LETTER TO THE EDITOR Lambda Legal responds to nomination of Judge Barrett – 47 – 2020-10-13 Windy City Times

Lambda Legal sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging its members to oppose Judge Amy Coney Barrett. The rushed confirmation hearings began today for President Trump’s nominee to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court, while voting for the next president and one-third of the Senate is already underway.

“Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s record is filled with red flags that should disqualify her from sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court. Given her restrictive, reactionary judicial philosophy, Judge Barrett is unfit to fill the seat, much less the shoes, of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” said Sasha Buchert, Senior Attorney at Lambda Legal.

Judge Barrett’s record demonstrates that she would immediately threaten the Affordable Care Act, LGBTQ rights, racial equity, and reproductive rights:

– In 2016, Barrett gave a presentation as a professor where she expressed

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Merced City School District welcomes back special education students

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) — Merced City School District staff members were eager to welcome back a small group of students on Monday.

A Franklin Elementary School special education teacher even made unique desks for her students, each designed to be their personal truck.

“The desks are built like trucks, so everything they need is in their truck,” explained Miss Bonita. “They have their keys, which are all their passwords for anything they’re logging onto.”

She’s hoping the rules of the road will help students adjust to the new classroom health safety rules.

“We keep our hands in the car, we have to stay in our seat when we’re in our car, our masks can come off in the car, pretty much all the normal rules we use in the car,” explained Bonita.

Roughly 150 special education students returned to the classroom for in-person learning on campuses in the Merced City

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Fairfield City Schools fills vacancy on board of education

FAIRFIELD – The business development manager for First Financial Bank will be appointed to the Fairfield Board of Education Thursday.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Scott Clark

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Scott Clark was one of six applicants to fill the unexpired term of Carrie O’Neal, who resigned her seat because she was moving to Hamilton. He will have to run in November 2021 to finish O’Neal’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2023.


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“The board of education is eager to begin to work with Scott. He brings vast leadership experience from a variety of Fairfield community organizations,’’ said board President Michael Berding.

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Clark serves as the president of the Rotary Club of Fairfield, is a member of the district’s Business Advisory Council and vice president of both non-profits Dougie & Rays’s and the Fairfield Prevention Coalition.

“For me, it’s all

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City Faces Lawsuit; Sideshow Crackdown; Teacher of Year: Patch PM

NORTH BAY, CA – Missed today’s headlines? Here are the Patch stories from Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties that people are talking about today:

Cars Impounded In Crackdown On Sideshows, Santa Rosa Police Say

  • Twelve cars were impounded this week, and officers are investigating participants for possible criminal charges.

San Rafael At Odds With Black Man Detained At Gunpoint

  • The city is facing a legal claim, defending its actions and trying to find a way forward that acknowledges the distress its officers caused.

Glass Fire 78% Contained As Damage Assessments Completed

  • The wildfire has taken a heavy toll in Napa County, where 343 commercial structures —including wineries — have been destroyed.

Power Restored In Healdsburg Citywide Power Outage

  • The city’s transmission source was lost but PG&E switched the city to a different substation.

Police Make Arrest In Santa Rosa Homicide Investigation

  • Police had been investigating Kirk Williams,
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City of Springfield, Greene County Clerk create PSA to educate public on voting options

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The City of Springfield and Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller have partnered to produce a public service announcement that outlines voting options ahead of the Nov. 3 election.


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The PSA comes in an effort “to make sure citizens understand the voting options available to them.” It outlines information for voting in-person, absentee, mail-in and curbside in Greene County.

“We are prepared. We want to make sure that every voter and their vote counts. Regardless of your political party, voting is about making your voice heard and coming together in a peaceful way. We can resolve our differences at the ballot box as we look toward November 3rd,” Schoeller said at the press conference.

The PSA was created following a Sept. 22 press conference at the Greene County Elections Center with Missouri Secretary of State John R. Ashcroft.


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Baltimore City middle school teacher Wyatt Oroke named 2020-21 Maryland Teacher of the Year

Wyatt Oroke, a teacher at City Springs Elementary/Middle School School in Baltimore City, was named the 2020-21 Maryland Teacher of the Year on Thursday night.

Oroke has taught at City Springs in West Baltimore since 2015, and currently teaches seventh and eighth grade English, while also serving as a team leader, girls volleyball and boys basketball coach, and in a number of other roles in the school and his community. Oroke has received recognition for his teaching, including awards from the Johns Hopkins University, the Maryland State Senate, the Orioles and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

State Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon made the announcement during a live special hosted in partnership by the Maryland State Department of Education and Maryland Public Television, celebrating Maryland educators and their commitment to excellence in education, according to a Maryland Department of Education news release. The special also marked 30 years of

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Boston Teachers Union planning to sue for all-remote learning as city coronavirus rate rises

The Boston Teachers Union plans to sue in an effort to force Boston Public Schools to go all remote now that the city’s coronavirus infection rate is up.

The union said in a post Thursday morning, “We are seeking injunctive relief regarding the BPS and city’s decision not to comply with the MOA language which requires BPS to transition to full remote learning as a result of the 4.1% COVID-19 positivity rate.”

That’s referring to the seven-day average positivity rate that Mayor Martin Walsh announced Wednesday. The city has long said that 4% is the threshold at which the city will reconsider its path to send BPS students back to some in-person learning.

Walsh on Wednesday said the city would “pause” the next phase in the process, pushing back by at least a week young children going back to school.

Walsh has repeatedly said it’s important to get children back

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Elizabeth City is home to three institutions of higher education :: WRAL.com

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Elizabeth City is home to not one, but three different institutions of higher education: Elizabeth City State University, the College of the Albemarle, and Mid-Atlantic Christian University. From one-of-a-kind programs to valuable community partnerships, each school is using its strengths to benefit the students and communities in Elizabeth City and beyond. Schools in Elizabeth City have experienced rare growth — and they’re ready for their reputations to start making waves across the region.

“At ECSU, this is our third admission cycle under my leadership, and this year we are 13 percent above where we were last year. To grow in double digits when we’re in a pandemic is significant, and so I’m grateful for the work that the faculty, staff, and alumni have put in,” said Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon, ECSU’s current chancellor. “For

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Hartford schools will ‘very likely’ shift to mix of online and in-person learning Oct. 19 as COVID-19 cases rise in the city

Hartford Public Schools will “very likely” decide next week to shift to a hybrid mix of online and in-person learning as a result of a sustained increase in COVID-19 cases, Mayor Luke Bronin said Tuesday, one of several school districts rethinking plans as new coronavirus infections rise statewide.

a man driving a car: Hartford, CT - 8/18/20 - Volunteer Michelle Harter distributes backpacks to students and outside Fred Wish Museum School Tuesday afternoon. Hartford Public Schools donated hundreds of backpacks at four schools Tuesday

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Hartford, CT – 8/18/20 – Volunteer Michelle Harter distributes backpacks to students and outside Fred Wish Museum School Tuesday afternoon. Hartford Public Schools donated hundreds of backpacks at four schools Tuesday

The first day of hybrid learning in Hartford, where students are currently attending in-person classes five days a week, would be Oct. 19, and a decision will be announced on Oct. 12, Bronin and Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez said.

The city’s announcement Tuesday came less than a week after West Hartford schools decided to delay their transition from a hybrid model to full in-person

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Abandoned City Construction Project Bars Off Brooklyn Schoolyard

PROSPECT HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN — Feeling anxious about sending her third-grader back to class amid a pandemic, Martha Pearson got a bit of relief in August when New York City gave the go-ahead for schools to hold class outside.

There was just one problem — half the outdoor space at her daughter’s school had been turned into a fenced-off construction site.

“Those announcements were kind of on the heels of each other, like, ‘You can do outdoor schooling, but there’s this,'” Pearson said, recalling an August note from P.S. 9’s principal about the schoolyard construction. “So, how is our outdoor space going to work?”

The anxiety only got worse when Pearson and other parents were told that a massive hole dug for the project — started to fix stormwater issues — wouldn’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

Despite only starting the work in August, the city had paused nearly all non-emergency

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