LA County Board Adopts New Regional Blueprint For Arts Education

Press release from the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture:

This Blueprint is an update of the 2002 Arts for All: LA County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education, which focused exclusively on in-school arts education. The new Blueprint presents an expanded approach with strategies that reach beyond school to include arts instruction for all students, across all grade levels, in all public schools; expanded opportunities for arts education after school; year-round community-based arts learning; access to careers in the creative economy; arts-based programs and services provided in collaboration with multiple LA County departments that support children, youth, and families; and a prioritization of historically underserved populations. It is intended as both an aspirational policy statement and a roadmap for practitioners and leaders to advance youth development over the next decade.

The new Blueprint’s goals are to:

  • Develop systems and infrastructure that expand and sustain arts education for all
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Before Baltimore County teachers return to classes, they want to see reopening plan

Baltimore County teachers, concerned about when they’ll return to the classroom, say they’re waiting to see a back to school plan from the district.|| Coronavirus updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Where to get tested ||Baltimore County teachers will hold a news conference Tuesday evening. Once it’s over, teachers plan to drive over to school board headquarters to send a message to the board that they want answers.“We want a safe and sustained reopening for schools,” Baltimore County Teachers Association President Cindy Sexton said.The teacher’s union said those are two concerns that must be addressed before educators head back to the classroom. That could end up being sometime after the first of the year.“The hope is when it’s safe, if it’s safe before that, we’ll certainly welcome the conversation. If we are still in the throes of this pandemic, then we’re not going to agree that would safe either,” Sexton … Read More

Ramsey County delays homeless shelter lease to address security concerns

The Ramsey County Board expressed strong support Tuesday morning for a plan to lease Bethesda Hospital and turn it into a homeless shelter, but delayed approval for a week to better address neighbors’ security concerns.

Commissioners spoke about the urgent need for more shelter space with winter fast approaching. Nearly 400 people recently have been sleeping outside in St. Paul, which is said to be a record.

The hospital building, just north of the State Capitol in the Frogtown neighborhood, would provide a 24-hour shelter and services for 100 homeless people. It would be a low-barrier shelter, meaning it would house people who have been unsuccessful in other shelter settings and are often battling addictions.

Neighbors have said they worry about increasing crime and drug activity, and also that a private park on the hospital grounds could be overrun by the homeless.

Commissioners vowed to address security concerns at Tuesday’s

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Genesee County ISD special education funding formula violates state law, judge says

FLINT, MI — The formula used to funnel some special education dollars through the Genesee Intermediate School Distrct to local districts violates state law, an administrative law judge has said.

For Flint schools, this could mean the district will get more special education funding because it has a higher than average percentage of special education students. It also could mean less money for school districts with a high total student count but lower percentage of special education students, like Grand Blanc Community Schools.

As it currently stands, the GISD Mandatory Plan appropriates $3.8 million of Act 18 special education funds back to local districts based on a three-part formula: 1. Total special education headcount 2. Full-time-equivalent (FTE) special education student head count 3. Total FTE headcount. FTE head count is adjusted for part-time student numbers. These three factors are currently equally weighted.

However, Administrative Law Judge Michael St. John in

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City of Springfield, Greene County Clerk create PSA to educate public on voting options

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The City of Springfield and Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller have partnered to produce a public service announcement that outlines voting options ahead of the Nov. 3 election.



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The PSA comes in an effort “to make sure citizens understand the voting options available to them.” It outlines information for voting in-person, absentee, mail-in and curbside in Greene County.

“We are prepared. We want to make sure that every voter and their vote counts. Regardless of your political party, voting is about making your voice heard and coming together in a peaceful way. We can resolve our differences at the ballot box as we look toward November 3rd,” Schoeller said at the press conference.

The PSA was created following a Sept. 22 press conference at the Greene County Elections Center with Missouri Secretary of State John R. Ashcroft.

At

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Ottawa County special education school closes after staff member tests positive for coronavirus

ALLENDALE, MI – The Ottawa Area Center, a public school serving students with cognitive impairments, is closed to in-person instruction for one week after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.



a person in a blue blanket: Registered Nurse Hailey Allen changes gloves while testing patients for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Mercy Health Saint Mary's drive-through testing center in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Patients must have a doctor's order to receive a test. Mercy Health also offers a testing site in Muskegon.


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Registered Nurse Hailey Allen changes gloves while testing patients for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Mercy Health Saint Mary’s drive-through testing center in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Patients must have a doctor’s order to receive a test. Mercy Health also offers a testing site in Muskegon.

About 50 students and staff have been placed in quarantine following the positive test result, according to a news release issued by the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The suspension of in-person instruction is effective Thursday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Oct. 16, district officials said. The school will use remote learning during the facility’s closure.

The school,

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Novato special education teacher gets top county honor

  • Laurie Carvajal, left, with her daughter Caroline Williams, chats with teacher Cindy Evans outside San Jose Middle School in Novato on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Evans, a special education teacher at the school, just found out that she has been selected for the county’s “teacher of the year” award. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)

  • Special education teacher Cindy Evans holds balloons during a ceremony naming her Marin County’s teacher of the year outside San Jose Middle School in Novato on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)

  • Special education teacher Cindy Evans listens to Mary Jane Burke, Marin County superintendent of schools, during a ceremony naming Evans the Marin County teacher of the year outside San Jose Middle School in Novato on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)

  • Special education teacher Cindy Evans holds balloons and bouquets during a ceremony naming her Marin County teacher of the year

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Our endorsements: The Sun offers its choices for regents, state Board of Education, Clark County Commission and Clark County School Board races

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The Clark County Government Center is seen Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

Editor’s note: Candidates receiving the Sun’s endorsements are listed in bold type.

NEVADA BOARD OF REGENTS

The Sun will preface our endorsements here by saying the most important vote regarding the Board of Regents will be on Ballot Question 1 — the measure that would pave the way for reform of the higher-education system by removing the regents from the state constitution.

We’ll write far more about this issue, but the upshot is that it’s time for the regents and the system’s administrative overlords to be brought under control. As is, the way the regents were written into the Nevada Constitution has created confusion over the years about the extent of the board’s authority, with the regents at times claiming it makes the higher-ed system a separate, fourth branch

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New center in north St. Louis County provides education and workforce development opportunities

There’s a new center in north St. Louis County and it’ll help provide higher education and workforce development opportunities.



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The new center was made possible by Harris-Stowe State University and the Community Impact Network.

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It is where the former McKinley Elementary School once was at 6800 Normandale Drive.

A ribbon-cutting was held on Monday at the Harris-Stowe State University Community Impact Network Education Center will provide opportunities to underserved populations throughout the community.

“We could not be more thrilled to open the new Harris-Stowe State University Community Impact Network Education Center,” said Dr. Corey S. Bradford, Sr., President of HSSU. “This Center will serve as a bridge to higher education at Harris-Stowe State University and provide educational and job training opportunities for students and families residing in the Normandy Collaborative School District and parts of North St. Louis County. Our partnership with

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