Share This Post FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail We Can Do Better’: Teachers Ask Lawmakers To Pay Attention To Public EducationApril 16, 2019 By Emily KettererTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — In a sea of people dressed in red chanting “Red for Ed,” Indiana teachers and the state’s top educator sent a message to lawmakers to respect public education.Jennifer McCormick, the state superintendent of public instruction, was greeted by cheers and a standing ovation from the educators at the Statehouse rally Tuesday.“That’s usually not the reception I get in this house,” she joked.McCormick addressed the hot-button issue of teacher pay, saying lawmakers are making a “false promise” to increase pay. She also talked about recent legislation to allow teachers to be shot with pellet guns during active shooter training and to allow guns in schools. She followed each issue with saying the phrase, “We can do better.”“To come back and say, ‘You can continue to be active in your active shooter training but allow for teachers to be shot with pellet guns,’” McCormick said. “We have got to beThe speakers at the rally spoke down more funding going toward charter school vouchers and virtual schools. When Joel Hand, lobbyist for the Indiana Coalition for Public Education spoke about vouchers that let parents use public dollars for private school tuition, his words were followed by “boos” from the crowd.“We need to support funding for public schools and funding for all children,” Hand said.Lawmakers from both parties were invited to attend the event, Hand said. Most of the Democrats from the House and Senate showed up to speak to the crowd; Sen. Ron Alting of Lafayette was the only Republican who spoke.Alting talked about his public school education, and said public schools deserve more effort and funding from the legislature.Tom Gayda, a teacher at North Central High School, said he doesn’t know why all parties can’t agree on the importance of public education.“Republicans seem to be more excited about these, you know, charter schools and anything that’s not a traditional public school,” Gayda said. “And I think they’re losing sight of the vast majority of students in the state who go to public school.”As the session is nearing the end, this rally may be one of the last efforts teachers have to send a message to lawmakers to increase K-12 funding. But McCormick said this rally wasn’t just about this year, but about the future of public education––specifically noting she is going to be the last elected superintendent of public instruction after 2020, as the legislature has voted to make the position appointed after her term concludes.“This isn’t about here and now. This is about five years down the road. Are we still going to be the state that’s number 50 on teacher pay increases?” McCormick said. “There is a lot on the line now with 2020 … Are we going to start asking (candidates) the questions about ‘Where are you philosophically on K-12’ and ‘Are you willing to dedicate resources?’”In other states including West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona, teachers hosted walkouts in protest of education policies and funding. Gayda said with the extra funding for nonpublic schools, shooting teachers with pellets and also removing the state’s top election education position, Indiana teachers may walk out too.“All these things they are doing is like an attack on what we do,” Gayda said. “It is getting real close to the point where you’re going to see Indiana teachers do some of the things that teachers in other states have done.”Emily Ketterer is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.
Recently, Twitter launched a new ad campaign under the hashtag #SeeEverySide, which highlights Twitter’s unique ability to allow users to “see what’s happening from every point of view, all perspectives, every side. . . whether it be music, sports, news or entertainment.” While Twitter lets its users take in all perspectives on a subject (and in merely 140 characters to boot), I think we can all agree that everyone loves a happy ending. The social media platform has just released a new ad promoting #SeeEverySide, which stars Chance the Rapper using Twitter to outsource song requests.Chance The Rapper, Preservation Hall, George Porter Jr. Close Bonnaroo SuperJam With “Hey Ya”After throwing out a call asking fans to request songs, Chance the Rapper patiently waits as the answers flood in. As the video cuts to the broad range of folks requesting well-known numbers from Chance’s catalog, an unexpected face makes a cameo — none other than David Crosby. After a sea of “Cocoa Butter Kisses” and “Same Drugs,” Crosby offers Chance the ability to #SeeEverySide, suggesting that chance play “anything with real instruments.” His tweet is tongue-in-cheek, referencing Crosby’s savage 2015 comment via Twitter that “Rap isn’t music” (A comment spurred by the fan-sourced question: What are your feelings about CSN getting sampled over the years in rap music?).Chance The Rapper Inspires Chicago Bulls To Donate $1 Million To Chicago Public SchoolsHowever, fret not, in case anyone was worried that David Crosby and Chance are about to get into a Twitter feud on the same dramatic levels as the 45th President of the United States and Cher. Later in the video, Crosby reappears, offering an olive branch to the Grammy-winning rapper, later shooting out the text, “I could up your game” (along with a flirty winking emoji), which is still highly condescending coming from the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young namesake but at least slightly nicer in tone. You can check out the video for yourself below, and keep your eyes peeled for that Chance X Crosby collab in the future. [H/T Billboard]
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers have quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-U.S. arms control, a fast-track action that comes just days before it’s due to expire. Both houses of parliament voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the New START treaty for five years a day after a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin said they agreed to complete the necessary extension procedures in the next few days, according to the Kremlin. The pact’s extension doesn’t require congressional approval in the U.S., but Russian lawmakers must ratify the move and Putin is to sign the relevant bill into law.
Uganda’s best bet for a medal however is in 23-year-old Cheptegei who will this time focus on one race, unlike the two he aimed for at the last championships in London 2017.The Ugandan ace came second behind legend Mo Farah in London in 2017 (video bottom), and will be the favourite for gold in the absence of the 36-year-old who has turned his attention to marathons.A total of 1,972 athletes from 208 countries and territories will compete in the championships, which are seen as an important staging post as Qatar prepares for the challenge of hosting football’s World Cup in 2022.With the bulk of the competition taking place at the fully air-conditioned Khalifa Stadium, most athletes will be shielded from the sizzling heat in Doha, where temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).Prize Money (tax free in Uganda)1st $60,0002nd $30,0003rd $20,0004th $15,0005th $10,0006th $6,0007th $5,0008th $4,000Ugandan team in DOHA – Women (10)400 MetresLeni SHIDA800 MetresHalimah NAKAAYIWinnie NANYONDO1500 MetresEsther CHEBETWinnie NANYONDO5000 MetresSarah CHELANGAT10,000 MetresRachael Zena CHEBETJuliet CHEKWELStella CHESANGMarathonLinet Toroitich CHEBET3000 Metres SteeplechasePeruth ChemutaiMen (12)1500 MetresRonald MUSAGALA5000 MetresOscar CHELIMOStephen KISSA10,000 MetresJoshua CHEPTEGEIJacob KIPLIMO 1Abdallah Kibet MANDEMarathonStephen KIPROTICHFred MUSOBOSolomon MUTAI3000 Metres SteeplechaseAlbert CHEMUTAIBenjamin KIPLAGATBoniface Abel SIKOWO Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi celebrates as she crosses the finish line and wins in the Women’s 800m final at the 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on September 30, 2019. PHOTO AFP Monday 800M Final – Nakaayi 1st (GOLD), Nanyondo 4thToday 6.15pm3000m Steeplechase H Ben Kiplagat | Albert Chemutai | Abel SikowuTomorrowWomen’s 1500m S Winnie Nanyondo | Esther ChebetWomen’s 5000m F Sarah ChebetThursdayMen’s 1500m H Ronald MusagalaWomen’s 1500m F Winnie Nanyondo | Esther ChebetFridayMen’s 1500m S Ronald Musagala3000m Steeplechase F Ben Kiplagat | Albert Chemutai | Abel SikowuSaturdayMarathon F – Stephen Kiptrotich | Fred Musobo | Solomon MutaiDoha, Qatar | AFP | New World 800m athletics champion Halimah Nakaayi has said she had a feeling something great would happen in the race, that is why she kept pushing even when it seemed pre-race favourite Ajee Wilson of the United States was running to victory.“I was feeling so good, I knew something special was going to happen tonight,” said Nakaayi in an interview with iaaf.org. “So I just kept pushing and pushing. I was feeling strong and in the end I got it.”Nakaayi, 24, timed her race to perfection moving onto the shoulder of leader Ajee Wilson on the bend before kicking for home down the stretch. (video bottom)It however required a national record before she could take gold in 1min 58.04sec, with the fast-finishing Raevyn Rogers of the United States taking silver in 1:58.18. Nakaayi held the previous mark of 1:58.39 set last year in France.It is only the second World Championship athletics medal by a Ugandan woman, the first having been Dorcus Inzikuru’s gold in the 3000m steeplechase 14 years ago in Helsinki.With Winnie Nanyondo in fourth place, it is also Uganda’s best performance ever in a single race of the World Championships. Nakaayi takes the top prize of $60,000 (tax free) while Nanyondo won $15,000.Uganda had until tonight only won 2 Gold medals by Inzikuru Helsinki 2005 and Stephen Kiprotich Moscow 2013; 2 Silvers by Davis Kamoga Athens 1997 and Joshua Cheptegei 2017, and Bronzes by Moses Kipsiro Osaka 2007 and Solomon Mutai in Beijing.Uganda’s other gold medal favourite Joshua Cheptegei (left) will run the 10,000m on the final day October 6, a day after Stephen Kiprotich in the marathon.Kiprotich returns for his third World Athletics Championships marathon – an event at which he stormed to Gold in Moscow in 2013. This was a year after becoming the first Ugandan to win Olympic Gold since John Akii Bua, at London 2012. Share on: WhatsApp WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 Wc Timetable by The Independent Magazine on Scribd
Authorities in Hialeah are reporting that they have arrested a 31-year-old mother after she attempted to strangle her three young children.The incident was reported Saturday night on the 1300 block of Palm Avenue.According to the report, Ailenys Carmenate brought her 6-month-old into a bedroom with her 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter and told them to go to bed. She then locked the door and turned out the lights. While the children laid in their beds, they heard Carmenate tell someone on the phone that she killed her 6-month-old.The older children then found their mother pressing her elbow to the infant’s neck. That’s when the 9-year-old jumped up and began pulling her mother’s hair and biting her in an attempt to stop her.Carmenate’s boyfriend and the father of the 6-month-old Roy Montano was in the shower at the time, but heard the commotion coming from inside of the room. He then went to go find out what was happening and found that the door was locked.Eventually the 12-year-old was able to unlock the door and let Montano inside of the room.When Carmenate saw Montano had gotten into the room, she switched positions and began strangling the 6-month-old with both hands. Montano tried to push Carmenate off of the baby but Carmenate’s grip was so tight that the baby fell with her. Montano was eventually able to free the baby but by that time, the baby was unconscious.Montano then fled the scene with the baby and the two other children attempted to follow. Carmenate, however, managed to grab the 12-year-old and began strangling him. 9-year-old began fighting her mother and the 12-year-old managed to get away. That’s when Carmenate began strangling the 9-year-old. Eventually the 9-year-old was also able to escape.The 6-month-old was said to have suffered a head injury and had strangulation marks around her neck while the 9-year-old suffered similar marks.Carmenate was immediately taken into custody. She has since been taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center where she faces charges of child abuse, kidnapping and attempted murder.
Staffordshire’s Sue Spencer made a winning debut in the England Golf senior men’s and women’s Midlands tournament at Beau Desert, in her home county.The former county champion from Whittington Heath, who is enjoying a new senior career, won the women’s handicap prize with 67 points over 36 holes.She pipped Sue Batchelor (Woburn) on countback, while two other players were just a point behind in a tight finish: Judy Butler (Malton & Norton) and Sue Pidgeon (Wrekin).Butler won the women’s scratch prize, with 56 points, while the men’s scratch honours were taken by John Cox (Rye Hill) on 57. The men’s handicap event was won by Graham Marshall (Peterborough Milton), who finished on 69 – four points clear of his closest challengers.Spencer commented: “The course was superb, it’s in really good condition, but the greens were tricky. It was quite tough, but very enjoyable. I was a member there about 25 years ago and it’s always a pleasure to go back and play there.”She’s making the most of her new senior career, having played in the English senior amateur and stroke play championships. “I’m looking forward to playing for the Midlands in the Jamboree and to playing for Staffordshire vets,” she said.Graham Marshall was playing in his second senior regional event and remarked: “I had a few nervous moments on the back nine of the second round. I had good partners who kept me going and kept me concentrating.”He too had much praise for the course – and respect for the greens. “You couldn’t force the putts, you had to let them die into the hole. If you were tempted to have a go you would be 12ft past.“The course was superb, as was the organisation. These are really nice, friendly events to play in,” added the 15-handicapper, who has entered the other two tournaments at Harrogate in Yorkshire and Saunton, Devon.Marshall is also enjoying his senior career. “I retired last year and now I’m almost a full-time amateur golfer, I probably play five times a week. It was something I always dreamed of being able to do.”Caption (from left): John Cox, Graham Marshall, Sue Spencer and Judy Butler 11 Jul 2015 Sue makes a winning debut