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  • Educators Convicted in School Cheating Scandal [GA]

    04/01/2015 1:25:10 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    NYT ^ | April 1, 2015 | Alan Blinderapril
    In a major victory for prosecutors, a number of Atlanta educators were found guilty on Wednesday for their roles in public schools cheating scandal, bringing a close to a half-decade drama that tarnished a major school district’s reputation and raised questions nationwide about the wisdom of pushing educators to improve students’ standardized test scores. On their eighth day of deliberations, the jurors convicted 11 of the 12 defendants of racketeering, a felony that could put them in prison for decades. Many of the defendants — a mixture of teachers, testing coordinators and administrators — were also convicted of lesser charges,...
  • 54-Pound, 7-Year-Old Girl Sent Home from School with a Note Saying Her BMI Is Too High

    03/28/2015 4:33:21 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | march 27, 2015 | rick moran
    Kylee Moss, a 7-year-old-girl from Belton, Missouri, was sent home from school with a note to her mother saying that the 54-pound child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) was too high. Aside from the idiocy of using a discredited measurement for body fat, what are these administrators thinking? Obviously, they’re not. If they had two working brain cells, they would take one look at this kid and realize the stupidity of believing their “measurements.”
  • Illinois Public Schools Can Demand Students’ Social Networking Accounts and Passwords at Will

    03/28/2015 5:58:02 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 82 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3-28-2015 | Jim Hoft
    O’Fallon Superintendent Dr. Darcy G. Benway recently sent this letter out to parents. Dear Parents and Guardians:Pursuant to Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 75/15), OTHS is required to notify parents/guardians that we may request or require a student to provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website if the district has reasonable cause to believe that the student’s account on a social networking website contains evidence that the student has violated a disciplinary rule or policy.This email serves as that notification.Thank you.Dr. Darcy G....
  • Surprise: High school students return after weekend to find male teacher now living as a woman

    03/27/2015 11:16:47 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 103 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/27/15 | Kirsten Andersen
    CHINO, CA, March 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Southern California’s Chino High School is facing outrage from parents and students alike after school administrators decided to keep secret a teacher’s plan to undergo a sex change in the middle of the school year.The teacher in question, 32-year-old Michael Swager, showed up at work dressed and made up as a woman the morning of March 16, after eight years of teaching chemistry at the school as a man.  The teacher informed students that the 6’6”, 300 lb. man they once knew as “Michael” was now a woman, and told them they should...
  • Dumbing Down The World

    01/31/2015 4:01:24 PM PST · by OddLane · 4 replies
    FEE ^ | January 27, 2015 | Mike Reid
    Public education has been a slowly degenerating disaster throughout the West, and now it seems we’re exporting it to the rest. At a United Nations meeting 15 years ago, the world’s governments agreed on the goal of enrolling every child on the planet in primary schooling by this year. Indeed, they have nearly succeeded, with 2014’s reports indicating that 90 percent of children in developing regions now attend primary school. Presumably, the numbers for developed countries are above 95 percent. But strangely, this lofty plan did not say anything about the quality of the schooling into which we have now...
  • Boy Got a Haircut Like His Military Step-Brother, School Suspended Him

    03/28/2015 7:46:30 AM PDT · by Salman · 137 replies
    Reason ^ | Mar. 27, 2015 | Robby Soave
    There is nothing quite like the petty despotism of the public school system. A boy from McMinnville, Tennessee, was suspended after coming to Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School with a haircut deemed inappropriate by the principal. It was a "high and tight" military-style haircut that the boy had requested so that he would look more like his step-brother, an active-duty soldier. The principal did not budge, leaving the boy's mother no choice but to shave his head so that he could come back to school.
  • High School's "American Pride" Dance Deemed "Offensive" because it Celebrates America, is Cancelled

    03/24/2015 6:38:08 AM PDT · by rightistight · 46 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/24/15 | Aurelius
    An “American pride” dance at Lexington High School in Massachusetts was cancelled because it celebrates the United States. Specifically, it promotes the US exclusively and school administrators deemed it offensive. The United States, school officials stated, shouldn’t be given special consideration in the school. “Given the diverse demography of our community,” Assistant Superintendent Carol Pilarski explained, “it was suggested by the advisers that the students come maybe national pride theme [sic] so they could represent their individual nationalities.” Many students and teachers were surprised and dismayed by the school’s decision to cancel the dance.
  • Somali Muslims Swarm (MN) School, Force Lockdown After Somali Posts ISIS-Supportive Picture

    03/24/2015 7:41:35 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 24 Mar 2015 | Katie McHugh
    Shockingly, a fight broke out between Somali Muslim students on Friday, two days after a student posted a social media image of a wheelchair-bound girl whom posters claimed to be affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS). A student is reportedly being “disciplined” for the photo–meaning he or she will be given a reprimand and will be allowed to roam society freely without restriction or inhibition after inciting jihad against America. Jeff Oxton of the St. Cloud Police Department reassured media that the angry, alien mob will not be punished, and police were on hand not to arrest lawbreakers, but to “keep the situation calm”...
  • Students react to undercover drug bust at Reno County schools

    03/21/2015 11:14:12 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    KAKE.com ^ | 03/21/2015
    RENO COUNTY, Kan. -- Students at Hutchinson, Nickerson, and Buhler thought they had a new classmate, but it turns out he was an undercover officer with the Reno County Sheriff's Department to crack down on drugs. Over the past two and a half weeks, six people, including four minors, were arrested for drug offenses including selling LSD and marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, sale of prescription drugs and unlawful use of a communication device. The investigation started about five months ago after several teens overdosed on drugs. Students in Hutch say drugs aren't hard to find at school....
  • Idaho Parents Pull Their Daughter From School When They Learn What’s Happening In The Bathroom

    03/21/2015 4:07:05 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 77 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | march 21, 2015 | jennifer van laar
    When some Idaho parents learned last week that a transgendered student was sharing the same bathroom with their teenage daughter, the news didn’t sit well with them. Jacob Smith and Pauline Adams approached the Boise school district, concerned for their daughter’s privacy and safety. According to KIVI-TV: “The Boise School District explains that under federal law, the district is required to provide access to public facilities consistent with the student’s gender identity.”
  • New York High School Tells Kids to Pledge Allegiance to “One Nation Under Allah.”

    03/20/2015 7:12:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/20/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    What a Nation under Allah looks like Who needs ISIS when you’ve got lefty educrats with the same agenda? Making some parents furious, a Pine Bush, New York high school courted controversy by teaching kids to recite our national Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic even changing “one nation under god” to “one nation under Allah.”The morning’s regularly scheduled announcements included the Arabic reading of the pledge. According to students, the announcement was greeted by catcalls and angry denunciations in classrooms throughout the school by students who felt the reading was inappropriate.The reading became the subject of angry talk throughout the...
  • One nation under Allah: Fury after school recites pledge in Arabic

    03/19/2015 4:17:08 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 22 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 19, 2015 | By Todd Starnes
    Students at Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, New York, knew right away there was something not quite right about the Pledge of Allegiance. That’s because the pledge was being recited in Arabic. “One nation under Allah,” the student body president announced over the intercom system on Wednesday. Reaction in the upstate New York high school was swift, and so was the backlash, The Times Herald-Record reports. Furious students tried to shout down the recitation in their classrooms. Other students sat down in protest. School Superintendent Joan Carbone told the newspaper that the Arabic pledge “divided the school in...
  • Common Core Teaches a Big Fat Lie

    03/17/2015 2:25:43 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 21 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 3/17/15 | Steve Berman
    The Left has its own Da Vinci Code, a secret woven into the fabric of its power, shrouded by layers of intrigue, and defended to the death by secret societies pledged to its eternal preservation. Here it is, exposed: Science = TruthPhilosophy = Opinion And it’s as wrong today as it was in Plato’s day. If the fictional Robert Langdon stumbled onto the Church’s hidden legend in Dan Brown’s novel, then all-too-real associate professor of philosophy Justin McBrayer, has vitiated the Left’s Necronomicon in his New York Times piece, “Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts.” As a...
  • Virginia school suspends an 11-year-old for one year over a leaf that wasn’t marijuana

    Earlier this school year, a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School in Bedford, Virginia was suspended for one year after an assistant principal found something that looked like a marijuana leaf in his backpack. The student, the 11-year-old son of two school teachers, had to enroll in the district's alternative education program and be homeschooled. He was evaluated by a psychiatrist for substance abuse problems, and charged with marijuana possession in juvenile court. In the months since September, he's become withdrawn, depressed, and he suffers from panic attacks. He is worried his life is over, according to...
  • 'Sadistic' k-garten teacher dug his nails into student's skin because he wanted to see her cry...

    03/17/2015 9:43:51 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 17, 2015 | SNEJANA FARBEROV
    A kindergarten teacher from Miami has been charged with aggravated child abuse after police say he dug his nails into a girl's hand and leg just to see her cry. Frederick Mena, 25, was arrested earlier this month in connection to the sickening incident that allegedly took place March 5 at Silver Bluff Elementary School in Coconut Grove. According to an arrest report, Mena was teaching math to a kindergarten class when the victim, a young girl, became stymied by the material. In his frustration, according to the Miami Dade School Police, Mena dug his fingernails deeply into the child's...
  • Superintendent Confirms Common Core’s Pearson Spying on Kids’ Social Media Accounts

    03/15/2015 9:45:09 PM PDT · by null and void · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Mar 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The superintendent of the Watchung Hills Regional High School District in New Jersey has confirmed that she sent an email to fellow superintendents Tuesday about her concern that education publishing giant Pearson is “monitoring” children’s social media accounts for possible leaks about the Common Core-aligned PARCC tests.
  • California board moves to accommodate new Common Core test

    03/11/2015 5:03:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 11, 2015 7:34 PM EDT | Christine Armario
    The California Board of Education has suspended the state’s school accountability system for one year to give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with the Common Core standards. The board voted at a Wednesday meeting in Sacramento not to produce an Academic Performance Index for the 2014-15 school year. The index uses student results on statewide tests to rank schools and to identify those that need improvement. …
  • An Arkansas Mom Stands Up Against Common Core. Just One Question She Asks Takes 108 Steps to Answer.

    03/11/2015 10:52:12 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 66 replies
    Independet Journal Review ^ | 03/11/2015 | Kyle Becker
    The Common Core testing standards, not passed through state legislatures and forced upon schoolchildren without parental consultation or consent, are obviously a subject of much debate.An Arkansas mom encapsulated just how brazen the manner of implementing these standards was when she confronted the Arkansas State Board of Education and questioned how well the testing was preparing kids for college.The mother, Karen Lamoreaux, represented fellow educators and a total of 1,100 people by her count, when she spoke before the board in December 2013. She laid out a case of why the standards were so ill-conceived, and at one point elucidated just how absurd it is to teach around...
  • DISD [Texas] Student Captures Teacher’s Profanity-Laced Lecture On Cell Phone

    03/06/2015 11:16:05 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    CBS Dallas-Fort Worth ^ | March 3, 2015 | Andrea Lucia
    While a 12-year-old student recorded with her cell phone, her teacher delivered a nearly 7-minute profanity-laced lecture. (snip) Diana says she took the recording to the principal Tuesday morning, but wasn’t satisfied with the reaction. “She asked me to delete the video, not to have the video in my phone, not to do anything with it,” said Diana. But Diana didn’t delete it.
  • Ohio teacher sentenced to 90 days in jail for playing ‘ABCs of Death’ during class

    03/05/2015 6:16:25 PM PST · by redreno · 16 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 03/05/2015 | unknown
    A former substitute teacher in Ohio has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after she was found guilty of showing students a graphic horror movie during class. Sheila Kearns, 58, was convicted in January of four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The judge reportedly placed her on probation for three years but made the jail time a condition of her probation. Ms. Kearns apologized in court, saying she was aware of “The ABCs of Death’s” content but hadn’t actually watched it prior to showing it during five separate Spanish classes at Columbus’ East...
  • Richard Dawkins: The state needs to ‘protect’ children from religion...and their parents

    03/05/2015 11:56:59 AM PST · by wagglebee · 110 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/4/15 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    DUBLIN, March 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The government needs to protect children from the religious views of their own parents, according to popular atheist writer Richard Dawkins.His speaking partner went further, comparing parents instilling their religious views in their children could be compared to denying them medical treatment.In an interview prior to a speech at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, last week, Dawkins told the media that parents have too much influence in their children's education, especially when it comes to religion.“There is a balancing act and you have to balance the rights of parents and the rights of children,...
  • Parents Outraged After Disgusting Poem Read to Class About Homosexual Acts (CT)

    03/05/2015 8:45:37 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 42 replies
    joemiller.us ^ | March 4, 2015 | Jason Newton
    Students in one class at South Windsor High School were subjected to a poem that their superintendent and some parents call “highly inappropriate” material. The poem contains language that describes sexual acts. The teacher, whose name has not been released, read the Allen Ginsberg poem “Please Master” aloud in an English class for high school students. That poem was written in 1968. He had another poem banned in the 1950s for obscenity. Parents were shocked when they heard and read the material for themselves. “I don’t understand how that actually got into a high school class,” said one parent who...
  • How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

    03/04/2015 9:41:27 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 50 replies
    Source: TopMastersInEducation.com
  • Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

    03/03/2015 4:35:14 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/2/15 | Justin P. McBrayer
    What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised? I was. As a philosopher, I already knew that many college-aged students don’t believe in moral facts. While there are no national surveys quantifying this phenomenon, philosophy professors with whom I have spoken suggest that the overwhelming majority of college freshmen in their classrooms view moral claims as mere opinions that are not true or are true only relative to a culture. What I...
  • The Many Reasons to Homeschool

    02/26/2015 12:37:56 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    The American Interest ^ | February 24, 2015
    There are as many reasons to homeschool as there are reasons to distrust the public school system. According to The Hechinger Report, African-American families have started to embrace homeschooling and now make up 10 percent of the homeschooling population. Many teach their children at home to protect them from racism, and also, as one scholar says, schools’ lower standards for black students. More:
  • Who’s The Daddy?’ Homework Assignment Prompts Parent Complaint

    02/25/2015 5:35:50 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 52 replies
    The principal of Romeo High School has called an outraged father to apologize about a controversial homework assignment. The 9th grade biology worksheet sent home with students this week featured questions about a mother trying to determine the identity of her baby’s father. Possible answers included: the cable guy, the mailman, the cab driver, the bartender and the guy at the club.
  • Video – Watch as Florida Parents are Treated Like Children for Questioning School Curriculum

    02/25/2015 6:07:24 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    BlackListedNews.com ^ | 02/25/2015 | Liberty Blitzkrieg
    A Liberty Blitzkrieg reader who is a resident of Naples, Florida recently sent me a note highlighting a video in which he, and several other concerned parents, were reprimanded and treated like little children in a School Board Workshop as a result of them expressing concerns about school curriculum.In order to give you some background on the issue, see the Letter to the Editor he wrote to the Naples Daily News on 1/28 to say what he was prevented from saying at the 1/20 School Board Workshop. Letter reprinted below: Patton the causeThe controversy behind the recent parents’ review of school textbooks lays squarely at...
  • Head of Oregon Ed Dept OKs teen ‘pony play’ fetish sex-ed

    02/19/2015 5:30:17 PM PST · by Twotone · 11 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | February 19, 2015 | Staff
    KOIN TV on Tuesday did a follow-up story on their November 18, 2014, investigative report that exposed shocking details about the Adolescent Sexuality Conference (ASC) held in Seaside, Oregon. Since the November 2014 report, the head of the Oregon Department of Education sent a letter in December 2014 to Oregon school superintendents that claimed “the content delivered by the presenters at the 2014 Adolescent Sexuality Conference was appropriate.” KOIN literally had to chase down Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton in the state Capitol building to confront him about that.
  • Bill requiring transgender students to use restrooms of their birth sex fails to get committee votes

    02/19/2015 8:39:50 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 32 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/19/2015 | Don Weber
    FRANKFORT – A bill which would have banned transgender students from using school restrooms that don’t correspond to their anatomical sex failed to receive enough votes to get out of the Senate Committee on Education Thursday. Senate Bill 76, known as the “Kentucky Student Privacy Act”, sponsored by Sen. C. B. Embry Jr., R-Morgantown, would have required students to use restrooms, locker rooms and showers of the sex that they were born. In addition, the bill would allow students to sue the school for $2,500 if they encounter a person of the opposite biological sex in the bathroom or locker...
  • Principal addresses parents regarding beer in classroom

    02/17/2015 4:26:13 PM PST · by iowamark · 60 replies
    KCCI TV ^ | 2/16/2015 | Laura Nichols
    ANKENY, Iowa —The Ankeny School Board voted unanimously Monday to accept the resignation of a teacher who police said was intoxicated and had been in her classroom. The vote was made Monday evening. Police said they were called to East Elementary School at 710 SE 3rd St. at 2 p.m. after receiving a report that a teacher was observed with a can of beer in her classroom. Police said the teacher was taken into custody after testing positive during a preliminary breath test. A bag in her classroom had two empty cans of beer and four additional full cans of...
  • 'Fifty Shades of Grey' puzzles given to Monessen middle school students in class

    02/12/2015 10:08:44 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 38 replies
    WTAE ^ | 02/11/2011 | Bob Hazen
    MONESSEN, Pa —At least five students at a Westmoreland County middle school were given word puzzles based on the erotic novel and movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" this week, and school district officials said they are investigating how it happened. James Carter said the word search, filled with explicit sexual terms, was passed out Monday to his son and other students in his eighth-grade class at Monessen Middle School. "I asked my son who passed it out, and he said the teacher passed it out," Carter told said. "I don't think this is what they should be doing in the...
  • Parents Upset After Middle School Students Given ’50 Shades of Grey’ Bondage Puzzles

    02/12/2015 9:48:33 PM PST · by Mozilla · 25 replies
    WKRG/Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/12/15 | Jim Hoft/ WKRG Staff
    Middle school students in Monessen School District in Pennsylvania were given “Fifty Shades of Grey” puzzles to work on for an assignment. The puzzles included terms like spanking, bondage, submissive and leather cuffs. WKRG reported: Parents in a Pennsylvania school district are turning 50 shades of red over word search puzzles given to middle school students based on an erotic novel and movie. The students in Monessen were given puzzles based on “Fifty Shades of Grey” that contained terms including “spanking,” ”submissive,” ”leather cuffs” and “bondage.” Other words on the list were more explicit.
  • Student Utters ‘God Bless America’ at Morning Announcements…And Now He’s Getting Punished For It

    02/11/2015 3:54:42 PM PST · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | february 11, 2015 | nicholas kurch
    On February 9th, Florida’s Yulee High School brought the hammer down on a student who offended some of his fellow classmates. The student was reprimanded for his actions after reading the morning announcements over the school’s intercom. Why? Upon finishing the announcements, the student added, ‘God Bless America.’ Two atheist students took offense to the statement. A school spokesperson for the Nassau County School District said that the student had gone off script and was being reprimanded: “It wasn’t part of the scripted morning announcements,” district spokesperson Sharyl Wood said. “The principal took the appropriate steps in speaking with the student...
  • Dad Saw Text on Son’s Phone Reminding Him to Complete Islam Assignment. Then He Opened

    02/10/2015 2:53:19 PM PST · by lowbridge · 70 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | february 10, 2015 | Jason Howerton
    A father in Seminole County, Florida, is raising concerns after he discovered a lesson on Islam in his son’s 10th-grade history textbook, a book that is also used by school districts across the state. In an interview with WFTV, the father, Ron Wagner, read from his son’s history book: “There is no god, but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God.” Wagner also claimed that students were told to “recite this prayer as the first Pillar of Islam, off of the board at the teacher’s instruction.” Wager said he’s not a religious man, but making such a heavily religious lesson “mandatory...
  • Students opposed to LGBT agenda shamed in classroom

    02/09/2015 5:32:10 PM PST · by PROCON · 65 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Feb. 9, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Teenagers at a California high school were publicly shamed for disagreeing with speakers allowed to push an LGBT agenda during an English class, according to several upset parents. The Queer Straight Alliance at Acalanes High School, in Lafayette, lectured students in several ninth-grade English classes on Jan. 29 about LGBT issues, according to Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which is representing the parents. During the class, the students, ages 14 and 15, were instructed to stand in a circle. Then, they were grilled about their personal beliefs and their parents’ beliefs on homosexuality, PJI alleges.“The QSA...
  • Muslim holiday being ‘honored’ by Conn. school district includes animal sacrifice

    02/09/2015 8:01:33 PM PST · by blueyon · 23 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 2/9/15 | The Right Scoop
    Muslim holiday being ‘honored’ by Conn. school district includes animal sacrifice We reported on the basics of this story earlier. I felt another post was necessary for some of the specifics. According to the NY Daily News, one of the holidays that the Waterbury school district has decided to ‘honor’ is Eid al-Adha: The board voted to recognize Eid Al-Fitr, marking the end of the month of Ramadan, and Eid Al-Adha, an annual feast day, by giving observant students the day off to celebrate with their families. It also voted to instruct educators not to schedule any field trips, major...
  • One Response to “Planned Parenthood’s Get Real sex-ed approved for HHS programs list”

    02/08/2015 9:05:36 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    saynsumthn's blog ^ | February 6, 2015 | saynsumthn
    On February 5, 2015 the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) released updates and new additions to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review and evidence-based programs list. The revised list of 37 programs now includes GET REAL a curriculum developed by abortion giant Planned Parenthood. Get Real is a sex education program for middle and high school students and was developed by Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. The Get Real middle school curriculum is a three-year program comprising a total of 27 lessons—9 lessons delivered in each of the 6th, 7th,...
  • Colorado Democrats block bill aiming to keep boys out of girls’ changing rooms

    02/06/2015 4:37:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Feb 6, 2015 | Kirsten Andersen
    DENVER, Colorado, February 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- In the wake of allegations that a boy presenting himself as female harassed girls in a high school restroom, lawmakers in Colorado tried this week to walk back some of the damage done by the state’s controversial transgender bathroom law, which mandates that self-identified “transgender” individuals be allowed to use the bathroom and changing facilities of their choice, regardless of biological sex. Rep. Kim Ransom, R-Littleton, introduced a bill that would have permitted facility operators to decide for themselves whether to permit cross-gender use of sex-segregated facilities, without putting themselves at risk of...
  • Colorado Democrats block bill aiming to keep boys out of girls’ changing rooms

    02/06/2015 11:41:54 AM PST · by wagglebee · 40 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/6/15 | Kirsten Andersen
    DENVER, Colorado, February 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- In the wake of allegations that a boy presenting himself as female harassed girls in a high school restroom, lawmakers in Colorado tried this week to walk back some of the damage done by the state’s controversial transgender bathroom law, which mandates that self-identified “transgender” individuals be allowed to use the bathroom and changing facilities of their choice, regardless of biological sex. Rep. Kim Ransom, R-Littleton, introduced a bill that would have permitted facility operators to decide for themselves whether to permit cross-gender use of sex-segregated facilities, without putting themselves at risk of...
  • Union Contract: Teachers Can Be Caught in School Drunk 5 Times, On Drugs 3 Times Before Being Fired

    02/05/2015 6:21:04 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/5/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Forget zero tolerance. Bay City Public School teachers for years could be caught repeatedly under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol without being fired. Teachers in possession or under the influence of illegal drugs could be caught three times before they lost their job, and they got five strikes if they were drunk on school grounds before being fired. A school district official said the language in the union contract that protects teachers for those instances "was incorporated into the teacher Master Agreement in 1997." Those protections also were included in the Bay City Education Association teacher’s contract that...
  • Bill would allow prosecution of teachers for distributing ‘harmful material’ to minors (Kansas)

    02/05/2015 1:15:33 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    kansas.com ^ | 02/04/2015 | Bryan Lowry and Suzanne Perez Tobias
    <p>Lawmakers are considering bill that would make it easier to charge and prosecute teachers with distributing harmful material to minors.</p> <p>Proponents say that would give needed protection to students. Opponents say it could criminalize the teaching of biology or controversial works of literature and that communication is a better option.</p>
  • COMMON CORE: STATE LONGITUDINAL DATABASE SYSTEM-SLDS comprehensive database compiled ON EACH CHILD.

    WHAT IS SLDS? The STATE LONGITUDINAL DATABASE SYSTEM, is a comprehensive database compiled ON EACH CHILD. This data is not aggregate data, it is linked specifically to the child. DATA that is collected will FOLLOW THE CHILD through to their adult years and BEYOND. In fact, that is the PURPOSE of the SLDS, to provide a database that “grows” along with the child into their CAREER YEARS. The Workforce Data Quality Initiative’s Mission Statement from the United States Department of Labor’s website reads: “The long-term Workforce Data Quality Initiative and SLDS goal for States is to use their longitudinal data...
  • Students told to lower pants for poop inspection, parents outraged

    01/30/2015 12:28:35 AM PST · by Morgana · 32 replies
    myfox.com ^ | January 28, 2015, | staff
    GUSTINE, Texas — A group of students at an elementary school in Texas were apparently asked to lower their pants for a poop inspection on Monday. School educators told two dozen students they were regularly finding feces on the gym floor. The students were then separated into groups of boys and girls and ordered to “pull down their pants” so administrators could “check if they could find anything.” Maria Medina, whose 11-year-old daughter was searched, said her daughter’s privacy was violated. She told WFAA the teachers involved should be fired.
  • Metro parents furious after teacher gives students controversial abortion quiz

    01/29/2015 8:10:28 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    kfor.com ^ | January 27, 2015, | Ed Doney,
    EDMOND, Okla. – A local biology teacher’s multiple choice question about abortion is upsetting students’ parents. Edmond Santa Fe High School officials confirmed Tuesday several biology teachers at the school gave their students a “non graded exercise” – a discussion starter – on human genetic disorders. “You’ve found out that the child you (or your wife) carries has the gene for dwarfism. A new therapy exists that may repair this gene before the child is born. What do you do?” the first question on the exercise asks. A. Allow the child to be born with the gene, and we will...
  • North Dakota Public Worker/Teacher Unions Show Solidarity With…Planned Parenthood?

    01/29/2015 7:50:34 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    sayanthingblog.com ^ | 1/29/2015 | Rob Port
    North Dakota United is a group formed by the state’s two largest unions: The teachers and the public workers. The group claims to represent over 11,000 people, and describes itself on its website as a “professional organization.” You’d think, from the way they describe themselves, that they mostly concern themselves with professional development and advocacy on issues of importance to government employees. Which is all well and good. That’s exactly what you would expect from an organization like that. What you might not expect is the group meeting in “solidarity” with advocacy groups pushing positions far outside the scope of...
  • Grit And Gratitude Join Reading, Writing And Arithmetic On Report Cards [Common Core?]

    01/28/2015 8:12:27 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 28, 2015
    Grit And Gratitude Join Reading, Writing And Arithmetic On Report Cards BY LORETTA KALBLKALB 01/27/2015 Outside Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School in Fair Oaks, Amanda Christensen recalled the first time she saw the detailed report card for her three children. “At first it was very complicated,” Christensen said. “You see all these new things and you don’t understand quite what they mean.” Case in point: Her kids are now graded on their level of grit. “What does my child have to do to get a grade in that?” she wondered. Across the state, report cards are undergoing a sea change...
  • How yesterday’s sextremists shaped today’s sex ed

    01/28/2015 1:20:09 PM PST · by wagglebee · 12 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/28/15 | Valerie Huber
    January 28, 2015 (ThePublicDiscourse.com) -- It reads like fiction: an estimated 50 to 75 percent of American men were infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD); in thousands of families, an STD killed one, two, even five of their children; and an incredible 30 percent of all blindness was attributed to STDs. The transmission of STDs was an urgent concern of national health and security—so serious, in fact, that soldiers were court-martialed if they were found to be infected. These statistics are not from a third-world country in the midst of the AIDs pandemic. These are estimates of syphilis and gonorrhea...
  • Calif. high school had sex ed teachers with interesting sidelines

    01/27/2015 3:08:53 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | fox
    A northern California high school where sex ed was taught by members of Planned Parenthood apparently had at least two instructors with interesting sidelines. Parents of children who attend Acalanes Union High School in Lafayette, Calif., along with local area groups, had been demanding for months the district tell them exactly who was teaching the sex education program. Some of the answers they received did not make them happy. At least two of the instructors had questionable day jobs, with one conducting sex toy workshops at a local porn shop. Another, who dubbed herself a “pleasure activist,” had attended pornography...
  • Terrorist Professor Bill Ayers and Obama’s Federal School Curriculum

    01/23/2015 8:52:01 PM PST · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Sep 21, 2012 | Mary Grabar
    How was it that 48 governors entered Race-to-the-Top without knowing outcomes? It was one of the many “crises” exploited by the Obama administration. While the public was focused on a series of radical moves coming in rapid-fire succession, like the health care bill and proposed trials and imprisonment of 9/11 terrorists on domestic soil, governors, worried about keeping school doors open, signed on. Many politicians and pundits praised Obama on this singular issue, repeating the official rhetoric about raising standards. It stands to reason, though, that education policies would be consistent with Obama’s agenda. After all, one of his most...
  • Paterson, NJ Student Slams Teacher on the Floor for taking his phone away

    01/23/2015 6:42:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 42 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 21, 2015
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