Your income bracket may predict how likely you are to send your kids back to school this fall

Laveta Brigham

Several factors, such as income, job flexibility and health concerns, influence a family's decision to send their children back to school this year. (Photo: Getty Images)
Several factors, such as income, job flexibility and health concerns, influence a family’s decision to send their children back to school this year. (Photo: Getty Images)

More than 30 percent of parents plan to keep their children at home if schools reopen in the fall, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

For the study, involving 730 U.S. parents of school-age children (ages 5 to 17), researchers asked parents whether they planned to either opt for distance learning at home or send their kids to in-person school, if available, and looked at what factors influenced their decisions.

More than 30 percent of parents reported they will “probably or definitely” keep their child home if schools open for in-person instruction, while nearly 50 percent reported they would “probably or definitely” send their child to school this fall. Several factors influenced these decisions, from a family’s socioeconomic

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Online travel agents claim they can send holidaymakers to Spain against Foreign Office advice

Laveta Brigham

People enjoy Magaluf beach in Mallorca. Britons are surprised at the abrupt announcement to impose a two-week quarantine on people travelling to the UK from Spain: Reuters
People enjoy Magaluf beach in Mallorca. Britons are surprised at the abrupt announcement to impose a two-week quarantine on people travelling to the UK from Spain: Reuters

Go on holiday against Foreign Office advice or lose some of your cash: that is the response of a leading online travel agent to the sudden government warning against travel to Spain.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Britain’s mainstream travel industry shared a common convention: package holidaymakers should not be taken to a country against Foreign Office advice.

Standard travel insurance policies have a clause saying they do not apply if the holidaymaker goes to a country against official advice.

Once an FCO warning is issued, traditionally the only room for discussion is: should British holidaymakers be fly home immediately?

But since the unexpected warning on 25 July 2020 against travel to mainland Spain, followed two days later by the Spanish islands, with mandatory

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These 2 Words Could Send Your Retirement Money to the Wrong Beneficiary

Laveta Brigham

Planning for your death may feel slightly morbid and uncomfortable. But the alternative option — ignoring estate planning and beneficiary designations — could end up infinitely worse.

One little-known election on your retirement accounts, the choice of  per stirpes vs. per capita, could even send your retirement money to the wrong beneficiary or cut someone you love out of receiving anything at all. Now that’s uncomfortable.
 

I recently shared on the Stay Wealthy Retirement Podcast that you won’t be around to see this calamity unfold, but the bitter fallout is something your family will likely never forget.

Beneficiary Planning and Why It Matters

The reality is, you’re alive now … but you won’t be forever. If you want your money to be inherited by the right people, there are important steps you must take today — before it’s too late. As dark and dreary as it might feel, planning for

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Chicago’s mayor donned a lime green cowboy hat and announced she’d send around a ‘Census Cowboy’ to remind communities to fill out the 2020 Census

Laveta Brigham

hicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference in Hall A at the COVID-19 alternate site at McCormick Place in Chicago, Friday, April 10, 2020.
hicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference in Hall A at the COVID-19 alternate site at McCormick Place in Chicago, Friday, April 10, 2020.

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  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she’s sending a “Census Cowboy” to 10 communities with low 2020 Census response rates to encourage participation. 

  • In a video, the Mayor compared this initiative with efforts made by the mayor of Gotham in Batman. 

  • The census helps determine crucial funding and congressional representation. 

  • Lightfoot has a goal of a 75% response rate in Chicago, right now it’s at 55%. 

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In a strange video announcement, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that a “Census Cowboy” will now be going to the ten communities in the city with the lowest census completion to urge residents to fill out the form.

“Giddy up, Chicago. I’m calling on the Census Cowboy to

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An economist who collected coronavirus data from 841 childcare centers explains how parents should decide whether to send kids back to school

Laveta Brigham

reopening schools
reopening schools

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  • As cities start opening up, parents face the tough decision of whether to send children who’ve been stuck at home for months to daycare, or school. 

  • To help parents with that decision, Emily Oster, an economist, collected coronavirus data from childcare centers that have stayed open during the pandemic. 

  • The data pointed to low transmission rates among both children and staff.

  • Still, Oster acknowledged that the childcare decision is a personal one and that there are “no easy answers.”

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Since the pandemic hit, Emily Oster — an economist who’s authored two books on parenting and pregnancy— has been using available data to respond to families’ pressing concerns about the coronavirus. She’s touched on topics like how to safely visit grandparents and the risks the virus poses in pregnant women.

Lately, Oster’s received an outpouring of questions from parents about whether to

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