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Idaho Senate passes early childhood learning grant

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Idaho’s state flag hangs in the Statehouse rotunda Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 in Boise.

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A sharply divided Senate approved a federal early education grant — sending the idea back to an equally split House of Representatives.

Monday’s 18-17 Senate vote reflected the Statehouse split on the early education proposal, which would allow the State Board of Education and the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children to collaborate on a three-year, $6 million-per-year grant rollout.

Supporters again said the grant would allow local communities to come up with their own plans to better prepare kids for

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Proposal to give Legislature final say on state K-12 education policies dies in Senate | Education

The full West Virginia Senate, by the time the regular legislative session ended Saturday night, never took action on a proposed constitutional amendment that would have let lawmakers amend and reject state Board of Education policies.

Among other things, the state school board’s policies set what students must learn, how they can be disciplined, what specifically is required to become a teacher, and how charter schools are regulated.

Had the full Legislature passed House Joint Resolution 1, the proposed state constitutional amendment would have been put on the ballot in an upcoming election. If approved by voters, the Legislature would

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Senate confirms Miguel Cardona as Biden’s education secretary

WASHINGTON – The Senate confirmed Miguel Cardona as President Joe Biden’s education secretary Monday.

Cardona, confirmed in a 64-33 vote, will oversee an Education Department that employs thousands and has an annual budget of more than $60 billion. He would also oversee the agency’s $1.5 trillion student loan portfolio.

He takes the helm of American schooling at a fraught time as many schools have kept their doors closed to in-person teaching as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Debates about reopening K-12 classrooms have pitted teachers, administrators, school boards and parents against each other. Colleges are bleeding money. Student debt

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Senate confirms Cardona as Biden’s education secretary

The Senate voted Monday to confirm Miguel Cardona as education secretary, clearing his way to lead President Joe Biden’s effort to reopen the nation’s schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Cardona, 45, a former public school teacher who went on to become Connecticut’s education chief, was approved on a 64-33 vote.

He takes charge of the Education Department amid mounting tension between Americans who believe students can safely return to the classroom now, and others who say the risks are still too great.

Although his position carries limited authority to force schools to reopen, Cardona will be asked to play a

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Robert Jackson Defends NY Senate Seat

UPTOWN, MANHATTAN — Democrats living in Manhattan’s 31st state senate district — which stretches from Hudson Yards to Marble Hill — will head to the polls on June 23 to cast their ballot in this year’s primary race.

On the ballot will be incumbent state Sen. Robert Jackson, who has held the seat since 2019, and Tirso Santiago Pina, a challenger from Washington Heights and also ran against Jackson in 2018.

Jackson, who also lives in Washington Heights, currently chairs the Cities Committee and is a member of the Education, Higher Education, Labor, Civil Service and Pensions, New York City

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