Day: October 11, 2020

D.C. 2020 school board candidates

But while these nonpartisan positions wield little power, they have become symbolic battlegrounds over the future of public education — and the members of the board have emerged as visible education advocates in the city.

Some of the issues dividing the board are mayoral control and, of course, how schools should safely reopen. They also have different opinions on the five-star rating system of schools. The ratings — part of a broader school report card — aim to make school data more accessible. But critics fear the reliance on test scores will reserve the highest accolades for schools that educate the city’s wealthiest students and give paltry ratings to schools that serve the District’s vulnerable children.

This election cycle has drawn nearly 20 candidates for five open seats. (Frazier O’Leary, who holds the Ward 4 seat, is running for reelection unopposed.) And the candidates have attracted tens of thousands of

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University of Michigan’s faculty senate divided on ‘no confidence’ vote in President Mark Schlissel

ANN ARBOR, MI — The University of Michigan’s faculty senate was divided on a vote of ‘no confidence’ in President Mark Schlissel Wednesday afternoon.

According to multiple sources, the vote was 957 in favor, 953 against and 184 abstentions. The vote requires 50% of all votes to be in favor to pass.

While the resolution appeared to not pass Wednesday, the senate was still discussing how to count abstentions. The vote tally — and whether or not the no-confidence resolution is ultimately adopted — could still change. But that much remained unclear Wednesday night.

The resolution faults Schlissel for not using scientific data predicting the risk levels for fall 2020 reopening plans. The resolution also says he failed in his handling of the sexual misconduct allegations against former provost Martin Philbert, “who was dismissed for sexual misconduct that was known to members of the university for decades,” the resolution says.

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Julio Jones sets Atlanta Falcons career receptions record

The Atlanta Falcons have not received a lot of good news this season.

After falling to the Green Bay Packers 30-16 on Monday night, the Falcons are sitting at 0-4 and enduring their third consecutive slow start to a season under head coach Dan Quinn.

However, in the midst of their struggles, the Falcons did find time to celebrate star receiver Julio Jones for becoming the franchise leader in career receptions.

Jones passed franchise legend Roddy White with his 809th catch against the Packers. Jones made the reception deep on his goal line as the Falcons were backed up. The NFL star finished with four catches for 32 yards in the game.

The former Alabama Crimson

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Dick Vitale’s college basketball preseason top 40 for 2020-21

The start of the 2020-21 college basketball season has been pushed back. Instead of opening in early November, it will begin around Thanksgiving.

I can’t wait to tip it off, baby! It should be thrilling to see teams progress and improve as the season rolls on. You see players and teams learn their strengths and weaknesses and adjust.

I’m going to go out on a limb and give up my preseason top 40. There have been a lot of rosters change across America, and the NBA draft happening much later has affected several teams. Right now, college schedules are absolute chaos. Some schools will have limited nonconference schedules. It is not easy to figure out how this season will go, but I will base this on players returning and players lost, coaching and the VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index), which is in overdrive, baby!

Here we go:

A team without

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