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Fourth-Year Medical Students Join the Fight Against COVID-19

As more and more COVID-19 patients pour into hospitals around New York City, fourth-year Einstein medical students are volunteering for a program to help healthcare workers cope with the increasing demand for care.

Launched just one week ago, the program started with four students who were assigned to a special floor at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), where elective surgeries have been canceled to accommodate the influx of adult COVID-19 patients. (Four additional fourth-year medical students started working keen shoes with pediatricians earlier this week—two on the Moses campus and two at Jacobi Medical Center.)

Working as subinterns in tandem with hospital teams, the four CHAM volunteers are taking on 12-hour shifts, supporting pediatricians in the care of adult patients. Currently, it is the only program where Einstein medical students are working on the wards, and it is entirely voluntary.

“Everyone in the medical community is going above and beyond to help these patients,” said one of the fourth-years at CHAM, Corin Kinkhabwala. “This is where Einstein and Montefiore thought we would be most utilized and provide the best assistance. There are a lot of moving pieces. It’s very fluid, and you have to be adaptable.”

Todd Cassese, M.D., assistant dean for clinical sciences at Einstein, said each fourth-year “is caring for three to four patients and reporting back to the resident and attending physicians. The students are also providing advice on other patients on their teams.”

CHAM’s pediatric hospital medicine division chief, Patricia Hametz, M.D., said the fourth-year volunteers “have been truly amazing. They have stepped right up and become fully integrated members of the team. We are extremely grateful for the help as we all learn together how to care for this patient population.”
A Call for Action

When the COVID-19 pandemic started escalating in the Bronx in early March, medical school graduation was less than three months away. By mid-March, Einstein sent an email to gauge interest among the fourth-years in helping care for patients with COVID-19. “The fact that they reached out made me realize how dire the situation was,” Mr. Kinkhabwala said. Dozens of fourth-years volunteered.

Using a random name nike outlet generator, Dr. Cassese, working with the office of student affairs, selected four students: Mr. Kinkhabwala, Keara English, Michael Longo, and Marika Osterbur-Badhey. “We decided to start small and then grow the effort,” Dr. Cassese explained.

Josh Nosanchuk, M.D., Einstein’s senior associate dean for medical education, said the four piloting the program are “displaying their passion and compassion for our community. I couldn’t be more impressed or proud as they beautifully represent the heart and soul of Einstein”

Some of the adult patients who present with COVID-19 symptoms in the emergency departments at Montefiore are being sent to the converted floor at CHAM, where patients are sick enough to be hospitalized but do not require a ventilator. Patients who grow more ill are transferred to a different care team or the intensive-care unit.

Fourth-year volunteer Keara English says things were changing constantly due to need to accommodate the rapid influx of new patients, “but all the physicians—the attendings, residents, and interns—adapted quickly. I am proud to be able to work with them. Everyone is really trying to do their best to help our patients.”

To minimize the number of times healthcare staff go in and out of hospital rooms, a lot of the care is done by checking patient monitors connected to screens in the hallway and communicating with patients by telephone. “We are being paired with pediatric interns,” Ms. English said, “and basically just take the load off of them by checking the patients’ charts, making sure the lab reports come back, writing progress notes and discharge summaries, and communicating with the nursing staff, respiratory therapists, social work staff, and the family.”

Rhonda Acholonu, M.D., Montefiore’s vice chair for education in the department in pediatrics, said she worked alongside some of the fourth-years on overnight shifts at CHAM. “They were incredibly engaged and helpful. They spent time talking to the patients via the phone and gathering outstanding histories. It just goes to show you that the spirit to help is deeply engrained in the Einstein student.”
A Connection to Their Team

The CHAM COVID-19 schedule involves working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for three days, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following three nights, and then skechers outlet three days off. “In times like these having continuity of teams is critical and can save lives,” Dr. Cassese said. “But we wanted the students to choose their schedules. They discussed it on their own and they decided to stick with their teams, and I think it was a great choice, but it was theirs.”

Mr. Kinkhabwala, who will start a residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina later in June, said, “Some patients are sicker than others. It’s tiring, but I love it. This is what I signed up for. The patients are great. They are so resilient. It helps me get up in the morning.”

Ms. English, who will begin her internship this summer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center before starting her radiation oncology residency at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore next year, said she was motivated to volunteer at CHAM because of what she heard about the need for help from close friends who are interns in emergency medicine and internal medicine in New York City. “I knew that if there was anything I could do, I wanted to try and relieve that burden.”

She also felt a special kinship to the Bronx. “I love our community here,” Ms. English said. “There are a lot of patients here that, on a good day—with no COVID-19—struggle with their health. They deserve our best efforts.”

A crusade to end grading in high schools

 

Miami school says vaccinated students must stay home for 30 days to protect others, citing discredited info

Students wearing a protective mask, queue up outside classrooms on the first day of school, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at St. Lawrence Catholic School in North Miami Beach, Florida, U.S. August 18, 2021. REUTERS/Marco Bello TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

In April, a Miami private school made national headlines for barring teachers who got a coronavirus vaccine from interacting with students. Last week, the school made another startling declaration, but this time to the parents: If you vaccinate your child, they’ll have to stay home for 30 days after each shot.

The email from Centner Academy hey dude leadership, first reported by WSVN, repeated misleading and false claims that vaccinated people could pass on so-called harmful effects of the shot and have a “potential impact” on unvaccinated students and staff.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has debunked claims that the coronavirus vaccine can “shed or release any of their components” through the air or skin contact. The coronavirus vaccines do not contain a live virus, so their components can’t be transmitted to others.

David Centner, one of the school’s co-founders, repeated the debunked claims in a statement to The Washington Post, saying the policy is a “precautionary measure” based on “numerous anecdotal cases that have been in circulation.”

“The school is not opining as to whether unexplained phenomena have a basis in fact, however we prefer to err on the side of caution when making decisions that impact the health of the school community,” Centner said.

Despite the Food and Drug Administration’s evidence that the coronavirus vaccines are safe and highly effective, vaccine misinformation online has been a top hurdle for the White House and public health experts when persuading people to get the shots. Almost 219 million Americans have received at least one vaccine dose, which is about 66 percent of the eligible population, according to The Post’s vaccination tracker.

In July, President Joe Biden excoriated social media companies, accusing them of “killing people” by failing to regulate misinformation about the vaccines on their platforms. In August, Facebook released data that showed the most popular piece of content from January through March was a link to an article that cast doubt on hoka shoes the vaccine. Last Wednesday, attorneys generals from 14 states sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, inquiring if the company provided special treatment to those disseminating vaccine falsehoods on the platform.

Unfounded claims about masks and vaccines have trickled down to schools, where students under 12 years old remain at a higher risk of contracting the virus since they are ineligible for the vaccines.

Tensions between parents and school districts have also grown violent at times. In August, a parent at an Austin school ripped a mask off a teacher’s face. A week later, police said the father of a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., high-schooler assaulted another student after she confronted him about trying to bring his daughter onto campus without a mask. He was arrested and charged with child abuse without great bodily harm.

Centner Academy is in Miami’s ritzy Design District, and tuition ranges from about $15,000 to nearly $30,000 per year. The school has become a haven for anti-vaccine parents because it does not require any immunizations for enrollment, citing a parent’s “freedom of choice” and falsely claiming there are “unknown risks associated with vaccinations” that could harm children.

A similar sentiment was shared in an email to parents last week regarding the coronavirus vaccine. School leadership referred to the shots as “experimental,” WSVN reported, and encouraged parents considering getting their child vaccinated to wait several more months until the school year ends.

“We ask that you hold off until the summer when there will be time for the potential transmission or shedding onto others to decrease,” Centner Academy leaders wrote.

The school has a history of spreading inaccurate information about the vaccine and penalizing those who choose to get the shots. In April, Centner Academy employees were told they had to notify Leila and David Centner, the married co-founders of the school, if they received a vaccine. Vaccinated school employees were told they would not be allowed any contact with students “until more information is known” about the vaccines. hey dude shoes School leaders also told those wanting the vaccine to wait until the summer to get the shots.

About a week later, a math and science teacher told students they should not hug their vaccinated parents for more than five seconds, the New York Times reported, referencing the same falsehoods the school communicated in its email about vaccine components “shedding” onto others. Some parents threatened to pull their children out of the school over the comments.

Leila Centner has also spread anti-vaccine information during a meeting with parents and staff and in a WhatsApp group with community members, according to the Times. In late January, Leila and David Centner invited outspoken anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak at the school.

The co-founders also discouraged teachers from wearing masks, the Times reported. When state health department officials visited for routine dining inspections, teachers were allegedly told in a WhatsApp group to put on masks. The school also allegedly provided parents with mask exemption forms for their children.

In his statement to The Post, David Centner said the school’s policies are made as a “prudent precautionary measure.”

“Our top priorities have always been our students’ well-being and their sense of safety within our educational environment,” he said.

Parents of high school students started a petition to remove a principal who loves classic heavy metal band Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden backstage
Iron Maiden members Adrian Smith, Nicko McBrain, Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Dave Murray, backstage in 1985. 
  • A Canadian high school principal loves Iron Maiden and posts about the band on social media.
  • Parents started a petition to transfer Eden High School Principal Sharon Burns.
  • They said it was inappropriate for her to post a drawing that featured the symbol “666.”

Parents of high school students in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada have started a petition dr martens boots to remove a school official because of the classic heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Close to 400 people have signed the Change.org petition to transfer Eden High School Principal Sharon Burns.

“As concerned parents with impressionable children at Eden High School in St. Catharines, Ontario, we are deeply disturbed that the principal assigned to the school blatantly showed Satanic symbols and her allegiance to Satanic practices on her public social media platforms where all the students can see them under @edenprincipal (not her personal account),” the petition said.

On Friday, an update on the petition said they didn’t want to remove Burns because of her love for Iron Maiden but because of “openly displaying her OWN handmade sign with the 666 clearly displayed on it.”

The number 666 is used to represent the devil, antichrist, or evil.

Iron Maiden was formed in 1975 in East London, England, and grew popular in the early 1980s with several albums going platinum or gold including “The Number of the Beast” in 1982 and “Piece of Mind” in 1983. The group is still touring.

Burns’s Twitter bio identifies her as “Principal at Eden High School. Growth Mindset Practitioner. Fueled by metal & ska. & chickens.”

A petition in support of Burns had more than 10,000 supporters by Friday night.

“It is ridiculous that a couple of parents only judge her role as a principal only based on an instagram post. (About liking the band Iron Maiden. That’s it.) Eden High School is a public school. Not a Christian school. If you steve madden shoes somehow don’t like the principal of your child, grandchild, relative etc.’s school, then send them to another one,” it said.

The incident is reminiscent of the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s, when conspiracy theorists claimed satanic cults were abusing children, NPR reported.

Vox reported that paranoia grew in the 1980s as many faced anxieties over changing family structures, the need for childcare, and an increase in attention to kidnapping as faces of victims began to be placed on milk cartons.

At the same time, Vox reported that Christian fundamentalism was growing, and so were messages fighting against things relating to spirits. Anti-occult crusader Pat Pulling, for example, said Dungeons & Dragons, a fantasy tabletop role-playing game, caused her daughter’s suicide and labeled the game as dangerous to children.

Vice reported the fear also led to certain types of music being seen as the “work of Satan,” especially heavy metal.

Eden High School, Burns, and Iron Maiden did not respond to Insider’s request for comment at the time of publication.

Professor sues UCLA for suspension after allegedly not grading black students more leniently

Professor sues UCLA for suspension after allegedly not grading black students more leniently

A professor at the University of California Los Angeles said he filed suit against the school system for suspending him as he faced backlash for not grading black students more leniently in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

“Recently, I was suspended from my job for refusing to treat my black students as lesser than their non-black peers,” Gordon Klein, the professor behind the suit, said in an op-ed.

Eight days after Floyd, a black man,brooks shoes died in Minneapolis following a May 2020 arrest (for which a now-former police officer has been convicted of murder), a white student emailed Klein asking for a “no harm” final for black students given the racially charged “unjust murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd,” according to Klein.

“[It’s] not a joint effort to get finals canceled for non-black students, but rather an ask that you exercise compassion and leniency with black students in our major,” the email allegedly stated.

The response to the student’s “patronizing” email asked why black students should be singled out, Klein said.

“Are there any students that may be of mixed parentage, such as half black half-Asian? What do you suggest I do with respect to them? A full concession or just half? Also, do you have any idea if any students are from Minneapolis?” he wrote back. “I assume that they are probably especially devastated as well. I am thinking that a white student from there might possibly be even more devastated by this, especially because some might think that they’re racist even if they are not.”

His response was deemed “racist” by several students, who then formed a petition of over 20,000 signatures demanding his termination.

“I was attacked for being a white man and ‘woefully racist.'” Klein said. “On June 5, three days after I was first emailed, I was suspended amid a growing online campaign directed at me.”

Around this time, he received death threats and disparaging remarks about his Jewish heritage, the professor said.

“You are a typical bigoted, prejudiced and racist dirty, filthy, crooked, arrogant Jew … Too bad Hitler and the Nazis are not around to give you a much needed Zyklon B shower,” one email allegedly read.

UCLA Anderson School of Management Dean Antonio Bernardo suspended Klein without deliberation and banned him from campus, the professor claimed.

“He apparently reasoned that a well-timed publicity stunt might distract attention away from the school’s reputation as an inhospitable place for persons clarks shoes uk of color — to say nothing of its plummeting rankings in U.S. News and World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek,” he said.

When his story broke, over 76,000 people signed a petition to have him return, Klein said.

“Less than three weeks after this whole thing blew up, I was reinstated,” he said. “But this story is not over.”

The professor said he returned after three weeks but alleges he suffered great financial loss, severe emotional distress, trauma, and physical ailments, according to his op-ed.

“I have just filed a lawsuit against the University of California system,” Klein said. “No employee should ever cower in fear of his employer’s power to silence legitimate points of view, and no society should tolerate government-sponsored autocrats violating constitutional mandates.”

After 2 teachers die, a small Texas town rethinks masks

Students arrive for classes Sept. 7, 2021, at Connally Junior High School, where two teachers have died of COVID-19.

LACY LAKEVIEW, Texas – When classes began a couple of weeks ago, before the first and then the second teacher at Connally Junior High School died of covid-19, only a scattering of students wore masks. On Tuesday morning, every face emerging from the line of yellow school buses was covered.

Masks are now mandatory for asics shoes students and staff in the Connally Independent School District, on the outskirts of Waco. The decision, made late last week, followed the two teacher deaths and a surge of cases in the community.

“As educators, it is our duty to keep our students safe and healthy. We feel instituting a mask mandate is a step towards doing this,” Superintendent Wesley Holt said in a letter to parents.

Gov. Greg Abbott, R, in May barred Texas school districts and other governmental entities from requiring masks, saying it should be a matter of personal choice. But as this school year began, with the highly contagious delta variant bearing down, several big-city school districts defied him. Then a court put his order on hold.

Now, many smaller, more rural school districts are following their big-city counterparts.

Lacy Lakeview, where Connally schools are located, is hidden just off Interstate 35, outside of Waco. The school district was created to serve students living on the former Connally Air Force Base. Today the area is a mostly middle-class, suburban community, dotted by mobile home parks, where an aging water tower boasts of the schools: “Home of the Cadets – Connally ISD.”

Many here have been inclined to support Abbott. When school opened, masks were optional and perhaps 10% of students opted to wear them, said Jill Bottelberghe, an assistant superintendent. But there are signs this is changing.

“I just dropped my kid off and I’m scared to death,” said one mother after leaving her 13-year-old daughter at Connally Junior High on Tuesday. The district closed for two days last week for testing and cleaning of buildings, and now she’s terrified. “I think it’s crazy they’re opening so soon.”

At Dave’s Burger Barn, a popular hangout just off the Connally High School campus, manager Melanie Lloyd said she has seen a “big increase” in the number of students opting to wear masks in the restaurant.

Students, she said, have been hit hard by the deaths of the two Connally social studies teachers – first David “Andy” McCormick, 59, keen shoes a longtime resident of the community who taught seventh grade, and a few days later, Natalia Chansler, 41, who taught sixth.

“I believe it should have been mandated once we found out people could lose their lives,” said Lloyd, who had covid last year. “I almost lost my life.”

And at Connolly Elementary School, several miles from the junior high, janitor Jimmy Brown said he didn’t get give much thought to getting vaccinated until covid overwhelmed the district. Now, he said, “I’m going to get it.”

Last school year, schools almost uniformally required masks for in-person teaching, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is one of the best ways to prevent virus transmission. But last spring and early summer, as caseloads fell, Republican officials in nine states, including Texas, told school districts they could not require masks for the coming year.

Those orders are on hold because of court intervention in three of the nine states – Texas, Florida and Arkansas. Six others still bar mask mandates, a position that’s come under withering attack from the Biden administration as counter to public health. All six states are under investigation by the federal Education Department’s civil rights office for possibly denying students with disabilities, some of whom are at heightened risk for covid, the right to a free and appropriate education.

In Texas, an increasing number of school districts have moved to implement mandates while Abbott’s order is on hold. That includes not just big cities but smaller, less expected districts, said Frank Ward, a spokesman for the Texas Education Agency. Ward said rural areas had been “bubbled off” from the virus, without many cases and not much masking. “Now they are being affected in a profound way.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office counts more than 80 school districts that are not in compliance with the governor’s order against mask mandates.

Connally acted after the second teacher died, and as the district’s count of positive cases rose. The district canceled four days of classes, postponed a much-anticipated football game and, for the first time, offered coronavirus testing to any student, parent or other community member who wanted it. More than 16% of those tested were positive, many without symptoms.

Then the district brooks shoes received a sobering warning from the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District. Last week saw the highest number of new daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths from covid than at any other point in the pandemic, the agency said.

“The most effective way for you to have an immediate impact within your schools is to drastically increase the use of facemasks,” Farley Verner, local health authority, wrote in a memo to schools Friday.

He added that transmission this school year is far more significant than last. At the start of the 2020-2021 school year, he said, 50 cases were reported between the start of school and Sept. 1. This year, the total was 774. A year ago, 8% of overall cases in the county were among children under age 17; now it’s 24%.

At the same time, vaccination rates in the county of children ages 12 to 17 are “extremely low,” he said.

Surging cases also persuaded McGregor Independent School District, on the other side of Waco, to adopt a mask mandate, said Superintendent James Lenamon. Under a new policy that took effect this week, the requirement will kick in if more than 2% of coronavirus tests in the district come back positive. Campuses will close if the rate surpasses 5%.

On Tuesday, all four McGregor schools opened with mask mandates.

Lenamon said he was persuaded by the numbers. Over the course of last school year, he said, there were 158 total coronavirus cases in his district. In the first couple of weeks of school this year, the district has identified 147 cases. That, he said, “was our aha moment that it was time to do something different.”

The community response, he added, has been “very much mixed.”

“I’ve got folks who say it’s about time and we’re behind you,” he said. “Other folks just don’t see a need.”

While the delta surge may have impacted McLennan County, it is not changing attitudes among Republican officials, said Portia Bosse, director of public affairs for the Texas State Teachers Association. The legislature considered a bill to allow schools to implement mask requirements but adjourned without acting on it.

“It shook people, but it didn’t shake the right people who have the power to make policy changes,” Bosse said.

In Lacy Lakeview, City Manager Keith Bond estimated that about half the town of 6,700 people wear masks, and half don’t, a ratio he says doesn’t seem to have been affected by the teachers’ deaths.

Bond said he thinks residents have become “numb” to bad news. He pointed to neighboring La Vega Independent School District, where young students are being enticed to mask up by calling them “Safekeepers” and offering them “treasures,” including “a cup of popcorn,” an “hour of time with shoes off in the classroom” and goodies “from the teacher’s treasure bag.”

Bond worries that such tactics could put undue pressure on the unmasked students, noting that some – maybe most of them – are being ordered by their parents to leave their face bare.

Outside the town’s Family Dollar store, Robert Benford Jr., 47, who trains and boards horses for a living, senses a prevailing fear that mandates are just another form of government overreach. But he said the events in the Connally school district, where he graduated, helped motivate him to wear a mask and he believes the mask mandate should return. He also plans to get vaccinated.

“I’m terrified of needles. But I’m going to go ahead and get the shot,” he said. “I didn’t want to be one of those people who wished I did, and didn’t.”

How Educational Differences Are Widening America’s Political Rift

Students on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, Aug. 16, 2021. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
Students on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, Aug. 16, 2021.

The front lines of America’s cultural clashes have shifted in recent years. A vigorous wave of progressive activism has helped push the country’s culture to the left, inspiring a conservative backlash against everything from “critical race theory” to the purported cancellation of Dr. Seuss.

These skirmishes may be different in substance from those that preceded them, but in the broadest sense they are only the latest manifestation of a half-century trend: the realignment of U.S. politics along cultural and educational lines and away from the class dr martens boots and income divisions that defined the two parties for much of the 20th century.

As they have grown in numbers, college graduates have instilled increasingly liberal cultural norms while gaining the power to nudge the Democratic Party to the left. Partly as a result, large portions of the party’s traditional working-class base have defected to the Republicans.

Over the longer run, some Republicans even fantasize that the rise of educational polarization might begin to erode the Democratic advantage among voters of color without a college degree. Perhaps a similar phenomenon may help explain how Donald Trump, who mobilized racial animus for political gain, nonetheless fared better among voters of color than previous Republicans did and fared worse among white voters.

President Joe Biden won about 60% of college-educated voters in 2020, including an outright majority of white college graduates, helping him run up the score in affluent suburbs and putting him over the top in pivotal states.

This was a significant voting bloc: Overall, 41% of people who cast ballots last year were four-year college graduates, according to census estimates. By contrast, just 5% of voters in 1952 were college graduates, according to that year’s American National Elections Study.

Yet even as college graduates have surged in numbers and grown increasingly liberal, Democrats are no stronger than they were 10, 30 or even 50 years ago. Instead, rising Democratic strength among college graduates and voters of color has been counteracted by a nearly equal and opposite reaction among white voters without a degree.

When Harvard-educated John F. Kennedy narrowly won the presidency in 1960, he won white voters without a degree but lost white college graduates by a 2-1 margin. The numbers were almost exactly reversed for Biden, who lost white voters without a degree by a 2-1 margin while winning white college graduates.

About 27% of Biden’s supporters in 2020 were white voters without a college degree, according to Pew Research, down from the nearly 60% of Bill Clinton’s supporters who were whites without a degree just 28 years earlier. The changing demographic makeup of the Democrats has become a self-fulfilling dynamic in which the growing power steve madden shoes of liberal college graduates helps alienate working-class voters, leaving college graduates as an even larger share of the party.

The Democratic advantage among college graduates may be a new phenomenon, but the relative liberalism of college graduates is not. College graduates have been far likelier than voters without a college degree to self-identify as liberal for decades, even when they were likelier to vote Republican.

College graduates attribute racial inequality, crime and poverty to complex structural and systemic problems, while voters without a degree tend to focus on individualist and parochial explanations. It is easier for college graduates, with their higher levels of affluence, to vote on their values, not simply on economic self-interest. They are likelier to have high levels of social trust and to be open to new experiences. They are less likely to believe in God.

The rise of cultural liberalism is not simply a product of rising college attendance. In fact, there is only equivocal evidence that college attendance makes people vastly more liberal. Far from the indoctrination that conservatives fear, liberal college professors appear to preach to an already liberal choir.

But it is hard to imagine the last half-century of liberal cultural change without the role played by universities and academia, which helped inspire everything from the student movements and New Left of the 1960s to the ideas behind today’s fights over “critical race theory.” The concentration of so many left-leaning students and professors on campus helped foster a new liberal culture with more progressive ideas and norms than would have otherwise existed.

“If you live in a community which is more liberal, there’s a self-reinforcing ratcheting effect,” said Pippa Norris, a professor and political scientist at the Harvard Kennedy School who believes that the rise of higher education contributed to the rise of social liberalism throughout the postindustrial world.

As college graduates increased their share of the electorate, they gradually began to force the Democrats to accommodate their interests and values. They punched above their electoral weight since they make up a disproportionate number of the journalists, politicians, activists and poll respondents who most directly influence the political process.

At the same time, the party’s old industrial working-class base was in decline, as were the unions and machine bosses who once had the power to connect the party’s politicians to its rank and file. The party had little choice but to broaden its appeal, and it adopted the views of college-educated voters on nearly every issue, slowly if fitfully alienating its old working-class base.

Republicans opened their doors to traditionally Democratic conservative-leaning voters who were aggrieved by the actions and perceived excesses of the new college-educated left. This GOP push began, and continues in ecco shoes some ways today, with the so-called Southern strategy — leveraging racial divisions and “states’ rights” to appeal to white voters.

The reasons for white working-class alienation with the Democrats have shifted from decade to decade. At times, nearly every major issue area — race, religion, war, environmentalism, guns, trade, immigration, sexuality, crime, social welfare programs — has been a source of Democratic woes.

What the Democratic Party’s positions on these very different issues have had in common is that they reflected the views of college-educated liberals, even when in conflict with the apparent interests of working-class voters — and that they alienated some number of white voters without a degree. Environmentalists demanded regulations on the coal industry; coal miners bolted from the Democrats. Suburban voters supported an assault gun ban; gun owners shifted to the Republicans. Business interests supported free-trade agreements; old manufacturing towns broke for Trump.

A similar process may be beginning to unfold among Hispanic voters. The 2020 election was probably the first presidential contest in which the Democratic candidate fared better among voters of color who graduated from college than among those without a degree. Trump made large gains among voters of color without degrees, especially Latino ones. The causes of his surge are still being debated, but one leading theory is that he was aided by a backlash against the ideas and language of the college-educated left, including activist calls to “defund the police.”

For some Republicans, Trump’s gains have raised the possibility that it may be easier to appeal to working-class voters of color.

“It doesn’t seem quite as big of a bridge to cross as saying, ‘Let’s go back and win white suburbanites,’” said Patrick Ruffini, a Republican pollster who is writing a book on how the party might build a multiracial coalition.

True or not, it is a view that can become a self-fulfilling prophecy if it leads Republicans to adopt strategies aimed at making it a reality.

There is no guarantee that the rising liberalism of the Democratic primary electorate or college graduates will continue. The wave of activism in the 1960s gave way to a relatively conservative generation of college graduates in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Perhaps something similar will happen today.

What can be guaranteed is that the college-educated share of the population — and the electorate — will continue to increase for the foreseeable future.

In 2016, Massachusetts became the first state where four-year college graduates represented the majority of voters in a presidential contest. In 2020, the state was joined by New York, Colorado and Maryland. Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut and others are not far behind. Nationwide, four-year college graduates might represent a majority of midterm voters at some point over the next decade.

West Virginia governor: ‘You have to get vaccinated’

As millions of students continue to return to school over the coming weeks, one state’s governor is stepping up the call for vaccinations among his constituents.

“You have to get vaccinated,” West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said during a regular COVID-19 briefing on Friday. “The more that are vaccinated, the less that will die. That is absolutely the way it is.”

The latest CDC data available lists West Virginia as having fully vaccinated 39.6% of the population with 47% receiving at least one dose. The West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources (HHS) website, however,nike store  lists West Virginia as having fully vaccinated 50.8% of the population with 62.5% receiving at least one dose. (The reason for the discrepancy is unclear.)

Nationwide, the vaccination rate is 61.2% for those ages 12 and up (compared to 58.5% in West Virginia, according to the state’s HHS).

Cases in the state are nearing pandemic highs and rising amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, which seems to be infecting unvaccinated Americans — including children under 12 — at higher rates as the new school year begins.

“Nationally, we have seen that the overwhelming majority of people hospitalized with COVID are not vaccinated,” Justice said. “West Virginia is experiencing the exact same thing.”

He added that unvaccinated individuals made up an overwhelming majority of the current COVID-related hospitalizations in the state. For example, at Thomas Health hospitals, unvaccinated individuals represent over 90% of the patients and 100% of those in the ICU.

Avoiding hospitalizations

Only children ages 12 and up are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. That still leaves millions of children vulnerable to the virus.

And while the mortality rate for COVID-19 in children is extremely low, that’s not what physicians are most concerned about.

“It’s also about hospitalizations, children being pulled away from school because they get COVID,” Dr. Mona Amin, a board-certified physician, said on Yahoo Finance Live (video above). “They get hospitalized, hospital bills, everything that comes with being hospitalized as a child that we’re trying to avoid. nike sneakers We know that we’re not able to completely avoid this. We know this with the flu. We know this with [Respiratory Syncytial Virus].”

According to the , more than 180,000 COVID-19 cases in children were reported during the week ending Aug. 19, and children represented about 22% of total new confirmed cases.

The Mountain State is 20 different outbreaks within schools across 13 counties. (Justice is still of a statewide school mask mandate.)

Gov. Justice stated that he’s ready to “move very quickly” to push vaccinations for children under 12, “if and when” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends it.

“I’m totally committed to doing a back-to-school vaccination for those 12 and older,” he said.

A published on Friday noted a COVID-19 Delta variant outbreak in an elementary school in Marin County, California in late May to early June, after an unvaccinated infected teacher continued teaching in person for two days before getting tested.

The teacher had reported becoming symptomatic on May 19 but only got a test on May 21. Between then, the CDC said “the teacher read aloud unmasked to the class despite school requirements to mask while indoors.”

From there, 27 cases emerged — including that of the teacher. 22 of the students who got COVID were ineligible for the vaccine because of their age. 81% of them reported symptoms, the most common being fever, cough, headache, and sore throat.

Los Angeles, CA - August 16: A third grade dual language student wears a mask as she listens to instruction while Los Angeles Unified Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly, teachers, principals, school site employees visit on the first day of school at Los Angeles Unified School District at Montara Avenue Elementary School on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. Los Angeles Unified Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly, Board Members and special guests celebrate the first day of instruction on August 16, welcoming students, teachers, principals, school site employees and families, while visiting special programs and classrooms at each site. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
A third grade student wears a mask as she listens to instruction at Montara Avenue Elementary School on Aug. 16, 2021 in Los Angeles. 

As a way to encourage eligible students ecco shoes to get vaccinated, the West Virginia Department of Education its #IGotVaxxedWV campaign, which is now branded as #IGotVaxxed To Get Back, as a nod to the end goal of returning back to normal.

Part of the campaign includes schools competing for the largest percentage of vaccinated staff and students. A total of four elementary high schools, four middle schools, and four high schools will each receive $50,000 to use towards school activities.

“We’ve done all kinds of things … everything we can possibly do to market, to be able to get people to the finish line and get them vaccinated,” Justice said. “Everything points towards one thing, and that is you have to get vaccinated.”

Wisconsin school board member says families will ‘become spoiled’ with free lunch program

Students pick up cereal breakfast before school at Bethune Academy in Milwaukee, where meals are free for all students. The School District of Waukesha opted to end a federally funded program this fall that would continue providing free meals for all students.

At nearly every Wisconsin public school, all students will be able to eat free meals this academic year, same as they did last year under a hey dude federally funded program responding to the pandemic.

But not in Waukesha, located approximately 20 miles from Milwaukee.

Administrators opted into the program last year but school board members intervened and hit the brakes this time around.

“As we get back to whatever you want to believe normal means, we have decisions to make,” Joseph Como, president of the school board, said in a meeting. “I would say this is part of normalization.”

Board member Karin Rajnicek said the free program made it easy for families to “become spoiled.” Darren Clark, assistant superintendent for business services, said he feared there would be a “slow addiction” to the service.

Waukesha students from low-income families will still be able to apply for free or reduced-price meals under the traditional National School Lunch Program.

In addition, as was practice before the pandemic, young students in grades lower than high school who come to school without a packed lunch, money or an accepted lunch program application, may be given cheaper meals of cheese sandwiches, finance director Sheri Stack said. Their guardians will be charged for them.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to extend the Seamless Summer Option during the pandemic to offer free meals year-round has allowed for more COVID-safe practices by eliminating the need to collect payments and allowing meals to be served more easily in classrooms or outside.

The decision also allowed students to be fed regardless of their ability to pay, qualify, convince their parents to fill out forms, or withstand stigma associated with qualifying.

Sherrie Tussler, executive director of Hunger Task Force, said the program is vital for ensuring access to food.

“When children are in your balenciaga shoes company and it’s meal time, you feed them,” Tussler said. “You don’t sort them. This gives the district the opportunity to not sort children, to feed them all.”

In an email to Stack, Debra Wollin from the state Department of Public Instruction’s school nutrition team said she “highly recommended” the district reconsider, noting the child hunger rate in Waukesha County increased from 9% in 2019 to 13% in 2020.

“Many families who would not normally qualify for free or reduced-price meals may still need assistance for financial hardships that they have experienced this past year,” Wollin said in the email.

Snagging snacks from the health room

Waukesha School Board Treasurer Patrick McCaffery said in a meeting he had not been aware that all school meals were being provided for free. He said he was confident that students who couldn’t afford meals would be able to qualify under the traditional program.

“Our administrative team has never let a large amount of kids fall between the cracks and it’s not going to happen next year,” McCaffery said. “I think anyone that’s concerned about it, their concerns are not needed.”

Jess Huinker, an executive assistant for the district, said in the meeting that she has noticed in previous years that some students do go without meals because they don’t qualify or because their parents haven’t turned in applications.

“We have seen kids that don’t eat,” she said. “They constantly go to the health room to get whatever snacks the health room might provide.” 

Stack also noted that under the traditional system, some students who qualify for free breakfast may not feel comfortable accepting it because they will stick out as being from a low-income family.

“There does seem to be some stigma to breakfast being for those students,” she said.

In a press release, district officials said the free breakfast program, which handed each student a meal each morning, led to significant food waste. They also said demand for meals over the summer had declined.

Another concern with a universally free program, they noted, was that families would not need to fill out forms sharing information about their income. steve madden shoes Thus, the district would not have this information on file to quickly determine eligibility for free meals if the universal program came to an end. Additionally, these forms are used to estimate the percentage of students in poverty, which determines the amount of funding received for various programs.

However, as this is an issue faced by districts across the country, federal and state officials have shared guidance about alternate ways to calculate the needed rates.

District officials also noted their food service program will lose money as a result of leaving the universally federally funded program, which reimburses districts at higher rates than the traditional program.

“I would suggest this is either an uninformed or under-informed decision on the part of the school board,” Tussler said. “And it should be revisited quickly, because it’s going to result in a loss of substantial revenue for the school system, and that revenue could be used to create additional programming or improve the quality of the food on the plate.”

Student loan forgiveness: Education Department discharges $1.1 billion in debt for 115,000 ITT students

The Education Department (ED) is discharging $1.1 billion for 115,000 defrauded former students of the for-profit ITT Technical Institute (ITT) after a new review of existing regulations.

ITT Technical Institute filed for bankruptcy in 2016 and shut down all campuses, affecting 149 locations and roughly 40,000 students, amid lawsuits and investigations over alleged predatory lending practices.

“For years, ITT hid its true financial state from borrowers while luring many of them into taking out private loans with misleading and unaffordable terms that hey dude may have caused borrowers to leave school,” U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a statement. “Today’s action continues the Department’s efforts to improve and use its targeted loan relief authorities to deliver meaningful help to student borrowers.”

The affected borrowers did not complete their degree or credential at ITT and left on or after March 31, 2008. ED estimates that 43% of these borrowers had defaulted on their loans.

“To be eligible for a closed school discharge, the borrower must not have completed their program or transferred their credits or hours to another school,” ED explained in a press release. “Discharges are also available to any borrower who withdrew from the institution within a few months of its closing.”

ITT Tech commercial. (ITT)
ITT Tech commercial.

Eileen Connor, legal director of Harvard’s Project on Predatory Student Lending, which represents many defrauded student loan borrowers, asserted that the $1.1 billion discharge still doesn’t go far enough.

“One of ITT’s notorious scam tactics was enrolling students in a worthless associate’s program, and once a student completed that program, ITT convinced them to enroll in a bachelor’s program, which students were often unable to complete,” Connor told Yahoo Finance. “Many of our clients experienced this particular scheme, talked into multiple degrees and a mountain debt. It is unclear from today’s announcement whether balenciaga shoes all of their loans, including from the associate’s degree, would be canceled.”

An ED official told Yahoo Finance that ITT Tech associate program debt, if the program was completed, did not qualify for the latest discharge.

Connor added that it’s been five years since ITT shut down, “yet the Department still has not addressed the more than 700,000 borrowers with over $3 billion in fraudulent debt from ITT. … We are again calling on the Department to do what is right when it sees evidence of widespread fraud. Our clients should not have to wait another day for the cancellation of loans that never should have been made in the first place.”

In any case, the move is a step toward addressing the borrower defense backlog, which began in the Obama administration and was exacerbated by ED policies during the Trump administration. (Around 7,000 of the affected ITT borrowers also had approved borrower defense to repayment claims.)

In his statement, Cardona stressed that “the continued cost of addressing the wrongdoing of ITT and other predatory institutions yet again highlights the need for stronger and faster accountability throughout the federal financial aid system.”

Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona answers questions during the daily briefing at the White House August 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona answers questions during the daily briefing at the White House August 5, 2021 in Washington, DC.

The House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) applauded the move, stating: “Today’s announcement will give hundreds of thousands of students and families the long overdue relief they need and deserve.”

Rep. Scott added that the action “is also a reminder that taxpayers are frequently steve madden shoes forced to pay for the deceptive practices of predatory colleges… I hope this announcement will prompt my Republican colleagues to stop blocking reasonable accountability measures that would shield future students and taxpayers from the costs of predatory colleges.”

‘There are countless others who attended other predatory institutions’

U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens with federally-backed student debt can apply for borrower defense if their college or career school education misled them “or engaged in other misconduct in violation of certain state laws,” according to the ED’s Federal Student Aid office.

“Thanks to Secretary Cardona and President Biden, tens of thousands of former ITT students will finally get the relief they’ve been owed for far too long,” Alex Elson, senior counsel at the National Student Legal Defense Network, told Yahoo Finance. (Elson had previously recommended ED take this route in October last year when he wrote a policy paper as part of a ‘100 Day Docket initiative.)

Elson added that “there are countless others who attended other predatory institutions who are still waiting,” added Elson. “We hope the Department will continue to implement our recommendations to make things right for all of them, too.”

With the $1.1 billion cancellation announcement on Thursday, the total amount of loan discharges by ED during the Biden administration is roughly $9.5 billion, affecting over 563,000 borrowers. Recent actions include loan forgiveness for borrowers who are totally and permanently disabled, the extension of the payment pause to Jan 2022, and the discharge of $500 million in debt for 18,000 ITT student based on their “individual borrower defense application.”

ITT Tech commercial. (ITT)
ITT Tech commercial. 

Clearing a five-year backlog

The borrower defense process, in which students who believe they were defrauded can apply for loan forgiveness, was created in 1995, though it was barely used until the Corinthian Colleges closed in 2015.

A flood of claims followed.

“For years, Corinthian profited off the backs of poor people — now they have to pay,” then-California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said in a 2016 statement. “This judgment sends a clear message: there is a cost to this kind of predatory conduct … My office will continue to do everything in our power to help these vulnerable students obtain all available relief, as they work to achieve their academic and professional goals.”

The Obama administration created special rules to address the problem, making it easier for defrauded students to get their loans cleared — with some getting automatic loan forgiveness if they qualified.

The Trump administration rolled back Obama-era regulations, limiting how applicants could access the program, and eventually set up a rubber stamp system for denials.

According to the latest government data as of April 30, 2021, 107,825 borrower defense claims are still awaiting adjudication while 137,413 have previously been deemed ineligible.

At the same time, it’s unclear if those 137,413 ineligible claims involve borrower defense claims that were systematically denied during the Trump administration — including nearly 130,000 in 2020 alone. (The ED did not respond to requests for comment on this specific question.)

Addressing ‘ITT’s malfeasance’ with loan forgiveness

The Education Department provided the relief to former ITT students through what is known as the closed school discharge, which is generally used for newly-closed schools.

ED noted that the Education Secretary has the authority, under the Higher Education Act, to extend this period “based on exceptional circumstances.” ED said that the agency will start processing discharges in September 2021, and borrowers will get automatic discharges in the following weeks.

The choice of March 31, 2008, for former ITT students was based on evidence from ITT’s bankruptcy court proceedings, filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

March 31, 2008, was when “the company’s executives publicly disclosed the start of a financial scheme that kicked off a series of misrepresentations to hide the true nature of the school’s finances following a public loss of outside financing, which led to shifting additional costs to students and hindered its ability to invest in delivering quality education to students,” ED stated.