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  • Family Finds Online School to Be a Lifesaver

    02/24/2017 8:23:30 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/21/2017 | Anne Schieber
    The Smith family in DeWitt has endured more than its share of challenging circumstances. But having access to an online charter school has been a great help. During a single week in 2007, Sandy Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer and her son Andrew was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. After Andrew passed away at eight years old, the Smiths enrolled their two surviving children in a cyber school. “We thought this would be a great opportunity, a great fit for us, because we could take it with us wherever we were going, we would have teachers involved, and we’d...
  • PBS, NEA, AmeriCorps on the chopping block in Trump’s first budget

    02/18/2017 9:42:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/18/2017 | John Sexton
    The New York Times reported yesterday that the White House budget office has prepared a list of programs that could be eliminated in Trump’s first budget proposal. Among those programs are the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities and AmeriCorps. From the NY Times: Work on the first Trump administration budget has been delayed as the budget office awaited Senate confirmation of former Representative Mick Mulvaney, a spending hard-liner, as budget director. Now that he is in place, his office is ready to move ahead with a list of nine programs to eliminate,...
  • Defiant Ed Sec. Slips Past Angry Mob: ‘No School Door in America Will Be Blocked’

    02/10/2017 7:41:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 10, 2017 | 5:41 PM EST | Craig Bannister
    With the aid of D.C. School and U.S. Education Department staff, Education Sec. Betsy DeVos eluded screaming protesters blocking the door of a D.C. public school where she was scheduled to meet with education advocates on Friday. […] After the meeting, DeVos issued a defiant statement, saying she won’t let protesters keep her from doing her job of improving the U.S. educational system: “I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education. No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation’s school children.” …
  • Goodwin: The Democratic Party Has Lost Its Mind — And Its Soul

    02/08/2017 9:58:57 AM PST · by mandaladon · 26 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 8 Feb 2017 | Michael Goodwin
    History was made Tuesday when Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate to confirm Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. But the necessity of Pence’s vote reflected another kind of history, too: The decision by all Senate Democrats to reject DeVos marked a new low for the flailing party. Democrats claim to stand for the poor, immigrants and nonwhites. Yet given a chance to actually support someone who is dedicated to improving education for all America’s children, especially those trapped in urban failing schools, the Dems’ said no, hell no. Joined by two Republicans, they stood...
  • OH THE IRONY! ARE LEFTISTS SERIOUSLY THREATENING TO HOMESCHOOL THEIR KIDS IN PROTESTS OF BETSY ..

    02/07/2017 7:52:40 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 74 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 02/07/2017 | Maria Jeffrey
    In a tizzy after Betsy DeVos was confirmed as President Trump’s Sec. of Education, liberals on Twitter started considering the merits of homeschooling for the first time. The irony of invoking the freedom to choose where their kids go to school as a way to protest a pro-school choice Sec. of Education seemed lost on them. {..snip..}
  • The Resistance to the Trump-DeVos agenda is here to stay

    02/07/2017 10:27:17 AM PST · by mdittmar · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | Feb 7, 2017 | NEA President Lily Eskelsen García
    NEA President Lily Eskelsen García thanks parents, students, and education activists for their relentless efforts to stop the hostile takeover of our public schools by Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration.
  • Democrats plan all-night protest ahead of DeVos vote

    02/06/2017 10:02:44 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 52 replies
    Senate Democrats are planning a rare all-night talkathon to protest Betsy DeVos's nomination for Education secretary ahead of an expected vote on Tuesday."Democrats will hold the floor for the next 24 hours, until the final vote, to do everything we can to persuade just one more Republican to join us," Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said from the Senate floor Monday.
  • Tag: Betsy DeVos

    02/04/2017 4:14:47 PM PST · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    National Education Association ^ | 2/4/2017 | Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association
    The nation is speaking out; senators need to listen COPYRIGHT 2002-2017 NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
  • Collins, Murkowski to vote no on education secretary nominee

    02/01/2017 8:06:35 PM PST · by mdittmar · 71 replies
    CNN ^ | February 1, 2017 | CNN
    Washington (CNN)Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska both said Wednesday they would not vote to support Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's choice for education secretary. The two women are the first sitting Republican senators to publicly say they wouldn't back one of Trump's Cabinet nominees.The stunning decision from a pair of veteran Republican lawmakers puts DeVos in a tenuous position as her final vote before the Senate nears, but top Republican aides are confident she will be confirmed.
  • Cartwheeling teacher wasn’t wearing underwear, arrested for indecent exposure, police say

    02/02/2017 9:29:32 AM PST · by Gamecock · 73 replies
    The State | 21/1/2017 | AP
    PAWHUSKA, OKLA. Police in northern Oklahoma say they’ve arrested a substitute teacher on an indecent exposure complaint after she reportedly did a cartwheel in front of students while wearing a skirt but no undergarments.
  • K-12: Drain This Swamp

    01/27/2017 2:57:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 27, 2017 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp in Washington. This task is especially urgent in that large, malodorous part of the swamp known as Education. The Education Establishment makes everything murky and unproductive by an endless spew of jargon, incoherent theories, goofy methods, phony research, and new names for failed ideas. Finally, no two Americans can talk constructively about anything in education. It's as if they are talking across vast linguistic and cultural barriers, not over coffee at Starbucks. Education is now the fog-shrouded domain of dumbing down. Pervasive murkiness is a big part of the reason why so much...
  • Murray Votes No on Advancing Betsy DeVos Nomination

    02/01/2017 4:59:06 PM PST · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    youtube ^ | Jan 31, 2017 | Senator Patty Murray
    Murray Votes No on Advancing Betsy DeVos Nomination
  • How the Supreme Court affects your classroom and your students

    01/30/2017 5:09:05 PM PST · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | January 30, 2017 | Lily Eskelsen García
    We should care who sits on the U.S. Supreme Court because court decisions affect our collective bargaining rights, the access our students have to the educational opportunities they deserve, and our children’s (and grandchildren’s) future. Justices may hold their appointments for life; that gives them ample time to impact the rights we hold dear—for better or worse.
  • Dallas High School Teacher Posts Video "Shooting" Trump With Squirt Gun In Classroom

    01/26/2017 6:19:28 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 79 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 01/25/17 | Christine Rousselle
    A high school art teacher in Dallas posted an Instagram video of herself "shooting" an image of Donald Trump with a squirt gun and screaming "die" during Friday's inauguration. A copy of the video went viral on Twitter before the original source was identified.   The teacher has since deleted the video, but here's a copy:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp1A3VB6Fg8    
  • This is what democracy looks like! Marching in DC

    01/23/2017 4:07:57 PM PST · by mdittmar · 96 replies
    National Education Association ^ | Jan 23, 2017 | National Education Association
    Thousands upon thousands took to the streets in Washington, DC, millions across the nation and the world. We are diverse, we are united and we have many, many creative signs. :)
  • Trump Targets 3 Agencies With Ambitious Budget Cuts

    01/23/2017 8:33:45 AM PST · by Perseverando · 79 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 23, 2017 | Thomas Pippen
    President Donald Trump’s reported plan to gut federal spending by $10.5 trillion over the next decade includes eliminating three of iconic agencies defended as cultural mainstays by many Democrats. The next administration is working on plans to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Hill reported Thursday. Combined, the three departments cost around $741 million in 2016, and is a small part of a host of budget reforms needed to cut more than a trillion a year from the federal budget. Eliminating funding to the Corporation...
  • Betsy DeVos is scarier than the KKK, says DC teachers union head

    01/19/2017 6:17:41 PM PST · by 198ml · 63 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 1/19/17 | Multiple authors
    Speaking at an event organized to oppose President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda in Washington, D.C. Thursday, American Federation of Teachers President Elizabeth “Liz” Davis said that Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, is more frightening than the Ku Klux Klan. “Of course, you know that there are some scarier things that are coming up … one of them is Betsy DeVos,” Davis said. “That frightens me more than the Klan, because Betsy DeVos is a multi-mega millionaire who has managed to buy her way to a position of influence that could actually change the face of what we know...
  • Report: Schools Are Teaching Kids To Hate America Under The Guise Of ‘Civics’

    01/17/2017 9:46:30 AM PST · by doug from upland · 49 replies
    federalist ^ | 1-17-17 | Joy Pullman
    Report: Schools Are Teaching Kids To Hate America Under The Guise Of ‘Civics’ The New Civics sweeping colleges and K-12 teaches that citizenship means looking for grievances, then agitating for bigger government to address them. Joy Pullmann By Joy Pullmann January 16, 2017 U.S. civics education, if it exists at all, is being transformed into a political machine to push left-wing causes, undermine American government, and incite civil unrest, finds a 525-page report from the National Association of Scholars. The “New Civics” uses attractive, bipartisan-sounding words like “civics” and “service learning” to trick Americans and their representatives into allowing progressive...
  • Keeping Schools Safe, Happy Places for Everyone

    01/05/2017 4:17:43 PM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    National Education Association. ^ | January 3, 2017 | Cindy Long
    When you walk into school in the morning, you want the climate to be happy, welcoming and supportive. But what if you are unable to feel any of those things? In some schools, hostilities seethe under the surface and boil over into bullying and fights. Rather than connection there’s a sense of alienation that hangs over the school like a storm cloud. In schools with negative school climates, achievement and attendance drop,and teacher churn begins to rise.Following the tumultuous events of 2016,our schools and our young people are determined more than ever to create positive school climates. Indeed, events from...
  • Taxpayers Billed for Zombie Macbeth, Plays About ‘Privilege’

    12/22/2016 4:03:01 AM PST · by kevcol · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 22, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Endowment for the Arts released its latest round of grants, with new taxpayer-funded art such as Macbeth with zombies, cowboy poetry, a play about privilege, and a traveling gay men’s chorus. . . . This year’s grant will support the “world premiere of Monique Jenkinson’s ‘Delicate Material,’ which questions how society views gender and misogyny.” “Fauxnique made herstory as the first cissexual female to win a major drag pageant,” according to Jenkinson’s website. Other projects on gender identity and sex include the play Trans Scripts about six men who are now women, costing $50,000.
  • Taxpayers Foot Bill for ‘Doggie Hamlet’

    12/20/2016 4:28:51 AM PST · by kevcol · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 20, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Endowment for the Arts is spending $30,000 for a series of dance performances, including Doggie Hamlet. The “conceptual art” features actors yelling and running at sheep in a field in Vermont. Dartmouth College received the funding in the latest round of NEA grants released this month. . . . “Doggie Hamlet recalls the bucolic impression of a landscape painting or a 3D pastoral poem,” the group said. “The sheep, the dogs, the human performers, and the earth’s surface are at once performing as themselves and as living symbols in this work.”
  • Taxpayer-Funded Play Imagines Going Back in Time to Assassinate Christopher Columbus

    12/16/2016 5:43:31 AM PST · by kevcol · 38 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 16, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Endowment for the Arts is helping fund the production of a play about going back in time to kill Christopher Columbus. The agency recently awarded $10,000 to the Borderlands Theater, which views people living near or on the U.S. border as “citizens of the world,” for the production entitled “Shooting Columbus.” “A collaborative effort between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Arizona artists will combine elements from interviews with tribal elders and community members with movement, media, and traditional theater for a site-based, immersive, interactive performance,” according to a grant for the project. “The guest artists are members of the Shooting...
  • Sylvester Stallone Tapped by Trump for NEA Chairman

    12/15/2016 12:30:42 PM PST · by DFG · 73 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 12/15/2016 | Maggie McKneely
    Donald Trump has an idea about how to make art great again – by tapping ‘Rocky’ to head the National Endowment for the Arts. DailyMail.com is reporting that Stallone is the first name Trump has floated for the top arts position. Sylvester Stallone, known for his roles as Rocky Balboa and Rambo, is reportedly excited by the idea, though the job has not been formally offered to him yet.
  • Who is funding + organizing today's students walkout protest of Trump?

    12/05/2016 11:26:17 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 29 replies
    various ^ | 12/05/16 | daniel1212
    Boston students plan class walkout to protest Trump Hundreds of Boston Public Schools students are planning to walk out of classes Monday in protest of President-elect Donald Trump’s “inexcusable statements” and “harmful policies,” with the end goal of building a “student-led resistance against the Trump administration,” organizers said... More than 540 people have indicated, as of last night, on Facebook they plan to participate in the walkout, Boston Public Schools responded to news of the walkout with an automated call to students and staff warning that students missing class time will be marked absent... “It has come to our attention...
  • MSNBC: Lily reacts to Betsy DeVos’ Nomination as Education Secretary

    11/30/2016 1:16:15 PM PST · by mdittmar · 24 replies
    NEA president Lily Eskelsen García ^ | November 29, 2016 | NEA president Lily Eskelsen García
    Lily spoke with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin to discuss President-Elect Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education.
  • The Trump Effect: The Impact of The 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation's Schools

    11/29/2016 2:37:06 PM PST · by bobk3 · 25 replies
    In the first days after the 2016 presidential election, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project administered an online survey to K–12 educators from across the country. Over 10,000 teachers, counselors, administrators and others who work in schools have responded. The survey data indicate that the results of the election are having a profoundly negative impact on schools and students. Ninety percent of educators report that school climate has been negatively affected, and most of them believe it will have a long-lasting impact. A full 80 percent describe heightened anxiety and concern on the part of students worried about...
  • Lily Eskelsen Garcia, NEA President

    11/26/2016 10:31:33 AM PST · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    youtube ^ | Jul 14, 2014 | AFTHQ
    Lily Eskelsen Garcia, NEA President
  • NEA President reacts to Betsy DeVos nomination for Education Secretary

    11/23/2016 2:18:48 PM PST · by mdittmar · 73 replies
    National Education Association ^ | November 23, 2016 | NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:
    Eskelsen García: Trump nominee supports failed education policies that hurt students WASHINGTON - November 23, 2016 - The Trump administration announced today its plan to nominate Betsy DeVos, best known for her anti-public education campaigns, for the position of Secretary of Education.The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:“Every day, educators use their voice to advocate for every student to reach his or her full potential. We believe that the chance for the success of a child should not depend on winning a charter lottery, being accepted by a private school, or living in the right...
  • 'Hate Cannot Be the New Normal'

    11/19/2016 10:19:53 AM PST · by mdittmar · 39 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/18/2016 | Jackie Tortora
    'Hate Cannot Be the New Normal': Teachers, Working People in Unions, Faith and Civil Rights Leaders Urge President-Elect Trump to Condemn Hate Speech As the number of hate-related incidents has been escalating in the recent days following the 2016 election campaign marked by the extreme and hateful rhetoric of Donald Trump, working people in unions are calling on the president-elect to take a stand. During his acceptance speech, Trump said he would work to unite all working people.Working people are demanding that Trump commit to representing all of America’s people by "loudly, forcefully, unequivocally and consistently denouncing these acts and the...
  • NEA, labor, civil rights, and faith groups call on Trump to denounce hate-fueled acts

    11/18/2016 11:03:46 AM PST · by mdittmar · 46 replies
    The National Education Association ^ | November 18, 2016 | NEA President Lily Eskelsen García
    NEA launches national campaign urging the public to “Speak Up” for students WASHINGTON - November 18, 2016 - The National Education Association today joined civil rights, faith leaders, and other advocates to ask President-Elect Donald Trump to leverage his position to call for an end to the recent wave of racist, bigoted, and violent incidents and rhetoric that have taken place since his election.NEA and more than 100 groups signed a letter urging Mr. Trump to call for an end to the acts of harassment, vandalism, property destruction, and in some cases, assault, that have intensified over the past several...
  • 'Public Enemy No. 1' of the teachers' unions is eyed by Trump team for Education Secretary

    11/17/2016 5:27:01 AM PST · by bryan999 · 91 replies
    The Donald Trump transition team is eyeing former Washington, D.C. public school chancellor Michelle Rhee for Secretary of Education, multiple sources close to the transition tell the Daily Mail. The appointment of Rhee – who has been dubbed 'Public Enemy No. 1' of the teachers' unions -- would be a bold move by the Trump team, and a signal that his administration is gearing up to take an aggressive stance on education reform. It would also cut across partisan lines. Rhee is a lifelong Democrat, and a proponent of Common Core, a set of federal education standards that is opposed...
  • (vanity) Who did Robert Creamer Visit at the WH in addition to Obama?

    10/21/2016 8:40:17 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 24 replies
    Vanity
    I'd like to crowdsource this with some FR sleuths / weaponized autism / centipedes.... With whom did Robert Creamer meet at the White House aside from Obama? He met with both POTUS and FLOTUS according to the visitor’s log: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/visitor-records Others he visited: Kristin Sheehy. Sheehy , Kristin J. Employee $55,000.00 Per Annum EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF FOR OPERATIONS http://www.realclearpolitics.com/politics_nation/RCPWHSalaries09.pdf James Messina is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations ****** Miti Sathe Miti Sathe is a Democratic Party activist who works for Blue Engine Message & Media, a political consulting firm, and serves as the...
  • Lazy Marxist bum teachers and their attacks on question 2 (charter schools)

    10/18/2016 8:23:18 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 18 replies
    In Massachusetts, the only other New England state that's the left of Maine and Rhode island, there is a popular ballot measure that needs every patriotic American's support. That is question 2, the measure that would remove the cap on charter schools in the state of Massachusetts and give 32,000 struggling students in failing and dangerous schools (and there are many of them) an opportunity to learn in schools that are efficient, safe and wholesome. But the liberals and the teachers union bums would not have any of it. The only ones who oppose question 2 besides the usual cadre...
  • Massive Voter Fraud Could Determine the Election

    10/15/2016 12:53:42 PM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 41 replies
    Independant Sentinal ^ |  October 12, 2016 | S. Noble
    Project Veritas used a hidden camera to uncover the not very well-kept secret that there is massive voter fraud in the U.S. In the video, NYC Democratic Commissioner of the Board of Elections Alan Schulkin is caught on hidden camera at a United Federation of Teachers holiday party admitting that there is widespread voter fraud in New York City.
  • “We Conspire To Produce An Unaware And Compliant Citizenry”

    10/14/2016 7:15:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Captain's Journal ^ | October 13, 2016 | Herschel Smith
    PJ Media: One of John Podesta’s emails released by WikiLeaks this week exposes how progressive elites seek to exploit the unwashed masses. The email features one of Podesta’s colleagues from the Center for American Progress admitting that the institutional left “conspires to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry,” ostensibly to impose their radical agenda on us without much resistance. The correspondent is Bill Ivey of Global Cultural Strategies, “the online representation of the ideas, writings, and affiliations of author/consultant Bill Ivey.” He is an author trained in folklore and history, a trustee of the Center for American Progress, a former...
  • TOMORROW: NEA President to address hundreds of union members at major “get out the vote” event

    10/14/2016 11:32:28 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 30 replies
    The National Education Association ^ | October 14, 2016 | The National Education Association
    PHILADELPHIA - October 14, 2016 - NEA president Lily Esklesen García will address hundreds of union members on Saturday at a major “get out the vote” (GOTV) rally alongside other national union presidents. The member volunteers in attendance will then conduct an all day GOTV canvass of Philadelphia and surrounding counties on behalf of Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty. McGinty will also speak at the rally.Pennsylvania is a key battleground state in 2016, and this organizing event is part of a larger labor effort to canvass across the city and state on Saturday in the lead-up to...
  • The War Against Public Educaton (Education)

    10/11/2016 8:01:49 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 40 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 3, 2016 | Paul Stoller
    These are dark days for public education in America. In many corners of the United States public education in our colleges and universities is under attack. Know-nothing state legislators, most of them of the Republican persuasion, seem bent on dismantling our public education system. Our system of public education has been the envy of the world. In recent times, though, many legislators, governors, and corporate administrators have demonstrated little or no respect for those of us who labor in the classrooms of our public schools. These folks don’t seem to care if our young adults learn how to read with...
  • National Education Association Launches Campaign to Highlight the Trump Effect as Bullying Increases

    10/03/2016 5:12:54 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 73 replies
    National Education Association ^ | October 3, 2016 | National Education Association
    Educators Discuss How Trump’s Hate-Filled Words are Harming Our Children WASHINGTON - October 03, 2016 - Today the National Education Association announced the launch of a digital and direct mail campaign to raise awareness about the harmful effects of Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric on America’s schoolchildren. Joined by Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Ohio educator Joy Bock, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García discussed the consequences of Trump’s divisive and derogatory comments in classrooms across the country during a tele-briefing this afternoon.Educators, counselors and experts on bullying joined together on Monday to participate in events in the key battleground states...
  • Obama administration proposes rules for how school districts spend money meant for poor kids

    09/01/2016 8:12:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 31, 2016 | Emma Brown
    The Obama administration released draft rules Wednesday that would govern how school districts allocate billions of Title I dollars meant to educate poor children, one of Capitol Hill’s most hotly contested education issues since Congress passed a new federal education law late last year. The debate has pitted the Education Department and its allies in the civil rights movement, who say they are trying to ensure that children in high-poverty schools get the federal aid they are due, against a wide range of opponents — including Republicans, teachers unions and district and state education leaders — who have accused the...
  • Chicago schools lays off 1,000, about half are teachers

    08/05/2016 6:21:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 5, 2016 5:05 PM EDT
    Chicago Public Schools will lay off about 1,000 employees, nearly half of whom are teachers. Officials with the nation’s third-largest school district characterized the layoffs Friday as part of the “normal” yearly staff movement between schools and that they expect most people will be hired for other jobs. CPS has about 1,000 teaching vacancies. …
  • VANITY: Is Communism Part of the Common Core Curriculum?

    07/28/2016 8:01:20 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 26 replies
    7/28/2016 | Stars & Stripes Forever
    Why so many young people following Bernie?
  • NEA for Hillary email

    07/21/2016 11:12:53 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 32 replies
    email | 21 July 2016 | Lily Eskelsen García
    [Wife's name], I just finished watching Donald Trump's speech tonight. He's trying so hard to convince people he's a statesman. But I'm not fooled by what I just heard, and no one who works in education should be, either. It's more obvious than ever that this man has a dangerous, disturbing vision of America. That he's committed to dividing us, cultivating fear, and exploiting frustration. Tonight, Donald Trump showed exactly why we can't afford to let him near the White House. If you agree, add your name to our list of educators ready to keep Trump out of the...
  • Should Students Learn About Black Lives Matter in School?

    07/21/2016 12:44:10 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 21, 2016 | Haley Glatter
    If the Chicago social-studies teacher Gregory Michie waits for a textbook to teach his students about the Black Lives Matter movement, the first seventh-graders to hear the lesson won’t be born for another seven years. Despite the historical implications of that movement, bureaucratic timelines all but quash any possibility that students might learn about today’s events from an actual history textbook in the near future. According to Anthony Pellegrino, an assistant professor of education at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, many school districts receive new books on a seven-year cycle. However, in some states, schools don’t receive new books for 10...
  • Pay for New Ann Arbor Teachers Up 24-44 Percent in Four Years

    07/19/2016 1:07:52 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/17/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In a speech before the Ann Arbor Board of Education this May, teacher Dan Ezekiel painted a bleak picture of compensation for teachers. Ezekiel, a science teacher who also is involved in local politics by serving on various county and city boards and commissions, was concerned about the pay of starting teachers in the district. He said he makes $3,000 less than he did eight years ago. Michigan Capitol Confidential put in a Freedom of Information Act request for teacher salaries in Ann Arbor for the years 2010-11 to 2014-15. Teacher salaries have become complex in recent years with some...
  • Matt Damon's Miami Waterfront Home (for sale - $18.9 million)

    08/04/2014 12:34:40 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 35 replies
    Lonny ^ | 08/04/2014 | Lonny.com
    Matt Damon is selling his Miami Beach property for $18.9 million. Take a look at 'Maravilla', courtesy of The Jills from Coldwell Banker. 12,705-square-foot home in Miami Beach, replete with pools, palms, and plenty of privacy. According to the Wall Street Journal, the actor created the property by combining two parcels he bought in 2005, paying about $14.5 million for both. The home is located on the same glitzy street where Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, and Calvin Klein are said to have lived.
  • Matt Damon: 'I'd Eat My Shoe If Jeb Could Name a Bush That Ever Even Walked Into a Public School'

    11/16/2013 2:34:03 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 130 replies
    Matt Damon: 'I'd Eat My Shoe If Jeb Could Name a Bush That Ever Even Walked Into a Public School' By Noel Sheppard Created 11/16/2013 - 2:48pm As NewsBusters reported, former Florida governor Jeb Bush pounded public school activist Matt Damon in August for putting his kids in private school. Damon gave CNN's Jake Tapper a rather lame excuse for this in an online segment of their interview Friday while claiming, "I'd eat my shoe if he could name a Bush that ever even walked into a public school" (video follows with transcript and commentary): JAKE TAPPER, HOST: Does that...
  • Jeb Bush rips (public school advocate) Matt Damon for sending his kids to private school

    08/08/2013 6:21:26 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 27 replies
    The Hill (blogs) ^ | 8/7/2013 | Jonathan Easley
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Wednesday criticized actor Matt Damon, a vocal public-school advocate, for sending his children to private school. Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/twitter-room/other-news/316005-jeb-bush-rips-matt-damon-for-sending-his-kids-to-private-school#ixzz2bNpdcw7I Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook
  • Public School Advocate Matt Damon Enrolls Kids in Private School

    08/05/2013 1:58:52 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 40 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/5/13 | John Nolte
    In an interview with the Guardian published Saturday, Damon revealed that he had just moved to Los Angeles from New York, but that he didn't "have a choice" when it came to putting his four daughters into private schools. The multi-millionaire did say that it was "a major moral dilemma" and then made the bizarre excuse that the public schools aren't "progressive" enough. This would probably mark the first time anyone has ever complained that America's public schools, especially in Los Angeles, aren't left-wing enough.
  • School Superintendent Receives $787,500 Severance Package After Being Fired for THIS

    06/27/2016 6:57:19 AM PDT · by massmike · 26 replies
    http://constitution.com/ ^ | 06/27/2016 | Dave Jolly
    If you were to be fired from your job for negative performance, do you think you would get a severance package valued over three-quarters of a million dollars? I know I wouldn’t, but Valeria Silva is. Silva has been superintendent of the St. Paul, Minnesota, school district since 2009. During her tenure, school violence has been on the rise and a number of people blame her and her policies. Apparently, Silva is a fan of the Pacific Educational Group, a radical San Francisco consulting firm that concentrates on fighting white privilege at the cost of black and Hispanic students. They...
  • Maligned and Misunderstood: Muslim Students Speak Out

    06/16/2016 12:48:53 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 68 replies
    NEA Today ^ | June 9, 2016 | Cindy Long
    Seventeen-year-old Entsar Mohamed is proud to be Muslim, but she admits it isn’t easy. “Being a Muslim in America today is getting harder and I am worried that it will get worse,” says the senior at Mission High School in San Francisco, Calif. “Because of ISIS, Muslims are seen as bad and violent people.” Anti-Islamic rhetoric has reached a fever pitch in America, spouting not only from presidential candidates and governors, but even from school board members, like one in Philadelphia who posted that she is “officially against Muslims” and “We don’t want them in America” on her Facebook page....