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  • Oprah matches Clooneys’ pledge to donate $500,000 for march against gun violence

    02/20/2018 4:53:39 PM PST · by mdittmar · 64 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Feb 20, 2018 | Mike Murphy
    Spielberg, Capshaw and Katzenbergs also donate $500,000 to ‘March for Our Lives’ rally organized by Florida students A number of Hollywood heavyweights, including George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey, announced hefty donations Tuesday to help fund the “March for Our Lives” rally against gun violence that is being organized by students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the site of last week’s massacre that left 17 students and staff members dead.Clooney and his wife, human-rights attorney Amal Clooney, announced a $500,000 donation Tuesday morning to help offset the costs of the march in Washington. “Amal and I are...
  • Data Shows Arming Teachers Is The Reasoned Response To Mass School Shootings

    02/16/2018 11:19:07 AM PST · by Liberty7732 · 31 replies
    With 17 people murdered Wednesday at a Florida high school in yet another mass shooting at a public place, the immediate reaction in the media and the left has been predictable. The go-to phrase from comedian Chelsea Handler, newspaper columnist Jessica Valenti and SiriusXM Radio executive Norm Ornstein — and now thousands of others — is that Republicans and Second Amendment defenders “have blood on their hands.” This is a despicable response, of course, but par for about everything from the left nowadays. Worse, it does nothing to actually limit future atrocities. There is no compassion in that. But there...
  • National Endowment of the Arts Chairman Responds to Trump's Proposal to Eliminate the NEA

    02/12/2018 3:16:48 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 56 replies
    Broadway World ^ | February 12, 2018 | BWW Newsdesk
    Earlier today, the National Endowment of the Arts Chairman Jane Chu released the following statement regarding President Trump's budget plan for 2019. Today we learned that the President's FY 2019 budget proposes elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. We are disappointed because we see our funding actively making a difference with individuals in thousands of communities and in every Congressional District in the nation. In FY 2018 to date, the NEA has awarded 1,134 grants totaling $26.68 million to organizations and individuals in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, launched a national songwriting...
  • K-12: Patterns of Deception

    01/24/2018 12:01:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 24, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Mary McCarthy and Lillian Hellman, both famous literary left-wingers, had a famous feud. McCarthy dared to proclaim that Hellman was a Truly Big Liar. When Dick Cavett asked (in 1979) what was so "dishonest" about Hellman, McCarthy snapped, "Everything. I once said in an interview that every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'" These entertaining charges make more sense when we consider that Lillian Hellman was "an ardent leftist," according to leftist PBS. Hellman was a pure expression of the agitprop personality. She instinctively engaged in meddling and propaganda. It was almost official doctrine that communists...
  • Brent Bozell requests NEA to withdraw its funding of “Jerry Springer: The Opera.”

    01/23/2018 10:14:10 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 2 replies
  • It’s ON: Here’s what we just told the Supreme Court about collective bargaining

    01/19/2018 4:20:33 PM PST · by mdittmar · 40 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | January 19, 2018 | Lily
    Strong unions help to create strong schools for students and even stronger communities that benefit all of us. This, we know.For generations, unions have been the best path to the middle class for working people, especially people of color and women. But in this rigged economy, unions are under attack, and those attacks are coming not just from the White House and Capitol Hill. They’re happening at the ballot box and at the Supreme Court with cases like Janus.Today, the National Education Association and the American Association of University Professors submitted an amicus brief today with the Supreme Court in...
  • Robert Gebelhoff: Complicity a big factor in America’s opioid crisis

    12/24/2017 11:15:42 AM PST · by mabarker1 · 61 replies
    Denton Record Chronical ^ | 12/22/2017 | Robert Gebelhoff
    For years, the opioid crisis was described as one of negligence. In this narrative, doctors overprescribed pills that shouldn't have gone to patients and pharmaceutical companies overzealously promoted medications while playing down the risks. Robert Gebelhoff But new reporting demonstrates how this version, as worrying as it sounds, might understate the role of drugmakers in the opioid crisis. The Washington Post and 60 Minutes reported that some of the Drug Enforcement Administration's most experienced investigators believed criminal charges were warranted against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, alleging that the company, McKesson Corp., did little to prevent...
  • Spare the rod, spoil the teacher?

    12/18/2017 6:58:48 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 18, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    We've come full circle on school discipline: Now students beat the teacher. "City teachers pleaded with district administrators Monday to help support them as they deal with what they are calling an unprecedented level of misbehavior among children, some of which is resulting in physical violence against teachers," Felix Rodriguez Lima reported on Fox 43 from Harrisburg, Pa. on November 21, 2017. "The Harrisburg Education Association says the behavioral issues have prompted the resignations of at least 45 teachers between July and October, and further resignations have since occurred, according to association president Jody Barksdale." "Some of the worst behavior...
  • NEA Calls for Action in the Wake of Latest School Shooting

    11/15/2017 4:45:55 PM PST · by mdittmar · 28 replies
    The National Education Association ^ | November 15, 2017 | NEA President Lily Eskelsen García
    Lily Eskelsen García: “Thoughts and prayers are not enough.” WASHINGTON - November 15, 2017 - NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement in reaction to yesterday’s shooting in Northern California, which targeted students and educators at Rancho Tehama Elementary School:“We pray for the victims of this latest tragedy in Tehama County, California, and the schoolchildren and adults shot by another out-of-control man who could spray bullets through a classroom and down the street with a rapid-fire weapon. We’re grateful to the educators who heroically protected their students in this rural school, the heroes in a Texas church, and...
  • The Homeless Professor Who Lives in Her Car

    11/03/2017 4:41:31 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 71 replies
    National Education Association ^ | November 1, 2017 | Mary Ellen Flannery
    On a recent weeknight, writing instructor Ellen Tara James-Penny sits with a student in a parking lot near San José State University for more than an hour, explaining the perils of “hasty generalizations” and other pitfalls in college-level writing. Then, James-Penny and her husband get into their aging Volvo sedan and drive a few blocks to a local church, where she sleeps in their car with one dog and he sleeps in a tent a few feet away with the other.Despite the four college courses she teaches, and the master’s degree she earned a few years ago, James-Penny is homeless....
  • The dam holding back school choice will soon collapse

    10/02/2017 1:21:21 PM PDT · by HLPhat · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02 Oct 2017 | Washington Examiner - Opinion
    The teachers' unions blockade, which deprives poor children of good education, is starting to crack. The latest fissures are created by a study of the country's largest private school choice program. According to researchers, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, which provides vouchers, increased college enrollment rates by about 6 percentage points for students who participated at all. For those who were in the program for four or more years, the college enrollment rate was as much as 17 points higher. Before anyone leaps to suggest that this really just means those schools cream off the best students, opponents of...
  • New Jersey Teachers Union Backs Pro-Trump Candidate, Warning Dems Not to Take Educators for Granted

    10/12/2017 5:53:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Intercept ^ | October 11, 2017 | Rachel M. Cohen
    In an otherwise predictable New Jersey election season, the state’s largest public sector union has come out behind a Trump-supporting Republican facing an incumbent Democrat. The New Jersey Education Association, which is New Jersey’s top political spender, is backing Republican Fran Grenier against Steve Sweeney, the Democratic state Senate president and New Jersey’s second most-powerful elected official. The controversial endorsement has angered liberal allies, but the union remains unapologetic in its message: Democrats cannot take teachers for granted. It’s a contentious move, but one that is unlikely to change the ultimate outcome of the election. Democrats are expected to control...
  • Make it stop!

    10/04/2017 5:13:24 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | October 3, 2017 | Lily Eskelsen García
    Our hearts are broken yet again by the senseless mass killings in community after community by dangerous people with access to dangerous weapons designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible. At this writing, 58 concert goers dead in Las Vegas. Over 500 wounded. Several educators are among the victims. And millions terrified and in trauma that it could happen again. There’s much to do, but the first thing is to comfort those who lost their friends and family members. So many want to help, and there is an immediate need of donations of dollars, blood and hugs.Here’s...
  • Latest academic tests underscore California's education crisis

    10/01/2017 3:00:03 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 69 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | October 01, 2017 | Dan Walters
    California has spent tens of billions of extra dollars on its K-12 school system in recent years on promises that its abysmal levels of academic achievement – especially those of disadvantaged children – would be improved. And what have those massive expenditures – a 50 percent increase in per-pupil spending – and a massive reworking of school curricula accomplished? Fewer than half of California’s children are meeting English standards and fewer than 38 percent are making the grade in math. Not much, the latest results from annual testing indicate.
  • Teachers of color are fundamental to our nation’s success

    09/28/2017 8:02:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 46 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | September 28, 2017 | NEA President Lily Eskelsen García
    Being a teacher means instilling a lifelong love of learning in students and providing them with the tools and support they need, and it also means advocating for students, public education, and our profession. The NEA’s recent “Black Student Leader Day” was all about exposing aspiring educators to lobbying as well as grassroots organizing for racial and social justice. This kind of outreach to aspiring African American teachers is essential at a time when the number of black teachers is declining.
  • More Proof We Don't Need The National Endowments For The Arts And The Humanities

    09/14/2017 6:30:13 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 13, 2017 | George Leef
    In an article I posted here in July, I lamented the fact that the National Endowment for the Humanities had funded the research for Professor Nancy MacLean’s hatchet job of a book entitled Democracy in Chains. I was sure that the government’s largesse was not limited to just this nasty book and therefore was not surprised when I came across this article by Christine Roe, “From Cactus Theater to the Met, US Government Pours Hundreds of Millions Into Well-Heeled Arts.” Based on a new report from that invaluable organization, Open the Books, Roe highlighted numerous cases where federal money had...
  • NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia calls out "White Supremitists"

    09/05/2017 12:59:42 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 91 replies
    youtube ^ | Sep 5, 2017 | NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia
    #DefendDACA : Educators Urge Congress to pass the Dream Act of 2017 NOW.
  • I’m speaking to the media and I won’t mince words

    09/04/2017 12:53:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 39 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | September 1, 2017 | NEA's Lily Eskelsen García
    I have the best job in the whole wide world: I’m a teacher who gets to advocate for kids and for the work NEA members do, no matter what our job titles, to cultivate students’ curiosity and set them off toward fulfilling, successful futures. On September 8 at the National Press Club Headliners Luncheon, I’ll get the chance to speak about all of that, along with the challenges we face and how we uplift public education in the pro-voucher Trump era.I’m humbled by the company I’m in. Past luncheon speakers have included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Garrison Keilor,...
  • Inside the NYC schools critics call ‘failure factories’

    09/03/2017 9:26:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    NYP ^ | September 2, 2017 | Susan Edelman
    They are the schools Mayor de Blasio doesn’t mention. At 32 city elementary and middle schools, the average English-math proficiency rate on state exams has not exceeded 10 percent of students for four years in a row. Seventeen of these schools — which enroll nearly 10,000 kids — have been part of the mayor’s signature Renewal program, which has spent $582 million on teacher training, social services and an extra hour a day of instruction. Four did so poorly that the city Department of Education closed them in June. ... Families for Excellent Schools, a pro-charter-school group that analyzed the test...
  • NEA President to Representative Assembly: We Have the Power… and They Know It

    07/06/2017 5:41:53 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    National Education Association ^ | July 2, 2017 | Tim Walker
    “This is not a drill,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García told the 2017 NEA Representative Assembly. “We stand in a dangerous place. We stand between a profiteer and his profits. We have a president who resides at the dangerous intersection of arrogance and ignorance and travels with a moral compass that always points to his own self-interest.” In her keynote address on Sunday, Eskelsen García laid out in stark terms the dangers posed by the agenda of President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, but reminded the 7,500 delegates gathered in the Boston Convention Center that “we can win. We...