institutes to be rated on support for women staff

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AIMING TO create women leaders, the Department of Science and Technology is developing a framework to rate and rank science institutes depending on the proportion of women employed.

The initiative, under the new Science and Technology Policy 2020, will cover government and private institutes, which will be rated on a number of parameters that includes promotion opportunities, leadership positions and support structure, such as creches.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, said the framework is being conceptualised as a part of the new policy’s push towards “inclusivity, equity and diversity’’.

The last science policy was drawn up in 2013, and the new version is expected to be unveiled by December.

“The representation of women in engineering courses at IITs is around 10-12 per cent. Even in our own department, we have said that all the committees

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Cuts To Albany School Teacher And Staff Positions Effective Monday

More than 200 Albany City School District staffers have lost their jobs due to anticipated school aid reductions.

With a 20 percent reduction in state aid for this school year looming, staffers let go Friday included 51 teachers.

Albany City Schools Superintendent Kaweeda Adams says the district has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

“For a district like ours, a 20 percent reduction in foundation aid would be about $16.5 million dollars. And so if that reduction is applied to all state aid, meaning, foundation aid, categorical building, transportation, etc. that also includes our community schools money, it appears that it would be about $23.2 million in our 2021 budget.”

Albany School Board President Anne Savage says Friday was many staffers’ last day.

“All of our staff is excellent and they are much, much needed by our students. Those folks were employed because they are needed. And starting today,

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Meet our Education Lab staff

Eva-Marie Ayala, editor

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Eva-Marie is a veteran education journalist who’s covered schools across North Texas from Fort Worth to Frisco. Since joining The News in 2012, she’s focused on how inequities in schools impact Black and Latino children; what schools are doing to address mental health needs; and how state policy impacts classrooms. She’s a national board member of the Education Writers Association. Previously, she reported for her hometown paper the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Read more of her stories here.


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Corbett writes about education for The Dallas Morning News, which is fitting because he grew up in public schools. His mother, who taught him in sixth grade, held roles as a teacher, curriculum coordinator and counselor. His father, who was his high school principal,

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Syracuse school district weighs furlough days for teachers, staff, if state cuts funding

Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse school district could save nearly $1 million a day if everyone from the superintendent to lunch monitors took an unpaid furlough. And they may have to.

Suzanne Slack, the district Chief Financial Officer, said that if the state cuts aid in the coming months, everyone may have to take some furlough days.

“This is similar to what the city did,” Slack told Syracuse City School District board members during a work session tonight. “If we were to furlough everyone – from the superintendent to the last hire – it would save $960,000.”

The district’s budget is $486 million this year. More than $200 million of that is salaries for teachers and staff.

Superintendent Jaime Alicea said he has already been discussing the possibility of furloughs with the district’s various unions, who would have to agree to them.

The district has already cut some expenses by

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Gibson Diagnostic Labs Provides Strategies on How to Protect Education Staff and Students From …

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IRVING, TX, Sept. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire   —  As a leading clinical diagnostic laboratory, Gibson Diagnostic Labs’ top priority remains the health and wellbeing of members of its community. As schools begin to reopen, it is vital to take proper precautions on maintaining the health and safety of the staff and students.

Although no strategy plan can provide assurance of the removal of all risk,  the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  has released guidance and recommendations that, when used alongside federal, state and local health and safety regulations, will help minimize the risk of a significant increase in the COVID-19 spread. These guidelines include conducting healthy school operations, maintaining a healthy work environment for students, and taking into account special considerations for certain occupations within

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Virtual staff mentoring and professional development program | WSU Insider

Washington State University is preparing to conduct a system wide pilot Virtual Staff Mentoring and Professional Development Program during the 2020–2021 academic year, beginning in October 2020 and running through May 2021.

To apply to be considered for the upcoming cohort, either as a mentee or mentor, please submit an application by 11:59 p.m. PST on Sept. 30, 2020.

With supervisory approval, the mentor/mentee program is available to all WSU staff. Supervisors are encouraged to allow staff members to participate in accordance with WSU’s BPPM 60.72 Release Time Policy.

Mentor: A mentor is a person who has professional and life experience and who voluntarily agrees to help a mentee develop skills, competencies, or goals. Put another way, a mentor is an advisor and role model who is willing to invest in the mentee’s personal growth and professional development.

Mentee: A mentee is someone who has identified a specific personal or

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Lufthansa CEO Prepares Staff for Deeper Job and Fleet Cuts

(Bloomberg) — Deutsche Lufthansa AG is preparing for more drastic cutbacks in its global workforce and airline fleet than it previously planned, after a hoped-for recovery of air traffic fizzled out.

Recent rules that forced travelers into quarantine have had a catastrophic effect on bookings, Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr told staff at a meeting on Tuesday, according to people in attendance. For October, seat reservations stand at less than 10% of year-ago levels, said the people, who asked not to be named discussing comments that weren’t publicly made.

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A surge in European virus cases has forced Europe’s biggest airline to tear up its recovery plan and pare back its ambitions to cope with the deteriorating outlook. Lufthansa, which accepted a 9 billion-euro ($10.7 billion) German bailout in early June, now expects a recovery

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Special school leaders fear staff shortage during Covid-19

Special school leaders fear they won’t have enough workers to stay open through Covid-19 if staff go off sick.

Last week a Belfast SEN school closed less than a fortnight into the phased return of pupils – because they didn’t have enough staff after two tested positive for coronavirus.

Paula Jordan, Principal of Sperrinview Special School in Dungannon, said staff are especially vulnerable because they can’t keep a distance from their students – many of whom need intimate care.

Ms Jordan, who is who is also the chair of the Special Schools Strategic Leadership Group, added: “Our vulnerability comes from the fact that social distancing is not possible in most of our schools.

“Most schools are concerned about the limited numbers of bank staff available to us.

“Schools have their own substitute staff, both teaching and non-teaching, who are familiar with how the school operates.

“However, if large numbers of

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Chandigarh education department’s offices open with 50% strength; staff asked to get tested for COVID-19 before reporting

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Chandigarh education department’s offices open with 50% strength; staff asked to get tested for COVID-19 before reporting

The Department of Education, Chandigarh directed 50 percent of its staff to report to work from Wednesday in its Sector 9 and 19 offices.

As many as 21 employees of the department have so far tested COVID-19 positive, according to a report by The Tribune.

The official order by Education Secretary Sarpreet Singh Gill stated that after sanitisation of office buildings, office rooms and branches of the Director School and Higher Education shall start functioning with 50 percent staff from 9 September.

The Director School and Higher Education offices are situated in the Additional Deluxe Building, Sector 9, the District Education Officer’s office at Sector 19 and RUSA office at Sector 42 have been asked to open from today.

Gill, who took charge recently, stated that instructions have

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Federal school funding to be used for staff, increased enrollment, cleaning: LaGrange

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – The provincial government has announced what it will do with the $262 million in education funding from the federal government.

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced $250 million of that money will be given to school authorities based on a per-student model for COVID-19 issues.

That includes money for staffing, adapted learning spaces, cleaning for schools and buses and funding for special needs supports and online learning.

The remaining $12 million will be used to help schools dealing with increased enrollment with online or distance learning.

LaGrange said the funding will be given immediately to schools as soon

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