Thai Cabinet Backs $2.2 Billion Cash Aid to Boost Economy, Jobs

(Bloomberg) — Thailand’s cabinet backed several stimulus measures worth a combined budget of 70 billion baht ($2.2 billion) to boost consumption and jobs to counter the economic downturn from the Covid-19 outbreak.



a group of people sitting at a table with an umbrella: A visitors wearing a protective masks has her temperature checked at an entrance screening point at Bangsaen Beach in Chonburi, Thailand, on Sunday, June 14, 2020. Thailand said a number of countries, including China and Japan, are interested in discussions about travel bubbles, as the nation considers protocols for the eventual return of foreign tourists. Local tourism has already restarted.


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A visitors wearing a protective masks has her temperature checked at an entrance screening point at Bangsaen Beach in Chonburi, Thailand, on Sunday, June 14, 2020. Thailand said a number of countries, including China and Japan, are interested in discussions about travel bubbles, as the nation considers protocols for the eventual return of foreign tourists. Local tourism has already restarted.

The ministerial meeting also passed a resolution to add three additional holidays this year to encourage domestic travel, as the country’s vital tourism sector has been crushed by the absence of international tourists for months because of the pandemic.

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The latest stimulus plans include cash incentives for welfare cardholders and funds for members of

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Harvard Kennedy School Students Reiterate Calls for Need-Based Financial Aid System | News

During the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Harvard Kennedy School students advocated for need-based financial aid and more financial support from the administration. Months later, they say the administration’s response remains insufficient.

In May, the Kennedy School Student Government sent a proposal outlining the necessity of need-based grants for full-time degree programs to HKS Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf.

The proposal stated that the school should “incorporate applicants’ financial need assessment at an earlier state” in its admissions process to ensure socioeconomic diversity within the school. It also recommended that the school fund need-based scholarships with class gift funds, factor in need when distributing merit-based scholarships, create a need-specific fundraising system, and form a need-based scholarship program.

Currently, the school awards merit-based fellowships and scholarships after an assessment from the admissions committee, according to the school’s website.

HKS student Diego A. Garcia Blum said many students are facing financial hardships as

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Hard-to-reach areas benefit from EU Humanitarian Aid funded quality education as schools reopen in Somalia – Somalia

The project funded by the European Union fulfils the right to quality education for 4,000 crisis-affected children as schools reopen after Covid-19 related closures in Somalia.

With financial support from EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), FCA and its partner GREDO kicked off an Education in Emergencies response in Hudur district of South West State of Somalia.

Over 4,000 children from the most vulnerable settlements of Internally Displaced People (IDP) are expected to access safe and protected learning environments in six primary schools and three Accelerated Basic Education (ABE) centres for the academic year 2020-2021.

Schools and learning institutions across Somalia were closed in March 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak but were allowed to reopen in August. FCA has worked with sensitising teachers and school administrations in line with the government’s Covid-19 guidelines to support the safe reopening of schools, says Aburas Farah, FCA’s Senior

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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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NY teachers union files lawsuit over state withholding school aid | Politics

He added that the state is awaiting federal help to offset an estimated $62 billion revenue loss over a four-year period. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said New York needs at least $30 billion in aid to erase a budget deficit that he says is due to the pandemic. 

“In fact, the state has paid nearly 100% of funds to school districts,” Klopott said. “We will work with our partners in government to address any remaining gaps in federal assistance and, in the absence of federal funding, any future actions will take school district need into consideration — NYSUT should stop with the nonsense and lies, and focus on Washington and the federal funding we need, not distract attention.” 

Later in the day, the state Division of Budget announced that no school funding would be withheld in September. But NYSUT noted that there has been funding withheld over the last few

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Teachers union sues Cuomo over school aid cuts, claim governor’s spending power is unconstitutional

ALBANY — The state’s largest teachers union is suing Gov. Cuomo over funds withheld from school districts across New York and claims his spending power is unconstitutional.



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The suit, filed Wednesday in Albany Supreme Court, argues that the state is illegally withholding $5.2 billion in school aid and that the governor has no constitutional authority to cut the budget despite sweeping powers granted to him by the Legislature amid the pandemic.

“Time is up,” New York State United Teachers president Andy Pallotta said. “With the loss of state funding driving cuts at the local level in districts around the state, we can’t just keep waiting for action at the federal level to fund our schools.”

Lawmakers gave Cuomo broad power to amend and cut the budget as

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Drop in Sioux Falls enrollment means less state aid, ‘cautious’ budget, school district officials say

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Principal Daniel Fischer greets students as they arrive off the bus for the first day of school on Thursday, August 27, at Discovery Elementary School in Sioux Falls. (Photo: Erin Bormett / Argus Leader)

The Sioux Falls School District expected to significantly pass 25,000 students this year, but instead officials say they’re seeing a decline in enrollment and that could put a ding on how the district handles funding for the 2021-2022 school year.

The district initially projected having an additional 200 students compared to last year’s overall enrollment of 25,311. Instead, the district dropped by about as many, according to an initial enrollment report given to the Sioux Falls school board Monday night. 

Including Pre-K, Sioux Falls schools had 25,164 students as of the fourth day of school. Numbers won’t be finalized until the end of September.

“We knew there would be some variability, and I

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Mass. school funding formula gives wealthy districts more aid than they need



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The formula for distributing state funding to schools in Massachusetts gives wealthier districts more money than they need, creating a widening equity gap at the expense of students in low-income communities, according to a report released Monday from the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. 

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The two groups found in their analysis that some factors in the funding formula result in wealthier districts getting additional state money, despite being able to fully fund their schools “with less or no state aid.”

“Equitable access to resources is an essential component of closing equity and opportunity gaps,” Ed Lambert, executive director of Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, said in a statement. “It is critical, particularly in this economic climate, that we redirect state dollars to communities serving students that need them the most.”

The Chapter 70 funding formula,

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Michigan dedicates $24M in tuition-free aid to front-line workers

About 625,000 front-line workers are eligible for tuition-free college under a program created Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called Futures for Frontliners. 

The $24 million program financed through federal CARES Act funding will help people obtain technical certificates, associate degrees and bachelor degrees. Eligibility applies to Michigan residents who have worked in an essential industry outside their home from April to June and have not already gained an associate or bachelor’s degree. 

“These men and women have emerged as the real heroes in the midst of this pandemic,” Whitmer said during a Thursday news conference.

The program, the governor said, is the first of its kind and was inspired by the GI bill that provided free college tuition to veterans of World War II and beyond. People working in the medical field, manufacturing, sanitation, retail and grocery stores are among those who could qualify.

“Eighty percent of Michigan’s high-growth, high-wage

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Idaho to fully restore school budget cuts, add aid to parents | Local News

BOISE — Idaho will tap federal CARES Act funds to make back up the $99 million it’s cut from the public school budget, plus another $50 million that will go directly to Idaho families to help parents cover school-related expenses for their kids amid the pandemic.

Gov. Brad Little announced the decisions Friday at a news conference in the Lincoln Auditorium at the state Capitol.

“Supporting K-12 education in Idaho is our constitutional and moral responsibility, and it’s my top priority as governor,” Little declared. “My goal is to make Idaho a place where our children choose to stay and for those who left to choose to return. We simply cannot meet that goal without a strong public education system in place. … The stresses on our kids, families and educators right now are enormous.”

The cut to this year’s public school budget was imposed July 1 at the start

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