Education leaders seek opportunities for students

      There was an air of optimism among about 100 local and state education, business and community leaders at The Marshall University Foundation Hall Thursday. The goals of those in attendance simply were to listen and be heard during The Education Alliance’s EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future event, where Interim Marshall President Gary White and West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano shared their perspectives about how to provide more educational opportunities for students in the Mountain State. It was the fourth in the EDTalks…

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Parents groups resume school disruptions after meeting Education Ministry chief

    Parents’ organizations plan to resume school disruptions throughout the country on Friday to protest overcrowded classrooms, following an unsuccessful meeting on Thursday with Education Ministry officials. The meeting between the forum of community parents’ committees and ministry director-general Michal Cohen was held at the request of Knesset Education Committee Chair MK Yakov Margi (Shas), in the wake of the nationwide protests the group has been leading to lower the number of students per classroom. At the meeting, which, at the Education Ministry’s request, was also attended by representatives…

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Vt. Lawmakers to Study Education

      The Vermont Legislature, following a fierce debate over education reform, is set to spend $300,000 for an “adequacy study” on the cost of public schools. The Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office is looking for an outside contractor it hopes will be able to tell policymakers how much it should cost to administer a decent education to students, Vermont Public Radio reported. This comes after Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law a bill that requires all school districts to have at least 900 students. It currently costs Vermont an…

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LBS chips in RM10,000 more for education pullout this year

      Realising the benefits of its NiE sponsorship to schoolchildren over the last three years, a property developer has decided to reinforce the exercise by increasing its contribution this year. The previous years saw sponsorships of RM50,000 each for the The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) programme. This time, it has upped its contribution for the educational pullouts to RM60,000. “NiE is a good programme. That’s why we are continuing our support,” said LBS managing director Tan Sri Lim Hock San, after handing a mock cheque to Star Media Group…

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City education officials unveil new science curriculum

      City education officials unveiled a new science curriculum Thursday to better prepare kids for the white-hot fields of science, technology, engineering and math — better known as STEM. The city’s updated science curriculum covers kindergarten through fifth grade, with lessons tied to new, national Common Core standards. “This new, cutting-edge curriculum will encourage students to explore, deeply understand and celebrate science — whether it’s in the classroom or at the beaches, parks and waterways around our city,” said city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. The new framework ranges…

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Prairie Spirit parents rally for education funding

      Dozens of parents and community members showed up outside Valley Manor School Thursday evening to call for more money for their children’s education. Children lined up on the school’s front lawn, holding signs saying, “Students First”, and “Why are we worth less than other kids?” The Prairie Spirit School Division said it’s being forced to axe dozens of positions, including vice principals, teacher librarians, division office employees, and educational associates. “There is going to be a lot less support in the schools,” rally organizer Amy Dopko explained….

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18 parents named education ambassadors

      Eighteen parents of Palm Springs Unified School District students recently received special “graduation” certificates during a ceremony celebrating their completion of the district’s first “Project 2 Inspire” program. Under the direction of the district’s parent coordinator, Ingrid Lin, the program consists of three levels of education aimed at developing school capacity to meaningfully engage parents in their children’s education with the goal of increasing their child’s academic achievement. “The program works with parents to increase their knowledge about schooling to ensure that they have vital information about…

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A valuable lesson in Gov. Scott Walker’s education record

      In a recent Iowa newspaper column, Gov. Scott Walker offered a Wisconsin state teacher’s story as evidence he’s earned top honors with his education policies. Readers in Wisconsin who have done their homework know the real lesson is Walker will say and do anything to get elected. First and foremost, the teacher he cited has asked the governor not to use her as an example. Walker ignored her, despite her assertion, reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “I am hurt that this story is being used to…

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5 Challenges Facing Education-Tech Startups

      Education technology is a super-fast growing industry. From content-management platforms to interactivity apps and everything in between, edtech startups are popping up frequently — and finding success. But getting started in edtech isn’t all that easy. There are serious challenges startups must overcome to be successful, as in any industry. Below are five challenges facing edtech startups and how they can be overcome: 1. The edtech industry has exploded. The growth is great because the industry is on everyone’s radar, but at the same time, it means edtech startups…

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Interim Supply bill tabled, includes funding for health, education and human services

      The NDP government has tabled Bill 3, the Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, to reverse cuts made by the Progressive Conservative government in the previous budget. The province said Bill 3 would fund day-to-day operations for the government between July 1 and November 30 – providing $15.4 billion. “The approval of this Act will provide the funds needed to continue the business of the province,” Finance Minister Joe Ceci said. “This government will reinvest in healthcare, education, advanced education and human services.” In addition, the legislation would reverse…

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