Chicago Public Schools plans to spend $75 million over three years to build and renovate science labs at more than 80 high schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday in remarks that acknowledged significant disparities in the quality of school facilities.Emanuel’s announcement came one year after the Chicago Board of Education approved new graduation requirements that will compel high school students to take one credit each in biology, chemistry and physics.Emanuel and CPS CEO Janice Jackson alluded to the challenge of applying the new requirement equally across the district during their remarks at Crane High School on the West Side. Crane’s magnet program and several other buildings “have the science labs that you want to see across the city,” Emanuel said.“But there are other schools that have science labs that are replicas of what existed during what I call the ‘Sputnik-Apollo era,’” the mayor said. “We’re trying to build … [Read more...] about ‘Sputnik-era’ CPS science labs to get upgrade as part of 3-year, $75M plan
World Spain Catalonia Russia Catalonia’s embattled former leader Carles Puigdemont says claims Russia attempted to stoke tensions in Spain by supporting Catalan separatism are “fake news.” "There were a lot of fake news reports on the issue…However, we should only pay attention to hard evidence and facts. There are no specific facts indicating that this could be true,” Puigdemont told reporters during a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday, where he addressed a number of issues including Russian interference. The statement directly contradicted the findings of a January 2018 Senate Committee on Foreign Relations reporr, which alleged Russia had carried out a campaign of disinformation during a 2016 referendum on whether Catalonia should declare independence from Spain. “Russia-based criminal organizations have reportedly been active in Catalonia for years, building their influence in politics and business and working to exploit … [Read more...] about Did Russia Fuel Separatism in Spain? Catalan Leader Says It’s ‘Fake News’
The Russian propaganda machine that tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election is now promoting the presidential aspirations of a controversial Hawaii Democrat who earlier this month declared her intention to run for president in 2020. An NBC News analysis of the main English-language news sites employed by Russia in its 2016 election meddling shows Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is set to make her formal announcement Saturday, has become a favorite of the sites Moscow used when it interfered in 2016. Several experts who track websites and social media linked to the Kremlin have also seen what they believe may be the first stirrings of an upcoming Russian campaign of support for Gabbard. Since Gabbard announced her intention to run on Jan. 11, there have been at least 20 Gabbard stories on three major Moscow-based English-language websites affiliated with or supportive of the Russian government: RT, the Russian-owned TV outlet; Sputnik News, a radio outlet; and Russia Insider, a blog … [Read more...] about Does the Russian propaganda machine already have a 2020 favorite?
Yahoo News. Thousands of internal records reportedly may show that Sputnik may have been involved with Russian efforts to influence November’s U.S. presidential election.Former Sputnik White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg turned over emails and other documents to the FBI, stored on a thumb drive. He had reportedly downloaded the files to a laptop before the organization fired him in May. Feinberg discussed the evidence during a questioning session before a Justice Department attorney and an FBI agent earlier this month.“They wanted to know where did my orders come from and if I ever got any direction from Moscow,” Feinberg said to Yahoo News about his conversation with the feds. “They were interested in examples of how I was steered towards covering certain issues.” He said that they asked him about “internal structure, editorial processes and funding” of Sputnik.If the news organization is truly in the business of propaganda, and not … [Read more...] about FBI Investigating Russian State-Run News Agency Sputnik, Report Says
A group of 37 French and international media outlets, supported by Google, on Tuesday launched "CrossCheck", a joint fact-checking platform aimed at detecting fake information which could affect the French presidential election. Fears that fake news stories posted on social media sites could influence the French election grew in the aftermath of Donald Trump's shock election win in the United States in November. Amid the blame game and soul-searching that followed Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton many pointed the figure at the proliferation of fake news and phoney stories that spread like a nasty virus on social media. Clinton herself even called fake news an “epidemic”. Even though a study later debunked the idea that fake news was responsible for Trump's win, in France they are taking no chances. “We need to give voters all the cards in their hand so they don't vote on the basis of false rumours,” Clémence Lemaistre from French newspaper Les … [Read more...] about Battle begins to stop ‘fake news’ from impacting the French presidential election