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
Pence blasts Biden, Democrats but is heckled as ‘traitor’ at Orlando evangelical event
ORLANDO, Fla. — A slate of more than a dozen prominent conservatives lambasted Democrats as pushing America toward socialism, blasted “The Squad,” and called on evangelical voters to deliver Republicans back into majorities in Congress in 2022. They found a mostly friendly audience at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference, a meeting of evangelicals and conservative activists, in hopes of beginning momentum toward electoral wins next year. But the rifts in the Republican Party following the tumultuous Trump era couldn’t entirely be papered over, with former Vice President ...
DeSantis signs bill requiring ‘moment of silence’ in Florida schoolsTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida K-12 public schools must hold a moment of silence at the start of each day starting next school year, after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Monday requiring the practice. The bill drew criticism from liberal groups that it amounts to government-required prayer, but Republicans and some Democratic supporters during the hearings on the bill insisted it was not requiring prayers but merely a moment of reflection and silence. DeSantis, though, explicitly couched the new law as a way to bring Go...
Tribune News Service
Fight rages over anti-racism teaching in US schools
Leesburg (United States) (AFP) - "Are you ready to take back our schools?" activist Patti Menders shouted at a rally opposing anti-racism teaching in the United States that critics like her say trains white children to see themselves as "oppressors." "Yes!" answered in unison the hundreds of demonstrators gathered this weekend near Washington to fight against "critical race theory," the latest battleground of America's ongoing culture wars. The term defines a strand of thought that appeared in American law schools in the late 1970s and which looks at racism as a system, enabled by laws and ins...