Health and education spending is at record levels. This budget should have gone further on tax cuts | The Canberra Times

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The biggest story of the 2020 budget is not, surprisingly, the 12-figure record deficit. It is not the looming trillion dollars in debt. And it is certainly not any supposed unfairness. It’s the loss of a once-in-a-decade chance to shift the economic trajectory of the budget. In normal times, the budget imposes practical limits on government spending. Government can never do everything it wants, because to do so would result in massive deficits, and the public still looks askance at unfunded spending, despite persistent efforts by progressives to undermine this sensible instinct. But in a crisis, different rules apply. Deficits seemingly no longer matter, and governments are free to pursue a broader agenda, for better or worse; as Kevin Rudd did when he found himself unshackled as a result of the Global Financial Crisis. Yet the

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Ask candidates at all levels to address education disparities

Matt Gillard and Michele Strasz, guest writers
Published 5:29 p.m. ET Oct. 7, 2020 | Updated 6:36 p.m. ET Oct. 7, 2020


Ballots are now being cast as the big-stakes fight for the presidency ignites voter turnout across federal, state and local races. In these anxious times fueled by a great pandemic, civil unrest, and negative political climate, it’s easy to lose sight of elections as opportunities to bring people into office who we believe can help build a better future for our families and kids.

We ask voters to reach out to candidates today (virtually or by phone), read their platforms, and probe how they would improve educational opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities.

Then vote!

So many contributors to the current inequity in educational outcomes have been further exposed during the pandemic, coupled with increased attention to how systemic racism

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Individuals with higher levels of education better able to weather economic storms

Amy Miller, for Davenport University
Published 6:01 a.m. ET Sept. 25, 2020 | Updated 1:00 p.m. ET Sept. 25, 2020

August report shows pandemic-related job losses are disproportionately impacting those without college degrees.

Seeking higher education may be the secret to a stable career in the future. (Photo: Getty Images)

Despite the upheaval the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause individuals and families economically, experts say now may be the best time to pursue additional skills training or a college degree.

“The best way to insulate yourself and your family from the ups and downs of a pandemic-induced economic recession may be with an advanced degree,” said Dr. Richard Pappas, president, Davenport University.

“While it’s tempting to delay your education and wait for the economy to stabilize, universities that focus on matching students to high-demand careers can provide a direct path to stable employment.”

COVID-19 has caused many people to reexamine

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Arsenic levels fall since mining end

Arsenic levels fall since mining end

Learning disabilities also down: survey

A new finalised study that was completed in 2019 has found that the levels of arsenic in children living near a gold mine that was shut three years ago dropped sharply since an earlier study in 2016.

The study corresponded with a significant decrease in learning disabilities that were linked to the children’s exposure to the poisonous chemical element.

The study was carried out last year on about 200 Prathom 4-6 students in six schools in Phichit, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun, in areas that surrounded the former location of a gold mine that was shut down three years before that.

It found only 4.5% of these students were found to still have high levels of arsenic, 12 times lower than that (36.1%) found in a previous study carried out in 2016 before the gold mine was shutdown.

Funded by the

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Pre-K levels the field in education for Fort Worth kids. But it’s hard to do online.

Every weekday morning last spring, Tamara Sapp sat down with her daughter, logged into her daughter’s online learning portal and started the school day.

Some things went better than others, Sapp said. Her daughter loved music time, but she zoned out during story time. And when her teacher gave her short assignments to help prepare her for writing, it was a struggle to get her to do them.

“She likes to bargain with me — ‘I’ll do half, and then I’ll do the other half later,’” Sapp said.

Sapp’s daughter was in pre-K last year at South Hi Mount Elementary School in Fort Worth. When COVID-19 reached North Texas and school districts across the region shut down, her daughter’s classes moved online.

Trying to do school remotely wasn’t ideal, Sapp said. Even though her daughter was only online twice a day for a half hour at a time, Sapp

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