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Texas must maintain higher education and K-12 funding to tap billions in federal aid for public schools

Updated at 5:23 p.m. with a statement from the Texas Education Agency.

Texas must keep funding steady for both K-12 public schools and state institutions of higher education to tap billions in federal pandemic aid, new Department of Education guidance clarified Monday.

The state’s top budget writers were hesitant to spend about $18 billion in the federal money as they waited weeks for answers on what was required. The department’s clarification noted that the state must maintain funding levels or seek a waiver.

State leaders have not yet indicated how they will respond. Texas Education Agency officials said they were

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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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Florida education commissioner wants schools to end mask mandate for next school year

Florida’s Education Commissioner sent a letter to school districts asking them to make face masks voluntary next school year.  

In the letter, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran wrote, “The data shows us that districts’ face covering policies do not impact the spread of the virus.” 

The letter goes on to say that masks are a personal decision in the classroom and that they serve no good remaining in

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SC Gov. McMaster spends $10.5M, mostly for charter schools

South Carolina’s charter schools will get another infusion of money to help keep up with student enrollment growth.

On Wednesday, Gov. Henry McMaster’s office announced the Columbia Republican will spend $9 million out of his federal discretionary COVID-19 education account on charter school growth and $1.5 million for the state’s Department of Commerce to help with workforce development.

“For South Carolina to continue its unprecedented economic growth we must continue to invest in our young people,” McMaster said in a statement late Wednesday. “These grants will do just that by providing additional opportunity for our children to go

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Teacher Certification — What’s Wrong with Our Education Schools?

A teacher, wearing a protecive face mask, teaches to schoolchildren in France. April 2, 2021. (Stephane Mahe/Reuters)

The way we train teachers (most of them, anyway), has long been a problem. Writers including Rita Kramer, Thomas Sowell, and Heather Mac Donald have argued that what students learn in the education-school courses they must take to become certified is a waste of time, or worse. “Progressive” educational fads prevail. Knowledge is sneered at. Mac Donald entitled one of her essays “Anything But Knowledge.”

Another ed school critic is Professor Lucien Ellington of the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga and in today’s

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