Decatur Public Schools leaders refuse to comment ahead of vote on proposed $30k bonus for asst. superintendent

decatur public schools leaders refuse to comment ahead of vote on proposed $30k bonus for asst. superintendent


DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Parents in the Decatur Public School District #61 are expressing concern over a proposal by the school board to give a $30,0000 bonus to a district leader.The School Board will discuss the bonus for Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Dase its meeting on Tuesday. If approved, the $30,000 would equal roughly 20% of Dase’s current salary. The vote is being met with questions from the community.”He has not proven his qualifications yet,” Dr. Kevin Collins-Brown, a district parent said. “We have teachers leaving left and right, we have a lot of vacancies and this is all under his watch” The agenda says Dase should be given the $30,000 for his “efforts and accomplishments” during the 2020 fiscal year. What those accomplishments and efforts are remain unclear.Andrew Matthews with the Illinois Education Association, which works with local unions, says with the district expressing concerns about finances, and lack of confidence in Dase by the Decatur Education Association, now is not the time for a bonus, let along talk of one.”To even put that on the agenda seems to be a little bit tone deaf to what is happening around us when people are facing challenges,” Matthews said.One of the concerns for …



South Carolina leaders react to Barrett’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court

south carolina leaders react to barrett’s confirmation to the u.s. supreme court


Judge Barrett is exceptionally qualified, and I am confident she will interpret the Constitution as it is written, protect our individual freedoms, and uphold the rule of law on which our nation was founded.She belongs on the Supreme Court, and we are fortunate to have her.— Congressman Tom Rice (@RepTomRice) October 27, 2020


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Editorial Counterpoint: Minneapolis schools need new leadership

editorial counterpoint: minneapolis schools need new leadership


If the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) are to make the changes needed in the district, it is vital that voters elect Sharon El-Amin (Second District), Adriana Cerrillo (Fourth District) and Michael Dueñes (at-large seat) to the school board.

The impediments to imparting a knowledge-intensive, skill-replete education to MPS students are a knowledge-deficient curriculum, ill-trained teachers and principals, the absence of scholars among those making academic decisions at the Davis Center (MPS central offices), a central office bureaucracy incapable of addressing these dilemmas and a corrupting context created by the larger public education establishment that extends from college- and university-based teacher training programs through the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) — with many tentacles reaching into a community of enablers.

The Comprehensive District Design (CDD) that was passed amid much controversy in May of this year admirably induces attendance at community schools, rationally redesigns transportation routes and centrally locates reevaluated magnet programs. But the plan does nothing to address the academic issues that lie at the core of the mission of any locally centralized school district.

To address the vexing dilemmas that send forth graduates so unprepared that one-third must take remedial courses on college and university campuses (less than 70% of MPS …


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LL COOL J: ‘In times like this, this country needs leadership’

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TipRanks3 Big Dividend Stocks Yielding Over 7%; JMP Says ‘Buy’With markets showing volatile movements in recent sessions – down one day, up the next – some of Wall Street’s analysts are showing a renewed interest in high-yield dividends. Not that they have ever shied away from these steady income generators; rather, the market boom of this past summer led the Street to focus on share appreciation as the source of profits. Market fluctuations since early September have analysts and investors both taking a closer look at defensive plays.The research analysts at JMP Securities have been searching the markets for the ‘right’ buys, and their picks bear a closer look. They’ve been tapping reliable, high-yielding dividend payers as an investment play of choice. The TipRanks database sheds some additional light on three of JMP’s picks – stocks with dividends yielding 7% or better – and that the investment firm sees with 20% upside or better. Annaly Capital Management (NLY)The first name on the list from JMP is Annaly Capital Management. The company inhabits the mortgage-backed security niche, with $104 billion in total assets, primarily mortgage securities backed by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Annaly is one of the market’s largest REITs.The …


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Enlisted Leaders Defend Abrupt Tuition Assistance Cuts – Air Force Magazine

enlisted leaders defend abrupt tuition assistance cuts – air force magazine


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Top enlisted leaders defended the Air Force’s decision to reduce tuition assistance by $750, saying it was the best option available as the manpower directorate scrambled to find money over the summer or risk canceling classes.

In late September, the Air Force announced it was only going to pay $3,750 of college tuition for Airmen and space professionals each fiscal year, a reduction from the previous limit of $4,500. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass and Chief Master Sgt. Roosevelt Jones, the senior enlisted leader for the deputy chief of manpower, personnel, and services, speaking during an Oct. 26 town hall, said the service in 2020 had about $163 million allocated for tuition assistance. That funding ran out in July, and the service had to look elsewhere inside the A1 to make up that shortfall so it could eventually pay out about $180 million for tuition assistance.

“We had to go back and … try to find $17 million or $20 million dollars that wasn’t already allocated to it, otherwise we would have stopped classes come summertime,” Bass said. “The previous leadership team that was there was like we have to find the money, but what [that] meant is … something else didn’ …


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Servant Leader Empowers Women Across the World | Bethel University

servant leader empowers women across the world | bethel university


When she graduated with her master’s, Momanyi-Hiltsley and her husband, Bart, chased the sunshine by moving to San Diego. She became a data privacy corporate analyst for Dexcom, a company that creates continuous glucose monitoring technology for individuals with diabetes. And while Momanyi-Hiltsley loves her job, her true passion is empowering communities of color—especially the immigrant communities—to have access to knowledge and resources needed to thrive and be active members of their communities.
As her family prepared to move across the country, Momanyi-Hiltsley was also considering how she could give back to her community in Kenya. Prayerfully, she examined her heart, passions, and resources to see where God was leading her. She realized that empowering women and girls in Kenya was her calling. Her personal experience had led her to appreciate the opportunities America had to offer her as a woman of color. Momanyi-Hiltsley appreciated her privilege of being able got to school and make a better life for her and her family. She also recognized that many women in her home country did not have the same privileges and opportunities. “I come from a culture where, when you talk about women empowerment and when you talk …


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Wadena County 4-Hers strengthen leadership skills at camp | Wadena Pioneer Journal

wadena county 4-hers strengthen leadership skills at camp | wadena pioneer journal


Four Wadena County 4-Hers and one continuing committee member (CCM) attended the Junior Leader Workshop 4-H: The Next Level on Oct. 15 at Faith Haven Camp near Battle Lake.

Carson Dunn, Asher Hoeper, JD Saunders, Kevin Dailey and CCM Jayma Lawson participated in one of four planning committees. These committees were used as vehicles to empower youth to become more confident, learn to work as part of a team and to showcase their skills to others, according to a Wadena County 4-H news release. Committee members planned activities and implemented them throughout the camp. Committees were guided by continuing committee members who were chosen after last year’s JLW through an application process. In addition to their committee work, youth took part in workshops to further develop their leadership skills. Workshops included: team building, problem solving, STEM, goat soap making, exploring the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador program and learning about themselves. The camp is designed to inspire and enable each participant to uncover unique abilities, develop greater confidence and master strategies for success as a leader in their 4-H program. It is essential for the future of our rural communities to develop leaders to become productive and contributing individuals, according to …


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Parents Weigh Reopening Decisions As Tensions Between Chicago Leaders And Union Mount

parents weigh reopening decisions as tensions between chicago leaders and union mount


CHICAGO — With a Wednesday deadline looming, some parents of pre-kindergarten and special education students are grappling with the decision over whether to send children back to campuses.

As they weigh the decision, tension is escalating between the district and the teachers union about school reopening plans.

Union leaders allege the district will not bargain over reopening issues. They filed an unfair labor practices lawsuit this week over a request to inspect school buildings that the district denied — only the latest effort to argue in court against in-person work they deem unsafe amid double-digit COVID-19 rates in some Chicago neighborhoods. A recent labor court ruling that clerks in schools should be allowed to work from home when possible is moving slowly, awaiting a next ruling. 

Even surveys to parents and teachers served as flashpoints this week. The district sent a survey to parents that said those who opt out of in-person instruction can return to the classroom in the third quarter “if space is available,” a phrase that confused some parents who thought their children could lose their seats. The union quickly seized on the ambiguity to argue the district is trying to pressure parents into choosing in-person instruction. The union …


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S&T Bank Enhances Consumer Banking With New Leadership

s&t bank enhances consumer banking with new leadership


INDIANA, Pa., Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — S&T Bank announced today the appointment of Jason Forman as the executive vice president, director of consumer banking. S&T Bank is a full-service financial institution with assets of $9.2 billion and current operations in five markets including Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Pennsylvania, Northeast Ohio, Central Ohio, and Upstate New York.
In his new role, Forman will oversee the next phase of growth and transformation for retail banking, mortgage, consumer lending, retail business banking and wealth management. He will work closely with executive management, market presidents and lines of business leaders to generate new business and grow revenue for the Bank.
“Jason’s exceptional banking knowledge and ability to increase revenue across multiple business lines makes him an excellent addition to our leadership team,” commented David G. Antolik, president of S&T Bank. “His focus on driving innovation, striving for operational excellence and improving the customer experience will directly contribute to the growth of our consumer lines of business.”
Prior to joining S&T Bank, Forman held various management positions at BBVA, FirstMerit, and most recently Huntington Bank where he was a regional director responsible for 216 branches and 1,450 employees. His leadership responsibilities included retail banking, mortgage, business …


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