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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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Carnegie Hall’s Catalogue of Free Online Music Education Resources Available to Educators Everywhere

Carnegie Hall's Catalogue of Free Online Music Education Resources Available to Educators Everywhere

Responding to the needs of teachers and parents overseeing learning from home during COVID-19, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI)-the Hall’s music education and social impact arm-has expanded its range of digital music education offerings now available for free to educators around the globe. At a time when many teachers are working in distance-learning settings, Carnegie Hall continues to support its growing national community of educators, dedicated to bringing the best in music to students, through its free educational videos, activities, and professional development tools, all designed to enhance musical learning. These resources-which include instructional videos, interactive activities, and digital curriculums-are available on Carnegie Hall’s website for educators, and provide flexibility and adaptability for a variety of learning settings. The Hall also provides networks and opportunities for teacher-to-teacher support, which aid in community building and professional development.

Specifically addressing the needs of New York City students during this period, Carnegie

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Iowa Department of Education grants online waiver for Southeast Polk Schools

The Iowa Department of Education granted a 14-day remote learning waiver to the entire Southeast Polk School District on Tuesday.

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The period approved for full virtual learning is Nov. 30 through Dec. 14.

The Southeast Polk School Board voted Nov. 19 to allow the district to apply for the waiver.

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The vote followed the recommendation from the superintendent in response to the most recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Polk County.

“This is an extremely, extremely difficult decision for a recommendation. In fact, I can’t think of something more difficult. I can’t think of anything more difficult in this role that I’ve had to deal with,” said

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Arizona-Washington live stream (11/21): How to watch college football online, TV, time

Washington (1-0) hosts Arizona on Saturday, Nov. 21, and the game will be live streamed on fuboTV.

Washington’s one scheduled crossover game with the Pac-12 South may test just how much the Huskies are willing to play a ground-and-pound style of offense. A week ago, the Wildcats allowed 173 yards rushing to Southern California in their opener, but gave up 325 yards through the air.

The Wildcats (0-1) nearly had an equally big celebration after their opener. A decided underdog, Arizona took the lead twice over USC in the fourth quarter, including on Grant Gunnell’s 6-yard TD pass to Stanley Berryhill III with 1:35 remaining. But the Wildcats defense couldn’t withstand USC’s fourth-quarter surge and gave up the winning touchdown with 25 seconds left.

Arizona has lost eight straight dating back to last year, a skid that started with a 51-27 loss to Washington in Tucson.

The game starts at

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Georgia-Mississippi State live stream (11/21): How to watch college football online, TV, time

Mississippi State and Georgia face off in an SEC battle Saturday (11/21) in Athens, Ga. You can stream the game live via fuboTV.

The Georgia Bulldogs are back at home, eager to prove they’re still one of the best teams in the nation.

But these are strange times between the hedges.

For the first time since 2016, the No. 13 Bulldogs are no longer in control of their own fate.

Two Southeastern Conference losses took care of that.

“It’s definitely a little bit different,” punter Jake Camarda said. “At least for me, this is the first season where it’s really not in our hands.”

The game is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. Central (7:30 p.m. ET) and will be live streamed by fuboTV, which is offering a 7-day free trial. SEC Network is televising the game.

Georgia (4-2) plays at Sanford Stadium for the first time in six

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Pandemic accelerates Lone Star College System’s plans for online degrees

For several years, the Lone Star College System has been talking about creating an online college that would allow students to get their degrees completely online. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated these plans since the college system moved about half of its classes completely online this year.

“We have the largest online enrollment of any standalone community college in the country,” Chancellor Stephen Head said.

But across the different LSC campuses, the college system is working on creating a comprehensive online path for the various degree programs it offers.


Curriculum online

While LSC offers online classes at each campus, an online history course from LSC-Kingwood may not be the same as an online history course from LSC-North Harris. With a comprehensive online degree system, LSC could create entire online curriculum so students aren’t tied to a physical campus, but are getting a comparable education.

One of the challenges that LSC

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South Alabama-Georgia State live stream (11/21): How to watch college football online, TV, time

It has been almost a month since South Alabama has played a game at home. On Saturday, Nov. 21, the Jags host Georgia State in a game live streamed on fuboTV.

The game will mark the only time the Jaguars (3-5, 2-3) will be at home in November, where South has an 8-5 record — including a 7-4 mark in Sun Belt Conference play — dating back to the 2013 campaign.

Steve Campbell’s teams is also looking for three wins in a row at home for the first time since earning three straight victories in Mobile in 2016. With a win, the Jaguars would also match their longest home winning streak in conference action, dating back to 2014.

Georgia State enters the game 3-4 overall and 2-4 in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Panthers average 33.3 points per game (No. 2 in the Sun Belt) and have scored 52 points,

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No. 4 Clemson-Florida State live stream (11/21): How to watch college football online, TV, time

Update: Saturday’s Clemson-Florida State football game has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, the ACC office announced on Saturday morning.

If there are questions about the No. 4 Clemson Tigers heading into their game with Florida State on Saturday, Nov. 21, it is about the defense. The game will be live streamed on fuboTV.

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables knows what great defenses look like. He hasn’t seen that yet from his latest group of Tigers.

The fourth-ranked Tigers (7-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) will try and suffocate struggling Florida State (2-6, 1-6) on Saturday.

On this team, Venables sees the cracks that have come from injuries and not enough playmaking. Clemson is 13th overall nationally, yielding 301 yards a game and ranks 24th in both passing yards and rushing yards allowed.

The Tigers gave up just 60 points total their first five games and 102 combined in their last

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Florida-Vanderbilt live stream (11/21): How to watch college football online, TV, time

Florida and Vanderbilt face off in an SEC East battle Saturday (11/21) in Nashville, Tenn. You can stream the game live via fuboTV.

Dan Mullen sees no reason for sixth-ranked Florida to overlook winless Vanderbilt, not with what is on the line for the Gators this season.

The Gators (5-1) sit atop the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division with a spot awaiting them in Atlanta on Dec. 19 in the league championship game and possibly a berth in the College Football Playoff — if they keep winning. They’re putting up the kind of offensive numbers seen when Florida won its first national title.

Mullen also remembers Vanderbilt holding a 21-3 lead the last time his Gators visited Nashville.

“If we want to be a great team, we have to get better,” Mullen said. “So not only you know, is that focus on your opponent, that focus is on yourself as well.

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Pandemic accelerates Lone Star College System’s plans for online degrees

For several years, the Lone Star College System has been talking about creating an online college that would allow students to get their degrees completely online. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated these plans since the college system moved about half of its classes completely online this year.

“We have the largest online enrollment of any standalone community college in the country,” Chancellor Stephen Head said.

But across the different LSC campuses, the college system is working on creating a comprehensive online path for the various degree programs it offers.

Curriculum online

While LSC offers online classes at each campus, an online history course from LSC-Kingwood may not be the same as an online history course from LSC-North Harris. With a comprehensive online degree system, LSC could create entire online curriculum so students aren’t tied to a physical campus, but are getting a comparable education.

One of the challenges that LSC

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