• ‘Free Speech and Youths,’ With Mary Beth Tinker
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    ‘Free Speech and Youths,’ With Mary Beth Tinker

    MICAH SCHWARTZMAN: Welcome, everyone. My name is Micah Schwartzman, and I’m the director of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, which is one of the sponsors of this conference, with the Virginia Law Review, along with an impressive range of student groups. I’ll just read you the list, the American Constitution Society, Black Law Students Association, Child Advocacy Research and Education, the Federalist Society, Latin American Law Organization, Law Innovation Security and Technology, the Middle Eastern and Northern African Law Student Association, the Minority Rights Coalition, and the Rex E. Lee Law Society. It’s notable, I think that such a diverse group of student groups, which often represent very…

  • TX Legislative Updates 2017
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    TX Legislative Updates 2017

    The 2017 Texas Legislative Session has come to an end, and the Lone Star State has several new firearms and self-defense-related bills that have been signed into law by Governor Abbott and will go into effect on September 1st, 2017. House Bill 1935 amends Texas Penal Code Section 46.016 to remove the term “illegal knife” and create the term “location-restricted knife.” Knives will no longer be specifically classified as daggers, dirks, stilettos, swords, so on and so forth. Instead, all knives that have a blade over five and half inches from guard to tip are simply location-restricted. Any knife that has a blade shorter than five-and-a-half inches is legal and…

  • Georgia Legislative Updates 2017
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    Georgia Legislative Updates 2017

    There were some significant changes in the law for Weapons Carry License holders and for firearms owners in general in Georgia in 2017. We’re going to look at two specific House Bills: House Bill 280 and House Bill 292, both of which were signed by Governor Deal and both of which went into effect July 1st. Now House Bill 280 is what we call the Campus Carry bill. This bill applied to Georgia’s public colleges and universities—not private schools—public colleges and universities, but does allow for lawful Weapons Carry License holders to carry concealed handguns onto certain areas and spaces of Georgia’s public colleges and universities. Very important thing to…

  • At Archuleta Elementary, “Power-Up” Intervention Leads to Super Mario-esque Growth
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    At Archuleta Elementary, “Power-Up” Intervention Leads to Super Mario-esque Growth

    NARRATOR School… Yolanda Ortega / Principal “I love metaphors.” NARRATOR Can feel a lot like a video game. (Mario music) ORTEGA “Kids in playing any video game don’t want to stay on the same level for very long. They want to get to the end. They want to save Princess Peach.” NARRATOR And just like those really hard levels… ORTEGA “And some levels you have to do over and over again.” NARRATOR School, can get tough, too. ORTEGA “Sometimes you need someone to show you how to get through that level.” TEACHER “Okay we’re going to talk a little bit about it.” NARRATOR Someone, to help you keep pushing through.…

  • Virginia Legislative Updates 2017
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    Virginia Legislative Updates 2017

    Hi, Ed Riley here again, U.S. LawShield Independent Program Attorney for Virginia. Today, we’re going to talk about some of the updates in the law with respect to firearms, that went into effect in Virginia on July 1 of 2017. First one of those is § 18.2-308.2, which speaks specifically to whether a violent felon or any felon can possess a firearm. The change in that statute allows a nonviolent felon to possess an antique firearm or muzzle loader or up to five pounds of black powder, as long as it’s being used for sporting purposes. A second area of change involves schools. Typically you cannot carry a firearm in…

  • Florida Legislative Updates 2017
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    Florida Legislative Updates 2017

    In 2017 there was a extremely important change made to the law regarding self defense that everyone should be aware of. This is in regards to our immunities statute, which is found in Florida statute 776.032. Prior to July a defendant in a criminal proceeding wanting to claim immunity from prosecution had to show by a preponderance of the evidence in a pretrial hearing that he or she was entitled to immunity. This was one of the only times a defendant in a criminal case ever had a burden to prove anything. Now a defendant only has to make an initial showing that he or she was justified in using…

  • Saving Schools: History, Politics, and Policy in U.S. Education | HarvardX on edX | About Video
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    Saving Schools: History, Politics, and Policy in U.S. Education | HarvardX on edX | About Video

    I’m Paul Peterson. I’m the director of the education policy and governance program at Harvard University. Clearly, the US educational system needs to do better by its next generation of students so that they can perform effectively in the world economy of the 21st century. Saving Schools is a four course sequence. In all four courses we are asking leading practitioners and experts to join us, to discuss why we have headed in the direction we are going, and what steps need to be taken in the future. In the fourth course, we look at proposals to give families more school choices. A quarter of families today have a child…

  • Eminent Domain – Main Video Preview
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    Eminent Domain – Main Video Preview

    (Music) CARRA: “A man’s home is his castle.” Okay, I know it sounds kind of cliché, but for anyone who actually owns a home, it really is true. Homeowners take great pride in the fact that they can do whatever they want with their homes without interference from anyone else, including the government. But are they right? In fact, there’s something in the constitution called eminent domain that gives governments the power to take your property even if you don’t want to sell. (Music) PERSON ON STREET: Eminent Domain? PERSON ON STREET: Define Eminent Domain? PERSON ON STREET: Eminent Domain? PERSON ON STREET: I’m going to let him speak first.…

  • What Constitutional Rights Do Students Have?
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    What Constitutional Rights Do Students Have?

    (percussion music) – [Stephen] Here at Education Week, we’ve been digging deep into how to improve K through 12 civics education. But one thing’s really puzzled us. If the U.S. Constitution is the core document guaranteeing American’s rights, what does that mean for students? There have been a lot of U.S. Supreme Court cases that have taken aim at bits and pieces of this question, but it’s still pretty complicated. – I am a Law Professor at the University of Chicago and I’ve written a book called the Schoolhouse Gate. Essentially, it’s about how the Supreme Court has shaped the nation’s public schools by identifying and protecting students’ constitutional rights.…

  • TWISC: Molly Spearman Highlights Education
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    TWISC: Molly Spearman Highlights Education

    Welcome to This Week In South Carolina. I’m Gavin Jackson. Education has been a top issue at the State House since the term ‘Corridor of Shame’ was first said but usually any type of reform legislation never makes much traction. This year may be the session that changes with the governor, House and Senate all agreeing it’s time for reform. And just because speaking about this bill I mean it’s been a couple weeks now since it’s been out. It’s been very a tenuous very rocky road for all involved including teachers who feel like they don’t really necessarily have that much input in the beginning moving forward with amendments…