Education is Not Up for Debate

Virtual town-hall will feature celebrities, educators and more to address education inequality and student mental health

What you need to know:

  • Citizen Verizon Assembly: Education is Not Up for Debate brings together Yara Shahidi, Gabrielle Union, Soledad O’Brien, professors, politicians and business leaders for an urgent debate on today’s education system, with a look to the future

  • Verizon Innovative Learning has expanded VIL school data plans to 30GB

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On Wednesday, September 23, Verizon will host the second Citizen Verizon Assembly, Education is Not Up for Debate, for a timely discussion about the education system, covering remote learning, inequality and mental health as Verizon continues to convene advocates, activists, and nonprofit and business leaders to address the most pressing global economic, environmental and social issues. The event can be watched LIVE at 6PM ET on Yahoo Life, Yahoo Home and

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After months of debate, education bills likely dead in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Tuesday for a super sized two-week special session, but the bills that dominated discussion and time over the past two years likely will be ignored and left to die.

The House passed a massive education overhaul bill in March 2019, and the Senate passed its own version after eight weeks of debate on March 4, 2020.

The first COVID-19 case in South Carolina was reported two days later, eventually grinding the legislative session and much of society to a halt and assuring that the kind of back-and-forth lawmakers need to hash out differences complex bills wasn’t going to happen before the two-year session ends when lawmakers adjourn this special session.

“It’s still not wise to get large groups of people together and yell at each other,” said Senate Education Committee Chairman Greg Hembree.

The Horry County Republican

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Thai students seeking reforms debate education minister

Round 2 of a dialogue between Thailand’s education minister and high school students seeking radical reforms has taken place with a robust though mostly polite exchange of views but no resolution

BANGKOK — Round 2 of a dialogue between Thailand’s education minister and high school students seeking radical reforms took place Saturday, with a robust though mostly polite exchange of views but no resolution.

What had been billed by the students as a debate with Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan was a rare example of an open conversation between a senior politician and the younger generation that is not seen much in Thai society.

The students, who have dubbed their group Bad Students in self-mocking humor, are demanding an end to harassment for their activities, abolition of outmoded draconian regulations and total reform of the educational system.

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Spotsylvania supervisors debate funding for school laptops | Education

School officials consider the laptop expenses to be COVID-19 related, but instead of using a share of federal funding, they are now forced to ask supervisors for county money to cover the cost.

County schools were awarded $2.385 million in federal CARES funds. Private schools in the county were given nearly $133,000 of that funding.

According to a School Board presentation, the school system plans to use its CARES funds to help cover just more than $2 million preparing schools and buses, while $250,000 is slated to help with staff child care and $100,000 is set aside for “internal services.”

Baker said the school system provided 2,000 laptops to students for distance learning at the end of last school year, but said more students will need the devices.

He and other officials also told supervisors of the School Board’s plan to use bonds to provide Chromebook laptops for all students.

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