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    Lincoln Board of Education announces finalists for Superintendent

    LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -The Lincoln Board of Education announced on Tuesday the names of four finalists for the position of superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools. “After reviewing all of the applications, the Board is pleased with the strength of this exceptional pool of candidates,” said Connie Duncan, president of the Lincoln Board of Education. “Each candidate brings a unique perspective and a wealth of experience that will benefit our community.” The Board will interview the finalists on Feb. 1 and Feb. 4. Each candidate will meet with various small groups throughout the day that will include students, staff, families and community members. The public is invited to hear from each…

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    Continuing education can unlock family-wage careers

    Although Washington state has one of the most dynamic job markets in the country, nearly all available career pathway jobs remain out of reach for many of our high school graduates. Opportunities in our state for landing a family-wage career are plentiful. They go beyond information technologies including automobile services, manufacturing, health care, agriculture and more. Unfortunately, there are barriers for most graduates who choose not to go to college.  Most of these pathway jobs require education or training beyond a high school degree. Our challenge is this: We’ve been stuck at the same percentage of high school graduates who do not continue past high school — a disturbing 40%…

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    Action is needed on academic standards, governance problems in Nevada higher education

    Higher education in the Silver State is funded by the taxpayers and overseen by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), which operates under a code established by the Board of Regents Handbook. This document states that “Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual member of the faculty or the institution.” Hold that thought. Many students entering college in Nevada are not ready for college level courses, either because they were poorly prepared in high school, or because they are returning to school after years of absence and need to refresh basic skills. In the past, such…

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    Michigan Democrats criticized after dismissing parents’ role in public education

    NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! The Democratic Party blasted the idea that parents should have a voice in what public schools teach, saying in a Facebook post over the weekend that public education teaches kids what society “needs them to know.” A Saturday post made by the Michigan Democrats on their official Facebook page criticized the parents who want to play a role in what public education teaches their children. The post was deleted Monday morning after intense criticism.  “Not sure where this ‘parents-should-control-what-is-taught-in-schools-because-they-are-our-kids’ is originating, but parents do have the option to send their kids to a hand-selected private school at their own expense if this…

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    Saving Classics From Identity Politics

    Early in Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation, Roosevelt Montas describes an intellectual origin story that I found strikingly familiar. Montas, a fatherless teenager who had recently immigrated to the Bronx from the sticks of the Dominican Republic and was still learning to read in English, found himself on a winter evening faced with a pile of discarded books, some ornately decorated with gold-edged pages, waiting for the garbage collectors. “I wanted to take them all, but there were too many, and we had no bookshelves,” he writes. “In the end, I grabbed only two hardbacks. One of them…

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    Why Can’t Higher Education Change?

    From a former colleague: Why is academia so conservative, risk averse, hidebound and deeply unwilling to make the changes necessary to serve students in the contemporary world, all the while claiming to be searching for new models for addressing the needs of our students in a fast-changing world? If higher education had a New Year’s resolution, it would be this: “This year we are going to really change. We are going to take risks, create a new model and keep up with the world around us.” This reads like an auditor proclaiming they “aren’t going to live by the rules anymore,” a historian vowing to “live in the present” and…

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    Texas Education Agency releases new quarantine guidance for school staff

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Education Agency on Friday released new quarantine guidance for school staff who have COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who does. TEA officials said school employees may return when: If symptomatic, at least five days have passed since symptom onset and fever free, and other symptoms have improved. For those with no symptoms, at least five days after the day they tested positive. “Fever free” means without a fever of 100 degrees or higher for at least 24 hours without the help of medication. This is based on recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC recommends 5-day COVID…

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