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Opt-Out Movement Accelerates Amid Common Core Testing 18.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. This "opt-out" movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some parts of the country. Some superintendents in New York are reporting that 60 percent or even 70 percent of their students are refusing to sit for the exams. Some lawmakers, sensing a tipping point, are backing the parents and teachers who complain about standardized testing. Resistance could be costly: If fewer than 95 percent of a district's students participate in tests aligned with Common Core standards, federal money could be withheld, although the U.S. Department of Education said that hasn't happened. "It is a theoretical club administrators have used to coerce participation, but a club that is increasingly seen as a hollow threat," said Bob Schaeffer with the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, which seeks to limit standardized testing. And ...
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How Much Attention Does Climate Change Warrant? A Conversation With Climate Scientist and Energy Technology and Public Policy Expert David Keith 18.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored by Yifan Wu, Fellow, Harvard College Effective Altruism David Keith is Professor of Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. His academic work currently focuses on solar geoengineering: assessments of the technology, public engagement with its social consequences, and the development of related public policies and governance mechanisms. Following years of research on direct air capture, Keith founded and currently serves as the president of Carbon Engineering, a Calgary-based start-up that works on capturing carbon dioxide from ambient air to produce low-carbon fuels for transportation on an industrial scale. Keith also co-manages the Fund for Innovative Climate and Energy Research, a multimillion-dollar philanthropic geoengineering research fund established by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Keith was named Canadian Geographic's Environmental Scientist of the Year in 2006 and one of TIME magazine's Heroes of ...
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Earth Day Is Nearly Here, But Our Planet Is Worth Caring About Every Day 18.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earth Day is nearly upon us. The April 22 event, now in its 45th year, is meant to help draw attention to environmental issues, but remember, there are 364 other days to care about the planet. Things have changed in the U.S. since the first Earth Day, in 1970, when rampant air pollution , burning rivers and more frequent oil spills were major concerns. Despite the improvements here, other countries around the world still face issues like air and water pollution . The threat of global climate change also looms large, as temperature records continue to be broken and sea level rise accelerates . Take a look at these Instagram photos that capture the world's ongoing environmental challenges, and keep in mind to make every day Earth Day. A photo posted by Amazon Watch Official (@amazonwatch) on Mar 17, 2015 at 2:24pm PDT A photo posted by Vlad Sokhin (@lens_pacific) on Apr 11, 2015 at 12:52pm PDT A photo posted by azdarya (@azdarya) on Feb 16, 2015 at 7:04am PST A photo posted by Everyday Climate Change ...
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Divest Harvard Ends Heat Week with Warning of 'Planetary Selma' 18.4.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Can New Populist Agenda Harness Passions, Create Movement From Below? 18.4.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Spartans Move Beyond Coal 17.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On the heels of last week's fantastic Bloomberg Philanthropies and Beyond Coal announcement came some news from Michigan demonstrating once again how powerful our activists are. Michigan State University announced that it will retire the largest on-campus coal plant in the U.S. by 2016 -- making it the 188th coal plant announced for retirement since the Beyond Coal campaign started in 2010. Indeed it is the tireless, years-long work by student activists with the MSU Sierra Student Coalition and Greenpeace who helped make this happen. Current MSU students and alumni alike cheered the news, as did people across the U.S., as it is yet another example of how young people are driving the transition from coal to clean energy. "To see MSU finally commit to retiring the use of coal on campus is huge," said Talya Tavor, an MSU alum who led the campus Beyond Coal work during her time on campus from 2009 to 2012. "It says so many things all wrapped up in one neat little announcement." But Tavor and current MSU ...
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At Home and Abroad, the Labor Movement Comes Roaring Back 17.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Headlines for April 17, 2015 17.4.2015 Democracy Now!
Lawmakers Reach Deal to Give Obama TPP Fast-Track Authority, Iraqi Forces Retake Towns Near Oil Refinery from ISIL, Al-Qaeda Gains Ground in South Yemen; U.N. Envoy Resigns, WikiLeaks Publishes Full Database of Hacked Sony Emails, Muslim Migrants Accused of Pushing 12 Christians Overboard, Obama Signs "Doc Fix" Law to Overhaul Medicare Payments, Wesleyan Students Launch Fossil Fuel Divestment Sit-In; Harvard Blockade Continues, Gyrocopter Pilot Who Landed on Capitol Lawn Could Face 4 Years in Prison, Vatican Ends Takeover of U.S. Nuns Accused of "Radical Feminism", Former IMF Chief Rodrigo Rato Probed for Money Laundering, Bernanke to Take Hedge Fund Job in Latest Sign of Revolving Door, Judge Allows U.S. Lawsuit over Murder of Chilean Musician Víctor Jara, Amnesty International Details "Chilling Crackdown" in Bahrain, Jeb Bush Calls for Congress to Approve Lynch Nomination, Parents of Martin Richard Oppose Death Penalty for Tsarnaev, Jewish Studies Scholar Cancels Univ. of Illinois Lecture over Salaita ...
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'Green News Report' -- April 16, 2015 17.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Ontario, Canada joins cap and trade system to fight global warming; Students push Harvard to divest billions from fossil fuels; New poll finds majority of Americans support a tax on carbon emissions; PLUS: Last male white rhino on Earth is now under 24-hour armed guard... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at GreenNews.BradBlog.com . IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Dutch government taken to court over climate change; Fort McMurray's wastelands: Premature expropriations plague communities across Canada; Sardine population collapses, prompting ban on commercial fishing; Coal is dying all by itself; Nuclear Waste Reprocessing: Poised for growth, or on death's door?... PLUS: Judges Hear Challenge to ...
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NGLCC President Says Hillary Clinton's LGBT Activism 'Goes Back Decades' 17.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Hillary Clinton's public push for the Supreme Court to rule in favor of national marriage equality raised questions about whether it was an act of political expediency from the woman who did not support same-sex marriage until 2013 , but the head of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce argued on HuffPost Live that Clinton has been in the corner of LGBT Americans for years. NGLCC president Justin Nelson told host Alyona Minkovski on Thursday that he prefers to focus on Clinton's "history of LGBT rights activism that goes back decades" rather than what some call her slow evolution on marriage equality. "If we're only gonna talk to or support people that have been with us 100 percent of the time on 100 percent of our issues, we're going to be talking to a very small group of people," Nelson said. Nelson cited Clinton's support of LGBT rights during her time as first lady , a senator and secretary of state as signs that she is the right leader for gay Americans. "[I] was actually with Secretary ...
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Bird populations decline years after Fukushima's nuclear catastrophe 16.4.2015 Environmental News Network
This is the time of year when birds come out and really spread their wings, but since a disastrous day just before spring’s arrival four years ago, Japan’s Fukushima province has not been friendly to the feathered. And as several recent papers from University of South Carolina biologist Tim Mousseau and colleagues show, the avian situation there is just getting worse.
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'I Know We Will Win': Largest Ever Low-Wage Worker Protest Sweeps United States 16.4.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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New oil repellant materials could help clean up oil spills 16.4.2015 Environmental News Network
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have announced a significant step forward in the development of materials that can ward off oil — a discovery that could lead to new protective coatings and better approaches to cleaning up oil spills. In a new paper in the journal Advanced Functional Materials, professor of chemical and biological engineering David Lynn and assistant scientist Uttam Manna describe new coatings that are extremely oil-repellant (or "superoleophobic") in underwater environments.
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Unconstitutional mandatory minimums and the role of pandering progressive politicians 16.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Getting Better Organized: The Fight for $15 and a Union 16.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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McGill University training its students to devalue the labour of teaching assistants 16.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Khalil Muhammad: To Stop Police Killings, Transform the Political Culture That Threatens Black Lives 16.4.2015 Truthout.com
Protests were held from coast to coast on Tuesday in a day of action against police violence and racial profiling. The protests came as the sheriff's reserve deputy, who fatally shot Eric Harris in Oklahoma, turned himself in to authorities. Robert Bates said he thought he was using his Taser instead of his gun when he killed Harris earlier this month. Bates is a wealthy insurance executive and heavy donor to the Tulsa Police Department, who gets to volunteer on the force as a reserve. Meanwhile, the South Carolina police officer charged with murder for fatally shooting Walter Scott will probably not face the death penalty if he is convicted. Prosecutors say Michael Slager would still be eligible for a sentence of life in prison. We are joined by Khalil Muhammad, author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, and director of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in ...
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This Tea Contains Just As Much Caffeine As A Cup Of Coffee 16.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Every day, more than half of the American population drinks a cup of coffee . Some like the rich flavor; others enjoy the ritual associated with pouring a morning cup. Many have made it a habit for the purpose of an energy boost . Such drinkers may scoff at the idea of sipping on a mug of tea for the sake of productivity, as typical commercial teas contain less than half the caffeine of an average cup of joe. Eight ounces of coffee contains anywhere from 95 to 200 mg of caffeine , while black tea contains 14 to 70 mg -- that is, until Zest Tea , a brand that claims to be most caffeinated tea on the market. Zest Tea's black tea blends boast 155 to 160 mg of caffeine per cup, which founder James Fayai says puts the drink in line with a mid to strong coffee brew. Fayai developed the super-caffeinated brew when he realized he was compromising his taste and health preferences in order to perform at a job that required working long hours. "I would have three to four cups of tea a day, and then switch over to ...
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Amid Calls To Divest, Schools Explore Green Revolving Funds 16.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While only 22 U.S. colleges and universities have actually agreed to sell their shares in oil and coal companies, more than 50 have committed themselves to efficiency projects on campus through a special financing method called green revolving funds, including Harvard University. At Harvard this week, students, alumni and faculty have occupied administrative buildings, calling for the university to cut investments in the fossil fuel industry. Protesters are questioning how the world's wealthiest university invests its $36 billion endowment. Climate activist Wen Stephenson is among those camping out, hoping to draw attention to climate change and the extraction of fossil fuels. "If we are serious about the climate catastrophe that is upon us, then that oil and gas has to stay in the ground," Stephenson shouted during a rally in front of Massachusetts Hall. At the same time, there's a quieter movement gaining steam, one that's focused instead on taking spaces like Harvard's Northwest Lab Building and ...
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Headlines for April 16, 2015 16.4.2015 Democracy Now!
60,000 Workers Join Historic Strikes for $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage, ISIL Claims New Villages in Western Iraq, Iraqi PM Criticizes Saudi-Led Yemen Bombings; HRW Says Strikes Killed 31 Civilians, NBC News Changes Account of Richard Engel's Kidnapping, Ukraine: Journalist Shot Dead in Capital Kiev, 400 Migrants Drown Off Libyan Coast, Colombia Lifts Suspension of FARC Bombings After Attack, Florida Mailman Lands Gyrocopter on Capitol Lawn in Call for Campaign Finance Reform, EU Unveils Antitrust Charges Against Google, Protester Jumps on Table, Throws Confetti at European Central Bank President, Clinton Shifts Stance to Embrace Same-Sex Marriage, 6 Arrested in Protest at BP Headquarters Ahead of Spill Anniversary, Chicago Pays $5 Million for Police Killing; Mayor Backs Reparations for Police Torture, Report: Workers Told to Falsify Training Records of Oklahoma Reserve Deputy Who Shot Eric Harris, Texas: Immigrant Mothers Launch New Hunger Strike in Private Detention Center
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