• Education

    Columbia Board of Education votes to extend coronavirus action plan

    News COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) The Columbia Board of Education voted unanimously to continue the mask mandate and COVID-19 plan. Watch the meeting replay in the player below. In the updated plan, the district has added remediation strategies for students and staff. The Superintendent will be able to decide if mask requirements are needed after consultation with the Incident Command Team, the Columbia/Boone County Health Department, health and medical professionals and neighboring school district superintendents. The CPS 14-day case rate is currently 49.3 positive cases per 10,000 students and staff. CPS has 63 active student cases with 310 in quarantine. The district also has 7 staff cases and 8 staff in…

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  • Jobs

    Bipartisan infrastructure plan could create over 800K new jobs by 2030, S&P analysis shows

    Former Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Holtz-Eakin discusses ongoing infrastructure negotiations on Capitol Hill.  President Biden‘s $1.2 trillion plan to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure will create close to 1 million new jobs over the next decade, according to a new report published this week.  The analysis from S&P Global – which was circulated by the White House – estimates that by 2030, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would boost employment by more than 880,000, with many middle-class jobs, including in construction, engineering and accounting.  WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL? If it becomes law, the bipartisan, Senate-approved infrastructure bill will also increase per capita personal income in…

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  • Education

    ‘I have a future’: how Biden’s free community college plan could transform education | US education

    Abdi Yusuf’s first day of middle school was tough. He was 13 years old, and he and his family had recently fled to Texas from South Africa as refugees. Yusuf had just finished the equivalent of third grade in Cape Town but found himself in eighth grade in the US, and remembers trying to decipher a math worksheet and to find a friend amid a sea of unfamiliar faces. “That was really hard because in my school in Africa, I always had friends,” said Yusuf, now 19. In high school, his family moved to Seattle and he started to find his footing, even taking a college-level English class in his…

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  • Home Schooling

    After homeschooling due to the pandemic, some families plan to send their children back to school in person in the fall | Local

    Some families decided to homeschool their children due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now they plan to enroll — or reenroll — them in local schools for the 2021-22 school year. Before the start of this school year, less was known about COVID-19, vaccines weren’t yet available, and there was an expectation that students may move between in-person, hybrid and virtual instruction throughout the year, which became a reality for many. After considering those factors, some families decided to homeschool indefinitely, but now plan to send their children back to school in person in the fall. Sara McElroy said she and her husband, Clint, never envisioned themselves homeschooling their children, Ruby,…

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  • Online School

    Local schools plan for online learning to stay

    According to a flier sent to school districts, the ESC program would cost the school districts $1500 per student per semester. That would cover four core courses (English, math, science and social studies), plus one elective in grades K-5 (art, music, etc.), and two electives in grades 6-12 ( foreign language, art, media, career exploration, etc.). Local examples The ESC has been offering those services to 60 Valley View students since Feb. 1 as a pilot project. Those 60 are fully online and are being taught by ESC staff, not Valley View teachers. Superintendent Ben Richards said once Valley View went back to in-person classes five days a week, there…

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  • Education

    Biden unveils $1.5 trillion budget plan for 2022

    Many of the programs Biden seeks to fund at higher levels starting in October are initiatives that President Donald Trump had unsuccessfully tried to slash while in the White House. In a further break with Trump, who labored to spend sizable sums on defense during his term, Biden’s new plan calls for a less than 2 percent increase for the military in the upcoming fiscal year. Story continues below advertisement But the administration’s approach quickly divided lawmakers from both parties. Senior Senate Republicans accused the president of trying to shortchange the Pentagon, alleging that this would put the country at a disadvantage against China. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and…

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  • Jobs

    Michigan needs Biden’s jobs plan

    Thanks to the millions of Michiganders who followed health guidelines, the dedicated work from health professionals and state agencies, and new federal leadership, Michigan is on the path to recovery. We are starting to rebuild the economy — but there’s still more work to do. President Biden’s American Rescue Plan directed important federal funding to Michigan, including a wage increase for direct care workers and funding to expand vaccinations for Michiganders. On Wednesday in a speech in Pittsburgh, President Biden laid out his American Jobs Plan, showing how millions can be put to work right now by investing in America’s future. His announcement was the next step on Michigan’s road from rescue to…

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