In 30 states, average teacher pay is less than the living wage for a family of four. The teacher pay gap is a national crisis. Sign your name next to mine if you agree: https://t.co/qiTuiwf9ri— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 26, 2019 AP, March 26, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics From West Virginia to Oklahoma to California, educators are standing up in solidarity for dignity and equity in our classrooms. They deserve a president who supports them. Betsy DeVos proposed giving teachers guns. I’m proposing we give them a raise.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 26, 2019 AP Updated: 5:09 PM Teachers are more likely than non-teachers to work a second job. We all deserve an America where you only need one job to pay the bills. We must close the teacher pay gap. pic.twitter.com/lM60mRgJ1d— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 26, 2019 FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsHarris previewed her plan in a Houston speech Saturday, saying that “you can judge a society by the way it treats its children, and one of the greatest expressions of love that a society can give to its children is educating those children with resources they need.”Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during an event in St. George, S.C., on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Harris is spending two days in South Carolina, home of the first southern presidential primary in 2020, spending time with voters in rural and coastal areas. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)Traditionally, elementary and secondary schools receive most of their funding from state and local governments, with the federal government providing less than 10 percent of total spending. But Harris is calling for the federal government to immediately invest a base level of funding into each state with the goal of closing the teacher pay gap — the difference in compensation for teachers and similar professionals with college degrees. Then, Harris’ campaign says, for every $1 a state contributes to increasing the pay of teachers, the federal government will invest an additional $3.Harris’ campaign says that under the plan the average teacher in America will receive a $13,500 raise.The campaign estimates this will cost $315 billion over a decade, paid for by strengthening the estate tax and closing tax loopholes that benefit the rich.While it is early in the Democratic primary and the American Federation of Teachers has not backed any Democrat running for president, the head of the AFT praised Harris’ plan.Randi Weingarten, the group’s president, said in an interview that there’s been a “woeful underinvestment in public schools throughout the country” and that Harris had proposed a “bold, smart, strategic and decisive proposal that will help solve the problem of how we recruit and retain great teachers.”“What she’s doing is saying personnel is absolutely key in terms of teaching, and she is investing in our personnel, she’s investing in teaching,” she said.Catherine Brown, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, said that states have been systemically disinvesting in public education for a decade, particularly in more conservative parts of the country.“I think it would be better if states would step up and pay teachers what they deserve. I think we can all agree it’s a very hard job, a foundational job to our democracy, and they are underpaid,” she said. “I think that states are not stepping up — in particular, conservative states. What we’ve seen are states led by GOP leaders have disinvested in education systematically in favor of giving tax cuts.”The issue of teacher pay and education spending has been cause for strikes in a number of states. In Harris’ hometown of Oakland, striking teachers recently went back to their classrooms following a weeklong strike after union members voted to approve a contract agreement that provided pay raises.In 2016-17, the average annual salary for a public school teacher was $58,950, down slightly from the previous year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, though that figure differs state to state.Overall, 78 percent of Americans said that’s not enough, according to an April 2018 poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just 15 percent think teachers are paid the right amount, while 6 percent think they’re paid too much.Harris’ campaign emphasized that this is a national issue, affecting both urban centers and rural schools, but explicitly singled out the area along Interstate 95 in South Carolina known as the “Corridor of Shame” because of its underperforming schools. The region gained that name from a 2005 documentary that depicted decrepit conditions and deteriorating buildings.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently toured the region, and South Carolina lawmakers have said improving the state’s education system is a priority this year. On her own South Carolina trip in February, Harris weighed in on the teacher pay issue.“You know, right here in South Carolina, we need to pay our teachers what they are worth,” Harris told attendees at a North Charleston town hall, adding later: “For most of us who ever have a microphone like this in our hands, we have never achieved this kind of success without the teachers and the public education system that made us who we are.”Harris’ plan also includes investments in teacher recruitment, training, retention and professional development, her campaign says. It says there will be a multibillion-dollar investment in programs at historically black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions.___Associated Press writers Meg Kinnard in Columbia, South Carolina, and Paul J. Weber in Houston contributed to this report. WASHINGTON (AP) — In the first major policy proposal of her presidential campaign, Sen. Kamala Harris of California is focused on boosting the salaries of teachers.Harris’ campaign says her plan is an unprecedented investment in teacher pay and toward programs dedicated to teacher recruitment, training and professional development. In new details released Tuesday, the Democrat’s campaign described the underpayment of teachers as a “national failure that’s holding America back” and said that “we’ve failed to give teachers the respect and resources they deserve.”The issue is hardly new. For years, teachers have said they are underpaid and their schools are underfunded. Seeking higher pay and more education funding, teachers in more than a half-dozen states have walked out of their classrooms in protest. But in wading into the education spending debate in her first policy rollout, Harris is set to capitalize on a debate that has been boiling in districts across the country and that is critical to the nation’s teachers unions, which have largely been key players in Democratic Party politics. Posted: March 26, 2019 Kamala Harris promises teachers a raise if elected president
Nintendo shows latest Pokemon game, Sword and Shield Could the Poke Ball and the Great Ball in the teaser image offer a clue? Probably not. Pokemon Company/Screenshot by CNET Editors’ Note, May 29, 2019: The Pokemon Company revealed a bunch of new games, including Pokemon Sleep, during Tuesday’s press conference.You might want to Dig your way to Tokyo on Tuesday for the Pokemon Company’s press conference.Failing that, you can watch the livestream of the event at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET/2 a.m. BST/11 a.m. AEST). It’s embedded below.Watch live video from Pokemon on www.twitch.tv”The press conference is expected to cover a number of topics of interest to Pokemon fans,” the company said in a statement, which basically tells us nothing.Since Pokemon is a massive, sprawling franchise, we don’t know if these topics include the games, movies, anime or merchandise. However, we’re unlikely to get any new details about upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield — those Nintendo Switch games are getting their own Pokemon Direct announcement on June 4. Tags 0 We know Japanese developer DeNA plans to launch a new mobile Pokemon game in the coming months, separate from Pokemon Go and Pokemon Rumble Rush . The company might also reveal Rumble Rush’s iOS release. (It’s currently only on Android devices.) The coolest Pokemon collectibles 2:13 Now playing: Watch this: 19 Photos Post a comment Share your voice Video Games Culture TV and Movies
A newspaper stand shows a copy of today’s Evening Standard, with the front page story relating to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin the process of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), in London. Photo: AFPBritain launched the historic process of leaving the EU on Wednesday, saying there was “no turning back”, but its European partners were quick to warn of the difficult path ahead.Nine months after the stunning vote for Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May gave EU President Donald Tusk formal notification of Britain’s intention to withdraw from the 28-nation bloc.The unprecedented move, just days after the EU celebrated its 60th birthday, leaves Britain deeply divided and has thrown a question mark over the future of the alliance.“This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back,” May told MPs, to cheers from members of her ruling Conservative party.British ambassador Tim Barrow delivered the letter to Tusk triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, starting the two-year countdown to Brexit.“We already miss you,” Tusk said in Brussels.But French President Francois Hollande struck a tough tone, warning that Brexit would be “economically painful” for Britain, the first country to leave the alliance.German Chancellor Angela Merkel also rebuffed May’s call for negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal to run alongside talks on a future trade agreement.Britain intends to leave Europe’s single market in order to control migration, but is hopeful a new trade deal can be struck before it leaves the EU by the latest at midnight on 29 March 2019.Merkel said however that the divorce must come first—including tough talks on Britain’s financial contributions, as well as immigration.“Only when this question is dealt with, can we, hopefully soon after, begin talking about our future relationship,” she said in Berlin.The EU, which was forged from the ashes of World War II, is determined the Brexit deal will not encourage other countries to follow Britain out of the door.May’s six-page letter struck a conciliatory tone and called for a “deep and special partnership” with the bloc, which Britain joined in 1973.But some commentators saw a threat in her emphasis on the importance of Britain’s security ties.She warned that failure to reach a new trade agreement would mean “cooperation in the fight against crime and terrorism would be weakened”.‘Damage control’Tusk is expected to issue draft guidelines for the negotiations on Friday, but the leaders of the other 27 EU nations will not meet until 29 April to confirm their joint approach.The bloc’s priority is to maintain unity as it faces the departure of one of its largest members, against a backdrop of crises involving migration, terrorism and the rise of populism.A spokesman for US President Donald Trump, who has described the Brexit vote as “smart”, said: “We want the UK to remain a strong leader in Europe.”But May is battling to keep her divided nation together.The Brexit vote was only won by a narrow 52-48 margin and Scotland’s nationalist government is now calling for a fresh referendum on independence.May has said “now is not the time”, even if Scotland—and Northern Ireland—voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU, but were outvoted by England and Wales.In Edinburgh, 44-year-old computer consultant Mark Murphy said he had voted for Scotland to stay a part of Britain in a 2014 referendum but might now change his mind.Brexit was “probably the daftest thing we’ve done as a nation for my entire life”, he said.‘Implementation periods’As with many divorces, negotiations with the EU could rapidly turn nasty over money.The priority for Brussels is settling Britain’s outstanding bills, estimated at between 55 and 60 billion euros ($59-65 billion) — an early battle that could set the tone for the rest of the talks.Both sides are also keen to see a reduction in tensions in Northern Ireland, which will have the UK’s only hard border with the EU.Many business leaders are deeply concerned about May’s decision to leave Europe’s single market, a free trade area of 500 million people that represents Britain’s largest trading partner.The Brexit vote sent the pound plunging and there are fears of what will happen if negotiations end without a new trade agreement in place.The European Parliament’s chief negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, said any transitional deal to work out the details of a trade agreement should be limited.“We propose three years,” he said.‘Dream come true’Both sides have said they want an early agreement over the post-Brexit status of more than three million European nationals living in Britain.May has said this will be conditional on a deal for the status of one million British expats in the EU.Nicolas Hatton, a Frenchman with a British wife who leads a grassroots campaign for EU expatriates, said he wanted a deal “so that we can get on with our lives”.Tens of thousands marched through London on Saturday demanding Britain stay in the EU, with one banner urging politicians to “stop this madness”.But others were elated that Brexit was finally under way.In Sunderland, a bastion of Brexit support in northeast England, former miner Tom Curras said: “I don’t believe that we should be dominated by other countries.”Nigel Farage, the founder of the anti-immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP) and a key player in the Brexit campaign, celebrated in a pub near parliament.“Today’s the day for me after 25 years of campaigning that the impossible dream came true,” he said—before a passerby heckled him as “a disgrace”.
News As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Kit Doyle Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Kit Doyle Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 The spiritual politics of presidential candidate Marianne Williamson Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes several elections, restorations at Notre Dame Cathedral and more.A couple performs morning rituals in the River Ganges on the first day of the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri on the outskirts of Prayagraj, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, on April 6, 2019. Navaratri, or the festival of nine nights, consists of three days each devoted to the worship of Durga, the goddess of valor, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)The statue of St. Andrew is lowered from atop Notre Dame Cathedral on April 11, 2019, in Paris, France. Sixteen greenish-gray copper statues, representing the twelve apostles and four evangelists, came down to earth for the first time in over a century as part of restorations at the famous Parisian cathedral. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, center, and other celebrants releases birds to mark the Russian Orthodox holiday of the Annunciation at the Annunciation Cathedral on Cathedral Square in Moscow, Russia, on April 7, 2019, . (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)A Muslim woman lifts her veil to identity herself to a polling agent before casting her vote in Shahpur, a village near Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India, on April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)Faithful kneel on the newly restored Holy Stairs (Scala Sancta), which by Roman Catholic Church tradition are the stairs Jesus Christ climbed on his way to his trial in Jerusalem, at a special opening, in Rome, on April 11, 2019. The marble steps will be accessible until June 9, 2019, the Feast of the Pentecost, after which their walnut wood covering, ordered by Pope Innocent XIII in 1723 to protect them, will be reinstalled. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man votes in Israel’s parliamentary election at a polling station in Bnei Brak, Israel, on April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)A girl at a rally in metropolitan Manila, Philippines, holds a candle beside paper crosses bearing the names of the dead from Negros Oriental province, on April 8, 2019. Philippine police recently said that 14 suspected communist rebels were killed after they opened fire during raids last March 30 in Negros Oriental, but rights groups countered that the men were farmers and the latest victims of extrajudicial killings. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Nazi concentration camp survivor Petro Mishuk, of Ukraine, passes the camp entrance with the slogan ‘To Each His Own’ (Jedem das Seine) prior to a minute of silence in memory of the victims at commemoration ceremonies for the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany, on April 11, 2019. On April 11, 1945, units of the 3rd US Army reached Ettersberg Hill. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)Members of the BYU combined choir raise their hands during a sustaining vote at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conference on April 6, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)An exiled Tibetan woman prays as she prostrates in front of a portrait of her spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Dharmsala, India, on April 10, 2019. The Dalai Lama was briefly hospitalized in the Indian capital with a chest infection. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia) Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like By: Kit Doyle Kit Doyle,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris ravaged by fire By: Kit Doyle Share This! Catholicism
X 00:00 /00:47 Listen Landlords in Houston are increasingly dealing with fake documents from lease applicants, according to the Houston Apartment Association (HAA).“We’ve seen a very big uptick in fraudulent applications online” in the past 18 months, immediate past HAA president Michelle Pawelek said.The increased use of online leasing has made fraud easier, she said.Those applying to rent an apartment usually have to provide identification, pay stubs and rental history.Houston police Detective Bruce Owdley, who specializes in cybercrimes, said it’s hard to track exact numbers, but the sale of stolen identities is a growing problem and there is a demand among some potential renters.“Many apartments have stricter requirements for applications,” he said. “And if the individuals can’t qualify because of either job or criminal history, they’re going to resort to having some kind of way to get into an apartment.”And oftentimes, they will find what they need from crime organizations on the dark web, Owdley said. But sometimes “rental approval packages” – which can include pay stubs, fake IDs and address track records – are even advertised on sites like Craigslist, Pawelek said.Requirements vary among different apartment companies, according to the HAA.On average, most apartment companies will ask for a monthly salary equal to two to three times the monthly rental amount, with the deposit typically amounting to one month’s rent. To confirm the salary, most companies ask for the last two to three paycheck stubs.Screenings typically include both a credit check and a criminal background check.Pawelek said this has been common practice for decades.Availability of rental homes to convicted felons is limited in Houston, she said, although many properties will accept non-violent felonies, especially if they took place a long time ago. But different properties might have different screening criteria.Pawelek said apartment companies are stepping up efforts to spot application fraud by hiring security companies, training employees and working with lawyers to evict those caught committing fraud.“We are doing everything we can to figure out how we can be as smart as the bad guys,” Pawelek said. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaApartment application fraud has been on the rise with the increase in online leases. Share
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Snap CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel has turned in house to fill the company’s CFO and head of human resources positions, completing an overhaul of the Snapchat parent’s executive ranks after a series of high-level departures.The company announced the appointment of Derek Andersen, currently Snap’s VP of finance, as chief financial officer. Andersen will take over the CFO duties of Lara Sweet, interim finance chief and chief accounting officer, who has been appointed chief people officer. Both execs report to Spiegel.“I am thrilled to announce the promotions of Derek and Lara, which reflect their strengths as leaders,” Spiegel said in a statement. “We’re confident that Derek brings important stability to this vital role, given his strong financial expertise and impressive accomplishments working together with our team.” Regarding Sweet, Spiegel commented, “Lara has provided seamless continuity throughout the transitions in our finance team. I’ve long admired Lara’s approach to building culture and managing talent, so when she asked me for the opportunity to focus on people I was thrilled for her to step into this role.” Related Snapchat Parent Company Raises $1.265 Billion in Debt Financing, Citing Potential Acquisitions It’s the latest shuffle by Spiegel of his lieutenants, as he tries to get Snap pointed on a growth trajectory in 2019. Departures from Snap’s senior management ranks in the past year include to CFO Tim Stone, VP of marketing Steve LaBella, chief strategy officer Imran Khan, chief content officer Nick Bell, and head of ad sales Jeff Lucas (now at Verizon Media).The new appointments for Andersen and Sweet come after other key hires. Last month, Snap announced the hiring of its first chief marketing officer, Kenny Mitchell, a consumer-marketing veteran who has worked at McDonald’s, Gatorade, NBC Sports Group and NASCAR. That came after it recruited three other senior execs: Jeremi Gorman, chief business officer, former head of ad sales at Amazon; Jared Grusd, chief strategy officer, ex-CEO of Huffington Post; and Julie Henderson, chief communications officer, formerly with 21st Century Fox.Andersen, 41, joined Snap in July 2018 after a seven-year stint at Amazon, where he most recently was VP of finance supporting Amazon’s digital video business. He also previously served in roles at Fox Interactive Media, including as VP of finance and SVP, finance and business operations for IGN.In the CFO position, Andersen will have an annual salary of $500,000 and received a new restricted stock award for 750,000 shares of Snap stock (vesting over four years), according to a regulatory filing Monday.Sweet, 44, was controller and chief accounting officer at AOL before joining Snap in June 2016. At Snap, she has served multiple roles in the company’s finance organization, including interim CFO, chief accounting officer, and VP, controller. During her tenure as interim CFO, Sweet managed day-to-day operations of the company’s finance, accounting, and people teams. Earlier in her career, she worked in finance positions at Freddie Mac and Marriott International. Snap Intros $380 Two-Camera Spectacles — A Fashion Accessory for Snapchat AR Content