How an Oregon Measure for Universal Preschool Could Be a National Model

first_imgAnother example: Public pre-K in places like New York and Washington, D.C., has ended up decreasing the supply of infant and toddler care programs. The Multnomah County measure aims to prevent that by paying providers to maintain those programs.The new measure also addresses two of the central debates in early childhood policy.First, it will be universal, not aimed at children from low-income families. (The program will start with children with the greatest need and take full effect in a decade.) Proponents of targeted programs say they’re most effective because children from low-income families benefit most from free preschool, and it costs less to make it free for a smaller group of students.- Advertisement – The Multnomah County measure will pay preschool teachers roughly the same as public kindergarten teachers — around $74,000 a year for lead teachers, up from $31,000. Teaching assistants will earn about $20 an hour. The measure will eventually raise $202 million a year from taxpayers. It plans to add an estimated 7,000 preschool spots and hire 2,300 teachers.“Teacher pay versus affordability is the major crisis all across the child-care landscape,” said Dan Wuori, director of early learning at the Hunt Institute, an education policy research group affiliated with Duke University. “We’ve had this broken system for decades, where quality is sometimes lacking and the affordability of the system for families is really subsidized on the backs of a low-income work force, many of whom are women of color.- Advertisement – “On paper at least, this measure addresses both of those concerns.”The policy draws on recent early education research and tries to avoid the unintended consequences that have befallen other universal preschool programs.For example, discrimination in discipline starts as early as preschool, research shows, and Black boys are much more likely than other children to be suspended or expelled. The measure forbids expulsions from preschool, and provides training for how to address challenging behavior instead.- Advertisement – Universal programs, though, are more politically popular and, research shows, have more benefits for children. They are less segregated, and children learn from spending time with peers from different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds. The programs are more effective, most likely because they are held to higher standards and families become more invested in them, according to research by Elizabeth Cascio, an economist at Dartmouth. – Advertisement –last_img read more

#Donkomi: Brazilian forward Marco Silva joins AshGold

first_imgThe 24-year old attacker joins the team from Brazilian lower league side, Serra FC where played 5 times for the club.He played a total of 313 minutes for Serra FC before signing for AshGold.He becomes the second Brazilian to join the Miners this month after they appointed Ricardo Da Rocha their new head coach. AshGold have announced the signing of Brazilian forward, Marco Aurelio Silva Damasceno.The deal was announced by AshGold on Thursday on its Twitter handle.last_img

Fears of World Cup without Messi as Argentina stutter

first_imgBuenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | Argentina’s poor run of results in the South American qualifiers has left everyone contemplating the unthinkable: a World Cup next summer without Lionel Messi.The dreaded question looms large after an uninspiring draw at home to last-placed Venezuela this week left Argentina adrift of the automatic qualifying places for Russia 2018.Veteran coach Cesar Luis Menotti described the latest performance as “scary” and had some choice words for coach Jorge Sampaoli, who like his predecessors is struggling with how best to use Messi’s verve in a team which has failed to find its spark.“The truth is, it was a shock. Seeing all this was a shock! I played two games against Venezuela: in Caracas we won 7-0 and in Rosario 11-0. Eighteen goals in two games!“And now I see that it’s hard for us to beat Venezuela? There’s something that we’re not doing well,” said Menotti, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1978.The goals have dried up. Argentina were on a run of 309 minutes without scoring in these qualifiers when they finally got an own-goal against Venezuela.Menotti levelled most of his scorn at the tactics used by Sampaoli, the former Chile and Seville coach. “I don’t understand the team.“It’s not the same thing to lead Seville as it is Argentina. Especially if you have Messi.”The diminutive 30-year-old cuts an increasingly isolated figure on the pitch, bereft of teammates who can give him the right pass at the right time, according to former Argentine international Alberto Marcico.“Messi is more isolated, in the past he was better served by those around him.”Messi’s current lieutenants, Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi, haven’t been able to provide the service the star is used to in his slick club side Barcelona, and more often than not he is crowded out by defenders waiting to pounce when the ball finally comes.— ‘Like Tango’ —The over-reliance on Messi is striking for Menotti, saying Sampaoli must change how Argentina use him.“They use drones, they give talks, they put put fourteen guys to work and when he gets the ball, Messi bolts forward to see if he can take everyone on. It’s very difficult,” he said.“Football is like Tango. You can’t run around all the time.” Messi in action recently“Football has pause. It has acceleration, it has rhythms, it has changes. The way Argentina play makes you dizzy, and that’s the worst enemy of a footballer,” Menotti told FoxSports.For commentator and former player Diego Latorre, Argentina’s problems go deeper than Messi.“Psychological issues play a very important role in how a game develops, and this team still has a block in its nervous system that can’t be turned off.”Argentina’s priceless forward line is too easily shepherded down blind alleys, playing “like a pack of hungry wolves without teeth who finish up meekly in a corral after 90 minutes,” Latorre wrote in the daily La Nacion.Aside for an over-reliance on Messi, the team has a heavy psychological burden to bear.“They lost three finals, and that’s heavy,” said Marcico, referring to the 2014 World Cup final — lost to Germany in extra-time — and successive Copa America finals in 2015 and 2016.Now, Argentina have just two matches to redeem themselves, hosting fourth-placed Peru in Buenos Aires next month before an awkward final match away to Ecuador at altitude.The top four in the table qualify for next year’s finals, which the fifth-placed team will face a play-off with New Zealand.Former national coach Marcelo Bielsa, now with Lille in France, remains confident that Argentina will prevail in their two remaining matches.“I am absolutely convinced that Argentina will qualify,” he said.But the fear remains that the burden of a nation’s expectations can crush the best of talents, and leave mighty Argentina without a place at a World Cup finals for the first time since Mexico 1970.And it could also leave the world without the spectacle of arguably its greatest player slaloming through defences in Russia next July, depriving him of one last chance to crown his career with ultimate football glory.RELATED VIDEO:Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Ice, Cougar linebrawl the topic of conversation in BCMMHL

first_imgWhen pressed to comment about the fights, Sprague continued to remain tight lipped.“The boys had some fun . . .. It’s something that happened,” Sprague said.B.C. Hockey is now involved in conducting a full-scale investigation of the incident.“We had five guys sitting out,” Sprague said when asked if any of the Cougar players were suspended.“They exchanged phone numbers on the ice and went and sat in the stands. It was good old-time hockey . . . it’s all good.”DiBella said one of his players was taken to hospital after the brawl.Kootenay had five players — Brandon Sookro, Kyle Hope, Tristan Pagura, Justin Post and Joel Wells — sitting out Sunday’s game.Cariboo entered the weekend tied for second spot in BCMMHL standings with Okanagan Rockets.Kootenay holds down last place in the 11-team league, more than 38 points behind Cariboo.The Cariboo Cougars professed to be the first BC Major Midget League team to broadcast games.However, the game video from Saturday was removed from the website as of Sunday.“The Cariboo Cougars videoed the game and I believe it was online,” DiBella said. “It’s something that’s out there that can be reviewed by B.C. Hockey and I hope that that is the case.” The Cariboo Cougars made it look easy, waltzing into the NDCC Arena to grab all four points in a two-game B.C. Hockey League Major Midget League series against the Kootenay Ice this past weekend.However, the game was not what everyone was talking about after the weekend set concluded Sunday.Instead, everyone’s favourite topic of conversation was the line brawl that ensued following Saturday’ 8-2 triumph by the Cougars.“I think it was an unfortunate set of circumstances,” Ice head coach Mario DiBella told The Nelson Daily after Sunday’s 8-3 loss against the Cougars.“The game was over and all the players had filed out onto the ice when a Cariboo player decided to he was going to start some extracurricular activities.”DiBella said both teams were on the ice after the final game buzzer sounded when one of the Kootenay players was slew footed by a Cariboo Cougar and everyone teamed up with a partner.Several Kootenay players had their helmets removed during the melee before a few fights broke out.The line brawl lasted for just over a minute before on-ice officials were able to restore order and the players left the ice.No other fights occurred off the ice.As many as ten players were suspended for Sunday’s game along with DiBella and Cariboo coach Trevor Sprague — both receiving two-game suspensions.Sprague and DiBella were both allowed to coach Sunday, as both teams assistant coaches were unavailable for the weekend series.While DiBella was eager to give his assessment of the incident, Sprague was less committal.“Guy went on the ice, they all has some fun and we all went back into the dressing room and went to the hotel,” Sprague said when asked to comment about Saturday night’s shenanigans.last_img read more