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Food Scholarships Can Help More People Finish College

It is hard to succeed in college. If you are hungry, then it is even harder to succeed. It is estimated that 50 percent of students at community colleges do not have access to affordable and healthy foods.

Campus hunger is one of the things that stops people from finishing college. Food scholarships can help solve this problem. Many elected officials are doing their part to help hungry college students. Governor Jerry Brown stated that he will be setting a $7.5 million budget in order to have hunger-free campuses.

Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a law in January that required the City University of New York and State University of New York to have food pantries. He stated that this will end the stigma associated with not having enough food. Students are free to get the healthy food that they need.

There are several reasons that students struggle with food insecurity in college. Many students come from single parent homes. Other students have parents that no longer financially support them.

Ashley Elliot is a struggling college student. Both of her parents died, so she was forced to support herself. She has a 3.5 GPA and is determined to not let her financial situation stop her from graduating.

There have been studies done to prove that food scholarships help people. A survey done at Houston Community College showed that 80 percent of students who received food scholarships did well in the classroom. The Houston Food Bank Food For Change Program plans to donate 60 pounds of food to hungry college students.

Most college students receive financial aid. However, most of this financial aid goes towards tuition and fees. That is why many college students have a hard time making ends meet.

West Virginia Teachers To Receive A Five Percent Raise

West Virginia Teachers recently ended a nine-day strike. The teachers were on strike because they felt that they were not being compensated fairly. The lawmakers finally agreed to give the teachers a 5 percent pay raise. When the teachers found out that they were getting a raise, they started saying “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

West Virginia teachers are among the lowest-paid in the country. Danielle Harris is one of the teachers that took part in the strike. She stated that this is exactly how a democracy is supposed to work. The teachers walked out of the classroom on February 22. Governor Jim Justice agreed to increase their salary by 2 percent. However, the teachers decided that it was not enough.

Governor Justice changed his mind about the raise because he stated that he loved the kids. Several schools in the county announced that they were going to open on March 7, 2018. However, other schools have not stated when they would open.

The missed school days will be made up at the end of the year. Lawmakers have also proposed having the teachers and students make up days during spring break. This is the first time that teachers had a pay increase in four years.

Senator Blair stated that raising the salary is the fiscally-responsible thing to do. Tina Workman is a second-grade teacher who is excited about the raise. However, he stated that he is not putting all of his eggs in one basket. He stated that they were told seven years ago that they were getting a raise.

No Threat Left Unanswered

With the numerous school shootings that have plagued the country in only a few short months, many parents want to know what it’s like inside a school when there is a lockdown. Sometimes, the teachers and the principal of the school don’t know what’s happening until they hear gunshots or are approached by other students with their concerns. At times, students will see messages that classmates post to social media sites about targeting a group in the school or committing some act of violence in general. The messages sometimes offer a detailed description of what the person plans to do in the school while other messages offer few details. Any threat is taken seriously. Police officers are alerted, and the school is usually placed on lockdown. This means that no one enters or exits the building unless they have a valid reason until the lockdown is over. Parents sometimes overreact to these situations, but they are important drills to follow so that students understand what they need to do if there is someone in the school who plans to carry out a violent act.

If the threat is carried out, then teachers and other staff members lock classroom doors and do their best to shield as many students as possible. It is these people who make a difference in the number of students who are killed and those who are injured. No threat is ignored regardless of how juvenile or minimal it might seem. Schools have seen an increase in the number of threats received since the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland, but with the help of parents, teachers, and students being alert, those threats might not be carried out.

California Supreme Court Introduces a New Bar Exam Cut Score

California has always been known for its difficult bar exams over the years, but things will be different after the recent Supreme Court decision. For instance, New York had an 83% passage rate in 2016 as compared to California‘s 62% passage rate. In order to get the necessary license to practice as lawyers, it is mandatory for every law student to pass the bar exam. However, the sagging passage rates in California have been a cause for concern for stakeholders in the legal fraternity. In order to allay these fears, the setting of certification score was changed by the California Supreme Court, which has the power to make major decision concerning the bar exam. The changes were scheduled to take effect from January 2017, but the exam threshold had not been determined when the decision by the Supreme Court was being made in 2016. Prior to the decision, there had been a debate on whether the144 cut score was realistic or not.

Every state in America offers its unique bar exam, but the multiple-choice sections have in the recent past been uniform across states. The line of passage has always been different for each state, and this has in most instances led to disparities in the number of passages. California has the second highest threshold in the country for passing a bar exam. Delaware is the only state has a higher threshold than California. A study conducted in 2013 by Robert Anderson, a corporate law professor at Pepperdine School of Law in California, revealed that the state had the most difficult bar exam in the country. The Supreme Court changed the score from 144 to 133 in order to increase the number of law students transitioning from law school into practicing law. The new cut score is similar to the cut score for New York.

ANTI-DEVOS PROTEST PLANNED FOR WEDNESDAY IN DENVER

A peaceful demonstration has been organized against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on later this week. The rally, hosted by the Colorado Education Association is planned for Wednesday in Denver where the secretary is set to appear on this week. According to this article, http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/342676-teachers-union-plans-anti-devos-protest-in-denver on The Hill, Ms. DeVos will be speaking at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on Thursday this week. The teachers’ union has planned its protest for Wednesday, a day before Ms. DeVos makes her appearance to make her speech.

The protest is staged against what the union members and teachers view as a plan to dismantle the public institutions which they believe create and support many opportunities for the state’s students, educators and families. These sentiments have borne out of the Secretaries long standing position that the federal government funds alternative education options different from the traditional schooling system. She has also long held that parents should be allowed to seek educational opportunities for their children if the nearby schools are poor. These positions, the protesters argue, undermine the public education system and jeopardize the education goals and opportunities created by these institutions for their students.

Ms. DeVos has, however, been steadfast in her position and believes that those opposed to it are the ones in the wrong. She has previously described them as flat earthers and having chilled imagination. She believes that the current education system has been faulty and has had great negative impacts on American society. To ensure a return to the glory that was associated with American school system, she believes that the current public system should be overhauled, or at least people given options to opt from it for better systems. This, she believes, is a necessity and the federal government should bear the full weight. Ms. DeVos has not made a statement concerning the planned protest.

Law allows Religious College to Uphold their Contraceptive Norm

Generally, colleges like Loyola have been required to guarantee contraception scope is accessible through an outsider supplier, however the proposed bill could extend the extent of the exclusion strategy. That could drive numerous ladies who beforehand had full scope to pay for their medicine out of pocket.

Then, the defunding of Planned Parenthood would make it more troublesome for understudies on religious colleges’ protection intends to get to anti-conception medication, says DiMaggio. A Planned Parenthood focus close Loyola-Chicago’s grounds, DiMaggio says, is “totally the most reasonable human services focus that spends significant time in conceptive medicinal services any place close grounds.”

At Georgetown University, another Jesuit school, the chief arrangement financed by UnitedHealthcare covers around 20% of students incorporates anti-conception medication to avoid pregnancy, as per regenerative equity understudy assemble H*yas for Choice. At the Student Health Center, anti-conception medication can be endorsed just for restorative reasons other than the counteractive action of pregnancy, for example, endless skin inflammation, unpredictable periods or polycystic ovary disorder.

“We realize that a large portion of our group individuals depend on this scope,” says Kory Stuer, a rising junior at Georgetown and the correspondences executive for H*yas for Choice. “The discussion we’re having is about how on our grounds would we be able to ensure our own group. Furthermore, would we be able to ensure that Georgetown keeps on giving the scope that it is as of now giving?”

However, working without formal acknowledgment by the college, H*yas for Choice can just assemble to challenge or appropriate free condoms — which are not permitted to be sold on grounds — in assigned free-discourse zones on grounds. Actually, they utilize a bullet in their name so as not to give off an impression of being formally connected with the school.

Amelia Irvine, an individual from Georgetown’s Right to Life club and leader of Love Saxa, a gathering that advances sound connections on grounds, said she trusts understudies ponder their sexual decisions in light of the conceivable change in the law. “It’s dependably a feasible (and free) choice to pick not to engage in sexual relations while in school,” she says. “Anti-conception medication can make a general public in which pregnancy is dealt with like an infection to be cured, as opposed to a blessing.”

A Georgetown representative said in an email to USA TODAY College that the college medical coverage design won’t change in the coming school year. The college will keep on complying with social insurance laws and screen any progressions to them.

Grades Up but Test Scores Down

Doing well in high school is a very important step in anyone’s overall education progression. Those that do well in high school and get good grades will have a better chance of getting into a top college which could then lead to more career opportunities. Over the past twenty years, more and more students are getting better grades. However, a recent study has found that this may not necessarily mean that they are learning anything (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/17/easy-a-nearly-half-hs-seniors-graduate-average/485787001/).

The recent study pointed out that in 1998 about 39% of all high school students had a GPA with an A grade average. By the 2016, this level had increased to more than 47%. At the same time, the overall graduation rate for high school students is at an all-time high.
While this would seem to point to the fact that students are doing better in school and learning more, recent standardized test results point to the opposite. In fact, in the same time period the average SAT test score has fallen from 1,026 to 1,002, on the original 1,600 point scale.

The reason for this is not fully known, but the results have been fairly surprising. Most would have expected that the test scores would remain flat at a minimum. Many believe that this points to the fact that grade inflation is rampant in many areas across the country. This could help the average student graduate from high school with a higher GPA than they would have decades ago.

Another fact that was pointed out in the survey is that the highest level of grade inflation is taking place in larger schools in more affluent areas. At the same time, the average GPA of students in less affluent areas are seeing that their overall grades are about the same, but scores have ticked up.

New York City and its plans for establishing a School for three-year-olds

Ever fancy a class for three-year-old babies? Then fancy no more as the New York City will soon roll out its ambitious plan to have three-year-old children attend their school. This plan is going to be offered for free to the many residents with the kids in New York. The plan itself scheduled to be implemented for the next four years to be able to cater to the many residents with three-year-olds. The three-year-olds to attend the schools will visit it for a whole full day and enjoy the programs lined up for children at that age.

Dubbed the “3-K” schools the estimated number of children from the city who will be eligible to attend the school is about 62,000 kids. The new schools are being hoped by many of the children parents to be a way to help their children learn new vocabularies, to help them articulate their words more well, engage in creative play with other children. Hey also hope that the schools will help their children learn to navigate their emotions and learn to start being independent enough when they are away from their parents.

The decision to come up with such schools for children at the age of three was announced by New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press briefing http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2017/05/what-would-a-school-for-3-year-olds-even-look-like.html.

This decision was reached at after they had considered the decades of data that had been collected by researchers on such K-programs that have seen such children schooled away from their parents. In the programs, the children after reaching the schools in the morning would undergo a small warm up session in different play areas. Learning then would then commence with through play and hands-on activities, storytelling, art works, dress-up and pretend play, math-based games with things such as blocks and many other creative and engaging activities. Before ending their day, they would get a period of rest before later being picked up by their parents.

Tulsa Oklahoma Teacher Is Taking School Supply Needs into Her Own Hands

As the need for teachers that care about what they do and the students they teach, grow. This story was touching a teacher that thought it was not too much to try and get school supplies for the classroom. As we know the government has been pulling lots of grants and money that would usually help fund schools and organizations. This story is just another example of what our schools are going through when it comes to getting an education. Aside from jobs going overseas and closing over here in the U.S.

It has been tough for parents to keep their kids with the right school supplies continually. The school system normally helps with that, but with strained budgets, It has gotten hard. As we continue to move forward and our kids progress through school, we all must pull together to make this happen, or we will all lose if we don’t. Even though, it’s easy for people to point to others when they aren’t doing their part. The truth is we all are to blame for this we need to ban together in where ever we are and make sure that our communities are coming together to help the schools. Our kids are the leaders of tomorrow, and we must set them up for success.

While we can blame the government for a lot, we must make sure we are all on the same page as a community because if we can’t do that schools will take more hits and students and teacher around the country will feel this strong strain around the schools. This story is an excellent example of what we should all be doing not just the teachers but the communities throughout. If we are trusting the schools with our kids we should help the teachers prepare them.

American Education: All American and Nothing Else

According to Huffington Post’s Roque Planas, Tom Horne, a former head of the Arizona Education Department, had stated that he was hoping that a law from 2010 would ban all ethnic studies.

This had led to the controversial banning of the Mexican-American studies class that had students and teachers believing that this was due to discrimination. Republican officials had claimed that the study was discriminatory towards white people and that the teachers had been influencing students politically. Although, this would also mean that the law would ban African-American studies, Asian-American studies, and many more. However, Horne was specifically targeting the Mexican-American studies.

It’s important for ethnic studies to be implemented in schools because it’s important to understand how the American Dream came to be. Sure, students might be upset at others because of how we’ve treated each other previously. However, it’s the teacher’s responsibility to show students that with time and with the knowledge of others’ cultures, we can make reasonable change with how we perceive each other. Banning these kinds of studies only further prove that some aren’t tolerant enough to understand that people, including their own race, have done things that we aren’t proud of. As most of us know, we can’t change the past, but we can change our future.

Horne and the Republican officials do not understand that to embody the American Dream and for our future Americans to grow strong and proud of the country they live in, a school needs to be the foundation for seeking the identity of self, others, and our country. That means learning about the cultures of all Americans, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.