• Education

    Surprise: Education Wins in Newark

    By The Editorial Board Close The Editorial Board June 23, 2021 6:19 pm ET A teacher looks over the work of one of her third-graders at KIPP Thrive Academy in Newark, N.J., Sept. 9, 2015. Photo: Mel Evans/Associated Press Education choice for Newark families has been spared a blow. A 7-0 decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the expansion of seven charter schools to serve thousands more students. The state Education Commissioner approved the Newark charter school expansion requests in 2016. An advocacy group called the Education Law Center sued, claiming the Commissioner had not considered the fiscal harm the expansion would cause for Newark’s traditional…

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  • Science

    A Surprise in a 50 Million-Year-Old Assassin Bug Fossil: Its Genitals

    Much less is known about the lifestyle of assassin bugs of yore, of which only 50 or so species have been unearthed in fossil form. The newcomer to the bunch, named Aphelicophontes danjuddi, is one of the most intact to date. The fossil was first pried from a wreath of rock in Colorado’s Green River Formation, a treasure trove of fossil fish and insects. The extraction process split the fossil into two mirror images, each stretching the length of the bug’s body, that ended up in the hands of different fossil collectors. One of them, Yinan Wang, contacted Sam Heads, Mr. Swanson’s adviser at the University of Illinois, on a…

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  • Exchange Student

    NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama shares surprise purchase from TV past

    While we all wait for more NCIS to come on the air, it’s nice to get new clips from Wilder Valderrama here and there, right? We certainly like to think so and with that, we bring you this piece together. Hungry for some NCIS video insight? Then check out the latest at the bottom of this article! Once you do that, subscribe to Matt & Jess on YouTube and then also view our show playlist. Before Wilmer played Nick Torres on the CBS institution, he was part of another iconic series in That 70’s Show, where he was none other than foreign exchange student Fez. He got to take part in a lot of fun shenanigans over the…

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  • Education

    Free school lunch effort gives teachers surprise

    First-grade teacher Shiela Garland had long known that 100{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of students in Arizona’s Stanfield Elementary School District, where she has taught for 16 years, ate free meals. Garland did not really know what those numbers meant until this spring, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, and schools closed across the United States. Suddenly, she and other Stanfield staff found themselves in masks and gloves, riding up to 150 miles a day on school buses traversing gravel and dirt roads to hand out food and homework packets to children. Before the pandemic, Garland usually only saw her students in the classroom. Some students’ homes she visited lacked electricity, indoor plumbing or windows,…

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  • Jobs

    B.C. adds 55,000 jobs in September in ‘surprise’ surge

    What happened: B.C. added nearly 55,000 jobs to its labour force during September, according to StatsCan data Why it matters: Last month’s gains show a significant uptick compared with August as the province continues to recover amid pandemic B.C.’s economic recovery took a leap forward in September, adding 54,800 jobs and slashing its unemployment rate by 2.3 percentage points to 8.4{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}. Those job gains are more than triple the 15,300 positions added a month earlier, according to data released Friday (October 9) from Statistics Canada. Jobs in information, culture and recreation led the way with the addition of 18,500 positions, followed by education services, which added 17,100 jobs. Ken Peacock, chief…

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