Share on Facebook Share on Twitter If there’s one thing all middle-schoolers learn in health class, it’s that you don’t have to do drugs to be cool. Richard Nixon declared that drugs were “public enemy number one” in 1971, but anti-drug education really hit its stride during the ’80s and early ’90s, thanks to programs like D.A.R.E. and Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign. As incarceration for drug offenses skyrocketed, teachers urged schoolchildren to resist peer pressure. An eighth grader performs at a 1992 rehearsal for D.A.R.E. (John Heller/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) From 1989: Counseling peers at McKeesport High. (Andy Starnes/The Pittsburgh Press) But the coolest “kids” of all—as documented in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s photo archives—weren’t straight-laced teenagers. Instead, they were the cops who carried out the biggest drug busts. … [Read more...] about Picturing the drug raids of the ‘Just Say No’ era
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City Honors School is arguably the top public school in the Buffalo region. At the same time, it’s also seen as a poster child for the racial inequality in some of America’s great schools. In fact, the school on East North Street serves as a case study – and Buffalo as the battleground – in a new book addressing the modern day civil rights challenge of providing students of color greater access to the nation’s best schools. In a district where half the students are black, African-Americans made up just 16 percent of the enrollment at City Honors this school year – down by almost half from 20 years ago, when blacks made up 31 percent of the enrollment. “This is something that is happening nationally,” said Gary Orfield, a leading civil rights scholar and co-author of the new book who had tried to help Buffalo schools revamp their admissions policies. “There are a lot of schools that were created to produce diversity … [Read more...] about Fixing City Honors diversity problem ‘easier said than done,’ says Cash
Ending years of litigation, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state’s red-light-camera law is legal, ending years of litigation and settling disputing state appeals court rulings that ruled both in favor of and against the state law.The ruling was 7-0, though three justices concurred in a separate opinion. You can read the court decision here.Ed Guedes of the South Florida-based firm Weiss Serota Helfman Cole and Bierman represented more than 50 city and county governments throughout the lawsuits, which have been winding through lower courts since 2011.“From a societal perspective, I think one of the good things that I hope will come of this decision is that local government entities will reexamine the question of having a red light camera program,” he said. “Ultimately, I think the programs are effective and I think they achieve good objectives in terms of public safety.”This not only ends red-light runners’ ability to cite a state … [Read more...] about Red light cameras are officially legal — do you think they promote public safety or just generate cash for cities?
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President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images Displaying rare focus, President Donald Trump spent much of last week tweeting angrily about Mexico and the “giant scene at our Border,” where—according to the president—the opiate crisis and many more of the ills plaguing America today would be solved, if only we built a wall.In doing this, the president is demonstrating yet another fundamental misunderstanding of how the world works. Trump is presenting a drug control policy that combines the flip naivety of Nancy Reagan’s Just Say No with the cruel ignorance of George W. Bush’s “method” of stopping AIDS in Africa: a solution for the opiate overdose crisis killing more than 60,000 Americans a year that is abstinence first.And if Americans can’t man up and stop popping opiates like Attorney General Jeff Sessions is … [Read more...] about Border Wall Idiocy Is Even Stupider Than ‘Just Say No’ Campaign