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New York death toll doubles in 72 hours

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/02/20, 11:39 am

Of the more than 200,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, more than one-third are in New York. The death toll from the virus in the state went from about 950 to more than 1,900 between Sunday and Wednesday. “How does it end?” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked. “People want answers. I want answers. The answer is nobody knows for sure.”

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Caitlin Hanney

Going the distance for special education

Coronavirus | The coronavirus pandemic has intensified the challenges of educating students with special needs
by Sophia Lee
Posted 4/01/20, 06:08 pm

In January, when Loren first told her students about an unknown virus that was infecting thousands of people in China, her students stared at her. That sounded bizarre and otherworldly to them—an invisible body that attacks and kills people in Asia? What did that have to do with them? They had a hard time comprehending it, and not just because all of Loren’s students have moderate to severe autism. Most Americans, including Loren herself, didn’t yet take COVID-19 very seriously at the time.

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Homeschooling’s unexpected heyday

Education | School is out because of COVID-19, but learning is still very in
by Laura Edghill
Posted 4/01/20, 05:24 pm

The coronavirus pandemic is giving just about every American family with children a taste of homeschooling. Many of them might like it more than they expected.

Robert Bortins, the CEO of Classical Conversations, said the homeschool resource company has had a sudden uptick in requests for materials. It would not surprise him to see a 10 to 20 percent jump in the number of families deciding to homeschool this fall due to the positive experiences they had during their enforced home-learning stint.

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