Meet the Board of Education Candidates

SOMERS, N.Y. – The following candidates will be running for the two available seats on the Somers Board of Education. Board members serve three-year terms. The annual budget vote and board election will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at the Somers Middle School gymnasium.

Heidi Cambareri

Cambareri earned a bachelor of science in special education and a master of professional studies in reading and writing. Her career experience includes special education teacher, preschool teacher, educational consultant with SW BOCES, reading specialist, and most recently, providing educational support to students learning remotely. She is the current school board vice president. 

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She is a member of the Somers Community Council and has been actively involved with the PTA for years.

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Study Analyzes Motivations of Female Candidates Seeking Graduate Management Education



Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 60{13aab5633489a05526ae1065595c074aeca3e93df6390063fabaebff206207ec} of graduate management education programs experienced a rise in female candidate applications in 2020. Comparably, in 2019, only 41{13aab5633489a05526ae1065595c074aeca3e93df6390063fabaebff206207ec} of programs did, according to a recent Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) study.

Part of the “mba.com Prospective Students Survey,” which included responses from over 1,000 participants from July to December, analyzed the motivations and career aspirations of female candidates pursuing a graduate management education on both a local and international scale. Looking specifically at female candidates, the data was divided into study destinations and program types.

“We at GMAC are highly committed to not only helping the schools and all stakeholders understand the diversity of our candidates, but also offer tools and resources which can help bridge that gap,” said Dr. Rahul Choudaha, director of industry insights and research communications at GMAC.

The focus on career advancement

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Three candidates vie for at-large seat on Portland school board

Three candidates are vying for an at-large seat on the Portland Board of Public Education, with two of the three saying the issue of police in schools was a motivating factor in why they’re running.

The election to be held Nov. 3 includes Nyalat Biliew, a Deering High School alum and recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine; Stacey Hang, a school nurse with two children in Portland schools; and Yusuf Yusuf, a mental health case manager who has worked with Portland students and their families.

The three are competing to replace Mark Balfantz, who is not seeking re-election after serving one term. Candidates in all three contested school board elections this cycle have cited the school resource officer issue that came before the board this past year as a reason they’re running.

Nyalat Biliew Submitted photo

Biliew, 25, is a first-generation immigrant who was born in Ethiopia

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The Spin: Teachers Union, Mayor Lightfoot and a new game of brinksmanship? | Durkin says GOP candidates will use ComEd, Madigan as talking points in November election

Reopening schools for the looming new academic year already was gearing up to be a political brawl. But things amped up today as the Chicago Teachers Union — concerned that in-class learning would be dangerous amid the coronavirus pandemic — was planning a House of Delegates meeting next week, a required move on the road to a potential strike.

Anyone who recalls the battles and brinksmanship that played out between union leaders and the mayor during last fall’s knows to brace themselves for a battle.

Parents and guardians were looking to a Friday deadline to inform Chicago Public Schools whether their students would attend in-person classes or stay home. But, as my colleagues reported, sources say CPS — whose CEO and Board of Education is appointed by the mayor — is expected to announce an all-remote learning plan as soon as Wednesday. A source told the Tribune the shift is

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