Mandated services to cover all students
By JOSH RESNEK
The remote reopening of Everett’s Public Schools is to be known by the term eEducation – an umbrella term being used by school administrators to describe what has been commonly called “Distance” or “Remote” learning.
At least that is how it is described on the EPS School Department web site.
eEducation is the temporary replacement during this pandemic of remote learning for in class instruction.
It is a virtual and physical revolution in learning for the EPS.
According to School Superintendent Priya Tahiliani, EPS educators and staff will deliver a full education to students when the new year starts in just a few weeks.
“All of the district’s curriculum standards and objectives, as well as all state and federal guidelines, are fully accounted for during the eEducation method of delivery,” according to Tahiliani.
Although the plan is a work in progress, when it is finalized in all its parts, it will provide all mandated services for the city’s Chapter 70 financed programs, assuring every student that their educational needs are met.
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Huge budget shortfall to blame for layoffs
BY JOSH RESNEK
The School Department is announcing this week that it will be laying off 350 employees – or slightly more than 1/3 its workforce – due to uncertainties about funding for the upcoming year.
The layoffs will take place as of July 1.
If all the layoffs are made, the Everett Public Schools would save about $25 million while at the same time crippling public school education here.
This has happened in the past, almost from year-to-year, with the vast majority of those laid-off rehired by the time school starts in the fall.
This year is a new normal, a year shaped and formed by the serious negative economic effects of the Coronavirus.
The layoffs are almost entirely contingent upon the unknowns presently standing in the way of producing a coherent balanced budget for the upcoming year.
The greatest unknown is what exactly the state will be reimbursing the city.
More importantly, and a greater unknown, is what the federal government will be reimbursing the state for the aid it gives out.
In the present political climate, it is impossible to predict what President Trump will do to punish Governor Baker for being contemptuous of him and for leading the state after his own fashion instead of listening to the president.
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No out of state travel edict
By Josh Resnek
The mayor has asked the city council to appropriate $500,000 to fund Everett High School’s championship marching band, musical groups and its Stem program participants to allow them to travel out of state to compete. Continue reading Mayor Sends $500,000 Request for School Department Funding