Florida Gov. DeSantis: Universities ‘intellectually repressive,’ survey on beliefs is needed
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In his continued push against the “indoctrination” of students, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed legislation that will require public universities and colleges to survey students, faculty and staff about their beliefs and viewpoints to support “intellectual diversity.” The survey will discern “the extent to which competing ideas and perspectives are presented” in public universities and colleges, and seeks to find whether students, faculty and staff “feel free to express beliefs and viewpoints on campus and in the classroom,” according to the bill. The measure, w...
Florida Gov. DeSantis signs education bills that target communism, socialists
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed three education bills he and the Republican-led Legislature championed that they say aim to increase civics understanding among Florida students. Appearing at a news conference at a Fort Myers middle school on Tuesday, he signed House Bill 5, which directs the state Department of Education to come up with a curriculum that educates students on the evils of communism and totalitarian regimes like Venezuela and Nicaragua. DeSantis decried how some educators will praise people like Mao Zedong, who helped create communist China, and Cuban revolution...
3 dead, 3 injured after shooting in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS — Three people were killed and three more were injured in a shooting Monday evening in the city's Greater Ville neighborhood, police say. Police responded just after 8 p.m. to the 4000 block of Sullivan Avenue for multiple reports of a shooting. Three men were pronounced dead at the scene, and three more victims showed up to area hospitals suffering from gunshot wounds that police believe happened in the same incident. Police Chief John Hayden was to hold a media briefing soon, police say. The scene of the shooting was near Farragut Elementary School.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Court upholds RICO conviction in Atlanta schools test-cheating case
ATLANTA — The Georgia Court of Appeals has upheld the racketeering conviction against a former Dobbs Elementary principal in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating scandal. Educator Dana Evans was found guilty at trial of RICO and making a false statement. She was sentenced as a first offender to five years, with one year to be served in confinement and the rest on probation. Her prison term was suspended pending her appeal. Her lawyer, Bob Rubin, said Monday he was “extremely disappointed” by the appeals court’s decision and that he continues to believe Evans was denied a fair trial. “Dr. E...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
George Clooney to launch Los Angeles high school film program
Los Angeles (AFP) - Hollywood star George Clooney will launch an academy for Los Angeles high school students as part of a new scheme to teach movie industry skills to children from disadvantaged and minority communities, it was announced Monday. Clooney and fellow A-listers Don Cheadle and Eva Longoria will spearhead the program initially available next fall for 14 to 16-year-olds at a downtown high school, with plans to expand to other ages and pilot locations throughout Los Angeles' public school system. "Our aim is to better reflect the diversity of our country. That means starting early,"...
Coronado school district issues apology after tortillas thrown at opposing basketball team
CORONADO, Calif. — Coronado school district leaders apologized Sunday to Orange Glen High — a predominately Latino school in Escondido — after tortillas were hurled at the school's boys basketball team during an altercation in the aftermath of a championship game Saturday night. Coronado police said they would be investigating the incident. It marks the third incident condemned as racist in San Diego County high school sports in recent years. For Coronado, the incident comes as its school district — which serves predominately White students — examines how to root out racism in its schools. Sat...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Cynthia M. Allen: New Texas law isn’t the answer on ‘critical race theory’ and schools. Here’s why
FORT WORTH, Texas — Everything you need to know about House Bill 3979 can be gleaned from the statement Gov. Greg Abbott issued at its signing. In one breath, he called the new law “a strong move to abolish critical race theory in Texas.” In the next, he shed doubt on its efficacy, saying “more must be done” and declaring he would put the issue on the agenda for a special legislative session. Abbott’s clear equivocation about the law’s utility is telling, about HB 3979 in particular and “anti-critical race theory” legislation in general. To start, the bill is vague, perhaps intentionally. It d...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Japan's JMA Management Center forms 1st overseas unit in Thailand
BANGKOK, NNA - JMA Management Center Inc. has set up its first overseas subsidiary in Thailand to offer human resources development services to Japanese companies aiming to expand into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region. JMAM (Thailand) Co. was formed in Bangkok on May 27 with an initial capital of 70 million yen ($635,250) and five employees, including two Japanese representatives, an official of the Tokyo-based company told NNA. Its core business is to provide support for Thai workers hoping to acquire manufacturing skills certificates. The support business regarding the Thai ...
NNA Business News
Some Thai students reject uniforms and standing for national flag during online classes
A vocational college requires its students to wear uniforms, pray, and chant college slogans in an early morning Zoom meeting before online classes begin. Source: Bad Students. Thai students have turned to social media to criticize recent nationalistic efforts where teachers have required students to pay respect to the national flag, pray on camera, and wear uniforms during online classes. According to student accounts, some teachers have asked their classes to stand and honor the national flag at 8:00 am each day before online classes begin. One teacher asked students to send photographic pro...
Juneteenth is a national holiday. Can it be taught after Texas limited teaching on race?
FORT WORTH, Texas — The history of Juneteenth, declared a federal holiday Thursday, could be taught under a new Texas law dealing with state social studies curriculum, the bill's author says, but some fear parts of the legislation that deal with the teaching of white supremacy and slavery could be struck during a special session. Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3979 on Tuesday, calling the legislation a “strong move to abolish critical race theory in Texas.” The bill, which goes into effect Sept. 1, deals with how educators teach current events, history and race. Abbott said in a statement ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram