Archive for the ‘Schools & Colleges’ Category

November 22nd, 2022 - 5:54 pm § in Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

DeSantis-appointed school board fired by Parkland voters

Lori Alhadeff is a locomotive even Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis can’t stop. After her 14-year-old daughter was killed in the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas school massacre, she became a safe-schools and gun-control activist, and was elected to the Broward County School Board in 2018. In August 2022, D[...]

November 22nd, 2022 - 11:36 am § in Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

GOP White House hopeful viciously attacks teachers

Mike Pompeo, who was Trump’s secretary of state, wants a big promotion. He wants to be president. A reporter asked him who the most dangerous person in the world is. I know what you’re thinking, and everyone else is thinking it, too. Having dealt with foreign policy, this presidential ho[...]

November 21st, 2022 - 7:26 pm § in Schools & Colleges

College education’s demographic bomb

It’s no secret Americans are having fewer babies, and the U.S. population would be shrinking without immigration, because its birth rate has fallen below the death rate. This has many implications, but few industries are more directly impacted than higher education. As Vox explains (here), [...]

November 3rd, 2022 - 4:00 pm § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

Campaign poster for a write-in

This New Jersey dude is running unopposed for a school board slot (read story here). The t-shirt and bloody knife come across as the latest iteration of rightwing Pelosi “humor”; and even though he denies knowing who “Nancy” is, I’d say it’s time for a write-in ca[...]

November 1st, 2022 - 8:33 pm § in Law and Courts, Schools & Colleges

A new epidemic: School “swattings”

While school shootings make headlines, a second epidemic lurks under the surface. In Connecticut, on a single day, at least 17 schools were “swatted.” NPR reported “over 180” fake reports of school shootings in 28 states between Sept. 13 and Oct. 21, 2022. Some of these 911 [...]

October 28th, 2022 - 5:12 pm § in Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Is this the dumbest GOP smear ever?

Democrats are still mad about losing the Civil War and not being able to own slaves anymore. So they’ve been planning to topple the United States for decades, and schools don’t teach black history because the teachers unions don’t want kids to know it was white people who freed the[...]

October 22nd, 2022 - 7:49 pm § in Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

The DeSantis Thai test

No, it’s not an IQ test. If you’re smart, you won’t vote for him. A former Yale classmate of Ron DeSantis, the stuntman who wants to be president, says he would tell dates he liked Thai food, intentionally mispronouncing it as “thigh.” (E.g., “I like Thigh food, h[...]

October 19th, 2022 - 2:53 pm § in Biden, Law and Courts, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Do GOP lawsuits against student debt relief have a chance?

“A Wisconsin taxpayers group has asked the Supreme Court to step in on an emergency basis and temporarily block the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness program from taking effect,” CNN reported on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. Taxpayers usually don’t have standing t[...]

October 6th, 2022 - 1:07 am § in Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Girls can’t code

Reshma Saujani (bio here) is an American lawyer and activist who believes in empowering girls. That’s made her a target of rightwing haters. Saujani founded a nonprofit called Girls Who Code, and wrote a series of books called Girls Can Code, aimed at empowering girls to pursue high-paying job[...]

October 2nd, 2022 - 6:20 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics, Racism, Schools & Colleges

The Supreme Court goes on trial

The Supreme Court’s new term begins tomorrow. And with recent polls showing three-fourths of Americans distrusting the court (see, e.g., story here), it’s the court itself that’s on trial this term. Several things contributed to the Supreme Court’s nosedive, most of them the [...]