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  • Teacher Melts Down, Disrupts, Curses, Quits, Walks — And Files To Get Job Back

    02/23/2017 1:43:05 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 40 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/21/2017 | Derek Draplin
    An Ionia Public Schools teacher declared she was quitting after having an emotional meltdown in front of her second-grade students. She then abruptly walked out of the school, according to documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request. But after the school accepted the verbal notice as a resignation, the teacher claimed she did not formally quit, causing a monthslong battle over her employment status. Anne Purdun, a second-grade teacher at Emerson Elementary, yelled profanities in her classroom while students were present on April 20, 2016, according to charges filed by the school for a tenure proceeding, obtained through...
  • 11-Year-Old Docked Points for Not Bashing Trump

    02/20/2017 5:29:35 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/20/2017 | Tom Knighton
    To say that some people dislike Donald Trump may well be the understatement of the year. It's hard to imagine any duly elected president seeing so many protests in his first two months in office, yet here we are. It's so bad that now an 11-year-old in Annadale, New York, was docked 15 points on a homework assignment because she failed to answer a question demanding students bash Trump: Vincent Ungro, a dad from Annadale, New York, has an 11-year-old daughter who attends I.S. (Intermediate School) 75. She asked him for help with her vocabulary homework last Friday night because...
  • Homeschoolers Revolt Against Republican School Choice Bill

    02/19/2017 5:54:30 AM PST · by davikkm · 95 replies
    breitbart ^ | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Homeschooling families throughout the nation are voicing opposition to a Republican-sponsored school choice bill that they say will ultimately result in regulation of homeschooling in the United States. Many parents who homeschool their children, as well as their numerous local and national homeschooling organizations, are protesting the bill, introduced by Iowa Rep. Steve King (R), and calling upon the members of Congress who are its sponsors to “leave homeschooling families alone.” School vouchers created by H.R. 610, the Choices in Education Act of 2017, “would be a slippery slope toward more federal involvement and control in homeschooling,” asserts William Estrada,...
  • D.C. fourth-graders send Valentine to the Washington Post ‘for being strong and telling the truth’

    02/17/2017 6:53:45 PM PST · by kevcol · 23 replies
    Twitchy (and Twitter) ^ | February 16, 2017 | Brett T.
    That’s nice, but it can’t begin to compete with a Valentine’s Day letter written by some D.C. fourth-graders and sent to the Washington Post. Fact-checker Michelle Ye Hee Lee posted it on Facebook, explaining that the young students wanted it to “go to journalists.”
  • Parents of transgender students appeal to Trump on bathrooms

    02/15/2017 9:38:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 15, 2017 10:51 AM EST | Maria Danilova
    Hundreds of parents across the country have called on President Donald Trump to embrace Obama-era protections for transgender students that allow them use to school bathrooms in accord with their gender identity. In a letter sent to the president by the Human Rights Campaign late Tuesday, more than 780 parents stressed that “all students deserve equal access to a safe, welcoming school and a high quality education no matter who they are.” The call follows a decision by the Trump administration last week to abandon a defense of the guidelines that had been issued by the Obama administration. A court...
  • Video shows Bangor teacher duct taping student in class

    02/15/2017 7:21:02 AM PST · by Elvina · 15 replies
    WWMT News Channel 3 ^ | 2/14/17 | Mike Krafcik
    BANGOR, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – More controversy is hitting the Bangor school system. On the same day two teachers resigned after video of school employees making inappropriate comments about students went viral, new video has surfaced of a Bangor High School teacher duct taping a student in class and there is now a criminal investigation underway. The school system confirmed that a teacher resigned Tuesday after admitting to duct taping a 16-year-old student in his desk. Police say the boy felt embarrassed and wants the teacher to be prosecuted. The video, taken by a student, shows the Bangor High School...
  • Trump Drops Defense of Obama Guidelines on Transgender Students

    02/12/2017 2:40:02 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 11, 2017 | LIAM STACK
    The Trump administration has dropped the federal government’s challenge to a nationwide injunction issued last year that blocked the fulfillment of Obama administration guidelines stating that transgender students’ access to bathrooms and other gender-segregated school facilities was protected under existing federal civil rights law. The injunction was issued in August by Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas as part of a lawsuit filed by more than a dozen states over the Obama administration’s position that Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools, protects transgender students. Under that interpretation,...
  • Defiant Ed Sec. Slips Past Angry Mob: ‘No School Door in America Will Be Blocked’

    02/10/2017 7:41:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 10, 2017 | 5:41 PM EST | Craig Bannister
    With the aid of D.C. School and U.S. Education Department staff, Education Sec. Betsy DeVos eluded screaming protesters blocking the door of a D.C. public school where she was scheduled to meet with education advocates on Friday. […] After the meeting, DeVos issued a defiant statement, saying she won’t let protesters keep her from doing her job of improving the U.S. educational system: “I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education. No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation’s school children.” …
  • Chicago Public Schools send 381K kids home with letter blasting Trump, GOP governor

    02/08/2017 2:10:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Roughly 381,000 kids were sent home this week from Chicago Public Schools with a partisan letter blasting President Trump and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Chicago’s WGN reported Tuesday that officials with CPS angered parents by handing out letters that excoriate Republicans — and Republicans only — for budget problems. A letter distributed on Monday begins by saying that Mr. Trump and Gov. Rauner “attack those who need the most help” as a segue into the state’s financial woes. “CPS cannot run the school system that your children deserve with the funds we have,” the letter says. “Under the law, CPS...
  • Boy Severely Beaten at Suburban Middle School by Another Student

    02/07/2017 8:08:53 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 79 replies
    NBC 5 Chicago ^ | Feb 6, 2017 | NBC Chicago Story Monkey
    A 12-year-old boy was in a coma over the weekend after being severely beaten by another student at a northwest suburban middle school Friday. Kenyon Woods Middle School Principal Lisa Olsem said the young boy was “assaulted by another student” just before noon. He suffered severe injuries and was taken to Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin before being transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. {SNIP} At the Elgin school district meeting Monday night, the student board member wore green, a symbol officials say is meant to represent hope. Others throughout the district wore the color in...
  • School Suspends 12-Year-Old Boy Attacked on Bus for Wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat

    02/06/2017 8:11:24 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Katherine Rodriguez
    A 12-year-old boy in Missouri was attacked on a school bus by his peers for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat—and was suspended from school as a result. A cellphone video of the incident shows Gavin Cortina of St. Louis being bullied physically and verbally by his peers for expressing his political beliefs on a hat Wednesday, the Daily Mail reports. “You want to build a wall?” one student yells in the clip. “You want to build a f—king wall?” Things escalated quickly after that, according to Gavin. “At one point, he just got so frustrated he pushed me,”...
  • K-12: Drain This Swamp

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

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

    01/24/2017 7:03:17 AM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 23, 2017 | Jill Tucker
    Public schools around California are bracing for a crisis driven by skyrocketing worker pension costs that are expected to force districts to divert billions of dollars from classrooms into retirement accounts, education officials said. The depth of the funding gap became clear to district leaders when they returned from the holiday break: What they contribute to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, known as CalPERS, will likely double within six years, according to state estimates. CalPERS, a public pension fund with $300 billion in assets that is the country’s largest, manages retirement benefits for 1.8 million current and former city,...
  • Philly teachers plan Black Lives Matter week — not all are happy

    01/23/2017 1:28:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 1/23/17 | Kristin Graham
    Beginning Monday, the Black Lives Matter movement could become a curriculum topic in classrooms across the city. A Philadelphia School District teachers' group has planned six days of action this week, encouraging educators to introduce optional curriculum and activities - from "The Revolution Is Always Now" coloring pages for very young students to a science lesson about the biology of skin color for older ones. "This is a critical issue of our time - in our society, but also in our students' lives," said Charlie McGeehan, an English and history teacher and member of the Caucus of Working Educators, an...
  • Americans Are Rejecting The 'homeschool myth'-(Might)Education Better Than Public/Charter Schools

    01/23/2017 8:32:01 AM PST · by blam · 92 replies
    BI ^ | 1-23-20117 | Chris Weller
    Chris WellerJanuary 23,2017 Jessica Epting, a homeschool mother of four, with her kids in their home in the Bronx, New York During Betsy DeVos' recent three-hour confirmation hearing to become President Donald Trump's education secretary, charter schools came up no fewer than 60 times. Homeschooling was mentioned once. Charter schools have become a significant part of the US public-education system and now educate 2.5 million kids. But homeschooling has quietly experienced a surge in recent years too. Brian Ray, a homeschooling researcher at the National Home Education Research Institute, estimates the number of kids taught at home is growing by...
  • Catholic nun banned from wearing habit in classroom due to Nebraska state law

    01/18/2017 7:36:28 PM PST · by Coleus · 38 replies
    The law was passed in 1919 under pressure from the Ku Klux KlanA nun in Nebraska who teaches in a secondary school has been told that she is not allowed to wear her habit in the classroom.  37-year-old, Sister Madeleine Miller, was shocked to learn that, under a little-known law nearly a century old, habits were banned.  The vaguely worded ban prohibits teachers from wearing any sort of religious clothing, from burqas to yarmulkes.  “I could have been arrested, jailed, fined or had my license taken away if I had tried to teach,” Miller said on Tuesday.Now, state lawmakers are...
  • Democrats Ready to Grill DeVos on School Choice

    01/17/2017 5:16:46 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 31 replies
    Real Clear Poliyics ^ | 17 Jan, 2017 | Christopher Beach
    Betsy DeVos, the billionaire conservative activist and nominee for secretary of education, will likely face one of the most contentious confirmation hearings in the history of the department on Tuesday. Since being tapped by President-elect Donald Trump, DeVos has been a lightning rod in the media and on Capitol Hill. Her supporters praise her outspoken commitment to school choice and her efforts to expand charter schools around the nation. On the other hand, critics believe that her agenda will undermine public education and drain resources from traditional public schools. DeVos will face rigorous questioning regarding her school choice advocacy, her...
  • School Employee Fired for Tweet Aimed at Student's Spelling [fired for pointing out spelling error]

    01/17/2017 11:24:16 AM PST · by grundle · 61 replies
    ABC News/Associated Press ^ | Janaury 14, 2017
    Nash ran the school district's Twitter account. On Jan. 5, a student tweeted to the account, asking that schools be closed "tammarow." Nash responded from the district's account, "But then how would you learn how to spell 'tomorrow?'"
  • DESPICABLE: Teacher bullies 9-year-old girl for deer hunting: “Killing animals is not what we do!”

    01/07/2017 7:22:15 AM PST · by bigbob · 82 replies
    Badger Pundit ^ | 1-6-17 | Badger Pundit
    The problem of left-wing public school teachers and administrators bullying school children for thinking and acting like normal Americans seems to be a continuing one. Two years ago Wisconsin talk-radio host Vicki McKenna, in a story which quickly went national, outed Wisconsin school principal Melissa A. Horn for bullying an 11-year-old boy, threatening to expel him for bringing a “virtual gun” to his virtual (i.e., home) school. His offense? Displaying a tiny picture of a gun, with an American flag, on the computer which he used only at home — an image viewable by no other student. See blog posts...
  • U.K. schools to offer kids sex-change book as transitioning tool

    01/06/2017 8:00:51 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 3, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    The United Kingdom’s Department for Education will allow some primary schools to offer students a booklet on “medical transitioning” called “Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity?” LGBT activist CJ Atkinson’s latest book in a the “Can I Tell You About…?” series by Jessica Kingsley Publishers will be offered to students in late January, but the decision has already ignited protests from government officials and religious leaders. The material will be read by children as young as seven years old. . . . “Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity?” includes information on hormone blockers, gender dysphoria, and the use...
  • A rotten Queens principal may finally be gone — for good

    01/03/2017 7:00:19 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 3, 2017 | Post Editorial Board
    Well, what do you know? An official who doesn’t deserve her job in a public school actually won’t have it. Last week, Manhattan Judge Manuel Mendez tossed the reinstatement petition of Marcella Sills, a former principal who was fired for being chronically late to school. Why did the judge do that? Because Sills filed her petition . . . late.
  • Catholic Public School Teacher Forced to Facilitate Planned Parenthood Program

    12/30/2016 6:54:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies
    life news ^ | 12.28.16
    We recently received a disappointing ruling in the case of Bill Diss, a Portland, Oregon public school teacher who was fired after he objected to facilitating a Planned Parenthood sex education program in his classroom. The judge granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment, which means the case cannot go before a jury. Life Legal is appealing the decision.Bill Diss became “enemy number one” with his local Planned Parenthood affiliate when he led opposition to a new PP mega-facility in downtown Portland.When Planned Parenthood employees wanted to come into Diss’ classroom to recruit students for their “Teen Outreach Program,” or...
  • School joins Planned Parenthood to destroy award-winning teacher Hearing Thur 11/14 4:00pm Portland

    11/11/2013 1:10:46 PM PST · by Be Careful · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 8, 2013 | Paul E. Rondeau
    WASHINGTON, November 8, 2013 — Bill Diss is an experienced, highly qualified and popular computer science teacher. On November 14, the Portland school district and Planned Parenthood will try to have him declared unfit to teach.
  • Planned Parenthood Gets Pro-Life Teacher Removed, Holds Sex Toy Class

    03/26/2013 10:29:51 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    LifeNews ^ | Kristan Hawkins
    Last week, a Portland, Oregon math teacher was led out of his classroom by police and is expected to be fired for his opposition to Planned Parenthood. For years, Benson High School teacher Bill Diss has protested Planned Parenthood of Columbia Willamette (PPCW) building an abortion facility as well as their infiltration into the city’s schools. PPshebopThis Fall, he refused to allow Planned Parenthood staffers to come into his class to push their agenda, under the auspices of the Teen Outreach Program – why was this interrupting a math class, of all things? – and ever since, the school’s administration...
  • Trump's Choice

    12/28/2016 4:35:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2016 | John Stossel
    America's socialists -- I mean, progressives, are enraged that President-elect Trump chose Betsy DeVos to be his secretary of education. "Not a good appointment," yelled Al Sharpton. A "proponent of a for-profit institution! She does not believe in the public school system!" complained CNN's Bakari Sellers. Wait. Is your for-profit local supermarket less "public" than your kid's school? No! For-profit institutions serve the public and usually do it better than governments do. Let's stop calling government schools "public." Call them what they are: "government-run" schools. Anyway, the charter schools DeVos supports are public. They're just not controlled by the usual...
  • Who Controls Our Schools? The Privatization of American Public Schools

    12/28/2016 6:09:56 AM PST · by magna carta · 92 replies
    The Independent Media Institute ^ | unknown | Don Hazen,Elizabeth Hines,Steven Rosenfeld,Stan Salett
    (Download Link to entire article) The charter school deception is rooted in the shared beliefs of its founders. Corporate titans like the Walmart-creating Walton family, Bill Gates, and other very wealthy individuals have collectively spent billions seeding and sustaining this movement until states and the federal government passed laws and regulations sanctioning and subsidizing charter schools.
  • Satanic display in Sanborn Square ripped from the ground [Boca Raton FL]

    12/21/2016 10:04:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    WPEC, CBS 12, West Palm Beach ^ | 12/20/2016 | Kara Duffy
    A controversial Satanic display has been ripped out of the ground. It was placed at Sanborn Square in downtown Boca Raton earlier this month, drawing sharp criticism from the community. It appears a vehicle jumped the curb to gain access to the display, where tire marks run deep through the grass of the square. The pentagram, which was built by a Palm Beach County teacher, has been the center of controversy for weeks now and has already been vandalized once before. An unknown person or group spray painted the display and ripped down the banner. …
  • Help Us with Public Education, Donald

    12/19/2016 5:35:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December | Richard F. Miniter
    I have one great hope for a no-nonsense, business-oriented Donald Trump administration. It's that the Federal Government finally begin to ask what the return was, and is, for money spent – just as every private enterprise, from the window cleaner's one-man show to Exxon's army of thousands, is forced to do. Take for example WIC – the Women, Infants, and Children federal nutrition program. Very similar to food stamps, WIC spends billions and billions of tax dollars and in great measure was implemented because somebody noticed that drug-addled mothers were not feeding their children nutritious meals. Well? What happened? Have...
  • High School Censors Pro-Life Club, Bans the Word ‘Abortion’

    12/18/2016 4:53:12 AM PST · by kevcol · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 17, 2016 | Tom Ciccotta
    The conservative legal group Liberty Counsel is claiming that the public school district violated the Constitution by censoring the anti-abortion student group’s poster. The poster, which took over 25 hours to make, included hand-painted hearts and the phrase “3,000 Lives Are Ended Each Day.” . . . Administrators also asked the students to refrain from using the word, “abortion,” in club material, in written or oral communications, or on social media. Administrators even went as far as asking students from the club to sign an agreement that would bar them from seeking legal assistance to protect their right to express...
  • DC Public Schools Spokeswoman Wants To ‘Get Rid Of’ All White Men

    12/14/2016 9:21:29 AM PST · by kevcol · 78 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | December 14, 2016 | Blake Neff
    A spokeswoman for Washington, D.C.’s public school system tweeted Tuesday about her desire to “abolish” all white men. The declaration by Hilary Tone, who works a day job as communications director for D.C. Public Schools, was prompted by president-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy. Pointing towards Perry’s stated desire to abolish the department he’s been tapped to lead, Tone quipped that she would personally like to lead (and presumably also eliminate) the “Department of White Men.”
  • VIDEO: Activists manipulate third-graders into hating Israel

    12/12/2016 7:41:54 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection, ^ | December 11, 2016 | William A. Jacobson
    On Friday morning, September 18, 2015, the third grade classes at the Beverly J. Martin School in Ithaca, NY, heard a presentation on “human rights” by Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi and local anti-Israel activists, led by Ariel Gold....the Tamimi event was an anti-Israel propaganda event. At least one third-grade student suffered nightmares and a Letter of Reprimand was issued to the school principal for attempting to cover-up the nature of the event.... After over a year of investigation and litigation, including a court order under the NY Freedom of Information Law, Legal Insurrection has obtained a partial video of the...
  • Public University Professors Demand “Sanctuary Campus” to Shield Illegal Aliens

    12/09/2016 11:01:55 PM PST · by kevcol · 54 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 6, 2016
    But the Florida professors are blazing the trail as the first faculty members to officially call for campus-wide sanctuary in the aftermath of the presidential election. They work at Florida International University (FIU), a public institution with 54,000 students, more than half of them Hispanic. One of the professors, Asia Eaton, teaches psychology and women’s and gender studies and the other, Jason Ritchie, anthropology. Dozens of other university staff members also signed the document making the sanctuary demand. It starts off like this: “Like many people in South Florida, we were caught off guard by the election.” It continues to...
  • Public Schools: Not Education, but Social Engineering

    12/09/2016 5:00:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 9, 2016 | E. Jeffrey Ludwig
    Whenever we recall Book VII of Plato's Republic, the "Allegory of the Cave" that many of us studied in college, we remember that the chained population in the cave was always looking at shadows on the wall of the cave and mistakenly believed that those shadows were reality. Shadows of unreality are being reflected today by the policies and practices of many school systems. Vague talk about improving our schools, becoming more competitive globally, and opening doors of opportunity becomes rubrics that express "shadows" of the reality that managers of education are in fact implementing progressive – i.e., totalitarian –...
  • Los Angeles Public Schools Create Hotline For Students Upset About Trump

    12/08/2016 6:45:15 PM PST · by kevcol · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 8, 2016 | Blake Neff
    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has set up a hotline to help out students who are stressed or worried from the election of Donald Trump has president. . . “Although it has been nearly a month since the presidential election, many of our students still have questions and concerns about potential impact on them and their families,” Superintendent Michelle King said in the recorded phone call for parents. . . Seventy-four percent of LAUSD’s 655,000 students are Hispanic, and the district includes thousands of students who are illegal immigrants or the children of illegal immigrants. The district saw...
  • Cyberbullying Pushed Texas Teen To Commit Suicide, Family Says

    12/02/2016 9:42:39 AM PST · by Steelfish · 49 replies
    CBSNews ^ | December 2, 2016
    December 2, 2016 Cyberbullying Pushed Texas Teen To Commit Suicide, Family Says TEXAS CITY, Texas -- Family members of a Houston-area high school student who killed herself are rallying for tighter laws against cyberbullying. Brandy Vela’s family says cyberbullying pushed the 18-year-old over the edge, leading her to shoot herself in the chest Tuesday afternoon at the family’s Texas City home as family members watched. Her father, Raul Vela, said she had been receiving abusive text messages for months from bullies using an untraceable smartphone application. Her father said someone made a fake Facebook page of her, creating another cyberbullying...
  • 85 languages spoken in Buffalo schools as 'New Americans' enter classrooms

    11/29/2016 11:56:52 AM PST · by PROCON · 34 replies
    buffalonews.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2016 | Jay Rey
    The two young Somali sisters sat at a table in the central registration center signing up for what would become their next big challenge in their journey to America – school. They came to enroll in the Buffalo Public Schools at an old building on Ash Street, an Ellis Island of sorts for thousands of immigrants and refugees entering an education system that has struggled over the years to keep up with their growing numbers. Many show up speaking no English. Others may have had little formal education in their home countries. Most encounter vast cultural differences. The City...
  • Trump terrifies public school advocates with education secretary pick

    11/23/2016 9:01:23 PM PST · by kevcol · 165 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 23, 2016 | Valerie Strauss
    Advocates of public education in the United States have worried that President-elect Donald Trump would tap an education secretary who would speed up the privatization of public schools, a move that many fear could destroy America’s public education system, the country’s most important civic institution. Well, they were right about the appointment — and then some. . . . Seen by her supporters as a tireless, driven supporter of school choice, opponents say she is the most ideological and anti-public education nominee ever to be put forward to run the the nearly 40-year-old department.
  • Report: Children Of Illegal Immigrants Comprise Growing Share Of K-12 Students

    11/18/2016 1:36:00 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller | November 11, 2016 | Caroline May
    The children of undocumented immigrants comprise a growing percentage of school children in the United States, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. The share of kindergarten though 12th grade students in public and private schools with at least one undocumented parent has increased from 3.2 percent in 1995 to 6.6 percent in 2009 to 7.3 percent in 2014, Pew reports. As of 2014, there were about 3.9 million K-12 students with undocumented immigrant parents in the nation’s grade schools — up from 3.6 million in 2009. ...more...
  • California Teachers Offered "Anti-Hate, Trump Teaching Plan" To "Empower Students"

    11/18/2016 11:59:30 AM PST · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 17 November 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Following last week's dissonance-destroying victory for Donald Trump, San Francisco teachers are being offered a 'Donald Trump lesson plan' to "help students understand the election," but, as NBCBayArea reports, opponents counter that it is leftist propaganda meant to scare children about the incoming president. :: Fakhra Shah, a teacher at Mission High School, drafted the plan with the goal of empowering students, she said. “This is anti-hate,” Shah said. “This is not just anti-Trump.” On the heels of Trump’s stunning Nov. 8 victory, Shah wrote a letter to staff, in which she said, “A racist and sexist man has become...
  • Boston Public Schools offering counseling for students after election

    11/10/2016 8:24:49 PM PST · by Coleus · 20 replies
    boston.com ^ | 11.09.16 | Meagan McGinnes
    Boston Public Schools are offering counseling and advice to students after Tuesday’s unexpected presidential election result.Superintendent Tommy Chang wrote an open letter to the school community Wednesday offering resources for students, their families, and staff who may be concerned after Republican Donald Trump’s victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.“The coming days and weeks may be challenging for many, and celebratory for others,” Chang wrote. “As educators, we should use this opportunity as a teachable moment to have conversations with our students about the democratic process, how we can resolve differences and conflicts, and how we can address diverse and sometimes conflicting ideology.  We need...
  • Should drag shows be used as a teaching tool in Alberta schools?

    11/04/2016 3:41:31 AM PDT · by kevcol · 19 replies
    CBC News ^ | November 1, 2016 | Andrea Huncar
    One activity, titled "Drag 101" for cosmetology and drama students, suggests inviting local drag queens to teach makeup techniques and organizing a drag performance for the school. The toolkit advises teachers to use gender-neutral language. For instance, rather than relying on the traditional terms "boys" and "girls," the guide suggests using alternative terms like friends, folks or "comrades." Terms such as "caretaker," "guardian" and "responsible adults" can replace "mom" and "dad."
  • Hugh Fitzgerald: Teaching About Islam In Tennessee

    10/03/2016 10:49:35 AM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Hugh Fitzgerald | October 2, 2016
    For nearly a year some Tennessee parents have been up arms about the teaching of Islam to seventh graders in their public schools. They are disturbed that more attention has been given to “studying” Islam than to Christianity or Judaism. And they especially were upset that the students were asked to recite and write out the Shehada, in a unit on the Five Pillars of Islam: “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet.” Some called it “indoctrination.” And the Tennessee State Board of Education, in response, has decided to omit the section “Islamic World, 400 AD/CE-1500s”...
  • Home schooling ripped by Obama education chief

    09/24/2016 7:23:59 AM PDT · by kevcol · 81 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 23, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    "I worry that in a lot of cases students who are homeschooled are not getting the kind of the breadth of instruction experience they would get in school, they're also not getting the opportunity to build relationships with peers unless their parents are very intentional about it," said Education Secretary John B. King Jr. "And they're often not getting those relationships with teachers and mentors other than their parents. I do worry whether home school students are getting the range of opportunities we hope for for all kids," he said slamming the system.
  • Rebranding Common Core

    09/14/2016 7:27:10 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 32 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 14, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The unpopularity of the Common Core educational standards is not causing its proponents to rethink it but to rebrand it. "In 2010, every state but Alaska, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia adopted Common Core State Standards, a set of requirements for what elementary and secondary school children should know in each grade in math and English language arts," Joy Pullmann writes in the second edition of Common Core: A Bad Choice for America, published by the Heartland Institute. "Five years later, three in five Americans said they don’t know if Common Core is in their local schools." "While 25 states have...
  • Disgraced Teacher 24, Reveals Details of Affair w/17-yr-old Student (she claims he seduced her)

    09/08/2016 11:47:35 AM PDT · by drewh · 154 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | : 13:13 EST, 8 September 2016 | By JANA FARBEROV FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    A 24-year-old former substitute teacher from Iowa who was arrested in July after admitting to a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student says he had swept her off her feet with love notes scribbled on Post-Its. Mary Beth Haglin, of Cedar Rapids, has been charged with misdemeanor sexual exploitation by a school employee in connection to her six-month tryst with a male student at Washington High School. On Wednesday, Haglin pleaded not guilty to the charge in writing, and her trial date has been set for November 14. If convicted, she could face up to two years in prison and...
  • Statewide Student Test Scores Are In and the News Isn't Good

    09/07/2016 1:02:58 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/3/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Thank goodness for Michigan’s fifth-graders. The results are in for statewide student tests administered last spring, and fifth-graders provided the highlight: More than half made a score deemed ‘proficient’ on one of the four subject-area tests administered. But not by much. Specifically, 50.6 percent of fifth-graders scored ‘proficient’ or better in English, saving the state from having the majority of every grouping of grade and subject branded as less than proficient in English, math, science and social studies. The fifth-graders’ math test was one of 18 grade and subject groupings covering students from third to 11th grade in those four...
  • Mandatory music classes hit a bad note with some Muslim parents

    09/06/2016 5:50:10 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 70 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | September 6, 2016 | Colin Freeze and Mahnoor Yawar
    When music class begins this week at Toronto’s Donwood Park elementary school, Mohammad Nouman Dasu will send a family member to collect his three young children. They will go home for an hour rather than sing and play instruments – a mandatory part of the Ontario curriculum he believes violates his Muslim faith. The Scarborough school and the Toronto District School Board originally had offered an accommodation – suggesting students could just clap their hands in place of playing instruments or listen to acapella versions of O Canada – but not a full exemption from the class. After a bitter...
  • Nearly a third of four-year-olds cannot walk in a straight line [tr]

    09/02/2016 11:18:09 AM PDT · by pabianice · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/2/16 | Harris
    Nearly a third of four-year-olds are too unfit to start school: Sedentary lifestyles means some youngsters cannot walk in a straight line Spending too long in car seats and playing on iPads affects basic skills Many youngsters have trouble with balance and co-ordination as result Some cannot crawl on hands and knees or throw bean bags through hoops This is affecting their ability to learn in class say researchers Too many four-year-olds are not ‘physically ready’ to start school amid increasingly sedentary lifestyles and over-reliance on screens, a new study has revealed. They are struggling with basic balance and co-ordination...
  • Four-year-old child the youngest to transition gender in NSW schools

    08/31/2016 8:19:54 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 58 replies
    9News Australia ^ | September 01, 2016 | nine.com.au staff
    A four-year-old child in NSW is transitioning their gender before their first day of preschool as new data shows a steep climb in the number of children with gender dysphoria. The child is the youngest of a number across the state currently transitioning, while at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital 250 children, some as young as three, have been referred for assistance by the gender dysphoria unit, the Daily Telegraph reports. Where the child is from or their birth sex has not been revealed. "We have a number of ­students who are going through gender transition in our schools, with the...