School shooting #74, supercomputer abuse, tenure, students loans, and pride of various sorts: Required Readings, 6.11.14
In the United States, it’s another day and another school shooting, the 74th since Sandy Hook in December 2012. In an unintentional theme, many of today’s Required Readings address legal or government action of some form.
In academia, the National Science Foundation banned a researcher for using $150,000 worth of NSF-funded university supercomputer time to mine about $8,000-$10,000 in bitcoin.
South Carolina’s solicitor general OKed the flying of a Confederate flag at the public Citadel military college. A law passed in 2000 protects “monuments and memorials honoring the gallantry and sacrifice in this state’s various wars.” So that’s what they’re calling it these days.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled that teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional and deprive students of their right to an education.
President Obama has announced a new initiative to relieve the burden of student loan debt. But Pay as You Earn may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
On a much more pleasant note, our friends on Capitol Hill could learn a great deal about how to treat their fellow humans by driving across town to Wilson High School. First, when their principal came out as gay at a school Pride Day event, students responded with cheers and support. After Westboro Baptist added the school to a protest tour of D.C., several hundred counter-protesters—students and community members alike—answered the Phelps family’s hate. Thank you Wilson for making D.C. proud during Pride.
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