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Missing ISU student Matthew Listman found dead near creek in Normal

An Illinois State University student who was reported missing in Normal on Thursday night has been found dead near a creek. Authorities say no foul play is suspected. Matthew Listman, 21, was last seen around 10:15 p.m. Thursday near North Main Street and Orlando Avenue in Normal, authorities said. He was reported missing Friday. Listman’s body was found around 10 p.m. Friday near a creek area in the 900 block of North Main Street, near Fairview Park, just a few blocks south of where he was last seen, authorities said…

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Banks County Elementary School principal, teacher resign; assistant principal promoted

The Banks County Board of education held a called meeting Friday afternoon to discuss personnel matters. The meeting was precipitated by a myriad of social media posts and comments over the last few days alleging unethical conduct by staff at the elementary school. Dr. Mark Stroud gave the invocation that was quite telling about what the Board of Education had before them. “Lord, we ask you in difficult times and difficult moments to give us wisdom. Give us guidance and direction to try to make the very best decision that…

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Fights at Klein Forest High School spark community concerns

Activists said there were five fights during one school day recently. Klein ISD officials said the activists were “grandstanding.” KLEIN, Texas — Videos shared on social media are sparking concerns at Klein Forest High School. The videos show boys fighting boys in a bathroom and a girl-on-girl fight in what appears to be a common area. “This is a system for education and higher learning. This is not the fight club,” community activist Dr. Candice Matthews said. Community activists, including members of the League of United Latin American Citizens, said…

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Virginia school board votes to replace embattled superintendent after 6-year-old boy shoots teacher

The Newport News School Board on Wednesday voted to replace its embattled superintendent amid the continuing fallout from a 6-year-old boy shooting his first-grade teacher this month. The board voted 5-1 to remove George Parker III as the head of the district of about 26,500 students. His separation is effective Feb. 1, School Board Chair Lisa Surles-Law said. Parker was being removed “without cause,” Surles-Law said, adding that he was a “capable” leader whose removal was based on the “future trajectory and needs of our school division.” Michele Mitchell, executive…

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Edtech Veteran Tapped to Lead Groundbreaking Immersive Learning Venture

Josh Reibel served as the founding COO of Wireless Generation and President of Amplify Education; will now bring the power of cinematic storytelling and VR to K-12 and college classrooms as CEO of Dreamscape Learn  LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Dreamscape Learn, the joint venture between Dreamscape Immersive and Arizona State University (ASU), today announced the appointment of Josh Reibel as the company’s first chief executive officer. With decades of experience in education technology, Reibel will lead the nation’s most ambitious efforts to integrate VR into both K-12 and…

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EXTRA! EXTRA! AWARD-WINNING EDTECH STARTUP PRESSTO UTILIZES AI TO REVOLUTIONIZE WRITING INSTRUCTION

Teacher-centric Enhancements, Including Introduction of Real-Time View Technology, are Classroom Ready NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — EdTech startup Pressto is releasing unprecedented teacher-driven product enhancements, including the incorporation of unique AI capabilities, today at the Future of Education Technology Conference in New Orleans. The newly launched platform is classroom ready, with simplified tools for teachers making it easier than ever to engage with and teach students how to write, and seamlessly integrates with Google Classroom. Pressto provides the first real-time, personalized, formative feedback system, offering a one-on-one pedagogy that works…

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Florida teacher shortage is not a myth

When government faces a problem, the response often goes through three stages before its tackled. Step 1: Deny that the problem exists. It’s just a few noisy people lying to you for their selfish political interests. Step 2: The problem exists but not to the extent or for the reasons critics claimed. Step 3: The problem is real and we’ve been addressing it for some time despite the harping of critics. Florida now has a teacher shortage problem. And unsurprisingly, the state of Florida is in Stage 1 with one…

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Texas School Removed Teacher for Worksheet With Racial Slurs, Insults

A Texas teacher was “separated” from their school after distributing a worksheet with insults and slurs. The worksheet included words like “fat” and “ugly” as well as the N-word and the R-word, per KXXV-TV. It was distributed to a small class of seventh-graders with special learning requirements in Killeen, Texas. Loading Something is loading. Thanks for signing up! Access your favorite topics in a personalized feed while you’re on the go. download the app A Texas teacher was removed after distributing worksheets to special needs students replete with offensive insults…

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Texas Middle School Parts Ways With Teacher Who Assigned Racial Slur Worksheets

Rancier Middle School in Killeen, Texas. Rancier Middle School in Killeen, Texas. A middle school in Killeen, Texas, has parted ways with a teacher who assigned students worksheets with racial and other derogatory terms. In a letter to parents Thursday, the Killeen Independent School District said the now-former teacher, whose name has not been released, handed out “an appalling and extremely disturbing assignment.” The worksheets, which were passed around to about 10 students in a class at Rancier Middle School, included a “Trigger Words Scramble” that featured the N-word, as well as terms…

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Online education focus proposed for UW-Richland Center campus

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is proposing its smallest campus focus on online education starting next school year while the county that owns the campus buildings is considering other ideas, including legal action against the UW System. Debate about the future of UW-Platteville Richland is heating up as the campus’ 59 degree-seeking students return to classes next week. UW System President Jay Rothman announced just before Thanksgiving that the spring 2023 semester will be the campus’ last for in-person degree programs. He said low enrollment and financial pressure led him to…

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