Gov. Holcomb: Indiana doesn’t need to expand absentee voting

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Gov. Holcomb: Indiana doesn’t need to expand absentee voting WhatsApp Twitter By Network Indiana – August 17, 2020 2 316 Previous articleAG Hill says Holcomb’s recent Executive Orders go too farNext articleSt. Joseph County takes part in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign Network Indiana Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ (“Voting” by Call4Beach, C.C. by 2.0) Governor Holcomb has said Indiana doesn’t need to expand absentee voting for the November election, and a divided Indiana Election Commission is backing him up.The commission’s Republican members voted down a Democratic proposal to let any registered voter cast a ballot by mail. Indiana did that for the June primary, but commission members are echoing Governor Holcomb’s argument that with the state out of lockdown, there’s no need for changes. Chairman Paul Okeson says the commission isn’t meant to be a policymaking body — he says it’s legislators’ job to decide whether there should be looser criteria for absentee voting.Democratic commission member Anthony Long maintains voters still have legitimate concerns about the coronavirus. He says the state has already received 37-thousand absentee ballot applications — at this point four years ago, there were barely 100.Okeson says the panel should wait on a ruling on a federal lawsuit seeking to force an expansion of absentee voting. Long argues the state is running out of time to prepare. The state must print and deliver ballots to some counties by September 14, and Long says to meet that deadline, the preparation has to begin sooner.34 states already either run elections exclusively by mail or allow any registered voter to vote absentee. Nine more states have eliminated limits on absentee voting this year because of the pandemic.Okeson says the state will send masks, sanitizer, and social-distancing markers to all polling places so voters can feel safe. And Holcomb has said with four weeks of early voting, people have options to avoid long lines to vote. Long says there’s no way to ensure mask orders at polling places will be enforced — he says pollworkers can’t deny people their right to vote if they refuse to mask up.The Election Commission is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. At least three of the four members must agree to any changes. IndianaLocalNews Facebooklast_img read more

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Lesli Margherita Returns to Matilda’s Revolting Children

first_imgTaylor Trensch, Lesli Margherita and Gabriel Ebert in ‘Matilda'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Matilda The Queen is back on the Main Stem being a little bit naughty! Original Great White Way cast member and legendary Broadway.com vlogger Lesli Margherita returns to Matilda on September 6. The Olivier winner takes over for Amy Spanger as Mrs. Wormwood in the musical, while Jennifer Blood, who played Miss Honey on the national tour, will also join the Broadway company on the same date, replacing Allison Case. The production is set to shutter on January 1, 2017 at the Shubert Theatre.Margherita won an Olivier Award for her performance in Zorro in the West End. Her additional credits include Man of La Mancha, Showboat, Little Shop of Horrors and Dames at Sea. Blood’s Broadway credits include Violet and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Matthew Warchus, Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel of the same name, the musical features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.The cast currently additionally includes Bryce Ryness as Miss Trunchbull, Rick Holmes as Mr. Wormwood (to be replaced by John Sanders on September 13) and Natalie Venetia Belcon as Mrs. Phelps. Ava Briglia, Aviva Winick and Willow McCarthy share the title role.The Olivier-winning London production of Matilda continues to run at the West End’s Cambridge Theatre.center_img View Comments Star Files Lesli Margheritalast_img read more

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Speakers propose innovations for public schooling

first_imgThe USC Alumni Education Network hosted “The Business of Education,” featuring two speakers who discussed the challenges and innovations possible in public schooling.The event, which took place last week at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, featured Don Brann and Matthew Wunder. Brann holds degrees from both the Marshall School of Business and the Rossier School of Education.  He has a 40-year career in education, which includes creating Da Vinci Schools, a chain of charter schools in the U.S. that promotes real world experience and project-based learning, and leading various school districts.  Wunder is the CEO and one of the founders of Da Vinci Schools, with 25 years of experience in the education industry.Wunder and Brann started the event with an exercise that was meant to teach the audience how difficult it is to deal with a school budget.  Brann spoke of how people often think of budget cuts as an obligation to cut costs, but he sees it as an opportunity to recruit more students.“When I see there is some kind of discrepancy between what resources I have … and what I want to do. What I do is, I do not think of cutting things, I think of raising the revenue,” he said. “And, the main way to raise revenue is to raise the number of students that you serve.”Having been successful in raising student enrollment at the Wiseburn Unified School District in California, Brann suggested ideas for increasing enrollment rates.  He told the audience that customer service was one of the most important things to focus on.“I view America as a place that does not have sufficient customer service, and Americans are very hungry for people to work with and to serve them that care,” he said. “To me, the way to connect people and to hook them was to give them great customer service, so that is what we based the transformation of Wiseburn School District.”He noticed that many of the students in the district came from homes where their parents were working full time, and they often found themselves coming back from school to an empty house.  Brann addressed this problem by implementing a before- and after-school program, in which he helped build a bridge between the parents’ schedules and the kids’ schedules in school.  By making parents’ lives work logistically, he helped increase the amount of students enrolled.Additionally, Brann made changes in the school to account for what parents’ valued in a school.  Brann implemented lower class sizes and easier access to the principal, among other details that parents’ were interested in.  He also achieved higher test scores. Then, the program was marketed through offices of big employers throughout the district, ones that would attract busy parents who wanted their children in good schools.In the 15 years that Brann worked in the Wiseburn School District, he never made budget cuts. Instead of layoffs and slashing the budget, he implemented things that would attract more students to enroll and, therefore, increase revenue.Brann’s new project is working with the Inglewood School District, where he said he has found many problems with corruption and bad management.  When he arrived, Brann found that people were stealing food and textbooks and then reselling them for a profit. In the last seven years, Brann said Inglewood has lost 28 percent of its students. Brann’s new project is to save Inglewood from debt and plummeting enrollment rates.Wunder closed the event with information on the difficulties students are facing on the path from education to employment. He discussed how he and Brann are trying to improve this process for students through the Da Vinci Schools.Instead of being focused on test scores, Da Vinci Schools focus on habits of mind — such as character and perseverance — 21st century skills, presentational learning and public speaking skills.The speakers said that though there are 30 million Americans looking for work, there are also 5 million unfilled jobs across the country because applicants don’t have the skills employers are looking for.  There is a big discrepancy between what employees offer and what employers are looking for, and this has caused a huge employment crisis in America.This is one of the main reasons why Wunder and Brann helped found the Da Vinci Schools.  They aim to graduate students with the skills that employers are looking for in potential candidates.“Our education to employment pipeline doesn’t line up well with jobs,” Wunder said, “And so the transformation that we think needs to happen is that we connect the pipeline and we start with the end user, those employers.”last_img read more

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DERRY DUO CHARGED AFTER INISHOWEN GARDA CHASE

first_imgCharmaine Bradley. Pic copyright of Northwest News Pix.A COUPLE from Derry have been charged in relation to a Garda chase in Inishowen earlier this week.Andrew Carlin. Photo copyright of Northwest News Pix.Andrew Carlin, of 24 Knockdara Park, Derry, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with having a car without the consent of its owner. The 28-year-old was remanded on strict bail conditions including that he sign on at Buncrana Garda station three days per week.His co-accused was Charmaine Bradley, a hairdresser of 41 Collon Lane, Derry. She is 18.She was charged with allowing herself to be carried in a stolen vehicle.DERRY DUO CHARGED AFTER INISHOWEN GARDA CHASE was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Andrew CarlinCharmaine BradleyDerrydonegalInishowenlast_img read more

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