CITY VIEWS: ARE YOU WORRIED THAT THE BANK GOT ITS FORECASTS SO BADLY WRONG?

first_img MATTHEW KING | LLOYD’S BROKER“I think it would be much worse if the situation changed and the Bank carried on being bullish regardless ?– it’s much better that it is prepared to revise these estimates. Also, they are just forecasts, the Bank does not say this is what will definitely happen.”JAMES COLERIDGE | RSA“It is very difficult to predict anything too accurately at the moment with the climate being so volatile. The rest of Europe is having a major impact on our economy, as is the news coming out of the US, and the impact of the government’s austerity measures is yet to be seen.”DANNY YIP | LLOYDS BANKING GROUP“The Bank is now being realistic. Initially when we saw positive growth, everyone jumped on the recovery bandwagon. But at least now we are prepared for the worst – it is a sign of transparency that the Bank is ready to revise down its forecasts, not one of weakness.” CITY VIEWS: ARE YOU WORRIED THAT THE BANK GOT ITS FORECASTS SO BADLY WRONG? Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com Share whatsapp Tags: NULLcenter_img Wednesday 11 August 2010 8:30 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterReporter center[Photos] Meet The Man Katie Couric Is Romantically Involved With In 2021Reporter centerBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal Past whatsapp KCS-content last_img read more

Investors will back National Express board

first_img Share KCS-content whatsapp whatsapp More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com Wednesday 27 April 2011 7:54 pmcenter_img Investors will back National Express board by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastHero Wars This game will keep you up all night! Hero Wars Senior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsGundry MD Total Restore SupplementWhat Rice Does to the Human BodyGundry MD Total Restore SupplementSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMoneyPailShe Was An Actress, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailFilm OracleHer Love Triangle Inspired 3 Of The Most Popular Songs Ever WrittenFilm Oraclemoneywise.comKirkland Products That Are Actually Big Brands In Disguisemoneywise.com Show Comments ▼ EMBATTLED transport group National Express yesterday won the backing of three shareholder advisory groups ahead of its May annual meeting.ISS, PIRC and US-based agency Glass Lewis, which advise institutional shareholders, all now publicly support the board.National Express’ largest shareholder, activist hedge fund Elliott Advisors, has proposed three new directors join the board to overhaul strategy and consider the firm’s sale or merger.ISS told members to oppose all Elliott’s resolutions and support the board. “The turnaround led by CEO [Dean] Finch (pictured) has been a success, with National Express significantly outperforming peers since its 2009 rights issue,” it said. “The dissidents have not met their burden of proving that some change on the Board is warranted”. PIRC also recommended members vote against Elliott’s resolutions. “The board has gone through significant change recently…which indicates the nomination committee’s willingness to make governance changes,” it said. It also expressed concern at one of Elliott’s three proposed directors, Marc Meyohas, saying he “appears to have no history of sitting on the board of listed companies other than…a company that Elliott invests in.” Elliott has said Meyohas was sourced independently by two recruitment agencies. Proxy voting on all AGM resolutions closes on 4 May. Tags: NULLlast_img read more

United Capital PLC (UBCAP.ng) Q12015 Interim Report

first_imgUnited Capital PLC (UBCAP.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about United Capital PLC (UBCAP.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Capital PLC (UBCAP.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Capital PLC (UBCAP.ng)  2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileUnited Capital Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing products and services for investment banking, asset management, trusteeship, securities trading and insurance. The company targets corporations, governments, institutions and high net worth individuals as well as retail investors in Nigeria and other countries in Africa. United Capital Investment Banking offers advisory services which include project finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and structured finance. United Capital Asset Management expertise covers portfolio/fund management, mutual funds, wealth management and investment advisory services. United Capital Trustees has over 50 years’ experience in Trust services and extensive expertise in debenture trusts, mutual funds, bonds and REITS. United Capital Securities Limited is a dealing member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and registered by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Broker/Dealer. The company is also a registered dealing member of NASD OTC Plc which enables it to deal in over-the-counter equity and fixed income securities. Formerly known as UBA Capital Plc, the company changed its name to United Capital Plc in 2014. The company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. United Capital Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Tlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw) 2017 Prospectus

first_imgTlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2017 prospectus For more information about Tlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw)  2017 prospectus Company ProfileTlou Energy Limited identifies, explores, evaluates, and develops coalbed methane (CBM) resources in Southern Africa. It holds one mining license and nine prospecting licenses covering an area of approximately 8,300 square kilometers in the Karoo Basin, Botswana. The company owns a 100% interest in the Lesedi CBM project. It also holds interest in the Mamba project. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Brisbane, Australia.last_img read more

Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL.gh) Q12018 Interim Report

first_imgGhana Oil Company Limited (GOIL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL.gh)  2018 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileGhana Oil Company Limited markets and distributes petroleum products in Ghana. The company markets a range of products which includes diesel, gasoline, premix, kerosene, bitumen, aviation fuel, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), lubricants, grease and special products such as brake fluids, mosquito coils and a multi-insect repellent called Goiltox. Ghana Oil Company Limited provides a bunkering service for ocean vessels as well as builds storage tanks and lays pipelines to transport fuel and LPG across Ghana and other countries in sub-Sahara Africa. Its retail division is marketed under the brand name GOIL and comprises 85 filling stations, 61 services stations and 138 consumer outlets located in major towns and cities in Ghana. Ghana Oil Company Limited targets companies, schools, hospitals, factories, hotels, banks and major parastatals. Several retail outlets have been set up to market premix fuel and kerosene to the rural areas and LPG filling stations have been installed in a few filling and service stations. Ghana Oil Company Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

This FTSE fashion retailer’s shares are cheap. Here’s what I’d do next

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images Jabran Khan | Thursday, 26th March, 2020 | More on: TED This FTSE fashion retailer’s shares are cheap. Here’s what I’d do next Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Jabran Khan Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Some clothing is seen as a necessity or essential, whereas some is seen as a luxury commodity. The fashion industry and landscape is ever changing. The last few years have seen a move away from more traditional high street fashion towards online shopping. Shoppers’ habits are changing and access to cheap, fast fashion is booming at the moment. The emergence of such brands as Boohoo, and the continued rise of Asos, amongst others has seen more traditional retailers employ online strategies to keep up with the times. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Ted Baker (LSE:TED) has fallen foul of the recent market crash. However its problems lie deeper than that. This current downturn may cause deeper ramifications for the British luxury retailer in the longer term.With approximately 400 stores across the world, including Europe, Asia, North America, South Africa, and Australia, I feel that tough times are ahead.Recent strugglesGoing back six months or so ago, in early October, Ted Baker shares plummeted almost 40% after large losses were revealed. This was partially due to investment to overhaul struggling Asian businesses. Losses for the six months to 11 August came in at £23m. To put this in perspective, it reported a pre-tax profit of £24.5m a year earlier. A major disaster for this revered brand. December saw a fourth profit warning in a year. It warned of a 90% profit crash. This was further compounded by the departures of its chairman and CEO. It seems the once well-led retailer is now rudderless. The market crash has seen Ted Baker’s share price drop by an alarming 50% in the past month alone. The sale of its headquarters in London for £78.75m was announced a few days ago. It will put net proceeds of £72m towards debt but did agree a short-term lease of the property. There has been a temporary closure of 384 stores, representing around 70% of its global retail sales. A direct reaction of this has been a £13.5m extension of its £180m revolving credit facility. That is never a good sign but needs must at this moment. Numbers and next stepsTed Baker will welcome the news of the government’s business rates holiday. It paid £6.2m in the last year, so the move will ease some pressure on the balance sheet. However, I do not feel it will be enough.The current price-to-earnings ratio sits close to a worrying high of 60. Dividend per share has increased year on year for the past four years but December’s profit warning saw a cessation of dividend payments.To highlight the retailer’s problems, which include other scandals and issues, the share price has seen a decrease of almost 95% across the past five years. At this point I would steer clear of Ted Baker shares and be wary of such a cheap price. I often analyse companies, especially in a market slump, and look for opportunities. This is not one of those times. Although I am a fan of the brand itself and profess to owning some of its menswear products, it is not a name I am interested in from an investment perspective. center_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Jabran Khan has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Bankson named Apopka Vice Mayor by a flip of the coin

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The coin toss is a tried-and-true tradition of settling minor disputes like who will kick off or receive in a football game, who will go first in a board game, or who gets stuck paying the tab at a bar or restaurant.And on some rare occasions, it is used to settle more important issues.Commissioner Doug Bankson was named Vice Mayor of Apopka at today’s City Council meeting.The two New England natives who founded Portland both vied for the bragging rights of naming the 640-acre locale after their respective hometowns. Pioneers Asa Lovejoy (of Boston) and Francis Pettygrove (from Portland, Maine) split the site’s land claim and settled the decision on a coin toss.Pettygrove won the best two-out-of-three coin toss in the parlor of the Francis Ermatinger House in Oregon City and the rest is history. Portland was incorporated in 1849, and the copper one-cent piece, minted in 1835 and now dubbed the Portland Penny, is on display at the Oregon Historical Society Museum.Wilbur Wright gained the chance to make history when he won a coin toss against brother Orville in their camp at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, in 1903. Wilbur bested his brother in the coin toss for the first crack at flying on December 14, but in a twist of fate, Wilbur stalled the flyer in his first attempt, diving the flyer into the sand. Three days later, after repairs, Orville was the first to get the contraption airborne at 10:30 on December 17th, 1903.Perhaps the most historic coin flip in Apopka history took place today at City Hall when Commissioner Doug Bankson was named Vice Mayor at the Apopka City Council meeting after winning a coin-flip against Commissioner Kyle Becker by Mayor Bryan Nelson. The Council then followed the advice of the coin and voted 5-0 on a motion to install Bankson into the post. He succeeds Commissioner Billie Dean who retired after 24 years on the City Council.Here’s how we got to this historic coin flip…According to the Apopka City Charter, the City Commissioner with the most seniority on the Council is named Vice Mayor.Simple.However, in the case of this City Commission, Bankson and Becker have equal seniority (two years in office). Nelson explained that because of the tie, the Council would have to vote to decide on the position. Nelson then turned to Becker for his thoughts.“I’m certainly not going to lobby for it,” Becker said. “I think it’s a position that obviously both Commissioner Bankson and I would enjoy having and would take serious ownership of if we were lucky enough to have that title, but I’m not going to campaign for it… so I’ll let it be the will of the Council.”For a moment, the Council was silent.“Does the Council wish to put it off two weeks? Nelson asked. “What’s your pleasure?”“Do either of you want to volunteer and we can put it to a motion?” Commissioner Alice Nolan asked. “Or should we just draw straws?”The Council remained silent again, and then Nelson pulled a coin from his pocket, a 1974 American Quarter to be exact, flipped it into the air, and caught it.“Heads or tails?” Nelson asked, looking in Becker’s direction.“Tails,” Becker responded.“Heads,” he said looking at Bankson.After the coin flip, Nolan made a motion that Bankson be installed as Vice Mayor and Commissioner Alexander H. Smith seconded the motion, which passed 5-0.Not exactly a Lincoln-Douglas debate moment, but Bankson was pleased with the civility of the deliberation. “As Commissioner Becker stated, we were both ready to serve, and I’m glad it happened in a collegial way with both good humor and goodwill,” said Bankson. “I look forward to continuing serving the people in this capacity.” The only question remaining is if that historic quarter will end up in the Museum of the Apopkans. Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSApopka City CouncilApopka Mayor Bryan NelsonCommissioner Doug Banskon Previous articleApopka Fire Chief Carnesale honored at Boy Scout Golden Eagle DinnerNext articleApopka chamber sponsoring Morning Mingle next week Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here Some good news is, today I rode by, as they were planting some very nice big blooming magnolia trees at the entrance to Errol Estate. Those are going to look attractive there, when they get them set out in the ground. I suppose this is just the start of the new Errol development to come, I want to see more, as it progresses, as it sounds like a nice plan. Mama Miacenter_img May 7, 2018 at 11:06 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 1 COMMENT Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

Putting charter schools into focus: Frequent misconceptions explained

first_img TAGSCharter SchoolsUCF ForumUniversity of Central Florida Previous article14 questions for college graduatesNext articleYou must control fear, or fear will control you Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate But misconceptions about charter schools cause confusion for parents, educators, and politicians interested in public schooling. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear The main difference between a charter school and regular district school is that a charter school is controlled by its own volunteer, nonprofit school board, rather than the district school board. A charter school is free to have a mission and vision that differs from the district’s goals for its schools, as long as the charter school adheres to the contract negotiated with the school’s authorizer, usually the district’s school board.Charter schools are entitled to some exemptions from state legislative requirements. In Florida, for example, many charter schools do not have to be unionized, which gives the school administrator more flexibility in hiring and firing. Still, Florida charter schools, like other schools, must adhere to class-size rules, administer state standardized testing, provide reading remediation for students who are not proficient on state standardized tests, and other requirements.From my experience, some charter schools are able to provide more individualized, caring, and innovative educational experiences to students because of their flexibility and local control. Even so, that is not true of all charter schools, so parents should be careful to research and visit any prospective school for their child.Many people confuse charter schools with private schools. Charter schools are public schools and they do not charge tuition. Public schools – district and charter – get funding from the state based on their pupil enrollment. Students are admitted based on state-determined criteria and a lottery system.Charter schools also are subject to the same accountability requirements of district schools. They must submit to state testing requirements, and in Florida, they are given the same school grade for performance based on students’ achievement. Charter schools must be independently audited and these audits are submitted to the school district and must be publicly available each year.Some critics charge that charter schools take away funding from public schools. That is not true, except perhaps if a district school does so poorly that it loses significant enrollment and does not make adjustments to better meet the needs of its students. If students leave a district school to go to a charter school, then the funding follows that student. If the district school remains at capacity, it still receives governmental funding. Many students who attend charter schools come from private and homeschooling experiences, so these students aren’t leaving district schools. Those that do leave district schools do so for a reason.Charter schools serve as just one of several schooling choices available to parents. Many wealthy families leave district schools to send their kids to private schools. Charter schools provide this choice also for those families who cannot afford private education.A common misconception I have heard is that charter schools are for-profit institutions. Charter schools must have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Some charter schools hire out some of their management services to nonprofit charter management organizations or for-profit, education management organizations; however, the school itself and the board are nonprofit entities. For-profit management companies serve only about 12 percent of the public charter schools in the United States.Charter schools also do not get to cherry-pick students, nor should they. Charter schools must admit any student whose application is chosen in a lottery each year. The process is completely random, except for certain preferences specified in the charter agreement that must meet state legislative requirements (such as sibling preference).Charter schools may not ask any questions about student disabilities, income, or achievement on the lottery application. This is the way it should be.Because acceptance to a charter school is not automatic, as it is with district zoned schools, charter schools get students with parents who are motivated to submit the enrollment documents. This often means, though, that charter schools get a higher proportion of students who struggle with schooling, either through their giftedness, peer relations, behavior, special needs, or learning difficulties. This is because parents who are happy with their children’s achievement and well-being in their zoned schools have no motivation to move their child to a charter school.Finally, schools that accept vouchers and charter schools are two very different subjects. Vouchers are a means of allowing parents to receive taxpayer funding to send their children to private schools, which are allowed to hire uncertified teachers, teach religion, and choose not to provide services for students with disabilities.Charter schools, except for very rare exceptions, must hire certified teachers, may not advocate for a particular religion, and must provide services for students with disabilities.I want to make something clear: One can be in support of charter schools and still oppose school vouchers and privatization.Ideally, in my opinion, there would be multiple public school options available to families, with differing approaches to learning, and parents would be able to choose a school that best fits their child’s needs and interests. These schools would have the authority to make decisions that are responsive to their communities.However, given the heavy pressure on schools to produce high standardized test scores, charter schools act as a buffer and can provide a more independent learning environment for students.I see them as a stopgap measure—a way to offer something new while avoiding the heavy bureaucratic over-control of schools currently plaguing K-12 schools in this country. Perhaps this is not ideal, but a good alternative, especially for families who cannot afford or who don’t have access to other educational options for their children.Michele Gregoire Gill is program coordinator of the University of Central Florida’s education doctorate in curriculum and instruction and is a professor of educational psychology in the Department of Learning Sciences and Educational Research. She can be reached at [email protected] UCF Forum is a weekly series of opinion columns presented by UCF Communications & Marketing. A new column is posted each Wednesday at http://today.ucf.edu, republished on The Apopka Voice, and then broadcast between 7:50 and 8 a.m. Sunday on WUCF-FM (89.9). The columns are the opinions of the writers, who serve on the UCF Forum panel of faculty members, staffers and students for a year. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.,By Michele Gregoire Gill/UCF Forum columnistAs a charter school founder, I hear many misconceptions about them. Though I do not believe charter schools are necessarily the solution to the low student engagement and out-of-date curriculum and pedagogy that is the hallmark of many traditional schools, they are an option for some kids, especially underserved kids or those who do not thrive in regular public schools. But misconceptions about charter schools cause confusion for parents, educators, and politicians interested in public schooling. By Michele Gregoire Gill/UCF Forum columnistAs a charter school founder, I hear many misconceptions about them. Though I do not believe charter schools are necessarily the solution to the low student engagement and out-of-date curriculum and pedagogy that is the hallmark of many traditional schools, they are an option for some kids, especially underserved kids or those who do not thrive in regular public schools. The main difference between a charter school and regular district school is that a charter school is controlled by its own volunteer, nonprofit school board, rather than the district school board. A charter school is free to have a mission and vision that differs from the district’s goals for its schools, as long as the charter school adheres to the contract negotiated with the school’s authorizer, usually the district’s school board.Charter schools are entitled to some exemptions from state legislative requirements. In Florida, for example, many charter schools do not have to be unionized, which gives the school administrator more flexibility in hiring and firing. Still, Florida charter schools, like other schools, must adhere to class-size rules, administer state standardized testing, provide reading remediation for students who are not proficient on state standardized tests, and other requirements.From my experience, some charter schools are able to provide more individualized, caring, and innovative educational experiences to students because of their flexibility and local control. Even so, that is not true of all charter schools, so parents should be careful to research and visit any prospective school for their child.Many people confuse charter schools with private schools. Charter schools are public schools and they do not charge tuition. Public schools – district and charter – get funding from the state based on their pupil enrollment. Students are admitted based on state-determined criteria and a lottery system.Charter schools also are subject to the same accountability requirements of district schools. They must submit to state testing requirements, and in Florida, they are given the same school grade for performance based on students’ achievement. Charter schools must be independently audited and these audits are submitted to the school district and must be publicly available each year.Some critics charge that charter schools take away funding from public schools. That is not true, except perhaps if a district school does so poorly that it loses significant enrollment and does not make adjustments to better meet the needs of its students. If students leave a district school to go to a charter school, then the funding follows that student. If the district school remains at capacity, it still receives governmental funding. Many students who attend charter schools come from private and homeschooling experiences, so these students aren’t leaving district schools. Those that do leave district schools do so for a reason.Charter schools serve as just one of several schooling choices available to parents. Many wealthy families leave district schools to send their kids to private schools. Charter schools provide this choice also for those families who cannot afford private education.A common misconception I have heard is that charter schools are for-profit institutions. Charter schools must have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Some charter schools hire out some of their management services to nonprofit charter management organizations or for-profit, education management organizations; however, the school itself and the board are nonprofit entities. For-profit management companies serve only about 12 percent of the public charter schools in the United States.Charter schools also do not get to cherry-pick students, nor should they. Charter schools must admit any student whose application is chosen in a lottery each year. The process is completely random, except for certain preferences specified in the charter agreement that must meet state legislative requirements (such as sibling preference).Charter schools may not ask any questions about student disabilities, income, or achievement on the lottery application. This is the way it should be.Because acceptance to a charter school is not automatic, as it is with district zoned schools, charter schools get students with parents who are motivated to submit the enrollment documents. This often means, though, that charter schools get a higher proportion of students who struggle with schooling, either through their giftedness, peer relations, behavior, special needs, or learning difficulties. This is because parents who are happy with their children’s achievement and well-being in their zoned schools have no motivation to move their child to a charter school.Finally, schools that accept vouchers and charter schools are two very different subjects. Vouchers are a means of allowing parents to receive taxpayer funding to send their children to private schools, which are allowed to hire uncertified teachers, teach religion, and choose not to provide services for students with disabilities.Charter schools, except for very rare exceptions, must hire certified teachers, may not advocate for a particular religion, and must provide services for students with disabilities.I want to make something clear: One can be in support of charter schools and still oppose school vouchers and privatization.Ideally, in my opinion, there would be multiple public school options available to families, with differing approaches to learning, and parents would be able to choose a school that best fits their child’s needs and interests. These schools would have the authority to make decisions that are responsive to their communities.However, given the heavy pressure on schools to produce high standardized test scores, charter schools act as a buffer and can provide a more independent learning environment for students.I see them as a stopgap measure—a way to offer something new while avoiding the heavy bureaucratic over-control of schools currently plaguing K-12 schools in this country. Perhaps this is not ideal, but a good alternative, especially for families who cannot afford or who don’t have access to other educational options for their children.Michele Gregoire Gill is program coordinator of the University of Central Florida’s education doctorate in curriculum and instruction and is a professor of educational psychology in the Department of Learning Sciences and Educational Research. She can be reached at Michele.Gi[email protected] UCF Forum is a weekly series of opinion columns presented by UCF Communications & Marketing. A new column is posted each Wednesday at http://today.ucf.edu, republished on The Apopka Voice, and then broadcast between 7:50 and 8 a.m. Sunday on WUCF-FM (89.9). The columns are the opinions of the writers, who serve on the UCF Forum panel of faculty members, staffers and students for a year. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Please enter your name herelast_img read more

City firms promote volunteering with e-mails to their staff

first_imgCity firms promote volunteering with e-mails to their staff Tagged with: Digital Technology Volunteering AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  49 total views,  1 views today This week 636 employees of leading City firms signed up as potential volunteers in a new online registration drive by an East London business volunteering agency.East London Business Alliance (ELBA) took the initiative in response to a perceived slow-down in volunteering.Six major City companies sent “all-staff” e-mails to their employees, inviting them to sign up. The companies were UBS Warburg, Accenture, CMS Cameron McKenna, Man Group Plc, Schroders and the University of East London.ELBA were very pleased with the results. Liam Kane, Chief Executive of ELBA, said: “Direct appeals for charitable giving elicit response rates of between 0.5 and 5%. Asking people to give of their time is a tougher challenge and we didn’t know what to expect. We obtained an average response of 7% across the total staff e-mail recipients in the six companies. If this translates into volunteers on the ground it will represent a great boost to the number of active volunteers in East London.”The e-mail campaign was implemented by the technology charity Charity Technology Trust (CTT). CTT is focused on helping leading UK charity brands become more efficient and effective users of new technology.Founder and CEO of CTT, Peter Sweatman said “ELBA’s success demonstrates the power of tailored e-mail delivery of charitable opportunities direct to the inbox of the desk based employee.”To date CTT has sent 132 charity e-mail communications totaling 624,027 actual messages to 163,453 different people on behalf of 18 top UK charities. Howard Lake | 15 May 2003 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement  50 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

£120k fund launches for road safety projects

first_img  306 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Tagged with: Funding grants Advertisement The Road Safety Trust is inviting charities, local authorities and community groups to apply for a new £120k fund aimed at improving road safety.Road Safety Trust’s Small Grants Funding Programme has launched to help improve road safety at a local level. Individual projects will be awarded between £10k and £30k and should have a practical purpose with the aim of trialling or testing ways to improve road safety.Applications are open until 20 December, and projects applying for funding should have the potential to be brought to scale – with the ultimate goal of reducing deaths and injuries both locally and across the UK.Each application should have a lead organisation, which must be a UK local public sector organisation or UK-based registered charity, not-for-profit social enterprise or community interest company, and an element of partnership working is expected in all projects.Department for Transport figures show there were 1,793 reported fatalities on UK roads in 2017. The Road Safety Trust funds research and practical interventions committed to reducing the number of people killed or injured on UK roads, and has awarded grants worth £2.7m to 35 different projects since it was established in 2014.Sally Lines, Chief Executive of Road Safety Trust said:“We are working towards a vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on UK roads. We want to make the roads safer for all users. By adding the option to apply for small grants in addition to our more extensive funding options, we hope to open up opportunities to greater numbers of organisations working in road safety.“The programme was designed after reviewing our first four years of funding and listening to the views of stakeholders. We identified a need for funding for smaller, local projects with a practical focus. We are looking for measurable interventions that reflect local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12  305 total views,  2 views today Melanie May | 19 September 2019 | News £120k fund launches for road safety projects About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more