• Education

    Higher education leaders react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

    The conclusion of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty on murder and manslaughter charges for the killing of George Floyd, produced a sense of hope and relief among students, faculty members and college leaders across the country. After a year of anger and outrage, accusations and recrimination, bridge building and bridge burning, calls for accountability and promises of change — played out mostly remotely and on social media as Americans hunkered down while in the throes of the pandemic — the verdict Tuesday was largely viewed as a welcome development and a symbol of possibilities for positive change for the country — and perhaps on…

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  • Education

    Education secretary nominee urges aspiring Latinos school leaders to lean on their ‘superpower’

    FARMINGTON — Education secretary nominee Miguel Cardona told Latino school leaders from four Western states Friday to embrace their “Latino-ness” as they support one another personally and as aspiring education leaders. “Embrace your Latino-ness. Embrace the fact that, Latinos, when we come together, within five minutes we’re family. That’s a superpower that we have,” said Cardona, addressing participants of the Four Corners Latinx Leadership Academy Summit conducted virtually but based in Farmington. Earlier this week, Cardona faced tough questions during his Senate confirmation hearing. Senators pressed him for his positions on issues such as transgender participation in athletics, student loan forgiveness and reopening schools, which President Joe Biden has promised…

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    London Breed, others urge S.F. education leaders to reopen public schools

    San Francisco families, mayor and state elected officials formed a united front Thursday in urging school and labor leaders to listen to the health experts, come to an agreement and reopen schools as soon as possible. At a press conference sponsored by the parent group, Decreasing the Distance, a tearful Mayor London Breed, standing before children hold signs saying “I miss my friends,” urged the adults to end division and finger-pointing to get schools open. “It just really breaks my heart to be here to see these kids and these families to know what they’ve been going through,” Breed said. “Kids are struggling in our city and we all know…

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  • Online School

    Students lean on tutors, leaders raise concerns about accessibility

    Daily file illustration by Carly Schulman Some Evanston/Skokie School District 65 parents have been looking for tutors to supplement their children’s education during online learning, but tutoring is not an option for everyone. Almost a year into virtual learning, some Evanston/Skokie School District 65 parents have sought out tutors to keep their students from falling behind. Some leaders say disparities in access to tutoring during online learning could widen the academic achievement gap. When District 65 closed in Mar. 2020, parent Christian Ruzich said the shift affected his two children differently. Ruzich said his oldest child, a junior in high school, was able to quickly adapt and is “thriving” in…

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    Cooper, Cohen, NC education leaders call for reopening more schools :: WRAL.com

    By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter, & Matthew Burns, WRAL.com senior producer/politics editor Raleigh, N.C. — The governor, his secretary of health and a bipartisan pair of the state’s top education officials pressed school systems across North Carolina Tuesday afternoon to reopen for in-person learning. “It’s time to get our children back into the classroom,” Gov. Roy Cooper said during a briefing on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “The science is clear. It is safe to reopen our schools in accordance with the health protocols,” agreed Eric Davis, chairman of the State Board of Education. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report last week indicating…

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  • Online School

    Trust the Leaders in Online School: Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Virtual Academy Now Accepting Enrollments for 2021-2022 School Year

    MCFARLAND, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After an academic year like no other, both the Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin (WIDCA), and the Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), two full-time online public-schools serving students throughout the state, are welcoming students to enroll for the 2021-2022 school year. WIDCA and WIVA are the state leaders in providing safe, alternative education options, while giving your student a personalized experience and providing them with what they need to succeed. WIDCA and WIVA are tuition-free to all students who reside in Wisconsin, staffed by state-licensed teachers, and are authorized online public-school programs of the McFarland School District. They offer a personalized approach to learning, delivering rich, engaging curriculum designed…

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  • Science

    Our leaders failed us on COVID, but science brings hope for relief

    It seems like a lifetime, but it was only one year ago that the world learned about a cluster of pneumonia cases linked to a live animal market in Wuhan, China. The cause: a new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that leads to a disease called COVID-19. Fast forward one year, and the US has seen more than 400,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 25 million confirmed cases — but also remarkable scientific innovation and reasons for optimism.  Much has changed. An economy that was humming along with record-low unemployment was voluntarily shut down in an attempt to mitigate viral spread and the death toll. Unemployment soared to depression levels, and GDP cratered.…

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