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Prepping for the right college may mean buckling down for four years from 9th to 12th grade. However, the question then becomes: Where do you go to get the best education that will prepare you for the future?

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To help, U.S. News ranked the top best public high schools in the nation. The rankings include data on more than 24,000 public high schools across the nation with nearly 18,000 schools being evaluated based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

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Although the highest-ranked schools are scattered throughout the country, sitting atop the coveted list is Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia.

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The school garnered the title due to its best-in-state performance in English and math assessments, 100 percent graduation rate and its top ranking in college readiness, U.S. News revealed.

Although Virginia lays claim to the number one spot, roughly 63 percent of high schools in the San Jose, California metro area reside in the top 25 percent of the national rankings. Meanwhile, half of the public high schools in Massachusetts also sit within the top 25 percent of the national rankings, the outlet revealed. However, the top 100 schools on the list span across 29 states, according to the report.

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No 10 'told not to publicise PPE shipment from Turkey'

Downing Street ‘told not to publicise PPE shipment from Turkey’ in case it didn’t turn up before minister Robert Jenrick’s embarrassing announcement about gowns and masks which took days to arrive

  • Officials  reportedly warned that an announcement could backfire 
  • But Mr Jenrick announced the consignment from Turkey on Saturday evening
  • Education Secretary Gavin Williamson had to reveal it was delayed following day
  • Planload of gowns eventually arrived on Wednesday, three days later than billed 
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Downing Street ignored a Department of Health  warning not to announce the imminent delivery of vital safety equipment from Turkey which later turned into a farce by taking days to arrive, it was claimed today.

Senior officials reportedly warned No 10 and Communities Minister Robert Jenrick that any public confirmation of the plane-load of personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS staff battling coronavirus could backfire.

But Jenrick was authorised to announce its imminent arrival on Saturday, a decision which sparked major embarrassment when it became clear it would not be ready in time.

It finally arrived in the UK yesterday after an RAF aircraft was sent to Istanbul and the Turkish Government stepped in to gift equipment because the firm paid to deliver it was unable to do so.   

It comes amid an apparent rift between Matt Hancock and Downing Street, with No 10 officials accused of lining up the Health Secretary as a ‘fall guy’ for coronavirus failures. 

A Department of Health Source told the Guardian: ‘We strongly advised Robert Jenrick against doing this but he and No 10 overruled us. 

Communities Minister Robert Jenrick was authorised to announce its imminent arrival on Saturday, a decision which sparked major embarrassment when it became clear it would not be ready in time

An Airbus A400M at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire yesterday that is believed to have carried the PPE supplied from Instanbul

It comes amid an apparent rift between Matt Hancock and Downing Street, with No 10 officials accused of lining up the Health Secretary as a ‘fall guy’ for coronavirus failures

‘The advice we gave as a department as that we shouldn’t mention individual orders of PPE. But for whatever reason it wasn’t followed.’ 

However a source close to Mr Hancock said that this description of events was ‘wrong’. 

The first of a hoped-for three flights from Turkey landed at RAF Brize Norton in the early hours of Wednesday after collecting a shipment of equipment including 400,000 badly needed surgical gowns. 

Mr Jenrick announced with fanfare on Saturday that the consignment – enough to keep the NHS supplied for several days – was coming, before Education Secretary Gavin Williams humiliatingly admitted the following day that it had been postponed.

He voiced hopes that it would arrive on Monday but it took an additional two days to arrive. 

Fury over coronavirus PPE shortages is escalating amid claims the government was ignoring offers of help from businesses – and millions of pieces of PPE are still being shipped out of the UK in spite of the lack of equipment for NHS frontline staff.

Reports suggested that the Government missed out on 16million facemasks for the NHS after ignoring offers from two major firms

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Council agrees to shut public footpath to protect boy 7, from Covid-19

Farmer wins fight with council to close off footpath outside his home after saying his son, 7, with cystic fibrosis could catch coronavirus off up to 200 walkers who use it daily

  • Gruff Jones’ parents feared walkers could have spread Covid-19 to his home
  • Denbighshire Council removed signs warning walkers to stay away from the farm
  • The same council has now agreed to shut two paths near Merllyn Farm, Ruthin 
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Farming parents have won a fight with the council to close off a footpath on their land to protect their seven-year-old son who has cystic fibrosis.

Little Gruff Jones’  parents fear the 200 daily walkers using the popular path in North Wales could be spreading coronavirus to their home.

Dad Eilir put signs up outside their farmhouse asking walkers to stay away – but they were taken away by council officials.

The family begged the for the path to be closed, saying it was a ‘life or death,’ situation for Gruff who takes 40 tablets-a-day for his condition.

Denbighshire Council has now relented and shut the footpath at Merllyn Farm in Ruthin, North Wales.

The Jones’ family has won a fight to close footpaths on their land in Ruthin, North Wales, to prevent Gruff, seven, catching coronavirus from walkers 

Gruff’s mum explained the family uses the same gate as public walkers for their daily exercise and they needed to protect Gruff, who has a cystic fibrosis 

Dad Eilir said: ‘For Gruff this is a life and death situation. He needs to take 40 tablets a day, and he needs to be outdoors to keep his lungs going.

‘He has a daily exercise regime which includes walking, running and using a trampoline. He’s very good at sticking to it because he knows how serious his condition is.

‘He also helps with lambing because it involves him running to catch the lambs, which helps clear mucus from his lungs.

‘But Gruff is at serious risk from coronavirus and every day we worry about him catching it on the farm or that we take it back the house.’

Mum Elliw Angharad said up to 200-walkers a day use the path.

She said: ‘He needs more exercise than most adults or other children because of the condition – he needs to open up his lungs and get rid of the mucus.

Little Gruff Jones, pictured above, has a daily exercise routine that includes running, walking and using the trampoline to get plenty of air into his lungs as he battles cystic fibrosis

‘We use the same gates as everyone else. It could be us bringing coronavirus to Gruff.’

A spokesperson for Denbighshire council said: ‘Due to the farm being home to a child who could be very vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus, it was felt the increased use of these paths was likely to be of mutual concern to all.

‘It was agreed that two footpaths in the area will therefore be closed until the situation eases – although the matter will be kept under regular review.

‘The council apologises for the inconvenience this action may well cause but would ask that walkers respect this decision given its context and make use of the many other walking opportunities available in the vicinity.’

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