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    Garland son-in-law’s race-obsessed education company urges schools to push lawmakers to adopt its ideas and stick taxpayers with tab

    A curriculum company with links to Attorney General Merrick Garland sells local educators on its “woke” education materials and shows them how to stick state and federal taxpayers with the bill. Panorama Education, founded by Garland’s son-in-law Xan Tanner, produces teaching materials focused on systemic racism, oppression, white supremacy, and intersectionality, all under the rubric of “Social-Emotional Learning.” The multimillion-dollar company’s marketing plan appears to be to get educators to buy in and then show them how to pay for it all with government grants. PARENT GROUPS SAY GARLAND MAY HAVE CONFLICT OF INTEREST ON SCHOOL BOARD ISSUE “International SEL Day is a perfect opportunity to tell your policymakers that…

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    Education secretary nominee urges aspiring Latinos school leaders to lean on their ‘superpower’

    FARMINGTON — Education secretary nominee Miguel Cardona told Latino school leaders from four Western states Friday to embrace their “Latino-ness” as they support one another personally and as aspiring education leaders. “Embrace your Latino-ness. Embrace the fact that, Latinos, when we come together, within five minutes we’re family. That’s a superpower that we have,” said Cardona, addressing participants of the Four Corners Latinx Leadership Academy Summit conducted virtually but based in Farmington. Earlier this week, Cardona faced tough questions during his Senate confirmation hearing. Senators pressed him for his positions on issues such as transgender participation in athletics, student loan forgiveness and reopening schools, which President Joe Biden has promised…

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    Betsy DeVos, in farewell letter, urges Congress to reject Biden’s education agenda

    She also urged them not to support Biden’s promise of reversing her new regulation on Title IX that gives those accused of sexual assault on campus more rights than they had before. DeVos’s missive does not say directly that Biden won the election, but it offers “closing thoughts” — a contrast to President Trump’s refusal to accept that he lost to Biden and will be leaving office Jan. 20. “As I reflect on the past four years and the conversations we have had together, I wish to leave you with some encouragement and closing thoughts,” DeVos’s letter begins. “The stakes for America’s students have never been higher than they are…

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    In farewell, DeVos urges Congress to reject Biden’s policies

    In a farewell letter to Congress on Monday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urged lawmakers to reject President-elect Joe Biden’s education agenda, while imploring them to shield Trump administration policies that Biden has promised to eliminate. DeVos does not explicitly acknowledge President Donald Trump’s election defeat nor does she refer to Biden by name. Instead, her letter offers lawmakers “some encouragement and closing thoughts.” As DeVos prepares to exit the Education Department, she says the coronavirus pandemic has exposed much that is “not encouraging” about U.S. education. “While my time as Secretary is finite, my time as an advocate for children and students knows no limits,” she said in the letter,…

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    CHC urges Biden to choose Latinos to head Education Department, SBA: report

    Hispanic lawmakers are urging President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCHC urges Biden to choose Latinos to head Education Department, SBA: report Louisiana Rep.-elect hospitalized as a precaution for COVID-19 infection Biden and Netanyahu can carefully nourish U.S.-Israeli ties MORE to appoint more latinos to his future administration’s Cabinet. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) sent a letter to the Biden transition team on Friday advocating for Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona to serve as Education Secretary, Politico reported. They’re also urging Biden to pick Stacie Olivares to lead the Small Business Administration. “The members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) are proud to offer our enthusiastic endorsement of Mr. Miguel Cardona for Secretary…

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    Kingston infectious disease expert urges public to trust the science

    Dr. Gerald Evans, medical director of infection control at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. (Whig-Standard file photo) Michael Lea / Michael Lea/The Whig-Standard/QM KINGSTON — Kingston’s top infectious disease expert is asking the public to start trusting COVID-19-related science and the statistics. “We started off way back in the winter and spring with precautionary principles around a lot of things. Now we’ve learned lots and lots about the virus, so we can now apply evidence,” Dr. Gerald Evans, medical director of infection control at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, told the Whig-Standard. “It’s been very, very hard to convince the public and many others to ‘abandon’ the precautionary principle, not for everything,…

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