Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here TAGSSchoolsThe Conversation Previous articleDemings, Rutherford reintroduce Protect and Serve ActNext articleWould you make a great mentor? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Michael Addonizio is a Professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Wayne State University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here By Michael Addonizio, Wayne State UniversityWhen I was asked to support a federal lawsuit that says Detroit’s deteriorating schools were having a negative impact on students’ ability to learn, the decision was a no-brainer.Detroit’s schools are so old and raggedy that last year the city’s schools chief, Nikolai Vitti, ordered the water shut off across the district due to lead and copper risks from antiquated plumbing. By mid-September, elevated levels of copper and lead were confirmed in 57 of 86 schools tested.Safe water isn’t the only problem in Detroit schools. A 2018 assessment found that it would cost about US$500 million to bring Detroit’s schools into a state of repair – a figure that could grow to $1.4 billion if the school district waits another five years to address the problems. A school board official concluded that the district would have to “pick and choose” which repairs to make because there isn’t enough money to make them all.Even though a federal judge tossed out the lawsuit that I supported, the judge recognized how the deteriorating state of Detroit’s schools impact student learning. The central argument of the lawsuit is that children have a constitutional right to literacy, and that the state was violating that right by failing to provide enough resources for Detroit’s school system.“The conditions and outcomes of Plaintiffs’ schools, as alleged, are nothing short of devastating,” U.S. District Court JudgeStephen J. Murphy III wrote. “When a child who could be taught to read goes untaught, the child suffers a lasting injury – and so does society.”But Judge Murphy found that the “deplorable and unsafe conditions” that deny children access to literacy were not shown to stem from “irrational” decisions of the State. The case has been appealed to the U.S. 6th Circuit.A nationwide problemDetroit’s dilemma is not unique.Water coolers were brought in to dozens of Detroit public schools in 2018 after the discovery of elevated levels of lead or copper in school drinking fountains.Paul Sancya/APBefore I became a professor of educational leadership and policy, I served as assistant state superintendent for research and policy in the Michigan Department of Education. I know a thing or two about how poor school facilities can have an effect on student learning. One recent study, for instance, found that in schools without air conditioning, for every one Fahrenheit degree increase in school year temperature, the amount learned that year goes down by 1 percent.Crumbling schools can be found throughout the nation. These schools are disproportionately attended by low-income children of color. And it’s been that way for a while. For instance, a 1996 report by the General Accounting Office found that schools in “unsatisfactory physical and environmental condition” were “concentrated in central cities and serve large populations of poor or minority students.”A 2014 Department of Education study found that it would cost about $197 billion to bring the nation’s deteriorating public schools into good condition.The harshness of the conditions that have plagued the nation’s schools was captured in a case known as Williams v. California, a class action lawsuit that the ACLU filed in 2000 on behalf of California’s low-income students of color.“The school has no air conditioning. On hot days classroom temperatures climb into the 90s,” the lawsuit stated in reference to the grim conditions at Luther Burbank middle school in San Francisco. “The school heating system does not work well. In winter, children often wear coats, hats, and gloves during class to keep warm.”A similar situation happened in Baltimore’s public schools in January 2018, when the city’s schools were closed after parents and educators complained that students were being exposed to frigid conditions that the local teachers union described as “inhumane.”A few years ago in the Yazoo County School District in Mississippi, the lights were so old at the high school that maintenance workers couldn’t find replacement bulbs when the lights went out.In Philadelphia, the head of the teachers union recently described the current state of the city’s schools as “untenable.”“From flaking lead paint, asbestos exposure, persistent rodent issues, the presence of mold, and even the lack of heat on bitterly cold days, educators and children in Philadelphia are learning and working in environmentally toxic facilities every day,” Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, wrote in a January op-ed.Costs and consequencesIndeed, miserable conditions like these are not only hard on the children. They seriously impair school districts’ ability to retain their most valuable asset – their teachers. Teachers leave their jobs for a variety of reasons, but facility quality is a key factor.Addressing the infrastructure needs of America’s public schools will be costly. However, continuing to ignore them would be even more costly. The educational impact of substandard facilities on students cannot be overstated. For example, at one elementary school in the Detroit “right to literacy” case that I supported, not a single sixth-grade student could read at a minimally proficient level. Perhaps poor facilities can’t be blamed entirely for the low reading ability at this particular school – but those conditions are still a potential factor.Who should pay for it?Funding for public education, including school facilities, is primarily a state and local matter. But while most states have tried to help poor local districts with basic operating expenses – such as paying teachers and buying supplies and materials – state support for school infrastructure has been much less reliable.Local districts vary widely – usually along lines of race – in their ability to build or renovate schools. Property-poor districts, including most big city districts, are left behind.Congress now has an opportunity to address this problem. The House has begun hearings on the Rebuild America’s School Act of 2019. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, a Democrat from Virginia, the bill would invest $100 billion over 10 years in fixing America’s public schools.Even for people who aren’t convinced that federal money should be spent on fixing America’s schools, there are other factors to consider when weighing the merits of the bill. For instance, the bill would create nearly 1.9 million jobs. This figure is based on an analysis that found 17,785 jobs are created for each $1 billion spent on construction. The estimate factors in an overall $107 billion investment when state and local resources are taken into account.The $100 billion investment would also stimulate property values in communities where schools would be fixed. For all those reasons and more, passage of this bill should be a no-brainer.
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Just Help wins 1999 BT eBusiness Innovation Award Tagged with: Awards Howard Lake | 26 November 1999 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Charity Just Help has won the BT eBusiness Innovation Award for its use of the Web to support its work with Kosovan refugees. The appeal was set up over the 1999 Easter weekend. The Web site and e-mail news list helped the charity communicate wth 400 people in five countries to raise funds and recruit volunteers. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 32 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement
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74 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Melanie May | 29 June 2017 | News Better collaboration between probate practitioners & charities needed says report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Tagged with: legacies Research / statistics Better collaboration is needed between those managing legacies within charities and their probate practitioner counterparts, according to a research report by law firm Penningtons Manches.The Charity Legacy Report 2017 examines the opinions and perceptions of charity legacy officers and probate practitioners working in the specialist area of charitable legacies and reveals that legacy officers and probate practitioners expressed varying degrees of frustration and unhappiness with a number of aspects of their working relationship.Authored by the Penningtons Manches charity sector team, the report is based on an independent survey carried out by Research Oxford and covers seven key topics:competency and level of understanding of the law, tax and regulatory requirements frequency and tone of communicationthe desire for greater collaboration between charitieschallenges to the effective administration of charity legaciesunderstanding each other’s needsthe need for greater guidance and formal regulationreputational issues for charitiesIt shows that while legacy officers and probate practitioners were predominantly satisfied with their own experience of dealing with charity legacies, they were less satisfied with some elements of the performance of others. 82% of legacy officers believe they provide a caring, compassionate and personalised approach to their work, while only 54% of probate practitioners agree with this assessment.In addition, over a third (34%) of the legacy officers with the most experience questioned were concerned by probate practitioners’ lack of understanding of some tax exemptions and reliefs. Furthermore, only 38% of legacy officers were satisfied with the willingness of probate practitioners to accept assistance with charity law requirements. The same proportion were dissatisfied with the frequency of updates provided by probate practitioners (rising to 41% amongst those with over ten years’ experience).In contrast, 46% of probate practitioners were unhappy with the frequency with which legacy officers check in with them and 47% were unhappy with the level of detail they request. According to Pennington Manches, this demonstrates a mismatch between the respective expectations about the process of administering charity legacies.Tone of correspondence was another area highlighted by the results: 55% of probate practitioners agreed that the tone of correspondence from charities is appropriate while 29% actively disagreed. Over a third (36%) also believed that legacy officers do not personalise their approach to suit the circumstances of each individual legacy.While the majority of legacy officers feel that they fully understand the relevant areas of law and most of them are very satisfied with the level of specialist training they have received, their confidence in their own charity’s senior managers and trustees’ awareness is much lower according to the report. 52% agreed that their charity’s senior managers had a good understanding of the relevant areas of law and 29% agreed their charity’s trustees grasped these issues.Alison Talbot, head of charities at Penningtons Manches, said:“The attitude of some probate practitioners is a real concern for charities. It might be that some of them feel defensive or simply do not understand the requirements of charities in relation to the collection of charity legacies. However, even if the charity sector finds the views of the probate practitioners frustrating, it has to take notice of the concerns as these individuals are often the gatekeepers to future charity legacies.”“For the probate practitioners, there are some salutary messages about the perceived standards of service and competency. The report exposes shortcomings amongst some probate practitioners when dealing with technical issues that can arise in the administration of estates involving charities, and the regularity with which some mistakes are being made is a real worry. ” Advertisement Chris Millward, chief executive of the Institute of Legacy Management, said:“We welcome this research and the insight it provides into the crucial relationship between charity legacy professionals and solicitors. The problems highlighted are sadly very familiar to the Institute of Legacy Management and our members. 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An agreement was reached on Tuesday 15 December between the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on the controversial draft Trade Secrets Directive. Despite sometimes tough debates, the final text hopefully includes exceptions for exercising the right to freedom of expression and information, but journalists and media associations will remain vigilant. Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en December 17, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF and media freedom organisations hail changes to trade secrets directive Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European Magazine Media Association (EMMA), the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU – UER) take note of the generally satisfactory amendments made to the initial draft Directive on Trade Secrets. However, whereas it aims at protecting businesses from industrial espionage, the newly adopted Directive could still have significant implications for media freedom if the safeguards put in place are not properly implemented. The text, which has been under intense discussions between the EU institutions (Parliament, Commission and Council) over the last months is now amended in a way that whenever “the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information as set out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of EU, including respect for freedom and pluralism of the media” is made, this Directive does not apply. The co-signatory associations are happy to see that the initial wording requiring journalists to make “legitimate use of the right to freedom of expression…” has eventually been rejected. Such a wording would have set a very dangerous precedent for media freedom in Europe. In these circumstances they would have had to justify the exercise of their right leading ultimately to self-censorship as soon as they are investigating industrial and corporate affairs.Finally, the text also foresees an exception for whistleblowers providing that the Directive does not apply insofar as the trade secret was acquired, used or disclosed “for the purpose of revealing a misconduct, wrongdoing or illegal activity” and that the respondent revealed this information “for the purpose of protecting the general public interest”. This version of the draft Directive has yet to be approved by the Permanent Representatives Committee of the Council of the EU. It should then be voted by the European Parliament in the spring 2016. EMMA, ENPA, the EFJ, RSF and EBU will be paying close attention to how EU Member States transpose this European Directive in order to make sure it does not lead to further restrictions on media freedom. Europe – Central Asia “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Receive email alerts News June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more Europe – Central Asia News News to go further
News to go further Burkina FasoAfrica April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Burkina FasoAfrica As Burkina Faso’s new authorities have pledged to end impunity and corruption, Reporters Without Borders urges them to reopen the investigation into the death of journalist Norbert Zongo, whose killers have never been identified in the nearly 16 years since his murder.Speaking with all the determination of someone starting a new era, interim President Michel Kafando said at his inauguration on 21 November: “This revolution is just the outcome of society’s exasperation with flagrant injustice, nepotism, impunity and corruption. The people’s message is clear and we have heard it: no more injustice ever (…) Everything therefore leads us to assume our responsibilities and answer this call.”Of all the many cases of corruption, injustice and impunity that marked the newly resigned Blaise Compaoré’s 27 years as president, the murder of Norbert Zongo, the editor of a weekly called L’Indépendant, was one that most shocked the people. His remains were found along with those of three other people on 13 December 1998 in a car that had been torched, in Sapouy, 100 kilometres south of Ouagadougou. At the time of his death, he had been investigating the death of David Ouédraogo, who worked as a driver for François Compaoré, the president’s brother and adviser.The finger of suspicion for Zongo’s death quickly pointed at François Compaoré and the presidential guard, namely Marcel Kafando, one of its members. Public pressure forced the government to appoint an independent commission of enquiry in which Reporters Without Borders participated. In 2001, Reporters Without Borders also filed a complaint against Blaise Compaoré when the Burkinabe president visited France.Nonetheless, political pressure on the judicial authorities proved effective and the government managed to keep the lid on the case for 16 years. In July 2006, charges were dismissed against the main suspect and the investigation was closed. Zongo’s murderers were never arrested.“We welcome the interim president’s statements,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “They now remain to be put into effect. A line must be drawn once and for all under the political practices of the past. We ask the new authorities to reopen the Zongo case and identify those responsible for this appalling murder.”The inadequacies of the judicial investigation, criticized at the time by many human rights and media freedom organizations including Reporters Without Borders, recently received fresh condemnation from the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR).The ACHPR issued a long ruling on 28 March about the many flaws in the investigation including its length (nearly eight years), the delays in questioning witnesses and, most extraordinarily of all, the fact that the case was dropped in 2006 without any perpetrator being identified. The commission also noted that this denial of justice generally put pressure on the media.In the judicial decision issued on 19 July 2006, the case against Marcel Kafando and person unknown was dismissed. Although the case was dropped against the person regarded until then as the main suspect, the judicial investigation should have continued with the aim of identifying both the perpetrators and masterminds of Zongo’s murder. But the judicial authorities brought the entire investigation to an end and refused to reopen it, despite appeals filed by the Zongo family and new evidence produced by Reporters Without Borders.The fact that the Zongo case continues to be an open wound in Burkina Faso was seen yet again when the new interim president came under fire from civil society after appointing Adama Sagnon, the former prosecutor in charge of the Zongo case, to the culture ministry. Sagnon resigned on 25 November, barely 48 hours after being appointed.Burkina Faso is ranked 52nd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.More information on the Norbert Zongo case. (Photo logo : Norbert Zongo)(Photo slideshow: Poster for the 14th anniversary of Norbert Zongo’s death, in 2012 – AFP/ AHMED OUOBA) News Follow the news on Burkina Faso June 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts November 26, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Will light now be shed on journalist Norbert Zongo’s 1998 murder? May 5, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder News French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali News Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso Organisation
Written by Beau Lund January 16, 2020 /Sports News – National Mets manager Carlos Beltran resigns following Astros cheating scandal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) — New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran resigned from his position following his implication in Major League Baseball’s sign-stealing scandal, the team announced Thursday. The 42-year-old is the latest member of the 2017 Houston Astros to lose their job after the MLB revealed the team’s staff used video monitoring to steal the signs of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the World series. In a statement, Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and Executive Vice President and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said they met with Beltran Wednesday night and agreed to “mutually part ways.” “It became clear to all parties that it was not in anyone’s best interest for Carlos to move forward as manager,” they said in their statement.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
According to a study from Oxford’s Department of Experimental Psychology, a kiss can reveal certain vital things about a potential future partner.The study, conducted by Rafael Wlodarski and Robin Dunbar, involved an online questionnaire which asked more than 900 adults about the importance of kissing in both short and long term relationships.The responses to the survey reveal that women apparently value kissing more highly in relationships than men, perhaps because women have to invest more time in having offspring due to the typical 40-week length of a pregnancy as well as any subsequent period of breast-feeding.Somewhat surprisingly, the team conducting the research found that sex doesn’t appear to be a driving factor in the reasons why humans kiss. As Wlodarski explained, “We found that the amount of sex in a relationship was not related to relationship satisfaction.“This is not to say that more kissing leads to a healthier relationship – it could be that a healthier relationship leads to more kissing, but the two seem to be related.”In the survey, more frequent kissing was linked to higher-quality long-term relationships with a increased rate of partner satisfaction.One Wadham student commented, “It seems a bit laughable at first, really, [but] it is probably worth pursuing in order to work out which reasons for kissing are stronger than others.”A first year at Exeter College said, “Research like this almost takes the romance out of relationships – there must be some intellectual drives as well as biological or physical ones.”Thomas Wilson, another Exeter fresher, was more eloquent, declaring, “I like kissing.”
n Sales of New York Bagel Company-branded bagels have increased 30% in the last few weeks following a TV advertising campaign. Owner, Maple Leaf Bakery UK, said sales were flying since the adverts first aired on 6 October.n International food and drink exhibition IFE 07 will showcase 45 confectionery and bakery firms at ExCel in London – from 18 March to 21 March – including Roberts Bakery and Rich Products.The 15th biennial show includes new sections such as Food on the Move, Fit For Kids and Organic Natural Products.n Irish company WGP is seeking £2.8m in funding for further development of a new technology that enables cooked and frozen pizzas to be reheated in the packaging and delivered via an ATM-style vending machine.Some Italian restaurants in France are already serving hot pizza via this method, which is called “pizza regeneration”. WGP owns the worldwide rights under licence.n Dawn Farm Foods, based in Ireland and part of the Queally Group of companies, has bought TMI Foods – a supplier to the sandwich sector. TMI’s expertise in microwave-cooked bacon and vegetables will complement Dawn Farm Foods’ range of products, according to the company.