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    Garland son-in-law’s race-obsessed education company urges schools to push lawmakers to adopt its ideas and stick taxpayers with tab

    A curriculum company with links to Attorney General Merrick Garland sells local educators on its “woke” education materials and shows them how to stick state and federal taxpayers with the bill. Panorama Education, founded by Garland’s son-in-law Xan Tanner, produces teaching materials focused on systemic racism, oppression, white supremacy, and intersectionality, all under the rubric of “Social-Emotional Learning.” The multimillion-dollar company’s marketing plan appears to be to get educators to buy in and then show them how to pay for it all with government grants. PARENT GROUPS SAY GARLAND MAY HAVE CONFLICT OF INTEREST ON SCHOOL BOARD ISSUE “International SEL Day is a perfect opportunity to tell your policymakers that…

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    Columbia Board of Education votes to extend coronavirus action plan

    News COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) The Columbia Board of Education voted unanimously to continue the mask mandate and COVID-19 plan. Watch the meeting replay in the player below. In the updated plan, the district has added remediation strategies for students and staff. The Superintendent will be able to decide if mask requirements are needed after consultation with the Incident Command Team, the Columbia/Boone County Health Department, health and medical professionals and neighboring school district superintendents. The CPS 14-day case rate is currently 49.3 positive cases per 10,000 students and staff. CPS has 63 active student cases with 310 in quarantine. The district also has 7 staff cases and 8 staff in…

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    Former Hawaii Legislator Joins Board of Education on Interim Basis

    The Hawaii Board of Education gained a new member, effective Monday — a former teacher and principal in Hawaii’s school system who also served as a state lawmaker and was once a candidate for lieutenant governor. Lyla Berg, who took the oath of office on Monday, will make her first appearance as a board member during a meeting on Thursday. The agenda includes discussion about the Department of Education’s plans to accelerate learning for children who have fallen behind during the Covid-19 pandemic and the use of federal aid dollars. In a phone interview, Berg, who served as a Democratic House representative for District 18 from 2004 to 2010 and ran…

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    N.C. COVID-19 funding for schools approved

    The Department of Education finally approved North Carolina’s plan to spend federal COVID-19 funds for schools on Monday. The state received its initial $2.4 billion allotment from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund in March. Monday’s decision means the state will receive an additional $1.2 billion. The majority of this federal funding will go directly to districts and schools. The remaining 10%, or $360 million, will go to statewide initiatives that are intended to aid schools and students as they recover from the pandemic. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content. The Department of Public Instruction will use the funds to launch several of these…

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    Parent PLUS borrowers stealing from their retirement to fund kids’ college education, survey says

    One in four American parents who borrowed from the federal government to help pay for a child’s college education doesn’t expect to retire as planned because of the debt, a survey released Tuesday says. And one in five parent borrowers regret taking out the loans, the NerdWallet survey shows. “Parents take on whatever it takes to get their kids at college, including taking on unaffordable debt,” said Anna Helhoski, student loan expert at NerdWallet, a personal finance website based in San Francisco. Of the total $1.6 trillion in student loan debt, Americans borrowed roughly $103 billion in PLUS loans as of the second quarter of 2021. There are 3.6 million…

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    Alabama education chief wants $800 million more for teachers and students in 2023 budget

    Want more state education news? Sign up for The Alabama Education Lab’s free, weekly newsletter, Ed Chat. Alabama education officials have big plans for the 2022-23 school year, judging by the more than $800 million increase they’ll request when the legislative session starts in January. “The amount of [state] money we think is going to be available this year is going to be phenomenal,” Alabama Superintendent Eric Mackey told board members during a presentation of the proposed ask. The education trust fund, which pays for schools, is expected to grow 16% year over year. The current fiscal year, which determines how much money lawmakers will have to distribute, ends Sept.…

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    As Covid Surges, Filipino Students Begin Second Year Online

    Some countries, like Britain, have taken an aggressive approach to keeping schools open, including from late spring into early summer, when the Delta variant surged. While many elementary school students and their teachers did not wear masks, the British government focused instead on other safety measures, such as rapid testing and widespread quarantining. Where schools have been closed for a long time, such as the Philippines, education experts have expressed concerns that the pandemic has created a “lost generation” of students, buffeted by the limits of remote learning and by overstretched parents struggling to serve as surrogate physics and literature teachers. Maritess Talic, 46, a mother of two, said she…

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