The government has delivered a budget that set its sights low, but still asks too much of Australians | The Canberra Times

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A trillion dollars is a lot of money – a one with 12 zeros after it. That’s where Australia’s debt will peak. To put it in perspective, when the Liberals launched their “debt truck” scare campaign in 2009, they did so with the figure “$315 billion” emblazoned on the side – one-third of the level of projected peak debt under the Coalition today. So what does Australia get from that spending? The economy came into this crisis from a position of weakness. Last year, productivity went backwards, investment was in the doldrums, wage growth was among the slowest on record. We had problems in retail and a downturn in construction. That means we need to have big aspirations. When Curtin and Chifley sat down at the end of World War II to rebuild the economy, they didn’t take a “back to

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Angola: Government Reaffirms Special Attention to Education

Luanda — The Minister of State for Social Affairs, Carolina Cerqueira, Wednesday in Luanda reaffirmed that the Government continues to pay special attention to education, as part of the children teaching and learning process.

According to the Cabinet minister, who was speaking during a video conference with provincial governors on the return to school, despite the constraints caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has deeply shaken social stability and slowed economic development, severely affecting families and society in general, education and teaching continue to be a state priority.

The government member, who praised the collaboration of parents, teachers and social partners in the successful return to school, said that the contribution of all is preponderant to the objectives pursued, taking into account the need to restore confidence in the institutions and to share collective responsibility in concerted action by all those involved.

Carolina Cerqueira mentioned the need for communities to

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Help kids learn about government operations with this week’s free learning resources | Sponsored: The Community Bank

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This article is brought to you by CLB The Community Bank.

The school year looks different for Louisiana families, as many districts are using either a complete online or hybrid learning model. To help parents and teachers, LPB and the Department of Education have developed dozens of academic resources for kids of all ages.

The Advocate, The Acadiana Advocate and The New Orleans Advocate | The Times-Picayune are pleased to partner with LPB and CLB The Community Bank to share these resources with families. Each week, our websites and social media channels will feature a list of resources for students, plus tips for parents and educators. Just click on the grade level and program name to go to that resource.

The Advocate group is Louisiana’s largest news group and is proud to be Louisiana-owned, with a combined reach of more than 10 million unique users each month on

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Havasupai students who sued for better education reach settlement with federal government

A federal judge approved a settlement between the federal Bureau of Indian Education and a group of Havasupai students who sued for better schooling, marking the first concrete result in a long-running case that could improve education for thousands of Native American students with disabilities. 

a sign on the side of a building: In 2017, Havasupai students and families sued the BIE for “longstanding educational deprivations.” A judge ruled in an ongoing case that the BIE violated its responsibility to provide students with disabilities education through services like individualized special education plans.

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In 2017, Havasupai students and families sued the BIE for “longstanding educational deprivations.” A judge ruled in an ongoing case that the BIE violated its responsibility to provide students with disabilities education through services like individualized special education plans.

The suit was filed in January 2017 by students and their families at Havasupai Elementary School, which sits on the Havasupai reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It accused the federally operated school of “longstanding educational deprivations,” including chronic understaffing that forced educators to cover as many as three grades at once and the denial of special education services.

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Government teachers’ licence registration on hold

The Teachers Affairs Department at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has decided to suspend the registration of professional licences for teachers at government schools, and no new applications will be received during the current school year 2020/2021, local Arabic daily Arrayah has reported. 

A circular issued by the department directed to the government schools, said the department will only address the unprocessed applications from the past year. The priority for application to the professional licensing programme will be given to the co-ordinators of subjects, experienced teachers. Co-ordinators who have not got such license can apply for the second level of the programme, while those who already got the license and have spent five years according to the previous system can apply to receive the third level in case they comply with the set regulations and required standards.
Accordingly, schools prepare timetables for the relevant classroom demonstrations of teachers,

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Call to hand education powers to Yorkshire and the North following new government higher education scheme

Northern leaders are calling for greater powers over education to be handed to local authorities and increased input from metro mayors after Boris Jonson unveiled plans to help those made redundant during the pandemic retrain for new positions.

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The Prime Minister announced a series of reforms today to further and higher education, including adults in England without an A-level or equivalent qualification will be offered a fully funded college course, to help boost the post-Covid economy.

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As part of the guarantee they will also be given the opportunity to study at a time and location that suits them.

Northern business and education leaders are calling for greater powers over education to be handed
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Express POLL: Should the Government encourage students towards university or to jobs? VOTE | UK | News

School children are often pushed into attending higher education courses rather than the alternative of learning a trade despite the spiralling debts they will incur after leaving. Teenagers with the grades to get into university will often be given the option of a traditional academic route – A-levels followed by a degree – rather than other routes into careers such as apprenticeships.

But should the government stop trying to push young people towards university and instead focus more on training them for the jobs market?

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to consider giving young people an “apprenticeship guarantee”.

Attitudes to university in comparison to apprenticeships was laid bare in a 2019 poll, which revealed students feel pressured to go down the route of university.

The poll of 1,500 recent school leavers found two-thirds were urged to go to university by teachers, while six out of 10 said

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Microsoft empowers UAE businesses, education and government offices to achieve more with latest Surface devices

Dubai – Professionals across a number of vital sectors including essential- organisations in government, healthcare, education and private sectors are using the latest Microsoft Surface devices to uphold critical business, services and learning. The devices, which are from the recently launched roster of Surface products, are part of the UAE digital debut of the new product range.

The Microsoft Surface Go 2, Surface Book 3, Surface Dock 2 and Surface USB-C®Travel Hub have been designed for power and secure portability. Their issuance to vital industry sectors across the country is intended to empower organisations to operate efficiently and safely at a time where their operations underpin the wellbeing and business continuity of others in the community.

Appealing to consumer and commercial users alike, the Microsoft Surface range has become known for its ability to cover a wide number of use cases. As an illustration/example, the UAE’s Abu Dhabi Department of

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THE REGULARS: Troubling critical race theory surfaces in education, government | Columnists

“The President has a proven track record of standing for those whose voice has long been ignored and who have failed to benefit from all our country has to offer, and he intends to continue to support all Americans, regardless of race, religion, or creed,” Vought wrote.

“The divisive, false, and demeaning propaganda of the critical race theory movement is contrary to all we stand for as Americans and should have no place in the Federal government,” he concluded.

Our college-educated students are being sold a lie that capitalism is inherently evil and racist when, in fact, it has improved more lives and done less harm than any other form of economic policy. In my view, CRT promotes revolution by class warfare from within and in redistribution of wealth by force, and this is what we see in the rioters.

Your life is no more or less valued because of

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African American State & Local Government Employees Have Higher Concerns About Health and Financial Risks of COVID-19

African American State & Local Government Employees Have Higher Concerns About Health and Financial Risks of COVID-19

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020

Nearly 40 Percent of African American State & Local Workers Expect to Take on More Debt

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A national poll of state and local employees finds that  African American workers are more concerned than their colleagues about the potential health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Thirty-nine percent of African American state and local employees are worried about contracting the coronavirus at work as compared to 22 percent of all other survey respondents. Twenty-one percent of African American workers are concerned about a reduction in pay, which is nearly twice the level of other state and local employees (11 percent).

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As the pandemic lingers, 39 percent of African American state and local employees expect to take

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