3 biggest school maintenance challenges, and solutions, during COVID-19

This is an ideal time for school administrators to carefully consider their mitigation strategies to help protect students, teachers, and staff

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Bryan Christiansen is the founder and CEO of Limble CMMS. Limble is a modern, easy to use mobile computerized maintenance management system.

As the debate about resuming in-person classes in schools across the country continues, it’s clear that the most pressing priorities of schools have changed. In previous years, school administrators used to be occupied with issues surrounding funding, safety, and physical access control. Although all those issues are still valid, the coronavirus pandemic has added additional layers of concern. The body of evidence is growing that children of all ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection and, contrary to early reports, they might play a role in transmission.

This is, therefore, an ideal time for school administrators to carefully consider their mitigation strategies to

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England’s state schools suffering biggest fall in funding since 1980s, says IFS



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State schools in England have suffered their worst decline in funding since the 1980s, with secondary schools and those in the most deprived areas the worst affected by the era of austerity, according to analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The decline that began after the Conservative-led coalition government took office in 2010 is so deep, the additional £7bn pledged by the current government will not be enough to reverse the cuts by 2023, leaving school spending 1% lower than in 2009-10, the IFS notes.

Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said the research exposed the scale of government underfunding of education over the past decade and the largest cuts to school spending in more than 40 years.

“This is a historic failure of the nation’s children. It is also striking that despite government rhetoric of ‘levelling

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United Airlines announces biggest pilot job cut in its history

CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Airlines UAL.O is preparing for the biggest pilot furloughs of its history after announcing on Thursday the need to cut 2,850 pilot jobs this year, or about 21% of the total, without further U.S. government aid.

Airlines, reeling from the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on air travel, have asked the U.S. government for another $25 billion to cover employee payroll through March.

The first tranche, which banned any job cuts until Oct. 1, expires at the end of September, but talks in Washington have stalled as Congress has struggled to reach agreement on a broader coronavirus assistance package.

United’s planned cuts, released in a memo to employees and shared with the media, would run between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30. They are significantly higher than the 1,900 announced earlier this week by Delta Air Lines DAL.N and 1,600 by American Airlines AAL.O.

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The Biggest Education Company You’ve Never Heard Of

Ethan Fieldman says his company is, “The biggest education company no one ever heard of.”

It’s hard to know for sure but he may be right.  

Study Edge, the company Fieldman founded, serves a million students a month and has contracts with some 700 universities.  

It’s a tutoring company.  But it’s not at all.  

Fieldman doesn’t even like the word “tutor.” He says many people think having a tutor, “means you’re either rich or dumb.” He prefers “instructor” and “study expert” and is also quick to point out that Study Edge is not one of the companies that uses the word “tutor” but means “cheater,” a place to pay someone to give you the answers.  

What he’s doing is different.

Though he’s a successful entrepreneur now, Fieldman began as a tutor – a prestigious National Merit Scholar at the University

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Virgo and LIGO Discover the Biggest Gravitational Wave Source So Far

The Virgo Collaboration and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration recently reported the discovery of GW190521, the biggest gravitational wave binary viewed so far. Researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology played a crucial role in finding and analyzing the event.

This artist’s concept illustrates a hierarchical scheme for merging black holes. LIGO and Virgo recently observed a black hole merger with a final mass of 142 times that of the sun, making it the largest of its kind observed in gravitational waves to date. The event is thought to have occurred when two black holes of about 66 and 85 solar masses spiraled into each other and coalesced. Image Credit: LIGO/Caltech/MIT/R. Hurt (IPAC).

The team detected the signal by using the National Science Foundation’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). The mass of the two inspiraling black holes was around 85 and 66 solar masses,

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Nasdaq ends higher while S&P 500 posts biggest August gain since 1986

NEW YORK (Reuters) – While the S&P boasted its steepest August percentage gain in more than three decades it ended Monday slightly lower and the Dow also lost ground as investors took a pause although the Nasdaq closed higher thanks to high-flying stocks including Apple Inc.

The Federal Reserve’s commitment to tolerate inflation and keep interest rates low, positive developments in vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 and a rally in tech-focused stocks have helped the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record highs in August.

But while states such as New Jersey continued to ease restrictions on Monday, investors noted that across the United States, total coronavirus cases topped 6 million on Sunday as many states in the Midwest reported increasing infections, according to a Reuters tally.

“It’s a momentum trade. People are flooding to the technology companies they think will do well regardless of the pandemic,” said Chris Zaccarelli, chief

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The Two Biggest Lies In The Job Search Process

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Frustrated with unemployment and wondering how to make some financial progress during the coronavirus pandemic? You are not alone. Forbes reports that approximately 30 million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits – about 1 in 5 workers. A recent survey conducted during the week of August 26 by Ipsos shows that 51% of respondents said it’s likely they or someone they know might lose their job in the next six months. In the midst of these statistics and sentiments, finding a new career can seem daunting – especially if you’re exiting an industry that’s been punished by the pandemic (travel, tourism, hospitality and retail, to name a few). Yet there are those who will be able to transition, to position themselves for new career opportunities, even in these difficult times. Is it time to change careers? If you want to make progress, drop

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