Liberal policies and mandates surrounding the coronavirus pandemic for over a year and a half have resulted in a mass labor shortage across a plethora of industries. Most recently with the vaccine mandates, individuals are either quitting or being forced into a leave of absence. Education is among the affected fields, leaving children without teachers.
In Oregon, officials said the “extraordinary shortage” of substitute teachers is also so bad, they have been forced to relinquish standards. The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission announced it will temporarily be dropping the requirement for teachers to, well, be licensed to teach.
“The temporary rule, which is set to expire March 31, allows substitute teacher applicants without a bachelor’s degree to be sponsored by a school district, which would also provide them with enhanced support administrative supervision, according to a joint statement from Dr. Anthony Rosilez, the commission’s executive director, and Erika Bare, the commission chair.”
In December of 2019, the state had 8,290 licensed substitute teachers. By September 18, 2021, the number was down to almost half at 4,738. The temporary administrative order says without more teachers, classes will be “combined to unacceptable levels or not offered at all, inflicting irreparable harm on schoolchildren.”
In the joint statement from Rosilez and Bare, they explained the reason behind the state’s conundrum: “while the data we have at this point is primarily anecdotal, the COVID pandemic has been a primary factor in the reduced supply.”
Elizabeth Thiel, president of the Portland Association of Teachers says Oregon is experiencing a “staffing crisis” exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s not just substitutes that we don’t have enough of. It’s classroom teachers, it’s administrators and custodians and bus drivers and education assistants and nutrition workers and paraprofessionals” added Thiel. “Every job type we have in our schools, we’re short.”
Aaron Rodgers ‘Misty-Eyed’ After Post-COVID Packers Win, Avoids Talking Vaccine ‘What-Ifs’
After more than a week of hate from the liberal media over having not received the COVID-19 vaccination, Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers shut them up with a major win. Rodgers missed the last Packers game due to having COVID-19, but savored his win on Lambeau Field admitting he was a bit “misty-eyed” as he was greeted with cheers.
Rodgers was 23-for-37 with 292 passing yards and an interception, as Green Bay defeated the Seattle Seahawks 17-0. “I just don’t take these things for granted, walking off the field as a winner. Just walking out with Preston [Smith], who I have so much love and appreciation for, and then hearing that type of response from the crowd, it was a little extra special today,” Rodgers said, via the Packers’ website.
Fox News reports Rodgers created a firestorm with his explanation for being unvaccinated and his reasoning for seeking homeopathic treatments to be “immunized” instead of vaccinated against the coronavirus. He said on his last “Pat McAfee Show” appearance he took responsibility for misleading people.
“Everybody has an opinion and I understand that it’s a very polarizing issue for some individuals but I’m just focusing on the support that I got and it was deep and wide, and greatly appreciated,” Rodgers said Sunday night, via ESPN. “There’s always going to be criticism in this world. I don’t define myself by the criticism but I understand it’s a part of this because this issue is definitely polarizing. But again, I’m just so deeply grateful for all the people that reached out.”
When he was given a hypothetical suggestion about the possibility of missing the Super Bowl because of his vaccination status, Rodgers wasn’t biting on a “what-if” question.
“I don’t really like playing the what-if games. So what I do know is I have more than two months right now where my protocol’s not testing every single day. So that’s kind of the only thing I’m thinking about. I don’t like playing the hypothetical game. Obviously, you’d love to be playing the second weekend in February and hopefully we’re in that position,” he concluded.
Thousands of Australians Could Have Homes Seized, Bank Accounts Raided for Unpaid Covid Fines
The government is attempting to collect $5.2 million in unpaid fines for covid-19 violations they imposed on citizens
Australian citizens are not just being told to wear masks or being threatened to lose their jobs if they don’t get vaccinated. They are losing their homes, their money, and anything the government can get ahold of.
The Daily Mail published an article with the headline: “Thousands of Australians with unpaid fines for breaking Covid rules have their homes seized, bank accounts raided and licenses canceled as government chases $5.2 million.”
The lengths the government is prepared to go to in order to recoup the money from people who failed to pay their fines “may include garnishing bank accounts or wages, registering charges over property, or suspending driver licenses” according to the Brisbane Times.
The government is attempting to collect $5.2 million in unpaid fines for covid-19 violations they imposed on citizens. They are doing so with even more crackdowns, threats, and restrictions. Roughly 56.4 percent of the fines have already been paid in full or are being paid off on a payment plan, reports The Daily Mail.
However, the State Penalties Enforcement Register (SPER) is “expected to collect 3,046 unpaid fines from the pandemic on behalf of Queensland Health.” Additionally, “more than 2,755 fines were from individuals and businesses accused of breaking Covid-19 restrictions and the rest either still under investigation or pending payment.”
SPER is also going after repayments on over 2,045 overdue hotel quarantine bills which they say have racked up debt for the state of $5.7 million. “Queenslanders rightly expect travelers will pay for their hotel quarantine stays and not leave taxpayers to foot the bill,” said Queensland Health.
The Daily Mail reports: “The commission debt collectors will make from recovering the unpaid fines is not yet known. Before Queensland required upfront payment for hotel quarantine stays, 44,350 invoices were issued by October 8 with 10.8 percent of bills outstanding.
Those unable to foot the bill can apply for a waiver but others will be referred to debt collectors.”
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