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Readout of Secretary DeVos’ Meeting with Michigan School Superintendents

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Grand Rapids (MI) Public Schools today for a roundtable discussion with superintendents from across the state of Michigan. The secretary opened the conversation by asking the group: “How can I best help you serve your students?” The superintendents and the secretary discussed the following topics, among others: recruiting, honoring and retaining effective teachers equipping teachers with professional development and skills not taught in many higher education institutions addressing regulatory burdens that limit flexibility for local educators and pull school leaders out of the classroom implementing personalized learning solutions to better meet the needs of students providing services necessary to help students grow and thrive inside and outside of school “We had a very productive and insightful conversation,” said Secretary DeVos. “I appreciate each of the superintendents traveling to Grand Rapids to share their ideas and observations on how we can better work together to serve all students. I left the meeting re-assured that giving local leaders more control is important to improving education for every student in America.” Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal who hosted the meeting, gave the following statement: “Last week, I received a call from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ office asking me if I would host a meeting with approximately 25 superintendents from across the state. We invited a diverse group of superintendents from all corners...

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Students paying ‘£1,000 an hour’ for tuition

Students paying ‘£1,000 an hour’ for tuition By Judith Burns Education reporter 1 August 2017 From the section Education & Family comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The study throws new light on what students get for their fees Some university students receive so little tuition they pay the equivalent of £1,000 an hour for contact with academic staff, researchers say. On average, economics undergraduates receive the equivalent of just 26 hours of one-to-one teaching over a three-year course, research published by the Institute of Fiscal studies suggests. Physics students receive almost three times as much for the...

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Teach pupils about breastfeeding, say Royal College doctors

Teach pupils about breastfeeding, say Royal College doctors 1 August 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images Schoolchildren should be taught about the importance of breastfeeding, doctors say. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says the UK has one of the lowest rates of the practice in Europe – with just a third of babies receiving breast milk at the age of six months. They argue breastfeeding in public is still “often stigmatised”. The Royal College recommends the subject is covered in personal, social and health education (PSHE) classes. It advises that mothers should be...

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Swansea food bank runs out ‘due to school holiday’

Swansea food bank runs out ‘due to school holiday’ 30 July 2017 From the section South West Wales Image copyright Eastside Food Bank Image caption Volunteers at Eastside Food Bank with donations A Swansea food bank has run out of supplies, with volunteers making an urgent appeal to help restock it. They believe the end of the school year has seen families struggle without the free dinners provided. Usually about 10 people a day use the Eastside food bank at Mount Zion Baptist Church on Mansel Road, Bonymaen, but that number has risen. Charity the Trussell Trust said school...

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‘Teach pupils to avoid gangs’ – children’s commissioner

‘Teach pupils to avoid gangs’ – children’s commissioner 30 July 2017 From the section England Image copyright Getty Images Pupils should be taught in school how to avoid being sucked into gangs or exploited by older criminals, the children’s commissioner has said. Anne Longfield said personal, social, health and economics education (PSHE) lessons should help children spot when they are being targeted by gangs. It follows reports children are being used by criminals as “money mules”. She said children looking for “a sense of belonging, fast money” or “glamour” were at risk. Ms Longfield’s research has found 46,000 children...

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