Schools Struggling To Find Paraprofessionals | English News | GulNews


DETROIT — Schools across Oakland County urgently need aides for special education students.

The aides, called paraprofessionals, are in short supply this year, according to Karen Olex, executive director of special education for Oakland Schools, the county’s intermediate school district. In a statement to the community, she wrote that the need for aides in special education is “desperate.”

Olex said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press that districts are offering finder’s fees, bonuses and other perks to try to round up more people to work as aides, often community members who help special education students in a one-on-one fashion. Out of 15 districts in Oakland County surveyed, schools need about 866 aides to operate and still need to hire 145 for the upcoming school year.

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Paraprofessionals must have a high school diploma. If they work in schools with high low-income populations, they must also have an associate’s degree.

“They’re making every every effort to do whatever they can to bring in … community members,” she said.

The problem is not unique to Oakland County. Parents of children who require special education services said they’ve noticed a lack of aides in recent years, and resistance from districts in assigning one-on-one aides to their children.

Cassandra Florentine’s son, who has autism, struggled without an aide consistently there for him while attending a school in Utica. The mother said a one-on-one aide was included in her son’s IEP plan, but the requirement was never fully fulfilled.

“He may have had somebody who came in a couple of times a week, but that’s the most he’s ever been able to get,” she said.

Lower pay and high demands for the job contribute to the shortage. Some districts advertise starting salaries as low as $12.57 an hour, not enough to keep up with service industry pay. Businesses across Michigan are experiencing staff shortages, which has led to a competitive job market and higher pay. Salaries at Amazon warehouses begin at $15 an hour. While working with students can be fulfilling, the jobs can also demand a lot of time and energy, packed into a short school day.

Dee Ann Griggs, a Michigan parent, wrote on Facebook that aides are the “unsung heroes” of the classroom, and that they were a lifeline for her son, from ages 3 to 24.

For other parents, it’s the absence of aides that’s deeply felt. Darlene Waller’s daughter, who is 8, requires special education services for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism. Waller said her daughter and other students especially needed an aide while riding a Detroit public schools bus, where some children are prone to run out of the bus unexpectedly.

In the classroom, Waller requested an aide so her daughter could have one-on-one help, but she was met with a litany of excuses.

“I’ve been told everything: They don’t have enough money for parapros, there aren’t enough parapros available, some teachers don’t like them in the classrooms,” she said. “It’s really been a hard fight just to try to convince them that this is what’s needed.”

Without the extra attention, Waller’s daughter has struggled, she said. Writing, in particular, poses a challenge because of dexterity issues.

Florentine took her son out of the school district and began homeschooling. The mother said she couldn’t help but feel like someone had failed her son along the way: He’d started to hate school because it was such an overwhelming experience.

‘I’ve realized that there are so many kids like him,” she said, “that just fall through the cracks. Those parents don’t have the option to homeschool; we kind of are blessed in that sense.”

Homeschool transformed the way her son received education, Florentine said. He needed someone to help explain assignment directions to him one-on-one, in particular.

Waller is looking for a new school this year for her daughter, but she’s not sure where she’ll end up yet. She feels like her daughter has been lost in a system that doesn’t provide the education or attention she needs.

“The kids are caught up in the red tape and the politics of the education system, and they’re not getting everything that they need or deserve,” she said.

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Police investigators find ‘mastermind’ of Rs750m bank gold scam | English News | GulNews


KARACHI: The investigation officials have revealed that a ‘woman manager’ turned out to be a mastermind in the Rs750m gold scam at a private bank in Karachi, ARY News reported on Tuesday.

The investigators have found more clues while probing into a massive financial fraud at a Karachi private bank after they interrogated the suspects.

They revealed that a woman manager of the bank’s Gulistan-e-Johar branch who had allegedly acted as the mastermind of the gold scam distributed shares of the money earned from the financial frauds to the accused bank staffers.


It was learnt that the staffers kept receiving expensive gifts from the fraudster lady, whereas, the investigators found Rs2,400,000 funds in the bank account of the bank’s gold finance executive Adeel. The executive had also gifted a car by the accused Adeel, they added.

The accused lady had also gifted expensive mobile phones to the bank employees and invested the ill-gotten money to the stock exchange, as well as purchased luxurious vehicles.

The officials said that the mastermind had also awarded ‘pocket money’ to the bank staffers in both branches. Police said that 14 arrests have been made in the Rs750 million bank gold scam case so far.


Earlier on August 6, a unique financial fraud had been unearthed in Karachi as the staffers secretly replaced the gold assets of citizens with ‘fake gold’ in the lockers.

The revelations were made after the audit of a private bank’s branch in the Gulistan-e-Johar area of Karachi where the original gold assets of citizens to acquire loans were replaced with ‘fake gold’ by the bank staffers.

It emerged that the bank staffers at Gulistan-e-Johar acquired a loan worth Rs24 million by giving gold assets as a guarantee for a fake customer. Alongside acquiring the loan, the staffers had secretly replaced the original gold with the fake gold.




Listen to Bono team up with Linda Perry on new song ‘Eden (To Find Love)’ | Gul News | In Urdu | PH

Listen to Bono team up with Linda Perry on new song 'Eden (To Find Love)’


بونو کے ساتھ تعاون کیا ہے لنڈا پیری ایک نیا گانا ، ‘ایڈن (محبت تلاش کرنے کے لئے)’ کے ل for ، آپ نیچے ٹریک سن سکتے ہیں۔

U2 ڈان ہارڈی کی ہدایت کاری میں بننے والی دستاویزی فلم کے لئے صوتی ٹریک البم کے حصے کے طور پر گانا پر فرنٹ مین کا کام سٹیزن پین، جو 2010 کے ہیٹی کے زلزلے کے تناظر میں گولی ماری گئی تھی اور اس میں اداکار شان پین اور ان کی تنظیم جے / پی ہیتی ریلیف آرگنائزیشن (اب سی او آر) کی وکالت اور سرگرمی کی گئی ہے۔

کے لئے ساؤنڈ ٹریک البم سٹیزن پین آج (21 مئی) کو ریلیز کی گئی ہے ، اس فلم کے ساتھ سابق 4 نون گورے آرٹسٹ پیری نے اسکور کیا ہے۔

پیری نے بونو کے ساتھ مل کر ‘ایڈن: ٹو فائنڈ محبت’ تیار کی اور ان کے ساتھ مشترکہ لکھا ، جسے آپ نیچے سن سکتے ہیں۔؟v=H9M_Aa0kVlA

بونو نے اپنے مضمون کے بارے میں ایک بیان میں کہا ، “یہ ایک غیر معمولی آدمی کے کام کی ایک غیر معمولی دستاویز ہے۔” سٹیزن پین. انہوں نے کہا کہ نہ صرف اس کا دماغ بلکہ اس کے جسم کو مختلف ناانصافیوں کی راہ میں ڈالنا۔ سارے گروتوٹوں کے ل the ، یار اب بھی مجھے پھاڑ دیتا ہے!

“اس گیت میں میں خدا کا کردار ادا کرتا ہوں اور شان نے آدم کا کردار ادا کیا ، اس نے یہ بتاتے ہوئے کہ یہ میں تھا ، حوا نہیں ، جس نے ہمیں عدن سے باہر پھینک دیا … یا اس طرح کی کوئی چیز۔

“لنڈا نے مجھے یہ سب ٹھیک کرنے میں مدد کی ، اور میں نے اپنی بیٹی اردن کو بھی پشت پناہی پر آواز دی۔ یہ خاندانی معاملہ ہے۔

پچھلے ہفتے دیکھا ایج اور مارٹن گیرکس کے ساتھ بونو کے اشتراک عمل کی رہائی ، ‘ہم لوگ ہیں’. ٹریک یورو 2020 کے آفیشل گانا کا کام کرے گا۔


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