TikTok says it will own U.S. subsidiary, disputes Trump’s claim of $5 billion U.S. education fund

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Sunday showed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leading President Trump by 8 percentage points, 51 percent to 43 percent, among registered voters — the same margin the poll showed in February, before COVID-19, the economic swoon, the anti-racism protests following George Floyd’s death, and all the other craziness of 2020.

“Simply put: In 2020, the fundamentals of our country have been shaken to our core, while the fundamentals of the election have not,” said Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt, who conducted the survey with Republican Bill McInturff. NBC’s Chuck Todd made a smiler point on Sunday’s Meet the Press.

But one thing has changed: money. Biden and the Democratic National Committee entered September with $466 million in the bank, a cash advantage of $141 million over Trump and the Republican National Committee’s $325 million, The New York Times reported Sunday night,

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Doubts surround ‘education fund’ connected to TikTok deal

President Trump has given his “blessing” to Oracle’s partnership with ByteDance to operate TikTok, but his claim that the companies would finance a $5-billion “patriotic” education fund has raised questions about the deal to allow the app to operate in the U.S.

a close up of a screen of a cell phone: President Trump says he had given "preliminary" approval for Oracle's partnership with ByteDance and Walmart to operate TikTok, adding that he was in talks with the partners to fund a $5-billion "patriotic" education venture. (Getty Images)

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President Trump says he had given “preliminary” approval for Oracle’s partnership with ByteDance and Walmart to operate TikTok, adding that he was in talks with the partners to fund a $5-billion “patriotic” education venture. (Getty Images)

The president said he had given “preliminary” approval for the deal that Oracle and ByteDance, the Chinese owner of the short-video app, proposed to alleviate concerns about protecting U.S. national security.


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But in a new twist in the more than week-long negotiations between the companies and his administration, Trump said his team was talking to them about funding a venture that would teach American

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Oregon Department of Education issues ban on hate symbols in public schools

The Oregon Department of Education issued a temporary ban on hate symbols — including the Confederate flag, swastikas and nooses — in public school classrooms in the state, officials said.

The “All Students Belong” rule was adopted unanimously by the state Board of Education on Thursday. Colt Gill, the director of the Department of Education, said the move came as a response to student calls for a ban.

“Our students called us out and into action,” Gill said in a statement. “The Oregon Department of Education is committed to ensuring that Oregon’s schools are safe and inclusive for all students and staff, and the All Students Belong rule is an important step in that process.”

The rule, which took effect immediately, requires school districts to implement policies by Jan. 1 that prohibit the hate symbols, except as part of the teaching curriculum. Officials said that many districts already had similar

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UAPB senior pushes for education abroad

As she plans for graduation in May 2021, Alyssa Smith, a senior majoring in political science at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, has been working to ensure her peers have access to and interest in the types of study abroad programs she has had.

After having pursued a number of international learning opportunities both in high school and during her studies at UAPB, last year she saw an opportunity to establish a program for UAPB students in the Central American country of Guatemala.

Smith first visited Guatemala when she was 13. Motivated by a deep-seated drive to see more of the world and improve her Spanish fluency, she leaped at the opportunity to attend a Spanish language program for high school students.

“After I returned home, I wrote an essay entitled ‘The Awakening,’” she said. “My eyes were opened to a lot of things. Before that trip, I

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Ruth Benson, pioneering leader of state’s Education Department, dies at 91

A lifelong educator with an insatiable sense of curiosity, Ruth Evelyn (Larsen Randall) Benson delighted in connecting with students.

Benson reached the pinnacle of her profession when she broke new ground as Minnesota’s first female commissioner of education from 1983 to 1990.

But along the way, it was the special connection between teacher and student that perhaps resonated the most, said her daughter, Diane Randall of Washington, D.C.

“She believed teaching is a noble profession, that teaching could make the world a better place,” her daughter said.

Benson, of Apple Valley, died Sept. 10 after a brief hospitalization. She was 91.

Born March 4, 1929, on a farm in Underwood, Iowa, she became an elementary school teacher in Iowa and Nebraska, rising to principal and administrator of Omaha Public Schools beginning in 1967.

Her daughter said she was drawn to teaching, “because she relished learning, the human interaction between teachers

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Trump Gives TikTok Deal ‘His Blessing,’ Promises It Will Involve $5B to Education Program

As the Sunday deadline nears, President Donald Trump told reporters Saturday he has approved the deal for Oracle Corp. to purchase the social media platform TikTok.

a close up of a piece of luggage: President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he approved the deal that would let Oracle Corp. purchase the social media platform TikTok.

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President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he approved the deal that would let Oracle Corp. purchase the social media platform TikTok.

Speaking to reporters before departing the White House for his Fayetteville, North Carolina rally Saturday evening, Trump said he had “given the deal my blessing.” Though Trump has approved the deal, the Chinese government must now also agree.

The deal would spin TikTok off into a new company, TikTok Global, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said this week. Trump said Saturday that should the deal go through as planned, TikTok Global will be based in Texas. He also said that the company would make a $5 billion contribution to an education program, but he did not clarify which or how the

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Education nonprofits pivot, adapt offerings to school schedules | News

While child care organizations have worked to rapidly expand services, organizations focused on after-school and supplemental education have adapted their programs to the Bozeman School District’s schedule.

Many parents have been faced with the struggle of finding child care for the three days a week students are not in class. Education nonprofits, like those focused on outdoor science and second languages, have broadened their offerings to align with the blended model of learning in the school district.

“Our worlds are kind of shrunk down more than usual,” said Hannah Jacobsma, program coordinator with the World Language Initiative – Montana. “To have this opportunity to connect with a different group of kids or an adult that has experience in a different culture, it’s exciting and they might not have it otherwise right now.”

World Languages Initiative typically has 450 kids per year in its after-school program with 25 coaches teaching in

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Behind Trump’s Push for ‘Patriotic Education’ in US History

Amid the ongoing national crisis over the deadly COVID-19 virus, the President of the United States warned of another national crisis on Thursday: the “ideological poison” of “radical” history education.

Speaking on Constitution Day from the National Archives—where original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights are on display—during a White House conference on American History, President Donald Trump announced that he was signing an executive order to establish the “1776 Commission,” a group that would “promote patriotic education,” and that the National Endowment for the Humanities would be awarding a grant to support the development of a “pro-American curriculum that celebrates the truth about our nation’s great history.”

In the course of his announcement, Trump claimed that people on the left want to “bully Americans into abandoning their values, their heritage and their very way of life,” and

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