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5 jurors picked for Cosby trial, 2 know a sex assault victim

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar PITTSBURGH (AP) — The search for 12 jurors and six alternates for Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial is off to a brisk start even though a third of the initial jury pool had an opinion about Cosby’s guilt or innocence and an equal number said they or someone close to them had been sexually assaulted. Three men and two women, all white, were selected Monday. The lawyers studied each person’s race, sex, age, occupation and interests to try to guess … Read the referenced story here: 5…

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Growing grassroots movements confronting school sex assault

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel FOREST GROVE, Ore. (AP) — Educators and students in parts of the U.S. are working to combat an issue many grade and secondary schools have avoided: sexual assault. These grassroots efforts include student activism and novel programs to intervene with sexually aggressive students. In Oregon, two districts found inappropriate behavior was more prevalent than they realized. Now the districts quietly monitor and counsel kids who act out and ask parents for help to understand what’s going on. The districts are adapting … Read the referenced story here: Growing…

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Betsy DeVos and the Multi-Part Assault on Public Education

Jamie Peck, GuardianWhen Donald Trump appointed Betsy DeVos secretary of education, America’s school-going people worried it was only a matter of time before she brought back debtors’ prison for student loan defaulters and subcontracted out K-12 education to Nickelodeon. Now Donald and Betsy are one step closer to making that vision a reality, with $10.6bn in cuts to crucial education programs, including a student loan forgiveness program first implemented by a Republican administration. … Read the referenced story here: Betsy DeVos and the Multi-Part Assault on Public Education

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