Cuomo announces Western New York Workforce Development Challenge round 2 awardees

Mon, Sep 28th 2020 05:10 pm

4 local not-for-profits to receive $1.45 million to support workforce training in agriculture, health and life sciences, and technology sectors

Hochul kicks off New York State Workforce Development Awareness Week

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced $1,454,072 million in funding from the second round of the Western New York Workforce Development Challenge has been awarded to four local nonprofit organizations.

A press release said, “The program helps ensure the region’s workforce pipeline is being responsive to industry demands and promotes and invests in innovative approaches to workforce training for underserved populations.”

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul made the announcement and also kicked off New York State’s Workforce Development Awareness Week, which runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 4. During this week, New York spotlights job training and higher education strategies that will help meet business and industry workforce needs, improve regional talent pipelines, enhance the flexibility

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De Blasio Failed New York Kids

Alternatively, he could have decided weeks, if not months, ago to start the school year completely remote and announced that the city would gradually move toward in-person learning if conditions allowed for it.

But the mayor chose neither of those paths. He set deadlines that he refused to put in the work to meet, sowing chaos and ongoing frustration for families and teachers alike. How on Earth did he not foresee a staffing shortage? De Blasio has failed our kids and is teaching them a lesson about political leadership that I hope they never forget.

Our children have endured six months of hardship and fear and Zoom calls and canceled plans, and far too many have lost loved ones to this virus. The start of school, though, was a bright spot on the horizon for my family and so many others.

But even as I told my children that September

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New York education leader convicted for child sex crime

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A high-ranking New York City education official and former Wisconsin principal accused of swapping explicit sexual images with a 15-year-old boy has been convicted in federal court.

David Hay, 40, pleaded guilty Tuesday to child enticement and possession of child pornography. Court documents show that Hay exchanged emails with the boy. During the course of these communications, the defendant received sexually explicit digital images and videos from the child. Hay also provided sexually explicit images of himself to the 15-year-old.

Hay, of Brooklyn, New York, faces up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Dec. 18 in Green Bay.

Hay served as principal at Tomah High School from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that he was an administrator at Kettle Moraine High School in southeastern Wisconsin. Most recently, Hay served as deputy chief of staff to the New York City Chancellor of Schools.

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Zscaler and New York University Teach Cloud Security Expertise to Cybersecurity Master’s Students

Partnership with Tandon School of Engineering Giving Students Hands-on Experience in SASE and Zero Trust through Zscaler Certifications

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zscaler, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZS), the leader in cloud security, today announced a new partnership with New York University Tandon School of Engineering and their prestigious Master of Science in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy. The partnership will allow Master’s candidates to gain practical, first-hand knowledge of secure access service edge (SASE) and zero trust best practices using the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange through courses that teach Zscaler Internet Access (ZIA) and Zscaler Private Access (ZPA).

Gartner predicted there would be a global shortage of two million cybersecurity professionals by the end of 2019 and that the COVID-19 pandemic has further escalated the problem. NYU is leading the way to equip students for the real world of cybersecurity by offering progressive curriculum

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New York students set up class in school parking lot to protest budget cuts

High school seniors in Lansingburgh, N.Y., set up class in a school parking lot Thursday to protest state budget cuts and school reopening modifications, according to WRGB.

The protest comes after New York cut 20% of school funding across the state, which led some school districts, including the Lansingburgh Central School District, to change reopening plans.

Students in grades 3-12 who opted to attend class in person before the start of the 2020-2021 school year under the district’s hybrid learning model are now required to partake in remote learning.

“Lansingburgh is more reliant on state aid than wealthier, suburban school districts, and the decision to cut state aid means a loss of $6.5 million from our annual operating budget. This funding cut made it very financially difficult to reopen using the district’s original plan,” the school’s website reads.


Lansingburgh Central School

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New York teachers union vows to sue if education cuts continue

What’s happening: New York State United Teachers says if another round of education funding due later this month is reduced, it will challenge the cutbacks as a violation of the state constitution’s guarantee that every student be offered a “sound basic education.”

The decision to impose across-the-board reductions, rather than tailor them by need, has already had a deleterious effect on a number of school districts that serve predominantly low-income families and students of color and rely more heavily on state aid than more-affluent districts with ample property tax bases.

“No school district or student is immune to the adverse impacts of a 20 percent cut to state education aid,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said in a statement. “But what makes this all the more egregious is the disproportionate impact that cuts have on our neediest schoolchildren.”

Background: A number of school districts put off their plans to hold a

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New York withholds millions in funding as schools struggle with reopening | Govt-and-politics

Robert Lowry, deputy director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, said Wednesday that payments to schools during the quieter summer months amount to about $1 billion. Over the full school year, it will end up totaling about $27 billion – and the big flow of cash from Albany to the districts is set to come at the end of September.

Still, the recent drip, drip, drip of cuts so far from Albany are, Lowry said, “alarming as an indication of what could be in store for schools.”

Further, schools don’t know if the cuts so far will be temporary or permanent. They also don’t know if the cuts will be made across-the-board, which could have far more devastating impacts on less wealthy and poorer school districts in urban and rural areas, or be done on some kind of wealth-based need formula.

Lowry said school superintendents and other

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