While many Michigan students go virtual, some Ann Arbor parents continue push for in-person classes

ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor Public Schools has been hearing from frustrated parents sounding the alarm about their children’s needs not being met by remote-only learning since the beginning of the school year.

Others have used school board meetings to press the district on the “unattainable” metrics they said it has developed to allow for a return to the classroom.

These grievances have become commonplace as AAPS remains one of just 14% of districts statewide still offering only fully remote instruction. Similarly sized districts have either stayed in virtual learning the entire school year or switched to completely virtual learning in recent weeks.

AAPS is operating on the side of caution to limit the spread of COVID-19, district officials said. But some parents said they worry about the potential impact that being socially isolated from their peers so long will have on students.

More than just high schools are

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Singapore School of Science and Technology and Ngee Ann Poly to launch Integrated Diploma Programme, Parenting & Education News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – The Singapore School of Science and Technology (SST) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) will be launching a pilot Integrated Diploma Programme (IDP).

It is for students who are strong academically and display an aptitude in applied Science, technology, engineering, as well as mathematics (Stem). They must also want to pursue a polytechnic education.

Under the programme, students from SST will progress directly to a Stem course in NP without having to sit the O levels.

The IDP was announced by Education Minister Lawrence Wong on Tuesday (Nov 17) at SST’s 10th anniversary celebrations, which was held virtually.

SST is a specialised independent school that offers a four-year secondary O-level programme, with a focus on applied learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, aesthetics and mathematics.

The applied learning approach is to connect theoretical concepts to real life applications.

There are three other specialised independent schools in Singapore

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Ann Arbor SPARK to connect job seekers, employers at Tech Homecoming on November 24

ANN ARBOR – Ann Arbor SPARK’s annual Tech Homecoming event is going virtual this year.

Tech Homecoming, an event that connects growing companies and job seekers, will be held online this year on Tuesday, November 24, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Although Tech Homecoming is free, registration is required.

“Originally conceived as a way to kick off the long Thanksgiving weekend, Tech Homecoming is a chance to show off the abundant career opportunities Ann Arbor has to offer,” said Jenn Cornell Queen, Ann Arbor SPARK senior vice president, marketing, communications, and events.

“We broadly market Tech Homecoming to areas outside of Michigan where we know tech talent is located as a way to attract their attention to Ann Arbor’s vibrant tech ecosystem, its range of driving industry businesses, and the innovation that’s happening here. Although virtual this year, we’re as excited as ever to provide companies the chance to

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