School funding falls far short of leveling the playing field for CT students

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Smalley Academy in New Britain, where the overwhelming majority of students are Latino and Black students. The district is also one of the most underfunded districts in the state and lowest-achieving.

The state’s school funding formula is failing to bridge the divide between what rich and poor towns can afford to spend on educating their students. To close these yawning disparities, the state needs to spend anywhere from an additional $338 million to $1.7 billion more a year.

These are the conclusions of a trio of analyses on how the state funds its schools. Those studies – by the New England Public Policy Center, the School and State Finance Project, and the Rutgers Graduate School of Education – were provided to the CT Mirror this week.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Public Policy Center pegged the annual cost of closing this gap at between $940 million

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Northwestern University students, senior citizens hold monthly science talks

Olga Ricketts-Peart is not what she calls a “science person.” But she loves science anyway.

The 77-year-old has been attending “Science with Seniors,” a program offered at the Levy Senior Center in Evanston that’s gone online in the past few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The third Thursday of each month, graduate students from Northwestern University meet virtually with seniors from the Levy Center for lectures on science and technology, topics that range from sleep to solar cells.

“It’s a good, brief overview on how these topics affect their lives as adults and seniors,” says Tim Carter, program coordinator of the Levy Center. “And it’s a good way for the Northwestern students to reach out and share what they have learned about their studies.”

The idea for the program came from Suyog Padgaonkar, a chemistry student working on a doctorate at Northwestern. When Padgaonkar started at the university in

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$85,000 Cleveland Foundation Grant Will Fund Virtual Internship Program Pilot To Teach Students Remote Workforce Skills

Lakeland Community College has received an $85,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation to develop and pilot a unique virtual internship program.

With remote work capabilities now the norm for many people, the college wants to prepare its students entering today’s workforce with internship experiences that include the ability to do remote work.

Typically, students get their introduction to real-world work environments through on-site internships. But because of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses closed their offices and shifted to remote work which resulted in no internship opportunities throughout the past months for students. Now that work-from-home has been implemented on such a large scale, employers are willing to explore how to best bring interns into the fold.

“We are very grateful for this Cleveland Foundation grant to help move our students’ education forward. Engaging students in experiential learning of all kinds is critical as they move from students

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New Haven to reopen classrooms for some special education students


NEW HAVEN — The school district will reopen 11 special education classrooms for in-person learning despite the rest of the buildings remaining closed for the first 10 weeks of the semester.

The Board of Education’s vote to allow schools to reopen for 11 special education classrooms is a step toward loosening its directive to keep schools closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Director of Student Services Typhanie Jackson appealed to the board for the change as the state mandates specific evaluations for special education students and the state Department of Education has not granted waivers, so

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UoM to start skill development courses for rural students | Mysuru News

Mysuru: The University of Mysore will launch skill development courses in government first grade colleges in Hassan and Chamarajanagar that were shifted to other districts by the state higher education department citing students’ strength.
Recently, the state government had announced plans of shifting six government first grade colleges with less than 100 students, to other districts. As part of the decision, Terakanambi Government FGC in Gundlupet taluk in Chamarajanagar was shifted to Kudachi in Belagavi district and Hethur Government FGC in Sakleshpura taluk in Hassan was shifted to Hebbal in Bengaluru.
In order to help students in these colleges to continue their education, the state admitted them to other colleges in the district.
Following a protest by the students of Terakanambi over shifting of their college to Belagavi, deputy chief minister and higher education minister CN Ashwath Narayana Gowda has directed the University of Mysore authorities to start skill-oriented courses
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The Science Zone teaches Idea Lab students STEM and art with 3D printers

CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – The new three-dimensional printer at the science zone roars to life making a cat that can hold a teabag. This is the second printer The Science Zone has. An educator says the possibilities are endless.



a desktop computer sitting on top of a desk: The Science Zone debuts it's Snapmaker 2


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The Science Zone debuts it’s Snapmaker 2

“Kids are working on a Dungeons and Dragons campaign and printing miniatures and terrain,” said Darcie Gudger, the Idea Lab educator and coordinator.

She adds they hope to print chess pieces next.

Their new machine is called Snapmaker two which can 3D print, burn wood and engrave with a laser. This technology is used in lots of different fields.

“Educators use it because you can print educational materials or games and puzzles,” Gudger said.

She wants to use this technology to give students lots of creative freedom.

“I have one student that’s interested in 3D printing model

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Alum starts ‘Career Coaching Company’ to help students in the job hunt

A side angle photo of a MacBook Air with the screen displaying the landing page of the website www.careercoachingcomapny.com. The page reads the words “Land Your Dream Job” in white text and the background is a photo of the Empire State Building and many other lit up buildings during sunset. The company’s logo is in the top right corner and the top is the menu bar including eight tabs including some that read “About,” “Services” and “Contact.”
After seeing the need for advice and direction for undergraduate students going through the job recruitment process during a pandemic, alum A.J. Eckstein wanted to help out where he could. In April, he started the Career Coaching Company to help students score competitive jobs. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan)

A.J. Eckstein lived his college dream: he secured several internships with Fortune 500 companies and had a coveted post-graduation job lined up with Accenture. When the coronavirus spiraled the economy into a downfall and unemployment rates skyrocketed, Eckstein’s plans luckily stayed the same. 

But in that time, Eckstein noticed many of his peers didn’t have the same fortune. Dedicated to creating opportunities for students navigating the uncharted waters of job recruitment amid the pandemic, Eckstein started the Career Coaching Company in April. Through resume building and behavioral coaching, Eckstein hopes to provide support for students in need. In just the past

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Less than one-third of Catholic school students opt for online class, data shows

Cynthia Springer divided the main floor of her Edmonton home into three separate classrooms as her children began online classes through Edmonton Catholic Schools this month.

In a normal year, the kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 5 students would be spending their days at Monsignor William Irwin Catholic School in Terwillegar.

Instead, Springer, who worked as a teacher before switching to being a stay-at-home parent, circulates among her three children throughout the day, checking on how class is going and running breaks and lunchtimes.

While it can be a bit hectic balancing competing demands, she said it’s the best option for her family.

“I just thought it was easier for us,” she said. “It’s uncertain right now, what’s going to happen. It’s safer for us to be at home.”

Springer said another factor was that her son has mild asthma.

“All three of my kids catch every sickness that goes

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New Hampshire’s School Funding System Fails Students, Taxpayers: Report

By GARRY RAYNO, InDepthNH.org

CONCORD, NH — The state’s current system is inequitable for both students and taxpayers, according to a recent report discussed Thursday by the New Hampshire Commission to Study School Funding.

The report by the American Institutes for Research found what many proponents of changing the current system have maintained: the education students receive in New Hampshire depends on where they live and that poorer communities pay higher tax rates for less educational resources resulting in lower student outcomes.

“New Hampshire’s current system of funding is not working for large segments of New Hampshire’s students and taxpayers. Specifically, communities with higher poverty rates and lower property wealth are doubly penalized under New Hampshire’s current system,” the report concluded. “Students in these communities, on average, receive fewer resources in the form of funding than students in wealthier communities.”

Commission chairman Rep. David Luneau, D-Hopkinton, said the findings “point

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Zscaler and New York University Teach Cloud Security Expertise to Cybersecurity Master’s Students

Partnership with Tandon School of Engineering Giving Students Hands-on Experience in SASE and Zero Trust through Zscaler Certifications

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zscaler, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZS), the leader in cloud security, today announced a new partnership with New York University Tandon School of Engineering and their prestigious Master of Science in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy. The partnership will allow Master’s candidates to gain practical, first-hand knowledge of secure access service edge (SASE) and zero trust best practices using the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange through courses that teach Zscaler Internet Access (ZIA) and Zscaler Private Access (ZPA).

Gartner predicted there would be a global shortage of two million cybersecurity professionals by the end of 2019 and that the COVID-19 pandemic has further escalated the problem. NYU is leading the way to equip students for the real world of cybersecurity by offering progressive curriculum

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