Texas earns an ‘F’ in how it teaches students about climate change, groups say

Texas is failing to properly educate students on the realities of climate change and global warming, according to a new report by the National Center for Science Education and the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.

The report gave Texas and five other states an “F” grade in terms of how well their schools addressed the scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by human activity, as well as the consensus that there are ways to mitigate its impact.

“A failing grade on this topic is simply not acceptable,” said Kathy Miller, president of the TFN Education Fund, in a press conference.

The report comes as the Texas State Board of Education prepares to overhaul public school science standards this fall. Representatives from the National Center for Science Education and TFN recommended that Texas reassess how climate change is taught during that overhaul.

A lack of proper science education

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Buddy groups help pupils take online tests : The Tribune India

Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7

With a view to fostering team spirit among students, teachers as well as officials, the Punjab Education Department celebrated ‘Buddy: Mera Sikhiya Saathi’ week recently. The impact of this week was so strong that it helped to enhance leadership qualities among the students and networking of teachers and students became strong and online education in schools got a boost.

Punjab 1st state to launch achievement survey

Punjab is the first state in the country, which has started conducting the Punjab Achievement Survey (PAS). The main objective of the survey is to strengthen the learning level, understanding of basic concepts of different subjects, developing reasoning ability among students from the beginning so that they could be prepared for various competitive examinations. The first round of tests for the survey was held from September 21 to October 3. Around 26 lakh students

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Amherst budget chief says Boston business groups’ state education funding report guillotines local school district

AMHERST – A proposal by two Boston-based business advocacy groups to alter how the state’s Chapter 70 local aid to school districts is disbursed would take a meat cleaver to the local school district, according to the town’s budget chief Sean Mangano.

Nearly $8 million of state education aid would be lopped off the revenue sheets for Amherst school system and Amherst-Pelham regional district, he said.

The two business groups co-wrote a 23-page report – saying more Chapter 70 school aid should go to the least wealthy cities and towns, and less to more affluent communities.

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education jointly wrote the research paper – Ryan Flynn from the Alliance and James Sutherland of the Chamber.

The authors acknowledged assistance from a small group of experts.

Those include two men recently in senior leadership positions at the state Department of Elementary and

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Newsom vetoed high school ethnic studies bill after complaints from Jewish groups about curriculum

SACRAMENTO — Jewish groups angered by their exclusion from a proposed ethnic studies curriculum for California high school students credited their concerns in large part for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s veto of a bill requiring the course for graduation.

It was the latest twist in a fight that has lasted more than a year over whether California’s high school students should be required to take an ethnic studies class and, if so, what should be included. The bill’s author pulled it in 2019 after a similar dispute over the course material. This year a revised version of the bill easily passed the Legislature, but Wednesday night, Newsom vetoed it.

In his veto message, the governor said only that the curriculum still needed more work because it was “insufficiently balanced and inclusive.”

AB331 would have added a one-semester ethnic studies course to the high school graduation requirement, starting with the 2029-30 academic

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D202 Students Will Return To School In Groups Starting Oct. 26

PLAINFIELD, IL — Plainfield School District 202 students will start returning to school in October if the coronavirus pandemic does not get worse. Superintendent Lane Abrell updated the Board of Education on Monday regarding the status of the district’s Return ’20 plan.

According to the update, preschool and kindergarten students will return to school the week of Nov. 2, while older students will return in small grade-related groups between Nov. 16 and Jan. 19, as part of the district’s plan to slowly resume in-person learning over the next four months. Families will receive additional details about returning to in-person learning as their students’ return approaches.

Pre-kindergarten-12th grade multi-needs special education students are scheduled to return Oct. 26.

The board had approved the Return ’20 plan on July 27. It includes three educational phases focused on safety and flexibility. The first phase started Aug. 31 with remote learning for all students.

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