Aaryn Birchell: School funding amendment just doesn’t measure up

I needed a tape measure to help me prepared my small classroom to fit 36 high school students for this unprecedented 2020 school year. Amid all the drama of this year’s pandemic, with school closures, economic hardships, schools reopening and everything else 2020 brought, something just isn’t measuring up.

Did we forget that the very foundation of Utah’s constitutional school funding is up for a vote this November? The Legislature has placed Constitutional Amendment G on the ballot, asking you to weaken the 90-year-old guarantee that our income taxes are dedicated to funding education. Frankly, this amendment is a terrible idea, and I hope you’ll vote no on G.

Even in the difficulty of the Great Depression, Utah’s political leaders and voters recognized that schools needed a reliable, protected source of funding. In a state that places such high priority on raising children, our Utah Constitution reflects that commitment to

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Mario Draghi Says Stimulus Must Create New Jobs, Not Save Old Ones

(Bloomberg) — Former European Central Bank President Mario Draghi urged governments to channel stimulus funds toward sectors that can create new jobs for young people rather than spending money to defend the status quo.



Mario Draghi wearing a suit and tie: Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), gestures while speaking during a rates decision news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The ECB sent its strongest signal yet that monetary support for the euro-area economy will be stepped up after the summer break, with lower interest rates and renewed asset purchases on the table.


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Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), gestures while speaking during a rates decision news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The ECB sent its strongest signal yet that monetary support for the euro-area economy will be stepped up after the summer break, with lower interest rates and renewed asset purchases on the table.

“Subsidies will have to go down but at the same time jobs will be created,” Draghi said at an online event. “It’s very good if the government succeeds in giving jobs and taking out subsidies, and again it’s especially good for young people.”

Draghi has largely kept a low profile after retiring from the ECB

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A Democratic Win Could Mean Big Changes For Education

Tonight, as Joe Biden accepts the Democratic nomination, his party is well-positioned for the fall. Indeed, it’s possible—even likely—that Democrats will claim unified control of the White House and Congress. As the Democratic National Convention wraps, it’s a good time to take a look at just what a big Democratic win might mean for education.

It’s true that Joe Biden was the most centrist top-tier candidate in the 2020 Democratic field and has spent nearly half a century as a fixture of the party’s moderate wing. But it’s also the case that he’s sketched the most expansive, ambitious federal education agenda in the nation’s history.

And big change may be uniquely possible next year for two reasons. The first is Democratic talk of abolishing the Senate filibuster, allowing a bare Senate majority to pass major legislation. It’s

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Indiana alters student count to maintain school funding

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Oracle Takes on Tech Skills Gap with Free Training

Every day we hear more about the IT skills gap afflicting companies around the world. As more businesses seek to accelerate their own digital transformations, many are finding it difficult, often even impossible, to find people with the right skillsets in cloud computing, business applications, software development—you name it. That is a major problem not just for individual companies but for the economy at large.

The issue is understandable in that technology is changing so fast that it’s hard for businesses and their employees to keep pace.

To address this critical need, Oracle University just launched an initiative to train business professionals on more than 50 technology job roles that are important to nearly every company. The new Oracle Learning Explorer program offers free entry-level training to help businesses and their employees cultivate IT skills across Oracle’s entire product stack, including: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Autonomous Database, HCM, ERP, DevOps, and

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Hong Kong education official arrested over accessing database for details on son’s secondary school placement



a sign above a store: The exterior of the Independent Commission Against Corruption headquarters in North Point. Photo: Felix Wong


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The exterior of the Independent Commission Against Corruption headquarters in North Point. Photo: Felix Wong

A Hong Kong education official has been arrested and charged by the city’s graft-buster over the dishonest use of his department’s computer system to obtain information about his son’s secondary school placement.

Education Bureau employee Pang Wai-kit, 57, was charged with 10 counts of accessing a computer with criminal or dishonest intent, and will appear in Kwun Tong Court on Monday.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) alleged that the education official, who was posted to the School Places Allocation Section, had obtained access to the bureau’s Education Information System, which carried the Secondary One Allocation database for internal assessment results in relation to his son’s secondary school placement.

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Architectural Firm AO Launches New Science and Technology Design Studio, Adds New Address in Northern California

AO merges with Silicon Valley-based science and technology architecture firm WHL Architects, forming AO Science + Technology

Douglas White, Principal, AO

Douglas White, AIA, NCARB, principal and leader of AO’s Science + Technology Studio

Douglas White, AIA, NCARB, principal and leader of AO’s Science + Technology Studio

ORANGE, Calif. and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Architectural services firm AO today announces the launch of a new design studio, AO Science + Technology, following its merger with WHL Architects, a Sunnyvale-based science and technology design firm founded in 1987 by Douglas White, AIA, NCARB. White joins AO as a principal and will spearhead the new science and technology studio alongside AO Partner Rob Budetti.

With offices in three of the nation’s leading life science and tech hubs –  Silicon Valley, San Diego and Orange County – the AO Science + Technology design studio will provide design

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United Airlines To Cut 16,000 Jobs When Federal Aid Dries Up This Fall

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United Airlines on Wednesday announced it will join American Airlines in cutting thousands of jobs in October due to ongoing low demand and the impending end of federal aid under the CARES Act.

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After warning 36,000 of its nearly 92,000 employees last month that their positions were at risk, United announced it’s preparing to cut 16,370 workers on October 1. 

The non-voluntary cuts will impact 6,920 flight attendants, 2,850 pilots, 2,260 working in airport operations, 2,010 mechanics and 1,400 management jobs. 

Many of the workers will be furloughed, meaning they can return to their positions when demand picks up again.

Around 7,400 United employees have already chosen to leave the company and 20,000 others are on temporary leave programs. 

American Airlines made a similar announcement last week, with 19,000 employees expected to lose

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COVID-19 adds more than $18 million to projected education budget

So far, COVID-19 has added an additional $18.4 million in infrastructure and cleaning costs to the budget for the coming school year in New Brunswick, according to figures released by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. 

That figure includes “an increase in custodians to meet new cleaning protocols, increased sanitization and custodial supplies and personal protective equipment for schools,” said the statement from the department.  

While some of those supplies haven’t yet made it to individual schools, it is expected to be there by the time school starts. 

Deputy education Minister George Daley said teachers and staff have been working since March for the eventual return of students, and next week “is the final step” in that process.  

He said teachers are “up to the task.” 

And to make sure parents and students are ready for a return to school unlike any other, the department has created an

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WeCloudData Launches the Toronto Institute of Data Science and Technology, Canada’s Newest Private Career College

WeCloudData launches the Toronto Institute of Data Science and Technology. Registration is now open for the new Applied Data Science and Big Data Diploma program starting in September 2020.

TORONTO (PRWEB) July 29, 2020

WeCloudData, the leading Data Science and Artificial Intelligence training institute in Canada, launches a private career college, the Toronto Institute for Data Science and Technology, accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

At a time when technology, artificial intelligence and big data permeates every aspect of business, across all industries, WeCloudData bootcamps and training programs have become more popular than ever. With a singular focus on data and AI, the programs at the Toronto Institute of Data Science and Technology offer highly technical, focus and applied education and training that is lacking at many other colleges. The new Applied Data Science and Big Data Diploma program was developed to help close the gap between

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