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  • 'Got Your Back' or Stab It: Union Sics Bill Collectors on Right-to-Work Exercisers

    05/24/2016 12:30:28 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/21/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A leaked memo revealed how the state’s largest teachers union planned to get around Michigan’s new right-to-work law soon after it was enacted. The law repeals the power previously enjoyed by the union to get a school employee fired for not paying it dues or fees. In the memo from December 2012, Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook laid out the union’s strategy: “We will use any legal means at our disposal to collect the dues owed under signed membership forms from any members who withhold dues prior to terminating their membership in August for the following fiscal year. Same...
  • Teacher thrown out of school for ordering kids books

    05/16/2016 8:40:54 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 16, 2016 | Carl Campanile
    In the manner of Ed Driscoll ... Shot: Friedman, 61, paid for the books out of his own pocket — about $220 with shipping — then sold them to students for $2 apiece to recoup most of the expenses. Chaser: He noted that students spent $6 for “Hamlet” at the school bookstore, triple what he asked to recoup his layout for “Frankenstein.” Hangover: Friedman said the action by Midwood’s administrators was retaliation for his filing unfair-labor charges against the school in March of last year. He said he filed the charges to protest a new “dumbed down” curriculum and unfair...
  • Illinois Senate Democrats plan to introduce a school funding bill(PASS SEN)

    05/11/2016 7:52:01 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 8 replies
    chicago.suntimes ^ | 04/05/16 | tIna Sfondeles
    Currently, some schools in Illinois are able to spend as much as $30,000 per student, while others can only afford the $6,119 foundation level.
  • Stupid in America: Students Are So Bad, Professor Can’t Grade Them

    03/30/2016 2:45:04 PM PDT · by detective · 67 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 March 2016 | Selwyn Duke
    What does it say when in two days a teacher exhausts the ink in his red pen? Since a nation cannot be “ignorant and free," as Thomas Jefferson put it, it perhaps means we face a threat graver than the Red Menace. Apathetic or even hostile students, dumbed-down tests, often incompetent and ideologically driven teachers, Cracker Jack-box degrees, morally toxic curricula, revisionist history, the new math — education has collapsed in America. And one of the sincere educators, wandering amidst the rubble, recently provided a window into this academic apocalypse.
  • Feds Spend $6,000 Studying 'History of French Lesbian Activism'

    03/25/2016 3:13:55 PM PDT · by kevcol · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 25, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Endowment for the Humanities released its latest round of projects, which includes studies of the "history of French lesbian activism," and $20,000 for a new college course on "questions about neighborliness." The projects are part of $21.1 million in grants announced this week for the federal agency's "Common Good" initiative. Tamara Chaplin, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received a $6,000 summer stipend for her project "Postwar French Media, and the Struggle for Gay Rights."
  • Time to End the Use of Public Pension Plans for Private Gain

    03/17/2016 5:01:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/13/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    Michigan citizens expect that the money they pay in taxes will be used for the core government services that are supposed to be provided. Education dollars are supposed to be used to educate students. Money spent on pensions is supposed to provide a retirement for government workers. That's not the case today. In 2015, the Mackinac Center broke two stories about an abuse of tax dollars happening in Michigan, one dealing with union release time and the other with union executives spiking the pensions they earned while working as government employees. There are two bills that would fix these issues....
  • Teachers unions back bill allowing adult males to shower with young girls in Massachusetts

    03/15/2016 10:33:39 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 79 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/14/16 | Ben Johnson
    BOSTON, March 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - A bill that would allow adult biological males to shower or change alongside young girls has earned the endorsement of two prominent teachers unions in Massachusetts. State legislators are considering a bill that would specifically open all public restrooms, shower facilities, and locker rooms to transgender people. "An Act Relative to Gender Identity and Non-Discrimination" (H.B. 1577) would add "gender identity" to the state's protected classes able to access all public facilities, such as private changing areas. Lawmakers specifically exempted "lawfully sex-segregated facilities" when it passed a 2011 ordinance granting transgender people protected legal...
  • CPS tells principals it lacks the cash to get through this year ( Chicago )

    03/10/2016 6:28:50 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 10, 2016 | Juan Perez Jr.
    Chcago Public Schools officials told principals on Wednesday that the district is "short of the necessary cash for the remainder of the school year" partly because of a pension payment of nearly $700 million due this summer. ... Last month, principals had to absorb $26 million in midyear budget cuts to district-operated schools. Principals tapped internal accounts, cut planned technology and textbook purchases and didn't fill vacant positions to avert layoffs. On Wednesday, principals were told to hold off on $45 million budgeted for "non-personnel" expenses. The district said it wants to save another $10 million through a limit on...
  • 11 things you need to know about Chicago teacher pensions

    03/05/2016 7:23:14 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | March 1, 2016 | Ted Dabrowski
    Pension holidays, steep increases in teachers' salaries, and lopsided ratios of teacher contributions to pension payouts have caused the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund’s unfunded liabilities to shoot up to $9 billion in 2015. The Chicago Teachers Union, or CTU, has threatened to strike as early as April 1 over the issue of teacher pension “pickups,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Negotiations over a new contract to replace the 2012 contract that expired in June 2015 stalled after CTU rejected the most recent offer from Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, in February. In exchange for pay increases and a moratorium on...
  • SCANDAL EXPANDS !!! NEW Set of NEA Emails Released Linking White House to NEA Scandal

    11/02/2009 10:15:23 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 573+ views
    judicial watch/the lid ^ | 11/2/09 | The Lid
    Four weeks ago, Big Hollywood posted audio of a conference call in which Obama administration officials asked "grant recipients to plug Barack Obama’s domestic agenda." At least six federal laws and regulations were violated when then–NEA communications director Yosi Sergant and White House Office of Public Engagement deputy director Buffy Wicks tried twisting the arms of artists and arts groups interested in getting federal arts grants to produce government propaganda. To protect the scandal from expanding further, the White House threw Sergant under the bus, denied that they were involved issued new guidelines for the NEA and promised that it...
  • Stop Talking About Teachers As If They're Missionaries

    02/16/2016 6:02:27 PM PST · by AZLiberty
    Washingtonian ^ | January 29, 2016 | Amanda Ripley
    "He has spent the last two weeks literally just making stuff up," Rubio said. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is accused rival Texas. Sen. Cruz of engaging in a "pattern" of peddling falsehoods, telling reporters Tuesday it speaks to the character of Cruz's campaign and suggesting they would disqualify Cruz from the White House if they continue. Speaking to reporters during a lunchtime stop at Triangle Char Bar in Summerville, South Carolina, the GOP hopeful criticized Cruz for arguing he was in favor of "amnesty" and calling him an inconsistent conservative. His comments come a day after a pro-Cruz group was...
  • Scalia's Death Saves Unions From Momentous Ruling Ending Political Power

    02/14/2016 9:57:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/14/16 | John Gizzi
    As the nation and official Washington prepared to mourn the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, watchers of the high court began to assess the immediate impact of his death on several pending cases whose decisions might have had momentous political implications. Among these is Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association, set to have been a landmark case regarding the mandatory collection of union dues and their use for political purposes. The ruling could have meant the death knell of collective bargaining and the political might of America’s unions. newzf After oral arguments in the case in January, The Washington Post...
  • Clinton 'Surprised' by Staffer Using Private Email, New Docs Show

    01/09/2016 5:34:12 PM PST · by kik5150 · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 8, 2016 | Justin Fishel
    Hillary Clinton -- embroiled in controversy over her use of private email for official purposes -- expressed surprise that a State Department staffer was using a personal email account to discuss work-related business, according to a newly released document. The note is among the 3,007 pages of the former Secretary of State's emails that the State Department released early this morning, bringing the total public production so far to 82 percent of the documents, a court-mandated goal the department failed to reach at the end of last month. In a document dated Feb. 27, 2011, Clinton sends an email to...
  • Teachers in Nation's 'Worst Urban District' Twice as Likely to be Rated 'Highly Effective'

    12/30/2015 7:27:11 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/27/2015 | Tom Gantert
    According to the 2015 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) report released in October, the Detroit Public Schools system was rated the worst-performing urban district in the country for the fourth time since 2009. In contrast, the district’s own evaluations of its teachers for the 2014-15 school year indicate that 81 percent were given the top rating possible, or “highly effective.” This is nearly double the statewide average. The Detroit district had 2,388 teachers rated in the highest category. Another 467 teachers were rated “effective” (16 percent). Just 45 teachers were given the second-lowest rating of “minimally effective” and 43...
  • California Laws: On January 1st, Students Won’t Have to Pass High School (Exit Exams) to Receive

    12/27/2015 5:52:42 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 27 Dec 2015 | William Bigelow
    On January 1, California residents will have to accustom themselves to a number of new laws that will be implemented in the state. These are some the laws that will likely have the most profound effect: SB 172: High school seniors will receive their diploma whether or not they pass or even take an exit exam; the law also applies retroactively to students who have graduated since 2004; ... SB 707: Bans concealed firearms from college campuses and K-12 school grounds
  • Principal ‘fixes’ failing grades behind teachers’ backs: staff ( NYC )

    11/29/2015 7:25:53 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    The NY Post ^ | November 29, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    The principal of DeWitt Clinton HS, a struggling Bronx school in Mayor de Blasio's multimillion-dollar Renewal program, changed students failing grades to passing without teachers knowledge or consent, insiders told The Post. In one case, Santiago Taveras gave a senior who received a "no show" in a global-history class a 75 and changed her failing 55 grade in gym to a minimum passing 65, records show. She then got a credit for each class, which she did not deserve, several staffers charged. He thinks he is God and can do whatever he wants. ... Taveras changed a students failing 55...
  • Nation's Report Card: Only a Third of 8th-Graders Are At or Above 'Proficient' in Math and Reading

    10/28/2015 8:02:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    CNS ^ | October 28, 2015 | JENNIFER C. KERR
    It's a not-so rosy report card for the nation's schoolchildren. Math scores slipped for fourth and eighth graders over the last two years, and reading grades were not much better, flat for fourth graders and lower for eighth graders, according to the 2015 Nation's Report Card. ... Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged parents, teachers, and others not to panic about the scores as states embrace higher academic standards, such as Common Core.
  • Oregon Community College Shootings - Another Important Aspect To Consider

    10/06/2015 5:14:41 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Restore-DC-Catholicism ^ | 10/4/15 | Restore-DC-Catholicism
    First, let's all pray for the repose of those killed in the mass murder last week. It is no secret that this gunman Chris Mercer, targeted Christians. He queried his victims before he shot them; the Christians were shot in the head while non-Christians were shot in the legs. That aspect was curiously absent from Obama's remarks after the shooting. Had the victims been shot because they were anything but Christian, Obama would have denounced the hate-crime aspect of the murders. But it is not Obama's screed that I want to address at this time, loathsome as it was. As...
  • Top 25 Political Donations from 1989 to 2014

    09/24/2015 5:47:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    MERCATUS CENTER AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY ^ | Mar 04, 2014 | Veronique de Rugy
    The incentives to use political connections for personal gain grow as the power of government grows. Donating to political campaigns is one way that private interests try to win alliances of government authorities. Over the past 25 years, several of the top political contributors have sought political privilege largely under the radar, with some surprising names appearing among the top 25. ... The top donor is ActBlue, an online political action committee dedicated to raising funds for Democrats. Fourteen labor unions were among the top 25 political campaign contributors. Three public sector unions were among the fourteen: the American Federation...
  • Despite strong returns, California pension funds’ fiscal hole got deeper

    08/06/2015 6:15:54 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 5, 2015 | Jon Ortiz
    With a new ballot proposal reigniting debate over government retirement benefits, the latest federal figures show California’s public pension debt in 2013 stood at $4,425 for every man, woman and child in the state, despite strong investment returns by public retirement funds.
  • N.J. Politics Roundup: Christie bashes teaches union; Trump leads another poll

    08/03/2015 4:26:56 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 5 replies
    NJ.com ^ | August 03, 2015 at 7:00 AM, updated August 03, 2015 at 7:02 AM | Brent Johnson
    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican presidential candidate, said during a television interview Sunday that the national teachers union deserves a "punch in the face" — and New Jersey's largest teachers union called on him to resign.
  • Look who is defining sin. Say what?

    07/13/2015 12:13:06 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 10 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | July 13, 2015 | Martin Mawyer
    For those unfamiliar with the NEA, it is the nation’s largest labor union – not just the largest teacher’s union, mind you. But the largest labor union in the country. Period. It has over three million members. Its mission is “to advocate for education professionals” blah, blah, blah. In other words, they are an organization of teachers who unite to demand more money, benefits, better work environments and whatever else they can get their hands on. They also advocate for just about any left-wing liberal cause that enrages conservatives, even if it has nothing to do with teaching. One of...
  • Independent Union Shows Unions Can Prosper Under Right-To-Work

    07/13/2015 10:01:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In 2012, teachers in the Roscommon area school district became the first in decades to "decertify" the Michigan Education Association — fire it — and start their own independent union. Now, three years later, the president of the startup local, called the Roscommon Teachers Association, said 64 of 65 eligible teachers have voluntarily paid dues as of the recently completed school year. It probably didn't hurt that the union's $500 dues are about half the amount charged by the MEA, the state's largest teachers union. “Roscommon teachers show that voluntary unionism can thrive if the union is proving its worth...
  • Pro-life campaign outside NEA convention over abortion

    07/02/2015 12:16:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    lifedynamics.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | life dynamics
    Today, dozens of concerned pro-lifers in Orlando, Florida are conducting an awareness campaign outside the NEA Teacher’s Union Convention to expose their support of abortion. According to Bob Pawson, director of Pro-Life Educators of America, who heads up the annual campaign, pro-Life teachers, parents, and students from the greater Orlando area hope to educate the 10,000 delegates about the NEA’s stand on abortion as they arrive for the National Education Association’s annual convention in Orlando. “This demonstration is somewhat unique,” said Pawson. “Usually, NEA itself does the picketing— presenting demands in front of schools or school board buildings in towns...
  • NEA 'attack' on homeschoolers blasted as 'outrageous'

    06/30/2015 11:35:38 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 34 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/29/2015 | Paul Bremmer
    The National Education Association has launched an attack on the practice of homeschooling, and one leading education expert is not taking it lying down. “The National Education Association’s radical attacks on constitutionally protected liberties and homeschooling families in particular are outrageous and should be vehemently denounced by every real educator and every real American,” internationalist journalist and educator Alex Newman declared. The NEA’s 2014-2015 resolution on homeschooling begins like this: “The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience.” Freelance writer Patrice Lewis, who homeschools her children,...
  • Teacher Hits Handicapped Child, Tells Him Black People Fought to not "Serve White People like You"

    06/29/2015 12:00:28 PM PDT · by rightistight · 68 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 6/29/15 | Aurelius
    A Cincinnati teacher has resigned in the wake of racist comments and abusive actions taken toward handicapped children. Intervention Specialist Pamela Bullock has left her position at Wayne Local Schools in Warren County, after four teaching assistants wrote a letter to administrators detailing her abuse toward students. In one incident, the assistants reported that Ms. Bullock was taking care of a handicapped, non-verbal student, when she became irate at him. Bullock threw a marker at the boy, hitting him in the head. Later the same day, "a racial comment was directed toward the same student," wrote the assistants. "After applying...
  • Teachers Union Promotes Website Telling Dissident Member 'Go to Hell'

    06/26/2015 6:27:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association is directing people to a website that insults and vilifies a 37-year member who authored a widely distributed letter explaining why she wants to leave the state’s largest teachers union. Lansing School District teacher Mary Davenport wrote a letter that was sent to thousands of teachers to alert them that if they want to quit the union it would only allow them to do so in the month of August. Many teachers have complained about this so-called August window. Since Davenport’s letter was distributed, the website MEAMatters.com has invited union members to respond online. The website...
  • Union Lauches Personal Attack Against Dissident Teacher, Releases Confidential Information

    06/25/2015 5:11:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/21/2015 | Tom Gantert
    After being compelled to pay thousands of dollars in union dues over 37 years as a teacher, Mary Davenport thought the least it could do was create a harmonious workplace. Davenport says she got the opposite, which has taken a toll personally and professionally. The veteran teacher still has five years before retirement, and says she just wants to survive it. “I believe the union and management work together to target certain employees for dismissal, and that has been the case with me,” said Davenport. Davenport claims she is being cited for vague and trivial offenses, like using her computer...
  • Black Students Are More Likely To Get ‘Ineffective’ Teachers: Report

    06/13/2015 7:17:33 AM PDT · by lbryce · 101 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 13, 2015 | Yoav Gonen
    Black students in New York state are 44 percent more likely than white students to have a teacher rated “ineffective” in math, and 35 percent more likely to have one rated “ineffective” in English, startling new figures from the state Education Department show. The unprecedented analysis stemmed from the results of the statewide teacher-evaluation system, which for the first time required student performance on standardized exams to factor into teachers’ ratings.
  • Black Students Are More Likely To Get ‘Ineffective’ Teachers: Report

    06/13/2015 7:17:32 AM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 13, 2015 | Yoav Gonen
    Black students in New York state are 44 percent more likely than white students to have a teacher rated “ineffective” in math, and 35 percent more likely to have one rated “ineffective” in English, startling new figures from the state Education Department show. The unprecedented analysis stemmed from the results of the statewide teacher-evaluation system, which for the first time required student performance on standardized exams to factor into teachers’ ratings.
  • FAIL: ONLY 18 PERCENT OF 8TH-GRADERS PROFICIENT IN US HISTORY

    05/05/2015 5:18:15 PM PDT · by yuffy · 44 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4 May 2015 | by DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Results of the “Nation’s Report Card” released this week by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that only 18 percent of 8th-graders are “proficient” or above in U.S. history, and only 23 percent are proficient in civics. Despite hundreds of billions of dollars poured into education programs in the United States via the U.S. Department of Education, the “Nation’s Report Card” states that 8th-graders’ average NAEP scores in U.S. History, Geography, and Civics demonstrated no significant change since 2010 when students were last assessed. In geography, just 27 percent of U.S. 8th-graders performed at or above the proficiency...
  • Unions fight to preserve Obama’s immigration actions, their members

    04/11/2015 10:50:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    Two of the country’s most powerful and politically influential labor unions are backing President Obama in the recent court challenge to his 2014 executive action on illegal immigration, saying they support the president’s effort because "undocumented workers" need more workplace protection and their participation helps the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association on Monday each filed so-called amicus briefs in a federal appeals court case in which Texas and 26 other states are challenges the president’s 2014 memorandum on illegal immigration. The memorandum essentially expands work authorization and delayed-deportation programs for illegal immigrants. And it provides similar...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • BREAKING: National teachers’ union boots AEA boss Henry Mabry (AL)

    02/21/2015 8:48:59 AM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 7 replies
    yellowhammernews.com ^ | 2/21/15 | Elizabeth Beshears
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Yellowhammer sources say the National Education Association (NEA), the national teachers’ union with which the Alabama Education Association (AEA) is affiliated, cleaned the AEA’s house late last night, ousting Executive Secretary Henry Mabry and revoking building access to former Associate Executive Secretary Joe Reed.
  • Union Drops Attempt to Stop Vote on Decertification

    02/16/2015 5:58:53 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/14/2015 | Anne Schieber
    The Michigan Education Association has dropped an unfair labor practices complaint against Grand Rapids Community College, and also dropped its request for suspension of an election to “decertify” a union local which represents college secretaries. The decertification vote was authorized when one-third of the nearly 100 members of the Grand Rapids Community College Education Support Professionals signed a petition requesting it. The MEA filed its complaint and request a few weeks later. Supporters of the election say time was of the essence because the local bargaining unit’s contract expires June 30 and contract negotiations are set to begin April 1....
  • Social Justice Activist Award

    01/19/2015 5:54:26 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    National Education Association (NEA) ^ | N.D. | National Education Association (NEA)
    We, at the National Education Association, know that our members have a long and proud history of social justice activism. In advocating for the human and civil rights of their students, some public school educators are ahead of their time—challenging the social conventions of the day and taking extraordinary action to welcome, protect, and educate America’s students. Beginning this year, 2014-2015, NEA will proudly recognize one of these outstanding social justice activists via NEA’s Social Justice Award. This special award will be presented to one exceptional member who demonstrates the ability to lead, organize and engage educators, parents, and the...
  • CNN bans Mohammad toon; 'Piss Christ' OK

    01/13/2015 10:21:25 AM PST · by Gollum24 · 34 replies
    HowieCarrShow.com ^ | 01/13/2015 | Howie Carr
    CNN announced this week that their policy is not to show images of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, that may potentially be offensive. The editorial decision followed the outlets decision not to show the now-famous Charlie Hebdo cartoons. However, as of Tuesday morning CNN’s website still displayed pictures of crucified Jesus in a jar of human urine.
  • NY Governor vetoes Common Core protections for failing teachers

    12/31/2014 8:03:01 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 31, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Here’s a story which you didn’t expect to see coming out of the New York State government. There was a bill on the table which would have exempted New York teachers from being fired if they received the lowest proficiency ratings based on Common Core guidelines. In a bit of irony, this was a bill that Governor Andrew Cuomo had originally proposed himself. But when it came time to finalize it, Cuomo had harsh words for the current system. Declaring the state’s teacher-evaluation system a joke, Gov. Cuomo on Monday night vetoed legislation that would have barred the use of...
  • Student display about racial injustice approved in Maine

    12/13/2014 8:23:35 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/11/2014 | unknown
    A Maine school superintendent is allowing students to display a poster protesting grand jury decisions not to indict two white police officers who killed unarmed black men.
  • Now Teachers Union Outlaws Coca-Cola From Its Events

    11/30/2014 3:06:33 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/29/2014 | Eric Owens
    After wasting millions of dollars on losing Democratic candidates in this month’s midterm elections, the American Federation of Teachers has completely gone off the deep end and banned Coca-Cola and Coke products from its events and facilities. The teachers union — America’s second largest — based its prohibition on America’s best product and, certainly, its best export, on allegations of human rights violations that were described in a trio of books published several years ago... Larry Sand, president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network, a group that frequently stands athwart teachers unions, spells out the motivation more clearly: ”Obviously, they...
  • SHOCK: Homeschooling family tasered, arrested after being accused of having a ‘messy’ house

    11/23/2014 7:16:43 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 34 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | NOV 21, 2014 | KYLE OLSON
    NODAWAY COUNTY, Mo. – A homeschooling family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit after they say their home was illegally searched by the sheriff’s department. The Home School Legal Defense Association is aiding Laura and Jason Hagan. Their house was raided by Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White and Chief Sheriff’s Deputy David Glidden.
  • The Union Told Us to "Check the Facts." We did.

    10/31/2014 11:12:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 10/28/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation announced today that Brighton Area Schools and the local union “have removed illegal language from a contract in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Brighton High School teacher who said the union and district were violating his freedoms under Michigan’s right-to-work law.” The union president for the Brighton Education Association blasted the lawsuit when it was filed last week. "It would behoove Mr. Neuman and the Mackinac Center to check their facts before filing and publicizing this lawsuit that is 100 percent untrue," Ellen Lafferty told the Livingston Daily Press & Argus....
  • Hundreds of Colorado teachers banned for criminal behavior, zero for lousy teaching

    10/31/2014 7:34:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    KVDR ^ | October 31, 2014 | Chris Halsne and Chris Koeberl
    Eighty-eight teachers over the last decade have been permanently removed from Colorado classrooms for sexual improprieties – the vast majority violating young victims from their own schools. ... not a single teacher lost their license for simply being a weak educator of children. To get decertified, records show it usually takes felony-level criminal allegations or lying on the teaching certificate application about lesser crimes. Karla Danzeisen says she spent years teaching Spanish to Denver high school students in a fog of pain pills, cocaine and methamphetamines. She told Halsne, “I was using drugs every day. I was going to teach...
  • Forget 'Bullying Prevention Month' real school bullies are the teachers union

    10/17/2014 5:08:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-16-14 | Kyle Olson
    The National Education Association is highlighting October as “Bullying Prevention Month.” "I hope to never hear an educator or a parent or a Sunday school teacher say to a frightened bullied child, 'Just ignore it.' Schools that are seeing a decrease in bullying are not ignoring it. They are acting," NEA president Lily Eskelsen Garcia said, according to the NEA website. Kudos to the union for focusing on the problem, but it might be taken a little more seriously if its rhetoric didn’t ring so hollow. When it comes to public school governance, the NEA and its state and local...
  • School workers say they were fired because they weren't Hispanic ( New Jersey )

    10/10/2014 7:33:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    New Jersey ^ | October 09, 2014 | Brian Amaral
    Two former school district employees, including the one who oversaw its affirmative action policies, filed race discrimination suits in September, saying they were fired because they're not Hispanic. Bernice Marshall, the former human resources manager, and Edmund Treadway, the former transportation manager, argue in Superior Court filings that the Perth Amboy School District is favoring Hispanic job candidates and employees. "No one's paying attention to the kids," said Marshall, who is African-American
  • Loophole lets teacher union bosses collect state pensions at taxpayer expense

    10/10/2014 6:03:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    Taxpayers on hook for millions in retirement benefits unrelated to teaching . Thanks to a loophole created by the Illinois legislature, retired teacher union leaders are getting pension credit for the years they did union work after leaving the classroom. The arrangement has put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars in retirement benefits unrelated to teaching, and further drained an already overburdened state pension fund. ... The union bosses collecting the payouts had jobs at the National Education Association (NEA), the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) after their teaching careers. Most got...
  • Teachers Sue Union for Censoring Charitable Donations ( Pennsylvania )

    10/06/2014 9:13:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Dail Signal ^ | October 04, 2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    Two teachers have taken Pennsylvania’s largest teachers union to court over its attempt to decide which charities may be supported by teachers as an alternative when they decline to join the union on religious grounds. The teachers, Chris Meier from Lancaster County and Jane Ladley from Chester County, are required—as a condition of employment—either to be a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association or pay a nonmember “fair share” fee of $435. Last spring, PSEA accepted Meier and Ladley’s status as religious objectors. In lieu of paying membership dues, state law instructed the teachers to pay a “fair share”...
  • Despite Union attacks, Walker grabs lead in re-election bid

    10/02/2014 8:39:32 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Opponent Mary Burke weighed down by jobs plan plagiarism allegationsMary Burke weighed down by jobs plan plagiarism allegations. Gov. Scott Walker is casting himself as a turnaround artist, seeking re-election with a pitch to voters that he revamped the state’s spending and business climate in just four years. For a governor with presidential aspirations, it’s a case he’s likely preparing for a national audience as well — but first he’ll have to get through a tighter-than-expected re-election race against Democrat Mary Burke, a former state secretary of commerce. As if that wasn’t enough, analysts say that his race could also...
  • Colorado Teachers' Union President Thanks NEA for Help with 'Hostile School Boards'

    09/29/2014 3:05:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 29 Sep 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Speaking at the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on July 3rd, Colorado Education Association (CEA) President Kerrie Dallman referred to the school district of Jefferson County (JeffCo) – where teachers have staged a “sick-out” and students left classes to protest throughout last week – as one of three in her state in which the teachers’ union was “working against hostile school boards.” “I also want to say thank you to the staff and leaders from the 18 states around the country who were sending in 48 staff under the NEA shared staffing...