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Oakwood University uses CARES Act money to help community through students

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – One of Governor Ivey’s CARES Act allocations was a $72 million check towards higher education.

Oakwood University in Huntsville received $1.4 million of those funds. Oakwood University President Dr. Leslie Pollard said they were fortunate to be one of the schools that received a larger grant.

Pollard assigned three of his top administrators to apply the funds in Oakwood’s main areas of need, including technology, cyber technology, and community engagement.

The money for community engagement, Pollard said, will be used for a Community Health Clinic to help not only students to learn, but help community members as well.

“And of course education for them around health, around health preservation, around health maintenance, around healthy dieting and healthy eating, all of the things that they can do to actually help protect themselves against the virus,” Pollard said.

Pollard said this new endeavor is going to take community engagement

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How to get your remote learning act together for fall

Kids aren’t the only ones dreading another semester of online classes.

Parents have pretty much been struggling with adjusting to the “new normal” of online school during the pandemic era. While you’re on a conference call for work in your dining room, your kids are engaging in a 30-person Zoom session in the next room. Are you prepared for the next few months of chaos? Probably not, but we’re here to help you through round two. 

USA TODAY consulted with four homeschooling experts to help parents transform their home into a more ideal classroom environment. What can you buy to optimize your kid’s academic performance? How can you help them through this experience? Scroll through to see what tips and tricks can help you get your remote learning act together for kids of all ages. 

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Patricia Heaton shares 5 tips for creating a second act after raising kids

Patricia Heaton played the role of TV mom on sitcoms for nearly 20 years as Debra Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” followed by Frankie Heck on “The Middle.” Off camera during that time, she was busy being a real-life mom, raising four sons while balancing a demanding career.

Once “The Middle” wrapped in 2018, Heaton found some down time, but she also became an empty nester. With a quiet house and empty calendar, she reflected on some of the things she had placed on hold while building a family.

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“So many of us have had to make sacrifices in order to be there for our kids and to raise our kids, and they’re sacrifices that most of us have happily made,” Heaton told TODAY Parents. “We didn’t want to be anywhere else. We didn’t

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Former education secretary on “balancing act” of school reopening

The CDC is expected to release “additional reference documents” about reopening schools safely after President Trump criticized the original guidance as “tough” and “expensive.” Despite the ongoing controversy, former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said it will be the states and local communities making the ultimate decision. 

“They’re the people who are paying the bills,” Spellings said on “CBS This Morning” Thursday. “I think parents are looking to their local officials to understand the needs of that community and that balancing act, and be a party to those decisions.” 

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump has been pressuring state and local officials to open schools in the fall despite surging coronavirus cases, including threats to withhold funding from school systems that are not fully reopened. 

Spellings, who is also CEO of nonprofit Texas 2036, said there was “no way” for the president to withhold funding that Congress had already appropriated for schools,

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