LARGO — When Pinellas County officials announced in 1981 that the original Palm Harbor Middle School would close, less than a year had passed since 10-year-old Elisa Nelson was murdered near the campus.The school soon would reopen at another site less than a mile away — in an orange grove where the girl's body was found — so community members urged officials to name it after her. But even with support, that effort lost traction as the district shuffled to get the school up and running.Nearly four decades later, Pinellas is set to reopen the old middle school, where Elisa had been a fifth-grader. It will again welcome students in August as an elementary magnet school, with programs focused on gifted studies and literacy. And after a unanimous vote by the School Board on Tuesday, it will be called Elisa Nelson Elementary.PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Decades later, slain Palm Harbor girl gets a memorialSchool Board chambers, filled with family, friends and former classmates of … [Read more...] about In Palm Harbor, an old school gets a new name with meaning: Elisa Nelson Elementary
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CAMBRIDGE, Ohio—The angry old white men in this no-frills meeting room in a $55-a-night hotel off Interstate 70 are mostly retired truck drivers and coal miners, the kind of blue-collar voters without college degrees who tend to get quoted in Rust Belt diners defending President Donald Trump. They believe the system is rigged, that America has broken its promises to its working class, that the citizens who transport its goods, extract its energy, and shower after work rather than before have been shafted and forgotten. And while “economic anxiety” has become a punchline for pundits who believe Trump’s popularity with this demographic has more to do with racial resentment than trade or wages or health care, the economic anxiety in this room is real. These retirees are at risk of losing the pensions they worked for decades to secure, which is why they’ve gathered to hear the man they trust the most to fight for them in Washington. It’s not Trump. In … [Read more...] about Trump Flipped Ohio in 2016. Can Dems Flip It in 2018 By Going Old School?
POLITICS 08/21/2018 11:54 am ET Influential parents accused Riverdale Country School of leftist “indoctrination,” and now two teachers are gone. A parable about the real political correctness. Robert Silverman On Assignment For HuffPost On the morning of May 15, a day after Israeli soldiers shot and killed more than 60 largely unarmed Palestinian protesters on the Gaza–Israel border and injured thousands more, Joel Doerfler, a history teacher at New York City’s elite Riverdale Country School, decided to post The New York Times’ front page headline and accompanying photos in the hallway outside his classroom. “ISRAELIS KILL DOZENS IN GAZA,” read the headline, to which Doerfler added a personal note: “I support Palestinian human rights.” Doerfler, now 74 years old, had been a member of the faculty at Riverdale for more than 25 years, heading the history department since 1992. He often taught an elective course … [Read more...] about How An Elite New York City Prep School Created A Safe Space For Angry Zionists
Luke Nozicka Des Moines Register Published 2:13 p.m. UTC Aug 21, 2018 © Copyright 2018, Des Moines Register and Tribune Co. BROOKLYN, Ia. — Mollie Tibbetts' face has been seen across the country, her bright smile flashing on national news. She has been painted as the quintessential Iowa girl; an archetype, as her father puts it. Those following the story of her disappearance have seen her posing in her senior pictures and nestled with her high school sweetheart, beaming at a University of Iowa football game. Those in her small hometown of Brooklyn in central Iowa appreciate the widespread attention to her disappearance. They, too, consider her an all-American young woman. But they know Tibbetts as much more than the two-dimensional posters seen on TV. In interviews with the Des Moines Register, Tibbetts' family, friends, teachers, coaches and co-workers recount stories of the cheery, sometimes silly and occasionally stubborn … [Read more...] about She’s nurturing. She’s a Harry Potter fan. We all know Mollie Tibbetts’ face, but her friends and family say she’s so much more.
Rory Linnane and Devi Shastri Appleton Post-Crescent Published 8:45 p.m. UTC Aug 17, 2018 Note: This story has been updated to correct a transcription error in a quote by Tracey Kelz of the Marshfield School District. USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin regrets the error. APPLETON - Jose Morales likes the excitement of the start of the school year. Morales, who is 16 years old and will be a junior at Xavier High School in Appleton this fall, strives to go into his back-to-school preparations and the start of school with a positive attitude. But as he gets deeper into the school year, he said, the stress starts to get to him. Homework. Tests. Social drama. When he thinks about that side of things, his feelings about the start of the year become more mixed. “Every time the school year comes around, my mood drops,” Morales said. “And once the school year starts going, I feel less and less motivated.” During his sophomore … [Read more...] about Suicide rates decline in summer and rise when school starts. Parents, teachers can help.