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posticon Lansing Ranks Among Highest Most Equitable School Districts

Around Town | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The Lansing Central School District is one of the most equitable districts in New York State according to a new Wallethub analysis.  While it is well known that students from poor families face more challenges than their wealthier counterparts, the analysis shows Lansing is doing quite a lot to even the playing field.  The analysis looked at 675 New York State school districts to see which had the most and least discrepancies between rich and poor students.  Lansing ranked 13th most equitable in the list where lower ranking numbers show the most equitable districts and high numbers the least.

"If we ensure that all school districts have equitable funding, that will help to level the playing field for students in less affluent communities. It will improve graduation rates in previously underfunded districts and lead to greater rates of pursuing higher education and better future incomes,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “College graduates have $460 - $1,154 higher median weekly earnings than people with a high school diploma and no college experience, depending on the degree."

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posticon Tompkins County Clerk Honored As Women of Distinction Nominee

Around Town | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Tompkins County Clerk Maureen Reynolds was recognized by NYS Senator Pam Helming Tuesday, in the Finger Lakes Visitors Center in Geneva, NY, as a 2020 Women of Distinction nominee.  Each year the New York State Senate recognizes women who make a positive impact in their communities.  Reynolds was nominated by Lansing Town Clerk Deborah Munson.

"This is an exciting time in women's history! 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage," Helming said. "Because of the brave women that came before us, women living in this great nation have the opportunity to vote and to have our voices heard!"

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posticon New Roots Charter School Announces 2020 Reopening Plan

Around Town | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By Michael Mazza Print
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New Roots Charter School will offer a hybrid plan of instruction tailored to student interests and needs in the 2020-21 school year, Superintendent Tina Nilsen-Hodges announced today.

"Our hybrid model will blend quality remote instruction with safe in-school learning experiences and outdoor fieldwork and community service projects. With a schedule and academic calendar designed to orient students to the rhythms of college and career, we can design unique pathways through the fall semester tailored to students' interests and needs, with the opportunity to redesign the spring semester as needed," she said.

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posticon Cornell Launches Public Health Campaign

Around Town | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By Abagail Butler,Cornell University Print
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Ahead of students' return to Ithaca next month, Cornell has launched a robust public health campaign that asks every member of the community to do their part to limit spread of COVID-19, on and off campus.  Through social media feeds, inboxes, signage blanketing campus and nudges from fellow Cornellians, the campaign will reinforce early and often the need for students, faculty and staff to adhere to essential protective behaviors including wearing face coverings, physical distancing and good hand hygiene.

"It's critical that we as a community do all we can to create an environment that does not create added risk for the more vulnerable among us," said Timothy C. Marchell '82, director of the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health. "The public health campaign sets the stage for that shared effort by communicating expectations, increasing knowledge and calling upon everyone in the Cornell community to do the right thing during this global pandemic."

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posticon Local Agencies Receive $750,000 from United Way

Around Town | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By United Way of Tompkins County Print
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unitedwayUnited Way of Tompkins County announced its grant allocations for the 2020-21 Community Care Fund (CCF), which supports essential financial stability, health, and education services for those living and working in Tompkins County. A total of $750,000 has been allocated to programs for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. United Way volunteer reviewers, with the approval of the UWTC Board of Directors, evaluate local programs that can provide measurable, positive outcomes and that address identified priorities to meet community needs.

This year’s fifty recipients will administer eighty programs and partner with an estimated 1 in 5 residents as they work to reach their best potential. With 44% of Tompkins County residents earning less than the basic cost of living, these programs can make a significant difference.

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