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College degrees are out of reach for many Americans, and you shouldn’t need a college diploma to have economic security.

Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president of global affairs, said of the tech company’s decision to fund 100,000 need-based scholarships for the new suite of Google Career Certificates, which will offer courses in data analytics, project management and user experience design. (The Hill — July 13, 2020)

July 14, 2020
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We don’t want to have a big asterisk next to the (school) year 20/21 and say these kids were lost to the coronavirus gap.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little commenting on the state’s decision to reopen K-12 schools in the fall. The schools will start with traditional in-person methods, distance learning online and a combination of both teaching methods to protect the students and communities from COVID-19. (AP News — July 9, 2020)

July 13, 2020
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What kind of price tag are you going to put on the integrity of the election process and the safety of those who work it and those who vote?

Tina Barton, the city clerk and chief elections official in Rochester Hills, Mich., commenting on the lack of funding to ensure voter and election safety for the upcoming presidential elections. (Reuters — July 10, 2020)

July 10, 2020
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This type of disinformation is dangerous and can affect the health and well-being of people who use this false information to make critical health decisions during this pandemic.

A group of lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote in letters to Twitter, Facebook and Google, urging the social media companies to increase their transparency about COVID-19 disinformation. (The Hill — July 8, 2020)

July 9, 2020
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It was designed purposefully to place pressure on colleges and universities to open their on-campus classrooms for in-person instruction this fall, without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors, and others.

Harvard President Lawrence Bacow, speaking of the Trump administration’s decree to bar  international students from remaining in the U.S. if they take online college classes this fall. Harvard and MIT have sued the administration over the decision. (AP News — July 8, 2020)

July 8, 2020
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I am glad to hear that Americans, who are sick and tired of unwanted robocalls, will now get the relief from federal-debt-collector robocalls they have long deserved.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, commenting on the Supreme Court’s decision that a 2015 federal law that allowed debt collectors to make robocalls was unconstitutional. (NPR — July 6, 2020)

July 7, 2020
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We've set goals to increase diversity at the company, but we've failed to create a culture at the company that finds, grows and keeps Black people at the company.

Oscar Veneszee Jr., a Black Facebook employee, said of his employer’s lack of opportunities for Black workers. Veneszee has filed an employment discrimination charge against the social media giant. (NPR — July 2, 2020)

July 6, 2020
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This surveillance technology is disproportionately inaccurate, is targeted at already overpoliced communities and is a threat to our privacy and civil liberties.

Neema Singh Guliani, senior legislative counsel at the ACLU, speaking on police use of facial recognition technology. The ACLU is one of 40 civil rights, privacy and technology groups that composed a letter to members of Congress, advocating for a federal ban of facial recognition technology. (The Hill — July 2, 2020)

July 3, 2020
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This decision represents a turning point in the sad and static history of American education, and it will spark a new beginning of education that focuses first on students and their needs.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, speaking about the Supreme Court's decision to allow taxpayer money to be put toward religious schools. (Reuters — June 30, 2020)

July 2, 2020
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If contact tracing helps you to win the fight, you do it, even (when) risking your life. If any country is saying contact tracing is difficult, it is a lame excuse.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, commenting on contact tracing’s role in coronavirus response. (AP News — June 29, 2020)

July 1, 2020
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You’ve got to give flexibility to local government to respond to conditions on the ground, certainly within parameters and goals that are set by the state government.

James Henson, the director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, addressing the pushback that states are receiving after implementing statewide blanketed orders, like California’s mask requirement and Texas’ restaurant capacity reduction. (PEW — June 29, 2020)

June 30, 2020
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