Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill requiring public schools in our state to develop policies under which students will be permitted to pray at sports events, school assemblies, and even over school intercom systems. Bill, HB 638, was passed under the guise of protecting students’ religious freedom; however, it is an effort to bypass Engel v. Vitale and Abington School District v. Schempp, returning to the days before 1962 when prayer in school was inescapable.

The law was written to bypass the prohibition on formal school-sanctioned prayer. It does so by permitting students to deliver public prayers as long as they are accompanied by some sort of disclaimer from the school. But students and teachers have always had the right to pray in school, and is commonly exercised in Mississippi. What they have not had the right to do is impose their religious views on others.

David Silverman, the president of American Atheistsreferred to the legislation as “an overt act of hostility against minority religious beliefs and atheists, disguised as religious freedom.” Implementing this law will further marginalize atheists and religious minorities.

American Civil Liberties UnionFreedom From Religion Foundation, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are widely expected to fight this new legislation, which takes effect on July 1. These groups will need complaints in order to act, which include letters attempting to educate state officials on the law. It seems unlikely that school officials will give in to the pressure from these groups. This means that it might take the family of a child adversely affected by the law being willing to come forward as a plaintiff. Unfortunately, children will have to be harmed and complaints filed before real work can happen. 

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A teacher in Isreal’s Yitzhak Rabin High School in Kfar Saba was emailing senior students about a school trip when she accidentally attached a document that neatly listed insulting observations about the students written by teachers.

These included “liar,” “grown baby,” “sick,” “speaks like a four-year-old” and “not so smart.” The shocked students expressed their outrage by arriving at school carrying signs with the teachers’ words on them. “I never believed that they could write something like that,” said one, who has obviously never eavesdropped on a teacher’s lounge. 

The students showed up to school with their nick names hanging around their necks. 

The school’s principal, Ruth Lazar, released a statement saying, “we will draw conclusions about our behavior and the way we express ourselves.”

But Israel’s Ministry of Education, which called the incident “unacceptable,” said in a separate statement that it has launched an “in-depth and thorough investigation” of its own into the matter.

"This is not about a human error from a teacher who accidentally sent the email, this is about the fact that the document should not have been created in the first place," said education activist and Member of Knesset Karin Elharar.

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

Republican Eric Cantor is an obvious liar.

After Claudia Morain, the news service director at U.C. Davis, said only two (Officer Alexander Lee and Lt. John Pike) were able to be identified as having deployed pepper spray she told the press both would be placed on paid leave indefinitely. ‘Pepper Spray Cop's  2010 salary was reportedly over $100,000 dollars.

Also Police Chief Annette Spicuzza was put on leave. She announcing her retirement after 27 years in law enforcement and will collected her pension. She does not want the Nov. 18 incident to define her or the university, and she’s leaving so everyone involved can move forward.

Chancellor Linda Katehi apologizes for pepper spray incident but refused to resign.

The police officers’ union at the last moment attempted to block the release of the Kroll and Reynoso Reports on the grounds of the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights.
Judge Grillo wrote about his decision
There is a “strong public policy supporting transparency in government… [t]he public’s interest in the … conduct of peace officers is substantial” because “[p]eace officers “hold one of the most powerful positions in our society; our dependence on them is high and the potential for abuse of power is far from insignificant… As police officers paid by the public… to exercise authority over individual members of the public, the FUPOA cannot reasonably expect that information… will be shielded from public scrutiny… The significance overall… is that it wasn’t sufficient to just release some names when the whole goal of the Reynoso report [PDF] was to make clear to everyone that was involved, Lt. Pike did not act alone that day, and the chief of police didn’t just direct him,”

Months later Claudia Morain said “We can confirm he is no longer employed as of today… but we cannot confirm anything else because of privacy guidelines,”. A police union letter criticized the University “Additionally, the discipline recommendations did not include termination, but rather demotion or suspension. He should not have been terminated from The UC Davis Police Department.” Another letter by newly appointed Police Chief Matthew Carmichael rejected internal affairs findings saying “The needs of the department do not justify your continued employment,”

John Pike’s previous U.C. Davis $240,00 discrimination 2008 settlement might play into his termination.

These members of the police force do not work at Davis anymore HOWEVER they have all been cleared of wrongdoing by an IA investigation.

The University of California is offering to pay $30,000 to each of 21 plaintiffs who were pepper-sprayed 

The state’s higher education system would also pay a total of $250,000 to the plaintiffs’ attorneys and set aside $100,000 to pay $20,000 each to anyone who can prove he was pepper-sprayed or arrested during tuition protests in November.

The money comes from the school’s self-insured fund for system’s general liability risk program.

oldenough2burmom:

Though I am not an anarchist, and therefore do not believe in horizontal decision making at all levels, I certainly embrace the idea of solidarity because it demands that we care for one another, not out of pity but because we share a common social contract that demands it.

oldenough2burmom:

Though I am not an anarchist, and therefore do not believe in horizontal decision making at all levels, I certainly embrace the idea of solidarity because it demands that we care for one another, not out of pity but because we share a common social contract that demands it.

(Source: mainstreamrevolution, via realworldnews)

The code Google used to build a web course has led to a full-fledged tool for online education. The open-source Course Builder project lets anyone make their own learning resources, complete with scheduled activities and lessons, complete with live teaching or office hours: the obligatory Google+ tie-in lets educators announce Hangouts on Air sessions. Code is available immediately. A handful of schools that include Stanford, UC San Diego and Indiana University are exploring the use of Course Builder in their own initiatives, which could lead to more elegant internet learning!

overonehundred:

Toby Ng - The World of 100

Have you ever asked yourself, what would the World look like as a small community of 100 people? Probably not. However, it is something to think about, as the reality would be startling - as much as you’d think so, the village would only have 7 computers, and only 1 person in the World Village would be educated at University level.

These facts are something that designer Toby Ng has thought about very carefully, and turned the results of his findings into a series of twenty infographics depicting ‘The World of 100’. Although aesthetically beautiful, with sharp lines and bold, vibrant colours, these infographics are often horrifying. 

The posters look as though they have come straight out of a children’s book; is this to mirror the naivety of those that are most likely to be looking at them on their computers?

“Look, this is the World we are living in.”

- Toby Ng

(via pullingawaythespooks)

owsposters:

One Million U.S. Public School Students Were Homeless in 2010-2011
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Data source: National Center for Homeless Education, “Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program Data Collection Survey,” June 2012, http://bit.ly/2010-2011-homeless-students.

owsposters:

One Million U.S. Public School Students Were Homeless in 2010-2011

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Data source: National Center for Homeless Education, “Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program Data Collection Survey,” June 2012, http://bit.ly/2010-2011-homeless-students.

These layoffs are occurring at the state-level – where cash-strapped states don’t have enough money to fund education budgets, and Republican governors are pushing for tax cuts for the rich rather than investments in the future. No nation has ever achieved prosperity by investing in more billionaires than more teachers.

So whats the big deal with a company like Chick-fil-A giving one of the last refuges for children’s programing that doesn’t shove stereo types down our children’s throat and news that carries local, national and worldwide opinions? Well, I’m amazed more people aren’t screaming that federal money should NEVER be spent to promote a company that is even a little bit against civil rights. And this company is publicly awful on the topic. Chick-fil-A is including a book in their happy meals.

A report by Equality Matters notes that Chick-fil-A has funneled more than $1.1 million to organizations fighting civil rights for LGBT people in the United States.

KEY FINDINGS:

1. Chick-Fil-A Charitable Arm Winshape: Over $1.1M Given To Anti-Gay Groups

2. Chick-Fil-A Favors Married Employees, Investigates Their Personal Lives

3. Chick-Fil-A’s Partnership With Focus On The Family

4. Chick-Fil-A’s Sponsorship Of Anti-Gay Hate Group Affiliate

5. WinShape’s “Traditional Marriage” Activities

6. More Background On The Controversy

Equality Matters also released information on who got Chick-Fil-A’s donations in 2010. It is important to note that all of the organizations referenced have taken an active role toward the discrimination of gays and lesbians.

French object design student Elodie Elsenberger created the Land(e)scape Desk as a 2nd year thesis project. The desk uses no screws or glue, only electrical cord that is woven through the wood to hold it together.
Read more at Design Milk

French object design student Elodie Elsenberger created the Land(e)scape Desk as a 2nd year thesis project. The desk uses no screws or glue, only electrical cord that is woven through the wood to hold it together.


Read more at Design Milk

The U.S. plans to spend $931 billion on defense in fiscal 2013. By way of comparison, the federal government will spend around $64 billion on education that same year.

anarcho-queer:

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americawakiewakie:

Sooo much money.

Today I wanted to re-watch this video which made me want to see what else was going on with the almost year old UC Davis pepper-spray incident.

Pepper-Spraying Cop John Pike Is Still Employed at UC Davis.

The task force report on the pepper-spray incident at the UC Davis concluded the campus police and administration made “critically flawed” decisions.

California law is the problem.


Says the Reynoso report:

The police officers in charge of the police operation were uncertain as to the legal grounds for the action they were taking and consulted with University Counsel on the issue. Even on November 18, Police Department leadership continued to question their legal authority to remove tents during the day in order to implement legal prohibitions against overnight camping.

The Kroll report goes into more detail:

Despite the lack of clarity of the legal basis to remove the tents, the UCDPD operation plans for both November 15 and November 18 stated that camping was not allowed on campus and that tents would not be permitted… A few hours before the operation commenced, Chief Spicuzza, Lieutenant Pike and OfficerP sought legal advice regarding the laws that apply to camping on the UC Davis campus… This call was apparently placed because of the Lieutenants’ continued concern over the legal basis for removing the tents, and the police operation was commenced only after this last-minute call.