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The teacher pay gap is a national failure. Here’s how to fix it.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., questions President Donald Trump’s nominee for director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, during a Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on May 9, 2018.(Photo:Washington Post photo by Melina Mara) We must acknowledge this simple truth: We are a country that claims to care about education, but not so much about the education of other people’s children. At the most fundamental level, our children are being raised by two groups of people: families and teachers. Yet, we fail to pay teachers their value. The United States is facing a teacher pay crisis. Public school teachers earn 11 percent less than professionals with similar educations. Teachers are more likely than non-teachers to work a second job. In 30 states, average teacher pay is less than the living wage for a family of four. Strikes by teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Los Angeles, Oakland, California, and Denver…

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Omar Khan appointed Director of de Blasio’s Public Engagement Unit

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Omar Khan as Director of the Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit (PEU) and Senior Advisor. In his role as Director of PEU, Khan will lead PEU’s efforts to proactively engage New Yorkers in need of a broad range of City services, from healthcare to housing, making them more accessible for everyone. As Senior Advisor, Khan will advise City Hall and City agencies on policies and practices that will make even more of the City’s services accessible to New Yorkers. He also will support the City’s 2020 Census outreach efforts, according to a press release. Khan brings years of experience leading public engagement programs, building coalitions and serving as a senior official in federal government. As the Director of PEU, Khan will work collaboratively with agency commissioners and senior staff across City Hall to increase civic participation and access to important City services. Khan’s…

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Trump calls Smollett case ’embarrassment,’ announces review

FILE PHOTO: Actor Jussie Smollett leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the Department of Justice will “review” the case of actor Jussie Smollett, who was charged with staging a fake hate crime in Chicago before prosecutors abruptly dropped the case this week. Trump wrote in an early-morning Twitter message announcing the review that the case had embarrassed the nation. Smollett, who is black and gay, said two men attacked him on the street at night in January, making homophobic and racist remarks, pouring a chemical on him and putting a noose around his neck while shouting support for Trump. Investigators later charged Smollett with paying $3,500 to the two men to pretend to attack him in order to garner public sympathy for himself. Prosecutors dropped the charges…

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Modi promises “new India” as he launches election campaign

MEERUT, India (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially launched his party’s general election campaign on Thursday with a rally in India’s most populous state, promising development with national security in seeking votes for another term. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses an election campaign rally in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, March 28, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Adnan Abidi) A coalition led by Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is widely expected to retain power in a staggered election beginning on April 11, especially given recent tension with old rival Pakistan. “This country has seen governments that only made slogans, but for the first time, they are seeing a decisive government that knows how to demonstrate its resolve,” Modi told the rally in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh state, which has the most members of parliament of all states. “Our vision is of a new India that will be in tune…

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Facebook charged with racial discrimination in targeted housing ads

(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) charged Facebook Inc on Thursday with violating the Fair Housing Act, alleging that the company’s targeted advertising discriminated on the basis of race and color. Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo HUD said Facebook also restricted who could see housing- related ads based on national origin, religion, familial status, sex and disability. Facebook said it was surprised by the decision and has been working with HUD to address its concerns and has taken significant steps to prevent ads discrimination across its platforms. The social media giant said last week it would create a new advertising portal for ads linked to housing and employment that would limit targeting options for advertisers. “Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are…

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Indian-American harity organization to hold promotional Bollywood concert

OHM Charities, an Indian-American non-profit organization established in 2018 to promote cultural awareness through entertainment and promote music, language and Indian heritage, is joining up with the cultural organization OHMkara, to hold their first-ever Bollywood music concert “Sunheri Yaddein.” Flyer advertizing the concert ‘Sunheri Yaddein’ scheduled for April 27, 2019. Photo courtesy OHM Charities/OMHKara Talented local singers and musicians will perform on April 27, 2019, from 4 p.m. at Balaji Temple Auditorium in Bridgewater, N.J. the organization said in a press release. This year, OHMkara marks the fifth year of their program and to their commitment to  promote local artists. After several requests and high demand from the community this talent will be showcased in a concert dominated by Bollywood songs of various singers and actors, actresses, music composers and writers. The state-of-the art auditorium will ring with choreographed numbers of old songs from K.L. Siagal, Suraiya, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha…

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Twitter’s Vijaya Gadde says company will label but won’t remove Trump’s tweets that violate its rules

The next time a politician, dignitary – or perhaps a president – makes an utterance that violates Twitter standards, the message might be accompanied by a note that expands on the 280-character tweet, a top official with the company said Wednesday. Vijaya Gadde Twitter’s Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead (Photo Gadde’s Twitter account) Twitter is exploring how it can annotate offensive tweets that break its rules but remain in the public interest, said Vijaya Gadde, the company’s head of legal, policy, and trust and safety. It’s an effort to stem offensive content and hate speech and follows comments last year by chief executive Jack Dorsey, who said he is rethinking core parts of the platform to stem harassment and other abuses. “One of the things we’re working really closely on with our product and engineering folks is, ‘How can we label that?’ ” Gadde said in a response…

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Satire offers new ground for silenced Pakistani journalists

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – An army boot and a sandal discuss what to do with fallen former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a satirical social media video that highlights the way journalists shut out from the country’s mainstream media are turning to the Internet. Journalists and social activists chant slogans during a rally protest which they say is against layoffs and the non-payment of salaries, in Karachi, Pakistan February 8, 2019. Picture taken February 8, 2019. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro The 70-second video, which has been seen more than 58,000 times, is the latest product of Matitullah Jan, a former television anchor at local Waqt TV, who says he was forced out of his job by Pakistan’s powerful military due to his criticism of the generals’ interference in politics shortly before the station closed last year. Jan, a grey-haired 50-year-old, is among around 3,000 journalists and media workers laid off in recent…

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Google’s AI work in China spurs Indian-American CEO’s sitdown with Pentagon brass

When Google’s boss sits down with a top U.S. military official on Wednesday, the conversation will likely center on Google’s presence in China — particularly a lab that may be more trouble for the company than it’s worth. Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during a Google event in Delhi, January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton/Files Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, will meet in Washington, D.C., with General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to a person familiar with the situation. The internet giant extended the invitation after criticism from Dunford about Google’s artificial intelligence work in China, which he said “indirectly benefits the Chinese military.” Dunford cited an AI lab that Google opened in Beijing in late 2017. Less than two years later, the small office is causing a massive headache for Google, sitting at the locus of a collision between…

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Indian-American doctor in California pleads guilty to health care fraud

An Indian-American doctor from in California’s South Bay area pleaded guilty to illegal distribution of pain killers and health care fraud. Venkat Aachi pleaded guilty to distributing hydrocodone outside the scope of his professional practice and without a legitimate medical need, and to health care fraud, announced United States Attorney for the Northern District of California David L. Anderson and other law enforcement officials March 26, in San Jose, California. On October 9, 2018, a federal grand jury indicted Aachi and charged him with six counts of distributing drugs outside the scope of professional practice, and one count of health care fraud, Aachi pleaded guilty to one count under each type of charge. The guilty plea was accepted by the U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila. According to the plea agreement, Aachi, 52, of Saratoga, was a licensed physician in the state of California who operated a pain clinic in…