Pandemic spotlights education inequities. What schools are doing to close the gaps.

When the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic recession hit in early 2020, everyone faced new challenges and abrupt life changes. Some individuals, families, and communities are experiencing the effects more acutely than others — and disruptions to Washington students are particularly concerning.  

“National studies indicate that interruptions in education because of the pandemic are hitting some students of color and students from low-income backgrounds particularly hard compared to their peers,” says Brian Jeffries, policy director for Partnership for Learning.

A recent McKinsey study estimates that, because of COVID-related remote learning, K-12 students could return to school in January 2021 experiencing seven months of learning loss — and losses could be greater if school buildings remain closed beyond January. The study also concludes that learning loss experienced by Black students (10.3 months), Latinx students (9.2 months), and students from low-income backgrounds (12.4 months) could be even greater.

“The pandemic is

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Stanford women inch Tara VanDerveer close to history with 68-point win

The college basketball season tipped off on Wednesday for most men’s and women’s teams around the Bay Area, but unlike a typical year, coaches and players may not measure their success in wins and losses.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise around the country and in nearly every Bay Area county, simply staying healthy enough to play is a victory as dozens of programs were forced to cancel games this week.

The Stanford men’s team had its opener against Utah Valley called off on Wednesday after the Wolverines had a positive test within the program while the Cal men’s team shuffled its schedule to open the year in a non-conference matchup with Pac-12 foe Oregon State after its initial opponent, Colorado State, registered multiple positive coronavirus tests.

Cal had already stopped practices and team meetings earlier in the month due to the coronavirus, so the Bears understand that completing the

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Watch Career Timeline | Glenn Close Breaks Down Her Career, from ‘Fatal Attraction’ to ‘101 Dalmatians’ | Vanity Fair Video | CNE |

All we want as actors is to have great roles. [laughs]

I have not had a career

where all the great parts have come onto my desk.

I just have not had the luxury of just sitting around

and having people pour great scripts my way.

I think of my career as challenging

and working at it, making things happen.

I’m Glenn Close, and this is the timeline of my career.

Is it all right?

It’s not in it.

It’s a she, and she’s all right.

I was starring in Barnum on Broadway,

and George Roy Hill and Marion Dougherty

who really, she pioneered the role of casting director,

and George said later that she knew

what he wanted more than he did.

They sat and watched me in Barnum,

and I was asked to come in and audition for Jenny Fields.

But he can’t feel life.

So he takes

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Will Geo Baker close out Rutgers Hall of Fame career this season? 3 key players to watch

The most-anticipated Rutgers men’s basketball season in ages is only three days away.

The Scarlet Knights are expected to tip off against Sacred Heart on Wednesday night at the RAC in Piscataway, COVID-19 permitting. Here are three players who will be key to Rutgers’ push to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 30 years:

Geo Baker: Don’t look now, but this may be the final season for a budding Rutgers icon. Baker will be forever remembered as the on-court face of the program’s revitalization; he is a shoo-in to enter the Rutgers Hall of Fame someday and his No. 0 may be retired. But back to the present: Baker is the heart and soul of this team and its go-to guy in crunch time. This team cannot get to where it wants to go without a big season from him.

Ron Harper Jr. Harper averaged 12 points

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College football picks, odds for Big Ten in Week 12: Ohio State, Wisconsin stay close in marquee games

The Big Ten has been full of surprises over the past month since the conference returned to play. The conference has also been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and last Saturday’s game between Ohio State and Maryland was canceled as a result of an outbreak within Maryland’s football program. 

The big matchup that everyone will have their eye on this week will be No. 3 Ohio State playing host to No. 9 Indiana in arguably the most-anticipated game in the Big Ten so far this season. Indiana has been one of the surprises in the conference as its jumped out to a 4-0 record with wins over Michigan and Penn State. The Hoosiers are coming off of a dominant win over Michigan State. If Indiana truly wants to challenge for a spot in the Big Title title game, this one that they’re going to need to win. 

On the

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Close to 200 Queen Murder Hornets in Wash. Nest Killed ‘In the Nick of Time,’ Scientist Says

WSDA A new Asian giant hornet ready to emerge

Scientists said they destroyed close to 200 queen murder hornets after discovering a large nest in Washington.

Officials with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced in a press release on Tuesday that the nest they found late last month ultimately contained more than 500 Asian giant hornet specimens in various stages of development.

Among those included 76 queens, which had the potential to start a new colony over the next year, and 108 capped cells with pupae, which were believed to be pupae of new virgin queens, according to the press release.

There were also six combs, 776 cells, six unhatched eggs, 190 larvae, 112 workers and nine drones, which are also known as male hornets, the WSDA said.

“We got there just in the nick of time,” Sven-Erik Spichiger, an entomologist helping kill the murder hornets, said in

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Microsoft and the Open Data Institute announce an Education Open Data Challenge to help close the digital divide

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LONDON and REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
LONDON and REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft and the Open Data Institute (ODI) announced today the launch of an Education Open Data Challenge to shine light on the relationship between broadband access and K-12 (ages 5 to 18 years old) education outcomes. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Education Open Data Challenge will help educators and research organizations better understand the potential long-term impact the ongoing disruption to traditional learning will have on the world’s most vulnerable learners.

Microsoft and the ODI are encouraging teams that wish to participate in the challenge to help generate innovative solutions to close the digital divide in K-12 education to go here to learn more. The winning team will be invited to elect a non-profit

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2 Giant Asteroids Making Close Approach To Earth Tuesday


  • Giant asteroids 2020 UN3 and 2020 UL3 will fly by Earth Tuesday within hours of each other 
  • 2020 UL3 is nearly as tall as the Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Both near-Earth asteroids belong to the Apollo category of asteroids

Two asteroids are making their way toward Earth Tuesday, and their sizes are considered gigantic.

The asteroids flying toward Earth are being monitored through NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). The first near-Earth asteroid (NEA) that will zip past the planet has been identified as 2020 UN3.

Asteroid 2020 UN3 will make its way past Earth Tuesday at 12:51 a.m. EST, traveling at an average speed of over 16,000 miles per hour. According to the data from CNEOS, the closest distance 2020 UN3 can get to Earth is around 2.7 million miles away. 

The diameters of the two NEAs differ significantly, but both are considered gigantic due to

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Tutors could become a fixture of NSW schools to close education gap


Learning gaps were already significant before the pandemic, and have long been one of the biggest challenges facing schools. By year 3, disadvantaged students are 10 months behind those from advantaged backgrounds.

But modelling suggests the gap may have widened by up to five weeks due to seven weeks of remote learning earlier this year.

When asked if the program could continue after its allocated 12 months if it succeeded in reducing the gap, NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said she would be closely monitoring its effectiveness.

“We have record funding going into our schools, there’s opportunity to look at how that money is being spent,” she said. “If this is something that is successful that we could look at tailoring with existing funding arrangements then absolutely we’re open to having that discussion.”

After NAPLAN was cancelled this year, three quarters of public schools participated in check-in assessments for

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Chevrolet helps celebrate Jimmie Johnson as his full-time career comes to a close

a close up of a car going down the road: Chevrolet helps celebrate Jimmie Johnson as his full-time career comes to a close

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Chevrolet helps celebrate Jimmie Johnson as his full-time career comes to a close

Whoever said nice guys couldn’t finish first never met Jimmie Johnson. The driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet has conducted himself with class and dignity throughout his career, whether he was hoisting his seventh championship trophy or having one of those days when patience was tested.

That sort of attitude, backed with historically impressive results on the track — 83 wins, seven titles, 18,937 laps led, we could go on — has endeared Jimmie to fans young and old across the world.

So when the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion announced his plan to retire from full-time NASCAR racing at the conclusion of the 2020 season, he did so with an unspoken expectation of celebrating his final run surrounded by those who cheer for him the loudest — his fans in the

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