Connecticut Becomes One Of The First States To Pass A Law Requiring Schools To Teach About Climate Change

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Due to a recently passed legislation, Connecticut will take its place among the first states in the United States to require the education of its students about climate change.

It is currently required that the curriculum of all public schools in the state of Connecticut contain an explanation of how the climate is changing and how people are directly responsible for this change, as well as an explanation of how this shift will harm populations, what is being done to avoid it, and how much each of these things costs. Following that, the pupils will be examined on it as a component of the ongoing exams.

Even if the action is almost unheard of in the United States, it won’t truly have that much of an effect on the state. According to the Connecticut Mirror, a local newspaper, over ninety percent of public schools currently include lessons on climate change as part of their curricula. However, the other public schools have until July 2023 to bring their lessons in line with the scientific consensus.

The law had support from members of both the Democratic Party and the Republicans, resulting in its passage with a vote count of 31 to 8.

Only twenty states and the District of Columbia have, as of right now, embraced the Next Generation Scientific Standards (NGSS), which define the minimum degree of scientific literacy that children should possess. Reports indicate that certain schools in the state of Texas have refused to even use the terms “climate change,” despite the fact that other states, such as Texas, have remained reluctant to implementing these requirements.

United Kingdom: As Energy Costs Skyrocket, One College Becomes First To Adopt A Four-Day School Week

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In response to rising energy prices, a college became the first institution in Britain to implement a four-day school week.

South Essex College, which has locations in Basildon, Southend, and Thurrock, has revealed that it intends to shut down its classes every Friday in an effort to save expenses in response to recent increases in those expenses.

The institution, which offers classes to students ranging in age from 14 all the way up to undergraduates and adults, said that students will continue to get the same amount of hours of face-to-face instruction, with sessions taking place between Monday and Thursday.

According to the report, students who work from home on Fridays would be encouraged to engage in “independent study,” while instructors would be allowed to utilize the day to catch up on marking and administrative tasks.

Kanye West Founds Donda Academy, A Private Christian School

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Kanye West has opened a new private Christian school. It is called the Donda Academy.

“Prepare students to become the next generation of leaders,” is what the school’s website says the objective is, and it will be accomplished via “an ethic of integrity and care.”

The institution has Christian roots and is a private prep school with a location in Simi Valley, California.

Students will reportedly take part in “full school worship,” “core classes in language arts, math, and science,” “lunch and recess,” and “enrichment classes like world language, visual art, film, choir, and parkour.”

Two people who did not want to be named told Rolling Stone that families who want to enroll their children at Donda Academy have to sign an agreement not to talk about the school.

Donda Academy’s organizational details and pedagogical philosophy remain unknown at this time.

Los Angeles: George Clooney Opens A New Film And Television High School

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In the midst of a week in which schools throughout the nation welcomed their first students, George Clooney inaugurated a film school in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The Roybal School of Film and Television Production Magnet in downtown Los Angeles was officially opened on Wednesday with the participation of the 61-year-old actor and director.

During the opening of the school, he was joined at the event by fellow actors and members of the Roybal Advisory Board Don Cheadle and Mindy Kaling.

On Wednesday, for the occasion, Clooney wore a light blue polo shirt and a navy blue polo shirt. He also wore light blue pants.

George Clooney made a joke about how the public doesn’t often associate actors with education when speaking during the event. If you look at me, you automatically think, “Oh, he’s just the best Batman of all-time.”

At the launch, he also gave an interview to ET, in which he discussed his thoughts on the significance of establishing this school in Los Angeles and why he felt it was so necessary.

‘We’re excited about this. We feel like there’s a real opportunity here, and it’s something that I think we missed in our industry, and I think it’s something that it’s pretty obvious what the solution is — and it’s starting earlier,’ he said. ‘I just felt like, if you see a hole, you try to fill it, and this is one that it just seemed like — I was in London, and we were staffing up, and because it’s been a very busy time in the industry, it’s hard to find crew, and we need to do a lot better about inclusivity,’ he mentioned.

When asked whether he would really teach a lesson at the magnet school, Clooney said that he would most surely be dropping by. “Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m gonna come in. And listen, this is below-the-line guys, right? So, I’m not really gonna come in and talk about directing or acting, but I can come in and sit down with the kids when they’re editing and stuff like that, so, something like that,’ Clooney explained.

The Los Angeles Unified School District and the Roybal School of Film and Television Production Magnet collaborated in June to make the first announcement on the former (LAUSD).

Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov collaborated with Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner, Don Cheadle, Mindy Kaling, and other individuals like Kerry Washington, Nicole Avant, Eva Longoria, the owners of Working Title Films, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Co-Chairman Bryan Lourd to establish the school.

The school is referred to as “a specialized academy” situated inside the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center, and it will give “Los Angeles Unified teachers with access to famous storytellers, along with industry leaders and experts,” as well as “assist students with a rigorous academic education and practical training, creating a clear road to good-paying careers.”

Cardi B Donates $100,000 To Her Alma School In The Bronx

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Cardi B, a popular rapper, recently gave her alma mater in the Bronx a generous donation of one hundred thousand dollars. This came as a major surprise to both the students and the teachers.

At I.S. 232, the rapper joined New York City Schools Chancellor David Banks and K. Bain, creator and executive director of Community Capacity Development, to surprise kids and staff members as part of the celebration of the opening of the new school year.

Cardi B made an uplifting speech in which she discussed the significance of her public school education to her life as well as the significance of putting in a lot of effort while still in school in order to accomplish your goals.

After that, she surprised Principal Desiree Resto with a contribution of one hundred thousand dollars.

Following the completion of the announcement, Cardi B took part in a question and answer session with the students and also posed for a group shot with the students and the staff.

CCD had arranged a week-long trip with Cardi B to convey the message of human rights work, and one of the stops on the tour was at I.S. 232. The artist also traveled to a number of venues in Brooklyn and Queens.

Nearly One-Fourth Of The World’s Out-Of-School Children Are In Central And West Africa

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In eight countries in the region, the number of school closings has gone up, and it is indicated that more than 12,400 schools would have been closed by the end of the 2021-22 school year.

In Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, and Niger, more than half of all children and adolescents do not have access to an education.

The number of abandoned schools in the Central Sahel area alone climbed by 66 percent during the course of the most recent academic year.

Schools are either directly targeted by assaults carried out by non-state armed organizations or kids avoid attending school out of fear of being attacked.

Children and teenagers are denied the opportunity to get an education because violence causes whole communities to lose their resources and leave, cutting off their access to school.

The problem of preventing an entire generation from growing up without the ability to read or write is presenting this part of the world with a task that has never been seen before.

Their future is dependent on the capacity of governments to prioritize the repair, reopening, and safety of schools that have been damaged or destroyed, and to strengthen alternate learning options when those things are not feasible.

It is imperative that all parties involved in the conflicts in the area take actionable steps to put a stop to the exploitation of educational facilities for military purposes.

The international financing that is given to the education sector is also often among the lowest of the humanitarian responses in the Central and West Africa area.

In 2021, donor nations gave less than a quarter of the funding required to cover the emergency education demands; this was half of the allocation that had been made in 2018.

In Burkina Faso, where one third of all schools in the area are presently shuttered, the money that has been donated by donors so far this year is just 20 cents per month for every displaced kid under the age of 15.

Tomorrow is the International Day to Protect Education from Attack, and in honor of this day, three humanitarian organizations have issued a joint call to action to governments, military forces, other parties to conflicts, and the international community, urging them to take coordinated action to cease assaults and threats against schools, students, and teachers, as well as to scale up sustainable support for excellent education for every child in the area.

South Dakota: Cut Your Hair Or Leave, School Dress Code Requirements Put A Student On A Tough Spot

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A high school kid and his parents were put in the tough position of having to make a choice when the boy, who was only 14 years old, was informed that he needed to either have a haircut or find a new school to attend.

According to The Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Braxton Shafer has gone to Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools since he was in the sixth grade. He is now in the high school, where the uniform requires males’ hair to be cut above the collar.

Derrick Shafer, Braxton’s father, expressed his disagreement with the regulation by telling the newspaper, “We don’t necessarily agree with that rule.” “We think it’s culturally biased.”

Braxton is African-American, and his dreadlocks fall to a point just over his shoulders.

“He’s had one haircut his entire life, so cutting his hair would be significant,” Derrick told KSFY. “Can students wear dreadlocks? Yes, they can,” Kyle Groos, Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools president, told the Argus Leader. “We simply want the length of the hair to be at the collar or right above the collar. Right there is what we ask for. To be clean, neat and well-cared for.”

Groos has said that the problem at hand is not one of fashion or culture; rather, the clothing code is determined by the policies of the institution. “People enroll in our Catholic schools, then they know what we stand for and they know what we are representing and the structure and the environment that we will create for their family,” Groos told KSFY.

Groos was quoted in the Argus Leader as saying that the guideline about appropriate attire is reviewed every five years, and that the most recent revision took place in 2018.

Braxton is a member of both the marching band and the football team at his school. According to Braxton’s mother’s statement to KSFY, the South Dakota High School Activity Association would not allow Braxton to continue participating in the activities if he moved to a different school since he has already participated in a game and attended practices for the team.

According to the story in the Argus Leader, Braxton’s parents said that they attempted to negotiate a compromise with administrators by offering to tie the hair up so that it would not be touching the collar. However, they were informed that this solution was not acceptable.

KSFY stated that Braxton and his parents came to a deal with the school that would allow Braxton to complete the semester without cutting his hair and then transfer to a another school.

A Total Of 98 Million Children In Sub-Saharan Africa Are Not In School, According To UNESCO

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A staggering 98 million children and young people between the ages of six and eighteen do not have access to formal education in Sub-Saharan Africa, as reported by UNESCO.

This coincides with the beginning of the school year in many parts of the world. Statistics published this week by UNESCO show that, once again, Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of out-of-school children and adolescents, with 98 million people falling into this group.

There are presently 244 million children and adolescents worldwide, between the ages of six and eighteen, who do not attend school, as reported by the most recent UNESCO figures.

According to Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, “No one can tolerate this scenario,” emphasizing the need of protecting every child’s access to an education.

There has to be a worldwide coordinated effort to put education at the top of the international agenda. Azoulay will make a similar pitch at the groundbreaking Transforming Education Summit on September 19 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres urged for the Summit to be organized in order to mobilize action and identify solutions, such as how to reverse the learning deficits caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Au Revoir French: Algeria’s Elementary Schools Will Start To Teach English

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According to the BBC, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has announced that the nation, a former French colony, would begin teaching English in primary schools by the end of the year. In contrast to English, which Tebboune called an “international language,” he called French a “spoil of war.”

In 1962, Algeria declared independence from France, but the eight years of struggle that led up to that date were harsh and strained relations between the two countries. Keeping French as the language of government and business in Algeria is a hotly debated matter.

There are two official languages in Algeria: Arabic, spoken by the majority, and Tamazight, the language spoken by the Amazigh or Berber minority.

In an interview broadcast on state-run television on Saturday, President Tebboune spoke about the mounting criticism he has received from university faculty and students in an interview. They argue that because English is the language of instruction at colleges for students majoring in professions like medicine and engineering, it should be taught at an earlier age.

Students who will be attending middle school begin learning French at the age of 9, while those who will be attending primary school begin learning French at the age of 14.

A California Jury Awarded $1 Million To A Student Who Was Bullied In Middle School Because Her School Did Not Provide Enough Protection

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A California jury decided last week that a school district should pay a student $1 million in damages after finding that the system should have protected the teenager from bullies when she was enrolled in middle school but did not.

Eleri Irons, who is now 18 years old, was allegedly harassed by three classmates between November 2017 and June 2018 while she was a student at El Segundo Middle School, according to a complaint filed against the El Segundo Unified School District in April 2019. According to the lawsuit, the victim was subjected to “verbal abuse, spreading unpleasant stories, and text texting cruel remarks directly” to her. The lawsuit claims that bullying occurred both at school and on related field trips. The complaint also states that the three persons created a petition titled “Let’s Kill Eleri Irons” in June of 2018. The lawsuit states that the instructors failed to inform the student’s parents about their child’s petition.

Because of “the extreme carelessness that was demonstrated by the School, Teachers, and Principal,” “Claimant sustained considerable bodily and psychological stress,” The persistent bullying that Irons endured, according to her attorney Christa Ramey, caused her client to cut herself, and she was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “The verdict was unanimous in favor of her, the jury told us. What she really wanted was for someone to listen to her and take what she said seriously, since back in eighth school, nobody would do either of those things. “It is not just about her in this situation. It will set a precedent for future students to have their voices heard in classrooms. I think the verdict supports that view. Instances like this, in which a youngster suffers mental injury, have repercussions that endure a lifetime and are severe in nature. And schools need to do more than simply pay lip service to anti-bullying rules; they need to really execute them in order to be effective.”

El Segundo Unified School District released a statement stating it accepts the findings of the complaint and would abide by the court’s order. The district’s commitment to student well-being and security was also emphasized. The statement claims that the organization would “do all in its power to prevent bullying in its schools going ahead, including working to improve itself.” “We have tried a number of different approaches in order to achieve our goals. Some of these measures include the installation of two Student Safety Assistant positions at the Center Street and Richmond Street primary schools, the adoption of a specialized security assessment for each school, and the preparation of a district-wide safety plan.” Additionally, the district stated, “A third-party conducted a thorough safety evaluation in 2018, and we’ve implemented many of the recommendations given in that report. Physical safety improvements were made to our middle and high schools, and two new safety staff members were hired. Staff employees were also trained on the behavioral threat assessment procedure and encouraged to utilize the We Tip website to anonymously report concerns about bullying. When our Gaggle warning system detects suspicious activity, it flags it as possible cyberbullying. An extra safeguard is provided by this.” A judgement form was filed on Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, and it said that the school district’s negligence was a “substantial cause” in Irons’ injuries. Another major contributor to Irons’s suffering was the district’s lack of care in training and supervising its staff, as indicated on the judgment form. According to Ramey, the amount of damages covers $700,000 worth of pain and suffering that Irons endured in the past, as well as $300,000 worth of mental distress that Irons may endure in the future.