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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive finish Stephon Tuitt.

Final week Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt attracted nationwide consideration when he introduced: ‘I’m not kneeling for the flag.’ The message got here as a part of a tweet storm that addressed a variety of points, together with NFL gamers getting taken benefit of financially.

Extra not too long ago Tuitt elaborated on his place, this time by way of Instagram, explaining why he stands for the flag whereas additionally including ideas about police brutality and the Black Lives Matter motion.

Particularly, he mentioned: “I stand for the flag as a result of I’m a proud American. Like beforehand acknowledged, this nation has offered and rewarded my household in so some ways via our perseverance and arduous work. I’ll proceed to honor my nation and be an instance to my youngsters to face for what they imagine in.”

Stephon Tuitt on Police Brutality, Black Lives Matter

Then Tuitt went on to elaborate on associated points, saying: “With regard to police brutality and the black lives matter motion I’ll assist these causes via different means. It’s unlucky {that a} couple unprofessional people have brought on such havoc on our nation and broken the belief of its residents. I cannot let these people steer me from the actual fact on the chance this nation offers for everybody….”

I stand for the flag as a result of I’m a proud American. Like beforehand acknowledged, this nation has offered and rewarded my household in so some ways via our perseverance and arduous work. I’ll proceed to honor my…

— stephon tuitt (@DOCnation_7) July 30, 2020

It’s doable that Tuitt went out of his solution to tackle police brutality within the wake of pushback—together with pushback from Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Zach Banner, who responded to Tuitt’s tweet with a response of his personal, one which just about speaks for itself:

Everyone seems to be entitled to their very own opinion

However don’t affiliate this message with me, or others who will determine to kneel

As a result of Breonna Taylor’s killers are nonetheless free

And George Floyd and Manuel Ellis’s final phrases had been, “I CANT BREATHE!”


— Zach Banner (@ZBNFL) July 27, 2020

Even Mark Madden of 105.9 The X bought in the course of the Tuitt-Banner dust-up, coming down on the facet of Tuitt, saying: “Appears to be like like social-media battle b/w [Tuitt] & [Banner] on the ‘take a knee’ subject. I’m going to facet w/the man who hasn’t been lower so many instances it’s a surprise he ain’t bled to dying.”


You’re not realizing what you’re doing with this tweet Mark. You’re actively making one thing about protesting, and altering our nation’s systemic points that’s killing my family and friends extra about sports activities… You took it too far this time… I’m finished responding to you. Foreve

— Zach Banner (@ZBNFL) July 28, 2020

Madden is, after all, referring to the truth that Banner bounced across the league for the primary year-and-a-half of his NFL profession, spending time with the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers earlier than discovering a house with the Steelers. (Although I’m undecided what one subject has to do with the opposite.)

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Tuitt Coming back from Torn Pectoral, Banner Competing for Proper Sort out Job

Anyway, each Tuitt and Banner have extra to fret about than a social-media battle. Tuitt is working to return from a torn pectoral that price him nearly all of the 2019 season. He was not too long ago labeled a ‘darkish horse’ candidate to turn out to be the perfect inside defensive lineman within the NFL in 2020.

As for Banner, he’s aiming to win the beginning proper sort out job, which must be between him and Chuks Okorafor, although the teaching employees may additionally select to maneuver Matt Feiler again to proper sort out if neither Banner nor Okorafor impresses sufficient to begin. Banner will earn $1.75 million in wage this season and is scheduled to hit unrestricted free-agency in 2021, so profitable a beginning job would earn him an enormous pay increase starting subsequent yr, both in Pittsburgh or elsewhere.

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Most of Nation’s Large Public School Districts Choose Totally Remote Learning

Education media are reporting that most of the nation’s large public school districts have opted for a totally remote learning model this fall as concerns about the Chinese coronavirus continue.

Education Week reported that, as of August 6, 17 of 20, or 85 percent, of the nation’s largest school districts are opting for a totally remote learning model of instruction.

The education outlet described the decisions being made by school district leaders as “high-stakes,” and noted the situation is “rapidly evolving.”

New York City, the largest school district in the country, plans to use a “hybrid/partial” learning model, which is defined as “limited, in-person reopening. May include modifications such as social distancing and student capacity limits.”

See a working list of how over 300 of the nations school districts plan to reopen this fall.

— Education Week (@educationweek) August 9, 2020

The journal Education Next also observed that, to date, 35 of the nation’s 50 largest public school districts, or 70 percent, have chosen a totally remote learning model that drops in-school instruction for their students.

Christopher Cleveland reviewed the plans of these districts that “educate more than five million children,” and wrote district leaders concluded “in-person instruction is either medically or politically too risky or logistically too difficult to execute in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Cleveland also noted some school districts are still solidifying their plans even as school is scheduled to open within two weeks.

In his analysis, eight of the 50 largest school districts have opted for a “multiple” learning model which offers students both in-person and remote learning options. Cleveland reported:

A district pursuing “multiple options” is the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Texas. Cypress-Fairbanks will offer both on-campus learning and a remote learning option. Both options will follow the same instructional year calendar, grading procedures, and attendance policies, as well as the same curriculum. Pinellas County Schools in Florida is offering three distinct learning options for families to select— “traditional,” “online,” and “virtual.” These options have implications for a student’s ability to remain enrolled in their current school.

According to his data, only 2 of the 50 largest school districts have, to date, chosen a “hybrid” model, whereby students spend some time in school and some time learning remotely, and another 2 districts opted for “in-person” instruction only.

The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) observed school districts are facing an “uncertain” year ahead. A review of data collected at the end of July from a sample of 477 districts across the United States found while 51 percent of districts surveyed plan to have at least partial in-school instruction, many school districts are undecided.

CRPE noted most school districts are responding to parents’ requests for remote learning options.

“Based on our national data, many school districts have listened: a majority plan to offer a virtual ‘home choice’ option that families can opt into, typically for at least the first quarter or semester,” CRPE reported.

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