The best medicine for a COVID-19 economy? More education and training

Reading the tea leaves of a U.S. economy reshaped by COVID-19 has sent economic analysts and prognosticators into overdrive. Many see a move away from big cities and into simpler, socially distanced life in small towns. If this happens at scale, it could be a boon to heretofore “left-behind” places in the Midwest and other regions.

Others predict significant drops in demand for jobs with low education and training requirements, driven by automation and the growth of technology needed to operate socially distanced offices, warehouses, manufacturing facilities and even restaurants. A recently released analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia lends support to this idea.

Policymakers can adopt policies to help improve wages and opportunities in jobs with fewer credentialing requirements, for example by helping smaller manufacturers and boosting the minimum wage. But policy also needs to directly address the need for more workers with higher skills due both

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With over 300,000 young people left in limbo by COVID, we need a job cadet program

Australia should create a national job cadet program to help young people into work, according to a report released today by the Mitchell Institute.

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The Mitchell Institute report released today.
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In the report, Averting an Escalating Labour Market Crisis for Young People in Australia: A Proposed National Job Cadet Program, we highlight the extraordinary labour market challenges young people face.

Our analysis suggests the worst is yet to come, as young people compete for fewer available jobs in the transition from education to the workplace.

To help avert the crisis, we argue Australia should support employers to hire young people as cadets. The evidence shows programs such as these are effective in helping young people into viable careers, including at times of crisis.




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What are cadetships?

A cadetship combines formal training with practical

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Financial Education Should Be Part Of The Recovery From The COVID-19 Recession. This Is Why.

The US Department of the Treasury recently issued the new National Strategy for Financial literacy. This is much needed, in particular in a time of crisis and a good part of the report is devoted to how to help people in these difficult times and the critical role of financial education.

Since the start of the crisis, one thing has been notably absent: the voices of those who say financial education is futile and a waste of time.  The long lines at food banks stand as a painful reminder of how little financial resilience many American families had and how daunting it is to manage our finances during a pandemic. It is during a storm that sailing lessons show their worth, and it is becoming painfully obvious that knowing a thing or two about financial literacy is essential—not simply to navigate our finances but to survive

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More than 10K Grand Rapids students enrolled in-person learning as districts shifts from online-only

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than10,000 Grand Rapids students have opted to take in-person classes this fall as the district plans to shift from online-only learning, officials said Friday, Oct. 2.

After conducting virtual learning for the first five weeks of the school year, the district will now also offer hybrid in-person learning as well as 100% virtual classes for the remainder of the calendar year.

School leaders asked parents last week to choose between the two learning options, hybrid and virtual. The deadline to respond was Monday, Sept. 28.

About 53 percent of respondents, or 5,201 students, chose hybrid learning, district leaders said. Another 5,315 students were automatically placed in the hybrid learning plan after not responding to the commitment letter, for a total of 10,516 students enrolled in hybrid classes.

Grand Rapids Public Schools is the largest district in West Michigan with more than 15,000 students. The hybrid

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Higher education benefits from major financial support during pandemic | Covid-19

The Governor’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) voted today to direct another $6 million in federal relief funds to higher education in Idaho, bringing the total financial support from federal COVID funds for the public institutions this year to $54.4 million.

“Idaho’s institutions of higher education play a huge role in our state’s economic prosperity, and it is critical that we support students as much as possible during these unprecedented times,” Governor Little said. “It was a priority of mine that higher education institutions were fully funded to cover the increased operating costs associated with COVID.”

The breakdown of federal COVID funding for higher education so far includes:

– $36,175,557 from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund: This was a direct distribution from the federal government to institutions. At least half is to be used for emergency grants to students to cover student financial losses. The remainder may be used

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U.S. Senator Tina Smith, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan Emphasize U.S. Supreme Court’s Impact on Reproductive Health Care in Minnesota

The new Supreme Court will consider key cases that could take away Minnesotans’ health care coverage and threatens the right to abortion.

St. Paul, MN—  The recent vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court puts Minnesotans’ health care and reproductive rights in jeopardy. Today Senator Tina Smith, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, and leaders from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU had a discussion about the risks to Minnesotans if the Affordable Care Act or Roe v. Wade are overturned by the Supreme Court.

“Judge Barrett’s record of opposing the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade demonstrates that she is not qualified to safeguard our constitutional rights and liberties as a member of our nation’s highest court,” said Senator Tina Smith. “Minnesotans are now facing a very real possibility of losing health care and reproductive rights. At a time when our country is grappling with entrenched health disparities and a pandemic, we

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Premiere of Daddy’s “Love in the Old Days (Kolour Kult Remix)” Video Directed by James Franco

James Franco has his thumb in a lot of pies, as they say, and these days most of them are stuffed with gooey fillings of the artistic variety. So we were more thrilled than surprised when a freshly baked golden-brown Franco treat was pulled straight from the oven and dropped into our gullets. Specifically, we were lucky enough to be offered the premiere of Daddy’s new video for the song “Love in the Old Days (Kolour Kult Remix)” off The PVD Remixes EP, which you can download for free right here.

If, by chance (and understandably), you’re not up to speed on the dozens of art, writing, acting, and video projects the hardest working man in show business has in the works, Daddy is Franco’s musical project that he formed last year with his Providence-based art school BFF Tim O’Keefe. We spoke with both of them about this vampy remix

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Bharti Foundation in talks with potential partners for tech support across education initiatives



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Bharti Foundation on Friday said it is in talks with potential partners for technological support across its education initiatives, as the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises looks to bring in new tech tools to aid students in learning amid pandemic, over the coming months.

Bharti Foundation Chief Executive Officer Mamta Saikia said focus in the next few months to a year will be on strengthening content, including online digital repository, bringing smart TV-based teaching into classrooms (for which plans are underway), and further streamlining virtual pedagogy and processes.

Established in 2000, Bharti Foundation implements and supports programmes in primary, secondary and higher education as well as sanitation. The flagship Satya Bharti School Program provides free quality education to thousands of underprivileged children in rural India across six states, with a focus on the girl child.

The impact of quality education has been scaled up by

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Canvas conducts global research on the state of higher education COVID-19

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Canvas, the largest learning management system provider in the US released a global research report on “The State of Student Success and Engagement in Higher Education.”

Key findings include that nearly 70% of college students feel they are falling behind on their studies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the socioeconomic disparities among students have been significantly heightened during the pandemic and threaten student engagement and success.

The new report was issued by Instructure, the makers of Canvas, based on a survey it commissioned from Hanover Research. Among key findings, the research shows that college and university students increasingly define their success as students based on their preparation for the workforce. In light

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Envisioning the Future of Higher Ed in a Post-pandemic World — Campus Technology

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Envisioning the Future of Higher Ed in a Post-pandemic World

In a recent ASU+GSV session, five college presidents gave their views of what’s next for higher education.

What does the future of higher education look like? A panel of five university and college presidents offered their crystal-ball visions in a recent session during the recent ASU+GSV Summit, which took place online this week. Moderator Michelle Marx, chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver, asked panelists — each representing a unique higher education model — to look forward five years and beyond.

More Embedded Tech as a Given

For Eloy Oakley, chancellor of California Community Colleges, the largest system of public education in the country with 116 colleges and more than 2 million students, teaching and learning will certainly have more embedded technology. “Prior to the pandemic, we had been in a long and

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