• Education

    N.H. Education Commissioner lends support to parents at conservative forum

    New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut has long taken a critical stance towards the public school system he oversees. Now, he’s lending his support to conservative activists who want to overturn school mask mandates and who have called for continued push back against local school boards. Get NHPR’s reporting about politics, the pandemic, and other top stories in your inbox — sign up for our newsletter today. On Sunday, Edelblut spoke at a forum hosted by the Government Integrity Project, a conservative activist group that has been involved in several right-wing and libertarian controversies in recent months. Members of the group have encouraged baseless accusations of fraud in state elections,…

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  • Science

    The pandemic has driven a surge in support for science

    Trust in scientists and public support for solving global issues such as climate change, plastics pollution and phasing out fossil fuels, have all risen during the pandemic, according to new polling conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the company 3M. Why it matters: This is the second “State of Science Index” to be conducted during the pandemic, and the fourth year that the report has gauged peoples’ attitudes toward science and prioritization of major challenges facing humanity. The results show that people in 16 other countries generally have higher support for and trust in science, and they also ranked climate change higher on the list of priorities for countries and…

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  • Home Schooling

    The Need for Homeschooling Support Continues to Rise | State

    GRAY, Tenn., March 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — It is estimated that over nine million Americans have experienced being homeschooled as of February of 2020 (NHERI). When new homeschooling families begin seeking support, they generally scour their local areas. After searching online for local support groups, they are now finding that many are closed down or not accepting new members due to COVID-19 restrictions. Transitioning to homeschooling from traditional schooling is a significant life change and often creates similar emotions or resistance from children as if moving from one school district to another. Where can parents find help for this potentially challenging transition? After twenty years of serving the homeschooling community, The…

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  • Home Schooling

    The Need for Homeschooling Support Continues to Rise

    GRAY, Tenn., March 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — It is estimated that over nine million Americans have experienced being homeschooled as of February of 2020 (NHERI). When new homeschooling families begin seeking support, they generally scour their local areas. After searching online for local support groups, they are now finding that many are closed down or not accepting new members due to COVID-19 restrictions. Transitioning to homeschooling from traditional schooling is a significant life change and often creates similar emotions or resistance from children as if moving from one school district to another. Where can parents find help for this potentially challenging transition? The Old Schoolhouse® After twenty years of serving the…

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  • Education

    APS teachers union won’t support candidates taking donations from education reform group

    AURORA | The small donor committee of the Aurora Education Association passed a resolution that it will not endorse or support any candidates that accept donation money from Democrats for Education Reform or similar groups. Democrats for Education Reform is a political action committee that advocates for expanding access to charter schools and stricter teacher evaluations, among other policies. It has chapters in eight states, including Colorado.  The Colorado chapter has faced increasing opposition from the Democratic Party over the past several years. At the 2018 Colorado state Democratic assembly, the party voted to amend its platform to oppose DFER’s policies and called for it to remove the word “Democrat” from…

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  • Education

    Petition claims school board member’s posts support racism, homophobia

    SALT LAKE CITY — An online petition is calling for the removal of recently elected State School Board member Natalie Cline over her social media posts that the petition claims call for patrons to support “xenophobia, racism, homophobia and cultural regression.” Cline, who represents District 11 on the Utah State Board of Education, was sworn into office Jan. 6 after her election to the board seat in November. The MoveOn.org petition, signed by more than 3,300 people, says Cline “promotes discriminatory and unethical rhetoric to the public and fights to promote her rhetoric within District 11’s School Board of Education.” In recent weeks, Cline has written Facebook posts warning parents…

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  • Education

    Over $500,000 awarded to schools to support wildlife education

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Division of Rural Services has awarded grants totaling $536,401 to promote wildlife education and improve school conservation programs to 150 schools, school districts and conservation districts in 65 Arkansas counties. The local awards totaled $23,495.The grant program is funded by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) through fines collected from hunting and fishing violations. Only money collected in the county where the violation occurred may be used as grant funds for that county. All schools in the state are eligible to participate in the program. The funding schools have received in previous years has helped create and maintain archery,…

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