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Tennessee school voucher program unconstitutional Appeals Court rules

Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account program took another hit Tuesday, with the Tennessee Court of Appeals upholding a lower court’s decision that the controversial plan is unconstitutional. 

A three-member panel of the Court of Appeals upheld a previous decision by Davidson County Chancery Court Judge Anne Martin, who ruled against the school-voucher law because it only applies to Memphis and Nashville. 

The state attorney general quickly appealed that decision, hoping to kick off the program with the 2020-21 school year, but the courts blocked the state from receiving applications and preparing for the program’s kickoff for this academic year.

PREVIOUSLY: Judge rules Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account program unconstitutional

In its appeal, the state argued that education policy is the state’s responsibility — and that the local constitutional protections, known as “home rule,” don’t apply in this case. Martin had ruled that the law violated the home rule

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From COVID testing to cops, University of Michigan graduate students explain why they’re striking

ANN ARBOR, MI – While more than 70% of the University of Michigan’s classes are being taught online this fall, Kathleen Brown was quick to question which types of instructors would feel the pressure to teach in-person.

The second-year PhD student in UM’s American Culture Department said it’s natural to assume graduate student instructors have been more greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic financially than their faculty counterparts, putting more stress on them to teach the classes the university is offering in-person.

It also has forced graduate employees to apply pressure on the university by striking Tuesday, Sept. 8, marching and chanting at five different locations on the UM campus, asking the university for more transparency in its plans related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including randomized testing.

A universal right to work remotely was one of the union’s demands. They also want a universal right to work remotely, childcare subsidies,

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College Football Rankings 2020: Latest Polls, Predictions for Week 4 Standings | Bleacher Report

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Southern Miss, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

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There are eight SEC teams ranked in this week’s AP Top 25 poll, including six in the top 10. None of them have played a game in the 2020 season. But that’s about to change.

While some conferences have already gotten their football seasons underway (most notably the ACC and Big 12), the SEC opted to push back the start of their season to Week 4 because of the coronavirus pandemic. And all 14 of the conference’s teams will be in action Saturday.

The SEC decided its teams would play a revised 10-game schedule, all of which will be against conference opponents.

In addition to the season debuts of the SEC teams, there will be numerous other top teams in action. That includes No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 7 Notre Dame, as well as a pair of other ranked matchups (No. 21 Pittsburgh vs. No. 24 Louisville,

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Unequal Education: Pandemic Widens Race, Class Gaps in U.S. Schools | Top News

YORK, Pa. (Reuters) – Natalie Cruz, 12, missed math and language arts instruction one recent morning because the school’s virtual interface would not load. Carlos, her 8-year-old brother, sat beside her at the kitchen table, studying with last year’s workbooks because the district had yet to supply him with a PC, weeks after instruction started online.

Across town, Zachary and Zeno Lentz, 5 and 9, were at their high-performing elementary schools, where they attend in-person on Tuesdays and Fridays. They learn remotely the other three days, assisted by their college-educated mother, a social worker who can do her job from home.

The Cruz and Lentz children are separated by just a few miles in York, Pennsylvania. But they are a world apart in educational opportunities, a gap education experts say has widened amid the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic.     

Belen Cruz, a single mother and nurse, is most worried about

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University suggests closing all fraternity, sorority houses


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Indiana University officials took the extraordinary step on Thursday of recommending that all Greek houses on its Bloomington campus be closed, citing an “increasingly alarming” rate of positive results during mitigation testing for COVID-19.

It’s not clear, however, if the sororities and fraternities on campus will comply. The Greek houses are owned and operated by outside landlords or parent organizations, meaning the university doesn’t actually have the authority to close them.

Instead, school officials are encouraging students in these houses to re-evaluate their living situations. The announcement was met with immediate pushback by governing organizations.

In a statement released Thursday, the IU Interfraternity Council, which represents 27 chapters on campus, 20 of which have housing, called the university’s recommendations “irrational and dangerous” and said officials are “telling a story of half-truths to demonize the Greek

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Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Second Lowest Level on Record

From the bridge of the Arctic Sunrise, an old ice-breaking fishing trawler turned research vessel now plying the polar waters between Greenland and northern Norway, Laura Meller has an unparalleled view of our planet’s future. It is both gorgeous, and terrifying. The early autumn sunlight bathes the scattered icebergs in soft pink and orange hues that glimmer with the gentle swell.

“It is so soft and quiet out here that it’s difficult to remember that we are literally looking at a climate emergency unfolding before our eyes,” she says by satellite-enabled WhatsApp. Meller is a polar advisor for a Greenpeace expedition plying the edge of the polar ice cap to document the minimum extent of sea ice this year, a potent indicator for overall global climate health. The prognosis is grim.

On Sept.21, scientists at the United States-based National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC), announced that Arctic sea

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Tanner Houck eager to make his first career appearance at Fenway Park

That it comes against the Yankees, in arguably the greatest rivalry in all of sports, adds another layer to this. It’s beneficial that Houck gets to experience it so early into his career. An outing against such a formidable lineup like the Yankees will require Houck to emphasize his attention to detail. The Yankees have hit 20 homers in their past four games. The Yankees aren’t the Marlins, but Sox manager Ron Roenicke feels good about Houck’s chances.

“He should have a lot of confidence,” Roenicke said. “This is a very righthanded lineup. That should work to his advantage. But we also know that he has to make pitches. [Friday] night you saw Martin [Perez] pretty much command all of his pitches and we know you need [him] to. We hope he gets through innings and keeps us in ball games.”

The Yankees lineup features, really, just one

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Latest AP Rankings, How to Watch Week 4 Games

After a relatively subdued start to the campaign, some of college football’s heavyweights return to action in Week 4. After delaying the start of its season by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak, the SEC opens its campaign on Saturday, with defending national champions LSU, Alabama and Georgia all in action.

The Crimson Tide, ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25 Poll, begins its season on the road against Missouri, while No. 6 LSU welcomes Mississippi State and No. 4 Georgia takes on Arkansas on the road. Meanwhile, No. 1 Clemson has a bye after thrashing The Citadel 49-0 to improve to 2-0 and No. 7 Notre Dame travels to take on Wake Forest.

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Trevor Lawrence completed eight of nine attempts for 168 yards and three touchdowns, while Travis Etienne rushed for 68 yards over eight carries as the Tigers put the game against

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The News launches Education Lab to deepen coverage of our schools and explore solutions to persistent challenges

Rarely has there been a more critical time to provide in-depth coverage of our schools.

A global health crisis and social justice movement have brought the deep inequities and challenges that have long plagued education to the forefront of community conversations.

Finding solutions to those issues that help lead to better outcomes for all children is critical to the future of North Texas.

That’s why The Dallas Morning News is launching the new Education Lab, a community-funded journalism initiative aimed at not only expanding our coverage of the most pressing issues in education but also deepening the conversations we have with students, parents and educators.

The Education Lab will build on The News’ longstanding commitment to quality journalism. We will report on pressing issues such as how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting students’ access to opportunities; how well schools are preparing tomorrow’s workforce; and how state funding challenges are affecting

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How The University Of Arizona Is Handling COVID-19 On Campus : NPR

NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with mathematical biologist Joanna Masel of the University of Arizona about how the university is testing and tracing students for COVID-19.


Colleges and universities are opening up and sometimes quickly shutting down as the coronavirus takes hold on campus. So what is a school to do? The University of Arizona has a couple of innovations. One involves an app. And the other is a bit less polite. Joanna Masel is a mathematical biologist at the university. And she joins us now. Welcome to the program.

JOANNA MASEL: Thank you.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You helped develop the COVID Watch app there. How does it work?

MASEL: So you download it. And if all goes well, that’s it. You just activate it. And you never hear from it again. But all – in the background, it’s listening to little anonymous pings to find out who’s near you

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