PUSD and other Districts Lobbying State for Relief

first_imgEducation PUSD and other Districts Lobbying State for Relief Published on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 4:49 pm Top of the News Community News HerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe The Pasadena Unified School District, along with school officials in nearby cities are calling on the state to provide some relief to help districts impacted by the state’s Safer at Home order.The Los Angeles County Office of Education is also advocating with state leadership on behalf of districts for budget, program, and Local Control & Accountability Plan flexibilities; funding protections; resources for online learning, and other actions to protect fiscal solvency.The district may not receive a full allotment of money from Measure J due to lowered sales tax revenue caused by the shutdown of businesses throughout the city during the Coronavirus outbreak.“PUSD and other districts share the cost of a lobbying group which lobbies the relevant state folks on behalf of all of us. We are hopeful that the governor will provide relief from perhaps the 3 percent reserve requirement in the out years of our budget (21-22 and 22-23),” said PUSD Board Vice-President Scott Phelps. “We also would hope that the state uses its rainy day reserve because of course these times are what it is for.  While that is not just for schools, school funding is required to be at a level of at least 40 percent of the state general fund budget per Prop 98.”The district is still receiving annual daily attendance funds, and last Friday district officials applied for a FEMA grant.The pandemic forced local school districts to close around the country for safety reasons.State legislators announced weeks ago that new budget requests made in January were suspended and Gov. Gavin Newsom has made it clear that COVID-19 updates make it clear that he believes that schools will be an integral part of the state’s mid-term pandemic response, according to PUSD Board President Patrick Cahalan.“Thus the expectation must be that local school districts will have to do far more than their usual business in the upcoming months,” Cahalan said. “Opening in-person instruction with reasonable social distancing, for example, would require a large addition of staff.  However, with the state budget so dependent upon income and capital gains taxes, it is also already abundantly clear that state revenue will take a significant hit in this calendar year.  It is unknown what the state budget for education will look like in June with the demand for more services competing with a lack of structural funding.  I personally hope the governor is taking a realistic view of what districts can do with the resources available to them and assigns new funding accordingly, but hope by itself does not ensure a workable budget.”Right now the district is better off than some other districts. Officials already had Chromebooks for students and a curriculum in place by the time students were sent home.In comparison, the Los Angeles Unified School District virus response will cost the district $200 million. The district’s entire budget is roughly $8 billion, according to Superintendent Austin Beutner.The district faced state takeover two years ago when it came precariously close to being unable to meet its three percent reserve.City officials vowed to use money from a three-quarter cent tax increase to help the district maintain its reserves. However, since businesses have been closed there is less sales tax, and the city is forced to use more of those funds to keep basic city services running smoothly.“The Los Angeles County Office of Education is working closely with all 80 districts to help them prepare for and successfully weather the financial challenges that lie ahead,” said Margo Minecki, public information officer at LACOE.“LACOE is assisting districts in reviewing budget priorities, monitoring and evaluating program spending, and adjusting budget projections to align with available resources to ensure solvency.”The governor usually submits his revised budget in May. About 40 percent of that usually goes to education.However, this year tax day has been pushed back until July, which means Gov. Newsome won’t know much about actual receipts when he issues the revised budget in May according to Phelps.“We are advocating with the state for flexibility and support so that PUSD can be prepared to support our students and lead our community’s return to normal times.  Depending on how flexible the state is, we need to be prepared to support our students in a different environment when they return,” Phelps said. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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‘Green’ image resulting in reduced costs is Key to Business Success

first_imgWhatsApp Linkedin Free Green Hospitality Programme Workshop takes place in Limerick “WITH further increase in Energy prices expected in October alongside recent landfill waste cost increases – taking control and greening your business has never been more pertinent,” said Maurice Bergin, Director of the Green Hospitality Programme.  Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Green Hospitality Certified Members achieve Energy, Water and Waste costs that are between 25-50% below the Irish average which allows them to compete in these challenging times”.Maurice Bergin was speaking at the launch of The Green Hospitality Programme (GHP) national Workshop series. The GHP which offers Internationally recognised Environmental Certification will continue its very popular 2011 Workshop series during October for its members and is also inviting interested hospitality businesses to attend, to find out how easy it is to become more efficient and reduce costs and also achieve recognised environmental certification. The next Workshop takes place on the October 4 next at the Carlton Castletroy Hotel in Limerick commencing at 9.30am.“By adopting the GHP criteria members are also opening up new markets by tapping into the increasing worldwide demand for more environmentally friendly businesses”, said Bergin. “Whilst cost is still the main driver for consumers purchase decisions, customers are definitely becoming more aware of the environmental impact of their lifestyles”. They are conscious of companies that do things right and in brands that share their own values. The advent of social media means that companies must also be more honest with their customers or they’ll be found out very quickly and that is just as important for the hospitality industry as any other, It’s a win win for business if done correctly!”.The GHP workshops are free of charge and open to anyone who might be interested. For more information or to register your attendance for a workshop, email [email protected] or phone 021-435 4688. www.greenhospitality.ie Facebook Print News‘Green’ image resulting in reduced costs is Key to Business SuccessBy admin – September 29, 2011 479 center_img Email Advertisement Twitter Previous articleCelebrations all aroundNext articleOriental marinated salmon with a zesty chutney adminlast_img read more

Targets set to keep over-50s

first_img Comments are closed. Targets set to keep over-50sOn 4 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Tough targets for the number of over-50s employed by both private and publicsector organisations look set to form part of a major government report.The Cabinet Office has confirmed it is due to release its study into”active ageing” this week.The study, spearheaded by Joy Hutcheon at the performance and innovationunit, was commissioned by the Prime Minister in response to concerns about thefalling numbers of over-50s in work. It is expected to contain around 70separate proposals on how to overcome the problems.In addition to recommending levels of employment, the report is expected tolook into the pressures that push or encourage over-50s out of work. Earlyretirement policies and pensions are likely to be covered.It is expected that government departments will implement a number of theplans immediately. The publication of the report coincides with extra responsibilities beinggiven to Social Security Secretary Alistair Darling.www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/innovation/local.htm Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Students compete in Tough Mudder race

first_imgSeveral Notre Dame students participated in a race through a giant obstacle course this weekend, an obstacle course that ends in a field of live wires that carry a 10,000-Volt shock. Sophomores Ryan Tixier, Dan Yerkes and Kevin Colvin tested their endurance in the Tough Mudder course Saturday and Sunday in Attica, Ind. They joined more than 6,500 other participants in the 12-mile obstacle course. “Tough Mudder has some crazy obstacles, but it’s worth it because it’s for a charity that helps returning vets readjust to life back home,” Tixier said. “Our roommate, Kevin, sent us a link on Facebook about it earlier in the semester, so we all grabbed onto it.” Tixier said British Special Forces designed the course to be a test of strength, mental grit and camaraderie. All proceeds from the weekend’s race support the Wounded Warriors Project, a charity that helps soldiers returning from overseas readjust to life in the United States. Some of these veterans participated in the race, Tixier said. “The most satisfying thing is that you’re actually helping people,” Tixier said. “There were some returning vets from Iraq there, one with prosthetic legs, who did it too. That just made it much more real. It was a really great event overall.” Icy water, swamps and blazing bales of kerosene-soaked straw greeted the participants at each turn of the course, according to the race website. Other obstacles included trails of cargo nets, 12-foot high walls and wire fields. “You’d run two miles, then scale a rope and drop 20 feet into an icy lake. You would swim under barriers and could barely move at some points,” Tixier said. “At another you crawled through a trench with dangling barbed wires filled with electricity hanging down. You’d feel jolts, but you kept going.” Yerkes, who ran the Chicago Marathon in October and qualified for the Boston Marathon, said the military-style obstacles were very different from other endurance races. They made teamwork necessary to complete the course. Tixier said he was surprised by the level of camaraderie displayed at the event. Though participants were physically exhausted, he said they were enthusiastic and helped one another finish the course. “You’d stay at one place for five minutes to pull people over an obstacle,” Tixier said. “My roommate Kevin helped a girl over a muddy log because she couldn’t move. She had said, ‘My legs don’t work.’ But she rested and ended up finishing the course later.” Teamwork, physical exhaustion and determination were on full display during the course’s final sprint, Tixier said. “The very last obstacle was the field of live wires. You’d see the finish line, but stood there for two minutes with 20 other people trying to get the will power to just do it,” he said. “But it was a good last obstacle because it brought the life back into you.” The contestants celebrated the end of the race with music and food, as well as free tattoos or a head-shave, Tixier said. “They had a big stage with music, but most people huddled around fires,” Tixier said. “We were just happy to have survived. I did get my head shaved with a Mohawk before the race started though. You could get that or a mullet.” While the race was tougher and colder than he expected, Tixier said he planned to participate in a Tough Mudder event again. “I’ll do it again, but not during November,” Tixier said. “There were too many ice water swims where your entire body just goes numb. If I did it again, it would be during the summer months and I’d get more guys from my dorm to do it.”last_img read more

7 tips for digital storytelling

first_imgA few of us went to a digital marketing conference recently, and one the speakers talked about storytelling. It kind of took us by surprise. A digital conference should be about high-tech stuff, right? And storytelling has been around since before any kind of tech existed.But here’s the thing. Engaging your members online is like telling a story. You get people interested in who you are and what you offer with the story you tell through digital and social media. You get them to come back to your website time after time through storytelling. If you do not tell the right story, in the right way, consumers lose interest.So how do you tell a good story in the digital world? These tips 7 tips for digital storytelling will help you capture attention and build trust. continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

ABB & Scottish gambling stakeholders launch ‘Merkinch Gamble Support Week’

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Share BGC appoints Joff Cooke as first COO June 2, 2020 The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has launched a ‘first of its kind’ community initiative in the Merkinch area of Inverness to promote responsible gambling and provide counselling support for anyone concerned about their gambling activity.Titled the ‘Merkinch Gamble Support Week’ this social initiative is the result of a partnership between the Association of British Bookmakers in Scotland (ABB Scotland) and Merkinch based charity For the Right Reasons. The two parties have joined forces with bookmakers William Hill and Ladbrokes to deliver a programme of responsible gambling initiatives in the Merkinch area from 19 to 23 June, with support from Paisley based charity RCA Trust, specialists in providing advice, education and counselling support.The campaign will include advice on responsible gambling in local betting shops, confidential counselling sessions in Merkinch and presentations to school pupils at nearby Inverness High School on the risks associated with problem gambling.This is the first time ABB Scotland has launched a responsible gambling campaign centred on a specific community. If successful, it will serve as a model for future responsible gambling initiatives elsewhere in Scotland.Donald Morrison, spokesman for ABB Scotland said: “More than two third of Scots’ gamble and the vast majority do so for fun. Problem gambling in Scotland is low – at 0.7% – and falling, according to the Scottish Government’s own figures. Nevertheless, we are determined to take the lead in promoting responsible gambling and do more to support those who get into difficulty at a national and local level.“We have been talking to community groups, charities and local authorities across Scotland about the possibility of launching community-based responsible gambling campaigns to complement the work we do at a national level. For the Right Reasons have been the most receptive and so we agreed to work with them to develop and fund this pilot project as part of our continuing commitment to promote responsible gambling.“This is the first time we have run a responsible gambling campaign in Scotland centred on a specific community. Hopefully, it will serve as a model for other areas.”Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart, who recently visited the Ladbrokes and William Hill shops in the area and grew up in Merkinch, is backing the campaign.He said: “All of us enjoy a flutter from time to time, whether it’s at the bingo, on the National Lottery or at the local bookie. For the vast majority of people, gambling is a fun experience but for some people it can become a problem. I’m encouraged that the latest figures from the Scottish Government show a drop in the level of problem gambling.“However, there is no room for complacency and it is important that we continue to promote responsible gambling messages and provide support for those who get into difficulty. I therefore welcome the launch of this campaign in Merkinch, the first of its kind in Scotland. I would encourage anyone who is concerned about their gambling to take advantage of the support being offered.”Richard Burkitt, Director of For the Right Reasons, commented on the campaign “While the majority of people gamble for fun, a small number experience problems and it’s important that the gambling industry does more to support those who get into difficulty. ABB Scotland has worked closely with us to develop this pilot project and we look forward to further such campaigns in the future.” Rumoured RGA and ABB merger seeks to alter industry perceptions February 25, 2019 Submit Related Articles Winning Post – FOBT waiting game continues September 10, 2018last_img read more