For years, a New York community’s public school system has been drained of resources by school board members who are more interested in assisting sectarian institutions than in improving public education. But thanks to complaints from angry residents, the state has finally assigned a financial monitor to oversee the board’s activities.
The controversy centers on the East Ramapo Central School District in Rockland County, which is home to a large concentration of Orthodox Jews. This group dominates the local school board - seven of the board’s nine members are Orthodox men. But these men don’t send their children to public schools, enrolling them instead in private yeshivas. And it seems the only reason they got elected to the school board in the first place is so they could divert as much taxpayer money as possible to sectarian institutions their kids attend.
The New York Times explained recently that about 24,000 Orthodox children attend yeshivas. Approximately 9,000 kids, most of them from minority families, are in the public system. And that system is being slowly drained of money.
“Since 2009, the board has cut 245 public school positions, including special education teachers, guidance counselors, all social workers and all elementary assistant principals,” The Times reported. “Full-day kindergarten has been reduced to half-day, and instrumental music has been eliminated for kindergarten through third grades. Summer school has been eliminated, as has transportation for field trips. Athletics and extracurricular activities have been reduced by 50 percent.”
It appears that much of the money siphoned from public schools was used to help the yeshiva students instead. The Times reported that even as the public system was being bled dry, “spending on programs that benefit private school students - specifically, transportation and special education - have increased substantially.”
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The BBC was first granted a royal charter in 1927, and the charter has been renewed every 10 years since then. Its current charter expires on Dec. 31, 2016, and the BBC has already begun preparing for its renewal.
As part of that process, the BBC today released the first part of a report entitled “Future of News” that examines the changing news industry and how the BBC plans to adapt to evolving technologies and new ways that the broadcaster’s massive audience — both locally in the U.K. and globally — consumes the news. The second part, which is forthcoming, will offer more detailed proposals on how the BBC will address these changes.
“The internet is not keeping everyone informed, nor will it: it is, in fact, magnifying problems of information inequality, misinformation, polarisation and disengagement,” the report says. “Our job is keeping everyone informed. To do this, BBC News is going to have to start thinking how it is going to deliver on its mission to inform in an age beyond broadcasting.”
I am so sad to hear of this author’s death. Her historical novels are well worth reading, both for the accuracy and for the story. She was a master of the craft. I never knew she was also neurophysicist.
This is infuriating:
The major Australian newspaper, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia, opened its obituary for the beloved author with a description of McCullough’s physique, remarking: “Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: ‘I’ve never been into clothes or figure and the interesting thing is I never had any trouble attracting men.’” A reader might be forgiven for thinking McCullough’s main accomplishment lay in appealing to men without the benefit of conventionally beautiful looks.
While other newspapers, such as The New York Times, led with and thoroughly discussed her years as a neuroscientist and her authorship of an international bestseller, The Australian’s obituary puts the author’s status as a sexual object front and center.
So there is, in certain cases with the copper IUD, fertilization that occurs.
An important distinction here is that fertilization is not the same thing as pregnancy for the very, very simple reason that these things take time. There are a lot of steps between fertilization and implantation being successful. For the average woman who is not on any kind of birth control, that process of fertilization is occurring over and over and over again and those women are not getting pregnant over and over and over again because many of those fertilizations never, ever implant.
There are all these things that have to happen for pregnancy to occur. I think if people think about the question of when a woman is pregnant, the answer seems pretty intuitive. When I go to somebody and ask, “How many times have you been pregnant?” I’m not asking, “How many times have you had fertilized eggs?”
These things are not the same. That isn’t a pregnancy, it’s just not there yet.
Hicks said (emphasis mine), “There is a piece of legislation we’re actually watching. I wanna see how it turns out. That’s the one about father’s rights to a woman who’s pregnant with a child. I can totally get it and understand it; I just don’t know how you would do something like that. I mean bottom line, it’s still her body. How do you do something like that? I’m curious to see who says yes, who says no. I’ve been asking certain people outside the Dome what they think and so far they don’t like it. Male and female, for that matter. None of the women like that idea at all.”
Hicks then explained that when his wife found out about the bill, she wasn’t happy. “I know when my wife saw it she was like, ‘What?’ and I was like, ‘Oh.’”
The Clinton campaign has locked up so much early support that, as Bloomberg View’s Jonathan Bernstein has said, she may have already won the invisible primary. This apparently has given Clinton the belief that she might not have to announce her campaign until summer. Whether she waits or not, a primary campaign looks very strong.
So, the evolving primaries continue to tell different stories. The Republicans are quite unsettled, and the Democrats look as settled as ever.
Invisible primary. Not a great thing.
Money definitely doesn’t grow on trees, but it might be growing in your bowels. If you’re really healthy, you can sell your poop to sick people who need it for as much as $13,000 a year.
People who are infected with a bacteria called C. difficile need healthy fecal matter in their gut in order to survive — otherwise they need to be on constant antibiotic treatment. Some people with Crohn’s disease also benefit from fecal transplants. So a company called Open Biome has been facilitating fecal transplants to patients in need, and paying healthy poopers a hefty sum for their services.
$13,000 a year is a lot more than UpChuck has ever made as a “journalist”. I think all of you Twitter people should let him know about this. It’s the right thing to do.
What in the world are these people thinking? The legality of their business model, which involves taking unsolicited drive-by heat scans of private residences is highly questionable. The US Supreme Court determined years ago that police departments taking infrared heat scans without a warrant constituted an illegal search so how could it be legal for a private company to do the same thing? Danger-Danger all you day traders looking to catch a rising start-up at a bargain price. leave this one alone.
Now that conservatives have decided to look like they care about the poor, a new punching bag is needed. The ultra-rich are off-limits as are the middle class so maybe they’re going for niche demonizing.
So allow me to unburden myself. I’ve had a lot of time to observe and think about the upper middle class, and though many of the upper-middle-class individuals I’ve come to know are good, decent people, I’ve come to the conclusion that upper-middle-class Americans threaten to destroy everything that is best in our country. And I want them to stop.
Well, part of my objection is that upper-middle-income voters only oppose tax hikes on themselves. They are generally fine with raising taxes on people richer than themselves, including taxes on the investments that rich people make in new products, services, and businesses. I find that both annoyingly self-serving and destructive. The bigger reason, however, is that upper-middle-class people don’t just use their political muscle to keep their taxes low. They also use it to make life more expensive for everyone else.
Remember when conservatives use to greet such words with cries of “CLASS WARFARE!!!”?
It also seems that the upper middle class are almost exclusively selfish liberals in the metropolitan areas of San Francisco, New York, and D.C. since the only named politicians that cater to them are Pelosi, Van Hollen, Schumer, and, of course, Obama. I guess in this version of America, there are no suburban enclaves of the upper middle class that vote Republican. It’s not an America that I’m familiar with but you learn something new everyday.
The tide may have turned on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
Last week, only 99 cases were reported. That’s the lowest weekly count since June.
Cases have plummeted in the two countries hit hardest by Ebola, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In December, Sierra Leone was reporting more than 500 cases a week. It tallied only 65 last week.
The epidemic has moved into a new phase, WHO said. The focus has shifted to “ending the epidemic” instead of simply slowing it down. That means concentrating on finding sick people and ensuring they don’t spread the virus, instead of building new treatment centers and diagnostic labs.