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Bernards District On Schedule For Start Of In-Person Classes

BASKING RIDGE, NJ—Bernards School District Superintendent Nick Markarian answered questions from parents at Monday night’s board of education meeting, addressing concerns about reopening, remote learning, and safety.

“We’re focused on getting students back in school right now,” Markarian said, “and having a pattern of success where we don’t have to close like some of our neighbors have.”

Several schools in Somerset and Morris counties have temporarily pivoted to online learning this month after positive coronavirus cases were reported. Bernards students were given an option of hybrid or all-remote school this fall. Markarian said one third of Bernards Township students chose remote-only learning.

Markarian and other school district leaders received seemingly contradictory guidance from the state in the leadup to the school year, as he and other New Jersey administrators spent most of the summer operating under the directive that some in-person school was required.

But an executive order issued by

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Facing Monday deadline, New York City will again delay start of in-person classes

Burdened by staffing shortages, building ventilation issues and last-minute changes to instructional plans, New York City’s schools will delay bringing back students for in-person instruction — again.

Now, students attending school with a mix of in-person and at-home learning will return to their buildings in phases: Monday for special education and pre-kindergarten students, Sept. 29 for elementary students and Oct. 1 for middle and high school students, the United Federation of Teachers confirmed Thursday.

About 42% of New York children have elected to learn from home full-time, a number that’s increased from 37% in the two weeks since Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s teachers union reached the original deal to push back the start of school, from Sept. 10 to Monday. 

The chaotic situation has demonstrated just how hard it is to reopen urban school systems during a pandemic. Among the 20 largest school systems in the U.S.,

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Positive Start to the Q3 Earnings Season

Note: The following is an excerpt from this week’s Earnings Trends report. You can access the full report that contains detailed historical actual and estimates for the current and following periods, please click here>>>

Here are the key points:

  • Earnings releases in the last few days suggest that the positive momentum we started seeing in the overall earnings picture in early July is still very much in place and reflects favorable trends in the U.S. economy.
     
  • For 2020 Q3, total S&P 500 earnings are expected to decline -23.5% on -3.1% lower revenues. This is an improvement from the -26.5% earnings decline expected at the start of July and follows the -32.1% earnings drop in Q2.
     
  • Sectors with the weakest Q3 growth outlook remain the social-distancing exposed spaces like Transportation (-122.6% earnings decline), Energy (-100.4%), and Consumer Discretionary (-89.2%).
     
  • 14 of the 16 Zacks sectors are expected to experience earnings declines
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As far as the economy goes, we might want to start spelling ‘pandemic’ with a ‘K’

With apologies to Sesame Street, the U.S. economy has emerged from six months of  the COVID-19 pandemic looking a lot like the letter “K.”  

On one end of the economy are businesses that are soaring, as we abandoned offices and classrooms, settled in at home and pretty much stayed there.  

Those sectors pointing up on the “K” include grocery stores and technology companies like Zoom and Amazon.  

On the downward leg of the “K” are the airlines, restaurants and hotels that many of us haven’t gone near for six months. 

In this “K” recovery, “you have pockets of the economy that start to recover at an accelerated rate and others that are going to be in decline for a much longer period of time,” said Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

The contrast is stunning.

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Businesses You Can Start for Under $1,000

If you’re trying to figure out how to start a business without a big infusion of cash from angel investors or your own savings, don’t despair. There are plenty of cheap businesses you can start that can turn into thriving enterprises.

In fact, you can get a business up and running for less than $1,000. If you’re looking to begin a business without a hefty investment, keep reading to find out how these entrepreneurs turned their business ideas into reality on shoestring budgets.

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  • Initial Investment: $3 a month

Blogging can be the best business to start with little money. Some bloggers actually launch their websites for $0.

Kelan and Brittany Kline started their blog, The Savvy Couple, in 2016 for less than $3 a month. “That cost covered our domain name and hosting at the time,” Kelan said. “From there, we grew our blog into a thriving six-figure online

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Salvation Army gets early start on holiday fundraising campaign to ‘rescue Christmas’ amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign earlier than ever in an attempt to “rescue Christmas.”

Facing an increased demand amid the coronavirus pandemic with high unemployment, the nation’s largest social services organization said it will start collecting donations in its iconic red kettles with bell-ringing volunteers Monday instead of waiting until closer to Thanksgiving as in past years.

Yet with a surge of store closings, a decline in foot traffic to retail locations, consumers carrying less cash and a nationwide coin shortage, the Salvation Army said it expects to see up to a 50% decrease in fundraising.

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“Our ability to raise vital funds to serve those in need this Christmas and beyond is at risk,” said Commissioner Kenneth Hodder, the faith-based charity’s national commander, in a news release. “We need

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Is this the best time to start a business? ‘The Profit’ star offers some insight

Is this a good time or a bad time to start a business? What if I told you it is a great time?

I have long thought that recessions are excellent times to start businesses. The smart and passionate Marcus Lemonis, star of the “The Profit” on CNBC, agrees.

Recessions could work well for startups for a few reasons:

•Startups require passion and commitment, and those facing financial uncertainty have those traits in spades.

•Essential startup costs are cheaper in recessions, i.e. rent, advertising, labor, etc.

Lemonis added another very important reason: There is a lot of money available for startups. “With the (Small Business Administration) being more generous than ever with their guidelines and with more cash on the sidelines than there has been in years,” the time could be opportune to launch a startup.

Perhaps it’s time to launch a startup.

Lemonis suggested that we all should

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Is this the best time ever to start a business? ‘The Profit’ star offers some insight.

Is this a good time or a bad time to start a business? What if I told you it is a great time?

“The Profit” on CNBC, he agreed.” data-reactid=”7″I have long thought that recessions are, in fact, excellent times to start businesses. While speaking recently with the smart and passionate Marcus Lemonis, star of the “The Profit” on CNBC, he agreed.

Recessions could work well for startups for a few reasons:

► Startups require passion and commitment, and those facing financial uncertainty have those traits in spades.

► Essential startup costs are cheaper in recessions. I.e. rent, advertising, labor, etc.

Lemonis added another very important reason: There is a lot of money available for startups right now. “With the (Small Business Administration) being more generous than ever with their guidelines, and with more cash on the sidelines than there has been in years,” the time could be opportune

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Stanford GSB Will Now Start The Fall Quarter Mostly Online

Stanford GSB decides to start its autumn quarter For MBA students mostly online.

Graduate School of Business today (Aug. 24) announced that it would abandon plans for a hybrid start to the school year and begin the autumn quarter mostly online.” data-reactid=”29″With Santa Clara county still on California’s COVID watch list, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business today (Aug. 24) announced that it would abandon plans for a hybrid start to the school year and begin the autumn quarter mostly online.

With just a couple of exceptions for a few outdoor class sessions, first-year and second-year MBA students will begin their studies completely online. The school will revisit its decision during the week of Sept. 21. If the county gets off the watch list, it’s possible Stanford could return to a hybrid combination of in-person and online classes on Sept. 28.

 ” data-reactid=”31″“At least through the week

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Digital marketing is an all-important 2020 business skill. Learn it now before you start your company

TLDR: The Entrepreneur’s 2.0 Digital Marketing Tools Bundle is a comprehensive guide to a host of strategies for successful online business building in 2020.

If you’re a business owner in 2020, you better have some ideas about how your product or service is going to capture attention online. If you haven’t thought through exactly how that will happen, you might want to put the brakes on everything until you do.

Optimized content can drive up an online blog post by 2000 percent. Almost 90 percent of marketers say adding video to online messaging led to a direct increase in their sales. And 86 percent of women will look at social media before deciding to make a purchase.

All those engagement opportunities are there for those savvy enough to take them — and will be lost for those foolish enough to ignore them. The training in The Entrepreneur’s 2.0 Digital

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