Voters to decide on statewide sexual health education bill | News

Voters throughout the state will decide in November whether to let stand or repeal a comprehensive sexual health education bill passed by the state Legislature earlier this year.

Referendum 90 asks voters whether Senate Bill 5395 — which was passed by the state Legislature in March — should be enacted.

The legislation, which is suspended pending the outcome of the election, would require school districts to begin offering “comprehensive sexual health education” to students of all ages.

For all grade levels, parents and guardians would be able opt their students out of the lessons, the law states.

What “comprehensive sexual health education” means varies by grade, according to the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

For example, in grades K-3, curriculum could focus on what is called social emotional learning, where students learn about concepts such as self-esteem and decision-making.

“(Social emotional learning) provides skills to do things

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Havasupai students who sued for better education reach settlement with federal government

A federal judge approved a settlement between the federal Bureau of Indian Education and a group of Havasupai students who sued for better schooling, marking the first concrete result in a long-running case that could improve education for thousands of Native American students with disabilities. 

a sign on the side of a building: In 2017, Havasupai students and families sued the BIE for “longstanding educational deprivations.” A judge ruled in an ongoing case that the BIE violated its responsibility to provide students with disabilities education through services like individualized special education plans.

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In 2017, Havasupai students and families sued the BIE for “longstanding educational deprivations.” A judge ruled in an ongoing case that the BIE violated its responsibility to provide students with disabilities education through services like individualized special education plans.

The suit was filed in January 2017 by students and their families at Havasupai Elementary School, which sits on the Havasupai reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It accused the federally operated school of “longstanding educational deprivations,” including chronic understaffing that forced educators to cover as many as three grades at once and the denial of special education services.

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Des Moines advocate is awarded $10,000 grant to help underserved women in STEM education

Nancy Mwirotsi, founder of Pursuit of Innovation 515 (Pi515) in Des Moines, has been awarded a $10,000 Nation of Neighbors grant from Royal Neighbors of America, one of the first and largest women-led insurers in the country.

Athletes from Ames, Hoover, North and Roosevelt speak before the DMPS March for Fairness



Mwirotsi is known in the area for her advocacy work on behalf of underserved women, refugees, and low-income students, the press release announcing the award stated. She will use the grant to expand her Girls Entrepreneurial Summit program that focuses on educating young women on business basics including planning, financials, marketing, and digital promotion.


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“I am shocked and quite honored to have received this grant,” Mwirotsi said in the release. “It’s such a blessing to be recognized for your work.”

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U.S. job growth slows; nearly four million Americans permanently unemployed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employment growth slowed more than expected in September and over 300,000 Americans lost their jobs permanently, dealing a potential blow to President Donald Trump ahead of the fiercely contested Nov. 3 presidential election.

The Labor Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday underscored an urgent need for additional fiscal stimulus to aid the economy’s recovery from a recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The slowdown in hiring compounds problems for Trump, who announced overnight that he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Just over half of the 22.2 million jobs lost during the pandemic have been recouped. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party nominee, blames the economic turmoil on the White House’s handling of the pandemic, which has killed more than 200,000 people and infected over 7 million in the nation.

“The jobs report adds to Trump’s woes,” said James Knightley, chief international economist at

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Candidate Profile: Padmaja Chinta For Edison Board Of Education

EDISON, NJ — The Edison Board of Education elections is a hotly contested one this year, with 12 candidates vying for three seats. Patch sent each candidate a set of questions about their campaigns.

Our first candidate profile is of Padmaja Chinta, an Edison resident. Chinta is a lawyer and passionate about contributing to the community. She wants to improve the effectiveness of remote learning and teaching module in the school district. Chinta feels there’s much to do in the area of policies and procedures “as we learn to live with this pandemic.”

Read below to learn more about Chinta and her platform for the upcoming elections in Edison.

Name: Padmaja (Paddy) Chinta

Age (at the time of election): 48

Position sought: Member, Edison Board of Education

LL.M., University of Pennsylvania

B.S. (Optometry) All India Institute of Medical Sciences, I also have LL.B. and M.B.A. degrees.

Previous or Current or

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New Britain to shift Roosevelt Early Learning Center, two Lincoln KEY Program classrooms to online learning after multiple positive COVID-19 cases

One New Britain schools program and another early learning center will close in-person classes and move to remote learning for two weeks after multiple COVID-19 cases were confirmed across the district.

Several cases were confirmed at Lincoln KEY Program, Roosevelt Early Learning Center and Smith Elementary School on Friday, although school officials did not specify how many positive cases were discovered or whether they were students or staff members.

The Roosevelt Early Learning Center and two classrooms of the Lincoln Key Program will now shift to online-only learning until at least Oct. 19, the district wrote in a message posted online Friday afternoon.

The New Britain Public Health Determined the cases at Smith elementary were isolated and no closures are required there, according to the message.

Earlier this week, multiple positive cases across four schools prompted closures Wednesday and Thursday at Pulaski Middle School and Holmes Elementary School. Other cases

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Americans are reconsidering investing in higher education due to COVID-19

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) – Since the COVID-19 pandemic upended the education sector, Americans are reconsidering investing in higher education, according to a new Edward Jones and Morning Consult study. Respondents cited concerns over the current economic climate and the quality of online learning as top reasons some students are considering skipping higher education and choosing to look for full-time employment or internships instead.

a person walking down a sidewalk next to a building: Saving for your child's college education with the financial difficulties caused by the pandemic

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Saving for your child’s college education with the financial difficulties caused by the pandemic

On Friday, Investment Strategist for Edward Jones, Nela Richardson joined NewsChannel 7 at 4 to share the details of the survey revealing concerns over education investment and will discuss current tools available to assist with planning for college. She also discussed the ongoing effort to increase financial literacy around topics like education savings with an in-school pilot for high school students and teachers and an at-home curriculum for

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