Bruce Lombard

In accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden, Governor Tim Walz has directed all United States and Minnesota flags at all state buildings in the state of Minnesota to be flown at half-staff effective immediately until sunset on Thursday, December 9, 2021, to remember, mourn, and honor the…

By the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Food and Nutrition Service) The COVID-19 public health and economic crisis continues to be bigger than any other we’ve seen in our lifetimes. It has disrupted our daily lives as well as supply chains and operations across the economy and across the world. USDA…

On November 15, President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R.3684). The new law provides $1.2 trillion in total funding over 10 years, including $550 billion in new spending during the next five years. The new funding includes $284 billion for the nation’s surface-transportation network and…

ESO Communications consultants Susan Brott, APR, and Julie Thannum, APR, will facilitated the “The Fires are Burning and The Waves are High: Best Practices for Responding to Your Critics” webinar on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Synopsis There have always been critics of public education, but the current politicized climate has…

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recently posted the legislative text and summaries of nine funding bills for fiscal year 2022, including legislation for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The announcement and legislation are available here at https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/majority/chairman-leahy-releases-remaining-nine-senate-appropriations-bills. The following details funding levels proposed for select…

Congressional Update Lawmakers Agree to Short-term Debt Limit Extension After an intense and protracted standoff over the last few months, lawmakers in the Senate announced that they had reached agreement to modestly increase the nation’s borrowing authority (known as the national debt limit) by $480 billion. The agreement, at least…

Citing an increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers in our nation’s public schools, today Attorney General Merrick B. Garland directed the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to meet in the next 30 days with federal, state, Tribal, territorial and local law…

The U.S. Department of Education – in partnership with the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Nurses, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the School Social Work Association of America – is hosting a “Meeting the ‘Here and Now’ Needs of Students Using American Rescue Plan…

Join the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 28, for “Preparing for Cyber Threats in K-12 Schools,” an informational webinar on cybersecurity threats, recommendations, and resources for the K-12 school community. Hosted in preparation for Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October, the session will feature a regional cybersecurity…

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