opinion Ingrid Jacques The Detroit News Published 11:00 PM EDT Oct 9, 2019 School choice advocates are ecstatic. That’s because the U.S. Supreme Court will hear what many are calling a potential game changer for creating widespread parental choice across the country — even in Michigan, which has barred any form of public aid from reaching private schools for the past 50 years. Oral arguments are expected in early 2020. The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, examines whether states are violating constitutional religious or equal protection clauses when they quash neutral student-aid programs that offer families the option of a religious school. Kendra Espinoza is at the center of this case. She is a single mom who simply wanted to offer her two daughters a better education at a nearby Christian school. One of her daughters had suffered from bullying, and the youngest had struggled in her classes. Espinoz, and several other … [Read more...] about Jacques: Could this be a school choice game changer?
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Football has always been considered a safe haven in this tiny farming community, an island of pure Americana for families trying to make it in America. After each week’s work in the fields is done — an effort that helps produce a significant chunk of the nation’s produce — the whistles and thuds of Friday night high school games take over. “Football is its own drug,” Immokalee High coach Rodelin Anthony says. “It’s a way to numb the pain (of) a lot of these kids’ issues, whether educational, emotional, or immigration. For a couple hours, I forget immigration is real.” But this fall, that window of escape in this tucked-away community is narrower than ever. Just a couple of weeks before football practice began, multiple media outlets and several residents reported Immigration and Customs Enforcement vehicles in the area. Images of unmarked cars were shared on social media feeds as warnings. Many members of the large migrant … [Read more...] about In a small town, thrill of football replaced by fear of ICE
It's been over 20 years since Princess Diana's tragic car accident in Paris. Millions mourned around the globe. The beloved "people's princess" — who was only 36 at the time of her death — would have turned 57 on July 1 of this year. Despite her brief life, she left an enduring impact on the royal family and the world. Her greatest legacies, of course, are her sons. (And Prince William has already putting family before propriety.) 14 PHOTOS 14 ways Princess Diana broke royal protocol See Gallery 14 ways Princess Diana broke royal protocol 1. She picked her own engagement ring — from a catalog. Although royal engagement rings are usually custom made, the 19-year-old bride selected hers from the Garrard jewelry collection catalog. NowDuchess Kate Middleton wears the ring, made of 14 solitaire diamonds around a12-carat sapphire set in white gold. 2. She wrote her own vows. Unlike generations before her, she chose to abandon … [Read more...] about 14 ways Princess Diana shook up royal protocol
Congrats are in order for Pippa Middleton, who only recently gave birth to her first child. Pippa and husband James Matthews welcomed a baby boy in October in the exclusive Lindo Wing, the same place that her sister Duchess Kate delivered her three children."Everyone is delighted and mother and baby are doing well," her rep said of the newborn, who weighed in at 8 lbs. 9 oz.To celebrate Pippa's latest bundle of joy, we're taking a look back at the 35-year-old's style transformation over the years. 91 PHOTOS Pippa Middleton's style See Gallery Pippa Middleton's style July 2007 Pippa looked breezy in a lilac wrap dress while out in London. November 2007 Pippa attended a book launch in a pretty black dress with lce sleeves. June 2008 Pippa attended Sotheby's Summer Party in a bright summery dress. July 2008 Pippa wore this black and white belted dress to a book launch party. September 2008 Middleton looked beautiful in a … [Read more...] about Pippa Middleton doesn’t look like this anymore
Back in November 2018, Europe marked the First World War armistice with numerous Centenary celebrations in and around Flanders Fields. Twelve months on, there will be further celebrations in both Belgium and the Netherlands as towns and villages mark the 75th anniversary of liberation from Nazi Germany. I was fortunate enough to be invited by the Liberation Route Europe Foundation to view some of the sites that culminated in the Ardennes Offensive which history now refers to as the Battle of the Bulge. Fought primarily in the area around the Ardennes Forests and the strategic Belgian town of Bastogne, both sides were to suffer enormous casualties in a six week battle that started in December 1944.Having transferred from Brussels where I had attended a special Liberation Route Europe conference, I arrived in Bastogne with five fellow guests to stay overnight at the Melba Hotel.The following morning we transferred to the nearby Bastogne Barracks run by the War Heritage Institute where … [Read more...] about Europe prepares to celebrate 75 years of freedom from Nazi occupation