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    by Charles Hilu   The University of Michigan Department of Anesthesiology hosted Monday a screening of the video “Critical Race Theory: American Law and Racism” as part of the university’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day symposium. Kimberly Ward, the department’s DEI administrative specialist, joined Kristen Howard, senior director of the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, to screen the pre-recorded video, in which Columbia law professor and coiner of the term “intersectionality” Kimberlé Crenshaw gave a rundown of critical race theory history and significance. After the 25-minute video, Ward and Howard led a 30-minute discussion. Nearly 300 attended via Zoom. “It really comes down to: Is there any part of American life and society that is not touched by racism,” Howard said in a discussion after the screening. “Whether it be anesthesiology, education — again, housing is one of the ones where we see this often — there really is not a corner that is left untouched because of the way that our systems were built.” The only time during the entire event that the presenters discussed any connection between...
    For the second time in two days, members of the Leesburg Police Department were called in to investigate reports of racist and anti-Semitic writing that were found in bathrooms at area high schools. On Friday, Jan. 20, the department responded to Heritage High School, where there was hateful graffiti posted in one of the bathrooms less than 24 hours after a similar incident was reported at Loudoun County High School. The hateful writings come less than two weeks after there were three instances of racist writing on the walls of bathrooms inside Heritage High School that remains under investigation. Police say that they are now working with the Loudoun County Public School system to investigate the latest incident. The nature of the graffiti has not been disclosed by investigators. According to police, school officials have since searched all bathrooms and locker rooms at both buildings and are in the process of removing the racist messages. “There is no place in our society for this type of hateful behavior,” officials stated. “The Leesburg Police Department takes such reprehensible actions seriously.” Anyone...
    The Town of Trion and the Trion Police Department are happy to announce that their campaign to get all Trion City school students to buckle up is moving forward with great success. A recent survey conducted by the school resource officer showed that over 80% of students driving on campus were wearing their seatbelt. This is a significant increase from when the program began. As a reward and to show our appreciation The Town of Trion and The Trion Police Department will be feeding the students breakfast on the morning of January 30, 2023. This program was spearheaded by Mayor Lanny Thomas who is thankful so many students are being safety conscious, however the program is not a total success just yet. The goal of the program is to have ALL of our students in seatbelts. Once the students obtain 100% participation,they will be rewarded with a pizza lunch. We would also like to thank the administration of Trion high school for their cooperation and making all necessary...
    (CNN)Gunfire broke out at an Oklahoma City area high school after a basketball game Tuesday night, sending game commentators ducking for cover and fans running.At least one man was shot and taken to a hospital, officials told CNN affiliate KOCO."After the completion of the boys' basketball game against Millwood High School, a fight occurred and gunshots were fired inside the field house," Del City High School Principal Steve Gilliland said on the school's website. "The Del City Police Department is onsite and investigating the incident."Shots could be heard in the gymnasium in a Millwood Falcons Sports livestream as people congregated on the court after the game ended with Del City winning 62 to 58 and announcers commenting on the matchup.Officials told KOCO that shots were fired both inside and outside the fieldhouse. Read More"There was at least over 500 people here, maybe a little bit more," Del City Police Capt. Brad Cowden told the station. "The game had just concluded when this incident occurred."No information was available on the wounded person's condition or whether he is connected to the school.The...
    by Alexa Schwerha   The University of Southern California (USC) Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work will no longer use the world “field” in its curriculum or its practices as part of its anti-racist framework, according to an email reportedly sent Monday. The school reportedly stripped the word from use due to alleged ties to “anti-Black” and “anti-immigrant” rhetoric, according to the email sent by the Practicum Education Department to the campus community, faculty, staff and students. The school informed that the word “practicum” would be used instead to “ensure [its] use of inclusive language and practice.” “This change supports anti-racist social work practice by replacing language that could be considered anti-Black or anti-immigrant in favor of inclusive language,” the email reportedly reads. “Language can be powerful, and phrases such as ‘going into the field’ or ‘field work’ may have connotations for descendants of slavery and immigrant workers that are not benign.” Today, @uscsocialwork sent out this letter announcing that they will no longer use the word “field” (as in “conducting field work”) because it’s perceived as racist. Is this with...
    The North Alabama Drug Task Force charged a man with a felony Wednesday following allegations that he possessed a "trafficking amount" of fentanyl during a high school basketball game. Justin Omari Mitchell, 25, was working as a security guard Tuesday during a game at Grissom High School when NADTF agents arrested him without incident. Mitchell was charged with drug trafficking, drug sale near a school, and possession of a deadly weapon on school grounds. Agents found a firearm and a trafficking amount of pressed fentanyl pills in Mitchell's vehicle, according to a press release from the Hunstville Police Department. A trafficking amount is an amount in excess of 4 grams or 1,000 pills, according to Alabama law. Mitchell is facing a minimum sentence of three years in jail and a $50,000 fine. 'HEARTBREAKING': U.S. SEN. SCOTT, FLORIDA SHERIFFS DISCUSS FENTANYL CRISIS AS OD DEATHS SURGE Courtesy: Madison County Sheriff's Office “We will not tolerate individuals bringing dangerous and illegal drugs onto our school campuses,” HPD Chief Kirk Giles said in a statement. “I...
    The Leesburg Police Department has been called to investigate racist writing that was found in three bathrooms at an area high school. Officials say that officials at Heritage High School found three instances of racist writing on the walls of bathrooms inside the building, and are now working with the Loudoun County Public Schools to investigate the incidents. The nature of the graffiti has not been disclosed by investigators. According to police, school officials have since searched all bathrooms and locker rooms at Heritage High School and are in the process of removing the racist messages. “There is no place in our society for this type of hateful behavior,” officials stated. “The Leesburg Police Department takes such reprehensible actions seriously.” The incident remains under investigation by the Leesburg Police Department School Resource Office Unit. Anyone who has information has been asked to contact Officer Bolden at the Leesburg Police Department by calling (703) 771-4500 or emailing RBolden@leesburgva.gov.
    Share this: This story was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletters. New York City students and teachers can no longer access ChatGPT — the new artificial intelligence-powered chatbot that generates stunningly cogent and lifelike writing — on education department devices or internet networks, agency officials confirmed Tuesday. The education department blocked access to the program, citing “negative impacts on student learning, and concerns regarding the safety and accuracy of content,” a spokesperson said. The move from the nation’s largest school system could have ripple effects as districts and schools across the country grapple with how to respond to the arrival of the dynamic new technology.
    Live from Music Row, Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the 2020 National Constitution Bee winner Jackson Carter in studio to explain what it was like running for the Maury County Department of Education seat as a 19-year-old student. Leahy: In studio, our good friend, a seasoned political veteran at the age of 20, the champion of the 2020 National Constitution Bee, a sophomore at the University of Alabama from Spring Hill, Tennessee, in Maury County, Mr. Jackson Carter. Jackson, let’s continue the story. You got your $10,000 scholarship ship from The Star News Education Foundation for winning the National Constitution Bee. You entered Alabama as a freshman. What was your first year like at the University of Alabama? Carter: Preface this with, I’ve always wanted to go to Alabama ever since I was four or five years old; I always knew I was going to end up in Tuscaloosa. So really, it was kind of a manifestation of...
    This week, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) released the ACT state results and participation rate for the 2022 graduating class, two months after national data was released by ACT. The results show that Tennessee is not moving the needle in student outcomes. Data released by the TDOE show that ACT participation rates returned to pre-pandemic levels of 98 percent. In the two years prior, rates had slipped from 98 percent in 2018-19 to 97 percent in 2019-20, and then 96 percent in 2020-2021. The participation rate increased noticeably among three historically underserved student groups and decreased slightly among one historically underserved student group when comparing the participation rates from 2021 to 2022. Students with disabilities had a 2 percent-point decrease. To receive a regular high school diploma, all students enrolled in a Tennessee public school during their eleventh (11) grade year must take either the ACT or SAT. While participation rates are up, the state average composite score remains flat at 19.1 for the 2022 graduating class This was identical to the previous year, which signified a decline from 19.9 for the...
    The chief of a Fairfield County police department is retiring from his position after almost 10 years to become a neighboring school district's first-ever director of security.  New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski Jr. announced the news on Thursday, Dec. 15, saying that he is leaving the department at the end of the year to become Director of Security in the Darien Public School District.  Krolikowski said he intends to build up the Darien school system to be a model to other school districts.  "This position will allow me to help build innovative initiatives and to hire a team that enhances school safety and security," Krolikowski said.  A member of the New Canaan Police Department for more than 33 years, Krolikowski became interim chief in 2013 after the retirement of former chief Edward Nadriczny, and then officially became chief after only two-and-a-half months.  Before becoming chief, Krolikowski commanded the department's staff services and operations divisions and was also a captain.  In his retirement announcement, Krolikowski reflected on his years of service.  "During my 9 years and 6 months as Chief, I have been blessed and honored...
    This story has been updated. A Hudson Valley elementary school was evacuated due to a bomb threat. The incident took place in Rockland County on Thursday, Dec. 15 at New City Elementary School in New City. According to Det. Norm Peters, of the Clarkstown Police, school staff told police that a caller stated there a bomb in the school. The phone call abruptly ended and the Clarkstown Police Department was notified. As the initial responding officers arrived on the scene students were already being evacuated from the building and placed onto school buses in order to be safely moved from the area, Peters said. Officers began establishing a perimeter and notifications were made to several surrounding agencies, requesting the use of their K9 officers due to the size of the building. Officers from the Ramapo Police Department, Rockland County Sheriff's Office, and the state police joined in the search of the school and the surrounding grounds, he added. Additionally, an exterior search of the school was conducted by the department's drone unit and uniformed personnel.  After a comprehensive search of the school, it has been determined...
    Sam Brinton, the nonbinary ex-Energy Department nuclear waste official facing major prison time, once helped a nonprofit group craft a model school policy adopted in several states that tells schools to hide alleged gender identity or sexual orientation changes from "unaffirming" parents. Between 2017 and 2020, Brinton was head of advocacy and government affairs at the Trevor Project, an LGBT group focused on youth suicide prevention, according to Brinton's LinkedIn. In 2019, Brinton played a role in developing a 37-page booklet titled "Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention," which puts restrictions on how much teachers can talk to parents or guardians if their LGBT child is suicidal. "While parents and guardians need to be informed and actively involved in decisions regarding the student’s welfare, the school mental health professional should ensure that the parents’ actions are in the best interest of the student (e.g., when a student is LGBTQ and living in an unaffirming household)," read the model, which was also published by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American School Counselor Association, and the National...
    Governor Mike DeWine announced Monday that the Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) has finished setting the required training known as the Armed School Staff Essential Training (ASSET) Curriculum. The OSSC developed the curriculum to meet the requirements of House Bill (HB) 99 sponsored by state Representative Thomas Hall (R-Madison Twp.) which gives Ohio school boards and governing bodies the option to arm staff members. “For districts that choose to arm a school staff member, this training will ensure that those individuals are thoroughly prepared to respond to emergencies specific to a school environment,” DeWine said in a news release. DeWine signed HB 99 into law in June which reduces the number of training hours required for armed school staff from 700 hours to 24. After the initial 24 hours of training, individuals must continue training with an additional eight hours annually. Some school boards may require more training, and all must notify parents if armed personnel are on staff. Armed personnel will also be required to undergo an annual criminal background check. Licensed regional peace officers and armed forces veterans...
    Authorities say that a pair of minors are responsible for the recent threats made targeting Towson High School in Baltimore as they sought to incriminate an uninvolved juvenile. The Baltimore County Police Department announced on Saturday, Dec. 10 that the agency has brought closure to the threat investigation made at the high school and determined that no students, faculty, or staff members were ever in danger. Detectives said that they have identified and charged a juvenile suspect with multiple recent threatening messages targeting Towson High School, and charges are pending against a second minor suspect in North Carolina. "Investigators believe the suspects intended to incriminate an uninvolved juvenile with their actions," a spokesperson stated. "The Baltimore County Police Department would like to thank the Towson High School community for their patience and support during this investigation."  Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski released a statement following the police announced that the case was closed. I'm extremely proud of (the) work done by the Baltimore County Police Department in making these charges. and getting to the bottom of the concerning situation at...
    The principal of a New York City school is said to be 'so rude she makes staff sob on a daily basis.'  Carla Ling is the head of PS/MS 20 in Norwood, in the Bronx. Yet her manners appear to scare both her own staff and superiors resulting in a petition being created pushing for her resignation from the role.  Indeed, Ling's alleged antics make her sound more akin to the fictional character Miss Trunchball from Matilda, who rules her school with an iron fist but leaves staff and students cowering in her wake.  Parents and staff have raised concerns and filed complaints with the New York Department of Education over Ling's alleged behavior detailing how she regularly screams at students and harasses staffers making them cry every day.  Carla Ling, the head of school PS/MS 20 in the Bronx is being criticized by staff, superiors and even parents for how she allegedly treats them Carla Ling is the head of PS/MS 20 in Norwood, in the Bronx, pictured above Yet despite her alleged heavy handedness with her own staff,...
    Seven Van Nuys Middle School students who were taken to hospitals Thursday after reporting “medical complaints” have been discharged and are listed as stable, but authorities have yet to determine what sparked the medical emergency. Firefighters and police responded to the school early Thursday after 10 students, between 12 and 14 years old, were reported to be in “mild to moderate distress.” The students were evaluated for suspected overdoses. Three of the kids were released at the scene, but seven others were taken to local hospitals to be treated. The Los Angeles Fire Department said that the incident was “NOT fentanyl-related.” The incident came just two months after 15-year-old Melanie Ramos was found unresponsive in a bathroom at Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood. The teenager died of a suspected fentanyl overdose after she and another student bought what they believed to be Percocet pills from another 15-year-old student. LAFD Capt. Erik Scott said Thursday it was possible the Van Nuys students ingested marijuana-infused products, or “edibles,” but the incident remains under investigation. On Friday,...
    There will be an increased police presence at a Maryland high school on Thursday morning after police were called in to investigate a threat. On Wednesday, Nov. 30, Baltimore County Police Schools administrators advised county police about an emailed threat targeting High School staff members that they have received. Baltimore County Police investigators were called in and ultimately determined the threats in the email were unsubstantiated, the agency announced on Thursday, Dec. 1.  The nature of the threat was not disclosed by authorities. According to officials, “out of an abundance of caution," the Baltimore County Police Department will expand its police presence at Towson High School, which is going to open on schedule. They said that “ss the safety of our students remains a top priority, the Baltimore County Police Department reminds County residents to stay vigilant in reporting any suspicious activity to authorities.
    A fire broke out early Sunday morning at a Santa Paula High School gymnasium, destroying the 1930s-era building, officials said. The fire was reported Sunday around 12:40 a.m., according to the Ventura County Fire Department. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No one was injured but several neighborhood residents were evacuated due to a power shutoff, the Santa Paula Police Department said. Hours after the fire broke out, firefighters were still attacking the blaze. At least one wall of the building had partially collapsed. “The building’s a total loss,” Santa Paula Unified Superintendent Jeffrey Weinstein told the Ventura County Star. “It’s one of our historical buildings on campus.” Classes at the high school have been canceled Monday and Tuesday, Weinstein said in a statement.
    by Reagan Reese   The Michigan Department of Education (MDOE) promoted resources for educators on how to start a “Gay Straight Alliance” (GSA) club in their schools, according to training materials. The MDOE’s LGBTQ Students Project includes trainings and resources for LGBTQ students as well as educators on getting a GSA club “up and running,” according to the materials. For starting a GSA club, the department promoted a GSA resource list and brainstorming activity for educators to teach them how to advertise the club and insure student confidentiality. An activity titled “what are some best practices to help your GSA be successful?” encourages educators to find a “safe space” for a club by reaching out to a school counselor or band director. To advertise the club, the activity suggests school announcements and putting the information in school newsletters. “I had the school secretary read it aloud on the announcements to advertise,” the activity read. “Just hearing her say the words ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender’ aloud every morning for a week was a thrill.” Once the group is created, the activity suggests...
    New information has been released as police in Baltimore continue investigating a threat made targeting an area high school. An alert was issued by the Baltimore County Police Department on Monday, Nov. 21, advising that there is a continued police presence at Towson High School as the investigation continues into a threat made targeting the building on Thursday, Nov. 17. Investigators say that the threat appears to have originated from out of the country as “academic institutions across the country have faced a surge of threats similar to the one sent last week.” “The Baltimore County Police Department continues to work closely with Baltimore County Public Schools to monitor this situation and to ensure that all students and staff remain safe.” 
    At this time, authorities have not released a possible motive. During a press conference on Monday morning – before Jones' arrest was confirmed – UVA President Jim Ryan stated, "Multiple law enforcement agencies are coordinating to find and apprehend him." "As of writing, I am heartbroken to report the shooting has resulted in three fatalities; two additional victims were injured and are receiving medical care," Ryan added. "We are working with the families of the victims, and we will share additional details as soon as we are able." Ryan identified the three deceased victims as D'Sean Perry, Lavel Davis Jr., and Devin Chandler. He did not release the identities of the two additional wounded victims, but he noted that one is in critical condition and the other expected to recover. \u201cAll three of the UVA shooting victims are football players:\n\nDevin Chandler (from Virginia Beach)\n\nD'Sean Perry\n\nLavel Davis\u201d — Dan Kennedy 13News Now (@Dan Kennedy 13News Now) 1668441880 All of the deceased victims were UVA football players and former teammates of Jones. Longo noted that Jones was involved in a previous...
    An English teacher at Red Bank Regional High School has been arrested and criminally charged with having a long-term sexual relationship with a former student, starting when she was enrolled at the school, authorities said. Michael F. Canning, 41, of Long Branch is charged with sexual assault, endangering and criminal sexual contact, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago  An investigation involving members of the MCPO Special Victims Bureau and the Red Bank Police Department revealed that the alleged criminal conduct by Canning began in 2015, when the victim was a junior, and extended into 2019, Santiago said. On numerous occasions during that time, Canning allegedly engaged in sexual acts with the victim at various locations in Red Bank, Little Silver, and Shrewsbury, the prosecutor said. Canning was arrested without incident in Oceanport on Saturday, Nov. 12 and taken to Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI), where he remained incarcerated. “These allegations constitute an egregious betrayal of the immense degree of.faith we place upon teachers to always act in the best interests of the young minds they are entrusted to develop and educate,” Santiago said.  This matter remains...
    Virginia’s schools will get $12 million from the commonwealth’s School Security Equipment Grant program; the money will go to schools in 90 divisions to help purchase security systems including surveillance cameras, two-way radios, visitor ID badges, security card access systems, and radios for buses. “The systems and equipment purchased through these grants will help school divisions control access to school buildings, respond quickly to emergencies and maintain orderly learning environments for students,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said in a Thursday Virginia Department of Education announcement. “Every student and every teacher should feel safe in their classrooms, during school activities and when traveling to and from school. In many cases, the equipment purchased addresses vulnerabilities identified in annual school security audits.” The program awards funds to schools with the most need of equipment identified in school security audits, schools with high numbers of offenses, and schools in divisions least able to afford upgrades. Grants range from $14,936 for an elementary school in Surry County up to a maximum of $250,000 for Roanoke, Pulaski, Nelson, Lee, Hopewell, Henry, Franklin, Fauquier,...
    There is no evidence that the violent threats that forced students and staff to evacuate Dieruff High School in Allentown Thursday, Nov. 10 were "credible," say city police. The school district and police department both received multiple warnings of a violent attack at the school this morning via the anonymous tipster app Safe2Say, officials wrote.  The building was placed on lockdown at about 10 a.m. before dismissing an hour later "out of an abundance of caution, they said.  "The tips received through the Safe2Say program were thoroughly investigated and found to be unsubstantiated," said Allentown police Asst. Chief Michael Becker.   "There is no evidence to indicate that the threats were credible, and there is no danger to the community," he added.  It is illegal to knowingly give law enforcement false information, the department said.  Anyone with knowledge of the threats is asked to call the Community Outreach Unit at 610-437-7741. 
    The Georgia Department of Education is releasing its 2021-2022 list of Title I Distinguished Schools – a designation that recognizes the highest-performing Title I schools in Georgia. Seventy-one schools earned the recognition this year. “Congratulations to each of Georgia’s 2021-2022 Title I Distinguished Schools!” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “This honor recognizes the hard work of teachers and school staff to provide an excellent education to each and every student in their care. I commend the school leaders, teachers, parents, and communities of each school as they overcome barriers, meet challenges, and open up opportunities for their students.” The Distinguished Schools designation recognizes Title I schools that ranked in the top 5% based on a combined ELA and Math Achievement Rate score from FY2021 College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) Content Mastery data. While a full CCRPI report was not available in 2021 due to data limitations resulting from the pandemic and an associated federal waiver, Content Mastery data was available since students took state assessments in 2021. Schools must...
    A Eureka High School volunteer boys’ basketball coach was arrested by the Fortuna Police Department on Thursday evening. Nathan Thomas Hentley, a volunteer basketball coach at Eureka High School, was arrested by the Fortuna Police Department on Wednesday on suspicion of sex crimes with a minor. (HCSO/Contributed)  Nathan Thomas Hentley was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation with a minor under 16-year-old, statutory rape, committing lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and contacting a minor to commit a felony. The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office has not received a report on Hentley, and charges have not been filed. Hentley, who was a volunteer coach this year and a walk-on coach last year, was dropped as a coach by Eureka City Schools after his arrest and no longer has volunteer status with the district. “There is an ongoing investigation with the Fortuna Police Department and, at this time, there is no indication of any ECS students being involved,” a release from Eureka City Schools said. “ECS is in communication with Fortuna Police Department, as student safety is the District’s top...
    At 11:29 AM, Shawnee High School was evacuated late Thursday morning, Nov. 3 due to an online posting related to a destructive device being placed in a bathroom, authorities said. A juvenile student was later charged with making the threat, according to Medford Township police. The coordination of school officials, LRHSD representatives and officers from Medford Township Police Department, Medford Lakes Police Department as well as Medford Fire Personnel secured the scene as the school was evacuated.  Medford Township police bomb detection K-9’s were deployed confirming that the school was safe.  As a result of the investigation, a juvenile student was identified and later charged on a Juvenile Summons Complaint with Terroristic Threats, later released to his parents, police said.
    Arizona Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake told rally-goers she would order state police to arrest federal agents who try to enforce a policy that doesn’t actually exist. The former local tV news anchor is currently locked in a tight race with Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. The preponderance of recent polling shows Lake with a slight lead. During the campaign event, Lake referenced a widespread conservative talking point about a nonexistent U.S. Department of Justice policy: I don’t believe parents are terrorists at all. And I’ll tell you what. If I were governor right now, and Joe Biden even thought he was gonna send his FBI or DOJ in to start coming after our parents, they would be met at the airport with the state police and arrested for going after our rights. We finally, as parents, have to rise up and say, “No, we’re gonna take this anymore and they call us terrorists. That’s unbelievable. We’re in an upside-down world and we need to right it.” Lake’s scenario about federal agents trying to arrest innocent parents just...
    A fast-acting faculty member at a Maryland high school may have saved a student’s life on Wednesday morning, officials say. In Prince George's County, officers from the Hyattsville Police Department responded to Northwestern High School early on Wednesday, Nov. 2, where there was a report of a student who was unconscious in a bathroom. According to police, the faculty member was able to administer Narcan, which revived the student, who was fully conscious when a parent arrived at the school. It is unclear what substances the teen may have ingested. The incident remains under investigation by members of the Hyattsville Police Department, officials said. Investigators said that anyone with intel or tips regarding opioid sales in the area to contact the department by calling (301) 985-5050.
    In the name of “curriculum transparency,” Florida’s Republican-controlled state government has appointed several anti-gay and anti-mask conspiracy theorists to take charge of a new effort at public schools: banning books. This hastily assembled censorship council—tasked with retraining public school librarians to abide by new restrictions—is the latest ploy in Gov. Ron DeSantis’ crusade to upend the state’s education system. But the council was also staffed under suspicious circumstances, with the state Education Department ignoring its own call for official candidates from local school districts and instead filling most of the slots with right-wing activists who have a history of proposing book bans. One was even nominated by a religious activist with close ties to the DeSantis administration a week before the department publicly called for candidates, according to government emails, hinting at secret coordination between them. “It calls into question the process that the Florida State Board of Education is trying to implement. It raises significant transparency questions,” said Megan Uzzell at Democracy Forward, which obtained those government emails. While the “parent workgroup” is only getting started, the Education Department’s...
    The Texas Department of Public Safety has fired the first state officer involved in the Uvalde school shooting, which left 19 children and two teachers dead while cops stood by.  Sergeant Juan Maldonado was fired from the state police on Friday, the first state officer since the public fallout where officers were accused of standing idly while Salvador Ramos, 18, slaughtered 21 innocent people on May 24.  The Department did not give exact reasoning for the termination. Maldonado was one of seven state officers who were under investigation.  He was the highest-ranking state trooper to initially respond to the scene, according to the Texas Tribune. He was also a 23-year veteran of the force.  The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Chief, Pete Arredondo, was also fired in August.  Sergeant Juan Maldonado (middle) was fired from the state police on Friday, a first state officer since the public fallout where officers were accused of standing idly while Salvador Ramos, 18, slaughtered 21 innocent people on May 24 Bodycam footage, released by the Uvalde Police Department, shows Maldonado near one of the...
    A second Fairfield County high school reports being the victim of a "swatting" incident where the police department received a call regarding an active shooter on the school campus. The second incident took place in Westport, around 9:10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 21 at Staples High School. According to Westport Police Lt. David Wolf, the 911 center received a call from a person who was reporting that there was an active shooter inside Staples High School.  The patrol and detective divisions as well as officers serving in administrative roles immediately went to the school, Wolf said. As officers were responding, contact was established with the school resource officer who said there was no indication of a problem at the location. This led the department to believe that this may be what is referred to as a “swatting” call, he added. Wolf said despite the possibility of this being a hoax, the high school was placed on lockdown and the police department proceeded as if there was an active threat. Once on the scene, teams of officers checked the entire school to confirm there was no shooter. This...
    D.C. Public Schools and the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating reports about child who was allegedly locked in a closet by a teacher at looking into reports that a teacher, reports WJLA. The student was reportedly locked in a closet at Lawrence Boone Elementary School at 2200 Minnesota Avenue Southeast. The school provided WJLA with a statement claiming that they "cannot comment on personal matters" but take student safety seriously and have forwarded the allegations to the Metropolitan Police Department, the outlet continues. The Metropolitan Police Department is said to be working alongside the school system's internal department to further investigate the incident. To read the full report by WJLA, click here. 
    A report of an active shooter at a Fairfield County school led to the lockdown of all the city's schools. The incident took place in Stamford around 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 13 at Stamford High School. According to Lauren Meyer, with the City of Stamford, Stamford High School received a false report notification of a threat of an active shooter in the building. The school was immediately put on lockdown and the Stamford Police Department responded and all protocols were followed by staff and students. All necessary precautions were taken and in an abundance of caution, Stamford Police made the decision to lock down all Stamford Public schools until the threat was vetted, Meyer said. Stamford Police determined that the report was a hoax and at 9:30 a.m., the lockdown at Stamford High School was lifted by Stamford Police. Students and staff were notified and classes resumed, she added. The Stamford Police Department has been notified that other Fairfield County school districts received similar threats this morning. This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates. 
    A charter school's CEO and President has pleaded guilty to stealing funds from a federal grant program that was meant for the school where he worked, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Leonard Hart, 50, of Mount Wolf, the CEO and principal of Lincoln Charter School in York has admitted to submitting to LCS nearly 20 false and fraudulent reimbursement requests between 2018 and 2020, on Thursday Oct. 20, according to a release by the Us Department of Justice. Hart "obtained by fraud and misapplied approximately $6,400," starting in May 2018, United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam says.  During that time, the school received grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ravi Romel Sharma is prosecuting the case. If convicted, Hart could face up to 10 years in prison, probation, and a fine. The school welcomed Rob Catten as its new CEO on July 1. 
    A driver was flown to a nearby trauma center after a multi-car crash involving a school bus in Warren County, authorities said. (Scroll for photos). The Mansfield Township Fire Company responded to the crash on Route 57 near Watters Road in Mansfield Township around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, the department said on Facebook. The crash involved a school bus with no passengers and a driver that had self-extricated with serious injuries, the department said. Emergency crews worked to stabilize the vehicles while an Atlantic Air 1 medical helicopter was called to take one of the victims to a nearby trauma center. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Scroll down to view additional photos from the Tri-County Volunteer Fire Company. Other assisting agencies include the Lebanon Township Fire Department, Mansfield Township Police Department, and St. Clare’s paremedics.
    A driver was flown to a nearby trauma center after a multi-car crash involving a school bus in Warren County, authorities said. (Scroll for photos). The Mansfield Township Fire Company responded to the crash on Route 57 near Watters Road in Mansfield Township around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, the department said on Facebook. The crash involved a school bus with no passengers and a driver that had self-extricated with serious injuries, the department said. Emergency crews worked to stabilize the vehicles while an Atlantic Air 1 medical helicopter was called to take one of the victims to a nearby trauma center. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Scroll down to view additional photos from the Tri-County Volunteer Fire Company. Other assisting agencies include the Lebanon Township Fire Department, Mansfield Township Police Department, and St. Clare’s paremedics.
    Authorities arrested a Boston police school crossing guard earlier this week and charged him with raping a child.  David Spiers, who worked in Dorchester, is on administrative leave following his arrest on Tuesday, Oct. 11, when officials charged him with two counts of rape of a child and one count of assault with intent to rape a child, the Boston Police Department said.  "We are disturbed by these alleged allegations against a department employee," said Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox in a news release. "The Boston Police Department remains committed to transparency and holds all of its employees accountable. The department is treating this investigation with the gravity it deserves.” A judge arraigned Spiers on Wednesday and ordered him held on a $2,000 bail, reports said. Spiers may not have any contact with children, the judge ordered.  The Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit is currently investigating, and the Bureau of Professional Standards is also investigating the accusations. 
    Ten people— including 9 children— were involved in a school bus crash in York County on Tuesday, Oct. 11, authorities say.  Hanover Area Fire & Rescue members were called to the two-vehicle crash with possible entrapment in the 1000 block of Carlisle Street at the intersection of Kuhn Drive in Hanover Borough at 2:43 p.m., according to a release by the department.  "Crews arrived to find a two-vehicle crash, with a school van overturned on its side, with 9 occupants inside, and a sedan in the intersection with one occupant," fire officials state in the release. Two people were trapped in the van so both the windshield and the back doors were removed. Four people have been taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities say. The Hanover Borough Police Department is investigating the crash.  The bus was from the South Western school district, according to the department. Carlisle Street, Kuhn, and Dart drives were closed during the incident but have since reopened.
    by Just the News Staff   The Uvalde, Texas school district suspended its entire police force on Friday, a measure apparently stemming from the continued fallout surrounding the brutal May massacre at one of the district’s elementary schools. That mass shooting, in which a gunman killed 19 young students and two staff members, has led to intense criticism of the Uvalde School District Police Department, which was among the police forces that failed to enter the classroom in which the shooter had barricaded himself while he carried out his massacre. The school district said on Friday that “recent developments” led the district to make “the decision to suspend all activities of the Uvalde CISD Police Department for a period of time.” Texas state officers will take over security duties for the time being, the district said. “We are confident that staff and student safety will not be compromised during this transition,” the district’s statement read. The “recent developments” claimed by the district likely refer to major controversy earlier this week in which it was discovered that the school district had...
    The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District suspended its police department effective Friday as the district continues to investigate problems relating to school safety operations. UCISD Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Anne Marie Espinoza said in a press release that Lt. Miguel Hernandez and Ken Mueller have been placed on administrative leave, and the department as a whole will be suspended for "a period of time." Officers currently employed will fill other roles in the district, Espinoza said, and Mueller has "elected to retire." UVALDE SCHOOL DISTRICT FIRES EX-TROOPER UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR MAY SHOOTING RESPONSE "Decisions concerning the UCISD police department have been pending the results of the Texas Police Chiefs Association and JPPI investigation," Espinoza said. "Recent developments have uncovered additional concerns with department operations." This suspension comes a day after the district fired Crimson Elizondo, a former Texas Department of Public Safety state trooper, over her comments regarding the May 24 shooting. Her comments, captured on audio, were "not consistent" with the school's expectations, Espinoza said. The school district is working with the...
    Screenshot via CNN. The entire police force for the Uvalde, Texas school district was suspended on Friday amid continued intense scrutiny in the handling of the Robb Elementary School shooting in May. CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz reported the massive suspension Friday, reporting it was what families were “wanting.” Just in: Uvalde School suspends UCISD police department. — Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) October 7, 2022 “The District has made the decision to suspend all activities of the Uvalde CISD Police Department for a period of time. Officers currently employed will fill other roles in the district,” a statement released by the district said in regards to the suspensions. They also announced Lt. Miguel Hernandez and Ken Mueller were placed on administrative leave. Mueller has elected to retire, CNN reported. The district said they are “confident” student safety won’t be compromised, even with the entire force on suspension. “The District has requested the Texas Department of Public Safety to provide additional troopers for campus and extra-curricular activities. We are confident that staff and student safety will not be compromised during this transition,” their...
    The Loudoun County Police Department was investigating an incident of unlawful filming in a local school bathroom, officials said.  On Oct. 3, a teenaged student filmed another student, without their permission, over the divider of a Loudoun County High School bathroom, according to the Loudoun County Police Department. Police opened an investigation into this incident. This is a developing story, check back for updates. 
    Statesboro High School Fine Arts Department will be performing Disney’s The Aristocats this Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 pm. The performances will be in the SHS auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased online using the QR code on the flyer below or by clicking here.   
    President Joe Biden's 2023 fiscal year budget includes a provision for $468 million to support a Department of Education program that funds a union-backed model of schools that has promoted anti-racism. The 2023 budget states that "full service community schools" are slated to receive an increase of $30 million in funding from the 2022 budget. GEORGIA SUBSTITUTE TEACHER SUING FOR RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION AFTER FIRING One of the groups featured by the Department of Education on its website about community schools is the Coalition for Community Schools, which is linked to the promotion of critical race theory concepts, according to Fox News. The group has been one of the leaders in the push to incorporate critical race theory into education. In May, the coalition endorsed Biden's proposal to increase funding for its model of schools, saying in part that it addresses "the growing mental health crisis" with "equity-based integrated services." The two largest teachers unions, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, signed on to the endorsement and have promoted the idea...
    Georgia Department of Public Safety The Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) held graduation ceremonies for its 8th Motor Carrier Officer (MCO) School Friday, September 30, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth. Colonel Christopher Wright, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety (DPS), delivered the graduation address and Lt. Colonel Billy Hitchens gave the oath of office. Governor Brian Kemp could not attend the ceremony; however, he sent a congratulatory video to the class. Georgia Department of Public Safety In an address to his fellow class members, Officer James Dawson, class president, reflected on the group’s tenacity in becoming MCCD Officers.  “We have made lifelong friends in each other during these trying times. Some of us have cried, laughed together, and lived together as roommates for 12 long weeks. However, we have become a stronger unit than we ever imagined,” said Dawson. Four of the graduates received special honors for top performance in various proficiencies. The honorees were: Driving Proficiency – Justin Guin Firearms Proficiency – Justin Guin Top Gun – Jacob Bagwell Highest Academic Average – Colton Crawford ...
    At least five people were killed in a Thursday morning shooting in McGregor, Texas, according to police. The suspect is in custody, and there is no longer a threat to public safety in the area, police said. The shooting took place at about 8 a.m. local time near the 900 block of Monroe. Police have not yet divulged the identities of those involved. ST. VINCENT HOSPITAL SHOOTING: 'ACTIVE SHOOTER' SITUATION ENDS WITH ONE PERSON OF INTEREST IN CUSTODY "It's over, but of course, we want the successful healing of the community. This is tragic news to actually have to give out," a law enforcement official said during a press briefing. "It is one of those situations where [our] thoughts and prayers are with the community." During the shooting, an unnamed man fatally shot his wife and two children, KWTX reported. The suspect was subsequently shot by a responding officer and later transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Two others, both women, were found dead nearby, according to the report. Schools in the area briefly...
    Students were evacuated from a Maryland elementary school on Tuesday morning for a reported fire, officials said. Shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, crews from the Sykesville Fire Department responded to Windfield Elementary School on Carlson Lane in Windsor Mill, where there was a report of smoke in the lobby. As a precaution, the school was evacuated to allow firefighters to battle a possible HVAC unit fire, according to the Sykesville Fire Department. No other details have been released. It is unclear what potentially caused the fire. This is a developing story. Check Daily Voice for updates.
    An "accidental" lockdown activation brought several police officers to a Morris County middle school to investigate, authorities said. Chatham Middle School was testing the district’s 911 alert system when it inadvertently sent a lockdown message to the Morris County 911 Communications Center and prompted an immediate police response around 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, the department said. While the department confirmed that a lockdown had not been initiated by the school, a shelter-in-place command was ordered to allow police to do a “precautionary sweep” of the building, authorities said. Once officers accounted for all the students and ensured that there was no emergency, the shelter-in-place order was lifted.