• Education

    Alabama’s top 10 education stories of 2020

    The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic changed everything about how we did school this year, impacting everyone from little ones in pre-K to elementary, middle, high school and college students, too. While coronavirus dominated the education landscape, there were other notable happenings, too. Here’s our list of Alabama’s top 10 education stories of 2020. COVID shuts down schools Learning was unexpectedly upended when Alabama health officials shut down all schools, public and private, on March 13, the same day the first coronavirus case in the state was reported. School buildings were shuttered, college students were sent home. With no idea what was next, everybody took a couple of weeks off. Proms were…

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  • Science

    Year in review: Science and technology – Going viral | Science & technology

    Covid-19 dominated the scientific news. But other stories mattered, too Dec 31st 2020 ON JANUARY 19TH 2019 The Economist published a story about plans that were being laid for a rapid response to “Disease X”. The idea was to develop a technological platform which could be tailored quickly to the specifics of any as-yet-unknown pathogen, in order to create a new vaccine against it within months. One of the leading approaches used genetic messenger molecules called mRNA. A year to the week later, Disease X turned up. China’s authorities admitted to the world that, the previous month, doctors in Wuhan had noticed cases of illness caused by a novel coronavirus.…

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  • Education

    Education leaders hopeful as DeWine announces change in guidelines for schools

    The President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers says she feels more comfortable about the changes after speaking with the governor’s office. COLUMBUS, Ohio — Education leaders in Ohio are feeling more at ease after discussion with the governor’s office about new quarantine guidelines announced in Wednesday’s COVID-19 update. President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers Melissa Cropper said she was notified changes could be announced in relation to schooling, but felt the guidelines might put students and staff in an unsafe environment. “I feel a little bit more comfortable. This is a loosening only of quarantine restrictions and I think that can’t be emphasized enough,” Cropper said. The guidelines…

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  • Online School

    Wicomico Co. Schools to move instruction online on inclement weather days

    SALISBURY, Md. – Wicomico County School officials have announced an update to its inclement weather plans for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Starting on January 4th through the remainder of the school year, schools in the county will transition to fully virtual instruction on inclement weather days that would in the past have been delayed openings or snow days. This will be the case whether students are learning in virtual, small group or hybrid instruction models. We’re told this plan will allow the school system to make a decision sooner when inclement weather is forecast, giving families earlier notice so they can make necessary adjustments and setting up…

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  • Jobs

    How has DMC met job and tax goals in first 5 years?

    At the same time, DMC Economic Development Agency Executive Director Lisa Clarke said meeting the first five-year DMC targets has put Rochester in a position of strength. “Being that close on many targets — on investment targets, on employment targets — was great because it really sets us up for success in the next five years, which might be a little bumpy in the first couple years,” she said. Much attention has been focused on the $963 million in private development and $98.5 million public spending, but job and tax generation targets also show how far the project has come. JOB GROWTH “The whole economic model for DMC is really…

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  • Exchange Student

    Host family sought for Camden exchange student – Rockland – Camden – Knox – Courier-Gazette

    Portland — The Pan Atlantic Foundation, a federal Department of State-sanctioned not-for-profit, dedicated to international educational exchange, is seeking a host family for a student who will be attending Camden Hills Regional High School in the Spring 2021 Semester. The student, Elena, will be traveling from Italy in January. The host family will provide the student with a bed to sleep in, a spot at their table for three meals a day, and their love, during the five-month exchange. Elena is coming on a J1 cultural visa where the goal is for her not only to obtain the American high school experience, but also to integrate into the family as…

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  • Education

    Higher education: Teach real math for college readiness

    In his Op-Ed “Washington grads for Washington businesses” [ Dec. 17, Opinion], Chancellor Paul Pitre of Washington State University Everett argues that more young people should get a college education. That is an admirable goal, but the main obstacle is inadequate education in middle and high school. Why encourage students to enter college if they can’t do college work? This is particularly a problem in mathematics. Colleges require many entering students to take remedial math — teaching them mathematics they should have learned in high school — or, worse, they put students who don’t know high-school math in college-level classes where they can’t do the work, discouraging them and watering…

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