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  • Marine Veteran Complains About Pro-Islam Bias In Daughter’s Schoolwork, Gets BANNED From School

    10/30/2014 4:51:56 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 15 replies
    daily caller ^ | 10/29/14 | dailycaller
    Marine Veteran Complains About Pro-Islam Bias In Daughter’s Schoolwork, Gets BANNED From School A Maryland father who asked that his daughter be excused from learning about Islam in her world history class now finds himself under a no-trespass order that prevents him from setting foot on the girl’s public school campus. The events leading to the no-trespass order occurred at La Plata High School in La Plata, Md., a small town about 30 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., SoMDNews reports, a website for three local newspapers.
  • NBC Nightly News Broadcasts Critical Story About Common Core

    10/29/2014 8:49:27 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 29, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Until recently the mainstream media has portrayed the opponents of Common Core to be just a bunch of conservative yahoos incapable of understanding what a wonderful education program it is. However that might now be changing. Last night, NBC Nightly News surprisingly broadcast a segment highly critical of Common Core. The segment showed just how confusing and lacking in common sense common core is. Although it portrayed teachers as mostly satisfied with the program while parents were distressed, it is hard to imagine any how any sane person can see the utility of Common Core which as you will see...
  • A father of eight explains why he hasn’t saved a penny for his kids’ college education

    10/29/2014 12:06:04 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/28/2014 | By Jonnelle Marte
    David T. Fagan has eight kids and his oldest daughter is a senior in high school–and he hasn’t saved a penny for his children’s college education. But Fagan isn’t stressing. In fact, Fagan says he would prefer it if his children didn’t go to college at all. Fagan and his wife lay out their parenting philosophy in new book Guerrilla Parenting, scheduled to be released in January, and say they encourage their children to strike out on their own and create businesses from the time they’re in elementary school. If the children are set on going to college — and...
  • Institutionalized racism in education? How do you draw a face that conveys "flabbergasted?"

    10/29/2014 10:27:35 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-29-14 | The Looking Spoon
    So I'm galavanting around Tumblr and I came across this post: angrysomali: Next time you wanna call me a reverse racist for calling White people out on their bull****: just look at this and tell me what it means. Institutionalized racism. Wtf is this s**t My response: Hey! Let's assume a white person made this, because that's not prejudiced at all!If the page is really that upsetting, fine...here, it's page is fixed now...And don't give me any crap about how it's not fixed because the black girl is now proud the dog ate her homework...Look, it was RACIST for her...
  • 'If my kids want to go to college, they'll have to pay themselves'

    10/28/2014 5:03:57 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 124 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 October 2014 | Erin Clements for MailOnline
    A father of eight has sparked controversy by refusing to save money for his children’s college education. Guerilla Parenting author David T. Fagan told the Washington Post that college is 'a lot of wasted time' and if his children want to attend, they will have to pay for it themselves. The 37-year-old marketing entrepreneur, whose family lives in Orange County, California, added to MailOnline: 'The focus is too much on a piece of paper and not enough on self-reliance.'
  • Common Core Rulz

    10/28/2014 8:55:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    On both coasts, grandparents are learning to apply a modern-day rule of thumb with surprising accuracy: If it looks inane, it’s probably Common Core. “The Berkeley school district's curriculum for sixth-grade math was an exact copy of the Common Core State Standards for the grade,” Marina Ratner wrote in The Wall Street Journal on August 5, 2014. “The teacher in my grandson's class went through special Common Core training courses.” “As his assigned homework and tests indicate, when teaching fractions, the teacher required that students draw pictures of everything: of 6 divided by 8, of 4 divided by 2/7, of...
  • School's Nation of Islam handout paints Founding Fathers as racists

    10/27/2014 6:59:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | October 27 | Todd Starnes
    The mother of an eight-year-old wants to know why a Tennessee school teacher gave her child a handout from the Nation of Islam that portrayed the presidents on Mount Rushmore as being racists. Sommer Bauer tells me her son was given The Nation of Islam handout at Harold McCormick Elementary School in Elizabethton. The handout asked “What does it take to be on Mount Rushmore?" The handout then explains that George Washington hailed from Virginia, a “prime breeder of black people.” Of Theodore Roosevelt, it was alleged he called Africans “ape-like.” There were also disparaging remarks made of Thomas Jefferson...
  • Parent banned from La Plata [Maryland] HS after Islam homework dispute

    10/27/2014 3:11:05 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 51 replies
    Southern Maryland Newspapers Online ^ | October 27, 2014 | Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
    The father of a La Plata High School student has been barred from the school grounds after officials said he threatened to disrupt the school environment. Kevin Wood was issued a no-trespass order last week after a telephone call with La Plata High Vice Principal Shannon Morris on Thursday. Wood called to air complaints regarding his daughter’s world history assignment that asked students to examine elements of the Islamic religion. Morris and La Plata High Principal Evelyn Arnold reported to the Charles County Public Schools central office that Wood in his phone call had threatened to upset the school environment...
  • University of Texas to Offer "Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism" Course Next Semester

    10/27/2014 9:33:52 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 20 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/27/14 | Aurelius
    The University of Texas at Austin is offering a new class in the Spring of 2015 called "Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism." Specifically titled, "AFR 372C, 29690, Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism," the college explains that it knows the course has a "very eye-catching title." But, it explains, "Whether or not you are a Beyoncé Bey or part of the Rihanna Navy, it will cause you to do a double take while scrolling through electives. The one downside, students may not realize the type of academic inquiry or material that will be covered in the course." The course's listing on the college's...
  • Oklahoma St sues NMSU over pistol-packing mascot

    10/26/2014 8:49:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 22, 2014
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Oklahoma State University is suing New Mexico State University over the use of a pistol-packing mascot that it says is "confusingly similar" to the Cowboys' own Pistol Pete. Oklahoma State, which filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma, wants NMSU to stop using the mascot, sometimes referred to in Las Cruces as "Classic Aggie."
  • Charles Barkley Slams ‘Unintelligent,’ ‘Brainwashed’ Black People

    10/26/2014 7:03:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    News One For Black America ^ | October 26, 2014 | Kirsten West Savali
    No stranger to controversial statements, NBA Hall of Famer turned sports commentator, Charles Barkley, blamed stagnation in the Black community on “brainwashed” Black people too “unintelligent” to choose education over street credibility. During an appearance on Philadelphia’s “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis” radio show, Sir Charles responded to a Bleacher Report article claiming that teammates of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson felt that he wasn’t “Black enough.” Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman denied the locker room racism, telling CBS Sports, “Nobody in here said that. It’s made up.” Wilson also brushed off the story, saying, “Black enough? I don’t...
  • Why America Ranks 26th In The Developed World For Math (In 1 Common Core Question)

    10/26/2014 7:57:17 AM PDT · by cutty · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/25/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Among the 34 OECD countries, the US performed below average in mathematics and is ranked 27th ... While the U.S. spends more per student than most countries, this does not translate into better performance (e.g. the Slovak Republic, which spends around $53k per student, performs at the same level as the US, which spends over $115k per student).
  • Newington parents upset schools cancel Halloween

    10/25/2014 3:43:14 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 17 replies
    News 8 ^ | October 23, 2014 | News 8
    Newington, Conn. (WTNH) — Bah Humbug! It’s the wrong holiday, but some say the grinch came early and took Halloween from the kids at two Newington Elementary Schools. The principals at Ruth Chaffee Elementary and Anna Reynolds Elementary say leave the costumes at home. That means 8-year-old Alyssa Montano can’t bring her pointed hat and broom to the classroom. “What did you think when you found out you can’t celebrate Halloween at school?” we asked. “It was stupid and weird because they shouldn’t take it away from other people,” said Alyssa. Her mom, Lori, says she was the one to...
  • Nevada is the Best State in America

    10/24/2014 9:18:10 AM PDT · by redreno · 32 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | 10/24/2014 | By Reid Wilson
    College is getting more expensive. Tuition plus room and board at a four-year institution cost more than $23,000, on average, in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, about $10,000 a year more than the price tag in 1991-1992. Paying for college takes a lot of planning, scrimping and saving. And no state does more to help its citizens save for their children’s future than Nevada.
  • Reformers, unions spending big on Democratic State Board candidates ( Common Core )

    10/24/2014 5:58:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Chalkbeat Colorado ^ | October 22, 2014 | Todd Engdahl
    Democrats for Education Reform biggest spender in two races. A political committee affiliated with Democrats for Education Reform has spent nearly $126,866 in two State Board of Education races, and the group’s state director indicates more such spending is planned. That amount is more than five times the combined $22,560 spent as of Oct. 8 by Democratic candidates Henry Roman and Jane Goff from their own campaign treasuries. ... Kerrie Dallman, president of CEA, said the union’s interest is less with the political composition of the board than it is with candidates whose views match CEA priorities. Other education sources...
  • Obama Administration Wants High Schools to Teach Government Lesson Plans on How to Eat

    10/23/2014 12:12:55 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 61 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has written four lesson plans aimed at teaching students how to eat, and is encouraging schools around the country to teach these plans to kids in high school. The lesson plans are being paired with a new online tool called “SuperTracker,” which lets students input all the food they eat all day to better track their weight and their eating habits. The tool also tracks their physical activities each day. The lesson plans, which USDA presented as a 67-page online textbook for teachers, includes certificates that can be given to students who use the SuperTracker...
  • Pitt University Newspaper: "Condemning ISIS is Offensive"

    10/23/2014 7:14:44 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 45 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/23/14 | Aurelius
    A University of Pittsburgh newspaper writer has declared it offensive to condemn ISIS. ISIS. The terrorist organization murdering innocents and cutting off the heads of journalists. How could condemning ISIS possibly be offensive? Author Eli Talbert, a Pitt columnist, explains in a piece called "Why Condemning ISIS is Offensive." He begins by saying that ISIS "might also be a concern," but what is much, much more "disturbing," according to Talbert? Moderate Muslims denouncing the terrorist group. First, he cites President Obama's call for Muslims to denounce ISIS as an example of "thinly disguised Islamophobia." Talbert retorts that expecting any Muslim...
  • North Carolina report details 'shadow curriculum' designed to keep athletes eligible

    10/22/2014 12:25:03 PM PDT · by fungoking · 35 replies
    al.com ^ | 10/22/2014 | Craig Stephenson
    More than 3,000 students at the University of North Carolina -- nearly half of them athletes -- were enrolled in a "shadow curriculum" over a two-decade period that involved no-show classes and bogus grades, according to a report released by the school on Wednesday. U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein compiled the 224-page report, which the school posted on its website. The report details UNC's former African and Afro-American Studies program, in which hundreds of Tar Heel athletes -- including numerous high-profile basketball and football players -- majored in or took classes from 1992-2011. According to the report, several AFAM...
  • Frustrated Parent Posts Ridiculous Common Core Math Question that Teaches to Solve 7x5 in Six Steps

    10/22/2014 7:10:56 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 86 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/22/14 | Aurelius
    A concerned parent posted a picture of their third grader's common core math homework yesterday. Frustrated, they called the homework "ridiculous." Just how ridiculous? Third graders are now being taught how to multply single digit numbers using six steps. Common Core is the over-complication of simple problems. So, how do you solve 7 times 5? You don't just solve it quickly in your head. You don't count by seven five times. Instead, you are supposed to break five into two smaller numbers. It doesn't explain why you don't break seven down, but students are supposed to instantly know that five...
  • GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY: THE UNAPOLOGETIC BENEFICIARY OF A TERROR REGIME

    10/21/2014 6:00:04 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 5 replies
    Political Illusions Exposed ^ | October 21, 2014 | C. Nethery
    DESCRIPTION: Georgetown University is the beneficiary of funds from Qatar, the same country which funds Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Let us imagine a hypothetical scenario, shall we? You have a friend. In spite of a few personal shortcomings and a penchant for choosing some unsavory friends in his other social groups, from what you can tell, he shares similar ideals, political views and objectives. One day, your friend approaches you with an idea. “Why don’t I build and pay for a ‘mother-in-law’ suite in my backyard which you can live in, and you’ll only have to pay for the...
  • Discussion Over ‘Common Core’ Gets Heated In Costa Mesa

    10/21/2014 8:41:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 21, 2014 12:04 AM | Stacey Butler
    COSTA MESA (CBSLA.com) — A discussion over the controversial new curriculum, known as Common Core, got heated Monday night in Costa Mesa during a special meeting at the Orange County Board of Education. Those on both sides of the initiative, which encompasses state standards, spoke out although no decision was reached during the meeting. “Our job is to educate students. To look at both sides. And I think that that’s what Common Core wants you to do. Critical thinking,” said one attendee. But even some teachers admit that no one really knows what Common Core is. “I think it’s supposed...
  • Judge rules on student punished for criticizing lesbians

    10/21/2014 7:05:51 AM PDT · by detective · 30 replies
    WND ^ | 10/20/2014 | Bob Unruh
    The University of New Mexico and one of its professors will face trial on a charge of violating the constitutional rights of a student punished for expressing her opinions about lesbianism in a class described by the instructor as having “controversy built right into the syllabus.” Chief U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo denied a motion by the university to dismiss a case brought by student Monica Pompeo, who claimed she was improperly dismissed from the class for describing lesbianism as perverse in an assigned critique of a lesbian romance film.
  • Schools failing to teach gay, lesbian history

    10/19/2014 9:34:50 PM PDT · by rey · 46 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | October 19, 2014 | MATT BROWN
    California public schools do an inadequate job of teaching students about gay and lesbian history, despite a 2011 law that requires schools to teach such lessons, according to a national panel of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history scholars led by a Sonoma State University professor.
  • Student’s photo of skimpy Michelle O school lunch sparks outrage (Moochelle Obama lunch)

    10/16/2014 10:26:05 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 144 replies
    Eagnews ^ | 10/16/14 | Kyle Olson
    CHICKASHA, Okla. – Lunch meat, a couple of crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower qualified as lunch in Chickasha Public Schools Monday. Chickasha lunchStudent Kaytlin Shelton took a photo of the skimpy lunch and showed it to her parents. “It makes me want to take that and take it to the Superintendent and tell him to eat it for lunch,” the girl tells Fox 25. “I can go pay a dollar for a Lunchable and get more food in it,” her father, Vince Holton, says. [Snip] The new lunch complies with lunch regulations championed by...
  • Hundreds of Kids, Parents and Residents Pray on a High School Football Field After Atheist Attacks

    10/17/2014 8:11:26 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 54 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | 10/17/14 | Tiffiny Ruegner
    Pray to God to preserve the First Amendment. Hundreds of residents took to a high school football field Friday night to collectively bow down and pray — a massive response to atheist activists’ recent accusations that a local school district is guilty of at least two violations of the separation of church and state. But the prayer event wasn’t the only noteworthy response to secularists’ complaints, as local resident David Hoover placed three large Christian crosses on land he owns across the street from Licking Valley High School in Newark, Ohio — 10 to 13-foot symbols intended to send a...
  • 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...
  • The beginning of the people's Web: 20 years of Netscape

    10/17/2014 5:03:18 PM PDT · by sopwith · 31 replies
    ZDNET ^ | October 14, 2014 | By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    I was the first writer to cover the Web for a popular audience, and it did prove popular. I mean, it must have had hundreds of thousands of users in 1993! Today, Facebook alone has over a billion users. What's Hot on ZDNet Apple releases OS X Yosemite for Mac for free; iWork updated iOS 8.1 available October 20 for iPhones, iPads Apple Pay ready for lift-off and Google 'trying to get it right' Microsoft to 'Connect' with developers at November event in New York You see the problem was that it was really, really hard to use the Web...
  • Common Core Question Asks: "There are 25 Sheep and 5 Dogs in a Flock. How Old is the Shepherd?"

    10/17/2014 11:21:49 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 118 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Aurelius
    In an intentional attempt to study and potentially confuse children, children were asked "There are 25 sheep and 5 dogs in a flock. How old is the shepherd?" Why might you ask this supposedly common-core aligned question? According to the teachers who created this problem, it is to teach students that they must: 1. Explain the meaning of a problem. 2. Plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. 3. Continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" This question has actually been researched for years, and is still being asked to children. Today, however, it is...
  • Harvard is No. 438 in these college rankings

    10/16/2014 2:04:32 PM PDT · by grundle · 18 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Rick Newman
    Anybody who studies lists of best colleges is used to seeing Ivy League schools and a few other elite perennials filling the top 10. But in a new list of rankings meant to identify the best colleges for lower-income students, the Ivies are closer to the bottom than the top. Montana Tech is the No. 1 school in a new “social mobility index” generated by CollegeNet, a higher-education technology company, and Payscale, a compensation-data firm. The SMI rankings are meant to highlight schools that do the best job of helping disadvantaged students graduate with the ability to start a career...
  • School, business closings announced over Ebola concerns (Ohio, List inside)

    10/16/2014 9:58:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    WJW-TV ^ | October 16, 2014 | Darcie Loreno
    AKRON, Ohio — Akron school officials announced that Resnik CLC was closed Thursday as a precaution after a student’s mother had contact with Ebola patient Amber Vinson. Details of their contact were not made available. The student was in voluntary quarantine along with his/her mother. The health department did not order the school to close, rather the district made the decision as a precaution. It will remain closed until Oct. 20. BRECKSVILLE, Ohio — The PNC Bank processing center in Brecksville will be closed today as a precaution after learning an employee traveled on one of the same planes as...
  • Creative Way to Educate Low-Income Students [The Atlantic]

    10/16/2014 9:30:32 AM PDT · by Disgruntled_Voter · 8 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/16/2014 | Deborah Fallows
    How does the Cristo Rey business model work? Here are the words of founder John P. Foley, S.J. of the Cristo Rey schools, “If you can afford to come here, then you can’t come.” Here is the reality of the numbers: Start-up per student costs for the Cristo Rey Columbus school are about $18,000 per year. Once the school reaches enrollment capacity, that will drop to about $12,000-13,000. Cristo Rey found a creative way to fund most of the tuition. First, in Columbus, $5000 per student per year is potentially available from Ohio’s school choice voucher program; if a student’s...
  • Teaching American Students They're Victims Is A Grave Disservice

    10/15/2014 2:59:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10-15-14 | Thomas Sowell
    Goddard College's recent decision to have its students addressed from prison by a convicted cop killer is just one of many unbelievably irresponsible self-indulgences by "educators" in our schools and colleges. Such "educators" teach minorities born with an incredibly valuable windfall gain — American citizenship — that they are victims who have a grievance against people today who have done nothing to them, because of what other people did in other times. If those individuals who feel aggrieved could sell their American citizenship to eager buyers from around the world and leave, everybody would probably be better off. Those who...
  • EDITORIAL: Nanny staters, swinging on the schoolyard

    10/14/2014 8:54:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 13, 2014 | The Washington Times
    <p>Going to school these days isn’t what it used to be. Kids are marched through metal detectors on the way to a disappointing lunch of arugula with a side of alfalfa sprouts. Now they’re ruining recess. Swings in Seattle are now forbidden.</p>
  • The most lucrative seven-figure MBA degrees

    10/14/2014 2:29:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    FORTUNE ^ | 10/14/2014 | John A. Byrne
    (Poets&Quants) — What’s an MBA degree really worth? And how much more money does an MBA from Harvard, Stanford, or Wharton get you over a career than one from Texas A&M, Ohio State, or the University of Iowa?Those are questions that perplex and confound many deciding whether to get the degree and, if so, where to get it from. Not everyone can get into the most highly selective business schools. So many candidates have to face the question over whether it’s worth getting the MBA from a second- or even third-tier school.A new analysis done exclusively for Poets&Quants by...
  • Sowell: Irresponsible 'Education'

    10/14/2014 10:28:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Goddard College's recent decision to have its students addressed from prison by a convicted cop killer is just one of many unbelievably irresponsible self-indulgences by "educators" in our schools and colleges. Such "educators" teach minorities born with an incredibly valuable windfall gain -- American citizenship -- that they are victims who have a grievance against people today who have done nothing to them, because of what other people did in other times. If those individuals who feel aggrieved could sell their American citizenship to eager buyers from around the world and leave, everybody would probably be better off. Those...
  • Yuck: 83% of nation´s schools report more lunches dumped by kids

    10/13/2014 5:39:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner | 10/13/14 | Paul Bedard
    As school children continue to protest Michelle Obama’s push for healthier lunches by dumping their full trays into garbage bins, the nation’s school boards are joining in to demand that the Obama administration let them off the hook of serving the costly and tasteless meals. Armed with a national poll for National School Lunch Week, the National School Boards Association on Monday demanded that Washington address the “onerous requirements for federal school meal programs
  • I Came to America Speaking Spanish. And I Oppose Bilingual Classes.

    10/13/2014 5:34:40 PM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 13, 2014 | Mike Gonzalez
    New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farińa and Milady Baez, the chief for “English-language learners,” are looking to increase dual-language programs, in which students receive instruction in both English and a second language. This is bad news for the kids and for New York City. I know from personal experience. Start with the big picture: Multilingualism in a person is a great asset — but a society with no common language is cursed. This holds double for New York, the ultimate city of immigrants. Without English holding it together, New York would soon cease to work.
  • These 3 Players Have a Lot to Lose if School Lunch Reform Takes Effect

    10/12/2014 12:29:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    InTheCapital ^ | October 8, 2014 | Tess VandenDolder
    For many young professionals far from their schools days and a ways away from having children of their own, the battle over healthier school lunches seems of little relevance. But in Washington, D.C., the policy debate has become an all encompassing issue highlighting the intricate network of lobbyists, corporations and associations all with a financial stake in a policy that was otherwise born of good intentions. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was passed in 2010, offering $4.5 billion in new funding over 10 years. However, the details of the new program have yet to be implemented due to a growing...
  • New Jersey Assembly Bill 2812

    10/11/2014 8:42:55 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 8 replies
    LegisScan ^ | march 24th 2014 | NJ Politicians
    Requires development of longitudinal data system that maintains individuals' data from preschool through entry into workforce
  • 2 arrested, accused of making threats at Coral Springs schools

    10/11/2014 5:19:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 10/10/14 | Amanda Batchelor
    Two students have been arrested after threats on social media were made against Coral Glades High School and Sawgrass Springs Middle School. The students arrested were identified as a 16-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl.... ..... post similar threats with one stating, "I'm a white boy. I've been bullied a lot, and I'm posting on Instagram that people don't go to school tomorrow because I'm going to shoot up the school with an AK-47."
  • 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.
  • Mike Pence: Solutions Come From the States – Not Federal Government

    10/10/2014 12:59:47 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-8-14 | Mike Pence
    Over the last several decades, Washington has passed laws and promulgated regulations that diminish the ability of states to govern as envisioned by our nation’s founders. Meanwhile, across this great nation, governors are balancing budgets, reforming and reducing taxes, reducing the state regulatory burden and implementing novel programs to serve their citizens. In many respects, governors are doing this despite roadblocks put up by the federal government and bureaucrats in Washington. There is only so much that we can do at the state level. Federal regulations drive the costs of goods and services and those costs are then born by...
  • Common Core Math Question: How Does 8 + 5 = 10?

    10/10/2014 9:28:56 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 89 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/10/14 | Aurelius
    Imagine you are a student doing math work. You've gone through a number of questions, and you feel you've really got the hang of everything. Then, all of a sudden you get this question: "Tell how to make 10 when adding 8 + 5." What do you respond? That was the problem facing a young student learning how to add using Common Core. The student responded with confusion, answering the same way most of us would: "You cannot make 10 withe [sic] 8 + 5." The student was told he was wrong. Underneath, his teacher wrote, "Yes you can. Take...
  • SFPS leads suit seeking increase in school funds

    10/10/2014 9:27:45 AM PDT · by redreno · 1 replies
    http://www.santafenewmexican.com ^ | 10/09/2014 | By Robert Nott
    Santa Fe Public Schools is among three school districts suing the state of New Mexico and its Public Education Department in an effort to force an increase in funding for public schools in a state that perennially scores near the bottom in national ratings. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in state District Court in Santa Fe, asks the court to declare that current funding levels violate the New Mexico Constitution and asks the state to change its funding formula to offer equal support for students who are English language learners or living in poverty.
  • 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...
  • Nebraska school district urges teachers to be more inclusive, stop referring to “boys and girls”

    10/08/2014 7:34:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via Katherine Timpf of NRO, I’m 90 percent sure this is a hoax. No, wait, let me rephrase: I would be 90 percent sure this is a hoax, if not for the fact that the school superintendent confirmed on a local radio show that these materials were handed out to teachers at one Lincoln-area middle school. Repeat: Middle school.Oh well. High time America’s 10-year-olds started considering whether they’re cis or trans.The recommendations about intervening when an androgynous child is being bullied are fine, but c’mon. This isn’t real, is it?I can’t read those italicized parts without hearing Mike Judge...
  • Ebola-hit Sierra Leone launches school by radio (Home School Alert)

    10/08/2014 1:09:18 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | 8 Oct 2014 | By Rod Mac Johnson | AFP –
    Sierra Leone on Tuesday launched an ambitious schooling effort for more than a million children denied their education due to the Ebola epidemic, saying lessons would be delivered via radio. Classes in a variety of subjects will be broadcast for four hours, six days a week, on 41 radio stations and the country's sole TV channel, the government announced. "The plan is to provide a suitable option for our school-going population as the entire school system has been disrupted since the outbreak of the Ebola disease," said Education Minister Minkailu Bah. Schools have been closed since the government announced a...
  • School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclusive to Transgender

    10/08/2014 2:38:38 PM PDT · by tje · 55 replies
    National Review ^ | OCTOBER 8, 2014 1:50 PM | Katherine Timpf
    A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead. “Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at Lincoln Public Schools. “Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.
  • Bounced check for school lunch turns into $800 charge

    10/08/2014 2:24:45 PM PDT · by redreno · 49 replies
    LACEY, Wash. -- A family is outraged that their $30 bounced check for school lunches has exploded into an $800 charge. A giant lunch bill has left a bad taste with Dr. Christina Johnson-Conley. Her two children attend North Thurston High School in Lacey and eat lunch there every day. But last year the family bounced a $30 lunch payment check. They just found out that their wages were garnished nearly $800. "I support our school district, but not in this way," said Johnson-Conley. The North thurston school district said it had no choice but to do everything to collect...