• Education

    Plans to push NC lawmakers to fund a ‘sound basic education’ due Monday in decades-long Leandro case :: WRAL.com

    By Emily Walkenhorst, WRAL education reporter Raleigh, N.C. — Groups fighting for more equitable education funding will tell a judge Monday how to incentivize lawmakers to change laws and spend more on schools. State Superior Court Judge W. David Lee has ordered the state to change how it funds schools and to spend billions more doing so. It’s part of the 27-year lawsuit known as the “Leandro” case, which resulted in courts finding that the state wasn’t giving counties the money they needed to provide a “sound basic education” to students. Since lawmakers have not proposed, nor agreed upon, a plan to comply with the court order, Lee asked plaintiff…

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  • Jobs

    Software Engineer Gets Job After 357 Rejections, 6-Month Hunt

    After working in the restaurant industry for six years, Sophia Cheong decided to learn how to code.  She applied to entry-level software engineering jobs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for six months straight.  357 rejections, 40 interviews, and 2 offers later, she’s making more than double her old salary.  Loading Something is loading. Sophia Cheong’s career started at a Korean barbecue restaurant in California, where she worked as a host while completing her bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduating from Fullerton College, she was promoted to assistant general manager and, later, the director of operations. Then a coworker started teaching her how to code.  “I fell in love,”…

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  • Science

    Climate experts warn world leaders 1.5C is ‘real science’, not just talking point | Cop26

    The 1.5C temperature limit to be discussed by world leaders at critical meetings this weekend is a vital physical threshold for the planet’s climate, and not an arbitrary political construct that can be haggled over, leading climate scientists have warned. World leaders are meeting in Rome and Glasgow over the next four days to thrash out a common approach aimed at holding global temperature rises to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the lower of two limits set out in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. But some countries are unwilling to peg their emissions plans to the tougher goal, as it would require more urgent efforts. They prefer to consider long-term goals…

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  • Online School

    Heyworth schools make temporary move online amid COVID-19 outbreak and staff shortage

    WGLT is community powered. It’s the Fall Fund Drive and your financial support at WGLT.org is the power we rely on to keep your favorite NPR programs on the air and your newsroom local. Join the community that powers WGLT with a contribution. Heyworth Community Unit School District 4 has pivoted to remote learning because of a coronavirus outbreak. Superintendent Lisa Taylor informed parents of the 934 students in the district on Monday that students will learn online for the rest of the week. As of Friday, Heyworth had 47 students excluded and eight students who had tested positive or probable for COVID-19. Taylor said Monday evening the numbers have…

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  • Education

    ‘We are at a breaking point’: School officials ask legislators not to pass new education laws

    Vermont educators urged lawmakers Wednesday to avoid new education reforms in the upcoming year, saying it would further burden schools that are already “in survival mode.” In testimony before the Vermont House Committee on Education on Wednesday, school officials described schools struggling in the first two months of the fall 2021 semester and asked legislators not to pass new laws that would add to their workload.  “Try as best you can this year to be the ‘do-nothing Congress,’” Vermont Principals’ Association Jay Nichols told the committee. “And if you’re going to add anything, please take things off their plate at the same time.” Prior to the meeting, Rep. Kate Webb,…

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  • Jobs

    Man applies to 60 entry-level jobs and gets 1 interview

    LEE COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida man has gone viral after sharing how he applied to 60 entry-level jobs in the month of September and only landed one interview. Joey Holz said he conducted the “experiment” after seeing hiring signs all over Lee County. He wanted some extra work, so he came up with a plan for putting out applications. “Let’s do 30 days, two jobs a day. If I pick something up on the side, great. I’m already employed,” said Holz. That’s 60 applications for jobs that paid between minimum wage and $12 an hour. Holz kept track of the responses, and he was surprised by the result. Joey…

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