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  • Critics rail against liberal bias for commencement speakers

    04/18/2014 3:18:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Valerie Richardson
    This year’s Democratic commencement speakers outnumber their Republicans counterparts by more than 2 to 1, according to a survey by Campus Reform. In what critics describe as another example of liberal bias on campus, 56 Democratic officeholders, appointees and operatives are slated to speak this spring at university graduation ceremonies. Only 26 Republicans are scheduled to deliver college commencement addresses, the study found. “This proves how liberal our nation’s universities are. There is a severe bias against conservative viewpoints and an unwillingness to offer true diversity of thought,” said Caleb Bonham, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform, which pushes for greater conservative...
  • School Funding Way Up, Results Flat

    04/16/2014 10:23:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/15/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Overall, Michigan school spending has increased significantly over the past few decades, but test scores have remained relatively flat. A new study from the Cato Institute, using information from the National Center for Education Statistics, found Michigan saw a large increase in spending with few apparent educational benefits. "Inflation-adjusted per pupil spending in Michigan rose dramatically from 1972 to 2009 — going from $7,500 to over $12,000 in today's dollars. That's a 70 percent increase," said Andrew Coulson, director of Cato's Center for Educational Freedom and author of the study. "Over that same period, the state's academic achievement rose by...
  • Teacher fired 'after she ordered six students to attack 7th grade boy who spoke back to her'....

    04/15/2014 7:03:08 AM PDT · by Morgana · 45 replies
    mail online ^ | Zoe Szathmary
    FULL TITLE: Teacher fired 'after she ordered six students to attack 7th grade boy who spoke back to her' in shocking videotaped beat-down A Florida teacher was fired from her job last week after she allegedly encouraged six students to attack a classmate that spoke back to her. Teacher Dru Dehart was fired on Thursday night from her position at Port St. Lucie's Northport K-8 school by the St. Lucie County school board, WPTV reports. Dehart was accused last year of encouraging a March 2013 incident caught on surveillance video that showed six students attacking classmate Radravious Williams, WPBF reported...
  • SIMMONS: Food police are leaving your school kids unfed

    04/15/2014 2:05:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/14/14 | Deborah Simmons
    **SNIP** So instead of serving foods they do like, including french fries, some school authorities participating in the taxpayer-funded National School Lunch Program have decided to make smart choices on their own — and that No. 1 choice is to opt out of the program. One Illinois superintendent, of the Monticello School District, recently lamented to The News-Gazette that “The guidelines require us to serve items like three orange vegetables a week. Can you name three orange vegetables?” said Vic Zimmerman. “Squash, sweet potatoes, they wouldn’t eat them. Kids like carrots but not three times a week. You’ve got to...
  • Colorado Springs teacher goes public with reasons for resignation [Common Core]

    04/14/2014 7:00:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    gazette.com ^ | 4/10/14
    A poignant resignation letter that Colorado Springs teacher Pauline Hawkins wrote and posted on her blog Monday talks about her love of teaching and the pride she has in her students, colleagues, school and district.... At the heart of her distress are the new Common Core standards, low teacher pay in Colorado and endless testing and teaching to the test, which she and many others believe is making students fail rather than succeed.
  • Teachers Union Misleading Voters

    04/11/2014 6:44:01 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/7/2014 | Audrey Spalding
    The Michigan Education Association has unveiled a new website that uses misleading information to try to make the case for more education funding. Education spending is becoming an increasingly central issue to this year's gubernatorial campaign, and as a result, misinformation is rampant. Under the catchphrase, "Kids Not CEOs," the MEA alleges that millions have been cut from public school budgets. But this allegation is not based on fact. The MEA's website ignores billions of dollars provided by state taxpayers to support public schools. Unfortunately, the MEA is manipulating the misperception that the state foundation allowance is the total amount...
  • 20-Injured In Stabbing At Franklin Regional High School

    04/09/2014 10:33:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/ ^ | April 9, 2014 7:37 AM | Staff
    MURRYSVILLE (KDKA) – At least 20-people have been injured in a stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld says 19-of the victims are students, one of them is a school security guard. A school security guard called in the stabbing at 7:13 a.m. Seefeld wouldn’t detail the carnage beyond saying, “The juvenile went down the hallway and was flashing two knives around and injured the people.” Police say the 16-year-old male student suspect is in custody and is a sophomore at the high school. He was transported from the Murrysville Police Department by police...
  • State Rep: School Districts Willfully Violating Law Should Face 'Criminal Charges'

    04/09/2014 5:18:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/6/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    LANSING — A state representative who sponsored some of the Michigan school reform bills from a few years ago said people in districts who blatantly violate the law should face "criminal charges." State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, made the comment yesterday during a Mackinac Center for Public Policy event titled, "Roadblocks to Reform? A Review of Union Contracts In Michigan Schools." Up to 60 percent of Michigan's largest districts are violating the law by including illegal provisions in union contracts, according to a recent study by Audrey Spalding, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center. In 2011, the state...
  • Angry students snap photos of lunches, tell Michelle Obama: ‘You call this a [expletive] lunch?’

    04/07/2014 4:35:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 99 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    Students from around the nation have been taking to Twitter and other social media sites to post snapshot photos of their meager lunches — in some cases, a sad-looking sandwich with a carton of milk — and say to the first lady: Thanks a lot, Michelle Obama, for the rations. One wrote, next to a picture of a hot dog roll that seemed spread with tomato sauce and cheese, on a tray with three small cherry tomatoes and a carton of lower-fat milk: “You call this a [expletive] lunch? @BarackObama @MichelleObama,” The Blaze reported. And others were just as blunt...
  • Oklahoma Votes To Repeal Common Core…

    04/04/2014 12:14:20 AM PDT · by kingattax · 5 replies
    Rightwing News ^ | April 3, 2014 | Tiffiny Ruegner
    Statehouses across the country have begun to wake up and see Common Core for what it really is; a nationalized education that hinders education on the local level. Oklahoma has joined the growing number of states who are actively trying to stop federal education to save their schools from the dumbing down and brainwashing of their children. The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would repeal a controversial set of academic standards known as Common Core. House Bill 3399, by House Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, and Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, passed by a vote of 37-10. The House...
  • Bus Driver Caught on Camera Calling Student a 'Crybaby'

    04/03/2014 5:35:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    ABC ^ | 4/3/14 | GIO BENITEZ
    Texas officials fired a school bus driver after an on-board camera caught her calling a sobbing student “crybaby” and urging other children to chime in and mock the girl...
  • Union Teacher Contract Has Illegal Racial Preferences Provision

    03/31/2014 6:19:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/28/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A Macomb County public school superintendent says the teachers union contract for her district has a provision that would cost the school all the concessions it negotiated if language believed to be against the law is removed. Two years ago, before Deb Wahlstrom took over as superintendent of Mount Clemens Community Schools, she said she was aware of issues in the union contract. Specifically, the union contract includes provisions that the board would not authorize any public school academies (charter public schools) and would implement an affirmative action program in the recruitment, hiring and retention of "multi-ethnic teachers." The full...
  • This second grader’s revenge against Common Core math will make your day

    03/30/2014 8:59:25 PM PDT · by kingattax · 43 replies
    Yahoo/Daily Caller ^ | Mar 30, 2014
    The litany of frighteningly stupid Common Core math worksheets never ends. Perhaps now, though, kids are starting to fight back in satisfyingly creative ways. An alert reader sent The Daily Caller this image of her seven-year-old son’s perfectly reasonable homework answer. The boy attends a public elementary school in San Jose, Calif. He is in the second grade. The math curriculum used by the school is GO Math! The publisher of GO Math! is produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The parent who sent the homework question to TheDC noted that the curriculum aligns with the Common Core math standards. “If...
  • [North Carolina] Students, parents upset about nun's message about homosexuals

    03/27/2014 11:28:43 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 67 replies
    WDAM ^ | 03/26/2014 | Brody O'Connell
    Charlotte Catholic High School is getting backlash from students and parents after a school assembly last week. Students said that a guest speaker discussed offensive material about divorce and homosexuality. Sister Jane Dominic, with Aquinas College in Nashville, has a doctorate in sacred theology. But her message about the influence divorce has on gender identification and homosexuality didn't go over so well.... In an online petition, which now has close to 1,800 signatures, one student wrote "we found some of (the) ideas expressed to be both offensive and unnecessarily derogatory. We are incensed that you knew the content of this...
  • ‘Lunch lady said I can’t pray,’ 5-year-old tells her parents

    03/27/2014 10:26:30 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 34 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 3-27-2014 | Michele Kirk
    Imagine hearing this story from your 5-year-old when you ask her how her day was in kindergarten. Kudos to these parents for staying calm and teaching this little girl that she can pray absolutely anywhere she wants.
  • Minnesota teen wins settlement after school takes Facebook password

    03/27/2014 4:08:40 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 3-27-2014 | FoxNews.com
    A Minnesota school district has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle a lawsuit that claimed school officials violated a student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and email accounts without permission. The lawsuit, filed in 2012 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, alleged that Riley Stratton, now 15, was given detention after posting disparaging comments about a teacher's aide on her Facebook page, even though she was at home and not using school computers. The ACLU also said administrators viewed her online conversations between the then-Minnewaska Area Middle School sixth-grader and a boy because of a complaint the...
  • Campbell Co. Girl Asked to Leave School Because of Boyish Appearance

    03/26/2014 5:34:20 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 55 replies
    WDBJ7 ^ | March 25, 2015 | Tim Saunders
    Campbell Co. girl asked to stop attending school because of her "boyish" looks. In a letter sent to Sunnie's grandmother and legal guardian Mrs. Thompson, the following was written: "We believe that unless Sunnie and her family clearly understand that God has made her female and her dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God-ordained identity, that TCS is not the best place for her future education."
  • St. Paul School Records Show Light Punishment for Serious Violations

    03/25/2014 8:37:56 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    KSTP ^ | 3-25-14 | Jay Kolls
    After a check of the last two years of disciplinary records at St. Paul Schools KSTP found dozens of records that show employees got off with relatively light punishments for serious violations. One employee, who worked on a bus route, missed 18 days of unexcused work, and only received a written reprimand. A teacher at a high school sent out dozens of Tweets with sexual references that students had access to and only received a one-day, unpaid suspension. Another employee showed up to school "under the influence of alcohol" and received a one-day, unpaid suspension. And yet another teacher called...
  • Little Girl Taken Out Of Christian School After Told She's Too Much Like A Boy

    03/25/2014 12:04:50 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 97 replies
    ABC 13 ^ | 3/24/2014 | ABC 13
    Timberlake, VA - Sports, sneakers, and short hair; it's what makes eight year old Sunnie Kahle unique. It's also what had her removed from Timberlake Christian School. Her grandparents pulled the plug on her time there after they said she was no longer welcome. The family received a letter telling them that if their eight year old granddaughter didn't follow the school's "biblical standards," that she'd be refused enrollment next year. She's out and in public school now. Sunnie Kahle has short hair and a huge heart, and as far as her grandparents are concerned, she is a completely normal...
  • College Students Learn Common Core Math (video)

    03/21/2014 11:13:57 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 150 replies
    College students and others at George Mason University were dumbstruck by the tedious nature of an elementary level Common Core problem during a short series of interviews conducted by Campus Reform last week. The problem, 32-12, was demonstrated to those on campus the traditional way and juxtaposed with the Common Core method.
  • Teachers who ‘had sex in class’ can’t be fired: court

    03/21/2014 5:01:15 AM PDT · by nycteacher · 56 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 20, 2014 | Julia Marsh and Georgett Roberts
    As long as the kids are away, teachers can play, a panel of judges said Thursday, ruling that educators shouldn’t be fired for having sex with one another — even in their classrooms. The Manhattan appellate judges said foreign-language teachers Alini Brito, 34, and Cindy Mauro, 38, were treated too harshly when they were dismissed for engaging in a topless classroom tryst inside Brooklyn’s James Madison HS in 2009.
  • The poor neglected gifted child

    03/20/2014 8:33:23 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 89 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 16, 2014 | By Amy Crawford
    In a recent paper, Lubinski and his colleagues caught up with one cohort of 320 people now in their late 30s. At 12, their SAT math or verbal scores had placed them among the top one-100th of 1 percent. Today, many are CEOs, professors at top research universities, transplant surgeons, and successful novelists. That outcome sounds like exactly what you’d imagine should happen: Top young people grow into high-achieving adults. In the education world, the study has provided important new evidence that it really is possible to identify the kids who are likely to become exceptional achievers in the future,...
  • The Charter Conspirators

    03/20/2014 1:49:57 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 2 replies
    Real Clear Politics H/T Ace of Spades ^ | March 18, 2014 | Richard Cohen
    In the war between the rich and the poor, I'm enlisting on the side of the underdog -- the rich. What a drubbing they've been taking! Across the nation, but particularly in cities such as New York and Washington, the rich are incessantly accused of being slyly manipulative and self-serving. For instance, they support charter schools. Apparently, there is nothing worse. I am mystified. Charter schools are not private schools. They are free public schools that are open to any student, usually by lottery. Some very rich people support them, provide extra funds for special programs and, in return, get...
  • Student, 15, Arrested For Squirting Hand Sanitizer In Teacher's Diet Coke

    03/14/2014 2:54:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    A Florida student, 15, was arrested this week for putting hand sanitizer in a teacher’s Diet Coke can, police report. Nicholas Lucari is facing a felony charge for allegedly squirting “Germ-X” into Dale Dawson Yount’s drink. The South Walton High School teacher, 69, subsequently “became physically ill” and she sought treatment at a local hospital, according to a Walton County Sheriff’s Office report.
  • IN:Gun Reforms Pass House and Senate, next to Governor

    03/13/2014 9:38:38 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    SB 229 passed the conference committee, the Senate 38-10, and the House 75-24, and now goes to the Governor.   This was the last day the legislation could be passed, so it was down to the wire.  The substance of the bill is fairly straightforward and consists of three reforms.  The first two reforms remove traps in existing law for legal gun owners.  Currently, part of the law created "roaming gun free school zones" whenever school children went for an official function.   Where the children went, there went the "gun free" zone.   A legal gun carrier could be sitting on...
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Union Over Dues Policies, 'Fair Representation'

    03/12/2014 9:18:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/10/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Susan Bank has spent 39 years working in education and paid thousands of dollars to the Michigan Education Association over the years. But when the middle school special education teacher expressed an interest in getting out of the union and was told a collection agency would come after her if she didn’t pay her dues, she said she’d had enough. The Novi teacher now is suing to get out of the union. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation today filed a lawsuit in Oakland County Circuit Court on her behalf. Bank is suing the MEA because the union has a "duty...
  • Boston Makes Final Preparations for 2014 Marathon

    03/10/2014 5:16:03 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 10, 2014 | n/a
    "Boston Makes Final Preparations for 2014 Marathon New protocols will "preserve the traditional feel and character of the Boston Marathon" after 2013 bombings." 03/10/2014
  • Christian School Raffle at Gun Show

    03/11/2014 6:27:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    This christian school was raffling off a number of guns and other prizes.  It was pleasant to see a school that was not caught up in the government enforced anti-second amendment indoctrination that has been common since the Clinton regime. While the top two prizes were either a vacation or a diamond ring, six of the 12 prizes were firearms, from a Tikka T3 in 300WSM to a Henry .22.   I bought a ticket on general principles, because I support independent schools and because rewarding good behavior brings more of it. This sort of cultural activity is exactly why...
  • IN:Reform of Gun Law Goes to Senate/House Conference Committee

    03/10/2014 8:06:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Current Indiana law creates dangerous traps for people exercising their second amendment rights.   More than 1 in 9 adults in Indiana have a license to carry a handgun.  Legally carrying handguns in Indiana has become common, legal, and has proven to be safe.  Unfortunately, Indiana has some archaic laws that were created when "gun control" was in fashion.  These laws create traps for the law abiding gun owner.   One trap in the law is the inadvertently constructed "roving school zone".  In current law, students that go to a facility for educational purposes create a "roaming school zone" where...
  • Impoverished school district sends admins on lavish Common Core spa trip

    03/10/2014 4:24:17 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 11 replies
    Members of the Inglewood, Calif. community were outraged to learn that school district administrators had spent $38,000 worth of public money vacationing at a luxurious hotel and spa — ostensibly for the purpose of discussing strategies for implementing the Common Core standards at schools in the impoverished district.
  • 3rd-Graders Caught Smoking Pot In Sonora School Bathroom

    03/05/2014 9:34:46 AM PST · by Morgana · 39 replies
    CBS ^ | CBS
    SONORA (CBS SF) — Three third-grade students at a Sonora elementary school were busted for smoking pot in the school’s bathroom last week. Two 8-year-olds and a 9-year-old were caught by another student, who immediately informed school administrators. Those officials then alerted local police. The students were questioned by officers, and later released to their parents on February 27th. Sonora Elementary School Principal Chris Boyles would not speak with CBS SF regarding the case, but Superintendent Leigh Shampain confirmed that the students were caught smoking marijuana in the school’s bathroom. He would not discuss how the students might be disciplined.
  • Students at Central Florida School Using Prom Money to Help Teacher Who Has Cancer: Report

    03/04/2014 5:40:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 | Source URL A web link to the original article Body of Thread HTML okay REQUIR
    Students at a central Florida high school are devoting their prom money to helping a popular math teacher who is very ill in his third round with cancer, WESH reported. The prom team at Pine Ridge High School in Deltona has taken on the moniker Team Charlie in honor of Charlie Lundell, who has been at the school since it opened 20 years ago, according to WESH. "He really cares about helping people learn and really wants us to be our full potential," junior class President Katie Buday said of Lundell, and students want to help him out. Now the...
  • Wisconsin School District Hit With $2 Million in Obamacare Fines

    03/04/2014 3:21:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/04/14
    **SNIP** Obamacare stipulates that employees are eligible for healthcare benefits if they work 30 hours a week. As a result, the district would not be able to pro-rate the coverage cost, leaving part-time employees who want health insurance to enroll through the exchanges. The district reports that the cost of insuring part-time employees is uncertain right now, but by not offering insurance, the district could have to pay nearly $2 million in fines.
  • (Socialist) De Blasio starts his war on charter schools

    02/28/2014 2:46:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/27/14 | Frank Rosario, Carl Campanile
    Mayor de Blasio brought down the hammer Thursday on three charter schools operated by his nemesis Eva Moskowitz, leaving hundreds of kids without classrooms this fall. “This has to be the saddest day for the Success Academy’s children, family, teachers, school leaders,” Moskowitz said after meeting with stunned charter parents in Harlem. “Right now, our kids are being evicted. Evicted out of their school. It’s wrong and we need an explanation. You’re going to have to ask Mayor de Blasio what the motivations are for a decision that will hurt so many children now and, frankly, forever.”
  • Federal audit calls new school lunch rules a failure

    02/27/2014 8:21:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/27/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The federal government’s changes to school lunch menus have been disastrous, causing problems for cafeterias trying to comply with the rules and leaving the menu so expensive or unpalatable that more than 1 million students have stopped buying lunch, according to a government audit released Thursday. One school district told federal investigators that it had to add unhealthy pudding and potato chips to its menu to meet the government’s minimum calorie requirements. Other school districts removed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from their elementary school menus. Five of the eight school districts surveyed by the Government Accountability Office, the official...
  • New York's de Blasio boots charter schools from city space

    02/27/2014 6:50:28 PM PST · by gooblah · 30 replies
    Foxnews ^ | February 27, 2014
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took off the gloves in his battle with education reformers, rescinding an agreement for the city to share space with several public charter schools. The move undercuts educators, parents and some 700 students at four schools, including Harlem Success 4, one of the public charter school movement’s top success stories, and two set to open in the fall. While agreements at those schools were rescinded, expansion of a fourth school was also blocked. The schools were to operate rent-free in city-owned facilities under deals backed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an ardent supporter...
  • Teens defend ‘fail factory’ high school in error-filled letters

    02/23/2014 5:18:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 83 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/23/14 | Susan Edelman
    These kids should learn write from wrong. Earlier this month, The Post exposed a scheme at Manhattan’s Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers in which failing students could get full credit without attending class, but instead watch video lessons and take tests online. One social-studies teacher had a roster of 475 students in all grades and subjects. Red-faced administrators encouraged a student letter-writing campaign to attack The Post and defend its “blended learning” program. Eighteen kids e-mailed to argue that their alma mater got a bad rap. Almost every letter was filled with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.
  • My time at the ‘School of No’ (union allowed abuse, million$ still missing?)

    02/22/2014 2:31:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/22/14 | Patricia Walsh
    **SNIP** As a teacher who worked there for many years, I can tell you that it wasn’t because the city wasn’t warned. The children of PS 106 were failed by administrators, government lawmakers and union officials — a host of top people who couldn’t be bothered to care. **SNIP** To show just how clueless and uncaring the administration was — in December 2013, PS 106 received a glowing report. At the time, there was no mandated gym, no special-education teacher (I had left and wasn’t replaced), no books, no art and no extended-day services! PS 106 received millions in extra...
  • Lake Mary High School Shooting: Shots Reportedly Fired in Florida

    02/21/2014 10:12:29 AM PST · by Doogle · 11 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 02/21/14 | Zachary Stieber
    Shots were reportedly fired at Lake Mary High School in Florida on Friday, prompting a lockdown, but police found after an investigation that none were fired. Seminole County Public Schools referred to the incident as a “possible hoax.” Officials responded to the reports, but didn’t find anything, reported Karla Ray of WFTV.
  • Heroin found in faculty restroom at Fallsburg elementary school

    02/19/2014 7:54:25 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    recordonline ^ | 02/18/2014 | Leonard Sparks
    7 elementary school staff hire lawyers Fallsburg police investigating the reported discovery of heroin and drug paraphernalia in a faculty bathroom at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School say the refusal by a group of teachers to cooperate is hampering their probe. No one has been charged, but six teachers and an aide were identified as having used the men's room before a school staff member reportedly found a heroin baggie on Feb. 11. Just before the winter break in December, heroin and needles were reportedly found in the same bathroom. Each of the seven faculty members initially agreed to give urine...
  • Schools probe says to fire, ban ‘School of No’ principal

    02/18/2014 4:38:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/18/14 | Susan Edelman, Jeane MacIntosh
    **SNIP** “It is the recommendation of this office that Marcella Sills’ employment be terminated,” Condon wrote in his 13-page report, adding that his finding have been turned over to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown for further investigation and “whatever action he deems appropriate.” Condon said in his report that the probe of Sills and her assistant-principal, Tonya West, was sparked by The Post’s reporting. The investigation found that Sills flat-out lied about her attendance at the school, didn’t keep a timecard – and then tried to get underlings to fudge or produce fake timecards to cover her tracks.
  • Teachers Union Opposes $40 Mil Grant’s New Evaluation System

    02/18/2014 5:04:42 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    KDKA ^ | February 17, 2014
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A group of community leaders expressed their support today, for a teacher evaluation system within the Pittsburgh Schools. The evaluation system is being funded by a $40 million grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But the money is in jeopardy because of opposition by the teachers union. Gathering in the cold, community leaders and parents called on the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers to adopt high standards of evaluation — saying lower standards hurt teachers, parents. “And most especially, lowering the bar isn’t good for our children who deserve the highest quality education we can provide...
  • In California, Thousands Exposed to Measles

    02/13/2014 8:51:41 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 117 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 13 20124 | By JoNel Aleccia
    Thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents may have been exposed to measles last week when an unvaccinated student at the Unversity of California, Berkeley, attended classes and rode the area's BART transit system. Public health officials in Contra Costa County, outside of San Francisco, said anyone riding BART from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7 during the morning or late evening commutes could have been exposed to the highly contagious respiratory virus. The young man in his 20s lives in the county and was confirmed to have measles on Wednesday. He was likely infected while traveling recently in Asia, health...
  • GUN STUN: Gun control activist swears he forgot he was carrying gun while visiting school

    02/10/2014 11:06:25 AM PST · by celmak · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/10/2014 | Eric owens
    A Buffalo, N.Y. community activist who is well known locally for pushing for a highly restrictive 2013 gun control law has been arrested for — wait for it — carrying a gun illegally at a public elementary school.
  • Florida Bill Would Protect First Amendment Firearms Rights at School

    02/06/2014 6:37:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    T- shirt banned at California school; image of hunter with rifle on right Image courtesy of dailycaller.com HB709 has been introduced into the Florida house to protect students from abuses that have crept into the schools under the rubric of "zero tolerance".  Labeled in the old media as the 'Pop-Tart' bill, the proposed legislation actually provides some protection for what have become  egregious overreactions on the part of school administrators.   For example, the bill protects the wearing of shirts with pictures of guns on them, clearly a free speech issue, in reaction to the California case that made national...
  • Chicago-area school officials don't like 'no guns' stickers that picture guns

    02/05/2014 3:36:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/05/14 | Ashe Schow
    School officials in a Chicago suburb are not thrilled with a state law passed last year requiring schools to post a "no gun" sticker featuring an Image of a handgun with a red slash through it. Guns were already not allowed in schools before the law was passed, and now some school officials are worried the Image on the warning sign might send the wrong message. “One of my biggest concerns as a principal is safety and security,” Tinley Park High School Principal Theresa Nolan told the Southtown Star. “It is bothersome to have to post a sticker of a...
  • Pension Costs Mean Tighter Budgets For Classrooms, Taxpayers

    02/05/2014 11:05:19 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Livonia Public Schools Superintendent Randy Liepa says his district will pay just under $30 million for its employee retirement pension and health care costs this year. The district has to spend the money to cover the costs of the state retirement benefits plan, which has an estimated unfunded liability of $24.3 billion. Just for Livonia Public Schools' employees, the state of Michigan is chipping in another $6.4 million to cover those Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) costs in 2013-14. The teacher pension system has become an issue in the ongoing debate over state funding. Many school administrators, union...
  • NC High School Football Coach Ordered To Cease Baptisms, Leading Prayers

    02/03/2014 9:06:38 AM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    CBS ^ | Benjamin Fearnow
    Mooresville, N.C. (CBS CHARLOTTE) – Head football coach of Mooresville High School, Hal Capps, has been ordered to stop baptizing players and leading them in prayer following criticism from a national organization promoting constitutional separation of church and state. The Wisconsin-based nonprofit Freedom from Religion Foundation wrote a request last fall that coach Capps cease leading prayers and joining baptisms for his players as a base rule of separating public school activities and religious ceremonies. School Superintendent Mark Edwards met with Capps, who said, “he understood” the violation and would no longer participate in such religious observances, the Charlotte Observer...
  • Armed student kills teacher, policeman in Moscow school before being taken into custody

    02/03/2014 4:09:15 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 6 replies
    AP via Canadian Press ^ | February 3, 2014 | Lynn Berry
    MOSCOW - A 10th-grade student armed with two rifles burst into his Moscow school on Monday and killed his 76-year-old geography teacher and a policeman before being taken into custody, investigators said. None of the children in School No. 263 at the time were hurt, said Karina Sabitova, a police spokeswoman at the scene. The school is for children in grades one through 11, as is typical in Russia. The student gunman also seriously wounded a second police officer who had responded to an alarm from the school, police said. Such shootings in Russian schools are extremely rare, but Moscow...
  • TX:Argyle school district votes again to approve gun policy

    02/02/2014 6:55:39 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    dentonrc.com ^ | 29 January, 2014 | Britney Tabor
    ARGYLE — School board members voted unanimously a second time Wednesday to approve a controversial policy that will allow some teachers, administrators and other staff members to carry firearms on campus. The new vote also authorizes some school board members to carry concealed guns at board meetings or on school property, a provision that was not spelled out in details provided by the school district after the previous vote. A copy of the policy was not posted until after board members voted on the policy last week. Board President Kevin Faciane said the new vote was mostly “procedural in nature.”...