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Kansas Economic Development Plan Focuses on Kids and Tech

(TNS) — Two years ago, Nick Poels decided he wanted K-12 students in his rural Kansas community of 2,500 to learn to code. Kids in Phillipsburg soon had a brand-new computer lab, and Poels hoped 20 or 30 children might use it.

“Within two weeks of school starting, we had 351 students involved,” he said.

Poels quickly realized he had touched on something.

At the time he was the economic development director for Phillips County, in north-central Kansas. Now he’s working with nonprofit NetWork Kansas on a new project to bring computer science education to K-12 schools across the state,

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‘What’s best for kids’ guided Pearson at EAWR

WOOD RIVER — After 21 years John Pearson, superintendent of East Alton-Wood River High School, will be retiring on Wednesday, June 30.

Pearson, who will be succeeded by Timothy R. “Rob” Miller, has led the school district since July 1, 2000.

According to Pearson, what he is most proud of during his time with EAWR is the relationships he has formed with the teachers, administrators and “thousands of kids” he has worked with at EAWR.

“I’d like to think I’ve had some small effect on these kids and their futures and their lives.” Pearson said.

Pearson credits “sheer osmosis” with

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‘Big burden’ for schools trying to give kids internet access

When the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools, educators had to figure out how to get kids online. Fast.

In a patchwork approach born of desperation, they scrounged wireless hot spots, struck deals with cable companies and even created networks of their own.

With federal relief money and assistance from state governments and philanthropists, they have helped millions of students get online for distance learning. Still, a year into the pandemic, millions of others remain without internet because of financial hurdles and logistical difficulties in getting students what they need.

There will soon be more money for schools to provide internet,

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