Indianapolis, In. — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has introduced the volunteer citizen members of the Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission as a part of his effort to make teacher pay competitive with surrounding states.The commission has been tasked with determining what constitutes competitive teacher compensation in Indiana and with providing recommendations for how to achieve it. The commission will deliver the recommendations to the governor and the General Assembly prior to the 2021 legislative session.Commission MembersCommission Chairman Michael L. Smith (Indianapolis), former chairman, president and CEO of Mayflower Group and former executive vice president and CFO of Anthem Blue Cross Blue ShieldJená Bellezza (Gary), COO of Indiana Parenting InstituteTom Easterday (Zionsville), former senior executive vice president, secretary & chief legal officer for Subaru of Indiana AutomotiveMarianne Glick (Indianapolis), chair of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation and board member of the Gene B. Glick CompanyBob Jones (Evansville), chairman and CEO of Old National BancorpKatie Jenner (Madison), vice president of K-12 initiatives and statewide partnerships at Ivy TechNancy Jordan (Fort Wayne), senior vice president of Lincoln Financial GroupThe commission will be supported by an advisory council that will provide further knowledge and expertise.Advisory Council MembersMelissa Ambre (Noblesville), director of the Office of School Finance for the Indiana Department of EducationLee Ann Kwiatkowski (Greenwood), senior education advisor to Gov. HolcombEmily Holt (Arcadia), math teacher at Westfield High SchoolDan Holub (Indianapolis), executive director of the Indiana State Teachers AssociationDenise Seger (Granger), chief human resource officer for Concord Community Schools in ElkhartDavid Smith (Evansville), superintendent of Evansville Vanderburgh School CorporationIn addition to creating the commission, Holcomb has proposed increasing K-12 funding by two percent in the first year of the state’s budget and then an additional 2 percent increase in the second year of the budget.Holcomb also proposed paying off a pension liability that schools currently pay. This state investment will save all local schools an estimated $140 million over the next biennium with continued savings in the years following.The commission will gather for an organizational meeting in the near future.
The FA will now await the referee’s report before deciding whether further action is required over the incident, which soured a fine win for a City side who had been reduced to 10 men in the 10th minute after captain Vincent Kompany was dismissed. The Belgian may also face further punishment for his reaction to being sent off. But Bruce refuted the spitting allegation, labelling it as “a load of rubbish” and adding: “He (Boyd) has tried to talk and shout and something’s come out. That’s what I’ve seen of it. “George Boyd wouldn’t do that, no chance. Not deliberately, anyway. He is as honest as they come – he was playing non-league six years ago.” Bruce also backed Boyd over the suggestions of diving, accepting Mason got it right in not awarding a spot-kick but adding: “George has tried to go round the goalkeeper and he has lost his balance. “Boyd is going at full tilt and he’s expecting to get clattered. To be fair to Joe he has done what every experienced goalkeeper does – he’s pulled himself out of the road. George is trying to take evasive action rather than simulate to get a penalty.” Boyd, who was at the centre of another, arguably stronger penalty call when he fell under Fernandinho’s challenge two minutes later, criticised Hart’s reaction to the initial incident. He said: “He didn’t nut me but he’s put his head in, so he should have got sent off really. “He said after he didn’t touch me, but I thought he touched me a little bit. He came (after the game) and said he didn’t touch me. He apologised for the reaction and that’s it.” Video footage appeared to suggest the Hull substitute spat in Hart’s direction after the goalkeeper had reacted furiously to Boyd’s fall under his challenge in the box in the 69th minute. Referee Lee Mason booked Hart for his part in the incident with Boyd, who later added to the controversy by insisting Hart “put his head in” and should have been sent off. Hull manager Steve Bruce has defended George Boyd as the forward waits to see if the Football Association will take any further action over his altercation with Joe Hart in the second half of Manchester City’s 2-0 win at the KC Stadium on Saturday. Press Association read more
IN an effort to spread the sport of chess and at the same time ensure that the sport is properly managed, the Berbice Chess Association was officially launched recently.The association is headed by president and founder Krishnanand Raghunandan, who is currently the assistant secretary of the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce (CCCC) and member of the Regional Education Committee in Region Six.The executive comprises Steve Leung (vice-president), Jaysheer Carpen (secretary), Dane Grimmond (treasurer), and Executive Committee Members Kriskal, Winston Profitt and Walter Singh.Raghunandan in brief remarks said that the association will definitely spread the sport across Berbice.“Although it was formed in East Berbice the Association is also open to persons on the West Coast of Berbice who play the game,” he said.He added, “They just have to contact us and they can expect to be incorporated into the Association.”Also present at the officially launching were vice-president of the Guyana Chess Federation, Frankie Farley, and Mr Errol Tiwari, veteran chess player and columnist for the Sunday Stabroek.Farley performed the official duties of declaring the Berbice Chess Association as being duly formed and announced the names of the executive. read more