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January 12, 2021
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The Times of Northwest Indiana

Gary schools, IUN partnership expands access to licensure in teacher shortage

After working seven years in the mental health services industry, Kassaundra Everette knew she wanted to make a career change -- one that allowed her to continue working with children and families, and to give back to the community she grew up in. So, last school year, Everette joined the Gary Community School Corp.'s special populations department. ... when the school corporation announced a new partnership with Indiana University Northwest to help teachers attain their license, Everette jumped at the chance to further her education. "The transition in terms of population wasn't really different because I was already working with children and their families," Everette said. "Getting that license solidifies those credentials more so I really can provide the best education I can for the kids." In Gary's new partnership with IU Northwest's School of Education, emergency permit teachers can become fully licensed within 18 to 24 months. With three to four additional courses, teachers can earn their master's degree.

IU Voices in the News


Can a president give a self pardon?

Following the chaos at the Capitol on Wednesday, there have been reports that President Donald Trump has been contemplating the idea of pardoning himself. It would be the first time a president has done it. "The creators of the Constitution seemed to strongly support the rule of law which means that nobody is above the law," details Indiana University (IU) political science professor Elizabeth Bennion. "They also set up a situation where people would not be judging their own cases." ... Should there be any objection to a presidential self-pardon, Bennion explains that it would have to start with a lawsuit that states the pardon would damage the nation as a whole. "Most likely the answer is probably a federal prosecutor who would bring this suit," believes Bennion. "I think it would outrage Democrats who have for the most part seen Trump as a lawless President," suggests Steven Webster, an assistant professor of political science at IU.

Fox 59

Indiana political science professors call on Congress to remove President Trump from office

Dozens of Indiana political science professors are joining a national movement calling for the removal of President Donald Trump from office. Educators from Indiana University, Notre Dame, and Purdue are among the hundreds who have called on the U.S. Congress, Vice President Mike Pence, and the Cabinet to immediately remove President Trump from office -- either through the impeachment process or by invoking the 25th Amendment. ... "I think the fact that this letter exists is a pretty big signal that my colleagues across the country are really quite concerned about the things that we’re seeing," said Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University-Bloomington, Steven Webster. Webster said watching the chaos at the US Capitol Building on Wednesday convinced him to sign his name on the letter. "Seeing people attack the US Capitol, ransack offices of the Speaker of the House, and take over the floor of the senate and the house -- and do so because they were incited by rhetoric from the leader of our country -- you know, to put it mildly, that's quite alarming," said Webster.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

How will storming of Capitol be remembered? IU history professors weigh in

Hours after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer compared the event to the attack on Pearl Harbor, saying Jan. 6, 2021, can now be added to a short list of dates in American history that will live in infamy. While there's no doubt it was significant, not everyone would put it on the same level as what happened on Dec. 7, 1941. "This is not something we've ever seen before and I hope we never see again," said Raymond Haberski Jr., a professor of American studies and history at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. "But it's not the start of a war." ... The U.S. Capitol is a building that's meant to represent the U.S. public, said Rebecca Spang, IU history professor. Even though there is security, anyone who passes through security is allowed inside. And people who were allowed inside have staged protests and been arrested. But that's not what happened Wednesday. "Given that we are living in an era of deliberate misinformation and lies, it's important to be careful about the language one uses describe what happened," Spang said. "These were not protesters, these were domestic terrorists."


Calls escalate to remove Trump through the 25th Amendment: Here's how it would work

Reports indicate that many members of the Trump administration intend to wait out the next week and a half until President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated. According to Politico, Education Secretary Devos resigned on the belief that it would be impossible to remove Trump through the 25th Amendment. However, the leaking of reports may have served as a warning to President Trump to temper his actions during his administration's final days. "The possibility of (the 25th Amendment) might be a restraint upon any further presidential actions," suggested Gerard Magliocca, a professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. "Was something communicated to him, like, if you don't knock it off, we're going to remove you? That might be sufficient to cause a change in behavior."

The Wall Street Journal

Airbnb's Section 230 use underscores law's reach beyond Facebook

While Airbnb has repeatedly sought protection under the law, its efforts have demonstrated the shield's limitations. In 2019, a federal appeals court upheld home-sharing rules in Santa Monica, Calif., deciding that Section 230 doesn't cover online transactions such as home bookings. The ruling paved the way for more cities to craft and enforce tough home-renting regulations, according to law professors who studied the situation. The decision made it "much easier for local governments to do whatever they want in terms of regulating Airbnb," said Abbey Stemler, assistant professor of business law and ethics at Indiana University Bloomington, who co-wrote an amicus brief for the Santa Monica case.

The Washington Post

Arrested by Capitol Police at peaceful protests? You're not alone.

Others who have interacted with Capitol Police said they behaved professionally. Indiana University professor Marc Lame, who said he was arrested on the Capitol steps along with about 150 others during a climate change protest last year, said they were allowed to chant and hold up signs for an hour before police told them to leave. "We were disobeying lawful orders in an orderly way. That's what they expected," Lame said. But on Wednesday, he said, "They were overwhelmed with people who were disorderly and, in fact, violent."


Indianapolis neighborhoods scanning visitors' license plates

Angie Raymond, an associate professor of business law and ethics at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, said there's a big difference between a law enforcement agency's use of the technology and a civilian's use. She said she worries about the lack of policies dictating how a civilian can access and use the information. She said automated license plate readers can easily track and disseminate information about neighborhood visitors who have a perfectly legitimate reason for driving down the road. "Private entities can surveil us without being bound in many instances by the law," Raymond said. "The big divide is in the way that information is stored, shared, retained and even gathered."


Yes, social media companies can legally ban the president

Big tech companies are allowed to censor speech on their platforms, because they're privately owned. That includes the right to ban me, you, President Trump and the right to ban Parler. We spoke with First Amendment experts to learn the implications these actions could have for the country. ... Political Science Professor Aaron Dusso says there are limits to the First Amendment. And when you sign up for social media, you agree to each company's rules and regulations. "Even before social media, while the words of the Constitution say that you can't abridge freedom of speech, it doesn't mean that you can actually do anything." ... Big tech companies have the right to ban President Trump, but this political science professor says there's nothing stopping Mr. Trump from joining other social media sites or starting his own. "But the concept behind the First Amendment, is that it is called the marketplace of ideas: that you hear truth, you hear falsity,” said Paul Helmke, Indiana University Bloomington professor.

The Daily Herald

Symbols brought to Capitol raise questions about role of Christian belief in riot

Christian nationalism could partly explain what happened Wednesday, said sociologist Andrew Whitehead, the co-director of the Association of Religion Data Archives and an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor. Christian signs and imagery brought to the Capitol on Wednesday were indicators. Christian nationalism is a cultural framework that wants a politically and religiously conservative expression of Christianity to have more access to power in the public sphere, said Whitehead, who co-authored "Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States." Christian nationalism also can be racialized and patriarchal, he said. It is not new either. During Trump's bids for president, supporters spoke of it being God's will for Trump to be in power and that he would make America Christian again, Whitehead said. "If God wills it -- for them -- who are we to stand in the way, and democracy itself shouldn't stand in the way of the right person leading the country. And that's really what it gets down to," Whitehead said.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

Trauma from COVID-19 pandemic could last well into 2021, IU expert says

Indiana University researchers have found, through surveys and other data sources, a general sense of optimism about 2021. While developments such as the recent approval of COVID-19 vaccines have certainly provided reasons to be hopeful, hardships stemming from the pandemic are expected to linger through at least the early part of this year. And the residual effects of trauma experienced during the pandemic could persist even longer. "People need to know the situation is not going to change overnight," said Jacek Kolacz, chief scientist with the IU Kinsey Institute Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. "We still have a lot challenges related to the pandemic."

Business Insider

Here's what could happen to Section 230 -- the internet law Donald Trump hates

A new administration does not mean reform of Section 230 will be abandoned, as Democrats have also attacked the law, saying it gives the tech companies too much legal protection for hosting harmful content.  ... Scott Shackelford, associate professor of business law and ethics at Indiana University, said it raises the stakes because it makes it more likely that the Democrats can push through comprehensive legislation. "The razor thin majority will mean that moderate Senators will have an outsized role in crafting potential reforms," he added. ... "Reform is still not a foregone conclusion. There are powerful interest groups, and lobbying outfits funded by tech firms that enjoy some of the deepest pockets in the world. Still, given the outcome in Georgia, and the pronouncements by President-elect Biden on this topic, I think the safe money is that there will be a push to reform the tech regulatory landscape with Section 230 being one aspect of that effort," said Shackelford.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Environmental, social and governance issues are shaping investment portfolios like never before

Whether it was divesting from South Africa or avoiding tobacco or firearms companies, socially conscious investing used to take an exclusionary approach. The concept has evolved into something much more complex, offering investors numerous ways to consider environmental, social and governance issues, or ESG for short, as part of their investment strategy. ... Jasper-based Kimball Electronics Inc. released its first-ever ESG report in December, following up with a second report last month. Reports of this nature don't just show a company's ethical values -- they're a way to attract ESG-minded investors, said Amrou Awaysheh, an assistant professor of operations management at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. "It's not the ethical or moral issue. It's the business case."

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