Amy Coney Barrett Faces Questions On Her Philosophy From Senate Judiciary Committee

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President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is facing questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee today. She is an originalist like her mentor, the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. But she told the committee today that while she admires him, she will not be his imitation on the court.

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AMY CONEY BARRETT: If I’m confirmed, you would not be getting Justice Scalia. You would be getting Justice Barrett.

SHAPIRO: NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis is part of our team covering the hearings, and she joins us now.

Hi, Sue.

SUSAN DAVIS, BYLINE: Hey, Ari.

SHAPIRO: These are grueling marathons for any nominee. How’s Judge Barrett doing so far?

DAVIS: You know, she is very poised and calm. She’s been sitting very still at the table with her hands folded in her lap, almost motionless

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Amy Coney Barrett faces questions on Day 2 of Senate hearings

Washington — Judge Amy Coney Barrett is facing questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for the second day of her confirmation hearings, with the panel’s members getting their first chance to press President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court on her legal views and writings.

Barrett, 48, is fielding questions from Democrats on the 22-member committee about her views on abortion and the Affordable Care Act, which has become a focal point of their opposition to her nomination to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the high court. 

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee’s top Democrat, asked Barrett whether she believes Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that established a woman’s right to an abortion, was rightly decided.

Barrett declined to say one way or another, saying her role as a sitting judge precluded her from commenting on precedents that continue to

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Questions about education elections? Find answers here

As early voting begins today for the Nov. 3 general election, Arizonans with questions about education initiatives, school bond, override and capital override elections have several resources to help them make informed decisions.

“Education is not a partisan issue,” said Christine Thompson, president and CEO of Expect More Arizona. “From the top of the ballot to the bottom, there are issues and offices that significantly impact every level of education in Arizona.”

“Before voting, citizens can do a little research to gain a better understanding of what authority elected officials wield,” Thompson said. “Before filling out their ballot, voters can ask candidate questions and see who best aligns with their views and priorities on education issues. “

While each school district’s website, county recorder’s website, and local media provide the facts on how these elections benefit students and impact taxpayers, this week voters can also view two online

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Nebraska State Board of Education candidates field questions on COVID-19, school discipline | Education

Occupation: Professor, Midland University; teacher, Learning for All



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Adrian Petrescu


Public offices held: Secretary of delegation, delegation of Parliament of Romania to NATO Parliamentary Assembly, 1991-95; diplomatic counselor, Parliament of Romania, 1991-95; adviser, Constitutional Assembly of Romania, 1991

Military service: None in the U.S. but served as a reservist in the Romanian army

Education: Doctor of philosophy, economics of science and technology for innovation, University of Pittsburgh, 2003; juris doctor, law, litigation certificate, Creighton University, 2016; master of arts, economics-finance, NSPSA, Bucharest Romania, 1993; master of science, engineering, Politehnica University, Bucharest, 1989

Family: Married, one adult daughter

Faith: Orthodox Christian

What is your top priority? “Facilitate true equity in education of our children and lifelong learning for all Nebraskans in a fiscally responsible way. Every child deserves to be nurtured to self-trust to have her or his curiosity satisfied and beliefs supported and to achieve their fullest potential in life.

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Baldwinsville school board refuses to answer questions about super’s job search, contract extension

Baldwinsville, NY – The Baldwinsville school board is refusing to discuss the unusual announcement that the district’s superintendent is looking for a job just days after the board approved a three-year contract extension and a salary boost.

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Superintendent Matthew J. McDonald also has refused to discuss or answer questions about his decision to seek a new job days after signing the contract extension.

McDonald got a $15,860 pay raise under the new contract. His salary rose from $175,500 in the last contract to $191,360, a 9 percent increase, according to the district and the contract extension.

The extension also gave McDonald a retroactive pay increase for the year ending June 30, 2020, raising his salary to $185,606. His salary originally was $175,500 for the year ending June 30, 2020, district officials said.

Here are some of the questions Syracuse.com 5/8 The Post-Standard asked the board:

The announcement that

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What questions do you have about remote, hybrid or in-person learning in Massachusetts? MassLive reporters answer your questions live on Facebook

With some schools going back through virtual learning, while others start completely in person, and some going back in between with hybrid learning, this semester had been difficult for many across Massachusetts.

We want to make sure we answer your questions during this difficult time.

MassLive education reporter Melissa Hanson and managing producer Michelle Williams will be answering your questions live on Friday.

Comment on our Facebook posts between now and 11 a.m. Friday with your questions regarding education in Massachusetts. Then check back in Friday afternoon to see your questions answered.

You can also submit questions by emailing reporter Heather Morrison at [email protected]

Be sure to check out all our education coverage from this year.

Last week, we spoke with College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors in Boston on Facebook Live to talk about tips and tricks for remote learning. Reporter Jackson Cote spoke with the superintendent of TECCA,

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higher education faces some tough questions

Opinion: higher education had a plethora of challenges before the arrival of Covid-19, but the situation is even harder now

While the reopening of schools has been the focus of attention recently in Ireland, higher education is also under major pressure at the start of a new academic year. As a fresh intake of students embarks on a new journey, third level institutions here and abroad are enduring a bumpy ride in the face of four major challenges: funding shortages; expectations; rising pressures and the impact of Covid-19.

Funding shortages – where’s the money?

The role of the State in funding higher education varies greatly. A 2017 European Commission report found that 11 of 42 systems levied no fees at all for first time undergraduates, with some countries also offering grants and other supports. At the opposite extreme, notably in the United States, Australia and England, the state has minimised

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Have questions about the challenges of COVID-19? Garland ISD launches ‘Ask a Doctor’ series

Garland ISD has launched a weekly online “Ask a Doctor” session for students and families in the district.

The first sessions were held this week, with a presentation on Wednesday and a webinar on Thursday, in partnership with Hazel Health, a company that works with school districts around the country.

Garland ISD hopes the online sessions will help “children cope with change,” according to the district’s website.

“It’s no secret that adjusting to life in a pandemic isn’t easy, especially for children who are learning to adapt to a new era of education,” the district said.

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During the sessions, parents can ask questions about health issues and receive answers from Hazel Health’s pediatric team.

Thursday’s webinar included a discussion of how to help children adapt to the changes stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The district added that the parents’ identities remain anonymous, explaining that attendees are unable to see the

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4 big questions you may have about college admissions during the pandemic, answered by an Ivy League dean and a former NYT education writer



a group of people sitting on a bench: Graduating Masters students from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) gather the day before their online graduation ceremony, in Manhattan, New York City, May 15, 2020. Andrew Kelly/Reuters


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Graduating Masters students from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) gather the day before their online graduation ceremony, in Manhattan, New York City, May 15, 2020. Andrew Kelly/Reuters

For high school seniors and their parents, and for families of high school juniors as well, the ongoing pandemic has impacted every aspect of the college search and application process. 



a close up of a sign: "THE COLLEGE CONVERSATION: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education," by Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg. Courtesy of Penguin Random House


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“THE COLLEGE CONVERSATION: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education,” by Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg. Courtesy of Penguin Random House

Standardized tests like the SAT and ACT have become optional at most four-year colleges and universities, at least for this academic year and perhaps into the future. Many students who were scheduled to enroll on college campuses this fall have instead chosen to defer their arrival by taking a

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Health Agency Heads Field Heated Questions On Vaccines, Independence Of Scientists

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, NIH infectious disease chief Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Robert Redfield testified on the state of the coronavirus pandemic before a Senate panel Wednesday.


The Hill:
Health Officials Tell Public To Trust In Science 


Trump administration health officials on Wednesday told a Senate panel that Americans should not lose faith in public health agencies or the vaccine development process, despite a recent spate of political interference. The officials sought to defend the scientific integrity of the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic while reassuring Americans growing increasingly skeptical over the politicization of a vaccine for the virus. (Weixel, 9/23)


Politico:
FDA Chief: ‘I Will Fight For Science’ 


Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn sought to reassure the public Wednesday that any Covid-19 vaccine approved by the agency would be safe and effective, but offered few details on the bar for emergency use. “FDA will not

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