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Punjab approves development of Amity University Campus in Mohali : The Tribune India

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 2

Punjab Cabinet has approved the establishment of a world-class university campus by the Amity Education Group in Mohali’s IT-city, thus paving it as a major educational hub.

This decision was made during a Cabinet chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, here, through video conferencing.

The Cabinet also gave a nod to the draft of “The Amity University Ordinance 2020”, and authorized the Chief Minister to approve the final draft prepared by the Legal Remembrancer, without placing it again before the Cabinet.

An official spokesperson said after the meeting, that the self-financed private “Amity University Punjab”, being established as a high research and innovation-driven university on a 40-acre state-of-the-art campus, which would be developed at a prime location in Mohali, SAS Nagar, with an investment of Rs 664.32 crore over 5 years.

The university would become functional from the next academic year with

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Miami University’s board of trustees approves two new degrees in nursing


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The board of trustees approved plans to move forward with an addition to the stables located at Miami for the equestrian program. (Architectural rendering.)

Two new degree programs in nursing at Miami University were approved by the board of trustees at its regular business meeting held Monday, Nov. 30.

A Masters of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice will add 50 new courses within the College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science at the regional campuses. The master’s program includes three areas of study concentrations: nurse practitioner, nurse leadership and nurse educator. The doctor of nursing will provide coursework to prepare nurses for advanced leadership and patient care.

These are two of the newest emerging and in-demand degrees that Miami is launching to meet changing workforce needs. This year the university rolled out plans for 14 new undergraduate degrees, 12 graduate offerings, and 20 certificates and micro-credentials.

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Education committee approves $2 million boost for cafeteria fund amid COVID-19

The Williamson County Commission Education Committee voted unanimously on Monday to approve a transfer of up to $2 million to cover Williamson County Schools cafeteria expenses because of the financial strain of COVID-19.



a group of people standing around a table: Jose Garcia, left, Leonardo Osorio, center, and Antonio Turner clean the Freedom Middle School lunch room in Franklin, Tenn., on Monday, March 9, 2020, as part of an entire school deep cleaning following the announcement of a coronavirus case in the county.


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Jose Garcia, left, Leonardo Osorio, center, and Antonio Turner clean the Freedom Middle School lunch room in Franklin, Tenn., on Monday, March 9, 2020, as part of an entire school deep cleaning following the announcement of a coronavirus case in the county.

The committee voted to transfer up to $2 million from the WCS general purpose school fund to the central cafeteria fund

Historically, the WCS cafeteria fund is self-sustaining from revenue gained from school lunches. However, with cafeteria meal interruptions caused by COVID-19, the usual revenue has waned.

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“This will help with the cash flow,”

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Iowa Department of Education approves waivers for online learning ahead

Since Monday, 11 districts have submitted waivers to move schools online or to extend existing waivers, some of which have already been approved. 

Waiver requests for remote instruction are on the rise in Iowa

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On Tuesday, both Des Moines Public Schools and Johnston Community School District’s waivers to extend online learning were approved by the Iowa Department of Education. Des Moines school board members voted to apply for another waiver to go through Dec. 11 Sunday while Johnston board members unanimously voted Monday evening for a waiver through Dec. 13.



After having some schools in person for a little more than a month, Des Moines Public Schools will move back online temporarily, citing teacher absences and a high rate of COVID-19 in Polk County.


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After having some schools in person for a little more than a month, Des Moines Public Schools will move back online temporarily, citing teacher absences and a high rate of COVID-19 in Polk County.

The Johnston School Board will meet Dec. 7 and discuss whether the online learning model will

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Texas approves sex ed program omitting LGBTQ and consent education

In the Texas State Board of Education’s first comprehensive amendment to their sexual education policy since 1997, the board made a decision that will effect how middle school students learn about sex, according to Aliyya Swaby at the Texas Tribune.



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The changes to the policy will not include education on sexual orientation, gender identity or the concept of sexual consent.

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The board heard from advocacy groups and educators on forthcoming changes to protocol. The 15-member, Republican-controlled body took a preliminary vote Wednesday to overhaul the minimum standards for what Texas students learn about health and sex, a process that has taken more than a year, the Tribune reported.

In September the board gave preliminary approval to include birth control in the program but leave education about sexual orientation out of it.

On Wednesday, the board held a lengthy debate surrounding whether or

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Montgomery Co. Board of Education approves plan to reopen schools

The Montgomery County, Maryland, Board of Education gave tentative approval to the plans to bring students back to school in phases starting in January.

The Montgomery County, Maryland, Board of Education gave tentative approval to the plans to bring students back to school in phases starting in January.

Beginning Wednesday, a survey will be made available to parents. They can weigh in on whether they want their children to stick with virtual learning or whether they want to take part in plans to get kids back into classrooms.

The survey will be available to parents until Dec. 3 and will be used to help determine which schools will reopen and how classes can be scheduled.

Transportation options will also be detailed once the school system determines how many students would need bus service.

Should the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate exceed 5%, the schools would not be able to reopen, according

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