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    WCSD’s Superintendent to give virtual State of Education address

    RGJ will carry Kristen McNeill’s State of Education address here starting at 5:30 It will be Kristen McNeill’s second State of Education address, but her first since being named superintendent and the district’s first amid a pandemic. Last year, when McNeill, gave her address, she touched on graduation rates, the number of students hit by cars and a balanced budget. Read more: ‘Hug your loved ones’ and other highlights from WCSD’s 2020 address Back then she was still the interim after the school board ousted Superintendent Traci Davis in July 2019.  She would end her first State of Education address telling the audience to go home and hug their loved ones.  Her…

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    Westfield State University Viewpoint: Investment in public higher education pays it forward

    It’s no secret that colleges and universities across the nation and the world are struggling financially, and that these problems have deepened with the pandemic. So it is incredibly important, in these times, that we get a little help from our friends. At Westfield State, we recently announced the largest private donation in the university’s 181-year history — a planned gift with an estimated value of $3.5 million from the estate of former student Paul W. Dower. The gift will provide game-changing scholarships for students most in need, helping them achieve their dreams of a college degree. As an endowment, Dower’s generosity will provide meaningful financial assistance for generations to…

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    Cleveland Clinic project expected to create 1,000 R&D jobs, lands state tax credits

    The Cleveland Clinic could create 1,000 research and development jobs in Cleveland by late 2028, through the establishment of a new global center for pathogen research and human health. On Monday, Jan. 25, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a 15-year job creation tax credit for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation — an unusual move because the board typically focuses on corporate expansions, not deals involving nonprofits or institutions. The 2.58{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} credit, tied to new payroll, will support “non-clinical” jobs paying an average of $100,000 a year, Matt Deptola, a senior project manager with statewide economic development corporation JobsOhio, told the board. The project also will involve an anticipated $300 million…

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    New York education officials call for canceling state tests

    New York will ask the federal government to waive state tests for a second consecutive year due to the coronavirus pandemic, state education officials announced Monday. The state education department is requesting to cancel the reading and math tests administered to third through eighth grade students in the spring, as well as tests required for high school students. It is also seeking to limit the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test to those English learners who are attending school in person. A second waiver would give the state a pass on identifying new “struggling” schools this year as part of school accountability requirements. For high schools,…

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    New York education officials seek federal waiver to cancel state tests

    ALBANY — State education officials will submit a request for permission from the federal government to forgo state testing this spring in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Two draft federal waiver requests related to state assessment and accountability requirements are now available for public comment, State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa and Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young Jr. announced Monday, Jan. 25. The waiver references the health crisis which has resulted in many students receiving some or all of their instruction remotely. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is accepting comments through Feb. 5 and stakeholders are encouraged to fill out a brief companion survey. The full…

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    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker foresees state fully funding landmark education law

    With the prospect of federal aid and higher-than-expected tax revenue, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker plans to fully fund the state’s landmark education law in the 2022 fiscal year. Addressing the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s annual meeting, Baker said he plans to file a budget plan that increases unrestricted local aid based on the state’s consensus tax revenue and fully funds the first year of the Student Opportunity Act. “We’re pleased to continue making these important investments in our schools and our communities,” the Republican governor said Friday afternoon. The 2019 education law, which retooled the state’s funding formula, requires the state to offer $1.5 billion more in funding annually for the…

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    State education official criticizes new graduation requirements

    Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois Published 3:58 pm CST, Saturday, January 23, 2021 State education official criticizes new graduation requirements SPRINGFIELD — New high school graduation requirements that were part of an omnibus education bill passed during the lame duck session are drawing criticism from some members of the Illinois State Board of Education. Those new requirements were included in House Bill 2170, Amendment 3, which was introduced by Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood. They include the addition of two years of foreign language classes and two years of laboratory science instead of just science courses. “And so, the message this sends to me is that somebody has decided that two years…

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