3 top law schools quit US News rankings over equity concerns
The University of California, Berkeley’s law school on Thursday joined the law programs at Harvard and Yale in pulling out of U.S. News & World Report’s rankings over concerns that they punish efforts to attract students from a broad range of backgrounds.
Orange County Library System celebrating 100 years with upcoming anniversary events
Starting in January, the Orange County Library System will stage a series of music events, fiber arts projects, virtual reality experiences and signature author series’ throughout 2023 leading up to the exact 100th anniversary date of Nov. 8, 2023.
Ex-Yale coach gets 5 months in admissions bribery scandal
The former Yale University women’s soccer coach whose cooperation with authorities helped blow the lid off the nationwide college admissions bribery scandal by leading the FBI to the scheme’s mastermind has been sentenced to five months in prison.
Brevard County voters OK school, environment taxes, charter amendments
Brevard County will increase property taxes to help pay teachers, continue another property tax to maintain environmentally endangered land, and see major changes to the county’s charter after voters approved a raft of issues and amendments Tuesday.
Biden admin relaxes rules for student debt forgiveness
The Biden administration is moving forward with an overhaul of several student debt forgiveness programs, aiming to make it easier for borrowers to get cancellation if they are duped by their colleges or if they put in a decade of work as public servants.
Massive learning setbacks show COVID's sweeping toll on kids
The COVID-19 pandemic that shuttered classrooms set back learning in some U.S. school systems by more than a year, with children in high-poverty areas affected the most, according to a district-by-district analysis of test scores shared exclusively with The Associated Press.
Former CPS administrator named new Archdiocese of Chicago schools leader
A former Chicago Public Schools administrator who founded the city’s charter school program will take the helm next month as the new superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, church officials said Monday.chicagotribune.com
A home for Charis; dog gets party and adopted after year at Humane Society
May 16—A female dog named Charis recently received a special treat marking her one-year anniversary at the Effingham County Humane Society. But Charis had something else to bark about. She was going to be picked up later by her newly adopted family. Charis was a little feisty at her party. There were quite a few new faces she had never seen before, according to ECHS Adoption Coordinator Angie ...news.yahoo.com
Italian judge accused of arms trafficking after police discover huge cache of weapons
An Italian judge accused of taking bribes to free mobsters from prison is at the centre of an arms trafficking investigation after allegedly amassing a huge arsenal of illegal military-grade weapons. A new arrest warrant was issued for Giuseppe De Benedictis, after police discovered one of the largest private stashes of weapons ever confiscated in Italy. The Bari judge was already facing corruption charges after police bugged gangsters bragging about buying him for 30,000 euros. It comes as Italy reckons with the ongoing influence of organised crime in a mafia "super-trial," in which more than 350 alleged mobsters and their collaborators will face justice. It is the biggest mafia trial since the 1980s. The arsenal was hidden beneath a rural farmhouse among the olive and almond groves north of Bari. When police lifted the cellar's heavy iron lid, which had been soldered shut, they discovered nearly 200 different weapons, including Kalashnikovs, AR15s, UZI, Socimi and Beretta machine guns, pump action shotguns, CZ and other semi-automatic pistols, hand grenades, 100,000 rounds of ammunition, and even an anti-tank mine. Anti-mafia authorities are now investigating whether some military equipment may have been stolen from the Italian army to be sold on the black market. Prosecutors believe Mr De Benedictis and an Italian army officer may have been helping organised crime gangs move illegal arms through the port city of Bari, but the ex-judge maintains the collection was just a side hobby. A known, passionate collector of rare and antique guns, he reportedly firsty told authorities he had dumped any questionable weapons into the Adriatic Sea, but police continued to search for the cache, following leads from wiretapped conversations. According to Lecce prosecutors and the 40-page arrest warrant issued by Investigating Magistrate Guilia Proto, Mr De Benedictis had wiretapped conversations with an Italian Army official in Bari, Corporal Major Antonio Serafino, about how to procure arms and where to hide them. Corporal Major Serafino worked at the passport office of the Italian Armed Forces Mechanised Brigade “Pinerolo” in Bari. The brigade has infantry, cavalry and artillery regiments with access to howitzers and other arms. According to court documents, police bugged his car, and the hidden microphone picked up the sound of machine gun fire from Serafino’s balcony in a Bari suburb on New Year’s Eve, as he and Mr De Benedictis tested out some of their weapons. The same bugs picked up conversations between the judge and the army officer debating about whether and how to move the cache of weapons from the “well” in a rural location. The well turned out to be an underground storage cellar in an outbuilding of a farmhouse near the village of Andria. The arrest warrant issued this week charged the farmhouse owner, Corporal Major Serafino and Mr De Bendictis with illegal arms dealing. It referred to them as “authentic traffickers of weapons of war” which they deny. Prosecutors are in the process of verifying the provenance of the arms to determine if they may have been the property of the Italian Army, and if so, what other public officials might have been complicit in aiding their disappearance.news.yahoo.com
What will college learning look like this fall? Florida leaders to discuss plans
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The Florida Board of Governors is expected to meet Thursday in Tallahassee to discuss the reopening of universities in Florida. Officials are expected to discuss several options for the fall semester, including the possibility of having a mix of online and in-person classes. However, officials with the University of Central Florida have said they are looking to shift more classes online and reduce classroom capacities. Leaders there say in-person classes will resume in August, but the school will go back to online learning after Thanksgiving. Officials say the move is intended to reduce the chances of an outbreak from students who travel during the holiday break.
Blueprint for reopening Florida college campuses approved by Board of Governors
On Thursday, the Board of Governors presented its blueprint for the reopening of the states 12 public college campuses. While each university will have to come up with its own individual plans for how to reopen campus, the Board of Governors is supporting students returning back to campus this fall. The blueprint that was presented was broad but laid out the elements the universities will have to implement moving forward. Working with the Florida Department of Health to assist in contact tracing and elevated surveillance related to any positive cases. The Board of Governors will review each set of plans and decide if they will approve those plans during a face-to-face meeting at the University of Central Florida on June 23.
DeVos defends policy boosting virus aid for private schools
The policy has drawn backlash from Democrats and state education leaders who say it reroutes money from needy public schools to wealthier private ones. The legislation tells states to divide the funding among public schools based on the number and share of low-income students they teach. It also tells public schools to use a portion of the money to provide services, such as busing or tutoring, to students who attend local private schools. On April 30, however, DeVos issued new guidance telling public schools to divide the coronavirus aid based on the total number of students at local private schools, not just low-income ones. In the state's Orleans Parish, at least 77% of its relief allotment would end up going to private schools.
13-year-old earns 4 associates degrees
Jack now has four associates degrees under his belt and hes not stopping there. So what does he want to do with all his degrees? Well I mean, Im 13, so I dont want to rush everything, Jack said. Thats right, he earned his four degrees in two years. When hes not studying, Jack, like other kids his age, loves to play video games.
Seniors get diplomas on racetracks, chairlifts amid virus
LAS VEGAS Immediately after giving his valedictorian speech, high school senior Philip Root, still clad in his cap and gown, climbed into a borrowed race car and drove up to the finish line at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The ceremony was part of a growing push by high schools across the country to find a way to hold in-person graduations and offer up some added pomp amid the coronavirus pandemic. In western Maine, the rural Oxford Hills High School is making use of a twin-screen, drive-in movie theater in Bridgton for its graduation on June 21. Like Faith Lutheran in Las Vegas, Phoenix-area seniors at Buckeye Union High School took a celebratory lap in cars around the Phoenix Raceway last weekend. In a Dallas suburb, a 12-hour in-person ceremony took place Friday for the 1,400 graduates of Allen High School.
Orlando school finds creative way to honor graduating class
ORLANDO, Fla. The First Academy in Orlando said that it found a creative way to honor their graduating class, which included walking across an actual stage. On May 15, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., students showed up at different times with up to seven guests. The groups moved to different stations set up inside the school, which included receiving their cap and gown and receiving their yearbook. Head of School, Steve Whitaker said it was important to set up an actual stage and let the students hear their name read aloud. The school said it is considering all options for the next school year, as it awaits direction from the governor.
For trade students, online classes can't replicate hands-on
But unlike students at traditional colleges, their learning can't easily translate into Zoom courses, they learn through hands-on demonstrations. But unlike many, she cant finish her classes online her cosmetology program, like the coursework at many technical and trade schools, requires hands-on training. Those specialized skills, known as career and technical education, require hands-on learning. About 8.4 million students are seeking postsecondary certificates and associate degrees in career and technical education fields, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education. Ferguson was heading into a hands-on area of instruction when schools began to close and shift to online learning.
Loughlin, Giannulli plead in college scam but await fate
Under their proposed deals, Loughlin, 55, hopes to spend two months in prison and Giannulli, 56, is seeking to serve five months. Loughlin and Giannulli were among dozens of wealthy parents, athletic coaches and others charged last year in the bribery scheme. Prosecutors say they funneled money through a sham charity operated by college admissions consultant Rick Singer, who has pleaded guilty to orchestrating the scheme. Loughlin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Giannulli pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.
Masked students? UCF outlines big changes under reopening plan
ORLANDO, Fla. The University of Central Florida is preparing to reopen for the fall semester, but with some big changes. News 6 saw signs posted on buildings around campus encouraging students to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. He said he did not imagine his freshman year would end with taking online classes at home. Also part of the universitys reopening proposal is planning for hybrid learning with a mix of face-to-face and online classes. UCF is the largest university in Florida, with more than 69,000 students, according to the schools website.
Embry-Riddle to reopen Florida, Arizona campuses
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will resume face-to-face instruction at residential campuses in Florida and Arizona on June 30, the school announced Thursday. The private aviation and aerospace university's board of trustees voted unanimously for the move, school officials said in a news release. "Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is well positioned for this next step. Our safety focus is unparalleled and our board is unanimous in supporting this decision.Flight and housing operations have resumed at the school's campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, Embry-Riddle President P. Barry Butler said in a statement. Our plan focuses on statistical risk testing, risk mitigation, support for contact tracing and most importantly, education, Butler said.
Colleges plan fall opening amid coronavirus, but campuses wont look the same
And at some smaller schools, students may be barred from leaving campus. At West Virginia University, President E. Gordon Gee said students dont want to wait for a vaccine, and the school cant afford to. Some plan to make decisions this summer, including Princeton University, where officials say it's too soon to make a call. At many schools, students who test positive would be placed in dorm rooms reserved as quarantine space. Some research universities say they have the lab equipment to analyze virus tests, but not enough swabs and testing chemicals.
Top educator taught Kansas preschoolers alongside retirees
\In this Nov. 8, 2019 photo,Tabatha Rosproy, 2020 National Teacher of the Year, is shown with her pre-school students in Winfield, Kansas. The Winfield school district in which Rosproy teaches established the early childhood program two years ago inside Cumbernauld Village, a retirement community and nursing home that sits on 44 acres (17.8 hectares) in south-central Kansas. With thousands of COVID-19 nursing home deaths around the world, Cumbernauld Village also began restricting visitors. Not only was it a fun thing to have and a happy thing, but they felt they were making a difference in childrens lives, said Linda Voth, executive director of Cumbernauld Village. But amid the coronavirus, Rosproy plans to take advantage of digital platforms and media appearances to continue that same work.
Lori Loughlin, husband to serve prison time for college scam
Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, are scheduled to plead guilty Friday via video conference before a federal judge in Boston, who must approve the deal. They agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud in a plea agreement filed in Bostons federal court. Giannulli will also plead guilty to a charge of honest services wire and mail fraud, prosecutors said. They are the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the case. Others parents who've been sent to prison for participating in the scam include Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman.
Ask Trooper Steve: Are car parades for graduates safe?
News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road, helping Orlando-area residents become better drivers by being better educated. READ MORE: ASK TROOPER STEVE | WHAT THE HONKWhen I first saw the parades happening of course I loved the concept. Whether it was for a graduation, retirement, anniversary, or a birthday celebration the concept and idea is amazing. I know celebrations and having fun is on everyones mind but this is the type of situation where we have to think what if". Technically if we are doing this the right way and the safe way to begin with we can enjoy the specific celebration and not worry about the what if.
Cuomo: Summer school in New York state will be online
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK Summer school students will not be reporting to the classroom. New York City will deliver 1 million meals a day to fight hunger during the outbreak. Two young boys and an 18-year-old woman diagnosed with the syndrome have died in New York state. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday said instruction in the citys public schools will be online this summer. The total number of people hospitalized has been slowly declining statewide since mid-April, driven largely by lower numbers in New York City and the downstate region.
Pomp and masks: Graduations draw thousands despite pandemic
School officials in Hoover announced the ceremonies in the city's open-air baseball stadium, after Gov. As a precaution, the graduates are being given face masks and told not to hug friends, exchange high fives or linger afterward. The Spain Park graduates, in their black robes and masks, spread out in chairs across the baseball infield. Another 690 will graduate Thursday from Hoover High, so some 3,450 people could be inside Hoover Metropolitan Stadium then. But parents pleased their children could have a traditional graduation flooded the school's social media feeds with thanks to school officials.
UK pledges June 1 rollout of contact-tracing amid criticism
In this handout photo provided by UK Parliament, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the contact-tracing pledge after more criticism of his government's failure to have a national system in place over the past 10 weeks. Being able to track contacts is considered a central plank of the government's plan to ease further lockdown restrictions. Johnson said there will be 25,000 trackers in place, able to trace the contacts of 10,000 new cases a day. Tommy Sheppard of the Scottish National Party went further, charging Rees-Mogg with being reckless, cavalier and downright dangerous."
Cambridge University scraps in-person lectures for 2020-2021
LONDON Cambridge has become the first university in Britain to cancel all face-to-face lectures for the 2020-21 academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic, after 800 years of welcoming students to its cloisters, quadrangles and classrooms. Cambridge said late Tuesday that all lectures will be held virtually and streamed online until summer 2021. Cambridge sent students home and moved all its teaching online in March as the U.K. went into lockdown, and exams are being held remotely. California State University announced last week that it will hold a virtual fall semester and keep classrooms closed, becoming the first major U.S. college to cancel lectures for the fall. The University of Manchester said it has moved all lectures online for the fall term, but still expects students to move into its halls of residence.
Orange County tutor provides Spanish speaking support for parents struggling with distance learning
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Orange County is now in its final days of distant learning--a process that has been challenging for some families. One Orange County tutor reinvented herself through social media after she was left without a job and realized there was a big need to help struggling parents in their native language. The educator had been a tutor for the Orange County Public Schools Read 2 Succeed program which helps first and second graders with reading comprehension skills. Juncal says she realized the difficulties distant learning brought along when she tried to help her two children. The mother of two says thats when she realized parents who dont speak or understand English well, are probably having a harder time.
Olympia HS seniors host their own parade on would-be last day
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Members of the Olympia High School class of 2020 decorated their vehicles for a parade on Monday evening. The students gathered at Thornebrook Elementary, before driving through seven neighborhoods where students live. We lost a lot this year, just not being able to like have a real graduation ceremony. Today would have been our actually walkout at Olympia High School, where we would have walked out of school for the last time. So, its really special we can still do something to honor that.Students also said they reached out to HOAs to make sure they were able to conduct the parade in the students neighborhoods.
Brevard County science teacher to compete on Jeopardy!
Amanda Baltimore, a 7th-grade science teacher at DeLaura Middle School, will compete in the 2020 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament, according to News 6 partner Florida Today. In early March, Jeopardy! began filming without a live audience before suspending production altogether on March 20. Baltimore and her fellow competitors returned home from filming in Los Angeles to find everything changing rapidly. "One of my competitors said, 'Here I thought going on 'Jeopardy!' The annual Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament features 15 teachers for grades K-12 competing for a $100,000 grand prize and a spot in the next Tournament of Champions.
Florida state universities to develop reopening plans for fall semester
As schools remain under orders from Gov. Ron DeSantis to finish out the school year with distance learning, the Florid State University system is working on developing a plan to reopen classrooms for the upcoming fall semester. According to system officials, the State University System Task Force has been working for weeks to establish a framework for re-opening university campuses in the fall; the Board of Governors chair Syd Kitson has directed State University System Chancellor, Marshall Criser III, to develop guidelines to present to the Board of Governors at a public meeting on May 28, 2020. Universities will then present individual plans, based on these guidelines, to the Board of Governors at a board meeting on June 23, 2020, according to a news release. The task force is focusing on developing guidelines that will prioritize the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, vendors, and visitors as our institutions continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, said Chair Kitson.
Fear of the future: Class of 2020 enters a world in crisis
For the Class of 2020, the future looks grim. And the benefits are so good.Mere months ago, the graduates of the Class of 2020 seemed all but assured of success. For working-class students who defied the odds to get a college education, its hard to be optimistic about the future. Historically, college graduates entering the work force during a recession have faced setbacks that can last a decade or longer. Whether the Class of 2020 will face long-term setbacks depends on the severity of the recession and the speed of economic recovery, he said.
Historically black colleges work to help students amid virus
In this Tuesday, May 5, 2020, photo, Morehouse College senior Lanarion "LTL" Norwood Jr., of Atlanta, works on his computer in a hotel room in Atlanta. Then Bennett, a small historically black womens college in North Carolina, saw Johnsons potential and offered her a full scholarship. HBCUs have the added challenge of educating a large population of low-income and first-generation students who now need more help than ever. Morehouse College President David Thomas said after the last recession enrollment at the all-men's school in Atlanta dropped from about 2,800 to 2,100. It was kind of magical when I first stepped onto the Morehouse campus, Norwood said.