 View Post
                                ‘Absolutely remarkable’: No one who got Moderna’s vaccine in trial developed severe COVID-19

                                https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020...evere-covid-19



                                Dolly Parton wins again. She helped to fund this. We don't deserve her.
                                She made a donation to Vanderbilt to support a physician whose work has nothing to do with mRNA vaccines. I think Vanderbilt was one of many sites of the clinical trial. I’m not sure why there was a media story that Dolly Parton funded the moderna vaccine other than they saw her name on a donor list for Vandy and knew it would be click bait. The vaccine itself was developed months before her donation and based on years of prior research, mainly funded by your tax dollars. In reality, by paying taxes, you have done more to fund the vaccine development than she has.

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