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  • 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...
  • Plank #10 of the Communist Manifesto and the key to our enslavement: Free Public Education

    09/25/2016 1:01:51 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies ^ | 09/25/2016 | Karl Heinrich Marx
    The teachers unions have hidden behind the "for the children" mantra for decades, all the while creating a system that costs more and more to educate less and less. New York City spends more than $20,000 per year per pupil, and 80% of the "graduates" do not read well enough to attend community college. Now that millions of invaders are coming here to collect government checks, we are expected to pay for the "education" of their children as well. The teachers unions look upon this as a multicultural bonanza, allowing them to create teaching positions for eight different dialects of...
  • Fayetteville teacher suspended for flag lesson on 1st amendment (NC)

    09/21/2016 8:20:40 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 52 replies
    WRAL ^ | 9/20/2016 | Kathryn Brown
    Fayetteville, N.C. — A Cumberland County high school teacher has been suspended after he stepped on an American flag as part of a history lesson on Monday. A photo posted on Facebook shows Lee Francis, a history teacher at Massey Hill Classical High School in Fayetteville, standing over an American flag at the front of the class. Students said Francis tried to burn and cut the flag before dropping it on the floor as part of a lesson on the First Amendment. At least two students walked out of the classroom during the demonstration. 7 "I put the flag on...
  • Vote against School Millage tax increases in Arkansas September 20th

    09/17/2016 11:00:03 AM PDT · by pulaskibush · 14 replies
    9/17/16 | Kenny Wallis
    The Sheridan millage tax increase scheduled on September 20th of 3.8 Mills will transfer $30,500,000 from already overtaxed private sector to public sector bureaucrats. The Clarksville Millage Tax of 4.8 Mills would cost taxpayers $19,000,000. The Hot Springs Millage Tax Increase would add $54,000,000 on top of a $50 million sales tax increase passed June 28th 2016. The Wonderview School District Millage Tax would be $12,300,000. A grand total of $115,500,000 in tax increases will be voted on Tuesday September 20th! This money will go towards a Public Education System that is plagued with leftist indoctrination, gender politics, unsecure gun...
  • How can anyone still be 'with her'?

    09/04/2016 7:46:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies ^ | 9/4/2016 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    Mrs. Clinton's campaign slogan is "I'm with her." It is amazing that anyone rational still is! From day one, I've argued that this "email and server" story has two parts. The first one is legal and subject to all kinds of definitions of what this word means and so on – in other words, hard for most people to follow, unless someone is paying you to read the documents or opine on TV. I'm what they call a news junkie, and the story confuses the heck out of me. The second part is not confusing at all. It has to...
  • France To Deploy 3,000 Troops To Schools: "The Threat Is Real" Education Minister Says

    08/24/2016 10:16:47 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 24, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Two weeks ago we reported that as part of its proactive effort to tackle future terrorist attacks, the French government announced that starting in September, French 14-year-olds would receive lessons how to survive a terrorist attack on their schools, following a spate of Islamist killings in recent months. It appears that was not enough, because earlier today the France interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced France would deploy about 3,000 reserve troops, train school authorities and ramp up school anti-terror drills in case of attacks, its education and security ministers announced on Wednesday, a week before the start of a new...
  • Charlotte schools tell staff: Don't call students 'boy' or 'girl'

    08/16/2016 6:24:40 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 27 replies
    Life Site ^ | Aug. 16, 2016 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    A North Carolina school board has issued recommendations for faculty and staff to stop calling male children "boys" and female students "girls." The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools gave a presentation to principals and counselors entitled “Supporting Transgender Students” that focused on "bully prevention." Among the various means of preventing bullying is eliminating all references to boys or girls. Instead, the policy instructs staff to call boys and girls "students" or "scholars." The presentation explained a new set of guidelines for faculty and staff to follow regarding transgender students. For instance, teachers will be required to "work with students" to help them determine...
  • Parents sue when third-grade honors students are not promoted to fourth grade

    08/13/2016 5:10:50 AM PDT · by detective · 102 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 12, 2016 | Valerie Strauss
    This belongs in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category: In Florida (you knew it was Florida, didn’t you?), some third-graders — including honor students — are being forced to retake third grade because their parents decided to opt them out of the state’s mandated standardized reading test this past spring. An undetermined number of third-graders who refused to take the Florida Standards Assessment in reading have been barred from moving to fourth grade in some counties. A lawsuit filed by parents against state education officials as well as school boards in seven Florida counties says counties are interpreting the state’s third-grade retention law...
  • Clinton/Kaine Education Views Might Make You Rethink Public School

    07/29/2016 8:32:45 AM PDT · by ResistanceMedia · 15 replies ^ | July 26, 2016 | Emmett McGroarty
    We know what Hillary Clinton wants for public K-12 education. She wants universal government preschool, despite the well-documented failure of government preschool to deliver even a fraction of what the Hillaryites promise. She wants federal “education SWAT teams” to “help” struggling schools (that idea creates interesting visuals). She wants more federal control over school discipline to enforce “school climates” of which she approves. And all education should be geared toward a sweeping, centralized, government-controlled system of workforce-development. The centerpiece of his proposals on education when he ran for governor was to install universal government preschool for all Virginia four-year-olds. We...
  • Michelle Obama To DNC: ‘Big Men With Guns’ Took Our Daughters To School

    07/25/2016 10:32:45 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 25, 2016 | Awr Hawkins
    During her July 25 speech at the Democrat National Convention, Michelle Obama talked about moving into the White House and watching “big men with guns” take their daughters to school. She said this by describing life after taking up residence in the White House. She recalled her daughters “setting off for their first day at their new school,” adding, “I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls–just seven and ten years old–pile into those black SUVs with all those big men with guns.” The audience responded with a warm applause as Mrs. Obama talked about seeing...
  • Teacher abused by students wins $125k settlement ("White B---!" Pelted With Rocks)

    06/13/2016 7:16:14 AM PDT · by ghosthost · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6-12-2016 | Susan Edelman
    “These kids knew they could beat on me all they wanted, and the administration would tacitly encourage it by not doing anything about it,” Perez said. “In no other workplace would I be expected to take this as part of my day.” MS 72 struggles with discipline problems and low student achievement. In school surveys, kids have complained of bullying. Perez says several kids taunted and threatened her as they spewed X-rated profanity. They called her “white bitch,” pelted her with pencils, and tossed rocks as she walked to her car, warning that she would “get shot” and “get my...
  • Public Schools Top Ten List

    05/09/2016 7:28:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 7, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The National School Boards Association (NSBA) came up with a list of the top ten things that make public schools exceptional in 2016. See if you can spot any of these in a government school near you: • "Modernized career technical education (CTE)" (Do Instagram photos, tweets, facebook updates and the ability to Google oneself count?); • "Data Systems" (For what, you might ask?); • "High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten" (and how many students who are fortunate enough to receive it will remember it when they are post-Kindergarten?); • "English Language Learners and Reading" (But do they?) ; • "College-Going" (this may not...
  • (Public Education) ... French Teacher Fired for Not Being Able to Speak French

    05/02/2016 8:21:13 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 107 replies
    KHOU ^ | April 29, 2016 | Jeremy Rogalski, KHOU
    I-Team: French teacher at HISD school doesn't speak French HOUSTON - How do you teach a French class, if you don’t even speak French? The I-Team discovered that’s exactly what is happening at the Houston Independent School District’s Energy Institute High School in the 1800 block of Sampson Street. Sharonda White’s son Nathanial is a junior at the school. "I thought it was a joke, I couldn't believe this was happening,” White said. We asked her son about his classroom experience. I-Team: “Does your teacher speak French?” Nathanial White: “No sir.” I-Team: “Have you ever heard him speak a word...
  • How Many Of You Know People Who Think That Being A Socialist Is Just About Being Nice?

    04/17/2016 6:20:28 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 41 replies
    molonlabemedia ^ | April 14, 2016 | Patric Kerouac
    Some Of My Friends Think That Being A Socialist Is About Being NiceDo you have a friend who claims to be a socialist? In the 20th century there have been numerous political systems, but in the latter half of the century there were only two survivors, Socialism and Capitalism. So we have at this time in the Western world, which for all practical purposes controls the world, two opposing political systems. (I have already previously stated that there is no basic difference between socialists and communists. There are, however, some very important factors relating to socialism of which you should...
  • Millennials’ responsibility: Economic inequality and the American dream

    04/16/2016 11:41:19 AM PDT · by pabianice · 7 replies
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 4/16/16 | Dombrowski
    From Occupy Wall Street to the Bernie Sanders campaign, Americans have embraced recent efforts to shed light on economic inequality. However, the success of economic reform lies in the hands of our generation, a generation CBS News referred to as “narcissistic praise hounds.” To millennials, the threat of terrorism always existed, the Internet always accompanied a research paper, and the Cold War was taught in history class, not lived. We are a generation ‘with the world at our fingertips,’ a generation that religiously watches “Friends” and uses social media multiple times a day. But, do we have access to the...
  • Shocker: Sanders Supporters Want Free Stuff From Government,

    04/17/2016 3:43:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | April 17, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Typical leftists–they want free stuff, but they don’t want to pay for it. In a poll conducted by Vox and Morning Consult during the first week in April, they found that supporters for Sen. Bernie Sanders unsurprisingly have strong support for things like free college tuition and universal health care. They register at 70+ percent in favor for both initiatives. Then, the question turns to how much are they willing to pay for Sanders' agenda. This is where support dips dramatically, especially when two in three Bernie-ites don’t want to pay more than $1,000 for a single-payer health care system....
  • Professional Educator: Grades, Showing Up On Time Are A Form Of White Supremacy

    04/17/2016 1:40:36 PM PDT · by bkopto · 76 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/16/2016 | Blake Neff
    A professional education consultant and teacher trainer argued at the White Privilege Conference (WPC) in Philadelphia that great teachers must also be liberal activists, and described in detail her goal for destroying the “white supremacist” nature of modern education. SNIP In Hackman’s telling, virtually everything associated with being a good student in modern education is actually just a tool of racist white supremacy. “The racial narrative of White tends to be like this: Rugged individual, honest, hard-working, disciplined, rigorous, successful,” she said. “And so then, the narrative of U.S. public education: Individual assessments, competition, outcome over process (I care more...
  • Proposed ‘sex ed’ curriculum infuriates parents in Omaha

    01/18/2016 11:51:13 AM PST · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/18/16 | Lisa Bourne
    OMAHA, Nebraska, January 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A battle over sex education in Omaha schools roiling since last year is set to come to a head soon, with the district's board of education scheduled to vote this week on proposed new Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) standards. The new standards are an effort to usurp parents as primary educators of their children, one parents' group says, and with the push for the standards involving Planned Parenthood and other objectionable groups, parents are crying foul. "Our children's souls are at risk," Mark Bonkiewicz of Nebraskans for Founders' Values told LifeSiteNews. "We're not...
  • BREAKING: America's Second-Largest School District Sends Home 640,000 Students Over Terror Threat

    12/15/2015 7:09:13 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 456 replies
    On Tuesday, the Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District announced that all schools would be shut down today due to an unspecified terror threat. According to ABC News, that threat also carries “unknown credibility.” Bus drivers say they have been returned to their bus depots. LAUSD is the nation’s second-largest school district, with 640,000 students and 900 schools; children range from kindergarten to 12th grade.
  • Head Cheerleader Banned From Competing After Tweeting an Offensive Comment About Immigrants

    11/17/2015 8:43:37 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 69 replies
    Seventeen ^ | BY HANNAH ORENSTEIN
    The head cheerleader at one Massachusetts high school has been banned from cheering for the rest of the season after she tweeted an offensive comment about immigrants. Caley Godino, a senior at Revere High School in Revere, Massachusetts, was asked to watch the political debates leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Her teacher tweeted a comment about the low voter turnout for November's mayoral race, which prompted Caley to post a controversial tweet. "When only 10 percent of Revere votes for mayor cause the other 90 percent isn't legal," she reportedly tweeted. (Her profile is private.) As of 2010,...
  • Disproportionately gay: An alarming trend in youth literature

    10/07/2015 4:28:01 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 31 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/5/2015 | Eric Metaxas
    October 5, 2015 (BreakPoint) -- The way to win over a culture is to capture the minds and hearts of its young people. The gay-rights movement has certainly learned that lesson, which helps explain a current trend in youth literature. Anyone who reads books for teens these days will tell you that portrayals of gay relationships and characters are rapidly increasing.
  • This European country has the talent for tech innovation [How they educate their children]

    10/05/2015 8:07:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/05/2015
    When you think of tech innovation, places like Silicon Valley and Boston spring to mind. But flying under the world's radar is Switzerland, where inventions like a solar plane that just completed the longest solo-flight ever without fuel are born. And while Europe was busy debating bitcoin's future, Switzerland already opened up the region's first bitcoin ATM earlier this year. The country has managed to maintain its No. 1 ranking on the Global Innovation Index for four years in a row. Switzerland's résumé is definitely impressive: The country boasts the second-highest number of patents per person — second to Japan....
  • Former Teacher Lionized by Left for Resignation Letter Omitted Key Details

    09/29/2015 9:52:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/26/2015 | Tom Gantert
    n August, Michigan public school teacher Stephanie Keiles became a folk hero when she went public with her story about why she was quitting her job. Keiles had spent nine years as a teacher in Plymouth-Canton Community Schools when she announced in an online essay that she was leaving the profession. The Michigan Education Association promoted her story as did prominent national websites, including The Washington Post and Huffington Post. A Michigan newspaper columnist recited Keiles' claims as if they were the gospel truth as an example of how teachers are not respected. National public schools advocate Diane Ravitch even...
  • Democratic Party elites have abandoned public education

    08/21/2015 8:16:43 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 13 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Aug 21, 2015 | Nicholas Tampio
    For years, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s children attended public school in Virginia. Now, he has announced that they will go to the University of Chicago Laboratory School, the private school where Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sends his kids and where Barack Obama sent his daughters when he lived in Chicago. The tuition for the 2015-2016 school year is approximately $30,000. Duncan’s senior advisor and former education commissioner of New York, John King, also sends his daughters to a private Montessori school near Albany; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daughters, on their part, attend an elite boarding school in...
  • The Revenge Of The Lost Boys

    07/09/2015 8:04:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 9, 2015 | Tom Nichols
    What’s going on with young American men? Another mass shooting has led to another round of social and political recriminations. A young man—a “loner” and “adrift,” as usual—seizes a vile cause and attacks innocent people. Amidst the wreckage, we look for reasons that already fit our preconceptions about violence, and we blame racism, guns, unemployment, drugs, a bad family, or whatever else helps us to make sense of the tragedy. But the truth of the matter is that Dylann Roof (at least from what we know) isn’t that different from so many other young, mostly white men over the past...
  • Teach for America’s Professional Agitators

    06/10/2015 4:39:15 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies ^ | June 10, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    It’s increasingly difficult to tell the difference between Teach for America — whose leaders are at the forefront of inflammatory anti-police protests in Baltimore, Ferguson, and now McKinney, Texas — and left-wing activist groups such as Organizing for Action (President Obama’s partisan community organizing army). Guess what, taxpayers? You’re paying for it!
  • Michigan School Pension Fund Liability Grows to $26.5 Billion

    06/05/2015 9:55:16 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/3/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The unfunded liability of the Michigan public school pension system increased from $25.8 billion to $26.5 billion from 2013 to 2014, according to an actuarial report released in May. The system's growing costs have been called a “budget killer” and are taking an increasing amount from the funding Michigan devotes to schools. The state has agreed in recent years to essentially pick up increases in the cost of the school pension system. These payments have risen from $155 million in 2012 to $796 million in 2015, according to the Senate Fiscal Agency. Democratic politicians and union representatives have claimed that...
  • Virginia School District To Ditch Biology For ‘Sexual Fluidity’

    05/30/2015 8:03:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 50 replies ^ | 5.29.2015 | Nicole Russell
    The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.”— Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. One of the nation’s largest, sharpest, and wealthiest school systems, Fairfax County, has announced a bright, new idea (to take effect in 2016) that will directly influence district students in grades seven through twelve. It’s not a faster way to learn math, a more creative way to write stories, or a better...
  • CPS' financial straits cost taxpayers with sharply higher interest rates on bond sale (Chicago)

    04/23/2015 1:27:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 04/22/2015 | Chris Fusco
    The Chicago Public Schools — already facing a federal criminal investigation of its CEO and a projected $1.1 billion budget deficit next school year — now must pay a price for those problems through higher interest rates on a new $300 million bond deal. The rates lured investors to buy the bonds, which CPS says it will use to pay off recently completed construction projects. But they also mean Chicago taxpayers will pay more over the life of the borrowing deal, financial analysts said Wednesday. The main bond issue — for $280 million to be repaid over 25 years —...
  • (Michelle Obama Approved) Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Qualify as ‘Smart Snack’ Under Federal Guidelines

    03/29/2015 3:13:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    NPR ^ | March 28, 2015 | Monica Eng
    Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos Flamin' Hot Cheetos might conjure a lot of descriptors: spicy, crunchy, unnaturally fiery red. But it's a good bet that "healthy" didn't exactly spring to mind. Yet it turns out that those fiery Cheetos beloved by school children (some kids even made an epic rap paean to Hot Cheetos a few years ago) actually qualify as a "Smart Snack" under revised federal nutrition guidelines for schools. The Obama administration rolled out the new guidelines last year in a bid to limit the amount of junk food kids...
  • $23K School Employee Upset that MEA President’s Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary

    03/19/2015 9:00:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2015 | Anne Schieber
    LaKiesha Allen is a 35-year old Lansing school secretary who pays the Michigan Education Association $38 a month in union dues from her $23,000 annual salary. Local union officials have threatened to get her fired if she stops paying those dues. So Allen was stunned to learn that MEA President Steve Cook, a man she has never met, swung a deal with her employer to parlay his six-figure union salary into a richer pension payout. Cook's payout will come from the same pension fund that Allen is counting on for her own retirement – a fund that is currently underfunded...
  • Picture: Teacher Receives Stunningly Disgusting Michelle Obama Lunch

    03/19/2015 7:00:07 AM PDT · by rightistight · 75 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/19/15 | Aurelius
    A middle school teacher in Louisiana received one of the most disgusting-looking lunches imaginable and posted a picture of it online yesterday. The post, titled "I'm a teacher. My school cafeteria served this today," said that the meal below was supposed to be "ham:" Unsurprisingly, the teacher decided not to eat her "meal" and threw the meat away after taking the picture. She also plans on sending the picture to her school's food director "who is supposed to be enforcing federal regulations."
  • Moody's downgrades CPS credit rating [ Chicago Public Schools ]

    03/07/2015 5:45:37 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 03/06/2015 | Maudlyne Ihejirika
    Moody’s Investors Service on Friday announced it had reduced its rating on Chicago Board of Education debt to one level above junk bond status. Moody’s downgraded the rating to Baa3 from Baa1 on the board’s general obligation debt. That rating applies to a total of $6.3 billion in outstanding debt held by Chicago Public Schools. That lowered rating, according to Moody’s, “reflects CPS’s continued reliance” on its reserves to cover ongoing operating expenditures, “particularly pension contributions, which will steadily increase in the coming years.” ... the lowered CPS rating also takes into account the city’s own credit rating, which also...
  • The Terrorist Threat To Our Schools Pt. 1 (Remember Beslan?)

    02/23/2015 10:31:32 AM PST · by Perseverando · 12 replies ^ | Undated | Unattributed
    Some time after 9/11, several pieces of an elaborate puzzle came together for the first time and created a stunning picture of the complex planning that went into the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Unfortunately, those pieces came together much too late. Over the past couple of years, National Terror Alert has featured several seemingly unrelated news events and stories, all with a common thread… A potential terrorist threat to our nations children and schools. With each news story it appears that the planning of a new attack, one with potentially horrific consequences, could be in the...
  • Oklahoma’s demented fight against AP history - bill would fight teaching "what's bad about America"

    02/19/2015 12:41:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | February 18, 2015 | Mary Elizabeth Williams
    It may not be true that history is written by the victors, but in certain places, they’re making a hell of an effort to make sure it’s at least taught by them. In Oklahoma this week, a legislative committee took aim at Advanced Placement U.S. History classes in public schools. House Bill 1380, introduced by Republican Rep. Dan Fisher, would give “give sole control of curriculum and assessment to the state,” with particular regard to Advanced Placement classes offered for students to earn college credit. Fisher happens to be a member of the ominously named Black Robe Regiment, a group...
  • Data Debunks Notion that more Spending Is Key to Better Education or Lower Crime Rates

    02/07/2015 8:39:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 7, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    For both moral reasons and economic reasons, we should have small government.But even a curmudgeonly libertarian like me also thinks it’s important to have effective and efficient government.Fortunately, there’s no contradiction between these views. Indeed, academic researchers have found that nations with smaller government also have more efficient government. With Singapore being a very powerful example.This is why I periodically share data looking at how much governments spend compared to how much they deliver.Though this can be a depressing exercise because – to cite one example – no government in the world spends more on education than the United States,...
  • Dumbing Down The World

    01/31/2015 4:01:24 PM PST · by OddLane · 5 replies
    FEE ^ | January 27, 2015 | Mike Reid
    Public education has been a slowly degenerating disaster throughout the West, and now it seems we’re exporting it to the rest. At a United Nations meeting 15 years ago, the world’s governments agreed on the goal of enrolling every child on the planet in primary schooling by this year. Indeed, they have nearly succeeded, with 2014’s reports indicating that 90 percent of children in developing regions now attend primary school. Presumably, the numbers for developed countries are above 95 percent. But strangely, this lofty plan did not say anything about the quality of the schooling into which we have now...
  • Teacher Pensions Going To Kill Us All

    01/28/2015 5:49:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Teacher pensions are a huge and growing crisis waiting to explode without major reforms, warns a new report released Tuesday by an educational think tank.“Do the math on teacher pensions and it just doesn’t add up,” argues the National Council on Teacher Quality in its report, Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions. Total unfunded teacher pension liabilities in 2014 were a whopping $499 billion dollars, the group found. That amount is surging rapidly; in 2012, the total was just $394 billion, meaning that pension debt is growing by over $50 billion a year.Some states are in a particularly huge hole....
  • Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts

    01/09/2015 10:21:29 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/5/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association has threatened to file an unfair labor practice complaint against the Northport Public Schools superintendent because of conversations he had with local union officials over removing illegal language discovered in the district's labor contract. The contract, signed on June 24, 2013, states: “Each bargaining unit member shall, as a condition of employment … join the Association (union) or pay a service fee to the Association.” Under the Michigan right-to-work law enacted in 2012, workers in a unionized workplace can no longer be forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. Union contracts...
  • Where Common Core Pay$

    01/08/2015 6:49:44 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 7, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It’s interesting that the people who are usually in a fruitless search for Republican fat cats have failed to notice the actual ones for whom Common Core math actually does add up. On September 20, 2013, Michelle Malkin reported that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s “educational foundation, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, is tied at the hip to the federally funded testing consortium called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), which raked in $186 million through Race to the Top to develop nationalized tests “aligned” to the top-down Common Core program.” “One of the Bush...
  • Great Moments in Government Schooling

    12/05/2014 11:09:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | December 2, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I like to think that I occasionally put together interesting and persuasive charts on fiscal policy.For instance, I think it’s virtually impossible to make a credible argument for tax hikes after looking at my chart showing how easy it is to balance the budget with modest spending restraint.But I’ll freely confess that no chart of mine can compare to this powerful image created by my Cato colleague, Andrew Coulson, which shows how spending and staffing for the government school monopoly have exploded while enrollment and performance have been stagnant.As far as I’m concerned, no honest person can look at his...
  • School accused of 'purging' Christian books

    09/30/2014 5:09:05 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 17 replies ^ | 9-23-14 | Todd Starnes
    It’s hard to imagine that any school would have a problem with a book about a Christian family that helped Jews escape the Holocaust. But Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, Calif., not only had a problem with “The Hiding Place,” they also took issue with any other book that was written by a Christian author or included a Christian message. “We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves,” Superintendent Kathleen Hermsmeyer wrote in a letter to attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI). Pacific Justice Institute is representing a parent...
  • Feds to parents: No lunches from home without doctor’s note, school lunch only

    09/15/2014 2:07:31 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 81 replies ^ | Daisy Luther
    It looks like the days of trading half of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich for half of your best friend’s ham sandwich may soon be over if the federal government has anything to do with it. A Richmond, Virginia mother received the following note, telling her not to pack a lunch for her pre-school age child. Dear Parents, I have received word from Federal Programs Preschool pertaining to lunches from home. Parents are to be informed that students can only bring lunches from home if there is a medical condition requiring a specific diet, along with a physicians note...
  • San Diego Unified School District Gets Armored Vehicle (MRAP)

    09/10/2014 4:51:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | Setember 9, 2014 | Kristina Davis
    SD Unified gets armored vehicle City schools police have obtained their own military-grade Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle through a federal grant. Known as an MRAP, the armored mobile will be converted into a victim rescue vehicle that will be stocked with thousands of dollars in advanced medical supplies and be able to take heavy fire in case of an attack on campus, the San Diego Unified School District Police Department said Tuesday. The MRAP, valued at more than $700,000, was acquired at no cost to the district. The vehicle is expected to be operational in October. “We recognize the public...
  • In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist

    09/02/2014 8:35:52 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 32 replies
    A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Maryland, middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—"taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future. Sheriff Phillips told the newspaper that,...
  • Surveys: Americans, Teachers Souring on Common Core

    08/20/2014 5:01:23 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 3 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 August 2014 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    Surveys: Americans, Teachers Souring on Common Core The New American 20 August 2014 Support for the Common Core national educational standards has plummeted in the past year among Americans who are familiar with the standards, according to two polls released this week.Among the general public, 53 percent of Americans support Common Core, according to an EducationNext poll, compared with 65 percent in 2013. The drop was even more precipitous among teachers. In just that one year, support for Common Core among teachers has sunk from 76 percent to 46 percent.A Phi Delta Kappa International poll, conducted by Gallup, noted that...
  • Thousand boys disappear from school system

    07/14/2014 7:22:52 AM PDT · by Borges · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/14/2014 | Andrew Gilligan
    As many as a thousand boys aged 13 to 16 have disappeared from the registered school system in East London after their parents sent them to illegal religious schools where English is not spoken and academic subjects are not taught. Government documents obtained by Channel 4’s Dispatches and the Jewish Chronicle newspaper say that many of the schools are “operating illegally and without the most basic health, safety and child welfare checks”. Many boys in the Orthodox Jewish community in Stamford Hill, London, “will stop secular studies at the age of 13 or 14 and start attending ‘yeshivas’ where the...
  • More Child Abuse at a Government-Run School

    06/08/2014 3:33:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | June 8, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    From a macro perspective, the most distressing aspect of America’s education system is that taxpayers spend a lot of money (more than any other people in the world, on a per-student basis) and we get very mediocre results. And it’s getting worse over time. This famous chart, prepared by my colleague Andrew Coulson, shows how spending and bureaucracy have skyrocketed since 1970 while test scores have been stagnant. Blacks and other minorities are the biggest victims. They are trapped in the worst-performing schools, largely because leftist politicians would rather curry favor with union bosses then help the poor. But I...
  • Common Core English: Indoctrination, Pornography and Thought Control

    06/07/2014 1:04:46 PM PDT · by RightSideNews · 24 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | June 4, 2014 | Celeste Busby
    It is no secret that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English will change dramatically what and how students are taught. There will be less emphasis on reading books that are fiction (the classics) and more emphasis on reading informational texts. In early grades, even elementary grades, 50 percent of reading material will now be informational text that can be anything from instruction manuals, Environmental Protection Agency announcements and Executive Orders to historical documents. In the junior and senior year of high school, that figure increases to 70 percent. How can reading instruction manuals promote a love of reading?...
  • In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good

    05/29/2014 12:59:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2014 | Lyndsey Layton
    new orleans — NEW ORLEANS — The second-graders paraded to the Dumpster in the rear parking lot, where they chucked boxes of old work sheets, notebooks and other detritus into the trash, emptying their school for good. Benjamin Banneker Elementary closed Wednesday as New Orleans’s Recovery School District permanently shuttered its last five traditional public schools this week. With the start of the next school year, the Recovery School District will be the first in the country made up completely of public charter schools, a milestone for New Orleans and a grand experiment in urban education for the nation.