Public schools at risk over states’ projected budget deficits due to coronavirus


first_imgsmolaw11/iStockBy SOPHIE TATUM, ABC News(NEW YORK) — States face an estimated $615 billion budget deficit over the next three years due to the economic fallout from COVID-19 — a shortfall that could rival the deficits seen after the 2008 recession and could threaten to throw the nation’s public schools into crisis, according to projections by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which were provided to lawmakers on Monday.The estimates, featured in testimony for a hearing by the congressional House Education and Labor Committee, are particularly worrisome for schools in low-income areas that more frequently rely on state funds over funding from local property taxes. “State funding typically reduces disparities between wealthy and poor school districts, so cuts in that funding magnify those disparities,” said Michael Leachman, CBPP’s vice president for state fiscal policy, in his prepared statement.The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic collapse have devastated impoverished communities and people of color — and the projected deficit could indicate more hardship ahead in areas that have already felt the brunt of the pandemic.Thousands of schools across the country, while central to states’ economic reopening plans, were already in need of critical infrastructure upgrades prior to the pandemic. Now, schools are being asked to do even more with less — from providing online instruction to buying hand sanitizer, while being forced to cut district jobs.Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said in a June 3 update to the school community that there will be “considerable extra costs for schools to implement appropriate return to school plans.”Supplies to regularly sanitize school buildings and personal protective equipment for staff and students are just some of the extra costs that schools will have to face as they look to reopen amid the pandemic.“How much money will the state provide to pay for these additional needs in schools?” he asked.Beutner said there’s no way to return to school facilities without risk.“The term ‘safely reopen’ is misleading. The risk from the virus will not be zero until there’s a vaccine or a treatment which is 100% effective,” he added.The pressure to make do comes at a time when schools are already under strain, as many education budgets never fully recovered after the economic collapse of more than a decade ago, Leachman noted in his prepared written testimony.“By 2011, 17 states had cut per-student funding by more than 10%,” Leachman said. “Local school districts responded to the loss of state aid by cutting teachers, librarians and other staff, scaling back counseling and other services and even shortening the school year. Even by 2014 — five years after the recession ended — state support for K-12 schools in most states remained below pre-recession levels.”There were 77,000 fewer education sector jobs at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to “when the Great Recession started forcing layoffs,” despite there being 1.5 million more children, Leachman said in his written testimony.The Cleveland Metropolitan School District, for example, faces a potential loss of up to $127 million in state and local revenue in the upcoming year, including $23 million in K-12, Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon said in his prepared opening statement.“If this worst-case scenario were to occur, I will have no choice but to make deep, devastating cuts to my district this coming winter and to implement those cuts for the second semester,” Gordon said.His school district serves nearly 38,000 students, and Cleveland has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country, he said in his statement, citing census data.The vast majority of students — 86% of them — are children of color, including 64% African American and 16% Hispanic, he said.“Those cuts, including school building closures, reductions of force at all levels of the organization, elimination of student transportation, and all extra-curricular activities, elimination of art, music, physical education, and other classes from K-8 schools and of electives from high schools, would essentially wipe out the 10 years of growth my team and I have generated in Cleveland,” he added.Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there’s also already been a severe loss in education sector jobs, according to National Education Association Vice President Becky Pringle.“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 500,000 public education jobs have already been lost because of the cuts. By comparison, 300,000 education jobs were lost due to the Great Recession,” Pringle said in her written statement Monday.She added: “In other words, COVID-19 has done more damage in three months than a recession that lasted for a year and a half. If this damage goes unchecked, nearly 2 million educators — one-fifth of the workforce — could lose their jobs over the next three years, according to NEA’s analysis. The ‘COVID-19’ recession could be six times worse for education than the 2008 financial crisis.”In addition, reopening schools in the fall will be made more complicated due to the fact that “our school buildings, on average, are more than 40 years old,” said Pringle.ABC News previously reported on a study released by the Government Accountability Office that found in a national survey, “about half (an estimated 54%) of public school districts need to update or replace multiple building systems or features in their schools,” including an estimated 36,000 schools that need to update or replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.The House Education and Labor Committee previously said if the systems are not operating correctly, they could fail to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for safely reopening, as ensuring ventilation works properly is part of the CDC’s K-12 guidance for reopening.Pringle said the funding provided by the CARES Act was not enough, especially considering “the huge fiscal crisis states and local governments face and their escalating COVID-related expenses.”In all the discussions about reopening schools, “it is crucial that we treat racial and social justice as an imperative, so that we don’t inflict more harm on the students and communities that can least afford to bear it,” Pringle said.Gordon, in his testimony, stressed a similar point about rampant and systemic inequality, adding that “these inequities were not caused by the coronavirus.”“A number of people have said to me over the past several weeks how sorry they are to see the inequities, like food insecurity, lack of access to the internet, housing insecurity, job insecurity, and more, that were caused by COVID-19,” Gordon said.“I want to make it absolutely clear that these inequities were not caused by the coronavirus,” he added. “Those inequities have existed in my community and in communities across the country for decades. All COVID-19 did was to starkly expose them for all to see. And the evidence is clear that these inequities are most acute in communities of color.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

DezRez launches proptech conference fronted by celebrity business coach


first_imgHome » News » DezRez launches proptech conference fronted by celebrity business coach previous nextProptechDezRez launches proptech conference fronted by celebrity business coachEavolution21 is to be held on 23rd March and will be online only but free to attend.Nigel Lewis5th March 20210243 Views Property software giant DezRez is hosting a virtual conference on 23rd March to showcase the latest in proptech.The free event will enable estate agents to get up to speed on the latest tech and product innovations via live interactive webinars from leading industry figures.Those speaking at EAvolution21 include internationally renowned trainer Josh Phegan (left) and leadership expert Rich Mulholland (pictured, above) plus company directors from the best known software and proptech companies in the industry.These include GOTO Group, Kerfuffle, Landmark, View My Chain, Sprift, Property Jungle, Moneypenny, Dezrezlegal, Keyzapp, Coadjute, Ambitious Group and TwentyEA.The proptech show will include details of DezRez’s latest product launch, the much-anticipated ReziPM property management software suite including a live Q&A answered by its product experts.“With covid19 restrictions still in place we’re excited to continue to host the industry event that show cases the best tech available to estate agents and property professionals using an innovative online event space,” says Richard Price, Managing Director at Dezrez.“We believe that this event should be open to all and so through investment from us and our partners we are able to keep this event free for delegates as we deliver on or mission to connect the property world.”Alex Willis of the GOTO group (pictured), says: “A lot of time and effort has gone into building a phenomenal integration between Dezrez and GOTO, and we can’t wait to share the exciting new functionality with the delegates.’’Register for EAvolution21.richard mulholland goto group alex willis Eavolution21 Kerfuffle Keyzapp Ambitious Group Josh Phegan Sprift coadjute Property Jungle Landmark Moneypenny dezrez View My Chain March 5, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Managing a Divided Democratic Party is a Test for Joe Biden


first_imgAfter supporting Mr. Biden as a means of defeating Mr. Trump, younger and more progressive Democrats who have gained a foothold in Congress and among party activists are skeptical about his future administration. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, setting policy terms in a statement after Mr. Biden was declared victorious, said: “A Band-Aid approach won’t get the job done. We have a mandate for action on bold plans to meet these twin health and economic crises.” But for some on the left, the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis were reasons to push the administration further — not to back off. They cited mistakes made as Mr. Obama began his administration in 2009, when many believed the party’s progressive wing was too deferential to the new president in a moment of economic crisis.“I don’t think there will be a grace period for Biden, because the country doesn’t have time for a grace period,” said Heather McGhee, a former president of Demos, a progressive policy and research organization. “A million more people in poverty don’t have time for a grace period. A racial epidemic and the coronavirus pandemic isn’t taking a grace period. As he is declared the winner, he needs to be putting a team in place that can really change Washington.”Nina Turner, a co-chair of Mr. Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign, said she expected progressives to pressure Mr. Biden’s transition team and administration from the outset. When asked how open she thought Mr. Biden would be to the left, she said, “If the rhetoric that’s being used on the campaign trail is any indication, not very open.”Still, she said, “things have an amazing way of changing once you’re in the office and you get that pressure.” It is unclear what kind of audience progressives will find with Mr. Biden and his administration. Throughout the year, his campaign sought to project unity through measures like a joint task force with supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders, which led a campaign to adopt some of the left wing’s policy proposals, including plans around college debt. But Mr. Biden stopped short of the biggest ideas, like eliminating the Electoral College or embracing statehood for Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.Some leading Democratic Party moderates said they supported many of the ideological goals on the left but, reflecting what has long been a divide between the two wings, urged caution, particularly because of Democratic losses in other races.“We all have to take a deep breath,” said Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, a state that Mr. Trump snatched from Democrats in 2016 but that Mr. Biden won back this year. “I know there are going to be people who are pushing for change. I’m one of those people who want Medicare for all.”She argued that Democrats needed to be careful not to push away voters whom Mr. Trump won in 2016, or else risk another, similar candidate.“I also know we can’t afford to have Donald Trump as president,” she said.But Stanley Greenberg, a Democratic pollster who advised President Bill Clinton when he successfully pushed the party to the center in the 1990s, said Mr. Biden would be able to delay divisive party fights because of the enormity of the crises he faces.“The nature of the pandemic and the economic and health crisis is so deep, he will inherit a mandate of urgency,” he said. “Unity within the party and unity within the country.” Representative Conor Lamb, a moderate from Pennsylvania who survived a difficult Republican challenge, said the results should be a wake-up call to the left.“What we heard from a lot of our constituents was that they do not like the Democratic message when it comes to police in Western Pennsylvania, and when it comes to jobs and energy,” he said. “And that we need to do a lot of work to fix that.”But after four years of pent-up frustration and energy, that may prove unlikely. By every early indication, Mr. Biden’s election has emboldened progressive energy, no matter the setbacks in the congressional races. There is an up-and-coming generation of elected Democratic officials who have been waiting in the wings, eager to take the lead in formulating a platform for the party.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden has made clear he intends for his administration’s cabinet to be diverse in race, gender and sexual orientation — but a left wing that has become disenchanted with the inherent idea of representation as progress will be looking for concessions of power.Grass-roots political groups on the left had a dual message for the president-elect: Congratulations — and here’s a list of demands. Several signaled that they expected Mr. Biden to defer to some demands of progressives, not only by selecting people from that wing of the party for key cabinet positions but also by excluding people with a Wall Street or lobbying background from the administration’s hiring process. However, Mr. Biden’s flexibility in making cabinet appointments sought by the left will be constrained if the Senate remains in Republican hands.Jamaal Bowman, a progressive New York Democrat who will be sworn into the next Congress, took the view that Mr. Biden’s victory was not an affirmation of moderate ideology, but a testament to a diverse Democratic Party that had embraced the shared goal of defeating an unpopular president. He cited the work during the general election of progressive groups and candidates who opposed Mr. Biden during the Democratic primary, including young climate organizers like the Sunrise Movement — and said they should be rewarded. “We have to move past the moderate-versus-liberal conversations and start speaking and moving together as a strong party,” Mr. Bowman said. “We have organizations like the Sunrise Movement and candidates like Jamaal Bowman who have gone out of our way to get Joe Biden elected.”Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said she expected a long-term fight, particularly given the setbacks for Democrats in the congressional contests. She also cited cabinet appointments as a way to measure Mr. Biden’s ideological core.She said some people, including Mr. Emanuel, should not play a role in the party’s future. The former mayor has been floated by some in Mr. Biden’s inner circle to lead a department like housing or transportation. “Someone like Rahm Emanuel would be a pretty divisive pick,” she said, citing his record as mayor on racial justice and his opposition to teachers’ unions. “And it would signal, I think, a hostile approach to the grass-roots and the progressive wing of the party.” Updated Nov. 9, 2020, 10:58 a.m. ETcenter_img After a fiery call among members of the House Democratic caucus, in which some argued that progressives who have entertained ideas like defunding the police or “Medicare for all” had cost the party congressional seats, some Democratic leaders pushed further away from the left wing.- Advertisement – Ever since President Trump won the White House in 2016, a shocked Democratic Party had been united behind the mission of defeating him. Four years later, with the election of Joseph R. Biden Jr., the divides that have long simmered among Democrats are now beginning to burst into the open, as the president-elect confronts deep generational and ideological differences among congressional lawmakers, activists and the party’s grass-roots base.The fault lines began to emerge within hours of Mr. Biden’s victory. Moderates argued that his success, particularly in industrial Midwestern states that Mr. Trump seized from the Democrats in 2016, was proof that a candidate who resisted progressive litmus tests was best positioned to win back voters who had abandoned the Democratic Party. Those tests included single-payer health care, aggressive measures to combat climate change and expanding the Supreme Court.- Advertisement – “I think that’s what people are keeping an eye out for: Is this administration going to be actively hostile and try to put in appointments that are going to just squash progressives and organizing?” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said. “I don’t envy the Biden team. It’s a very delicate balance. But I think it’s really important to strike a good one. Because it sends a very, very powerful message on the intention to govern.”The fault lines crystallize the task ahead for Mr. Biden, who has long seen himself as a pragmatic consensus builder rather than a strict ideologue. In addition to the fractures within his party, Mr. Biden’s administration will also have to navigate a Republican Senate, unless Democrats wrest two seats in Georgia during closely watched runoff elections in January.If the party doesn’t win those seats, an already divided Washington looks likely to endure.Some moderate Democratic leaders urged the president-elect to head off any internal conflict by embracing policies both sides can agree on and reaching out to the left.“The first thing I would do if I were Joe Biden is I’d propose a $15-an-hour minimum wage,” said Edward G. Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania and a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “That’s something that both sides agree on. That would be the first action on behalf of President Biden to show there are significant parts of the progressive agenda that need to be acted on.”Given the two Senate runoffs taking place in Georgia — contests that will determine whether Mr. Biden will, like Mr. Obama, begin his first term with a unified Washington — Mr. Biden might be initially reluctant to embrace positions that could make it easier for Republicans in Georgia to paint Democrats as out-of-touch, radical socialists. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, a leading voice of the party’s left wing, said in a phone interview that the next few weeks would set the tone for how the incoming administration will be received by liberal activists. “The progressives said we need a base candidate,” said Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago and White House chief of staff under President Barack Obama, referring to a nominee who appeals to the left wing of the party. “No we didn’t. We needed someone to get swing voters. If you campaign appropriately, you can make that a governing transformation.”Moderate Democrats said they were hopeful the urgency of the problems confronting the nation would delay the inevitable reckoning the party faces between its ideological wings. Beyond that, they said that a disappointing showing by Democrats in congressional races — the party lost seats in the House and faces a struggle for even narrow control of the Senate — would give liberal Democrats less of a platform to push Mr. Biden to the left. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Gorelina’s return to the lineup helps Syracuse into the final 8 of the NIVC


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ HAMILTON, N.Y. — After playing sparingly and almost exclusively back-row in the opening set Friday night against Towson, Anastasiya Gorelina was waiting for her opportunity to fully return from her right ankle injury.With a block to close out the first set, and four kills in the first 13 points of the second set, Gorelina emphatically announced her return. In that moment, Syracuse’s leading attacker was back. The Orange attack was back to full strength.Syracuse (22-13, 12-8 Atlantic Coast) advanced to the final eight of the National Invitational Women’s Volleyball Championship with a straight set win over Towson (27-6, 12-4 Colonial) on Friday night at Colgate University’s Cotterell Court. Now that Gorelina is back to full strength, she expects to be starting Monday night as Syracuse travels to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers Monday night in the final eight of the NIVC.“It was my first game back from injury so I’m excited to be able to play, and not just watch,” Gorelina said.She turned her right ankle in the fourth set of a match on Nov. 22 against Notre Dame. Gorelina did not play in the regular season finale loss vs. Louisville, nor did she play in the postseason opening win Thursday night against Albany.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite being a limited factor in the opening set, Gorelina was unleashed by Yelin in the second set. She did not register any kills or attack attempts in the first set, which SU won, 25-22. She totaled four kills in the second, and four more in the third and finished with eight. Gorelina found success in a variety of attacks, using both the fastball and changeup to beat the Towson backline.Gorelina received the set from Jalissa Trotter at the start of the second set. She used her textbook two-steps and a jump to kill the ball into the floor, giving SU its first point of the set. A few points later, Gorelina displayed her guile in tipping the ball over the Towson block. The ball floated aimlessly into the ground, just out of reach of outstretched Towson defenders, expanding the Orange lead to 7-3. After the Tigers had cut the deficit back to two, Gorelina went for power again, ending any run Towson had started and pushing the lead back to three points.Because she had just one error and 11 attack attempts, Gorelina’s .636 attack percentage was her second-best of the season. With an attack percentage of .211 for the season entering Friday, she was over three times more efficient than average. Yelin was careful not to rush his star attacker back before she was ready, and the move paid off.“It’s the first day she was able to play,” Yelin said. “When people are coming back from injury, it takes time to get in, you don’t want to rush.”Yelin said he wanted Gorelina to slowly work her way back into the lineup before letting her jump and land again on the ankle. At the conclusion of the first set, she told Yelin was ready.“He was worrying about my ankle and how I was feeling,” Gorelina said. “After the first set I told him I was ready to go to fight. He said go out and play, and I did.”Yelin said he made some changes to the usual rotation to work her into playing more points. With some confusion amongst the SU rotation, which led to two out of rotation faults, Yelin eventually decided to return to the lineup the Orange has played for most of the season.“We still wanted to keep her in the position to be on the outside and hit, after the first set and a half,” Yelin said. “We totally changed back to how we had been playing all season.” Comments Published on December 1, 2017 at 10:49 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected]last_img read more