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  • Illinois Public Schools Can Demand Students’ Social Networking Accounts and Passwords at Will

    03/28/2015 5:58:02 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 53 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3-28-2015 | Jim Hoft
    O’Fallon Superintendent Dr. Darcy G. Benway recently sent this letter out to parents. Dear Parents and Guardians:Pursuant to Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 75/15), OTHS is required to notify parents/guardians that we may request or require a student to provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website if the district has reasonable cause to believe that the student’s account on a social networking website contains evidence that the student has violated a disciplinary rule or policy.This email serves as that notification.Thank you.Dr. Darcy G....
  • The greed of super wealthy liberal colleges is astounding

    03/28/2015 11:11:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/28/2015 | NewsMachete
    According to the Washington Post, New York University is charging $66,000 a year in tuition.  This includes room and board but is still a fantastically expensive figure.  Columbia University is charging $63,000 a year, and even less well-known schools like Sarah Lawrence College and Harvey Mudd College are charging about $65,000 a year. Now, to be fair, these figures include room and board.  But even with room and board, these are fantastically expensive rates.  Many schools like NYU play a game, where they say that their asking tuition is $66,000, but after scholarships and grants, the average tuition is...
  • Boy Got a Haircut Like His Military Step-Brother, School Suspended Him

    03/28/2015 7:46:30 AM PDT · by Salman · 111 replies
    Reason ^ | Mar. 27, 2015 | Robby Soave
    There is nothing quite like the petty despotism of the public school system. A boy from McMinnville, Tennessee, was suspended after coming to Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School with a haircut deemed inappropriate by the principal. It was a "high and tight" military-style haircut that the boy had requested so that he would look more like his step-brother, an active-duty soldier. The principal did not budge, leaving the boy's mother no choice but to shave his head so that he could come back to school.
  • School District Losing Thousands in School Lunch Sales

    03/27/2015 4:36:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    ABC Local News ^ | March 26, 2015
    BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. -- Thousands of students have now stopped buying lunch each week in County cafeterias. The district says it all started when schools were forced to implement the USDA's Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. It was part of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative to get kids to eat healthier. All of a sudden, kids are pitching pounds of food in the garbage. "I like vegetables too, like I like spinach and potatoes - great - but they just don't have any flavor at all," freshman Aislinn French said. Hundreds of kids have now dropped out of...
  • Texas Rep Villalba’s Public Education Bill Will Force Mental Health Screenings on Students

    03/27/2015 10:22:19 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 19 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 03/27/2015 | by Merrill Hope
    A bill in the Texas House authored by State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) would allow a school district to require mental health evaluations of students at the sole discretion of the school. This could lead to wrongful mental health determinations, and result in suspensions or alternative education placements of students, even creating an offense. Villalba has received much negative criticism for his previously proposed House Bill 2918, which would criminalize bloggers, independent journalists and regular citizens in filming police officers, which Breitbart Texas reported. The Dallas rep also authored HB 2006, which would negate religious and philosophical exemptions that have...
  • VA schools banning zeroes to avoid hurt feelings?

    03/27/2015 11:03:27 AM PDT · by shove_it · 60 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | 27 Mar 2015 | Michael F. Haverluck
    Even though Virginia is one of only a few states not having to deal with the alleged "dumbing down" of the controversial Common Core, many parents statewide are now concerned with the proposed ban on zeroes from the classroom so that students' feelings aren't hurt. A Closer Look"Protecting" students from knowing about their subpar performance is different from school to school. "[Students cannot receive a score lower than 50 percent] unless they did not actually do the assignment or put in effort to do it," Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Dana Tofig told The Washington Post....
  • Surprise: High school students return after weekend to find male teacher now living as a woman

    03/27/2015 11:16:47 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 94 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/27/15 | Kirsten Andersen
    CHINO, CA, March 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Southern California’s Chino High School is facing outrage from parents and students alike after school administrators decided to keep secret a teacher’s plan to undergo a sex change in the middle of the school year.The teacher in question, 32-year-old Michael Swager, showed up at work dressed and made up as a woman the morning of March 16, after eight years of teaching chemistry at the school as a man.  The teacher informed students that the 6’6”, 300 lb. man they once knew as “Michael” was now a woman, and told them they should...
  • Anti-Common Core amendment passes Senate vote

    03/27/2015 9:13:26 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-27-2015 | JASON RUSSELL
    An anti-Common Core budget amendment passed a Senate vote Thursday, allowing states to opt-out of the educational standards without penalty from the federal government. The amendment would also prohibit the federal government from "mandating, incentivizing, or coercing" states into adopting Common Core or any other standards, instructional content, curricula, assessments, or instruction programs.
  • 19 STUDENTS, 18 OF THEM GIRLS, CHARGED AFTER HIGH SCHOOL BRAWL IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

    Authorities say they've charged 19 students, 18 of them girls, in connection with a brawl that broke out at an upstate New York high school. Local media report that the Chemung County Sheriff's Office announced the arrests Wednesday, a week after a large fight occurred shortly before noon March 18 in the main lobby area at Elmira High School. Officials say the fight appears to have been planned. The melee led to the school being placed on lockdown for a short period.
  • Officer (NO BILLED) who killed UIW student yelled “Stop .. Stop” repeatedly before shooting him

    03/27/2015 5:56:53 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    SA Express News ^ | 03/26/2015 | Drew Joseph, Michelle Casady
    Before former University of the Incarnate Word police Cpl. Christopher Carter fatally shot Robert Cameron Redus in December 2013, he told him repeatedly to stop resisting and warned the 23-year-old student that he would shoot him if Redus did not stop, according to an audio recording of the incident released Thursday. But Carter radioed an incorrect location to the dispatcher when he first made contact with Redus and back-up units still did not know where Carter was even after Carter opened fire on Redus. At one point during the 11 minutes that led up to the shooting, Carter asked Redus...
  • ISIS on Campus: Only in America

    03/26/2015 7:09:59 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 5 replies
    Self | 3/26/14 | Me
    A Dean at Cornell University proclaimed on camera he’d give the green light for an ISIS club on campus in which actual members conducted training exercises. I’m curious if this demonstration of humanitarianism would be preempted by recent video of ISIS soldiers beating, raping, torturing, mutilating, and beheading countless men, women and children in the name of Allah? I also wonder if American Christians would enjoy an equally enthusiastic welcome if similar proof existed of their ranks committing mass atrocities. Oh, that’s right, Christians or Jews really aren’t welcome because the Crusades, which ended over 700 years ago, were a...
  • NY College Creates System to Report Microaggressions, Sue Aggressors

    03/26/2015 10:06:43 AM PDT · by rightistight · 79 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/26/15 | Aurelius
    Ithaca College Student Government Association is creating an online system which it claims will give students the ability to “report microaggressions.” It believes the action will “make Ithaca College a safer, more inclusive and diverse community for all students.” The system will be online and will fill the needs of students, the Student Government Association believes. It will also be anonymous. However, Kyle James, vice president of communications and co-sponsor of the bill, states that if a student who has been subject to microaggression wants to sue the “aggressor,” they’ll have to “reveal their identity.” The system will also track...
  • Video shows 8th-graders assault 1st-graders at Queens school

    03/26/2015 4:39:51 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | march 26, 2015 | JOHN MARZULLI, BEN CHAPMAN, CORKY SIEMASZKO
    When a Queens first-grader refused to join their public school fight club, a group of “twisted sisters” who were supposed to be tutoring her made the little girl pay. The mother of 7-year-old Taniya Jules claims in court papers that her daughter was pounded by a pack of eighth-graders for refusing to battle a classmate — and then dragged by the hair down the hallway of her school and slammed into the walls. -snip Two other first-grade girls and a boy were also victimized, Gore said, by a fearsome foursome that was supposed to be tutoring the kids as part...
  • Ivy League Dean Welcomes ISIS Club To Campus [UNDERCOVER VIDEO]

    03/25/2015 2:19:36 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/25/15 | Eric Owens
    In the latest undercover sting operation from investigative filmmaker James O’Keefe, an assistant dean at Cornell University has advised a journalist posing as a Moroccan student all about how to launch a campus club with the express intent of supporting ISIS. The Ivy League administrator, Joseph Scaffido, also provides counsel on how to fund the pro-Islamist militant club so it can send “care packages, whether it be food, water, electronics” to ISIS and Hamas — both terrorist organizations, according to the State Department. Scaffido even lays out how the club can bring an ISIS “freedom fighter to come and do...
  • The Death Throes of Common Core

    03/25/2015 11:36:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/25/15 | Alan Caruba
    No way to know when Common Core will die or whether No Child Left Behind will suffer a similar fate but the trend nationwide is obvious. Parents, teachers, schools and districts want the federal government out Americans are learning the hard way that the federal government should not be permitted to impose one-size-fits-all standards to education. It was never intended to play a role in education and the absence of any mention in the Constitution is proof enough that education was intended to be supervised by the states where the school districts, schools, and parents are closest to the process....
  • Missouri School Lists Runaway As Homeless Despite Him Having Loving Home, Collects Federal Money

    03/25/2015 10:41:16 AM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 18 replies
    The Missouri Torch ^ | March 25, 2015 | Duane Lester
    When Deanna Sporleder's 17 year-old son announced he was spending the night at his 16 year-old girlfriend's house, her home life turned upside down, and part of it was subsidized by federal grants to the local school.Deanna and her husband were against their son leaving home and moving in with his teen girlfriend, but the girl's parents consented and the local law enforcement, both county and city, told Deanna that at seventeen, her son could move out and they had no power to stop him. A few months later, she while signing her other children up for school, she asked...
  • Leftist Intolerance at the University

    03/25/2015 8:18:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2015 | Larry Provost
    Leftists once again are distorting Liberty University after Sen. Ted Cruz spoke there on Monday. It is time for leftists to face the facts. On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the Presidency of the United States. The first public venue for his candidacy was Liberty University; the world’s largest Christian University. Sen. Cruz received an enthusiastic reception from the over 10,000 gathered students when he spoke at the convocation held three times a week at the University; the largest weekly gathering of Christian students in North America. The Senator spoke on a number...
  • Meet 5 Award-Winning Teachers Who Reject Common Core

    03/24/2015 6:02:00 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 3/23/2015 | Joy Pullmann
    ... “New Day” anchor Alisyn Camerota asked Atwell, “What do you say to kids out there that are trying to figure out what they want to do when they grow up and might be considering teaching?” “Um, honestly, right now I encourage them to look in the private sector,” Atwell replied. “Because public-school teachers are so constrained right now by the Common Core standards, and the tests that are developed to monitor what teachers are doing with them. It’s a movement that’s turned teachers into technicians, not reflective practitioners. And if you are a creative, smart young person, I don’t...
  • New Orleans Student Group Launches Petition to Divest From Palestinian Authority

    03/24/2015 3:13:19 PM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | March 24, 2015
    JNS.org - A group of students at the University of New Orleans has launched an initiative to both combat the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement against Israel and call on the U.S. government to stop funding the Palestinian Authority (PA). The “Allies of Israel” group, which calls itself a “grassroots college organization dedicated to the promotion of the Jewish state of Israel as a sovereign nation rooted in Jewish principles, and serving as a haven for Jews all over the globe,” issued a petition intended “to raise awareness about the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Palestinian Authority against...
  • US Fraternities lobby for reduced powers for universities to investigate and punish rape allegations

    03/24/2015 12:54:22 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | March 24, 2015 | David Glovin, Bloomberg News
    College fraternities and sororities, concerned that students accused of sexual assault are treated unfairly, are pushing Congress to make it harder for universities to investigate rape allegations. The groups’ political arm plans to bring scores of students to Capitol Hill on April 29 to lobby for a requirement that the criminal justice system resolve cases before universities look into them or hand down punishments, according to an agenda reviewed by Bloomberg News. “If people commit criminal acts, they should be prosecuted and they should go to jail,” said Michael Greenberg, leader of 241-chapter Sigma Chi, one of many fraternities participating...
  • Utopia’s Jailers

    03/24/2015 12:32:14 PM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | March 24, 2015 | Kevin Williamson
    Necessity drives invention. In the field of military innovation, all sorts of inventions — the Maginot line, the flame fougasse, trench warfare, the Vickers machine gun — were rooted in the same urgent necessity: keeping Germans out. War is evil and ugly, but Europe experienced a worse horror when that necessity was inverted, and the totalitarian movement that controlled half of the continent decided it needed a way to keep Germans in. And so utopia’s jailers built the Berlin Wall and any number of similar fortifications. The ideologue may say that a wall is a wall is a wall, but...
  • ‘American Pride’ Dance Will Go On at Lexington High

    03/24/2015 8:49:58 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 28 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 24 March 2015 | By Kristi Palma
    A high school dance will keep its “American Pride” theme after a debate over concerns that people of other nationalities might feel excluded, the school superintendent said Tuesday.
  • Somali Muslims Swarm (MN) School, Force Lockdown After Somali Posts ISIS-Supportive Picture

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

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

    03/24/2015 1:56:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 24, 2015 | Thomas Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu
    ".....John Dewey,a great philosopher of the last century,stressed this key point. Democracy should be the goal of education,he wrote,and education for democracy requires a community of learning in which members learn from each other. Educational institutions should be shaped to nurture communal values,abilities,and understandings. This can happen only if students are constantly collaborating with others both within and outside their places of learning. In the process,a democratic community of learning is created that provides education for a lifetime of civic engagement.These are truths for all institutions of education,but particularly for colleges and universities. Those institutions have unique roles in our...
  • Indiana Leads the Way in STEM Education

    03/23/2015 3:18:45 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-23-15 | Lindsay Russell
    March 14 was Albert Einstein’s birthday, a scientific legend known worldwide whose name has become synonymous with the word ‘genius.’ How many Einsteins are growing up in America’s public schools today but are hindered from reaching their full potential due to poor education policy? Today, some states are leading the way in improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education to keep this from happening. Indiana, one of America’s highest performing states regarding educational options and student achievement, has prioritized and fostered STEM education for years. Under the leadership of Governor Mike Pence, Indiana has implemented new academic standards at...
  • Are school surveys about gun ownership legal in NY?

    03/23/2015 2:26:28 PM PDT · by Dutch Boy · 50 replies
    self
    Is it legal in NY for a school to issue an "anonymous" survey to students asking about their family's gun ownership, access to firearms and other questions? This was given to my son today. I am furious about the intrusion, the manipulation of our children and the sliminess of how it was done. I am collecting information to formulate a response to the school. Anyone out there know if this kind of survey is even legal?
  • Police: No evidence of alleged gang rape at University of Virginia

    03/23/2015 11:49:59 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    cbs news ^ | 3-23-2015
    <p>CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Police say they cannot confirm that the gang rape described in a Rolling Stone article last year occurred at the University of Virginia.</p> <p>Police Chief Timothy Longo said during a news conference Monday that police could not confirm that a rape occurred at any fraternity house, adding that there was no evidence of a party at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house on the night of the alleged rape. The Rolling Stone article described the gang rape of a student identified only as "Jackie" at the fraternity house in 2012.</p>
  • Common Core: pliant proletariat workers for crony capitalist corporations

    03/23/2015 10:57:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/23/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    If you want to transform American students into pliant proletariat workers for crony capitalist corporations, Common Core is the way to indoctrinate them into the collectivist utopian mindset During a late evening visit to our local restaurant, I witnessed a progressive middle-aged couple pleading with their young child to give up a toy she had taken from her playmate’s home. As they were arguing back and forth, loud enough for the entire restaurant to hear, all I could think of was, why bring a small child so late to a restaurant and, for God’s sake, isn’t anybody in charge of...
  • School cancels ‘American Pride’ themed prom after it’s deemed not ‘inclusive’

    03/23/2015 9:49:35 AM PDT · by Kyle Olson · 19 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 3/23/15 | Kyle Olson
    U.S. Sen. John McCain is running a “sponsored post” on Facebook with the intention of building support for a potential re-election campaign. While the intended audience is unclear, the paid post is boomeranging big time. “If I decide to stand for re-election to the United States Senate, I will give it everything I’ve got — and your continued support means a great deal to me. Please stand with me today,” the senator’s Facebook post reads.
  • VIDEO: Fifth-grader brings AZ state senator to tears as he critiques Common Core

    03/23/2015 9:49:51 AM PDT · by Kyle Olson · 23 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 3/23/15 | Brad McQueen
    PHOENIX, Ariz. – Fifth grader Aaron Bencomo brought the Arizona Senate Education Committee to tears as he testified in support of HB2190, a bill to end Common Core in the Grand Canyon state. With his mom Kristi sitting to his left beaming with pride, Aaron decimates the “one size fits all” Common Core standards detailing how they are destroying his love of leaning as they ignore kids’ unique learning needs for the sake of conformity. I dare you not to tear up as Aaron cites from the Declaration of Independence to support his desire for the adults in the room...
  • Time to Compromise With Campus Liberals

    03/23/2015 9:30:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Dear UNC Board of Governors: As you probably already know, Gabriel Lugo is president of the faculty senate at UNCW, which stands for The University of North Carolina for Whining Liberals. As faculty senate president, it is his job to use his office to campaign against Republican legislation and pretend he is a man of principle who is dedicated to fighting for academic freedom. Despite Lugo’s lack of intellectual honesty, I think it’s time for the Republican-led UNC Board of Governors (BOG) to begin negotiations with Lugo immediately. As far as I can see, Lugo has at least two specific...
  • (August 31, 2011) The 1979 6-Year-Old: Less Reading, More Range (This first-grade readiness checklis

    03/22/2015 3:57:54 PM PDT · by bgill · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | August 31, 2011 | KJ Antonia, Slate
    Is your child ready for first grade? Earlier this month, Chicago Now blogger Christine Whitley reprinted a checklist from a 1979 child-rearing series designed to help a parent figure that one out. Ten out of 12 meant readiness.... "Can he travel alone in the neighborhood (four to eight blocks) to store, school, playground, or to a friend's home?" It's amazing what a difference 30 years have made.
  • New wave of Islamic immigration planned for U.S. (Some call it open invitation for jihadists)

    03/22/2015 6:53:18 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WND ^ | March 22, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    The number of students graduating with STEM degrees already far exceeds the number of STEM jobs available but powerful interests in the business community are pushing Congress to allow more foreign skilled workers into the country. Congress is considering new immigration laws that would flood the U.S. with “guest workers” from the Middle East and Asia, a plan some are calling an open invitation for jihadists to walk right through America’s front door. Critics say lawmakers – including top Republican leaders – are playing with fire and could jeopardize national security with the proposals to double or even triple...
  • Tensions high following Somali protests in St. Cloud

    03/22/2015 5:43:59 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 99 replies
    kare11.com ^ | March 20, 2015 | No Attribution
    ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Tensions remain high in St. Cloud following a walkout and protest by Somali students alleging a pattern of bullying and discrimination against them. Reports of a fight triggered a lockdown at St. Cloud Technical High School Friday, summoning police, sheriff's deputies and State Troopers to the same place more than 100 students and parents gathered on the lawn Wednesday to protest what they describe as an insufficient response by Tech teachers and administrators to their concerns.
  • Congress Must Investigate Student Loan Costs

    03/22/2015 9:31:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    If you focus on a major issue about which nothing is being done then you can skip ISIS, Immigration or jobs. But if you want to talk about a looming crisis that gets mentioned frequently, but about which absolutely nothing is being done, then that is the booming student loan portfolio that is going to crash down on America’s head soon. This Congress – the 114th -- needs to focus on the looming student loan crisis and the root causes of the crisis. I have written about various aspects of the cost of college education numerous times over the last...
  • 16 ideas from Marc Andreessen for a more dynamic US economy

    03/22/2015 7:48:16 AM PDT · by hripka · 10 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 2/23/2015 | James Pethokoukis
    In a classic Marc Andreessen “tweetstorm,” the venture capitalist offers 16 “somewhat-less obvious ideas for how to expand the # of “unicorn” great tech startups over time.” (I have added a few links and a chart.) Taken together, I think, Andreessen’s ideas point toward a more dynamic, competitively intense economy which (a) generates both more entrepreneurs and more creative and innovative workers with deep expertise, (b) provides easy and open access to ideas for entrepreneurs and low barriers to starting and growing their firms, (c) offers a safety net that encourages work and mobility and risk taking. In short, just...
  • Virginia Schools Want to Ban Zeroes, Focus More on "Classroom Effort"

    03/21/2015 12:52:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    The threat of failing may no longer be such a consequence for underperforming students in some Virginia schools. Why? School administrators in the city of Fairfax are prepared to ban zeroes to spare students’ feelings. In Montgomery County, students cannot be given a score lower than 50 percent “unless they did not actually do the assignment or put in effort to do it,” said schools spokesman Dana Tofig. In Loudoun County, the grading practices regarding zeros varies school to school, said spokesman Wayde Byard. Starting as early as this year, grades in northern Virginia could have more of an emphasis on...
  • Common Core's cyber spies

    03/21/2015 11:20:33 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/21/15 | Stephanie Simon
    Bent over their computers in Salt Lake City, a dozen cyber sleuths scan the vast reaches of the Internet for contraband. Only, they’re not hunting traffickers of drugs or sex. It’s standardized testing season across the U.S. — and they’re on the lookout for student tweets about the tests. The web patrol team works for Caveon, a test security company charged with protecting the integrity of new Common Core exams developed by the publishing giant Pearson. To that end, they’re monitoring social media for any leaks about test questions. News of the surveillance broke this week, sparking a firestorm. The...
  • Common Core Claims of High Quality Not Valid

    03/21/2015 11:22:27 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/21/2015 | Ze’ev Wurman
    When Common Core was launched in 2009, it was promised: “These standards will be research and evidence-based, internationally benchmarked, aligned with college and work expectations and include rigorous content and skills.” Is Common Core internationally benchmarked? Does Common Core actually promote practices that are similar to those of high achieving countries that are likely to result in improved achievement of American students? Are the Common Core standards aligned with college expectations?
  • Saudi Freshman Tries to Rape Idaho Student, Gets Released, Tries it Again

    03/21/2015 10:58:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 03/21/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s hard to say who comes off worst in this story; Sultan Bamoallem, a Saudi student who kept trying to assault women (and possibly men) on campus… or the university and cops who let him go to do it again. An ISU student is accused of entering multiple dorm rooms and inappropriately touching the occupants over a two-week period.Sultan Bamoallem, a freshman finance major from Saudi Arabia, faces multiple misdemeanor charges including trespassing, battery and stalking.Pocatello police said on Feb 23, Bamoallem entered a female student’s dorm in Turner Hall. Police said the student woke up to a partially-clad...
  • Medieval Education and the University

    03/21/2015 10:07:12 AM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 5 replies
    The foundation of Education and the University during the Middle AgesAnti Catholic HistoryIt is the main point of this section to point out some of the contributions which the Catholic Church made specifically in regards to education and the University in the Middle Ages. Before I start this section I think it would be good to point out two simple facts regarding this time period. The first one is simply the fact that much of the history regarding this time period (at least until recent scholarship) was vehemently anti-Catholic which Hilaire Belloc points out in his book Europe and the...
  • Students take anti-gun violence pledge

    03/21/2015 6:34:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    wishtv.com ^ | 3/20/2015 | Jessica Lauren
    A powerful message was relayed to hundreds of Tindley Academy students Friday morning. It was delivered by those standing in the front lines: the chief of police, a juvenile court judge and a US attorney. They handed out a paper that said:
  • Public School: Never Have so Many Paid so Much to Achieve so Little

    03/21/2015 8:06:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    No other nation in the world spends as much on education as the United States.According to our leftist friends, who prefer to measure inputs rather than outputs, this is a cause for celebration. I guess it shows we have the best intentions. Or maybe we love our kids the most.For those who prefer to focus on outputs, however, itÂ’s very difficult to be happy about the results weÂ’re getting compared to all the money thatÂ’s being spent. Heck, in some cases itÂ’s almost as if weÂ’re getting negative results when you compare inputs and outputs.To paraphrase what Winston Churchill said...
  • Union lobbyist who worked one day as a teacher suing Illinois over $30,000 pension

    03/20/2015 11:58:30 AM PDT · by WonkyTonky · 15 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | March 19, 2015 | Eric Boehm
    By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org After working one day as a substitute teacher in Illinois, David Piccioli could be entitled to an annual pension of more than $30,000. And he’s suing the state to make sure he gets paid. Piccioli is a retired union political activist who’s already pulling down a pair of state pensions from Illinois’ beleaguered public retirement system. But he’s taking the Teachers Retirement System to court to squeeze more money out of the state. The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday that Piccioli is already collecting $31,000 annually from the Teacher Retirement System, but he could get an...
  • Walker Revokes In-state Tuition For Undocumented Students Attending Univ And Colleges In Wisconsin

    03/20/2015 11:34:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Hispanic News Network USA Blog ^ | June 27, 2011 | H. Nelson Goodson
    ******June 27, 2011******Undocumented students to pay higher tuition, despite living and paying state taxes along with parents in Wisconsin. By H. Nelson Goodson - June 27, 2011 Ashwaubenon - On Sunday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) signed his two-year 2011-2013 budget, which included ending in-state tuition for undocumented students attending public universities and colleges. In-state tuition for undocumented students was approved two years ago by former Governor Jim Doyle (D) after the Hispanic community struggled for 10 years to pass it.The State Journal (SJ) reported that about 100 undocument students had applied for in-state tuition at 13-four year University of...
  • School bans pupils from watching the eclipse for 'cultural and religious' reasons

    03/20/2015 10:39:54 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 43 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jenny Awford
    Pupils at a primary school were banned from watching today's once-in-a-generation eclipse because of 'religious and cultural reasons', it has emerged. Parents of children at North Primary School in Southall, London, said they were 'outraged' by the decision and claimed it showed a triumph of 'religious superstition' over scientific education. Phil Belman, whose seven-year-old daughter goes to the school, met with headteacher Ivor Johnstone who said he was unable to elaborate on the decision because of 'confidentiality'. [snip] The headteacher said: 'The school made this decision when we became aware of religious and cultural concerns associated with observing an eclipse...
  • 600 Students Expelled for Cheating on School Exams in India

    03/20/2015 9:41:37 AM PDT · by bgill · 13 replies
    yahoo ^ | March 20, 2015 | AP
    About 600 high school students in eastern India have been expelled for cheating on pressure-packed 10th grade examinations this week, education authorities said Friday. The incident has received widespread attention after Indian television footage showed parents and friends of students scaling the outer walls of school buildings to pass cheat sheets to students inside taking exams.
  • Ignorance versus Apathy

    03/20/2015 7:08:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/20/15 | Jim Yardley
    I don’t know. And I don’t care. I recalled an old, make that VERY old joke. Students were asked “What is the difference between ‘Ignorance’ and ‘Apathy’?” The most common answer the questioners received was “I don’t know, and I don’t care.” I thought of this while I was listening to all of Barack Obama’s blather on Thursday suggesting that it would be an absolutely terrific idea if voting was made mandatory in the United States. And “blather” is a fairly accurate description which pleases all of Obama’s handlers, or if he prefers “communications specialists” who desperately want to change...
  • Jeb Bush wades into thorny Georgia battles

    03/19/2015 6:47:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made his case to state leaders at the Georgia statehouse Thursday and waded into several thorny policy debates facing legislators as he prepares a likely run for the White House. Bush said he approved of a state push to legalize medical marijuana and gave a tacit endorsement to the Republicans behind a controversial "religious liberty" measure. He also urged lawmakers to embrace school choice legislation and talked with Gov. Nathan Deal about the Georgian's plan to give the state broad new powers to intervene in struggling schools. The likely candidate was in town as part...