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  • [Schizophrenia Treatment:] Risperdal and Invega Side Effects: Gynecomastia (Enlarged Breasts in Men)

    10/18/2014 8:49:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 47 replies
    Legal Examiner ^ | 10.16.14 | Craig Kelley, Attorney-at-Law
    The lawsuits surrounding Risperdal allege inappropriate marketing as well as failure to warn issues. While Johnson & Johnson alleges Risperdal helps countless people throughout the world who suffer from debilitating mental illnesses, it also has caused embarrassing side effects further contributing to the problems it claims to address. In September of 2012, Johnson & Johnson settled one such lawsuit with a 21 year old who had taken Risperdal and grown breasts which had to be surgically removed. The settlement was allegedly agreed to by Johnson & Johnson in order to avoid having the Judge in the trial order Chief Executive...
  • Transgender teen first in the state of Georgia to be elected to high school's homecoming court

    10/18/2014 8:28:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 62 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 10.18.14 | Charlene Adams for MailOnline
    An openly transgender Georgia teen was elected to her high school's homecoming court in an election believed to be the first of its kind in the state. Sage Lovell, 16, of Marietta, was elected to Walton High School's homecoming court among four other women chosen out of 50 nominees at the school. 'I couldn't stop smiling,' said Lovell told CBS 46, who said she heard word of her victory while in her homeroom class. 'My entire homeroom erupted in very loud cheering. Apparently it was able to be heard from across the school.' On Friday night, the Walton High School...
  • Male high school students dressed like female celebrities told to go home

    10/17/2014 9:12:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    FOX31 ^ | 10.17.14 | CNN WIRE
    RANDLE, Wash. — When administrators at White Pass Jr. Sr. High School asked students to dress up as their favorite celebrities for Spirit Week, Mason Mudge and Chandler Krueger did just that. Mudge came as Miss America. And Krueger dressed up as Nicki Minaj.
  • ...Shocking moment a fed-up Baltimore teacher attacked student and slammed...

    10/17/2014 6:41:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 49 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 10-17-14 | Snejana Farberov for MailOnline
    Full title: Caught on camera: Shocking moment a fed-up Baltimore teacher attacked student and slammed her into a locker yelling 'I'll kill you' after the senior hurled a book at her A Baltimore teacher is under fire after a cellphone video emerged of her fighting a 17-year-old student, slamming the girl against a locker and threatening to kill her. The beginning of the video, taken last Friday and obtained by local stations WBAL and WBFF, shows the girl shoving a chair in the teacher’s direction inside a classroom at Carver Vocational-Technical High in west Baltimore. The 17-year-old senior reportedly became...
  • Education: the media are afraid to tell the truth

    10/10/2014 3:18:27 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 26 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | August 9, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Local newspapers in the US don't cover education in any depth. Maybe they’ll tell you superficial and trivial stuff (for example, that a superintendent was hired or fired, that there will be a meeting next month of the school board). But you won’t find anything about the nuts and bolts that determine whether you child learns to read, or learns anything at all. At first glance, this non-coverage can seem to be a mystery. Everybody's interested in education, especially parents and grandparents with kids in K-12. Probably one of the most valuable things that you could tell these people is...
  • Teachers told to stop calling kids 'boys and girls'

    10/11/2014 8:57:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 48 replies
    KCRA-TV ^ | Oct 10 2014 08:14:57 AM PDT
    In an effort to make classrooms more gender-inclusive, teachers at a middle school in Lincoln, Nebraska were given teaching guidelines advising them not to use "gendered expressions" by calling students "boys and girls." The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the teachers have been advised to use more gender-neutral expressions like campers, readers, athletes or even purple penguins. The teaching handout called "12 easy steps on the way to gender inclusiveness" advised teachers to avoid separating students by gender, but instead by birth dates or preferences. For example, they could ask students whether they prefer skateboards or bikes, milk or juice,...
  • 5-year-old forced to sign “suicide contract”

    10/10/2014 2:31:28 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 84 replies
    MOBILE, Alabama (WPMI) – An Alabama mother is furious that her 5-year-old daughter was forced to sign a school contract stating she wouldn’t kill herself or anyone else at school. School officials told Rebecca, who did not want to give her last name, they had to send 5-year-old Elizabeth home after an incident in class. “They told me she drew something that resembled a gun. According to them she pointed a crayon at another student and said ‘pew pew’,” Rebecca explained.
  • Compulsory Schooling Laws and Formation of Beliefs: Education, Religion and Superstition

    10/06/2014 7:01:21 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 9 replies
    The National Bureau of Economic Research ^ | October 2014 | Naci Mocan, Luiza Pogorelova
    We exploit information on compulsory schooling reforms in 11 European countries, implemented mostly in the 1960s and 70s, to identify the impact of education on religious adherence and religious practices. Using micro data from the European Social Survey, conducted in various years between 2002 and 2013, we find consistently large negative effects of schooling on self-reported religiosity, social religious acts (attending religious services), as well as solitary religious acts (the frequency of praying). We also use data from European Values Survey to apply the same empirical design to analyze the impact of schooling on superstitious beliefs. We find that more...
  • Look Who's Data Mining Your Toddlers

    10/10/2014 4:16:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Attention, parents: Have your little ones been subjected to "TS Gold" in school yet? If you care about student privacy, data mining and classroom intrusions, you might want to start asking questions and protecting your children now before it's too late. What's happening here in Colorado with this onerous testing regime is happening everywhere. Informed families and teachers from all parts of the political spectrum agree: It's a Big Government/Big Business "gold" rush you don't want to join. "TS Gold" stands for Teaching Strategies Gold. This "school readiness assessment system" was mandated in our state several years ago. It has...
  • Viral Infection Blamed As More Than 120 Students At Schererville School Stay Home Sick

    10/09/2014 6:42:22 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    CBS local CHICAGO ^ | Oct 8, 2014 | BRAD EDWARDS
    Viral Infection Blamed As More Than 120 Students At Schererville School Stay Home Sick October 8, 2014 10:04 PM Health, Peifer Elementary School, Schereville, schools, sick Brad Edwards Latest News Headlines: (CBS) — A viral infection is being blamed for more than a hundred sick kids at a school in Schererville, Ind. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports, with the sterility of operation room precision, from Hoosier Hall to nurse Schmidt’s office, it’s a scrub down at Peifer Elementary School. “It’s a little alarming just because that’s a lot of kids,” said Jennifer Howard, a parent of two kids at the...
  • School Bans Christian Club... Again

    10/07/2014 8:08:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Educators at Ward Melville High School are either woefully ignorant of the U.S. Constitution or they really don’t like Christian teenagers.For the second year in a row, the Long Island, New York high school has denied students the right to form a Christian club.“I feel like they have something against me and my faith,” 17-year-old John Raney told me. “I feel marginalized.”John is the founder of Students United in Faith, a service-oriented Christian club. Nearly 20 young people wanted to join the club – but the school said no.“I wanted to start the club because I thought it would provide...
  • Despite Fewer Students, Michigan School Funding Going Up, Up, Up

    12/11/2013 7:34:44 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/10/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Department of Education will make its quarterly presentation on the number of school districts in deficit to the state legislature Dec. 12. But perhaps lost in the discussion about funding is that the state and federal government have budgeted $563 million more dollars for public school K-12 education in Michigan in 2013-14 than last year despite a drop of 6,100 students. The state's School Aid Budget, which funds K-12 education, increased from $12.9 billion in 2012-13 to $13.4 billion in 2013-14. Federal dollars jumped from $1.701 billion last year to $1.764 billion in 2013-14. However, student enrollment over...
  • Former Alcoa schools staffer sentenced in $428K embezzlement scheme

    10/07/2014 2:23:21 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Knoxville News Sentinal ^ | October 7, 2014 | Jamie Satterfield
    A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a former Alcoa City Schools staffer to 40 months in prison in a $428,000 embezzlement scheme. In a six-year scheme, Kathy Ann Winters siphoned money from the school district and two state educational groups where she served as treasurer. Her thievery was discovered in a 2012 audit by the state Comptroller's Office. When confronted by federal authorities in April 2013, she confessed forging her supervisor's name on various documents, crafting faux invoices and drafting checks to squirrel away money for her personal use, including paying her bills and paying her way into a partnership...
  • School accused of trying to 'demonize' student in 'pastry gun' suspension

    04/30/2014 5:00:43 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Apr 30. 2014
    School accused of trying to 'demonize' student in 'pastry gun' suspension Published April 30, 2014 FoxNews.com The attorney for a Maryland boy who was suspended after shaping a pastry into a gun says school administrators are trying to "demonize" him in their bid to fight an appeal to have the punishment erased from his school record. Joshua Welch, 9, was suspended from Park Elementary School in Baltimore for two days in March 2013 after his second-grade teacher accused him of chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. The case received national media attention and led to legislative...
  • Vancouver teacher may have had children 'pay to potty'

    05/28/2014 9:29:37 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 19 replies
    kirotv ^ | 5/20/2014 | kirotv
    A lesson on the value of a dollar may have gone too far in southern Washington. A school district is investigating claims a teacher caused a student to wet their pants at school. At Mill Plain Elementary in Vancouver, third grade students earn play money to buy treats. Some students said they have to use that money to get bathroom breaks, too. In the last week, there were two cases in which children chose to spend the money on the treat instead of a trip to the bathroom.
  • Mother Left ‘Shocked’ and ‘in Tears’ at School Awards Ceremony

    06/04/2014 6:20:52 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | june 4, 2014 | oliver darcy
    Editor’s Note: This story contains mature subject matter. Reader discretion is advised. A Washington state parent is speaking out after she was left stunned by a school awards ceremony that she said featured profanity, inappropriate jokes and a box of sex toys. The parent, who sent an email to KOMO-TV, but wished to remain anonymous, said she was left in tears by what she witnessed when she accompanied her 17-year-old daughter to the event put on by Bellingham High School drama teacher Teri Grimes. “I sat there with my mouth open in shock and the final straw was when a joke...
  • 2 Administrators Charged for Failing to Report Alleged Sexual Abuse at St. Paul School

    07/15/2014 4:48:30 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    KSTP ^ | 7-14-14 | Cassie Hart
    Two former administrators at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus School in St. Paul have been charged for failing to report alleged sexual abuse by a former custodian. Beth A. Behnke, 48, of Burnsville was principal in 2011 when Walter Happel allegedly spied on an 11-year-old boy in a bathroom. Craig A. Guidry, 52, of Arden Hills was assistant principal. On Monday, Behnke and Guidry were both charged with one count each of misdemeanor failure to report the maltreatment of minors. According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 26, 2011, a mother of the boy reported to St. Paul police her son...
  • California Parents Object to New Health Book That Includes Oral Sex, Bondage, Drug Use

    08/13/2014 8:13:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/13/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    Parents in Fremont, California, are pushing their school district to remove a health book with sections about oral sex, bondage and drug use from local high schools, saying there is no way the publishers can adapt the adult content featured in the book. The Fremont Unified School District purchased the textbook, Your Health Today, over the summer to be taught in its six high schools. After overwhelming response from parents, Superintendent Jim Morris offered to have the books amended. However concerned parents want the books pulled from shelves because of its adult subject matter. "My thinking, and the parents were...
  • District Sidelines Successful Charter School To Financially Benefit Itself

    07/24/2014 8:36:03 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/22/2014 | Anne Schieber
    While enrollment in the Livonia Public Schools has been declining, a charter public school in its shadow has been growing in popularity. And now that growth could come to an abrupt halt. Shortly before the school year ended, the district notified Hinoki International School that it was terminating its building lease and starting a carbon-copy Japanese language immersion program in the fall. The move will essentially put Hinoki out of business because the charter cannot find space on short notice in the land-locked city of Livonia. Hinoki is authorized by Livonia Public Schools and must operate within its boundaries. The...
  • Michael Mulgrew defends Common Core: ‘You Sick People Need to Deal With us + Children we Teach’

    08/08/2014 5:14:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, August 7, 2014 | The wild remarks came during last month’s American Federation of Teachers convention in Los Angeles.
    Michael Mulgrew defends Common Core: ‘You sick people need to deal with us and the children that we teach’The wild remarks came during last month’s American Federation of Teachers convention in Los Angeles. ‘You sick people need to deal with us and the children we teach. Thank you very much!’ Mulgrew said. Teachers union honcho Michael Mulgrew unleashed a venomous screed directed at anyone who would dare threaten his beloved Common Core agenda. “If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine! You do...
  • Immigrant Children to Be Classified as 'Homeless' to Avoid School Documentation Requirements

    09/08/2014 8:54:09 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Caroline May
    In response to an inquiry about unaccompanied minors from one of its school divisions, Virginia’s Department of Education issued a memo this month reminding its 132 divisions about their obligation to educate all children. According to the memo, under federal and Virginia law, the state expects that many of the unaccompanied minors who enroll in public school will be considered “homeless.” “In addition, division superintendents cannot exclude from school attendance those homeless children who do not provide the requisite health or immunization information required of other students,” the memo continued. Full title: Immigrant Children to Be Classified as 'Homeless' to...
  • Public school 'purges' Christian authors from library

    09/29/2014 7:29:19 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 27 replies
    http://www.wnd.com/ ^ | Sept 27, 2014 | BOB UNRUH
    A charter school in Southern California is facing the threat of a lawsuit for “purging” Christian books from its library. snip ....Brad Dacus told WND that among the books was “The Hiding Place,” the story of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch woman sent to a prison camp by the Nazis of World War II for helping Jews escape. Dacus said PJI’s legal team and the district have exchanged letters already. snip Strictly religious books, such as the Bible or the Quran, routinely are on library shelves, he argued. Dacus said an immediate correction of the school’s policy would prevent a...
  • Mother Upset Over School Assignment About Islam

    10/07/2014 10:42:12 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 47 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 7, 2014 | Rebecca Klein
    A mother in Michigan took to Facebook last week to express her outrage over a 10th-grade school assignment that she felt promoted Islam. In an initial post, Jennette Hall complained about a Jenison High School assignment that asked students to make a pamphlet about Islam. The post, which had been shared over 5,400 times as of Tuesday morning, said students were told the pamphlet would be used to "introduce Islam to 3rd graders." ... “This assignment upset me because they are presenting Allah as the same God of the Christians and Jews. This paper, in my opinion, is promoting Islam...
  • How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground

    10/07/2014 9:32:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    The lunch ladies loved Marshall Matz. For more than 30 years, he worked the halls and back rooms of Washington for the 55,000 dues-paying members of the School Nutrition Association, the men and still mostly women who run America’s school-lunch programs. So when Michelle Obama started Let’s Move!, her campaign against child obesity, in 2010, the members of the School Nutrition Association were her natural allies. Today the School Nutrition Association is Washington’s loudest and most public critic of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Even as they claim to support the act, the lunch ladies have become the shock troops...
  • Mother of local transgender talks about decision on Eli becoming Ella, classmates' parents concerned

    10/06/2014 8:15:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    WXIX-TV ^ | October 6, 2014 | Lisa Hutson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) OWEN COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Nicki Sullivan says her child, designated male at birth, has always identified herself as female. After seeking advice from GLSEN, a gay lesbian and straight education network, last Monday Nicki's 7-year-old daughter Ella made her identity public. "She came back Monday as a girl. New teacher, new wardrobe, new backpack, completely changed. She was introduced as a new student, Ella Grace,” explained Nicki Sullivan. Sullivan says over the last week Owen County Elementary School has been more than accommodating to her transgender 7-year-old daughter Ella providing a unisex restroom and protecting her from potential...
  • Officials confirm death of 4 yr. old Hamilton, NJ boy as Enterovirus D68

    10/04/2014 1:12:26 PM PDT · by wtd · 45 replies
    Trentonian.com ^ | 10/04/14 | Scott Ketterer
    HAMILTON >> On Saturday officials confirmed that the death of four-year-old Eli Waller, was caused by the Enterovirus D68 strain. Little Eli Waller, one of three triplets, was asymptomatic according to Jeff Plunkett just prior to his death, Officials had been waiting to hear news of what may come of the findings from samples sent to the CDC regarding Waller, a process that was expedited with the help of Congressman Chris Smith. Late Friday evening officials were tasked with informing Waller’s family that the tests showed that the 4-year-old died as a result of what Plunkett described as a particularly...
  • The disturbing influence Planned Parenthood has on our schools

    10/04/2014 8:14:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    Live Action ^ | Cassy Fiano
    Last month, parents were shocked to see the sex education guidelines being considered in Clark County, Nevada, schools. In a closed-door deliberation with some parents, the Las Vegas school district considered curriculum that recommends children as young as five be taught about abortion and masturbation– with pro-abortion propaganda scheduled to continue through every single grade level. The district’s proposed curriculum could be potentially crafted based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, a guide produced with the aid of members of Planned Parenthood. The SIECUS guideline is among materials that the school district could largely model its new sex-education program...
  • Man, 23, who coached at local high school met two 13-year-old girls online...

    10/02/2014 9:25:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    MAIL ONLINE ^ | James Gordon
    FULL TITLE: Man, 23, who coached at local high school met two 13-year-old girls online before taking them back to his PARENTS house where he hid them in the basement and raped one A 23-year-old old man from Minnesota who had coached young girls at a local high school is accused of sexual assault and kidnapping after bringing two 13-year-old girls he met online to the basement of his parents' home. Authorities say Casey Lee Chinn from Burnsville met the girls through Omegle, a free online chat site, and picked them around 7:30pm on Monday. Police were then able to...
  • Destrehan teacher arrested for reported sexual relationship with student [ Louisiana]

    10/01/2014 1:31:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    WDSU ^ | Oct 01, 2014 | Juan Sanchez
    DESTREHAN, La. —Authorities in St. Charles Parish arrested a 34-year-old teacher Tuesday afternoon on allegations of sexual misconduct with a student. Deputies placed Shelley Dufresne under arrest for one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. She is a teacher at Destrehan High School, located west of New Orleans. ... Officials with the St. Charles Parish Public School District reported the incident to the Sheriff's Office. Investigators were told that the student was bragging to other students that he was "having a sexual relationship with teachers." "An additional incident has allegedly occurred in another jurisdiction and that agency is participating...
  • The Five Quarantined Dallas Children Attended Classes This Week at 4 Different Dallas Schools

    10/02/2014 7:27:30 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 46 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 10-2-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Thomas Eric Duncan, identified by a former employer and seen in this undated Facebook photo, is the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the United States. (ABC) The five children currently under quarantine attended school this week at four different Dallas schools.WFAA reported: Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles also revealed that five children from four of the district’s campuses were possibly exposed to the virus.Miles identified the schools as:Conrad High School Tasby Middle School Hotchkiss Elementary School Dan D. Rogers Elementary SchoolTasby Middle School shares a campus with Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School, but DISD officials say...
  • Young students taught to speak Spanish only in the classroom ( Wyoming )

    10/02/2014 8:42:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    WFSB ^ | Sep 24, 2014
    Casper, WY - Young children in Wyoming are not allowed to speak their first language of English in the classroom. Officials said it's part of a new program designed to help them speak Spanish. It's the first program of its kind in Wyoming's history. The students, whom are ages 5 and 6, speak English for half the day, then switch for the other half.
  • Pic: 1st Ebola patient on American soil. Perry reveals children from 4 different schools exposed

    10/01/2014 4:46:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 1, 2014 | Louise Boyle
    * Five students attended four different Dallas schools this week after possibly being in close contact with the Ebola patient over the weekend * The Ebola patient was named today as Thomas Eric Duncan, who had traveled to the U.S. from Liberia on September 20 to visit family * Mr Duncan, a Liberian national, quarantined at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday in a 'serious but stable condition' * The children who came in contact with Mr Duncan are showing no symptoms and are now being monitored at home The schools are on high alert with additional health and custodial...
  • Kids who had contact with Ebola patient monitored (Via DRUDGE)

    10/01/2014 10:28:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 77 replies
    AP ^ | 10-01-2014 | Staff
    DALLAS (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says a handful of school-aged children who had contact with a man diagnosed with Ebola are being monitored. Perry says health officials learned Wednesday that the children have been identified as having contact with the man and are being monitored at home. The unidentified man has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas since Sunday.
  • Common Core: Beyond Rote

    10/01/2014 6:36:29 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 53 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 30, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As we’ve noted before, when proponents of the Obama Administration’s Common Core education reforms try to make the case for the program, they often end up giving material to its opponents. Case in point: the Center for American Progress (CAP), in a recently released report on The Cognitive Science Behind the Common Core, attempted to show how much easier Common Core math is than traditional means of mathematical problem-solving: “Elizabeth is at the grocery store buying fruit for the week. She wants to purchase $7.60 worth of apples with a $20.00 bill. How much change should the cashier return to...
  • Detroit 'Neglecting' its Students - At $14K Per Pupil

    10/01/2014 7:23:28 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 19 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/1/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Detroit Free Press Columnist Rochelle Riley laments “Oh, if only the children of Detroit were pieces of art” in a column in which she claims no leaders want to talk about education in Detroit. The column implies that as the city goes through bankruptcy, the school system is not getting the proper amount of attention. For the Record says: The state of Michigan is devoting about $440 more per-pupil in state funds to Detroit Public Schools in 2013-14 compared to five years ago. In 2013-14, the state poured $378.5 million into DPS, or about $7,802 per student. In 2008-09, that...
  • Victory! Boys born as boys can shower with girls in Kentucky school

    09/30/2014 2:26:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I probably would have missed this story were it not for Maggie Gallagher at The Corner. It seems that the good people on the appeal board considering a case at Atherton High School (part of the Jefferson County public school system) have determined that you can use the girls’ bathrooms, locker room and showers if you say you’re a girl. No physical required. A transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as a female, can continue to use a women’s restroom and locker room at a Jefferson County Public School. In a 5-to-1 vote, an appeal board upheld...
  • Bomb threats reported at 2 Lake County schools, cops say (Central Florida)

    09/29/2014 8:50:16 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 21 replies
    ClickOrlando ^ | 9/29/2014 | Daniel Dahm
    GROVELAND, Fla. - Another bomb threat has been reported at a Lake County school on Monday morning, according to officials. Lake County Sheriff's Office said a bomb threat was reported at Clermont Middle School. Deputies and Clermont police officers are on scene investigating. It's not clear if evacuations have been ordered at Clermont Middle School. The second bomb threat report comes hours after students and staff were evacuated from South Lake High School in Groveland. School officials said students, who were taken to the school's football field, were not being released from the campus.
  • Connecticut governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Panel targets homeschoolers

    09/25/2014 11:23:42 AM PDT · by walford · 42 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | September 25, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    HARTFORD – A 16-member commission of educators, local and state officials and behavioral experts assembled by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre is calling for more oversight of homeschooling. Sandy Hook School SignMalloy “charged the panel with making recommendations to reduce the risk of future tragedies,” according to the New Haven Register. Its chief recommendation is “tighter scrutiny of home-schoolers … to prevent an incident such as the December 2012 slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown,” the Connecticut Post reports. “Given the individuals involved in the tragedy that...
  • Mom irate when 2nd grade teacher refuses vagina cookies

    09/27/2014 1:12:12 PM PDT · by tje · 80 replies
    SF Gate ^ | September 24 at 10:03am | Amy Graff
    A mother who’s being called Autumn Lily Speaker on Reddit was supposedly outraged when her daughter’s second-grade teacher refused to serve students a tray of vagina cookies. Reddit user JPStudly is friend’s with the teacher and shared her first-person account in a post published two days ago. With only a screen shot of an email and no real names or locations, the story seems far-fetched but it’s exploding on Reddit with over 4,000 comments. “Angry Feminist Vagina Cookie Mom” is quickly becoming the latest viral sensation. behaved well that week.
  • VIRUS PROBED IN PARALYSIS CASES IN 9 COLORADO KIDS

    09/27/2014 4:25:35 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 34 replies
    AP ^ | 9/27/14 | BY MIKE STOBBE AP MEDICAL WRITER
    Sep 26, 8:40 PM EDT VIRUS PROBED IN PARALYSIS CASES IN 9 COLORADO KIDS BY MIKE STOBBE AP MEDICAL WRITER AP Photo AP Photo HEALTH VIDEO BUY AP PHOTO REPRINTS MULTIMEDIA CHILD LABOR IN PAKISTAN NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday sent doctors an alert about the polio-like cases and said the germ - enterovirus 68 - was detected in four out of eight...
  • Seminole County schools evacuated after bomb threats (Central Florida)

    09/26/2014 12:50:20 PM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 20 replies
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Gal Tziperman Lotan
    Elementary schools in Seminole County were evacuated this afternoon after receiving bomb threats, a Seminole County Sheriff's spokeswoman said. Deputies evacuated Casselberry, Winter Springs, Lawton, English Estates, Red Bug, Lake Orienta, Forest City and Spring Lake elementary schools, sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Smith said in a statement. It was not immediately clear whether the threats were valid. Deputies are investigating where the calls came from. Officials are reporting that Winter Springs, Forest City and Lake Orienta have been searched and cleared.
  • Las Vegas School District Considers Teaching 5-Year-Olds About Masturbation

    09/24/2014 9:37:20 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 51 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/24/14 | Steven Ertelt
    We live in a hyper-sexualized society where so-called experts think it wiser to push sex on younger and younger children. The abortion industry doesn’t mind at all, because Planned Parenthood can prey on young impressionable teens and pre-teens by telling them that early sex is perfectly fine and can exploit them to sell them abortions when the young girls become pregnant.With that in mind, here’s the latest from Las Vegas, where apparently there are not enough clients for the legal prostitutes so they need to convince children at a young age to become interested in sex.As one report indicates, the...
  • Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago vs. Today

    09/23/2014 5:15:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 37 replies
    Better Ed ^ | Annie Holmquist
    I recently dug up a 1908 curriculum manual in the Minnesota Historical Society archives. It provided instructions on everything from teacher deportment to recommended literature lists for various grades. As a book lover, I was especially interested in the latter! With the exception of a few textbook-like anthologies, the chart below lists the recommended reading material for Minnesota 7th and 8th graders in 1908:
  • Why are homeschooled kids so annoying?

    09/19/2014 7:54:07 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 85 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 22, 2012 | Dwija Borobia
    About a year ago, when I first started considering taking my kids out of public school, I wasn’t met with the kind of incredulous questioning that I expected after suggesting something so reckless and foolhardy. For the most part people were excited and supportive and helpful. Many thought we were already homeschooling, in fact. What surprised me most though is that folks who were concerned about the prudence of such a decision weren’t worried that my children might not learn enough or the the right things. They didn’t wonder how my kids would know how to be quiet when they...
  • Mother: Autistic child handcuffed at south Charlotte high school

    09/20/2014 9:21:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    wsoctv ^ | Paige Hansen
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A mother said her autistic son will not go back to Ardrey Kell High School after he was handcuffed at school last week. Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials said they have to protect the safety of both the student and school staff. But the outraged mom told Eyewitness News reporter Paige Hansen, she can't imagine any reason where handcuffs would be necessary. "It breaks my heart for him because he doesn't know. He's trying and that's autism," said Kim Riley.
  • Justice Dept. sides with 14-year-old girl raped while serving as 'bait' in middle school sting

    09/19/2014 7:58:02 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 95 replies
    al.com ^ | 09/17/2014 | Challen Stephens
    ACTUAL TITLE: Justice Department sides with 14-year-old girl raped while serving as 'bait' in middle school sting HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The federal government today sided with the guardian of a teenage girl who was raped during a botched sting operation in the boy's bathroom, arguing the Madison County School system was liable under federal law to investigate harassment and protect female students. "A school board cannot avoid summary judgment as a matter of law when a school administrator willfully ignores a plan to use a 14-year-old special needs student as bait to catch a student with a known history of...
  • Student put in detention for sharing school lunch

    09/19/2014 4:39:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 80 replies
    KRCR-TV ^ | 9/19/2014 | Katherine Harwood
    An eighth grade student from Weaverville Elementary School got a detention slip for sharing his school prepared lunch Tuesday.Kyle Bradford, 13, shared his chicken burrito with a friend who didn’t like the cheese sandwich he was given by the cafeteria.Bradford didn’t see any problem with sharing his food."It seemed like he couldn't get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn't really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn't eat it," said Bradford.But the Trinity Alps Unified School District has regulations that prohibit students from...
  • Panic over student’s ‘military-type jacket’ sends school into lockdown

    09/19/2014 4:10:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 81 replies
    EAG News ^ | 9/18/2014 | Victor Skinner
    A “suspicious” looking middle school student with a “green military-type jacket” sent a Connecticut school into lockdown for two hours Tuesday. A school staff member alerted school authorities to a suspicious man roaming the school hallway, describing the person as roughly 5 feet 7 inches and wearing a green military-type jacket. School officials relayed the possible threat to police, who issued a lockdown around 11 a.m., NBC reports.“Officers searched the John F. Kennedy Middle School and its surrounding grounds, but police said the initial search ‘revealed nothing of a suspicious nature,’” WFSB.com reports.The school district alerted parents of the lockdown,...
  • Mayor: New high school won't be named after President Obama

    09/19/2014 12:25:56 AM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    Chicago tribune ^ | John Byrne, Juan Perez Jr. and Dana Ferguson,
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed off Thursday from naming a new elite high school after President Barack Obama amid ongoing criticism from African-Americans who felt the honor inappropriate for a school slated for a wealthy, predominantly white part of the Near North Side. Instead of naming the new school after his former boss, the mayor indicated he would consider other names for the selective enrollment high school set to be built near the site of the former Cabrini-Green public housing project just northwest of downtown.
  • Not safe to display American flag in American high school — denial of rehearing en banc

    09/17/2014 3:21:22 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 6 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 17, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    I blogged about the case in February, when the Ninth Circuit panel opinion came down; here’s an excerpt, which summarizes the issue: Today’s Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School Dist. (9th Cir. Feb. 27, 2014) upholds a California high school’s decision to forbid students from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. (See here and here for more on this case.) The court points out that the rights of students in public high schools are limited — under the Supreme Court’s decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Comm. School Dist. (1969), student speech could be restricted if “school...