June 15, 2021

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State education board votes for return to full in-person learning this fall

With vaccines widely available for children 12 years and older, state education officials signaled their support Wednesday for a return to a full in-person school year this fall.

The Illinois State Board of Education approved a resolution Wednesday that “all schools must resume fully in-person learning for all student attendance days.”

Schools also would be required to make remote instruction available for students not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and who are under a quarantine order by local or state health authorities.

Illinois law currently allows school districts to provide individual students remote learning or to create blended programs combining

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Colleges, universities should require full vaccination for fall

Last week, Washington State University became the first big public school in the state to announce it will require students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, though with exceptions. The state’s other universities should follow suit to ensure campuses are credibly safe.

At WSU, everyone should get the vaccine by the fall. The school will allow exemptions for medical need, religious belief or personal conviction. That last category means someone needs only to say, “I don’t want to get a shot.” While the policy is not a mandate but more of a strong suggestion, it is still a

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Pennsylvania woman leaves career to serve veterans full time

Christy Lucas spent 17 years as an educator before leaving her career to serve veterans in her community in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She said she felt a calling to devote herself to those who have served the country — so she launched her charity, Roots for Boots

“I always had a giving heart and always just wanted to help people, and I think it just comes natural,” Lucas said.

Roots for Boots hosts a monthly food drive at the Hanover VFW, which initially served just eight veterans in need. Now, there are almost 90 veterans and it takes dozens of

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Julian Edelman’s retirement marks end of career defined by ‘full throttle’ approach

Edelman took more hellacious hits than someone his size — let’s call him 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds, though even that may be an exaggeration — should seemingly be able to take. But his ability to bounce back up made fans, media and teammates marvel at Edelman’s willingness to keep making plays, snap after snap, week after week and year after year.

“Part of me is not amazed anymore because that is who he is, but then you kind of take that for granted. I don’t think you can take a guy like Julian for granted,” said Patriots special teams captain

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To provide a full education, NC should boost teachers and staff

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Third graders Ana Toller, left, and D’Ki Watson, right, get help on a math problem from their teacher Yvonne Gayton, center, at Fox Road Elementary School in North Raleigh on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.

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It takes a whole village to raise a child.

This ubiquitous proverb is true. Our children learn and grow in classrooms and in schools, neighborhoods and communities. The latter offer children different social and economic realities. These realities are structurally inequitable, and impact students’ academic achievement and well-being – their physical, social, emotional and behavioral health. The results: major and persistent gaps in

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