The education overhaul bill moving through the South Carolina Legislature is a behemoth — 84 pages that promise changes at nearly every level of the school system.It’s a lot to unpack, and it’s hardly easy reading. So The Post and Courier interpreted it line by line, detailing the ways lawmakers are thinking about reshaping schools.The bill's wording and accompanying annotations reflect the most recent version of the bill as approved by the House. The explanations include information on changes being considered by a Senate panel reviewing a bill that was identical as introduced.Notice that much of the bill is not new. Here's a quick tip in deciphering legislation: New sections start by specifying that the "code is amended by adding." Sections that say state law "is amended to read" tweak existing law. In those sections, the added words are underlined. Words being deleted from state law are struck through.Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South … [Read more...] about We broke down South Carolina’s education overhaul bill, line by line
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“Chinedu Okobi should be alive right now. At the very most, he should be in a hospital receiving mental health treatment. By now, he likely would’ve been released back to the care of his family… Chinedu lived with mental illness. He received treatment, took medications, and worked hard to balance his life the best he could… What I do know is that in this country, when someone is having a mental health crisis, police are called—which is like bringing in a bulldozer to fix a leaky faucet. It’s a stupid system… Chinedu needed to go to the hospital. He needed medical treatment. Instead, he was surrounded by officers who appear to have repeatedly used a Taser on him until he died.”—Shaun King, a friend of Chinedu Okobi, a 36-year old man fatally tasered by California police on Oct. 3, 2018. “One of the concerns with these weapons [tasers] is that they’re not, in fact, non-lethal. They can be lethal. And because many law … [Read more...] about The Persistence of Fatal Police Taserings in 2018
The economic history of the United States is about characteristics of and important developments in the U.S. economy from colonial times to the present. The emphasis is on economic performance and how it was affected by new technologies, especially those that improved productivity, which is the main cause of economic growth. Also covered are the change of size in economic sectors and the effects of legislation and government policy. Specialized business history is covered in American business history. Colonial economy to 1780s Shipping scene in Salem, Massachusetts, a shipping hub, in the 1770s The colonial economy differed significantly from that of most other regions in that land and natural resources were abundant in America but labor was scarce. From 1700 to 1775 the output of the thirteen colonies increased 12-fold, giving the colonies an economy about 30% the size of Britain's at the time of independence. Population growth was responsible for over … [Read more...] about Economic history of the United States
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByKevin Sack and John Schwartz Oct. 8, 2018 DAVANT, La. — In the exact spot where Hurricane Katrina demolished the Plaquemines Parish Detention Center, a new $105 million jail now hovers 19 feet above the marsh, perched atop towering concrete pillars. Described by a state official as the “Taj Mahal” of Louisiana corrections, it has so much space that one of every 27 parish residents could bunk there. But on an average day in the first half of this year, more than 40 percent of its 872 beds went unoccupied, making it one of the emptiest jails in the state, records show. And because of its isolated, flood-prone location, the jail still must be evacuated before any major storm or risk becoming an accidental Alcatraz. There is but one reason the Plaquemines jail was rebuilt on … [Read more...] about As Storms Keep Coming, FEMA Spends Billions in ‘Cycle’ of Damage and Repair
Opinion OCT. 3, 2018 Opinion The Senate Should Not Confirm Kavanaugh. Signed, 650+ Law Professors. The following letter will be presented to the United States Senate on Oct. 4. It will be updated as more signatures are received. Judicial temperament is one of the most important qualities of a judge. As the Congressional Research Service explains, a judge requires “a personality that is even-handed, unbiased, impartial, courteous yet firm, and dedicated to a process, not a result.” The concern for judicial temperament dates back to our founding; in Federalist 78, titled “Judges as Guardians of the Constitution,” Alexander Hamilton expressed the need for “the integrity and moderation of the judiciary.” We are law professors who teach, research and write about the judicial institutions of this country. Many of us appear in state and federal court, and our work means that we will continue to do so, including before the United … [Read more...] about The Senate Should Not Confirm Kavanaugh. Signed, 650+ Law Professors.