Elderly couple stopped in Nebraska with 60 pounds of weed ‘for Christmas presents’

first_imgCrime & Courts | Marijuana | Nation & WorldElderly couple stopped in Nebraska with 60 pounds of weed ‘for Christmas presents’December 24, 2017 by Laurel Wamsley, NPR Share:Sheriff’s deputies in York County, Neb., stopped a pickup truck on Tuesday when they noticed it driving over the center line and the driver failing to signal.During the traffic stop, deputies noticed a strong smell of raw marijuana, the sheriff’s department says.Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 83, said they were from northern California and were en route to Boston and Vermont.Deputies asked the driver, Patrick Jiron, about the odor, and he admitted to having contraband in the truck and consented to a search of the vehicle.With the help of the county’s canine unit, deputies searched the Toyota Tacoma. When they looked under the pickup topper, deputies found 60 pounds of marijuana, as well as multiple containers of concentrated THC.“They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents,” Lt. Paul Vrbka told the York News-Times. The department estimated the street value of the pot at over $3oo,000.The Jirons now face felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. (Nebraska law requires marijuana dealers to purchase drug tax stamp from its Department of Revenue as evidence that the state’s drug tax has been paid.)For the friends and family in New England who expected a bag of weed in their stocking this year, it looks like it won’t be a green Christmas, after all.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

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People / SEKO Logistics appoints new president as it builds next generation of leadership

first_img By Alex Lennane 08/09/2016 William Wascher, left, and James Gagne SEKO Logistics has appointed James Gagne as president, effective January 1 2017.Current president and chief executive William Wascher, the largest independent shareholder who has led SEKO since 2002, will continue as CEO, becoming chairman in January 2018. He will focus on the strategic vision for SEKO and new ways to grow the business.Mr Gagne joined SEKO Logistics in 2014 as chief operating officer for Asia Pacific. He has spent the past 20 years in Asia, holding executive positions with Agility, Schenker/BAX and Maersk. In his new role, he will be based at SEKO Logistics’ global headquarters in Chicago.Mr Gagne said: “SEKO Logistics is now at a very dynamic point … as we seek to … strengthen our global network, densify our customer value proposition in chosen verticals, and globalise key value creating processes, with both customer and technology-led supply chain solutions. “center_img Mr Wascher said: “I am extremely proud to have led our fine team at SEKO for the past 15 years and of the outstanding growth we have achieved over this time. We have grown by helping our customers grow.“I remain committed to the long-term success of SEKO but in recent years have started to focus on a succession plan to build the next generation of leadership so that the company is always in highly capable and steady hands and continues to thrive. We are confident James is the right person for the job.”last_img read more

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News / Carriers eye huge savings by giving Suez a miss and going the long way round

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 07/04/2020 With shippers seeking longer transit times during coronavirus lockdowns, The Loadstar understands that carriers are considering routing some Asia-North Europe headhaul voyages via the Cape of Good Hope.It was reported last week that CMA CGM had re-routed its 16,020 teu CMA CGM Alexander Humboldt to Asia via South Africa, taking advantage of plummeting bunker prices and saving Suez Canal tolls.According to Vessel Finder AIS data, the scrubber-fitted ship was recorded this morning off the South African coast and due to arrive at Port Klang on 21 April.Routing a ULCV from North Europe via the Cape means adding around 3,500 nautical miles and approximately 10 days to the scheduled transit. But despite a recent discount announced by the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), a carrier source told The Loadstar the toll for the waterway could still be “around $500,000”, against additional fuel costs estimated at some $200,000.“With bunkers so cheap at the moment, it’s a no-brainer for the backhaul voyage, particularly if you have a scrubber-fitted ship, and with so many blanked headhaul voyages coming up, some of these vessels will be idled after they discharge,” he said.The last time carriers re-routed North Europe to Asia ships around the Cape was in early 2016, when a combination of record idle tonnage, rock-bottom freight rates and a collapse in oil prices pushed carriers to look at every possible way to save voyage costs.However, on this occasion rates are stable for now, due to proactive capacity management by the carriers, which are able to benefit from plunging bunker prices – even the more-expensive low-sulphur fuel is currently on offer at Rotterdam for around $250 per ton, compared to $450 per ton for traditional heavy fuel a year ago.“With nobody wanting containers in North Europe anytime soon, due to the lockdowns, I can see that shippers that cannot cancel orders will be looking for the slowest possible transit from Asia, for as long as this crisis lasts,” said the source.This would mean a substantial loss of revenue for the SCA, already suffering from a demand slump resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more

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Deep sadness as well-known Laois charity activist passes away

first_img GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp GAA GAA Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 2nd May 2019 Pinterest Home News Deep sadness as well-known Laois charity activist passes away News Previous articleLaois County Council grant permission for new housing development in PortlaoiseNext articleIn Pictures: New school in Portarlington moves closer to official opening Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter Seamus Meaney, RIP, and Betty Young at the Oisin Park 10th anniversary celebrations in 2005Picture: Alf Harvey. There is deep sadness in Ballylinan with the news that a well-known charity activist has passed away.Seamus Meaney, who spent much of his life raising money for those most in need, died following a short illness.For the last ten years, Seamus, who hails from Boley in Ballylinan, ran an annual fundraiser.His most recent one culminated last September where he raised €7,500 for Kolbe, MS Laois and Shaen Hospital.Seamus single-handedly organised this fundraiser each year through the sale of €2 tickets.It is estimated that Mr Meaney raised over €100,000 by knocking on doors all over the county and gaining support for a range of different charities over the years.Seamus is deeply regretted by his brothers, sisters, his dear friend Betty, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of friends.He is reposing at his residence in Boley, Ballylinan, from 1pm on Thursday with Rosary at 8pm.Seamus’s removal from his residence on Friday by Malone Funeral Directors, arriving at St. Joseph’s Church, Ballyadams, for funeral Mass at 11am.Burial immediately afterwards in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. House private on Friday morning, please.May Seamus Rest in Peace.Seamus Meaney and Orlagh Mahon Principal of Kolbe Special School.Seamus Meaney and Bridget Downey of Shane HospitalSeamus Meaney and Mary Madden of MS Portlaoise branchSEE ALSO – Laois County Council grant permission for new housing development in Portlaoise Pinterest TAGSSeamus Meaney Facebook Deep sadness as well-known Laois charity activist passes away 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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HSBC tax scrutiny flags compliance risks for global banks: Fitch

first_imgJames Langton This increase in conduct, legal and regulatory risks is industry-wide, Fitch also says. “Wealth management in general gives rise to material reputation and operation risks,” it says. In HSBC’s case, Fitch suggests that organizational complexity and a lack of management oversight may have also played a role in its conduct failings. “We believe the control environment in HSBC’s wealth management has been strengthened considerably since the period of alleged wrongdoing. But renewed scrutiny of practices at the private banking subsidiary and possible investigations could result in new fines or other legal action,” Fitch says. It also warns that the bank remains exposed to additional legal issues, such as investigations into interest-rate setting. Notwithstanding the improvements at HSBC, which should help compliance and protect its reputation, Fitch says that “conduct risks cannot be fully averted for such a large and diversified group.” Still, Fitch says that HSBC’s financial results are expected to remain solid. “Reliable income from global customer relationships and tight cost control should help offset sustained litigation and regulatory risks,” it says. “We believe conduct charges, both direct and from reputational damage to the franchise, should remain manageable for HSBC’s capitalization and profitability at its current rating.” Borden Ladner Gervais acquires AUM Law Ontario regulator explains cuts to red tape Related news Recent revelations of possible tax evasion by clients of HSBC highlights industry-wide compliance risks for global banks, says Fitch Ratings. In a new report, the rating agency says that the recent publication of historical details on client transactions at HSBC’s Swiss private banking subsidiary, and the allegations that the bank helped clients evade tax, illustrates the risks that banks face for compliance and conduct breaches. center_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords ComplianceCompanies HSBC Share this article and your comments with peers on social media New IAFP program lets CFAs fast-track to planner designationlast_img read more

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Derivatives markets grow, ESMA reports

first_img Related news The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has reported that the European Union’s (EU) derivatives markets grew by 11% in 2018 to €735 trillion in notional amounts outstanding.The market’s growth was powered by increases in both interest rate derivatives and equities, the ESMA noted. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Montreal Exchange proposes rulebook reforms The ESMA’s report also found that over-the-counter (OTC) trading continues to account for the vast majority of derivatives activity, representing about 90% of trading over the course of the year.The ESMA said that these derivatives exposures are “highly concentrated” in just a handful of counterparties — particularly investment firms, credit institutions and central counterparties (CCPs).“In all markets, a few large counterparties are widely connected to other market participants, and the U.K. remains the dominant market for transactions,” the report said.Additionally, the report found that about 11% of the market involves intra-group transactions. These sorts of trades can increase risk, ESMA noted, “when they act to exploit regulatory differences across jurisdictions.” Financial business chart and economic development pedrosek/123RF MX delays extended hours launch Keywords Derivatives,  Over-the-counter securities and derivativesCompanies European Securities and Markets Authority CFTC has collected more than US$1 billion in sanctions via tipsters Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Backing Aussie startups owned and led by women

first_imgBacking Aussie startups owned and led by women Joint media release with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women, Senator the Hon Marise PayneInnovative, female-led startups across Australia are being backed by the Morrison Government, with nearly $12 million in support to help them scale up and grow their businesses.The Boosting Female Founders Initiative is supporting 51 female-founded startups that are majority owned and led by women, with grants of between $25,000 and $480,000.Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Australia’s dynamic startup sector played a crucial role in creating new jobs, developing innovative products and boosting the Australian economy. “The road from business idea to global product is already a tough one. But we know female-founded startups face even greater challenges in getting the finance needed to reach their full potential,” Minister Andrews said.“The range of startups being supported is incredible, from an Indigenous-designed digital skills training program for schools, to a project creating 3D printed, customised and comfortable breast prostheses made specifically to fit women’s bodies and mastectomy bras.“If we don’t capitalise on great business ideas from half of the population, Australia’s startup and innovation ecosystems will only be half as good as they could be. This investment will strengthen our economy and empower more female entrepreneurs to create more jobs for all Australians.”Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne said the Boosting Female Founders Initiative formed an important part of the government’s 2018 and 2020 Women’s Economic Security Statements, which provide targeted, specific and additional support for women.“Our 2020 Women’s Economic Security Statement includes a further $35.9 million so that the Boosting Female Founders initiative can support up to 282 additional startups and 4,300 women entrepreneurs,” Minister Payne said.“These targeted grants will help some of the best and brightest women in Australia launch bold new and innovative ideas, and I am very pleased to support this initiative.” The recipients were selected by an independent selection committee of experienced women entrepreneurs led by Professor Jana Matthews, ANZ Chair in Business Growth and Director of the Australian Centre for Business Growth at the University of South Australia.“We were all delighted by the strength of response to this Initiative – both in the sheer number of responses received, and the extraordinarily high calibre of our successful applicants,” Professor Matthews said.“These successful applicants all presented viable concepts, with strong business plans showing great potential for growth and job creation. The selection committee and I look forward to tracking their progress and applauding their success.”The expansion includes a new mentorship element, supporting more than 4000 mentoring opportunities for women entrepreneurs to help them continue to succeed and grow. Applications for the second round of the Boosting Female Founders Initiative will open in early 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ANZ, AusPol, Australia, Australian, business, entrepreneurs, Foreign Affairs, Government, innovation, Investment, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Morrison Government, Professor, South Australia, technology, university, University of South Australialast_img read more

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More than 4 million people receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in UK

first_imgMore than 4 million people receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in UK Significant milestone as more than 4 million people receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccineMore than half of those aged 80 and over have been vaccinatedMore than 4 million people in the UK have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as part of the largest vaccination programme in British history.The NHS vaccinated a total of 4.06 million people between 8 December and 17 January, including more than half of those aged 80 and over and more than half of elderly care home residents.This is more than double the number of vaccinations, per person per day, than any European country and is a significant step towards hitting the Prime Minister’s target of offering vaccines to the top 4 priority groups by the middle of February.This group of around 15 million people accounts for 88% of COVID deaths, so vaccines will play a crucial role to saving lives and protecting the NHS.Speaking at today’s Downing Street press conference (18 January 2021), Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:This is the biggest medical deployment in British history and it’s one of the biggest civilian operations that this country’s ever undertaken.We’re on track to deliver our plan to vaccinate the most vulnerable groups by the middle of February, the groups that account for 88% of COVID deaths.Our approach is, of course, to save as many lives as possible – as quickly as possible and to reduce the pressure on the NHS.Letters have been sent to those aged 70 and over and the clinically extremely vulnerable today in England inviting them to get their vaccinations as the NHS begins roll out to the next 2 priority groups.The NHS has so far been working to vaccinate the first 2 priority cohorts recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which are care home residents and staff, and those aged 80 and over and frontline health and care staff.Vaccinating the first 2 groups will remain the priority, but vaccination sites which have enough supply and capacity for vaccinating further people are allowed to offer vaccinations to the next 2 cohorts – those aged 70 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable people.This will allow areas that have already vaccinated the first 2 groups to keep up the momentum and protect more people.In some parts of the country, like Gloucestershire, more than 4 in 5 of people aged 80 and over received the first dose. In Slough, every elderly care home resident has already been vaccinated.The vaccination programme continues to expand, with 10 large-scale vaccination centres coming on stream in England today.The government is also urging people to play their part in the historic programme by:helping out: help those aged 80 and over by supporting friends, family and loved ones with their appointments, as well as volunteering to help those in the communityjoining up: sign up to clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines and treatmentsstaying informed: keep up to date with accurate and trusted NHS advice and make sure to share facts with friends and familyBackground informationA total number of 4,062,501 have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK. 452,301 people have received their second jab.The 10 new vaccination sites are:Bournemouth International CentreTaunton RacecourseBlackburn CathedralSalt Hill Activity Centre, SloughNorwich Foodcourt, Castle QuarterThe Lodge, Wickford, EssexPrincess Royal Sports Arena, LincolnshireSt Helens Rugby GroundPark and Ride at Askham Bar, YorkOlympic Office Centre, Wembley, London /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:British, clinical trials, Europe, european, Government, health, Immunisation, London, Prime Minister, Princess Royal, Racecourse, Rugby, St Helens, UK, UK Government, vaccination, Yorklast_img read more

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38th Universal Periodic Review of human rights UK statement on Niger

first_img38th Universal Periodic Review of human rights UK statement on Niger The United Kingdom recognises Niger’s progress on human rights issues, including its most recent success in holding democratic elections and its commitment to improving education for girls.We call on the Government of Niger to ensure human rights are protected and any human rights abuses and violations are dealt with swiftly and properly.We recommend that Niger:Set out a plan for improving the implementation of the 2003 law criminalising slavery, ensuring judges across Niger are more aware of the law and better able to implement it, including through training;Commit to ensuring humanitarian actors can access those most in need, including ensuring Nigerien military actors and other relevant bodies participate in civilian-military coordination platforms and related training;Adopt an open, merit-based process when selecting national candidates for UN Treaty Body elections.Thank you. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Democracy, education, election, Government, Human, Human Rights, Humanitarian, law, military, Niger, Slavery, treaty, UK, UK Government, UN, United Kingdomlast_img read more

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CU-Boulder National Education Policy Center launches project to recognize top high schools

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:Education & OutreachNews Headlines Published: Oct. 2, 2014 A University of Colorado Boulder research center will recognize public schools for what they do to give all students the chance to succeed, rather than turning to test scores to determine school quality.The Schools of Opportunity project is now seeking applications from public high schools in Colorado and New York. Next year, the project will expand to include schools nationwide, recognizing schools that use research-based practices to close the opportunity gaps that result in unequal opportunities to learn, in school and beyond school.For example, although schools cannot directly integrate neighborhoods by race and class, they can do their best to integrate classrooms by race and class. And although it is difficult for schools to make neighborhoods or homes physically and emotionally safe, they can strive to ensure that students are physically and emotionally safe while they are in school.The National Education Policy Center (NEPC), housed in the CU-Boulder School of Education, designed the Schools of Opportunity project as a way to highlight the nation’s best schools and practices. The project is led by Professor Kevin Welner of the CU-Boulder School of Education, who directs the NEPC, and Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, N.Y, who was the 2013 New York State High School Principal of the Year.Each state’s effort will also be assisted by a team of evaluators, including New York State Regent Betty Rosa and William Mathis, a former Vermont Superintendent of the Year and National Superintendent of the Year finalist. The Ford Foundation and the NEA Foundation have both provided funding assistance.“This project is about rewarding schools for doing the right things, even if they do not enroll the nation’s top students,” said Welner. “It’s also about highlighting the work of schools that are energetically closing the opportunity gap by engaging in research-based practices designed to make sure that all students have rich opportunities to succeed.”Burris, whose school has been consistently ranked high in popular lists of the nation’s top high schools, points out their limitations. “Current programs aimed at identifying the nation’s best high schools include many high-quality schools,” she said. “But the approach they use tends to reward schools that are affluent and/or those that enroll a selective group of students. It is time we recognize schools that do outstanding work with a wider range of students.”The Schools of Opportunity project will recognize schools based on 11 specific principles identified by experts in the 2013 book, Closing the Opportunity Gap published by Oxford University Press, which Welner edited along with Stanford University Professor Prudence Carter. The project will recognize schools that use these principles to help to close opportunity gaps in order to improve academic performance.“The first step in changing the conversation on school quality requires us to acknowledge that achievement gaps are a predictable and inevitable consequence of opportunity-to-learn gaps, which arise in large part because of factors outside of the control of schools,” Burris said. “However, even as schools are affected by larger societal forces, schools and educators can make decisions that either widen or close opportunity gaps.”The specific practices include effective student and faculty support systems, outreach to the community, health and psychological support, judicious and fair discipline policies, little or no tracking, and high-quality teacher induction and mentoring programs. All identified practices are listed on the Schools of Opportunity website athttp://opportunitygap.org.The project is grounded in two basic, interrelated truths. Opportunity gaps beyond the control of schools contribute to gaps in achievement. At the same time, excellent schools can help narrow achievement gaps by closing those opportunity gaps within the school’s control.“It’s because of the first truth,” Welner explained, “that excellent schools cannot be identified by just looking at outcomes. An awful school can have pretty good outcomes if its students are lucky enough to get rich opportunities to learn outside of school. And an outstanding school won’t necessarily have excellent scores if its students are disadvantaged by severe life challenges outside of school.“When schools and communities focus resources and efforts on closing the opportunity gaps, they should be recognized, supported and applauded,” he said. “They should also serve as models for those who wish to engage in true school improvement.”The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog covered the announcement of the Schools of Opportunity project and plans to exclusively announce schools that receive recognition in the spring. Top schools will receive acknowledgement at awards ceremonies and in other venues as well. Today’s announcement in the Answer Sheet is posted at wapo.st/1nRf56r.The Schools of Opportunity recognition process is designed to allow applicants to explain how and why their school should be recognized, and the project will provide any assistance needed to help applicants easily complete and submit their information.Schools of Opportunity recognitions will be made at gold and silver levels, as well as a special recognition for top schools. Applications are welcomed until Nov. 15, with all nomination information and forms available online at http://opportunitygap.org.Contact: Kevin Welner, NEPC, [email protected] Carol Burris, Rockville Centre, [email protected] Peter Caughey, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected] “This project is about rewarding schools for doing the right things, even if they do not enroll the nation’s top students,” said Professor Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center in the CU-Boulder School of Education. “It’s also about highlighting the work of schools that are energetically closing the opportunity gap by engaging in research-based practices designed to make sure that all students have rich opportunities to succeed.”last_img read more

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