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  • Paris calls public school map showing Israel as ‘Palestine’ a ‘production error’

    10/01/2015 8:24:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | September 29, 2015 8:42am
    Responding to parents who complained about the distribution at public schools of a map which labeled Israel as “Palestine,” the City of Paris said it was the result of “a simple production error.” The city’s media department gave the explanation in a statement it published Friday about the distribution earlier this year to elementary school pupils of a calendar that contains a map of Europe and parts of the Middle East. The map, which ends north of central Israel and the West Bank, designates the territory of Israel included in it as “Palestine,” alongside Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. In...
  • Tennessee School Districts Balk At Revealing Islam Lessons

    09/30/2015 10:34:21 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 47 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 09/30/2015 | ERIC OWENS
    Tennessee School Districts Say Revealing Islam Lessons May Cost ‘Millions,’ Take Too Darn Long Dozens and dozens of taxpayer-funded Tennessee school districts are refusing to comply with an open records request from a conservative legal nonprofit seeking materials and documents relevant to the way public schools are teaching Islam — primarily to middle schoolers. The American Center for Law & Justice, a law firm that generally promotes conservative and Christian principles, sent its open records requests to all 146 taxpayer-funded school districts in Tennessee earlier this month, reports The Tennessean, Nashville’s main newspaper. A Nashville attorney, Chuck Cagle of the...
  • 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...
  • The Purpose of Public Schools

    09/26/2015 3:27:13 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 31 replies ^ | Sept. 9, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The traditional view is simply stated: the purpose of public education is to take each child as far as each child can be taken. Who can disagree with that? If a school is aiming for less, that school would seem to me to be guilty of malpractice or false advertising. Doesn’t the word “education” imply a striving for excellence? At the end of each school year, children are presumed to know more than at the start. Isn’t that a reasonable presumption? Somewhat bizarrely, given what’s going on in our public schools, the Education Establishment might claim they agree. Oh yes,...
  • Education Secretary Duncan’s children to go to Chicago private school he attended

    09/26/2015 10:49:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2015 | Valerie Strauss
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan grew up in Chicago and attended the private, prestigious University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. The pre-K-12 Lab Schools are progressive institutions ... resident Obama’s two daughters attended the school before moving to Washington in 2009, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s children are enrolled there now. And in the fall, Duncan’s children will be attending Lab, too, while his wife works there. .... his children will attend a progressive private school in Chicago, a school that does not follow key school reform policies that his Education Department has set for public schools. It does not, for example,...
  • About 260 Chicago Public Schools lose money due to enrollment losses

    09/26/2015 10:36:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-25-2015 | Juan Perez
    Chicago Public Schools ... The district said it would freeze funds for schools where students appear to be enrolled, but have not attended any days of classes or received class schedules. ... The district said 10th day enrollment totaled 367,499. In 2002, the district's enrollment was 438,589.
  • Should public schools close for Muslim holidays?

    09/23/2015 1:46:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 41 replies ^ | Sep. 22, 2015 | Annika Fredrikson
    School districts debate closing school for holidays observed by a growing number of students. As Eid al-Adha approaches, how will schools observe the holiday?Public schools in the US close in observance of Christian holidays including Christmas and Easter, and now other religious denominations are asking for their holidays to be respected, too. This Thursday is Eid al-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, one of the biggest holidays of the year for Muslims, and school administrators must decide whether or not to close school for the day. In New Jersey, where almost 2 percent of the population identifies as Muslim, several...
  • Attack on Teachers

    09/16/2015 4:22:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | September 16, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    As the new school year begins, you might like to be updated on some school happenings that will no doubt be repeated this academic year. After this update, I have some questions one might ask the black leadership. The ongoing and escalating assault on primary- and secondary-school teachers is not a pretty sight. Holly Houston is a post-traumatic stress specialist. She counsels teachers in Chicago public schools and reported, "Of the teachers that I have counseled over the years who have been assaulted, 100 percent of them have satisfied diagnostic criteria for PTSD." It's not just big-city schoolteachers traumatized. Dr....
  • Kids publisher Scholastic launches massive promo of ‘trans’ book for grade 3s

    09/10/2015 11:26:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/10/15 | Father Mark Hodges
    NEW YORK CITY, September 10, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books is heavily promoting a pro-transgender book designed for students as young as third grade. The Scholastic Corporation has sent school teachers and librarians 10,000 copies of the book, entitled George, which was written by self-described "queer activist" Alex Gino.  In the children's book, Gino tells a story of a 10-year-old boy who doesn't feel like a boy, so he tells people he's really "Melissa." Scholastic's website says the target audience for the transgender book is elementary children from 3rd to 7th grade. Gino...
  • Overpaid teachers tuning out illiterate students

    09/08/2015 9:12:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 65 replies ^ | 9/8/2015 | Mychal Massie
    The end of summer is upon us and with same comes the Erebusic Satanic ritual notably called return to public school. Public schools since the early 1970s have served to prepare public-school teachers for comfortable retirements and prepare the students relegated to them for lowered expectations and conformity to social Marxism. If more money were the cure to the educational malaise, public schools would be graduating entire classes of Einsteins and Socrateses. But instead, they are promoting students grade-to-grade who cannot make change unless the cash register tells them the correct amount and who are, by definition, illiterate in geography,...
  • Federal Government Looking to Feed Public School Students 3 Meals Per Day Year Round

    09/05/2015 11:31:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 4, 2015 | 1:48 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday that his agency is looking for “creative ways” to give public school students access to more meals, including a way to provide them breakfast, lunch and dinner year round. “We have focused on efforts to try to figure out ways in which we can expand in those time periods when youngsters may not have access to school meals,” Vilsack said in remarks at the liberal Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. That includes giving students access to meals “across the school day, across the school year and across the calendar year,” he...
  • Teacher Quits, Rips GOP ‘Goons’ — Who Gave Her District $5.3 Million Extra Despite Fewer Students

    08/18/2015 12:57:04 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 43 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/16/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A Michigan teacher is receiving national media attention for going public with her resignation, claiming that “Gov. Rick Snyder and his Republican goons took over Michigan and declared war on teachers.” Plymouth-Canton teacher Stephanie Keiles penned her resignation “Why I Can No Longer Teach In Public Education,” which was picked up by MLive, The Washington Post and Huffington Post. She claims there has been a “chronic, purposeful underfunding of public schools” and that she barely scrapes by on a $63,000-plus salary. However, her district has received $5.3 million more in state funding spread over the last four budgets approved by...
  • CPS budget relies on state cash that isn't there [ Chicago Public Schools]

    08/11/2015 4:27:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | 08/10/2015 | Chris Fusco, Natasha Korecki and Jordyn Holman
    Chicago Public Schools officials on Monday proposed a $5.7 billion operating budget for the upcoming school year that relies on $480 million in new funding from state government that might never come. School leaders conceded the spending plan contains a mix of “unsustainable” borrowing and limited classroom cuts that they say they must begrudgingly make because of a $676 million payment for teacher pensions that’s due at the end of the school year. There also are numerous fiscal wild cards in the mix, including budget adjustments that might ensue should CPS reach an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union on...
  • Public University’s Bias-Free Language Guide Calls The Word ‘American’ ‘PROBLEMATIC’

    07/29/2015 11:34:01 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/29/15 | Eric Owens
    The University of New Hampshire has issued a Bias-Free Language Guide which identifies the word “American” as a “problematic” term which should not be used. Other “problematic” words on the taxpayer-funded school’s lengthy list include “mothering,” “fathering,” “healthy,” “homosexual,” “rich,” “poor” and “senior citizen,” notes Campus Reform. The goal of the politically-correct UNH Bias-Free Language Guide is “to invite inclusive excellence” on the public campus. The guide’s broad and extensive, 4,812-word attempt to police language includes an introductory quote by Melissa Harris-Perry and covers virtually every nook and cranny of radical leftist identity politics imaginable. The word “American” is “problematic,”...
  • Teacher suspended for romp with colleague to be back in school

    07/22/2015 1:53:27 PM PDT · by nycteacher · 55 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/22/15 | Julia Marsh
    A Brooklyn high school teacher caught canoodling with a female colleague will be back to school in the fall — and wants the city to pay her for the time she missed because of the steamy romp. Former Madison High School teacher Cindy Mauro has been out of a job a year after she was caught in a compromising position with Alini Brito in a darkened classroom at 8:50 p.m. in November 2009.
  • Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

    07/02/2015 10:16:17 PM PDT · by TangibleDisgust · 24 replies ^ | July 2, 2015 | Steven Ertelt, Rebecca Downs
    When asked if a sixth grader could get an IUD implanted without parental consent, Take Charge told “We encourage all Take Charge providers to offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in their clinics. A young person does not need parental consent to obtain a LARC or any other contraceptive method…If the young person is not choosing abstinence, she would be able to select a LARC and have it inserted without parental consent.”
  • CPS (Chicago Public Schools) teachers, parents protest 1,400 layoffs, $200M in cuts

    07/02/2015 3:20:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 7/02/15 | Sarah Schulte
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Hundreds of Chicago Public Schools teachers and parents protested at City Hall Thursday morning following 1,400 layoffs and $200 million in cuts to meet a teachers' pension deadline. Mayor Rahm Emanuel delayed a $634 million pension payment until the eleventh-hour on Tuesday, waiting to see any relief would come from state lawmakers. It never came. The mayor and Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz outlined on Wednesday who would be laid off and where cuts would be made. Ruiz said most of the 1,400 jobs cut were in administration and special education programs. Very few teachers were laid...
  • Seattle 6th Graders Can’t Get a Coke at School, But Can Get an IUD

    07/02/2015 2:07:47 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies ^ | July 1, 2015 | Kathleen Brown
    ( -- Middle and high school students can’t get a Coca-Cola or a candy bar at 13 Seattle public schools, but they can get a taxpayer-funded intrauterine device (IUD) implanted without their parents’ consent. School-based health clinics in at least 13 Seattle-area public high schools and middle schools offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), including IUDs and hormonal implants, to students in sixth-grade and above at no cost, according to Washington State officials. LARCs are associated with serious side effects, such as uterine perforation and infection. IUDs, specifically, can also act as abortifacients by preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg....
  • Parents, don’t be fooled: The sex-ed agenda is more sinister than you know

    06/30/2015 4:34:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies ^ | Jun 30, 2015 | Jonathon van Maren
    It's a rare, if not historic pushback—tens of thousands of people across the Canadian province of Ontario are announcing loudly that they oppose the new sex education curriculum proposed by the province’s premier, Kathleen Wynne. Large numbers of protestors have made their voices heard in front of Wynne's office, in front of the provincial legislature at Queen's Park, and at the offices of Members of Provincial Parliament across the province. Harking from every culture and ethnic group, the protestors are demanding one thing: Let kids be kids. The entire phenomenon is startling for a number of reasons. First of all,...
  • Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials

    06/23/2015 11:00:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 23, 2015 1:23 PM EDT | Carolyn Thompson
    The learning standards were new. The textbooks were not. So curriculum director Tammy Baumann and her team took the books apart, literally. Then they rearranged lessons, filled in holes with outside material and put it all together in what will be the K-2 math curriculum in the fall at her district in East Lansing, Michigan. It was a time-consuming but necessary response, Baumann said, to what appears to be a near-universal lament of teachers as they page through textbooks and websites: a lack of high-quality teaching materials aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards that have been adopted by most...
  • Scott Walker moving to weaken tenure for state college professors

    06/18/2015 1:29:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 99 replies
    Hot ^ | June 18, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Scott Walker has formed a Testing the Waters Committee, which I assume has something to do with Marco Rubio’s response to the State of the Union in 2013. (Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.) The new committee will provide him with an additional conduit to raise funds between now and when he announces his presidential bid in July. But at the same time, he’s making some other moves, particularly in the area of tenure for professors at public colleges and universities. As Republican Gov. Scott Walker prepares to campaign for president as the...
  • Less Than 1 percent of Teachers Deemed 'Ineffective'

    06/11/2015 12:33:00 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/8/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Last year one-half of one percent of Michigan's public schoolteachers were considered to be “ineffective” according to performance evaluations conducted by the nearly 900 charter and conventional school districts in the state. Those assessments appear at odds with the actual academic performance of students, and teacher evaluations have become problematic in other ways since a state law was passed in 2011 mandating more teacher accountability. Of the 95,885 teachers evaluated, just 519 earned the lowest rating of “ineffective.” Under that 2011 law, a teacher rated “ineffective” three years in a row can be fired. The law also requires teachers' performance...
  • Washington state school district removes 143 students over vaccine law

    04/14/2015 1:22:45 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/14/2015 | Eric M. Johnson
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state school district pulled 143 students who lacked documentation proving they had received required immunizations from classrooms on Monday, in a first-in-the-state clamp-down triggered by a recent measles epidemic. The Spokane Public Schools, the state's second-largest district, made the decision after a measles epidemic in which more than 150 people fell ill across the United States, and a whooping cough outbreak in the state's eastern city. "(The students) stay out of school until they show compliance," district spokesman Kevin Morrison said. He said the district was the first in the state to take such action....
  • 'New York City is lost. Totally.'

    06/11/2015 8:02:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/11/2015 | By Bruce Deitrick Price
    By Bruce Deitrick Price The following letter (sent via iPhone) is from Marilyn T., a teacher.  She has worked in the greater New York City area for many years and wants everyone to know how debased and crazy our classrooms have become.  She sums it up this way: “NYC is lost. Totally.” Every American should be keenly concerned about understanding and saving New York City, because your own city is probably using the same bad methods and heading toward the same level of failure.  The letter: Rather than choose what works in our schools, we are often using poorly designed programs in...
  • Obama Hearts Private School -- For Himself and Family (What a Hypocrite!!!)

    06/11/2015 9:26:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | June 11, 2015 | Larry Elder
    Barack Obama, for his own education, never set foot in a public school. When he was 10 years of age, his mother shipped him back from Indonesia to his grandparents in Hawaii so that young Barack could get a first-class American education. He entered Punahou, the expensive and most prestigious prep school in the islands. From there, despite his admittedly indifferent grades, Obama was admitted to Occidental, an elite private college in Los Angeles. He spent two years there, after which he transferred to Columbia University, one of the private Ivy League schools. After Columbia, Obama attended Harvard Law, another...
  • Miami-Dade schools remove principal after his post about police controversy

    06/10/2015 2:14:38 PM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 10, 2015 | Christina Veiga
    The principal of North Miami Senior High School inadvertently injected himself into the racially charged national debate over police treatment of blacks with a social media comment — and it wound up costing him his position at the school. The Miami-Dade County school district announced Wednesday that Alberto Iber had been removed as principal after going online to defend a white Texas police officer who waved a gun at black teens while responding to a call about an unruly pool party.
  • Rouzer looks to dismantle federal education department

    06/10/2015 2:42:18 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 14 replies
    U.S. Rep. David Rouzer has introduced a bill he knows will never pass. Dubbed the States’ Education Reclamation Act of 2015, the legislation would dismantle the U.S. Department of Education and return its nearly $65.7 billion in annual funding to the states. That money would remain earmarked for education, he said, and could go to fund teacher raises or build new schools, among other uses. [snip] “The Democrats would never go along with eliminating the federal Department of Education. That’s well known,” Rouzer said. “And there may be some much-more liberal Republicans who have a difficult time with that as...
  • More school districts report chaos after ‘white privilege’ theory influences discipline rules

    SAN FRANCISCO – Last week we were stunned to learn that chaos has been the norm in the St. Paul, Minnesota school district, due to a student disciplinary policy that replaces suspensions with time-outs, counseling and other less punitive measures. We also learned that the controversial policy was influenced by the Pacific Educational Group (PEG), a radical San Francisco-based consulting firm that claims black students lag behind academically, and tend to have more disciplinary problems, because American K-12 education is designed to benefit white students – aka “white privilege.” Now it’s becoming obvious that several other large school districts around...
  • "Mothers Were Crying": Over 100 Locked Out at Sold Out High School Graduation

    06/05/2015 1:27:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Michael Larkin and Robert Kovacik
    Family members were fuming after being turned away from the Northridge Academy High School ceremonyMothers were left in tears as more than 100 people were locked out of a Souther California high school graduation ceremony Thursday because too many tickets had been distributed. Family members were fuming after being turned away from the Northridge Academy High School ceremony, which was inside the California State University, Northridge's Matador Gymnasium. They were forced to wait outside as their loved ones went through their commencement. Campus police said about 150 people ended up without a seat. To make matters worse, they had already...
  • School Board Member Ate The Lunch Michelle O Wants For Kids, Her Reaction Says It All

    What just happened at a Denver middle school is the latest example of a lunch program failing to deliver meals students actually like, following the guidelines championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Kepner Middle School’s food problems, however, went beyond seeking to provide lunches that meet the National School Lunch Program guidelines. Related Stories Stephanie Torres, a student at Kepner, raised the alarm at a school board meeting about meals not properly prepared, food shortages, and limited choices that prompted a school board member and representatives from Padres y Jóvenes Unidos (“Parents and Youth United”) to make a lunchtime visit...
  • CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett resigns amid federal criminal investigation

    06/01/2015 8:36:14 AM PDT · by relictele · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 01 Jun 2015 | Juan Perez Jr
    Barbara Byrd-Bennett has resigned as chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools amid a federal investigation into a $20.5 million no-bid contract. In a letter dated last week, Byrd-Bennett said she planned to step down Monday. She did not give any reasons for her decision. Byrd-Bennett has been on paid leave since mid-April, when school officials released wide-ranging subpoenas from the federal investigation. Her paid leave was scheduled to end next week and she had not been expected to return to her post. The investigation centers on a $20.5 million no-bid contract at CPS related to an elite nonprofit education...
  • Teacher Aide Found In Bathroom Allegedly Had Syringe In Arm

    05/30/2015 12:13:14 PM PDT · by familyop · 70 replies
    CBS Denver 4 ^ | May 29, 2015 | CBS Denver 4
    A teacher aide who was found passed out in a bathroom by students at a northwest Denver school allegedly had a syringe sticking out of her arm. The paraprofessional, Cassandra Rein, 27, was found Thursday morning in the bathroom at Denver Center for International Studies at Ford Elementary School by four first grade girls...While Denver Public Schools has only gone as far as to say that Rein is a teacher’s aide, her Facebook page states she’s a preschool teacher. She was placed on administrative leave...Rein appeared in court for an advisement hearing Friday morning and bonded out of custody on...
  • Gender neutral restrooms gaining traction among schools

    05/31/2015 8:54:59 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 33 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | May 31, 2015 | Pat Maio
    Two years after California passed a law that permits transgender youth to use whatever bathroom they wish, school districts continue to grapple with compliance, though major strides have been made. “You can’t just build a restroom or retrofit one tomorrow,” said Kurt Dearie, a history teacher at Carlsbad High School who has been a co-advisor for the school’s Gender Sexuality Alliance since 2002. “The lack of money and all kinds of things make this more challenging today.”
  • Proposal for ‘Straight Pride’ club spurs calls for training

    05/31/2015 9:58:46 AM PDT · by digger48 · 24 replies
    wishtv ^ | May 31, 2015 | AP
    <p>BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Educators and parents in southern Indiana are calling for more training and awareness of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students after a high school’s failed attempt to establish a “Straight Pride” club.</p> <p>A group of students at Bloomington High School North had proposed starting the faith-based club in the 2015-16 school year. Principal Jeff Henderson said federal law required the school to allow the club, which students had said would offer “specific supports for heterosexual students.”</p>
  • 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...
  • Education: If You CAN'T Read This, Thank A Public School

    05/29/2015 3:58:26 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 66 replies
    Right side news ^ | April 26, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Private school kids can read. Classical academy kids can read. Montessori school kids can read. Homeschooled kids can read. Spot the pattern? It’s only kids in public schools who can’t read. Why is that? You would think our education professors would figure out what the schools are doing wrong. In fact, they have not figured out very much in the last 80 years. Our professors seem mainly concerned with perpetuating the wrong ways to teach reading. And so the crisis continues. Truth is, reading is easy to teach and easy to learn. All the phonics experts agree: reading is no...
  • Common Core ‘architect’ David Coleman’s history with Bill Ayers and Barack Obama

    05/28/2015 12:24:32 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 9 replies
    Education Action Group ^ | Nov 27, 2013 | Danette Clark
    (Nov 27, 2013) Referred to as ‘Common Core lead standards authors’ by the Council of Chief State School Officers, David Coleman and Jason Zimba are just two in a long list of Common Core creators whose academic roots are with the education-for-a-revolution machine borne by Annenberg Institute, Carnegie Corporation, Bill Gates, et al. Today, Coleman and Zimba are head of Student Achievement Partners, an organization that played a leading role in developing the standards and actively supports districts and states in implementing them. Prior to Student Achiement Partners, Coleman and Zimba were co-founders of the Grow Network (now owned by...
  • What the heck is going on with Wisconsin public education?

    05/28/2015 9:52:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2015 | Valerie Strauss
    What is the Wisconsin Legislature trying to do to public education in Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s state? State Superintendent Tony Evers has gone on record accusing lawmakers of moving toward new legislation “that erodes the basic foundation of Wisconsin’s public school system.” How? By legislature efforts that include refusing to spend more money on public education for the first time in more than 20 years while while giving millions of dollars more to expand a private voucher program, slashing higher education funding, and weakening licensing rules for teachers.
  • Hm: All 15 Charter School Applicants Rejected in NY

    05/23/2015 3:31:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies ^ | May 23, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) recently proposed the Parental Choice in Education Act as a way to provide more opportunity for parents in choosing which schools would be the best fit for their children. The legislation would use $70 million in taxpayer money to create an education tax credit for families making $60,000 or less. Parents who qualify could receive up to $500 in a tax credit or refund for each student attending a private school. Among other benefits, it would also encourage more private school scholarships. "This is about fairness and this is about parents choosing the school that is...
  • THE WATCHDOGS: Generous pension benefits only one part of state, city financial crisis ( Chicago )

    05/18/2015 7:03:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 05/17/2015 | Chris Fusco, Dan Mihalopoulos and Patrick Rehkamp
    One of every four retired workers from the state of Illinois, the city of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools is getting a pension of more than $60,000 a year. That’s 80,365 people in all. For 13,240 of them, those checks provide a yearly income of $100,000 or more, a Chicago Sun-Times/Better Government Association analysis of pension records has found. An additional 20,004 have pension incomes totaling between $80,000 and $100,000 a year. ... the root of the problem is that government officials kept promising lifetime benefits to workers — and, in many cases, to their surviving spouses should they...
  • 2 Girls Shot Riding School Bus Home in Florida; No Arrests

    05/15/2015 3:24:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    ABC ^ | 5/15/15
    Two students are recovering from injuries suffered in a shooting on their school bus in Jacksonville. Jacksonville Sheriff's Office officials say two males shot into the bus.... at least one [of the girls] was shot in the face. Police didn't release their names but said the girls are 14 and 15. No one else was injured. Police say the bus was stopped by two suspects when they apparently tried to fight with someone on board.
  • Will ‘Equal Opportunity’ Thugs Outlaw Reading To Your Kids At Home?

    05/15/2015 10:50:16 AM PDT · by IChing · 30 replies ^ | 5/15/15 | Donald Joy
    Over a year ago, I posted a column here titled “Why Equal Opportunity Is Immoral And Wrong.” As I expected, my message sailed over some readers’ heads. Multiple commenters weighed in with the typical, programmed response: “Well, it’s bad to try to force equal outcomes — but guaranteeing equal opportunity is good and right, and what our system is about,” etc. Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. I had tried to explain that if the doctrine of equal opportunity is really applied in principle, some third-party entity (government, of course) would by necessity always have to step in to...
  • AG Vows to Advance Obama’s Push to End ‘Zero Tolerance’ School Discipline Policies

    05/14/2015 7:16:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/14/15 | Penny Starr
    ( – Attorney General Loretta Lynch vowed on Tuesday to continue the Obama administration’s push for public schools to abandon their “zero tolerance” discipline policy, because critics claim it is aimed disproportionately at minority students and other “at risk” youth, including migrants and LGBT students. “We are working with our partners in the private sector, and of course, the federal government, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, to end the school to prison pipeline that sends too many children on the well-worn path from the schoolhouse to the jailhouse,” Lynch said at the National...
  • Pre-K Progressive Push

    05/14/2015 6:42:15 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 12, 2015 | Nick Kowalski
    On a panel promoting pre-Kindergarten programs at a conference recently in Austin, Texas, a pair of government officials–one local, one federal–made their case. Representing the City of New York, Richard Buery suggested that employing universal preschool is the number-one issue for Mayor Bill de Blasio. To critics of increasingly centralized learning schemes, Buery had something to say. “There are people who do not want us to succeed for a variety of reasons,” he acknowledged. “People speak ill of government so often.” But apparently there is nothing about which to worry because “[g]overnment is doing big things for people.” Far-left Democrats...
  • Detroit Public Schools Gave 8 of 10 Teachers Highest Rating Despite Being Nation's Worst District

    05/13/2015 2:14:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 38 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    When Gov. Rick Snyder recently proposed creating a new school district organization to serve Detroit schoolchildren, he cited a “lack of educational success” and “failing academics” and pointed out that Detroit is the “nation’s lowest performing urban school area.” However, the Detroit Public School district's most recent evaluations of its own teachers paint a picture of success in 2013-14. The district gave 8 out of 10 teachers the highest evaluation possible — “highly effective.” Full email response from DPS Spokeswoman Jennifer Mrozowski. Starting with the 2011-12 academic year, school districts have been required by state law to report on their...
  • Liberal teacher: Common Core like education system I saw in Soviet Union

    05/13/2015 12:48:04 PM PDT · by walford · 22 replies
    Education Action Group ^ | May 13, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    HOOKSETT, N.H. – The New Hampshire Union Leader published a guest op/ed from a teacher who identifies herself as a liberal.  Diane Sekula is a teacher in Hooksett, NH and she was responding to a published article that said Common Core is a conservative flashpoint. Sekula writes:I come from a staunch Democrat family. By most people’s standards, I would be considered liberal. I am also, however, very much against Common Core. Public dissatisfaction with Common Core is not a partisan issue. It is a matter of importance for anyone interested in doing what’s best for the children of New Hampshire.She points...
  • 8th grade student suspended, arrested over gun t-shirt

    04/19/2013 12:00:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    WOWK, CBS 13, Huntington WV ^ | Apr 18, 2013 11:18 PM | Charlo Greene
    When 8th grade student Jared Marcum got dressed for school this morning, he says he had no idea that his pro-Second Amendment shirt would initiate what he calls a fight over his First Amendment rights. … It was the image of a gun printed on Jared’s t-shirt that sparked a dispute between a Logan Middle School teacher and Jared, that ended with Jared suspended, arrested and facing two charges, obstruction and disturbing the education process, on his otherwise spotless record. Jared’s father Allen Lardieri says he’s angry he had to rush from work to pick his son up from jail...
  • Officials bowed to Obama, allowed teenage boys to use girls’ locker room: Angry parents in Virginia

    05/13/2015 9:27:11 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 85 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/12/15 | Dustin Siggins
    FALLS CHURCH, VA, May 12, 2015 ( – Hundreds of parents accused Fairfax County School Board (FCSB) members of endangering their children and caving to the Obama administration as the school board voted to allow transgender teens to use the locker rooms and bathrooms of the opposite sex.The new policy may also allow transgender teachers to show their gender dysphoria openly in the classroom.The motion to add "gender identity" as a protected class– which passed 10-1, with one abstentation – was sparked by the Obama administration's threat to deny the district $42 million in federal funding.According to and The...
  • Education Secretary Backs Public Boarding Schools: ‘Certain Kids We Should Have 24/7’

    05/13/2015 9:08:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 12, 2015 | 3:03 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday proposed the idea of public boarding schools, saying there are “just certain kids we should have 24/7.” “One idea that I threw out … is the idea of public boarding schools,” Duncan said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va. “That’s a little bit of a different idea—a controversial idea—but the question is do we have some children where there’s not a mom, there’s not a dad, there’s not a grandma, there’s just nobody at home? There’s just certain kids we should have 24/7 to really create a safe...

    05/12/2015 1:56:14 PM PDT · by kingattax · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-12-15 | by DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Likely GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush says he will try to convince grassroots groups of parents who oppose the Common Core standards to flip-flop and embrace the education initiative. When Megyn Kelly of Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File observed how unpopular the Common Core initiative is with grassroots conservatives in particular, Bush responded: “Common Core means a lot of things to different people, so they could be right, based on what’s in front of them…but the simple fact is we need higher standards; they need to be state-driven. The federal government should play no role in this – either...