Month: April 2021

‘We were taken advantage of’

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  • Biden’s Education Department has canceled billions in student debt, but trillions remain outstanding.

  • Even if you qualify for relief, you may not know about it, or you could get a 0% rate of forgiveness.

  • Borrowers told Insider there’s a lack of clarity, and experts say much more needs to be done.

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Nearly 45 million people in the US have outstanding student-loan debt. That adds up to a $1.7 trillion problem.

President Joe Biden, who promised during his campaign to immediately tackle the crisis, has moved to do so

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Education leaders see need for improved Native American education in South Dakota

South Dakota educators who were part of a recent statewide panel say a new initiative regarding civics and history education proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem should increase the focus on teaching of Native American history and culture in the K-12 public school system.

In a panel discussion hosted by South Dakota News Watch on Wednesday, April 14, four experienced educators from across the state also said they want the South Dakota Civics and History Initiative to represent the good and the bad of the state’s history and to make social studies relevant to student lives by connecting classroom lessons to

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Two-fold increase in Covid-19 education clusters as of April 17

A Fire and Rescue personnel wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant at Sekolah Rendah Agama Kota Damansara 5 January 19, 2021. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

A Fire and Rescue personnel wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant at Sekolah Rendah Agama Kota Damansara 5 January 19, 2021. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba revealed that the ministry noted a two-fold increase in Covid-19 clusters from the education sector, as of April 17.

He said that 1,515 cumulative clusters were reported as of April 17, out of which 347 are active.

“The breakdown is as follows: 46.9 per cent of clusters were from workplaces, 28.1 per cent from the community, 18.8 per cent from education institutions,

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Philanthropists Abby and Todd Williams to receive 92nd Linz Award for contributions to Dallas education

Few people are as persuasive, effective and data-driven in the realm of service in North Texas as Abby and Todd Williams, the couple’s colleagues say.

Since the early 2000s, the two have founded a K-12 public school that primarily serves low-income families in northwest Dallas, have successfully advocated in the Texas Legislature for investments in education and have sponsored hundreds of scholarships to increase college accessibility for local students.

But the Williamses believe the spotlight shouldn’t be on them. It belongs on the teachers, principals, superintendents and educators who labor every day, they said.

“It’s funny to hear the words

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Kuching MP urges Education Ministry to close schools in Sarawak’s Covid-19 high-risk areas

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen during an interview with Malay Mail at Parliament August 25, 2020. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen during an interview with Malay Mail at Parliament August 25, 2020. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUCHING, April 18 — Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Dr Yii today urged the Ministry of Education (MoE) to close schools in high-risk areas in Sarawak, such as red and orange zones, for at least two weeks to help break the spread of Covid-19 infections.

He said during the period of school closure, the ministry should start coming up with a hybrid system, where classes are rotated on different days, thus reducing then number of students

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