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  • Charlie Crist sides with teachers union over black clergy in school choice program lawsuit

    09/15/2014 6:15:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/10/14 | Marc Caputo
    Charlie Crist is siding with the teachers union — not African-American ministers — over a new lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the state’s major school-choice program..... Crist made his choice clear Wednesday when he refused to heed the request of a major Panhandle civil-rights leader, the Rev. H.K. Matthews, who asked the Democrat to “publicly denounce” a new teacher union-led lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the major school-choice program. “You cannot stay silent on this lawsuit,” Matthews wrote. “These families deserve to know if you support or oppose the lawsuit to evict 70,000 poor — and mostly minority — children...
  • Students rally for teacher who talks about faith

    CANTON, Ga. (September 11, 2014) - Students at a public high school outside Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he's standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom. Hundreds of students poured into hallways at Sequoyah High School Tuesday, holding signs and chanting in support of history teacher John Osborne. Osborne told WXIA-TV that he didn't feel supported by administrators, so he decided to take a few days off. He said he's talked about God at school for years.
  • Making Heads or Tails Out of Texas School Finance

    09/12/2014 2:44:09 PM PDT · by thetallguy24
    Hardhatters ^ | 09/12/2014 | Jordan Long
    It was bone-chillingly cold in the village of Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836. There, a group of Texans had gathered to formally announce their break from the despotic Mexican state recently established by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. With the Alamo under siege almost 200 miles to the southwest, the settlers methodically listed their complaints in the Texas Declaration of Independence. One of them lashed out at the Mexican government for neglecting “to establish any public system of education… although it is an axiom in political science, that unless a people are educated and enlightened, it is idle to...
  • Woodruff HS Students Made To Remove American Flags From Vehicles (SC)

    09/12/2014 9:53:02 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 55 replies
    wspa.com ^ | September 12, 2014
    7 On Your Side was contacted by several upset parents who say Woodruff High School students were made to take down American flags from their vehicles on 9/11. Spartanburg District 4 Superintendent Rallie Liston said four students arrived at the school Thursday morning with U.S. flags propped up on poles in their pickup truck beds. The school's principal, Aaron Fulmer, confiscated the flags because he said it is against district policy to “draw attention,” to one's vehicle. The flags were returned to the students at the end of the day.
  • Teacher hurt when gun accidently shatters toilet (concealed carry in elementary school)

    09/11/2014 5:35:32 PM PDT · by dayglored · 78 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept 11, 2014 | Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah elementary school teacher who was carrying a concealed firearm at school was struck by fragments from a bullet and a porcelain toilet when her gun accidently fired in a faculty bathroom on Thursday, officials said. The sixth-grade teacher at Westbrook Elementary School, in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville, was injured when the bullet struck a toilet and caused it to explode, Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said. Authorities initially thought the teacher had accidently shot herself. They now believe she was injured when the bullet and toilet fragments struck her lower...
  • D.C. Sixth-Grade Teacher Has Students Compare Hitler, Bush

    09/11/2014 3:35:25 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 52 replies
    NBC4 Washington ^ | 9/11/14 | Derrick Ward
    A D.C. sixth-grade teacher will apologize for an assignment that asked students to draw comparisons between former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler. The McKinley Middle School teacher sent students home with a Venn diagram and asked them to compare and contrast Bush and Hitler. At least one parent found it troubling on a number of levels. He told News4 he sees a certain lack of respect for the office of the president. And the instructions read "both men who abused their powers," which the parent said presents opinion as fact. D.C. Public Schools released a statement late Wednesday...
  • Students respond to Ferguson shooting (UMass)

    09/10/2014 11:47:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Massachusetts Daily Collegian ^ | September 11, 2014 | Marie MacCune and Catherine Ferris
    Students at the rally pose to reflect their anti-police brutality slogan, ‘hands up, don’t shoot’. Students of all races gathered around the Student Union in solidarity Wednesday against police brutality and racism in reaction to the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last month. Together Josh Odam, Christopher Young and Danielle Laroque organized the event. Odam a sophomore studying political science and legal studies said, “This rally is something that hits home for me because it could have been me, or my brother or my cousin. I don’t want to go to any more funerals with black...
  • Door Sleeve Keeps Shooters Out of Classroom

    09/10/2014 6:52:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Discovery News ^ | September 10, 2014 | Lauren Blanchard, FoxNews
    <p>A group of small town teachers have a big idea called The Sleeve. It's a device that slips over the closer-arm of a door to prevent the door from being opened from the outside. The idea is to buy time for teachers and students during a school shooting.</p>
  • Is There a “Privilege” Gap in Education?

    09/10/2014 1:26:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr
    My question may sound socialistic to some of my fellow conservatives; nonetheless it is a question that must be addressed. American high school graduation rates are at an all-time high, but the education gap between rich and poor continues to grow. Noble and expensive attempts to close this gap—including subsidized preschool and the controversial implementation of the Common Core State Standards—have largely failed. In the case of Common Core, where wealthy and middle class parents are hiring tutors to compensate for its weaknesses, the “reform” aimed at equalizing the playing field may actually be making the problem worse.Why is it...
  • Why the College Board Demoted the Founders

    09/10/2014 4:42:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    The National Journal -- The Corner ^ | 9-9-14 | Stanley Kurtz
    What is the core of the American story? What is American history about? For a long time, Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was thought to offer the most succinct and profound reply to these questions. The heart of the American story was said to be the Founding, with its principles of liberty and equality. American history was thus a study of our efforts to more fully realize republican principles, often in the face of our own flaws and failings. American history was also about the defense in peace and war of a unique experiment—a nation bound by democratic norms, rather than...
  • The college degree has become the new high school degree

    09/09/2014 8:51:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 9, 2014 | Catherine Rampell
    You’ve heard of grade inflation? Welcome to the world of degree inflation. A new report finds that employers are increasingly requiring a bachelor’s degree for positions that didn’t used to require baccalaureate education. A college degree, in other words, is becoming the new high school diploma: the minimum credential required to get even the most basic, entry-level job. The report is from Burning Glass, a labor market analytics company that mines millions of online job postings. The company found that a wide range of jobs — in management, administration, sales and other fields — are undergoing “upcredentialing,” or degree inflation....
  • School testing fatigue causes national movement to cut back (Florida)

    09/09/2014 5:14:45 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 11 replies
    Ocala Star-Banner ^ | September 8, 2014 | Joe Callahan
    Teachers have been complaining for years that children are forced to take an excessive number of state-mandated exams that, if failed, can prevent students from advancing a grade level or even graduating from high school. There’s a national movement afoot to reduce — or even eliminate — these state-mandated exams and go back to the days when grades and other factors were used for grade promotion. In recent months throughout Florida, the movement — once fueled solely by parents — has now reached school boards, which have even debated telling the state Department of Education it wants to opt out...
  • Why Do Peacenik Liberals Make War on Business?

    09/09/2014 12:29:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 9, 2014 | Christopher Chantrill
    "... we have lefty activists in full cry all across the nation demanding an increase in the minimum wage as the cure for inequality and a sluggish economy. And people believe them! Liberal journalist Norah O'Donnell asks Republican candidate Thom Tillis in North Carolina if a minimum wage of $7.65 an hour is “enough."Got any settled science on that, Norah?And what about the children?After two hundred years of a capitalism that has lifted the average person from an income of $3 per day to $100 per day,you would think that the educated, evolved people would have decided that the science...
  • Sowell: Mob Rule Economics

    09/08/2014 11:18:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 9, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    While we talk about democracy and equal rights, we seem increasingly to let both private and government decisions be determined by mob rule. There is nothing democratic about mob rule. It means that some people's votes are to be overruled by other people's disruptions, harassments and threats. The latest examples are the mobs in the streets in cities across the country, demanding that employers pay a minimum wage of $15 an hour, or else that the government makes them do so by law. Some of the more gullible observers think the issue is whether what some people are making now...
  • University of Miami President Shalala to Retire

    09/08/2014 9:10:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 9/8/14 | Tim Reynolds
    University of Miami President Donna Shalala says she will retire next year. Shalala informed members of the school's board of trustees of her decision Monday. The 73-year-old Shalala has led Miami since 2001, overseeing two major fundraising campaigns that will eventually bring a total of $3 billion to the school....
  • What English Pet Peeves do You Love to Hate?

    09/08/2014 6:29:29 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 179 replies
    OneHourSelfPub.com ^ | Sep 4, 2014 | Dave Bricker
    Discus­sions of English Language pet peeves pro­vide an enter­tain­ing forum for the expres­sion of ire. In fact, if a “pet” is some­thing we cher­ish, and a “peeve” is some­thing that annoys us, “pet peeves” are what we love to hate. Here’s a col­lec­tion of com­mon English solecisms—guaranteed not to lit­er­ally blow your mind:
  • Stotsky: Bill Gates' Deceptive Drive to Continue Common Core Will Weaken Public Schools

    09/07/2014 9:58:11 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dr. Sandra Stotsky | Dr. Sandra Stotsky
    The Gates Foundation has been very busy trying to figure out ways for governors, state boards, and commissioners of education to pretend they are giving up Common Core’s standards or tests, while ensuring these states still have warmed-over versions in place to satisfy Bill Gates’ ambitions. We now have many examples of states that have gone through the motions to placate the still-growing army of parents, teachers, state legislators, and other citizens demanding a stronger, not weaker, public school system. But, instead of developing stronger alternative standards in place of Common Core’s misbegotten standards, some elected and appointed officials have deliberately...
  • School District Trying New Lunch Menu Without Federal Guidelines

    09/07/2014 3:48:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | September 3, 2014 | Susanna Song
    CHICAGO (CBS) – The state’s second largest school district has started the school year with a new look for its lunch menu, after opting out of the National School Lunch Program and forfeiting nearly $1 million in federal funding, to gain more freedom in the food it serves students. In May, the board for Township High School District 214 voted to drop out of the federal program, after deciding its guidelines were too restrictive. For instance, kids would not have been able to buy hard-boiled eggs or certain types of yogurt. School officials also have noted new guidelines consider hummus...
  • The Encouraging Rise in School Choice

    09/06/2014 9:07:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    America is built on the philosophy of bootstrapping, or pulling yourself up through your own talents and abilities. And no tool is better suited for doing that than a good education.For years, however, a good primary and secondary education has been increasingly difficult to find. But IÂ’m happy to report, at the start of another school year, that an encouraging trend is underway: School choice is helping more and more children get the best education possible -- and putting the teachersÂ’ unions on notice that the failed status quo is no longer acceptable.Take the dramatic rise in students participating in...
  • University Squelches Freedom Of Speech With Campus-Wide Discrimination Initiative

    09/06/2014 12:06:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 4, 2014 | Emma Colton
    Wake Forest University kicked off the fall 2014 semester by instituting a campus-wide online system that has the potential to restrict free speech by allowing students and staff to anonymously file reports on any occurrences they deem biased or hateful. Known as the Bias Incident Report system , the online form does not specify the criteria for filing a report, nor does it explicitly define the word “bias.” Instead, students are pressured to submit a report anytime they believe they are encountering an incident of hate or bias — potentially opening the floodgates for students to report incidents without cause....
  • Ex-USC professor pleads guilty to having sex with boys overseas

    09/05/2014 7:51:50 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 71 replies
    LA Times ^ | Sept 5, 2014 | Richard Winton
    A former USC professor once on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives list pleaded guilty Friday to flying to the Philippines and having sex with several underage boys he groomed online. Walter Lee Williams, 65, admitted engaging in illegal sexual contact with minors in foreign places, entering the plea during a brief appearance before U.S. District Judge Phillip S. Gutierrez. As part of a plea, federal prosecutors agreed to recommend that the onetime eminent professor of gender and sexuality studies serve no more than five years in a federal prison. He also would be subject to 10 years supervision upon...
  • American University professor arrested on burglary, destruction of property charge

    09/05/2014 2:22:14 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5 Sept 2014 | By Peter Hermann
    A 37-year-old professor and department chair at American University was arrested Thursday and charged with breaking into a building at a shopping mall near campus and setting a small fire, according to D.C. police. David Pitts, chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy, was being detained pending his initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Friday. He was charged with burglary and destruction of property.
  • FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spies...

    09/05/2014 3:08:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/5/2014 | Bill Gertz
    Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week.Cuban intelligence services “have perfected the work of placing agents, that includes aggressively targeting U.S. universities under the assumption that a percentage of students will eventually move on to positions within the U.S. government that can provide access to information of use to the [Cuban intelligence service],” the five-page unclassified FBI report says. It notes that the Cubans “devote a significant amount of resources to targeting and exploiting U.S. academia.”“Academia has been and remains...
  • Worcester (MA) school bus video shows 'terrifying' confrontation between parents, driver

    09/05/2014 11:59:23 AM PDT · by matt04 · 116 replies
    The Republican ^ | updated September 05, 2014 at 8:48 AM | By Noah R. Bombard
    It's unclear what happened before the video started, but what happened afterward one parent could only describe as "terrifying." Video shot by a parent of a Quinsigamond Elementary School student Wednesday afternoon of what should have been a routine school bus stop showed young children crying and screaming, seemingly unable to leave the school bus they were riding in as parents shouted at the driver to let them off. In the video, shot near the corner of Perry Ave. and Harlem Street by parent Jessica Jimenez, parents curse and shout at the driver asking why she won't let the kids...
  • Where Minimum-Wage Workers Should Invest if the Wage is Raised to $15/hr

    09/05/2014 6:49:59 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 19 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/5/14 | Steve Berman
    Three things fast food workers should do with the “extra” money you’ll get if the national minimum wage is raised from $7.25 to $15 per hour. For argument sake, let’s call the average minimum wage $7.85 to account for California, New York, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Illinois and Florida, all of whom have something in the neighborhood of $8 (give or take).  Socialist enclaves of Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and Connecticut are in the $9 range, with Washington the winner at $9.32. Let’s also set the number of hours per week at 30 for the average burger-flipper or fry...
  • Florida Prepaid Tuition Costs Drop [Rick Scott Victory, Media Won't Give Him Credit]

    09/05/2014 4:30:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    The Ledger ^ | 9/5/14
    ....the Florida Prepaid College Board on Thursday approved lowering the program's prices and refunding nearly $200 million to about 18,000 families, according to a news release issued by the board..... ....Gov. Rick Scott this spring approved a measure that included steps such as reinstituting a cap on the fund's payments to colleges and universities and rolling back a "differential tuition" law, which allowed university tuition increases of as much as 15 percent a year.
  • The Stupendous Failure Of Big City Education: How Philly Teachers Union Loots The Schools

    09/02/2014 7:21:41 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge.com ^ | 8/29/2014 | Tyler Durden
    It’s that time of year again – when the little juvenile delinquents, future prison inmates, and functionally illiterate junior members of the free shit army pick up their “free” backpacks and “free" school supplies they will never use and shuffle off to the decaying prison like schools in the City of Philadelphia to eat “free” breakfasts and “free” lunches, while being taught government sanctioned pablum by overpaid mediocre union teachers. It’s a repeat of every year for the Phila school district. As the school year approaches they are shocked to report a massive deficit and beg the State of PA...
  • Math Teacher Takes Almost an Entire Minute Explaining How to Add 9 Plus 6 Using Common Core Math

    09/04/2014 2:09:32 PM PDT · by walford · 124 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep. 4, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    A simple addition problem seems to become a little more complicated under Common Core. That is made very clear in a new “Homework Helper” segment that recently aired on WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, New York. In the new educational segments, local teachers attempt to help confused parents better understand their children’s Common Core homework. In the introductory segment, a math teacher takes nearly an entire minute explaining why 9 plus 6 equals 15. “Our young learners might not be all together comfortable thinking about what 9 plus 6 is. They are quite comfortable thinking about their friend 10,” the teacher says...
  • Common Core: Bobby Jindal says Obama forcing a national curriculum

    08/29/2014 12:34:15 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 8/27/14 | By Stacy Teicher Khadaroo
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) sued the US Department of Education Wednesday, accusing it of violating federal law and the US Constitution by strong-arming states into adopting the Common Core State Standards and assessments. “The federal government has hijacked and destroyed the Common Core initiative,” Governor Jindal said, in a statement. “What started out as an innovative idea to create a set of base-line standards that could be ‘voluntarily’ used by the states has turned into a scheme by the federal government to nationalize curriculum.”
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY EXAM REWRITE:THE FUNDAMENTAL TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA!

    09/04/2014 10:10:12 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 37 replies
    Vanity | 9/2/2014 | NEW HANOVER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
    Please read the document below to fully grasp the nature and magnitude of the "problems" in the GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS and "education" in America today! They're REWRITING OUR HISTORY -- AGAIN!!!! This is ESPECIALLY for you parents who, after scrimping and saving for years to send your offspring to "prestigious" colleges and universities, are dismayed that they come back to you filled with ideas so foreign to you that you suspect that they had instead gone to Moscow's Patrice Lumumba University! (Hint: They might have been better off if they had.) The good folks in Charleston are trying to halt this...
  • Joe Becomes a Hunter

    09/04/2014 8:42:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Last year, I wrote about mentoring a new hunter.   It is harder to bring new hunters into the gun culture now than when I was a child.   When I started hunting at age 11, with an air rifle on the farm in northern Wisconsin, I grabbed a gun, stepped out the door, and was hunting.   My father had carefully told me what pests I could hunt.  In  a year, I was using a real rifle,  a .22.  My father taught me to shoot, but most of my early hunting was alone or in the company of one or...
  • Kansas City Public School Sent ‘Threatening’ Letter To Homeschool Family

    09/03/2014 9:40:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 3, 2014 | Maria Santos
    When a Kansas City family pulled their son out of a public elementary school to homeschool him, the local school referred them to the district attorney’s office for truancy. A homeschool advocacy organization intervened, and the school was forced to back down and apologize. In Kansas, as in several other states, families must register their homes as “private schools” to homeschool their children. The family followed the law exactly, naming and registering their school and notifying their son’s elementary school in February that he would be withdrawing. But a few months later, in May, the school sent the family a...
  • Kindergarten teacher who went on rampage against GOP signs placed on paid leave (WI)

    09/03/2014 5:36:35 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 9-3-14 | M. D. Kittle
    The Germantown kindergarten teacher who was cited for disorderly conduct after police said she tore up and stomped on several Republican signs at the Jefferson County Fair because she was “so angry with Gov. Scott Walker” is on paid leave, Wisconsin Reporter has learned. April Kay Smith, 38, who teaches at Amy Belle Elementary School, first denied, then admitted to Jefferson County authorities she damaged several signs at the Jefferson County Republican Party booth after the fair had shut down for the night on July 9. Germantown Superintendent Jeff Holmes confirmed that Smith is on administrative leave and an investigation...
  • Charters Outperform Conventional Schools When Student Poverty Status Is Taken into Account

    09/03/2014 10:53:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/1/2014 | Tom Gantert
    If the Michigan Department of Education were to take the socioeconomic status of students into consideration when ranking school performance, it would find that charter public schools outperform conventional public schools on the state's Top-to-Bottom list, according to an analysis done by Audrey Spalding, education policy director for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Spalding’s analysis found that if there are two schools of the same grade levels where both have the same percentage of students eligible for a free lunch — one a charter public school and the other a conventional public school — the charter would, on average,...
  • Freep this CNN poll: Should children be allowed to learn to shoot guns under adult supervision?

    09/02/2014 10:26:09 PM PDT · by VRWCmember · 65 replies
    CNN Online ^ | 9/2/2014 | CNN Pollster
    Scroll down to bottom right of the CNN page to answer the poll question: Should children be allowed to learn to shoot guns under adult supervision?
  • Cost of educating new class of illegal immigrant minors estimated at over $760M

    09/02/2014 12:51:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 2, 2014 | Dan Springer
    A new report puts the price of educating the thousands of illegal immigrant children who recently crossed into the U.S. at a whopping $761 million this school year -- as some school systems push for the feds to pick up the tab. The estimate comes from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which issued a report on the 37,000 “unaccompanied minors” – who mainly are from Central America – after analyzing data from the Department of Health and Human Services and education funding formulas in all 50 states. The numbers underscore the concerns critics have raised for months about...
  • 11-year-old to be expelled for bringing a virtual gun to a virtual school?

    09/02/2014 10:12:19 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    Badger Pundit ^ | 9-2-2014 | Badger Pundit
    Meet Melissa A. Horn. She’s the 40-year-old Wisconsin school principal who’s currently bullying an 11-year-old boy over a tiny picture of a gun and an American flag on the computer he uses only at home.The boy, Matthew, is “attending” — through distance learning, via computer — Wisconsin Virtual Learning, a 4K-12K virtual school run as an online pubic charter school by the Northern Ozaukee School District.Horn is its principal and executive director. For more on Horn, consult her LinkedIn page and her “Executive Director’s Message” in which she speaks about how, at Wisconsin Virtual Learning, “we pride ourselves in being...
  • Sen. Mike Lee Pleads: Abolish Common Core

    09/02/2014 8:56:48 AM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 01 Sep 2014 | Courtney Coren
    Sen. Mike Lee has called on Americans to join him in the effort to abolish the federal Common Core education standards "As a U.S. Senator, I’ve seen the federal government make a mess of everything it touches," the Utah Republican wrote in the email sent out Monday morning. "And if they're allowed to stay, Common Core standards will be the ObamaCare of education," he wrote. "Common Core is the DC takeover of our school system. It will dumb down standards and cheapen the education our children receive." All kids in America "deserve the best education in the world. The only...
  • Common Core Blockbuster: Mathematician Dr. Jim Milgram Warns Common Core Will Destroy...

    09/02/2014 7:35:59 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/1/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    During a Friday conference call sponsored by Texas-based Women on the Wall, Stanford mathematician and former member of the Common Core Validation Committee Dr. James Milgram, told listeners that if the controversial standards are not repealed, America’s place as a competitor in the technology industry will ultimately be severely undermined. “In the future, if we want to work with the top level people, we’re going to have to go to China or Japan or Korea… and that’s the future we’re looking at,” Milgram said during the call that was part of a day-long Twitter campaign to target Indiana Gov. Mike...
  • Florida's Lee County votes to rescind decision to opt-out of Common Core standards testing

    09/02/2014 8:05:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Florida's Lee County school board has rescinded its vote to opt-out of the state's standardized testing. At a meeting Tuesday morning, the board voted 3-2 in favor of resuming testing....
  • Letter: Re-enactment could be educational (Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin deaths)

    09/01/2014 9:18:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | September 1, 2014 | John C. Stevens
    I am having trouble understanding the error the teacher in Selma, Ala., made that was serious enough to warrant suspension without pay (“Sixth-graders re-enact Missouri shooting; teacher suspended,” Reuters article, Aug. 23 Dispatch). It sounds like a good idea to give an assignment requiring students to act out a current event. If the students themselves chose the Ferguson, Mo., shooting and the Trayvon Martin incident, perhaps they gained a deeper understanding of racism, crime and other societal problems. It would be a great exercise in communication, teamwork and addressing emotionally charged issues. The principal at the school was quoted as...
  • Lee School Board's opt-out vote "sparking a discussion"

    08/31/2014 6:31:44 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 4 replies
    WINK News ^ | Aug 29, 2014
    FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lee County School Board's vote to opt out of state-mandated testing has sparked a statewide conversation. And, some education leaders in Tallahassee are concerned about the potential fallout. Dr. Wayne Blanton, the Executive Director of the Florida School Boards Association tells WINK News he agrees there is a tremendous problem with over testing. He says this vote is sending a strong message to state lawmakers. But, he's concerned. "I believe it could become a movement," Blanton said. "It is sparking a discussion." He says school districts, board members, parents have been calling him and asking...
  • Michelle O’s lunch rules sour first day of school for many students

    08/31/2014 11:20:27 AM PDT · by upchuck · 61 replies
    eagnews ^ | Aug 29, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    FLORENCE, S.C. – Students arrived on the first day of school and realized a lot had changed over the summer. The lunch line they used to visit to pick up pizza and french fries now had “same school lunch food as the others with more salad.”SCnow.com reports:Sophomore Madeline Taylor noticed that hardly anyone was eating. “The entire rest of the day all I heard about was how hungry everyone was,” she said. “I then became very concerned about what would happen if this continued everyday throughout the school year.” Bring Back The Choice of Pizza and French Fries” and to...
  • Another For-Profit College Bites The Dust

    08/30/2014 8:26:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 30, 2014 | Blake Neff
    Nearly 10,000 students across the country are facing an uncertain future following the sudden collapse of another for-profit college system this week. After a summer which saw the dramatic collapse of Corinthian Colleges, fellow for-profit education company Anthem Education is rapidly closing its doors after the company filed for bankruptcy this week. Prior to filing for bankruptcy, Anthem Education had no fewer than 34 different campuses around the country. That number is in rapid free fall, with nine campuses shutting down Friday after the Department of Education failed to approve a deal that would temporarily keep them open. Anthem’s collapse...
  • Ferguson shooting spurs curriculum advocates to craft lesson on race (Black Panthers)

    08/30/2014 3:50:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Even though the police shooting of an unarmed man in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is only weeks old and a grand jury is still trying sort out what really happened, a Washington-based nonprofit is offering a classroom lesson plan that draws a link between the incident and the revolutionary rhetoric of the 1960s Black Panther Party. Teaching for Change says its “Teaching about Ferguson” guide can help students think critically about the shooting of Michael Brown in an Aug. 9 confrontation with police and ways they can be proactive in their own communities. “The Black Panther Party’s 1966...
  • Crisis in the Classroom: Surge of illegal immigrant kids poses challenge for schools

    08/29/2014 2:59:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 29, 2014 | Mike Emanuel
    What was a crisis on America's southern border is now turning into a major challenge for school administrators across the country. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have crossed into the U.S. in recent months, and those not being held in health department-run facilities have in many cases been sent to live with sponsors, who are typically extended family members. As the new school year begins, the children, who in many cases don't speak English and have limited reading skills, are showing up for class. This has raised questions in local districts about the strain it could put on teachers....
  • Oklahoma Loses Waiver From No Child Left Behind Provisions (due to leaving Common Core)

    08/29/2014 6:10:09 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 28, 2014 | MOTOKO RICH
    As a result of its retreat from Common Core, a set of reading and math standards adopted by more than 40 states, Oklahoma was notified Thursday that it lost its waiver from key provisions of No Child Left Behind, the signature Bush-era education law. Under the waiver, Oklahoma — along with 42 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico — were released from the requirement under the old law that all students demonstrate proficiency in reading and math by 2014 or be declared failing. To receive the waiver, Oklahoma had committed to adopting more rigorous “college and career...
  • Judge again finds state school financing system unconstitutional (TX)

    08/28/2014 6:06:11 PM PDT · by NYTexan · 56 replies
    Star Telegram.com ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 | Morgan Smith
    AUSTIN — Nearly three years after more than 600 Texas school districts sued the state challenging the school finance system, a Travis County judge has ruled in their favor. In an almost 400-page opinion released Thursday, state District Judge John Dietz said that the state’s school finance system is unconstitutional not only because of inadequate funding and flaws in the way it distributes money to districts, but also because it imposes a de facto state property tax. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office, which had argued that the system was flawed but nonetheless constitutional, said Thursday that the state “will...
  • 4-Year-Old Expelled from Preschool over Mom’s Facebook Rant

    08/28/2014 2:39:29 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 51 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 08/28/2014 | Jordan Valinsky
    Ashley Habat wasn’t thrilled that the school didn’t give her enough time to prep her son Will for picture day, reports a Jacksonville television station. Understandably, she ranted about the school on her personal Facebook page, writing, “Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike about Will’s School? Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant?”
  • Culture Challenge of the Week: Do You Know What "They" are Teaching Your Kids?

    08/28/2014 2:18:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    With “free” education offered in every town in the United States, a plethora of teachers who seem to be more than willing to take a role of authority in place of parents, and the convenience of sending our children to someone else to educate them, many parents have relinquished their role as the primary director of their children’s education. Our kids spend more awake time in schoolrooms during their formative years than just about any other place. But it seems that most parents ­don’t have a clue what their children are being taught. Even the most expensive private school can...