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

Kirkwood Middle School finalizes plan to resume in-person classes

The plan will start with sixth-grade students returning to the school on Nov. 4

KIRKWOOD, Mo. — The Kirkwood School District Board of Education approved a plan to bring students back for in-person learning at Kirkwood Middle School starting next month.

The plan will start with sixth-grade students returning to the school on Nov. 4. The rest of the students will re-enter the building the next week, for the school’s first full week of in-person learning.

Students can be in the building for in-person learning Monday through Thursday, but the district will continue virtual learning on Fridays so students can stay used to it in case a return to all-virtual learning is needed.

The plan includes two pause days, when no classes will be held, so students and teachers can get ready for the change. The pause days are scheduled for Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.

All students have the

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Native Mainers plan to reflect, educate on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Maulian Dana, the Penobscot Nation’s tribal ambassador, speaks to a group gathered in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the Maine State Historical Society in Portland on Oct. 14, 2019. Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer

Native Mainers this weekend shared their plans to mark the second annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, an event they saw as an opportunity to reflect on history and help educate their neighbors about the legacy of colonization.

Maulian Dana, the Penobscot Nation’s ambassador to the wider world, sees the holiday as a way to honor and remember Maine’s original inhabitants – and also as a time to teach.

Dana plans to reflect on how the survival of her own people allowed her to preserve her identity as a Penobscot woman. To pass that knowledge on, she and other historians, activists, and organizations will hold educational events through the week meant to introduce Mainers to the state’s

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Collier, Lee school districts plan learning options for spring semester


Collier County Public Schools will implement health precautions to limit the spread of coronavirus, such as requiring face masks, limiting the number of students in the cafeteria and reducing school bus capacity.

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Collier and Lee County schools are taking different approaches toward continuing virtual learning options for students next semester.

Many Collier students will be expected to return to their brick-and-mortar schools at the start of the spring semester or enroll in Collier’s virtual school, eCollier Academy, the district’s superintendent announced last week.

Lee County will continue to offer all of its current learning options. 

In Collier, students enrolled in the Classroom Connect and the High School Flexible instructional options will no longer have those options in the spring, according to the district.

Classroom Connect offers live, virtual instruction while High School Flexible is completely flexible learning. Students remain enrolled at their schools for both options.

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Centre Alliance will support the government’s plan to increase higher education fees | The Canberra Times

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The Centre Alliance has come under fire from Labor, the Greens and independent crossbenchers including Senator Jacqui Lambie after the party announced it would support the government’s higher education changes. The government said the changes, which were announced earlier this year, were aimed at improving job outcomes for graduates and encouraging students to study degrees in areas where Australia has a skills shortages. The changes accommodate for decreases in fees for units involving teaching, nursing, agriculture, maths, English and languages, environmental science, health, architecture, IT and engineering. On the other hand students pursuing humanities degrees could face a 113 per cent increase while law and commerce degrees could cost up to 28 per cent more. A two year freeze on funding increases has also been lifted which will see university funding per student increase annually according to the consumer price index. On Tuesday, Centre Alliance’s education spokesperson Senator

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Kimberly Van Der Beek on Education Plan for Her 5 Kids, Says Traditional School Is ‘Imprisonment’

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Kimberly Van Der Beek is opening up about her own methods of homeschooling.

Speaking on The Make Down podcast, the mother of five said she and actor husband James Van Der Beek have “done many variations” of teaching, including the “traditional homeschooling” at their house and hired teachers as well a “homeschool co-op at another friend’s house.”

“It was a really beautiful experience, there were a few teachers and it was incredible,” she said, advising those wanting to homeschool their kids on their own to not “stress yourself out.”

Kimberly, who is mom to daughters Gwendolyn, 2, Emilia, 4, Annabel Leah, 6, and Olivia, 9½, as well as 8-year-old son Joshua, also shared her perspective on the education and school systems.

“I think way too much is put on kids. I look at school, to be honest with you, as a form of imprisonment, where

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Liberals to announce community safety plan as NDP focuses on education Thursday

BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson will be in Vancouver on Thursday to discuss his plans for community safety.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson removes his face mask before speaking during a campaign stop in Vancouver, on Saturday, September 26, 2020. A provincial election will be held in British Columbia on October 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson removes his face mask before speaking during a campaign stop in Vancouver, on Saturday, September 26, 2020. A provincial election will be held in British Columbia on October 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Wilkinson is expected to roll out solutions to address community concerns over tent cities emerging in parks across the province. The Liberal leader has focused the early part of the campaign on community concerns connected to homelessness issues in Maple Ridge, Vancouver and Victoria.

The BC Liberals have spent the last three days talking about cutting the PST for the next year if elected. On Thursday, Wilkinson will be alongside Liberal candidates George Affleck, Jas Johal and Cheryl Ashlie.

Wilkinson is attempting to address both the issues connected with addictions and homelessness while addressing the

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Michigan Civil Rights commission calls for statewide education equity plan

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is calling for the creation of a statewide educational equity plan to improve policies, accountability and opportunities for students.

The commission, charged with investigating alleged discrimination, issued a 62-page report on Wednesday after its year-long investigation into equity in K-12 education in Michigan. It met Wednesday to release the report, which can be found here.

“This Commission believes that an adequate education is the key to unlocking a lifetime of opportunities and also is a basic civil right,” said Stacie Clayton, the commission’s chair. “We learned during our education hearings that not all children receive the kind of education they deserve as their birthright.

“We urge policy makers, educators and other stakeholders across the state to view

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Plan for Higher Education Would Fuel “Degree Inflation,” Further Federal Takeover

When addressing the very real issues of rising student loan debt and unaffordable tuition prices, former Vice President Joe Biden’s policy solutions embrace the false promise of “free college.”  

The Biden campaign recently released “The Biden Plan for Education Beyond High School,” which details many proposals the plan’s authors suggest are the cure for fixing our broken higher education system.

Unfortunately, the plan will do nothing to reverse the drivers of tuition inflation, but rather, will fuel degree inflation.

The most noteworthy proposals within the former vice president’s policy blueprint is to make both two-year and four-year colleges and universities tuition-free, embracing the policies of both former President Barack Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. 

Under the proposal, all public community colleges would be tuition-free, and all four-year public colleges and universities would be tuition-free for families making under $125,000 annually.

Tuition-free community college, as well as tuition-free four-year college,

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Board of Education approves plan to continue NTI for JCPS until late October

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Jefferson County Public Schools will continue distance learning until late October after a recommendation from the district’s superintendent amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Jefferson County Board of Education met Tuesday, in which they approved Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio’s recommendation for the school district.

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Last week, Pollio called for non-traditional instruction — NTI 2.0 — to continue up until the end of October as the state and Jefferson County continue efforts to lessen the rate of infection of COVID-19.


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“Right now we are going in the wrong direction,” Pollio said.

Jefferson County is currently in the orange category when it comes to COVID-19 cases. The Kentucky Department of Public Health recommends those in the orange or red category to continue remote learning.

Pollio would like to see the county get into

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