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Vermont chooses NOT to apply for federal education grant

first_imgThe State of Vermont will not be applying for the second round of the federal Race to the Top grant, the Vermont Department of Education announced today.The highly competitive grant program, financed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), requires states to agree to very specific strategies, such as linking teacher pay to student performance, investing in charter schools and implementing turnaround models that could require the removal of principals in a data-driven school-ranking process.Only two states, Delaware and Tennessee, received funds in the first round of grants (totaling over $600 million). Vermont did not apply in the first round.“We do not make this decision lightly,” said Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. “Vermont continues to struggle with the financial impacts of the recession, and our school districts have carried a heavy share of that impact. We believe that by focusing on this grant we would have to alter the course we have set for education, with absolutely no guarantee that we would be successful. We don’t think that makes sense for our schools, our teachers or for Vermont students.”“The strategies required in Race to the Top may be entirely appropriate for some states,” said Vilaseca. “But Vermont’s strengths and challenges require different strategies. Our approach to improvement involves the entire system, PreK through 12 and beyond, and a statewide system of support for all schools. The focus of Race to the Top is not aligned with our statewide approach, and it would require significant policy and legislative changes that are not consistent with the good work happening across the state.”Because Race to the Top is based on a point system that favors states with extensive data gathering systems, established teacher pay-for-performance agreements, existing state legislation for charter schools and broad indications of support from school boards, superintendents and education associations, it is unlikely that Vermont would be seriously considered for these specific grant funds, Vilaseca said.Vermont currently does not have a statewide evaluation system of teachers and principals nor is there an existing system of tying teacher compensation to student achievement. In addition, Vermont does not have any charter school legislation nor any charter schools currently operating. The Vermont Department of Education recently conducted an informal, non-binding survey asking its 280 school districts if they were “likely” or “not likely” to support the application. Based on the sample of returns, it did not appear there was widespread support for the initiative.“We will continue to work with education leaders in moving Vermont’s public education system forward,” said Deputy Commissioner Rae Ann Knopf. “We plan to pursue several initiatives that are already underway in Vermont, such as national common core standards, the statewide system of school support, longitudinal data systems and alternate pathways to licensure. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners on advancing the tenets of the Transformation Policy Commission’s Opportunities to Learn and the department’s Roots of Success documents. This is a time of thoughtful and collaborative change in Vermont education, and it is important now – more than ever – that we focus on what is truly working for Vermont students.”Ken Page, Executive Director of the Vermont Principals Association, released the following statement: “It is clear to us that the Commissioner of Education, and indeed the entire Vermont Education community, has weighed this decision carefully and well. The Vermont Principals’ Association supports the decision not to pursue this one-size-fits-all approach to school improvement. We are proud that Vermont schools are considered some of the best in the nation. Our schools will improve, not by simply throwing money at the problem, not by blaming and shaming school leaders and their communities, but by a concerted and deliberate effort by school personnel to work together to systematically address areas of need. The 21st century demands that we have a curriculum that is wider than just math and reading: our students must be highly skilled, highly motivated and well-rounded in all curricular areas. The Race to the Top competition is a distraction from the real work that must be done by Vermont’s fine teachers and leaders.”Vermont education officials noted that other states are also considering passing on the opportunity of applying for these particular funds. The Kansas State Board of Education voted last week 9-0 not to apply for the funds.Source: Vermont DOE. 4.26.2010###last_img read more

Treñas keynotes Asia CEO Forum Oct. 4

first_imgThe agri-business sector remains amajor economic contributor supplying rice, aquaculture products, high-valuecrops and livestock to the Philippines and other countries. The IT-BPO is growing exponentiallyand contributing continuously to the rapid growth of the region. ILOILO City – Barely 100 days intooffice from a fresh mandate as comebacking city chief executive, Mayor JerryTreñas has been chosen as keynote presenter in the Asia CEO Iloilo Forum atCourtyard by Marriott in Mandurriao district on Oct. 4. Presenters are leaders in theirindustries and engaged in momentous pursuits of significance in the entireregion. It is operated as a non-profitactivity of the Chalre Associates, one of Southeast Asia’s most prominentsenior management executive research firms. He also made various city locations ashistorical landmarks with special privileges and restrictions attached. The forum is one of the mostanticipated networking events in the international business community andserves as a hub for the spreading of ideas that help executive managersoverseeing enterprises. As congressman, Treñas authoredvarious important laws. One of them is the Magna Carta for PWDs grantingPhilHealth coverage to persons with disability and monthly benefits similar tothose of senior citizens. In an excellent mix of rich historyand culture, Iloilo gives visitors a peek of the past through its vastcollection of heritage structures and variety of colorful festivals. With the abundance of power supply andaccelerated development of roads and infrastructures, the manufacturing sectordemonstrates a highly favorable growth area in Iloilo. center_img Treñas returned to the mayor’s officein July 2019 after serving as congressman for nine straight years. He waspreviously mayor for three consecutive terms from 2001 to 2010. Iloilo City is one of the nation’smost rapidly developing new economies. With its rich natural resources,continuous infrastructure development, competent human capital, cultural andheritage attractions and geographic centrality, Iloilo provides the bestprospects for business and quality living, making it the new investment hotspotin the Philippines. Iloilo City is rich in natural andhuman resources and heritage attractions. Investment opportunities are strongin areas including information technology – business process outsourcing(IT-BPO), real estate, education, tourism, infrastructure, food, hotels andresorts. With its strong economic growth andstellar business-investment environment, the city is now considered the idealinvestment destination in southern Philippines. Attendees are both expatriates andAsian management personnel of multinational and regional organizations. Also hailed as one of the most livableplaces in the Philippines, Iloilo is widely recognized for good governance andsustainability. United political leadership in partnership with the privatesector agencies generates investor confidence in Iloilo. Iloilo City is strategically locatedat center of the Philippine archipelago. It is a highly urbanized metropolitanarea and is the center of economic activity, educational achievement andgovernment in the region. Iloilo is becoming a major player inthe Meetings, Incentive travels, Conventions, Exhibitions (MICE) industry withthe growth of hotels, restaurants and retail services, garnering the title“Best MICE City”./PNlast_img read more

UCL Review: PSG and Real Madrid all square, Man City win late, Man United draw

first_imgParis Saint-Germain and Real Madrid had to settle for a share of the spoils as Group A’s top two played out a 0-0 draw.Each side came into Wednesday’s match having collected six points from their first two group stage games, however, it was Real who dominated play to start.Jese was played in by a precise Toni Kroos through ball in the 26th minute, but his low shot was well saved by PSG keeper Kevin Trapp.A pair of Cristiano Ronaldo headers then began a barrage of chances for Real 10 minutes later, but Trapp was again up to the task and kept the scoreline even heading into half-time.PSG took more initiative in the second period and created the first quality chance, but Edinson Cavani poked a Thiago Motta cross wide of Keylor Navas’ near post from eight yards out.Ronaldo came closest to opening Real’s account in the 72nd minute, with his left-footed shot from just outside the six-yard box going inches wide after a sweeping counter by Los Blancos. That was the best either team could muster, however, before the final whistle put an end to the proceedings.Elsewhere in Group A, Malmo picked up their first points of the campaign with a 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.Markus Rosenberg scored the only goal of the game for Swedish outfit, slotting home from close range.Kevin De Bruyne’s last-minute strike secured a dramatic 2-1 victory for Manchester City against Sevilla. A lively first half saw both sides create chances, with Wiflried Bony and Kevin De Bruyne going close for the hosts, while Grzegorz Krychowiak forced Joe Hart into a good stop.But it was Sevilla who took the lead inside 30 minutes with Yevhen Konoplyanka firing first time past Hart after being teed up by Vitolo.City, however, responded well and were level seven minutes later with Rami deflecting Bony’s effort into this own net after Raheem Sterling’s earlier strike had been saved.The second half was a quieter affair, although the best chances appeared to have fallen to Sevilla, with Kevin Gameiro heading over from inside the box, before wasting another chance from close range shortly after. However, with the game seemingly set for a draw, up popped De Bruyne in the game’s closing moments to fire into the bottom corner and send the Etihad Stadium wild.Elsewhere in Group D, Juventus dropped their first points of the campaign following a 0-0 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.Juve had the chances to win but were unable to find a way past Yann Sommer, who was called into action on a number of occasions.In Group B, Anthony Martial salvaged a point for Manchester United as his goal secured a 1-1 draw against CSKA Moscow. United did not help their chances as they gifted CSKA an early penalty, although David De Gea got down low to deny Roman Eremenko.Seydou Doumbia, however, was the quickest to react following the miss, pouncing and converting the rebound past the helpless De Gea.It could have been 2-0 shortly after the 30-minute mark if not for the United keeper, who was on hand to pull off a fine stop to deny Ahmed Musa’s long-range strike.The English side struggled to create for much of the game but came to life after the hour-mark when Martial drew them level, heading Antonio Valencia’s cross in off the post.United then pushed for a winner for the remainder of the game, but were unable to find a way past Igor Akinfeev for a second time. Second-half goals from Bas Dost and Max Kruse helped Wolfsburg to a 2-0 win over PSV Eindhoven.Dost was quickest on the scene to fire home the rebound after Josuha Guilavogui’s strike was saved by Jeroen Zoet, before Kruse doubled Wolfsburg’s advantage with a well-taken header 10 minutes later.*CLICK TO READ: 5 things we learned from this week’s UCL games –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports. Champions League action is always available on SuperSport, your world of championslast_img read more