• Science

    Kaggle Publishes 2020 State of Machine Learning and Data Science Report

    Kaggle has published a report on the State of Machine Learning and Data Science for 2020. The report is based on survey responses from over two thousand users currently employed as data scientists. The report and underlying survey were described on Kaggle’s website. Kaggle opened the 35-question survey for 3.5 weeks in October 2020 and collected over 20 thousand responses. The Enterprise Executive Summary Report focuses on the 13{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of respondents who identified their job title as “data scientist.” The report identifies several key results about data scientist demographics as well as popular data science and machine learning technologies. As with the three previous annual surveys, Kaggle has also released…

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  • Education

    NC State Board of Education approves new social studies standards :: WRAL.com

    By Emily Walkenhorst, WRAL education reporter Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina State Board of Education has approved new social studies standards for the state’s kindergarten through 12th grades that underscore the study of more diverse perspectives on history. The board voted 7-5 in favor of the standards, which opponents feared did not emphasize enough the study of the country’s progress toward racial equity. Proponents argued the new standards would ensure a more comprehensive and honest history of the U.S. was taught. Voting in favor were Chairman Eric Davis, Vice Chairman Alan Duncan, Reginald Kenan, Jill Camnitz, Donna Tipton-Rogers, J. Wendell Hall and James Ford. Voting against were Lt. Gov.…

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  • Education

    State Board of Education to vote on changes to social studies classes :: WRAL.com

    By Emily Walkenhorst, WRAL education reporter Raleigh, N.C. — On Wednesday, the North Carolina Board of Education discussed changing the way students in North Carolina public schools learn about diversity and inclusion in social studies classes. Under a new proposal, public schools in the state would include topics like the oppression and contribution of women, racial groups and religious groups in social studies classes. The board will vote Thursday on changes discussed Wednesday. Debate over the proposed standards has been heated, as divisions over the changes have reflected national divisions on how history should be taught in schools. At issue is whether the proposed standards teach enough of the negative history…

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  • Education

    A school board member is peddling conspiracies on race and gender education in schools. The state board shouldn’t sit by and watch.

    (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Robert Gehrke.   | Feb. 2, 2021, 1:12 p.m. It took less than a month for the Utah State Board of Education to have its own Marjorie Taylor Greene problem. Greene is the Georgia congresswoman who is facing calls for expulsion or censure for trafficking in Trump electoral lies and deluded QAnon conspiracy theories — like questioning whether the Parkland, Fla., school massacre was staged and supporting the execution of prominent Democrats. The school board’s smaller-scale version involves Natalie Cline, a backward-thinking ultra-conservative from District 11 who since being sworn in has fanned fears that the schools are training teachers to indoctrinate children on…

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  • Education

    State should expand college education for the incarcerated

    Although Massachusetts became an outlier in 2021 by choosing to vaccinate incarcerated people for COVID-19 alongside essential medical personnel and other high priority populations, there remains much more work to be done to support this population, most of whom will be released from state custody and return to their roles as parents, friends, and neighbors in our communities. Massachusetts state officials who recognized the public health crisis both inside and outside prison walls should be commended, but vaccinations are coming too late for too many. To date, 3,886 incarcerated people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19, with major outbreaks in both state and county facilities. Since November, 296…

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  • Education

    Penn State Students Combatting Human Trafficking Through Education, Awareness, & Fundraising

    One group of passionate students is working to educate the Penn State community about human trafficking through education, awareness, and fundraising. According to the Human Trafficking Institute, Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the United States for active criminal human tracking cases that made their way to federal court, and ninth in the country for new criminal human trafficking cases in 2019. Cases have even been observed in State College, so in 2017, a Penn State student founded “Hope Here Hope Now,” the first-ever organization dedicated to increasing awareness and preventative measures at Penn State. “I came up with this name during a middle school summer camp when instructed to create a…

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  • Jobs

    State could recover all jobs lost from pandemic over next year

    After originally predicting last fall that it could take up to two full years for Louisiana to recover all the jobs lost since the onset of the pandemic, economist Loren Scott now says it could be sooner.  Through December, the state had already recovered nearly 70{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of jobs lost since April, Scott said this morning during the Leadership Power Webcast, hosted by Business Report. Furthermore, he said the state could recover all of its lost jobs over the next year.  Statewide, industries still bleeding include mining, which has lost more jobs than it has recovered, as well as state government. Scott says state government lost 1,800 jobs in December.  By…

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