Idaho lawmakers approve $2.5 million cut to higher education

Idaho lawmakers found a solution to getting education budgets over the finish line: Cut $2.1 million from university budgets.

A new measure, House Bill 387, was negotiated among Republican lawmakers as they tried to quell fears from a faction of legislators over universities teaching about critical race theory and providing other social justice programs. The cut, along with a bill against critical race theory, helped garner enough votes in the House to approve education budgets.

Senators in a 25-8 vote on Tuesday supported the bill, which previously passed the House and will now need Gov. Brad Little’s signature. The

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Noem takes pledge to restore ‘patriotic education’ in schools

South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemNoem takes pledge to restore ‘patriotic education’ in schools Kansas GOP fails to override governor veto of transgender sports ban Overnight Energy: Dakota Access to ask Supreme Court to hear pipeline case | Biden admin sued over rejection of Mount Rushmore fireworks | Interior appoints first Native American chief of staff MORE (R) announced this week that she signed a pledge seeking to restore “patriotic education” while also attacking critical race theory at a time Republicans across the country have pushed legislation to ban teachings of the concept in schools.

Noem, who has

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Teachers: Thank you for inspiring students in their learning

At a glance:

  • We send a heartfelt “THANK YOU!” to all the teachers around the world for the incredible work you continue to do, finding new ways to engage and inspire students despite continuing challenges and uncertainty.
  • During remote and hybrid learning, teachers have innovated by integrating technology and learning to engage students. 82 percent of educators agree that this past year accelerated the pace at which technology has driven innovation in teaching and learning. 
  • As schools reimagine learning, several key elements are being brought together to form a holistic approach to learning: student centricity, skills focus, social learning, safety
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Rockwood teachers call for protection from harassment over diversity curriculum | Education

ST. LOUS COUNTY — Teachers in the Rockwood School District are calling on the School Board and Superintendent Mark Miles to protect them from “personal attacks and outright threats of violence” as the district grapples with backlash against its diversity and equity programs.

“All staff members should be able to perform their jobs in an environment of safety and mutual respect, without fear of harassment or threat,” reads a letter sent Saturday from the Rockwood National Education Association’s executive board.

Rockwood leaders need to address the “unhealthy and unproductive” environment in the district by clearing up misconceptions about diversity initiatives,

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Former Education Department boss argues against student loan forgiveness and free community college

An Education Department (ED) secretary during the George W. Bush administration said she was opposed to student debt cancellation and free community college because those policies would distort the value and price of post-secondary education credentials.

“We need to empower consumers with better information about how much they spend and what the value of it is in the marketplace,” former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said on Yahoo Finance Live (video above). “We need to reward families and students who make really prudent smart decisions by going to a community college, getting those couple of years under their belt and then

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Virtual learning is taking a toll on kids

In a small side office plastered with motivational posters, Katy Bova spent her morning like she often does: asking questions about capitalization, using her hands and arms to point out inflections in a sentence and discussing current events with a gaggle of restless seven-year-olds. 

Her second grade students, who attend Rhoades Elementary School in Wayne Township, moved quickly to imitate her, stretching their arms wide when they encountered a capital letter and squeezing their hands together at the lowercase ones.

But to see them, the teacher navigated between computers packed onto her desk, rearranging her students’ onscreen video tiles to

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