These southwest IL school districts received grants to help them close digital divide

More than $5 million went to school districts in southwestern Illinois to help close the digital divide as students continue to learn remotely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education announced more than $80 million in grants to 471 local education agencies Monday. The money comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and can be used for devices, including chromebooks, and to address connectivity issues with WiFi. The funds can also be applied to purchases made since March.

Nearly 92% of Illinois students started the school year with some form of remote learning, whether through a full-time remote model or a hybrid model that includes both in-person and remote learning components.

A total of 52 local education agencies — which includes school districts, state-authorized charter schools, university lab schools and alternative and safe school

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Stocks Close Higher Amid Plan to Resume Stimulus Talks, Weak Jobs Data

Stocks ended modestly higher in choppy trading Thursday amid disappointing jobless numbers and word from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that he planned to resume fiscal-stimulus talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 52 points, or 0.2%, to 26,815, the S&P 500 was up 0.3% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 0.37%.


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The Dow was up as much as 1.2% and down as much as 0.8% on Thursday.

Goldman Sachs led the DJIA higher, closing up 4.8% at $195.11. UBS analyst Brennan Hawken upgraded the investment bank to buy from neutral and raised his share-price target to $245 from $220.

Apple finished up 1% and Tesla tacked on almost 2%.

Mnuchin told a Senate Banking Committee hearing Thursday that a targeted pandemic relief package was “still needed,” Bloomberg reported.


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New education ‘hubs’ for Deaf children needed to replace social spaces lost when specialist schools close

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New dedicated hubs for Deaf children are needed around the country to provide new social spaces, education and support, an expert has said.

Special schools for Deaf children have had an important role in the Deaf community, acting as places people can meet and learn BSL together. But the move to inclusive education and new technology such as cochlear implants means most children with hearing loss are now educated in mainstream schools.

Deaf education should be remodeled to replace the role previously provided by specialist schools which have closed, Dr. Hannah Anglin-Jaffe argues in a study in the British Education Research Journal.

Dr. Anglin-Jaffe proposes Deaf education and support could be run in the same way as existing community provision in schools and other social spaces such as libraries or community centers. These hubs could act as a new iteration of the special school for

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British supermarket Waitrose to close four stores; 124 jobs at risk

LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – British supermarket chain Waitrose, part of the employee-owned John Lewis Partnership , plans to close four stores in December because it cannot make them profitable, it said on Wednesday.

The stores are in Caldicot, Wales; Ipswich Corn Exchange, eastern England; and Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton in central England. The Wolverhampton store is being sold to market leader Tesco.

Waitrose said 124 employees, or partners as it calls them, face the risk of redundancy, while 140 workers in the Wolverhampton store will transfer to Tesco.

“Sadly, we have not been able to find a way to make these shops profitable in the long-term,” said Bérangère Michel, the partnership’s executive director of customer service.

The Waitrose closures follow a July announcement from the partnership’s department stores arm that it would close eight stores, putting 1,300 jobs at risk.

After the closures, Waitrose will trade from 331 stores –

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Tech and Philanthropic Leaders Launch Million Girls Moonshot to Close the Gender Gap in STEM

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have joined STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to launch the Million Girls Moonshot. The effort is designed to engage one million school-age girls in the U.S. in STEM learning opportunities over the next five years. The organizations will provide grant funding and in-kind resources to Mott-funded afterschool networks in all 50 states to increase access to hands-on, immersive STEM learning experiences.

“When my father, Robert Noyce, and Gordon Moore founded Intel, they built upon the experiences of their youth, where they had opportunities to build, invent, engineer and experiment. These hands-on experiences gave them a sense of initiative, perseverance and a belief that they could create revolutionary new technologies,” said Dr. Penny Noyce, founding board chair, STEM Next Opportunity Fund. “The Million Girls Moonshot will help girls from diverse backgrounds develop

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Pizza Hut to close 29 restaurants putting 450 jobs at risk

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Pizza Hut has confirmed a list of 29 sites up for closure as part of a rescue deal which could lead to the loss of 450 jobs.

Sites in Cambridge, Leicester, Sheffield and Stratford, east London, are all at risk as the group considers cutting about 10% of its 244 outlets.

The main UK franchisee of the US-owned business is also seeking to cut rents, asking landlords to base payment demands on turnover at each outlet, under a restructuring deal called a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

The CVA, which was confirmed on Friday, does not affect the Pizza Hut delivery business, which is separately owned. Landlords and other creditors will have to approve the deal in the coming weeks.

Pizza Hut Restaurants said: “We are doing everything we can to redeploy our team members from our Pizza Hut Restaurants locations that are

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Close Three CPS Schools In Exchange For A New School?

When residents in North Lawndale sat down a few years to devise a quality of life plan for the impoverished neighborhood, one thing on the top of their list was a brand-new school with a focus on math, science and technology.

But then reality hit. Community groups were told by Chicago Public Schools officials that the existing elementary schools – all of them severely under-enrolled with few a couple hundred students each– were sucking up all the resources, said Betty Allen-Green, a co-chair of the Lawndale Community Action Council, an advisory board convened by the school district.

Now, these groups say they want the school district to strike a deal with them. They say they are willing to see three elementary schools close, but in exchange, they want a state-of-the-art school. They want to call it the North Lawndale STEAM Partnership Academy.

Allen-Green said she and others know that closing

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US stocks stage huge comeback, still close lower in volatile post-jobs-report session

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  • US stocks ended Friday lower, even after the August jobs report showed strong job additions and a better-than-expected unemployment rate.
  • Major indexes were dragged lower by their most heavily weighted tech stocks for a second straight day.
  • Megacap tech names like Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet led declines.
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US stocks closed lower to cap off a volatile session. Major indexes dove shortly after the market open, only to stage a sharp recovery in the afternoon before drifting lower once to end the day.

The losses came amid reports that the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank was responsible for buying market-moving chunks of megacap tech stocks over the past several months. Names like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google were among the biggest drags on major indexes Friday.

Traders also weighed the August jobs report. The US added 1.37 million jobs in

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