• Online School

    Tri-Cities online school enrollment surges with COVID rates

    Pasco, WA While enrollment at Tri-City schools are slowly returning to normal, online schools are seeing a surge of new students choosing to learn remotely. Along with the rise in the COVID delta variant in the Tri-Cities, enrollment in online courses more than doubled in the space of a month. And overall enrollment in Tri-Cities schools — both online and in person — is slowly rebounding after hundreds of students disappeared from the rolls of public schools last year. Leaders of Pasco’s new virtual school, Pasco Innovative Experiences in e-Learning or PIXeL, were surprised by the rush for their program this year. They initially had 80 students in the new…

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  • Education

    As Covid Surges, Filipino Students Begin Second Year Online

    Some countries, like Britain, have taken an aggressive approach to keeping schools open, including from late spring into early summer, when the Delta variant surged. While many elementary school students and their teachers did not wear masks, the British government focused instead on other safety measures, such as rapid testing and widespread quarantining. Where schools have been closed for a long time, such as the Philippines, education experts have expressed concerns that the pandemic has created a “lost generation” of students, buffeted by the limits of remote learning and by overstretched parents struggling to serve as surrogate physics and literature teachers. Maritess Talic, 46, a mother of two, said she…

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  • Home Schooling

    Sparked by COVID-19 pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US

    Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. MOM’S VIRAL PHOTO ENCOURAGING KIDS TO GET OUTSIDE SPARKS SCREEN TIME DEBATE The specific reasons vary widely. Some families who spoke with the Associated Press have children with special educational needs; others seek a faith-based curriculum or say their local schools are flawed. The common denominator: They tried homeschooling on what they thought was a temporary basis and found it beneficial to their children. “That’s one of the silver linings of the pandemic…

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  • Home Schooling

    Sparked by pandemic, homeschooling surges across the country and in North Carolina

    Homeschooling rates have surged in North Carolina, as they have nationally. According to state data just published this month, there was a nearly 20 percent jump in the number of students who were homeschooled in North Carolina during the last school year, compared to the year before. There were 179,900 students enrolled in homeschooling in 1st through 12th grades between July 1 of 2020 and June 30 of 2021, according to the North Carolina Department of Administration Division of Non-Public Education. Compare that to 149,173 students during the same time period between 2019 and 2020. The US Census Bureau reported in March that the rate of households homeschooling their children…

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  • Education

    Dell’s Q4 surges on PC boom amid remote work, education

    Dell Technologies delivered strong fourth quarter results as demand for PCs and remote work gear continued to surge. The PC and data center provider reported fourth quarter earnings of $1.34 billion, or $1.57 a share, on revenue of $26.11 billion, up 9{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings were $2.70 a share. Wall Street was looking for fourth quarter non-GAAP earnings of $2.14 a share on revenue of $24.49 billion. Like HP, Dell continues to capitalize on remote work and education demand. Jeff Clarke, chief operating officer at Dell Technologies, said the company expects IT spending to grow in the mid-single digits in 2021.  For fiscal 2021, Dell reported earnings of $3.5 billion, or…

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  • Exchange Student

    While the Pandemic Surges, New Plays Arise at the Theatre Company

    Last March, Yussef El Guindi couldn’t write. While the pandemic raged, the Egyptian American playwright’s artistic fire smoldered—and it didn’t reignite until he was asked to write a 10-minute play for students at UC Santa Barbara. “I said, ‘I’m frozen,'” he remembers. “And then a few days after that, I realized, ‘It’s a 10-minute play, for Christ’s sake. Just write something. Anything.'” El Guindi subsequently wrote Cha-Cha, a play about a divided couple dancing via Zoom. It became the first of several creations he concocted during the pandemic—and it paved the way for him to participate in the Playwright Initiative, a series of six solo works commissioned by the Theatre…

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  • Jobs

    ‘Dark days of labour market’: US firms shed jobs as COVID surges | Business and Economy News

    Private companies in the United States shed workers in December for the first time in eight months as out-of-control COVID-19 infections unleashed a fresh wave of business restrictions, setting the tone for what is likely to be a brutal winter for the economy. The ADP National Employment Report on Wednesday showed job losses across all industries last month as the coronavirus outbreak kept many consumers and workers at home. While the report underscored the magnitude of the crisis, the economy was unlikely to slide back into recession, thanks to additional fiscal stimulus approved in late December. The ADP report added to slumping consumer spending and persistently high layoffs in suggesting…

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