Teacher who ran white supremacist podcast resigns
Florida middle school teacher Dayanna Volitich submitted her resignation after it was found she was also the host of a white supremacist podcast called “Unapologetic” and the voice behind a Twitter account riddled with racist and anti-Semitic posts.
The Citrus County School District removed Volitich from the classroom while it investigated her behavior after The Huffington Post broke the story in March.
On Monday, Assistant Superintendent Mike Mullen said in an emailed statement that the district received Volitich’s resignation, but it isn’t final until it’s accepted by the school board. Approval of the resignation will be on the agenda at the April 10 school board meeting, Mullen said.
Charles E. Moore, Volitich’s attorney, had no comment on his client’s resignation letter.
Volitich, 25, taught social studies at Crystal River Middle School in Crystal River, Florida. Online, she went by the pseudonym “Tiana Dalichov.” Last month, she confirmed through her attorney that she was the one speaking as Dalichov on the podcast, but said her comments were “political satire and exaggeration” and the persona was a “hobby.”
“None of the statements released about my being a white nationalist or white supremacist have any truth to them, nor are my political beliefs injected into my teaching of social studies curriculum,” she said in the statement.
President starts day by blasting media as ‘fakers’
President Donald Trump is starting the day with tweets criticizing broadcast news media as “fakers.”
Trump tweeted Tuesday that the “‘Fakers’ at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!”
The president is also defending the Sinclair Broadcast group following news reports about a video of dozens of Sinclair news anchors reading a script expressing concern about “fake stories.” Sinclair owns nearly 200 local TV stations and has ordered its anchors to read a statement expressing concern about “one-sided news stories plaguing the country.”
Trump tweeted that “The Fake News Networks, those that knowingly have a sick and biased AGENDA, are worried about the competition and quality of Sinclair Broadcast.”
Celeb duo Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan split
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum announced Monday that they are separating after nearly nine years of marriage.
The couple posted a joint statement to their respective Instagram pages.
“We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple,” the pair said. “We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now.”
Their announcement also said that there are “no secrets nor salacious events” that led to the split.
The couple first met while filming the 2006 movie “Step Up.” They married in 2009 and have a young daughter together.
Oklahoma teachers walk out for 2nd day in red-state revolt
Many schools will remain closed for a second day in Oklahoma Tuesday as teachers continue to rally for higher pay and education funding in a rebellion that has hit several Republican-led states across the country.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation last week granting teachers pay raises of 15 to 18 percent. But some educators — who haven’t seen a pay increase in 10 years — say that isn’t good enough and walked out.
“If I didn’t have a second job, I’d be on food stamps,” said Rae Lovelace, a single mom and a third-grade teacher at Leedey Public Schools in northwest Oklahoma who works 30 to 40 hours a week at a second job teaching online courses for a charter school.
Oklahoma three largest school districts, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Edmond, will remain closed Tuesday to honor the walkout. Some schools are offering free meals to students aged 18 or younger while various churches, faith organizations and charitable agencies are providing free day-care services. Spring break was last week in many Oklahoma districts.
Fallin on Monday warned that the state budget is tight and there are other critical needs besides education.
“We must be responsible not to neglect other areas of need in the state such as corrections and health and human services as we continue to consider additional education funding measures,” the Republican said.
But Democratic lawmaker Collin Walke said teachers should keep up the pressure. Two separate bills pending in the Legislature to expand tribal gambling and eliminate the income tax deduction for capital gains could generate more than $100 million in additional funding each year.
“I think the Republican strategy is to wait the teachers out,” Walke said.
Oklahoma ranks 47th among states and the District of Columbia in public school revenue per student while its average teacher salary of $45,276 ranked 49th before the latest raises, according to the most recent statistics from the National Education Association.
The demonstrations were inspired by West Virginia, where teachers walked out for nine days earlier this year and won a 5 percent increase in pay. Teachers in Arizona are now considering a strike over their demands for a 20 percent salary increase.
Former president George W. Bush cuts the rug at wedding
Former President George W. Bush knows how to get back in the news.
Last January, he made a splash by wearing a rain poncho at Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Now he’s dancing up a storm at his nephew’s wedding.
After attending the nuptials of his nephew Pierce Bush and Sarahbeth Melton at Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs, Colorado, over the weekend, the former president was caught on video tearing up the dance floor alongside the happy couple at their reception.
As Dead or Alive’s 1984 smash hit “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” bumps in the background, a jubilant-looking Bush can be seen breaking it down with the bride right in the center of the action.
Bush busted a move on occasion during his eight years in the White House, too.
A third of college students don’t have enough to eat, survey shows
Caleb Torres lost seven pounds his freshman year of college – and not because he didn’t like the food in the dining hall. A first-generation college student, barely covering tuition, Torres ran out of grocery money halfway through the year and began skipping meals as a result.
He’d stretch a can of SpaghettiOs over an entire day. Or he’d scout George Washington University campus for events that promised free lunch or snacks. Torres told no one what he was going through, least of all his single mom.
“She had enough things to worry about,” he said.
Now a senior and living off-campus, in a housing situation that supplies most of his meals, Torres is finally talking about his experience with the hunger problem on America’s college campuses: a quiet, insidious epidemic that researchers say threatens millions of students every year.
According to a first-of-its-kind survey released Tuesday by researchers at Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, 36 percent of students on U.S. college campuses do not get enough to eat, and a similar number lack a secure place to live. The report, which is the first to include students from two-year, four-year, private and public universities, including GWU, found that nearly 1 in 10 community college students have gone a whole day without eating in the past month. That number was 6 percent among university students.
Researchers blame ballooning college costs, inadequate aid packages and growing enrollment among low-income students – as well as some colleges’ unwillingness to admit they have a hunger problem. College hunger is not a new issue, researchers caution. But it appears to be growing worse, and not merely because college is getting more expensive.
“Prices have gone up over time,” said Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education policy at Temple and the lead author of the report. “But the rising price is just a piece. This is a systemic problem.”
Goldrick-Rab’s report is based on data from 43,000 students at 66 schools and used the Department of Agriculture’s assessment for measuring hunger. That means the thousands of students it classifies as having “low food security” aren’t merely avoiding the dining hall or saving lunch money for beer: They’re skipping meals, or eating smaller meals, because they don’t have enough money for food.
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