Funding gap Even before the pandemic, some schools were a health risk. When data was last collected, in the 2012-13 school year, the average school was found to be 44 years old. High-poverty schools—those with more than 75% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunches—were typically older, closer to 50 years old. This is important as aging school buildings are more likely to have problems with air quality, asbestos, and a variety of of other environmental toxicants. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 19% of schools have “unsatisfactory” ventilation. … [Read more...] about I’m a former superintendent. Here’s what really worries me about reopening schools
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When first responders call for backup, they don’t use a smartphone, and for good reason. They need knobs they can turn using muscle memory and radio connections that work when cell towers go down. Motorola’s new APX Next, launched in October 2019 and available to public safety workers, is a hybrid of a classic, tactile walkie-talkie and a touchscreen Android device with a voice-operated virtual assistant. As SVP of technology for Motorola Solutions, Paul Steinberg began working on APX Next three years ago, shortly after he led Motorola’s prescient investment in natural language processing. To get the details right, such as the location for the button that activates voice commands, Steinberg’s team didn’t just interview first responders; they went on ride-alongs with cops and trained with incoming firefighters. “When you go into a building that’s full of smoke and can’t see the hand in front of your face, you get the idea of what [a … [Read more...] about First responders have a better way to communicate in high-stress situations–this Motorola executive is behind it.
Oliver works up to this week’s long-form lesson starting with the present, where Joy Behar is innocently getting an important fact wrong about George Washington on The View, and Republican Senator Tom Cotton is fighting to prevent the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning 1619 Project, which puts slavery in a historically accurate context, from being taught in schools. From this point on, he explores in depth where American textbooks have always failed their students on the topic of slavery, why that’s happened, and what might be done about it. (Spoiler alert on that last score: The reason people seem to want a more sanitized and streamlined view of American history is so they can easier imagine themselves having always been on the right side of it—and thus continuing to be on the right side of it right now.) … [Read more...] about ‘Misleadingly comforting versions of history’: John Oliver breaks down how race is taught in U.S. schools
Since April 1, 2020 the tax on dividends paid by debt funds has been abolished. But the dividends announced by mutual fund schemes are taxable in the hands of investors. Tax is deducted at source at the rate of 10 per cent on dividends, when the dividends exceed Rs 5000 in a financial year. Besides, dividends are also taxable in your hands, as per your income-tax brackets. Even if you have opted for DTP and your debt fund dividends declared get automatically re-invested in the equity fund, you still have to pay tax on dividends declared. TDS on dividend does not absolve you of your their tax liability. … [Read more...] about Dividend transfer plan: An easy way to invest payouts from a debt fund
Amazon People may not like Amazon as a company, but they love Amazon’s services and products. Amazon’s stock is up nearly 25% since the pandemic began. And Bezos himself is a master of soft power, wielding the Washington Post in one hand and HQ2s in the other. There’s nobody in Washington who doesn’t secretly wish to be invited to the parties at his Kalorama mansion. It’s not hard to envision the Justice Department forcing Amazon to spin AWS, or to separate its marketplace and third-party sellers, but if you’re looking for an easy scapegoat, Amazon probably isn’t it. … [Read more...] about Zuck, Bezos, Cook: Who takes the fall in D.C.’s antitrust games?