With Assist Cash, US Faculties Place Consideration on Psychological Well being

Schools in the United States are using a large increase in federal funding to support student mental health.

School systems or districts are given a lot of freedom in how they can spend the federal money. But psychological problems in the students had become clear. Districts have an increase in behavioral problems, and signs of stress Absenteeism when students returned to class this fall. For many, it was the first time back in a full classroom since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Kansas City, Kansas, educators open an after-school mental health center. The center is filled with advisor and social workers. Schools in Chicago, Illinois have “mentoring teams” on a mission to help students in difficulty.

In some school districts, the money has supported longstanding work to help students deal with trauma – difficult experiences that have led to emotional problems. Other school systems have made new efforts to treat students. Overall, money puts public schools at the center of efforts to improve the overall well-being of students.

When the government sent aid to schools after the economic recession in 2008, conversation didn’t happen, ”said Amanda Fitzgerald. She is with the American School Counselor Association. Now, according to Fitzgerald, the discussion across the country is very much about student welfare.

Last month, three major child health groups said the child mental health situation should be viewed as a national emergency. The U.S. Department of Education has called on the aid to rethink the way schools offer psychological support. Education Minister Miguel Cardona said mental health needs to be at the center of recovery from the pandemic.

Pandemic aid to schools is $ 190 billion. That’s more than four times what the Department of Education normally spends kindergarten up to 12th grade every year. The money for mental health services went towards employee training, mental health assessments, and classes that include social and emotional learning.

Fifth grader Jordan Falconbury reads in a tent while visiting a sensory room at Quincy Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Many counties have worked on it rent more mental health experts. The National Association of School Psychologists surveyed its members in the fall. It found that more than half of the districts had plans to host social workers, Psychologists or consultant.

With $ 9.5 million in federal and external grants, Paterson Schools in New Jersey added five behavioral experts. The district also hired two substance abuse experts and workers who were able to identify students in crisis.

Paterson is one of the poorest parts of New Jersey. Many of the 25,000 students there were hungry before the pandemic and struggled after family members lost their jobs, Superintendent Eileen Shafer said.

“We wanted to make sure that before we tried to teach anything new, we could handle where our kids are based on what they went through,” she said.

In Ellicottville, New York, school psychologist Joe Prior sees more anxiety among students. He said the district would use the help to hire a counselor to connect students with psychological help.

Chicago, the third largest school district in the country, created a “cure plan” for students using $ 24 million of the $ 2.6 billion in federal aid.

In Detroit, the district spends $ 34 million on mental health programs. The school system uses the money to screen students, expand help from outside mental health providers, and provide additional support to parents.

On a last Wednesday that meant an hour meditation Parents meet at a local cafe. One parent feared that their own stress was affecting their son’s ability to learn.

“As a community, we’ve all been through something,” said Sharlonda Buckman, an assistant superintendent who attended the meeting. “Part of the recovery has to be something” intentionally work in spaces like this so we can be there for ours children. “

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The Associated Press and Chalkbeat covered this story. Dan Novak adapted it for VOA Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.

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absent – adj. not present in a usual or expected place

advisor – n. a person who provides professional advice

conversation – n. an informal conversation with two people or a small group of people: the act of informal conversation

kindergarten – n. a school or class for very young children

rent – v. Giving (someone) a job or a job in exchange for wages or salaries

psychologist – n. a scientist who specializes in the study and treatment of mind and behavior

anxiety – n. Fear or nervousness about what might happen

meditation– n. the act or process of spending time in silent thought

intentionally – adj. be done in a planned or intended manner

child – n. a young person

Profitable, Cash Saving Summit County Psychological Well being Program Grabs Consideration Of Colorado Leaders – CBS Denver

DILLON, Colorado (CBS4) – A program in Summit County aimed at responding to those in the midst of mental crisis has caught the attention of state leaders. Earlier this month, Governor Jared Polis traveled to Dillon to speak with community leaders about what makes the Summit County model so successful.

Governor Jared Polis and other heads of state meet with community leaders in Summit County. (Credit: CBS)

“First and foremost, we’re building it up from the community, not the law enforcement down, which is really important,” said Jaime FitzSimons, Summit County sheriff.

The SMART program, or System-wide Mental Assessment Response, was launched in Summit County just last year, and FitzSimons said it was an idea put forward by the community and tailored to the needs of the Summit County community. That is what makes it unique, but also what makes it work.

“There’s a lot of community support with this team. The other thing is that it’s a plainclothes answer, which means they don’t show up in uniform. They show up as a team and they show up in plain clothes, an unmarked car, and they go to all the cities here in the Summit County jurisdictions, so it’s a nationwide response, ”he said.

The response always includes a deputy paired with a clinician. This is the co-response part of the program, but it goes beyond that initial contact.

“You have a third component in your team, the case manager, so I always describe it as a deputy and clinician in times of crisis. You have the focus in the moment of crisis and stabilization – and stabilize this person in the community. At the back end is the case manager who comes now and provides the all-round service for further stabilization, ”said FitzSimons.

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Over the past 10 months, the joint response has saved hundreds of people from landing in the emergency room, saved the emergency room from overflowing, and saved the county money. FitzSimons and his team estimate that for every person they can help avoid a trip to the emergency room, the county will save about $ 15,000.

“This year it was just over $ 2 million for the first 10 months of this year. It’s a huge number, but more importantly, how many people we’ve stabilized rather than sending people to higher levels of care or destroying our emergency room. We have stabilized an incredible number of people, what we say ‘on the spot’, be it at home, wherever that place is, but not going to a higher level of care, that has crushed the community. “

FitzSimons believes any ward can accept the program and make it successful, but what works in Summit County will likely be different for Denver. In Summit County, the start-up cost of the program is around $ 425,000, and while it was a successful program, funding has been one of the biggest hurdles.

Independence Cross getting more cash and a focus

Money given Tuesday for cleaning up Glenwood Canyon could also be used to improve traffic control on Independence Pass, an official said Tuesday.

$ 11.6 million granted Tuesday will not only help pay for debris removal in the canyon, but also the traffic reduction impact on Independence and Cottonwood passes, said Pitkin County manager Jon Peacock .

Meanwhile, officials from the Colorado Department of Transportation have assured local officials that contractors will stay on the sides of Independence Pass in Lake County and Pitkin Counties in an attempt to prevent oversized vehicles from crossing the narrow pass road, he said. Local officials have also asked CDOT to conduct routine “courtesy patrols” of the passport to assist motorists in need of assistance.

While CDOT has taken steps to remove the Independence Pass as an alternative route to closing I-70 for map applications like Google and Apple, National Guard troops could be deployed on the pass to control traffic, Peacock said. National Guard personnel are currently assigned to Cottonwood Pass to alleviate traffic problems.

Pitkin County Commissioner Steve Child said he liked the idea that traffic lights at the lower bottlenecks were a permanent addition to the pass. But while Peacock acknowledged that many motorists obviously have no idea how to navigate the narrow sections of the pass, the traffic lights require manual operation and are unlikely to become permanent.

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2021 Oregon college board races draw candidates, cash, and nationwide consideration

When COVID-19 caused school closures around Oregon and around the country in 2020, everything went virtual, including school board meetings.

Meetings typically hosted in boardrooms moved to Zoom and YouTube, where anyone could watch the decisions and conversations around schooling.

“So we’re streaming, they become more accessible, parents way more engaged in the decisions around the system of education …. clearly it’s across the state, it’s across the country,” said Maureen Wolf, chair of the Tigard-Tualatin school board and president of the Oregon School Boards Association board.

At the same time, there has been ongoing recruitment in the last several years to add more people of color to school boards, to better reflect school communities and the students they serve.

School boards around the country have been meeting virtually since March 2020. Some board members say the accessibility of meetings has increased interest in joining the board.

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Because of all of these factors, as well as pressing issues that emerged during the pandemic, there are more candidates and more interest in school board elections than in the past.

“There’s all these different reasons, and motivations for board candidates, and then all the sudden you see an explosion of those that are running,” Wolf said.

Wolf decided not to run for reelection this year. She’s been actively recruiting candidates of color to diversify the board and fill her seat. The five-member Tigard-Tualatin board currently consists of five white people: four women and one man.

OSBA’s Get on Board campaign, started in 2017, aims to keep sitting board members engaged, and get new candidates, particularly people of color, interested in running for school board.

These efforts and others seem to have paid off.

By OSBA’s own count, reaching out to boards of elections in Oregon’s most populous counties, there have more candidate filings than open positions in Clackamas, Washington, Marion, Lane, and Multnomah counties.

In Lane County, with 57 open board positions, 82 candidates have filed. In Clackamas County, 66 candidates have filed for 37 open positions.

OSBA keeps historical data on past school board elections. From 2005 to 2017, races lacked competitiveness, with returning or unopposed candidates dominating the field. OSBA data show the majority of races with one candidate, and the majority of incumbents filing for their board positions. In 2013, for example, 84% of races had only one candidate and 80% of incumbents filed for re-election.

This year, some incumbents are facing candidates who have disagreed with them over an issue that’s caused deep divisions throughout the pandemic: whether school buildings should be open or closed.

In the Sherwood School District, Duncan Nyang’oro, an auditor with no prior government experience, is running against incumbent Patrick Allen, chair of the school board and director of the Oregon Health Authority.

On his campaign website, Nyang’oro claims Allen and the school board “chose politics over our kids.”

Nyang’oro’s leading priority is “five full days in school.” The rest of his platform is vague, with additional priorities to “focus on the basics” and engage with parents.

Elsewhere, in Portland Public Schools, another candidate committed to reopening is challenging an incumbent. Caterer and president of a local PTA, Libby Glynn is running against incumbent Julia Brim-Edwards. Glynn has been endorsed by ED300, a group formed in the last year to fight for “full reopening” of Oregon schools.

The group formed a political action committee in March and has endorsed 28 candidates across the state who commit to “full reopening,” “science-based decision-making,” and reject union dollars. ED300 also said its endorsed candidates avoid “inflammatory rhetoric on issues (i.e. race and gender-matters) unrelated to our primary purpose.” One of its founders is running as a write-in candidate for a Lake Oswego school board seat.

ED300 director Rene Gonzalez said candidates accepting money from teachers’ unions kept the organization from endorsing more candidates.

“We are ecstatic with our slate of candidates,” Gonzalez said. “Sadly, in 2 of our larger districts – Beaverton and Portland – we could find only 1 candidate in each district that met our criteria.”

According to the Oregonian, two Portland Public Schools board candidates received a total of $26,000 from the Portland Association of Teachers.

Leaders at both Portland and Sherwood school districts have said they plan to have schools open full-time next year, if allowed by state rules.

In the Newberg School District, Renee Powell is running for the Zone 5 seat. Powell, an artist and design consultant, is advocating for a full-time reopening too.

She said that although the district has plans to reopen, if elected she will “be in a position to see that they’re implemented.”

When asked what else is a part of her platform, she said she will be focused on curriculum, “with an eye toward back to basics, academic excellence and CTE [Career Technical Education],” she wrote. “Also, I’ll be making sure anti-American, anti-family subject matter is not part of that curriculum.”

While some of the interest in local school board races has been a clear reaction to how school operations have changed during the last year of the global pandemic, other seats are drawing interest as a result of years of recruitment and advocacy.

In Newberg, Powell’s opponent is Tai Harden. Harden is Black, and she runs a consulting firm helping companies with diversity, equity, and inclusion work.

Her two children have attended Newberg schools, and experienced racism according to Harden. Serving as an advisor for the district’s Black Student Union, she heard about an incident she said inspired her to run for school board.

“A Black male student shared that he is called the ‘N-word’ at school so often that he requested from his teachers to leave class five minutes early so he didn’t have to be called that when passing between classes, or hear that word being said when passing from class to class,” Harden said.

“I thought to myself, this student is missing out on valuable learning time, every day, because they’re hearing this word, or being called this word.”

She said she is running to make sure all students, not just Black students or students of color, receive “an education free of harassment and discrimination.”

If elected, Harden said she would be the first Black person to serve on the Newberg school board.

She’s part of a growing number of candidates of color running in this cycle.

In 2017, Color PAC, a political action committee supporting candidates of color supported nine candidates. In 2019, that number was 24. This year, it’s 49.

“We believe those who have the richest lived experiences, who live at the intersections of multiple intersecting oppressions, identities, are most and best equipped to solve many of the systemic and structural problems facing its communities,” said Ana del Rocio, executive director of Oregon Futures Lab and Color PAC, and former school board member for the David Douglas School District.

Color PAC is focused on elections and the “pre-candidacy” stage. Oregon Futures Lab is more focused on what happens after Election Day, and how candidates are supported.

The groups have expanded their support to include candidates in 10 counties, and are seeing more parents and caregivers running for office this year.

At first, del Rocio said the organization was unsure what impact COVID-19 might have on their efforts, but she concluded the pandemic may have inspired people to run.

“I think this was a time for people to see the worsening impacts of not having people who look like them, and who have lived lives like them, at decision making tables in moments of crisis,” del Rocio said.

“… A lot of it was about resisting the powerlessness that I think a lot of people have felt in COVID, experiencing people being sick, people’s lives being lost, and not have any power to do anything about it.”

Del Rocio said COVID-19 made running digital campaigns easier, and more accepted by the public. She also said training and information sessions that explain the role of school boards helped get more candidates into the field.

If candidates win, del Rocio said her organization is planning for training as soon as this summer to build support and develop a sense of belonging among school board members across the state.

But with the increased number of candidates running comes an increase in threats, intimidation, and harassment, del Rocio and Wolf said.

Harden has been accused of stealing signs from her opponent’s supporters, with one suggesting pressing charges, according to a story from the Newberg Graphic. She called it “undercover” racism.

“To call me out and accuse me of a crime with absolutely no evidence was, to me, rooted in racism,” Harden said.

Hoa Nguyen, a candidate running for a seat representing the David Douglas School District, found a racist note on her door last month.

The Oregon School Board Members of Color Caucus, an OSBA-affiliated group, sent a letter to candidates of color welcoming them and explaining the role of school boards before telling them how to report incidents of harassment.

“You are not alone and the leadership of the OSBMCC is here to be a resource and means of support,” the letter read.

Sonja McKenzie serves as vice president of the OSBA board and treasurer of the OSMBCC. She chairs the board of the Parkrose School District in east Multnomah County and is running unopposed this May.

“It is intimidating and it is hard sometimes to be the only voice of color on boards or at conventions, but it’s an opportunity,” McKenzie said.

Del Rocio said candidates speaking out against incidents now may help candidates in the future.

“That to me is just a really good indicator of changing the campaign culture, so that people who run in the future will hopefully have a less harmful experience,” del Rocio said.

A small number of candidates in this year’s Oregon school board elections have received national attention for views on topics like comprehensive sexual education, and “critical race theory,” an analytic framework that examines systemic racism and inequality as inherent in society’s institutions. School board candidates running for seats in Bend-La Pine and Beaverton have both received attention from conservative outlets locally and nationally.

Jeanne Schade, a certified teacher running for the Beaverton school board, appeared on Glenn Beck earlier this month, saying “antifa” was coming after her. She recounted a conversation with a mother.

“She wants her kids to be safe in schools, she wants them to learn correct history… that’s what schools are meant to be, educational facilities and not ideological camps where propaganda is pushed,” Schade said.

Several Bend-La Pine candidates recently appeared on Fox News, talking about what prompted them to run.

“If you look at what the Oregon Department of Education is posting on their website about what they’re teaching kids, it’s all about divisiveness, and it’s dangerous.” said candidate Maria Lopez-Dauenhauer.

Lopez-Dauenhauer and three other Bend-La Pine candidates have been endorsed by ED300.

McKenzie, with OSBA, is concerned that school board races are becoming overly politicized.

“School board work is not political work,” McKenzie said. “It is community work, it is driven by the desire to have good student outcomes, it’s a way to engage in your community, support your community.”

School boards are tasked with three general charges: setting policy, hiring and evaluating superintendents, and passing a budget.

McKenzie said those parameters, along with the collaborative nature of being a part of a school board, are not political in nature.

“You’re not a legislator, for those people thinking they’re running on school boards with a political platform, that they’re going to come in and bring their political agenda, there’s no place for that,” McKenzie said.

For Tigard-Tualatin school board chair Maureen Wolf, she said some of this pushback is expected from years of working on equity policies and community engagement. She cites the district’s anti-bias hate speech policy and listening sessions after the death of George Floyd as examples.

“What you’re seeing is a result of that,” Wolf said. “Some that believe that school should be reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic, and that’s all that school’s about.”

But Wolf defends what Tigard-Tualatin, and other districts are doing, as focusing on the “holistic child,” with strategies like social-emotional learning.

“We’re pushing it, and we’re really trying to move this work forward.”

In Oregon, turnout for May elections like these is typically low. In Multnomah County, about 16% of registered voters sent in their ballots in May 2019.

With days until May 18, there is hope that an increased number of candidates and interest in school board races will lead to an increase in turnout.

“I’m hopeful that people are paying attention to this active campaign season, and that they vote,” Wolf said.

“Vote. This matters, this is your community, this is making big decisions for the future of Oregon.”

Thoughts on Cash: The renewed consideration to inflation | F. Marc Ruiz: Your Thoughts on Cash

In my professional opinion, the Federal Reserve has been able to aggressively expand the money supply in the economy not only because of the disinflationary forces of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, but also because of the globalization trend which tends to lead to a decline in the workforce and cost of production as well as some demographic trends in western Countries where the baby boom generation was spending less money when they retired and the giant millennial generation had not yet entered their highest-earning lifetime. These three trends together gave the Fed plenty of room to create and integrate new money into the economy without leading to a general rise in prices, also known as inflation.

Then came COVID, which in many ways resembled a combination of a natural disaster and a public policy crisis. On the natural disaster side, the COVID crisis was rapid, deep and temporary, much like a hurricane or earthquake. On the public order side, governments forcibly reduced economic activity to control the virus, resulting in a political disaster similar to a major war or permanent budget shutdown.

Lessons from the 2008-2009 period, the Fed, having had no inflation for the past decade, felt comfortable adding an unprecedented amount of new money to the economy and markets, and the federal government had learned from the perceived political as well Failures from 2008-2009 also got on the train, making direct payments to businesses, public services and households. Simply put, a lot of money being spent on many people in many ways.