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Thousands of people petition to have LeBron James replace Betsy DeVos as secretary of education

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The people have spoken — and they want King James.

As of Thursday morning, more than 10,000 people have signed a petition demanding that LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers replace Betsy DeVos as the U.S. Secretary of Education. The numbers grow by the hour.

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Here’s how the Care2 petition explains the differences between the two candidates:

James recently opened his I Promise school, which will serve predominantly low-income students in Akron, Ohio. The school provides job placement services for their parents as well as free college tuition for graduates.  Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/2018/08/09/lebron-james-betsy-devos-secretary-of-education-petition/

Sesame Street turns to Kickstarter to fund autism book

Julia is Sesame Street’s first autistic character and her mission is to make neuroatypical kids feel more comfortable and understand that there are kids out there just like them. She’s a sweet little muppet and now she’s getting her own Kickstarter campaign.

The campaign is raising $75,000 to produce content and a free book featuring Julia and her friends. They’ve just hit $10,000 in funding and it’s growing fast. $100 gets you a plush Julia doll and if they reach $150,000 they will print a paper copy of the new Julia book. The project aims to help reduce bullying of autistic children and the Sesame Street team will work with experts to create content and a book around Julia’s adventures.

From the team:

Julia’s television debut was greeted with hundreds of media stories and millions of social media impressions, but the biggest marker of our success was the overwhelming response from the autism community and beyond. Parents say their autistic children have more playdates because of Julia. Teachers report that their students are more inclusive in their play. One mother told us that she used the first Julia storybook to explain to her daughter that she, too, has autism. Her daughter responded, “So I’m amazing too, right?”

This is Sesame Street’s first Kickstarter and it’s really wonderful. This sort of community call-to-action is just what crowdfunding was born to do and it’s great to see the cash going to such a nice cause.

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/10/sesame-street-turns-to-kickstarter-to-fund-autism-book/

Parkland activist has best response to transparent backpack rule

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When the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to campus after the March for Our Lives and their week-long spring break, they were less than thrilled with having to wear transparent backpacks.

After the mass shooting that killed 17 people on Feb. 14th, new security measures were put in place on Monday that are aimed at preventing future violence at the school.

Many students expressed their disappointment with the policy on social media, stating the bags are a violation of privacy and won’t really help all that much. 

But Cameron Kasky, one of the student leaders at the forefront of the #NeverAgain movement, decided to take a different approach. Read more…

More about Parkland, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, March For Our Lives, Never Again, and Culture

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Berklee College Of Music Announces New Scholarship In Honor Of Phish Bassist Mike Gordon

Berklee College of Music announced a new scholarship created in honor of Phish bassist Mike Gordon.

The post Berklee College Of Music Announces New Scholarship In Honor Of Phish Bassist Mike Gordon appeared first on JamBase.

Source: https://www.jambase.com/article/berklee-college-music-announces-new-scholarship-honor-phish-bassist-mike-gordon

Teen killed in Austin bombing spree had been accepted to prestigious music program
Teen killed in Austin bombing spree had been accepted to prestigious music program  ABC NewsAustin bomber called himself a ‘psychopath,’ had no remorse, congressman says  Fox NewsTexas Rep: Bombing suspect called himself a ‘psychopath’ in confessions  The Hill (blog)Full coverage

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/teen-killed-austin-bombing-spree-accepted-prestigious-music/story?id=53999397

Everything you need to know about the March for Our Lives

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On Saturday, March 24, students all over the world are taking to the streets to say #NeverAgain with the March for Our Lives.

The march is just one of many protests — including March 14th’s National School Walkout — that have developed in the aftermath of the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. The mission in these marches is to raise awareness and demand legislation to prevent further shootings.

“This movement will take to the streets to demand we end the epidemic of mass shootings,” the march organizers state in the event’s bio on Twitter. Read more…

More about Parkland Shooting, March For Our Lives, Stoneman Douglas High School, Social Good, and Activism

Source: https://mashable.com/2018/03/22/march-for-our-lives-when-where-what-explained/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial

Students in Central Indiana share acts of kindness on happiness walls at their schools

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Students in Central Indiana share acts of kindness on happiness walls at their schools  WTTV CBS4IndyHow Happy Is The Country With The Biggest Gains In Happiness?  KGOUInternational Day of Happiness: 13 Quotes from Inspiring People  NewsweekFull coverage

Source: http://cbs4indy.com/2018/03/20/students-in-central-indiana-share-acts-of-kindness-on-happiness-walls-at-their-schools/

DeVos faces withering criticism in House hearing

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced blistering questioning from House Democrats on Tuesday as they confronted her on gun control, racism and LGBT rights….

Source: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_DEVOS_SCHOOL_SAFETY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Pearl Jam Dedicate Live Debut Of “Can’t Deny Me” To Parkland Students, “Come Back” To Chris Cornell At Chile Concert

Yesterday, veteran rockers Pearl Jam returned with the wide release of their first song in years, “Can’t Deny Me.” (It was previously available to members of their fan club.) After a period of silence from the band, it found them no less impassioned than at other points in their career when the world was … More »

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Source: https://www.stereogum.com/1987152/pearl-jam-dedicate-live-debut-of-cant-deny-me-to-parkland-students-come-back-to-chris-cornell-at-chile-concert/video/