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Chipotle Now Delivers; Loretta Lynch Confirmed As AG; Texas Students Jailed For Missing School

This Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, shows the door at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Robinson Township, Pa.

CREDIT: AP/Gene J. Puskar, File.

ICYMI, here’s your daily dose of vital information for your everyday life.

All Your Prayers Have Been Answered Because Chipotle Now Delivers. The best news ever have arrived: Chipotle is now delivering. But like any deal, it sounds too good to be true. Chipotle has teamed up with food delivery service, Postmates to offer burrito deliveries in 67 cities across the United States. Unfortunately delivery is not free and a user found that having an $8 burrito delivered would cost him $20 with delivery and service fees. While the service might be great, the price tag is not. For now, I will continue walking to my nearest Chipotle to get my burrito bowls. Plus, the walk helps burn the calories you’re about to consume, right? [Time]

Loretta Lynch Survives Deeply Partisan Vote, Wins Confirmation As Attorney General. Loretta Lynch was finally confirmed. Since September, we have known that a new Attorney General was coming. Since November, we have known that President Obama’s pick was Loretta Lynch. Five months later, she was confirmed to be the first female African American Attorney General of the United States. After holding her confirmation hostage, 30 Senators representing 15 states voted against her. That is, both Senators from 15 states voted against her confirmation. Three of those states, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana, are in the top 6 states with the highest African American population. While we must celebrate Attorney General Lynch’s confirmation, we must not forget the work that is ahead of her. [Washington Times]

Texas Sends Poor Teens To Adult Jail For Skipping School. Texas is in the news again! This time, BuzzFeed dove in to the truancy system of Texas. Originally meant to be a system that keeps students in the classroom, this law is keeping poor students out of school. The truancy system says that if students accumulate a certain number of unexcused absences from school, they get fined. Many students are unable to pay the fines and are sentenced to jail time in exchange. Over a thousand Texas students have been sentenced to jail time for unpaid court and truancy fines. These are students that are already missing school and often live under unstable conditions. Placing them in prison puts them even further behind and marginalized. Additionally, after they serve their time and attempt to go back to school, they find out they have been expelled for missing too much school, putting them further behind and eliminating any hope for them to catch up or finish their education. These types of case studies prove why our criminal justice system needs to be reformed. [BuzzFeed]

Alex Barbieri is the Communications Intern for Generation Progress.

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