Tuesday, November 14, 2017



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* State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has overseen a shift away from the old Common Core educational standards, among other key policy changes. In an interview, Elia talked about New York’s new standards, looming budget shortfalls and the state’s efforts to expand access to higher education.



* Community Resource Exchange, a nonprofit consulting firm for the social sector, released research on risk management in the nonprofit sector along with a first-of-its-kind online risk assessment “Fitness Test” designed to help leaders of nonprofits assess both internal and external threats to their mission and sustainability.

* Nearly a year after the city launched a holiday-season program to pay relatives or friends to take in the homeless, just 31 families have qualified and moved out of shelters, The New York Post reports.

* New York’s state Board of Regents voted to approve five new charter schools in New York City but, for the first time, rejected two proposed charters outside of the city, Chalkbeat writes.

* Cops shot and killed the knife-wielding resident of an Urban Pathways Bronx homeless shelter, who had lived there for 11 years, after he stabbed two security guards there, according to the New York Post.

* Next year will be a big one for hiring at nonprofits in three major East Coast metropolitan areas, but those organizations may struggle to find candidates with the skills they need to fill those jobs, The Chronicle of Philanthropy writes.

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* Retired child psychologist Dan Feinberg and his wife Amy are giving Success Academy charter schools 1 million dollars for new chess programs for students with scholarships and tutoring for exceptional players, Chalkbeat writes.

* The State Education Department partnered with BOCES, University at Albany, Girls for Gender Equity and state agencies to train school staff to consider asking "What has happened to you?" instead of "What is wrong with you?" the Times Union reports.

* The city has extended the lease on a five-story daycare and senior center in Jamaica, Queens, used by the Administration for Children’s Services, and the Department for the Aging, Commercial Observer writes.

* New legislation will allow New Yorkers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder to obtain medical marijuana, which officials say may help veterans throughout the state, Watertown Daily Times writes.

* The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services will offer mini grants to establish or expand services in St. Lawrence County, and around the state, for youth and young people in recovery from addiction, North Country Now writes.




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* The last major revision of the IRS Form 990 was done for the 2008 tax year and though it’s been almost a decade, many nonprofit leaders—both staff and volunteer—seem unaware of the annual information return as anything more than something the auditor or CPA fills out as part of their work, Nonprofit Quarterly writes.

* If you’re holding TIAA products, which were hit with several allegations, there is no need to make any rash decisions but there are several groups that should carefully scrutinize their holdings in the wake of these allegations, the New York Times writes.




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* The Justice Department said that prosecutors were looking into whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate political rivals President Donald Trump has singled out, including Hillary Clinton, the New York Times reports.

* Trump, who has assailed pharmaceutical companies for the high cost of prescription medications  nominated a former Eli Lilly executive to be secretary of the agency which has responsibility for regulating the pharmaceutical industry, the Times reports.



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KICKER: “It’s good to hear that 31 families did get the opportunity to get out of the system. [But] the programs and things that the administration comes up with — we would really like to be in on some of those conversations, because we really have solutions to solve some of these problems.” -- Charnel Lucas of Picture the Homeless, on how people aren’t allowed to enter the homeless shelter system if they have relatives who can take them in, via the New York Post


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