No more snow days? Connecticut education officials consider online learning in event of inclement weather

Snow days could be a thing of the past in Connecticut schools this winter as the state Department of Education is developing guidelines on how students may learn online from home instead of missing class due to inclement weather.

Jessica Mirtle, legal director for the state education department, told members of the State Board of Education Wednesday that the unique circumstances of education during the coronavirus pandemic — with many school districts including an online component as part of students’ learning — have led to many questions about whether students could simply learn from home in the event of snow rather than having to make up a day at the end of the school year.

“It’s only because of these circumstances that we would consider this something that needs to be … allowed for,” Mirtle said.

State education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said with winter approaching “this is a timely conversation”

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Arkansas Department of Education DCTE Goes All-Virtual in Annual “Explore Success” Event

The Nepris online platform will give students across Southwest Arkansas an opportunity to see what their futures may hold

The Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Career and Technical Education, today announced the Explore Success Southwest Arkansas Development Alliance (SADA) Career Day will be available to schools and students across southwest Arkansas through a virtual platform hosted by Nepris.

“Our vision for Explore Success is to help expose all students to careers within their communities,” said Mary Godwin, Secretary and Treasurer with SADA. “It is so important to help schools and industry explore mutually beneficial partnerships that impact Arkansas’s future economy and we’re excited to present the 3rd year of this state and national award-winning event in a virtual conference format.”

The event provides 8th graders with a learning experience in coordination with SADA, the South Central Education Cooperative, DeQueen-Mena Education Cooperative, Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative, Southwest Arkansas Planning and

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WWE legend Booker T Huffman hosting voter education event

This November, Booker Huffman is urging people to vote.

Huffman, who is WWE legend Booker T, and his wife Sharmell have teamed with filmmakers Deon Taylor and Roxanne Avent Taylor for the “Be Woke.Vote” tour for an event on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Huffman’s Reality of Wrestling show in Texas City, Texas.

“Living in America and seeing the things we’re seeing, that’s what moved me to be part of something like this,” Huffman says. “My kids are going to grow up in this world, and I want them to be in a better place than we are right now at this time. And I want that for wrestling fans, too.

“My mother used to always say, ‘There is no gray area between right and wrong.’ This is a right-and-wrong election, and people need to participate and vote.”

The non-partisan event is a free admission drive-in show,

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In Focus: Equity in Education, an MPR News community event

Minnesota has some of the largest racial disparities in education in the U.S., and efforts to solve the decades-long problem have so far been unsuccessful.

Gaps in graduation rates and test scores have long been used to measure these disparities. But, in recent years, there’s been more focus on inequalities in access to resources that can influence how well kids do in school. And then, there’s racism — biased teachers and staff, and systems within schools that put up barriers for Black and Indigenous students and students of color.

In Focus: Equity in Education, a virtual event, will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, to explore these disparities and what’s behind them.

MPR News host Angela Davis will lead a discussion, built around community participation, and talk with people who have been working to level the playing field for all students. We’ll talk about what’s getting in

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Early childhood education virtual jobs event series to help fill workforce loss from COVID-19

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton Roads Workforce Council has partnered with Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Minus 9 to 5 to connect community members with jobs in early childhood education in an effort to help with the jobs deficit COVID-19 has created.

The virtual event series targets teachers, teaching assistants and childcare support staff in the field of early childhood education.

About 60 employers from across Hampton Roads will take part in the virtual series.

They are broken up by cities. On Tuesday, there will be an opportunity for people looking for early childhood jobs in Virginia Beach from 10 to noon.

Other cities follow in the coming weeks.

You RSVP, login to the watch the Zoom presentations from the employers, and then follow up contact information for job applications.

Jacqueline Rondeau, business services coordinator for the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, says this is a great time and opportunity to

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