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Education (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • In one classroom, a teacher makes Michael Brown the lesson of the day

    11/27/2014 11:49:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Washington Post's Answer Sheet ^ | November 27, 2014 | Valerie Strauss
    On Nov. 25th, a grand jury in Ferguson voted not to indict a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, last August in a case that has stirred civil unrest and accusations of racism by white law enforcement officials. The next day, Steve Singer, a teacher in suburban Pittsburgh went to school and realized that he could not carry on as usual but that he had to address what was transpiring in Missouri. This is his account of what happened that day. Singer is a husband, father, blogger and education advocate who teaches...
  • The best approach is laughter

    11/27/2014 8:17:03 AM PST · by GilGil · 23 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/23/2013 | Kevein McCarthy
    This is a very satisfying video. Bet you can't watch it just once.
  • Grace & Mercy: The Preludes to a Thankful Heart

    11/26/2014 10:49:57 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 1 replies
    MSMB ^ | November 27, 2014 | Rob W. Case
    What do you think of when you hear the words Grace and mercy? It is common in this day and age to think of the concept of grace as something of a prayer someone might say before they eat a meal, and mercy, as something of an act of restraint in wreaking loss, devastation, or retribution towards someone who committed an act against another person, or perhaps the inability to pay a debt owed to a certain person within a particular time frame. Without God’s grace and mercy, we could never truly experience a heart of thankfulness if we never...
  • Is This School One of the Best in Michigan or One of the Worst?

    11/26/2014 11:30:54 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/24/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    If you ask the Michigan Department of Education, Covert High School is not a good school. On the state report card from a few years ago, the school ranked in the bottom 26th percentile. But on a new report card, the school 40 miles west of Kalamazoo is the No. 1 ranked conventional public high school in Michigan. The reason why requires understanding the state’s report card and those done by other groups. In Michigan, schools are ranked based on the state’s Top-to-Bottom list, which grade administrators and schools based 50 percent on overall test scores, 25 percent on the...
  • Why Is Teaching Anal Sex in the Chicago Public School Curriculum? [satire]

    11/26/2014 7:16:06 AM PST · by John Semmens · 27 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    Parents of students attending Chicago’s Andrew Jackson Language Academy were shocked to discover that 5th graders are slated to study “the pleasures of anal sex.” Chicago Public Schools spokesman Bill McCaffrey characterized the parents’ reactions as “excessively dramatic” and “not well thought out. It’s our job to help prepare our students for life in the real world. Teaching them the skills needed for safe sex is at least as critical a part of our job as teaching them how to read.” “Sex is a topic of universal interest to students,” McCaffrey asserted. “What we teach them about this topic will...
  • Little Lady Reloader, Age Five

    11/25/2014 10:56:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A reader sent this picture of his daughter assisting him in reloading cartridges.   On a single stage press, such as the RCBS pictured, there  is plenty to do.   A young child can easily and safely deprime cases, such as this young girl is doing.   She deprimed 500 of them for her father, and was very pleased with herself.   It reminds me of pleasant times when my daughter was about five.  She loved to help me reload ammunition. My own first experiences with reloading were when I was much older, perhaps eight, or nine.  My father reloaded hunting ammunition for...
  • Democratic Lawmakers Target School Choice

    11/25/2014 10:53:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/21/2014 | Jack Spencer
    In the last five months, Democrats in the Michigan Legislature have introduced 10 bills and two budget amendments that impose more oversight, reporting requirements, regulations, restrictions or an outright ban on charter public schools and the entities that authorize ("charter") them. The bills are part of an escalating battle over the extent which Michigan parents who can't afford or don't prefer private schools can still choose where to send their children to school. The bills come at a time when the number of charter schools in the state has expanded from 240 in 2009 to 303 in the current school...
  • DOE Says AP Classes Must Be Racially Balanced [satire]

    11/25/2014 9:46:02 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    The South Orange-Maplewood School District in New Jersey was told by the US Department of Education that the racial imbalance in its Advance Placement (AP) courses was discriminatory because minorities are under represented among the students enrolled in these classes. AP courses are intended for college-bound graduates and typically entail heavier workloads and more difficult assignments. US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan brushed aside arguments relying on student interest and ability as “insufficient to overcome the goal of racial equality. For the school to say that minorities are over represented on the school’s athletic teams and that somehow counterbalances their...
  • Big Government Works Great... But for Whom?

    11/25/2014 9:38:35 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 25, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Ever since the Depression-era enlargement of the Leviathan, successfully marketed as the "New Deal," conservatives have argued against proposed government programs by shouting “They’re Unconstitutional!” and “They Don’t Work!” Such complaints often fall on deaf ears, because the Constitution is barely taught or respected nowadays, and the question of whether they work or not so often appears to be subjective. Perhaps it’s time for a new approach. I would submit that it’s time to stop saying that "Big Government Programs Don't Work".... because the fact is, they usually do. It usually isn't that they don't work, it's that they work...
  • The Soul, It's Burdens, and the Path to Restoration (Part 2) PODCAST

    11/24/2014 3:46:52 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    SOUNDCLOUD ^ | Rob W. Case
    Do you feel lost? Does your mind reside within a state of chaos, confusion, disorder, and does it perhaps carry with it an anxiety over what the future may hold? In part 2 of our series on the soul, we will explore, and expose, some of the darkness that resides within us due to living in a fallen world. We will add discernment to the darkness as the path to restoration will require a connection and a decision by you. Find out how, on this edition of Making Sense with Rob Case. To access this podcast, please click HERE or...
  • US Mum Bucks Muslim Propaganda in School

    11/24/2014 3:34:54 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 11 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 24 November 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Islamic supremacism is taught in American public schools, one of which is Porter Ridge High School in Union County, North Carolina. A ninth-grade world-history teacher assigned an in-class worksheet about Islam which the pupils had to fill in with the "correct" answers (the worksheet's first part is in the above picture). FALSITIES TAUGHT AT SCHOOL Some of those answers were that Islam is a peaceful religion, Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world and most Muslims' faith is stronger than the average Christian. Islamic Scriptures and history are testament to the fact that the exact opposite of the...
  • State Superintendent Claims Detroit Public Schools Has Dramatic Teacher Shortage

    11/24/2014 1:14:45 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 38 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/21/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In late September, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said in a press release that there was a “dramatic teacher shortage” causing large classroom sizes in Detroit Public Schools. Flanagan called on businesses, career professionals and the state Legislature to help. A review of the number of teachers relative to the student enrollment in DPS, however, doesn’t paint a picture of a teacher shortage. Detroit Public Schools has one classroom teacher for every 16.65 students, a ratio that is a little higher than the state average but lower than higher performing school districts. Teacher-to-student ratios are not the same as class sizes,...
  • Michelle will ‘guide’ you through Christmas this year

    11/24/2014 9:19:48 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/24/14 | Judi McLeod
    Jonathan Gruber dimwits: Michelle Obama has been strangely quiet since her husband King Obama I delivered Executive Amnesty on November 20. “I wonder where Michelle is?” talk show radio supremo Mark Levin asked on Friday. “Where are the girls?” “I don’t know.” Only the school children of America know for sure where Michelle Obama isn’t: In the school cafeteria where she has been given the proverbial bum’s rush for her scanty and even gross school day lunches, with which she has abysmally failed to replace Mom’s lovingly packed paper bag lunch.
  • State Can’t Name Any School Closed for Poor Performance

    11/24/2014 6:49:47 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/22/2014 | Tom Gantert
    As charter public school authorizers await details of sanctions State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Flanagan has threatened for poorly performing charter schools, choice advocates are asking why the state doesn't subject conventional public schools to the same accountability. Flanagan has threatened to suspend charter school authorizers’ ability to create more schools if their current ones don't meet performance standards. The Michigan Association of Public School Academies and Great Lakes Education Project claim that no conventional school has ever been shut down for poor academic performance, an allegation that may be hard to verify. On the other side, top state...
  • FL: Opinion Swinging Toward Campus Carry? (poll)

    11/22/2014 5:06:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    After the recent shooting on campus in Florida, Florida Carry quickly made the case that the campus was a "gun free" or "defenseless victim" zone, and that removing the prohibition on legal guns would make campus safer.  From new4jax.com: Friday said several lawsuits are pending against Florida universities that refuse to allow students the right to carry weapons in class. In states like Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Kansas, Friday said, school shooting statistics are remarkably lower than the rest of the nation. "Every state that allows law-abiding students to carry guns on campus, every one of those schools...
  • GA:"We is teenagers, don't shoot me"

    11/21/2014 9:04:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 47 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Has the use of the word "teenager" by the old media given criminal teens a sense of immunity?   You see it again and again. Trayvon Martin is constantly referred to as a teenager, as though that somehow absolved him of his crimes. Most male children, who are brought up in intact families, do not become predatory creatures in their teens.   But for those who do not have strong, moral, male role models in their lives, especially if this is the default position in their community, predation is a common role. In a home invasion in Georgia, the homeowner grabbed...
  • Charter School Group Warns State Superintendent

    11/20/2014 8:25:33 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/18/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Last week the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers sent a letter to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction challenging his authority to suspend charter public school authorizers without first going through the formal rule making process prescribed by the state's Administrative Procedures Act. Charter school advocates said they are expecting Superintendent Michael Flanagan to act sometime this week to suspend charter school authorizers from opening additional charter schools due to poor academic performance. Martin Ackley, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Education, said they were reviewing the Nov. 5 letter and would respond within the 90 days allowed by...
  • OH: School Superintendent Does not Like Guns or the Constitution

    11/20/2014 1:19:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The right to keep and bear arms is clear.  The right to free speech is clear, as is the right to equal protection under the law.  But in Ohio, Franklin School Superintendent Michael D. Sander does not seem to approve of any of these rights.  A gun shop opened up 200 yards from the school, and Mike Sander wanted it shut down.  From daytondailynews.com: But Franklin Schools Superintendent Mike Sander was not too pleased with the district’s new neighbor. “Unfortunately, it’s there across the street,” Sander said of the gun store. “We don’t like it and expressed our displeasure...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Discusses Stopping President Obama’s Illegal Amnesty on the Kelly File

    11/19/2014 7:11:22 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 37 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/ ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Senator Ted Cruz on the Kelly File Obama policies were on the ballot and there was a referendum. This last election had two issues - Obamacare and Amnesty. Megyn Kelly: if you shut the government down or impeach the president, so what do you plan to do. Ted Cruz: Congress should use the constitutional authority. 1. Senate Majority leader, if you disregard the law, the senate will not confirm a single nominee. 2. Power of the purse - in Jan. systematically funding one dept after another, and pass appropriations with riders. Start with funding Defense. Then when we get to...
  • Mark Levin Busts RINOS Grubering America With Government Shutdown Lie

    11/19/2014 2:10:56 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 9 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | Nov 15, 2014 | You Tube
    Mark Levin debunks the RINO lie about debt default by breaking down every government shutdown in modern American history.
  • Reflections on Beer, Billboards, and Bargaining at the University of Illinois

    11/19/2014 9:19:18 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 19, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Coors Light is the official beer of the Fighting Illini. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Coors Light was voted on by the student body of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or that the school’s sports teams drink the stuff at halftime or wear its logo on their cars. No, just like dozens of other products from soft drinks to gym shoes, it means that the company signed a sponsorship deal with the University of Illinois. Now, I don’t know how you feel about it, but with the cost of college skyrocketing, I’m inclined to think that almost any revenue...
  • What Do College Undergrads Spend Their Student Loans On: High-School Classes

    11/19/2014 7:55:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/19/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Over the weekend we closed the chapter on the "mystery" of America's collapsing labor force and the record 90+ million Americans out of the labor force. As Pew reported, confirming what we had said all along, it has little to nothing to do with Boomers retiring - simply because under ZIRP they can't afford to retire - and everything to do with Millennials staying in school because they can't find the well-paying jobs they had expected, raking up $1.2 trillion (and exponentially rising) in government-funded student debt in the process. To wit: More and more Americans are outside the...
  • Hall Of Heroes': Michigan School Replaces Mural With Paintings Of Oprah, Obama..

    11/18/2014 7:29:32 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    Inquisitr.com ^ | Nov 14, 2014
    Hall Of Heroes': Michigan School Replaces Mural With Paintings Of Oprah, Obama, And Other Celebrities Michigan parents are infuriated that the “Hall of Heroes” mural depicting historical figures at South Arbor Charter Academy has been replaced with paintings of Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, and other celebrities. South Arbor Charter Academy in Ypsilanti, Michigan, removed the likes of Albert Einstein, Betsy Ross, Gandhi, astronauts, Mother Teresa, and other accomplished historical figures and replaced their images with those of Oprah, Obama, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, and J.K. Rowling. “This is no longer a hall of heroes. Now we have a hall of...
  • Existence of U. of Oregon Student Senator Miles Sisk Confirms Failure Of American Experiment

    11/17/2014 4:39:01 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    Popehat.com ^ | 11-5-2014 | Ken White
    <p>"Pack it in, we're done here," snapped University of California Professor Emeritus James Clyden, who helped announce the scientists' findings at a grim press conference. "It's all on Canada's shoulders now," added Clyden, shuddering.</p> <p>"What is happening on these blogs is cyber-bullying and I believe that this is a crime. The people running these blogs are criminals,” Sisk said. “Frankly, I’m done with it.”</p>
  • The Subjugation of Christianity and America to the Muslim Brotherhood and Allah

    11/15/2014 7:16:50 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 24 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | Nov 15, 2014 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Fools. Remember when al Qaeda and ISIS (who have now merged) said they would see their evil, black flag over the White House? Might as well be drifting in the breeze there – this is a major step towards it. You see, to subjugate Christianity to Islam, negates it in the Islamist’s eyes and this is what has happened when you let the Muslim Brotherhood hold their prayers in a Christian cathedral. It also claims DC as a conquest for Islam. So in fact… just as Obama claimed, they now see the US as a Muslim nation. From Western Journalism:...
  • Ferguson Tweet Cost Texas Teacher Her Job; #VinitaHegwood Trends on Twitter

    11/15/2014 1:18:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    China Topix ^ | November 14, 2014 | Vittorio Hernandez
    It's official. A racially offensive tweet cost Dallas English high school teacher Vinita Hegwood her job. The trustees of the Duncanville Independent School District, in a special meeting on Friday morning, confirmed her discharge over a comment she made on her personal Twitter account about the Ferguson shooting that resulted in the death of Michael Brown. The trustees stressed that it gave Hegwood, a teacher for 20 years, an opportunity to explain her side, but they nevertheless decided to fire her. Hegwood actually resigned from Duncanville High School, although she was suspended without pay first following her tweet. Hegwood told...
  • Nampa biology teacher slaughters rabbit in class, school officials say (Idaho)

    11/15/2014 9:51:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Idaho Statesman ^ | November 13, 2014 | Bill Roberts
    A Columbia High School biology teacher killed and slaughtered a rabbit in front of 16 sophomores to show them how livestock is processed into food, Allison Westfall, the Nampa School District spokeswoman, said Thursday. The matter has been turned over to the district’s human resources department, Westfall said. She would not speculate on what might happen to the teacher because it is a personnel matter. She said she didn’t have the name of the teacher. The teacher expressed remorse for his action in class on Monday, Westfall told the Idaho Statesman. “That is not part of the biology curriculum,” she...
  • The Washington Post called Jonathan Gruber the "party's most influential health-care expert"

    11/14/2014 6:10:08 PM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist that said that Obamacare had to be made deliberately deceptive, in order to be passed, was considered the most influential expert of the Democrat Party in 2007.   This was no self promotion, but a pronouncement by one of the most influential and prominent of the old media outlets, the Washington Post: On the other side was an economist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has become possibly the party's most influential health-care expert and a voice of realism in its internal debates. In a precursor to the revelations recently that Gruber aided in...
  • School replaces 'hall of heroes' mural honoring Mother Theresa,others with Oprah,JK Rowling

    11/14/2014 12:08:48 PM PST · by massmike · 12 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 11/14/2014 | Todd Starnes
    For years, boys and girls at South Arbor Charter Academy have been inspired by Heroes Hall – a corridor featuring murals that honored the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts, Mother Teresa, Betsy Ross and Albert Einstein. But many parents are furious after the principal had the murals replaced with paintings honoring President Obama, J.K. Rowling and Oprah. “This is no longer a hall of heroes,” parent Craig Bergman told me. “Now we have a hall of celebrities.” So what the heck is going on here? Why did the South Arbor Charter Academy remove a mural memorializing the fallen Columbia astronauts and...
  • Los Angeles School District Argued 14-Year-Old Could Consent To Sex With Teacher (Wins)

    11/14/2014 6:50:43 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/13/2014 | CHUCK ROSS
    Attorneys for the Los Angeles Unified School District introduced the sexual history of a 14-year-old into evidence during a civil trial last year and argued that she was able to consent to sex with a teacher twice her age. The shocking details of the case were uncovered by Southern California’s KPCC as it was investigating another civil case pending against the school district involving a teacher that had molested dozens of students. After Elkis Hermida, a 28-year-old math teacher at Thomas Edison Middle School, was convicted of lewd acts with a child in July 2011 and sentenced to three years...
  • School District May Have Crossed Legal Line in Tax Request

    11/14/2014 6:22:55 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/11/2014 | Tom Gantert
    An email blast sent Nov. 3 from the superintendent in Pinckney Community Schools using school mailing lists stated the district was “asking voters to renew” a multi-million millage raises questions whether the district crossed the line and violated state campaign finance law. The email, sent by superintendent Rick Todd to parents, employees and school board members, states: “For Pinckney Community Schools, we are asking voters to renew a 6-year Non-Homestead Millage of 18 Mils.” The six-year millage passed last night and will raise about $3.7 million a year for the school district, which is located in Livingston County. Bob LaBrant,...
  • St. Louis Schools–Townships Warn to STOCK UP ON WATER, FOOD, MEDICINE Before #MikeBrown Decision

    11/13/2014 11:38:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 13, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    St. Louis area schools and townships are warning residents to stock up on water, food and medicine before the Mike Brown court decision. Local officials fear a violent response to the St. Louis County Court’s decision. Over three dozen businesses were vandalized and looted during the Ferguson rioting in August. The City of Berkeley, near Ferguson, released this statement warning residents to stock up on water, food and medicine before the verdict is announced. *Make sure you have plenty of bottled water (a gallon per person per day), and non-perishable, easy-to-access food in case you cannot get to a local...
  • Michigan School Rankings Ignore Effects of Student Background

    11/13/2014 9:53:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Michigan Department of Education’s failure to incorporate students’ socioeconomic status in their high-stakes “Top To Bottom” rankings of public schools means the department is ignoring what is a prime determinant in academic achievement. Schools that perform in the bottom 5 percent of the MDE’s rankings risk being taken over by the state and also could be closed. Selcuk Sirin, an associate professor at New York University who has performed several academic studies on the topic, said a family’s expectations, how much they value educational achievement and the level of school-related activities in the home are partly determined by socioeconomic...
  • Almost Every Teacher and Administrator at Poor Performing Districts Rated 'Effective'

    11/13/2014 9:34:51 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/6/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In recent staff performance evaluations by the Flint Community School district, 94 percent of its teachers and 99 percent of administrators were rated as “effective” – the second highest rating a school employee can receive. However, those ratings do not correlate with the academic progress of students in Flint schools, whose average performance during the same two year period reflect the district’s troubled history of poor outcomes. During the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, 62 percent of Flint schools placed in the lowest 10 percent on the state’s “Top-to-Bottom” academic rankings. Even when student progress is adjusted for socioeconomic status,...
  • Effort to Short Circuit School Choice Laid Out

    11/12/2014 10:01:11 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/6/2014 | Tom Gantert
    House Democrats have announced legislation that completes the charter public school policy they would likely pursue if they gain control of that chamber. Under the House Democrats’ plan, a moratorium on new charter schools would be imposed until the new regulations that they are proposing were enacted. House Bill 5852, which was introduced in September, would put the charter school moratorium in place. House Bills 5915 through 5918, announced on Oct. 21 — plus the previously introduced House Bill 5696 — would provide the new charter school "transparency and accountability" standards. With only a few legislative session days remaining in...
  • WI: Veteran Day Program Banned from School because of Ceremonial Rifles

    11/12/2014 7:56:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It has long been obvious that the banning of guns from schools has nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with the indoctrination of children.   The purpose is to delegitimize the ownership and use of guns.   From weau.com: EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- For the first year, a local veterans group will not be holding a Veterans Day program at the Eau Claire area school district, the decision was because of a disagreement over firearms. While it is stated that there are more reasons involved, the primary one is that school officials do not want any firearms,...
  • Four Saginaw Teachers Stand Up and Win

    11/12/2014 7:43:52 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/8/2014 | Patrick Wright
    In September 2013, the Michigan Education Association had a surprise for the nearly 8,000 public school employees who thought that by not signing up for the union’s e-dues that they were expressing their desire to disaffiliate from the union and thereby exercise their freedoms under Michigan’s newly enacted right to work law. The union announced that it was going to enforce its little-known bylaw purported to only allow members to resign during the month of August. Through the efforts of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation and four brave Saginaw school teachers, the so-called August window has been declared illegal. When...
  • Racially-charged tweet on Ferguson shooting to get Texas teacher fired (Not what you think)

    11/11/2014 12:01:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    A Texas teacher who posted a profanity-filled tweet over the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. -- telling those who disagreed with her to "kill themselves" -- is being fired, school officials said Monday. Vinita Hegwood, an English teacher at Duncanville High School, was suspended without pay Monday pending her discharge after posting a "reprehensible" message on her personal Twitter account, according to the Duncanville Independent School District....
  • DOJ grants $63 million for social justice school discipline promoted by Bill Ayers

    11/09/2014 8:11:01 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 29 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | November 7, 2014 | DANETTE CLARK
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice recently promised a whopping $63 million to investigate school safety programs and to reward districts for implementing “restorative justice” and other related school discipline programs. According to an October 1st statement from Attorney General Eric Holder, “This funding is being awarded as part of the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative – a large-scale, multi-agency research effort to build practical, and scientifically-sound, knowledge about effective ways to increase school safety nationwide.” However, according to a review of past and current restorative justice initiatives in schools, the funding appears to be just...
  • Union Members Used School Email to Promote School Board Candidates

    11/07/2014 8:15:38 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/4/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The superintendent of Livonia Public Schools said it was a mistake that an email signed by district employees supporting four school board candidates was sent to district employees at their work email addresses. Two district employees who are officials in the Livonia Education Association union local signed the email. “It was sent by a staff member of the local EA (education association) who inadvertently sent it to the wrong email list,” Superintendent Randy Liepa told Capitol Confidential. “It was done in error. They did let us know immediately about the error and apologized.” He did not say if any action...
  • The Magnitude of the Mandate

    11/07/2014 1:17:07 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 15 replies
    November 7, 2014 | self
    Pat Buchanan in The Kumbaya Temptation said, "Had a British prime minister received a vote like this, he would have resigned by now." Of course the supreme narcissist will never entertain such a thought. In fact, the magnitude of the smack down probably hasn't even registered with him yet, or if it has, he's in so much denial he will never realize it was all about him. Nixon resigned after a cover-up of a third rate burglary. This guy has: Benghazigate, IRSgate, VA scandals, Fast and Furious, Holder crimes, NSA spying, outrageous government spending, trillions in national debt, 100 Trillion...
  • Conventional Schools in Anti-Charter Legislator’s District Have Little to Brag About

    11/07/2014 8:09:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/5/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Democratic State Rep. Sarah Roberts of St. Clair Shores has become the most recent face of opposition to charter public school expansion in Michigan. She was the primary sponsor of House Bill 5852, which was cosponsored by all but three members of the House Democratic caucus. The bill would impose a moratorium on new charter schools, based in part on claims of poor academic performance. However, when students’ socioeconomic background is considered, the conventional public schools serving Rep. Roberts' home city fare no better academically than charter schools. That key information is not apparent in the much-publicized school rankings the...
  • MI: School Advocating SWATting as Policy?

    11/06/2014 6:01:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Michigan, it is legal for people who have a concealed carry permit to openly carry firearms on school grounds and into schools.   It is illegal for them to carry concealed firearms on  school grounds or into schools.   Some second amendment supporters have exercised their rights by carrying their personal defensive firearms openly while picking up their children or visiting schools for other reasons.  Banning guns from schools is a relatively recent  phenomena.  The idea started being pushed about 1990.   There was never any validity to it as a safety measure.   Mass shootings in schools have only gone up...
  • TX: Woman Planted Pistol in Child's Backpack, then Called School

    11/06/2014 11:17:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Hodges I suspect this sort of activity has been common in the war on drugs.   But this is the first case that I have heard where it has been documented that a gun was planted on a child so as to get them in trouble with school authorities.   It would of course, be even easier to do so with a few cartridges, and much less traceable.   From yourhoustonnews.com: A 28-year-old woman was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for planting a pistol in a child’s backpack and anonymously reporting him to the school. Heather Hodges was the live...
  • Dear Rush, "I Hope He Stays!"

    11/06/2014 9:45:45 AM PST · by RobaWho · 8 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | November 6, 2014 | Rob Cunningham
    In the same spirit of love for America that compelled Rush Limbaugh to famously state, “I hope he fails!“, my plea today is, “I hope he stays!” Driven by a love for America, I pray our blessed nation quickly regains it strength. So, I hope Obama remains in Washington, DC, for many years after his term officially ends in 2016. Why? Because Obama will NEVER accept or admit he is wrong. His extreme narcissism will drive him to stay in the public spotlight, just as a moth is uncontrollably attracted to a light bulb. As a result, he will unwittingly...
  • It’s all but official: This will be the most dominant Republican Congress since 1929

    11/05/2014 6:34:32 PM PST · by GilGil · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/5/2014 | Philip Bump
    This will be the most dominant Republican Congress since 1929, with an almost-certain 8 percent majority in the Senate and an 11.7 to 17.7 percent majority in the House. That trumps the party's 6.3/13.3 percent majorities in the 80th Congress that began in 1947. (Even if the party loses the Senate races in Louisiana or Alaska, it only needs two of the contested House races that remain to go its way to beat 1947.)
  • Sarah Palin: "It's A Great Night" • Election 2014 • 11/04/14

    11/05/2014 5:52:37 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | Nov 5, 2014 | You Tube
    Governor Sarah Palin joined Fox Business host Neil Cavuto on the night of the 2014 midterm elections as favorable results for the GOP mounted.
  • The Epitaph of Higher Education: They're Not Lumberjacks?

    11/04/2014 1:34:06 PM PST · by xuberalles · 9 replies
    Self | 11/4/14 | Me
    I believe the time has come for common sense to matriculate to the campuses of Ivy League colleges and engage in a little civil discourse. When a majority of students identify the Tea Party as a greater threat to America than ISIS, or dare I say Barack Obama, then they're clearly incapable of critical thought or being worthy of any respect whatsoever. And these are the best and brightest minds America has to offer? Oh, I beg to differ; more like ‘Western Civilization's Most Wanted’ for crimes against academia and can openers! The Tea Party - unlike the revoked charter...
  • Disarmenter or Disarmist?

    11/04/2014 12:02:58 PM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I have recently started using the term "disarmenter".   It was derived from a combination of disarm and demented. Tomkat, on freerepublic, suggested that the term disarmist was less clumsy and easier to use.   Which  do you think would be the better term? dis·arm·en·ter (ds-ärmn-tr)  alt.  dis·arm·ist     (ds-ärmst) n. 1. A political operative who works to disarm political opposition through the use of irrational and/or emotional arguments. 2. A person who believes that disarming citizens will reduce crime or unjustified violence, in spite of contrary evidence or facts. 3. A person who wishes to disarm others because they do...
  • Sharia being taught in at least one Maryland high school

    11/03/2014 8:56:01 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/3/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    A World History teacher in Maryland’s La Plata High School is forcing his students to study Islam, the so-called “religion of peace.” When Marine Kevin Wood learned his daughter was being force fed “The 5 Pillars of Islam” in her government run school, he was outraged and brought the matter to the attention of school officials requesting that his daughter be excused from preparing a three page assignment on Islamic beliefs. Now it is Wood who is being forced to defend himself and has been barred from even entering his child’s school. Wood’s objection should have led to an immediate...