3 To Know: Collier schools won’t make up day missed for hurricane

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1. Collier schools won’t make up day missed for hurricane

Collier County public school students and faculty won’t have to make up a school day after classes were canceled Sept. 3.

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District officials closed schools “out of an abundance of caution” while Hurricane Dorian’s path still remained uncertain as it approached Florida. CCPS meets the Florida Department of Education’s instructional time requirements even with the missed day so a make-up day did not have to be scheduled, Superintendent Kamela Patton said at a district meeting Tuesday.

“Future updates and changes to our academic calendar are dependent upon the level of storm activity and impact to our overall operations,” Patton wrote in an email sent out to parents and staff.

If classes are canceled, Nov. 25 and 26 are the district’s potential make-up days depending on any future storms, according to the 20192020 calendar. Both days fall during Collier schools’ week off for Thanksgiving break.

2. Data: Poverty declines, but uninsured rate rises

The nation’s official poverty rate dropped further last year, but household income unexpectedly stalled, and the share of people without health insurance went up for the first time since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2013, according to Census Bureau data released Tuesday.

The inflation-adjusted median income — the midpoint at which half of households make more and half make less — essentially flattened after three straight years of growth, which is puzzling. The economy grew at a good clip last year and, as the census report showed, there were 2.3 million more full-time, year-round workers. The median earnings of all such workers went up a solid 3.4 percent from 2017.

Census officials couldn’t offer a detailed explanation, saying only that their household income measure includes a variety of pre-tax income, and sometimes the total number doesn’t line up with employment earnings trends.

The census income figure includes such things as money from rent, pensions and Social Security benefits.

3. GM recalls nearly 3.8M pickups, SUVs

Under pressure from the federal government, General Motors is recalling nearly 3.8 million pickup trucks and SUVs in the U.S and Canada to fix a brake problem.

There have been 113 reports of crashes and 13 injuries related to the problem, according to GM. The recall covers the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2014 through 2018 model years. The Cadillac Escalade from 2015 to 2017 and the GMC Yukon and Chevy Suburban and Tahoe from 2015 through 2018 are included in the recall.

GM is recalling nearly 3.5 million pickups and SUVs to fix a defect that may cause the vehicles to take longer to stop, raising the risk of a crash.

GM reported that the pump in the power-assist brakes, as it ages, can put out less vacuum power

than needed, increasing stopping distance and the risk of a crash.

The company is recalling 3.46 million vehicles in the U.S. and recalled another 310,000 in Canada in June. GM said global numbers for the recall weren’t available.