MCISD holds 6th annual Advanced Academic Services Fair

For Veterans Memorial High School sophomore Alexis Trevino, as well as students from all over the Mission Consolidated Independent School District, the Advanced Academic Services Fair is an opportunity to highlight their accomplishments and develop their presentational, academic and creative skills. This past Saturday May 19, MCISD held their 6th Annual Advanced Academic Services Fair.

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Inexperienced All Whites have a ‘great opportunity’ to make a statement – coach

All Whites coach Fritz Schmid summed it up when he took umbrage with the idea that he could somehow pick and choose fixtures. He had just revealed an extremely inexperienced 23-man squad for the Intercontinental Cup, a four-team friendly tournament in India that starts next weekend, and was asked whether it might be prudent to avoid assignments where so many of his players can’t be involved.

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Speech by Deputy Minister of the Department of International…

Speech by Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, H.E. MS M.R Mhaule on the occasion of the debate in the National Assembly on Africa Day: “The year of Nelson Mandela, a better Africa and a better World, Cape Town, 24 May 2018 I am very honoured to be afforded the opportunity to participate in this commemorative debate on Africa Day. I am particularly pleased at the theme under which this discussion takes place today, ” the year of nelson Mandela, a better Africa and better World” , because it talks to the challenges we face today.

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Do education and employment programming for prisoners improve employment outcomes and reduce recidivism? – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

On Tuesday afternoon, the House passed a bipartisan prison reform bill, “The First Step Act,” which aims to reduce prisoner recidivism rates. The bill focuses largely on increasing access to, and incentives for, participation in rehabilitation programs like education and vocational training, to reduce the likelihood that an inmate will commit another crime once released. How effective are such rehabilitation programs? Will increasing prisoner access to these programs lead to greater educational attainment and more employment? To what extent would misconduct and recidivism be reduced if US prison systems could improve education and employment outcomes for prisoners?

In a new report, “The Effectiveness of Education and Employment Programming for Prisoners,” academic adviser to AEI for Criminal Justice Reform and research director for the Minnesota Department of Corrections Grant Duwe addresses these questions by reviewing the available evidence on the effectiveness of education and employment programs for prisoners.

Among his key points:

  • Education Programming. Prison-based education programming includes adult basic education, which generally focuses on helping inmates earn a secondary degree, but some prison systems also provide postsecondary education opportunities. Overall, recent research has shown that education programming improves post-prison employment, reduces prison misconduct and recidivism, and delivers a strong return on investment.
  • Employment Programming. Existing research suggests that work prevents crime, and, more narrowly, recidivism. While it is important for offenders to obtain employment following their release from prison, keeping a job appears to be crucial in reducing recidivism. While the effects of employment programming have been consistently positive on post-prison employment outcomes, the effects of employment programming on recidivism have been mixed. More positive results have been observed for work release programs as opposed to prison labor opportunities.
  • Improving Employment Outcomes. Programming that addresses risk factors besides education and employment can also yield positive post-prison employment outcomes. A recent study on 15,111 offenders released from Minnesota prisons between 2007 and 2010 showed that other interventions, such as substance abuse treatment, prison visitation, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, also produced positive employment outcomes. In addition, the findings showed that when prisoners participated in more interventions, it significantly improved their chances of finding a job, of working more hours, and earning higher wages.
  • Correctional Policy and Practice Improvements. There are several ways in which correctional policy and practice could be improved to achieve better education, employment, and public-safety outcomes. Based on existing evidence, policymakers could consider reinstituting Pell Grant eligibility for prisoners (to help them pay for higher education). In addition, policies should continue assistance both before and after prison release, and explore employer incentives for hiring individuals with criminal records, such as tax credits or fidelity bonds (which insure businesses for losses caused by employees’ dishonest acts).

Read the full report here.

To arrange an interview with Grant Duwe, please contact AEI Media Services at [email protected] or 202.862.5829.

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Media bias in education coverage? | In 60 Seconds – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

AEI’s Frederick Hess discusses how his recent study found that mainstream media was more favorable to education proposals by the Democrat-led government in 2009, than the Republican-led government in 2017.

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Soldier seeks custody of baby wife said died then tried to sell on Facebook

A soldier serving in South Korea is fighting for the custody of a newborn child that his wife attempted to sell on Facebook after saying the baby had died.

Sgt. Steven Garcia, 24, a patrol supervisor with the 142nd Military Police Company in Seoul, was told in January that his wife, Marina Garcia, gave birth to a child that died during childbirth, the Star Telegram reported.

“When my sister called me about that, it was pretty emotional,” Steven Garcia told KVOA. “We cried quite a bit together over the phone. It was devastating.”

Steven Garcia soon learned that he was lied to after finding out the baby had not died during childbirth, and that he was not the father of the child, authorities said.

The baby was born on Feb. 2 at Canyon Vista Medical Center in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

Three days later, an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer pulled over an out-of-state vehicle for speeding. Inside the vehicle was a couple and a 3-day-old infant.

It turned out that neither Alex Hernandez, 33, and his wife, Leslie Morin Hernandez, 41, were the biological parents of the infant in the vehicle.

Alex Hernandez, 33, pleaded guilty to forgery in April for signing the child’s birth certificate to be the father after Marina Garcia arranged to hand over the child to them. Leslie Hernandez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit forgery.

The couple received four years of supervised probation.

Marina Garcia pleaded guilty to an attempted scheme to defraud and will face sentencing next month.

According to Arizona Range News, the arrangement for the sale of the child was made via Facebook Messenger.

Garcia planned to travel to Texas to sign away her parental rights to the couple.

Steven Garcia, planning to divorce his wife, is now fighting for custody of the child.

“My adoptive father completely changed my life. Without him, I would not be where I am today,” Steven Garcia told KVOA. “For the opportunity to do that for someone else, it’s important. I believe it could change the child’s life.”

A GoFundMe page was set up by Garcia’s cousin to help fund legal and travel fees as Steven Garcia fights for custody of the baby.

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First Black Woman, First Latina Win Gubernatorial Nods in Georgia, Texas

Photo by Kerri Battles

(From UPI)

Four states — Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas — held primary voting Tuesday, further setting the stage for midterm elections this fall, as well as making history.

In Georgia, Stacey Abrams became the first black woman to win the nomination of a major party for governor. In Texas, Lupe Valdez became the first Latina to have that opportunity.

Abrams, a former state legislator in Georgia, easily won the Democratic primary with more than 76 percent of the vote.

This fall, Abrams’ Republican opponent will be either Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle or Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Cage won 40 percent and Kemp got 25.6 percent Tuesday, so they will compete in a July runoff to decide the GOP nomination.

In Texas, Valdez, a former Dallas County Sheriff, won the Democratic Party nomination with 53 percent of the vote. She beat Andrew White, the son of former Texas Gov. Mark White, who held the office between 1983 and 1987.

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