• Online School

    Philly students reflect on 11 months online in a pandemic

    Her teachers make the best of it, she said, but it’s not the same. “We make a podcast and videos,” she said. “I Iike it — it’s fun, but we are supposed to be in the paths and stuff.” Antinucci, an honor student, has been able to keep her grades up, but her motivation is flagging. Besides the outdoors she misses running track, environmental club, and going to Wawa after school with friends — some of the intangibles that give senior year its luster. “I wanted to finish with a big bang,” said Antinucci, who’s worked with WHYY’s student reporting labs. Antinucci shares a house in Roxborough with her mom,…

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  • Education

    Education Turns180 Degrees in a Matter of Months

    By GARRY RAYNO, InDepthNH.org If you doubt elections have consequences, just look up the bills before the House Education Committee this week. Only yesterday, actually it was December, the Commission to Study School Funding released its final report after a year’s work studying the current funding system and proposing a major overhaul of how state education aid is determined, although committee members declined to embrace a new method to make the system more equitable. While some of the commission’s recommendations will come before the Legislature this year, the heart of the group’s final report will not. Instead, lawmakers Tuesday will hold a public hearing on House Bill 20, the Richard…

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  • Science

    What do COVID-19 vaccines mean for daily life in the months ahead?

    As more COVID-19 vaccines show signs of being able to protect people from getting really sick, they’re fueling hopes that some sense of normalcy is within reach. Two vaccines have been authorized for emergency use in the United States and are slowly getting into arms across the country. And two more vaccine makers have just reported fairly positive results — a crucial step on the path toward adding tools to quell the pandemic. As a result, people are looking forward to finally being able to safely hug loved ones, travel and go to work, school or the store without fear of falling ill. But the rocky vaccine rollout across the…

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  • Online School

    Grand Rapids welcomes students for in-person classes after months online-only

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids fourth grader Penelope Lock is finally getting what she asked for on this year’s Christmas list: Going back to school in-person. The 9-year-old’s dad, Ian Lock, said Penelope struggled with taking classes remotely and not learning face-to-face with her teacher. She also missed seeing her friends at C.A. Frost Elementary School. So, when Grand Rapids Public Schools finally announced it would reopen for in-person learning in January after months online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lock family was quick to sign up. “She’s very happy to be here,” Ian Lock said about Penelope. “This was one of the items on her Christmas list,…

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  • Jobs

    FedEx to cut up to 6,300 jobs in Europe over next 18 months

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — FedEx plans to cut up to 6,300 jobs in Europe as it completes the process of folding a Dutch company it bought into its own delivery operation. FedEx said in a statement Tuesday that the cuts will take place over 18 months and include express-delivery operations and back-office employees of TNT Express across the continent. Memphis, Tennessee-based FedEx said severance payments will cost between $300 million and $575 million through 2023, but that the job cuts will save the company between $275 million and $350 million a year beginning in 2024. The president of FedEx’s European express-delivery operation, Karen Reddington, said in a statement that the…

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  • Online School

    After 10 months of online learning, many Anchorage elementary students are finally returning to classrooms

    At Anchorage’s Creekside Park Elementary School on Friday, kindergarten teacher Rhiana Gay put the finishing touches on her classroom’s setup, placing clips holding face masks on the edges of the desks in preparation for the first day of in-person classes this school year. On Tuesday, most elementary students in pre-kindergarten through the second grade, and special educations students in self-contained classrooms through the sixth grade, are set to start school in-person at 9:30 a.m. Anchorage classrooms have been closed since March to in-person learning, and as they prepare to finally begin reopening, they are contending with a serious health risk and implementing scores of precautionary measures. For months, schools have…

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  • Jobs

    Last month’s job losses were the first since spring, and women accounted for all of ’em

    Last month, the U.S. economy lost jobs for the first time since April, a clear sign the deepening COVID-19 crisis is stalling the recovery. But the topline number, a net decline of 140,000 nonfarm jobs in December, doesn’t tell an important part of the story: that more women than men are continuing to lose ground. In December, men actually recorded a net gain of 16,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the smallest increase since the pandemic lockdowns ended last spring and companies began rehiring in May. But women had a net loss of 156,000 positions in December, the first time since May 2011 that women…

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