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Florida educators: Funding essential to reopen safely

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced K-12 schools will continue with distance learning for the rest of the school year due to COVID-19. (stevepb/Pixabay) Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name herecenter_img The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSCOVID-19Federal CARES ActFlorida Education AssociationGovernor Ron DeSantisReopeningSchools Previous articleAAA reports fuel prices stall on renewed COVID concerns; commits to $1 million to community initiatives in response to George Floyd killingNext articleLimited time left for youth to apply to earn $1,000 and discover college, career pathways through CareerSource Central Florida Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR President of the Florida Education Association calling on U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to urge passage of the HEROES Act for additional fundingFrom Public News ServiceGov. Ron DeSantis says Florida will use nearly $1 billion in federal CARES Act funds to help schools reopen at full capacity in August, as educators say every penny counts in order to do so safely.Special-needs teacher Peggy Sue Sternad, president of Gilchrist Employees United, says schools will need additional personnel and supplies beyond papers, books and pencils.There are additional costs for disposable masks, gloves and disinfectants, and Sternad says all of those needs will multiply for children with special needs going back to the classroom.“It costs so much money for these children now, so what are we truly looking at and what are they going to do to really help with those needs,” she states.DeSantis says schools will have 12 options for spending the money they receive, including funds for buying cleaning supplies and using them on mental health support services. The plan also includes recommendations for keeping students apart in classrooms to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19.Fred Ingram, president of the Florida Education Association, is calling on U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to urge passage of the HEROES Act, which is a stimulus package that also would provide additional support to schools.Ingram says the governor’s plan isn’t adequate.“We do not think that is going to be enough money, simply because our state has underfunded our schools for so many years,” he states. “We have to think about not only programmatic ideas, those classes, programs that kids want and need — band, art, drama, dance, sports programs — but also science labs.”Linda Mincey, special needs kindergarten teacher and president of Washington County Education Association, says she is worried about the lack of support for rural children, currently sitting at home without essential tools.“Some of our students are so rural that it’s hard to get Internet access,” she points out. “I guess what I’m saying is funding for everyone to have a chance.”The governor’s plan does include $64 million in flexible funds for summer programs to help boost literacy instruction in kindergarten through fifth grade to help close achievement gaps resulting from the pandemic.With safety being a top concern, Sternad says parents and teachers need to be at the table to help make decisions on the local level on whether a school is actually ready to open.“They really need to talk to us,” she stresses. “They really need to talk to someone that lives it every day so that they can truly see the needs and help us. ”According to the governor’s plan, all reopening steps would include provisions for students, staff and faculty to follow health and safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Frontline operational staff struggle to raise concerns

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Frontline operational staff struggle to raise concernsBy Ashleigh Webber on 13 May 2020 in Manufacturing, Health and safety, Latest News, Personnel Today, Grievance, Line managers Shutterstock People who work in frontline operational roles, such as those in construction and manufacturing, are less likely to have access to channels to raise concerns about working practices and issues that matter to them as individuals.This is according to research conducted by Nottingham Business School (NBS), in partnership with the CIPD, that found significant divisions between the “employee voice” in the office and on the shop floor even before the coronavirus pandemic hit.Safe return to workCovid-19 Secure workplaces: the detail for returning to workFirms face legal ‘minefield’ when staff return to workGig workers’ lives at risk by ‘failure to adopt EU health and safety law‘“It’s not just technological issues creating barriers – it’s also existing societal divides such as education, language and gender,” said Daniel King, professor of organisational studies at NBS.“For example, many people in operational workplaces don’t have English as their first language; how do they receive key information and feedback? New divides have also been created; which areas of the business are safe? How do people travel to and from work?“Frontline staff, for most organisations, are mostly likely to be some of the most challenging roles to continue socially distant ways of working and simultaneously are also the ones most likely to not feel able to speak out.”The study was conducted in two phases. The first phase involved a survey of 2,370 employees across the UK, who were asked about their experience of raising concerns at work, while the second phase looked at channels for raising concerns in specific organisations. NBS said the second phase further highlighted the divide between office and operational roles in being able to speak up about problems.Only a quarter of employees said they felt able to freely express themselves at work, while the same proportion admitted they often stayed silent about issues.Work pressure was the most common issue experienced by staff (43%), followed by organisational change (29%).One-on-one meetings with a line manager was the most common channel for employees to raise concerns (62%), while 49% said they could speak about issues during team meetings. Only 17% mentioned trade unions as a channel to raise concerns.More than a fifth (22%) who had raised an issue which felt they had not received enough advice or support from their organisation.The researchers recommended that employees’ issues were “managed upwards” from line managers to more senior managers, and that employers took the time to acknowledge workers’ concerns. They also suggested making more time available for discussion and collaboration.Professor Helen Shipton, also from NBS, said: “The pandemic has created a number of issues that employees in the past may not have felt comfortable taking to their employer about, such as their personal life, family, finance and health circumstances. Workers are differentially impacted by shutdown, including their psychological and emotional wellbeing, and cannot just expect to go back to normal without being able to raise concerns about their workplace being Covid-secure.“If the organisation or particular department has had poor levels of employee voice before the crisis these problems cannot be fixed overnight, particularly in command-and-control cultures, but it is possible to encourage active listening and start to form a culture of collaboration.”Employee relations opportunities on Personnel TodayBrowse more Employee Relations jobs Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

The Wind in the Willows Will Return to the West End for Christmas

first_img Based on Kenneth Grahame’s timeless classic, the adventures of four woodland friends are retold through dance, song, music and puppetry. From a dusty old attic a wonderful tale unfolds; the peaceful riverbank world is rocked by a speeding car, a racing train and criminal deeds cooked up in the Wild Wood. Drawing inspiration from the music of Edwardian composer George Butterworth, the action is set to a score by Martin Ward, with narration written by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion. Design is by The Quay Brothers and Nicky Gillibrand. Full casting will be announced soon. Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger are returning to the West End this Christmas! The Wind in the Willows will play a limited engagement from November 26 through January 17, 2015
 at the Vaudeville Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Will Tuckett, the critically acclaimed Royal Opera House production will officially open on December 2.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Delegation of Football Federation met with Edin Dzeko in Rome

first_imgThe Football Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina delegation led by President Elvedin Begic, Selector Dusan Bajevic, Advisor to the Executive Board Zvjezdan Misimovic and Executive Director of Sport Elmir Pilava in Rome held a meeting with the captain of “A” national team, Edin Dzeko.Preparations for the upcoming barrage matches being played in Zenica were discussed.Emphasis is placed on the first game against Northern Ireland, logistical activities and expert analysis of opponents.BiH’s delegation will attend the Lazio-Napoli match tonight, and after that, they will have a meeting with Miralem Pjanic.A meeting with Senad Lulic is scheduled for tomorrow and the visit will end with a visit to the match between Rome and Juventus.The return of the delegation from Rome is scheduled for Monday.last_img read more

Zidane hails Bale, Ronaldo as Real win at Dortmund

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp “The side worked hard – Isco, (Luka) Modric, Casemiro and (Toni) Kroos were marvellous.“Everyone was brilliant. It was a tremendous game.”The result leaves Real top of Group H, just ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who beat APOEL 3-0 away, with Dortmund third and six points adrift of Spurs, who they also lost 3-1 to in London.Dortmund coach Peter Bosz gave an honest appraisal of his team, who were better than Real in virtually every statistic – apart from the scoreboard.“We defend with 11 players and we attack with 11 players,” said the Dutchman, whose Dortmund shaded possession and match Real’s 16 shots on goal.“We were just too late against a side who barely made a mistake and we have to defend better.“We didn’t put any pressure on the ball during the game and it’s difficult against an opponent like that.“We were always too late, we have to analyse the performance and do better in the future.Dortmund should have been awarded a penalty with 13 minutes gone when Real captain Sergio Ramos cleared Maximilian Philipp’s shot off the line and the ball deflected off his hand.“That was clearly a handball in the first-half, but we deserved to lose,” admitted Bosz. This is the first time Dortmund have lost at home to Real in seven European games while holders Madrid have now scored in 38 successive Champion League games.“It is difficult to play in this stadium, we have never won here, so this victory was important to us, and the whole game was good for us from start to finish,” said Zidane.“We had a lot of ball possession, that was the key.“Dortmund played as impressively as ever, but we compensated well.”Dortmund shaded possession and matched Real’s tally of 16 shots on goal and Zidane wanted to see more chances converted.“We could have scored more. We had chances. The important thing is to score more than our opponents and we did that,” said the Frenchman.center_img Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid managerDortmund, Germany | AFP | Zinedine Zidane praised goal-scorers Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, who netted twice in a 3-1 victory as Real Madrid finally claimed a Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund.Ronaldo marked his 150th European game with second-half goals after Bale’s stunning early volley gave Real the lead at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna ParkPierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Dortmund’s consolation goal with just over half an hour left, but the Germans were simply out-played by holders Real.Having also netted twice against APOEL, Ronaldo has now scored four goals in just two Champions League games this season.“I’m happy for Cristiano… again! I’m delighted for Ronaldo and Bale,” said Zidane.last_img read more