EPSB letter details how school division will allocate COVID-19 funding from feds



A 2020 file photo taken inside an Edmonton school.


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A 2020 file photo taken inside an Edmonton school.

Edmonton Public Schools superintendent Darrel Robertson sent a letter to parents of students on Monday that outlines how his school division plans to spend money that the federal government has made available to support the safe reopening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Edmonton Public Schools will receive $37.4 million of this funding, which is just over three per cent of our operating budget,” the letter reads. “These are welcome funds for our division.

“We are faced with many unexpected costs for the 2020-2021 school year because of COVID-19.”

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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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