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  • Teacher Hits Handicapped Child, Tells Him Black People Fought to not "Serve White People like You"

    06/29/2015 12:00:28 PM PDT · by rightistight · 63 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 6/29/15 | Aurelius
    A Cincinnati teacher has resigned in the wake of racist comments and abusive actions taken toward handicapped children. Intervention Specialist Pamela Bullock has left her position at Wayne Local Schools in Warren County, after four teaching assistants wrote a letter to administrators detailing her abuse toward students. In one incident, the assistants reported that Ms. Bullock was taking care of a handicapped, non-verbal student, when she became irate at him. Bullock threw a marker at the boy, hitting him in the head. Later the same day, "a racial comment was directed toward the same student," wrote the assistants. "After applying...
  • Students at New York middle school received misspelled diplomas featuring the word 'departmemt'

    06/21/2015 3:48:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/21/15 | Myriah Towner
    Graduating students at New York middle school received misspelled diplomas featuring the word 'departmemt' **SNIP** The misspelled word appeared in the phrase 'New York City Department of Education' positioned at the top of the diplomas awarded to the students. The word had an extra 'm' instead of the letter 'n'. 'I'm sure next year they will be pouring over those diplomas to make sure every "i" is dotted and "t" is crossed,' Gardner told Fox 5. Another parent told the station that the Upper East Side school did not mention the mistake or issue an apology during the ceremony.
  • 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...
  • Scotch eggs branded junk food and confiscated from children's packed lunches

    06/11/2015 9:31:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 87 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | June 10, 2015 | By Dan Hyde
    They were created almost 300 years ago by Fortnum & Mason as a pocket-sized snack for aristocrats travelling by horse-drawn carriage. But now the scotch egg has been labelled a junk food and is being removed from children's lunch boxes by schoolteachers. The traditional dish – a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat and coated in breadcrumbs – is seen as too unhealthy to be part of a balanced diet at Cherry Tree Primary School in Colchester. The school has taken the unusual step of asking teachers to look through pupils' lunch boxes and remove items that are deemed inappropriate....
  • Lynn man's "Star Wars" stormtrooper costume triggers school lockdown

    06/08/2015 6:19:10 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 55 replies
    Salem (Mass.) News ^ | June 4, 2015 | JULIE MANGANIS
    The man, identified by police as George Cross, 40, of Lynn, was dressed in a white plastic "Star Wars" stormtrooper costume, and the gun was not real. But Lynn Police spokesman Lt. Rick Donnelly said that "the way things are today, you can't have that." The call came from the principal of the Brickett Elementary School on Lewis Street (Route 1A) at around 1:30 p.m., as classes were about to wind up for the day, said Donnelly.
  • Thank you, Michelle Obama!!

    06/05/2015 2:25:19 AM PDT · by MacMattico · 15 replies
    Me
    One of my kids would like me to thank Michelle Obama. She wants me to keep it on the low down and not give any identifying characteristics that may get said kid in trouble so I thought I'd post here. Not that no one reads FR, but I doubt kids school board does! Because Mooch changed the school lunches to basically nothing and had the vending machines stripped to carrot strips that go bad in a day, my kids sports team started selling candy and protein bars on the black market. They raised enough to go to a very prestigious...
  • Teach Our Kids To Hate America

    06/02/2015 3:11:41 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 12 replies
    Politicallyshort.com ^ | 06/02/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    The American spirit has not yet been destroyed, but it cannot withstand the kind of relentless assault on its character that we are witnessing day after day. I cannot predict the form or timing of the catastrophe that will befall this country if our current direction is not changed and I don’t pretend to know what concatenation of crises, in what progression of steps and across what interval of years, will finally break the nation’s spirit. What I do know is this much: My generation, the so called “millennials” and younger, have been indoctrinated into believing that the root cause...
  • Assassinating The American Spirit Of Independence

    06/01/2015 1:17:39 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 2 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 06/01/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    The American spirit has not yet been destroyed, but it cannot withstand the kind of relentless assault on its character that we are witnessing day after day. I cannot predict the form or timing of the catastrophe that will befall this country if our current direction is not changed and I don’t pretend to know what concatenation of crises, in what progression of steps and across what interval of years, will finally break the nation’s spirit. What I do know is this much: My generation, the so called “millennials” and younger, have been indoctrinated into believing that the root cause...
  • Surprise school sports legislation stirs up critics in Wisconsin (non-public school kids get access)

    05/25/2015 7:50:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | May 25, 2015 | Dana Ferguson
    MADISON — Critics are blasting Wisconsin legislators after the state's budget committee passed a surprise motion last week that would allow private, home-schooled and online charter students to participate in public school district athletics and activities. The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee passed a motion early Wednesday morning that included the plan. The plan wasn't addressed in the meeting. "For that to be done in a sneaky, behind the scenes fashion and passed at 1:30 in the morning without any discussion ... that's a problem," said Larry Kaseman, executive director of the Wisconsin Parents Association. While nonpublic school students in some...
  • Parents say NLV teacher barred using Bible verse in homework

    05/20/2015 8:00:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2015 | Kimberly Pierceall
    Parents of a sixth-grader at a public charter school in North Las Vegas want an apology after they say a teacher barred their daughter from using a Bible verse in an assignment. Nonprofit legal group Liberty Institute, representing Tim and Kate Frasier, sent a letter Wednesday containing their demand for the apology to the Somerset Academy's Losee campus. The Fraisers said their daughter Mackenzie was told she couldn't use the Bible verse John 3:16 for a technology class assignment called "All About Me" that involved creating a PowerPoint presentation and including an inspirational saying on a slide.
  • Michigan’s one-room schoolhouses make one last stand

    05/19/2015 5:05:13 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 11 replies
    Bridgemi.com ^ | 19 May 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
    HARBOR BEACH ‒ Most elementary and middle schools fairly buzz with noise just before the school day starts, as a stampede of students put away coats, take seats and share boasts over video game exploits or exchange giggles about young romance. But one of the first things you notice at the Eccles School along rural stretch of Michigan’s Thumb is the quiet shuffle as students move from door to desk to computer station, creating a low-level hum until the Pledge of Allegiance. After which, there’s an exchange of news about soccer, a puppy and one student’s gig as bat boy...
  • Feds to Use Social Media to Combat Complaints about Michelle O School Lunches

    05/15/2015 3:15:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/15/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pushing back against a campaign criticizing First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules by showing one picture of a somewhat appetizing child’s lunch. “They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the digital age we have ample opportunity to document and broadcast every moment, meeting and meal,” wrote Deborah Kane, the national director of the USDA Farm to School Program, in a blog post Thursday. “We have all seen those unappetizing photos of food served at school that quickly go viral,” she said. “A lonesome whole wheat bun atop a sad...
  • It Begins… SC School Tells Student to Take Down US Flag from Truck – It’s Offensive (VIDEO)

    05/15/2015 6:40:52 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/14/15 | Jim Hoft
    Peyton Robinson was told his US flag was offensive. York Comprehensive senior Peyton Robinson was recently told by school officials that he could no longer fly his American flag in his pickup truck. It was offensive.
  • 2 students shot on school bus on Westside; police questioning 2 persons of interest

    05/14/2015 9:13:00 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 10 replies
    WOKV ^ | 05/14/15 | WOKV
    Jacksonville FL---Duval County Public Schools confirmed that two female students were shot in a school bus at 118th Street and Ortega Farms Boulevard on Thursday afternoon.
  • Oakland to halt school suspensions for willful defiance

    05/14/2015 2:03:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Jill Tucker
    Mouthing off in class or failing to follow a teacher’s instructions will no longer lead to suspension in Oakland schools, a ban that will be phased in and be fully in effect just over a year from now, the school board unanimously decided Wednesday night. Oakland Unified will become one of a handful of California school districts that restrict suspensions to more serious offenses and eliminate the punishment for willful defiance — a broad category of misbehavior that includes minor offenses such as refusing to take a hat off or ignoring teacher requests to stop texting and more severe incidents...
  • US: Insects are free in Michelle O's 'healthy' lunches

    05/14/2015 9:29:50 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 15 replies
    sott.net ^ | Mon, 16 Feb 2015 | Kyle Olson
  • The gutter politics of sex education in public schools

    05/08/2015 7:46:37 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/08/15 | Judi Mcleod
    If parents can't rescue their children from the indoctrination of public schools, we're headed down a dead end road as the march of Marxism through Western society will never be interrupted Dick and Jane, who used to teach children to read from the 1930s through to the 1970s in the United States, are no more. Wiped out from life in education, they’ve been transcended in class by the transgendered and other members of the LGBT ranks, who now become societal firsts. It’s a fast moving world, one in which the ideal of sending children to learn ‘readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmatic’...
  • PHOTO: School serves burned burritos covered with melted plastic for ‘healthy’ lunch

    05/04/2015 10:41:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | May 4, 2015 | Kyle Olson
    Contributors ‘Uncomfortable’ students call for ban on Bibles by The Christian Institute Franklin Graham speaks out on transgender restroom proposal by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Students excel when they decide where to attend school by Jana Benscoter Homeschooling children can go at an unhurried pace by Durenda Wilson Common Core boosters trying to scare states into keeping national standards by The Independent Institute Planned Parenthood clinic builds concrete wall to block pro-life protesters by Life Dynamics White House logs show abortion leaders visit president, advisors often by Carole Novielli PHOTO: School serves burned burritos covered with melted plastic for ‘healthy’...
  • No Longer Counting Who's Poor in School

    05/04/2015 8:43:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | May 4, 2015 | by Jill Barshay
    Social justice looms large for many, if not most, education journalists. We care about the often substandard education of low-income children and the gap between the haves and have-nots. Take a look at the winners of the Education Writers Association awards on April 20, 2015. Most were writers who told the stories of students in poverty. Beginning this school year and going forward, measuring and describing that poverty is about to get much muddier. That’s because the main statistic used to determine poverty in a school – the number of students who receive free or reduced-priced lunches – is starting...
  • ‘Hero’ teacher tackled teen gunman during high school shooting

    04/27/2015 2:16:49 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    nypost.com ^ | april 27, 2015
    A government teacher is being hailed as a hero after tackling a 16-year-old student who fired two shots into the air Monday at a Washington state high school, police and students said. No one was injured after the teen shot toward the ceiling in the school commons before classes began at North Thurston High School in Lacey, about 60 miles southwest of Seattle, authorities said. The shooter is in custody. Brady Olson, who teaches Advanced Placement government and civics, stopped the shooter, according to school officials and students. “If anyone in the school were to do something like he did,...
  • Lesbian:I use math class to teach young kids about homosexuality so I can ‘hide’ it from parents

    04/24/2015 6:46:00 PM PDT · by massmike · 44 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 04/24/2015 | Pete Baklinski
    TORONTO, April 24, 2015 -- A lesbian teacher ‘married’ to another woman revealed at a pro-gay teachers’ conference earlier this month how she teaches grade 4-5 students to accept homosexuality through what she called “social justice” math. Alicia Gunn, an elementary public school teacher in Mississauga, Ontario, told attendees at the April 10 conference in Toronto’s City Hall that injecting LGBTQ issues into the classroom, especially in math, helps students as young as nine “disrupt the single story that many of our kids have about LGBTQ families.” When asked by one of the workshop attendees if she first asks parents’...
  • A personal account of how call out culture has harmed teaching

    04/22/2015 9:48:26 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    This is a matter of real, palpable fear. Saying anything that goes against liberal orthodoxy is now grounds for a firin’. Even if you make a reasonable and respectful case, if you so much as cause your liberal students a second of complication or doubt you face the risk of demonstrations, public call-outs, and severe professional consequences. My friends and colleagues might well agree that the student-teacher relationship ban is misguided, but they’re not allowed to say as much in public. C-can you guys see the problem, here? Personally, liberal students scare the shit out of me. I know how...
  • Pennsylvania high schoolers wear matching flannel, hang hateful posters on ‘Anti-Gay Day'

    04/21/2015 5:43:43 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 25 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/21/15 | MEG WAGNER
    Pennsylvania high schoolers wear matching flannel, hang hateful posters on ‘Anti-Gay Day' A band of Pennsylvania high schoolers in matching flannel shirts slapped hateful poster on gay students’ lockers and drafted a “lynch list” to mark their self-concocted “Anti-Gay Day,” students said.
  • School under fire for transgender kindergarten lesson

    04/21/2015 5:16:10 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 30 replies
    EAGNews ^ | April 20, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    KITTERY, Maine – Officials at Mitchell Primary School are apologizing after a book about a transgender child was read to most of the school’s K-3 students. “We have a practice of if a topic is considered sensitive, parents should be informed,” superintendent Allyn Hutton told SeaCoastOnline.com. “In this situation, that didn’t happen. The whole culture at Mitchell School is about teaching tolerance and respect. The people presenting the lesson thought (the book) was one more piece of teaching that lesson. “In retrospect, we understand that toleration is tolerating people of all opinions,” Hutton said. Criticism flooded the district after Fox...
  • School under fire for transgender kindergarten lesson

    04/20/2015 10:48:17 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 34 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | April 20 2015 | Victor Skinner
    Officials at Mitchell Primary School are apologizing after a book about a transgender child was read to most of the school’s K-3 students. Criticism flooded the district after Fox News host Sean Hannity posted about the lesson on his website, prompted by a Mitchell school mother who was angry she wasn’t given advanced warning that teachers were reading students the book “I am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, the news site reports. The book details the struggles of a child “with a boy’s body and a girl’s brain,” who eventually finds a doctor that tells the family the...
  • Detroit Charter School Parents: Don’t Take Away Our Freedom to Choose

    04/17/2015 9:04:08 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/16/2015 | Anne Schieber
    Educational choice in Detroit is worth the fight. That's the message from 11 Detroit-area families whose children attend charter schools and spoke to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy about a proposal to limit public charter schools in the city. The Mackinac Center met with the families at their homes and at schools so they could publicly share their views on school choice. “Let them flourish,” said Corey Hughes, who has had experience with charter schools first as a father and now as a grandfather. A coalition of foundations, public school officials and other interests has proposed centralizing control of...
  • NY math teacher suffers beating from parent

    04/17/2015 3:57:50 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 49 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | WCYB.com
    A middle school teacher in Hempstead, New York, is recovering from a beating after a student's mother attacked her inside the classroom. Police say she put the teacher in a chokehold, then her 14-year-old niece punched the teacher in the face.
  • Public School Sixth Graders Get SPERM BANK Vocabulary Question

    04/14/2015 10:33:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 14, 2015 | Eric Owens
    Sixth graders in a quiet Florida town saw a lot more vocabulary-lesson excitement than usual recently after a fill-in-the-blank question about porn magazines and the ethical considerations of sperm donation cropped up on an assignment. The kerfuffle occurred at Corkscrew Middle School, Fort Myers NBC affiliate WBBH reports. Here’s the question in full:
  • 8th Grader Faces Felony Charges for Changing Teacher’s Computer Background

    04/13/2015 1:19:58 PM PDT · by yuffy · 39 replies
    Time.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Laura Stampler
    Pranksters be warned Eight-grader Domanik Green was arrested on felony charges in Holiday, Fla. Wednesday after breaking into his teacher’s computer to change the background picture to two men kissing. Green, 14, who was released the day of his arrest, said that he broke into the computer of teacher he didn’t like after realizing that faculty members’ passwords were simply their last names, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Green, who previously faced a three-day suspension for a similar prank, said that many students got in trouble for breaking into teachers’ computers.
  • Teacher Suspended for Having Third Graders Write 'Get Well' Letters to Convicted Cop Killer

    04/11/2015 6:39:33 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 11 replies
    patch.com ^ | 4/11/15 | By ANTHONY BELLANO
    Teacher Suspended for Having Third Graders Write 'Get Well' Letters to Convicted Cop Killer Marylin Zuniga had her third grade students in Orange write get well letters to Mumia Abu Jamal. A New Jersey school teacher has been suspended by her district and denounced by the head of the New Jersey State Police union after having her students write “get well” letters to Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former death row inmate and convicted cop-killer. Marylin Zuniga, a teacher at Forest Street Elementary School in Orange, had her third grade students write letters to Abu Jamal, who is suffering from complications related...
  • Teacher suspended after her 3rd-graders send 'get well' wishes to cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal

    04/11/2015 2:15:08 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published April 10, 2015 | Fox News
    ORANGE, N.J. – A teacher in New Jersey who assigned her third-grade class to write "get well" letters to a sick inmate convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer was suspended Friday, the school superintendent said. Orange School Superintendent Ronald Lee said in a statement that school administrators "vehemently deny" any knowledge of Marilyn Zuniga's assignment. Preliminary inquiries found that Zuniga did not seek approval from administrators nor were parents notified, Lee said. The letters were delivered to Mumia Abu-Jamal in prison following his hospitalization last month for what his family said was treatment for complications from diabetes. The former...
  • Deficit-Ridden District Almost Demolishes Building Rather Than Take $3.5 Million From Charter

    04/09/2015 10:56:03 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/10/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Saginaw Public School district has been operating with a deficit since the 2010-11 school year, and the proposed sale of a shuttered school building could erase the red ink, according to the Michigan Department of Education. Rather than sell the building to an interested party— a charter school — the Saginaw school board originally elected to demolish it. However, after months of effort, the board had a change of heart and approved the deal. On Thursday, the Saginaw district board accepted a $3.5 million offer from the Francis Reh Academy to purchase the Phoenix Science and Technology Center, which...
  • Are We In Nursery School?’: David Brooks Slams Marie Harf Over Kissinger, Shultz Op-Ed

    04/08/2015 8:27:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller | 4/8/15 | Al Weaver
    Marie Harf may have disagreed with the joint op-ed from Henry Kissinger and George Shultz on Iran, but she’s not getting the backup from the media she wished she was. In an appearance on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” Wednesday night, New York Times columnist David Brooks blasted Harf’s response to Kissinger and Shultz’s piece, calling it “the lamest rebuttal” imaginable. Brooks also took shots at Harf for saying she heard “sort of big words and big thoughts” in the piece, asking “are we in nursery school?” In their Wednesday piece in The Wall Street Journal, the two former secretaries of...
  • School District Discriminates Against Pro-Life Clubs

    04/08/2015 5:14:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/08/2015 | Blake Neff
    Two students seeking to start school pro-life clubs in Fargo, North Dakota, are claiming they are victims of unconstitutional discrimination from officials opposed to their cause.According to a complaint letter sent by the Thomas More Society (TMS), a public interest law firm assisting the students, Brigid O’Keefe of Fargo North High School and Katie McPherson of Fargo Davies High School have each spent months attempting to establish pro-life clubs at their schools, to no avail. McPherson first applied to found a club in September 2014, while O’Keefe applied last February. Both had their applications declined, with O’Keefe saying she and other potential club members were...
  • 2 Kansas school districts to close early because of budgets

    04/03/2015 8:51:05 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    CONCORDIA Two school districts plan to end the academic year early to save money, citing financial pressures caused by reduced state aid for this academic year. The Concordia school district will release students May 15, rather than May 21. And the Twin Valley School District, which includes Bennington and Tescott, will dismiss May 8, rather than May 20. Concordia Superintendent Bev Mortimer said students have hugged her in thanks for the early release. “They remember me as the snow day lady,” she said. “We are popular with the kids but not the parents.” Kansas school districts are facing financial pressures...
  • Manatee school bus offers spring break lunch to hungry students

    03/31/2015 4:22:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Bradenton Herald (FL) ^ | March 31, 2015 | BY MEGHIN DELANEY
    PALMETTO -- Gripping a squirt bottle of hand sanitizer in her gloved hands, school food bus driver Debra Valdez called to four children shyly making their way toward the brightly colored school bus with mom pushing the youngest one forward. "Y'all ready to eat?" Valdez asked with a smile. The four children were the first of more than 70 students who ate a free lunch Tuesday courtesy of the Manatee County School District Food and Nutrition Services Department. The district retrofitted a school bus last summer to feed students and brought the program back for spring break this week. The...
  • How Parents are Stealing the Gift of the Mass from their Children

    03/27/2015 2:55:12 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 18 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 3/27/15 | Father Anthony Gerber
    A parish priest on the troubling news he's learned from kids in the confessional The Need for Questions in Lent Lent is a penitential season, a time of purification and of clarification: of being purified of our sins and of clarifying the roots of what has been keeping us from God in the first place. Purification and clarification can come about through the typical Lenten observances: prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. Fasting, for example, not only acts as an immediate purification of something (ie, a thing is taken away), but it can also clarify in that, as we are feeling the...
  • 54-Pound, 7-Year-Old Girl Sent Home from School with a Note Saying Her BMI Is Too High

    03/28/2015 4:33:21 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | march 27, 2015 | rick moran
    Kylee Moss, a 7-year-old-girl from Belton, Missouri, was sent home from school with a note to her mother saying that the 54-pound child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) was too high. Aside from the idiocy of using a discredited measurement for body fat, what are these administrators thinking? Obviously, they’re not. If they had two working brain cells, they would take one look at this kid and realize the stupidity of believing their “measurements.”
  • California Jewish school marks 8th grader’s gender transition

    03/27/2015 1:36:39 PM PDT · by Borges · 29 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 3/26/2015 | RENEE GHERT-ZAND
    Earlier this month, 13-year-old Tom Sosnik, wearing a tallit and holding a kiddush cup, marked a transition into manhood with a special ceremony at his Jewish day school. He wasn’t celebrating receiving a first prayer book or a first Bible, or graduating from one grade to another. He wasn’t really observing his bar mitzvah, either. In what was a decidedly nontraditional event, the short-haired teenager was publicly marking his gender transition from girl to boy
  • Are school surveys about gun ownership legal in NY?

    03/23/2015 2:26:28 PM PDT · by Dutch Boy · 50 replies
    self
    Is it legal in NY for a school to issue an "anonymous" survey to students asking about their family's gun ownership, access to firearms and other questions? This was given to my son today. I am furious about the intrusion, the manipulation of our children and the sliminess of how it was done. I am collecting information to formulate a response to the school. Anyone out there know if this kind of survey is even legal?
  • School cancels ‘American Pride’ themed prom after it’s deemed not ‘inclusive’

    03/23/2015 9:49:35 AM PDT · by Kyle Olson · 19 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 3/23/15 | Kyle Olson
    U.S. Sen. John McCain is running a “sponsored post” on Facebook with the intention of building support for a potential re-election campaign. While the intended audience is unclear, the paid post is boomeranging big time. “If I decide to stand for re-election to the United States Senate, I will give it everything I’ve got — and your continued support means a great deal to me. Please stand with me today,” the senator’s Facebook post reads.
  • Jewish School Evacuated in Paris on Anniversary of Toulouse Killings

    03/19/2015 6:33:55 PM PDT · by Nachum
    Algemainer Journal ^ | 3/19/15 | Chris Coffey
    A Jewish school in Paris was evacuated on Thursday — three years to the day after the brutal massacre at a Jewish school in Toulouse, French news website JSS News reported. The evacuation follows disturbing instances of increased antisemitic violence throughout France and Europe. Police searched the classrooms and common areas at the Ecole Alliance Gustave Leven in Paris using bomb-sniffing dogs. Though the report did not indicate whether the police found any explosives, sources did tell JSS News that it was a fairly serious threat. The evacuation at the French school occurred on the third anniversary of the horrific...
  • New [GAO] Report Finds ‘Palatability’ Problems, Higher Prices Led To School Lunch Decline

    03/19/2015 3:07:17 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 18, 2015 | Chuck Ross
    Federally-mandated changes to school lunches backed by first lady Michelle Obama helped cause an unprecedented drop in the number of students eating lunch, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO cited two factors stemming from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which caused a decrease in the number of children eating school lunch each day: school childrens’ issues with “palatability” and “federally-mandated” increases in the price of school lunches.
  • Broward Teacher Suspended for Alleged "Rag Head Taliban" Comment

    03/19/2015 8:39:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 3/17/15 | Keith Jones, Brian Hamacher
    A South Florida high school teacher who allegedly called a student a "rag head Taliban" was given a five-day suspension Tuesday. Maria Valdes, a teacher at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, won't be paid during her suspension, the Broward School Board said.
  • New Report Finds ‘Palatability’ Problems, Higher Prices Led To School Lunch Decline

    03/18/2015 1:56:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/18/15 | Chuck Ross
    Federally-mandated changes to school lunches backed by first lady Michelle Obama helped cause an unprecedented drop in the number of students eating lunch, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO cited two factors stemming from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which caused a decrease in the number of children eating school lunch each day: school childrens’ issues with “palatability” and “federally-mandated” increases in the price of school lunches. “Several factors likely influenced the recent decreases in lunch participation, and while the extent to which each factor affected participation is unclear, state and...
  • Virginia school suspends an 11-year-old for one year over a leaf that wasn’t marijuana

    Earlier this school year, a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School in Bedford, Virginia was suspended for one year after an assistant principal found something that looked like a marijuana leaf in his backpack. The student, the 11-year-old son of two school teachers, had to enroll in the district's alternative education program and be homeschooled. He was evaluated by a psychiatrist for substance abuse problems, and charged with marijuana possession in juvenile court. In the months since September, he's become withdrawn, depressed, and he suffers from panic attacks. He is worried his life is over, according to...
  • Not-pot leaf gets 6th-grader in big trouble (VA)

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

    03/11/2015 9:49:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Watchdog ^ | March 11, 2015 | Arthur Kane
    Denver Public Schools had four times the number of administrators as any other large metro area districts last year, and salaries and benefits for those staffers are $22 million more than the next largest metro district, Colorado Department of Education figures show. The teachers’ union president reviewed the data Watchdog.org obtained and said the nearly $68 million paid to DPS administrators would be better spent on students. “We need to be talking about keeping dollars closer to classroom when it comes to public education,” said Henry Roman, president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association. “Should they be putting the money...
  • Wall Street Journal Op-ed Supports Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco Schools Dispute

    03/09/2015 8:46:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    In an op-ed column published in the Wall Street Journal, Ryan Anderson and Leslie Ford of the Heritage Foundation defend San Francisco's Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone against his critics. The archbishop's new policy, barring Catholic-school teachers from public support of policies that contravene Church teachings, is not an infringement on the teachers' rights, the writers argue; it is bid to ensure that Catholic schools promote Catholic principles, and maintain their distinctive identity. "A Fight to Keep Catholic Schools Catholic" (Wall Street Journal)
  • NAACP fights DC-area immigrant-only schools

    03/05/2015 5:32:07 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 13 replies
    EAG News ^ | March 4, 2015 | VICTOR SKINNER
    The Prince George’s County branch of the NAACP is threatening to sue the local school district over a plan to start two schools for an influx of immigrants in recent years. “Segregation was eliminated back in 1954. When you have two schools that are designed to deal with one group based around basically language as the criteria for the schools, than that’s a form of discrimination,” Bob Ross, president of the local NAACP, told WAMU.org. “It’s not about force, it’s not about choice, it’s about the law,” he said. Ross is upset because a plan underway in Prince George’s County...