With the Government’s program of education reform well underway, the Union questions the continued existence of grammar schools in the United Kingdom, and whether they should not just be tolerated, but be allowed to expand once more.
This debate was sponsored by TeachFirst.
Robert McCartney is the Chairman of the National Grammar Schools Association, an organisation which seeks to promote selective education.
Andrew Shilling leads the Sevenoaks Grammar School Campaign, now at a critical stage in its efforts to win government approval for the project.
Shaun Fenton is the current head of Reigate Grammar, and is the only person in the UK to have been headteacher of a Comprehensive, a Grammar School, an Academy, and an Independent school.
Melissa Benn is a writer, novelist, and campaigner. In 2011 she published ‘School Wars: the Battle for Britain’s Education’, which studied the comprehensive education system.
Michael Pyke is a spokesperson for the Campaign for State Education. CASE has been advocating since the 1960s for comprehensive education.
Ndidi Okezie is Executive Director of Regions within TeachFirst, responsible for understanding the specific nature and extent of educational disadvantage in areas TeachFirst operates. Video Rating: / 5
A hooded armed robber bursts into the Bank of Italy and forces the tellers to load a sack full of cash.
On his way out the door with the loot, one brave customer grabs the hood and pulls it off, revealing the robber’s face.
The robber shoots the guy dead without hesitation!
He then looks around the bank to see if anyone else has seen him. He sees one of the tellers looking straight at him; the robber walks over and calmly shoots him dead.
Everyone by now is very scared and looking down at the floor.
“Dida anyone elsa see a my face?” calls the robber.
There follows a tense minute of silence.
Then an elderly Italian gentleman, looking down, tentatively raises his hand and says:
“I tinka my wife caught a glimpse.” Video Rating: / 5
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This week’s stories include . . .
(1) SEC Cracks Down on Anti-Whistleblower Provisions – http://bit.ly/2b4novX
Our top story: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cracks down on anti-whistleblower provisions. The SEC has charged BlueLinx Holdings with violating anti-whistleblower protections in its severance agreements. The company required all exiting employees to sign an agreement waiving their rights to whistleblower payments. Without admitting or denying any wrongdoing, BlueLinx agreed to amend its severance agreements and pay 5,000 to settle with the SEC. Less than a week later, the agency settled with a health care company on similar charges, for 0,000. Since the spring of 2015, the SEC has charged four companies for discouraging whistleblower activity. Tamara Bock, from Epstein Becker Green, has more.
“The SEC charged two different companies with alleged violations of 21F-17 of the Securities and Exchange Commission. This is part of a targeted sweep that the SEC has been conducting since the fall of 2014. Companies should review their employment agreements, and if they have a provision stating that employees may not collect awards in connection with sharing information with government agencies—which, by the way, is allowed by many agencies—then that company should create a specific carve-out for communications with the Securities and Exchange Commission.”
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(2) Nonprofit Loses Federal Wage Exemption – http://bit.ly/2bD7WCH
A nonprofit’s federal minimum wage exemption is revoked. To promote the hiring of the disabled, employers can obtain certificates from the Department of Labor (DOL) and pay subminimum wages to certain disabled workers. But a community rehabilitation center in West Virginia failed to do the studies needed to determine the proper wage rate and didn’t pay a valid subminimum wage to the disabled workers. That’s according to the DOL, which revoked the organization’s certification. This is a part of a larger strategic initiative from the DOL to ensure that all disabled workers are protected from exploitation.
(3) California Company Settles Reimbursement Suit – http://bit.ly/2bDuRPl
A distinction in California law has led to a reimbursement suit settlement. Medical device manufacturer Synthes has agreed to a proposed million settlement with its California-based sales consultants. The sales consultants accused the company of making illegal wage deductions and failing to reimburse expenses. Unlike in most states, California’s Labor Code requires reimbursement for work-related expenses. The company settled but denied any wrongdoing or liability.
(4) DOL Revises FLSA and EPPA Posters – http://bit.ly/2bQ3yV9
The Department of Labor updates two mandatory posters. The DOL recently released updated versions of its mandatory Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) posters. The DOL made several changes to the revised posters, including removing the penalty amount for violations. The new FLSA poster also includes various additions, such as information about the rights of nursing mothers. As of August 1, 2016, employers are required to post the updated versions, which can be downloaded from the DOL’s website.
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(5) Tip of the Week – http://bit.ly/2brORHo
Shaun Francis, Senior Vice President Transformation & Chief Human Resource Officer for CSM Bakery Solutions, joins us via Skype with some advice on building effective client relationships.
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When children are involved in court proceedings, as victims of abuse or neglect, in divorces between their parents, or any of a number of other proceedings — the sale of real estate or settlement of personal injury claims, for example. Who represents their interests? I’m Dan Ringer and we’ll talk about Guardians Ad Litem, on the next The Law Works. Video Rating: / 5
A white South Carolina police officer was arrested and charged with murder Tuesday after video showed him fatally shooting a fleeing, unarmed black man in the back.
North Charleston Police Officer Michael T. Slager, 33, can be seen shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott after a confrontation on Saturday, according to The Post and Courier. Slager chases Scott and shoots at him eight times in the video recorded by a passerby and obtained by The New York Times.
Scott died there, though it wasn’t clear if he died immediately.
The graphic video raises questions about Slager’s original assertion that he used his gun because he felt endangered.
The confrontation started when Slager had reportedly pulled over Scott because of a broken taillight. It escalated into a foot chase as Scott allegedly fled because there were family court-issued warrants for his arrest. Slager pursued Scott into a grassy lot and claimed that he fired his Taser to subdue him.
Moments later, Slager reported on his radio, “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to the Times.
Earlier this week, an attorney for Slager said the cop felt threatened after Scott tried to overpower him and take his Taser. Today that attorney told The Post and Courier that he’s “no longer involved” in the case.
But first images in the video are of Slager shooting at Scott as he runs away from him. It also appears that Slager drops the Taser near Scott after he was gunned down, according to The New York Times.
Police reports also say that responding officers performed CPR and delivered medical aid to Scott, but the video shows Scott face down in handcuffs for several minutes after the shooting. Another officer shows up and appears to give Scott aid, but never performs CPR.
Scott had been arrested about 10 times in the past, mostly for failing to pay child support or show up for hearings, according to the paper.
“He has four children, he doesn’t have some type of big violent past or arrest record. He had a job, he was engaged,” a lawyer for Scott’s family told the Times. “He had back child support and didn’t want to go to jail for back child support.”
In a statement released Tuesday night, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) said, “What happened in this case is not acceptable in South Carolina.” Senator Tim Scott (R) said “The senseless shooting and taking of Walter Scott’s life was absolutely unnecessary and avoidable,” adding that he would be watching the case closely.
The shooting in North Charleston comes on the heels of several high-profile cases of police officers using deadly force against unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, Cleveland and New York. This is one of the few times the offending officer has been charged with murder.
“What if there was no video? What if there was no witness? Where would we be without that video,” Justin Bamberg said at a presser with the family on Tuesday night. Bamburg is one of the Scotts’ family attorneys and also represents South Carolina’s House District 90.
Family attorney L. Chris Stewart called the witness who recorded the video a “hero,” saying that video evidence disproved initial reports that Scott reached for the Slager’s Taser. Stewart added that the witness is working with investigators and may eventually come forward.
Bamberg told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell that the witness contacted the family following the shooting. They were the first to watch the video.
“If there was no video, I do not believe that officer would be in jail,” Bamberg said. “From what the video shows, I think that provides the necessary ammunition to hold this officer accountable.”
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, a state agency also known as SLED, was later contacted and promptly launched an investigation.
“I don’t think anybody can see that and not see that what that officer did was murder Mr. Scott in cold blood,” Bamberg said. “What would have happened if this witness did not have the courage to stand up and do the right thing and decide that what he witnessed was wrong? I’m glad we don’t have to ponder that.”
Stewart also said that they will file a civil lawsuit. The family urged the public to fight for justice legally instead of through violence.
“We can’t get my brother back,” Scott’s brother Anthony said. “I don’t think all police officers are bad cops, but there are some bad ones out there.”
“I had two brothers, now I have one,” he said tearing up. He recalled his brother as an outgoing man who served in the Coast Guard and was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
Often times, after a serious head injury, a series of tests should be performed to determine the extent of short and long term damage on the head, brain, and spine.
Watch the video to hear from South Carolina Brain Injury Lawyer Kenny Berger.
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An interview with Private Attorney Steven Twohig about his experiences with Legal Aid of Nebraska. Mr. Twohig is involved with the Private Attorney Involvment (PAI) program at Legal Aid of Nebraska. A PAI attorney represents Legal Aid clients in Nebraska counties where Legal Aid of Nebraska does not have a physical office or because of distance is not able to be covered by Legal Aid attorneys. All attorney fees are paid for by Legal Aid on behalf of our client. Video Rating: / 5
This week in Mississippi, United State District Court judge Carlton Reeves dismissed a lawsuit filed by attorney Carlos Moore against Governor Phil Bryant.
Moore alleged that the Mississippi flag violates his 13th and 14th amendment rights.
Reeves ruled that Moore didn’t show the emblem caused any legal injury, but in his opinion, Reeves did site Mississippi’s Declaration of Session to show that the state joined the Confederacy to protect slavery.
Reeves also said, “while the battle flag never flew as the official pennant for the Confederacy, it nevertheless is the most recognized symbol of the Confederacy.”
Governor Phil Bryant cut the budget for all but four state agencies to cover a .8 million accounting error.
Agencies that won’t see their budgets trimmed are Mississippi Adequate Education Program, Institutes of Higher Learning Financial Aid, the military department, and Veterans Affairs Board.
Already a month into the school year, many schools and districts in the state don’t know if they’ll get federal money for after school programs.
Last month, state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright said there would be about million to work with after after school grants after what Wright’s department called an accounting error was discovered.
Wright told Mississippi Today that the department is still looking at July and August reimbursement requests from schools and districts that will affect what the final amount left over for this school year will be.
She expects to have a plan laid out by the end of next week.