New funding for free schools worth hundreds of mil

first_imgNew funding for free schools worth hundreds of millions of pounds shows the government has an “utter disregard” for the human rights of disabled children and young people, say campaigners.Yesterday’s budget saw the government announce £320 million in funding to set up 140 new free schools.Many of them are likely to be selective institutions, because the government plans to lift the ban on creating new grammar schools.But there was confusion over the figures, as the budget documents refer to both an “investment of £320 million in this Parliament to help fund up to 140 schools” and also to an investment of just £100 million extra by 2020.As well as the money in this parliament, the budget documents also show there will be an extra £935 million in new money for more free schools in the two years after the next election*.Earlier this week, the Department for Education (DfE) also announced an extra £215 million to increase school capacity for disabled children and those with special educational needs.Every local council has been allocated at least £500,000 from the £215 million of capital spending to “expand and improve” their special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision.DfE said the money would be used for academies, free schools, grammar schools, special units attached to mainstream schools, special schools, early years and further education settings, and “other provision”.It could be used, DfE said, to build “new specialised classrooms for children with emotional, social and mental health difficulties, expand existing classrooms to increase their size for those using mobility aids, purchase mobility equipment and even create new storage facilities for wheelchairs”.In a letter to directors of children’s services, Edward Timpson, minister for vulnerable children and families, says: “Local authorities will need to consider the range of specialist provision available, and how the places available in special schools, special units and resourced provision meet the changing needs of children and young people.”He says the £215 million will “help local authorities create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities”.Tara Flood (pictured), director of The Alliance for Inclusive Education, said the free schools announcement was “the work of a government that seems utterly obsessed with segregating young people they think are not suitable for their vision of education”.She said it was a “shameless” breach of article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which demands an “inclusive education system at all levels”, and showed “an utter disregard for human rights”.And she said she feared that the £215 million fund would be used mostly to increase segregated, specialist provision, rather than “building the capacity to be more inclusive” in mainstream schools.Flood said: “The government made a UNCRPD commitment to ‘building the capacity of mainstream education’ but instead has created an anti-inclusion climate that seems to incentivise segregation and exclusion.“So without a clear inclusion steer from government we are deeply concerned that schools will use the funding to build more segregated provision within mainstream and larger special schools.”She said that the total funding for both creating new free schools and expanding SEND provision was “going into exactly what schools do not need”.And she pointed out that the new funding comes after unions have warned that schools in England faced a real-terms £3 billion funding cut by 2020.Flood said both announcements were further moves towards fulfilling the promise in the Conservative party’s 2010 manifesto to “end the bias towards the inclusion of children with special needs in mainstream schools”.Flood said: “There isn’t a single thing that the 2010 and 2015 governments have done that isn’t in line with ‘reversing the bias’.”Last month, Disability News Service reported that DfE had finally admitted that it had failed to assess the impact on disabled children and young people of its plans to expand grammar schools in England.Laws currently ban any new selective schools and prevent existing non-selective schools from becoming selective, but the government wants to expand existing grammar schools, create new selective schools and allow non-selective schools to become selective.Inclusive education campaigners say that expanding grammar schools – secondary schools which select pupils via an entrance test – will discriminate against disabled children and lead to more segregated education in special schools.New UN guidance – through a “general comment” on the UNCRPD, adopted last August – has made it clear that all segregated education should end and be replaced by “inclusive classroom teaching in accessible learning environments with appropriate supports”.Disabled children with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) or statements of special educational needs represent only 0.1 per cent of grammar school pupils, despite making up 1.8 per cent of the secondary school population, while disabled children without statements or EHCPs still make up only 4.2 per cent of grammar school pupils, but 12.4 per cent of all secondary school pupils.*The Treasury had not been able to clarify the funding situation by noon today (Thursday)last_img read more

District 9 Candidates on the Media and Homelessness

first_img 0% Last week, the New York Times reported on a plan led by the Chronicle to blanket San Francisco in news on homelessness for a day, an effort that Mission Local will take part in.Given the feeling that media outlets are not often the most sensitive when it comes to news on homeless people, we asked our District Nine candidates to weigh in on the issue.Do you think homeless people are portrayed fairly in the media? What do you think of the homeless coverage plan spearheaded by the Chronicle?Respuestas en español aquí.  Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposTension over street encampments has never been higher — the Mayor’s failed policies have pushed homeless encampments into the doorways and streets of our neighborhoods forcing the people of District 9 to bear the brunt of the crisis. We need to work immediately to move people out of encampments, into navigation centers, and into housing solutions.Unfortunately coverage of homelessness in San Francisco often focuses on the tragedy and conflict of people living on the streets.I hope the day of homeless coverage focuses on solutions and specifically:– What has worked in other Cities and why isn’t it being implemented here?– How are funds controlled by the Mayor’s departments currently being spent?– Why is the legislation put forward by the Board of Supervisors to address homeless encampments being stifled by the Mayor?Melissa San Miguel, education advocatePeople experiencing homelessness deserve to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect. It’s disappointing the media can’t focus on the humanity of our neighbors who are homeless. But the problem, our problem is much bigger. What happened to our humanity that when we see someone laying on the ground, we don’t stop to ask, “how did you get here, how can I help you?”Many people who are homeless are veterans who have served our country. Others are LGBTQ youth who were kicked out of their home. Some are people who have mental illnesses. Some are victims of abuse. Our leaders and our society are forgetting that these people are our brothers, our sisters, our Moms and Dads. These aren’t failed people.The real failure is the lack of leadership by our elected officials to develop a system that can provide the housing, medical and mental health treatment, as well as other services our fellow human beings deserve. Government can’t solve every issue, but our city has many resources. We must hold our elected leaders accountable for serving and supporting the most vulnerable members of our community.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261Too often the media doesn’t do enough to humanize homeless families and their children in their coverage. Next weeks coverage provides an opportunity to highlight more of the human tragedy that leads to homelessness, and I hope that opportunity isn’t lost.High rates of homelessness are yet another tragic consequence of our housing crisis and continue to be one of the greatest policy failings in our city. Too often we here a lot of talk and not enough action from City Hall to fix the problem.I am supportive of any efforts to raise awareness on this issue and it is my hope that the increased awareness will finally see some of the policy solutions that many of us have been calling on, such as the recommendation of the Coalition on Homelessness’ report into family homelessness, or the expansion of the homeless navigation centers.Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyYes, I believe that media outlets negatively portray homeless people at times. In my opinion, city officials are to blame. They often cast a shadow on their situation by placing a positive spin on how “great” their services and plans are in San Francisco. However, it is all talk as there is no follow-up. These notions render the reader with apathy and place blame on the homeless population; instead of creating genuine concern and awareness that this population is still in need of permanent housing, permanent employment and they are tired of empty proposals. Therefore, I support the effort of all media outlets to raise awareness on the issue.Neither Edwin Lindo nor Darcel Jackson responded to this week’s question.43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us questions to and let us know in comments or in an email if you think candidates have answered as asked. center_img Tags: election 2016 • Elections Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Balompie to Close Until 2017 for Retrofit

first_img 0% Tags: Business • food • restaurants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The pupusa purveyors at Balompie, located on 18th and Capp streets, have announced must close for at least six months while seismic retrofits are performed in the building, potentially costing the staff of around 20 people their jobs.May 29 will be the business’ last day of operations, until the restaurant reopens sometime in 2017.center_img Business owner Amadeo Gonzalez said his landlords notified him at the beginning of the year that the city mandated retrofit needed to be performed, and let him know several weeks ago that Gonzalez would need to move the business out by June 1. He said he will try to reopen the business after repairs are done, but the interim will be hard. The landlords could not immediately be reached for comment.Gonzalez has run Balompie on 18th Street for 28 years. His employees at that location will be out of a job for the meantime, and Gonzalez said he will be too — though he has partner ownership of another Balompie location at 3801 Mission St. — his main source of income was the 18th Street location. For now, he said, he would take a few weeks off while deciding what to do next.José Lopez, a Balompie employee, said he would have to start looking for a job, and that his roughly 20 coworkers would have to do the same. He expected the retrofit to take well over six months, more likely a year.Rumors of a relocation to a building on 17th and Capp streets may not pan out – Gonzalez, formerly the owner of that building, sold it last September. It’s currently undergoing major reconstruction, slated to become a four-story, three-unit mixed use building with a commercial space on the ground floor. Gonzalez said he wasn’t sure when that ground floor would be ready for a restaurant to move in – and even once it is, the price might be too steep. last_img read more

TIME is ticking for supporters to renew their seas

first_imgTIME is ticking for supporters to renew their season tickets.Existing fans have until 5pm on September 15 to secure their place for the 2013 Super League season at Langtree Park before they are released for general sale.Thousands of fans have already renewed theirs and that means demand will be at a premium when tickets are released to general sale.BUT AFTER THE SEPTEMBER 15 DEADLINE YOUR PLACE WILL BE RELEASED FOR EARLY BIRD PURCHASERS.Season Ticket Prices have been frozen for the third consecutive year meaning you can watch the likes of Willie Manu, Jordan Turner and some of the best talent in the competition for the same price as Knowsley Road.That’s a saving of 40 per cent on comparable full price Match Day tickets, again rewarding you for your continued support.To find out more click here to download the Season Ticket Brochure. You can also view in our 2013 Season Ticket section.You can renew now by calling into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or via 01744 455 052.last_img read more

We have a whole host of entertainment both on and

first_imgWe have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience, which is ideal for all the family.Game Schedule:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Open 4pm.Turnstiles – Open 5:15pm.Academy – The 19s take on their Wigan counterparts at 5:30pm.Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Inflatables – Rugby themed inflatables will be in the North and South West Stands.Air Factory – Two trampolines from our partners Air Factory St Helens will be at the ground – jump on and enjoy!Kiosk Food – We have a great range of food for you to sample at selected kiosks and we’ve teamed up with Big Al’s to bring a selection of Burgers and Pizza Twists to the Saints.Member Offer – If you’re a member, and you buy a burger, we will double it up for you!Contactless Payment – will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side and Marching Inn bars to speed up your service.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots, who is sponsored by Small Wonders, will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6.30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing a brand new routine before the game.Half Time – Our Crossbar Challenge in association with OD’s Jewellery & Watch Boutique will take place. Participants can win £100 in ODs vouchers. If you want to take part email the club at keepmeupdated@saintsrlfc.comCash Dash – Check out the great prizes!Zoe Unsworth will be peforming three songs before the game.Respect – There will be a minutes silence in respect of those who lost their lives in the tragic events in Manchester on Monday.Match Sponsors: The match is sponsored by Reilly Concrete Pumping with Fleet Dynamic our Corporate Sponsor. O2 Rainford are sponsoring the Match Ball.Team News:Saints have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands. If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore is open until kick-off and we will also be open for 45 minutes after the game.Programme:Our new look programme #asone will once again be on sale. Featuring an interview with James Roby it is packed with all you need to know about your Super Saints!The cover has our players on one side of the V and randomly selected 2017 Members on the right hand side! Is your name there? There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams. It is priced at £3.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiSecurity:At the Saints we take the safety of our fans and supporters very seriously.We have a highly trained ground safety and stewarding team to ensure that every visit to the Totally Wicked Stadium continues to be an enjoyable, safe and comfortable experience.In light of recent events, there will be additional security checks at our game with Wigan on Thursday May 25 and going forward. We advise fans to arrive early and not to bring anything into the ground which is unnecessary.All bags will be searched on entry and there will be additional security checks to ensure the match proceeds as safely as possible. We also ask that fans remain vigilant at all times and if they spot something that is suspicious alert a steward.We thank everyone for their assistance in ensuring gameday at the Totally Wicked Stadium is the best possible experience for all.Travel:Fans travelling to the game by car are advised to set off early to avoid delays.Two way traffic signals are still in place in Peasley Cross Lane, which is just outside the Totally Wicked Stadium, as essential gas repair works continue.last_img read more

Club First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgTries from Coote, Makinson, Knowles, Grace, Taia, Percival, Lomax and Naiqama secured the dominant win and you can watch all the tries in the video below.Next up for Saints is a clash with London Broncos on Sunday. Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img

Local law enforcement say they are always ready

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A gunman open fires on an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas. As people tried to escape, law enforcement acted as quickly as possible and that left and impression on local officers.“It’s a horrific event, one in which, it’s pretty tough to train for. No one ever would consider that someone could inflict that sort of carnage on the general public,” Ralph Evangelous, Wilmington Police Chief, said.- Advertisement – “Our job is to prepare for the worst. So, you know, we are training all the time, we are trying to prepare for these things,” Ed McMahon, New Hanover county sheriff, said.If there’s something that comes out of this, it’s education. Both the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover county sheriff’s office use what happened in Vegas and the the Pulse Night Club in Orlando as learning experiences.“I think that’s important that we look at what has happened and try to dissect it and learn from it. I mean we should always be learning from one another,” Evangelous said.Related Article: Woman gets 8 years in prison for heroin deathThey adapt their protocols and make sure officers are aware at all times, if anything were to happen in the Cape Fear.“Every deputy, every officer has specific training for active shooting, and we also of course have our emergency response team. We have a civil disturbance unit, so you know we prepare and train for these things and we pray that it never happens,” McMahon said.But they say despite all their training, it’s you, the general public, who help them do their job.“We have to have your help. We cannot do it alone. You have to be our eyes and our ears,” McMahon said.“When they see something they need to call. When something doesn’t look right or feel right, call. That’s what we’re here for,” Evangelous said.Both the New Hanover county sheriff’s office and the Wilmington Police Department want to reiterate to the public: there is no need to worry as they stay vigilant and everyone should still go out and enjoy any events coming up.last_img read more

Cape Fear Community College president resigns after less than 3 years

first_img Executive President Jim Morton will serve as interim president starting January 1, 2018.“I have valued my time at Cape Fear Community College, and I am thankful for all of the opportunities provided to me over the years,” said Lee. “I am confident that the College will continue to serve as a leader in higher education.”“The College will benefit immensely by Mr. Morton’s willingness to step into this role,” said Mr. Mat White, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “He will provide steady and consistent leadership, so the College can continue to serve our students and our community. Our faculty, staff, and Trustees have great respect for Mr. Morton.”Related Article: Wilson Center collaborating with actor BD WongDr. Lee first joined Cape Fear Community College as an instructor in 2003. She then served as the College’s Vice President for Instructional Services and later as its Interim President prior to accepting the role of President in 2015. Dr. Amanda Lee has resigned from CFCC President (Photo: CFCC) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College President Dr. Amanda Lee announced Thursday evening that she has decided to resign.Lee had been the president for less than three years. CFCC’s Board of Trustees announced Lee’s resignation which is effective December 31.- Advertisement – last_img read more

13 athletes sign letters of intent at Topsail and Hoggard

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Every year, many of our athletes put pen to paper as they take their next step in their athletic career. Today was the first day of the Fall signing period at the schools of Hoggard and Topsail.Over in Vike-Town, seven Hoggard athletes signed their National Letters of Intent to play college athletics.- Advertisement – Lola Lovitt is going to play basketball at Georgia Southern, Alyssa Cooke will play lacrosse, volleyball for Caroline Kirby Smith and Anna Moore hits the links.Then there’s Parker Nolan, Logan Adams and Matthew Suggs who will all get their college education while on the baseball diamond.Most will be heading outside of the area, but Suggs will trade his Hoggard blue for UNCW teal and play for Coach Scalf and the Seahawks.Related Article: Road access cut off to Wilmington after Florence“It’s a dream come true,” Suggs said. “All the work that I’ve done to this point is amazing. I just can”t believe I’m here. Wilmington is just such a great school and I love their baseball program and their coaches. It’s just amazing and I’m so thankful for this opportunity that I have.”Topsail High School celebrated six athletes themselves as Tanesha Williams, Alyssa Randal and Lauren Drew Marshall will all head to Campbell.Christina McLean and Hannah Jones will play softball and lacrosse respectfully and Caroline Harris will play tennis at Queen’s University. All thirteen of these athletes are continuing their career, something they have all dreamed of.“I’m so excited,” Harris said. “I’m just pumped to play in college next year. I have always wanted this, it has been my main goal. I’m super excited.”Congratulations to all the athletes! Represent the area well!last_img read more

Ministry holds Thanksgiving meal for first responders and military

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Serving those who serve. That’s what Warrior Family Ministries set out to do Thursday.The non-profit held its fourth annual Thanksgiving dinner for all first responders. Veterans, active duty military, law enforcement and other first responders were welcome at the event.- Advertisement – Warrior Family Ministries was founded by a veteran and his wife. The organization offers support to all first responders.One chaplain explains how this year’s event was a little different.“The twist that we put on it this year was to ensure that all of our first responders did get food. Last year we noticed we didn’t have as many coming in. So this year, we were able to come up with the idea of delivering. So we’re making to-go boxes we have almost 400 to-go boxes going out all throughout New Hanover County,” said Lyndsay Millard.Related Article: He’s made the list: North Carolina man is hall-of-fame SantaMillard says they are also delivering to-go boxes to responders in Whiteville and Brunswick County.last_img read more