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Lawmakers debate ways to expand early childhood education

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A key New Mexico lawmaker said Thursday that he agreed with early childhood education experts who say expanded pre-kindergarten programs could help alleviate poverty in one of the nation’s poorest states. But Sen. John Arthur Smith, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, told The ...

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Trump promotes job training as employers search for workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Promoting a robust economy, President Donald Trump pressed U.S. companies and trade associations on Thursday to enhance their job training programs as employers search for qualified skilled workers to fill vacancies. “We need people with training,” Trump declared. At an event in the East Room, Trump told ...

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Kentucky board approves tax increase to make schools safer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky school board has approved a property tax increase to fund a $13.5 million initiative to help prevent school shootings. The Fayette County Public Schools board voted 4-0 Wednesday to add a 5-cent property tax for every $100 of property values, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported ...

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Big move for Big Bird: Sesame Street is entering classrooms

SEATTLE (AP) — Sesame Street is taking its beloved, critically acclaimed brand of educational television into the highly profitable world of classroom curriculum — a move that experts say could open the door for other companies to move into the sensitive learning space with possible influence on children. Sesame Workshop, ...

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Phillips: Collegiate Esports are on the rise but will have to figure out how to be more appealing and welcoming to female gamers

“I want to emphasize ‘varsity’ because to these institutions, there is no structural difference between their Esports department and their athletics department, or the teams competing under those different departments,” said Michael Brooks, Executive Director of NACE. “These are student-athletes. They have scholarships. They have dedicated Esports arenas on campus ...

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Singapore personal data hack hits 1.5m, health authority says

Image copyright EPA Hackers have stolen personal data in Singapore belonging to some 1.5 million people, or about a quarter of the population, officials say. They broke into the government health database in a “deliberate, targeted and well-planned” attack, according to a government statement. Those targeted visited clinics between 1 ...

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Hackers net almost $1m in Russian bank raid

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russian banks have been hit several times by the MoneyTaker hacking gang A notorious hacking gang has struck again, stealing almost £700,000 ($910,000) from a Russian bank, reports a cyber-security company. Group-IB was called in to help Russia’s PIR Bank after it noticed the ...

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