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‘My robot makes me feel like I haven’t been forgotten’

Image copyright Rachel Johnson/No Isolation Image caption Zoe Johnson can take part in lessons and chat to friends through her remote robot Internet-connected robots that can stream audio and video are increasingly helping housebound sick children and elderly people keep in touch with teachers, family and friends, combating the scourge ...

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Missouri Gov. Parson names 2 new education board members

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday appointed a local school board president and a former technical college president to the state’s once-embattled K-12 education board, bringing it close to fully staffed. Seven of eight seats on the State Board of Education now are filled, a ...

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Government accuses Harvard of ‘outright racial balancing’

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its latest push to end the use of race in college admissions, the Trump administration on Thursday accused Harvard University of “engaging in outright racial balancing” and sided with Asian-American students who allege the Ivy League school discriminated against them. Harvard denied the bias claim and ...

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England’s schools face ‘severe’ teacher shortage

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are particular shortages of science teachers England’s schools are facing a “severe shortage” of teachers, with bigger class sizes and more subjects taught by staff without a relevant degree, says the Education Policy Institute (EPI). The independent think tank says that as schools ...

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Dentists say fines deterring poor patients

Image copyright Getty Images The British Dental Association says a “huge fall” in people on low incomes going to the dentist in England is because they fear being wrongly fined when they claim for free treatment. The most recent annual figures show almost 370,000 fines for people accused of “misclaiming” ...

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Report: More Idaho students experiencing homelessness

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A new report says the number of Idaho public school students experiencing homelessness has grown by 64 percent over seven years. A report from the Idaho Asset Building Network states that 2.6 percent of Idaho’s public school students qualified as homeless last year, compared to 1.6 ...

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NI mother wins Supreme Court benefit case

Image caption Siobhan McLaughlin lived with her partner John Adams for 23 years and they had four children together An unmarried mother has won access to a Widowed Parent’s Allowance in a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Mother of four, Siobhan McLaughlin from County Antrim lived with her partner for 23 ...

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Emails while commuting ‘should count as work’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The spread of mobile internet has turned the commute into an extension of the working day Commuters are so regularly using travel time for work emails that their journeys should be counted as part of the working day, researchers say. Wider access to wi-fi ...

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