Green School funding ‘technically impossible’ to withdraw, Taranaki teachers told

But the Green School was the elephant in the room.

“Taranaki, New Zealand schools – many, many, many schools are underfunded. They don’t have great property, they have holes in their roofs, their carpet is a bit messy, and then when a school like the Green School still gets all this money all it can do is cause concern.

“It’s unjust and unfair.”

Bradley said Shaw offered his by-now familiar apology for the “error in judgement”, adding that if he had his time again he’d make a different decision.

Ahead of the New Plymouth meeting, the expectations of Taranaki Secondary Schools Principals’ Association chair Martin Chamberlain were clear.

“We’re hoping, bottomline, for a retraction,” Chamberlian said. “I know the machinery of Government is complicated but anything else is much much less than ideal.”

But he didn’t get what he wanted.

“Ah, no. We found out that technically that was impossible.

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Back Ofqual or I quit, chair of regulator told Gavin Williamson | Education

The chair of Ofqual threatened to quit this week unless Gavin Williamson publicly backed the exams regulator and admitted it was behind the U-turn that salvaged millions of student grades, the Guardian has learned.

Roger Taylor’s ultimatum came after the education secretary tried to lay the blame for the exams fiasco at the door of Ofqual following a humiliating climbdown that scrapped A-levels and GCSEs awarded by algorithm.

Taylor went directly to Williamson to demand a public statement of support or he would resign. It came the day before hundreds of thousands of pupils in England received their GCSE results.

So serious was the threat of a void at the top of Ofqual that Amanda Spielman, Taylor’s predecessor and now chief inspector of the schools watchdog Ofsted, was being lined up to potentially step in and support the regulator, it is understood. She could still be called on if Taylor

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Over 30 million people told Facebook if they had Covid or wore masks

Dr. Farzad Mostashari presenting on syndromic surveillance.

Farzad Mostashari

When Carnegie Mellon researchers had the idea to put together a survey asking the general public about their coronavirus symptoms, the scientists knew they needed to collect millions of data points to learn anything meaningful.

So they asked Facebook, which has a public team that specializes in using analytics for humanitarian causes called “Data for Good,” for its help. 

The survey, which went live to Facebook’s billions of users about six months ago, has so far collected data from more than 30 million people around the world. The survey asks whether they tested positive for the virus, if they wear masks and practice socially distancing as well as if they’re currently experiencing symptoms. Respondents also share data about their demographics, like their age, as well as their mental health status and preexisting medical conditions.

More than 1.5 million people fill out

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