Gov. Newsom Gets Strong Support Among Voters For Handling Education

At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has completely upended education at all levels, the majority of California voters support Gov. Gavin Newsom’s handling of education issues, according to a just-released EdSource survey.

An even higher proportion support his position on requiring distance learning for counties with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections.

These are among the key findings of an EdSource representative poll of 834 registered voters, conducted online between Aug. 29 and Sept. 7 by the FM3 Research polling firm. The poll was underwritten with support from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation and the Stuart Foundation.

According to the poll, some 54 percent approve of Newsom’s handling of education, while 39 percent disapprove. Parents give Newsom slightly lower ratings, and in fact appear to be divided on their level of support, with 49 percent expressing approval and 47 percent disapproval.

Higher-income voters are most positive

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Washington-area schools inch toward reopening plans, stirring strong emotions among parents, teachers and students

And in Virginia, Loudoun County Public Schools, Arlington Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools — representing nearly 230,000 students combined — decided this week to proceed with plans that will return several thousand children to school buildings starting in October. All three school systems are prioritizing returning students with disabilities, English-language learners and very young children.

Meanwhile Maryland’s largest school system, in Montgomery County, also took a first step toward in-person learning Friday evening, giving its labor unions a required 45-day notice. Superintendent Jack R. Smith said in a joint letter with union leaders that the notice did not mean in-person learning would begin in 45 days, but rather that it would open the way for bargaining and planning for an eventual return.

The goal is to phase in small groups of students for on-campus instruction during the first semester if health conditions permit, said spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala. She

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Tamil Nadu makes strong pitch for digital-first higher education | Chennai News

CHENNAI: The directorate of medical examination is planning a completely online single-window counselling for undergraduate medical courses — including choice selection and seat allotment — for 2020 admissions to reduce chances of a Covid-19 spread.
Officials in the state selection committee have been doing dummy runs for the process over the past few days, health secretary J Radhakrishnan said. “We don’t want aspirants to travel long distances for the sake of counselling. The committee was able to carry out single window counselling successfully for postgraduate students earlier this year. The software is now being upgraded and tested for the MBBS course,” he said.
Unlike the PG programme, where students have to lock colleges and courses of choice, the application process is simpler for UG students as they only have to choose colleges. The state is expecting about 35,000- 40,000 applicants for MBBS admission to 41 medical colleges – 26 state-run
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