• Education

    Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym detained in Harrisburg calling for education funding

    HARRISBURG — A debate over Pennsylvania’s funding for public schools escalated Wednesday as authorities detained Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym and education activists after they staged a protest inside the state Capitol. Gym and several members of the interfaith group POWER were handcuffed and led out of the Senate gallery by state Capitol police after an officer declared the assembly unlawful. They had been outside the chamber for about 15 minutes, banging on the doors and demanding they be let in. They were taken into custody, cited for trespassing, and released, said Troy A. Thompson, a Capitol police spokesperson. Protest organizers and Gym made their intentions clear ahead of time:…

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  • Jobs

    Ex-Ethics Chief Rips Biden Over Jobs For Aides’ Relatives After 4 Years Of Trump Nepotism

    Former director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub isn’t cutting President Joe Biden any slack just because he’s a Democrat and better than Donald Trump on ethics. Shaub slammed the president Friday over coveted administration jobs going to aides’ relatives after candidate Biden had sharply criticized Trump for nepotism. “We’re in trouble as a nation if ‘better than Trump is good enough’ becomes the standard for ethical behavior,” Shaub wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post. “We need active measures to overcome the pernicious influence of family connections, cronyism and systemic racism,” he added. “Otherwise, implicit bias will surely get America more appointees from privileged backgrounds, insulated…

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  • Science

    New prehistoric human unknown to science discovered in Israel

    When the researchers understood that the bones they had retrieved did not belong to either a Neanderthal or a Homo sapiens, they started to examine the possibility that they belonged to the last survivors of a more archaic population that they thought had become extinct hundreds of thousands of years earlier. “We started to look for other members of this population, and we discovered that some fossils previously unearthed at other prehistoric sites in Israel, including the Qesem cave, belonged to the same group,” Hershkovitz said. “We therefore realized that we were dealing with a huge population that lived in the region, and probably also migrated in different directions, including…

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  • Home Schooling

    Stateside: Flooding cleanup in Dearborn; Black families homeschooling; retired FBI agent’s new book

    Stateside for Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Today on Stateside, we speak with Dearborn’s State Representative on the needed infrastructure investments to deal with Michigan’s on-going floods. Next up, a year of homeschooling and self-determination for Black families as they make their decisions to keep their children homeschooled or prepare them for traditional school. Lastly, after 30 years of Federal law enforcement, retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal has come out with a book on famous Michigan cases. Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. [Get Stateside on your phone: subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts today.] State Rep. Hammoud talks flood damage in Dearborn and needed…

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  • Exchange Student

    Families needed for 2021-2022 foreign exchange students

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Enrollment is currently underway to find host families for foreign exchange students for the 2021-2022 school year. Every year PAX, or Program of Academic Exchange, is responsible for placing hundreds of students in host family homes across the U.S. With borders and countries reopening after more than a year of COVID-19, the organization is looking for families to volunteer to host students. The high school-age foreign exchange students spend anywhere from one semester to a whole school year with their families in America and become part of the family, not just a roommate. According to PAX’s website, high school exchange students are expected to adapt…

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  • Online School

    Supreme Court Rules Cheerleader Can’t Be Disciplined By School For Cursing On Snapchat

    Topline The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Wednesday that a Pennsylvania high school erred in suspending a cheerleader from the team for posting an expletive-filled Snapchat about the school while off school property, a significant First Amendment ruling for what students can say on social media and outside of school. The U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. Getty Images Key Facts The case, Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., considered whether a Pennsylvania high school violated the First Amendment by suspending cheerleader Brandi Levy from the team for a year in 2017 for Snapchatting a selfie of her giving the middle finger with the message, “f—k school, f—k softball,…

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  • Education

    Students criticize Idaho education indoctrination task force

    When Wency Suo heard Idaho’s lieutenant governor was creating a task force to look into “indoctrination” in schools, she had a mix of emotions: surprise, disappointment and anger. At the task force’s first meeting, Suo, a rising high school junior in Boise, noticed something right away — the absence of people of color on the task force. She said she already distrusted the intentions behind the task force, and what she saw during the first meeting worried her even more. Caitlin Yang, a rising junior in Boise, said she was skeptical at first when she heard of the task force. When she saw the first meeting, it was clear “what…

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