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Overseas aid budget for education cut by a quarter this year, data shows | Aid

The overseas aid budget for education was slashed by more than a quarter by the government this year, even before this week’s further axing of a third of aid spending, according to analysis seen by the Guardian.

As anger met the government’s announcement this week, it was revealed that it has already reneged on the Tory manifesto pledge by cutting primary and secondary education funding as part of £2.9bn of cuts made by Dominic Raab in July. On Wednesday in parliament, while announcing he would seek to legally cut the aid budget from 0.7% to 0.5% of gross national income, Raab reiterated a promise to prioritise girls’ education, which was immediately dismissed as “empty rhetoric” by the shadow international secretary.

Labour MP Preet Gill said data analysis showed the government had now broken not one, but two manifesto commitments. Save the Children, whose researchers did the analysis, said the government’s

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Austin school leaders press for education spending as tight budget awaits lawmakers – News – Austin American-Statesman

When the coronavirus pandemic abruptly shuttered schools in March, Austin school leaders scrambled to transition learning online but it quickly became clear that thousands of students without access to the internet and a home computer were being left behind.

District leaders dipped into reserves to spend millions of dollars upgrading technology and getting students WiFi access, laptops and other learning devices. Staff prepared and delivered meals to district families to ensure children remained fed while campuses were closed, and the district purchased masks, gloves, face shields and gallons of hand sanitizer for employees.

The scene played out in school systems across Texas.

As the unexpected costs piled up, the boost in public education funding approved by the Legislature last year proved to be a lifeline. But, as lawmakers prepare to write a new two-year budget amid cost-cutting pressures, school district officials in Austin worry that the hard-fought funding gains will

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Netflix Doubles U.K. Production Budget to $1 Billion, After ‘The Crown,’ ‘Sex Education’ Global Success



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Streaming giant Netflix has doubled its U.K. production budget to $1 billion, following the global success of shows including “The Crown” and “Sex Education.”

Netflix is spending this budget on producing more than 50 shows in the U.K., despite a fraught year that has seen production on “The Witcher” shut down twice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The U.K. is an incredibly important market to Netflix and we’re proud to be increasing our investment in the U.K.’s creative industries,” said a Netflix spokesperson. “‘The Crown,’ ‘Sex Education’ and ‘The Witcher’ are among the shows that have been made in the U.K. this year and will be watched by the world. And these shows are a testament to the depth of talent that exists here.”

“We will continue to invest in the best content in every genre, and are fully

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COVID-19 and spending cuts focus of Tennessee education budget discussions

Teacher raises, vacant positions and funding for school districts with decreased enrollment this school year were some of the topics discussed Tuesday as the chiefs of Tennessee’s education agencies presented their proposed budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

Gov. Bill Lee is hearing budget presentations from each of his state agencies over the course of the week, preparing to put together a state budget proposal Lee will present to the Tennessee Legislature in his State of the State address next year.

As the state prepared to respond to a dramatic financial toll brought on by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tennessee Finance and Administration Commissioner Butch Eley asked agencies in May to prepare to propose a 12% reduction in their budgets.

In addition to specific funding requests, budget hearings have focused on the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on operations and adaptations that have been necessary

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University of Northern Iowa suspends professional development assignments given budget woes

By allowing professors to take paid annual leaves of absence for research, scholarship or other professional activities, Iowa’s public universities net massive returns — like the $16.3 million in grants they amassed in the 2020 budget year, with tens of millions more pending.

That return amounts to about 35 times the estimated $461,999 it cost the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa to let a combined 120 faculty members take time away from their typical campus duties for academic sabbaticals or special projects

But — with COVID-19 raging — the institutions are seeking Board of Regents approval for far fewer development assignments for fiscal 2022, which begins in July.

UNI, in fact, is proposing none for the year — marking the first time that’s happened on any of Iowa’s public university campuses going back at least three decades.

Although UNI’s stated faculty priorities include

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Budget bump needed for NASA-ESA plan to bring Mars rocks back to Earth

NASA’s plans to partner with the European Space Agency to bring Mars rocks back to Earth could use some extra money soon, according to an independent board’s review of the mission released Tuesday.

Commissioned by NASA, the board laid out 44 recommendations for the Mars Sample Return mission plan to ensure it stays on target. The first part of the mission, the Perseverance rover, is already on its way to the Red Planet.

But two more launches from Earth (and one from Mars) have to happen to complete the mission.

The board recommends the other two launches needed target 2027 and 2028, and that another $500 million be allocated to NASA’s budget for the 2022-2024 fiscal years. Waiting until 2030 would not be compatible, according to the report.

The plan is for Perseverance to do the sample collecting once it finishes its 290 million mile trip targeting a Feb. 18,

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Senate committee’s budget for lunar landers falls short of NASA request

Senate appropriators are proposing to allocate $1 billion to NASA next year for the construction of new lunar landers to take humans to the surface of the Moon — roughly $2.4 billion short of what the agency requested. The shortfall threatens to delay NASA’s ambitious plan of landing the first woman on the Moon by 2024.





Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee released 12 funding bills for next year, laying out proposed budgets for the federal government. The newly released legislation would allocate a total of $23.5 billion to NASA, an increase over last year’s NASA budget but roughy $1.75 billion less than the $25.2 billion the administration had asked for.

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The Trump administration has been calling for increased funding to NASA over the next five years to help fund the agency’s Artemis program, an initiative to send the first woman and the next man to the surface of

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USF to close College of Education, reconfigure it into graduate school amid budget cuts

Earlier this month, USF announced it planned to cut $36.7 million from its overall budget.

TAMPA, Fla — The current College of Education at the University of South Florida is set to shut its doors because of budget cuts. And, it will be reimagined as a graduate school that will become part of another college on campus.

In a message to faculty and staff, Interim Dean Judith A. Ponticell wrote USF would reduce the College of Education’s annual budget allocation by $6.8 million, or 35 percent, over the next two years. The decision comes amid budget challenges linked directly to the coronavirus pandemic.

“To that end, we are strategically reimagining and reconfiguring Education at USF from a comprehensive College of Education to a more focused Graduate School of Education with an appropriate organizational affiliation with another college such as the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences,” Ponticell explained. “This will

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University of Akron gets new top finance officer on heels of deep budget cuts

AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved the appointment of the former chief financial officer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School to be senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective Nov. 30.

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Dallas A. Grundy, 47, will oversee the university’s finance and administration division and serve as treasurer and chief financial officer for the University of Akron Foundation. He was selected by UA President Gary Miller, who described Grundy in a news release as a “respected entrepreneur and results-focused higher education leader…

“He brings exactly the right balance of experience in finance, leadership and community engagement needed at this pivotal time in our history,” Miller said.

Grundy’s annual salary will be $320,000.

The University of Akron tightened its belt in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Its budget for fiscal year 2021, approved in August, calls for $44 million in cuts

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