Indonesia examines plan to reopen schools in December or next year

first_imgHe assured that the government would make a decision soon, saying the education sector would be the last to be reopened after the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).”Compared to other sectors, education will be the last. Given the unmeasured risks, we can’t calculate [the exact date] just yet.”President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo previously suggested to delay the start of the school year, as allowing schools to reopen their campuses as scheduled would be a great risk to the country’s education, tribunnews.com reported on Sunday.  The ministry’s deputy coordinator of education and religious affairs, Agus Sartono, said the ministry had considered allowing students to return to campus in late August or early September.”But the end of December is better […] We don’t want to be like France and South Korea. They reopened their schools too early and many students were exposed [to COVID-19],” he said.The Jakarta Education Agency previously planned to reopen schools on July 13, in line with the government’s academic calendar. The plan, however, had to take into account the central government’s policies and each school’s preparations in curbing COVID-19 transmission. According to agency head Nahdiana, authorities have formulated three different scenarios for students returning to school. The first option is to reopen some schools and allow all of their students to attend, the second is to reopen several schools and only allow half of their students on campus and the third option is to reopen all schools while requiring some students to study from home. The government is mulling over plans to reopen school campuses by the end of the year or at the beginning of 2021, after students were required to study from home in the final few months of the school year to remains safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the government’s official academic calendar, the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year is slated for July 13. However, it may order schools to reopen for on-campus activities in late December at the earliest — if the pandemic shows signs of receding. “That’s just an estimation. According to our calendar, [the new school year starts] in mid-July, but I won’t recommend [students going back to campus],” Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said in a statement on Monday.Read also: Ministry suggests shorter school hours as part of ‘new normal’center_img Topics :last_img read more

Students can receive up to $10,000 in tax credits

first_imgCollege students could receive up to $10,000 in tax credits over the course of their education as part of an extension of the American Opportunity Tax Credit.Renee Cohn | Daily Trojan U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan unveiled the revised AOTC on Thursday to students and parents at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in Washington, D.C.The goal of the AOTC is to make college financially attainable for all Americans and to alleviate the rising costs of a college education.Individuals making less than $80,000 a year and married couples making less than $160,000 a year will qualify for the AOTC, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Approximately 9.4 million students with college students are expected to qualify for the AOTC this year, according to a Treasury Department analysis.The AOTC, which was initially passed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is an expansion of the Hope Credit.Unlike the Hope Credit, which only covered the first two years of a college student’s education, the AOTC covers four years of post-secondary education with a maximum tax credit of $2,500 per year. The AOTC also provides an allowance for textbooks.The AOTC is expected to cover 80 percent of tuition and fees at a two-year public college or 30 percent of tuition and fees at a four-year public college, according to a Treasury analysis.Thomas McWhorter, executive director of financial aid at USC, sees the AOTC as positive news for both current and prospective students and their families.“I certainly think that [the AOTC] will help families,” McWhorter said. “We can exclude an additional $2,500 from [a family’s] income when assessing them for financial aid.”The average family is expected to receive a tax credit of $1,900.Grace Paek, a freshman majoring in health and humanities, said she is excited about the AOTC, but worries that a $2,500 tax credit will not significantly benefit a family with a college student.“I’m glad [Obama] is looking at rising tuition costs, but I don’t know if $2,500 will do that much,” Paek said. “College tuition is rising so quickly.”Samantha Gurash, a freshman majoring in writing for screen and television, questions how the AOTC will be funded.“In theory I agree with the [AOTC],” Gurash said. “But I want to know where the money is coming from because there are so many other things that need to be paid off right now.”In a joint blog post, Geithner and Duncan discussed the correlation between a well-educated population and America’s global economic success.“The nations that best educate their children today will be the nations that lead the global economy in the 21st century,” they wrote. “In order to have the best-educated workforce, we must help put college education within reach for all students and their families.”The AOTC is expected to award $18.2 billion in tax credits to students and parents, according to Duncan and Geithner.Geithner and Duncan also announced the simplification of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and an increase in Pell grant funding to lessen the financial burden of college tuition.last_img read more

Sunday feature: Wellington junior high building’s paranormal activity to get national attention

first_imgThe ghost storyBoth Vargas and Tooman can’t pinpoint how many ghosts may be lurking at the junior high. They have confirmed three, and don’t doubt that there may be more. Vargas said one prominent ghost is of an old Wellington High School secretary who worked in the school system in 1928, but was killed going to school by a train passing by on 10th Street, during the days when trains would pass through there. She was beloved by the students, Vargas said. And her ghost still resides at the Wellington Junior High.The most prominent ghost, and the subject of the television special, is a janitor who worked at the junior high building and died in the early 2000s.Tooman said there are two type of ghosts, the ones who are not as smart as the others, and go about their business not realizing there are living humans around them. The second group of ghosts are the smart ones – those who know not only of human activity but can make contact with the living. One of those ghosts is the janitor.Both Vargas and Tooman grew up in Wellington and spent their junior high years knowing the janitor. He did not die at the junior high, Vargas said. But his ghost has come back to guard the junior high building.The “My Ghost Story” camera man used people to illustrate the ghosts during production.Vargas knows this by a series of interviews the paranormal group have had with the ghost using flashlights. Vargas said the flashlights were set up in a way to as to make it impossible for them to flicker on or off by natural causes. The group got together to ask the ghost specific questions about his life. The ghost would answer by flickering the light of the flashlight.Vargas said she did do some research on the janitor in question and asked specific questions about events and people in his life. The ghost consistently answered the questions correctly with the flicker of the light.The ghostly activities tend to occur in specific locations at the junior high. Vargas said Wellington Community Theater people have noticed paranormal activity in the balcony of the theater for years while practicing for productions. The ghosts tend to also congregate in the gymnasium and the bomb shelter in the basement.Tooman, who joined Paranormal Investigations three years ago, said there were so many incidents happening in the junior high building that the group specifically targeted it for investigation.“I remember one time I was sitting in the theater talking to someone, not even paying attention,” Tooman said. “I had laid a flashlight on the floor. And it lit up for no apparent reason. My friend told me the flashlight just came on. I decided then that I better start paying attention.”There have been several strange occurrences. One time a ladder appeared to be falling during a theater production, but it was placed back up on its legs as if someone was there to catch it. Yet no one was there – at least by the naked eye.There was an incident of a shadow figure in the girls locker room in which a shadow was caught on video and then disappeared.“There was no reason for there to be a shadow figure in that location,” Tooman said. “I saw it with my own eyes. Then I went home and saw the video which confirmed my suspicions. Another young boy, who I hadn’t talked to, confirmed the same thing to his mother that night.”There were many other activities like the pounding of the walls, and hearing multiple voices. Paranormal businessParanormal Investigations of Wichita are not the only ones looking at the junior high building, nor has the building been the first to be investigated in Wellington for ghostly activities.Just this month the group Moonlight Ghosts Hunts Inc. in Wichita asked the school board if it could take a group of 20 on a tour on Sept. 27 in search of ghosts.Vargas said her husband Darren won’t walk alone at night in the junior high building because of the strange sounds and sights.Tooman said even back when the junior high was holding classes, several people had strange feelings about the building.“I remember I would get in and out of the bathrooms as quickly as possible when I was growing up, because there was just this eerie feeling about it,” Tooman said.Even so, Tooman described herself a skeptic of paranormal activity at first. Her husband, who has had a lifetime of paranormal experiences, would always tell her about the events in his life and she would not believe him.“But then I really got hooked when the ‘Ghost Hunters’ show was on TV,” Tooman said. “Then I hung out at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado when they were filming about ghosts there and I became a believer.”Tooman said since then she has observed too many things that makes it impossible for her not to believe.Wellington has a rich history of paranormal experiences.Most notably, the Chisholm Trail Museum in downtown Wellington – the old Hatcher hospital – has had several reports of ghostly adventures which have been documented. Other buildings such as Memorial Auditorium, the Regent Theater, the Bales building, the Buckman building, and the Smith building have all recently been investigated for paranormal activity.And paranormal searches aren’t just about videos and flashlights. There are a wide gamut of instruments from electromagnetic field meters and thermometers that can identify cold spots within a room. These instruments have been used at the Wellington Junior High to verify the ghosts’ existence. Nationwide, ghost-hunting has experienced a boom due to shows like My Ghost Story, Most Haunted, Ghost Hunters, etc. Ghost hunting tours have exploded as national phenomenons. According to a gallop poll in 2005, 32 percent believe in ghosts. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Junior High building and its paranormal ghostly activity within will be the subject of a national cable show this Monday at 8 p.m. The television show “My Ghost Story” will be on the Biography Channel — channel 200 on the Sumner Cable system, Channel 119 on Dish Network and 266 on Direct TV. It will be tell the tale of the old vacant school and the janitor lurking within.Carrie Tooman with Lisa Vargas.Wellington residents Lisa Vargas and Carrie Tooman of the group Paranormal Investigations of Wichita have been investigating the ghostly activities at the old junior high building for years. Outside the ghosts, the building is basically vacant except for a few athletic and Wellington Community Theater activities.Tooman called the producers of the Biography Channel in 2012, with ample evidence that the ghostly tales of the junior high was worth telling an inquiring nation.The producers agreed. In December, Vargas and Tooman were flown to Los Angeles for two days of interviews. Then a week later a camera man flew in from California to film on location for over nine hours.The story will be presented Monday night as part of “My Ghost Story” season premiere. The girls don’t know what to expect. They like the rest of us have not seen the episode. But they expect it to be about 15 to 20 minutes in length and run in conjunction with two other haunting stories on the 60-minute program. Vargas and Tooman are hosting a small watch party to commemorate the event.  Whether the ghosts at the junior high building will see the episode has yet to be determined.center_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (19) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -14 Vote up Vote down Guest · 364 weeks ago Slow news day Cueball? More “positive attention” for Wellington. What is it they say..any attention is better than none at all? And what is a “latter”? A good read/laugh on an otherwise slow Sunday morning. Report Reply 3 replies · active 364 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Old friend · 364 weeks ago Congrats Carrie. You worked really hard for this and you deserve it! Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 364 weeks ago I was abducted by aliens once… 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Nobody · 364 weeks ago Believe or don’t believe, it’s pretty cool to see your hometown on tv. Carrie has worked incredibly hard to make this happen. I am so happy for her. Cool stuff Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down Proud outsider · 364 weeks ago How is this negative attention? It is not a story about the hapless school board, a guy killing his newborn, a meth lab blowing up, a weird cat law, a minor caught drunk driving, or yet another business closing. It is about a couple of people that were able to get a national television show to do a story about a building in town. It doesn’t reflect badly on the town. I congratulate the two ladies and their effort. Slow news day? When is not a slow news in Wellington, KS? Unless you count school sporting events, the weekend garage sales, the occasional semi plowing through the roundabout, and the daily police blotter, there usually is no news here. I don’t mean that as an insult to Tracy and crew. I think he does a great job. As far as “latter” goes, you ever make a mistake there, guest? Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down anon · 364 weeks ago Can’t wait to watch! Great story! Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down casper · 364 weeks ago Guest just because its not what you find news worthy is not the issue. Readers read the cow to be o formed as well as entertained. Great job to all involved. Sometimes a light hearted i ntrest story is better than hearing about the local school board, city council or the heat. Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 364 weeks ago Not everyone believes in ghosts. But I will be watching the show. Geez – chill out. All in good fun. Anyone been abducted by a UFO? I’m all for infotainment. Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 364 weeks ago You are right Guest not everyone believes in ghosts. But I don’t know too many people who don’t like a good ghost story. And this one seems pretty good. I can’t wait to watch the show tonight. Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 364 weeks ago Good story Cueball, nice change from the usual rederick. Should have a viewing party at the old Junior High for it. Report Reply 1 reply · active 364 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. 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