• Education

    Skepticism expected on Walz education plan

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on nearly every aspect of life in Minnesota, with an especially devastating effect on educating children. Many schools are in the process of reopening after months of remote learning — a situation that’s made the state’s wide educational disparities even worse. That’s why the equity goals outlined in Gov. Tim Walz’s education budget proposal announced last week are on target. He wants to improve learning for students of color and help all students recover from the educational difficulties caused by the pandemic. “It might be easy to say, well, we can’t do much now, we’re focused on COVID, we don’t have the…

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  • Education

    The Problem With Biden’s Higher-Education Plan

    As we debate the benefits and drawbacks of Joe Biden’s plan for higher education — free community college, free public college for those with annual family incomes below $125,000 — we are too often having the wrong conversation. We tend to talk about college access when really we should be talking about college completion. A recent study, “The Economic Impact of Increasing College Completion,” commissioned by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, concludes that “college dropouts forgo the majority of the benefits of higher education.” Of course access is critically important, since a task cannot be completed unless it is begun, but if we devise a plan to increase…

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  • Jobs

    Joe Biden declares war on American jobs with far-left climate plan

    Further dashing hopes that he’d govern as any kind of moderate, President Biden on Wednesday announced plans for what amounts to the Green New Deal by another name, at a cost of roughly $2 trillion and millions of jobs. The left pretends its dreams will boost employment, but the reality is already on display. Biden’s Day One canceling of the Keystone XL pipeline put thousands out of work immediately; longer-term, it aborted some 11,000 jobs, mostly for union workers. Also in his first day, the new prez ordered a 60-day suspension of new drilling permits for US lands and water, supposedly to allow for review of the impact. But on Wednesday he made much of that…

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  • Science

    A New Day for Science: President Biden’s Big Plan for Scientific Integrity And What Comes Next

    Today, the Biden Administration releases a presidential memo on scientific integrity and evidence-based policymaking, setting the stage for the administration’s efforts to build back from the Trump administration’s unprecedented assault on science and strengthen protections for science and scientists across the government. This is big and it puts science on the agenda like never before. Here’s my take on today’s bold actions and what we should watch in the coming months and years. Trump’s unprecedented sidelining of science Science suffered. Scientists were gagged. Facts were manipulated. This is the story of the Trump Administration. But, in part, we’ve seen this movie before. After the George W. Bush administration’s (then unheard…

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    San Francisco Board of Education advances plan to rename 44 schools

    Fox Business Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on FoxBusiness.com. The San Francisco Board of Education will advance a controversial plan to rename 44 schools in the city. On Tuesday evening, the board approved a resolution by a vote of 6-1 to change school names that honored historical figures with direct or broad ties to slavery, oppression, racism or the “subjugation” of human beings. “This is an opportunity for our students to learn about the history of our school’s names, including the potential new ones,” Board President Gabriela López said in a statement. “This resolution came to the school board in the wake of the attacks in Charlottesville, and we are…

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  • Jobs

    McGuire pushes for infrastructure projects, cooperation with tech firms in NYC jobs plan

    Ray McGuire, vice chairman of Citigroup Inc. Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Ray McGuire, the former Citigroup executive who is running to be mayor of New York, will soon roll out a plan that he says will bring more than 500,000 jobs to the city. McGuire’s campaign gave CNBC a first look at what he will call for in the plan, which looks to create jobs through a wide range of methods, including a large scale infrastructure reform proposal and tapping into federal and state subsidies. New York lost over 500,000 jobs from in the 12 months through December, due in large part to the coronavirus pandemic.…

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    Walz’s school spending plan focuses on racial equity

    Gov. Tim Walz put an emphasis on racial equity in education on Monday as he rolled out early details of his public schools funding plan. The Democratic governor’s proposal, branded as his “Due North Education Plan,” is meant to “serve as a guide toward a future where every child receives a high-quality education, no matter their race or zip code,” according to a two-sheet summary released by the Minnesota Department of Education. Another focus is to help schools “navigate the pandemic while prioritizing in-person learning for as many students as safely” as possible. That includes boosting state funds for academic opportunities and mental health services during the upcoming summer break…

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