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Obama plans to overhaul ‘No Child Left Behind’

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President Barack Obama announced Saturday he will be sending to Congress a new education initiative designed to better prepare high school graduates for college and a professional career.

The proposal, addressing the needs of the elementary and secondary education systems, will overhaul the so-called “No Child Left Behind” Act, an education reform adopted under former president George W. Bush.

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In his weekly radio address, Obama said his administration will be submitting to Congress a blueprint for an updated Elementary and Secondary Education Act on Monday.

“What this plan recognizes is that while the federal government can play a leading role in encouraging the reforms and high standards we need, the impetus for that change will come from states, and from local schools and school districts,” the president said. “So, yes, we set a high bar – but we also provide educators the flexibility to reach it.”

Obama admitted that his initiative stemmed from recognition that the United States was losing its competitive edge to other countries in the area of education.

“One assessment shows American fifteen year olds no longer even near the top in math and science when compared to their peers around the world,” he said.

“As referenced in the news report I mentioned, we’ve now fallen behind most wealthy countries in our high school graduation rates. And while we once led the world in the proportion of college graduates we produced, today we no longer do.”

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Under his proposal, schools that show real progress will be rewarded, and teachers will have an opportunity to improve their qualifications, the president said.

The plan will also help ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and a career, and it will provide states and school districts with the resources to reach that goal.

This video was published to the Web by the White House on Saturday, March 13, 2010.

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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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