Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said this week he would request a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for standardized testing in the coming school year, citing disruptions and budget shortfalls from the coronavirus pandemic.
Democrats say the proposal would help create jobs necessary to help the economy recover after the coronavirus pandemic. While the Trump administration this week also floated more infrastructure spending, it would likely face stiff opposition in the Senate.
The order will incentivize police departments to meet use of force training and certification standards, share information about excessive use of force complaints and to dispatch social workers with police on certain calls.
Police officers who are fired for misconduct can often find law enforcement jobs in different jurisdictions. Some lawmakers think a national registry could prevent cops with shady records from being hired again.
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Results of a survey commissioned by the CDC found that nearly 40% of respondents had engaged in "high-risk" practices, such as cleaning fruits with bleach solutions or applying household cleaners directly to their skin, in an effort to ward off Covid-19.
The legislation would seek to ban police practices such as chokeholds and no-knock warrants in drug cases, as well as require state and local police agencies to collect more data on officers' use of force.
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The government’s disease-fighting agency is conflating viral and antibody tests, compromising a few crucial metrics that governors depend on to reopen their economies. Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and other states are doing the same.
By Alexis C. Madrigal and Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic