Addressing education inequity requires aligning state aid to community need (Letters)

It was unfortunate to see inaccuracies in a recent article quoting Amherst town budget chief Sean Mangano about our research on equity in state education aid, “School funding report draws town’s criticism,” Oct. 8, page A10. As a regional chamber of commerce and a statewide education advocacy organization, we believe that growing inequality and economic uncertainty necessitates a statewide approach steeped in equity.

Our report shows that 14% of state Chapter 70 aid for schools (almost $800 million a year) is not based on community need. This aid goes predominantly to wealthier communities at the expense of students in less wealthy districts where the state has not fully met its responsibility to fill funding gaps. The Amherst and Amherst-Pelham school districts receive 1 percent or about $7.8 million of that total.

The recommendations in our report redirect $25 million of statewide non-needs-based aid toward communities that need it the most.

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Leaders hope museum will educate, inspire community | News

HUNTINGTON — The home where she once lived will soon become a resource others can use to learn about the life and legacy of former Huntington resident Memphis Tennessee Garrison. 

Don’t let the name confuse you — Memphis made her mark in Huntington and called it home after moving to the city in 1952. She spent much of her life as a teacher in McDowell County, West Virginia, for more than four decades.

In addition to teaching, she helped to develop and sustain chapters of the NAACP in southern West Virginia, and served as a national vice president and as a field secretary who undertook special organizing and membership activities.

After relocating to Huntington in 1952, she continued working as a substitute teacher and remained active in the community. Her home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

On Tuesday, members of the community and several

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Highland Park Community Foundation Honors Highland Park High School Teachers with 2020 HPCF Golden Apple Award

The Highland Park Community Foundation (HPCF) has recognized three well-deserving Highland Park High School teachers with 2020 HPCF Golden Apple Awards. This year’s honorees are Josh Chodoroff, HPHS Band Director; Nairy Hagopian, Spanish Teacher; and Katrina Tolemy, Special Education Essentials Teacher.

“The Highland Park Community Foundation is privileged to honor Josh, Nairy, and Katrina as the HPCF’s 2020 Golden Apple Recipients,” said Sara Sher, HPCF Golden Apple selection committee chair. “We want to recognize these exemplary teachers for the valuable work they do every day on behalf of the children in our community. The Highland Park Community Foundation celebrates these extraordinary individuals for their positive impact and their teaching in both the classroom and the virtual world.”

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

To recognize outstanding teachers in the Highland Park School systems, in 2010, the Highland Park Community Foundation worked with a local family foundation to launch the annual HPCF Golden Apple Award. The HPCF

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Oregon Department of Corrections considers cutting ties with community colleges

The Oregon Department of Corrections is considering cutting ties with community colleges across the state and proposing to move its education program in-house to address a budget shortfall.

The DOC currently contracts with six community colleges in Oregon to provide high school diploma equivalency testing, or GED services, to inmates across its 14 facilities.

“DOC is proposing that those contracts be phased out and the agency hire back those positions as part of the DOC permanent budget going forward,” DOC communications manager Jennifer Black told OPB.

She said nearly 1,000 inmates were enrolled in the Adult Basic Skill Development program as of Sept. 30.

Black said, historically, DOC had identified “barriers” in contracting with the colleges for its Adult Basic Skills, or ABS, program including “consistency of services and oversight.”

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, contractors were unable to enter the institutions and ABS programming could not be adapted and continued

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Feature: Community radios help educate Indonesian public about COVID-19

by Hayati

JAKARTA, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of community radios in Indonesia have used their channels to help educate the public about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among them is Rasi FM, which is based in the Cisewu sub district, Garut district, in the province of West Java.

Rasi FM founder Latief Rochyana said that in the early stage of the COVID-19 outbreak, misinformation and hoaxes flooded the social media and the confused residents were worried about where to get the truth.

“There are massive amounts of COVID-19 information. Rasi FM has helped with sharing useful information and verify some unverified information,” Rochyana told Xinhua on Saturday.

Rasi FM has been creative in its approach. There was a moment when a Rasi FM presenter inserted COVID-19 facts between music intervals from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time. The presenter explained the basic things such as what COVID-19 is, how dangerous

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Falcons educate community on voting rights

The Falcons have meet with high school students from McNair High and Central Gwinnett High, encouraging them to work at the polls and register to vote.

“I’m a 25-year-old man, but before this year I really didn’t know, I really didn’t understand the process for voting and the things you have to do to get registered and actually be able to vote,” Falcons defensive end Charles Harris told the Central Gwinnett Knights. “That’s something that was humbling for myself.”

The league has taken several social-action measures during the 2020 season, including the playing of “Lift Ever Voice and Sing” by Alicia Keys at early season games. The song is widely considered the Black national anthem.

The “NFL Votes” initiative is intended to support and encourage the voting and civic-engagement efforts of NFL fans, players, club and league personnel and NFL Legends up to the Nov. 3 election.

The initiative provides

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A symbol of community faith and trust | Opinion

I’m Joe Moravchik and I’m running to represent all of us in District 20B of the state Legislature. I’m not a politician but a proven leader with a background of police, teaching, coaching and community volunteer experience. The foundation of my leadership philosophy has centered around putting people in the best position to succeed, always abiding by the core values my parents instilled in me: integrity, humility, practicality, optimism and hard work. It is these values that would guide me as your representative. 

My police experience included patrol, evidence, field training, major crimes and command in one of the Midwest’s most violent cities. I was proud and humbled to be a multi-time winner of the prestigious Exemplary Officer Award for high quality performance and professional dedication, presented by the Wisconsin Attorney General. When I wore a badge, I believed it to be a symbol of community faith and trust. As

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8 practices to build an online learning community

Before COVID-19 turned the academic world upside down, community and connection happened almost spontaneously. Students could walk into a classroom and introduce themselves to the people around them and instantly feel part of their learning community. They could linger afterwards to ask a question or organize a study group. Outside of class there were endless opportunities to socialize through clubs, sports teams, and other activities.

Fast forward to 2020 and, for most students, the campus experience, at least as we’ve known it, has become another casualty of the ongoing pandemic. For better or worse, the virtual classroom is now the place for students to find that all important sense of community.

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Feelings of connection and belonging have a major bearing on student success and their willingness to persist in their studies. A survey of more than 3,000 college students in the

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California Primary Care Association and Capital Impact Partners Launch $25 Million COVID Response Loan Fund for Community Health Centers | News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — California’s community health centers (CHCs) are facing significant lost revenue as a result of business disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, CHCs are incurring unforeseen costs to implement technology for virtual health consultations. The impacts of the pandemic have been further exacerbated for many CHCs by the wildfires plaguing the state.

To bridge this cash flow gap, the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) and Capital Impact Partners have launched the $25 million CPCA COVID Response Loan Fund to provide flexible financing for CHCs. Fund investors include the Alliance Healthcare Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation, and UnitedHealth Group.

It is a vital need, as CHCs not only serve one-in-six Californians, but also a predominate number of patients who fall below the federal poverty level.  California CHCs

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California Primary Care Association and Capital Impact Partners Launch $25 Million COVID Response Loan Fund for Community Health Centers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — California’s community health centers (CHCs) are facing significant lost revenue as a result of business disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, CHCs are incurring unforeseen costs to implement technology for virtual health consultations. The impacts of the pandemic have been further exacerbated for many CHCs by the wildfires plaguing the state.

To bridge this cash flow gap, the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) and Capital Impact Partners have launched the $25 million CPCA COVID Response Loan Fund to provide flexible financing for CHCs. Fund investors include the Alliance Healthcare Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation, and UnitedHealth Group.

It is a vital need, as CHCs not only serve one-in-six Californians, but also a predominate number of patients who fall below the federal poverty level.  California CHCs

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