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Bresha Meadows Accepts Plea Deal In Killing Of Her Allegedly Abusive Father

Bresha Meadows Accepts Plea Deal In Killing Of Her Allegedly Abusive FatherBresha Meadows Accepts Plea Deal In Killing Of Her Allegedly Abusive Father

I n a deal with prosecutors, Bresha Meadows , the 15-year-old Ohio girl jailed for killing her allegedly abusive father, pleaded guilty on Monday to involuntary manslaughter, NBC News reports.

Bresha now moves from a detention center, where she has been in custody for 10 months, to a mental health facility for therapy over the next six months. The teen will go home after a total of 18 months in custody. At age 21, authorities will seal Bresha’s criminal record, her attorney Ian Friedman told the news outlet.

Advocates for domestic abuse victims rallied around the teen, lauching the  #FreeBresha  movement and urging authorities not to punish Bresha harshly.

Originally, prosecutors charged her with aggravated murder. They accused Bresha of shooting her father in the head last year with a weapon he allegedly used to terrorize the family. She faced being tried as an adult and could have spent many years behind bars.

“She smiled today, and for the first time you really felt that smile was genuine. She started to talk about her future for the first time,” Friedman told NBC News. “And she’s pleased to know that her case may help other kids in her same situation.”

SOURCE:   NBC News

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School Choice Explained

T here’s a lot of discussion lately about school choice. President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are staunch advocates of school choice with an agenda to expand programs nationwide. At the same time, the Black community is sharply divided on the issue. So, what exactly is school choice?

At its core, school choice is about giving parents, particularly low-income families, options to education their children. It comes down to a menu—that includes charter, magnet or private schools, as well as homeschooling—of alternatives to traditional neighborhood public schools. Before we go any further, let’s break down these options.

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Magnet schools specialize in specific fields, such as the arts or science, and attract students from multiple districts, and tend to promote racial and socio-economic integration.

Charter schools are publicly funded but run independently by nonprofits or for-profit companies. These types of schools operate in at least 42 states and the District of Columbia, which has the only federally funded charter school program.

School choice also includes open enrollment policies, which is the option to send a child to any traditional public school in or outside of the student’s school district. Under this type of policy, some states mandate student transfers from low-performing school districts.

Vouchers (which go by other names, such as scholarships) are the engines that enable school choice for many parents. States finance voucher programs with public funds that would otherwise go to traditional public schools. In some states, parents can also use vouchers for private or religious schools.

 

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Federal School Choice Policy

On the presidential campaign trail, Trump announced a $20 billion school choice plan. He promised to expand school choice by sending block grants to states, which they would use to finance voucher programs, Politico reported.

Once he became president, Trump urged Congress to pass an education bill that would expand school choice, especially for children of color from low-income families.

“These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them,” he told a joint session of Congress, The New York Times reported.

The president and his education secretary are exploring ways to enable states to fund their voucher programs, such as offering tax credits to corporations and individuals who donate to education nonprofits that offer scholarships, according to The Times.

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Arguments In Favor Of School Choice

One key argument proponents of school choice make is that kids stuck in failing public schools should have the opportunity to attend a better school. School vouchers, they say, enable low-income parents to open the door to a better future for their children.

School choice advocates also argue that competition from charter, magnet and private schools would ultimately improve the public school system. Competition, they contend, would inspire innovation.

This group also maintains that school choice is a desegregation tool. More than six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, students of color remain largely

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Former NFL Player Myron Rolle Begins His Neurosurgery Residency at Harvard

E veryone knows that the professional football has been besieged by scores of players who were found to have suffered brain damage in the form of CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which can only be diagnosed after death.

In fact, PBS confirmed that 76 of 79 former players from the NFL tested positive for the degenerative brain disease post-mortem.

However, one former player— Dr. Myron Rolle —who put off an NFL career because he was a Rhodes Scholar—plans to become a physician with a specialty in neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in June.

Rolle graduated from Florida State Medical School on Saturday. He also attended FSU as an undergraduate and played with the Seminoles from 2006-2008. He put his football career on hold in 2009 to study at Oxford after becoming a Rhodes scholar, one of the most prestigious international scholarships in the world, and earned a master’s degree in medical anthropology from the prestigious British university.

In fact, Rolle famously went from his interview for the Rhodes scholarship to College Park, Maryland, riding a chartered plane in order to play for the Seminoles in their 37-3 victory over the Maryland Terrapins on Nov. 22, 2008. He received a standing ovation when he entered the stadium.

He went on to have a professional football career playing safety for the Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring in 2013 to attend the Florida State University College of Medicine.

According to CNN, Rolle will be treating patients and wants to merge the worlds of medicine and football.

Toward the end of my career, I started to think about concussions and what the effects of repetitive concussions can do ,” he said.

“Football has done so much for me, given me friends, family, given me life lessons that now I can use in the operating room or just as a leader ,” he said. “ I would hate to see it go, and I would love to see it around.

He says that he wants to help younger players preserve their brains after their football career has ended.

I will tell you in person, ‘Yes, play, but be careful; be safe, and understand some of these things that need to go into it for you to enjoy it ,’ ” he said. “ The fundamentals have to be emphasized: tackling the correct way. Having the right equipment. Making sure that you don’t have very violent practices or contact practices.”

Another black neuroscientist sparked his interest in the field—he was in the fifth grade when he read the book Gifted Hands  by Dr. Ben Carson . Since then, Rolle said, Carson has become a mentor.

I’m glad that I walked into my purpose ,” Rolle said. “ I’m glad that I walked into something that was a smooth transition from football .”

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