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    State Board of Education to vote on changes to social studies classes :: WRAL.com

    By Emily Walkenhorst, WRAL education reporter Raleigh, N.C. — On Wednesday, the North Carolina Board of Education discussed changing the way students in North Carolina public schools learn about diversity and inclusion in social studies classes. Under a new proposal, public schools in the state would include topics like the oppression and contribution of women, racial groups and religious groups in social studies classes. The board will vote Thursday on changes discussed Wednesday. Debate over the proposed standards has been heated, as divisions over the changes have reflected national divisions on how history should be taught in schools. At issue is whether the proposed standards teach enough of the negative history…

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    Illinois lawmakers to vote on controversial ‘culturally responsive’ education rule

    The Illinois General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules will vote Feb. 16 on whether to suspend a rule that would require Illinois teacher training programs to adopt ‘culturally responsive teaching and leading’ standards. The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered schools throughout Illinois, with 1.2 million of the state’s 1.9 million students still fully remote as of Dec. 18. In Chicago Public Schools, Illinois’ largest school district, the teachers union is in a showdown with the district’s CEO and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot over the district’s plan to reopen schools for elementary school students. Against this tension-filled backdrop stands another controversial education issue: in December, the Illinois State Board of Education,…

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    Fallout from vote to reject gifted and talented test contract

    Editor’s Note: Weekly New York Education is a weekly version of POLITICO Pro’s daily New York Education newsletter. POLITICO Pro is a policy intelligence platform that combines the news you need with tools you can use to take action on the day’s biggest stories. Act on the news with POLITICO Pro. Good morning and welcome to the Monday edition of the New York Education newsletter. We take a look at the week ahead and a look back at the past week. Reaction is beginning to trickle in following a vote by the Panel for Educational Policy, the Department of Education’s governing body, to reject a testing contract for the admissions…

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    Oddo pulls appointee from education panel after vote on gifted program testing

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Borough President James Oddo pulled his appointee off a New York City education panel after it rejected a contract extension for the administration of the controversial Gifted & Talented exam earlier his week. Peter Calandrella, who Oddo appointed in 2016, voted against the contract extension with Pearson Education during a Wednesday meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP). The panel ultimately rejected the contract extension with the company that provides the Gifted & Talented admissions exams — for approximately $1.7 million. Oddo said he made the decision to fire Calandrella — effective Feb. 9 — not because of the substance of the vote, but because…

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    Wake County Board of Education to vote on pay incentive in hopes of recruiting substitute teachers :: WRAL.com

    By Nia Harden & Aaron Thomas, WRAL reporters Cary, N.C. — After staffing shortages in the first semester, Wake County Public School System is ramping up efforts to recruit substitutes. School leaders said in the last two weeks of December, on average 825 teacher absences were reported daily in over 800 schools and 256 staff members were reassigned each day to fill in for those absences. On average, 509 substitute requests were submitted daily in the last two weeks of the fall semester. 322 of those requests were filled, while 187 were left unfilled. School leaders said there was double the number of requests for substitutes in December than in…

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    Readers Write: Trump’s Georgia call, electoral vote count, college debt, birthday cake

    I am not a fan of President Donald Trump and personally detest his moral and ethical failings — his lies, greed, lack of empathy. However, none of these boorish behaviors rises to the level of criminal offense; they are simply examples of his selfish, narcissistic personality. On the other hand, his call to the Georgia secretary of state urging him to “find” 11,780 votes may have crossed the line from repugnant behavior into criminal conduct (“Trump tells Ga. official to ‘find’ votes,” front page, Jan. 4). The Georgia penal code prohibits encouraging or coercing a state official to commit fraud, and any interpretation of the transcript of that call would…

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  • Education,  Jobs,  Science

    On November 3, Vote to End Attacks on Science

    Instead of thinking about whether to vote Democratic or Republican in the upcoming U.S. election, think about voting to protect science instead of destroying it. As president, Donald Trump’s abuse of science has been wanton and dangerous. It has also been well documented. Since the November 2016 election, Columbia Law School has maintained a Silencing Science Tracker that records the Trump Administration’s attempts to restrict or prohibit scientific research, to undermine science education or discussion, or to obstruct the publication or use of scientific information. By early October, the tracker had detailed more than 450 cases, including scientific bias and misrepresentation (123 instances), budget cuts (72), government censorship (145), interference with…

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