7 months ago

Hampshire College returns US flag to full staff; president denies playing politics

Jesse Watters asks the folks of Amherst, Massachusetts about an American flag dispute at Hampshire College on 'The O'Reilly Factor'

Hampshire College in Massachusetts raised the American flag back to full staff Friday after outraged veterans protested the school's decision to stop flying all flags across campus.

The college in Amherst had lowered the U.S. flag to half-staff after Election Day. The flag was found burned on Veterans Day, and the school chose to stop flying it and any other flags a week later.

"We understand that many who hold the flag as a powerful symbol of national ideals and their highest aspirations for the country -- including members of our own community -- felt hurt by our decisions, and that we deeply regret," the college's president, Jonathan Lash, stated Friday. He added, "We did not lower the flag to make a political statement. ...We acted solely to facilitate much-needed dialogue on our campus about how to dismantle the bigotry that is prevalent in our society."


The school's choice to stop flying the flagtriggered widespread condemnation and a protest by veterans groups and their supporters outside campus. Last weekend,dozens of vets and other activists held American flags and chanted, "U.S.A.," in a rally that organizers called a "peaceful demonstration of freedom."

Mayor Domenic Sarno of nearby Springfield and others at the rally said the school's decision disrespected veterans and current military members.

In video that aired Wednesday on "The O'Reilly Factor," Fox News' Jesse Watters confronted Lash, who refused to comment on the controversy at that time.

"Hampshire staff and faculty have led facilitated discussions, I have held multiple focus group sessions, and all of our students, faculty, and staff have been invited to contribute their opinions, questions, and perspectives about the U.S. flag. This is what free speech looks like," Lash said Friday.

Fox News' Kendall Gastelu and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

9 months ago

Microsoft Weaponizes Minecraft in the War Over Classrooms - Backchannel

Two years after buying the wildly popular video game, Microsoft is using Minecraft to vie for kids brain space and schoolsdollars.Follow-Up Friday is our attempt to put the news into context. Once a week, well call out a recent headline, provide an update, and explain why itmatters.

1 year ago

Charter schools step up political action - CT Post

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1 year ago

Los Angeles mayor supports free year of college proposal for high school grads - Fox News

June 13, 2015: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center right, joins members of the City Council and community leaders in a photo after he signed into law an ordinance that will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 in Los Angeles. June 13, 2015: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center right, joins members of the City Council and community leaders in a photo after he signed into law an ordinance that will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 in Los Angeles. (AP)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday he supports the goal of offering one free year of college education to all of those who graduate from the citys school district.

Garcetti announced his support in his State of the City address touting Los Angeles improving job numbers, and painted a picture of a strong future for the city, according to City News Service.

His target for the Los Angeles Unified School District is part of an effort to meet President Obamas call to make community college free.

"Tonight Los Angeles will become the largest city in the nation to commit ourselves to a new goal: every hardworking student who graduates from LAUSD will receive one free year of community college," Garcetti said.

School board member Scott Svonkin told City News Service the mayor is expected to help the citys community colleges with a $3 million fundraising effort with the goal to implement this proposed program within a year.

The college district plans to match any funds that Garcetti is able to raise.

Speaking from the factory floor of Noribachi, an LED maker near the Port of Los Angeles, Garcetti said he slashed the city unemployment rate in half from 12 percent in 2013 and the city has also gained 109,000 news jobs. Noribachi relocated from New Mexico to Los Angeles in 2012.

Garcetti touted how well Noribachi has done since its move in an effort to illustrate Los Angeles attractiveness as a tech-friendly place to do business, according to City News Service.

"We helped launch them, because they reflect who we are as Angelenos, and who we want to be as a city -- they're high-tech, they're inventive, they're green and they're global," he said.

Noribachi makes customized LEDs. The business has seen its revenues increase 340 percent and the amount of employees have doubled to 170.

Garcetti also touched on his plan to put 260 new cops on the street, fix more broken sidewalks, fight the growing homelessness problem and create jobs for reformed gang members.

KABC-TV reported that Garcetti urged residents to support his vision for the city to fix the problems the city has faced in recent years.

"If Kobe Bryant could post 60 points and lead his team to victory in his final game, come on guys we can do this," he said.

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1 year ago

W&M students, education experts 'collaborate to educate' - William and Mary News

Speakers and students alike gathered at the William & Mary School of Education Saturday, all with a shared passion for exceptional students who deserve additional educational opportunities.

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) hosted its first annual "Collaborate to Educate" conference, which included students from a variety of local educational aid programs.

Students from Lafayette Kids, Project Phoenix, Pineapple Kids, College Partnership for Kids, Merrimac Mentors, Campus Kitchen and Head Start united to learn and share ideas.

"Our hopes for C2E were two-fold. First, we wanted members of different education programs to learn more about each other's organizations and explore possibilities for collaboration" said Sherry McKinney, coordinator of education programs for OCE.

In addition to finding ways to collaborate, students had the opportunity to hear from dedicated educational professionals from the area.

"Through sessions with educators from the School of Ed. and WJCC Schools, participants [learned] best practices that they could apply to their work with local children and youth" said McKinney.

The event, which featured opening sessions, two different breakout sessions and a group reflection, brought together 40 students from the several on campus education-based clubs.

The first breakout sessions included a chance to learn about the "Big Ideas" of behavior management, the "Science of Motivation" and the ability to "Make Connections" through story and empathy.

The second breakout sessions featured a presentation on better understanding students of exceptional populations, a presentation on working with English-learners and a presentation addressing the Achievement Gap.

The breakout sessions gave students the opportunity to hear from many professionals in different areas of the educational field.

Students heard speeches from Anya Robrinskaya, a full-time ESL teacher at Matthew Whaley Elementary; Jason Chen, an assistant professor of educational psychology at William & Mary's School of Education; Davis Clement, who is involved in a collaborative study of school climate; Megan Tschannen-Moran, a professor of educational leadership at William & Mary's School of Education; and Debbie Ramer, a professor at William & Mary's School of Education.

The speakers had a significant impact on the attendees, and students in attendance capitalized on the opportunity to interact with the presenters, said McKinney.

"Groups have even talked about inviting presenters to future meetings and training sessions" she said.

At the conclusion of the conference, students had an opportunity to reflect on their experiences from throughout the day.

"Students left workshop sessions excited to bring what they had learned back to their organizations and explore ways to improve their work with children and youth" McKinney said.

Although this was the first year that OCE hosted the event, McKinney said that the office hoped to offer the conference again next year.

2 years ago

How To Get A Great College Degree

You want to know what it takes to be ready for the college experience, and there are many things you should be doing in preparation. College is the beginning of the real world, as many responsibilities will now fall on you. Continue reading to find out more information about getting ready for college.

Go visit several potential colleges to help you decide where you want to go to college. Private colleges and community colleges, you can decide what environment you really want to be in, by visiting universities. Most colleges offer several tours throughout the school year. Many also offer an opportunity to shadow a student to see what a normal day is like.

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