Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Victoria McGrane Globe Staff January 25, 2019 Governor Charlie Baker’s new education proposal would expand the power of the state to intervene in struggling schools, opening up a major front in the coming Beacon Hill debate over how best to revamp the state’s troubled school funding formula.Teachers and other education advocates slammed Baker’s plan, which includes enabling the commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to withhold some state aid from school districts if the department determines they aren’t making necessary changes to improve student performance.“We find that appalling, to withhold funds from some of our neediest districts . . . in order to impose whatever plan the commissioner feels [is] best,” said Max Page, vice president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the … [Read more...] about Baker education bill would expand state’s power to intervene in struggling schools
The powerful DUP figure who has been at the right hand of every DUP leader for 15 years has admitted that his party broke the law in appointing party members to lucrative special adviser posts. In a bluntly vivid picture of Stormont which was a long way from the glossy spin which the DUP and Sinn Féin put on their administration at the time, Timothy Johnston, who is now the DUP’s chief executive, set that unlawful activity in the context of a culture whereby he said both parties routinely broke the rules in Stormont.During a strikingly assured appearance before the RHI Inquiry – the first time the DUP’s key backroom figure has been interviewed in public – he also alleged that Sinn Féin broke at least the spirit of the law which barred them from appointing members with serious criminal convictions as Spads.Mr Johnston, who before becoming a Spad was the DUP’s chief spin doctor, also did a significant U-turn in his evidence.In written evidence to … [Read more...] about Powerful DUP figure admits party broke the law while in Stormont
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KABUL (Reuters) - A delegation from the Afghan Taliban met officials in Uzbekistan during a five-day trip to the country last week to discuss issues including transport and power lines and peace in Afghanistan, the movement's political office said. Muhammad Sohail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office, said on Saturday Taliban representatives met Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdul Aziz Kamilov and Special Representative for Afghanistan Ismatulla Irgashev during the Aug. 6-10 visit. He said they "discussed current and future national projects such as security for railroad and power lines." "Views were also exchanged with officials of Uzbekistan about the withdrawal of foreign forces and how to achieve peace in Afghanistan," he said. The statement, issued as Taliban fighters were battling government forces for control of the central city of Ghazni, adds to a mixed series of signals since an unexpected three-day truce during the Eid al-Fitr holiday in June. Taliban … [Read more...] about Afghan Taliban delegation visits Uzbekistan to talk security, power lines
THESE envy-inducing images of supercars, mega-mansions and lavish holidays give a glimpse into the indulgent lives of the Rich Kids of Central Asia. Leggy heiresses pose in front of their jet black Rolls Royces, while young men dressed head-to-toe in expensive designer gear, lounge in utter luxury. The region may not always associated with luxury but bestselling book The Silk Roads tells of mind-boggling wealth from Central Asia. It includes an anecdote about the four-year-old nephew of a powerful oligarch whose financial adviser bought a £4.8million mansion in the tot's name. Many of the privileged boys and girls featured on the Rich Kazakh Kids Instagram page look too young to drive, let alone afford the brash orange Lamborghinis and Ferraris they are standing next to. Dimash Adilet, 20, is a regular fixture on the page, though it's unclear how he made his fortune. The handsome Kazakh with more than 700,000 followers describes himself as a "role model" with a membership to … [Read more...] about Inside the ultra flash world of Central Asia’s rich kids whose dictator daddys and oligarch uncles fund ‘obscene’ mega-mansions, £1m supercars and private jets