Florida schools could lose money with virtual learning options

School districts in Florida get state funding based on attendance. With families trying different learning options, districts could get less money.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — You’ve probably tried something new in 2020.

Maybe it’s the first time you wore a face mask to get your hair cut or you had your groceries delivered to your doorstep. How about that drive-by baby shower?

For better or worse, 2020 has made all of us get a little more creative. No one knows that more than those on the front lines of education including teachers, parents and students.

With fears over returning to the classroom, some teachers decided to explore new options as tutors or personal educators while at the same time, families are trying school pods with just a handful of children or resorting to other homeschool options.

Julie Shamas of St. Petersburg started homeschooling her kids with the help of a

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Night-time industry ‘set to lose 700,000 jobs without further Government support’, NTIA warns



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The night-time economy is “on the brink of collapse” with more than 700,000 jobs at risk — and the end of the furlough scheme could be “the final blow”, an industry body has warned.

A survey of Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) members found 71 per cent of businesses are set to make “more than half” of their workforce redundant “in a matter of weeks”.

The Job Retention Scheme, which has seen the Government pay 80 per cent of wages for more than 10 million furloughed employees during the Covid-19 pandemic, is set to end on October 31.

Indoor performances at music venues have been allowed since August 15, although many venues such as nightclubs remain shut due to physical and financial issues surrounding social distancing.

The NTIA warning comes after the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics reported a drop in employment of

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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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Unemployment rate hits 4.1% as 700,000 workers lose their jobs since coronavirus struck in March



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Stats show 700,000 UK workers have been removed from the payrolls of British companies since March when the country went into lockdown as unemployment hit 4.1% today.

“Around 695,000 jobs lost since March as unemployment rises”

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The figures are for the three months from May to July and are worse than the quarter to June when the rate stood at 3.9%.

There are growing fears that unemployment could worsen over the coming months as the Government’s furlough scheme comes to an end.

The stats post a grim picture as the thousands of layoffs since lockdown lifted underscore the damage caused by the pandemic.

Businesses in industries such as retail, aerospace, tourism, aviation and media have been among those to lay off huge proportions of their workforce.

The Office for National Statistics said young workers had been particularly hard hit by

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Pa. could lose manufacturing jobs because of public transportation’s funding crisis

Public transportation’s funding crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic could cost jobs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by impacting billions in spending on goods from rail cars to construction services.

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An increasingly dire financial situation brewing for New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation’s largest transportation network, could slash its spending on vendors across the United States, which saw nearly $23 billion distributed nationwide between 2011 and 2018, according to a recent report from Reinvent Albany, a New York-based government watchdog group.

The MTA spent $1.7 billion on vendors in New Jersey and $1.4 billion on ones in Pennsylvania during that time, more than in any other states aside from New York, according to the “Investing in the MTA is Investing in America” report published in June.

In Pennsylvania, the MTA sunk its money into rail-car manufacturer Bombardier Transportation in Pittsburgh and Allied Universal Security Services in Conshohocken, according

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Local schools could lose millions under current funding formula

Johnson County schools could lose millions of dollars if virtual students aren’t fully funded by the state.

As it stands, starting in January, virtual students will be funded at just 85% of the rate of an in-school student if that student attends school in-person less than half the time.

Gov. Eric Holcomb earlier this month said he would ask the Indiana State Board of Education to call a special meeting to delay the fall count of student enrollment, known as the Average Daily Membership, through at least December. That count is used to set new funding levels for schools.

Center Grove schools, the county’s largest district, stands to lose the most of any Johnson County school district if the current funding formula is used. The district shifted from full-time in-person learning at its high school and two middle schools this week after the school district reported 316 COVID-19-related student absences,

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600 workers lose their jobs at meatworks factory



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Almost 600 workers at Australia’s largest meat processing facility have lost their jobs as the company scales back its operations due to plummeting profits during the pandemic.

The job cuts at JBS Dinmore in Ipswich, which is the largest meat factor in the southern hemisphere, comes after the company failed to convince Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to make a JobKeeper exemption. 

The company does not qualify for the scheme as its turnover has only dropped 40 per cent this year, and not the 50 per cent required by large businesses.

Bosses blamed JobKeeper for creating an ‘inequity’ in the market, with some companies propped up by handouts and others struggling to make ends meet. 



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Indiana schools opting for online-only classes lose certainty on state funding

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INDIANAPOLIS– Indiana schools may lose funding if they don’t provide an in-person option this semester.

Back in June, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb told schools they would be spared the knife and get funded 100 percent.

That’s up in the air now, for some districts.

Senate President Pro Tempore State Sen. Rodric Bray (R) sent a letter to schools Thursday explaining why.

Dear School Leaders,
As schools across Indiana make preparations for and begin to return to school, I want to express my appreciation for the effort our schools have made to get back to the business of educating our children. The last few months have been incredibly challenging. I am also aware the next several weeks may be equally as challenging as we observe how effective the precautions and protocols put in place

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Ontario school boards lose 20% of education directors as daunting pandemic year looms



a person sitting at a table in a room: As school boards head into a challenging year, a significant amount will coincidentally have new leaders to guide them through it, in boards big (Toronto District, York Catholic) and small (Wellington Catholic, Trillium Lakelands).


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As school boards head into a challenging year, a significant amount will coincidentally have new leaders to guide them through it, in boards big (Toronto District, York Catholic) and small (Wellington Catholic, Trillium Lakelands).

Heading into a school year as unpredictable as this one, you would think school boards and their leadership would want as much stability as they can get.

Yet a significant portion of Ontario’s education directors are leaving, either having retired this summer or will retire this school year. This includes 14 of the province’s 72 education directors in publicly funded school boards, about 20 per cent of all directors.

Departures range from heads of big boards (like Toronto District, Toronto Catholic, Ottawa Catholic, York Catholic) to smaller ones (Simcoe Muskoka Catholic, Wellington Catholic, Limestone District, Bluewater District).

“The number is large relative to a typical year,” said Tony Pontes, a former

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