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  • MOOCs Expand, Homeschoolers Beware

    09/29/2014 6:45:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 24 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 26, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The School Reform News, published by the Heartland Institute, found there are over 1,200 massive open online courses, or MOOCs, offered by over 200 universities and taken by an estimated ten million K-12 students. homeschooling Florida is the nation’s leader in offering MOOCs, where students watch video lectures recorded online and participate in online discussion boards, which could reduce the cost of higher education for students and state taxpayers. Michael Horn, cofounder of the Clayton Christianson Institute, said, “People would be foolish to overlook it.” Florida state legislators are considering moving the state to MOOCs at the K-12 level, but...
  • Sandy Hook commission blames homeschooling

    09/27/2014 4:54:30 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 20 replies
    WND ^ | Sept. 27, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    ... According to a report in EAG News, a chief recommendation coming out of the state panel that was “charged” with “making recommendations to reduce the risk of future tragedies” has concluded that more oversight of homeschoolers will accomplish that goal. The report’s “chief recommendation” is “tighter scrutiny of homeschoolers … to prevent an incident such as the December 2012 slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Elementary School in Newtown,” EAG said. ...
  • Here's How An Alleged Cheating Ring That Could Send Atlanta Teachers To Prison Was Uncovered

    09/25/2014 5:18:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 25, 2014 | Erin Fuchs
    Prosecutors are using a law originally enacted to go after mobsters to accuse former principals, teachers, and administrators of trying to boost their bonuses by conspiring to artificially raise kids' test scores. While only 12 ex-educators are on trial in Atlanta, dozens of teachers and administrators were initially charged and many have since pleaded guilty in exchange for their cooperation. The dozen on trial could get up to 20 years in prison, and they might never have been prosecuted if it weren't for a pair of ambitious reporters at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). Back in 2008, Heather Vogell, now a...
  • Mary Burke says she would stop expansion of voucher schools

    09/26/2014 11:49:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-26-14 | Patrick Marley
    Democrat Mary Burke told education officials Friday she would fight as governor to stop the expansion of voucher schools but would leave alone the long-standing program in Milwaukee. "This is something that may sound like a good political sound bite, but it is bad public policy," she said of expanding the voucher program. "I think it is the thing that most threatens a vision of a public school system and an education for students in Wisconsin to be the leaders in our country." Her comments drew applause from her audience at a Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators conference at...
  • Gap Between Teacher Salaries and Private-Sector Workers Increasing

    09/18/2014 12:53:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/16/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Detroit Free Press recently reported that teacher salaries in Michigan have dropped 8 percent from 1999 to 2013 when factoring in inflation. The average teachers’ salary in Michigan was $49,044 in 1999-2000 and increased to $61,560 in 2012-13. But the gap in pay between teachers and the average worker has increased significantly over this time period. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, teachers now have 23 percent higher salaries than the median household income in Michigan, which was $50,115 in 2012. This is higher than in 1999-2000 when teacher salaries were 10 percent higher than the median household income...
  • Mayor: New high school won't be named after President Obama

    09/18/2014 12:28:22 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 18 ,2014 | John Byrne
    Chicago's newest selective enrollment high school will not be named after President Barack Obama, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel had announced with much fanfare when unveiling the high profile school project. In a statement this morning, Emanuel said he would look for other possible names. “Over the last few months, my team has listened to questions and concerns from the community, ranging from location of the building to the naming of the school. We take that community input seriously, which is why – as we continue to look for a thoughtful way to honor President Obama – we will look for...
  • Nanny State: Vermont Bans Desserts in School

    09/16/2014 5:09:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    In what may be the ultimate Nanny State move, Vermont has outlawed consuming or bringing brownies, cakes, or cookies to school. The mandates are part of a new program titled “Smart-Snacks-in-Schools” and will apply to lunch items, vending machines, and fundraising events between midnight and half and hour after school. Boston.com reported:
  • Feds to parents: No lunches from home without doctor’s note, school lunch only

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

    09/12/2014 2:19:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Feathers have been ruffled at California’s Ventura High School, where the principal this week banned the football booster club from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches over fears that people might be offended. What, pray tell, could people find offensive about a plump juicy chicken breast tucked between two buttered buns? Were English teachers put off by the restaurant chain’s grammatically challenged bovine pitchmen?
  • Arkansas State removing cross decal from football helmets

    09/11/2014 9:27:10 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 25 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | September 11, 2014 | Dan Wolken
    (RNS) Arkansas State is removing a Christian cross decal from the back of its football helmets after a complaint that it violated separation of church and state, the university said Wednesday (Sept. 10). Athletics director Terry Mohajir said he wanted to fight the decision because the decal was intended to honor former player Markel Owens and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who both died this year. However, Mohajir said he had little choice but to follow advice from the university’s legal counsel to remove or modify the symbol. “My job is to support our players and our coaches in their expression...
  • Despite struggles, Philadelphia opens new schools

    09/08/2014 4:24:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 8, 2014 6:38 PM EDT | Kathy Matheson
    The troubled city school system opened three new high schools Monday in an effort to show that officials are committed to innovating and boosting achievement despite fewer resources and the specter of massive layoffs. Superintendent William Hite enthusiastically greeted the founding staff and students at The LINC school, even while expressing uncertainty about the district’s precarious finances. He made $32 million in cuts last month to ensure classes could start on time for all 135,000 public school students. “I’m really concerned about our ability to sustain the staffing levels we have at the moment,” Hite said. …
  • Worcester (MA) school bus video shows 'terrifying' confrontation between parents, driver

    09/05/2014 11:59:23 AM PDT · by matt04 · 116 replies
    The Republican ^ | updated September 05, 2014 at 8:48 AM | By Noah R. Bombard
    It's unclear what happened before the video started, but what happened afterward one parent could only describe as "terrifying." Video shot by a parent of a Quinsigamond Elementary School student Wednesday afternoon of what should have been a routine school bus stop showed young children crying and screaming, seemingly unable to leave the school bus they were riding in as parents shouted at the driver to let them off. In the video, shot near the corner of Perry Ave. and Harlem Street by parent Jessica Jimenez, parents curse and shout at the driver asking why she won't let the kids...
  • Project aiming to push ‘LGBTQ2S’ picture books into pre-K classes meets funding goal

    09/05/2014 7:10:07 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/4/14 | Matthew Lau
    An online fundraising project to publish new LGBTQ2S picture books for children aged 4-8, with the hope of having the books picked up by schools, has recently met its fundraising target.  693 backers pledged a combined $56,793 to the project, called the “Flamingo Rampant Book Club.”  The fundraising goal was $49,000. The books will “celebrate a great and wide variety of LGBTQ2S kids, families, and communities,” according to the description of the project.  The books will also “celebrate gender-independent kids and adults.” The individual behind the project is S. Bear Bergman.  Given that his same-sex spouse, who goes by the...
  • Teacher’s Union Misses Millions

    09/02/2014 8:38:17 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 1, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Apparently, some teacher’s union officials have taken too much public school math. michigan outline “On a Saturday in May, members of the Michigan Education Association held a walk in Midland bringing attention to public school funding,” the Michigan-based Mackinac Center reports in the organization’s July/August report. “They claim education funding is down nearly $19 million in the greater Midland area in the last four years.” “MEA president Steve Cook has claimed that Michigan’s public school budget has been cut by $1 billion. The problem is that these claims are not true.” “State spending on public education actually increased $800 million...
  • School lesson urges students adopt Black Panthers’ demands in response to Ferguson shooting

    08/29/2014 6:36:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    EAG News ^ | 8/29/2014 | KYLE OLSON
    If you think the teachable moment from the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri may be how to foster racial reconciliation, that’s not what some educators have in mind.The activist group “Teaching for Change” thinks students need a little more Black Panther in them.“As the new school year begins, first and foremost on our minds and in our hearts will be the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri,” a lesson writer for the group, Julian Hipkins, says.The lesson then suggests “a few ideas and resources for the classroom to help students think critically about the events in Ferguson and ways...
  • Mayor: Adult Illegal Aliens With 'Graying' Hair Enrolled in Public Schools

    08/27/2014 1:57:47 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 54 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Penny Starr
    The mayor of Lynn, Mass. says that some of the illegal aliens from Guatemala who are enrolled in her city’s public schools are adults with graying hair and “more wrinkles than I have.” “They are not all children,” Judith Flanagan Kennedy told reporters at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. “One of the things that we did notice when we were processing some of these students coming in was that they were adults,” she said. She added that the federal government will not allow school officials to verify their ages even though one...
  • Judge Rules Private School Vouchers Unconstitutional

    08/26/2014 6:36:18 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Aug 2014 | John Semmens
    North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood declared the state’s the Opportunity Scholarship program unconstitutional. The program provided funds for poor children to attend the same private schools attended by their financially better off peers. “Allowing these children to exit the failing public school system undermines the incentive and capability for improving the public schools,” Hobgood ruled. “It would put the good of the few ahead of the collective well-being of the whole. By preventing the few from escaping we maintain the pressure for reform of the system.” Hobgood rejected the argument that allowing students to exit substandard schools would...
  • Teacher suspended after Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin lesson (Alabama)

    08/22/2014 11:42:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    SELMA, Ala. - An Alabama teacher was suspended without pay after being accused of having sixth-grade students re-enact the deadly police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida. The Selma Times-Journal quoted Dallas County School Superintendent Don Willingham as saying the social studies teacher used poor judgment during a lesson on current events. School officials haven't identified the teacher, who works at Brantley Elementary School....
  • California Sex Ed Gone Mad

    08/22/2014 6:52:42 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 36 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 21, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    What’s the difference between a Playboy magazine and Fremont Unified School District’s sex-ed curriculum? The curriculum is free! The 9th grade textbook, which teachers unanimously approved, has been the center of a nationwide debate over the schools’ role in parenting kids on sensitive topics like this. In this particular California District, thousands of parents are protesting the jaw-dropping topics in the “Your Health Today” curriculum — including everything from bondage, sex toys, and various fantasies. “It’s a bit much for me,” said mom Latonya Stevenson. “I’m not comfortable with my child — I mean, wow, that’s the graphics are extreme...
  • Bible and Prayer in Schools

    08/20/2014 7:56:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 19, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    Imagine an ancient record—by far the most published book in humanity—quoted by Shakespeare (1,200 times) and Abraham Lincoln—a book that has inspired political movements and religious reformations and has literally changed the world time and again; imagine that book being rejected and banished from schools across America. That book is the Bible. holy bible in hotel The Bible and prayer in public schools were the topics of discussion at this week’s Family Research Council event. Dr. William Jeynes, a Senior Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton and a Professor of Education at California State University in Long Beach, shared...
  • S.F. teachers miss more school than students on average

    08/18/2014 3:42:31 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 18, 2014 | Jill Tucker
    Education officials like to say that kids can't learn if they aren't in school. But what if teachers aren't in school? While absenteeism is usually considered a student matter, in San Francisco - and many other districts - the average teacher misses more school than the average child.
  • Teachers lounge vending machines exempt from new federal snack rules

    08/18/2014 9:17:11 AM PDT · by W. · 27 replies
    Eagnews.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    The school teachers lounge is a respite from more than just bratty kids. It’s a safe zone from the long arm of Michelle Obama’s food police. Students are already revolting against the newly-implemented school snack regulations that affect what is sold in vending machines. They will probably be equally upset to learn the vending machine just across the hall – in the teachers lounge – is exempt from the regulations.
  • 37,000+ Unaccompanied Minors Ready To Enroll in U.S. Public Schools

    08/16/2014 1:15:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 14, 2014 - 10:00 AM | Paul Lagarde
    Public school systems around the country preparing to begin a new school year will be facing the added burden of enrolling more than 37,000 unaccompanied minors who have entered the U.S. illegally. According to the Administration for Children & Families’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, 37,477 alien children have been placed with relatives or other sponsors around the country so far this year while their immigration cases are being processed in court. In the meantime, they are entitled to attend U.S. public schools, which have dropped out of the top 20 in global rankings for math, reading and science. …
  • See Why This Kentucky School District Just Told Michelle Obama To Take Her Lunch Plan And Shove It

    08/14/2014 2:54:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 8/12/14 | B. Christopher Agee
    The promise of a significant influx of federal money was not enough to convince officials in one Kentucky school district to stick with the school lunch program endorsed by Michelle Obama. According to a Cincinnati Enquirer report, Fort Thomas Independent Schools will no longer be confined by the strict mandates set forth in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that went into effect earlier this year. Despite the fact that the district would receive hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to implement the regulations, administrators cite the fact that kids are not eating the resulting meals as their reason for dropping...
  • Parent-packed lunches often not healthy, study says

    08/12/2014 8:08:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 77 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | , August 12, 2014 | Leslie Postal
    <p>The lunches students bring from home are often filled with unhealthy packaged foods and sugary drinks and little that would win any nutrition awards, according to a new study by university researchers. Missing from those lunches, they said, were fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains and, nearly 25 percent of the time, anything that resembled an entree.</p>
  • New federal law puts restrictions on bake sale items

    08/11/2014 3:24:58 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 62 replies
    ketk nbc ^ | 8-11-2014 | Marlena Hamilton
    Bake sales used to fuel school's sports teams and clubs, raising money for the kids going away games, nicer uniforms, field trips and so on. But, a new law limits the amount of sugary treats that many bake sales offer. So, starting this Fall bake sales won't be as sweet anymore. Parents are allowed to sell candy and goodies, but it must meet the smart snack calculator requirement. If it meets all the nutritional requirements, the calories, sugar, fat and sodium, it's ok to sell that cookie. But, if it goes over well it's not allowed and the schools can...
  • This Fall: White Students No Longer the Majority at U.S. Public Schools (AFRO Reports)

    08/11/2014 6:32:14 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 52 replies
    The Afro ^ | 8/9/14 | Kimberly Hefling and Jesse J. Holland
    <p>KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — For the first time, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students than non-Hispanic Whites, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children(some even here legally).</p> <p>The changing demographics of American education are apparent inside Jane Cornell’s summer school classroom, where giggling grade-schoolers mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language. The sign outside the classroom reads “Welcome” and “Bienvenidos” in polished handwriting.</p>
  • White students to no longer be majority at school

    08/09/2014 1:38:23 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    AP ^ | KIMBERLY HEFLING and JESSE J. HOLLAND AP
    KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) -- The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county reads "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished handwriting. Inside, giggling grade-schoolers who mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language worked on storytelling with a tale about a crocodile going to the dentist. This poster and classroom at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center are a subtle representation of America's changing school demographics. For the first time, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic...
  • Some 30K Unaccompanied Minors to Attend Public US Schools This Year

    08/09/2014 6:26:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 8/9/2014 | Kristin Tate
    The feds have released more than 30,000 unaccompanied minors, all of whom entered the U.S. illegally, in various states around the nation. Assuming that most of these children will not be immediately deported, U.S. public schools be will forced to accommodate them.A total of 30,340 unaccompanied minors--almost all of whom are from Central America--had been released to foster homes around the country as of July 7.The cost of educating these migrants in U.S. schools will likely not be cheap; Texas Education Agency General Counsel David Anderson pointed out that due to factors such as cultural differences and language barriers, it will likely be more...
  • This Teachers Union President Will ‘PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE’ If You Don’t Like Common Core [VIDEO]

    08/08/2014 11:09:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 8/8/14 | Eric Owens
    Video surfaced on Thursday showing Michael Mulgrew, president of New York’s United Federation of Teachers, as he unloaded a hateful rant against critics of the Common Core Standards Initiative. “If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine!” Mulgrew bellowed clownishly. “You do not take what is mine!” The union boss also challenged opponents of Common Core and union control over education to a fist fight. “I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the...
  • Teacher found intoxicated and pantsless on first day of school

    08/06/2014 2:57:10 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 60 replies
    Wagoner, Okla. (CBS HOUSTON) – A newly-hired teacher was found intoxicated and not wearing any pants inside an Oklahoma high school classroom on her first day of work, according to Wagoner police. Police arrested Lorie Hill after two Wagoner High School teachers found her intoxicated and without pants in an empty classroom she was claiming to be her own, KOKI-TV reports. Recently hired by Wagoner Public Schools, Hill was reporting for her first day on the job as all teachers were also returning for their first day back in school from summer break.
  • Police say teacher found intoxicated, without pants in empty classroom

    08/06/2014 9:20:22 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 115 replies
    WPXI ^ | August 6, 2014
    WAGONER, Okla. — Police arrested a woman they said was intoxicated and not wearing any pants at an Oklahoma high school Monday. The woman, Lorie Hill, was a newly hired teacher for Wagoner Public Schools. She was found by two other teachers in a Wagoner High School classroom on the first day back at school for teachers. Police said Hill admitted she had been drinking, police said they found an empty cup in her car. Wagoner Police Chief Bob Haley said that even though evidence of alcohol consumption was found in Hill's car, there was only enough evidence to arrest...
  • 'It would be best to speak English in classrooms'

    08/05/2014 3:39:09 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 13 replies
    The story is about the high school principle who was fired for telling student(s) 'It would be best to speak English in classrooms'.(p) The paper requires a subscription for the whole story. I didn't find it here searching the title. Can anyone fill me in on the rest (besides the excerpt at the source)?
  • Germantown kindergarten teacher accused of political vandalism identified

    08/04/2014 12:25:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 8-4-14 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis – Wisconsin Reporter has learned the identity of the suspect accused of politically motivated disorderly conduct at last month’s Jefferson County Fair. April Kay Smith, 38, a kindergarten teacher in the Germantown School District, was issued a disorderly conduct citation for tearing up and stomping on several signs on July 9 at the Jefferson County Republican Party booth after the fair had shut down for the night, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department report obtained by Wisconsin Reporter. The incident report, filed by Jefferson County Deputy Heather Larson, states that Smith and her husband, Andrew Smith, 31,...
  • Oregon district halts condom giveaway to 6th graders amid community uproar

    08/02/2014 3:12:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    EAGNEWS ^ | Ben Velderman
    GERVAIS, Ore. – Unhappy parents have forced an Oregon school board to re-think its plan to begin handing out condoms to students – sixth-graders on up – when school starts up again this fall. During a May meeting, school board members approved a plan in which trained teachers (presumably health teachers) would hand out prophylactics after first having “a discussion with the student,” StatesmanJournal.com reports. Some of those students could have been as young as 11 years old. But when parents and community members caught wind of the “condoms-upon-request” plan, they flooded a June board meeting to express their displeasure....
  • Teacher arrested in Hesperia for alleged sex acts with teen in BMW

    07/24/2014 1:49:48 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    LATimes ^ | Caitlin Owens
    A substitute teacher was arrested for allegedly engaging in sex acts with a 16-year-old girl in a BMW in Hesperia early Sunday, officials said. The pair were discovered by a deputy checking on the black BMW, which authorities said appeared to be suspicious, parked near the intersection of Ivy Avenue and Alder Street. The teacher, 40-year-old Rakshannah Ranney, was engaged in some kind of sexual activity with the girl in the car, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
  • McCrory signs Common Core legislation (NC dropping CC)

    07/22/2014 9:43:16 PM PDT · by bigtoona · 6 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Matthew Burns
    By Matthew Burns Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday signed legislation designed to replace the controversial Common Core academic standards in North Carolina public schools with standards drawn up by a new state commission. The standards were adopted by the state several years ago. But their implementation in the 2012-13 school year angered some parents, who said they were inappropriate in several areas. For the past year, those critics have been pushing lawmakers to repeal the standards. McCrory has supported Common Core in the past. Just last month, he said the push to repeal the standards "is not...
  • Scott Walker Calls on Wisconsin Legislature to Repeal Common Core

    07/17/2014 9:41:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/1/7/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) called on state lawmakers Thursday to pass a bill in January that would repeal the Common Core standards and replace them with “standards set by people in Wisconsin.” According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Walker released a statement Thursday afternoon, just hours after two Republican state senators, Leah Vukmir and Paul Farrow, issued a joint press statement calling for a delay in the use of the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) that are aligned with the Common Core standards. Earlier in the year, Walker helped draft a bill that would create a state board to replace...
  • ‘Christianity is Abhorrent’: More Atheistic Materials to be Distributed in Public Schools

    07/17/2014 3:35:56 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 39 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | July 17, 2014 | Garrett Haley
    ORLANDO – A federal judge has given a secular organization the green light to distribute more atheistic and anti-Christian materials to Florida public school students, in spite of the materials’ graphic content and offensive language. As previously reported, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned last year that a Christian ministry had made Bibles available to Orlando high school students on “Religious Freedom Day.” To counter the Bible distribution, FFRF sought permission from the school district to give students a variety of atheistic and anti-Christian materials. According to reports, the Orange County School Board permitted FFRF to distribute several books...
  • Ex-Dover teacher accused of sexual assault will face trial after 13 alleged victims testify

    07/15/2014 12:41:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    yrd.com ^ | Rick Lee
    Former Dover area music teacher Matthew Puterbaugh now faces charges of rape of a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a minor. Puterbaugh, 46, of the 1000 block of Conewago Road, was ordered to stand trial on those charges and other sexually related crimes today after his accuser, now a 25-year-old woman, testified against him this morning in the York County Judicial Center. The woman said she first had sex with Puterbaugh, her music teacher, at age 12. She said the relationship, which occurred in the Dover Intermediate School band room, on a band bus trip, at Puterbaugh's home...
  • Rich School, Dumb School?

    07/15/2014 6:59:51 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 24 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 14, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    Although the U. S. spends more than half a trillion dollars on public schools, the Left still believes that raising that amount will somehow make students smarter. “Total expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools in the United States amounted to $638 billion in 2009-10, or about $12,743 per public school student,” according to the National Center for Education Statistics. “There must be a way to get enough dollars, public dollars to raise student achievement,” Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at The Center for American Progress (CAP), said at a recent conference at CAP. At that same conference,...
  • The 4 NYC teachers banned from classrooms who rake in millions

    07/13/2014 4:04:51 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | 07/13/2007 | Susan Edelman
    Three of the city’s longest-running “rubber room” teachers have raked in more than $1 million each for a decade of not working in classrooms, and a fourth is paid a top salary — $100,049 a year — not to teach. The Foul Four — who beat sexual-misconduct charges — can’t be fired by the Department of Education because they are entitled to job protections under state tenure laws, which require “due process.” Educators are entitled to a trial with an independent hearing officer who decides whether any misconduct warrants termination.
  • [MD] Prince George’s schools offer breakfast and lunch to students during summer

    07/08/2014 10:27:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/8/2014 | Ovetta Wiggins
    With students running a higher risk of obesity and hunger during their summer break, Prince George’s County schools have joined an effort to provide the youngsters with free breakfast and lunch. More than 60 schools throughout the county will serve the meals until Aug. 1. “Providing continuous meals throughout the summer helps children receive the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow,” Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools said in a statement.
  • Risking Hell for Harvard

    07/07/2014 4:53:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | July 7, 2014 | Brad Miner
    The development of education was job one when Coadjutor Bishop John Joseph Hughes came to New York in 1837. As one expert explains:  eight makeshift parochial schools, meeting in church basements or rented halls, had on register about 5000 Catholic children. An additional 7000 either lacked accommodation or made no effort to go to school.  Public aid had been given to some of these basement schools by the Free School Society, but in 1825, when it became the Public School Society, funding for denominational schools (Catholic and Baptist) ceased. The Society wasn’t unwilling to educate Catholic children; it just intended...
  • 3 CPS students accused of robbing, raping girl, 16, on South Side [ Chicago ]

    07/07/2014 3:20:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | July 5, 2014 | FRANK MAIN
    Three Chicago Public Schools students have been charged with robbing and raping a 16-year-old girl at gunpoint after she got off a CTA bus on the South Side. The students — who attend Chicago Vocational Career Academy — were ordered held without bail Saturday. ... Wearing navy blue, jail-issued sweat clothes, they appeared Saturday before Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas, who denied them bail, saying, “Not only is this victim — but this community at large — is in grave danger.” All three defendants admitted the allegations against them
  • Heather Has Two Textbooks

    07/07/2014 12:38:27 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 22 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 4, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    While parents of public school children may feel besieged by alternative lifestyles, one public school teacher doesn’t think the literature available to them is diverse enough. “It takes a lot of work to find books that include same-gender parents, step-parents, foster or adoptive children, or other nontraditional families as background in an adventure tale, a friendship parable, or a holiday romp; nontraditional families are either the topic of the story or, more likely, not included at all,” Willow McCormick writes in the summer issue of Rethinking Schools magazine. “When two-parent, heterosexual families are presented as the norm in story after...
  • High school teacher, 27, charged with child seduction after she 'made out with.....

    07/05/2014 8:14:02 AM PDT · by Morgana · 49 replies
    mail online ^ | Paul Thompson
    FULL TITLE: High school teacher, 27, charged with child seduction after she 'made out with and fondled' male student A former teacher has been accused of seducing one of her students and engaging in 'touching, fondling and kissing' during two dates. Brooke Wilson was charged with child seduction following a police investigation in Goshen, Indiana. The 27 year old is alleged to have gone on two dates with the student who was aged between 16 and 18. A probable cause document filed in Elkhart Superior Court reveals that the Spanish teacher admitted she had 'made out' with the student. The...
  • Wash. school district complies with Michelle O’s lunch rules and bans birthday cupcakes

    07/01/2014 10:50:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 7/1/14 | Victor Skinner
    LYNNWOOD, Wash. – Michelle Obama’s national school lunch overhaul is getting a little ridiculous. The First Lady worked with federal bureaucrats to strictly limit what types of foods can be served in school cafeterias across the country in an effort to fight childhood obesity. The federal regulations on meat, vegetables, salt, and other aspects of the school lunch has been met with staunch indignation from students who have either trashed their mandatory fruit and vegetables or opted not to eat lunch at all. Now, the Edmonds School District in Washington state and others are cracking down on birthday cupcakes and...
  • District defends kindergartner's sexual misconduct discipline

    SURPRISE, Ariz. -- An assistant superintendent for the Dysart Unified School District defends calling a kindergartner's actions "sexual misconduct." Five-year-old Eric Lopez pulled his pants down on the playground at Ashton Ranch Elementary School last Spring and received a punishment of detention for what the school has deemed sexual misconduct. Eric now has a note that will remain in his permanent file for the duration he attends Dysart schools. His mother was not notified of the incident or the note her son signed in the assistant principal's office until after the fact. District policy states that a parent does not...
  • Finally! Republicans Get Their Own Carlos Danger In Arizona Schools Boss John Huppenthal

    06/23/2014 6:34:39 PM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/22/14 | Eric Owens
    Arizona schools superintendent John Huppenthal admitted earlier this week that he has been posting anonymously on a number of political blogs using a handful of pseudonyms. Some of the postings attributed to Huppenthal, a Republican, are inflammatory and impolitic. He called food stamp recipients “lazy pigs,” for example, and equated Margaret Sanger’s promotion of abortion for poor black people to the extermination of Jewish people by the Nazis, reports The Arizona Republic. He also blamed Franklin Roosevelt’s policies during the Great Depression for the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany and suggested that Obama’s policies are similar to Roosevelt’s.