Hawaii school board chief Catherine Payne urges dropping Acellus online curriculum

Board of Education Chairwoman Catherine Payne wants Hawaii’s schools to stop using the Acellus distance-learning program by the end of the academic year and allow parents to opt out immediately.

Payne has put the subject on the agenda for action at Thursday’s board meeting, directing the Department of Education to phase out the controversial curriculum. In a memo, she called the department’s selection of Acellus “a mistake made in the midst of chaos brought on by the pandemic.”

Some teachers and parents in Hawaii have decried the content on the video-based instructional platform as racist, sexist, inaccurate, outdated and lacking rigor. The Acellus Learning Accelerator, owned by the unaccredited International Academy of Science in Kansas City, Mo., offers more than 300 courses in kindergarten through 12th grade and is used by home­schooling students and schools across the country.

Previously, Acellus online courses had been used by some secondary schools in

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Fire chief pleads with parents to educate children about fire risks

Marton chief fire officer Kevin Darling wants to work with young people to educate them about the risks of starting fires.

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Marton chief fire officer Kevin Darling wants to work with young people to educate them about the risks of starting fires.

A spate of fires in a Rangitīkei town may have been sparked by youths, a fire chief says.

The Marton and Bulls volunteer fire brigades were called to extinguish about five suspicious fires in Marton Park just after 3am on Wednesday.

The fires burned on the roadside and across the park. Nearby residents reported young people were seen running from the area before emergency services arrived.

The fires were extinguished before causing serious damage, but the consequences could have been much worse, Marton’s chief fire officer Kevin Darling said.

* Police investigate suspicious fires sparking in Marton park
* Firefighters douse Rangitīkei home after fire tears through property
* Marton fire brigade raises money for new support vehicle

Police searched the park and were still

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People in Business: Bruce Dixon named chief executive officer of the Tech Foundry

Springfield – The Tech Foundry, a nonprofit whose mission it is to support the region’s growing need for a qualified technology workforce and elevate underrepresented groups into sustainable careers in information technology, has named Bruce Dixon as their new chief executive officer. Dixon will work alongside an 11-member board, lead a five-member staff, and drive strategic business partnerships and curriculum development to propel the already thriving organization forward.

Founded in 2014, the Tech Foundry has offered internships, networking opportunities and instruction to traditionally low-income, underserved populations, preparing graduates for entry-level IT workforce in the Pioneer Valley. These programs are offered free of charge to participants through generous donations from area businesses and members of the local community.

Dixon previously served as the chief executive officer of the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program, a social venture that inspires and prepares underrepresented students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It’s this

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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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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Inaugurates New Projects Of Higher Education Department

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Inaugurates New Projects Of Higher Education Department

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Inaugurates New Projects Of Higher Education Department


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Monday inaugurated completed projects of the Higher Education Department at various places. He also laid the foundation for establishing infrastructure facilities of the higher education department, an official press release said.

Buildings and hostels constructed for students at a cost of Rs 58.21 crore at Government Arts and Science Colleges, Government Engineering Colleges, Government Polytechnic Colleges in various districts and Manonmaniam Sundaranar University were inaugurated by the chief minister. He also laid the foundation through video conferencing from the secretariat here for postgraduate and research wings for new departments of Computer Science, Physics and Commerce, hostels for students and residences for the Vice Chancellor on premises of Thiruvalluvar University, Katpadi to come up at a total cost of Rs 25.25 crore, the release said.

In the last nine years, 66 government

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Disrupter in chief Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley is 2020 Stellar Performer in Education | Local News

University City Schools Superintendent Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley

University City Schools Superintendent Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley is the St. Louis American Foundation’s 2020 Stellar Performer.

University City Schools Superintendent Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley is a status-quo disrupter.

“The bravery she shows is unparalleled,” said Christina Groves, middle-school teacher and parent in the district. “It is very clear to those of us who care about the education of all children that the way we do school is not sustainable; it is not helping students grow, and it’s actually designed in many ways to keep the status quo. And Dr. Hardin-Bartley is not at all afraid to disrupt that.”

After Hardin-Bartley became superintendent in 2016, she led the district in drafting a strategic plan that aims to “humanize, personalize and problematize” the learning experience for their students. When she served on the Ferguson Commission’s Youth at the Center workgroup, Hardin-Bartley helped to write the commission’s recommendations for schools, specifically for addressing trauma.

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Obama education chief: Trump sounding ‘dog whistle’ in bashing 1619 Project

Trump has railed in recent weeks against “critical race theory” and the 1619 Project by The New York Times, which centers the telling of U.S. history around the effects of slavery and contributions of Black individuals and now offers curriculum for schools. The president has also been advocating for “patriotic education” and promising to create a new federal commission to advance that objective.

Last week, the president said he would establish a new “1776 commission” by executive action, in order to encourage educators to teach children about “the miracle of American history” and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of America’s founding.

The federal government is barred by law from dictating curriculum, however.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said her school district was one of the first systems to adopt the 1619 Project in its curriculum. As a former history teacher, Jackson said the most “powerful” part of

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Work from home, online learning fuelling need for greater investment in digital infrastructure: TRAI chief

With work from home, online learning, and in-home entertainment fuelling demand for robust digital infrastructure, massive investments would be needed, especially in areas like fibre-to-the-home, data centres, in-building solutions, and proliferation of wifi hotspots, TRAI Chairman R S Sharma said on Monday.

Terming telecom infrastructure and services as “key enablers” and “critical determinants” of the country’s digital and economic growth, Sharma said creation of robust telecom infrastructure – a capital-intensive sector – will play a key role in seamless connectivity, which is the essence of true digitisation.

“Huge infrastructure [must] be created for achieving objectives of connect India mission, and this is only possible with required investments to be brought into sector in next couple of years,” he said addressing an event organised by Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA).

While significant coverage of 4G is now a reality, there is still room to strengthen the underlying infrastructure,

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