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  • School districts, parents at odds over breakfast in class

    04/19/2015 10:38:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | April 18, 2015 | Christine Armario
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food. Instead of providing low-income students free or reduced-price meals in the cafeteria, they're increasingly serving all children in the classroom. Food policy advocates say the change increases equity, however, it's fueled a backlash from parents and teachers. They contend that it takes up class time that should be devoted to learning and wastes food by serving it to kids who don't want or need it....
  • Due process on campus needs a congressional champion

    04/18/2015 10:05:07 PM PDT · by yuffy · 1 replies
    Washingtonexaminer ^ | APRIL 16, 2015 | BY ASHE SCHOW
    It's a sad day in America when due process rights granted in the Constitution need protection, but here we are. On college campuses across the country, students — particularly male students — are learning the hard way that they have little if any due process rights should they ever be accused of sexual assault. Indeed, an accusation is all that's needed to destroy or severely alter their future. The reason for this comes from the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, which has reinterpreted Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to view sexual assault as a form...
  • 2 Arrested in Attack That Knocked Long Island Teacher Unconscious (Hempstead NY)

    04/18/2015 9:39:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 88 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 8:33 PM EDT, Thursday, Apr 16, 2015
    A parent and a juvenile have been arrested after an attack on a Long Island teacher that a group said left the educator unconscious for several minutes. Authorities say the duo allegedly attacked the female math teacher Wednesday at Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempstead. […] The parent, Annika McKenzie, pleaded not guilty to assault charges and is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. McKenzie’s attorney, Don Rollock, told NBC 4 New York that the parent came to the school because the teacher put her hands on her 12-year-old daughter. “Teachers shouldn’t lay their hands on kids,”...
  • Hillary Clinton Message to Kids Trapped in Failing Schools: Move to a Better Area

    04/18/2015 8:43:54 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 25 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | April 17, 2015 | Paul M Winters
    As one begins to dissect and find meaning in Hillary Clinton's campaign announcement video, Getting Started, once striking message is that she sends to parents whose kids are trapped in failing schools, move to a better area. While much of the video is merely a fluff piece designed to pander to every conceivable demographic her campaign can target in its 2 minutes and 18 seconds, there are a few striking observations, none as disturbing as her apparent solution for addressing the problems of under-performing public schools. After introducing us to a woman whose home-grown tomatoes are apparently "legendary" the Hillary campaign...
  • Kids pulled from school over anti-bullying exercise

    04/18/2015 4:48:51 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 24 replies
    Union Leader (NH) ^ | April 17, 2015 | Dale Vincent
    MANCHESTER — The father of a Hallsville School fourth-grader wants the principal reprimanded, or fired, for allowing an anti-bullying exercise that asked students to curse in class. Keith Katsikis said he and his wife have pulled their three Hallsville students out of the school after they found out about the exercise he believes is inappropriate for children. Katsikas has started a petition calling for the firing of Hallsville principal Christi Michaud. He also sent copies of his letter to the school superintendent, school board members, the mayor, aldermen and the woman who presented the exercise. “I wanted to make sure...
  • Poor Children May Have Smaller Brains Than Rich Children. Does That Tell Us Anything?

    04/18/2015 2:50:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 102 replies
    Slate ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jordan Weissmann
    Social scientists have found that by the time children enter kindergarten, there is already a large academic achievement gap between students from wealthy and poor families. We still don't know exactly why that's the case. There's a sense that it at least partly has to do with the fact that affluent mothers and fathers have more intensive parenting sytles—they're more likely to read to their kids, for instance—and have enough money to make sure their toddlers grow up well-nourished, generally cared for, and intellectually stimulated. At the same time, poor children often grow up in chaotic, food-insecure, stressful homes that...
  • Denver teacher's 'I wish my teacher knew' assignment goes viral

    04/17/2015 9:35:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    UPI ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    DENVER, April 17 (UPI) -- A Denver teacher's assignment asking third grade students to write down things "I wish my teacher knew" went viral when she shared some of the responses.
  • Lawmakers push for homeschool reform after two children found in freezer

    04/17/2015 4:37:50 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 84 replies
    WXYZ Detroit ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jennifer Bisram
    (WXYZ) - A new homeschool bill was introduced this morning after a young brother and sister were found dead in their mother's freezer last month. If passed it would require every child being homeschooled to be registered with their school district. The schooling would be able to take place at any appropriate location. "I believe this bill not only will have a part in monitoring children's education. ..in some cases, save lives," said Stephen Berry and Stoni Blair's grandfather John Blair. John was standing with family members and state and local leaders outside of the Spirit of Detroit Statue at...
  • Sustainability’ gone mad on college campuses

    Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of people who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment. It thereby trumps Stanford, whose halfhearted exercise in right-mindedness has been to divest only coal stocks. Evidently carbon from coal is more morally disquieting than carbon from petroleum. The effect of these decisions on the consumption of fossil fuels will be nil; the effect on the growth of institutions’ endowments...
  • Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett taking paid leave amid federal probe

    04/17/2015 10:53:46 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    Chicago Suntimes ^ | 4-17-2015 | FRAN SPIELMAN, LAUREN FITZPATRICK and MICHAEL SNEED
    Embattled Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has agreed to take a leave of absence pending the outcome of a federal investigation into the role she played in awarding a no-bid, $20.5 million principal training contract to a company that once employed her. Sources said an interim CEO, Chicago Board of Education Vice President Jesse Ruiz, would be appointed to replace Byrd-Bennett and get on with the serious business of averting another teachers strike, fending off bankruptcy at the Chicago Public Schools and persuading the Illinois General Assembly to grant CPS the pension relief pivotal to avoid going broke. There...
  • Students at Pittsburgh-area school allegedly organize “Anti-Gay Day”

    04/17/2015 12:54:19 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 29 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | uncredited
    A Pittsburgh-area school district is investigating allegations of harassment involving students. Several parents and students from McGuffey High School in Washington County have reached out to Channel 11 News voicing concern about a so-called “Anti-Gay Day” allegedly organized by some students. A group of students allegedly spread the news that if they were “Anti-Gay,” they were to wear a flannel shirt and write “Anti-Gay” on their hands. Below is a statement from Dr. Erica Kolat, the superintendent of McGuffey School District. “Yesterday afternoon, April 16, 2015, allegations of harassment were brought to the attention of our administration. McGuffey School District,...
  • Teens shocked by graphic content at anti-bullying conference (WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT)

    04/17/2015 12:04:10 PM PDT · by kingattax · 49 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Editor's note: WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT They thought the Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth was about anti-bullying. Instead, about 1,000 teenagers from more than 100 Iowa communities were treated to a profanity-laced performance by a drag queen along with graphic conversations on oral sex and a transgender tutorial on how to make fake testicles. The April 3rd conference was sponsored by Iowa Safe Schools, a non-profit group that creates “safe and supportive schools” for LGBTQ young people. Some parents were furious about some of the sexually explicit comments from paid speakers – including a comedian who told the high school...
  • (Indiana) School District Excludes All White Students From Third-Grade Field Trips To Local Colleges

    04/17/2015 11:22:55 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 17, 2015 | Eric Owens
    Public school officials in South Bend, Ind. are segregating elementary schools students by race and ferrying black students — and only black students — on visits to local colleges. The students facing racial segregation in America in the year 2015 are third graders at seven elementary schools, reports local ABC affiliate WBND. School district officials say they do not intend for the taxpayer-funded reenactment of Jim Crow-era race racial segregation to be discriminatory. Instead, they say, the intent is to inform black students about college because low numbers of black students attend college.
  • Detroit Charter School Parents: Don’t Take Away Our Freedom to Choose

    04/17/2015 9:04:08 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/16/2015 | Anne Schieber
    Educational choice in Detroit is worth the fight. That's the message from 11 Detroit-area families whose children attend charter schools and spoke to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy about a proposal to limit public charter schools in the city. The Mackinac Center met with the families at their homes and at schools so they could publicly share their views on school choice. “Let them flourish,” said Corey Hughes, who has had experience with charter schools first as a father and now as a grandfather. A coalition of foundations, public school officials and other interests has proposed centralizing control of...
  • Parents rip school after college field trip includes only black students

    04/17/2015 8:45:40 AM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 18 replies
    FOX News ^ | 4/16/15
    Parents criticized Indiana school officials Thursday for a trip planned to local colleges that was only offered to black third-graders, ABC 57 reported. School officials defended the trip, saying the outing sends a positive message to black students who may believe the prospect of college is out of reach. "We take them to a college campus, have them meet African-American students, modeling the idea that as a black person, college is a great place," Dr. G. David Moss, the head of the African-American services at the South Bend Community Schools Corporation, told the station. The initiative has been criticized by...
  • The Common Core Resistance Now Has a Song!

    04/17/2015 8:29:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4-17-15 | Paula Bolyard
    A bunch of moms in a garage band in Massachusetts have recorded a new version of the Beatles song “Revolution” to give voice to their opposition to Common Core. Dressed in jeans, anti-Common Core t-shirts, and tri-cornered hats, The Revolution Band sings that “politicians fear no retribution” and that “control and money’s is what it’s about.” They belt out, “Well, we have to tell the Feds, it’s not alright…” The third verse gets to the heart of the problem: You’d have to change the Constitution Well you know, you just spit on it instead Teachers have no say in education...
  • L.A. school district demands iPad refund from Apple

    04/17/2015 7:24:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 16, 2015 | Howard Blume
    The Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking to recoup millions of dollars from technology giant Apple over a problem-plagued curriculum that was provided with iPads intended to be given to every student, teacher and administrator. To press its case, the Board of Education on Tuesday authorized its attorneys in a closed-door meeting to explore possible litigation against Apple and Pearson, the company that developed the curriculum as a subcontractor to Apple. L.A. schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines “made the decision that he wanted to put them on notice, Pearson in particular, that he’s dissatisfied with their product,” said David...
  • Shocking attack leaves teacher unconscious in school hallway after student's MOTHER [tr]

    04/17/2015 5:06:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 93 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 17, 2015 | Joel Christie
    A middle school teacher is recovering in hospital in New York after being viciously assaulted by one of her student's mothers and the woman's 14-year-old niece. The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon at Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempstead. Police say the parent, Annika McKenzie, 34, walked into the building without being cleared by security and waited in the hallway for her daughter's math teacher, Catherine Engelhardt. McKenzie believed Engelhardt had 'put her hands' on her 12-year-old daughter earlier in the day, according to ABC 7.
  • Protest planned near Scott Walker's home over education cuts

    04/17/2015 12:41:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 16, 2015 | Erin Richards, covers education in WI, Milwaukee
    A community group aligned with Democrats is spearheading a rally near Gov. Scott Walker's home in Wauwatosa Monday afternoon to protest the goveror's proposed cuts to education budgets. The rally is planned for 4:30 p.m. at the Juneau Park Play Field, 6500 W. Mount Vernon Ave., with a "possible march to Governor Walker's Wauwatosa home," according to a news release from Wisconsin Jobs Now, which is part of the Schools & Communities United coalition.
  • Ohio public high school hosting “A Covered Girl Challenge,” asking students to wear hijab for a day

    04/16/2015 12:08:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 66 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 4-16-15 | Robert Spencer
    Mason High School is in Mason, Ohio. Several parents have passed on to me the notice below, which they received from the school. Note that the Muslim Student Association is involved — a group with tie to the Muslim Brotherhood. When is A Cross-Wearer’s Challenge day at Mason High? When is A Yarmulke Wearer’s Challenge day at Mason High? Or is it only Islam that gets this treatment?
  • Ann Arbor schools bans guns with new policies

    04/16/2015 3:58:18 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 34 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Lindsay Knake
    If anyone but a law enforcement official carries a gun into an Ann Arbor school, administrators will ask the person to leave and call the police. Under a new policy, a weapon such as a gun in a school constitutes an emergency. The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education on Wednesday, April 15, unanimously voted to ban dangerous weapons, including guns, from school buildings and property. The vote approved three policies that outline the superintendent's ability to be able to close schools, cancel buses or student and staff events before, during and after school in the case of an...
  • Thousands of students opt out of state mandated exam as families boycott tests

    04/16/2015 7:30:42 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 04/16/2015 | LISA L. COLANGELO , BILL HUTCHINSON , CORKY SIEMASZKO
    It's an anti-testing tsunami. Thousands of families across the Empire State said no to standardized testing, boycotting the state-mandated English Language Arts exams which began Tuesday. While accurate figures were hard to come by, testing opponents, parents groups, and school officials from Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, to Buffalo all agreed the number is likely to far exceed the 60,000 students who refused to take the test last year.
  • College Apologizes for Serving Mexican Food During Sci-Fi Event

    04/16/2015 10:53:12 AM PDT · by rightistight · 61 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/16/15 | Aurelius
    Stevenson College is apologizing to its students for serving Mexican food during "Intergalactic" night. In a letter sent out to students, the college apologized for having "a Mexican food buffet," while also featuring spaceships and aliens. The college received complaints saying the combination was racist because of the association between Mexicans and illegal immigrants. "We would never want to make a connection between individuals of Latino heritage or undocumented students and "aliens" and I am so sorry that our College Night appeared to do exactly that," wrote Carolyn Golz, who had taken this picture of the activities before the complaints:...
  • Teachers Barred From Giving Students Free Bibles at Okla. School After Atheists Threaten Lawsuit

    04/16/2015 11:21:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/16/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A public school district in Oklahoma has agreed to stop allowing for the distribution of Bibles following threatened legal action from an atheist organization. Duncan Public Schools sent a letter to the American Humanist Association in response to a complaint leveled against an elementary school teacher who distributed several Gideon Bibles to her students. Scott W. Stone, legal counsel for Duncan Schools, explained to the AHA's legal arm the Appignani Humanist Legal Center that actions were being taken in response to their complaint. "All teachers and administrators in the district are being advised that they are not permitted to distribute...
  • (Pitt) University Warns Professors That Their Students’ Genders May Change Over Time

    04/16/2015 8:19:31 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | April 15, 2015 | Katherine Timpf
    This information was part of the University of Pittsburgh’s “Gender-Inclusive/Non-Sexist Language Guidelines and Resources” document. The University of Pittsburgh has released a set of “Gender-Inclusive/Non-Sexist Language Guidelines and Resources” informing instructors how they should be talking in their classrooms in order to not offend anyone. One suggestion is to ask “students to write down preferred names and pronouns” on the first day while also keeping in mind that just because a student wanted a particular pronoun on the first day doesn’t mean that he/she/they/zi/zie will always want that pronoun because “a person’s gender identity may change over time.” “Zi” and...
  • The Math Question That Went Viral

    04/16/2015 9:29:47 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 136 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 14, 2015 | Terrence F. Ross
    One word problem from a Singaporean school exam briefly became the talk of the Internet last weekend....[Snip]... The puzzle went viral across the country, with people ranging from perplexed adults to eager teenagers grappling with the simple question: "So when is Cheryl's birthday?"
  • Students shred Social Security cards to receive in-state tuition offered to illegal immigrants

    04/16/2015 8:50:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Apr 14, 2015 at 8:15 AM EDT | Gabriella Morrongiello
    As recently as 2014, illegal immigrants in 22 states are eligible for lower-cost, in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. […] Campus Reform asked out-of-state students attending UVA and UMD–both of which offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants—whether they would consider renouncing their U.S. citizenship to become “undocumented students” eligible for in-state tuition. …
  • How to Bring Back Traditional Education

    04/16/2015 12:21:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 16, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Traditional education has taken a real beating the last 75 years. The entire Education Establishment lined up to demonize everything that teachers and schools had done for many thousands of years. The result is the vastly dumbed down classrooms we have now in K-12 education.But how, at this point, can we resurrect a vanishing paradigm? As we will see, there is one example left, as if preserved in a time capsule.Apparently, giving children lots of knowledge is what our socialist professors hate about traditional education. So these ideologues came up with a parade of insults, all designed to stop schools...
  • How colleges misspend your tuition money

    04/15/2015 2:28:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/15/2015 | Ted Scheinman
    I am on the phone with a humanities professor at a small, nationally revered liberal-arts college, and she is telling me about the seltzer situation in the faculty lounge. "You know, the dean said we need to get the beverages out of there." "And that's, like, a hygiene thing?" "No, it's because they're worried we're spending too much on Diet Coke and those aluminum cans of seltzer." "Oh." "And the president just replaced his hood ornament with a Fabergé egg. Our Manhattan consulting firm said it was the only way to upstage Dartmouth." OK, I made up the egg thing,...
  • Banks are bailing on the student loan business and it couldn't come at a worse time

    04/15/2015 12:22:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/15/2015 | Jonathan Marino
    Some of the world's biggest banks, including JP Morgan, Bank of America and US Bancorp, are withdrawing from the student loan market. That's according to a series of reports over the past couple years.It couldn't come at a worse time.That is because it coincides with a rise in students who want student loans.And, the amount of money those students want to borrow is also going up because the price of of a college education keeps rising.This chart tells the story: Federal Reserve Bank of New York -- Staff Reports April 2014 NY Federal Reserve report shows borrowers, and their average...
  • High School Writing Assignment: 'Pretend You Are a Muslim' (10th Grade World History Class)

    04/15/2015 11:44:44 AM PDT · by drewh · 49 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | April 15, 2015 7:58AM | by Fox News Insider
    High school students in Wisconsin were asked to pretend that they were Muslims for a 10th grade World History writing assignment. Union Grove High School teacher Beth Urban asked students to write a five paragraph essay in which they pretend they are a Muslim male or female in the U.S. "Give three examples of what you do daily for your religion and any struggles you face," Urban instructed. The assignment has some questioning why this is part of a World History class and also if similar assignments were given for other religions. "I wonder if any of the kids who...
  • California Visiting Scholar Program

    04/15/2015 11:04:37 AM PDT · by MeganC
    Center for California Studies, CSUS ^ | 15 April 2015 | Claire A. Bunch
    Greetings, The Center for California Studies is advertising for applications for our Visiting Scholar Program. This program provides a selected scholar or researcher administrative and organizational support to further their research as it relates to California democracy, politics, and governance. The Visiting Scholar is a non-paying, non-benefit one year position. Applications are due by Friday April 17, 2015. To learn more about our program please visit http://www.csus.edu/calst/visiting_scholar.html. Please see the attached description and application for more information, and fax or scan and email completed application to: 916-278-5199 or brian.aguilar@csus.edu. Claire A. Bunch Coordinator, Fellows Outreach and Special Projects Capital Fellows...
  • Faculty salaries aren't causing tuition hikes, AAUP says

    04/15/2015 7:03:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Daily Tar Heel ^ | April 15, 2015 | BY HALEY MCDOUGAL
    University tuition continues to rise, but the tendency of some critics to blame the trend on overpaid professors might not be an accurate one. When university administrators in the UNC system and nationwide decide to increase tuition, they often cite the need for funds to retain faculty as a reason for the hike. Still, according to an annual report about myths of professor pay from the American Association of University Professors, faculty salaries are not the primary cause of higher student costs — cuts to state support and declining university endowments are to blame. But Jenna Robinson, president of the...
  • Prison time for some Atlanta school educators in cheating scandal

    04/14/2015 3:44:20 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | April 14, 2015 | Ashley Fentz
    There was nothing routine about a sentencing hearing Tuesday in Atlanta that wrote the final legal chapter of one of the most massive school cheating scandals in the country. Educators were convicted April 1 of racketeering and other lesser crimes related to inflating test scores of children from struggling schools. One teacher was acquitted.
  • 4th Grader Destroys Common Core By Asking School Board One Question

    04/13/2015 11:13:49 AM PDT · by walford · 107 replies
    Mad World News ^ | March 29, 2015 | Dom the Conservative
    Sydney Smoot might look like your average 4th grade girl, but she has taken such a bold stand against Common Core that she received a standing ovation from adults at least three times her age. The spunky student from Brooksville Elementary in Florida could barely reach the podium when she stood before the Hernando County School Board this month, but her presence could not have been clearer.Immediately addressing school officials, little Sydney never muddled her words as she described the dangerous impact that state standardized testing is having on students. “This testing looks at me as a number. One...
  • Scrap the universities?

    04/13/2015 10:04:28 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 14 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | April 11, 2015 | Anthony Furey
    Scrap the universities? If you ever feel like so much of what’s happening on university campuses today is a bunch of nonsense, you’re not alone and you’re not the first.Back in 1987, American philosophy professor Allan Bloom unleashed a widespread attack on modern education.His book The Closing of the American Mind argued that the university system was overcome by moral relativism. They weren’t teaching long-valued wisdom anymore, but subjective trends.They were all about promoting “the political passion of the hour,” as columnist George Will described it in a review at the time. Knee-jerk activism was taking hold.The book was...
  • Protesters detained after disrupting 'American Sniper' showing at EMU

    04/13/2015 6:05:27 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 12, 2015 | Darcie Moran
    The University of Michigan isn't the only area university whose showing of the film "American Sniper" on Friday caused controversy. Four protesters were temporarily detained after disrupting an 8 p.m. showing of the film April 10 on the Eastern Michigan University campus, according to university officials. EMU spokesman Geoff Larcom said during the first of two planned showings at university's Student Center, protesters got on stage and disrupted the movie. The EMU Police Department received complaints for subjects causing a disturbance and refusing to leave at about 8:10 p.m. at the Student Center, according to their police log. About 40...
  • School settles ‘sextortion’ suit after allegations boys pressured girls for nude photos

    04/13/2015 6:44:32 AM PDT · by don-o · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    An Oregon school district has agreed to pay $225,000 to three girls who claimed in a lawsuit they were bullied into sending nude photos of themselves to boys at their middle school. The girls alleged in a 2013 “sextortion” lawsuit against the Clatskanie School District that the boys traded the embarrassing pictures like baseball cards and that school officials told them to “suck it up” when they complained. “I feel like it made me have to fight battles I shouldn’t have to fight, especially at such a young age, but I feel it made me stronger,” one of the girls,...
  • Cruz, Huckabee, Jindal and Santorum Speak to Iowa Homeschoolers (Video)

    04/12/2015 2:48:54 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | APRIL 10, 2015 | SHANE VANDER HART
    The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators held their 8th annual Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day yesterday. The activities started off at the Iowa State Capitol Building with remarks from Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. Those attending were encouraged to contact their State Representative and State Senator.The afternoon session attended by hundreds of homeschoolers from all over the state picked up at the Airport Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Des Moines. WHO Radio’s Jan Mickelson led a panel discussion on education issues in Iowa with Iowa’s Republican National Committeewoman Tamara Scott, State Representative Greg Heartsill (R-Melcher-Dallas), Rebekah Maxwell, a homeschooling graduate...
  • Private Jets And Cushy Dorms: Colleges Indulge The 1% As Inequality Deepens

    04/12/2015 1:06:21 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | April 12, 2015
    Private Jets And Cushy Dorms: Colleges Indulge The 1% As Inequality Deepens Forget your father’s station wagon – some students spend $14,000 on ‘application boot camp’ before flying between luxurious campuses college graduation 12 April 2015 For college seniors, spring brings college acceptance letters – and financial aid packages, full of forms to fill out. For college juniors, it’s the season to visit those institutions they dream of attending 18 months from now, to talk to admissions officials and tour the campuses. Of course, for those lucky enough to be in the top 1%, the whole process will be infinitely...
  • Marshall University RA Shames Heterosexual Christian Students for Their ‘Privilege’

    04/12/2015 10:19:54 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/9/2015
    A resident advisor (RA) at Marshall University in West Virginia has placed a poster in a freshman dorm that attacks heterosexual Christian students by defining them as “privileged.” Senior RA Jessie Swiger hung her poster in Freshman North, a co-ed dorm. Campus Reform reported the story and presents screenshots of the poster, as well as Swiger’s Facebook post defending her poster and a tweet in which Swiger justifies, “It’s not shaming. It’s educating. Privilege exists as a result of racism, sexism, ablism, & classism engrained in society.” The poster itself, which is handwritten, equates privilege as “not being asked ‘how...
  • Biden: Free Community College For All - Paid By Financial Transaction Fee (Video)

    04/11/2015 9:08:40 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 35 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 4-11-2015 | Joe Biden
    Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Joe Biden and I’m here filling in for President Obama, who is traveling abroad.  And I’m here with a simple message: middle-class economics works. Our economy has gone from crisis to recovery to now to resurgence—with the longest streak of consecutive job growth ever recorded in the history of this country and more than all other advanced countries combined. But to make sure everyone is part of this resurgence, we need to build on what we know widens the path to the middle class—and you all know what it is, access to education. Folks, the...
  • A Socialist’s Dream: Education and Planned Failure

    04/11/2015 5:10:47 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 21 replies
    Saving Our Future ^ | April 2, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    During the 1950s the world became familiar with the phrase “planned obsolescence.” The basic idea was that manufacturers change the appearance of products in order to sell more products. Customers are encouraged to want a new look, and to disdain the old look. A similar concept is called “intentional product failure.” If you design products to wear out quickly, customers will need more replacements. There have always been rumors that lightbulbs could last almost forever. Apparently it’s true. No question, both techniques increase sales and raise a country’s GDP. You probably need cynicism and maybe some criminality to practice these...
  • How schools are training our kids to reject moral truth

    04/11/2015 2:58:22 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/10/15 | John Stonestreet
    April 10, 2015 (BreakPoint.org) -- Already this year, we’ve seen a lot of evil: suicide bombings, the attacks in Paris, religious persecution, Boko Haram and ISIS. These have all outraged the world—and rightly so. But here’s a question worth pondering: will our kids be able to recognize evil when they see it? Do they even believe in moral facts?Well, that’s the question one educator asked recently in The New York Times after making a surprising discovery about what his child was learning in school.Justin McBrayer, an associate professor of ethics at Fort Lewis College, says he couldn’t figure out why...
  • At U of Michigan, a Muslim Student Unmasks the Hypocrite He Says Vandalized His Apartment

    04/10/2015 9:11:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    Reason ^ | April 10, 2015 | Robby Soave
    The perpetrator was a liberal activist and decorated campus Muslim leader who said American Sniper promoted violence.Is the University of Michigan a hostile place for Muslim students—or just a hostile place for freethinkers? Zeinab Khalil, a recent UM graduate, Muslim, and progressive activist who won numerous distinctions during her time on campus, including an award named for Martin Luther King, Jr., thinks it’s the former. A UM group’s decision to screen the film American Sniper offended the sensibilities of some Muslims, including Khalil, who claimed on Twitter that the campus “is already a hostile place for Arab/Muslim students. In one...
  • Who is Emily Renda and why is she at the center of the rape hoax at UVA?

    04/10/2015 6:32:54 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 44 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 4/9/2015 | Moneyrunner
    Stacy McCain has written an important article A Coven of Liars: Sabrina Rubin Erdley, Emily Renda and Catherine Lhamon that starts to connect a few of the dots that may help explain the why and wherefore of the UVA Rape Hoax. How did this thing get started, who facilitated it and who is even now trying to cover their tracks? Here are three dots: The UVA rape hoax did not suddenly appear - ex nihilo - from the fevered fingers of Sabrina Rubin Erdely. She was looking for a story that would support her narrative of a campus "Rape Culture"...
  • VIDEO: Meet The Girl/Patriot Who Saved "American Sniper" At UofM!

    04/10/2015 3:00:22 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 48 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 04/10/2015 | Steven Crowder
    Political correctness is a disease. It’s a cancerous growth on the posterior of America that continues to grow. One of the prime examples of that is this week’s controversy surrounding the University of Michigan, and it’s screening of American Sniper. Long story short, American Sniper was going to be shown on campus, some Muslims at UofM complained, got a petition going and got the screening canceled. They claimed that the film was “racist” and that it would make students feel “unsafe”. Jeez. Then one girl, one brave girl, named Rachel Jankowski, got a counter-petition going to get the screening back...
  • Media Amnesia on Walker and Common Core

    04/10/2015 8:44:21 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/10/15 | Arthur Christopher Schaper
    The argument that Scott Walker Supports Common Core is false A few months ago, I received the following Eblast (provided in italics) from another PAC supporting a different presidential candidate. Some of the information is misleading at best, and false to its core at worse: Dear Fellow Conservative: You’ve probably already heard of Common Core—the latest federal “education” program being rammed into local schools from coast to coast. Common Core is gaining more traction as a bad program, one which states have already rejected outright or opted out of altogether. Even New York State is pushing back against the further...
  • Deficit-Ridden District Almost Demolishes Building Rather Than Take $3.5 Million From Charter

    04/09/2015 10:56:03 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/10/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Saginaw Public School district has been operating with a deficit since the 2010-11 school year, and the proposed sale of a shuttered school building could erase the red ink, according to the Michigan Department of Education. Rather than sell the building to an interested party— a charter school — the Saginaw school board originally elected to demolish it. However, after months of effort, the board had a change of heart and approved the deal. On Thursday, the Saginaw district board accepted a $3.5 million offer from the Francis Reh Academy to purchase the Phoenix Science and Technology Center, which...
  • Now Protesters Insist That A Catholic School Must HIRE A Gay Teacher

    04/09/2015 2:41:44 PM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    TheDC ^ | 4/08/15 | Eric Owens
    Students and alumni of a Catholic high school in Iowa held a rally on Wednesday afternoon to protest a decision by school officials not to hire a gay teacher. The rally at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines involved a walkout and a demonstration at which a handful of students and alumni spoke, reports The Des Moines Register. The gay teacher who did not get hired had worked as a substitute at Dowling Catholic High — a school of some 1,430 souls. In the process of vetting the teaching candidate for a full-time teaching job, school officials learned...