Hundreds of thousands will lose their jobs without additional emergency aid, says American Airlines CEO

“Hundreds of thousands of people will be out of work, and service to small communities will be discontinued,” if a new round of emergency airline funding is not approved, American Airlines Chief Executive Doug Parker said on NBC’s “TODAY” show Friday morning.



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Moreover, the critical national infrastructure that the airline industry provides, and that will be key to the nation’s economic recovery, could be severely impacted by the sweeping industry cuts, he said.

“We want to make sure that when the economy recovers we are here,” Parker said.

Parker’s comments come after emergency talks at the White House on Thursday, when executives from the major U.S. airlines met with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in a last-minute plea for additional funding in order to avoid tens of thousands of layoffs across the entire airline sector.

“We airline CEOs are here on behalf

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Additional state funding will be hard to find for Scranton School District | Education

As the Scranton School District experiences a budget shortfall and “dire” projections for years ahead, the district won’t be able to count on the state for assistance.

Before the coronavirus pandemic limited gatherings and closed buildings in March, teachers had planned to take buses to Harrisburg to demand equitable funding.

“As soon as things are lifted, we’re going to Harrisburg,” said Rosemary Boland, president of the Scranton Federation of Teachers.

While educators hope to see funding levels rise to those of similar urban districts, local legislators know finding money in the state budget to do that will be difficult.

In May, with revenue levels uncertain, lawmakers passed a stopgap budget that kept funding in most areas flat for five months. Basic education, the district’s largest state revenue source, was funded for a year at 2019-20 levels.

The state had previously given the district one-time payments to help balance the budget

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SD schools to receive $75 million in additional coronavirus relief funding

PIERRE, S.D. — Public and private schools in South Dakota will be receiving an additional $75 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, according to a news release from Gov. Kristi Noem’s office.

The funding provides $500 per student, the release states.

“I appreciate the great work our schools are doing to ensure kids are back in the classroom this fall,” Noem said in the release. “We expect this additional funding will help schools continue to tackle challenges related to COVID-19.

“It’s crucial that our students are in the classroom this year, and we are grateful to the Trump administration for giving us the flexibility to help make that happen.”

The additional funding is pursuant to updated guidance from the United States Department of Treasury released Wednesday, Sept. 2.

“The CARES Act provided $1.25 billion in funding to the state of South Dakota, and the new funding will come out of

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Ontario outlines where additional federal funding will go for back-to-school plans



a man in a suit standing in front of a flag: Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce makes an announcement at Queen's Park in Toronto, on Thurs., Aug, 13, 2020.


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Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce makes an announcement at Queen’s Park in Toronto, on Thurs., Aug, 13, 2020.

The Ontario government said Wednesday where it will spend $381 million that the federal government has offered up for back-to-school plans.

The money is on top of the $900 million the province has already provided boards to prepare for the upcoming school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the government said.

The federal government will be providing provinces and territories $2 billion to help them to ensure kids can safely go back to school in September. The $2 billion is added to the previous $19 billion Prime Minister Justin Trudeau already promised.

Read more: Coronavirus: Canada to give provinces $2B to ensure kids can go back to school in fall

Trudeau confirmed the $2 billion in a press conference Wednesday.

“Ontario’s investments lead the nation in supporting

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