Betsy DeVos, charter schools, choice, Education Department: What now? What exactly is a Charter School? Let's break down the basics: what they are, where they came from and how they work. Paul Wood Jr., NorthJersey The first charter school in Nevada – I Can Do Anything High School – is set to close this spring. Ohio's largest charter, with 12,000 online students, shut down last winter after a crackdown on its suspicious attendance figures. In New Jersey, the charter system is making real estate investors rich. More from New Jersey: Across the U.S., charter schools are facing a reckoning. After new charters spread rapidly for a generation, with few rules or oversight in many states, the pace of growth is slowing. Start the day smarter: Get USA TODAY's Daily Briefing in your inbox Are charters on their way out, at least as we know them? When schools experiment, some will fail, said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a champion of charter schools. 'Horribly messianic' Outside of Washington, the rollback on charters is well underway. Does oversight ruin charters?
Ilhan Omar has had spike in death threats since Trump attack over 9/11 comment The Muslim American congresswoman Ilhan Omar has said she has received an increased number of death threats after Donald Trump repeatedly tweeted video footage of September 11 and accused Omar of downplaying the terror attacks. Omar issued a statement on Sunday night saying: “Since the president’s tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life – many directly referencing or replying to the president’s video.” Omar said the Capitol police, the FBI, the House sergeant at arms and the speaker of the House were all aware of the threats and she thanked them for their assistance. “Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country’s Commander in Chief,” she wrote. “I find her comments to be absolutely disgraceful and unbefitting of a member of Congress,” Sanders said, “and I think that it’s a good thing the president is calling her out.” “But I think his attack is beyond Congresswoman Omar.
Older Workers See Lower Response Rates From Recruiters Getty Images Boomer applicants receive a lower rate of response from employers than millennials. If you feel like submitting your résumé for a job is the equivalent of sending it into a black hole, the problem might be with how old your résumé makes you look. And if you’re a woman, the problem is even worse, according to research published this week by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. To test for age discrimination in the job application process, researchers created fake résumés for people in different age groups.
8 times the Mueller report shows Trump, White House spread false or misleading claims Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report provides a behind-the-scenes reconstruction of key events in the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency. The redacted version of the report, released April 18 by Attorney General Bill Bar, verifies and supports media reports about events that Trump dismissed as "fake news." And it highlights several instances where Trump aides told the press false information, including about the firing of former FBI director James Comey. Here’s an overview of some notable claims from Trump and his administration that turned out to be false. Trump publicly claimed Mueller had conflicts of interest and was turned down for FBI job. Trump tweeted on July 29, 2018: "Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship, I turned him down to head the FBI (one day before appointment as S.C.) & Comey is his close friend." Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Trapped in a hoax: survivors of conspiracy theories speak out | Technology Conspiracy theories used to be seen as bizarre expressions of harmless eccentrics. Not any more. Gone are the days of outlandish theories about Roswell’s UFOs, the “hoax” moon landings or grassy knolls. Instead, today’s iterations have morphed into political weapons. Turbocharged by social media, they spread with astonishing speed, using death threats as currency. Together with their first cousins, fake news, they are challenging society’s trust in facts. Their growing reach and scale is astonishing. The trend began on obscure online forums such as the alt-right playground 4chan. Now the conspiracy theorist-in-chief sits in the White House. Amid this explosive growth, one aspect has been underappreciated: the human cost. The Guardian talked to five people who can speak from bitter personal experience. Valentine’s Day 2018 was Marcel Fontaine’s day off. By the time they roused themselves, the deadliest high school shooting in US history was already over. Fontaine was horrified.
These five charts show how bad the student loan debt situation is Most Americans with student debt are young. But adults 60 and older — who either struggled to pay off their own loans or took on debt for their children or grandchildren — are the fastest-growing age cohort among student loan borrowers. Persis Yu, an attorney at the nonprofit National Consumer Law Center, said seniors are a sizable portion of the clients she sees. More than three out of four borrowers owe less than $50,000. The average monthly student loan payment ranges from $200 to $300, according to a report from the Federal Reserve. Experts say that borrowers with low balances are the most likely to default. “A lot of it has to do with the level of education,” Yu said. "We don't really have a student loan debt crisis. Defaulting has serious consequences. “Most of the borrowers we see are in default on their loans,” Yu said. For borrowers who can't afford to make their regular payment, the government offers payment plans that are tied to their household income.
Why we need to talk about the media’s role in far-right hate | Owen Jones When it comes to the threat of Islamist terrorism, no one doubts the role of radicalisation. The internet, hate preachers such as Anjem Choudary and Abu Hamza, and the western-armed, extremism-exporting state of Saudi Arabia: all play their part in radicalising the impressionable. When it comes to the far right, however, this consensus is absent. The reason for this is as obvious as it is chilling: the hate preachers, recruiting sergeants and useful idiots of rightwing extremism are located in the heart of the British, European and American establishments. They are members of the political and media elite. Less than two weeks ago, dozens of Muslims were murdered in Christchurch. Days before the Christchurch atrocity, I interviewed Tore Bekkedal, a young Norwegian socialist. This week the Tory former Brexit minister Suella Braverman declared: “We are engaged in a war against cultural Marxism.” “Cultural Marxism is running rampant,” wrote Sunday Telegraph editor Allister Heath last year.
Medicaid work requirements: Where do they stand after the blue wave? The 2018 midterm elections have dealt a significant setback to President Trump’s agenda in the legislative arena. However, there are still many ways for the Trump administration to keep swinging away at the Affordable Care Act. One particularly effective unilateral instrument is the regulatory process – that is, the implementation of statutory law by executive agencies. This may prove particularly consequential for Medicaid, the health coverage program for those with low incomes or disabilities. While still in litigation, the Trump administration has indicated its strong commitment to moving forward with these efforts. Helping individuals leave poverty is a worthwhile cause. Work for coverage: What the evidence from welfare reform tells us Work requirements have been implemented in a variety of public assistance programs outside of Medicaid. Proponents of work requirements have hailed these developments as vindication of the policy. Work requirements and the Trump administration
Anti-vaxers and Facebook: The four subgroups that fuel online attacks Dr. Paul Offit keeps a fat folder of nasty messages he's received so that "if someone kills me, my wife can give it to the police." He does not laugh when he says this. "Rot in hell you baby killer," one Facebook user wrote in an email to Offit, who is director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. "Go [f**king] kill yourself," another wrote. Dr. "You have no morals whatsoever and you know that you are a [f**king] liar. A CNN investigation published on Tuesday revealed such online attacks have become a growing part of the online vaccination debate. Yet it turns out that the anti-vax sentiments frequently made on Facebook tend to remain consistent in their messaging and arguments -- but are diverse, as they often fit within four distinct subgroups, according to a study published in the journal Vaccine on Thursday. Decoding anti-vax content on Facebook
Senate reports find millions of social media posts by Russians aimed at helping Trump, GOP WASHINGTON – The Senate released Monday a pair of reports that found Russia engaged in an all-out social media campaign on Donald Trump's behalf during the 2016 election and continued to support him after he took office. One report, compiled by Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Project and a social media analysis firm called Graphika, looked at millions of posts on every popular social media platform from Facebook to Pinterest that were provided to the Senate and House Intelligence Committees. The second report – written by New Knowledge, a cybersecurity firm specializing in protection from "social media disinformation attacks" – found that in addition to a "sweeping and sustained social influence operation," the Russians also tried to hack online voting systems and stole Clinton campaign emails, "which led to a controlled leak via Wikileaks." The campaign had two strategies, the report said. In contrast, conservatives "were actively encouraged to get behind Trump’s campaign."