• 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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  • Online School

    Great Hearts Academies enrollment for online K-8 school opens Monday

    (Great Hearts Academies photo) PHOENIX — Great Hearts Academies, an Arizona-based network of nonprofit public charter schools, announced Wednesday that its online school for kindergartners through eighth graders will launch in the fall. Great Hearts Online is open to all Arizona students and does not charge tuition. Enrollment begins Monday. The education system will offer its classical liberal arts curriculum with advanced math and science and a focus on arts and foreign language in a virtual setting for K-8 graders. “The past year has made clear the need for high quality online academic programs in K-12,” Great Hearts America CEO Jay Heiler said in a press release. “The challenge here…

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  • Jobs

    Biden wants solar jobs. People may not want them — Monday, February 1, 2021 — www.eenews.net

    As President Biden pushes to build out clean energy, he’ll have to contend with a problem: Solar jobs are hard to fill. It’s a curious puzzle. The solar industry’s job rolls have expanded to hundreds of thousands of workers in recent years, as demand for rooftop solar and solar farms has spiked. The jobs offer decent wages, a sense of social mission and sometimes a path to quick promotion. But solar firms face an array of difficulties keeping themselves staffed, even in a COVID-19 economy when so many are out of work. “It’s heavy lifting: You have to get up on ladders; you have to drive long distances. It can…

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  • Education

    In dispute between D.C. and union, arbiter ruling clears city schools to reopen Monday

    Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers’ Union, argued that there were numerous safety violations at schools — including HVAC systems that lacked proper documentation showing they were repaired — and that the city had failed to properly conduct walk-throughs. Based on the ruling, two schools — Coolidge High and Watkins Elementary — will probably have to delay their reopenings and schedule new walk-throughs. The arbiter said the walk-throughs at those schools were too brief and did not allow participants to view enough of the building. “The arbitrator’s decision makes it clear: all of our schools are safe and ready to reopen, and we look forward to welcoming back thousands…

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    Announcement coming from Gov. Walz Monday about Minnesota schools

    Students across the state are heading back to in-person classrooms, but some teachers want to wait until more people have a chance to get the COVID vaccine. MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Parents, students and educators are waiting for a planned announcement from Governor Walz on the future of education during the pandemic.  Few details have been released regarding Monday’s message beyond the state calling it a “sweeping education plan.” The announcement is planned for 2 p.m.  The governor’s office says Walz will announce a plan to address the “immediate impact of the pandemic while building an education system which prepares every student for success.” The announcement comes after the first week…

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  • Online School

    Fort Bend ISD says it’s going online at 6 campuses due to COVID-19 issues, starting Monday

    HOUSTON – Fort Bend Independent School District is changing from in-person to online learning at six campuses on Monday due to COVID-19 staffing issues, according to a news release from the district released Thursday. Message to Fort Bend ISD families, as published on the Fort Bend ISD website on Jan. 22, 2021. (Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved.) Pecan Grove Elementary, Ridgemont Elementary, Ridgemont Early Literacy Center, Hodges Bend Middle School, Christa McAuliffe Middle School and the James Reese Career and Technical Center are going online through the remainder of the week. “The FBISD COVID Response Team monitors COVID related data and activities each day in an…

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    Wichita Board of Education could decide Monday

    Posted: Jan 10, 2021 / 08:02 AM CST / Updated: Jan 10, 2021 / 08:02 AM CST WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW)– The Wichita Board of Education will meet tomorrow to talk about bringing kids back to in-person learning this month. Andrea Herrera spoke Sheril Logan, President of the Board of Education to give us a look at what parents could expect. Although nothing can really be carved in stone at this point, Sheril Logan says leaders at USD 259 feel ready to be back in-person with the students. School nurses and social workers have started to get vaccinated and with fewer COVID-19 cases in the district staff members feel it could…

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