Houston Educators Push Back Against Proposed Salary Freeze

first_img Trustee Sergio Lira, Houston Federation of Teachers President Zeph Capo and several educators joined the press conference.Capo emphasized that if Houston schools improved enough to avoid a state-mandated takeover, it’s because of teachers.“And this is not the way to welcome them back to a new year when we need them focused the most on doing the best for our kids with the least,” Capo said.Santos said that she believes the $2 billion budget, which the board approved at the end of July, can cover the $6 million needed for the raises, if district administrators account for the departure of veteran, higher paid teachers.Lucia Moreno, who teaches at Rucker Elementary, said that she has to use her own money to buy equipment like cameras that her students need and her school can’t afford. Now she wonders how she’ll be able to pay for students’ supplies without an expected pay bump of about $1,000.“So where does that money come? They wind up losing. Who loses? Our kids in the East End,” Moreno said.The Houston school board is expected to vote on the compensation plan at its meeting next week. Laura IsenseeTrustee Elizabeth Santos told reporters that she believes the HISD budget can cover $6 million in scheduled raises for teachers.Dozens of educators spoke out against the proposed pay freeze at the Houston district headquarters Thursday afternoon, saying it’s not the way to “welcome” teachers back to school.Houston school board member and teacher Elizabeth Santos said that her fellow educators were shocked to find out that the administration at the Houston Independent School District wants to freeze their salaries for this school year — and not give anyone scheduled raises.“It’s simply not right to tell teachers that their pay is being cut days before they return to their classrooms for the new school year,” Santos said. “Beyond that, it’s not smart. As a district, we must ensure we don’t lose our most valuable asset for educating our children — experienced classroom teachers.” Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X 00:00 /00:53 Sharelast_img read more

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KMC issues showcause notice to senior official

first_imgKOLKATA: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has issued showcause notice to a senior official, on charges of dereliction of duty.Though there has not been heavy rainfall in Kolkata, several streets, roads and lanes in the Kidderpore-Mominpur area are still under water. Local people have urged civic authorities to take immediate steps and sought the intervention of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Tarak Singh, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Drainage), along with municipal commissioner Khalil Ahmed and other senior officials of the Drainage department, went to Mominpur pumping station and talked to the officials about the delay in clearing the accumulated water. Senior KMC officials found that Sanjay Mondol, assistant engineer of the pumping station, had not taken appropriate steps to clear the water. He has been issued a showcause notice. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSingh assured that water from the affected areas will be cleared by Thursday morning. He reiterated that the KMC is ready to face monsoon. Even if it rains heavily, some streets in the city will be flooded but the duration of waterlogging will be less than the previous years. It had rained heavily from Monday night and some streets got waterlogged. But the accumulated water from the streets, including the low lying areas of Bhowanipore, Kalighat and Chetla, got cleared by Tuesday evening. Singh said all the 35 heavy duty pumps installed in KMC’s pumping stations, are functioning.last_img read more

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Why superstitions are hard to shake

first_imgDo you forward a chain mail even though you know fully well that your action would not bring any promised luck? This is because you might consider the costs of ignoring rationality is low relative to the costs of ignoring intuition, suggests new research.The researchers found that detecting an irrational thought and correcting that error are two separate processes, not one as most dual-system cognitive models assume. This insight explains how people can detect irrational thought and choose not to correct it, a process described as ‘acquiescence’ in the study. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Even when the conditions are all perfect for detecting an error, when people have the ability and motivation to be rational and when the context draws attention to the error, the magical intuition may still prevail,” said researcher Jane Risen from University of Chicago Booth School of Business in the US.Understanding how acquiescence unfolds in magical thinking, can help provide insight into how it is that people knowingly behave irrationally in many other areas of life, the study said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCertain variables create situations in which intuition is likely to override rational thought. For example, people may acquiesce if they can rationalise their intuition by thinking that a particular situation is special. Acquiescence may also be more likely if the costs of ignoring rationality are low relative to the costs of ignoring intuition, the researchers said.The findings will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Review.last_img read more

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Worldclass autism care township to be set up in Bengal says CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday, said that a world-class autism township will be set up soon to provide training to autistic children and adults.In a tweet, Banerjee said: “Today is #WorldAutismAwarenessDay. We must create more awareness about autism among the people. You will be happy to know that a world-class autism township will be coming up near Kolkata where autistic children and adults will receive training, treatment and boarding facilities.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThis comes as a significant announcement for autistic children in the city, as they would get various facilities at the proposed township. The township will be built as a one-of-its-kind initiative by the Bengal government in association with a private firm, on a 52 acre plot at Sirakol in South 24-Parganas at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore. The project is expected to be completed by 2023. It can be mentioned that the project was first announced during the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) in 2018. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe children and adults suffering from the developmental disorder can receive training, treatment and boarding facilities at this township. The township will also have provisions for training teachers who would be dealing with those suffering from the disorder. The main purpose of the township is to provide holistic development of those suffering from autism. World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day which falls on April 2 every year and aims to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder through various programmes. According to a senior state government official, the township will be the first of its kind, not only in the country but also in the world. There will be facilities for accommodating 350 residents, apart from a daycare centre having a capacity of accommodating over 200 children and adolescents. A guest house will also be set up, where parents of those receiving training can stay for a few days. It may be mentioned here that after coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government has started introducing units for autistic children at various government-run hospitals. Among other medical colleges and hospitals in the state, the NRS Medical College and Hospital runs a unique autistic care centre, where a large number of patients from across the state visit.last_img read more

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