Michigan awarded grant money to spur worker development during pandemic recovery | Business

Michigan manufacturers and other industry sectors need workers and job seekers need skills.

Both are getting a boost.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Monday more than $126 million in new grant funding will be awarded to eight states with plans to provide students with an opportunity to develop new skills in high demand areas.

Michigan’s program was awarded more than $17 million.

“America’s workers and entrepreneurs have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic, and this administration is committed to reigniting the entrepreneurial spirit and helping Americans reenter the workforce as the economy recovers,” said DeVos. “We created this grant competition because we saw the clear need to support lifelong learners who needed a boost to get back on their feet, and I was delighted to see so many states come forward with innovative initiatives and partnerships. By breaking down barriers between education and industry and supporting

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Coronavirus: Alberta to explain Wednesday where federal school reopening money is going

Alberta’s education minister will announce Wednesday how the province will use its portion of the $2 billion the federal government announced last week to help school boards across the country deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

While at an announcement on Tuesday, Premier Jason Kenney said Adriana LaGrange was finishing up her consultation with school boards and superintendents that day and would be making the announcement on where Alberta’s $262 million will be directed on Wednesday. A news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. and will be livestreamed above.

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Teachers, NDP accuse Premier Kenney of misleading Albertans over cost of cutting class sizes

Teachers, NDP accuse Premier Kenney of misleading Albertans over cost of cutting class sizes

“We appreciate the cooperation of school boards and superintendents in developing the Alberta principles for the safe re-entry of schools,” Kenney said.

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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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Bullish market activity in 2021 will cost jobs: $7 billion money manager

Money manager Kevin Nicholson expects the stock market to stabilize and rise in early 2021.

But the co-chief investment officer of global fixed income at RiverFront Investment Group warns it’ll come at a cost to the jobs market.

“Companies are going to right-size their business,” Nicholson told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Thursday. “This is going to create the divergence between the economy and the market.”

According to Nicholson, it’ll be a major setback to the economic recovery from the Covid-19 due to the hit to consumption.

“A lot of these workers who were furloughed will not end up going back to work,” he said. “They’re going to become permanently unemployed.”

Nicholson already sees the trend unfolding in this week’s layoff announcements from Citigroup and Wells Fargo.

‘The pandemic pledge’

“The pandemic pledge that a lot of companies put out there will go away as they move towards focusing on profitability,”

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Fried Wants ‘CARES Act’ Money For School Lunch Programs

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried wants the state to be more open about how it plans to spend federal stimulus money received because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday, Fried requested a full accounting of federal “CARES Act” money the state has received so it can be discussed at a scheduled Sept. 22 Cabinet meeting.

“With an extraordinarily deep and broad economic crisis in our state, it is critical that Floridians are apprised of the ways in which this taxpayer funding is being expended,” Fried wrote to DeSantis. “You recently noted that ‘those CARES Act dollars are obligated already,’ yet there has been no public accounting of the ways in which this funding has been obligated or expended.”

Fried, the only Democrat on the state Cabinet, estimated the state government has received $4.58 billion from the federal government. She noted that several states

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NC Gov. Cooper uses CARES money to hire more school nurses

Gov. Roy Cooper will use $95.6 million in federal coronavirus relief money to help students he said have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic instead of on teacher bonuses as proposed by Republican lawmakers.

Cooper announced Wednesday that he will use his share of federal COVID-19 education aid on programs such as hiring more school nurses, academic programs for at-risk K-12 students and providing tuition assistance for post-secondary students. The money comes from North Carolina’s share of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, a part of the federal CARES Act.

“Learning during a pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for students and staff, whether in the classroom or remotely,” Cooper said in a news release. “This funding should help protect the physical and mental health at schools, and help bridge the gap for students with unique learning needs.”

The General Assembly approved giving all teachers a $350 bonus this year.

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