• Online School

    Geneva Area City Schools teachers to strike over district’s online learning curriculum

    GENEVA, Ohio (WOIO) – Geneva Area City School teachers will be on strike starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. The Geneva Area Teachers Association put out a statement stating they will be on strike because they don’t want to continue teaching in-person and online classes at the same time. “I support them 100%, I support them but I hope it’s short-lived,” said Brittany Breedlove. Breedlove has four kids in Geneva Area City Schools. She said while a strike isn’t ideal, she gets why the teachers want kids back in the classrooms full time. “If they’re going to give both options, I believe they should have separate teachers for the online versus…

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  • Home Schooling

    Some area families pull kids out of the classroom and turn to homeschooling

    WACO, Texas (KWTX) – Both across the state and in Central Texas, families are showing more interest in homeschooling as the pandemic has created obstacles in education. In the fall of 2020, the number of homeschooling families in Texas had nearly tripled from 4.5% in the spring to 12.3% by October, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2021, the Texas Homeschool Coalition says the trend is continuing and their organization is seeing even more interest. THSC President Tim Lambert says calls and emails are nearly five times higher than what they saw last year. “Nobody expected the delta variant of the coronavirus to hit but it has hit and…

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  • Jobs

    Akron area employers, workers, recruiters explain labor shortage

    Roger Dixon considered a $16-an-hour job last week at a food snack factory in Akron. “It was enough for me to come down and see what’s going on,” Dixon said while reviewing his job offer Wednesday at Great Work! Employment Services on East Market Street in Akron. The 33-year-old machinist said the regional staffing agency always finds him good-paying jobs. But he’s never earned $16 an hour in his life. He made $12.50 an hour a year ago at a window and door factory in Cuyahoga Falls. When the pandemic hit, his employer required masks then made work voluntary. News:Employers making jobs ‘as enticing as possible,’ but ‘Help Wanted’ pleas going…

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  • Science

    Life sciences is poised to be Boston’s dominant industry. Has the area become the Silicon Valley of biotech?

    “The concentration of capital, science, and people in Boston has never felt better,” says Bruce Booth of Atlas Venture, an investor who has worked in the city since 2005. Just this week, Flagship Pioneering, the company-creation factory in Cambridge that hatched Moderna, collected a fresh $3.4 billion in capital to keep funding new ventures. In the stretch since December, you can find six major indications that Boston is the undisputed hub of the life sciences industry, a place where ideas and products that change ― and save ― people’s lives around the world originate. All three COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use in the United States have ties to Boston.…

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  • Science

    Experts present details about finding first fentanyl-laced ecstasy tablet in Houston area

    HOUSTON – The Houston Forensic Science Center discussed the latest on fentanyl this week, including an 87{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} increase in fentanyl cases the center saw last year. Health and law enforcement officials also shared findings of the first fentanyl identification in what was believed to be XTC, or ecstasy, according to a news release. When it comes to some of the problems connected to the drug, Rania Mankarious, the chief executive officer at Crime Stoppers of Houston, isn’t holding back. “We’re seeing it everywhere, not just Houston, but everywhere,” she said. Mankarious is especially concerned about young people who may be using social media to help them buy other drugs, unaware…

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  • Jobs

    DC area ranks No. 1 for IT job postings

    According to D.C.-based IT industry trade group CompTIA, the Washington region ranked first among metro areas, with more than 13,400 tech jobs available at area companies. Information technology job growth was among standouts in an otherwise disappointing December jobs report. U.S. information technology companies increased employment by a net 22,200 workers in December, and hiring for IT-related jobs across all industries posted the largest monthly gain in 2020. Many of those new jobs are being added in the D.C. region. Virginia ranked third among states for tech job postings in December, at almost 12,000. According to D.C.-based IT industry trade group CompTIA, the Washington region ranked first among metro areas,…

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  • Education

    Kiski Area officials: State Education Department contradicts themselves with new school guidelines

    TribLIVE’s Daily and Weekly email newsletters deliver the news you want and information you need, right to your inbox. As the district prepares to enter its second semester, Kiski Area is one of few that has offered in-person and hybrid instruction all school year, Superintendent Tim Scott said — staying consistent amid shifting guidelines from the state Department of Education. During a Wednesday evening school board meeting, Scott and school directors expressed frustration at the state’s newly updated guidelines for instruction and went over early plans for vaccinating district employees. Scott noted only a month or so ago, the state mandated attestation forms from each district planning to stay open…

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