first_imgThe Vermont Department of Education released 2009 school accountability determinations as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) today. The department determines whether schools meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Those that do not meet AYP enter School Improvement.Results show:One school exited School Improvement.Seventy-seven schools, or 25 percent, are now in School Improvement.Thirty-one of those schools are now in Corrective Action.Eighty-eight schools, or 29 percent, did not make AYP this year.Twelve of those schools did not make AYP for the first time. “Schools are targeting instruction to ensure all students make adequate yearly progress,” said Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. “Challenges still remain, especially for students in poverty and English language learners. The department will continue to provide outreach to identified schools to ensure the needs of all our children are addressed.”A school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) by meeting targets set by the state as required by NCLBA. These targets increase every three years with the goal of 100 percent proficiency by 2014. A school that does not make AYP for two consecutive years enters School Improvement, which requires schools to take specific actions designed to improve student achievement in the area(s) designated as not making AYP. A school that does not make AYP for four consecutive years enters Corrective Action, and the commissioner recommends to the State Board of Education actions specific to that school. If an identified school makes AYP two years in a row, it exits School Improvement.A school must make adequate yearly progress for all students, as well as for students in several sub-groups. AYP determinations are made for sub-groups of students by race, socio-economic status, English language learners and students with disabilities. Schools must have at least 40 students in a given sub-group in order for a decision to be made for that group.“Over 200 schools met all requirements of the state’s accountability system for 2009,” said Director of Standards and Assessment Gail Taylor. “Of the 36 schools on the school improvement list, Colchester Middle School exited school improvement, and Burke School met all of the requirements this year. If it meets all the requirements next year, it too will exit school improvement.”More than one-third of the remaining schools in School Improvement increased either the number of content areas or the number of student groups for which they met the accountability requirement. Of the 42 schools entering school improvement this year, 11 (more than one-fourth) made similar progress since last year. AYP determinations are based on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) assessments and the Vermont Alternate Assessments given to Vermont public school students in grades three through eight and 11. The NECAP was given to students in grades three through eight and grade 11 in October 2008. This is the fourth year these exams have been given in the elementary and middle grades, and the second time they were given to students in grade 11.More information on school and district performance can be found on the department’s Web site at http://www.state.vt.us/educ/new/html/pgm_accountability.html#AYP(link is external).View the entire press release packet here: http://education.vermont.gov/new/pdfdoc/dept/press_releases/educ_ayp_pac…(link is external).###last_img read more

first_imgTexas regulator says state coal production fell 30% in 2018 compared to prior year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:Coal production fell sharply last year as coal-fired power plants closed and natural gas provided a cheaper and cleaner alternative for electricity generators.The state’s 12 active coal mines produced 25 million tons of coal in 2018, down nearly 30 percent from the 35 million tons in 2017, according to the Railroad Commission of Texas. Each of the mines produced significantly less. At the state’s largest coal mine, the Kosse Mine in Limestone County near Waco, production fell 16 percent to 8.7 million tons from 10.1 million tons.The Kosse mine is owned by Luminant, the merchant power unit of the Irving company, Vistra Energy. Luminant, citing economic reasons, shut down three coal plants last year with a combined generating capacity of more than 4,000 megawatts — enough to power more than 800,000 Texas homes on a hot summer day. Another coal-fired plant, the Gibbons Creek Generating Station about 20 miles from Bryan, will close for good in October.The number of active coal mines in the United States has fallen by more than half over the past decade to 671 mines in 2017 from 1,435 mines in 2008, according to the Energy Department. Last year, domestic coal consumption fell to the lowest level since 1978, the Energy Department said.Coal’s share of power generation is falling, too. In the first half of 2019, coal-fired plants generated about 21 percent for the state’s electricity, compared to 22 percent from wind and 44 percent generated by natural gas, according to the state’s power grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.More: Coal production falls sharply in Texaslast_img read more

first_imgLooking for a good first marathon? The Virginia Creeper Trail Marathon, held in the corner of southwest Virginia, is a great race for first-time marathoners. The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34-mile long rail-to-trail that runs from Whitetop, Va., near the North Carolina state line to Abingdon, Va. The former railroad bed is relatively flat with a mild uphill gradient from Damascus, Va., to the Whitetop station.Runners begin in Abingdon and run for a couple miles on Watauga Road before hitting up the VCT for the remainder of the marathon. Aid stations are spread out every 2.5 miles with homemade treats waiting for the competitors at the finish. The race is limited to the first 100 runners, filing the overflow on a waitlist.last_img

first_imgEditors note: As I finished this post, something seemed familiar. Well, there was a reason. I wrote about this day before. I thought about scratching it and starting over, but I looked back at the day a bit differently this time. I hope you don’t mind. 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »center_img by: Anthony  DemangoneHe was struggling.Our best 11-year-old pitcher was on the mound. But he has lost his touch. And as the pitches soared this way and that, I could see his frustration grow.He loaded the bases with walks.And then I heard it.“Just throw strikes.”That was the head coach. And he didn’t say “just throw strikes.”  He growled it.Four more pitches. Four more balls.He walked in a run. I’ve pitched before, and there’s no worse feeling than losing control. I saw the pitcher’s head drop.“Just throw strikes,” bellowed the coach.I was the assistant coach that season.‘Let me handle it,” I said.last_img read more

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The word “merger” can incite a variety of feelings, emotions, and opinions from credit union leaders. Ideally, credit union board and executive team members have steadily been working to build an organization which is financially healthy and contributes positive benefits to its members, community, and employees.All too often, however, successful credit unions disregard potential mergers, which can result in significant loss of opportunities down the road. In fact, according to the NCUA’s recently released video Credit Union Mergers: Trends and Warning Signs, 47% of merging credit unions had a loss of membership for three years prior to merger, and 54% of merging credit unions operated at a loss for three years before merging.Herein lies the question: When should you, as a credit union leader, consider a merger that will optimize the value of your financial institution? continue reading »last_img read more

first_img“She’s phenomenal,” Joshua told Sky Sports.“I can’t even put it into words. She’s special.“Sometimes you get a few fighters that come along in this world and they’re special, and they leave a mark.“She’ll definitely be one of those people that leave a mark on the boxing industry.”On the same night, Harper defends her WBC super-featherweight title against Norway’s Katharina Thanderz, who is confident she can expose the British fighter’s technical frailties. “I’ve got to take things as they come, and this is my next challenge,” said Ball. “I’m just preparing as hard as I can for that.“There’s no point me looking any further than that. I’ve been given a great opportunity and I need to grab it with both hands. I’ll see what happens afterwards.“I am overdue a stoppage. I need to get one. I know I am going to win this fight and I’m going home with that belt. That belt is not getting on that plane! It’s mine to win.”In August, the Midlands boxer floored Shannon Courtenay in a points win and suggested that her Brit rival might have to wait for a rematch.“I’m pleased with my performance,” said Ball. “I’m very proud of myself, but I want to show more. Some people are still questioning my ability. I want to show them what I’m really about.“Shannon needs the rematch more than me. I’m not really that bothered, and that’s no disrespect to her. I just want to fight as many people as I can.”Watch Katie Taylor, Terri Harper and Rachel Ball in world title action this Saturday, from 7pm on Sky Sports. Rachel Ball sealed a points win over Shannon Courtenay in August Rachel Ball sealed a points win over Shannon Courtenay in August

first_img Sharing is caring! 32 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Chef Dereck Went. Photo credit: demerarawaves.comBRIDGETOWN, Barbados — “Cut back on table salt!” That’s the message from a Barbadian chef and entrepreneur who wants Caribbean people to abstain from over-consuming salty foods following reports of tragic life-altering strokes and other serious medical conditions.Chef Derek Went of Went Caribbean, a company that offers healthy Caribbean lifestyle support, said while the Caribbean region is known worldwide for its culinary exploits and some of the most flavour-filled foods, the region was playing “Russian Roulette” with its food preparation and consumption habits.Went Caribbean is keenly focused on reducing the high incidence of chronic, non-communicable diseases by offering a variety of products and services which promote a healthy lifestyle.“I am all for maintaining the diverse culinary traditions of the Caribbean, but let’s make sure we do so without compromising good health,” Went asserted, proposing a switch from table salt to moderate amounts of sea salt as a healthier alternative.The Caribbean chef promotes sodium-free, healthy spices and herbs in Barbados, across the Caribbean, and soon to the Caribbean Diaspora communities in North America. In addition to avoiding excessive quantities of salt present in today’s over-consumed processed foods, he also urged drinking pure water, checking blood pressure, daily exercise and other dietary habits — as recommended by medical doctors and qualified nutritionists — which were key to a healthier Caribbean and an economically sustainable health care system.Went Caribbean, supported by the Barbados Entrepreneurs Venture Capital Fund (known as BIM Ventures), promotes its WentWorx line of all natural, aromatic seasoning blends that contain no salt, no sugar, no MSG and no artificial preservatives. “You can definitely reduce the salt in your meals without sacrificing authentic Caribbean flavour when you use WentWorx blends,” he emphasized.WentWorx products currently contain naturally occurring sodium in health sustaining proportions.Caribbean News Now Share Food & DiningLifestyle Reduce salt intake, says Barbados chef by: – September 19, 2011last_img read more

first_img120621-N-ZZ999-003Norfolk, Va. — The Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine, USS Indiana (SSN 789), will be commissioned at the Navy Port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Port Canaveral, Fla., Sept. 29, 2018. It will be the sixteenth Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet.Indiana will be the third U.S. Navy ship, and first submarine, to be commissioned bearing the name “Indiana.” Mrs. Diane Donald, wife of retired Admiral Kirkland H. Donald, is the ship’s sponsor.Designed to operate in both coastal and deep-ocean environments, Indiana will present leadership with a broad and unique range of capabilities, including anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces (SOF) support; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions.Indiana is a part of the Virginia-class’ third, or Block III, contract, in which the Navy redesigned approximately 20 percent of the ship to reduce acquisition costs. Indiana features a redesigned bow, which replaces 12 individual Vertical Launch System (VLS) tubes with two large-diameter Virginia Payload Tubes (VPTs) each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles, among other design changes that reduced the submarines’ acquisition cost while maintaining their outstanding warfighting capabilities.Indiana has special features to support SOF, including a reconfigurable torpedo room which can accommodate a large number of SOF and all their equipment for prolonged deployments and future off-board payloads.Also, in Virginia-class SSNs, traditional periscopes have been replaced by two photonics masts that host visible and infrared digital cameras atop telescoping arms. Through the extensive use of modular construction, open architecture, and commercial off-the-shelf components, the Virginia class is designed to remain at the cutting edge for its entire operational life through the rapid introduction of new systems and payloads.The Indiana will be the third U.S. Navy ship and the first submarine to be commissioned at the Navy Port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. NOTU’s primary mission is to test and evaluate Trident II D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile systems.For more information on the future USS Indiana (SSN 789), the Commissioning Ceremony, go to www.navy.mil/indianacommissioning.Additional public information about the commissioning, and events leading up to it, is available at the USS Indiana Commissioning Committee site at https://ussindiana.org/.last_img read more

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn.  – National and regional rookies of the year in both the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car divisions earn awards from FAST again this season.The Memphis, Tenn., manufacturer gives ignition boxes to both national award recipients and $100 gift certificates to the other four Modified and the other regional Stock Car rookie of the year.All awards will be presented during the national banquet in November.FAST has been part of the COMP Performance Group since 2001 and became an IMCA sponsor last season. Long recognized as a leading developer in electronic fuel injection technology, FAST also makes a complete line of intake manifolds, throttle bodies and other EFI components.More information about that product line is available on Facebook, at the www.fuelairspark.com website or by calling 877 334-8355.“Each season we have a high quality group of rookie drivers and the FAST program targets the best of the best from that group. We are really grateful to work with them and honor those achievements,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder.last_img read more

first_imgBrookville, IN—Last Tuesday morning, officers with the Brookville Police Department were conducting traffic patrol on Main Street when the observed a subject, identified as James Aaron Precht, traveling north bound. The officers confirmed Precht had an active warrant for his arrest and initiated a traffic stop in the Main and 7th Street area.During the traffic stop Precht was placed in handcuffs and advised of the warrant for his arrest. While conducting an inventory of Precht’s belongings, officers located a hypodermic syringe in the center console of his vehicle. Precht was transported to the Franklin County Security Center and was charged with an allegation of Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe.last_img