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“We've had 34 respondents who are interested in providing a room or small space on their property for our educators if needed.”

Milpitas, Calif., Unified School District Superintendent Cheryl Jordan, regarding the district’s request that parents who have a room to spare inside their homes rent it out to teachers. The school district is having trouble keeping educators because they cannot find affordable places to live nearby. The median home price in Milpitas is $1.3 million. (NBC Bay Area, NPR — Aug. 29, 2022)

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  • Isabelle Boemeke of the group Save Clean Energy, commenting on legislation approved by California lawmakers to extend the life of the state's last-operating nuclear power plant. (NPR — Sept 2, 2022)
  • Beatrice Gilmore, who lives in Jackson, Miss., when asked what she would do when she and her sister received a case of water on Wednesday. Historic rain and flooding led to a drop in pressure at Jackson's main water-treatment plant Monday. That has left people with just a trickle of water — Gilmore says hers is "brownish" — or none at all. (NPR — Sept. 1, 2022)
  • Srivan Krishna, regarding the Carroll school district’s decision to reject two signs that stated “In God We Trust,” with one sign’s text displayed over a rainbow background and the other’s text in Arabic, claiming that it already had enough signs for its buildings. Krishna was testing the Southlake, Texas, school district and the recently adopted Texas law that requires public schools to display a poster bearing the U.S. motto, “In God We Trust”; the law requires that the posters include both the state and U.S. flags and that the schools do not pay for them. (NPR — Aug. 31, 2022)
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