Thousands of Indiana teachers convene for massive ‘Red for Ed’ rally

first_imgskynesher/iStock(INDIANAPOLIS) — Nearly half of Indiana’s public schools will be closed on Tuesday as thousands of teachers descend on the state’s capital for a “Red for Ed” protest.Over 100 school districts in the state have closed after the massive amount of teachers took the day off for the rally, according to the IndyStar. This equates to approximately 45 percent of public school students — or more than half a million children — getting the day off from school.Educators and allies participating in the Red for Ed Day Action Day, organized by the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA), are demanding state lawmakers to invest more in education.Among those who will be marching is Randy Harrison, a government teacher at Anderson High School in Anderson, Ind., who told Indianapolis ABC News affiliate WRTV that the rally is about “more than wages and benefits for teachers.”“It’d be nice to be able to afford textbooks and technology to supplement a whole classroom,” he said. “Protect the arts, music, P.E., a library.”Clad in red, the marching teachers are taking to the streets to fight for increased pay, for students and teachers to be immune from “I-Learn” standardized test scores, and to repeal a license-renewal requirement that forces teachers to complete an “externship” in order to renew their teaching license.“Lawmakers must demonstrate a commitment to addressing teacher pay by using the state’s budget surplus to begin increasing base salaries for teachers,” ISTA leaders wrote in a public note of talking points ahead of the action day. “The lack of significant and sustainable investments in our schools over the past decade has placed Indiana behind neighboring states on funding levels and places us last in the nation in teacher salary growth.”The statement added that Indiana has accumulated a surplus of more than $2 billion, adding that “legislature should use a portion of these funds to continue the work to make teacher pay competitive in the region.”“Low I-LEARN scores don’t reflect the hard work Hoosier kids and teachers are doing in our classrooms,” the note added. “Test scores certainly shouldn’t determine how our communities are labeled by accountability grades.”Finally, the externship requirement that forces teachers to complete a series of programs on “career navigation or economic development” in order to renew their licenses “has placed an undue burden on teachers and is misplaced in its implementation,” the teachers association note said.“Red for Ed” or the red for education movement, has rallied teachers together in protests across the nation as they demand lawmakers to invest more in schools and education. “Red for Ed” teachers protests have taken place in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona and more since 2018.The national average teachers starting salary in Indiana is $35,943 and the average salary is $50,614, according to the National Education Association union, ranking the state 36th in the nation. Moreover, per student spending in the state is $8,496, ranking it 47th in the nation. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Celebrities and athletes blast rioting and looting in Baltimore

first_imgBALTIMORE — While the celebrities and athletes empathize with the pent up emotion stemming from yet another unarmed black man being killed after a violent encounter with white police officers, they resoundingly and vehemently denounce the senseless and direction-less violence and looting exemplified on Monday night in Maryland.Two of the city’s most famous athletes, Ray Lewis and Carmelo Anthony, spoke out on the horror they witnessed on their televisions along with millions others.Lewis, the Hall of Famer and former superstar linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, implored those involved in rioting to “stop the violence.”“Baltimore get off the streets. Kids, go home. Stay home,” Lewis said in an impassioned video posted on Facebook. “You don’t have no right to do what you’re doing to this city. Too many hard-working people built this city. We put this city together, we put this city on our back. We’re with you. We know what’s going on. We know the problems. We know there was wrong done. We know we’re not getting the right justice. We know all these answers. But rioting in our streets is wrong — it’s dead wrong.”New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony, who was born in New York but spent the balance of his childhood in Baltimore, wrote a message on Instagram asking for calm and to “build our city up not tear it down.”“We all want Justice. And our city will get the answers we are looking for,” Anthony said. “My deepest sympathy goes out to the GRAY Family. To see my city in a State of Emergency is just shocking. We need to protect our city, not destroy it. What happens when we get the answers that we want, and the media attention is not there anymore? We go back to being the same ol Baltimore City again. If not yourself, then Think about the youth. How this will impact them. Let’s build our city up not tear it down.”Lewis, who has been hailed as a sports hero after 17 legendary seasons for the Baltimore Ravens that included a Super Bowl MVP award, admonished the children in the city to stay off the streets.“No way, no way this can happen in our city. Young kids, you’ve got to understand something. Get off the streets. Violence is not the answer, violence has never been the answer,” Lewis said. “… We don’t do nothing for [Freddie Gray] doing this. We know there’s a deeper issue. We know what the jungle looks like. But this isn’t it.”Lewis added: “I can’t come back home and this is it — kids can’t walk to the street. This is our future. Our future is in Baltimore — what we’re trying to build is in Baltimore. Too many babies paying attention to this craziness. And the sad part is, we’ve got young kids trying to tell us how they’re going to dictate our city. That won’t happen. We must change this right now. Stop the violence man. Go home. I’m telling you, go home. Whatever I gotta do, it will not happen on our clock. It will not happen on our clock.”Anthony said rioters should focus on “the real issues.”“Although, we want justice, let’s look at the real issues at hand,” the New York Knicks star wrote. “For example, When was the last school built in Baltimore? That’s just one example. I know my community is fed up. I’m all about fighting for what we believe in. The anger, the resentment, the neglect that our community feels right now, will not change over night. Continue, fighting for what you believe in. But remember, it takes no time to destroy something. But, it can take forever to build it back up.”Other celebrities, including the creator and actors on the mega-popular HBO series “The Wire,” also spoke out against the riots and looting that injured 15 officers, destroyed inner city property and led to the governor calling in the National Guard to restore order.“To my Beloved city Baltimore..I feel your pain,” tweeted actor Andre Royo. “Stand up..rise UP without breaking down! Discipline not Destruction. #VictorynotVictims.” Actor Wendell Pierce shared his dismay with what the rioters were doing. “Baltimore. These are not protestors. These are criminals disrespectful of the wishes of the family and people of good will,” he tweeted.The Wire creator David Simon’s stance is the same following Freddie Gray’s death. He strongly criticized the violent reaction on his blog:“But now — in this moment — the anger and the selfishness and the brutality of those claiming the right to violence in Freddie Gray’s name needs to cease.  There was real power and potential in the peaceful protests that spoke in Mr. Gray’s name initially, and there was real unity at his homegoing today.  But this, now, in the streets, is an affront to that man’s memory and a dimunition of the absolute moral lesson that underlies his unnecessary death.If you can’t seek redress and demand reform without a brick in your hand, you risk losing this moment for all of us in Baltimore.  Turn around.  Go home.  Please.”last_img read more

Steel Sensations…Steelers just need to stay healthy this week

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) leaps into the end zone ahead of Baltimore Ravens strong safety Eric Weddle (32) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Don Wright)The Steelers advanced to 10-5 on Christmas night and clinched the AFC North in a game that will surely be looked at as the most thrilling in 2016.  With the victory, the season was given a bow on top as the team knocked the Ravens out of playoff contention and locked up the number three seed in the AFC playoffs simultaneously.Locking up the three seed provides a likely scenario that will see a home game against the Dolphins in round one, a road game against Oakland, who is now without Derek Carr, in round two and then lastly a trip to New England for the AFC Title (all pending the Steelers advancing of course).  This is about as good of a scenario as the black and gold could ask for entering the post season.With the Steelers locked into the three seed, coach Tomlin has announced that he will sit stars LeVeon Bell (voted Team MVP for 2016), Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger.I do agree with Tomlin on sitting Bell and Brown, there is no point in risking injuries to those two guys in a meaningless game against the woeful Browns.Surprisingly, I don’t agree with completely sitting Big Ben.  I would urge Tomlin to play Ben for at least a quarter or perhaps a half. I understand that the team can ill afford to have Ben get hurt, in my opinion he is the true team MVP, more so than Bell but Ben seems to struggle coming off of weeks he doesn’t play so in my opinion getting him a series or two would benefit the team in the first round of the playoffs.Nevertheless this upcoming game against the Browns means absolutely nothing and the key to this game will be getting everybody out of the game healthy and ready to go for next week.Tomlin needs to apply a version of the logic he’s using with the Killer B’s with all of his key starters, including Stephon Tuitt, James Harrison, Ryan Shazier, Lawrence Timmons, Bud Dupree, David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey.  The trio of rookies starting on defense can actually benefit from playing so I’m hoping they get significant time and come out healthy.It’s nice to have a meaningless game to close out the season, the team can play a vanilla style offense while getting some guys like Landry Jones and the trio of rookies on defense some needed playing time. Win or lose is irrelevant and it all comes down to preparation for the playoffs.  With the most likely scenario being the Steelers taking on the Dolphins in round one, the week should be spent prepping for that game and I hope that Tomlin and his staff do just that. Sure, it’d be nice to finish the season 11-5 by beating the Browns but in the end who cares?It’s playoff time in Pittsburgh and this team is poised to make a run but it all rests on Tomlin making the right decisions this week in order to fully prepare his team for next week. Those decisions are not x’s and o’s, they are playing time and style of play. If Tomlin manages the team properly this week, he can set his team up for success and a deep run into January…Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association– Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

The Courier has the BEST City League High School Football Coverage. (Get 2017 standings, profiles and more…)

first_imgUSO PLAYERS Damon Macklin, Kenneth Pipkins and Dorian Jackson look to lead the Eagles to a second-straight City League championship. (Photos by Thomas Sabol)USO head coach Lou Berry knows the entire Pittsburgh City League is coming for his Eagles. After all, they are the defending City League champions.“That’s the case,” he confirmed with a smile. “Anytime you’re the champ…”Perry. Carrick. Allderdice. Brashear. Westinghouse.USO CHEERLEADERS, cheering their team to a convincing victory over the Brashear Bulls, 26-7, Sept. 8.“I haven’t seen them play as of yet, but they’re always tough,” Berry said of the Bulldogs.That game occurs Oct. 6. But before then, it’s Allderdice’s turn to give USO their first City League loss.“We have a big one Thursday night (Sept. 14), so I’ll know more about our team come Thursday night, see how we handle a little bit of success, but we’ll be under the lights against Allderdice, who from what I understand have a very veteran-laden team.”USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, Obama schools) hasn’t lost a league game so far this year, with their biggest test happening in their first league game of the season, last Friday, Sept. 8 against Brashear. USO beat the Bulls 15-14 in the 2016 City League championship game.Brashear returned seven starters on both offense and defense this year, while USO had only three returning starters on “O.” But it was a tough-nosed USO defense that had multiple sacks, an interception, and limited Brashear to only 7 points in the game. The Eagles won, 26-7, at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.CHAMPS—Can the USO Eagles defend their 2016 City League title? Only time will tell.Though USO lost its first two non-conference games to out-of-state teams, the competition they faced seemed to have them prepared for Brashear. The question now is: Can they hold off the rest of the improved City League contingent that’s looking to knock off the champs any time, any place?“Yea,” said star QB/DB Dorian Jackson of the Eagles. “We’re working on going all the way to states. We aren’t working on just the City.”USO DEFEATED BRASHEAR, 26-7, Sept. 8, at Cupples Stadium, for the Eagles’ first win of the season.Jackson, a senior, said the best part of his team is the defense. “Our defense will get better each week, we’ve always had a strong defense.”After the Sept. 14 Allderdice contest, USO (1-2) will travel to Steubenville, Ohio to face Steubenville High School (Sept. 22), followed by Carrick (Sept. 29), Westinghouse (Oct. 6) and Perry (Oct. 12). The Eagles finish the regular season in West Virginia against Wheeling Central Catholic, Oct. 20.Other standout players for USO include Damon Macklin, a senior cornerback with “great hand-eye coordination,” Berry said. Macklin also led the team in rushing last year. Also, Raujee Clerfe is an exceptional “two-way player who gets it done at the receiver and outside linebacker position,” and an improved defensive line. “We’re starting to get the penetration but also finishing off plays in the backfield,” Berry said.But overall, “We gotta get better, we’re still nowhere near where we want to be,” Berry, now in his seventh season at USO, told the Courier. “I understand the growing pains that come with a young, inexperienced team, but sometimes it gets a little frustrating when you’re the reason why you don’t finish drives, you’re the reason why you’re committing turnovers that prevent you from being great.“So, we got a long way to go.” Other high school football notes as of Sept. 13, 2017…Steel Valley does not mess around. They’ve got the 2016 PIAA 2A State Championship in their backpocket, and, after going 15-0 last year, they’ve won their first two games this season. Next up for the Ironmen are Valley (Sept. 15), and at South Allegheny (Sept. 22). Who knows, they just might go undefeated yet again…Woodland Hills is going through a transformation, to say the least. There’s no more coach Novak, Kevin Murray resigned before the season, but the players are battle-tested and tough-minded. Currently 1-2 and in 6A, they’ll next face Penn-Trafford (Sept. 15) at the Wolverina, then it’s at Chartiers Valley (Sept. 22).Aliquippa gave Beaver an ole’ fashioned…(loss) on Sept. 8, with a 30-10 victory. The Quips are now 3-0 in 3A, and it looks like they’ve only begun. The state title, for sure, is on Aliquippa’s mind, so watch out Freeport (Sept. 15) and at Ellwood City (Sept. 22), the Quips’ next opponents. Remaining USO Schedule – record as of Oct. 16, 2017(4-4, 4-1 in City League)Sept. 14—7 p.m. at Allderdice (LOSS)Sept. 22—7 p.m. at Steubenville, Ohio (LOSS)Sept. 29—3:30 p.m. at Carrick (WIN)Oct. 6—3 p.m. Westinghouse (WIN)Oct. 12—7 p.m. Perry (WIN)Oct. 20—7 p.m. at Wheeling Central Catholic, W. Va.MARVIN GREEN of Westinghouse did his part in running over Perry, 38-0, in a City League contest, Sept. 7. (Photo by Will McBride)THE BRASHEAR BULLS, above, have won two of the last three City League titles. But after losing in the championship game last year, they want another taste of the City League title. In the bottom photo are some of Brashear’s Cheerleaders. (Photos by Thomas Sabol)MALEIK HEMINGWAY, PERRY (Photos by Will McBride)WESTINGHOUSE’S TAY’VON LEE-MATTOXCity League Football remaining schedules, all records as of Oct. 16, 2017All City League conference games played at Cupples StadiumWestinghouse (4-3, 2-2 in City)Sept. 15—7 p.m. at Brashear (LOSS)Sept. 22—7 p.m. Hickory (WIN)Sept. 29—7 p.m. at Fort Hill, Md. (LOSS)Oct. 6—3 p.m. at USO (LOSS)Oct. 13—7 p.m. Allderdice (WIN)Oct. 19—7 p.m. at CarrickBrashear (4-4, 3-2 in City)Sept. 15—7 p.m. Westinghouse (WIN)Sept. 22—7 p.m. at Hollidaysburg (LOSS)Sept. 28—7 p.m. at Perry (WIN)Oct. 5—7 p.m. Carrick (WIN)Oct. 12—7 p.m. at Erie Strong Vincent (LOSS)Perry (1-6, 1-3 in City)Sept. 16—5 p.m. at South Park (Buffalo, N.Y.) (LOSS)Sept. 22—7:30 pm. at Brooke, W. Va. (LOSS)Sept. 28—7 p.m. Brashear (LOSS)Oct. 6—7 p.m. at Howland, Ohio (LOSS)Oct. 12—7 p.m. at USO (LOSS)Oct. 20 – 7 p.m. AllderdiceAllderdice (4-4, 3-1 in City)Sept. 14—7 p.m. USO (WIN)Sept. 21—7 p.m. at Carrick (WIN)Sept. 29—7 p.m. Dubois Area (at Allderdice) (WIN)Oct. 6—7 p.m. Hollidaysburg (LOSS)Oct. 13—7 p.m. at Westinghouse (LOSS)Oct. 20—7 p.m. at PerryCarrick (1-7, 0-4 in City)Sept. 16 – 1:30 p.m. at Linsly School, W. Va. (LOSS)Sept. 21 – 7 p.m. Allderdice (LOSS)Sept. 29 – 3:30 p.m USO (LOSS)Oct. 5 – 7 p.m. at Brashear (LOSS)Oct. 13 – 7 p.m. at Bridgeport, Ohio (WIN)Oct. 19 – 7 p.m. Westinghousecenter_img Like us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter read more

Viewers see vulnerable Serena Williams in 5-part TV series

first_imgThe first episode of “Being Serena,” a five-part documentary series on HBO about Serena Williams, closes with the tennis great in a hospital bed, about to have a C-section.Just before the screen fades, a voiceover from Williams is heard: “I was terrified. And it was a whole new kind of fear. Tennis? I don’t think it ever felt so far away. And I don’t think my life ever felt so unsure.”That is just one example of the images and words that show vulnerability the world is not accustomed to seeing — or hearing — from the owner of 23 Grand Slam singles championships, someone whose on-court game is built, at least in part, on intimidating power. The debut episode is titled “Fear.” The other episode provided to reviewers is called “Strength.”Those first two installments mainly focus on Williams’ pregnancy, her difficult childbirth and her thoughts on motherhood.“There’s no escaping the fear: The fear that I might not come back as strong as I was. The fear that I can’t be both the best mother and the best tennis player in the world. I guess my only choice is to live and find out,” Williams says at one point.She cries as she recounts the pulmonary embolism that made it hard for her to breathe shortly after her child was born.There are also lighthearted moments, such as this exchange:Ohanian: “What did you say when someone said that our little girl was going to win Wimbledon in, like, 15-20 years?”Williams: “Not if I’m still on tour.”Ohanian: “You’re ridiculous.”The second episode closes with Williams heading to the practice court, seven weeks after becoming a mom, ready to get her comeback to the tour started.“I was thinking that I could just feel it around. Just probably hit some groundstrokes and see if I still have it, you know? Or need to pursue a different career,” Williams says with a chuckle.She won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant and has not played in a major tournament since.Her next chance to take the Grand Slam stage could come at the French Open, which starts May 27.“I have more tennis to play,” Williams says in episode No. 2. “I have my life to live.”___More AP tennis coverage: “Being Serena,” airing on Wednesday nights starting this week, offers viewers a chance to feel as if they are getting to know the athlete better. There is the footage, including in the delivery room when Williams gave birth to her daughter on Sept. 1. And there are interviews, including with Williams; her husband, Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanian; her tennis-playing sister, Venus; another sibling; their mother; and Williams’ agent, Jill Smoller.center_img In a photo provided by HBO date not provided, Serena Williams holds her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanion Jr., in a scene from the HBO’s “Being Serena,” a five-part documentary series. (HBO via AP)last_img read more

A.B. didn’t even call Mr. Rooney back! (Jan. 9)

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter ANTONIO BROWN—Will he be a Pittsburgh Steeler next season? (AP PHOTO):10—Well, boys and girls, here we go again. And, it’s not like we haven’t had this conversation before. “There is no ‘I’ in Team” …“Teams win championships”…“No man is an island.” Take your pick but old sayings get to be old for a reason!:09—Will you people…and some of you racists…please stop trying to blame Coach Tomlin for A.B.’s ills. Antonio Brown is a grown ___ man. You wanna blame the coach for some bad play calling or time management, so be it; but not for A.B.’s self-centered game plan.:08—To which I ask any of you reading this that still has a job somewhere. If your boss calls you on the phone and you don’t call him back, how long do you think you’ll have a job? You know! Look, A.B. didn’t even call Mr. Rooney back. C’mon man!:07—For those of you reading that played the game. Do you think for one minute you can skip practice all week and just show up on gameday and expect to play? Mmmaaannnnn please!!!:06—And, if you’re a back-up wide receiver on the team “bustin your butt” every day in practice, every day…you may act like you don’t care…but trust me, you care.:05—The great and legendary Sidney Poitier once said that his father demanded one thing of him —“Do Not Disgrace Our Name!” It causes me to ask this of Antonio Brown as well as Le’Veon Bell and others. What about your name, your legacy, your reputation, your image. How do you not care about the future you leave? (BTW, that right there is deep. Think about it.):04—Some of you may not realize it, but, as great as A.B. is, and he is the best in the game, the Steelers have not won a Super Bowl due to his greatness. Meaning, “I can lose with you or without you!” (that’s deep, too.):03—And, tell me again how you can’t find a way to get along with the guy that passed all those yards to you. “It takes Two to Tango.” (that’s deep too, but it’s not mine…):02—And, of course the thing you want to do to endear yourself to Steeler Nation and ownership is to do an Instagram message with James Harrison. Hey man, love ya both and Lord knows you are two of the best ever, but, that’s just dead wrong.:01—I’ll leave you with this just in case you forgot. If they can trade Franco Harris, they can trade anybody!!! (Mic Drop!):00—GAME OVER.last_img read more

Dutch treat

first_imgBy Gavin StaindlTOORADIN co-captain Ricky “Dutchy” Holland has taken eight wickets, including a hat-trick, to lead his team to a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Cinemas on pause

first_imgBy BEN CAMERON PLANS for a seven-screen cinema complex with a dining precinct and retail shops in Officer will remain…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nourishing the mind and body

first_imgBy Danielle Kutchel Cardinia Shire residents took the opportunity to escape from the daily grind at International Yoga Day celebrations at John Henry…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Locke Boys turn in solid effort at World Junior Ski Championships

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Locke Boys of Nelson are at it again, this time at the World Junior Cross Country Ski Qualifiers in Thunder Bay, Ont.The pair, skiing out of the Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland, finished in the top 35 during Thursday’s Junior Make 20 kilometer Classic/Free Mass Start race at the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre.Peter Locke led the charge placing 26th overall while brother Julian was 34th.
The top four male and female finishers represent Canada at the World Junior Championships.The race was won by Andy Shields in a time of Waterloo Region Club. Peter Locke was just over five minutes behind Shields.Julian Locke finished almost seven minutes behind [email protected]last_img