Education

  • Ken Clement resigns from Vancouver school board
    The Vancouver Board of Education will be one trustee short in its final weeks ahead of this fall’s municipal election. Vision Vancouver trustee Ken Clement has resigned his position for “personal reasons,” the board announced Monday. Last week, Clement had withdrawn as a candidate for school board trustee in this… ... more
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  • TransLink ‘open to starting dialogue’ on free tr...
    Metro Vancouver’s transit authority is open to the idea of offering free public transportation for the region’s children and youths. However, TransLink would first need to find a way to recover the millions of dollars that would be lost in annual fare revenue if such an initiative were undertaken. “Transit… ... more
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  • TransLink ‘open to starting dialogue’ on free tr...
    Metro Vancouver’s transit authority is open to the idea of offering free public transportation for the region’s children and youths. However, TransLink would first need to find a way to recover the millions of dollars that would be lost in annual fare revenue if such an initiative were undertaken. “Transit… ... more
    Vancouversun -Edu2 weeks ago
  • B.C. schools still struggling to find teachers, assistants d...
    Wearing matching bright-pink T-shirts, more than 40 parents of special needs students packed a recent Surrey school board meeting to demand better services to support their vulnerable children in class. “The shirts just brought everybody together. … It was a show of strength and unity,” said Nicole Kaler, whose 17-year-old daughter Maya… ... more
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  • B.C. schools still struggling to find teachers, assistants d...
    Wearing matching bright-pink T-shirts, more than 40 parents of special needs students packed a recent Surrey school board meeting to demand better services to support their vulnerable children in class. “The shirts just brought everybody together. … It was a show of strength and unity,” said Nicole Kaler, whose 17-year-old daughter Maya… ... more
    Vancouversun -Edu3 weeks ago
  • Point Grey Secondary grads compare notes 50 years apart
    As Point Grey Secondary School’s 2018 Grade 12 grads gathered to say farewell and celebrate their achievements on Friday, members of the graduating class of 1968 took time out to visit them ahead of their own 50th reunion party. “We’re going to the school … to spend some time with… ... more
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  • Point Grey Secondary grads compare notes 50 years apart
    As Point Grey Secondary School’s 2018 Grade 12 grads gathered to say farewell and celebrate their achievements on Friday, members of the graduating class of 1968 took time out to visit them ahead of their own 50th reunion party. “We’re going to the school … to spend some time with… ... more
    Vancouversun -Edu3 weeks ago
  • Eric Hamber students to get new seismically safe school in 2...
    Students at Vancouver’s Eric Hamber Secondary are getting a new school. The Ministry of Education announced Tuesday it will spend $79.3 million to replace the existing westside school in what it called the largest seismic project in Vancouver’s history. The 56-year-old building near Oak and 33rd Avenue has been deemed… ... more
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  • Eric Hamber students to get new seismically safe school in 2...
    Students at Vancouver’s Eric Hamber Secondary are getting a new school. The Ministry of Education announced Tuesday it will spend $79.3 million to replace the existing westside school in what it called the largest seismic project in Vancouver’s history. The 56-year-old building near Oak and 33rd Avenue has been deemed… ... more
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  • Funding gap may mean no summer camp for deaf students with s...
    All Keira Ratzlaff wants to do this summer is go to a unique camp with other deaf youngsters. But if the Family Network for Deaf Children doesn’t find another $30,000, special needs children such as Ratzlaff may not get a chance to spend time with other deaf youths on Hornby… ... more
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  • Funding gap may mean no summer camp for deaf students with s...
    All Keira Ratzlaff wants to do this summer is go to a unique camp with other deaf youngsters. But if the Family Network for Deaf Children doesn’t find another $30,000, special needs children such as Ratzlaff may not get a chance to spend time with other deaf youths on Hornby… ... more
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  • Navigating school without parents, former B.C. foster kids g...
    Youth who age out of government care often struggle to complete education or find jobs because of a lack of family support, but three provincial announcements this week may make the difficult transition into adulthood a little easier. On Monday, the tuition-waiver program — which allows former youth in care… ... more
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  • Navigating school without parents, former B.C. foster kids g...
    Youth who age out of government care often struggle to complete education or find jobs because of a lack of family support, but three provincial announcements this week may make the difficult transition into adulthood a little easier. On Monday, the tuition-waiver program — which allows former youth in care… ... more
    Vancouversun -Edu1 month ago
  • Union files grievance over public school teacher shortage in...
    British Columbia’s teachers’ union has filed a grievance over a shortage of educators in the province. B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Glen Hansman said Friday the ongoing shortfall of teachers and specialists has been a problem all year and threatens to cause significant disruptions in September. A Supreme Court of Canada… ... more
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  • Union files grievance over public school teacher shortage in...
    British Columbia’s teachers’ union has filed a grievance over a shortage of educators in the province. B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Glen Hansman said Friday the ongoing shortfall of teachers and specialists has been a problem all year and threatens to cause significant disruptions in September. A Supreme Court of Canada… ... more
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  • B.C.’s child welfare system has failed youth who age o...
    The B.C. Coroners Service has investigated the deaths of 200 youth who died over a six-year period, just before or after aging out of the government’s foster care system into an uncertain future with little emotional or financial support. “These young people leaving government care died at five times… ... more
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  • B.C.’s child welfare system has failed youth who age o...
    The B.C. Coroners Service has investigated the deaths of 200 youth who died over a six-year period, just before or after aging out of the government’s foster care system into an uncertain future with little emotional or financial support. “These young people leaving government care died at five times… ... more
    Vancouversun -Edu2 months ago
  • Election hopefuls propose using Vancouver school board prope...
    The San Francisco story of a high-school teacher making US$65,000 a year who lost her home to foreclosure sent a gasp through The Bay Area that is suffering from a housing crisis in which the gap between essential-workers’ incomes and the affordability of shelter has long been widening. The moment… ... more
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  • Election hopefuls propose using Vancouver school board prope...
    The San Francisco story of a high-school teacher making US$65,000 a year who lost her home to foreclosure sent a gasp through The Bay Area that is suffering from a housing crisis in which the gap between essential-workers’ incomes and the affordability of shelter has long been widening. The moment… ... more
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  • Proposed Vancouver school boundary changes upset parents
    Since moving to Yaletown five years ago, Shirley Anthony has pictured her daughters attending the elementary school a block from their home. But a boundary change proposed by the Vancouver school board now has the mother of two picturing an entirely different scenario: A 20-minute drive through heavy traffic to… ... more
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  • Proposed Vancouver school boundary changes upset parents
    Since moving to Yaletown five years ago, Shirley Anthony has pictured her daughters attending the elementary school a block from their home. But a boundary change proposed by the Vancouver school board now has the mother of two picturing an entirely different scenario: A 20-minute drive through heavy traffic to… ... more
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  • Cloverdale Rodeo gets charity calendar
    The Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation is putting out a fundraising calendar. The charity is connected with the popular rodeo and fair, which runs this weekend.  Laura Ballance, who runs a well-known public relations firm, said the calendar is meant to capture “the spirit of humanity” that can be found… ... more
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  • Douglas Todd: If your child talks about being a different ge...
    The public debate over children who want to become a different gender is highly polarized and politicized. In the midst of it parents are struggling. B.C. and Ontario now have public school programs advocating full acceptance of people who might be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. But that doesn’t mean… ... more
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  • Know a teacher who deserves an A+? Nominate them for a Premi...
    Instead of an apple, how about nominating your teacher for a new B.C.-wide award of excellence? Nominations are now open for the newly established Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education, which acknowledge educators who go above and beyond. (Though if we’re being frank, that’s the majority of all teachers.) “B.C.’s… ... more
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  • Kits at 100: The school at the heart of a neighbourhood in c...
    Theresa Cotton scrolls, transfixed, through a scrapbook of 1940s newspaper clippings about her school. “It’s weird to think it actually happened right here,” said the Grade 12 Kitsilano Secondary student. “In this school, on these grounds, in this neighbourhood.”  “It’s history you can really connect to,” said her friend Sam… ... more
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  • High school ‘robot athletes’ compete at BCIT in ...
    “Like Meccano, with motors and brains” — that’s BCIT instructor Jason Brett describing the two robots competing on a field in front of him. Built and programmed using VEX technology by teams of high school students, the robots are attempting to stack coloured cones and move goals over obstacles to… ... more
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  • North Van school trustees addressing bullying and sexual har...
    School trustees in North Vancouver have promised to play nice with each other following a damning consultant’s report that investigated claims of bullying, sexual harassment and absenteeism among the seven-member board. In February, the provincial education ministry asked consultant Lee Southern to look into the claims, and he concluded in… ... more
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  • Gordon Gibson: ‘School tax’ is confiscatory weal...
    Traditionally, finance ministers buy new shoes before a budget. Carole James ordered army boots. The first boot was called the “speculation tax.” Wrong words. It is a frontal attack on private property, hitting foreigners and Canadians equally. There is so much dust in the air that the outcome is unclear… ... more
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  • Michael Zwaagstra: Reading comprehension depends on content ...
    Walk into an elementary-school classroom and you’ll probably see a lot of books on the shelf. Take a closer look and you’ll often find a coloured dot, a number or a letter on each book’s spine. Those dots, numbers and letters show the reading level of each book. Books are… ... more
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  • Puck and pop stars face off at Juno Cup for school music cha...
    There are musical scores, there’s he-shoots-he-scores and the two of them — musicians and hockey players — mingle more than you might think. You only have to listen to The Tragically Hip sing about Bill Barilko and Bobby Orr, watch D.O.A.’s Takin’ Care of Business, or Stompin’ Tom Connors sing… ... more
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  • Two New Westminster schools to receive seismic upgrading
    The B.C. government says two schools at a high risk for earthquake damage in New Westminster will undergo seismic upgrades. Construction on Richard McBride and Lord Tweedsmuir is scheduled to begin this summer, and expected to be complete in fall 2020. The New Westminster school Ddistrict already has replaced seismic high-risk John… ... more
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  • Vancouver teacher suspended after distributing class materia...
    A teacher at an elementary school in Vancouver has been suspended while an investigation is underway into why the N-word was used in class material. The Vancouver School Board is not identifying the teacher pending the investigation results, but confirms a teacher at Trafalgar Elementary distributed worksheets to students with… ... more
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  • Douglas Todd: Who are the most educated in Canada? People of...
    Canadians of colour and children of immigrants tend to be far more educated than Canadian whites and aboriginals, according to two studies. “Canada’s white males are the least likely to hold university degrees in the knowledge economy,â€� says a report by Jack Jedwab, president of the Canadian Institute for Identities… ... more
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  • Four Metro Vancouver students nominated for Loran Scholars A...
    Four Metro Vancouver teenagers are among 88 national finalists for university scholarships awarded on the basis of marks, service to the community, and leadership. Grade 12 students Nika Asgari, Nerissa Kassis, Julian Miller and Nick Murray made the shortlist from 5,023 applications for the Loran Scholars Foundation award, considered one… ... more
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  • B.C. education minister, Chilliwack school board, call on Ba...
    The Chilliwack school board and B.C.’s education minister called on trustee Barry Neufeld to resign Friday over controversial “child abuse” remarks about transgender students. The move follows a motion of non-confidence in the board, passed earlier this week by the Chilliwack Teachers’ Association. Evelyn Novak, the Chilliwack superintendent of schools,… ... more
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  • Chilliwack teachers say education board has created ‘t...
    Chilliwack teachers are taking a stand against the district’s school trustees who oppose the province’s gender identity and sexual orientation curriculum, saying they have created a toxic work environment. At a meeting Tuesday, the Chilliwack Teachers’ Association passed a motion of non-confidence against the Chilliwack Board of Education after controversial comments… ... more
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  • Opinion: Teachers must expose students to more than one pers...
    There’s a fine line between teaching and brainwashing. Teaching informs students about the world around them and helps them become critical thinkers. In contrast, brainwashing provides students with heavily skewed information that leads to one predetermined conclusion. It’s easy to mix these two things up if we aren’t careful. People… ... more
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  • Douglas Todd: Five ways to protect free speech on campuses, ...
    Few issues more divide North American campuses than free expression. And conflict over it has further divided the right against the left. More exceptionally, free speech is also pitting the left against the left. How did North America get to this place, which has weakened progressive voices and allowed the… ... more
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  • Vancouver gym teacher suspended after student passes out fro...
    A Vancouver high school teacher has been suspended after he put a 15-year-old girl in a headlock in gym class and she passed out. On May 15, Weldon Cheung asked a female student in his Grade 10 physical education class to demonstrate a type of curl-up, according to an agreed… ... more
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  • Province seeking feedback on sexual violence policies at loc...
    The B.C. government wants students, faculty and staff to chime in on their post-secondary school’s sexual-violence policies. “Campuses must be safe places for learning and working,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “We want to raise awareness about sexual-violence policies at B.C.’s public, post-secondary institutions, find… ... more
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  • Teen creating app, summer camp to revive B.C. First Nations ...
    A 15-year-old high school student is turning to technology to help address a decades-old problem — how to revive an Indigenous language nearly lost to the residential school system. Tessa Erickson Tessa Erickson of the Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation near Fort St. James is creating an app and organizing a… ... more
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  • Court dismisses complaint about ‘Mickey Mouse’ c...
    An ex-Douglas College student’s court case against the New Westminster school over what she said was misleading information about the certificate she was promised has been dismissed. The lawsuit was filed by Agnes Tong in New Westminster small claims court, complaining an Aboriginal studies course got her a “Mickey Mouse”… ... more
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  • Letters to the Editor, Dec. 19
    POPE WAYNE One of my classmates in Mr. Scott’s Grade 8 class at Briar Hill Public School beat Pope Francis to the punch back in 1963. Wayne, who sat at the desk in front of me, loved to… ... more
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  • Decade-by-decade look at NHL in Toronto’s first 100 years
    The largest shadow in Toronto is not cast by the CN Tower, but the hockey team that plays nearby. A hundred years into team history, the city has changed dramatically, while its bond with the Maple Leafs has not. “I don’t think Canadian hockey would be anywhere near what it… ... more
    Torontosun -Edu7 months ago
  • NFL suspends Panthers’ Davis for goonish hit
    The NFL on Monday suspended Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis for two games without pay, for his goonish hit from behind to the head of defenceless Green Bay receiver Davante Adams. Davis showed immediate remorse for his action Sunday after an interception in the Panthers’ 31-24 victory. Davis can appeal the… ... more
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  • Leafs Locker: Early start no biggie for Andersen
    A 2 p.m. home game will take some getting used to for Frederik Andersen. It will be the goaltender’s first early start at the ACC since coming from the Anaheim Ducks a couple of years ago. “We used to have a lot of 5 p.m. games there on Sundays,â€� Andersen… ... more
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  • Canada’s prince and princess of pot — Marc and Jodi...
    TORONTO — A police investigation into marijuana operations of Canada’s self-proclaimed Prince and Princess of Pot offers a glimpse into the economics of the booming illegal storefront operations selling cannabis products. Jodie and Marc Emery pleaded guilty Monday to a number of drug-related charges related to what the Crown called… ... more
    Torontosun -Edu7 months ago
  • Kryk Slants: Counter-intuitive, hated catch rule clobbers us...
    OPENING KICKOFF For starters: Perspective on the big news The Oxford Dictionary defines the verb catch, in the applicable sporting sense, simply as to “capture … in hands, etc.â€� The NFL’s definition is considerably more verbose. And complicated. And hated. Today maybe more than ever. “Completing the catch to the… ... more
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  • AGAR: Kathleen Wynne’s 12 ‘daze’ of Christmas
      It’s scary to realize Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and I are thinking along the same lines.   Just as I was preparing my “12 Days of Christmasâ€� inventory to illuminate Wynne’s “naughtyâ€� list,… ... more
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  • WARMINGTON: Questions surround deaths of billionaire couple
     Some stunning new details about the gruesome discovery of the bodies of Toronto billionaires Honey and Barry Sherman have investigators  scratching their heads on why were they killed? Was this a double homicide? A murder-suicide?  In what Toronto Police call the “suspicious deathsâ€� of Apotex founder… ... more
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  • More from Valanciunas, extra rest: 5 things on the Raptors...
    We’re in the final week before Christmas and the Raptors are catching up on some rest Monday, so it’s the perfect opportunity to put together the wish list for this team for their Christmas morning stockings. Life has been pretty good of late for the Raptors, who have done what… ... more
    Torontosun -Edu7 months ago
  • Six dead, scores injured in Amtrak horror crash
    Six people were killed and scores more seriously injured Monday when an Amtrak train on its inaugural journey derailed on a bridge and slammed onto a busy highway. The incident happened south of Seattle. About 77 people were taken to local hospitals with some in critical condition. Passenger and railway… ... more
    Torontosun -Edu7 months ago
  • B.C. government commits $10.4 million to two Surrey schools ...
    Two Surrey schools will receive seismic upgrades. On Friday, the provincial government announced $10.4 million in funding for seismic upgrades at Mary Jane Shannon Elementary and Bear Creek Elementary. Construction at Mary Shannon, in the Guildford Park area, will begin in the fall of 2018, while construction at Bear Creek… ... more
    Vancouversun -Edu7 months ago
  • Teachers wanted: B.C. at ’crisis’ point in eff...
    Teachers have their pick of jobs in British Columbia, but the head of their union warns that some students are going without their specially trained educators who are covering substitute positions that districts haven’t been able to fill. B.C. Teachers Federation president Glen Hansman said students requiring one-on-one attention or… ... more
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  • Coquitlam school trustees’ free trips to China raise e...
    Coquitlam school trustees are under fire for taking Chinese-government-paid trips to China. For the past few years, some trustees, district officials and teachers have been taking 10-day trips during the March break paid for by Hanban, an arm of the Chinese government that funds the Confucius Institutes.  Confucius Institutes are… ... more
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  • B.C. government to improve drinking water in six schools, bu...
    The provincial government is upgrading drinking fountains in six B.C. schools, but that is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to removing lead from all students’ drinking water, according to a recent Postmedia investigation. The six schools are to receive $750,000 in updates, which will benefit 1,600… ... more
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  • Supreme Court of Canada considers Trinity Western University...
    Canada’s highest court engaged in a lively discussion about religious freedom on Thursday as it began a landmark two-day hearing into the right of Trinity Western University to grant law degrees. Proposed back in 2012, Canada’s first private law school was expected to open in September 2015, but legal opposition across… ... more
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  • Vancouver struggles to find substitutes when teachers absent
    The number of teacher absences that the Vancouver school district could not fill with substitutes more than quintupled from 928 days in the 2015-16 school year to 4,819 in 2016-17. “The district can’t handle day-to-day absences due to illness,” said Glen Hansman, president of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. “These are huge… ... more
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  • B.C. education minister blasts Chilliwack trustee’s &#...
    B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming says it’s “disturbing” that Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld spoke at a “hateful” event this week to oppose the province’s LGBTQ curriculum. Last month, Neufeld criticized the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity program, or SOGI, and wrote on social media that allowing kids to choose their… ... more
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  • Daphne Bramham: Teacher Daryl Mutz’s legacy lives on i...
    There were lots of days that Daryl Mutz was, frankly, terrified to enter the classroom at Vancouver’s Sir Charles Tupper Secondary. It was the late 1950s and mid-1960s, and Tupper wasn’t just another high school. It was a dumping ground for kids who had been kicked out or didn’t fit… ... more
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  • Opinion: The future is female — what’s to becom...
    Ontario Grade 12 student Erica Brown made the CBC News recently when she wore a T-shirt to her high school with the slogan, “The Future is Female.â€� A female teacher suggested Brown’s message might make some boys at the school feel uncomfortable and asked if she thought it would be… ... more
    Vancouversun -Edu9 months ago
  • Opinion: Public schools ask parents to sign away children...
    When my son started middle school last month, he brought home a slew of consent forms for this that and the other. Most weren’t problematic, but one was deeply troubling to me — the consent form for the Google Education App. In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection… ... more
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