Education Commissioner Seeks Full In-Person Return Despite Rising COVID Cases

State education officials say their information shows local students aren’t catching COVID-19 in schools; that’s part of their plea to parents urging them to allow their kids to return to the classroom amid the pandemic.

While the state experiences an uptick in cases, Connecticut’s Department of Education reports that less than one percent of the K-12 student body has tested positive for COVID-19 since many students went back to in-person learning for the fall.

“The evidence so far suggests that the cases that schools are reporting to us may really be originating from activities that happen outside of school rather than transmission within the school, so we’re really not hearing from [the state Dept. of Public Health] that transmission is happening in our schools,” said Ajit Gopalakrishnan, CSDE’s chief performance officer.

Reporting as of October 7 shows that since schools began hosting students on August 27, 421 students – along

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Sponsored: After successful Legislative tenure, Kevin Pearson seeks new opportunity on Public Service Commission | Sponsored: Kevin Pearson

Editor’s Note

This article is paid for by Kevin Pearson, candidate for the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

Throughout his life, Kevin Pearson has been active in his community. He was president of the Slidell Rotary Club and a board member of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center and Leadership Northshore. But he had never truly considered politics until 2007.

That year, Pearson’s daughter was a high school senior who had her eye on attending LSU. Pearson was proud, but he knew Louisiana ranked at the bottom of most national lists that ranked education, the economy and quality of life.

“I just kept thinking that my daughter was going to go to LSU, get a degree and then move to Texas to get a job,” Pearson recalled. “We were seeing it time and time again. We provide a good education, then that person moves to

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Group seeks to inform homeowners approached by Valero for buy-out

Organizers say the meeting is to inform residents about how to negotiate the sale of their home to the refinery.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — A Port Arthur environmental advocacy group is holding a town hall meeting Thursday evening to educate west Port Arthur residents who may be approached to sell their homes to a refinery in the neighborhood.

Several residents near the southeast corner of the Valero Port Arthur Refinery on the west side of the city have been approached or received letters from Valero expressing interest in buying their property according to John Beard, Jr. of the Port Arthur Community Action Network.

Beard’s group will be holding a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday evening about the “buy-out” offers in the neighborhood at the Westside Center at 601 W. Ransom Howard Street.

The meeting is to inform residents about how to negotiate the sale of their home to

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PIL in SC seeks guidelines regarding online virtual classes

New Delhi [India], September 28 (ANI): A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Union of India (UOI) to issue comprehensive guidelines with respect to online virtual classes through video conferencing among children as there could be a threat to them exposed to obnoxious materials available on the internet.
The petition was filed by Dr Nand Kishore Garg, through his lawyer, Shashank Deo Sudhi.
The petitioner claimed that the small children are exposed to obnoxious materials available on the internet and countless open websites which have a serious bearing on all-rounded growth and development of the children.
Sudhi sought a direction that the respondents be ordered immediately to discontinue the online classes until the formulation of comprehensive guidelines for hosting of online classes in a completely encrypted and safeguarded manner.
He also further sought that the guidelines should have a proper

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BAU programme seeks to change attitude towards future of higher education in Jordan

(MENAFN – Jordan Times) AMMAN — In response to the rapid changes in Jordan and the world, Al Balqa Applied University (BAU) is preparing to launch the Bridging, Permeability and Professional Certification (BPPC) programme as of next year, a programme that allows a wide cohort of youth from vocational training backgrounds and community colleges to continue their undergraduate and postgraduate education. 

Modern day challenges, as stated by BAU, include increased enrollments in higher education, evolving needs of local, regional and international markets and an increased number of unemployed youth and job seekers in Jordan.

BAU’s President Abdullah Zu’bi said in remarks to The Jordan Times that on one hand, statistics indicate that Jordan has high unemployment rates, which negatively impact its future development, but on the other hand, the Kingdom has an increasing demand for skilled workers and technicians in the market.

Jordan is home to over 800,000 foreign labourers,

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