August 20, 2020 Education, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf is dedicating approximately $20 million to help 678 local education agencies, including school districts, to provide education services for students with disabilities who may have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 mitigation efforts and may face additional challenges through the new academic year. The funding includes $15 million from Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund and $5 million from the Department of Education’s (PDE) federal funding through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).“While COVID-19 impacted all students this year, it was particularly hard on our children with special needs, who often require additional support and services to assist their learning,” said Gov. Wolf. “This funding will help schools as they put structures in place to help these students while we work to mitigate the spread of this pandemic.”The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds.The Special Education COVID-19 Impact Mitigation Grant (SECIM) will provide $15 million in financial support ($10M GEER; $5M IDEA) to local education agencies (LEA) to:Provide enhanced synchronous (real-time) instruction to bolster remote services and supports for students with complex needs; andProvide services and supports to students with disabilities who experienced a loss in skills and behavior and/or a lack of progress due to the mandatory school closuresAn additional $5 million in GEER grant funding will be available to Preschool Early Intervention programs to provide compensatory educational services.“While LEAs transition to implementing reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year, they continue to face challenges in delivering free appropriate public education (FAPE) and providing services to students with disabilities,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “This critical funding will help schools as they work with their students with special needs to rebuild skills and behaviors that were diminished during the COVID-19 shutdown.”Grant amounts were calculated using an allocation formula based on the number of students with complex special education needs within each LEA. Distribution of funds to Preschool early intervention programs will be made based on identified needs.Grant recipients will receive direct communication from PDE with eGrant application instructions.To date, the Wolf Administration has awarded $70.5 million in GEER funding to help keep students and educators safe, and meet the unique challenges of COVID-19. In addition to the $15 million for special education, the Wolf Administration has directed $28 million to postsecondary institutions and adult basic education providers, $14 million to K-12 schools to support equity in continuity of education, $10.5 million to Career and Technical Education Centers and $3 million for Preschool Early Intervention Programs.For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf: $20 Million to Help Schools Provide Services to Students with Special Needs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
For the fourth time in five tournaments, the defending champions failed to win their opening match at the World Cup. Germany made a disastrous start to their bid to win back-to-back World Cups with a shock 1-0 defeat by Mexico. Here are five thoughts from the gameBIG NAMES DON’T PLAY FOOTBALL Who thought that Mexico would come out tops against Germany? In a first-half display of an intent to win, Mexico took the Germans by surprise. The Mexicans made their point clear; big names and pedigree do not play football. There was no fear in the eyes of the Mexicans as they pegged back the Germans with some impressive display of quick passing and intelligent counter-attacking play. LE ROY SANE MISSED? The German machines were unable to cope with the quick passing and pace of Mexico’s attacks. In Mexico’s defensive third, the Germans lacked one who was able to stretch the defence of the Mexicans. Sane’s presence would have offered a different dynamism to this German side as he possesses quick feet and is very direct with his playing style. It is true that Sane has not been impressive when in German colours but this is the world cup, every footballer’s dream. MEXICO NOT CLINICAL ENOUGH Mexico’s game plan was to utilize their pace to damaging effect. In the first half, they were completely dominant and played with real pace. In the second half, they set up to be more defensive with the aim of catching the Germans on the break. Considering the number of times they got in behind the German defence, they should have been more clinical. The Mexicans deserved more than a single goal. If they will go further than their usual round of 16 place then they need to work on their goal scoring capacity. GERMANY NEEDS VARIATION The Germans initiated most of their attacks from the right wing. In effect, Josh Kimmich was mostly high up the pitch and the gaps he left behind was exploited very well by the Mexicans. Hirving Lozano combined effectively with Guardado Andres to exploit the spaces left behind by Kimmich. Most often, Joshua Kimmich was nowhere to be found when the Mexicans hit them on the break. The style of the Germans was all too predictable as they passed among themselves so many times without really breaking down the Mexican defensive wall. Germany completed 516 passes as opposed to Mexico’s 228 but were still unable to score a single goal. The Germans were limited to shooting and though they came up with 25 attempts on goal, none was able to rattle Mexico’s, Guillermo Ochoa. Germany will definitely need to work on different attacking styles and combinations other than the plan they executed today if they are to defend their crown. Germany simply had no answer to the astute defending and direct counter-attacks of the Mexicans. GERMANY’S FRAGILE DEFENCE The relative ease with which the Mexicans were able to break through the German defence is really worrying. Germany needs to find the right balance between defensive solidity and attacking flair if they intend to live up to their high expectations. If Mexico had been clinical enough, the scoreline would have been different. The German midfield was also very slow in dealing with the fast-paced one touch counter-attacking play of the Mexicans. —Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.