With progressive political winds at his back, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is going after charter schools again.
A week after warning charters to stop disparaging traditional public school academic performance, Carranza urged Bronx parents to agitate against the sector in Albany at a meeting Tuesday night.
Carranza made his remarks after a parent objected to state law that obligates the city to pay rental costs for charters that are denied space in public school buildings.
The schools chief said he gets between 250 and 400 emails a day — and that many of them object to the financial and space burdens imposed by the sector.
“How many of the emails that I get are about ‘Why are you giving that space to charters?'” he asked. “‘Why don’t you fight it?'”
Carranza stressed that state law straitjackets the city — and that the fight needs to reorient from Manhattan to Albany.
“I’m going to say, with this new, revamped, on fire Assembly and Senate in Albany, this is our opportunity to make our voice heard,” Carranza said to applause. “If this is not okay, our elected officials need to hear that, okay? They need to hear that.”
Deputy Chancellor Karin Goldmark set the table for Carranza’s remarks by bemoaning the impact of charter school rental reimbursements on city coffers.
“It has cost the city $100 million so far,” Goldmark told one parent. “You raise a really good point. Which is that every time the city has to pay that rental assistance, that’s a dollar that comes out of the New York City school system.”
Earlier at the meeting, Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated his opposition to the city’s charter rent repayments — but said not all co-locations or city building placements are workable.
“I’ve been really clear about the fact that where there is an appropriate fit for a charter in a building, that’s fine, and when there isn’t, we have no problem saying that just doesn’t work,” he said. “And that’s caused some controversy. But I’m comfortable with that because we have to make sure our traditional public schools keep moving forward.”
Meanwhile, a Park Slope parental advisory board unanimously passed a pair of resolutions Tuesday calling for a citywide moratorium on charter school expansion.
Community Education Council 15 — which represents one of the highest-achieving and racially segregated districts in the city — asserted that it doesn’t need any more charters.
While there was little diversity of opinion on the board, which ostensibly serves as the district’s collective parental voice, more than 20 attendees lined up Tuesday night to pillory the resolutions.
Jose Luis Orbegozo, a district parent with kids in both traditional public schools and charters, asked the board if charter parents were eligible to serve on community education councils.
After the board murmured among themselves for a few moments, CEC member Elizabeth Velez said that they were not able to directly answer questions during the public comment period.
Charter parents — who are largely black and Hispanic — are not allowed to serve on CECs, according to the Department of Education.
“This is a process that is undemocratic,” Orbegozo said, before calling for the resolutions to be tabled. “It is excluding us as parents.”
District 15 served as the parental launching pad for a City Hall-backed abolition of academic screens at middle schools to undo school segregation.
“As a resident and parent in District 15, I’m proud that this district has taken the lead in the conversation around diversity and equity for students,” said one speaker. “So I’m kind of baffled that in the same breath, the CEC would consider a resolution that removes options for school choice for those who already have fewer options.”
But some speakers argued that expanding charter costs threaten the stability and quality of the
Ben Affleck signals Batman departure
Holy recasting, Batman! The search is on for a new Dark Knight following Ben Affleck's apparent confirmation that he is hanging up his Bat cape.
The actor effectively said as much by retweeting a story saying Matt Reeves' The Batman would be made without him.
"Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life," Affleck wrote.
The 46-year-old first appeared as the comic book superhero in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
He briefly reprised the role in Suicide Squad later that year before returning to the character in 2017's Justice League.
Affleck had been due to direct as well as star in "stand-alone" film The Batman, but pulled out of directing it in 2017.
"It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require," he said at the time.
The actor went on to scotch rumours he was giving up the role, saying he was "so excited to be Batman".
The apparent reversal of that position follows him seeking treatment for alcohol addiction last summer.
The Batman, which Cloverfield director Reeves will both write and direct, will be released on 25 June 2021.
It will be preceded in cinemas by Joaquin Phoenix's upcoming Joker film, a Wonder Woman sequel and another screen outing for Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn character.
Whoever becomes the next Caped Crusader will continue a distinguished lineage that began in 1943 when Lewis Wilson became the first screen Batman.
Here's a look at some of the most famous actors to inhabit the Batcave.
West, who died in 2017 aged 88, earned a cult following with his tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Batman in the 1960s TV series.
"I'm grateful for the Bat," he would later admit. "I learned a long time ago that because people love Batman, I should too."
Not everyone welcomed Keaton's casting as Batman in Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster, in which he appeared opposite Jack Nicholson's Joker.
"In terms of what Tim and I discussed for the movie, I knew we were right on," he said in 2017, 25 years on from his second and final Bat-outing in Batman Returns.
Kilmer only made one appearance as Batman in 1995's Batman Forever but still had plenty of time to grapple with the character's iconic costume.
"The suit takes an hour to get into, and you can't do it by yourself, and then you can't hear because there are really no earholes in it," he reflected in 2012.
The star of ER was another one-and-done Batman and now expresses misgivings about Batman and Robin, the film in which he appeared.
"I thought at the time this was going to be a very good career move," he told Graham Norton in 2015. "It wasn't."
Bale, currently reaping awards and plaudits for his role in Vice, brought both youthful vigour and brooding intensity to the role in 2005's Batman Begins.
"I always thought there could be a really good movie made about Batman," he said of Christopher Nolan's film, which went on to spawn two blockbuster sequels.
"Lego Batman doesn't know that he is an animated character," says Arnett of the role he's now voiced in three cartoon capers.
"By that I mean I approached him as a character I'm playing with an inner life," continues the actor, who can currently be heard giving his best Gotham growl in The Lego Movie 2.
Academy-award winning actress Kathy Bates says she credits "mindfulness" for her 65-pound weight loss, telling US Magazine, “the trick is to pay attention to that and push your plate away.”
Now, she’s not talking about wishing away the pounds, but the mind can be a powerful ally or devious saboteur when making food choices or choices about your health like choosing to exercise or stay sedentary.
“Mindfulness is a state of non-judgmental awareness of our present-moment experiences that we have all experienced and are capable of,” Dr. Erica Sibinga, associate professor of pediatrics and a mindfulness researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, told ABC News.
First, you must commit to change
“It took a few years," Bstes told US magazine. "I would say you have to be really patient … I don’t like the word willpower, but I like the word determination."
Changing behavior requires transitioning through many stages, according to the American Psychological Association. It starts with deciding to make a change and then it’s a matter of preparation and action. But Kathy Bates shows us that with determination, change is possible.
“When we eat mindlessly, we eat past the point of fullness,” said Ashley Mason, PhD, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Eating mindfully, she said, is, “not eating while you’re watching TV, or on Instagram or Facebook.”
Experts say that you must make the decision to “pay attention to how you feel while you’re eating it; the texture of the food; sensing that you’re full."
You can train your brain to side with weight loss and health
With awareness and practice, you can learn a new behavior. This brings the conscious realization that you have the control to make a habit and cut cravings, as described by Charles Duhigg in The Power of Habit.
Mason suggests imagining this scenario: have you ever eaten one donut and allowed yourself to then say, “what the [heck], might as well eat the whole box?” calling this the, “What the he** effect.”
“When we take a bite of a delicious donut we know, from science, that bite number ten doesn’t taste as good as bite number one.”
Mindful eating “attunes people to the fact that they can get the reward they’re seeking form a few bits rather than eating the whole box of donuts.”
Awareness of the evidence is also important. Dr. Marissa Black, of the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington, cautions that research is too premature to recommend mindful eating as a weight loss approach for everyone and, “should not be seen as an easy fix to a vexingly difficult problem.”
To add to the research Mason and colleagues at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine are launching the DELISH Study to investigate if mindfulness can help people with diabetes cut the sugar.
It turns out that willpower can be developed to support your change
Willpower is not something you have or don’t. The New York Times bestseller “Willpower: Rediscovering the greatest human strength” describes willpower like a muscle that warrants training, but requires breaks to not be worn out. To assist rather than fatigue your brain, the book advises setting clear and attainable goals.
Author Tierney calls willpower “energy in the brain,” telling NPR, "Just putting food where you can see it next to you depletes your willpower… Whereas putting it away in a drawer or putting it across the room makes it easier for you because you're not actively resisting the temptation."
You need to maintain what you learned
“Bringing focused non-judgmental awareness to our food and how we eat has the potential to reduce disordered eating and improve our relationship with food and the joy of eating,” says Sibinga.
Mindfulness may not only help your diet, but your overall health. Sibinga said that “anxiety, depression, and pain in diverse adult clinical populations and youth,” and help improve “immune function, changes in brain connectivity, decreased stress reactivity, [and] a number of other important health outcomes, such as sleep, burnout, trauma symptoms, and the treatment and prevention of addiction.”
But to accomplish mindfulness, we all -- like Kathy Bates -- must face the last stage of behavior change; maintenance.
“The key,” Mason said, is “to remember that no one’s perfect, but perhaps mindful eating can help train [you] away from the, “What the he** effect”.
Dr. Robin Ortiz is a physician in internal medicine and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.
- Bob Swan, 58, has been interim CEO for seven months and chief financial officer since 2016.
- He was also elected to the company’s board of directors.
- Todd Underwood, currently vice president of finance, will take over as interim CFO while the company searches for a permanent CFO.
Intel’s stock slid Thursday after the chipmaker named interim CEO Robert Swan to the position permanently, ending a months-long search following the ouster of Brian Krzanich for what it called a “consensual relationship” with an employee.
Swan, 58, has been interim CEO for seven months and chief financial officer since 2016. He was also elected to the board, the company said. Several media outlets including Bloomberg previously reported Swan didn’t want the job.
Shares of Intel fell roughly 2.8 percent in early trading Thursday.
“When I was first named interim CEO, I was immediately focused on running the company and working with our customers,” Swan said in a statement. “When the board approached me to take on the role permanently, I jumped at the chance to lead this special company. This is an exciting time for Intel: 2018 was an outstanding year and we are in the midst of transforming the company to pursue our biggest market opportunity ever.”
Shareholders will be watching for Swan to continue diversifying Intel’s portfolio outside of the PC.
The appointment marks Intel’s seventh CEO in 50 years. Krzanich resigned as CEO and from the board in June.
Todd Underwood, currently vice president of finance, will take over as interim CFO while the company searches for a permanent CFO.
Swan told CNBC last week that the board would take its time making a selection.
“Our input to the board is, take the time necessary to get somebody great and in the meantime we have a wonderful management team and 107,000 committed employees that are extremely focused on delivering for our customers,” Swan said then. “So we’re going to be just fine in the interim but I do expect and hope that in the near term, I don’t want to put a time frame on it, but on the near term, we’ll have a wonderful new CEO.”
CNBC’s David Faber reported Thursday that Intel was “far down the road” to name another candidate as CEO, but the selection didn’t work out. Swan never thought he was in the running and was offered the permanent position after the company’s earnings report last week, and after the other candidate fell through, Faber reported.
Analysts and media outlets speculated early on about about several external candidates, including two female executives who had left Intel relatively recently: former data center group head Diane Bryant and former president Renee James. Bryant’s successor, executive vice president Navin Shenoy, was also thought to be a contender, along with Lisa Su, CEO of Intel rival AMD, and Sanjay Jha, who stepped down as CEO of chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries earlier this year.
The New York Times reported that Intel product executive Venkata Renduchintala and Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies, Johny Srouji, were also under consideration.
“The search committee conducted a comprehensive evaluation of a wide range of internal and external candidates to identify the right leader at this critical juncture in Intel’s evolution. We considered many outstanding executives and we concluded the best choice is Bob,” Board Chairman Andy Bryant said in a statement. “Important in the board’s decision was the outstanding job Bob did as interim CEO for the past seven months, as reflected in Intel’s outstanding results in 2018.”
Intel last week reported fourth quarter results beat expectations on earnings but fell short on revenue.
Under Krzanich, who took over from Paul Otellini in May 2013, Intel shrunk the percentage of revenue focused on PCs by 12 percentage points. At the same time, it raised the mix of revenue from data center products by 11 percentage points, filings show.
The company also acquired companies with an eye toward diversifying, including artificial intelligence chip company Nervana, programmable chip company Altera and car chip company Mobileye. Krzanich’s Intel explored wearables with the help of acquisitions like fitness watch maker Basis Science but ultimately ended up moving away from wearables and closed its New Devices Group.
Swan said in an email to employees Thursday that the company will continue to evolve “from a PC-centric to a data-centric company.”
—CNBC’s Lauren Feiner contributed to this report.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) today announced that its board of directors has named Robert (Bob) Swan as chief executive officer. Swan, 58, who has been serving as Intel’s interim CEO for seven months and as chief financial officer since 2016, is the seventh CEO in Intel’s 50-year history. Swan has also been elected to Intel’s board of directors.
Todd Underwood, vice president of Finance and director of Intel’s Corporate Planning and Reporting, will assume the role of interim chief financial officer as the company undertakes an internal and external search for a permanent CFO.
“As Intel continues to transform its business to capture more of a large and expanding opportunity that includes the data center, artificial intelligence and autonomous driving, while continuing to get value from the PC business, the board concluded after a thorough search that Bob is the right leader to drive Intel into its next era of growth,” said Chairman Andy Bryant. “The search committee conducted a comprehensive evaluation of a wide range of internal and external candidates to identify the right leader at this critical juncture in Intel’s evolution. We considered many outstanding executives and we concluded the best choice is Bob. Important in the board’s decision was the outstanding job Bob did as interim CEO for the past seven months, as reflected in Intel’s outstanding results in 2018. Bob’s performance, his knowledge of the business, his command of our growth strategy, and the respect he has earned from our customers, our owners, and his colleagues confirmed he is the right executive to lead Intel.”
“In my role as interim CEO, I’ve developed an even deeper understanding of Intel’s opportunities and challenges, our people and our customers,” Swan said. “When I was first named interim CEO, I was immediately focused on running the company and working with our customers. When the board approached me to take on the role permanently, I jumped at the chance to lead this special company. This is an exciting time for Intel: 2018 was an outstanding year and we are in the midst of transforming the company to pursue our biggest market opportunity ever. I’m honored to have the chance to continue working alongside our board, our leadership team, and our more than 107,000 superb employees as we take the company forward.”
Swan is a proven leader with a strong track record of success both within and outside Intel. As interim CEO, Swan has managed the company’s operations in close collaboration with Intel’s senior leadership team. Swan has been Intel’s CFO since October 2016. In this role, he led the global finance, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, IT and corporate strategy organizations. Prior to joining Intel, Swan served as an operating partner at General Atlantic LLC and served on Applied Materials’ board of directors. He previously spent nine years as CFO of eBay Inc., where he is currently a director. Earlier in his career, he was CFO of Electronic Data Systems Corp. and TRW Inc. He also served as CFO, COO and CEO of Webvan Group Inc., and began his career at General Electric, serving for 15 years in several senior finance roles.
Intel’s interim CEO Bob Swan becomes permanent CEO
The five-time Grammy winner helped Jimmy Kimmel pull off a hilarious prank on Wednesday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
The late-night host's team set up hidden cameras inside of Randy's Donuts in Los Angeles and hid Aguilera in the back of the donut shop with an earpiece. The singer then watched customers enter the establishment and sang about everything from their attire to their orders.
Using her chart-topping hits as inspiration, Aguilera changed the words of her songs to match her observations. For instance, instead of singing the lyrics to "Genie in a Bottle," she belted out, "There's a guy in a Dodgers hat. He is here with a baby. He just wants to eat some donuts and give some to the baby, too."
However, this wasn't the only song she switched up. She also altered the words to "Lady Marmalade" and "What a Girl Wants" to match the scene.
"What a guy wants! What a guy needs! He's looking cute in his 'Gone Fishin' tee. I wonder what kind of donut he'll get," she crooned.
If she sounds this good over a store speaker, we can't wait to hear her perform in Sin City.
Christina Aguilera recently announced her Las Vegas residency, and she is busy preparing for her upcoming tour called “The Xperience.” In a recent interview, the singer confirmed that she is ready to do a collaboration with Britney Spears. She has some guest appearances planned, but didn’t spill any beans but she planned to bring on stage with her.
Aguilera’s tour will start on May 31 at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood. The singer is currently busy with the planning of all the little details for the events like the costumes and set designs. In a recent interview with E! News, the singer confirmed that she gets pretty hands on when it comes to everything related to the tour. She said that the task is exhausting, but doesn’t want it any other way because she wants her fans to forget all their troubles when they come to her shows and have the best night that they can remember for the rest of their lives.
There will be a few celebrity guest appearances, Aguilera confirmed. The singer can’t go into any details, but she teased that he fans “never know” who they are going to see on stage. The singer also confirmed that there will be moments when her children would want to come up on stage, but that will happen spontaneously as they are not officially a part of the event.
As far as Spears is concerned, Aguilera said that since they are both in Las Vegas it is “inevitable” for them to collaborate. She also seemed interested in collaborating with Lady Gaga. Aguilera said that since Lady Gaga is one of the newest singers to join the Las Vegas residency she wants to get the inside scope from her about what it’s really like.
Spears on the other hand is making plans to make a cameo appearance in an upcoming film. The last film she appeared in was “Crossroads,” and she has also appeared briefly in TV series like “Will & Grace” and “How I Met Your Mother.” She will now have a cameo in the horror flick “Corporate Animals,” E! News reported.
According to a report by Billboard, Spears’ cameo has to do with Calum Worthy’s character, Director Patrick Brice revealed. The character in the film is obsessed with Spears, and he thinks that he hears her from the walls. The singer recorded 10 minutes of dialogue for these scenes.