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Fury Greets School's Ban on Clapping

Feel free to "punch the air, pull excited faces, and wriggle about on the spot" at Australia's Elanora Heights Public School—but whatever you do, don't clap. The public primary school in Sydney has banned clapping at assemblies in favor of "silent cheering" for the benefit of students who are...

This Australian School Has Banned Clapping

Clapping is no longer allowed at the Elanora Heights Public School. (Photo: Evan-Amos/CC BY-SA 3.0) A primary school in Sydney, Australia has recently adopted a policy that bans clapping at assemblies, according to SkyNews. As written...Show More Summary

Does the right to drive trump the 1st Amendment right to assemble?

Roads are public space where apparently only metal boxes have constitutional rights.

The world's largest public hedge fund just assembled an emerging markets debt team

The world’s largest publicly-traded hedge fund manager has just put together a team focusing on emerging markets debt. Man GLG, an investment management arm at Man Group, hired Phil Yuhn, Lisa Chua, Ehsan Bashi and Maria do Carmo Cal, according to a press release. Show More Summary

Disease outbreak guarantees: A proposal to build public health capacity in developing nations

In 2005, the World Health Assembly adopted a revised version of its International Health Regulations, a legally binding treaty among 196 nations to boost global health security and strengthen the world’s capacity to confront serious disease threats such as Ebola and SARS. Show More Summary

NEA Representative Assembly 2016: Delegates Solve Problem of Failing Schools

The delegates added this amendment to the union’s legislative agenda: “NEA opposes… using the word ‘failing’ to label our lowest performing public schools.” Yep. It is so much better to refer to them as our lowest performing public schools.

Who Is Censoring Whom

Freedom of speech is the keystone of civil liberties. Freedoms of press and assembly are meant to protect it. Freedom from unwarranted searches and seizures leaves us to decide whether our expressed thoughts are private or public. That, too, is why freedom from surveillance is so important since it prevents intimidation. Show More Summary

NEA Representative Assembly 2016: Delegates Plan to Live on Deserted Island

The last batch of new business items (NBIs) contains four illustrations of how some delegates believe the wider world exists merely as a means of support for the public education system. NBI 92: “NEA shall create an informational report by collating existing information published in reputable sources on the extent, avenues, trends and impacts of privatization in public […]

Christian School Assemblies Violate Kids Human Rights, UN Committee Tells the UK

The United Nations' Committee on the Rights of the Child claims in a report that the U.K. might be violating the rights of children in publicly funded schools by requiring them to take part in daily religious worship "of a broadly Christian character."

Challenging Freedom Of Speech

Freedom of speech is the keystone of civil liberties. Freedoms of press and assembly are meant to protect it. Freedom from unwarranted searches and seizures leaves us to decide whether our expressed thoughts are private or public. That, too, is why freedom from surveillance is so important since it prevents intimidation. Show More Summary

Forward Warrior takes art back to the streets

This weekend, community arts event Forward Warrior assembles 36 of Atlanta’s most forward-thinking artists to open their creative process to the public, and collaborate on a new art display for Cabbagetown. For the sixth year, the group takes to the walls of Wylie Street for two days of painting and open interaction.…

Oklahoma City's Coolest (and Artsiest) Hotel Used to be a Ford Assembly Plant

21c Museum Hotel isn't just engaging the public with contemporary art—it's also a perfect place to spend the night.

Privatization of public school facilities under "leasing" contracts

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

Janet Cowell cuts loose on General Assembly plotters: Most consequentially, this legislation allows state student and teacher funding (the average daily membership) and all other state education funding to be used for school facilities, in this case to pay private developers. Show More Summary

The 6 definitive pieces on Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was so much more than just a great boxer, and his death Friday left a hole in the world beyond the realm of sports. The SB Nation staff has assembled the six must-read stories about Muhammad Ali from various publications around the country. Show More Summary

African diplomats protest after Egyptian allegedly calls them ‘dogs and slaves’

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

An uproar has erupted over allegations that an Egyptian official last week called fellow African delegates at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi “dogs and slaves.” The accusations became public when a memo by the chair of the African Diplomatic Corps, Yvonne Khamati, addressed to the dean of the corps was leaked to the Kenyan media. […]

Bill that would have opened up some police misconduct records to public disclosure dies

California politics updates: Bills in Sacramento face a big live-or-die moment, business groups play both sides in Assembly race May 27, 2016, 12:03 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're watching: Lawmakers in Sacramento...

Bill to force a public vote on the governor's Delta tunnels plan is dead

California politics updates: Bills in Sacramento face a big live-or-die moment, business groups play both sides in Assembly race May 27, 2016, 11:35 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're watching: Lawmakers in Sacramento...

Children’s Book Illustrations from British Library

As part of the huge trove of public domain images being posted on Flicker — which I reported in 2013 — the British Library has assemble a large collection of children’s book illustrations. As is often the case with these kinds of large scale image resources, best results come from a bit of patience and […]

Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly opens in Geneva

WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan opened the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly with words of celebration, warning, and hope. Dr Chan celebrated recent progress in global public health, particularly in combatting HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and polio, as well as in improving maternal and child health.

Headline test Sacramento

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that AB 1695, “The Stop Illegal Gun Sales Act,” cleared a critical policy hurdle by passing the Assembly Public Safety committee with a vote of 5-2. But he said, “the gap has been pretty persistent. So I don’t want to set up what hasn’t been...

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