“The names of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and other prominent figures including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein will be removed from 44 San Francisco public schools, a move that stirred debate Wednesday on whether the famously liberal city has taken the national reckoning on America’s racist past too far,” the AP reports.
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“Schools operating in person have seen scant transmission of the coronavirus, particularly when masks and distancing are employed, but some indoor athletics have led to infections and should be curtailed if schools want to operate safely, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded in papers published Tuesday,” the Washington Post reports.
“As U.S. authorities debate whether to keep schools open, a consensus is emerging in Europe that children are a considerable factor in the spread of Covid-19—and more countries are shutting schools for the first time since the spring,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Closures have been announced recently in the U.K., Germany, Ireland, Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands on concerns about a more infectious variant of the virus first detected in the U.K. and rising case counts despite lockdowns.”
Harvard University asked Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to voluntarily step down from its advisory committee at the Institute of Politics after she made false claims about the 2020 presidential election being stolen from Donald Trump.
She refused, so Harvard removed her.
“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation on Thursday after she believed that it would not be possible to remove President Trump from office under the 25th Amendment,” Politico reports.
Said an adviser: “Once that option was off the table, resignation was the only option.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation to President Trump on Thursday night saying the riot at the Capitol was her breaking point, the New York Times reports.
Said DeVos: “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urged career employees at the Education Department to “be the resistance” when the Biden administration comes into power next month, Politico reports.
“After shocking many in the evangelical movement by endorsing Donald Trump over other Republicans for the 2016 presidential nomination, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. pumped millions of the nonprofit religious institution’s funds into Republican causes and efforts to promote the Trump administration, blurring the lines between education and politics,” Politico reports.
“The culmination of his efforts was the creation of a university-funded campus ‘think tank’ — which has produced no peer-reviewed academic work and bears little relation to study centers at other universities — that ran pro-Trump ads, hired Trump allies including former adviser Sebastian Gorka and current Trump attorney Jenna Ellis to serve as fellows and, in recent weeks, has aggressively promoted Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud.”
Helaine Olen: “Whenever someone expressed concerns about the quality of remote education back in the early days of covid-19, they were all but shamed into silence. No, the spring did not go well, but that was done on the fly, with next to no preparation. No, it’s not an ideal solution, but staying with in-person instruction is out of the question. There is a learning curve, we were told. We’ll get this thing right with time.”
“Here’s how that worked out: In Houston, the number of students with failing grades is exploding. In St. Paul, Minn., a high school student is almost as likely to be on track to fail a class as pass it. In the junior high and high schools of Fairfax County — one of the wealthiest counties in the United States — 1 out of 10 students flunked at least two classes, and the number was almost double that for those with disabilities. Enrollment is falling in closed school districts from coast to coast and many points in between. Some children are exiting for private schools, or private pods. Others are simply MIA.”
Stanford University issued a statement about Dr. Scott Atlas, who is on leave of absence from the university to serve as coronavirus adviser to President Trump:
“Dr. Atlas has expressed views that are inconsistent with the university’s approach in response to the pandemic. Dr. Atlas’s statements reflect his personal views, not those of the Hoover Institution or the university.”
“When Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki strolled around the Lynchburg, Va., campus of Liberty University, the evangelical school which Falwell led as president, they would play a secret game called ‘Would you rather,'” Politico reports.
“The middle-aged couple would point to students, men and women, and imagine what it would be like to have sex with them, according to a former student who said Becki told him about the game.”
“The former student, a member of a band with the Falwells’ son Trey, has said that Becki initiated oral sex with him while he stayed overnight at the Falwell home, following other attempts to seduce him. She confided to him the details of the game she and her husband would play, and told him multiple times how she and Jerry would take note of students’ appearances.”
Former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. announced that he had filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming that it had “needlessly injured and damaged his reputation” after his resignation earlier this year, Axios reports.
The Nobel Prize committee couldn’t reach Paul Milgrom to share the news that he won the Nobel Prize in Economics, so his fellow winner and neighbor Robert Wilson knocked on his door in the middle of the night.
The moment was caught on his video door bell.
“Top White House officials pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this summer to downplay the risk of sending children back to school, a strikingly political intervention in one of the most sensitive public health debates of the pandemic,” the New York Times reports.
“As part of their behind-the-scenes effort, White House officials also tried to circumvent the CDC in a search for alternate data showing that the pandemic was weakening and posed little danger to children.”
The husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) inappropriately influenced a University of California admissions decision as a longtime UC regent, the California State Auditor’s office said, according to Politico.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is under investigation for potentially violating the Hatch Act, a federal law that prohibits civil servants from engaging in political activity while on duty, Politico reports.
DeVos slammed Joe Biden in a Fox News interview and her agency promoted it through official channels.
“President Trump pressed his case that U.S. schools are indoctrinating children with a left-wing agenda hostile to the nation’s Founding Fathers, describing efforts to educate students about racism and slavery as an insult to the nation’s lofty founding principles,” the Washington Post reports.
“Trump, speaking before original copies of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, characterized demonstrations against racial injustice as ‘left-wing rioting and mayhem’ that ‘are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools. It’s gone on far too long.'”
Trump also said he would create a national commission to promote “pro-American curriculum that celebrates the truth about our nation’s great history.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio “once again delayed the start of most in-person classes in the New York City public schools, acknowledging that the system had still not fully surmounted the many obstacles that it faced in bringing children back during the pandemic,” the New York Times reports.
“The abrupt announcement was a blow to the mayor’s effort to make New York one of the few major cities in the nation to hold in-person classes. And it threatened to deepen concerns and confusion over whether the mayor and his administration had mishandled the reopening by announcing deadlines and then pushing them back.”
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