first_imgFive whales have now tragically perished after becoming beached on Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh. Thirteen Pilot Whales were found stranded on the beach early this morning by a jogger who immediately raised the alarm.While five have sadly died, a mammoth rescue effort from locals managed to return the others to the water.However it looks increasingly likely that they will succumb to the same faith of the other Pilot Whales.The Whales were re-floated by locals and they’re currently in a shallow estuary in the bay. Rescuers are hoping the incoming tide will be able to return them to the sea, but time is running out.Rescuers have also indicated that the animals appear to be ill and that could be the reason why they’re getting beached.We’ll continue to update you on this story as it develops.DDTV: VIDEO SPECIAL OF STRICKEN WHALES STRANDED ON DONEGAL BEACH was last modified: July 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:beachedFalcarraghHome-page NewspilotStrandedStrickenwhaleslast_img read more

Bostons Charter School Ballot Question Shows Vote Split along Racial Lines

first_imgShare13Tweet2ShareEmail15 SharesNovember 14, 2016; Boston GlobeIn Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood, the ballot question that would have lifted the cap on the number of charter schools permitted was firmly defeated, 64 percent to 34 percent. In doing so, the largely black Caribbean neighborhood followed the same path as the other minority neighborhoods in Boston. This is important because proponents of the measure based their arguments on the needs of students of color.According to a Boston Globe analysis of election results, the organizers of the ballot campaign to expand charter schools, who spoke passionately about the need to provide better educational options for students of color, failed to deliver victories in minority precincts throughout Boston, even in those neighborhoods with the lowest-achieving schools in the state. Of 255 precincts in the city, only 14 voted to lift the cap and they were located for the most part in primarily white areas. This after thisThis is true even despite the fact that Massachusetts’s charters typically outperform traditional public schools on standardized tests. Moreover, two dozen charter school campuses are sited in low-income neighborhoods with large populations of newcomers and people of color.The Globe writes, “Civil rights advocates say families of color yearn for something deeper: A robust commitment and plan to improve the quality of education in the city’s school system so they don’t need alternatives…And they want to work in partnership with policymakers rather than having outsiders coming in and proposing a solution.”Michael Curry of the NAACP says, “Communities of color spoke loudly about our needs to protect public school funding while expressing an urgency to deliver a quality education for all.” As readers of the nonprofit newswire may remember, the NAACP took a stand for a moratorium on charter schools earlier this year, as did Black Lives Matter.And, indeed, although the charter proponents outspent the “no” campaign by $9.5 million, the “no” campaign phoned or knocked on the doors of more than twice as many Boston households—378,000 to 150,000.Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson said Tuesday’s results were about “neighborhoods owning the future” of their schools.“I believe the electorate showed in the communities of color that it’s in our character to uplift and focus on the education of all students, not just some,” he said.—Ruth McCambridgeShare13Tweet2ShareEmail15 Shareslast_img read more