Day: October 9, 2020

Teacher shortage, Covid-19 create perfect storm for education system

The debate over how and where to educate students, from preschool to university, has been among the fiercest fought throughout the pandemic. Nearly every solution presents challenges for parents, students and teachers alike.

The Covid-19 crisis and an ongoing nationwide shortage of qualified teachers have created a perfect storm in the education system that may only worsen in the months to come.

Educators such as Cynthia Robles are feeling it firsthand.

Robles is a special education teacher at Roger Williams Middle School in Providence, Rhode Island, with more than two decades of experience. She is currently working in school, doing both in-person and remote learning, while helping to cover other classes during unassigned periods to make up for a lack of substitute teachers in the district.

“It’s truly a challenge every day. Teaching is challenging anyway, but with the lack of teachers in some rooms, and the rest of us

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University of Montana sees 4.5% decrease in enrollment, retention up | Local News



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Students walk on the Oval at the University of Montana on Tuesday. The university released their enrollment numbers for Fall semester on Wednesday.




The University of Montana reported a 4.5% decrease in student enrollment Wednesday, attributing the drop to the coronavirus pandemic that shifted student plans after high school.

In total, UM reported 10,015 students enrolled for the fall 2020 semester, compared to 10,487 in fall 2019. The decrease in overall enrollment can be attributed almost exclusively to a smaller freshman class, said Dave Kuntz, UM director of strategic communications.

Prior to the pandemic, UM was seeing an increase in both overall applications and out-of-state applications for fall semester, Kuntz said.

“When we looked at applications leading into the fall 2020 semester, our overall applications were up nearly 7%, and our out-of-state applications were up nearly 15%, and that was prior to the COVID pandemic arrival,”

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12 Best Cities for Financial Advisors to Start a Career

12. San Jose, California: 76.52

Average financial advisor earnings: $111,950

Rent as percentage of average financial advisor earnings: 23.16%

Percent of households earning $200,000 or more: 24.5%

Percent of population nearing retirement (ages 45–64): 25.6%

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11. San Diego: 78.79

Average financial advisor earnings: $133,290

Rent as percentage of average financial advisor earnings: 15.29%

Percent of households earning $200,000 or more: 11.9%

Percent of population nearing retirement (ages 45–64): 23.6%

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10. Chesapeake, Virginia: 80.05

Average financial advisor earnings: $154,490

Rent as percentage of average financial advisor earnings: 9.72%

Percent of households earning $200,000 or more: 7.1%

Percent of population nearing retirement (ages 45–64): 26.1%

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9. Portland, Oregon: 81.31

Average financial advisor earnings: $117,830

Rent as percentage of average financial advisor earnings: 13.21%

Percent of households earning $200,000 or more: 10.2%

Percent of population nearing retirement (ages 45–64): 24.5%

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8. Fremont, California: 83.33

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How to handle college loan debt as an unemployed recent grad

Entry-level jobs are scarce for recent college graduates, which leaves the Class of 2020 in a precarious position as their student loan debt comes due.

Taylor Cabrera has been job-hunting for months since graduating from the University of Mississippi last spring with dual bachelor’s degrees in biology and physics, and has moved in with family in Miami. Her only solid job lead so far was a two-week marketing stint that didn’t pan out, though she says she’s feeling good after a recent interview for an entry-level mortgage position.

Despite her challenges, Cabrera says she knows she’s fortunate when it comes to her student loans. Earning hefty scholarships meant she took on $14,000 in debt, about half of what the average undergraduate carries, according to the Institute for College Access and Success.

“It’s pretty good compared to what everybody else has, but it still hurts my soul,” Cabrera says.

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