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Members of the Border Rider Motorcycle Group during the Portland Pride Parade and Festival. Photo: Diego Diaz/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The school board of Newberg, Oregon, passed a resolution Tuesday banning teachers in the district from displaying “political, quasi-political or controversial" symbols in the classroom, The Oregonian reports.

Why it matters: The 4-3 vote comes after a couple of racist incidents happened in the school district, and the measure was approved despite teachers in the district rallying in opposition to it.

Details: The policy states that no employee can "hang, post, erect, or otherwise display" anything "political, quasi-political, or controversial ..."

  • It defined a controversial topic as "one that a professional educator could reasonably understand to have students on more than one side of said issue." American flags and Oregon state flags are exempt from the policy.
  • The policy first banned Black Lives Matter and Pride symbols in all school buildings but was amended after outcry and over worries about litigation, per the Washington Post.

What they're saying: “We don’t pay our teachers to push their political views on our students. That’s not their place,” said Brian Shannon, vice chair of the Newberg school board, per the Post.

  • “We cannot let this group of 4 impose their own political agenda, erode our rights, and strip our support of our students. Our educators are united in their goal to create classrooms where students can walk in and feel like they belong," wrote the Newberg Education Association, a teachers union, on Facebook.

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Oct 22, 2021 - Axios Denver

Meet the candidates: Denver school board

Top row, left to right: Karolina Villagrana, Gene Fashaw, Mike DeGuire. Bottom row, left to right: Michelle Quattlebaum, Jose Silva, Carrie Olson, Xóchitl “Sochi” Gaytán.

A majority of the Denver school board seats are at stake in the 2021 election — including three that represent neighborhood districts, Chalkbeat reports.

What's happening: The races cover a vast swath of the city — southwest's District 2, the southeast's District 3 and northeast's District 4.

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Scoop: Facebook exec warns of "more bad headlines"

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

In a post to staffers Saturday obtained by Axios, Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg warned the company that worse coverage could be on the way: “We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I’m afraid.”

Catch up quick: Roughly two dozen news outlets had agreed to hold stories based on leaked materials from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen for Monday publication — but the embargo fell apart Friday night as participating newsrooms posted a batch of articles ahead of the weekend.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.