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Cabinet approves demerger of Nagarnar Steel Plant from NMDC; Rs 5,718 cr project for school education

a man in a blue shirt: Cabinet approves demerger of Nagarnar Steel Plant from NMDC; Rs 5,718 cr project for school education

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Cabinet approves demerger of Nagarnar Steel Plant from NMDC; Rs 5,718 cr project for school education

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to the demerger of Nagarnar Steel Plant (NSP) from National Minerals Development Corporation (NMDC) Ltd and strategic disinvestment of the demerged company (NSP) by selling government’s entire stake in it to a strategic buyer, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday.

With the approval, CCEA has amended its earlier decision taken on October 27, 2016, to disinvest Nagarnar Steel Plant as a unit of NMDC. The process of demerger and disinvestment will be started in parallel and disinvestment of demerged company (NSP) is expected to be completed by September 2021, CCEA said.

NSP is a 3 million tonnes per annum (mta) integrated steel plant being set up by NMDC at Nagarnar in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh in an area of 1,980 acres at revised estimated cost of Rs 23,140 crore (as on July 14, 2020). As on date, NMDC has invested Rs 17,186 crore in the project, out of which Rs 16,662 crore is from NMDC’s own funds and Rs 524 crore has been raised from bond market.

NMDC is a listed Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under the Ministry of Steel and the government has 69.65 per cent shareholding in the company.

Besides, the Union Cabinet also approved implementation of the Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) project with a total project cost of Rs 5,718 crore. The initiative is backed by the World Bank, which is providing financial support of $500 million (approximately Rs 3,700 crore). STARS project would be implemented as a new centrally-sponsored scheme under Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education.

The project covers 6 states, namely Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha. It seeks to support the states in developing, implementing, evaluating and improving interventions with direct linkages to improved education outcomes and school to work transition strategies for improved labour market outcomes.

Besides this project, it is also envisaged to implement a similar Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded project in 5 states – Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Assam. All states will partner with one other state for sharing their experiences and best practices.

Among others, the Cabinet also approved a special package worth Rs 520 crore in the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh for a period of five years till FY24 to ensure funding of Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) – in the region on a demand driven basis without linking allocation with poverty ratio during this extended period.

The Cabinet also approved MoU between India and Australia for collaboration in capacity building, research and development and making impact for sustainable groundwater management.

By Chitranjan Kumar

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Emmett Scott School alumni to be recognized

Emmett Scott School was the first public Black school in Rock Hill. This year is the school’s 100th anniversary

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Friday, October 16th, Emmett Scott School Alumni will be recognized as trailblazers in education in York County. 

In 1920, during a time when Black people were denied education and schools were segregated, The Emmet Scott School was built in York County. Carrying the namesake of Booker T. Washington’s assistant, Emmett Scott was the first public school for Black people in Rock Hill. 

WCNC Charlotte’s Billie Jean Shaw spoke to Samuel R. Foster, a former principal of Emmett Scott School, to learn more about the school’s legacy.

“It was the center of the Black church,” Foster said. “The Black school was the center of activity in the Black community.”

Foster was the principal at Emmett Scott School for three years, up until its closing in 1970. Students who had not graduated were transferred to Rock Hill High and Northwestern High School. 

Meanwhile, Emmett Scott was torn down, and parts of it were converted into a recreation center dedicated to the school years later. Since its closing 50 years ago, there have been few successful attempts to keep the legacy of the school alive.

“There are people in the community now who really don’t know what Emmett Scott was or what it meant to the Black community,” Foster said.

But that will all change. Friday, October 16, during the rivalry football game between Northwestern High School and South Pointe High School, the alumni of Emmett Scott School will be honored by both the district and the city. 

This is the first time the alumni will be honored on a platform of this nature.  

The idea stemmed from Hezekiah Massey, III, and Dr. Marty Connor principals of both Northwestern and South Pointe High schools respectfully. Massey and Connor said they felt indebted to the sacrifices Black educators and students took just to earn a decent education.

“We felt like it was just necessary and just vital to bring about awareness that this school was a significant contributor for the development of Rock Hill,” Massey said.

It’s also a time to recognize how the school opened the doors for Black educators in Rock Hill. After Emmett Scott closed,  Foster become the first Black administrator in the district as a principal at Northwestern High. 

As of 1970, there have been five Black high school principals in the district including Foster, Massey, and Dr. Connor.

“Mr. Foster, the way which he paved for us to have this opportunity, it’s tremendous,” Connor said. “For us to be here to not only celebrate Emmett Scott but to

How to watch: Georgia high school football star Amarius Mims set to make college decision Wednesday on CBS Sports HQ


Amarius Mims, a 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive tackle from Bleckley County (Cochran, Ga.), will announce his college decision at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Wednesday on CBS Sports HQ. The nation’s No. 6 overall high school football recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite, is picking between four Southeastern Conference schools along with Florida State.

The 247Sports experts expect Mims to stay home and chose the University of Georgia, though SEC powers Alabama, Tennessee and Auburn remain in the mix. He’s rated the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation, behind Tommy Brockermeyer of All Saints Episcopal (Fort Worth, Texas) and ahead of JC Latham from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). …

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Foundation to Fight H-ABC, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Yale University Initiate Gene Therapy Study Targeting Cure for Rare Disease

ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Foundation to Fight H-ABC, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and driving development of a cure for the degenerative children’s disease, H-ABC, today announced a sponsored research agreement with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Yale University to advance a targeted gene therapy for H-ABC.

“We have high hopes to quickly prove efficacy with this approach to move research forward and find a permanent cure for this devastating disease,” said Michele Sloan, Co-Founder, Foundation to Fight H-ABC.

H-ABC (hypomyelination with atrophy of the basal ganglia and cerebellum) belongs to a group of conditions called leukodystrophies, diseases that affect the white matter of the brain. These diseases disrupt the growth or maintenance of the myelin sheath, a protective layer that insulates nerve cells and allows for the transmission of messages between cells.

Caused by a mutation in the TUBB4A gene, H-ABC is a rare genetic disorder that affects certain parts of the brain—specifically the basal ganglia and the cerebellum, which control movement. H-ABC targets these important structures, reducing both their size and function. As a result, children who suffer from H-ABC often experience motor problems, cannot walk, talk, or sit on their own. Currently, there is no known cure for this disabling and life-threatening condition.

The teams of Dr. Guangping Gao (University of Massachusetts Medical School) and Dr. Karel Liem (Yale School of Medicine) will combine extensive expertise in the fields of Adeno-associated virus (AAV), a platform for gene delivery for the treatment of a variety of human diseases and H-ABC disease models, to develop AAV vectors to silence or outcompete the mutated TUBB4A gene.

“To date, AAV-based gene delivery system is the vector of choice for in vivo gene therapy of many currently untreatable rare diseases including H-ABC,” said Guangping Gao, Ph.D. “We are very excited for starting close collaborations with Dr. Liem’s team at Yale and the Foundation to Fight H-ABC to develop potential gene therapeutics for this devastating disease.”

“With the support from the Foundation to Fight H-ABC, we are excited to build upon our mechanistic studies of the disease and to collaborate with Dr. Gao of the University of Massachusetts to develop and test AAV approaches to H-ABC,” said Karel F Liem Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

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Marian University gets $24M gift for engineering school

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marian University’s plans to open an engineering school have gotten a $24 million boost from a family which owns a company that makes custom, die-cut components for several industries.

The Indianapolis school announced the gift from the Witchger family last week. Officials said the university was now halfway to its $50 million fundraising goal for the engineering school, following more than $1 million that’s been raised from several other donors.

The planned E.S. Witchger School of Engineering will be named for the Witchger family’s patriarch. The family owns and operates Indianapolis-based Marian Inc., which supplies parts for the medical, electronics and automotive industries.

Money raised to date will go toward start-up costs, including facilities and equipment, endowed scholarships, endowed faculty positions, curriculum design and student recruitment, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported.

The university expects the school’s first class will be welcomed in fall 2022. After graduating its first class, the university can seek approval from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

The school’s degrees will concentrate in electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and chemical engineering.

School President Daniel J. Elsener said opening its own engineering school will allow degree completion to be more efficient.

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Phyllis Landrieu, former Orleans School Board president dies

Landrieu was the aunt of the former mayor and U.S. Senator and well-known as an advocate for early childhood education.

NEW ORLEANS — Phyllis Landrieu, a former Orleans Parish School Board president and passionate advocate for early childhood education, died Saturday. She was 86.

Mrs. Landrieu’s late husband Joseph was the brother of former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu. The mother of ten children, her nieces and nephews include former Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and former Orleans Civil Court Judge Madeleine Landrieu.

Mrs. Landrieu served just one term on the Orleans Parish School Board, from 2004 until 2008. Her election came one year before Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee failures, which decimated the public school system and prompted a state takeover of the city’s failing schools. Despite challenging and often contentious times, when Mrs. Landrieu left office in 2008, she touted the board’s accomplishments.

“This board is operating at the highest level of business proficiency that is needed. That’s a big accomplishment,” she said in The Times-Picayune. “We took over a system that was widely corrupt, totally inefficient and ineffective.”

Landrieu was elected to represent a district which included parts of Uptown, Central City, the Garden District and the Central Business District.

After leaving the school board, Mrs. Landrieu devoted herself to the cause of early childhood education. She co-founded the Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation and served as the nonprofit group’s president and chief executive officer.

“The goal is to change education in Louisiana forever,” Mrs. Landrieu said of the project.

Its centerpiece was the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood Center, a Central City facility offering day care, basic health care and early childhood education for as many as 500 infants and pre-schoolers.

In a 2013 interview with New Orleans Magazine, Mrs. Landrieu explained the origins of the foundation, saying that too many New Orleans children were at-risk from infancy and failed in school because of underlying social and physical health disadvantages.

“The superintendent of education told me that what children in our schools lack in order to succeed is early childhood education,” she said. “The next day I set about trying to develop early childhood education in New Orleans, in the state and in the nation and I joined with a whole group of people, 250 others, who decided that’s what was important.”

In addition to serving the needs of young children, she also worked to help abused and neglected children. She helped establish the Task Force on Child Sexual Abuse, a group devoted to increasing the reporting of child abuse. She was also a member of another similar group, Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana, and president and chief

Vizzle Revamps Special Education Learning Platform, Expands Accessibility Amid Continued COVID-19 School Disruptions

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and subsequent school closures, special education learning platform, Vizzle has enhanced their virtual platform and increased accessibility for parents and school districts struggling with increased needs and decreased budgets.

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and subsequent school closures, special education learning platform, Vizzle has enhanced their virtual platform and increased accessibility for parents and school districts struggling with increased needs and decreased budgets.

CLEVELAND, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and subsequent school closures, special education learning platform, Vizzle has enhanced their virtual platform and increased accessibility for parents and school districts struggling with increased needs and decreased budgets.

Vizzle is the only student-facing, online, Special Education Platform that treats each student as an individual striving to meet their specific goals. As learning environments shift between the classroom and home, Vizzle provides students with consistency and school districts with easy-to-use technology, including more than 15,000 lessons and automatic data collection to track IEPs, giving teachers more time to connect with each student and celebrate progress.

Students with significant disabilities and the educators that serve them have struggled for years to find the curricula and tools to support learning in and outside of the classroom. Remote learning has increased that need as many of the products available to educators are inadequate in digital access, depth of curricula, or both.

“Students with disabilities are at greater risk of falling behind during asynchronous instruction,” said John Standal, MS/CCC-SLP of Vizzle. “Our goal at Vizzle is to advance learning for special education students so they can reach their full potential. Our fully accessible instructional platform allows students access whether in the classroom or not, providing insight to teachers and parents so they can ensure continued growth and engagement for their students.”

In the current remote learning environment, general education populations are struggling to stay on track with standards-based curriculum. This problem is exacerbated for students with disabilities who have been disproportionately affected by the academic and social/emotional consequences of digital learning.

A recent Brookings Institute study suggests that typically developing students will return to school with substantial deficits in reading and math.The impact of “Covid slide” on special needs students is even more profound.

For over 15 years, Vizzle has been used to help students with significant disabilities in both synchronous or asynchronous learning environments. In response to the current increased need, Vizzle has enhanced small group learning, developed new tools for teacher collaboration in remote settings, and has made it easier for teachers to remotely assign content to students.

Additionally, schools are facing decreased funding, reduced budgets, and reprioritization of spending to meet increased sanitation, professional development and unexpected upgrades in technology.

Vizzle’s goal is to be price sensitive as districts work to meet new demands. The platform quickly realigned their pricing-structure and began customizing support to districts in need of robust solutions for special education learners. Additionally, Vizzle made the platform available to parents to access on an individual basis.

Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University

Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University

“Ultimately, I wanted to get my Master’s in International Security, focusing on conflict resolution, threat analysis, and intelligence. The thing that sets the school apart are the professors. They are at the forefront of their fields.”

—Becca Cooper, Master’s in International Security student

Proximity to the nation’s capital is a considerable advantage for those dreaming of a career in politics, government, and public service, and few schools are closer to the policy- and decision-makers of Washington, D.C. than the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

Location to future careers and important internships is just the beginning of the numerous advantages an education at the Schar School affords. With 22 undergraduate and graduate programs, part-time and full-time options, and dedicated career services advisors, the Arlington, Va.-based Schar School prepares graduates for important positions in key agencies across a wide spectrum of specialties.

The Schar School was named No. 2 in the country in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report for its security studies programs. If you dream of a career in international security, homeland security, emergency management, or other subjects that tackle “wicked problems” around the world, the Schar School has top-rated academic programs to help you achieve your goals.

Schar School of Policy and Government top-ranked programs:

Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics

Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

Graduate Certificate in Biodefense

Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Graduate Certificate in Global Health and Security

Graduate Certificate in Illicit Trade Analysis

Graduate Certificate in National Security and Public Policy

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Graduate Certificate in Public Management

Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Security

Graduate Certificate in Strategic Trade

Graduate Certificate in Terrorism and Homeland Security

Master’s in Biodefense

Master’s in International Commerce and Policy

Master’s in International Security

Master’s in Organization Development and Knowledge Management

Master’s in Political Science

Master’s in Public Administration

Master’s in Public Policy

Master’s in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics

PhD in Biodefense

PhD in Political Science

PhD in Public Policy

World-renowned professors

The Schar School’s 90+ professors include former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden, former ambassador Richard Kauzlarich, inaugural Carnegie Fellow and terrorism expert Louise Shelley, border security expert Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, former president and CEO of the Stimson Center Ellen Laipson, Pulitzer Prize-winning economics columnist Steven Pearlstein, former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and former acting director of the CIA Michael Morell.

Research of consequence

In addition to creating their own groundbreaking studies, the faculty makes student research at the Schar School a priority with numerous programs that facilitate success. Recent student investigations have made headlines, including a breakthrough in controlling pandemics, foreign manipulation of social media in state-wide elections, and sexual abuse among active-duty military service personnel.

The Schar School is a major part of George Mason’s Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education Research 1 Doctoral Universities rating—one of only 131 in the country—as its faculty and students contribute research

Ohio state school board has 6 of 11 elected seats up for grabs

Catherine Candisky
| The Columbus Dispatch

Voters are electing six members of the state Board of Education this year, including three representing the central Ohio area.

The half-dozen seats are among the 11 elected positions on the board. Another eight members are appointed by the governor.

The 19-member panel creates policy and makes recommendations for K-12 education, and hires the state superintendent.

More: Election 2020: The Columbus Dispatch Voter Guide

While members are elected in nonpartisan races, the board has been political at times. Most recently, the board sparred over a resolution ultimately approved 12-5 in July condemning hate speech and racism in schools, directing the Department of Education to review curriculum models and tests for racial bias, and requiring bias training for employees.

The resolution followed the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police, triggering protests across the nation. Conservatives on the board said the resolution was a rush to judgment and questioned the extent of racism in schools.

In central Ohio’s 6th district, incumbent Antoinette Miranda of Columbus is seeking a second four-year term against challenger Alice Nicks of Galena. The district covers most of Franklin County and all of Delaware and Knox counties.

Miranda is a professor of school psychology and interim chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University. She has more than 35 years of experience in K-12 and post-secondary education, including six years as a school psychologist.

Miranda said her priorities on the board include improving state report cards for schools and districts to make them more understandable for parents, educators and stakeholders and better reflect progress in schools. She also wants to advocate for districts as lawmakers tackle school-funding issues.

“The board doesn’t really vote on state funding, but it is an issue,” she said. “Looking at equity, and COVID-19 sort of exposed that (there are inequities across districts like) lack of internet and broadband services and the lack of computers that school districts have, especially in urban and rural districts.”

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled repeatedly, but not since 2002, that the way the state funds public education is unconstitutional, she said, “but we really don’t have a solution for that.”

Miranda also wants the board to look at how the pandemic has affected students and how the state can help deal with issues, including learning loss, mental health issues and special education students.

Nicks is founder of Childcare Unlimited Inc., and is a licensed clinical counselor. She did not respond to an email seeking comment.

In the 9th district, Ron Hood and Michelle Newman are squaring off for a seat being vacated by Stephanie Dodd, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election. The district includes the eastern portions of Franklin and Pickaway counties and stretches east to Guernsey County.

Newman is a marketing consultant and director of the Canal Market District, a farmers’ market and community events space in Newark, where she lives with her 7-year-old

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As D.C.’s first law school, the George Washington University Law School has set the standard for legal education for more than 150 years. GW Law has an impressive, longstanding record of educating forward-thinking leaders. For example, by 1895, our graduates had already written the patents for Bell’s telephone, Mergenthaler’s linotype machine, and Eastman’s roll film camera. We continue to set the curve today, with a robust curriculum offering more than 275 elective courses designed to give students both a broad and in-depth legal education.

Our world-renowned faculty is regularly featured in print and in the media for outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and CNN. Our faculty also has been cited as having the second-most downloaded scholarship on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) law school list. Our faculty members are experts who have written the leading textbooks in their fields and testified before Congress, but their primary commitment is to prepare the next generation of lawyers to meet the challenges of our ever-evolving world. In addition, our location in the heart of Washington, D.C., has allowed us to build a superb adjunct faculty of distinguished practitioners who are top lawyers at law firms, at government agencies, and on Capitol Hill. We’re the only law school where a sitting Supreme Court justice teaches a regular course.

Along with offering a robust curriculum, GW Law emphasizes helping students gain practical skills and professional knowledge to help build fulfilling careers. Our Fundamentals of Lawyering course helps students master the core knowledge provided by traditional first-year legal research and writing courses, along with the client problem-solving, creative thinking, and sound judgment that law firms have told us they desire in first-year associates. In our new Legislation and Regulation course, students gain a uniquely Washington, D.C., perspective on the practice of law. Through the Inns of Court (called a section at other law schools), students interact with dedicated advisors who help them adjust to law school, facilitate networking opportunities with practitioners, provide advice on course selection, and help them make more informed and satisfying career choices.

Students may participate in the 11 well-established clinical programs, doing real-life legal work with real-life impact. As student-attorneys, clinics students represent actual clients, under faculty supervision. GW Law is home to nine student-run journals, many of them produced in collaboration with national bar associations, and more than 60 student organizations.

GW Law students benefit from the opportunity to participate in meaningful ways with the city around them. Ours is the most robust externship program in the country, with nearly 500 students participating in approved placements each year and receiving both academic credit and practical legal training. Our students hold semester-long externships at the World Bank, which is across the street; at the White House, which is four blocks from campus; and at major entities such as the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Court of Federal