Hartford schools will ‘very likely’ shift to mix of online and in-person learning Oct. 19 as COVID-19 cases rise in the city

Hartford Public Schools will “very likely” decide next week to shift to a hybrid mix of online and in-person learning as a result of a sustained increase in COVID-19 cases, Mayor Luke Bronin said Tuesday, one of several school districts rethinking plans as new coronavirus infections rise statewide.

a man driving a car: Hartford, CT - 8/18/20 - Volunteer Michelle Harter distributes backpacks to students and outside Fred Wish Museum School Tuesday afternoon. Hartford Public Schools donated hundreds of backpacks at four schools Tuesday

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Hartford, CT – 8/18/20 – Volunteer Michelle Harter distributes backpacks to students and outside Fred Wish Museum School Tuesday afternoon. Hartford Public Schools donated hundreds of backpacks at four schools Tuesday

The first day of hybrid learning in Hartford, where students are currently attending in-person classes five days a week, would be Oct. 19, and a decision will be announced on Oct. 12, Bronin and Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez said.

The city’s announcement Tuesday came less than a week after West Hartford schools decided to delay their transition from a hybrid model to full in-person

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Pandemic impacts rippling across higher education – News – The Herald News, Fall River, MA

BOSTON == The COVID-19 pandemic has presented colleges and universities with financial challenges that will likely extend for multiple years and may not be sustainable for all institutions, heads of public and private universities told state lawmakers Tuesday.

“We don’t view this as a one-year deal,” University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan told the Higher Education Committee. “We view this as a two- to three- to four-year deal, and I will say Madam Chairman, there are universities and colleges in New England who won’t survive this. What we’re trying to do at UMass is make sure at the end of this crisis that we still have five UMass campuses that are all nationally ranked and that are successful.”

The committee, chaired by Sen. Anne Gobi and Rep. Jeff Roy, heard virtual testimony from state education officials, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and heads of community colleges and private and public universities

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Ministry rejects scathing report claiming to expose ‘rot at the core of schooling in NZ’

text: Briar Lipson on The AM Show.

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Briar Lipson on The AM Show.

The Ministry of Education is brushing off a new report which claims to have uncovered a “rot at the core of schooling in New Zealand”. 

The New Zealand Initiative says Kiwi kids’ declining success in literacy and maths is down to a focus on the “flawed philosophy” of “child-centred learning”.

“We used to be the envy of the world,” report author Briar Lipson told The AM Show on Wednesday.

“Just 20 years ago we were third in the whole world for reading and maths for 15-year-olds, and since then we’ve done nothing but decline. In reading we’re now sixth, and 19th for maths.” 

At the same time as NCEA pass rates have climbed, our students have dropped in the international rankings. 

“We follow what’s called child-centred learning – that sounds like a

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Lamont, commissioner still optimistic about school reopening

Gov. Ned Lamont and state Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said Tuesday they remain pleased with the reopening of Connecticut’s public schools, despite coronavirus-related concerns raised by the state’s largest teachers’ union regarding needier districts lacking proper air ventilation, personal protective equipment and deep cleaning.

Cardona said there have been about 370 cases of infected students and about 150 cases of infected staff reported to state officials since schools opened in August. The 370 cases include students who are currently learning remotely. He said the infection rate for students, who he said appeared to have contracted COVID-19 off-campus, is less than 1%, which is lower than the statewide infection rate.

“A lot of success is happening in our schools. Obviously this always is going to be a work in progress but we’re going to get better at it,” Cardona said, adding how he’s “very impressed” that the percentage of Connecticut

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How teachers are coping during the pandemic school year

Even before the school year began, Jessyca Mathews felt drained. She has taught high school English for 20 years, but this year so much seemed unknown and unknowable. Because of the pandemic, her Michigan school district has chosen remote learning for students for the foreseeable future. But teachers are still required to teach from school, and when she returned to begin the year, Mathews, 43, was struck by the loneliness of this new reality and a sense of how much could be lost.

Jessyca Mathews, an English teacher at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint Township, Mich., in the classroom where she is teaching students remotely.

She wrote in her journal that day:

There are no lights on in my hallway. Figures of co-workers move like apparitions haunting abandoned buildings, each disappearing into their classroom. I panic at the drab ambiance of my working space. It makes me think of all

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Don’t Give Gov. Newsom the Education Prize

California Gov. Gavin Newsom


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Your editorial “Hope for California’s Schools” (Oct. 2) gives Gov. Gavin Newsom too much credit. I fully suspect that he doesn’t want to sign anything that would be a cautionary, if not frightening, example of what will happen on a national level after the November elections if both the executive and legislative branches are controlled by the Democrats. I seriously doubt that the Legislature is reticent about the wording of the bill after Gov. Newsom’s veto message. I fully expect that postelection, no matter who wins, this issue will rise again, an equally egregious bill will pass and, absent an immediate threat of a negative election reaction, the governor will sign it.

Christopher Reid


California schools could well better educate and prepare their students for adult life if they abandoned their push for “ethnic studies”

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Ministry of Education rejects scathing New Zealand Initiative schooling report

Lipson, who has frequently written and talked about perceived flaws in the NCEA qualification system introduced in the early 2000s, said children have too much freedom in class in how they learn.

The report “exposes how parts of the research community confuse evidence with values. It uncovers how curriculum and assessment policy rest on a flawed philosophy,” she says. 

“Though we want [students] to be independent ultimately, the route to independence is not to practise being independent. The route to creativity and independence is to do things like learning your times tables, construct a sentence, grammar, do your spellings. We’ve just got the balance wrong.” 

The New Zealand Initiative wants “mandatory standardised national assessments” and charter schools brought back, the curriculum to focus on “disciplinary knowledge, not competencies”, and funding for “quantitative and generalisable research that rigorously tests properly formulated hypotheses about what might raise attainment”.

The Ministry of Education

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The Coding School, IBM Quantum Provide Free Quantum Education to 5,000 Students Around the World

LOS ANGELES – October 6, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

The Coding School is collaborating with IBM Quantum to offer a first-of-its-kind quantum computing course for 5,000 high school students and above, designed to make quantum education globally accessible and to provide high-quality virtual STEM education. To ensure an equitable future quantum workforce, the course is free. Students can apply here.

“While quantum computing will revolutionize the world, few opportunities exist to make quantum accessible to K-12 students or the general population today,” notes Kiera Peltz, the founder and executive director of The Coding School. “We are proud to collaborate with IBM Quantum, a global leader in quantum computing, to ensure the next generation is equipped with the skills necessary for the future of work.”

The course, Qubit by Qubit’s Introduction to Quantum Computing, will run for a full academic year, from October 2020 to May 2021, and

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Hillsborough Board Of Education Profile: Judith C. Haas

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — Hillsborough Township School Board has six candidates vying for three seats in the upcoming election on Nov. 3.

Incumbent Judith C. Haas is one of the candidates running. The other candidates include Cynthia “Cindy” DeCavalcante Nurse, Benjamin Wilson Kidd, incumbent Dr. Lorraine A. Soisson, Ann Harris, and Paul Marini.

All of the candidates are running for the three, three-year seats on the board.

Are you running for office in Hillsborough? Contact Alexis Tarrazi at alexis.tarrazi@patch.com for information on being featured in a candidate’s profile and submitting campaign announcements to Hillsborough Patch.

Judith C. Haas

1. Why are running for Board of Education?

I am honored to be a candidate for a sixth term on the Board of Education, serving Hillsborough and Millstone. I hope the residents of our district will continue to support my efforts on behalf of our children by voting for me again.

The Board’s

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What Texas stands to lose by failing to require LGBTQ-inclusive sex education

The Texas State Board of Education is revising the health and sex education standards for Texas students, and we have a real opportunity to take a much-needed step forward for all youth across our state.

The last time the board revised the standards was 1997, a generation ago. Bill Clinton was in the White House, fewer than 20% of American households had internet access and the world was mourning the death of Princess Diana.

We’ve come a long way since then. Marriage equality has been the law of the land for five years, LGBTQ workers are covered under federal employment law, and public opinion polling shows Texans overwhelmingly support equal rights for LGBTQ people. But LGBTQ youth in Texas still do not see themselves or their experiences reflected in the curriculum. The board missed a chance in September to protect students by voting to exclude information on sexual orientation and

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