Study: IQ Scores Are Falling Due to Environmental Factors | Time

‘It’s not that dumb people are having more kids than smart people, to put it crudely’

The cause of the IQ decline is due to environmental factors, and not genetics, said Ole Rogeburg, a senior research fellow at Ragnar Frisch Centre and co-author of the study on IQ scores, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.

Source: Study: IQ Scores Are Falling Due to Environmental Factors | Time

Greensburg Hempfield Area Library director fired after 7 months | TribLIVE

Greensburg Hempfield Area Library is looking for a new director — seven months after hiring the last one.

Library trustees last month quietly but unanimously fired Casey Sirochman , who they hired in November.

Officials declined to reveal why Sirochman was terminated, but there are no allegations of wrongdoing, said Jeanne Smith, president of the library’s board.

“It’s a personnel issue, and it’s confidential,” she said. “It wasn’t a good fit.”

Sirochman previously served as director of the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville and as student success and reference librarian for Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

She could not be reached for comment.

Source: Greensburg Hempfield Area Library director fired after 7 months | TribLIVE

The American flag is the most widely viewed symbol of the United States of America – NY Daily News

South Farmingdale, L.I.: Today is Flag Day. The American flag is our most widely viewed symbol of our country, the United States of America and everything it stands for, liberty, freedom, prosperity and protection for us all.

The American flag is apolitical, yet some individuals and political groups still claim the right to dishonor and disrespect it. We fought wars and won them to protect that right, which is what makes America the bastion of liberty.

Source: Readers sound off on Flag Day, North Korea and tests – NY Daily News

Valedictorian’s mic was cut off when she brought up sex assault in grad speech

A California high school valedictorian was abruptly cut off when she tried to speak about sexual assault during her graduation speech, according to reports.

“I felt like I was worthless,” recent Petaluma High School grad Lulabel Seitz told CNN about the incident.

In a video of the incident, the teen is visibly upset as she yells inaudible words to someone off camera.

Moments later, her peers and people in the crowd started chanting “Let her speak! Let her speak!”

After nearly a minute of silence, she returns to her seat.

“When they cut my mic, I was appalled at them,” Seitz told The Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

But #MeToo activist and actress Mira Sorvino stood up for the teen.

“Lulabel Seitz is a fierce truth teller and they tried to silence her- don’t you understand sexual assault victims will be silenced no more????” she tweeted Saturday.

Source: Valedictorian’s mic was cut off when she brought up sex assault in grad speech

 

Norwin schools plan to cut 8 teaching positions | TribLIVE

Eight teaching positions will be eliminated as the Norwin School District grapples with a budget deficit the school board hoped to eliminate with a 3.1 percent increase in real estate taxes for the 2018-2019 school year.

The school board Monday narrowly approved the changes in a 5-4 vote that gave the administration the authority to curtail and alter programs the district offers in art, family and consumer science and technology education.

Source: Norwin schools plan to cut 8 teaching positions | TribLIVE

Sources: Teacher Suspended For Allegedly Locking Students In Locker Room

 

Allegheny County Police are investigating a situation involving a teacher at South Allegheny High School.

Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough says Liberty Borough Police called the county for advice related to a case at South Allegheny. McDonough went on to say that county no longer has involvement in the matter.

There’s no information at this point about why the students were allegedly locked in the locker room.

Source: Sources: Teacher Suspended For Allegedly Locking Students In Locker Room

‘Multiple fatalities’ reported at Santa Fe High School shooting – Houston Chronicle

Authorities are investigating a shooting this morning at Santa Fe High School.

UPDATE 11:04 a.m.: Sheriff Gonzalez told reporters the number of dead could rise as high as 10. The suspect is believed to be a student, he said, and most of the dead are students. It is still a “very active” scene at the school, with a bomb squad and police checking to make sure the area is secure, he said.

11 a.m.: Gyl Switzer, executive director of Texas Gun Sense, issued a statement: “Our hearts go out to those affected by today’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Texas. We Texans love our children. We must do a better job of protecting them. There are proven strategies to reduce senseless gun violence. Today, Texas Gun Sense re-doubles our commitment to stop the killing. Work with us.”

Source: ‘Multiple fatalities’ reported at Santa Fe High School shooting – Houston Chronicle

Greensburg Hempfield library creates marketing intern team to implement Pitt Greensburg students’ ideas | TribLIVE

“We were trying to give them recommendations to help them really be able to push on their social media,” said Jared Hoffman, a Pitt Greensburg sophomore. “Right now, I think in Westmoreland County there’s not a huge appreciation for the library, and I think it’s because a lot of people don’t understand the services going on at the library.”

Source: Greensburg Hempfield library creates marketing intern team to implement Pitt Greensburg students’ ideas | TribLIVE