• Home Schooling

    Homeschooled, virtual students invited ‘A Grand Ball’ | Community | Savannah News, Events, Restaurants, Music

    A Grand Ball, hosted by A Knuw Way homeschool cooperative, will be held May 1 at the Ballroom at American Legion Post 135 located at 1108 Bull St. for homeschooled and students attending school virtual in the surrounding areas. Tickets are $75 and on sale until April 30, with the festivities kicking off at 7 p.m. the following night. The event, ‘A Night for Royals’ themed, promotes community and camaraderie and everyone is encouraged to wear a crown, dress to impress and make new friends while creating lifelong memories. The event is open to homeschool and virtual students – public school students who take 100{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of their classes online –…

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  • Exchange Student

    Letter: Sign up to host exchange student | Letters

    Thank you for the Roanoke Times and Dan Casey informing people about our foreign student exchange program. I’d appreciate it if you would publish this letter of gratitude with additional information about the program. Mr. Casey did a great job describing the benefits to host families in his column (April 22) regarding our Foreign Links Around Globe’s Foreign Student Exchange program. When families open their homes to foreign students it also benefits our community and schools. For example, American students and community members learn a great deal about the world when exposed to students from other countries. Our foreign exchange students are well behaved and work hard in school. They…

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  • Online School

    UMA to offer online financial literacy course for high school students

    David Leach, a lecturer in business and financial services at the University of Maine at Augusta, at his home office Friday. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal Buy this Photo AUGUSTA — The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to everyday life, including the need for young people to learn financial literacy as they deal increasingly with financial concerns and burdens, according to local educators. In response, UMA is introducing a three-credit, online course on financial literacy for high school students. The course, spearheaded by Rachael Magill, director of the Office of Early College at UMA, and David Leach, a UMA lecturer in business and financial services, is to be offered this summer.…

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  • Education

    Education officials approve change to competency requirements for Class of 2022

    The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved modifications to competency requirements for next year’s graduating class. DESE officials unanimously voted to approve a proposal that would not require juniors, the Class of 2022, to take and pass MCAS exams to graduate. The state previously modified the requirements for the classes of 2020 and 2021 — allowing seniors to demonstrate competency in other ways, such as course credit in math and English. The board also discussed how to administer this year’s MCAS. Current juniors and seniors may still take the test this spring to qualify for the Adams Scholarship and Koplik Certificate of Mastery, officials said. Juniors who do…

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  • Jobs

    Biden closes landmark summit with a message: Climate action equals jobs

    Biden touted the new jobs that combating climate change could bring, including building electric cars, installing charging stations, upgrading schools and commercial buildings, constructing energy-efficient homes and producing solar panels and wind turbines. Story continues below advertisement “When we invest in climate resilience and infrastructure, we create opportunities for everyone. That’s at the heart of our jobs plan that I proposed here in the United States,” Biden said. “It’s how our nation intends to build an economy that gives everybody a fair shot.” Thursday’s marathon virtual summit was primarily intended to highlight a new U.S. pledge to make deep cuts to its carbon emissions this decade, mend the nation’s diplomatic…

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  • Science

    ‘Building Back Better’ requires a new approach to US science and technology

    Over 60 years have elapsed since the Sputnik moment, the last major redesign of the U.S. science and technology enterprise. Those organizational and process changes included the establishment of the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and ushered in decades of U.S. leadership in scientific research and development. Today, it’s questionable whether the U.S. still holds global leadership in technology areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), biotechnology, quantum computing and advanced manufacturing. China’s rapid rise and stated intentions are predatory to U.S. science and technology. The global spread of advanced technologies translates to potentially greater threats and risks of misuse by malign actors. North Korea’s…

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  • Education

    Arizona governor vetoes strict sex education legislation

    PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have made the state’s sex education laws some of the strictest in the nation when it comes to teaching about LGBTQ issues. The governor called the legislation overly broad and vague and said it would lead to unintended consequences. He also said he was concerned a ban on sex education before 5th grade could put vulnerable children at risk by limiting sexual abuse prevention education. At the same time, the Republican issued an executive order adopting some of the transparency portions of the measure. The proposed law would have barred all discussions about gender identity, sexual orientation or…

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