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9 ways to expand computer science equity in high school

Black, Latinx and Native American students are less likely to attend a school where computer science is taught

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Almost half of U.S. high schools now teach at least one computer science course. That means, however, students at a majority of high schools don’t have access to computer science, according to a new report.

And Black, Latinx and Native American students are less likely to attend a school where computer science is taught, according to “State of Computer Science Education: Illuminating Disparities” by Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance.

Students from rural areas and economically disadvantaged backgrounds are also less likely to have a chance to take computer science.

Students in these underrepresented groups are also less likely than are white and Asian American teeens to attend a school that offers an advanced placement computer science course or to an

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Here’s How Mineola’s Public School District Ranks In NY: Niche

MINEOLA, NY — The Mineola Union Free School District is the 135th best school district in New York, according to a new report.

Niche, a school search platform that ranks K-12 schools and colleges, last week released its “best schools” rankings for 2021. Oyster Bay-East Norwich ranked 135th out of 674 districts.


Mineola Union Free School District Rankings In New York

  • Overall: 135
  • Best places to teach: 130
  • Districts with the best teachers: 130
  • Safety: 133
  • Diversity: 108

The Jericho Union Free School District was ranked the best school district in the state, followed by Great Neck Public Schools and the Scarsdale Union Free School District.

Niche ranked Mineola High School, which earned an overall B+ grade, the 297th best high school out of 1,244 in the state.

Stuyvesant High School was named the top public school in the state. Staten Island Technical High School and Bronx High School

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Pittsburgh-Area School Districts Use Technology To Help Students Learn In New Ways

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Teaching remotely is a big challenge, but many local school districts are taking advantage of new technology.

Teachers at Pine-Richland schools wear wireless microphones and use tracking cameras, document cameras and interactive display boards with mounted cameras so students both in school and at home can see the same things.

In the Elizabeth Forward and Avonworth school districts, teachers are using Gizmos virtual science labs, which allows students to manipulate the variables and work together.



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Elizabeth Forward Middle School eighth-grader Joseph Maksin grew virtual plants.

“You got to pick what type of plant you were using, how much soil, the amount of sun it was getting, how much water it was getting, and it would show a time-lapse of how it was growing,” said Maksin.

His pre-biology teacher at Elizabeth Forward Middle School, Rachel Lintelman, said, “I liked

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Forbes School of Business & Technology Welcomes Dr. V. Brooks Dunbar to Master of Business Administration Advisory Committee

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SAN DIEGO, Oct. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Forbes School of Business & Technology (FSBT) at Ashford University is pleased to announce that Dr. V. Brooks Dunbar, CEO and founder of the Center for Confidence, has joined the Master of Business Administration (MBA) advisory committee.

Dr. Dunbar is an author, speaker, conversationalist, confidence coach, and executive leadership coach. As well as being the founder, Dr. Dunbar is the lead coach at the Center for Confidence, LLC, which provides executive and leadership coaching and other niche coaching services to individuals and organizations. The Center is also a recertification provider for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Among her professional accomplishments, Dr. Dunbar created the Center for Confidence’s Discover Your Confidence Zones, a personal audit system designed to help individuals unleash

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the parents in England refusing to send their children back to school

Schools are losing touch with some of the most vulnerable families across England during the pandemic, as the threat of truancy fines leads parents to de-register their children, with many feeling abandoned and isolated.



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The government has said that parents who do not send their children back to school should face the usual penalties for non-attendance. But, although ministers say missing school would put “a huge dent in children’s life chances”, some families with members suffering from serious health conditions say it is not worth the risk. With headteachers saying they cannot authorise their absences because of the government’s policy, they face fines of between £60 and £2,500 for each parent.

Some heads are demanding letters from doctors to prove families’ health vulnerabilities, causing confusion as GPs say it is not their job to intervene. Education Otherwise, which supports home educators, says

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Video: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Alumni Speak in Support of Merit Lottery Plan

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See below for video of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (“TJ”) alumni speaking in support of the TJ Merit Lottery Plan. For some background on this issue, see As People Across America Protest Racial Inequity, #1 Public High School in the Country (“TJ” in Fairfax, VA) Just Admitted ZERO African Americans [UPDATED]; Thomas Jefferson High School Alumni Action Group Endorses Merit Lottery System for “TJ” Admissions;Loudoun County School Board Sends Letter to Fairfax County School Board Expressing Concerns Over Changes to “TJ” Admissions Process; Audio: VA Secretary of Education Atif Qarni Argues for Changes in Admissions to Governor’s Schools to Increase Diversity; Says “It will only make these schools better”; WaPo Allows Torrent of Racist Comments in Article on Blacks, Latinos Being Underrepresented at Thomas Jefferson HS; etc.

Basically, the argument is that admissions to “TJ” should be based not on the “singular skill…of test taking”

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School bond and mill levy override

Ballot measure 4A, also called the Debt-Free Schools ballot initiative, seeks to invest in personnel across Denver Public Schools, specifically by increasing wages for hourly workers, offering a cost-of-living raise for teachers, and adding mental health professionals and nurses. The measure would be funded by an increase in property taxes; that increase is based on the “assessed value” of each property. If approved, the district estimates property taxes will increase about $51 annually, or $4.25 per month, for a home valued at $465,000.

The case for: Proponents of the measure see it as an investment in Denver children. By contributing funds to hiring and increasing pay for teachers, school staff and mental health professionals, the district believes every student can receive a high-quality education and receive the social-emotional support they need to navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

The case against: Opponents argue that now, in the midst of a pandemic that

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Three New York Counties Partner with Verra Mobility to Implement School Bus Stop Arm Safety Camera Programs

Enforcement set to begin in Broome, Oneida and Orange Counties in 2021

Verra Mobility (NASDAQ: VRRM), a global leader in smart transportation, announced that it has been awarded multi-year contracts with three New York counties to deploy CrossingGuard™, an automated stop arm photo enforcement solution that enhances safety by reducing the number of vehicles that illegally pass a school bus as children enter and exit.

The recently awarded contracts include Broome County, Oneida County, and Orange County. Combined, these counties account for a total of 44 school districts, approximately 135,500 students and thousands of school buses.

The announcement comes as Verra Mobility continues its ongoing commitment to support school safety in the state. By the end of 2020, Verra Mobility is on track to have more than 1,000 school zone speed safety cameras installed in New York City, one of the largest safety camera programs in the country.

The need

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