Joseph Belilos, 95, of Hewlett, landed on Omaha Beach during D-Day invasion

Joseph Belilos believed that no moment was too small to show kindness toward a friend or neighbor. It was a philosophy shaped, in part, by his involvement in one of the biggest events in modern history — D-Day.

Belilos tried to enlist in the U.S. Army when he was 17, but he was turned away and had to wait for his 18th birthday. At 19, he was part of an infantry unit that landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, in the invasion that would mark the turning point for the Allied Forces in World War II.

“He was on Omaha Beach,” said daughter, Renee Shaw, 63, of Colorado. “To this day, he wouldn’t eat lamb or mutton because when he was on this ship (waiting to invade) that’s all they had.”

Belilos was reluctant to talk about that day, his family said.

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Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati steps in to help families juggling work, online learning

CINCINNATI — Many working parents are faced with a seemingly impossible challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic: Working while teaching their children, who are learning online, at the same time. Although parents know how to cope and multitask, it’s just not possible to be in two places at once.

That’s where the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati comes in. The organization has expanded its traditional after-school services to welcome students during the day, too. At the Boys and Girls Club, children have a quiet, safe place to focus on their virtual classes and get help from trained staff members.

“And the reason we’re doing that is to meet the needs of our families,” said Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati CEO Bill Bresser. “This is the most challenging school year that they’ve probably ever faced.”

Bresser said the organization didn’t plan on the sudden shift but began its

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Gadsden teacher’s COVID-19 death prompts district to go fully online

Miranda Cyr, Las Cruces Sun-News
Published 3:49 p.m. MT Oct. 9, 2020 | Updated 3:51 p.m. MT Oct. 9, 2020


Since the coronavirus pandemic started, the United States has recorded more than 7.6 million cases of COVID-19 and 213,000 deaths.


LAS CRUCES – Gadsden Independent School District’s Board of Trustees unanimously decided to keep all students online for the remainder of the fall semester during Thursday’s board meeting after noting a recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the district.

The decision also came days after the death of Leo Lugo, a special education teacher at Chaparral High, who had been infected by the disease.

GISD Superintendent Travis Dempsey presented an update on COVID-19 in the district, revealing that there are 44 employees currently self-quarantining, there have been 22 positive cases since July 1, and there have been three employees hospitalized due to symptoms.

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Kamala Harris Gets a Fracking Education

Senator Kamala Harris, Democratic vice presidential nominee, speaks during the U.S. vice presidential debate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.


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Kamala Harris in Wednesday’s debate declared that Joe Biden’s Administration would make the U.S. “carbon neutral” by 2035—a more ambitious goal than even California has set—while at the same time disavowing plans to ban fracking for natural gas. We look forward to Mr. Biden explaining this apparent contradiction in the next debate, if there is one.

Meantime, it’s worth highlighting a new Energy Information Administration report that shows how fracking and competitive energy markets have done more to reduce CO2 emissions over the last decade than government regulation and renewable subsidies. Vice President Mike Pence made this point on Wednesday night, and

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A Look At The Innovators Driving Education Change In An Age Of Political Paralysis

While the political cyclone of 2020 continues to suck the air out of the proverbial room, the world of education innovation continues to engage in the all important task of responding to and iterating for the challenges of education worldwide. It’s astounding and inspiring to convene with the best in class entrepreneurs whose work is not only making a difference, but can help you forget the insanity we live in today. 

It’s hard to believe, but I had the chance to attend one such convening just last month, in Italy, no less! In full disclosure, the US-Italia Ed Innovation Festival, was the brainchild of my organization.  Our “modest” goal was to create a new education renaissance, so we set out to do so with this unique hybrid event. What’s most remarkable and

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Ohio schools question state requiring in-person tests during online learning

Even if they’re learning online from home, Ohio’s third-graders will soon be expected to return to school buildings to take a state-mandated reading test, unless legislators act quickly to make an exception to current state law.

a desk with a laptop in a room: Classrooms sit empty for remote instruction at Southwood Elementary School on Oct. 8. Columbus City Schools is preparing to begin letting students return on a hybrid schedule in the coming weeks

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Classrooms sit empty for remote instruction at Southwood Elementary School on Oct. 8. Columbus City Schools is preparing to begin letting students return on a hybrid schedule in the coming weeks

Representatives of the Ohio 8 coalition, an alliance of superintendents and teachers union presidents from the state’s eight largest school districts, discussed the issue during a call with reporters Friday morning. It highlighted pending legislation that could affect an unprecedented school year hit by COVID-19.

Senate Bill 358, introduced Aug. 27, would waive state testing requirements and direct the Ohio Department of Education to ask for test waivers at the federal level. It would also prohibit the department

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Charles Fancher, leader in Tennessee higher education, dies at 99


Charles B. Fancher Sr., a leader in Tennessee higher education, has died. He was 99. 

Fancher, who had a career in higher education that spanned nearly 30 years and two states, died Monday after dealing with an abdominal condition. He was two weeks away from his 100th birthday. 

Throughout his career, Fancher served in various higher education roles in Tennessee, including as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the Tennessee Board of Regents, a position he retired from in 1985. While there, he oversaw the court-ordered merger of Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee at Nashville.

While working at TSU, Fancher was tapped to serve as interim president of the university, where he held other positions during his tenure, such as dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs. 

He also worked in education in Alabama. During his

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Northern Virginia schools want to send kids into classrooms again. Will teachers come back, too?

Teachers’ unions in all three districts, which together enroll nearly 300,000 students, are deploring the return plans as unclear, ill-conceived and insufficient to keep teachers safe during the pandemic. Educators are asking for more comprehensive cleaning, coronavirus reporting and contact tracing protocols. And they are arguing that school officials should slow down the return-to-school timeline.

“What would happen if a student or employee develops covid? We’re not sure,” said Sandy Sullivan, president of the 3,800-strong Loudoun Education Association. “It just seems there are a lot of balls up in the air with no clear answers.”

In response, school administrators are insisting teachers must return to the classroom if they cannot prove that medical necessity — such as a prexisting condition — requires they remain home. Their other options are unpaid leave or the loss of their jobs.

Arlington Public Schools recently sent an email to employees asking them to indicate

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Online learning halted at Tyngsboro schools due to possible cyberattack

Online learning at Tyngsboro High School and Middle School was temporarily halted Friday as officials investigated a potential cyberattack, according to WBZ-TV.

Police said the disruptions may have originated from devices brought into the school buildings, noting that that they were so-called “denial-of-service” attacks, according to the Lowell Sun.

“While we are confident that we will soon rectify this situation, I am upset for the difficulty and disruption this has caused our students, families, and staff,” Superintendent Dr. Michael Flanagan said in a statement, the WBZ-TV reports.

A denial-of-service attack prevents users from accessing information systems, devices or other network resources because of the actions of the malicious user.

The district hopes to resolve the issue by Tuesday, WBZ-TV reports.

On Thursday, Springfield school officials abruptly paused remote learning to investigate possible IT threats. The district dismissed students Thursday morning and said remote learning was suspended because of the threats

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Not enough special education teachers for those learning remotely

A Greenwich family says there are not enough special
education teachers for those who opted for remote learning, and they say
their fifth grader is now risking his life by going to school.

Allyson Buck says her three children, including Sam, her
10-year-old, are learning from home this school year. Sam is one of 250 people
in the world with “vanishing white matter disease” – a genetic disorder that
affects the nervous system and causes neurologic symptoms.

If he contracted COVID-19, it could be fatal.

Buck says learning from home became impossible for Sam.

“We were never assigned a special education teacher before
school started, so within a few hours we knew it wasn’t sustainable,” she told
News 12. “Sam can’t move his hands really well. He can’t read. He can’t write.”

Buck says it’s

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