Category: Education Center

U.S. school closures dramatically shrinking public education, Reuters finds

By M.B. Pell, Kristina Cooke and Benjamin Lesser

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jennifer Panditaratne’s third-grade daughter had been seeing a reading specialist once a week before her Florida school closed abruptly in March due to the novel coronavirus.

Since then, her child has had no contact with the specialist. Panditaratne is left to download her daughter’s special education material and sit with her as she does her school work—in between her own calls as a maritime lawyer in South Florida.

“Is it the same material? Sure,” she said. “But is it being administered by a professional who knows what they

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Suffolk Rally Planned Against Cuomo’s ‘Re-imagine Education’

EAST SETAUKET, NY — Teachers, parents and politicians are set to rally against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Re-imagining Education Initiative” Saturday afternoon in East Setauket. The event is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Kohl’s Shopping Center, located at 5000 Nesconset Highway.

The group is advocating to have K to 12 school children safely return to buildings “for the free and appropriate education they are entitled to, in September,” a spokesman said.

Cuomo unveiled a plan to “re-imagine” learning with a focus on virtual learning and technology, saying earlier in May there is a “need” to do so.


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Drive-In Movies Return To Ridgefield

RIDGEFIELD, CT — While the crippling effect the coronavirus will have on the economy has yet to be fully measured, the glass-half-full crowd has already begun to tally the business sectors which stand to benefit from the pandemic. Videoconferencing, remote education, virtual reality, telemedicine (or tele-anything, really) are all among the cutting-edge businesses having cash hurled at them by investors who couldn’t even spell “Zoom” three months ago.

Basking in a retro-neon glow amidst all the new shiny movers taking our money to keep us apart, and enjoying renewed popularity across the country, are drive-in movie theaters. And Billy

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Temple Sees Largest Fullbright Scholar Class Ever

PHILADELPHIA — Sixteen Temple students and recent graduates have been named recipients of prestigious U.S. Fulbright grants for 2020 and 2021.

This year’s largest-ever class of “Fulbrighters” tops the previous annual record of 10 grantees, set twice consecutively in 2018–2019 and 2017–2018.

“Our new record-breaking cohort of Fulbright awardees and the dramatic increase we’ve seen in recent years speaks to the evolution of our program at Temple,” said Barbara Gorka, director of scholar development and fellowship advising, who assists students throughout the application process. “Each year, as more students see their peers being selected, it fuels their aspirations and inspires

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Should the Oscars Recognize Films That Are Streaming Only?

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As Hollywood adjusts to the coronavirus pandemic, a number of film distributors have chosen to scrap their theatrical release plans and launch certain titles on streaming services instead. That raised the question of whether those movies, such as “Trolls World Tour” or “Capone” or “The King of Staten Island,” would be eligible for Academy Awards. They now will be — at least, for this year. Variety chief film critics Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge discuss whether relaxing the rules is a good thing.

Owen Gleiberman: Well, Peter, the Oscars have now embraced streaming.

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