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Holcomb names 1st education secretary | Local

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb tapped Katie Jenner as the state’s first secretary of education Thursday.

The position is transitioning from an elected superintendent of public instruction post.

“This is an incredibly important time for education in Indiana. Dr. Katie Jenner has focused her entire career on investing in students, teachers and staff, and she will continue to build the relationships needed to move our state forward in constructive ways,” Holcomb said. “As Indiana’s secretary of education, Dr. Jenner’s certification, work at nearly every level of education and her remarkable depth of experience will lead our state into this exciting

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Oklahoma’s State Board of Education begs local school leaders to mandate masks

Board talks about issues in 10-hour meeting board addressing masking, Epic 

  • Robby Korth

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education again passed a motion further encouraging but not requiring school districts to mandate masks in their classrooms.

Citing an explosion of cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks, board members passed the resolution

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Utah House District 59 race focused on education | Local Elections

Education is at the focus of the race between Republican Orem Rep. Val Peterson and United Utah Party candidate Catherine Eslinger to represent Utah House District 59.

“I think that we have teacher retention problems because we ask our teachers to do so much with really limited resources,” Eslinger, a Vineyard resident who previously served as a Utah chapter co-lead for the nonpartisan Mormon Women for Ethical Government and who has spent years on Capitol Hill advocating for various policies, said in an interview Tuesday. “And so I would like to get more funding and resources to our teachers and

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Local Education Unions Claim Higher Numbers Of Coronavirus Cases In W.Va. Schools

A coalition of education union members from across the state claim that COVID-19 cases in West Virginia public schools are higher than what is being reported by the state Department of Education.

Members of the West Virginia United Caucus, which includes the state chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, the West Virginia Education Association, and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association, held a press conference Tuesday night over Zoom and Facebook Live to release numbers from their Covid Tracking.

The group claims that since schools opened Sept. 8, there have been at least 149 cases of the coronavirus

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Cox, Peterson clash over education funding during Utah governor debate | Local Elections

Utah gubernatorial candidates Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Chris Peterson both pledged that they would oppose a food tax increase if the Utah State Legislature proposed one but clashed with one another on the subject of education funding during a debate Tuesday evening.

During the debate, which was hosted by the Utah Debate Commission, Cox — the Republican candidate — said he was opposed to a sales tax increase lawmakers passed in December that would have increased the state tax on food products from 1.75% to 4.85%. Lawmakers repealed the tax reform bill following widespread public opposition.

“I thought it

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