Chicago Teachers Union approves deal to reopen high schools Monday
CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to approve a plan to reopen high schools starting Monday, the union said Sunday. The union tweeted Sunday that “The CTU Rules & Elections Committee has certified the ballot results of the high school addendum to our reopening agreement with CPS. Members voted 83% in favor of ratification. “The addendum is now a ratified agreement between our union and the district.” The vote to reopen public high schools to students for the first time since they were closed last year due to the pandemic was expected, after union President Jesse Sharkey said the de...
Biden renews call for gun-control laws after Indiana shootingPresident Joe Biden renewed his call for added gun-control laws and ordered U.S. flags to fly at half-staff after a deadly shooting near the Indianapolis airport, the latest in series of massacres that have shaken the nation. “Too many Americans are dying every single day from gun violence,” Biden said in a statement on Friday, noting that he earlier urged Congress to pass new gun laws. “It stains our character and pierces the very soul of our nation. We can, and must, do more to act and to save lives.” A gunman opened fire late Thur...
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Trudy Rubin: By pulling troops from Afghanistan, Biden risks a humanitarian disaster
When President Joe Biden announced he was ending “the forever war” in Afghanistan by pulling out the last 3,500 or so U.S. troops based there by Sept. 11, my mind flashed to Afghans I know for whom that speech could spell prison or death. I thought of Fawzia Koofi, a female member of the Afghan team negotiating with the Taliban, who was shot several months ago in an attempted assassination and fears for her daughters. And Suraya Pakzad, who runs shelters for battered women. And the female students of the Marefat School, which teaches K-12 students humanitarian values in a poor, Shiite area in ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Texas Senate approves limits on transgender student athletes
AUSTIN, Texas — Split irrevocably along party lines, the Texas Senate on Thursday approved legislation banning transgender student athletes from competing in sports within their gender identity. All 18 Republicans voted for Senate Bill 29, which would require athletes in Texas public high schools and grade schools to compete in sports based on the "biological sex" listed on their original birth certificate. Under that definition, biological boys would be banned from competing in girls sports, although girls could compete in boys sports if a comparable female sport was not available. "This is a...
Transfer portal a new way of roster building for Missouri, men's college basketball
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri doesn't lead the nation in men's basketball players who entered the transfer portal, but the Tigers made news early in the process by losing some of their high profile talent. Three days after the Tigers' season ended in with a first-round loss in the NCAA Tournament, Xavier Pinson, the team's second-leading scorer, announced he was leaving. He has committed to LSU. By the end of the week, another starter, Mark Smith, said he was leaving and wound up at Kansas State. In all, Mizzou lost six transfers, have gained three and are on the prowl for more. Two scholarships...
The Kansas City Star
Pandemic provokes city vs. state conflicts
Late last year, commissioners in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, proposed cutting police funding in half over the next decade and redirecting the money to mental health and social services. The bill didn’t pass, but the idea alone so outraged the Georgia legislature that lawmakers decreed it would not happen on their watch. The legislature passed a bill that would restrict similar measures in Athens or any other Georgia county or city. The bill now goes to Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, who has indicated he favors it. State Rep. Houston Gaines, a Republican representing parts of Athens and the ...
After a year of struggle, here's what reopening looked like at one school
SAN DIEGO – Perkins K-8 School Principal Fernando Hernandez was so nervous early Monday that he didn't eat breakfast. It was the first day back to in-person school for students at Perkins and hundreds of other schools in San Diego Unified — one year and a month since the pandemic began. In recent weeks Hernandez and his staff have been mapping out safety measures and planning for every possible contingency they could imagine. "It's great to see all of you," Hernandez said as he visited a classroom of third-graders at the start of the school day. "How many of you are nervous?" All but two of th...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Balancing Act: Some parents complained about Pride and Black Lives Matter flags, so a school removed them. Now students and parents are demanding their return
A Pride flag is a symbol. It doesn’t love you. It doesn’t listen to you. It doesn’t stand up for you when bullies come for you in the locker room. But it reminds you that you deserve what it stands for: love, allies, safety. It reminds you that people have fought, for decades, for your right to those things. It reminds you that people fight, still, to bring those things — love, allies, safety — to more people, in more places. To all people, ideally, in all places. So when three teachers at Indiana's Chesterton Middle School hung Pride flags in their classrooms, they hung power and protection a...
Atlanta school named after Confederate general will be renamed for Hank Aaron
ATLANTA — The late Hall of Fame baseball star Hank Aaron will soon have an Atlanta high school named after him. The Atlanta Board of Education on Monday voted unanimously to change the name of Forrest Hill Academy, an alternative high school in southwest Atlanta. When students return to the school in August, the new name will be Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy. Aaron, an Atlanta Braves baseball player who broke Babe Ruth's home run record, died in January at the age of 86. The academy's name came under review because it references Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general who was active ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Students at North Texas school disciplined for 'slave trade' held over social media
FORT WORTH, Texas — A group of students at a school in Aledo, west of Fort Worth, were disciplined based on a slave auction they set up on social media to pretend to sell their Black classmates, according to local activists. The Aledo Independent School District learned of an incident where students at the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus cyberbullied and harassed other students based on their race, according to a statement from Superintendent Dr. Susan Bohn. The district started an investigation that involved law enforcement. The district did not specify what the incident involved and said administr...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram