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  • 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 Californias 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 nations largest labor union not just the largest teachers 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 Teachers 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 NEAs stand on abortion as they arrive for the National Education Associations 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 Associations 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 NEAs 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 states 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 Davenports 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.

    05/05/2015 5:18:15 PM PDT · by yuffy · 44 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4 May 2015 | by DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Results of the Nations 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 Nations 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 Obamas 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 countrys 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 presidents 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 presidents 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 ofFairfax 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 AEAs 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 units 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 timechallenging the social conventions of the day and taking extraordinary action to welcome, protect, and educate Americas students. Beginning this year, 2014-2015, NEA will proudly recognize one of these outstanding social justice activists via NEAs 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 CNNs 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
    Heres a story which you didnt 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 states 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 months 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 Americas second largest based its prohibition on Americas 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 sheriffs 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 Sheriffs 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 Michigans 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 didnt 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 Pennsylvanias 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 requiredas a condition of employmenteither 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 Ladleys 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 states spending and business climate in just four years. For a governor with presidential aspirations, its a case hes likely preparing for a national audience as well but first hell have to get through a tighter-than-expected re-election race against Democrat Mary Burke, a former state secretary of commerce. As if that wasnt 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...
  • Performance pay tax increase paid to nearly all Denver teachers

    09/22/2014 6:29:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 17, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    Nearly a decade ago, voters approved a $25 million annual property tax increase for Denver Public Schools to fund performance and retention pay for teachers who help students learn. But now, 90 percent of eligible DPS teachers are receiving the additional compensation, according to a database obtained by Watchdog.org under state open records laws. And thats in a district where this year 22 percent of teachers were deemed as not achieving the effective teaching standard, DPS data shows. Critics say the ProComp tax increase was always about collecting more tax revenue for the district than rewarding teachers who truly help...
  • Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review

    09/15/2014 4:34:33 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 62 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 9-15-2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to separate damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
  • Teachers lounge vending machines exempt from new federal snack rules

    08/18/2014 9:17:11 AM PDT · by W. · 27 replies
    Eagnews.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    The school teachers lounge is a respite from more than just bratty kids. Its a safe zone from the long arm of Michelle Obamas food police. Students are already revolting against the newly-implemented school snack regulations that affect what is sold in vending machines. They will probably be equally upset to learn the vending machine just across the hall in the teachers lounge is exempt from the regulations.
  • Teacher on Unions: Felt Like Little Children Being Bullied on a Playground

    08/13/2014 2:26:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 13, 2014 | Penny Starr
    Rebecca Friedrichs, a teacher and former member of the California Teachers Association, spoke at the event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 2014. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) Teachers who left labor unions connected with their jobs said on Tuesday that they felt bullied for their opposition to compulsory membership and payment of dues that funded political activities. We literally felt like little children being bullied on a playground, Rebecca Friedrichs, a teacher and former member of the California Teachers Association, said at the event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Friedrichs, who is also...
  • Douglas County Teachers Union Membership Drops 25 Percent ( Colorado )

    07/31/2014 7:02:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 31, 2014 | Ali Gordon
    The teachers union representing the Douglas County school system has lost one-quarter of its membership since last year, signaling a growing frustration within the ranks that dues are used to finance politics instead of professional development. The significant drop in membership of the Douglas County Federation (DCF) was revealed in a July 21 letter from the board of education to Courtney Smith, union president, and was based on the unions most recently released tax returns. The letter pointed to the drop in membership as undeniable proof that teachers had chosen the district over the union and the need for major...
  • Unions put teachers on streets for votes

    07/24/2014 7:11:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Stephanie Simon
    Teachers unions are struggling to protect their political clout, but as the midterm elections approach, theyre fighting back with their most popular asset: the teachers themselves. Backed by tens of millions in cash and new data mining tools that let them personalize pitches to voters, the unions are sending armies of educators to run a huge get-out-the-vote effort aimed at reversing the red tide that swept Republicans into power across the country in 2010. The unions have plenty of money: They spent $69 million on state races in 2010 and are likely to top that this year. But as they...
  • Christianity is Abhorrent: More Atheistic Materials to be Distributed in Public Schools

    07/17/2014 3:35:56 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 40 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | July 17, 2014 | Garrett Haley
    ORLANDO A federal judge has given a secular organization the green light to distribute more atheistic and anti-Christian materials to Florida public school students, in spite of the materials graphic content and offensive language. As previously reported, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned last year that a Christian ministry had made Bibles available to Orlando high school students on Religious Freedom Day. To counter the Bible distribution, FFRF sought permission from the school district to give students a variety of atheistic and anti-Christian materials. According to reports, the Orange County School Board permitted FFRF to distribute several books...
  • Next NEA leader's first task: Win back public

    07/06/2014 9:29:08 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | July 6, 2014 | CAITLIN EMMA
    The new president of the largest teachers union in the country will become the voice of roughly 3 million teachers at perhaps the most critical moment in the National Education Associations history. First item on the agenda: Win back the public. Union watchers say the newly elected Lily Eskelsen Garca a former school cafeteria worker teacher, folk singer and Utah teacher of the year has a hell of a job ahead of her. She faces court cases challenging teacher tenure and job protections, the defection of historically loyal Democrats, growing apprehension over the Common Core, diminishing ranks, public...
  • Teacher isnt fired after giving teen gifts, sending love texts

    07/06/2014 12:21:02 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/6/14 | By Susan Edelman
    Teacher isnt fired after giving teen gifts, sending love texts By Susan Edelman A Queens middle-school teacher let a 14-year-old student drive his car, gave him cash and expensive gifts, and exchanged hundreds of texts behind his parents back. But, over the objections of the outraged parents and principal, the teacher can keep his job, an arbitrator has ruled. James Rampulla Jr., 44, who taught at Irwin Altman MS 172 in Floral Park, sent some of the 513 texts to the boy after 11 p.m. and included the words I love you, according to evidence presented at the teachers administrative...
  • Unprepared grads the scandal New Yorks pols ignore

    06/27/2014 6:50:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 24, 2014 | Bob McManus
    the states ability-to-function-in-a-modern-economy rate among graduates hovers at a dismal 37 percent. That is, according to the state Department of Education, only 37 of every 100 students who entered high school in 2009, and stayed long enough to graduate, learned enough by last June to do college-level academic work or to enter the workforce in any meaningful way. And in New York City, the ratio was one in four. So lets cut to the chase: If 75 percent of New York high-school seniors get diplomas, but only 37 percent are academically or economically functional ... Per-student spending just...
  • THIS IS ARE STORY: A Prom Proves Chicago Teachers Could Be As Dumb As Their Kids

    06/11/2014 2:04:44 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 53 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 6/11/14
    This picture of a prom ticket for a Chicago High School proves that the school has a serious problem. Paul Robeson High School is in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago and is one of the poorest and most dangerous schools in the city. See below via EAG News: That image came from veteran investigative reporter Chuck Goudie, who posted this image on his Facebook page. Some people might enjoy mocking the irony of the gross misuse of vocabulary. But unless the organizers of the prom festivities planned the wording this way as a joke, theres nothing funny about the situation....
  • 16 Percent of U.S. Teachers are Chronically Absent: Study

    06/03/2014 1:32:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Sixteen percent of all teachers are considered chronically absent, missing 18 days or more per year, a new study said. A Think Tank in Washington, D.C. looked at 234,000 teachers in 40 of the country's largest school districts. It found teachers miss an average of 11 days. In Sacramento, more than 51 percent of teachers are chronically absent. In San Francisco, the number is more than 41 percent. And in San Jose, it is about 45 percent. Uber, Lyft and Sidecar Operate at SFO Illegally The study looked at short-term absences and did not count absences for serious illness, or...
  • A Look At The Left-Wing Groups The National Education Association Supports

    06/03/2014 7:07:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/28/2014 | Tom Gantert
    There probably aren't many Michigan teachers who are members of the National Education Association who have heard of America Votes. Or that money they pay in dues helps fund the left-leaning political organization. Yet, the NEA is a major supporter of America Votes, which came under national scrutiny this week after a report by The Center for Public Integrity portrayed it as a "secret liberal group" that was financing liberal causes. Michigan teachers who belong to the Michigan Education Association pay $180 a year to the NEA as part of their dues. America Votes is just one of the many...
  • Mom Grabs 12-Year-Old By Throat, Says He Bullied Her Daughter: Sheriff

    05/19/2014 2:24:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, May 19, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez and Christie Smith
    Sheriff's deputies arrested a Northern California mother for allegedly grabbing a fifth grader by the throat after her son pointed him out as the student who was bullying her younger daughter. Delia Garcia-Bratcher was booked Saturday into Sonoma County Jail on a felony charge of inflicting injury on a child a day after deputies took her into custody at Olivet Elementary Charter School in Santa Rosa. Christie Smith reports Sheriff's deputies arrested a Northern California mother for allegedly grabbing a fifth grader by the throat after her son pointed him out as the student who was bullying her younger daughter....
  • DC Schools: $29,349 Per Pupil, 83 Percent Not Proficient in Reading

    05/14/2014 4:20:00 AM PDT · by cruzader · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 14, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    The public schools in Washington, D.C., spent $29,349 per pupil in the 2010-2011 school year, according to the latest data from National Center for Education Statistics, but in 2013 fully 83 percent of the eighth graders in these schools were not "proficient" in reading and 81 percent were not "proficient" in math. These are the government schools in our nation's capital city -- where for decades politicians of both parties have obstreperously pushed for more federal involvement in education and more federal spending on education. Government has manifestly failed the families who must send their children to these schools, and...