The Education Store http://the-education-store.com/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 03:36:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://the-education-store.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile.png The Education Store http://the-education-store.com/ 32 32 Donations enable the Sumter United Ministries Department of Construction to carry out essential repairs https://the-education-store.com/donations-enable-the-sumter-united-ministries-department-of-construction-to-carry-out-essential-repairs/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 01:45:09 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/donations-enable-the-sumter-united-ministries-department-of-construction-to-carry-out-essential-repairs/ BY MATT MOORE Sumter United Ministries I worked as a construction ministry manager for two years with Sumter United Ministries. During this time I have met and interviewed many interesting people. Although they are all memorable, there is one owner in particular that I will always recognize. When this owner calls, I immediately know who […]]]>

BY MATT MOORE
Sumter United Ministries

I worked as a construction ministry manager for two years with Sumter United Ministries. During this time I have met and interviewed many interesting people. Although they are all memorable, there is one owner in particular that I will always recognize.

When this owner calls, I immediately know who she is by the way she says, “Hello, Matthew.

“Mrs. H” asked for help with the roof repair in 2017. During my first year on staff, I called her to schedule an appointment to do an update interview and to tour her home , but it was not available. Over the next year, we never seemed to be able to connect over the phone.

Finally, in 2021, we saw a new opportunity through our partnership with the SC Housing Trust Fund. This was a new chapter for us as an organization, and this client was going to be one of our first candidates to go through the process. As I visited her, we sat and talked about life, her struggles, and the meaning and importance of her home. More than just a house, it represented the family bond she had with her parents. They bought the house with her so that she would have a stable future. She was now looking to the future as she was going to give the house to her own children as a family heirloom.

However, every time it rained, it put that dream and desire in a precarious position. Water was leaking into his house because of a faulty roof. Water rot, mold and mildew were potentially destructive results if action was not taken quickly.



After submitting a 50-page grant application to SC Housing, we were told she was not eligible for assistance. My heart sank at the thought of bringing bad news.

Fortunately, hope was around the corner.

During the first week of June, our “Summer Restore” project connected over 80 Sumter volunteers with homeowners in need, replacing roofs and building a ramp. A group from Mauldin United Methodist Church, led by Jon Brooks, helped put a roof over Mrs H’s house. The Mauldin team was also assisted by a team from Wise Drive Baptist Church, led by Luke Smith. Typically, each team builds a cross made from surplus wood at their site. Everyone signs their name and places it in the yard as a reminder of the work that is done there. Our client was so proud and excited about her new roof that she asked the team to put the cross on the highest point of the house so everyone could see how Jesus used these churches and volunteers to help him with his greatest need.

Your donations to Summer of Caring will continue to empower the Department of Construction to provide the resources needed to make essential home repairs. Thanks!

Matt Moore is director of the Department of Construction.

New donations as of August 9: Susan and Gary Heimbigner, $200; Sue and Chuck Fienning, in loving memory of Henry C. Fienning, $500; The Ellis Family, in memory of Deacon Billy J. Ellis, $100; and Susan Wollman, $100.

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Crypto sector lobbying spending up a third in Q2 https://the-education-store.com/crypto-sector-lobbying-spending-up-a-third-in-q2/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 11:07:25 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/crypto-sector-lobbying-spending-up-a-third-in-q2/ Of the 42 detailed filings in Q2, 17, or roughly 40%, referenced the classification of digital assets as securities or commodities as an area of ​​focus. These filings reported $3.2 million in lobbying expenditures. Eight of the detailed documents, describing $2.1 million in expenditures, list stablecoins as an area of ​​interest. Smith said the Infrastructure […]]]>

Of the 42 detailed filings in Q2, 17, or roughly 40%, referenced the classification of digital assets as securities or commodities as an area of ​​focus. These filings reported $3.2 million in lobbying expenditures. Eight of the detailed documents, describing $2.1 million in expenditures, list stablecoins as an area of ​​interest.

Smith said the Infrastructure Act’s tax reporting provisions, which first sparked a political spending spree by industry, have taken precedence this year over more pressing issues around infrastructure regulation. market and stablecoins. Yet tax issues have often cropped up in lobbying disclosures. Among the detailed second-quarter disclosures, 17 filings — reporting $2.7 million in spending — mentioned the tax.

Preaching the “techno-optimistic” message

Timi Iwayemi, senior researcher at the Revolving Door Project, said if the industry sticks to its priorities, consumers will pay the price. The Revolving Door Project reviews executive appointments.

Placing digital assets under CFTC oversight would leave investors vulnerable to scams, washouts and pump-and-dump schemes, he said, adding that allowing stablecoins to replicate the services provided by banks without appropriate safeguards, such as deposit insurance, could threaten financial stability as a whole.

The industry has cultivated lawmakers, especially Democrats, through a combination of lobbying and campaign spending, meetings with industry executives and revolving door hires, Iwayemi said in an interview.

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Raising wages – a priority for the Ministry of Interior – Baltic News Network https://the-education-store.com/raising-wages-a-priority-for-the-ministry-of-interior-baltic-news-network/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 10:41:24 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/raising-wages-a-priority-for-the-ministry-of-interior-baltic-news-network/ For the next three years, increasing salaries, purchasing fire-fighting vehicles and building the capacity of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs are set as priorities in the budget of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) of the Republic of Latvia. The Interior Ministry’s priority for the next three years is to raise the salaries of […]]]>

For the next three years, increasing salaries, purchasing fire-fighting vehicles and building the capacity of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs are set as priorities in the budget of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) of the Republic of Latvia.

The Interior Ministry’s priority for the next three years is to raise the salaries of interior officials.

It was realized that for the next three years, basic funding from the state budget will be allocated in the amount of 24 million euros. The ministry has also set itself the priority for 2023 of allocating an additional 4.7 million euros to increase the salaries of agents in the establishments of the Ministry of the Interior.

In order to strengthen the capacity of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, additional funding is requested to increase staff salaries.

It is also necessary to increase the salaries of employees of the State Insurance Agency, which will require 4.1 million euros.

In order to improve the quality of law enforcement education, funding is needed to establish a long-term consortium for the Homeland Security Academy, as well as for the development of educational programs and the construction of a new training building. The long-term consortium will be formed between the Ministry of Interior, the State Police Academy, the University of Riga Stradiņš and the University of Latvia.

Among the priorities of the Ministry of the Interior for the next year is also the purchase of special firefighting and rescue vehicles to replace worn equipment and improve the direct functions of the performance of the Resque Service which will require 21.8 million euros.

Around 25 million euros are also needed to continue the construction of disaster management centers in order to guarantee the co-location of a greater number of services and institutions.

The Minister of the Interior will continue to promote the strengthening of the external border between Latvia and the European Union in the long term, improving its surveillance and protection against the flow of illegal migrants.

As the Ministry of Finance reported earlier, ministries are seeking 2.06 billion euros for priority actions in next year’s budget.

The ministries have indicatively planned a higher amount for the coming years, with 2.68 billion euros in the 2024 budget and 2.78 billion euros in the 2025 budget for priority actions.

The Ministry of Welfare wants 139.946 million euros in the 2023 budget to implement the priority measures, the Ministry of Culture – 91.713 million euros, the Ministry of the Interior – 86.608 million euros and the Ministry of Agriculture – 66.14 million euros.

The Ministry of Justice requests 20.851 million euros, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – 18.646 million euros and the Ministry of Finance – 15.592 million euros for priority measures in 2023.

The Ministry of Defense has not requested funds for priority actions for the coming year.

In 2022, the ministries wanted an additional 1.68 billion euros for priority measures.

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Practically, the edtech sector will always remain a support system for the education sector https://the-education-store.com/practically-the-edtech-sector-will-always-remain-a-support-system-for-the-education-sector/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 16:36:26 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/practically-the-edtech-sector-will-always-remain-a-support-system-for-the-education-sector/ Cracks began to appear in the edtech sector in February, when Ronnie Screwvala-backed Lido announced its closure. Since then, reports of shutdowns and pink slips being handed out in the edtech sector have garnered media attention. Companies like Unacademy, BYJU’S, Whitehat Jr., Toppr, Vedantu, FrontRow and Udayy, among many others, have recently been in the […]]]>

Cracks began to appear in the edtech sector in February, when Ronnie Screwvala-backed Lido announced its closure. Since then, reports of shutdowns and pink slips being handed out in the edtech sector have garnered media attention. Companies like Unacademy, BYJU’S, Whitehat Jr., Toppr, Vedantu, FrontRow and Udayy, among many others, have recently been in the eye of the storm.

According to data from various media, it is likely that more than 10,000 employees have been laid off by edtech start-ups. Business priorities, team optimization, long-term goals, and low growth are some of the top reasons cited by CXOs for this phenomenon. More importantly, the sector has been shaken by global macroeconomic conditions associated with the reopening of schools, colleges and physical course centers.

Now the question is, is India’s IT sector in decline?

Maybe, but it will always remain the support system of the conventional education system in India, answers Dr. Silpi Sahoo in a one-on-one conversation with SME Futures. She is president of the SAI International Education Group and has worked hard to build the country’s education system and create jobs in this field.

Edited excerpts:

Since February, India’s edtech space has been making headlines for mass layoffs. Is edtech failing? What are your thoughts?

Decelerating demand for tech-enabled educational services, coupled with financial downtime, has had a domino effect on India’s thriving edtech companies, forcing them to lay off workers, slow expansion, reduce overspending and exploring new avenues of profit. Some edtech companies have indeed closed shop.

One of the main reasons for this phenomenon is that, in practice, edtech companies will always be a support system (facilitator) for the mainstream education sector. However, it can never replace classroom learning. Adding more value to the existing learning methodology instead of trying to completely replace it is what most of these edtech companies have overlooked.

Layoffs at several edtech start-ups such as BYJU’S, Unacademy, Vedanta, Eruditus, Frontrow, Invact Metaversity, and Yellow Class should be considered. In my opinion, all of these companies have downsized for related issues.

To begin with, these developments came after India’s IT sector experienced a dream run. The arena produced unicorns in a short time as the pandemic forced physical learning institutes to close. The excitement around edtech has made it one of the most funded sectors in India and beyond. The industry has raised about $5 billion in India according to reports.

Now, with the epidemic waning, these companies are experiencing mass layoffs.

At the same time, Ivy League institutions like Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia offer great distance learning courses around the world. They didn’t start this only after the pandemic. Likewise, various international schools in India that follow a blended learning format are still doing well, as their approach has never been based on the idea of ​​completely replacing a conducive classroom environment.

But the education system is becoming hybrid. So why are edtech companies struggling to stay relevant? Where are they going wrong?

It’s true! I believe that replicating a model that has been largely limited to books (i.e., the classroom learning style) will now encounter several obstacles. It is better to perpetuate and deepen the idea of ​​accentuating the level of learning provided in class by adding more value to it.

Additionally, parents have become more reluctant to sign up for online classes now that students are returning to schools and colleges. There is this feeling of missing something, especially in the case of parents who are caring for children who are still in their formative years. They worry that their child’s confidence and social skills will be affected because they have had no interaction in a social setting for the past 2 years.

Looking at the scenario from a non-pandemic perspective, for any start-up, including in edtech, before embarking on their business, their concept must be based on a unique strategy and a long-term vision. And if their vision was to capitalize on a single short-term problem – the “pandemic” – then the motive for an association itself is questionable; forget his growth.

Students these days want to learn in their own learning style and at their own pace, and a lot of innovation should be aimed at making personalization as efficient as possible.

To achieve this vision, data and analytics will be essential. Carrying out accurate market segmentation and research in the relevant country will allow these companies to reap maximum results. A client-centric, values-driven model is imperative for the survival of any association, and the education sector is no exception. Unfortunately, most companies do not understand the needs and preferences of their consumers and therefore disappear. The sole aim of the education sector should be the complete education of children by opening the floodgates of knowledge to them.

What strategies are needed for the survival of edtech start-ups in the post-pandemic world?

Putting their stakes on a value-driven model must be the primary focus for budding start-ups to sustain and grow post-pandemic. Models should be built keeping in mind innovative ways to serve students with convenience and ease, to let them invest in the idea of ​​it. Their goal should be to “deliver” knowledge and to do so without fail.

Edtech companies must replace outdated systems and procedures with state-of-the-art technology. As we move toward a future of lifelong literacy and cohort-based literacy platforms, edtech companies will need to be more creative in delivering content. It shouldn’t just be about putting intriguing material on a screen; they need to have an idea of ​​what this screen looks like, what it tracks and what it offers. Creating an educational experience that can never be achieved in a classroom is imperative if edtech companies are to remain significant over the long term.

As the value of constructive literacy and conceptual global learning becomes widely recognized, edtech forums should evolve and initiate more innovative strategies to make their literacy forums more interactive for young people. Stories can be used to explain the most intrinsic concepts using virtual reality to make it more interesting. Children can be taught using creative methods, with their tutors playing their favorite characters. The integration of the metaverse into the technological aspect of education can also be explored. The virtual world intrigues children anyway, imagine your favorite character in an embodied virtual reality experience answering your questions in a doubt clarification class.

Edtech companies should come up with innovative ways to meet the needs of kids of different age groups with succinct content, so they don’t lose interest. Short, simple and interesting content explained in a language better understood by Gen-Z, will keep them hooked. Bringing a new product to the table and keeping it relevant to students will help these companies stay relevant in the future. Schools that have invested in an edtech mode of learning for the sole purpose of maintaining a repository of learning materials, assignments, tests, and more that students in all grades can refer to, come out exceptionally well. It was extremely convenient for the students and facilitated the learning process. The schools were closed but the learning did not stop, and the methodology followed continued to add value to classroom teaching even after the schools reopened.

COVID-19 has been a milestone for students, parents and educators as it taught them how to learn during a pandemic. As a result, much of the country’s education sector has migrated online. Likewise, some aspects of the “new normal” have been instilled in today’s classrooms. A blended or hybrid learning style is now central to the best learning experience, and edtech companies should be aware of this.

Especially now that a growing number of teachers and other educators have become more digitally empowered. Now they are using cutting-edge technology in their classrooms to make learning more engaging and interactive. They now have an open mind to the benefits of digital literacy. In addition, the use of technological tools to specifically meet the personalized needs of each child has become quite common.

Instilling the creative elements of edtech in the classroom or as part of an after-school or distance learning program will generate more interest among students. If edtech startups can embrace this shift in mindset instead of trying to completely take over an existing framework, they will continue to grow.

Soon, we can expect virtual mentoring and training to take over the education sector. Quality subject matter, focus, mobile and active values-based literacy, creative ways to engage students, and the ability to publish and share a student’s work within the wider community are a few -some of the important aspects that edtech start-ups need to consider in the post-pandemic world to future-proof their businesses. Indeed, before the pandemic started to fade, some edtech companies had made the right decisions. The future belongs to those who will continue to innovate while focusing on sustainability.

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SGU medical program reaccredited by Grenada authorities – NationNews Barbados – nationnews.com https://the-education-store.com/sgu-medical-program-reaccredited-by-grenada-authorities-nationnews-barbados-nationnews-com/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 13:02:32 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/sgu-medical-program-reaccredited-by-grenada-authorities-nationnews-barbados-nationnews-com/ posted on August 7, 2022 St George’s University, Grenada. (web picture) ST GEORGE’S – St George’s University Medical School Medical Program has been reaccredited by members of the Grenada Medical and Dental Council (GMDC), for a period of eight years or until 2030. The notice was recently published in an issue of the government gazette. […]]]>

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ST GEORGE’S – St George’s University Medical School Medical Program has been reaccredited by members of the Grenada Medical and Dental Council (GMDC), for a period of eight years or until 2030.

The notice was recently published in an issue of the government gazette.

“The Grenada Medical and Dental Council hereby announces that it has completed a comprehensive review and assessment of the medical education program at St George’s University School of Medicine (SG USOM) with the aim of taking a new decision on the accreditation status of this program,” said board chair Dr. Robert Yearwood.

The Council was established in 2010 pursuant to the Health Practitioners Act.

According to the Act, the Department of Health appoints members of the Council to carry out the GMDC’s responsibilities to oversee “educational institutions with respect to the training of persons practicing medicine or dentistry” and “to promote high standards in the practice of medicine and dentistry” in Grenada.

According to its website, in 2017 the Cabinet of Ministers and Members of the Houses of Parliament formally passed Resolution 1583, authorizing the Council to “take the necessary steps to develop a new accreditation system to accredit medical schools in Grenada and begin work to fulfill this necessary function.

In March 2019, Parliament amended the Medical Professionals Act, granting the GMDC the power to accredit medical schools operating in Grenada.

The 2019 amendment authorized the Council to undertake all activities necessary to assess, accredit and monitor medical schools in Grenada, and prohibited any person or institution from advertising, teaching courses or providing services from a program leading to an MD degree unless accredited by the GMDC.

In December 2019, the U.S. National Committee on Medical Education and Accreditation Abroad, in a letter to then-Minister of Health Nicholas Steele, determined that accreditation standards and processes used by the Ministries of Education and Health for the Council to accredit medical schools were comparable. to those applied to medical schools in the United States. (CMC)

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My convictions on education, justice https://the-education-store.com/my-convictions-on-education-justice/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 11:04:30 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/my-convictions-on-education-justice/ When I make a public appearance, written or spoken, I try to convey my philosophy so that those who consider my words understand my beliefs. Therefore, as I plan to write a periodic column for The Oklahoman, I want to identify some of my beliefs. First, I want to quote Alexander Fraser Tytler, a 19th […]]]>

When I make a public appearance, written or spoken, I try to convey my philosophy so that those who consider my words understand my beliefs. Therefore, as I plan to write a periodic column for The Oklahoman, I want to identify some of my beliefs.

First, I want to quote Alexander Fraser Tytler, a 19th century Scottish judge, philosopher and teacher who wrote: “A democracy is always of a temporary nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From then on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits to the public treasury, with the result that any democracy will eventually collapse due to lax fiscal policy.

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Ministry expands support for working and breastfeeding mothers https://the-education-store.com/ministry-expands-support-for-working-and-breastfeeding-mothers/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 09:38:34 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/ministry-expands-support-for-working-and-breastfeeding-mothers/ Fatimah (left) at one of the convention booths. SIBU (August 6): Sarawak’s Ministry of Women’s Development, Children’s and Community Welfare reaffirms its commitment to provide a support system for working and breastfeeding mothers by establishing on-site child care centers work. Speaking at the opening of the Sibu Breastfeeding Support Group’s 2022 convention at the Kingwood […]]]>

Fatimah (left) at one of the convention booths.

SIBU (August 6): Sarawak’s Ministry of Women’s Development, Children’s and Community Welfare reaffirms its commitment to provide a support system for working and breastfeeding mothers by establishing on-site child care centers work.

Speaking at the opening of the Sibu Breastfeeding Support Group’s 2022 convention at the Kingwood Hotel here today, its minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said there are currently ten child care centers at the venue. work in Sarawak.

“The ministry has always encouraged ministries and private sectors to set up taska (daycare) in the workplace, so that when it comes time for mothers to breastfeed, they can always go to the taska.

“These taska and kindergartens are registered with the ministry, where the safety of children is the main concern of the ministry,” she said.

According to Fatimah, the Sarawak government has provided special annual grants (GTKs) to 581 day care centers and kindergartens registered with early childhood education institutions since 2019.

Of these, 478 are kindergartens with 23,667 children and 103 taska with 1,709 children, she added.

One of the purposes of the grant, she said, was to purchase a cooler or refrigerator to allow operators to store expressed breast milk from mothers to give to babies during feedings.

She explained that her ministry had channeled around RM43.695 million to 8,739 registered kindergartens and day care centres.

“For 2022, as of July, we have received 2,798 grant applications,” she said, adding that currently there are 24 baby-friendly clinics (KRBs) and 19 friendly hospital initiatives. babies (BFHI) in the state.

She expressed hope that this number would increase in order to provide greater support to working mothers as well as breastfeeding mothers.

Also present at the event were the convention’s organizing chairperson, Dayang Normaliza Awang Tambi, and the director of Sibu Hospital, Dr. Nanthakumar Thirunavukkarasu.






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Federal salaries lag 22.5% behind private sector, report says https://the-education-store.com/federal-salaries-lag-22-5-behind-private-sector-report-says/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 19:50:59 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/federal-salaries-lag-22-5-behind-private-sector-report-says/ Comment this story Comment Salaries for federal employees are 22.47% lower on average than their private sector counterparts in comparable jobs, an advisory group said in a report on Friday that noted that the “pay gap” has remained stable. over the past two years. The findings of the Federal Wage Council underscore the need for […]]]>

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Salaries for federal employees are 22.47% lower on average than their private sector counterparts in comparable jobs, an advisory group said in a report on Friday that noted that the “pay gap” has remained stable. over the past two years.

The findings of the Federal Wage Council underscore the need for President Biden’s proposed 4.6% increase for federal employees, the unions said.

“With the latest inflation numbers, rising private sector wages and the new pay gap calculation, it’s even clearer that federal employees need help to deal with rising costs and that the government needs help in recruiting and retaining qualified employees,” the National Union of Treasury Employees said. Chairman Tony Reardon said in a statement.

The last time the federal wage gap was calculated, at the end of 2020, the council reported a gap of 23.1%.

The council calculates wage differences on a national average and by some four dozen urban areas using Department of Labor statistics on labor costs — not cost of living — according to a formula fixed by a federal wage law.

However, assessments using other datasets and methods have come to very different conclusions. Some conservative and libertarian organizations have found that federal employees earn more than private sector workers, while the Congressional Budget Office in 2017 found that federal employees were slightly ahead on average but lagging behind among those with higher incomes. higher levels of education.

Biden’s recommended pay rise would be the biggest for the executive branch’s 2.1 million workers in two decades. Under the Wages Act, if Congress does not pass a figure by the end of the year, this recommendation automatically takes effect.

That looks likely to happen, with the House recently passing a spending bill for 2023 making no mention of an increase. A comparable bill in the Senate is also silent. However, employee organizations and some Democrats in Congress continue to push for 5.1%.

In most years, the increase figure becomes an average, with some being paid at all levels and the rest being paid in amounts that differ depending on where employees work. This year, the board calculated that employees working in the Washington-Baltimore area would be in line for one of the biggest raises.

The wages board projected that 0.5 percentage points of the 2023 increase would go to location-based pay, though that’s also up to Biden to decide whether Congress leaves matters in his hands.

By urban area, the largest increases in 2023 would be paid to employees working in the San Francisco-Oakland, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle-Tacoma, San Diego and Washington-Baltimore areas. The smallest would be paid to those working in the catch-all locality outside designated urban areas, called the “rest of the United States”

At its Friday meeting, the board also recommended creating new localities in the Fresno, California, Spokane, Washington, Reno, Nevada and Rochester, NY areas, and expanding the boundaries of a number of localities. existing. This would increase the salaries of some 33,000 employees by moving them out of the catch-all locality.

Recommendations from the council now go to a higher-level group called the president’s payment officer made up of the heads of the labor department, the office of management and budget, and the office of personnel management. This group in turn reports to the White House, with the final decision on a raise usually being made in a year-end presidential order.

The American Federation of Government Employees called on the group to accept the recommendations, saying they would “put extra money into the hands of federal employees who are paid less than their colleagues.”

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Michigan prison authorities ban dictionaries, activists get overturned – Workers World https://the-education-store.com/michigan-prison-authorities-ban-dictionaries-activists-get-overturned-workers-world/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 18:39:58 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/michigan-prison-authorities-ban-dictionaries-activists-get-overturned-workers-world/ In a June 2 article, National Public Radio reported that the Michigan Department of Corrections had, over the past year, banned Spanish and Swahili dictionaries. This racist and xenophobic decision denied the legal right to education to Spanish-speaking and Swahili-speaking inmates and to any inmate wishing to learn these languages. The bogus excuse concocted by […]]]>

In a June 2 article, National Public Radio reported that the Michigan Department of Corrections had, over the past year, banned Spanish and Swahili dictionaries. This racist and xenophobic decision denied the legal right to education to Spanish-speaking and Swahili-speaking inmates and to any inmate wishing to learn these languages. The bogus excuse concocted by the MDOC was that “if some prisoners all decided to learn a very obscure language, then they could speak freely in front of staff and others about smuggling in or assaulting staff.” or assault on another prisoner”. (npr.org, June 2)

Neither Spanish nor Swahili are obscure!

The activists organized a protest campaign. Nearly 400 “library workers, incarcerated advocates, and community members who believe in our inherent right to education,” have signed a letter to MDOC “demanding that the Michigan Department of Corrections immediately rescind this policy. racist”.

Signatories came from 95 cities and towns in Michigan, 40 US states, Canada and the Netherlands. The Detroit and Michigan chapters of the National Lawyers Guild, the Detroit-based Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, and the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls have also signed on.

The letter pointed out: “Dictionaries and other reference materials are among the most important basic documents in a prison library. Dictionaries are also among the documents most requested by incarcerated persons and are necessary to supplement education programs.

“The banning of non-English dictionaries not only violates the First Amendment to the US Constitution, but also MDOC’s own policies. MDOC policy directive 05.03.115 states: “Each librarian shall maintain a full range of library services. This includes a collection containing reference, general and specialized works selected to meet the educational, informational and recreational needs of the prison population. Materials should be available for different reading levels, languages, ethnicities and special interests. »

On July 21, the MDOC issued a memo rescinding the dictionary ban!

As the great black abolitionist Frederick Douglass said, “Without struggle there is no progress.”

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Rick Hubbard: Our political system is broken and we need to fix it https://the-education-store.com/rick-hubbard-our-political-system-is-broken-and-we-need-to-fix-it/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 11:10:00 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/rick-hubbard-our-political-system-is-broken-and-we-need-to-fix-it/ This commentary is from Rick Hubbard, a retired lawyer and former economic consultant living in South Burlington. I am originally from Vermont and now entering my ninth decade of life and writing to explain why, starting October 1, I will be crossing America from Los Angeles to our US Capitol in Washington, D.C., to help […]]]>

This commentary is from Rick Hubbard, a retired lawyer and former economic consultant living in South Burlington.

I am originally from Vermont and now entering my ninth decade of life and writing to explain why, starting October 1, I will be crossing America from Los Angeles to our US Capitol in Washington, D.C., to help fix our broken democracy.

Our federal political system is not working well today. It does not properly serve our common good. We are moving towards autocracy, instead of strengthening our representative democracy.

Here’s how bad it is:

Most of us have lost faith in Washington.

We urgently need candidates and representatives who will fix our democracy to serve our common good.

The system has been hijacked, to make sure those with power keep it.

Unscrupulous politicians are out to corrupt and break down the very institutions and rights that brought them to power.

There is little correlation between being elected and serving the will of the people.

Both major parties prioritize the re-election interests of their candidates, as well as the interests of their party and major contributors of campaign funds, ahead of our public interests and our common good.

They rig the system and set the rules to stifle competition from independent and third-party candidates.

They control the money, the debates and the primaries. They even draw their own electoral districts.

Congress is so regularly stalled that there is little progress on issues important to most of us. Small percentages of our reps can block actions that benefit the larger percentage of us all.

Meanwhile, nearly half of American families cannot earn enough to pay basic expenses like rent and food.

We see the very rich getting much richer, while many see the middle class collapsing.

And the working class faces low wages, dead-end jobs, debt, homelessness, lack of health care and too few educational opportunities.

For the first time since the Great Depression, life expectancy in the United States is falling, while drug overdoses and suicides are on the rise. Once a global leader in healthcare and education in advanced economies, we are now in the bottom quartile for healthcare and the bottom half for education. Life-saving prescriptions and unaffordable medical bills are the reason most Americans file for bankruptcy.

Our country is getting poorer, sicker, more divided, and our families are paying the price. There is an urgent need for a properly functioning government to serve our common good.

The good news is that we can fix it.

States create rules that govern elections, even federal ones. So, passing laws in our state to make things better makes federal elections work better.

Here is what we can do:

We can make our political system fairer, more inclusive, more competitive and more representative.

We can have independent commissions design electoral districts.

We can make it illegal for lobbyists to donate to politicians, so that the representatives we elect serve our interests better.

We can have campaigns publicly funded, not by just 2% of us like today, but rather by 100% of all registered voters, using just a little tax credit or rebate that we already have paid to support the candidates of our choice. This will drastically change who candidates should pay attention to.

We can reform our political process to achieve more competition, more turnover, and better representation for our common good, or if that cannot be accomplished, set reasonable term limits for elected officials.

We can adopt an open and inclusive primary that lists all candidates, regardless of party, and allows 100% of all registered voters to vote there. We can use preferential voting to elect only candidates that the majority of us support, and allow independents and third parties to run without spoiling the election.

We can set up automatic and secure voter registration and door-to-door ballots. We can get more people to vote in secure elections and make it easier to vote.

Millions of us are already involved and have already racked up over 100 wins in cities and states across America. But millions more of us need to join us, and that’s why I invite you to join us.

People near you are fighting for these improvements and need your help. So please register and be part of the next victory in your state. And organize and join nonpartisan citizen marches to fix our democracy in your community, on dates and times in concert with others across America in their communities.

And only vote for politicians who will lead to fixing our democracy.

If enough of us act together, we can fix the system so the government can work for you, your family, and the rest of us, and not just a handful of special interests and insiders.

We can do it! We can fix our democracy, avoid autocracy, and unlock progress toward our common good. Join us! Thanks.

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