Give us $5 billion and we will help educate the world for a post-pandemic recovery

An ambitious $5 billion funding drive to rebuild education networks across 87 hard hit countries is to launch next year as promoters hope to reverse the damage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is seeking massive funds to assist countries to transform education for hundreds of millions of pupils in the face of an anticipated budgetary squeeze as a result of the predicted global recession.

Alice Albright, the chief executive of the GPE, told The National that a three-point plan could reverse not only the damage of the pandemic but also the growing problem of hundreds of millions of children losing out on schooling. “One is to help countries invest in distance learning, two is to help train more teachers and three is to help countries reopen schools safely,” she said. “We are campaigning to get children back into school because one of the things

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Education watchdogs give Texas an ‘F’ for its climate change curriculum

Texas is one of just six states to receive an “F” grade for its teachings of climate change in public schools, according to a Thursday report by the left-leaning Texas Freedom Network Education Fund and the National Center for Science Education.



A natural gas facility near Coyanosa, Texas, Aug. 12, 2020. (Jessica Lutz/The New York Times)


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A natural gas facility near Coyanosa, Texas, Aug. 12, 2020. (Jessica Lutz/The New York Times)


The report said Texas’ standards “largely ignore the issue” of climate change and generally fail to acknowledge the seriousness of the crisis. The findings come as Texas is in the process of updating its science curriculum standards, which will be finalized next month.

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“Scientists have long warned that climate change would lead to increasingly extreme weather events, and it’s critical that education policymakers in Texas and elsewhere act with the urgency the crisis requires,” Kathy Miller, president of the TFN Education Fund, said in a release. “This means

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A major Japanese bank will let employees work 3-day weeks after the pandemic to give them more time for childcare and education



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  • Japanese lender Mizuho Financial Group is planning to let staff work a shorter week after the COVID-19 pandemic, giving them more time for childcare or education, Bloomberg reported. 
  • Workers who work three days a week will keep 60% of their salary, while employees who work four days will retain 80%, a spokeswoman told Bloomberg. 
  • The lender is in talks with labor unions, and the measure could be introduced as soon as December. 
  • The scheme could be open to 45,000 staff.
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A major Japanese bank plans to offer employees three- or four-day working weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic passes, giving staff more time for childcare, nursing, or education, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. 

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Staff at Mizuho Financial Group who work three days a week will receive 60% of their salary, and those who work four days will keep 80%, the

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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

Houston

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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US Dept of Education Supports Initiative to Give Educators More Power in Edtech Decision-Making

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — LearnPlatform, which is now used by schools and districts serving more than 4 million students to organize, streamline and analyze their edtech, today announced that it has received a second federal grant to expand a program that helps educators share information, and make better-informed decisions, about the education technology tools they use in their classrooms.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, through the research-focused Institute of Education Sciences (IES), has awarded $874,803 to the Learn – Implementation in Context (Learn-IXC) initiative, a project led by LearnPlatform, to understand the context in which technologies work best. LearnPlatform, whose edtech effectiveness system is widely adopted by educators, districts and states, is a for-benefit research organization committed to expanding equitable access for all students to the teaching and technology that works best for them.

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Charlie Baker, school officials give update on education plans

Gov. Charlie Baker and education officials are giving an update after he defended a letter that the state’s top education official sent to 16 school districts, pushing them to come up with plans for in-person learning.



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Gov. Charlie Baker with Commissioner Jefferey Riley on June 25, 2020

Jeffrey Riley, commissioner of the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, sent the letter last week to districts in communities with a low rate of COVID-19 spread that have started the school year without any in-person classes.


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Last month, Baker’s administration set an “expectation” that communities with low levels of spread, as tracked on the state’s weekly map, would bring students in to classes at least part time.

“Local officials run their local schools, we understand that, but the state has an obligation to ensure that local officials are providing the best

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