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Bwoglines: Way To Go, Italy Edition

Apparently it’s Thursday already…?

Happening in the World: Italy is set to become the first country to make learning about climate change required in schools. Starting next year, Italian students in every grade will study climate change and sustainability through environmentally focused lessons as well as in the context of “more traditional subjects, such as geography, maths, and physics.” A panel of experts, including Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development will help redevelop the national curriculum to pay more attention to climate change and sustainability (CNN).

Happening in the US:  Schools in Flint, Michigan are struggling to accommodate the increased demands for individualized education programs and behavioral interventions for children with high lead exposure. Now five years after the water crisis that “exposed nearly 30,000 schoolchildren to a neurotoxin known to have detrimental effects on children’s developing brains and nervous systems,… the percentage of the city’s students who qualify for special education services has nearly doubled.” The district is unable to fund necessary special education programs; The Michigan Legislature’s recently passed a budget providing a modest increase in education spending, but they rejected a proposal to give more funds to schools with high concentrations of special education students, like Flint (NYT).

Happening in New York: Loree K. Sutton, a veteran and former head of New York City’s veterans’ affairs office announced her first run for public office, declaring her candidacy to become the 110th mayor of New York. Her campaign looks promising to some, but others wonder if this more moderate democrat could become New York City’s first female mayor (NYT).

Happening on Campus: Tonight is the opening night of Linguistic Features of AAVE (African American Vernacular English) presented by NOMADS! Pop over to the Glicker-Milstein Theatre at 8:00 pm, or, if you can’t make it tonight, there are performances at 8:00 pm tomorrow, and 2:00 pm and 7:00  pm on Saturday (Linguistic Features of AAVE).

Today’s Holiday: Today is National Stress Awareness day! Stay zen! (Holidays Calendar)

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