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Private School and PPP
This spring, when the federal government disbursed billions of dollars in emergency epidemic funding, traditional K-12 public schools in Los Angeles received an average of about $ 716,000.
Meanwhile, Sierra Canyon School, a private school in the San Fernando Valley where LeBron James’ son is a basketball standout, received $ 3.14 million – part of an excusable epidemic loan from the federal paycheck specification program to its foundation.
New York’s public schools averaged $ 386,000 in federal aid. But Poly Prep Country Day School, a private school in Brooklyn with more than $ 114 million in the bank, received a $ 5.83 million PPV loan. Public schools in Washington, DC averaged $ 189,000 in federal funding. But the $ 5.22 million PPP loan went to the Sidwell Friends School, Sasha and Malia Obama’s Washington alma mater.
This week, as the federal government issued a second round of PPP loans, watchdog groups are following the money. Since its inception, the $ 659 billion program, covering its payroll with loans backed by the Small Business Administration aimed at helping struggling mother-and-pop businesses and nonprofits, has been troubled by complaints Gone were the rich and connected people who crowded potential customers.
A database of recipients after the federal lawsuit was filed by The Times and other large news organizations – released in full by the Treasury Department in December – has suppressed those concerns.
In education, the disparities were particularly striking. Public schools are not eligible for PPP loans because they have a separate pot of aid under the federal CAR Act. But private and charter schools can apply for loans. Many did, sometimes to their embarrassment when the applications went public.
The Latin School of Chicago, which recently disclosed a $ 58.5 million settlement in tax filings, applied for the loan and then returned the money after a story by the school’s student newspaper, The Forum. So did L.A. Los Angeles Times followed by Elite Brentwood School in L.A. Noted that its students include Treasury Secretary Steven Menuchin’s two children.
Nevertheless, many elite private schools kept the funds they had applied, citing economic uncertainty and regulations to hinder their ability to tap their endowments to cover their payroll. After an initial round of PPP funding was quickly exhausted, the Small Business Administration issued revised guidelines for the program that clarified that employers should not apply, along with other financing options. The rules have been tightened ever since.
But Accountable.US – a nonpartisan watchman organization that collects outlined figures on LA, New York and Washington schools – says it still needs to plug the loopholes that hide equity issues, calling the program a potential fraudster. Make cash in debt and keep you well connected. And minority-focused lenders are raising similar concerns. This battle is not over yet.
No campus spread in Singapore
Since last fall, the city-state of Singapore has averaged less than one locally transmitted case each day. Since the epidemic began, our colleague Sui-Li Wei reported, its three major universities have reported zero cases of community transmission.
From us here in the United States, that sounds almost like a fantasy. But the three factors contributing to its success – technology, restrictions and compliance – can be a useful reference point for educators and executives around the world.
The National University of Singapore has invested in extensive testing resources and crosses through sewage into the dormitory for traces of coronovirus. This is the move with many US campuses.
But the university is using technology to clean up congestion in high-traffic areas, especially to implement social removal measures. The university president regularly scans an online dashboard to see how crowded the cafeteria is. If a real-time map shows that a dining area is too full, it has to send administrators an advice on how to avoid it and use other options.
Singapore’s government has taken an aggressive epidemic response: it punishes those who have violated the sanctions, in some cases by deporting foreign nationals and canceling work passes.
In universities, severe restrictions on campus have led to some students being evicted from dormitories to host visitors. More than 800 students signed a petition last October to lift the ban.
“The consequences are dire, so people are scared,” said Fok Theng Phong, a 24-year-old law student.
A different student culture
Most students in Singapore do not live on campus. And there is no fraternity and witchcraft in Singapore.
Olevia Lim, a senior at Nanyang Technological University, said American college students reported dodging their friends during an epidemic.
“We all said, ‘Why would they put themselves at risk for doing this?” Lim said. “It’s a little hard to believe because we’re the same age, but I think that’s the culture. They are all about freedom, but when the government here says, “Wear a mask,” we all do. ‘
all over the country
after University of Alabama Thousands of people took to the streets to celebrate, having won the College Football Championship on Monday night, in a possible Super Spreader event.
Appalachian State University And this University of North Carolina-Charlotte Schools join a growing list of delays in a person’s learning beginning. And a community college in California, Chafeya College, In-person classes were canceled for the spring term.
Many colleges in Rhode Island Plan to open soon despite increasing cases.
Art in the midst of chaos: Three students on Dartmouth college Shared her artistic creations with Student Paper reporter Emma Ginsberg. Jazz, baking and acting still thrive.
A good read: Our colleague Billy Witz attacked the often disparate disparities of college sports. “It is hard to faint from the heart-breaking hypocrisy in the mega-business of college sports, where the coronavirus virus epidemic intensified the inherent conflicts created by a financial model that reads billions on the backs of unpaid players. “
About 250 public schools In New York City According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, he is instructing all his students five days a week full-time.
After the delay, Utah The vaccination of teachers started from Tuesday.
Arkansas Will expand its vaccine delivery to teachers and workers in childcare and higher education.
Bostan There are plans to bring more public school students back for in-person learning starting in February. Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled plans to introduce pool testing for students and staff in Massachusetts.
An opinion from Chicago: Stacey Moore, Executive Director for Excellence-Chicago, Chicago Words were not copied. Moore, a former teacher, wrote, “If our school district’s leaders and teachers unions continue on this path, no one wins.” “It’s time for both parties to act like adults and come to the table to compromise.”
A worthy watch: A public school teacher in Baltimore posted a powerful video with testimonials from students. One student said, “It’s very difficult to stay connected to your computer.” “It’s like a curse.” Alec McGillis, a reporter in Propolis, Wrote on twitter It was “the first collection of first-hand student testimonials I’ve seen from anywhere in the country.”
Tip: Kovid test for children
Our colleague Christina Caron wrote a useful explanator for everything you need to know about Kovid tests for children. He talks with five doctors and two of the largest urgent care providers in the United States to ask the question: Are there less invasive tests? If yes, where? Are they accurate And how should parents prepare a young child for the swab?
There is a ton of information in the piece. But in general, to calm the nerves, Christina recommends going to a pediatrician. “Doctors and nurses who routinely test children most likely know what to do if your child is nervous or frightened,” she wrote.
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