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The News launches Education Lab to deepen coverage of our schools and explore solutions to persistent challenges

Rarely has there been a more critical time to provide in-depth coverage of our schools.

A global health crisis and social justice movement have brought the deep inequities and challenges that have long plagued education to the forefront of community conversations.

Finding solutions to those issues that help lead to better outcomes for all children is critical to the future of North Texas.

That’s why The Dallas Morning News is launching the new Education Lab, a community-funded journalism initiative aimed at not only expanding our coverage of the most pressing issues in education but also deepening the conversations we have with students, parents and educators.

The Education Lab will build on The News’ longstanding commitment to quality journalism. We will report on pressing issues such as how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting students’ access to opportunities; how well schools are preparing tomorrow’s workforce; and how state funding challenges are affecting

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Dollywood invites homeschoolers to explore, learn in the park as pandemic continues

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Going back to school can be a bummer, but not if you’re exploring the outdoors at Dollywood.

The amusement park has opened its 160-acre classroom to students during its annual Homeschool Days through Sept. 21. Participating homeschoolers and accompanying adults can get discounted tickets for the event, the company says in a press statement.

The special ticket event is expected to be a resource for parents who have opted to homeschool during the coronavirus pandemic. Dollywood has taken more than 700 steps to make the park safer and slow the spread of the virus. Everyone in the park must follow Dollywood’s Play Safe plan to comply with COVID-19 precautions. 

Making learning fun 

There’s no limit to what you can learn during Homeschool Days and a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. 

Students will study the principles of physics while riding rollercoasters, the law of conservation of momentum

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Austin Workshop To Explore Coronavirus-Spurred Financial Aid

AUSTIN, TX — The City of Austin Economic Development Department and the U.S. Small Business Administration San Antonio District Office on Friday announced an upcoming, free virtual workshop on federal financial resources for businesses, non-profits, and self-employed individuals impacted by thecoronavirus pandemic.

Topics will include recent revisions to the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, along with an opportunity to ask questions on program eligibility. The hour-long virtual workshop is scheduled for Thursday, July 23, at 3 p.m.

“A recent survey we commissioned with the Austin Chamber showed that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have severe financial impacts for many small businesses and self-employed individuals in our city,” Veronica Briseño, chief economic recovery officer for the City of Austin, said in a prepared statement. “That is why we asked the federal Small Business Administration to host this virtual workshop. We want to make sure our local

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Explore the city’s cultural offerings from afar.

This article is from Thrillist

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Even when the lights are out on Broadway, NYC is still the cultural capital of the world. Lucky for those of us stuck at home, the city’s greatest artists and curators have moved quickly to bring New York’s unparalleled cultural offerings online.
 
When you need a break from WFH (or when you’re just bored of waiting for your new pigeon BFF to flap past your window), take some time to explore the city’s new socially distant art experiences. Whether you want to spend an afternoon lost in the Met, watch a Broadway show from the best seats in the house, or listen to a poet perform a personalized reading just for you — we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to explore art in NYC. And if you can, please consider donating to the city’s cultural institutions. They need us now more than

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