Oklahoma Democrats ask AG for determination on Stitt’s COVID-19 spending for private school students | Govt-and-politics

OKLAHOMA CITY — A group of Democratic House members asked Attorney General Mike Hunter on Monday to determine whether Gov. Kevin Stitt appropriately spent COVID-19 relief funds when he designated $10 million for private school students.

Seven members of the House Democratic Education Policy Team asked Hunter to examine how Stitt’s office distributed funds from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, called GEER. The members want Hunter to determine whether Stitt was within his authority when he chose to send a portion of the funds to private schools.

“We requested this opinion because it’s time to stop this ‘do as I say, not as I do’ approach to government funding,” said Rep. Andy Fugate, D-Del City.

The funding is not a slush fund for the governor to spend as he pleases, Fugate said.

Stitt announced in July that $10 million of the nearly $40 million in GEER funds would go

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BMC education department asks private schools in Mumbai to comply, grant admissions

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s education department has issued letters to some private schools in Mumbai after they failed to admit students under the 25% Right to Education (RTE) quota for the academic year 2020-21.

The department recently sent out written orders asking such schools to comply with the admission guidelines under the RTE act and grant admissions to students before September 15, which is the last date to do so.

“It has been found that despite several instructions and repeated reminders, these schools have not complied with the norms with respect to the RTE act. Complaints have been received against such schools from parents and local activists. We have thus asked them to grant admissions to eligible students at the earliest,” said an official from the BMC education department. Names of these schools were not divulged as they still have time to comply. But sources

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How flying private is different than airlines for furloughed pilots

  • Former airline pilots are turning to private aviation for flying jobs as the airlines prepare to furlough thousands.
  • Though the basic job of flying an aircraft is the same, the workload for a private aircraft pilot is far and beyond that of an airline pilot due to the personal nature of the business.
  • Airline pilots transitioning into the private side will need to be customer-oriented and learn how to adopt more relaxed practices.
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Furloughs in the airline industry are forcing pilots to find new work in other aspects of aviation, including flying privately-owned aircraft. 

Private aviation is in the midst of an expansion that’s seeing aircraft operators invest in more planes to bring in a new market of first-time private flyers who are abandoning first class thanks to the pandemic. A fleet of new planes requires more pilots to fly them and as

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The Case for Private Education Co-operatives

Death, taxes, and appalling behavior on the part of public teachers’ unions: These are the three dependable certainties of modern American life.

a person holding a sign: Teachers walk the picket line as they strike outside Garfield High School in Seattle, Wash., in 2015.

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Teachers walk the picket line as they strike outside Garfield High School in Seattle, Wash., in 2015.

One of these things is not like the others, however. Death and taxation tend to receive ample coverage in almost every news outlet across the land. Most newspapers contain a section for obituaries and an article or two each day about how the government has decided to spend the money of its citizens. But it hasn’t (yet) become a custom among the proprietors of newspapers or major networks to set aside a similar daily section for reporting the pernicious activities of the teachers’ unions. This is quite baffling. The abject moral destitution and thuggish intimidation tactics of these education cartels are at least as widespread as

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We need public value from govt funding of the private Green School New Zealand

The anger and outrage expressed by school leaders and teacher unions towards Green Party co-leader James Shaw’s announcement of a government grant of NZ$11.7 million to the private Green School New Zealand comes at a time of financial high anxiety.

Ordinarily, school funding is seen largely as an educational decision. This recent decision was justified on the basis of its potential contribution to the local economy as part of the government’s NZ$3 billion “shovel-ready” projects fund.

But the debate following Shaw’s announcement – as associate finance minister – shows educational, environmental and economic values coming into conflict.

Public vs private

The criticisms from educators are that this decision conflicts with values we hold dear in New Zealand, especially the value of equity in education. Even the Green Party sees it as a violation of its own education policy, which says “public funding for private schools” should be phased out.


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New Zealand Greens in crisis over private school funding


New Zealand Greens in crisis over private school funding

Tom Peters

5 September 2020

A crisis erupted in the New Zealand Green Party late last month after co-leader James Shaw boasted that the Labour Party-led coalition government, which includes the Greens and the right-wing NZ First Party, would give $11.7 million to the private Green School in Taranaki.

James Shaw in 2014 [Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

Shaw, who is associate finance minister, said the funding would create construction jobs and help the school expand “to meet growing demand from parents all over New Zealand, and the rest of the world, wanting to enrol their children.”

In fact, the Green School is an elite institution with domestic student fees ranging from $16,000 to $23,000 a year and almost double that for international students. Its website says it aims to shape “the leaders of the future” in “a world of huge environmental

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US private payrolls rose 428,000 in August, ADP report says

US companies continued to add jobs back in August, but at a slower pace than economists expected as the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic recession slows. 

US private payrolls rose 428,000 in August, according to the ADP monthly employment reported released Wednesday. That fell short of the median economist estimate that US companies would add back 1 million jobs during the month, according to Bloomberg data. 

“The August job postings demonstrate a slow recovery,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute, in a press release. “Job gains are minimal, and businesses across all sizes and sectors have yet to come close to their pre-COVID-19 employment levels.”

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The bulk of the jobs added back during the month were

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WeCloudData Launches the Toronto Institute of Data Science and Technology, Canada’s Newest Private Career College

WeCloudData launches the Toronto Institute of Data Science and Technology. Registration is now open for the new Applied Data Science and Big Data Diploma program starting in September 2020.

TORONTO (PRWEB) July 29, 2020

WeCloudData, the leading Data Science and Artificial Intelligence training institute in Canada, launches a private career college, the Toronto Institute for Data Science and Technology, accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

At a time when technology, artificial intelligence and big data permeates every aspect of business, across all industries, WeCloudData bootcamps and training programs have become more popular than ever. With a singular focus on data and AI, the programs at the Toronto Institute of Data Science and Technology offer highly technical, focus and applied education and training that is lacking at many other colleges. The new Applied Data Science and Big Data Diploma program was developed to help close the gap between

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James Shaw apologises for signing-off on funding for ‘green’ private school

James Shaw wearing a suit and tie

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Green Party co-leader James Shaw has apologised to members for signing-off on funding for a private school.

James Shaw wearing a suit and tie: Green Party co-leader James Shaw

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Green Party co-leader James Shaw

James Shaw said he is working to find a solution. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

The climate change Minister approved nearly $12 million for the ‘green’ school in Taranaki, despite his party’s stance not to fund private schools.

The money came from the government’s $3 billion ‘shovel ready’ projects fund.

Green School New Zealand, which opened in February, charges up to $24,000 a year for local students and up to $43,000 a year for international students.

The school has about 50 students, half of whom come from overseas. The funding is designed to expand the school’s capacity from 120 to 250 students.

Shaw apologised to members in a Zoom meeting last night, saying he would not make

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