Uncertainty over virtual meetings puts Education Board meeting on hold

The Detroit News

Published 9:06 a.m. ET Oct. 10, 2020

The State Board of Education’s Tuesday meeting is being postponed until November due to a lack of clarity about whether public bodies can continue to hold virtual meetings, the Michigan Department of Education said. 

The confusion comes after a Michigan Supreme Court decision last week that determined Governor Gretchen Whitmer did not have the authority to continue declaring states of emergency and nullified her executive orders. Among those orders was allowing public bodies to meet virtually.

Whitmer has asked the court to clarify whether its ruling took effect immediately, or if there is a grace period until the end of the month.

The Supreme Court has yet to respond.

“Since there is currently a lack of clarity about whether virtual meetings are still allowed at this time, the October meeting of the state board is being postponed until November,” Dr.

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State education board calls special meeting on Epic Charter Schools audit | Education

Byrd’s office found that Epic exceeded the state’s 5% state cap on administrative overhead costs intended to ensure public schools direct most resources on students “year after year.”

The state auditor’s report cites “questionable classification and reporting of administrative costs” between FY 2017 and FY 2019 totaling $16.6 million for Epic One-on-One, a statewide virtual charter school, and $6.7 million for Epic Blended Learning Centers, which offer students in Tulsa and Oklahoma counties a blend of at-home and classroom-based studies.

And a $530,000 penalty imposed by the state school board in February, while significant, represented a fraction of what the state auditor said she has documented proof that Epic actually owes for underreported administrative payroll costs the past six fiscal years: $8.9 million.

Byrd previously called the penalty “a slap on the wrist.”

Her report says had Epic Charter Schools been assessed full penalties by the state, Chaney and Harris’

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Red Clay schedules emergency board meeting after hybrid backlash


While schools must notify families of COVID-19 cases, the state says it would violate privacy laws by releasing that data.


Red Clay Consolidated School District’s hybrid reopening plans continue to vex parents and that could lead to changes in the coming weeks. 

Since the district announced its hybrid model about a week ago, outcry from dissatisfied parents has pushed the board to schedule an emergency board meeting on Oct. 15. While no agenda has been posted, board members say the intention is to vote on the hybrid plan. Before, the district had released the plan without seeking board approval. 

However, the deadline for parents deciding between in-person or virtual learning is this Friday, meaning parents must make a decision before the board officially votes on the plan. 

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“Schools will reach out to families who have not enrolled in

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Grand Ledge school board violated the law during June meeting


GRAND LEDGE – A man is suing Grand Ledge Public Schools and its Board of Education, claiming officials intentionally violated the Open Meetings Act during a special board meeting in June held over Zoom.

The lawsuit, filed in Eaton County Circuit Court in August by Mike Hoskins, names the school district, the board and its seven members.

A screen shot of the June 5 Grand Ledge Public Schools Board of Education meeting, broadcast over Zoom. A lawsuit filed in Eaton County Circuit Court claims board members violated the Open Meetings Act during the meeting. (Photo: Rachel Greco/Lansing State Journal)

Hoskin’s lawsuit claims the board went into an illegal closed session at its June 5 meeting. The meeting was held over Zoom in the wake of comments Brian Metcalf, the school district’s former superintendent, made on Facebook about the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died at the

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Medscape Education Partners With HFSA to Host Major International Heart Failure Meeting

NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Medscape Education has been selected as a partner in hosting The Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020, September 30-October 6.

In collaboration with HFSA, Medscape Education and MedscapeLIVE! will offer an immersive environment where heart failure professionals will engage around the latest research and treatment advances.

The 7-day meeting of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and researchers will feature more than 50 multidisciplinary, scientific sessions, late-breaking research announcements, live chats with industry and e-poster presenters, interactive breakout sessions, networking opportunities, a Virtual Exhibit Hall with product theaters, and interactive gamification.

MedscapeLIVE!’s virtual conference platform enables attendees to visit the exhibit hall and poster sessions, electronically take notes, answer polling questions, submit questions directly to faculty, and save or share slides, notes, and other content.

MedscapeLIVE! provides live experiences across the spectrum of formats to create unique engagement opportunities for scientific

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Education post Covid-19: UNESCO to convene special session of global education meeting next month – education

The UNESCO will convene an extraordinary session of Global Education Meeting (GEM) next month for exchange among high-level political leaders, policy makers and global education experts to protect and rethink education in the current and post-COVID-19 world.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s session on October 22 is convened with an aim to protect and promote education at a time when education financing is at considerable risk of being left behind in the governments’ domestic budgets, stimulus packages and international aid, the UN agency said.

“By convening this extraordinary session of the GEM next month, our aim is to secure commitments from political leaders to position education at the centre of national and international efforts to recover swiftly, inclusively and sustainably from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director of Education at UNESCO.

Giannini said the overarching concern is to at least maintain, if not increase, education

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Class for Zoom Adds Education Interface to Popular Meeting Platform — THE Journal

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Class for Zoom Adds Education Interface to Popular Meeting Platform

A startup founded by education technology veterans has announced a program intended to make Zoom more effective in replicating the classroom experience for teachers and students. Class for Zoom is currently seeking teachers to beta test the software. It’s expected to launch later this fall.

Class for Zoom is being developed by ClassEDU, a new company founded and led by Blackboard co-founder and former CEO Michael Chasen. According to Chasen, Class for Zoom is designed as an education interface for Zoom that adds teaching tools, and additional capabilities for classroom administration.

For example, while Zoom allows teachers to deliver lectures in real time, use a whiteboard and set up breakout groups, the addition of Class for Zoom adds functionality for:

  • Managing attendance with ID authentication;
  • Handing out assignments;
  • Performing assessments,
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