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November 14, 2020

Challenges of Remote Work & States Face Historic Cash Crunch
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Challenges of Remote Work
Around 32% of American adults are now working from home fulltime, compared to just 2% prior to the pandemic. Prof. Nicholas Bloom, from Stanford University, says the top two challenges are technical issues and less innovation.
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States Face Historic Cash Crunch
States are facing the biggest cash crisis since the Great Depression, leading to serious cuts in spending and potential tax increases or bailouts from taxpayers. Shelby Kerns, Executive Director of the National Association of State Budget Officers, says states have responded with different approaches, including spending reductions ranging from 0 to 20%.
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Kingergarten Really Does Matter
Recent research shows that kindergarten is an important foundation for a child's future academic performance all the way through age 17. Linda Pagani, PhD, from CHU Sainte-Justine Pediatric Hospital in Montreal, says when children establish a good basis in kindergarten for subjects like vocabulary, they tend to also have less anxiety at age 17.
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