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    Making education easier for Utah prisoners would make the community safer |Opinion

    Alongside a wonderful team, we direct the University of Utah Prison Education project. We provide on-site coursework and programming to incarcerated adults at the Utah State Prison in Draper and work closely with faculty and student volunteers from a diverse range of institutions in our state, including Brigham Young University, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, and Westminster College. We are an all-volunteer initiative, and we are currently unable to meet demand. In fact, the unmet need in our state is tremendous. There are over 200 youth incarcerated in 11 detention facilities in Utah and over 13,000 adults…

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    Special education teacher shortage impacting 48 states

    Special education teacher shortage impacting 48 states The U.S. Center for Education Statistics says 14 percent of all public school students received some kind of special education services during the 2019-20 school year. But schools around the country aren’t finding enough special education teachers to hire. Raleigh, N.C. – Fourteen percent of all public school students received some kind of special education services during the 2019-20 school year, the U.S. Center for Education Statistics reported. But schools nationwide can’t find enough special education teachers to fill the vacancies. Every state except New Hampshire and New Mexico expect shortages in special education teachers for the 2021-2022 school year, according to a…

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    Public Education Is Set Up to Fail in the Pandemic

    A father and son walk past P3 321 in New York City following the Phase 4 reopening. (Alexi Rosenfeld / Getty Images) Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Thank you for signing up for The Nation’s weekly newsletter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Sign up for our Wine Club today. Did you know you can support The…

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    UNICEF ‘quite optimistic’ after Taliban comments on girls’ education, official says

    A girl looks on among Afghan women lining up to receive relief assistance, during the holy month of Ramadan in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Parwiz UNICEF has held meetings with new Taliban reps Some support girls’ education, women’s work U.N. to keep staff as humanitarian needs grow GENEVA, Aug 17 (Reuters) – The chief of field operations of the U.N. children’s agency expressed cautious optimism about working with Taliban officials following their seizure of power in Afghanistan, citing their early expressions of support for girls’ education. The U.N. children’s agency (UNICEF) is still delivering aid to most parts of the country and has held initial meetings with new Taliban…

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    Nationwide education program promotes confidence, positivity in children

    It may take a village “to raise a child to be their best selves,” but educator Emi Gittleman and her team at Get Empowered are up for the task.  The organization – which manifests the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” – is working to empower children in different communities around the nation through arts and education.   ARMY VETERAN TO REPRESENT TEAM USA IN TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES: ‘IT IS AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE’ The idea was formed about six years ago after Gittleman – who has been an educator for over two decades – saw how her students were struggling with learning and…

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    Local man joins state school board

    Davis, who lives between Lebanon and Monroe, was appointed by Gov. Mike DeWine on June 30. He participated in his first monthly state school board meeting Monday and Tuesday, drawing compliments for his questions on the newly passed school funding bill. ExploreState funding increases are small for most local schools Davis said 20 years ago, he was part of Gov. Bob Taft’s blue ribbon commission on school finance. In the past decade, he was part of a committee studying financial literacy standards for Ohio’s K-12 schools, an issue that has been revived. “I thought that was dead, but then I was talking to state Sen. Steve Wilson … and now…

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    Biden’s Education Department must choose accountability or a ‘Marbury v. Madison’ moment

    The Biden presidency largely has been hailed as a return to normalcy, transparency and accountability following the tumultuous years of the Trump administration. Why then, is Biden’s Department of Education refusing to allow one of its most important oversight boards to meet?   The National Board for Education Sciences (NBES) is an advisory committee tasked with ensuring that the policies and recommendations adopted by the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) are objective, secular, neutral, non-ideological and free of partisan political influence and racial, cultural, gender or regional bias. Congress believed the role of this board was important enough to require the NBES to meet at least three times…

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