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Virginia Education Superintendent Issues Memo on Local Gifted Education Technical Review Process
RICHMOND, Virginia, Aug. 23 -- Virginia Department of Education Superintendent of Public Instruction James F. Lane issued the following memo:

DATE: August 23, 2019

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: James F. Lane, Ed.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Local Gifted Education Technical Review Process

The Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students require that local school boards must approve their divisions' local plans for the education of gifted students. Upon approval, the school board must submit a copy of its plan to the Virginia Department of Education ... Show Full Article

Texas Gov. Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration in Response to Drought Conditions in South Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 23 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release:

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a State Disaster Declaration for seven counties in South Texas currently experiencing severe drought conditions resulting in an increased threat of wildfire. Governor Abbott has authorized the use of all available resources of state government and political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to address the situation.

"The state of Texas will do whatever is necessary to ensure local officials have the resources they need to respond to these drought conditions," said ... Show Full Article

Teacher Salary Increase Signed Into Law Today With Illinois State Sen. Crowe's Support
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Aug. 23 -- The Illinois Senate Democrats issued the following news on behalf of Illinois State Sen. Rachelle Crowe, D-Glen Carbon:

Public school teachers in Illinois will see higher salaries thanks to an initiative cosponsored by State Senator Rachelle Crowe signed into law today.

"We trust our teachers to not only influence our future leaders, but monitor their safety and home life while guiding them throughout the formative years of their lives," Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said. "Why should the people equal to such tasks want to work for us if we're not paying them a respectable ... Show Full Article

North Carolina A.G. Stein Sues the EPA Over the Dirty Power Rule
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Aug. 23 -- North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein issued the following news release:

Attorney General Josh Stein today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE), or Dirty Power, rule. Attorney General Stein is part of a coalition of 29 states and cities arguing that the Dirty Power rule, which replaced the Clean Power Plan, violates the Clean Air Act and promotes dirty, expensive coal power instead of clean energy.

"The Clean Power Plan is essential to addressing the climate change crisis and beneficial ... Show Full Article

New York State Homes and Community Renewal Helps Orange County Residents Buy Their Manufactured Home Park
ALBANY, New York, Aug. 23 -- The New York State Homes and Community Renewal issued the following news:

New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas today announced that the Brittany Terrace manufactured home park in Orange County has been converted into a resident-owned community that will preserve long-term affordability for seniors.

Through a $10.4 million investment by HCR, the land beneath the neighborhood in Rock Tavern will be owned by 74 homeowners in Brittany Terrace. Residents of the 55 and older community were facing an uncertain future when the ... Show Full Article

Maine House Democrats: Juvenile Justice Task Force to Meet Next Week in Augusta
AUGUSTA, Maine, Aug. 23 -- The Maine House Democrats issued the following news release:

The Juvenile Justice System Assessment & Reinvestment Task Force will hold its fourth meeting Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Capitol Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, 1 Court Street, Augusta. The meeting is open to the public.

This group was established in May to examine the state's juvenile justice system and develop recommendations for a continuum of community-based alternatives to incarceration for system-involved youth and those at risk for becoming involved in the justice system.

Chaired by Rep. ... Show Full Article

Georgia Department of Labor and the Department of Juvenile Justice Host Job Fair in August
ATLANTA, Georgia, Aug. 23 -- The Georgia Department of Labor issued the following news release:

The Georgia Department of Labor is partnering with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice to host an upcoming job fair.

The event will be held on Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Savannah Career Center, 5520 White Bluff Road, Savannah, Ga.

The Department of Juvenile Justice will be looking to hire juvenile correctional officers.

Job seekers interested in attending the event may visit to create an account so you can prepare and submit a resume. Having an Employ Georgia ... Show Full Article