• Education

    Plans to push NC lawmakers to fund a ‘sound basic education’ due Monday in decades-long Leandro case :: WRAL.com

    By Emily Walkenhorst, WRAL education reporter Raleigh, N.C. — Groups fighting for more equitable education funding will tell a judge Monday how to incentivize lawmakers to change laws and spend more on schools. State Superior Court Judge W. David Lee has ordered the state to change how it funds schools and to spend billions more doing so. It’s part of the 27-year lawsuit known as the “Leandro” case, which resulted in courts finding that the state wasn’t giving counties the money they needed to provide a “sound basic education” to students. Since lawmakers have not proposed, nor agreed upon, a plan to comply with the court order, Lee asked plaintiff…

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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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  • Jobs

    Hundreds could lose jobs as Illinois lawmakers look to close coal plants by 2035

    MARISSA, Ill. – State lawmakers are still trying to work out a deal to pass a clean energy plan this year. The Pritzker administration hopes to close all coal plants in the state by 2035. While environmental groups based in Chicago and advocates see this as a win, it could drastically change power for many communities. A large group of lawmakers say they won’t vote for an energy bill unless it closes coal plants by 2035. However, two of those plants were commissioned less than 15 years ago. The Capitol Bureau spoke with employees at the Prairie State Energy Campus in Marissa to see their perspectives on the monumental proposal.…

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  • Online School

    Texas school districts roll back options after lawmakers fail to extend life of virtual learning

    Nearly 1,000 students told Frisco ISD administrators that they wanted to continue with online learning next school year, but now that’s not going to happen. On Tuesday, Frisco Superintendent Mike Waldrip announced that the district had to cancel plans to open a virtual school this fall because funding to continue the option wasn’t clear. Numerous other districts, including Round Rock and Hays, also have scrapped plans. “With no signs that the Texas Education Agency will act soon to grant districts a waiver, Frisco ISD has no choice but to discontinue planning for this option in the coming school year,” Waldrip said in his letter to families. The future of online…

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    Texas lawmakers consider higher education construction funding

    Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Texas public university leaders are crossing their fingers that the Legislature will pass a bill this year that would open up billions of dollars of funding for construction of new and existing campus buildings. Many of the projects named in the bill would add health care education and research infrastructure as the state continues to face a shortage of physicians and nurses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials say the pandemic has exacerbated the needs for these construction projects that will expand public health education. House Bill 1530, which would authorize…

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  • Home Schooling

    NM lawmakers push for school choice, funding for homeschooling

    SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – With more and more families leaving traditional public schools in recent years, a handful of Republican lawmakers are pushing to get more money for home-schooled kids and private schools. They said it’s very timely, now that many parents are pulling their kids from public schools where no in-person learning is being offered. APS students, parents react to remote learning for rest of school year When the pandemic hit, a lot of parents moved their kids to homeschool, and the New Mexico Public Education Department said the number of students attending home school programs this year almost doubled to 15,000. “I’ve had more families this year saying…

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    Utah lawmakers nix idea requiring ‘consent’ as part of sex education

    SALT LAKE CITY — Legislation that would have required Utah’s sex education curriculum to include instruction about consent — including what does not constitute consent — was defeated by the House Education Committee Monday by a vote of 7-4. HB177, sponsored by Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, also would have required instruction on coercion, sexual violence behavior deterrence, and sexual assault mitigation as part of sex education instruction for students in grades 7-12. Parents must opt-in for their child to participate in sex education classes. “My motivation is not to get some liberal curriculum into the schools as many people have made that accusation, but rather to give kids information…

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