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Teacher’s union boss courts GOP, key Hispanic groups in bid for Biden’s education secretary pick

The former president of the nation’s largest teachers union is working to lock up support from Republican senators and Hispanic leaders in her bid to be picked as Education secretary, according to officials familiar with the talks.



a close up of Lily Eskelsen García who is smiling at the camera: Lily Eskelsen García speaks at a news conference.


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Lily Eskelsen García speaks at a news conference.

Lily Eskelsen García is expected to score the backing of more than 40 Hispanic groups finalizing a letter endorsing her for the position this week. She has also strategized in recent weeks with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the retiring chair of the Senate committee that oversees education and himself a former Education secretary.

“We’ve talked with her and gave her advice on how to get bipartisan support,” said David Cleary, Alexander’s chief of staff and veteran of education policy on Capitol Hill. “There’s a good argument to be made for Lily.”

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a collection of more

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QAnon conspiracy is fake. The harm it’s doing to child welfare groups is real

The most basic QAnon belief — entirely divorced from reality — casts President Donald Trump as the hero in a fight against the “deep state” and a sinister cabal of Democratic politicians and celebrities who abuse children. It features an anonymous government insider called “Q” who purportedly shares secret information about that fight via cryptic online posts.

And it’s the behavior of those who follow the conspiracy theory — their supposed efforts to help abused children — that’s putting an increasing strain on the resources of actual child welfare groups.

The problem has become so severe that one such organization, Childhelp, says it had to set up an auto-response message on its crisis hotline to filter out QAnon callers after their name appeared in a QAnon meme.

“If you have a hotline counselor who is taking time to speak to someone discussing a debunked conspiracy theory, there may be a

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Higher education groups ask Biden to reverse Trump orders on Title IX reform, critical race theory

Groups representing colleges and universities have urged President-elect Joe Biden to “move quickly” and undo many of President Trump’s orders that affect higher education policy, including Title IX reform and critical race theory.

In a letter from the American Council on Education, which was signed by 46 higher education groups, President Ted Mitchell wrote that the incoming Biden administration should remove the new Title IX mandate for a live hearing with cross-examination in cases of sexual assault on campus.

BIDEN EDUCATION SECRETARY FRONTRUNNERS HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF CHARTER SCHOOLS, BACK TEACHERS UNIONS

Mitchell said the requirement “could have a chilling effect on the willingness of survivors to come forward and raises serious concerns about retraumatization.”

The groups also called for the repeal of Trump’s Executive Order on Race and Sex Stereotyping – an order that banned certain race and sex-based training from federal contractors, the military, federal agencies, and recipients

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California police groups back requiring college classes for prospective officers

By DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO — California organizations encompassing both police chiefs and rank-and-file officers proposed legislation Thursday in the wake of recent civil unrest that they said would raise standards for police recruiting and training while increasing diversity.

Prospective officers should have to complete college classes that the groups said would prepare them “to meet the expectations of a modern police force,” including courses on mental health, social services, psychology and communication.

It’s part of what Brian Marvel, president of the Peace Officers Research Association of California, said must be “a culture shift” not only within police ranks but in how officers are viewed by the public.

The goal is to recruit and train officers so they are “in the best possible position to serve their communities in the way their communities want to be served,” said Eric Nunez, president of California Police Chiefs Association.

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Police groups back requiring college classes for recruits

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FILE — In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo, police officers stand guard as they clear the streets during a protest in Los Angeles, following Tuesday’s election. California organizations encompassing both police chiefs and rank-in-file officers proposed legislation in the wake of recent civil unrest that they they said would raise standards for police recruiting and training while increasing diversity, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

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California organizations encompassing both police chiefs and rank-and-file officers proposed legislation Thursday in the wake of recent civil unrest that they said would raise standards for police recruiting and training while increasing diversity.

Prospective officers should have to complete college classes that the groups said would prepare them “to meet the expectations of a modern police force,” including courses on mental health, social services, psychology and communication.

It’s part of what Brian Marvel, president of the Peace Officers Research Association

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Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine ‘encouraging’ for older age groups

London: The coronavirus vaccine developed by teams at the University of Oxford has been shown to trigger a robust immune response in healthy adults aged 56-69 and those over 70 years of age.

The findings published in ‘Lancet’ on Thursday based on 560 healthy adult volunteers shows that the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine is “safe and well tolerated” with a lower reactogenicity profile in older adults than in younger adults, meaning the older age groups could build immunity to the disease.

 

“These findings are encouraging because older individuals are at disproportionate risk of severe COVID-19 and so any vaccine adopted for use against SARS-CoV-2 [COVID-19] must be effective in older adults,” the researchers note.

The team is also testing whether the vaccine stops people developing COVID-19 in larger Phase 3 trials and early results from this crucial stage are expected in the coming weeks.

“We were pleased to see that

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Education groups ‘fully support’ Michigan’s 3-week restrictions on high schools, colleges

Michigan’s education community has voiced its support of a three-week shutdown of in-person learning and other activities for high schools, colleges and universities in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

On Sunday evening, Nov. 15, several groups threw support behind the Department of Health and Human Services’ epidemic order aimed at reducing indoor gatherings.

Among other things, the order suspends all in-person learning for high schools, colleges and universities for three weeks — starting Nov. 18 and continuing until Dec. 8. Decisions for in-person learning at elementary and middle schools are left up to individual districts, though schools will require mask wearing.

“While these new restrictions may be a challenge for many of us, it’s nothing that we haven’t already been able to successfully navigate during 2020,” reads a statement from the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators.

“As an Association, MASA is glad to see the decisive

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Human Rights Groups Call On The University Of Miami To Ban Facial Recognition

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More than 20 human rights organizations have called on the University of Miami to ban facial recognition, after students accused the school of using the technology to identify student protesters, which the university has denied.

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In a letter to the university’s Board of Trustees, the ACLU of Florida along with 21 other groups asked the university to hold an open forum with students to clarify how it identified student protesters.

The university denied it used facial recognition to identify a handful of students who attended an on-campus demonstration in September, saying they were instead identified using surveillance footage and “basic investigative techniques.”

Though campus police chief David Rivero told Forbes he believes facial recognition “doesn’t work,” he admitted campus police have used facial

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College political groups shift to Zoom, social media amid pandemic

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ahead of the first presidential debate in late September, the College Republicans at UCF posted a bingo card on Instagram with spaces reading, “Trump calls Biden ‘sleepy Joe,’” “Candidates share an awkward elbow bump,” and, “Moderator can’t control the debate.”

The pandemic created a need for a revamp of the group’s website and a stronger focus on virtual strategy to connect with students, said its president, Didi Malka. Among the changes: A social media manager was added to the board of directors.

“In terms of social media, we have definitely upped the ante,” he said.

Hannah Anton, president of College Democrats at UCF, said the organization recently hosted a Q&A on Zoom with Orange-Osceola state attorney candidate Monique Worrell, who won the Democratic primary in August.

“As an organization, it’s really important to us, not only to obviously amplify Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and their ticket

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Ardagh Group’s Recycled Glass Briquettes win Sustainability Award

LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ardagh (NYSE: ARD) has won a Sustainability Award in the inaugural ‘Pre-Commercialised Innovation’ category for its method of producing remeltable briquettes from the fine particle glass rejected during the recycling process, allowing 100% of recycled glass to be remelted into new glass bottles and jars.

Ardagh Group logo 2019 (PRNewsfoto/Ardagh Group S.A.)
Ardagh Group logo 2019 (PRNewsfoto/Ardagh Group S.A.)

The rejected glass makes up 10% of glass collected for recycling and is currently unusable in glass manufacture because it contains loose organics and CSP (ceramic, stone and porcelain) which can cause blistering in new containers. It is typically diverted to road aggregate or is lost to landfill and can never be recovered.

Driven by the goal to maximise cullet recovery for remelt, Ardagh worked with various partners to develop the recipe and method to produce briquettes from the rejected glass, which can be melted safely in the furnace without any

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