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  • School named after war hero forces child to shave off military-style haircut

    03/26/2015 12:34:14 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 97 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 26, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Adam Stinnett looks up to his older stepbrother – a soldier in the U.S. Army. So when it came time to get a haircut, the seven-year-old told his mother he wanted a basic military-style cut. And that’s exactly what he got – high and tight – just like his stepbrother. Adam got his haircut on March 8. On March 9, his mother got a letter from the principal of Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School in McMinnville, Tennessee. It seems they were not all that thrilled with the second grader’s new hairdo. The principal told Amy Stinnett that her son’s haircut...
  • Video shows 8th-graders assault 1st-graders at Queens school

    03/26/2015 4:39:51 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | march 26, 2015 | JOHN MARZULLI, BEN CHAPMAN, CORKY SIEMASZKO
    When a Queens first-grader refused to join their public school fight club, a group of “twisted sisters” who were supposed to be tutoring her made the little girl pay. The mother of 7-year-old Taniya Jules claims in court papers that her daughter was pounded by a pack of eighth-graders for refusing to battle a classmate — and then dragged by the hair down the hallway of her school and slammed into the walls. -snip Two other first-grade girls and a boy were also victimized, Gore said, by a fearsome foursome that was supposed to be tutoring the kids as part...
  • Meet 5 Award-Winning Teachers Who Reject Common Core

    03/24/2015 6:02:00 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 3/23/2015 | Joy Pullmann
    ... “New Day” anchor Alisyn Camerota asked Atwell, “What do you say to kids out there that are trying to figure out what they want to do when they grow up and might be considering teaching?” “Um, honestly, right now I encourage them to look in the private sector,” Atwell replied. “Because public-school teachers are so constrained right now by the Common Core standards, and the tests that are developed to monitor what teachers are doing with them. It’s a movement that’s turned teachers into technicians, not reflective practitioners. And if you are a creative, smart young person, I don’t...
  • Are school surveys about gun ownership legal in NY?

    03/23/2015 2:26:28 PM PDT · by Dutch Boy · 50 replies
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    Is it legal in NY for a school to issue an "anonymous" survey to students asking about their family's gun ownership, access to firearms and other questions? This was given to my son today. I am furious about the intrusion, the manipulation of our children and the sliminess of how it was done. I am collecting information to formulate a response to the school. Anyone out there know if this kind of survey is even legal?
  • CPS worker charged in shooting near Far South Side charter school

    03/22/2015 6:46:31 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 21, 2015 | Tina Sfondeles
    A young man hired by the Chicago Public Schools to help students during arrival and dismissal at a charter school has been charged with shooting a 17-year-old girl just blocks from the school on the Far South Side.
  • Idaho Parents Pull Their Daughter From School When They Learn What’s Happening In The Bathroom

    03/21/2015 4:07:05 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 77 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | march 21, 2015 | jennifer van laar
    When some Idaho parents learned last week that a transgendered student was sharing the same bathroom with their teenage daughter, the news didn’t sit well with them. Jacob Smith and Pauline Adams approached the Boise school district, concerned for their daughter’s privacy and safety. According to KIVI-TV: “The Boise School District explains that under federal law, the district is required to provide access to public facilities consistent with the student’s gender identity.”
  • New York High School Tells Kids to Pledge Allegiance to “One Nation Under Allah.”

    03/20/2015 7:12:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/20/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    What a Nation under Allah looks like Who needs ISIS when you’ve got lefty educrats with the same agenda? Making some parents furious, a Pine Bush, New York high school courted controversy by teaching kids to recite our national Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic even changing “one nation under god” to “one nation under Allah.”The morning’s regularly scheduled announcements included the Arabic reading of the pledge. According to students, the announcement was greeted by catcalls and angry denunciations in classrooms throughout the school by students who felt the reading was inappropriate.The reading became the subject of angry talk throughout the...
  • One nation under Allah: Fury after school recites pledge in Arabic

    03/19/2015 4:17:08 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 22 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 19, 2015 | By Todd Starnes
    Students at Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, New York, knew right away there was something not quite right about the Pledge of Allegiance. That’s because the pledge was being recited in Arabic. “One nation under Allah,” the student body president announced over the intercom system on Wednesday. Reaction in the upstate New York high school was swift, and so was the backlash, The Times Herald-Record reports. Furious students tried to shout down the recitation in their classrooms. Other students sat down in protest. School Superintendent Joan Carbone told the newspaper that the Arabic pledge “divided the school in...
  • In Resignation, Oklahoma Teacher Blows Whistle on Common Core

    03/18/2015 3:47:20 PM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | March 17, 2015 | Alex Newman
    In a scathing resignation letter about the issue, Oklahoma City math teacher Juli Sylvan blasted the controversial Common Core standards and exposed numerous serious problems with the Obama-backed scheme — including the fact that it is being quietly implemented in apparent defiance of state law. Among the most troubling elements, according to Sylvan — a veteran teacher with more than two decades in the classroom — is the data-mining of children, which she said she is not willing to facilitate. However, the problems with the administration-promoted national school standards are much more wide ranging. From using ineffective teaching methods and...
  • ‘I don’t like black kids,’ Fresno middle school vice principal heard saying on video

    03/18/2015 9:09:13 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 64 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 3/16/15 | ANDREA CASTILLO
    Scandinavian Middle School vice principal Joe DiFilippo was placed on paid administrative leave Monday after being recorded on video saying, “I don’t like black kids,” Fresno Unified School District officials said.
  • Not-pot leaf gets 6th-grader in big trouble (VA)

    03/16/2015 1:51:40 PM PDT · by bgill · 42 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | March 15, 2015 | Dan Casey
    Some schoolchildren claim another student bragged about having marijuana. They inform school administrators. An assistant principal finds a leaf and a lighter in the boy’s knapsack. The student is suspended for a year. A sheriff’s deputy files marijuana possession charges in juvenile court... There was only one problem: Months after the fact, the couple learned the substance wasn’t marijuana.
  • Virginia school suspends an 11-year-old for one year over a leaf that wasn’t marijuana

    Earlier this school year, a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School in Bedford, Virginia was suspended for one year after an assistant principal found something that looked like a marijuana leaf in his backpack. The student, the 11-year-old son of two school teachers, had to enroll in the district's alternative education program and be homeschooled. He was evaluated by a psychiatrist for substance abuse problems, and charged with marijuana possession in juvenile court. In the months since September, he's become withdrawn, depressed, and he suffers from panic attacks. He is worried his life is over, according to...
  • Proposed science standards causing stir in South Dakota

    03/17/2015 12:56:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Aberdeen News ^ | March 17, 2015 | Bob Mercer American News Correspondent
    SIOUX FALLS — Proposed standards for science education in South Dakota’s public schools became the latest Monday to receive criticism from some parents whose values are at odds with the direction of the state Department of Education. The state Board of Education held a public hearing that was split between science professionals who strongly support the new standards and opposing parents who disbelieve climate change and evolution. State law requires the board to hold four public hearings on changes in school standards. The board will reach its decision on the science proposal after the fourth hearing set for May 18...
  • Education Savings Accounts: Future of U.S. Education

    03/13/2015 10:18:03 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 12, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    The Platte Institute, a non-profit research think tank based in Nebraska, released a report on how to better cater to America’s education needs. Their idea? Use education savings accounts, known as ESAs, or private scholarships to help children of poverty-stricken families to obtain a better quality of education. The report referred to the stark differences between college graduates and high school dropouts, where the unemployment rate is typically 11% for dropouts and 4% for college graduates. The report also pointed out how Nebraska is seeing rising poverty, where 1 out of every 3 Hispanic children under the age of 17...
  • 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...
  • DISD [Texas] Student Captures Teacher’s Profanity-Laced Lecture On Cell Phone

    03/06/2015 11:16:05 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    CBS Dallas-Fort Worth ^ | March 3, 2015 | Andrea Lucia
    While a 12-year-old student recorded with her cell phone, her teacher delivered a nearly 7-minute profanity-laced lecture. (snip) Diana says she took the recording to the principal Tuesday morning, but wasn’t satisfied with the reaction. “She asked me to delete the video, not to have the video in my phone, not to do anything with it,” said Diana. But Diana didn’t delete it.
  • Parents Outraged After Disgusting Poem Read to Class About Homosexual Acts (CT)

    03/05/2015 8:45:37 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 42 replies
    joemiller.us ^ | March 4, 2015 | Jason Newton
    Students in one class at South Windsor High School were subjected to a poem that their superintendent and some parents call “highly inappropriate” material. The poem contains language that describes sexual acts. The teacher, whose name has not been released, read the Allen Ginsberg poem “Please Master” aloud in an English class for high school students. That poem was written in 1968. He had another poem banned in the 1950s for obscenity. Parents were shocked when they heard and read the material for themselves. “I don’t understand how that actually got into a high school class,” said one parent who...
  • What Hath Michelle Rhee Wrought?

    03/04/2015 12:13:02 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When she served as chancellor of Washington, D. C.’s public schools, Michelle Rhee’s policies provoked scorn from Capital City teachers, to put it mildly. Long gone from the D. C. scene, Rhee’s approach is still benefiting D. C. students. “Ninety-one percent of the students on opportunity scholarships graduate from high school compared to 77 percent of the students in D. C. public schools,” Patrick Wolf of the University of Arkansas said at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last Thursday. Currently, there are 22 states with private school funding programs, according to Dr. Wolf. Additionally, some states have Educational Savings...
  • De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar

    03/04/2015 8:09:54 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 26 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 03/04/2015 | CBS New York
    New York City public schools have added two Muslim holidays to the school calendar, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced Wednesday. Schools will now close for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, making New York City the largest school district in the nation to recognize the two holidays on the official school calendar. “We are committed to having a school calendar that reflects and honors the extraordinary diversity of our students,” said Farina. De Blasio said the change means that Muslim families won’t be forced to choose between observing the holidays and sending their kids to school....
  • Placentia Teacher Found Hanging In High School Classroom

    03/02/2015 2:32:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    (CBSLA.com) ^ | Pete Demetriou
    The unidentified female teacher was found deceased inside a classroom at El Dorado High School at 1641 Valencia Avenue just before school started Monday morning, according to Placentia Police Lt. Eric Point. KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports students and another teacher got her down to the floor and called 911 about 8:40 a.m. this morning The discovery was made after students said the classroom door was locked during first period, according to Point. A neighboring teacher unlocked the door and students found the teacher hanging, Point said. ... The death is believed to be a suicide, but no note was...
  • School quiz: Conservatives believe helping poor ‘is a waste of money’

    02/09/2015 9:36:07 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 48 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 2/9/15 | Kyle Olson
    WEST ALLIS, Wis. – An 11th grade U.S. Government and Politics student believes only a fascist would make the statement: “We should not help the poor, it’s a waste of money.” But the Nathan Hale High School student – who answered that on a quiz – found out he was “wrong.” According to the quiz, it’s a conservative who believes that. “When I picked my son up from school, he asked me what political party did I think thought ‘We should not help the poor, it’s a waste of money,'” the student’s mother, Heather Bronnson, tells EAGnews.
  • Left Losing Wisconsin Teacher’s Unions

    02/04/2015 7:19:57 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 37 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 3, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It’s getting harder and harder to find left-wing activists, even in public school unions in progressive Wisconsin. “In 2011, in the wake of the largest workers uprising in recent U. S. history, I was elected president of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association,” Bob Peterson writes in the journal Rethinking Schools. “Unfortunately, that spring uprising, although massive and inspirational, was not strong enough to stop Gov. Walker from enacting the most draconian anti-public sector labor law in the nation.” Reality check: “Only 305 Wisconsin school districts’ unions sought recertification this November, dropping from 408 that did the year before,” Diana-Ashley Krach...
  • California Public School Holds Hijab Day, Hilarity Ensues

    02/02/2015 8:37:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/02/2015 | Robert Spencer
    [1]Thursday was Hijab Day at NP3 High School (Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep), a public charter school in Sacramento, California. Predictably, the school responded to concerns over why a public school would be hosting such an event with charges that critics were motivated by “hatred” and “bigotry.” The whole episode became an illustration of how Islamic supremacists are manipulating politically correct, multiculturalist pieties to advance their agenda.It all started when a Jihad Watch reader in the Sacramento area who is very close to NP3 High School sent me the flier for the day, which read: NP3 Hijab DayJanuary 28, 2015...
  • State Takes Over Arkansas School District That Had To Make Teachers Wear Underwear

    01/30/2015 7:51:33 AM PST · by Doogle · 44 replies
    In August 2013, the district announced — to the great dismay of the teachers union — a dress code that would require teachers to wear underwear. Every single day. Female teachers would have to wear bras, too. And the very worst of all: No spandex. (RELATED: Little Rock School District Will Now Make Teachers Wear Underwear) Now, a mere 18 months later, the Arkansas Department of Education has voted to assume control over management of the school district, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
  • Why Schools Cost So Much in Maryland

    01/06/2015 6:52:13 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 5, 2015 | Ed Amatetti
    It is time for the State of Maryland to make it a top priority to find ways to build schools more cost-effectively. At the current pace of enrollment, it is expected that more than 30 percent of all Montgomery County schools will be at or over-capacity within the current construction improvements planning (CIP) cycle. Already, 11,000 MCSPS students, mostly elementary children, make the journey in winter coats to 450 portable classrooms. Unfortunately, reliable data on school construction in Maryland is difficult to come by. But, it is clear that we can do much better. Anne Arundel County’s new Executive, Steve...
  • The fruit of secular humanism in the public schools

    12/30/2014 11:19:12 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 12 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 30, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    As reported by NBC Chicago, "When a 13-year-old Chicago boy wrote a letter to Santa asking simply for 'safety' this Christmas, he didn’t expect to get a response from the president of the United States. Malik Bryant, who lives in a high-crime neighborhood on the South Side called Englewood, didn’t ask for your typical Christmas toys when he participated in a charitable Letters to Santa program in the city. “All I ask for is for safety. I just want to be safe,” his letter read, according to Direct Effect Charities' website." What is this but the fruit of secular humanism?
  • Kindergarten teacher who went on rampage against Walker signs to return to class

    12/23/2014 3:50:38 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 12-23-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – The Germantown kindergarten teacher who stomped on GOP signs at a county fair last summer because she held a grudge against Gov. Scott Walker will be reinstated to teach in the district, according to a statement issued by the school district Wednesday. Completing an investigation that spanned some four months, the Germantown School Board “has determined that it is appropriate to restore” April Kay Smith to active teaching duties. The board “imposed several conditions to address this situation and to make certain no other similar incidents occur in the future.” The conditions were not addressed in the...
  • High School: Islamic vocabulary lesson part of Common Core standards

    12/19/2014 3:23:37 PM PST · by PROCON · 32 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Dec. 19, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Parents in Farmville, North Carolina want to know why their children were given a Common Core vocabulary assignment in an English class that promoted the Prophet Muhammad and the Islamic faith. “It really caught me off guard,” a Farmville Central High School student who was in the class told me. “If we are not allowed to talk about any other religions in school – how is this appropriate?” The Islamic vocabulary worksheet was assigned to seniors. “I was reading it and it caught me off guard,” the student told me. “I just looked at it and knew something was not...
  • Transgender Student Files Federal Complaint Against School District For Banning Him From The Boys...

    12/19/2014 12:01:57 PM PST · by PROCON · 68 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | Dec. 19, 2014 | Dominic Holden
    Gavin Grimm and the ACLU argue that the Gloucester County School Board violated Title IX when it approved a rule restricting school restrooms to students with “corresponding biological genders.” A transgender teenager in rural Virginia is taking his case to the U.S. Department of Justice, arguing in a complaint that the Gloucester County School Board violated his rights by approving a policy this month prohibiting students from using restrooms that do not correspond to their “biological genders.” The complaint, sent Thursday, argues the school board ran afoul of Title IX, a 1972 law that bans gender-based discrimination, which has been...
  • Jeb Bush Must Explain His Support For Common Core

    12/18/2014 3:39:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 45 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 18, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Election 2016: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush embraces one-size-fits-all national education standards that would turn schools into re-education camps for the left. His decision could cause trouble with GOP primary voters. As is the tradition these days, Jeb Bush, brother of one former president and son of another, has announced via social media that he is preparing to run for president, setting the stage for another Bush-Clinton contest in 2016 should former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton get the Democratic nomination. To be the Republican nominee, Bush must run a gauntlet of primaries where he'll need to persuade Tea Party...
  • Misspelled sign may have cost high school principal her job

    12/18/2014 1:51:48 PM PST · by grundle · 55 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Dylan Stableford
    A principal has been reassigned after a misspelled sign was displayed for more than a week outside a New Jersey public high school. The message on the sign above the entryway to Paterson’s Public School Number 20 included three mistakes: December was spelled "Dicember," report as "reepor" and a "1" was placed backwards. After the gaffe was picked up by several local news outlets, Antoinette Young, the school's principal, was reassigned as a vice principal at a different school.
  • Second Graders Spend Recess Protesting Ferguson. Are They Too Young?

    12/16/2014 2:52:27 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 36 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/16/2014 | Jennifer O'Neill
    The 20-odd people chanting “Honk if you want justice,” on a New Bedford, Massachusetts sidewalk Dec. 12 got a lot of attention. They were second graders, rallying against police for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. While the rest of their class enjoyed 11:30 recess that morning, these 7 and 8-year-old protesters stood by the side of the road in front of the Alma Del Mar Charter School holding signs including one that read, “Please don’t shoot me, Ferguson.”...
  • Police Sweep at Oceanside High Stirs Up Debate Over Student Rights

    12/14/2014 2:32:19 PM PST · by NewHampshireDuo · 44 replies
    The Free Press (Midcoast Maine) ^ | 12/11/2014 | Andy O'Brien
    A police sweep at Oceanside High School East in Rockland last week has stirred up a passionate debate over how to balance the individual rights of students with "zero tolerance" drug policies. Principal Renee Thompson said that although there have not been any specific drug problems at the school, she organized the raid by the Rockland Police along with the Knox and Lincoln County Sheriff's Departments in an effort to "send the message that we have zero tolerance for drugs, tobacco and paraphernalia brought on school grounds." According to Rockland Police Detective Sergeant Chris Young, it's the first time in...
  • Millennials

    12/10/2014 5:35:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Time is money. And the Millennial generation, which is now making headlines for its low savings rate, seems to have missed that lesson completely. Astoundingly, a new study by Moody's Analytics says most adults under age 35 have a savings rate of negative 2 percent! In fact, Millennials are taking on so much debt, and saving so little, that their net worth is actually declining as a group. It's become a lifestyle habit to spend all you earn -- and more. Just look around the fancy restaurants, the chic hotel bars, the designer clothing stores -- and you will see...
  • Oklahoma Schools ditch Bible Elective Curriculum after Pressure

    12/04/2014 11:38:03 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 3, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    It may be the Good Book, but it’s getting a bad rap in Oklahoma. Just months after being the first district to adopt a new Bible as literature curriculum, the Mustang School District is scrapping the idea -- dashing the hopes of a community anxious to take an objective look at the Book America was founded on. For the Hobby Lobby owners behind the idea, it was a surprise blow. As most people remember, the Green family is best known for its Christian faith, taking it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court for a landmark win against the...
  • St. Paul superintendent apologizes for Ferguson tweet

    11/25/2014 3:30:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 50 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-25-14 | josh verges
    The St. Paul Public Schools superintendent apologized Tuesday for a Twitter comment on the Ferguson, Mo. shooting that sparked a flurry of reaction, most of it negative. Authorities announced Monday that a grand jury decided against indicting white police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man. Soon after the announcement, Superintendent Valeria Silva tweeted, "No indictment for officer Wilson! Very sad day in America. How do I explain this to my black students?" Silva later deleted the tweet and clarified her intent. But her remark offended many, including some who agreed with the grand...
  • CBS affiliate presents explosive exposé on Oregon’s ‘Triple X’ sex education

    11/21/2014 11:58:21 AM PST · by wagglebee · 31 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/20/14 | STOPP
    “A KOIN 6 Investigation uncovered that there’s a good chance the parents who signed permission slips in order for their children to attend have no clue what is really being taught behind closed doors. Part of the lesson plan at a workshop at the Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference is an adult website called Virtual Fem. In addition to the content from that website, numerous handouts, such as one that encourages cyber and phone sex, have been passed out to high school and middle school students in attendance.” And that’s only the tip of the iceberg uncovered in an explosive exposé that aired yesterday...
  • Jeb Bush: Debate on Common Core 'troubling'

    11/20/2014 3:26:00 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | November 20, 2014 | Caitlin Emma
    Potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush stood before a packed hall Thursday morning and rallied his education troops, encouraging the crowd to keep fighting the “government-run, unionized and politicized monopolies who trap good teachers, administrators and struggling students in a system nobody can escape.”Addressing a national summit hosted by his group, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Bush stuck to education in his keynote address. But his speech drew national media attention, reflective of a country hanging on his every word, eager to grasp onto any shred of his political ambitions. He once again defended the Common Core, which has...
  • American public schools chew up teachers and spit them out

    11/17/2014 6:07:03 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 7, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [a/k/a: "The War on Teachers"] The stats leave no doubt. There is huge dissatisfaction among teachers. The turnover rate is very high. We need to answer the obvious question, why don’t principals and administrators take better care of their teachers? The most recent MetLife Survey revealed: “Teacher Dissatisfaction At An All-Time High.” The NEA Today website continues: “Teacher job satisfaction has plummeted to its lowest level in 25 years, from 62 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2012 –- a total of 23 points…More than one-half of teachers report feeling under great stress several days per week, as opposed...
  • Four Saginaw Teachers Stand Up and Win

    11/12/2014 7:43:52 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/8/2014 | Patrick Wright
    In September 2013, the Michigan Education Association had a surprise for the nearly 8,000 public school employees who thought that by not signing up for the union’s e-dues that they were expressing their desire to disaffiliate from the union and thereby exercise their freedoms under Michigan’s newly enacted right to work law. The union announced that it was going to enforce its little-known bylaw purported to only allow members to resign during the month of August. Through the efforts of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation and four brave Saginaw school teachers, the so-called August window has been declared illegal. When...
  • Student photos of skimpy Michelle O lunches raise ire of parents

    11/11/2014 2:58:30 PM PST · by RightGeek · 152 replies
    EAGnews ^ | 11/10/2014 | Kyle Olson
    HASKELL, Okla. – A chicken patty, small scoop of mashed potatoes and carton of milk aren’t enough to sustain a high school boy. But under the school lunch regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, that’s what Haskell High School served recently. Haskell High School senior Darrel Bunch took a photo of one of his recent skimpy school lunches and sent it to Fox 23. “It’s mostly the portions,” Bunch says. “Last year we started getting less food.” “Last year, my boys started calling me, ‘Can you please bring me something to eat?’ ‘We’re still hungry,’ or, ‘This is gross,”...
  • U.S. to Focus on Equity in Assigning of Teachers

    11/11/2014 5:37:40 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 88 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 10, 2014 | MOTOKO RICH
    The Obama administration is directing states to show how they will ensure that all students have equal access to high-quality teachers, with a sharp focus on schools with a high proportion of the poor and racial minorities. In a letter to state superintendents released Monday, Deborah S. Delisle, an assistant secretary at the Department of Education, said states must develop plans by next June that make sure that public schools comply with existing federal law requiring that “poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified or out-of-field teachers.” States last submitted plans...
  • WI School Cancels Vet’s Day Ceremony. Worried About 21 Gun Salute.

    11/10/2014 8:46:42 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 33 replies
    School officials in one Wisconsin town have taken irrational fears of firearms to a new low. According to WEAU, the Eau Claire School District has cancelled their annual Veteran’s Day Program because they’re worried about “uneasiness” over the traditional 21 gun salute. Keep in mind a Veteran’s Day 21 gun salute uses blanks. And those blanks are fired from show piece guns that are mechanically altered so that they can not fire real bullets. And keep in mind, that 21 gun salute, and those blanks, and those show piece guns are used by military veterans – men and women who...
  • Shocking video shows high school teacher, lying unconscious ... knocked out by a STUDENT

    11/10/2014 3:42:34 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 42 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 11/10/2014 | SOPHIE JANE EVANS
    This is the shocking moment a Philadelphia high school teacher was filmed lying unconscious in a hallway after allegedly being knocked out by a student. Pewu Johnson, 68, a substitute English teacher, reportedly reprimanded the teenager after he saw a girl sitting on his lap in an 'inappropriate' manner at Bartram High School. Later that day, the student confronted Mr Johnson and told him, 'get the f*** out of my face',
  • Minneapolis schools to make suspending children of color more difficult

    11/10/2014 3:10:49 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 38 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 11/9/2014
    <p>Minneapolis public school officials are making dramatic changes to their discipline practices by requiring the superintendent’s office to review all suspensions of students of color.</p> <p>The change comes amid intensifying scrutiny of the way Minneapolis public schools treat minority students and in the wake of new data showing black students are 10 times more likely to be sent home than white students.</p>
  • Drunken H.S. Teacher 'Wets Himself' in Classroom, then Fights w/ Student...Parents Furious!

    11/10/2014 12:09:47 PM PST · by lee martell · 101 replies
    Nov. 10, 2014 | lee martell
    This happened last Thursday in Connecticut. There is very little information released. Last week, a Spanish Teacher arrived in class (tardy), and was very obviously intoxicated. After entering the classroom of high school students, this teacher proceeded to (inadventantly) urinate in his clothing, and subsequently, onto the chair and classroom floor. The students were, of course filming this as it occurred, some laughing, some scowling in disgust. One student went up to the teacher to voice his opinion of what had just transpired. The 'teacher' showed neither contrition or discretion. The teacher got angry and confrontational, grabbing the student by...
  • Virginia’s School Choice Policies Contrast with District of Columbia

    11/03/2014 1:49:06 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 11-3-14 | Rudy Takala
    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) last week released its annual Report Card on American Education, where it grades states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies and digital learning opportunities. Interestingly, states sharing the same border often receive very different rankings. For example, Virginia education policies ranked very differently from neighboring Washington, D.C. Virginia received a cumulative “C-” while the District received a cumulative “B-”. Notably, the District provides families greater flexibility with more than 100 charter locations serving nearly 40,000 students, or...
  • Two boys, 13 and 14, 'raped two sixth-grade girls for hours in the auditorium....

    10/30/2014 8:45:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 84 replies
    MailOnline ^ | EST, 30 October 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    FULL TITLE: Two boys, 13 and 14, 'raped two sixth-grade girls for hours in the auditorium of their Bronx middle school' A 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy have been arrested for raping two sixth-grade girls for nearly two hours in the auditorium of their middle school, police have said. The two young girls, who are just 12 and 13, were lured into the area at the Urban Science Academy in the Bronx on October 16 and attacked for at least two class periods, officials said. Although the students were missing from class for hours, no teacher or security officer...
  • Common Core Rulz

    10/28/2014 8:55:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    On both coasts, grandparents are learning to apply a modern-day rule of thumb with surprising accuracy: If it looks inane, it’s probably Common Core. “The Berkeley school district's curriculum for sixth-grade math was an exact copy of the Common Core State Standards for the grade,” Marina Ratner wrote in The Wall Street Journal on August 5, 2014. “The teacher in my grandson's class went through special Common Core training courses.” “As his assigned homework and tests indicate, when teaching fractions, the teacher required that students draw pictures of everything: of 6 divided by 8, of 4 divided by 2/7, of...
  • More Common Core for You!

    10/24/2014 7:34:21 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 23, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    President Obama’s favorite think tank Center for American Progress (CAP), wants to align standardized tests with Common Core standards. Recently, at CAP: • Nancy DePalma, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, West Hartford Public Schools, said that her district “totally redesigned our curriculum with Common Core” which “gives the teachers in-the-moment assessment” in classroom settings. • Maura Henry, a teacher at The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria in New York City, argued that, “Parents aren’t really anti-testing, but [anti-]over-testing” and need to be reassured they aren’t “being tricked” by the state education agencies and their tests. Henry said...