Duquesne University professor who used N-word in class video on paid leave, pending investigation

A Duquesne University professor who used the N-word in a class video is on paid leave, pending investigation, the university confirmed Friday evening. A university spokesman confirmed the faculty member in the video, Professor Gary Shank, is no longer teaching and another professor is taking over the course. The course was educational psychology, and it was held at 10-10:50 a.m. “As this is a personal matter, further specifics cannot be discussed, but another professor is taking over the course,” the university said in a statement. In a video shared on social media, the professor can be seen explaining how the word will be used in “the pedagogical sense.”He then gives examples of when that word was used when he was younger. The university said School of Education Dean Gretchen Generett sent the following letter to the students in the class within moments of learning about the incident: “I am writing … Read More

Unequal Education: Pandemic Widens Race, Class Gaps in U.S. Schools | Top News

YORK, Pa. (Reuters) – Natalie Cruz, 12, missed math and language arts instruction one recent morning because the school’s virtual interface would not load. Carlos, her 8-year-old brother, sat beside her at the kitchen table, studying with last year’s workbooks because the district had yet to supply him with a PC, weeks after instruction started online.

Across town, Zachary and Zeno Lentz, 5 and 9, were at their high-performing elementary schools, where they attend in-person on Tuesdays and Fridays. They learn remotely the other three days, assisted by their college-educated mother, a social worker who can do her job from home.

The Cruz and Lentz children are separated by just a few miles in York, Pennsylvania. But they are a world apart in educational opportunities, a gap education experts say has widened amid the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic.     

Belen Cruz, a single mother and nurse, is most worried about

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As universities reopen, no one has more uncertainty than this year’s freshman class

There’s the adventure of going off to college for the first time, that big, nerve-wracking step toward adulthood that some students have been preparing for their entire high school careers. And then there’s going off to college for the first time in 2020.

That is, if this year’s freshman class of students are even going off somewhere at all.

As universities in the Chicago area and around the country scramble to resume classes during the COVID-19 pandemic — be that with online coursework, students in class or a hybrid of both — they acknowledge they must plan in particular for this year’s freshman class, and figure out how to welcome new students with orientations that in past years would have included weeklong receptions, dorm move-in shindigs and get-to-know-you social events with fellow students.

A number of universities have not yet announced their plans for resuming. Recently, about 24% of American

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This 12-hour master class shows you how to make it big as a consultant

This 12-hour master class shows you how to make it big as a consultant
This 12-hour master class shows you how to make it big as a consultant

TL;DR: Learn to be your own boss with this online course for $49, a 95% savings as of Aug. 11.

Things are weird in the economy right now. Whether you’re working full time but feel completely stuck in a job you hate, or you’re unfortunately recently unemployed thanks to COVID, it’s hard to know what’s the best path forward for your career.

But sometimes when things get weird, you end up taking an unexpected road that’s all the better in the end. And for some, that road may include taking your career into your own hands by becoming a consultant.

The term “consultant” can mean a lot of things — everyone from designers to coders to business development professionals to electricians can partner with companies as consultants. In short, you provide a service and bill the

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Everything to know as students head back to class

As students head back to classes this fall – online, in-person or a hybrid of the two – millions of families are walking a tightrope, trying to balance safety with continued academic growth.

Most large public school districts have opted for fully online learning, but some have already returned to in-person classes and new cases of COVID-19 have already been reported at schools in Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. Colleges and universities, meanwhile, are increasingly altering earlier plans and opting for online fall semesters.

As the COVID-19 situation in the U.S. continues to evolve, we’re here to keep you updated on all the latest news and scientific developments. Check back for back-to-school resources, tips and tricks.

First, some resources: 

Can children get COVID-19?

Yes, children can catch COVID-19, but they are less likely to than adults. A study published in Science has shown that children under age 14 are between

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Class of 2020 leaves Maryland colleges to find uniquely bleak job market crushed by pandemic, recession

It’s a well-worn detour for college graduates — the art history major who waits tables while waiting for a “real” job at a museum, others who send out dozens of applications while in the meantime folding T-shirts at Gap or taking latte orders at Starbucks.

But the Class of 2020 is graduating into a uniquely bleak job market — in their chosen fields and even for those once reliable fallbacks. The coronavirus pandemic and the economic recession have employers across multiple industries shedding rather than adding staff.

“Nobody is hiring,” said University of Baltimore economist Richard Clinch. “Even in the Great Recession, you still had the possibility of getting a lower-skilled job. But now, retail and restaurants and entertainment are doing terribly and will continue to do terribly.”

One in five recent college graduates in their early 20s was jobless in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

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Back to school? Most major schools are heading toward online class as COVID-19 cases spike

As COVID-19 cases rise in most states, the prospect of in-person learning this fall at the country’s major school districts is becoming increasingly remote.

As of late Wednesday, 11 of the top 15 school systems by enrollment were already either planning to start the fall semester online or in a hybrid of in-person and online classes, according to Education Week magazine’s reopening tracker. Still other top districts have shifted school schedules later, hoping for cases to decline or for teachers and administrators to have more time to plan for the school year. 

As back-to-school season approaches, it’s highly likely the majority of big districts will start learning remotely while they work out plans for socially distant reopenings, said Annette Anderson, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools.

The biggest factor: whether the community where the school is located is seeing infection rates decrease, said Kristi

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Some schools will require COVID-19 waivers before students can return to class, sports

Some school districts are requiring parents to sign COVID-19 waivers before their children can attend in-person classes or participate in sports this fall.

School systems in Florida, Missouri and South Carolina have already introduced the documents, multiple news outlets reported.

In the St. Louis and Tampa areas, some schools are requiring waivers for students who choose to participate in athletics or other activities after school, KSDK and WTSP reported.

And outside of Charleston, South Carolina, the Berkeley County School District requires parents to sign a waiver if they want their children to attend classes on campus, according to WCSC.

Why do schools have waivers?

Across the country, schools closed their campuses last semester to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Several districts are now weighing whether to have in-person or online learning.

Some school leaders have said their districts added waivers to inform parents of the risks of returning

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TESD Has Plan In Works For In-school Or Online Class Option

TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP — Administration at Tredyffrin-Easttown School District is still hashing out learning options for the fall 2020 reopening of schools. TESD is working on ways to allow students to attend school in person, or to use a distance learning option. The district will make public a draft of the district’s reopening plan next week.

As required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, in response to the coronavirus emergency, the TESD Board of School Directors must approve a health and safety plan to reopen facilities.

TESD has slated the week of July 20 to present a draft of its reopening plan for student instruction and services this fall.

“Although there is still much uncertainty, if Chester County remains in the green phase or returns to the yellow phase, we plan to open T/E schools, but with significant modifications to accommodate safety and social distancing requirements,” said Richard Gusick, Superintendent of

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Barack and Michelle Obama Are Total Parents in Heartwarming “Dear Class of 2020” Speech

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have inspired not only students, but everyone tuning into the “Dear Class of 2020” virtual graduation.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, many high school and college students have had to adjust their graduation plans. But the former President and First Lady made YouTube’s live-streaming ceremony one to remember.

On Sunday, June 7, the Obamas gave people a sense of hope during their moving commencement speeches. The dynamic duo each shared individual messages, as well as one together, in order to encourage, empower and uplift those graduating this year.

“Hello everybody and congratulations to the class of 2020,” Barack began his joint speech with his wife in a pre-taped recording. 

“It’s a huge day for all of you,” Michelle said. “We couldn’t be more excited to be celebrating with you today… Now while you might not get the experience of sweating under your cap and

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