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A trillion dollars is a lot of money – a one with 12 zeros after it. That’s where Australia’s debt will peak. To put it in perspective, when the Liberals launched their “debt truck” scare campaign in 2009, they did so with the figure “$315 billion” emblazoned on the side – one-third of the level of projected peak debt under the Coalition today. So what does Australia get from that spending? The economy came into this crisis from a position of weakness. Last year, productivity went backwards, investment was in the doldrums, wage growth was among the slowest on record. We had problems in retail and a downturn in construction. That means we need to have big aspirations. When Curtin and Chifley sat down at the end of World War II to rebuild the economy, they didn’t take a “back to

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Humanities degrees set to double in price as Senate passes higher education bill

The Senate has passed contentious laws that will dramatically increase the cost of some university degrees, while cutting the cost of others.

Under the changes, the cost of a social sciences degree will more than double, while nursing, mathematics and teaching degrees will become cheaper.

The laws also remove government support for students who fail too many courses.

The cost of degrees will change due to a major shake-up of how much the Commonwealth will pay for students’ degrees.

Education Minister Dan Tehan says the changes will give students cost incentives to study subjects that will prepare them for fields where jobs are needed.

“The … legislation will provide more university places for Australian students, make it cheaper to study in areas of expected job growth and provide more funding and support to regional students and universities,” he said earlier in the week.

The changes were passed by the Government

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Lester B. Pearson School Board elections set for Nov. 1

Editor’s note: The scheduled Nov. 1 school board elections in the English school system are being postponed because of the pandemic, Premier François Legault announced Wednesday.

a man standing on a sidewalk: Chris Eustace, a retired teacher, is running again to become chairman of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

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Chris Eustace, a retired teacher, is running again to become chairman of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.


Two former teachers are vying to become the next chair of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

But the comparisons end there for Judy Kelley and Chris Eustace, the candidates in the Nov. 1 school board election.

While Kelley is a strong proponent of the current school board structure, Eustace favours the Coalition Avenir Québec’s plan, under Bill 40, to scrap school boards and replace them with service centres.

Eustace, who taught at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School for 34 years, also ran for the chair position in 2014 but lost to incumbent Suanne Stein Day , who later resigned under a

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This Mom Set Up Cubicles For Her Kids in Online School

As many families are adjusting to the everyday struggle of virtual learning, it seems parents are getting more and more creative with their homeschool setups. While some are opting to transform their kitchen tables into mini classroom spaces, one mom in Arizona cleverly set up cubicles in her living room to keep her talkative kids from getting distracted while studying. Shared by her oldest daughter Jaala James on TikTok, the 18-year-old, along with five of her siblings, sit in a cubicle cluster during their school days.

After initially posting a video revealing her mom had bought six cubicles for her and her siblings, Jaala gave a “cubicle tour” by popular demand, where she showed off each of her siblings’ decorated workspaces and the couches the family had stacked up to make room for the desks. She told BuzzFeed that while all of her siblings are “super talkative” and “cannot stop

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New Reptile Zoo and Education Center Set to Open In Enfield

ENFIELD, CT — If it crawls, slithers or hisses, chances are you’ll find it at a unique zoo and learning center soon to open in the South Road plaza: Riverside Reptiles Education Center. The first business of its kind in town is slated to open to the public Oct. 10.

Over 50 species of amphibians and reptiles will be on display in the Exhibit Gallery, including an 8-foot alligator, venomous snakes, various types of turtles and a variety of lizards.

Owner Brian Kleinman has always had a fascination for animals, with a special soft spot for the “creepy crawlies,” he recently said in a newsletter for the White Memorial Conservation Center. With an educational background in biology, he began to achieve his dream of educating others about the animals he loves. He has worked at a variety of zoos and educational centers, including the Roaring Brook Nature Center and the

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Orange Schools set for possible return to in-person learning; decision expected soon

PEPPER PIKE, Ohio — The Orange City School District continues to prepare for a possible return to in-person learning — via a hybrid model — on Oct. 19, Superintendent Lynn Campbell told the Orange Board of Education Tuesday (Sept. 29).

In a Sept. 23 email to Orange Schools families, Campbell said that if COVID-19 data trends continue in Cuyahoga County — per the county Board of Health’s guidelines — the district is on track to implement its hybrid model on Oct. 19.

The decision is expected to be made after updated data from the county is released on Thursday (Oct. 1). If the county’s status has not elevated to red (Level 3) or purple (Level 4) on the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System, parents would likely be notified by Monday (Oct. 5) of the return to in-person learning, Campbell said.

Cuyahoga County has been at Level 2 (orange) on

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Newburgh teacher voices health concerns with hybrid learning set to start in October

A Newburgh school teacher expressed concern about COVID-19 Monday with hybrid learning set to start next month.

Janiana Barham-Middleton is a special-education teacher at Newburgh Free Academy. Barham-Middleton says the student population at the school is largely Latino and African American–two groups with the highest rate of infection in New York and nationwide.

“This has hit their communities so incredibly hard,” says Barham-Middleton. “There are families–whole families–that have been lost as a result of this.”

Barham-Middleton says there are other staff members who are also worried about returning to in-person instruction.

So far, four school districts in Orange County have reported positive COVID-19 cases. Valley Central is the latest district to report a positive case. The county is also reporting a slight uptick in its infection rate.

Barham-Middlton is urging the Newburgh School District to

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Focus on health, education, roads, Edo people set agenda for Obaseki

Focus on health, school, roads, Edo people set agenda for Obaseki

By Ozioruva Aliu

AS Governor Godwin Obaseki prepares to round up his first term by November 12th and begin his second term, a cross-section of Edo people want him to focus on health, education, and road construction.

They lauded the EdoBEST initiative which trained primary school teachers on modern techniques of teaching and created the capacity for proper monitoring of teachers’ adherence to duties but they want the government to take it to the next level of employing more teachers in secondary schools.

Also, they want him to make health services affordable for them which services have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A retired principal in Anglican Grammar School, Igarra, Akoko-Edo lamented the dearth of teachers in the school. He said: “I am an old boy of Anglican Grammar School, Igarra. As at the last check, the only government staff in the school is the principal, the few others

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