“What are you going to do with your life?” More than 45 Leechburg Area High School sophomores pondered that question during the 12th annual Career Exploration Breakfast on Wednesday. Professionals on hand included ones from the arts, media, biomedical field, Douglas Education Center, Eichenlaub Landscaping and Penn State University. They made presentations to students during rotating 20-minute group sessions. “The purpose of this event is to further expose our students to high-skill and high-demand industry careers that are right in their backyard,” said Kelly Sadler, program coordinator and high school guidance counselor. The event, funded through a grant from the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, lasted several hours and included breakfast. Students received matching themed career T-shirts with a quote from Abraham Lincoln: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Skylyn Raypush, 16, said a career in the medical profession is on … [Read more...] about Leechburg career breakfast gives students a taste of job options
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A coalition calling for $80 million in new state funding for recruiting and retaining more teachers of color in Minnesota is disappointed in the the level of support lawmakers are offering this year to address the longstanding issue. None of the initial budget proposals unveiled at the Capitol this session — in the DFL-controlled House, the GOP-controlled Senate or by Gov. Tim Walz — meets the lofty spending target supported by the Coalition for Increasing Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers, a local group focused on “the lack of racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity” in Minnesota’s teaching ranks. The House DFL budget, HF 2400, gets closest, dedicating $37 million over the next two years to new and existing programs. Gov. Tim Walz included $16 million in his budget for 2020-21. The Senate did not include any new funding for the programs outlined in SF 1012, the Senate version of the bill that includes the coalition’s priorities, the … [Read more...] about A lot of Minnesota lawmakers agree on the need to recruit and retain teachers of color. There’s a lot less agreement on how much the state should spend on it.
U.S. Russia investigation Politics U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has been a lawyer, mom, and for almost a decade presided in the nation's capital as a surgical adjudicator. On Wednesday, the Obama-appointee’s chambers will hold a nation in suspense until her gavel slams inmate Paul John Manafort’s fate. And, following controversial events in Alexandra, Virginia, last week, the spotlight is on Jackson like never before. Manafort originally agreed a plea deal with the prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller for committing decades of bank and tax schemes, hiding his riches, lying to officials and meddling with court witnesses. Except he broke it for “making false statements to the government and the grand jury," according to the government’s sentencing memo. Manafort already knows Jackson well. It was Judge Jackson who had initially granted Manafort house arrest while he professed his innocence on charges that he conspired against the U.S. But … [Read more...] about Who Is Judge Amy Berman Jackson and How Much Time Will She Add to Paul Manafort’s Prison Sentence?
Steve Pokin Springfield News-Leader Published 11:00 PM EST Nov 23, 2018 Answer Man: Drury University alumnus Bob Barker has donated millions to Drury for its animal studies program. As I understand it, the program is only an academic minor with only a handful of students. How much has he given and how does Bob’s money get spent? — a reader who asked that his name not be used because he works at Drury Mike Brothers, spokesman for Drury, gathered the following information about Barker, who hosted "The Price is Right" for 35 years and is a 1947 graduate of what was then Drury College. It is now Drury University. Barker has donated $3.1 million to Drury since 2008 to create and support Drury’s animal studies program, which is formally called the Drury University Forum on Animal Rights. All of that money goes to the animal studies program, including an endowed professorship in animal studies, Brothers tells me via email. Barker, 95 next month, has … [Read more...] about How much money has Bob Barker given to Drury, how is it spent?
REVERE — In her three-bedroom duplex with a sloping backyard overlooking the rolling hills of the neighborhood, Patricia Carbajal thought about the life she’d worked so hard to build and everything that was now at risk. Curled up in her bed was her 4-year-old daughter, Camila, who wanted to snuggle. Downstairs was the television that Patricia wanted to be near. She was anxiously awaiting word on whether the Trump administration would cancel the program that has allowed her to live and work in the United States — a status given to her and tens of thousands of other Honduran immigrants nearly two decades ago, regardless of whether they had come to the United States legally.“You want to go downstairs and watch the news with mommy?” Patricia asked. “Vamos a cocinar. I have to cook.”What she really had to do was listen to the news. And so, curled up for a few minutes more with Camila, she strained to hear the Univision report on the TV downstairs.So … [Read more...] about After 19 years, the US has become home. But for how much longer?