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District teachers hold rally protesting return to in-person learning

Allison Glass, a leader of We Demand Safety APS, stands with her two children at the rally. Glass is firmly against returning to in-person learning.
January 26, 2021

Almost one week after their Jan. 19 return to working in school, Atlanta Public Schools teachers took to the streets of downtown Atlanta on Jan. 25 to demand that APS delay their reopening plan. With...

House impeachment sends message about accountability

Former President Donald J. Trump faces his second impeachment in the span of a year.
January 26, 2021

The United States House of Representatives voted to impeach former President Donald J. Trump for the second time January 13, one week before his presidential term was set to end.  Following the Capitol...

District holds ‘Holocaust Remembrance Week’, provides special curriculum

January 26, 2021

Graphic photos, videos and evidence give students the realities of the Holocaust when classes study World War II, but often it feels like a scary movie instead of a real-life occurrence. This year, though,...

KHS students organize “March against injustice”

Organizers Peyton Nico and Wyatt Byers lead the front of the march as the group passes Kirkwood city hall.
January 26, 2021

It started with a single text message. The same day, KHS sophomores Wyatt Byers, Áine Bradley, Peyton Nico, Liv Timp, Blake Sutter, Bella Ruzicka and Madeline Rapp were organizing a “march against injustice.” ...

‘It had to be addressed:’ Second impeachment permeates classrooms

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi signs the Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump after its passage in the House of Representatives on Jan. 13, 2021. The President was impeached for the second time during his first and only term for inciting an insurrection of the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
January 25, 2021

On Jan. 6, 2021, fueled by misinformation about election fraud, a violent mob breached the U.S. Capitol for the first time since 1814, temporarily interrupting the congressional certification of Joe Biden’s...

The romanticization of the ghetto in Louisville

A graphic depicting street signs reading
January 25, 2021

G-H-E-T-T-O.  As this ghetto is visualized, abandoned buildings appear, kids playing the streets unsupervised replay, bass-booming music buzzes, and renovated old cars gleam in the reflection as graffiti...

From insurrection to inauguration, Mustangs share thoughts on state of democracy 

As the American people and the Biden administration opens a new chapter, the call for unity and progress continues.
January 25, 2021

The Confederate flag waving through the Senate chambers. An officer crushed between a door frame and rioters. A fist was thrown in the air. These were all pictures publicized by the press during the insurrection...

Kentucky law enforcement training used video with Nazi symbol

A graphic of the state of Kentucky with a presentation being presented. The word HATE is in bold. Graphic by guest contributor, James Jean-Marie.
January 25, 2021

An online training used in 2020 by a Kentucky state law enforcement training agency features a Nazi symbol in a clip from an anti-Semitic video produced by a neo-Nazi media company. The Kentucky Department...

UNMC Infectious Disease Expert Shares Thoughts on Future of COVID

Medical Director with the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit Dr. Angela Hewlett shared her thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine and what rollout might look like for members of the Westside Community
January 25, 2021

With the third wave of COVID-19 coming to a close, Westside has returned to 100% capacity in green mode. As cases fall in the area, vaccine rollout has suddenly accelerated, and the largest distribution...

SAT cancellations raise questions about the future of standardized testing

Due to COVID-19, SAT testing sites have been forced to cancel tens of thousands of tests, sparking discussions about the future of standardized tests in the college admissions process.
January 25, 2021

Update: The College Board announced on Jan. 19 that it will no longer be offering the SAT subject tests or optional essays in order to “simplify demands on students.” After the COVID-19 pandemic...

At-risk district teachers get New Year’s shot in the arm

West found out she was eligible for the vaccine after checking her voice mail on New Year’s Day. Smith said she was in and out for her first shot in 20 minutes. Both said the process was well-organized. West urges that everyone be kind to each other and understanding toward health-care workers.
Some AISD staff 65 and over or at high health-risk start 2021 by receiving first dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine
January 25, 2021

A limited number of Austin ISD teachers and staff began their spring semester with a COVID-19 vaccine shot in the arm. The first round of vaccine distributions for the district's teachers came about through...

With many firsts, Harris’s inauguration impacts girls of color on campus

Kamala Harris has broken several glass ceilings in her historic career, becoming the first person of South Asian descent and second Black woman to serve in the Senate, and now the highest-ranked female official in American history.
January 22, 2021

Kamala Devi Harris, born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father in the time of Jim Crow and segregation, was sworn in as the first woman, first Black person, and first South Asian to ever hold the office...

Closest Race in the Nation

An official ballot drop box outside of the Johnson County Administration Building.
January 22, 2021

The 2020 November election was historic for a number of reasons, and the race to represent Iowa’s second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives was no different. Mariannette...

Trust in Vaccine Among TASD Employees Mirrors National Average

Among the 101 employees who responded to the survey, 60.4% of TASD employees that they would take the COVID vaccine, which is almost identical to the percentage reported by the recent Pew Research survey (60%).
Sixty percent of TASD employees reported strong interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine
January 22, 2021

Only 4.2 million Americans received their first dose of the COVID-10 vaccine by the first week of January.  That is about 15 million doses short of what federal officials had hoped for by December. ...

Mac students hold out hope that Biden-Harris inauguration can usher in era of civility, unity, progress

As he shares his video feed over Zoom to his round table advisement class, teacher Dave Winter watches Kamala Harris take the oath of office to become the first woman vice president in United States history.
Observers express optimism after message of conciliation, absence of violence, inauguration of first female VP
January 22, 2021

The nation watched history in the making this morning when President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office, ending Donald Trump’s presidency and igniting hope that today...

KSP “ruthless killer” training slideshow used as early as 1998

A slide from one of the Kentucky State Police's slideshow that enforces aggression and ruthlessness.
The 2002 slide deck presentation is similar in content to the 2011 and 2013 versions previously reported by RedEye.
January 22, 2021

Kentucky State Police (KSP) trained cadets with a presentation that quoted Robert E. Lee and instructed them to be “ruthless killer[s]” as early as 1998. The presentation, which Manual RedEye obtained...

Teacher’s Alleged Involvement at Capitol Protest Draws Scrutiny

Following the capitol protests, photos of CUSD teacher Kristine Hostetter at the capitol protests on January 6th were released on the internet. While CUSD declined to make a comment on the investigation, parents of her class have confirmed Hostetter has not been in her classroom since the protests.
January 22, 2021

As new information concerning the recent capitol protests and breach are revealed, video evidence of a CUSD teacher, Kristine Hostetter, allegedly attending the protests with her husband, Alan Hostetter...

As La Salle Gets Ready to Return to Campus, Teachers Share Their Thoughts

After almost a year of distance learning, teachers and students will soon be returning to on-campus instruction.
January 21, 2021

Throughout the last year, educators have managed unprecedented challenges.  Having switched abruptly to online instruction last spring and continuing into the new school year, they have worked to adjust...

“The Demise of Democracy”: the world reacts to the Capitol “protests”

People across the world were taken by surprise when a group of rioters struck the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 in protest to the presidential election results. Both country-wide and world-wide, many people expressed their shock, anger and disapproval of what is now being referred to as an insurrection. “I think and hope that the American democracy will find its place again,” an anonymous respondent said.
January 21, 2021

Jan. 6, 2021, is inarguably a day that will go down in American history: Confederate flags, guns drawn inside the House Chamber, intruders in Nancy Pelosi’s office to conquer her desk and a lack of...

Despite claims, second Kentucky State Police slideshow suggests “ruthless” violence taught for years

The first slide of the Warrior Mindset slideshow from the Kentucky State Police.
January 21, 2021

A second Kentucky State Police (KSP) training slideshow created in 2001 and last edited in 2011 contains Hitler quotes and promotes “ruthless” violence, suggesting earlier claims that this training...

KSP training slideshow quotes Hitler, advocates ‘ruthless’ violence

KSP training slideshow quotes Hitler, advocates for police to be
January 21, 2021

UPDATE, 4:15 PM: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear responded to this story with the following statement: "This is absolutely unacceptable. It is further unacceptable that I just learned about this through...

The Reality of Women’s Safety in Today’s Society

Woman feel a deep-rooted fear for their safety in a male dominated society.
January 21, 2021

Women's activist Elizebeth Cady Stanton once said, “the best protection any woman can have is courage.” Courage is a necessity when up to 76% of women are targeted for physical and/or sexual violence...

Progressives Settled For Biden. Now What?

January 21, 2021

This story was originally published on LAHS - New Media Lit on January 20, 2021.

Forgotten history: Bringing an African Studies course to Masters

Students learn African history in front of an outline of the continent of Africa.
January 20, 2021

The prospect of Masters introducing an African Studies course into its curriculum has been a topic of conversation for many students, dating back to 2015. Many feel they have only heard the Americanized...

Impending vaccine brings cautious optimism to SJS community

Even though people are starting to receive vaccinations, herd immunity is likely still “months away,” according to Medical Advisory Team member Julie Boom.
January 20, 2021

Although most teenagers will not receive a COVID-19 vaccine for months due to limited supply, freshman Mackenzie Rice is already scheduled to receive two doses of the Pfizer vaccine—or a placebo. She...

Portland houselessness protocol draws controversy

Houseless Portlanders line up to receive food outside Laurelhurst Park in SE Portland. Many have criticized the city of Portland for removing camps without a better option available to those who are being displaced.
January 19, 2021

As a result of COVID-19 and the houseless state of emergency Portland, the procedure that Portland follows when removing houseless camps has changed to account for the spread of the disease, as well as...

Protest at the Capitol Sparks Student Reactions

Last Wednesday, Jan. 6, pro-Trump demonstrators infiltrated the Capitol building, interrupting the counting of electoral votes that would confirm Joe Biden's win.
January 19, 2021

The protest at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 6, obstructed the ceremonial counting of electoral votes that would declare Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election. Pro-Trump demonstrators...

Teachers reflect on lack of diversity in Lincoln staff

Lincoln's 2019 demographics for staff and students broken down by race. The school, already one of the whitest in Portland, has an even smaller percentage of teachers of color.
January 19, 2021

According to the Oregon Department of Education, white teachers made up 84% of the teaching population at Lincoln during the 2019-2020 school year. Math teacher Ricardo Alonso, who identifies as Afro-Cuban,...

Black and Brown Students and Parents Demand D219 Address Racism, End Racist Practices

Parents and students gather together to demand D219 to end its racist practices.
January 19, 2021

Community members gathered for a press conference and demanded an end to racist practices in District 219 on Tuesday, Jan. 12 outside of the district administration building. Included in the group were...

Jan. 6 Capitol chaos prompts social science class, non-partisan JSA club discussions over Zoom — many blaming Trump for the insurrection

A view of the Capitol rotunda taken in November 2019 during the National Scholastic Press Association's fall journalism convention in Washington, D.C. A mob -- some carrying the American flag and wearing pro-President Donald Trump caps -- broke into the building Jan. 6 while congressional leaders were trying to certify the Electoral College vote counts favoring President-elect Joe Biden.
January 15, 2021

Accolade staff writers Rida Fatima and Krishna Thaker and Opinion editor Hope Li contributed to this story. While some teachers in their Zoom sessions have addressed last week’s historic Capitol building...

District investigating online claims against staff member

A crowd shot from the Jan. 6
January 15, 2021

After the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week, law enforcement agencies immediately undertook a full-scale effort to track down rioters who may be guilty of crimes, by combing through troves of...

Knights react to a week in Washington that began with insurrection, ended with Trump’s second impeachment

U.S National Guard troops stationed at the entrance to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, the same day the House voted to impeach President Trump a second time on the charge that he incited the insurrection that occurred at the Capitol the week before. National Guard troops will be stationed at the Capitol at least until Biden’s inauguration. Photo accessed on Geoff Livingston’s Flickr account. Photo reprinted with permission under a creative commons license.
Jan. 6 assault on capitol leaves teachers, students searching to identify causes of present crisis, hope for better future
January 15, 2021

President Trump was impeached on Wednesday by every House Democrat and 10 House Republicans who accuse the president of inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which occurred exactly a week before...

Data issues kept USD 497 in hybrid learning

Students descend the newly installed learning stairs on Jan. 7 on the week day back from winter break. In-person learning continued this week despite escalating numbers of COVID-19 cases in the community.
Updated data shows USD 497 could have moved to remote-only learning this week.
January 15, 2021

A post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases appeared poised to send middle and high school students back to remote learning last week. But a lag in data updates from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment...

We are proud to present the best of snow, ATX edition

SUNFLOWER SEEDS AND TAMALES: Senior Daniel Dueñas-Lujan inspects his handiwork building a snowman with all the finishing touches. Dueñas said that Sunday's snow caught him off guard and that after realizing it was showing he decided to build a snowman, which we have to say looks pretty darn lifelike almost as if Dueñas was meeting Olaf on the set of Frozen. What's the secret to Dueñas' snowman success? 
Historic six-inch snowfall creates rare central Texas winter wonderland, knocks out power and results in a 100-percent virtual school day
January 15, 2021

It snowed half a foot on Sunday in Central Texas. Sunday morning many people woke up to their backyard covered in snow. In Austin this is rare, especially the amount of snow that fell Sunday. “I...

The effects of the capitol hill riots and what they mean 

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images/TNS)
Attack on the “People’s House” reveals U.S. democracy’s vulnerability 
January 15, 2021

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Jan. 6, mobs of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, yielding bats, Trump flags, and even firearms. They pushed through mesh barriers around the perimeter and clashed with...

A Day without Internet at Portola High

Destiny, the online library catalog, shut down due to the lack of internet connection, putting a halt to the book check-out and return system.
January 15, 2021

Irvine Unified School District experienced a mass internet outage due to issues with the district’s service provider, leaving Portola High students and faculty on campus without Wi-Fi access for the...

Anonymous Instagram accounts gain popularity

Graphic above designed by Kate Poling. Featured is one of the anonymous instagram accounts that has gained popularity amongst the students at PHS.
January 14, 2021

Sophomore Ella Rhuems was on her way home from work when she got an Instagram notification. “[When] I saw it, I pulled over and just cried.” Rheums has been posted on @phsnwordsayers.  “My...

Capitol protests spark residents’ concerns about governmental legitimacy

Protesters stormed the Capitol last Wednesday after President Donald Trump’s Save America rally. The riot interrupted a congressional session where representatives were counting electoral votes to confirm Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential win.
January 13, 2021

A cross-country road trip from her hometown of Coppell, Texas took Angela Almeida to Washington D.C. on Jan. 6 - the day of the Capitol protest. “We were walking from Union Station when we started...

The Simple Solution: Cheating at BSM

While taking a quiz, a student scrolls through their phone, looking for answers.
In the midst of hybrid learning, cheating has become far more accessible to online students.
January 13, 2021

Cheating has always been a smudge on the face of the education system, and with long distance learning, it has become even more prevalent. As students attend class via Zoom amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Wilson High School nears the end of name change process

The outside of PPS' Woodrow Wilson High School. Over the past year, the
January 13, 2021

This year, PPS has started to take part in a project they are calling, “Renaming and Redefining PPS Spaces: Centering the Experience of Black, Native, and Students of Color Through A Racial Equity Design...

A Diverse Student Look into Capitol Hill and Polarization at School

January 11, 2021

All positions expressed are opinions. Special thanks to Sage Toomre, Anand Mehta, Sreyan Sarkar, Roya Bouzari, and Cole Rafferty This story was originally published on LAHS - New Media Lit on January...

Holocaust education excluded from first draft of social studies standards

Photo illustration by Jane Pupeza. Holocaust education has been removed from the social studies standards despite disapproval from students and teachers.
Department of Education draft causes backlash among the Jewish community
January 11, 2021

In response to the Minnesota Department of Education excluding Holocaust education from the first of three drafts for the new Social Studies standards, junior and co-president of Jewish Student Union Ella...

2010 vs. 2020: Demographic differences within a decade

The racial demographics of students enrolled at GBHS has become more diverse since the school's opening in 1996, shown above.
GBHS alumni and students share their experiences in regards to embracing their identity in a white majority district
January 11, 2021

Over the last decade, the demographics of GBHS have become more diverse with a growing minority population.  According to the GBHS 2009-10 School Accountability Report Card, 24.8% of enrolled students...

Community reacts to Capitol riots, deepening political divide as Trump presidency comes to a close

Trump supporters occupy the Capitol grounds during Wednesday's violent attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden for President. Incited by President Donald Trump,  the mob infiltrated the building, vandalizing statues, stealing property and threatening to hang elected officials. Masters' Students and faculty reflect on the insurrection, and the deepening political divide as Trump leaves office.
January 11, 2021

Members of The Masters School community are outraged at the hypocrisy in President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and law enforcement’s response to the deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill Wednesday, when...

RM reacts to Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol

Thousands of rioters stormed Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, to dispute the 2020 election results.
January 11, 2021

Thousands of rioters stormed Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, to dispute the 2020 election results. After overwhelming the Capitol security force, the rioters forcefully entered the...

A national tragedy: Students and teachers reflect on recent riots

Riots at Capitol Hill Jan. 6 prompted discussion among students and teachers.
January 11, 2021

Zooms were turned off and cable news was turned on. Long days turned into longer nights as millions of Americans tuned into news broadcasts of the Jan. 6 riots at Capitol Hill. As a mob of right-wing extremists...

Extremist supporters of President Trump invade Capitol in failed effort to halt confirmation of the President-elect

The Capitol stands peaceful captured in a traditional day in Washington D.C. However, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, the Capitol was breached by extremists, marking the sole Capitol invasion since the attack of British troops in 1814.
January 11, 2021

Tensions climaxed as extremist supporters of President Donald Trump rallied at the nation’s Capitol in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 6. The chaos interrupted the U.S. Congress who were gathered...

‘Terrifying and upsetting’: stunned Whitman community responds to Capitol insurrection

Mass insurrection disturbs Washington D.C. and interrupts a joint Congress session on January 6.
January 8, 2021

What was supposed to be a normal Wednesday spent doing homework and attending teachers’ virtual check-ins was instead one in which students could hardly look away from social media feeds and cable news...

Community Reacts in Horror to Jan. 6 Capitol Chaos

Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Congress held a joint session Wednesday to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results.
January 8, 2021

Five days after the new year began, protestors stormed the Capitol building in Washington D.C. while Congress was attempting to confirm the Nov. 3 presidential election. Many people across the political...

Redhawks react to pro-Trump mob attacks on U.S. Capitol

Trump supporters gathered in D.C. on Wednesday after a rally was called on by President Trump, but the rally soon turned into an attack when a pro-Trump mob stormed into the Capitol Building. “I would even go as far as to say that this movement has been far more dangerous,” junior Logan Schaefer said. “Not because of the fact that it’s a right-wing movement, but because of the fact that in the entire 244 years of our country’s history the Senate has never had to have been evacuated.”
January 8, 2021

Jan. 6, 2021 around 1:10 p.m. the United States Capitol was stormed by a pro-Trump mob, waving Confederates flags, hanging a noose and cross, and replacing the American flag with a “Trump 2020” one. The...

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