• Online School

    Heyworth school district returns to online learning after spike in COVID-19 cases

    HEYWORTH (Heart of Illinois ABC) — Heyworth students are learning online this week because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the school district. Superintendent Lisa Taylor said 17 students and four staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week. She said she’s not sure if it’s spreading in the schools or in the community. “We had to consult with the health department late yesterday and decided it’s the right time for an adaptive pause when you see a quick increase,” Taylor said. “It gives you some time to do a few things: Disinfect, deep clean, contact trace,” she added. Taylor said while most parents have been understanding about the…

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  • Education

    N.H. Education Commissioner lends support to parents at conservative forum

    New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut has long taken a critical stance towards the public school system he oversees. Now, he’s lending his support to conservative activists who want to overturn school mask mandates and who have called for continued push back against local school boards. Get NHPR’s reporting about politics, the pandemic, and other top stories in your inbox — sign up for our newsletter today. On Sunday, Edelblut spoke at a forum hosted by the Government Integrity Project, a conservative activist group that has been involved in several right-wing and libertarian controversies in recent months. Members of the group have encouraged baseless accusations of fraud in state elections,…

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  • Jobs

    People quitting jobs in droves : Planet Money : NPR

    Goodbye. Farewell. Adios. Sayonara. Workers have been giving their bosses an earful of such words as of late. Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 4.3 million Americans, or 2.9% of the entire workforce, quit their jobs in August. That was a record-breaking month, piggybacking on previous record months. “The Great Resignation” is real, and it can be seen across virtually all industries. It’s common to see a surge in quitting when the job market is tight and there’s a cornucopia of open positions. But what’s happening now is unlike anything we’ve seen before. Economists and pollsters are still investigating what’s going on. Are generous government benefits…

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  • Science

    General relativity’s time dilation was captured across a millimeter

    A millimeter might not seem like much. But even a distance that small can alter the flow of time. According to Einstein’s theory of gravity, general relativity, clocks tick faster the farther they are from Earth or another massive object (SN: 10/4/15). Theoretically, that should hold true even for very small differences in the heights of clocks. Now an incredibly sensitive atomic clock has spotted that speedup across a millimeter-sized sample of atoms, revealing the effect over a smaller height difference than ever before. Time moved slightly faster at the top of that sample than at the bottom, researchers report September 24 at arXiv.org. “This is fantastic,” says theoretical physicist…

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  • Exchange Student

    German exchange student visits Shoreview | News

    This summer, the Brownlee family of North Oaks welcomed 17-year-old German student Julian Glaser to Shoreview. Glaser decided to spend his summer vacation here in Minnesota, his first visit to the U.S. Julian resides in Lorsch, the neighboring town to Shoreview’s sister city, Einhausen, which lies in the German state of Hessen approximately 62 miles northeast of Frankfurt. The teen enjoyed everyday life in the area and was also able to participate in several adventures during his stay. His host siblings, Jett and Zoe Brownlee, introduced him to American life as a teenager. Julian even traveled with the Brownlee family through Chicago to bring their son, Jett, to college for…

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  • Online School

    Tri-Cities online school enrollment surges with COVID rates

    Pasco, WA While enrollment at Tri-City schools are slowly returning to normal, online schools are seeing a surge of new students choosing to learn remotely. Along with the rise in the COVID delta variant in the Tri-Cities, enrollment in online courses more than doubled in the space of a month. And overall enrollment in Tri-Cities schools — both online and in person — is slowly rebounding after hundreds of students disappeared from the rolls of public schools last year. Leaders of Pasco’s new virtual school, Pasco Innovative Experiences in e-Learning or PIXeL, were surprised by the rush for their program this year. They initially had 80 students in the new…

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  • Education

    Opting out of advanced math education alters adolescents’ neural development, study finds

    A brain imaging study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found evidence that missing out on math education can alter neural development. Young adults who had chosen not to pursue advanced math had lower levels of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) within the middle frontal gyrus when compared to students who were continuing their math education. Importantly, these changes were not evident prior to students’ decision to continue math or not. While the disadvantages of a lack of education have been well established, the impact of missing out on a specific type of learning is less clear. Study authors George Zacharopoulos and his team proposed that…

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