Texas’ schools chief could get more muscle under legislative proposals

Texas’ schools chief could get more muscle under legislative proposals

AUSTIN — Former Dallas trustee Mike Morath is a popular guy. He’s seen as sharp, energetic and strategic. That’s a big reason lawmakers have filed bills that would give the state’s education commissioner significantly more power. The position would have more authority on a variety of measures — from determining how to implement the new A-F accountability system for schools to creating a grant program for him to dole out as he sees fit. Longtime Texas education observers say the moves have met little resistance this session because of Morath….

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Federal budget 2017: Police recruitment drive to get $321.4 million

Federal budget 2017: Police recruitment drive to get $321.4 million

The Australian Federal Police will receive $321.4 million in this year’s federal budget to go on a big recruitment drive for anti-terrorism specialists, such as bomb squad technicians, tactical response officers, forensic scientists and negotiators. The cash splash has been described by Justice Minister Michael Keenan as the “largest single domestic policing funding boost in a decade”, and is more than double the $153.6 million the AFP and the Australian Crime Commission received in last year’s budget, to be rolled out over five years, to boost security arrangements. Australian Federal Police…

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Randi Zuckerberg on how to get ahead in tech

Randi Zuckerberg on how to get ahead in tech

Randi Zuckerberg has learned a thing or two about making it in the tech world. “I spent the last decade in Silicon Valley seeing firsthand how much this industry is absolutely exploding with opportunity,” said the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media (and sister of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg). “The industry is growing but yet the skills aren’t growing to keep up with it.” The demand for workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations is increasing at every education level and across every industry, according to a report…

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City to get Central institutes for plastic, chemical engineering

City to get Central institutes for plastic, chemical engineering

Union minister hails stent price cap Announcing two special institutes, Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) and Central Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (CICET), for the city, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Anant Kumar said the Central government is working towards building a ‘Swasth Bharat’. Addressing a press conference in Dadar, he said, “Our government is using the 3A formula for health care, which stands for authenticity, availability and affordability. All drugs and medicines should be authentic, that is, they should be approved by the WHO….

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Higher education institutes to get HEFA funds from next session, says Javadekar

Higher education institutes to get HEFA funds from next session, says Javadekar

New Delhi: To enable institutions of higher education in the country achieve financial autonomy, fund more research and improve infrastructure, the Union government on Thursday signed an agreement with Canara Bank to set up a non-banking financial company (NBFC). Called the Higher Education Finance Agency (HEFA), the joint venture between the human resource development (HRD) ministry and the bank will start lending to institutions from May-June. “This the beginning of a new initiative to address the growing demand of finance for the higher education sector,” HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said….

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Army recruitment to get less taxing

Army recruitment to get less taxing

The chaotic Army recruitment rallies, where thousands of youngsters jostle to become soldiers, has for long been an integral part of Indian landscape. If a proposal under discussion in the Army headquarters is to fructify, Indian youth may find a more peaceful way to don the uniform. In the present system, participants go through physical and medical evaluation followed by a written examination. The Army is trying to reverse the procedure, in which the written examination would be conducted online at various locations nationwide and a smaller number would then…

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Shower of US jobs for IIT-Delhi pupils; over 20 students get offers paying over $100,000 base pay

Shower of US jobs for IIT-Delhi pupils; over 20 students get offers paying over $100,000 base pay

It’s raining international job offers at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi this year, with most of the students choosing USA for their first job, after B.Tech. According to the placement cell of IIT-D, last year only eight international job offers came to the campus, out of which four were rejected, this year the number of offers has gone up to 40 after the completion of the first phase. “Last year there were eight international job offers but out of them four were rejected by students who chose Indian companies over…

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Get on social media: Government to educational institutes

Get on social media: Government to educational institutes

AHMEDABAD: The state government has directed educational institutes across the state to open social media accounts and link them with the state government’s education department. The government has asked the colleges and institutes to have a responsible person, who can operate these accounts, as in-charge. The institutes have been asked to identify the person who will be responsible for all the posts through these accounts. The move is a part of the digital India project of the central government. The education department already has an account www.facebook.com/GujEduDept. The department has…

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SUSD students get free online course options

SUSD students get free online course options

The Sahuarita Unified School District is offering another way for high school students to fulfill their graduation requirements. In January, students can leave school an hour or two early and take one or two classes online without paying fees, said Brett Bonner, assistant superintendent for educational services. “We want to find ways to adapt and meet the needs of our diverse population,” he said. “We need to meet the needs of students who don’t meet the traditional brick-and-mortar programmatic design.” Most students attend school five or six hours a day,…

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MCD primary school students to get admission slips from Delhi government schools

MCD primary school students to get admission slips from Delhi government schools

In a relief to thousands of parents, the principals and teachers of Delhi government schools will visit MCD run primary schools and handover admission slips of those children for admission in Class 6 at their schools between April 1-15 next year. Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia yesterday directed officials to send principals and teachers of Delhi government schools to MCD run schools, between March 15- April 1, 2017, and handover admission slips of Class 6 to the children studying in class 5 in current academic session, said a…

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