Monthly Archives: July 2019

Will the U.S. Ever Catch a High-Speed Train?


SUSTAINABILITY & THE ENVIRONMENT Will the U.S. Ever Catch a High-Speed Train? Over 20 countries have high-speed train travel, carrying 1.6 billion passengers a year. The United States is lagging behind. The Shinkansen N700A Series Set G13 high speed train … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, lawmakers in states like Hawaiʻi and New York are showing the rest of the country that banning this dreadful pesticide is not only possible, but inevitable


Dear Kevin, I wish I had better news to share. Today, the Trump administration announced its decision to keep using the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos on our food, even though it’s known to harm children’s brains. This is a blatant handout … Continue reading

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Say, Yes, I am my brother’s keeper


“…Am I my brother’s keeper?”  –Genesis 4:9 What a question. So glad we got the answer…a resounding YES. Yes we are! We are responsible for one another, and are lives are meant to be lived interdependently with our neighbors.  Rev. … Continue reading

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No advice is listened to by this administration


Closing the Door on AdviceIn an outright rejection of the basic concept that the federal government makes better decisions when it gets experts’ input, President Trump recently issued an executive order instructing all federal agencies to eliminate at least one-third … Continue reading

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Teens Started Podcasting As A Hobby, Then It Turned Into Serious Journalism


MINDSHIFT These Teens Started Podcasting As A Hobby, Then It Turned Into Serious Journalism LISTEN8 min Matt Ozug Jul 17 FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL COPY LINK Students podcasts from the Steel City Academy in Gary, Indiana, Erin Addison (left), Evan Addison, and … Continue reading

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Making Music Can Help Students Cope with Trauma


MINDSHIFT How Making Music Can Help Students Cope with Trauma Juli Fraga Jul 15 FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL COPY LINK  (ARTQU/iStock) Studies about the Ten Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have shown that most people have experienced one of these traumas in childhood, such as … Continue reading

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Beekeepers feel the sting of Trump administration’s anti-science efforts


–MY RELATIVES WERE BEEKEEPERS WHO VOTED FOR TRUMP–DON’T LET THEM DO IT AGAIN        Beekeepers feel the sting of Trump administration’s anti-science efforts Last winter, beekeepers reported a record 40% loss of their colonies. Longtime beekeeper Jeff Anderson, says … Continue reading

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RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PRACTICES–WHY AREN’T OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS DOING THIS FOR BOTH FACULTY AND YOUTH


How Restorative Practices Work for Students and Educators BY MARY ELLEN FLANNERY A few Mondays ago, a Denver third-grader named Luca sat down in a circle with his classmates and started a conversation like this: “If you were an animal for … Continue reading

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TEACHERS: WHEN WORK HURTS…


Threatened and Attacked By Students: When Work Hurts BY JOHN ROSALES Shannon Macaulay, teacher at Meadowbrook High School. (Photo: Luis Gomez) The student was extremely upset about something. A paraeducator approached him to inquire. In response, the student kicked her squarely in … Continue reading

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Fund the Movement to put Heat on Private Prisons


     Dear Kevin, The private prison industry is feeling the heat. SunTrust Bank and PNB Paribas announced last week that they will stop financing private prisons.1,2  And just yesterday, Fifth Third Bancorp announced they will also no longer provide … Continue reading

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