• Jobs

    Once again, job losses fall unequally across the US economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten months into America’s viral outbreak, low-income workers are still bearing the brunt of job losses — an unusual and harsh feature of the pandemic recession that flattened the economy last spring. In December, the nation shed jobs for the first time since April. Once again, the layoffs were heavily concentrated in the industries that have suffered most because they involve the kind of face-to-face contact that is now nearly impossible: Restaurants, bars and hotels, theaters, sports arenas and concert halls. With the virus transforming consumer spending habits, economists believe some portion of these service jobs won’t return even after the economy has regained its footing. That…

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  • Education

    New for next fall: two teacher preparation programs at GTCC | Education

    Graduates walk across the stage during GTCC’s commencement at the Greensboro Coliseum on May 9, 2019. Woody Marshall/News & Record Aspiring educators should soon have a new option for getting a teaching degree. GTCC trustees approved in December two new associate’s degree programs in teacher preparation. Leaders of the county’s community college anticipate the State Board of Community Colleges will OK the proposals in early 2021. That would mean GTCC can begin enrolling students in the two new programs next fall. “This is an option that students have been asking for,” said Beth Pitonzo, GTCC’s senior vice president of instruction, “and there are jobs.” GTCC’s two new teacher prep programs…

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  • Exchange Student

    Powerful snowstorm set to pound Wisconsin starting Tuesday afternoon. See how much will fall and when | Weather

    Skies over Madison should be mostly sunny Thursday, cloudy Friday, mostly sunny Saturday, and partly sunny Sunday and Monday, with highs near 24, 33, 28, 28 and 34, and lows Wednesday night through Sunday night around 10, 14, 21, 12 and 18. 27 Storm Track meteorologist Max Tsaparis forecasts snow developing late on Tuesday; heavier snow in the evening and at night; ending Wednesday by mid-day, with light snow, possibly mixed with drizzle and freezing drizzle southeast and 4 to 9 inches falling; then possible mixed precipitation to snow on New Year’s Day. Tsaparis said highs for Madison Tuesday through Monday should be near 26, 31, 25, 30, 28, 30…

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  • Online School

    Summit High School students get creative with online production of fall play

    A Main Street scene from Summit High School’s 2020 production of “One Stoplight Town.”Screenshot from Paul Koslovsky It almost feels cliche to say it, but this year’s fall play at Summit High School had to be put on a little differently amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The production of “One Stoplight Town” does not feature a live stage performance in front of an audience. Instead, it was recorded by some of the school’s video production students and debuted on the high school’s website at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Caroline Hesford, the play’s producer and a music and drama teacher at Summit High School, is used to working around the…

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  • Education

    Department of Education say literacy scores dropped this fall for K-3rd

    The virus is spreading and the Iowa Department of Education is allowing more school districts to go 100{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} online. But the state still prefers in-person teaching. Most schools in Iowa have in-class learning at least 50{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of the time. Gov. Kim Reynolds said the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said schools are not a major source of COVID-19 transmission. The director of the Iowa Department of Education said reading proficiency tests done in Iowa earlier this year show younger students who learn online-only score lower than they did last year. “This fall we saw literacy screening drop in scores in grades K through three,” said Dr.…

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  • Exchange Student

    New international enrollments drop by 43 percent this fall

    The total number of international students studying at U.S. universities, whether from within the U.S. or online from abroad, decreased by 16 percent this fall, while enrollments of new international students decreased by 43 percent, according to a new survey of more than 700 colleges conducted by 10 major higher education organizations. The survey provides a first look at how hard international enrollments have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey found that one in five international students are studying online from outside the U.S. Ninety percent of responding institutions reported student deferrals, collectively reporting that nearly 40,000 international students have deferred their studies to a future term. “We’ve never had a…

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