Month: March 2021

The Future of Everything Is Free

Lately, free stuff has gotten a bad rap. It’s not uncommon to hear people say things like, “If you’re not paying, you’re the product not the customer.” It’s clever and thought provoking, but mostly intended as a put-down to the rubes getting their social media for free. (That includes me). But maybe it’s time to rehabilitate the idea of free stuff being a good thing, because nearly everything will be free soon.

Paul Brody is EY’s global innovation leader for blockchain and a CoinDesk columnist.

I can still remember when, as a child, long-distance phone calls to family members on

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Jerry Summers: Moses Lebovitz – Co-Founder Of CBL

Like many children of Russian immigrants who settled in Chattanooga, Moses Lebovitz realized the American Dream of rising from poverty to substantial wealth.

“Mr. Mose” was born in Chattanooga in 1905 and died June 27, 1991 at the age of 86.

He was a graduate of Chattanooga High School on 3rd Street and then studied business and finance at the University of Chattanooga.

Subsequent to that period he served his country in the United States Army.

His first entrepreneurial success came in the movie theater industry when he became a partner in Independent Theaters which owned and operated many

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IFAC pushes for accountants to measure sustainability

The International Federation of Accountants convened a meeting of leaders of accounting organizations to advance sustainability reporting as momentum builds worldwide for consistent environmental, social and governance reporting.

IFAC brought together more than 150 chief executives and other leaders last week from groups including the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation, the International Organization of Securities Commissions and the International Integrated Reporting Council. One of the main focuses was the future of corporate and sustainability-related reporting, and how these fit into the wider context of sustainable business and finance, where professional accountants will need to play a pivotal leadership role based

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Proposed Pittsfield school budget would expand pre-kindergarten to all elementary schools | Local News

PITTSFIELD — All Pittsfield elementary schools would offer full-day pre-kindergarten under a proposed budget presented Wednesday. The plan seeks to close achievement gaps and provide mental and academic supports during the COVID-19 recovery.

The proposal comes after a year of financial uncertainty for school districts across the country. The district intends to use millions of federal coronavirus grant dollars to hire 22 staff to help students and educators deal with pandemic impacts over the next two years.

A preliminary spending plan proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker would increase the district’s state education funding by $1,170,548, though Assistant Superintendent of Business

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Kalamazoo Public Schools lost nearly 700 students in the last year

KALAMAZOO, MI — Enrollment at Kalamazoo Public Schools fell about 5% during the pandemic.

Districts across the state have reported falling student populations since the pandemic forced schools into virtual learning. KPS is one of the last large districts in Michigan to remain in fully virtual mode through the remainder of the school year.

Gary Start, deputy superintendent of business and finance, said KPS lost about 5%, or 690 students, from fall 2019 to fall 2020.

In fall 2019, the district enrolled 12,848 students. In the fall of 2020, 12,158 students were enrolled in the district, Start said.

The drop

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