Hawaii offers financial help to caregivers; other states may follow | FCC votes 3-2 to repeal net neutrality | Districts invest in bilingual-teacher recruitment
December 15, 2017
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Hawaii offers financial help to caregivers; other states may follow
Hawaii this week kicked off a program that provides people giving home-based care to an elderly family member with as much as $70 daily for buying supplies, hiring help or covering lost wages. Maine and Washington are states in which officials could develop similar programs.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (12/15) 
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Federal, State & Local Update
FCC votes 3-2 to repeal net neutrality
The Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality, which prohibits internet service providers from favoring some users over others. Supporters of net neutrality, which was enacted during the Obama administration, said they might challenge the FCC's action in court.
Bloomberg (free registration) (12/14),  NBC News (12/14) 
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Districts invest in bilingual-teacher recruitment
School leaders are turning to programs and incentives to help recruit more bilingual teachers. In Dallas, officials have launched bilingual-educator pathways in high schools, and candidates in Sacramento, Calif., are offered financial incentives, including funds to help pay for their certification.
District Administration magazine online (12/15) 
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Grant funding to help Ohio city add summer security for parks
The Keep Our Parks Safe program in Lakewood, Ohio, has been awarded a $29,976 state grant to pay for extra security in the city's parks next summer. "We call it a special assignment parks car where we put one or two officers on overtime to give additional attention," said Capt. Edward Hassing of the city police department.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/11) 
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Transportation & Public Works
Military, Tech & Public Safety
White House pushes for federal agencies to move to the cloud
The White House on Wednesday released a report discussing ways the federal government can modernize its IT systems to provide better service and improve security. The recommendations outlined in the report include a push for federal agencies to begin using cloud storage.
The Hill (12/13) 
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Military surgeons team up with civilian health care facility
Surgeons with the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be treating civilians at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central to provide patients in the community with a high standard of care and to keep surgeons' skills sharp. "There is a tangible benefit to taxpayers when military surgeons take lessons learned in civilian trauma centers to the battlefield," said Air Force Reserve trauma surgeon Dr. Keyan Riley.
KXRM-TV/KXTU-TV (Pueblo, Colo.) (12/12) 
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Health, Education & Human Services
Report ranks states on financial-literacy courses
Report ranks states on financial-literacy courses
Four states -- Georgia, Florida, Illinois and West Virginia, earned a "B+" grade for their efforts to improve financial literacy, according to the National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools. Utah was the only state to earn an "A+," with Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia all receiving an A.
WSB-AM (Atlanta) (12/12),  Wyoming Public Media (12/13) 
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States prepare to shut down CHIP programs
Congress is unlikely to authorize long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program in 2017. Lawmakers have passed a stopgap measure requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to direct funds toward "emergency shortfall states," but some states are nevertheless preparing to shut down their programs for lack of funding.
FierceHealthcare (12/14) 
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Leadership, Management & Ethics
Consider "stay interviews" to keep your best people
The labor market is tight, so any employee whose needs are ignored is fair game for another organization to snap up, writes Steve Keating. "Stay interviews" will reveal what matters to your employee or help managers work with employees to determine what they want out of the job, he argues.
LeadToday (12/11) 
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Transparency, humility are key to leadership
Lisa Conway, owner of Pioneer Warehouse & Distribution, believes transparency, humility and compassion have helped her take over from her father at a young age. "[T]here are always going to be struggles, there are going to be pitfalls, but pick yourself up and keep going," she says.
The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (12/12) 
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