State Board of Education, District 1, endorsement

The two candidates running for State Board of Education, District 1, are Tim Hughes, who works for an education non-profit, and Angelo Casino, a middle school teacher at a local charter school.

Mr. Hughes is well-spoken and well-versed in education jargon. He believes the state board needs to help “create the conditions where districts can adjust to changing and evolving needs of educators.” He also would like to tweak Nevada’s teacher licensing laws to help increase the number of teachers.

He doesn’t support retaining students who have fallen behind academically, even as a stopgap measure to help students who’ve lost months of instruction because of the coronavirus. He is somewhat supportive of charter schools, supporting non-profit operators, but not those run by for-profit companies. He expresses skepticism of using testing data in teacher evaluations, calling it a snapshot in time.

The focus of Mr. Casino’s campaign is bring the perspective

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State Board of Education, District 4, endorsement

Incumbent Mark Newburn seeks re-election to the State Board of Education, District 4. Former Clark County School Board Trustee Rene Cantu also seeks the seat.

Mr. Newburn is the current vice president of the board. He describes himself as “an outside change agent.” Realizing that he couldn’t change everything, he focused his efforts on improving computer science education in the state. He views the role of the board as being the truth tellers in public education.

He’s supportive of charter schools, viewing them as “just another district to us.” He would like to see more charter schools in neighborhoods with low-performing traditional schools. He’s also a supporter of Read by 3. He believes the program would have “created a lot of focus and motivation to take care of the problem before the third grade. I’m concerned that we’ll lose that sense of urgency.” The Legislature gutted the retention portion of

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State revenue shortfalls raise education funding concerns

The Florida Education Association took a hard stance in a Friday news conference against the state’s ongoing approach to school reopening, criticizing the Governor’s Office and Department of Education for creating chaos, confusion and instability. The group argued for changes to the state’s education funding strategy and its rules for reporting COVID-19 cases in schools. State officials found the association’s request rather unusual, though. Read on for that story and more education news.

a group of people posing for the camera: Varsity cheerleaders attend a football game on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, between Wiregrass Ranch High School and St. Petersburg High School at St. Petersburg.

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Varsity cheerleaders attend a football game on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, between Wiregrass Ranch High School and St. Petersburg High School at St. Petersburg.

The FEA urged the state to extend the funding waivers set forth in the department’s July reopening order. The union is suing to throw out that very same order.The Florida School Finance Officers Association has joined the call to protect district budgets for the rest of 2020-21,

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State teachers group calls on DeSantis to protect education funding

Contending the reopening of Florida’s schools has not worked well, leaders of the state’s largest teacher union on Friday pressed Gov. Ron DeSantis to improve the situation.

In a letter to the governor, Florida Education Association president Andrew Spar spelled out two steps he said would help stabilize the schools as they struggle with teacher departures, online instruction woes and health-safety concerns.

Florida Education Association president Andrew Spar [ Courtesy of the Florida Education Association ]

Spar asked for a guarantee that the state’s $12.9 billion education budget not be cut, despite multibillion-dollar revenue shortfalls stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. And he proposed continuing the funding protections implemented in the state’s school reopening order, in which per-student money is provided based on pre-pandemic projections rather than current enrollment, which is down statewide.

The association is in the middle of a lawsuit challenging the reopening order.

In an online news conference,

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State superintendent says DPI budget proposal will include increases in mental health, special education funding | Local Education

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State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor giving the 2019 State of Education address at the Capitol building.

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As a difficult state budget season approaches, Wisconsin’s top education official announced she would propose adding money for school special education and mental health services for 2021-23.

State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor delivered her second annual State of Education address Thursday, speaking virtually via Wisconsin Eye.

“We are clear-eyed about the realities economic challenges will play in state budget decisions,” Stanford Taylor said. “However, it is my hope our leaders can and will continue to prioritize public education and the needs of our most vulnerable learners.”

Throughout her speech, Stanford Taylor praised educators for their work through the unexpected move to virtual learning in the spring and support of students through the summer. She also highlighted equity, a key theme of her 2019 speech, encouraging all educators to become an “agent of

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Canvas Releases Global Research Report on the State of Higher Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Perelman Selling Almost Everything as Pandemic Roils His Empire

(Bloomberg) — Bit by bit, billionaire Ronald O. Perelman is parting with his treasures.His Gulfstream 650 is on the market. So is his 257-foot yacht. Movers hauled crates of art from his Upper East Side townhouse after he struck a deal with Sotheby’s to sell hundreds of millions of dollars of works.He’s unloaded his stake in Humvee-maker AM General, sold a flavorings company that he’d owned for decades and hired banks to find buyers for stock he holds in other companies.What in the world is going on with Ron Perelman? His exploits on and off Wall Street have been tabloid fare in New York since the go-go 1980s. But now, at an age when most fellow billionaires are kicking back, Perelman, 77, is facing a range of financial challenges, most of all at Revlon Inc., his cosmetics giant.Once touted as

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