Greenwich school board to receive audit update on special education

GREENWICH — A new audit of the special education services in the Greenwich Public Schools is underway, with a scheduled end date of June 2021.

At its Tuesday special meeting, the Board of Education will receive an update on the project, which started last month.

The Board of Education and the Greenwich Public Schools hired Public Consulting Group to conduct the audit at a cost of $98,000, a $30,000 increase on the original contract, which was recently amended. The project’s scope, after a request from Superintendent of Schools Toni Jones and the school board, has been widened to include a study of the creation of Individualized Education Plans for individual students and community feedback.

PCG comes to the project after parents and board members expressed concerns over the district’s original choice of an auditor, Tennessee-based education consultant Key2Ed. Detractors questioned the validity of the selection, noting that Key2Ed already had

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COVID-19 showed the need for workers to update skills

The launch of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s new School of Continuing Education comes at an important time in our province’s history.

logo, company name: Saskatchewan Polytechnic wants workers to better their skills during COVID-19.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic wants workers to better their skills during COVID-19.

Nearly every person and/or business in Saskatchewan has been affected by the disruption stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether this has meant a job loss or a scramble to find qualified employees, the pandemic accelerated a trend we have been witnessing for several years.

As my colleagues at Polytechnics Canada — a national association of Canada’s leading colleges, polytechnics and institutes of technology, which I chair — recently noted in a paper to the federal government on 2021 spending priorities: “Even before the pandemic, there was a need to retrain and upskill our mid-career workforce to keep up with changing skills requirements. In the post-pandemic recovery, rapid reskilling will become critical to ensuring we have the

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Maine Education Commissioner provides update as students return to classrooms

More Maine students are returning to the classroom. Their schools are set up much different from when they left half a year ago.

AUGUSTA, Maine — As students return to school, we’re hearing from the Maine Department of Education commissioner about how the start of the year has been going for schools statewide.

It seems for the most part in Maine students have been able to return to the classroom, some for more days a week than others.

Many districts are also utilizing a hybrid model of both in-person and online instruction.

We asked the Department of Education Commissioner, Pender Makin, about whether students will be allowed to switch to only learning from home if need be.

RELATED: Back to School: Every Maine school district’s reopening plan, organized by county

“In many school districts, many schools are offering fully remote options. Not all are able to or have the capacity

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Charlie Baker, school officials give update on education plans

Gov. Charlie Baker and education officials are giving an update after he defended a letter that the state’s top education official sent to 16 school districts, pushing them to come up with plans for in-person learning.

Charlie Baker wearing a suit and tie holding a flag: Gov. Charlie Baker with Commissioner Jefferey Riley on June 25, 2020

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Gov. Charlie Baker with Commissioner Jefferey Riley on June 25, 2020

Jeffrey Riley, commissioner of the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, sent the letter last week to districts in communities with a low rate of COVID-19 spread that have started the school year without any in-person classes.

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Last month, Baker’s administration set an “expectation” that communities with low levels of spread, as tracked on the state’s weekly map, would bring students in to classes at least part time.

“Local officials run their local schools, we understand that, but the state has an obligation to ensure that local officials are providing the best

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UPDATE 2-Pearson overcomes investor ire to hire new CEO with big pay packet

* 67% of votes cast back new CEO deal

* Approval needed for Bird to start on Oct 19 (Adds company comment)

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Shareholders in educational publisher Pearson sanctioned the appointment of former Disney executive Andy Bird as CEO on Friday, accepting the need for a multimillion-pound pay packet to secure his services.

The British company had to get the backing of shareholders to offer Bird a co-investment opportunity worth up to $9.3 million, a move it said was necessary to secure a “rare” talent whose experience fitted with Pearson’s requirements.

Of votes cast, 67% backed the move and Bird will take over as chief executive on Oct. 19.

“During this process, we have undertaken extensive engagement with our shareholders, in which Andy has been recognised as an outstanding candidate,” Sidney Taurel, Chair of Pearson, said.

Although Bird does not have direct experience in education, he

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