Saturday, October 15, 2022

Witnesses in Alleged COVID Vaccine Fraud Case Put 82 NYC Educators in Potential Legal Danger; Study Shows Federal Aid Won’t Make Up for Students’ COVID-19 Learning Loss, and other C-Virus related stories

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Witnesses in alleged COVID vaccine fraud case put 82 NYC educators in potential legal danger:
Legal troubles have mounted for up to 82 NYC educators, including four assistant principals, accused of submitting fake vaccine cards to keep their Department of Education jobs.
Julie DeVuono, a nurse practitioner and owner of Wild Child Pediatric Center in Amityville on Long Island, revealed in an Aug. 4 email to customers that two co-defendants on charges they made $1.5M selling fake vax cards have flipped and become witnesses in the case.
“Unfortunately the time has come to prepare for battle,” DeVuono wrote in the email obtained by The Post.
The scandal stems from mandates imposed by governments and businesses for workers to receive vaccines amid the pandemic. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office charges DeVuono, along with a nurse and secretary at the clinic, doled out fake vax cards to hundreds of customers, charging adults $220 for each dose marked on the card ($440 for both) and $85 for kids. The clinic is known for offering holistic and natural remedies.
DeVuono is also accused of falsely listing clients as vaccinated in the New York State Immunization Information System, a felony.
“The Suffolk County prosecutor has fired the first shot across our bow,” DeVuono wrote in the email. “Based on the statements of their witnesses (the nurse and secretary arrested with me), they are moving forward with the premise that 99% of COVID vaccines given in my office were fake.” --->READ MORE HERE
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Federal aid won’t make up for students’ COVID-19 learning loss, study shows:
American students are struggling even though the government sent billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief money to school districts to offset learning loss, according to a study released Tuesday. The study says the federal largesse fell short, failed to target the schools in greatest need and wasn’t tied to policy outcomes.
Analysts at the American Educational Research Association said schools likely need $700 billion to address learning loss, mainly from remote instruction, but received about $189 billion from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund in 2020 and 2021.
The funds, including about $120 billion tucked into President Biden’s massive pandemic relief bill last year, were intended to be used to increase tutoring, offer after-school programs and buy new textbooks, among other measures.
“Despite an extraordinary level of support by the federal government during the pandemic, U.S. schools are still $500 billion short of what’s needed to address unprecedented levels of learning loss,” said Matthew P. Steinberg, an associate professor of education and public policy at George Mason University. “While the investment in [the federal stimulus] was incredible in scale, it pales in comparison to the negative impact on the economy if a generation of children does not recover from what this pandemic has done to them academically.”
Mr. Steinberg wrote the study with Kenneth A. Shores, an assistant professor of education policy at the University of Delaware.
The authors looked at earlier estimates of learning loss, time spent in remote instruction and the cost of increasing student achievement. Their findings coincide with data on declining math and reading scores on standardized tests. --->READ MORE HERE
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