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REPORT: 20% School Cuts Impact New York’s High-Need Districts The Most

first_imgZUMA / MGN ALBANY – A new report from nonprofit public education advocacy groups shows that proposed cuts to education will disproportionately affect Black, brown, and low-income students.The report, “Set up To Fail: How Cuomo’s School Cuts Target New York’s Black and Brown Students,” examines potential 20% cuts to the state budget in the wake of coronavirus shortfalls.It shows that the burden of a 20% reduction in school aid would be unfairly borne by high-need schools that serve students of color or students from poor backgrounds. According to the report, high-need districts face a cut of $2,626 per student, whereas wealthier districts—far better-equipped to absorb cuts—face cuts of only $873 per student.According to the Alliance for Quality Education, “It is essential that the most vulnerable students are protected. The governor, Department of Budget, and state legislature will need to develop a more equitable solution to cut the least from high-need districts and cutting the most from wealthy districts.” They use Ohio as an example: “Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, made a $300 million cut to public schools this spring; but under Governor DeWine’s plan, the high-need districts in Ohio lost only 1% of their state funding, while wealthy districts lost 40%. DeWine publicly stated that he had an obligation to protect the state’s most vulnerable students, and leave the wealthy districts, which have more local resources, to bear the brunt of the state’s cuts.”Echoing a frequent refrain, the report’s backers say legislation raising taxes on the wealthy would help to protect students from devastating cuts.The report was released Tuesday by the Alliance for Quality Education and the Public Policy and Education fund of New York, both in New York City. Take a look at the full report below:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bolivia Distances Itself from the Evo Morales Era, Suspends Relations with Cuba

first_imgBy José Arturo Cárdenas / AFP February 05, 2020 Bolivia’s interim government “suspended” diplomatic relations with Cuba on January 24, in yet another move from Bolivian right-wing President Jeanine Áñez to distance herself from the foreign policy of her predecessor, Evo Morales.“The Plurinational State of Bolivia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces to the national and international public that it has decided to suspend diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba as of this date,” said Cabinet Minister and acting Foreign Minister Yerko Núñez.Núñez, who is temporarily replacing Bolivia’s Foreign Minister Karen Longaric, currently on a mission to the Organization of American States in Washington, characterized the statements by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez as “unacceptable.” On January 22, Rodríguez described Áñez as a “self-proclaimed coup-leader.”The interim government notified the Cuban Embassy in La Paz of its decision, Núñez said. Áñez took office two days after Morales’s resignation on November 10.Morales, who is living in exile in Argentina, said via Twitter that he “condemned” the measure and regretted “the permanent deterioration of the Plurinational State of Bolivia’s international image as a State that respects the people’s free self-determination, sovereignty, and diplomacy.”To distance herself from Morales’ foreign policy, two days after taking office Áñez broke ties with Nicolás Maduro, a close partner of her predecessor, just like Cuba, and recognized parliamentary leader Juan Guaidó.Bolivia is now the only country in the Americas without diplomatic relations with Cuba.“Agreements are on hold”Bolivian Deputy Foreign Minister Eduardo Zannier said at the same press conference that “the suspension is very similar to breaking off [diplomatic] relations.”As such, the measure will affect the presence of diplomatic personnel at both embassies, although he didn’t give further details.“All talks, negotiations, and official and governmental agreements are suspended; there will only be a small delegation here in Bolivia and there in Havana,” Zannier said.Núñez said that “[the Cuban diplomats] will surely leave the country in due time.”Confrontation with Minister RodríguezThe decision, Núñez said, was made because of “unacceptable comments from Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Cuba’s hostility and constant grievances against the Bolivian constitutional government.”On Twitter, the Cuban foreign minister called Áñez’s statements of January 22, on Plurinational State Foundation Day, as established by Morales, “vulgar lies by the self-proclaimed coup-leader in Bolivia.”The president said that during Morales’ 14 years in office, Bolivia spent about “$147 million” to fund a medical brigade, but that “less than a third” of its members were professional doctors.In addition, only 20 percent of the funding was destined for this health program. “The rest was diverted to fund Castro-communism,” Áñez said.In the same tweet, the Cuban foreign minister said that Áñez’s decision to cancel the Cuban medical mission affected the Bolivian people, since “454,440 medical consultations had been suspended.”Interference allegationsFrom the outset, Áñez’s government showed differences with Havana, in contrast to Morales’ close ties.Áñez blamed Cubans and Venezuelans for meddling in Bolivian affairs and contributing to destabilization, blaming them for the violence and riots carried out after the — now annulled — elections of October 20, which left 35 dead, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.Morales had close relations with Cuba long before he came to power in 2006, and used to call Cuban leader Fidel Castro (who died in 2016) “wise grandfather.”Recently, the Áñez government broke off a commercial agreement on urea exports, arguing that its prices were too low.La Paz and Havana had strained relations in the past. In the 1960s, Argentine Ernesto Che Guevara led a guerilla campaign in Bolivia in an attempt to export Castro’s revolution. Guevara was captured and summarily executed by the Bolivian Army in 1967.last_img read more

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Eddie Nketiah reveals key advice from Arsenal legend Ian Wright that has inspired him

first_imgNketiah has been offered key advice by Wright (Pictures: beIN Sports Youtube/ Getty)Eddie Nketiah says Arsenal legend Ian Wright’s advice to believe in himself and work hard has helped contribute to his rise to the top.Mikel Arteta saw enough from the England youth international during his loan spell at Leeds United to recall him early and thrust him straight into the first team.And at just 21-year-old, the striker has been trusted to lead the line for the Gunners over Alexandre Lacazette on multiple occasions since he returned to north London.The youngster has repaid his manager’s faith in him, scoring three times in his last five starts, and he attributes a part of his success to Gunners hero Wright.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He’s been really good for me, he’s helped me a lot, on and off the pitch,’ Nketiah told beIN Sports.‘He’s such a nice and bubbly guy to have around. Whenever you speak to him he lights up the place and brings positive energy. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 5:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link170Shares Advertisement Nketiah has grasped his opportunity in the first team with both hands (Picture: Getty Images)‘The best advice he has given me is to believe in myself and to work hard. There’s never an excuse not to work hard and to work on your trade. Even if it’s finishing, staying out and doing extra, putting in the extra work.‘Speaking to him you see how much he worked even when he was at the top. It shows you, you can never get complacent. You’ve got to keep working hard and sharpening your tools.’Mikel Arteta has also given plenty of game time to fellow academy products Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock, and Nketiah says he’s a great coach for young players to learn from.‘He’s a very cool and collected guy, he’s a great manager,’ Nketiah added.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He’s got a bit of everything, he’s tough when he needs to be but can also put an arm around you and be supportive as well.‘For a young player, he’s great because he’s very specific and detailed in his coaching. He’ll take that extra time out to go one-on-one to go into depth and detail.‘It’s amazing to have him around. I’ve learnt so much from him already, I’m looking forward to the future and working under him.’MORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta lining up Memphis Depay as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette replacementMORE: Thomas Partey keen on Arsenal transfer as Gunners step up interestFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Eddie Nketiah reveals key advice from Arsenal legend Ian Wright that has inspired him Advertisementlast_img read more

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