Ep. 122 - Psychedelics, 4-Day School Week, CA Church vs. Health Department

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4-Day School Week [00:57]

Psychedelics [15:04]

Church vs. Heath Dept [31:21]

Ravi, Rikki, and Joe start by looking at the merits and consequences of school districts increasingly moving towards a 4-day school week. Then we turn to a newly reintroduced bill aiming to open up research pathways for certain psychedelics, currently barred under the country’s most stringent Schedule I drug classification. Finally, we look back to a bizarre pandemic-era showdown between California’s Santa Clara County and a defiant church that found itself in the health department’s crosshairs. 

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4-Day School Week

Schools try 4-day weeks to keep teachers, and students may pay the price (Washington Post, 3/10/23)
Response to Information Request (Education Commission of the States, 1/30/23)
4 Studies to Know on 4-Day School Weeks (Education Week, 2/14/23)
What this school district learned from a 4-day week (PBS/YouTube, 8/29/18)
More states turning to 4-day school weeks to address teacher shortages (ABC/YouTube, 3/10/23)
4-day school week: Innovative or an inconvenience? (KSHB 41/YouTube, 12/16/22)
Does 4 Equal 5? Implementation and Outcomes of the Four-Day School Week (RAND Corporation, 2021)
Four-Day School Week Overview (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2020)
Four-day school week hurt housing market, academics in the 27J district, study suggests (Chalkbeat, 2/7/23)
Four-day school weeks, a nationwide symptom of tight budgets, lead to more youth crime, study finds (Chalkbeat, 4/3/18)
Juvenile crime and the four-day school week (Science Direct, 6/2018)
Response to Information Request (Education Commission of the States, 1/30/23)
The four-day school week: Impact on student academic performance (National Rural Education Association, 2011)
The four-day school week in rural Idaho schools (Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho, 2015)
Analysis of expenditures of districts on a four-day school week (Memorandum from Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Department of Education, 3/1/17)
Is the four-day school week detrimental to student success? (Journal of Education and Training Studies, 1/16/16)
Does shortening the school week impact student performance? Evidence from the four-day school week. (MIT Press Journal, 2015)
Effects of Four-Day School Weeks on Physical Education Exposure and Childhood Obesity (Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8/17/20)
Only a Matter of Time? The Role of Time in School on Four-Day School Week Achievement Impacts (Institute of Labor Economics, 6/21)
Does 4 Equal 5? Implementation and Outcomes of the Four-Day School Week (RAND Corporation, 2021)
Four-Day School Week Overview (National Conference of State Legislatures, 4/1/20)


Booker, Paul, Mace, Dean Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Research and Access to Potential Life Saving Drugs (Cory Booker, 3/8/23)
Proposed Breakthrough Therapies Act could make psychedelics more accessible, but experts advise caution (Spectrum 1 News, 1/25/23)
Cory Booker And Rand Paul File Revised Bill To Reschedule Psychedelic Breakthrough Therapies (Schedule 6 Foundation, 3/7/23)
Bipartisan, Bicameral Breakthrough Therapies Act proposed by Mace (The Ripon Advance, 3/9/23)
Psychedelic Legalization & Decriminalization Tracker (Psychedelic Alpha, 2/12/23)
Texas Lawmakers File Three Bills To Expand State-Sponsored Psychedelics Research (Marijuana Moment, 3/13/23)
Missouri Lawmakers Approve Bill To Promote Research On Psychedelics’ Medical Benefits (Schedule 6 Foundation, 3/7/23)
Lawmakers propose decriminalizing magic mushrooms for research (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/15/23)
Oklahoma assembly passes psychedelics research bill for Veteran PTSD (Mugglehead Magazine, 3/10/23)
Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
Yale’s Pioneering Research on Psychedelics Gives Hope to Headache Disorder Community (Yale School of Medicine, 3/13/23)
Psychedelics May Be Part of U.S. Medicine Sooner Than You Think (Time, 3/8/23)
Breakthrough Therapies Act (United States Congress)

CA Church vs. Health Dept

When a Renegade Church and a Zealous County Health Department Collide (Silent Lunch, The David Zweig Newsletter, 3/5/23)
California Supreme Court allows San Jose church to avoid over $200,000 in COVID-19 fines (Los Angeles Times, 12/2/22)
CC San Jose Continues to Battle in Religious Freedom Lawsuit (Calvary Chapel Magazine, 1/27/23)
Data Broker Is Selling Location Data of People Who Visit Abortion Clinics (Vice, 5/3/22)
The Inevitable Weaponization of App Data Is Here (Vice, 7/21/21)
Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret (The New York Times, 12/10/18)
Tracking Coronavirus in Santa Clara County, Calif.: Latest Map and Case Count (The New York Times, 3/16/23)
Santa Clara County, CA (Covid ActNow, 3/16/23)
Geospatial Data: A Comprehensive Guide (SafeGraph)
Supreme Court Rules Against Calif., Doubles Down On Religious Rights Amid Pandemic (NPR, 2/6/21)
South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Gavin Newsom (United States Supreme Court, 2/5/2021)


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