New law expands private school voucher program in Ohio: How it will work

Students who receive school-performance-based vouchers in a given year remain eligible in future years, even if their home public school is no longer labeled underperforming. Catholic schools are by far the largest recipient of voucher students locally.

ExploreMarch story: Vouchers among many pieces of new school law

Many supporters of public district schools say taxpayer money shouldn’t go to private schools. They argue that Ohio’s existing voucher funding system disproportionately hurts low-income public schools, making them less able to effectively serve the students who remain.

Many voucher advocates say the state should be championing school choice and supporting the ability of individual families to find the school that works best for them.

The Ohio School Boards Association and the Ohio Education Association teachers union ripped the new voucher bill both on substance, and on the sudden vote that occurred without committee hearings.

“This harmful plan will continue to siphon

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SIT to recommend new law on public accountability

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to probe the alleged land scam in Visakhapatnam district is ready with its final report and efforts are on to hand it over to the government within a couple of days. Along with the findings of the probe, the report will contain a document suggesting certain measures and recommendations to the government, to avoid such scams in the future.

According to sources, the SIT has suggested the creation and implementation of a law that address the issue of public accountability.

Quoting a case study, an official in the SIT said, “A person purchases a piece of land from another and the documents at the time of purchase are clear. Later, when he wants to sell it, he is informed both by the revenue and stamps and registration department that he cannot sell it, as the land is earmarked under 22A. Despite the person having

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Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks Racine health order closing public and private schools until it decides on Dane County case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the City of Racine, for now, from closing all public and private schools in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.



a person sitting on a bench in front of a building: The Wisconsin Supreme Court chambers.


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The Wisconsin Supreme Court chambers.

The Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction on a City of Racine Public Health Department order to close schools from Nov. 27 to Jan. 15, saying it would not decide whether the order was legal until it decided on a case about Dane County school closures.

The court’s conservative justices — Patience Roggensack, Annette Ziegler, Brian Hagedorn and Rebecca Bradley — were in the majority. Liberal justices Rebecca Dallet, Ann Walsh Bradley and Jill Karofsky dissented.

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The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty last week asked the court to put a hold on the Racine order, saying it was similar

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New Scottish Law Would Criminalize “Hate Speech” Even in Private Homes

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A proposed new law currently wending its way through the Scottish Parliament would make it a crime to utter so-called hate speech, even in one’s own home. The speech-quelling bill is being championed by Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf.

Entitled the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill, the new law, if passed, would criminalize so-called hate speech and create a new crime for “stirring up hate.” Critics of the bill believe that it would have a chilling effect on entertainment, especially comedy, and could lead to entertainers, writers, and other public figures being arrested for offering opinions or jokes that the government deems offensive.

Not to mention the bill would basically disallow off-color jokes or opinions that the government does not officially sanction even in a citizen’s home.

During a Tuesday session, Members of Scottish Parliament (MSP) questioned Yousaf about the new law. Glasgow MSP Adam

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Change in law expands private school voucher program

Students who receive school-performance-based vouchers in a given year remain eligible in future years, even if their home public school is no longer labeled underperforming. Catholic schools are by far the largest recipient of voucher students locally.

ExploreMarch story: Vouchers among many pieces of new school law

Many supporters of public district schools say taxpayer money shouldn’t go to private schools. They argue that Ohio’s existing voucher funding system disproportionately hurts low-income public schools, making them less able to effectively serve the students who remain.

Many voucher advocates say the state should be championing school choice and supporting the ability of individual families to find the school that works best for them.

The Ohio School Boards Association and the Ohio Education Association teachers union ripped the new voucher bill both on substance, and on the sudden vote that occurred without committee hearings.

“This harmful plan will continue to siphon

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Program Successful in Increasing Private Donations to Public Universities

A new study suggests that the Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP) has succeeded in boosting the amount of private donations to public universities, indicating that policymakers can effectively leverage public investment to spur private donations.

The authors of the analysis, published in the American Educational Research Journal, note that further questions warrant study – such as whether the TRIP model increases institutional inequity over time.

Under the 2009 law that created TRIP, seven public “emerging research universities” were made eligible to receive matching funds from the state for gifts or endowment donations received from private sources: the University of Houston, University of North Texas, Texas Tech University and four of the University of Texas branch campuses. Texas State University was added to that list in 2013. TRIP-eligible colleges were selected based on a set of metrics such as the number of doctoral degrees awarded and faculty quality.

Researchers used

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Gov. Beshear orders public, private schools to close classrooms starting Monday | In-depth

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered Kentucky’s public and private schools to close classrooms starting Monday as COVID-19 cases continue to soar throughout the state.

Beshear announced the sweeping edict during a news conference Wednesday detailing steps his administration will take to curb the spread of COVID-19. It’s the first time Beshear has ordered, rather than recommended, schools to cease in-person instruction in response to the pandemic.

“If we are going to be able to provide meaningful educational experiences, in-person especially, at the beginning of the next semester, we have to take action now,” he said.

“We will make every effort to make sure that in January we have the opportunity to return to in-person instruction,” Beshear said.

The governor said elementary schools can resume classroom instruction Dec. 7 if their counties drop from “red” and districts adhere to public health guidance. Middle and high schools can

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Data at core of cybersecurity frameworks, laws and compliance

The data that public and private organisations capture and use, as well as its sensitivity, risk, and protection, are central not only to international cybersecurity best practice, but also to laws and regulation.

Information and communication technology (ICT) and law experts indicate that data, as a valuable asset for organisations and often containing personal and sensitive information, is fundamental to determining the risks, suitable protection and management of data that must be undertaken by organisations.

South Africa’s digital interactions and cybersecurity, notwithstanding the Cybercrimes Bill 2017 that has not yet been adopted, are currently governed by the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (ECTA No 25 of 2002), as well as the Protection of Personal Information Act (Popi Act No 4 of 2013), says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) technology, media and telecommunications practice director Preeta Bhagattjee.

While civil and criminal charges for cybercrimes can be laid against people

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Program successful in increasing private donations to public universities, study shows

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A new study suggests that the Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP) has succeeded in boosting the amount of private donations to public universities, indicating that policymakers can effectively leverage public investment to spur private donations.


The authors of the analysis, published in the American Educational Research Journal, note that further questions warrant study—such as whether the TRIP model increases institutional inequity over time.

Under the 2009 law that created TRIP, seven public “emerging research universities” were made eligible to receive matching funds from the state for gifts or endowment donations received from private sources: the University of Houston, University of North Texas, Texas Tech University and four of the University of Texas branch campuses. Texas State University was added to that list in 2013. TRIP-eligible colleges were selected based on a set of metrics such as the number of doctoral degrees awarded and faculty quality.

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Public Trillions in Private Pockets

The Verdict By Olusegun Adeniyi, Email: [email protected]

By Olusegun Adeniyi

In July last year, the federal government established a task force comprised of the EFCC, ICPC, NFIU and the Federal Ministry of Justice to recover N5.7 trillion owed to the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). The government also proposed an amendment to the AMCON Act with a view to strengthening its institutional capacity. Although conceived as a stabilizing tool for financial institutions, AMCON has become an enormous burden to the economy. More than N3 trillion of its debt was owed by just 20 debtors, according to AMCON Chairman, Muiz Banire. For the uninitiated, that is public money used to defray bank loans taken by private citizens who refuse to pay back. And the commission has at different times advertised the names of some of these fat cats.

Questions must be raised as to why it was so easy for

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