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visit : https://www.insidesources.com/arnold-… The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is testing its algorithmic pretrial risk assessment tool — called the Public Safety Assessment (PSA) — in 40 jurisdictions across the country, and despite the fact that those jurisdictions haven’t been using the tool very long and do not have much data on the tool’s efficacy, the foundation told InsideSources it plans to make the tool available nationwide via an undisclosed national technical systems provider this fall. New Mexico’s Bernalillo County has been using the PSA for a year and does not have any data available. New Mexico’s Republican governor, Susana Martinez, has said the tool was implemented with “devastating results” as it was “letting dangerous criminals back out on the streets to terrorize communities.” In San Francisco, an individual who was on felony probation, had been re-arrested, then released pretrial based on a judge’s discernment after evaluating the Arnold tool, later killed a 71-year-old man. More than a third of those released in San Francisco as a result of the assessment were either booked on a new offense or failed to appear, according to a study. Because there is little data, there is no way to know if other jurisdictions in different cultural and crime climates will see the same success as New Jersey or Lucas County. Furthermore, there is still a fear that the PSA and other similar tools perpetuate racial biases and encourage the pretrial release of dangerous criminals.

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Cellphones gaining acceptance inside US schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Cellphones are still absent from most U.S. schools but new data shows them steadily gaining acceptance as administrators bow to parents’ wishes to keep tabs on their kids and teachers find ways to work them into lessons.The percentage of K-12 public schools that prohibited cellphone use was about 66 percent in 2015-16, down from more than 90 percent in 2009-10, according to data from a survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics. Among high schools, the shift over the same period was especially striking — dropping from 80 percent with bans to 35 percent.

The nation’s largest school system, New York City, is among those that have abandoned strict bans, which had some students paying $1 a day to store phones in specialty trucks parked nearby before heading into school. Mayor Bill de Blasio fulfilled a campaign pledge when he lifted the ban in 2015, saying it would help parents stay in touch with their children.

Phones have offered a lifeline between students and the outside world during recent school emergencies. As a gunman rampaged through Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, students used cellphones to text their parents, call 911 and to record and share their horror.

A ‘learning tool’

The survey numbers released last week don’t surprise Liz Kolb, an education technologies professor at the University of Michigan who has studied cellphones in schools since around 2004. At that time, phones were off limits in virtually every district, she said. That began to change as more students, as young as age 10, began carrying them.

“We’ve seen a lot of schools say, well, I’m not going to fight the tidal wave of parents coming at me that are upset that their child can’t have the cellphone in school,” Kolb said.


There are teachers who have found that having the cellphone is like having a computer in your pocket, so it’s a way to have another learning tool at the disposal of the children that isn’t necessarily costing the district more money.

–Liz Kolb, education technologies professor


Teachers also are taking advantage of the technology at a time when many districts are spending millions of dollars to give students access to tablets or laptop computers and their countless academic apps and programs, she said.

“There are teachers who have found that having the cellphone is like having a computer in your pocket, so it’s a way to have another learning tool at the disposal of the children that isn’t necessarily costing the district more money,” she said.

Students might download a dictionary app for English or use Google Translate in foreign language classes. Other apps, like Kahoot!, connect to the classroom’s smart board and allow students to compete in educational trivia.

A ‘distraction’

Still, some school districts are moving in the opposite direction. The school board in Mansfield City, Ohio, last year tightened its policy, requiring the devices be turned off and out of sight in classrooms unless the teacher says otherwise.

“The cellphones were a distraction,” Superintendent Brian Garverick said. “When you have a device with the capabilities of an iPhone, for example — and it’s not just in our district, it’s everywhere — you see an increase in cheating, you see an increase in texting during class.”

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Roy Halladay Plane Crash * Plane Wreck Roy Halladay * Raw Footage * Icon A5 * Roy Halladay Plane Crash in Florida

Retired pitching star Roy Halladay was flying his tiny sport plane close to the water shortly before he crashed and died off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico, according to witnesses.

Halladay, a sure-bet hall-of-famer who retired from baseball after the 2013 season, was alternately flying high and then buzzing the water before the “high-energy impact” crushed the plane and ended his life on Tuesday, said National Transportation Safety Board Investigator Noreen Price.

“Every accident is different,” Price said during a news conference in New Port Richey, Fla.

“They are very complex. So as we move forward in the factual finding phase, if we see anything that we believe might connect it to previous accidents, we will certainly look at that.”

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