Report finds massive disparity of school funding between communities of color, white communities

A new report says Connecticut is cheating students of color out of half a billion dollars a year.

In Connecticut, about half the kids are students of color. But most of them are crammed into just nine school systems and each of those students gets $2,300 less each year than kids in mostly white districts.

This is according to a new report by the School and State Finance Project.

“It means that, not only does your school have less funding in order to provide what you need — so, high-quality teachers, high-quality school facilities, high-quality books and materials — it also means that your school is facing greater challenges,” said Katie Roy, School and State Finance Project director.

There was a lawsuit over this issue. In 2016, a judge ordered Connecticut to completely rework how

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Almost $14 Billion in Ready Investment to Fuel Post-COVID Economic Recovery at Risk, Report Finds

Delays, obstruction or cancellation of pipeline infrastructure projects are threatening at least $13.6 billion in economic activity, over 66,000 jobs and more than $280 million a year in state and local tax revenue at a time when America’s financial recovery from COVID-19 requires more investment and tax revenue, a new Consumer Energy Alliance report finds.

The report, How Pipelines Can Spur Immediate Post-COVID Economic Recovery,” for the first time quantifies the potential and actual economic harm that anti-energy interest groups and allied policymakers, regulators and even judges are creating, and contrasts that with the harsh COVID-related economic realities that exist right now in states where energy infrastructure is needed – but is being impeded.

The findings of the report, which examines a representative sample of states, demonstrates how new energy infrastructure construction activity could provide relief for struggling families and small businesses, put thousands back to work at wages

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Immigrants to U.S. Help Create More Jobs, Not Take Them, Study Finds

Immigrants to the U.S. should be seen more as “job creators” than “job takers” when it comes to entrepreneurship, a new study published this month has found.

Titled Immigration and Entrepreneurship in the United States, the study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), found that immigrants tend to play “relatively large roles as employers, rather than employees, compared to U.S.-born individuals.”

“People want to think of immigrants as coming into the economy and maybe not having very many skills and not having a positive impact on the economy,” Benjamin Jones, a professor of strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University involved in the study, told Newsweek on Tuesday.

However, he said, “not only do immigrants start lots of companies at a much higher rate [than U.S.-born counterparts], but those companies actually tend to grow quite a lot.”

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SolarWinds IT Pro Day Survey Finds IT Pros Gained Confidence, New Skills Amidst Pandemic

Annual survey reveals organizations must rethink traditional IT strategy to succeed in new normal

SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced the findings from its IT Pro Day 2020 survey: You Were Built for This. The survey results explore IT professionals’ journeys throughout COVID-19, how their responsibilities shifted in response to this unprecedented event, and how they envision the role of IT evolving in the future. The survey supports IT Professionals Day, which is observed on the third Tuesday of every September (September 15, 2020), and aims to celebrate all IT pros and recognize the expanding range of technologies they manage and rapid pace of change they face.

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The IT Pro Day 2020 survey: You Were Built for This polled global IT professionals who participate in the SolarWinds THWACK user community

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Working Families Face Rising Special Education and Mental Health Challenges, Torchlight Report Finds

BOSTON, Sept. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Torchlight, a leading provider of employee-caregiver support solutions, today announced the results of its multi-phased report of the hardships U.S. employees are facing during COVID-19. The Torchlight Report of Working Caregiver Concerns found that U.S. employees are under siege on multiple fronts as they manage escalating education issues with their children, surging mental health and social challenges with both their children and elderly family members, and their own increasing burnout due in part to

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Americans are Reconsidering Investing in Education due to COVID-19, Edward Jones Finds

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As Americans head back to school, virtual learning or a hybrid approach, 36 percent of adults are reconsidering their investments in higher education amid COVID-19, according to a recent study by financial-services firm Edward Jones, conducted by Morning Consult. Eighty percent of those currently saving for an in-person, four-year college or university cited concerns that the quality of education may suffer if universities move to online learning, including access to tools and resources necessary for education (47%), lack of community aspect at school, such as sports teams, clubs and on-campus housing (35%) and required in-person lab time (31%).” data-reactid=”13″ST. LOUIS, Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — 

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Back to School in Humanitarian Settings Finds $135 Million Funding Gap and Increased Digital Divide

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  • New analysis from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) finds widening education and digital access gaps among children in humanitarian settings stemming from COVID-19.
  • Education remains one of the least-funded sectors in humanitarian response, with a current COVID-19 funding gap of $135 million.
  • School closures are impacting refugee girls harder than boys, with more than half not expected to return.

As children in wealthier countries begin to head back to a different model of school or continue remote learning, a new analysis from the IRC finds continued disruptions for children within humanitarian settings, leading to widening gaps in accessing quality education. Prior to COVID-19, 250 million school-aged children were out of school, with the majority of those impacted living in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. COVID-19 has further widened this divide, with 86% of children in developing countries at the primary school level no longer

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