• Online School

    Utah schools suspend test to stay, can move to online learning

    In the face of the omicron surge sapping some Utah schools’ ability to staff classrooms and provide support services, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, legislative leaders and the state superintendent have issued a letter that gives schools flexibility for the next two weeks on in-person attendance. Growing numbers of Utah schools have reached “test to stay,” thresholds where they must conduct schoolwide testing per state code, allowing those who test negative to remain in in-person learning and send home students who have positive results for quarantine or until they can produce a negative COVID-19 test. Some schools are also experiencing high rates of student absenteeism, teacher absences and staff shortages among…

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  • Education

    Lincoln Board of Education announces finalists for Superintendent

    LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -The Lincoln Board of Education announced on Tuesday the names of four finalists for the position of superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools. “After reviewing all of the applications, the Board is pleased with the strength of this exceptional pool of candidates,” said Connie Duncan, president of the Lincoln Board of Education. “Each candidate brings a unique perspective and a wealth of experience that will benefit our community.” The Board will interview the finalists on Feb. 1 and Feb. 4. Each candidate will meet with various small groups throughout the day that will include students, staff, families and community members. The public is invited to hear from each…

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  • Science

    How AI can identify people even in anonymized datasets

    How you interact with a crowd may help you stick out from it, at least to artificial intelligence. When fed information about a target individual’s mobile phone interactions, as well as their contacts’ interactions, AI can correctly pick the target out of more than 40,000 anonymous mobile phone service subscribers more than half the time, researchers report January 25 in Nature Communications. The findings suggest humans socialize in ways that could be used to pick them out of datasets that are supposedly anonymized. It’s no surprise that people tend to remain within established social circles and that these regular interactions form a stable pattern over time, says Jaideep Srivastava, a…

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  • Exchange Student

    Central Michigan Life – Q&A: German exchange student reflects on his CMU experience

    Hailing from Bochum, Germany, graduate student Dennis Duennwald is one of three German exchange students who are studying at Central Michigan University. Duennwald is studying economic history through a foreign exchange between CMU and Ruhr University Bochum. This is not the first exchange program he has participated in. He studied for a year in Scotland, but had to leave two months early because of COVID-19. Additionally, Duennwald is a Teacher’s Assistant for HST323: History of Native Americans with faculty member Michelle Cassidy. He said he’s very thankful to have the opportunity to study here. Central Michigan Life spoke with Duennwald on his experiences being a foreign exchange graduate student at…

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  • Online School

    St. Patrick School In Brighton Going Online

    January 17, 2022 By Jon King / [email protected] Another Livingston County school is reverting to online learning amid surging cases of COVID-19. In an email to parents sent on Saturday night, St. Patrick Catholic School in Brighton announced that students will be learning from home next week due to the continued increase in cases. “We thank our families for your flexibility as we continue to maneuver through these times when the number of positive cases is running at its highest levels,” stated the email. “We hope that by keeping our students home for a week will slow the spread of Covid in our building and allow for more students to…

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  • Education

    Continuing education can unlock family-wage careers

    Although Washington state has one of the most dynamic job markets in the country, nearly all available career pathway jobs remain out of reach for many of our high school graduates. Opportunities in our state for landing a family-wage career are plentiful. They go beyond information technologies including automobile services, manufacturing, health care, agriculture and more. Unfortunately, there are barriers for most graduates who choose not to go to college.  Most of these pathway jobs require education or training beyond a high school degree. Our challenge is this: We’ve been stuck at the same percentage of high school graduates who do not continue past high school — a disturbing 40%…

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  • Jobs

    Colorado has recovered 89% of jobs lost during COVID-19

    Colorado’s unemployment rate declined to 4.8%, the lowest since the start of the pandemic. A lot of new economic data poured in Friday to give us a better sense of how the state’s recovery is going.  But first, let’s talk about a livable wage, which seems like a fair starting point for any worker who has settled into an occupation and plans to stick with it in the near future.  So, what is a livable wage anyway? It’s how much someone needs to earn “to support his or herself and their family,” according to the Living Wage calculator from Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Amy K. Glasmeier. It should include…

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