• Online School

    School board approves purchase of online program, SRO vehicles | Local News

    The Glynn County Board of Education approved the use of federal funds to purchase a formative assessment program that will enhance Google Classroom technology. The school board voted 6-0 at its monthly meeting Tuesday to buy a Pear Deck program. The district will spend $133,650 over three years using money provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. The board also approved the purchase of 12 new vehicles for the district’s resources officers. Board members approved the $436,404 purchase 5-1, with school board member Mike Hulsey voting no. The SRO fleet is old, said Andrea Preston, assistant superintendent of finances, before the vote. “We’re repairing…

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    First ABA-approved online J.D. program to debut next fall

    Signage is seen outside of the American Bar Association (ABA) in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly St. Mary’s University School of Law launching a five-year pilot program The school hopes to enroll students from under-served parts of Texas and beyond (Reuters) – St. Mary’s University School of Law next fall will launch the first fully online Juris Doctor program approved by the American Bar Association. The San Antonio law school unveiled the pioneering program Tuesday, saying it planned to enroll 25 students in the first cohort of the five-year pilot program. Nearly a dozen law schools now offer hybrid J.D. programs, in which a large portion of…

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  • Exchange Student

    Iowa foreign exchange student program coordinator sentenced to prison

    A Council Bluffs man will spend more than 27 years in federal prison after being convicted of coercion and enticement of a minor Thursday. Thomas Boatright, 52, pleaded guilty in February to four counts of coercion and enticement of a minor. He was sentenced Thursday to 327 months for each count, to be served simultaneously, as well as ordered to pay nearly $80,000 in restitution. Boatright served as a coordinator for EF High School Exchange Year, where he connected international students with U.S. host families and hosted teenagers in his own home. He was arrested in March 2020 after federal prosecutors said that, between July 27, 2019, and Feb. 13, 2020, he made…

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  • Education

    Nationwide education program promotes confidence, positivity in children

    It may take a village “to raise a child to be their best selves,” but educator Emi Gittleman and her team at Get Empowered are up for the task.  The organization – which manifests the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” – is working to empower children in different communities around the nation through arts and education.   ARMY VETERAN TO REPRESENT TEAM USA IN TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES: ‘IT IS AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE’ The idea was formed about six years ago after Gittleman – who has been an educator for over two decades – saw how her students were struggling with learning and…

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    Education Department moves to stop controversy over U.S. history grant program

    The teaching of civics and history — an opportunity to better understand our past and how our government works so we can engage in and influence our future — has long provided the foundation for students to be active participants in society and help our nation live up to its highest ideals. These values have been championed over the years by Americans of all backgrounds, and they are deeply embedded in our commitment to both patriotism and progress. One of the ways the Department carries out these efforts is through programs like the American History and Civics grant programs, part of which was first launched in the early 2000’s, authorized…

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    Exchange Student Program To Resume

    By NICK YAMASHITA The Progress Exchange students quickly become family members. Pictured here are international “sisters” Sophie Kvist of Denmark and Logandale resident McKinley Bledsoe of Kvist’s host family showing their colors. PHOTO COURTESY OF TARA LEAVITT. Exchange Students will be returning to Moapa Valley again in the coming school year, after the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered the program last year. The only thing that will slow it down now may be a shortage of local host families. “It is exciting that we get to have foreign exchange students again,” stated local Education First (EF) High School Exchange program Coordinator Brooke Redd. “However, we need places for them to stay.” The…

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    Supreme Court to hear case on Maine tuition program that bars money for religious education

    The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up a case on a tuition assistance program in Maine that bars the use of state money for religious schools, setting up yet another battle in the high court on the intersection of religious freedom and school choice.  The case, Carson v. Makin, stems from a Maine program that provides tuition for Maine residents to attend private high schools if their local district does not have a public school. It comes in the wake of a recent Supreme Court case that ruled the government can’t ban government aid in a generally available program from going to religious schools.  The previous case, Espinoza…

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