Education commissioner leans on 16 remote-only school districts – News – Wicked Local

BOSTON — The Baker administration has left school reopening plans up to local officials but the state education commissioner is now asking 16 districts to lay out plans for when they will bring students back into the classrooms, citing a “stark discrepancy” between their reopening models and local public health metrics.

Education Commissioner Jeff Riley on Friday night wrote to officials in the districts that are offering remote-only instruction and have COVID-19 transmission rates that fall into the lowest risk categories in the state’s color-coded assessment system — Amesbury, Bourne, Boxford, East Longmeadow, Gardner, Pittsfield, Provincetown, West Springfield, Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public, Hoosac Valley Regional, Gill-Montague, Mohawk Trail, Mohawk Trail/Hawlemont, Manchester Essex Regional, Belmont and Watertown.

He asked for more information about their fall reopening plans and gave them 10 calendar days to respond.

“In light of the stark discrepancy between local public health data and your reopening

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DVIDS – News – NUWC Division Newport chief technology officer wins National Defense Industrial Association Bronze Medal


NEWPORT, R.I. — Dr. Jason Gomez, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport’s chief technology officer, was recently selected as the 2020 National Defense Industrial Association Bronze Medal winner, an annual award that recognizes outstanding individual achievements in science or engineering in the field of undersea warfare.

Gomez, a resident of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, began his 28-year career at Division Newport in 1992 as a mechanical engineer. While working with the fleet, he managed the Contender Program, a $290 million program for the Strategic Capabilities Office, which will transition into the heavyweight torpedo program of record to deliver both long-range anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare capabilities. He managed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Underwater Express program and successfully developed the world’s fastest electric underwater vehicle and the first controlled supercavitating vehicle in the U.S. This success led to the Blue Wolf program, where his work enabled significant

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Society for Science & the Public President & CEO and Publisher, Science News, Receives 2020 National Science Board Public Service Award

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Society for Science & the Public today announced that the National Science Board (NSB), the governing body of the National Science Foundation, has awarded Maya Ajmera with the 2020 Public Service Award. Ajmera is President and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News.

NSB is recognizing Ajmera for “inspiring generations of young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators through the Society for Science & the Public, a non-profit organization best known for its world class science research competitions, award winning science journalism, and expansive outreach and equity programs.”

The Public Service Award is presented to individuals and groups each year that have contributed substantially to increasing public understanding of science and engineering.

Ajmera has helped to transform the nearly 100-year-old Society, strengthening the Society’s science research competitions. She spearheaded

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High school equivalency test fees covered by CARES Act funding | Indiana News

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will provide local adult education programs reimbursement for test fees for students who take the high school equivalency through Dec. 30, according to Marilyn Pitzulo, associate chief adult education, of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, in a news release today.

To qualify, students must be Indiana residents, currently enrolled in an adult education program, and have successful scores on a practice exam.

Funding is through the CARES Act and will cover up to $95 for the exam at test centers.

Local adult education personnel believe that additional funding will be a boost. At Indianapolis’ Wayne Township adult education, Christy McIntyre-Gray, program coordinator, is hopeful they will be able to increase the number of high school equivalencies.

“Many of our career training programs require the HSE (high school equivalency) such as medical and dental assisting and sterile processing as well as some CDL and computer training programs,”

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Harvard Kennedy School Students Reiterate Calls for Need-Based Financial Aid System | News

During the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Harvard Kennedy School students advocated for need-based financial aid and more financial support from the administration. Months later, they say the administration’s response remains insufficient.

In May, the Kennedy School Student Government sent a proposal outlining the necessity of need-based grants for full-time degree programs to HKS Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf.

The proposal stated that the school should “incorporate applicants’ financial need assessment at an earlier state” in its admissions process to ensure socioeconomic diversity within the school. It also recommended that the school fund need-based scholarships with class gift funds, factor in need when distributing merit-based scholarships, create a need-specific fundraising system, and form a need-based scholarship program.

Currently, the school awards merit-based fellowships and scholarships after an assessment from the admissions committee, according to the school’s website.

HKS student Diego A. Garcia Blum said many students are facing financial hardships as

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NYSUT files lawsuit against state over school funding cuts | News

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York State United Teachers announced it filed a lawsuit against the state over reductions in state school aid for districts across New York, seeking the release of money withheld in July, August and September and an injunction against future withholding of or delayed school funding payments.

The lawsuit filed in Albany County Supreme Court challenges the constitutionality of the unilateral executive budgetary powers provided for the state Division of Budget as part of this year’s state budget process. The union alleges that those unconstitutional powers have led to cuts that deprive students of their right to a sound basic education under the state Constitution.

The suit points to the fact that some school districts have no more local resources to tap and are dependent on state funding. In such districts, a 20 percent cut “could be catastrophic, and certainly would lead to a ‘gross and glaring

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State education boss leans on 16 remote-only school districts, including Gardner – News – telegram.com

The Baker administration has left school reopening plans up to local officials but the state education commissioner is now asking 16 districts to lay out plans for when they will bring students back into the classrooms, citing a “stark discrepancy” between their reopening models and local public health metrics.

 

Education Commissioner Jeff Riley on Friday night wrote to officials in the districts that are offering remote-only instruction and have COVID-19 transmission rates that fall into the lowest risk categories in the state’s color-coded assessment system — Amesbury, Bourne, Boxford, East Longmeadow, Gardner, Pittsfield, Provincetown, West Springfield, Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public, Hoosac Valley Regional, Gill-Montague, Mohawk Trail, Mohawk Trail/Hawlemont, Manchester Essex Regional, Belmont and Watertown.

 

He asked for more information about their fall reopening plans and gave them 10 calendar days to respond.

 

“In light of the stark discrepancy between local public health data and your reopening plan, I

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Teachers’ union files suit against state over school funding – News

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is among those named as defendants in a lawsuit from the New York State United Teachers.(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The New York State United Teachers, the state’s largest union, filed suit Tuesday against the state government over reductions in aid given to school districts. It specifically is seeking the release of funds withheld in July, August and September.

The suit said that the 20 percent cut in state aid, which amounts to over $5 billion, in the 2020-2021 state budget was “unconstitutional, illegal, and a violation of the separation and distribution of powers under the New York State Constitution.”

It alleges that Gov. Cuomo’s budget created powers for the state budget director to “unilaterally withhold appropriated state aid to localities based on budget imbalances attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.” The suit points out that the state budget director, Robert F. Mujica, is an unelected appointee of

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Trump Says He Will Create Commission to Promote ‘Patriotic’ Education | National News

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced that he would soon sign an executive order to create a “National Commission to Promote Patriotic Education” in a speech that was heavily focused on politics that seemed directed at his conservative base supporters.

He said it will be called “The 1776 Commission” and “encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history.”

Trump’s speech from the White House History Conference at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., focused on bashing “The 1619 Project,” which is a New York Times project aimed at reframing “the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” Earlier this month he threatened to withhold federal funding for public schools in California that incorporated the 1619 Project into the history curriculum.

The president slammed the project and likened the teaching of

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GUEST ESSAY/DONALD MELVILLE: Prayer vs. science, politics and Mother Earth – News – MPNnow

Can there be any denying that humans, like the bushy-tailed eastern ground squirrel, are disposed to foolhardiness? And when there’s an element of risk involved, doesn’t sanity come into question? I could quote several stylish examples of insanity, but those young risk-takers standing frighteningly close to the crumbling, weathered edge of the mile-high outcroppings along the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, the heels of their Nikes in perfect alignment with the canyon’s precipitous decline, they take the cake. Standing heel-and-toe with fate, these wild-eyed exhibitionists risk it all for a selfie.

Psychology is as much a settled science as is the Ouija board. Determining what’s solid ground and what’s over-the-edge is not an absolute science. Ray Bradbury, best known for his highly imaginative short stories and novels, says “Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.” Vague? Maybe. But who can pinpoint where light ends and

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