Texas flouted special education guidelines for therapy, U.S. officials say

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Texas has failed to ensure children with developmental delays have early access to speech and occupational therapy and other services, according to a letter ​written this week by U.S. education officials who say the state is not complying with federal special education guidelines.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has three months to draw up a plan to ensure that a program that pays for infants and toddlers to receive such early intervention therapies is reaching all eligible Texans, federal officials wrote. Failure to do so could cost the state federal funding.

After years of budget cuts in Texas caused nonprofit therapy providers to drop out of the program, U.S. Department of Education officials found Texas to be in “significant noncompliance” with education guidelines on early intervention services.

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Oregon’s higher education officials say impacts on enrollment will be ‘significant and largely negative’

Oregon’s higher education officials expect fall enrollment at colleges and universities to be severely impacted by wildfire and the pandemic.

Ben Cannon, executive director of the state Higher Education Coordinating Commission, or HECC, said during a meeting Thursday that the effects on student enrollment of the coronavirus pandemic and historic wildfires that burned in the Northwest will not be clear or official for several more weeks.

But, he said, they will be “significant and largely negative.”

“My prediction is that for our public universities, enrollment will be down anywhere between 1% and 10%, and for our community colleges, that enrollment decline will be greater,” Cannon said.

He said some community colleges could see up to 20% in an enrollment decline compared to last fall.

Typically, in a recession, enrollment increases — particularly at community colleges, Cannon said.

“This may come,” he said, “but, of course, this is not a typical

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Total of 106 students, 57 staffers test positive for COVID in Massachusetts schools over the last week, education officials report

Massachusetts school districts have reported 106 new coronavirus cases over the last week among students who are learning in-person or through hybrid instruction, according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Additionally, DESE reports 57 new COVID-19 cases among district staff members. The new cases reflect reporting between Oct. 1 through Oct. 7 across school districts, charter schools, collaboratives and approved special education schools.

The data includes positive cases for students in hybrid or in-person learning models, excluding students in districts that are learning only remotely. Staff cases include employees who have been in a district building within the seven days before the report of the positive case.

Notably, there were eight new cases among students in Haverhill schools, five among students in Hudson schools and Burlington schools and four among students in Hingham schools. Every other district saw three or fewer new cases, with the vast majority

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Kids and teachers have now caught coronavirus in 16 schools, N.J. officials say

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At least five more New Jersey schools have had COVID-19 outbreaks in which students and teachers contracted the virus either on school property or in extracurricular activities, state officials said Thursday.

That brings the total of school outbreaks to 16 since the start of the school year, Gov. Phil Murphy said at his coronavirus briefing in Trenton.

The new outbreaks included two in Salem County involving a total of eight cases, one in Ocean County with three cases and one each in Atlantic and Bergen counties, both involving two cases, according to the data. The names of the schools and school districts were not released.

The 16 outbreaks include a total of 58 cases statewide in which students and teachers tested positive for COVID-19. Considering there are

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AHF to organise online education workshops for Hockey India coaches, technical officials

New Delhi [India], October 8 (ANI): After the successful completion of AHF online education workshops for Hockey India coaches, technical officials and umpires, the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) will continue to conduct online education workshops in October.

A group of 15-30 coaches and umpires will be attending three AHF online education workshops this month.

Aimed at providing technical expertise and knowledge on various aspects of set plays and free hits for coaches and officiating for umpires, these online education workshops will be conducted free of charge for participating candidates online through Microsoft teams application. Each workshop will consist of three to four hours’ sessions.

Speaking about the participation of coaches and technical officials in the AHF online education workshops Gyanendro Ningombam, Officiating President, Hockey India said, “The AHF Online Education Workshops have been a vital part of the growth of our Coaches and Technical Officials. With a much bigger knowledge

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Focus on students who are still out of contact with online learning, DoE tells govt schools, district officials

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The Directorate of Education (DoE) has asked district education officers and principals of all government schools to focus on students who are not attending online classes and are out of touch with their teachers and lessons ever since physical classes were suspended in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to an education department official, who requested anonymity, at least 5.5% of the 15.5 lakh students in government schools are completely out of contact with their teachers and are not attached to virtual learning in any manner.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, schools across Delhi are conducting classes online, and sending links for study materials via WhatsApp and emails and as text messages.

According to the minutes of a DoE coordination committee meeting held on October 1, DoE director Udit Prakash asked all district education officers to focus on students who are not reverting to

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No more snow days? Connecticut education officials consider online learning in event of inclement weather

Snow days could be a thing of the past in Connecticut schools this winter as the state Department of Education is developing guidelines on how students may learn online from home instead of missing class due to inclement weather.

Jessica Mirtle, legal director for the state education department, told members of the State Board of Education Wednesday that the unique circumstances of education during the coronavirus pandemic — with many school districts including an online component as part of students’ learning — have led to many questions about whether students could simply learn from home in the event of snow rather than having to make up a day at the end of the school year.

“It’s only because of these circumstances that we would consider this something that needs to be … allowed for,” Mirtle said.

State education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said with winter approaching “this is a timely conversation”

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Education officials begin publishing data on COVID-19 cases in districts with in-person learning

Education officials begin publishing data on COVID-19 cases in districts with in-person learning

For the first time, Massachusetts education officials have published data on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in school districts that have hybrid or fully in-person learning models.According to the data provided by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 63 students involved with in-person or hybrid instruction tested positive for the virus between Sept. 24 and Sept. 30. During that same week, 34 staff members had been inside a district building within seven days of testing positive for the virus. Merrie Najimy, the president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, called the data “troubling and frustrating.” Her organization had opposed the state’s plan for in-person learning, citing concern over COVID-19 and safety measures. “While nothing can replace in-person learning in normal times, reopening schools too soon and too quickly puts

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Prem Rawat Meets with Italian Officials to Consider Peace Education Program in Correctional Facilities

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Prem Rawat recently met with officials at the Italian Senate in Rome to speak about how the Peace Education Program can help foster personal rehabilitation in correctional facilities and beyond.

The founder of The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) created the innovative workshop series to help people discover their own inner strength and personal peace. Since 2012, the Peace Education Program has been offered in more than 683 correctional facilities across the globe, winning praise from officials for improving attitudes and behavior. The program has been successful at several locations in Italy, including the Venice Santa Maria Maggiore and Pagliarelli prisons, and officials are considering an expansion to include many more facilities throughout the country.

Joining Prem Rawat on September 25 at the Italian Senate were Minister of Justice Alfonso Bonafede, Arnaldo Lomuti of the Senate Justice Committee, and Alessandra Maiorino

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Gov. Polis, education and mental health officials discuss importance of kids going to school

DENVER, Colo. — In Tuesday’s COVID-19 press conference, Gov. Jared Polis and education officials emphasized a need for children to be attending school, either in-person or online, after seeing a decline in enrollment across the state.

Polis recognized there could be a multitude of reasons why students aren’t enrolled and engaged because of the pandemic. He reminded parents who don’t want their children attending in-person classes can enroll them in any online program in the state.

“We really worry about those lost kids that aren’t going to school in person and whose parents didn’t enroll them in an online school. Please, take that step for your kids to make sure that they have that opportunity to stay caught up with where their classmates are at so that they’re ready to re-enter the schools when you feel it’s safe,” Polis said.

Students who aren’t attending school right now could face a

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