Hawaii State Department of Education: Serious Inquiries Only

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The Hawaii State Department of Education is asking for only qualified and certified teachers to apply to fill the thousands of teacher vacancies that made news last month. After news got out that the beautiful state was in desperate need to hire, thousands of wishful thinkers began to apply. The problem? Many of them aren’t even teachers. “Following a recent drive in April, false reporting and inaccurate blogging on social media led to a major influx of applications from people who just want to move to Hawaii. Many of these inquiries came from individuals who are not interested in teaching, but who just want to move to Hawaii under the false impression that the Department will pay for people to move here to live and work,” said the department’s spokesperson Donalyn Dela Cruz to NBC News. The department went so far as to release a graphic clarifying what it’s looking for when it says it needs teachers. <;p>Like many other districts throughout the country, the department stressed that it is looking for teachers to fill vacancies in special education as well as math and science subject areas. Further, although many people fantasize about living and working in Hawaii, NBC News reminds people of the reason why high teacher turnover exists in the state to begin with. “One of the reasons that Hawaii struggles with high teacher turnover is the high cost of living in Hawaii. According to the National Education Association, the average starting teacher salary for Hawaii in 2012 – 2013 was $41,027, just above the national average. However, Hawaii is the most expensive state to live in, according to CNBC,” NBC said.

Tech giants push Congress for k-12 computer science education

A coalition of tech enterprise heavy-hitters and scions of corporate the us have joined forces with a bipartisan group of governors and educators to push Congress for federal funding that would provide eachok-12 scholar in the united states of america the chance to discover ways to code. The institution, a partnership among the computer science training Coalition and Code.org, is petitioning Congress for $250 million in federal investment for the attempt.

amongst those pledging their aid are Apple CEO Tim cook dinner, facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg,facebook COO (and bestselling author) Sheryl Sandberg, invoice and Melinda Gates, IAC Chairman Barry Diller, Walmart CEO Doug McMillion. The tech names are joined by way of California Governor Jerry Brown, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and 26 different kingdom governors, evenly cut up across birthday celebration traces. The educators on board consist of Oakland schools Superintendent Antwan Wilson, NYC branch of training Chancellor Carmen Fariña, and NAACP President and CEO Cornell Brooks, amongothers.

“The breadth of aid suggests that pc technological know-how isn’t only a tech problem anymore, it’s anthe united states hassle,” Code.org founder Hadi Partovi defined to TechCrunch.

“And it is not only a Democrat trouble, it’s the most bipartisan problem inside the U.S.”earlier this yr, President Obama additionally hoped to reignite the united states of america‘s “spirit of innovation,” calling for $four billion to improve pc technology curriculums in each k-12 college across the united states of america. meanwhile, Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Microsoft and Google have additionally pledged a combined$48 million for coding training throughout the united states.

Liberia Turns to Private Sector for Primary Education

Liberia is a West African country that was settled by former American slaves at the start of the 19th century. For much of its independence, it had enjoyed relative stability and, in the mid-20th century, one of the fastest economic growth rates in the world. With the rise and fall of such grotesque dictators as Samuel Doe and Charles Taylor in the late 20th century, the country’s fortunes came tumbling down.

While democracy and stability have been largely restored, Liberia’s income per capita languishes below $1,000 per person per year. As such, it ranks as the 164th poorest country out of 169 countries surveyed. Concomitant with poverty and, until recently, chaos, is a ramshackle education system. While the data is scarce, only 42 percent of Liberians over the age of 15 knew how to read in 2007. The primary school enrollment rate was a paltry 38 percent in 2014.

As is common in much of Africa, the public education system is plagued by graft, poor quality and truancy on the part of both the students and teachers. The democratically-elected government of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a former World Bank official, has decided to try something new—outsourcing primary education to a private, for-profit firm, with student fees paid for by the taxpayer.

As my Cato colleague Neal McCluskey pointed out to me, the Liberian model is not school choice. Instead, the government has selected a private company to run some schools and that does not constitute a market.

Still, consider the apoplectic reaction of Kinshore Singh, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on education, who claimed Liberia was flirting with a “gross violation” of its obligation to educate children, and that Liberia’s plan was “devoid of any legal or moral justification.”

Speaking of morality, consider Mr. Singh’s employer—the United Nations. The United Nations Human Rights Council, for example, is an inter-governmental body responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world. Of its 47 members, Freedom House found, 11 were not politically free, 18 were partly free and only 18 were completely free. In 2016, the Council included such “defenders” of human rights as China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

In reality, the choice facing Liberia in the foreseeable future is not between good education provided by either the government or the private sector, but between bad government education and better private sector education. President Sirleaf’s cautious move toward limited privatization of education should be welcomed.

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Education dept plans to upgrade primary schools to high schools

Director public instructions (secondary education), Punjab, has issued directions to the district education officers across the state to prepare a project report of eligible schools which can be upgraded. (HT File Photo)

The department of school education is planning to change the process of upgrading government schools in Punjab. The department will upgrade primary school, having strength of more than 100 students, directly to high school.

Earlier, primary schools were upgraded to middle school (Class 8) before making it a high school (up to Class 10).

Director public instructions (secondary education), Punjab, has issued directions to the district education officers across the state to prepare a project report of eligible schools which can be upgraded.

It has been learnt that the step has been taken in the view of the shortage of staff. The department will have to recruit two only additional teachers than those appointed in a middle school to upgrade a primary school to high school.

Sources claimed that the step has been taken to enhance the efficiency of staff and improve the performance of the students by retaining them in the same school up to Class 10.

Deputy district education officer (DEO) Sanjeev Sharma said the department is preparing a plan for 63 middle schools across the district, of which files of 25 schools have been sent to the higher authorities to make them high schools.

Local resident Jaswinder Singh said it would benefit the students as they would avail the high school education at their doorstep. “Usually, students have to travel long distances as most of the villages don’t have high schools.”

Another villager Darbara Singh said with this, students and parents won’t have to worry about changing school after the primary level. Moreover, it will also check the dropout rate.

He added that the villagers always tried to get the school at their village upgraded to avoid the difficulties of sending their wards to the schools at other villages or towns.