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  • House Republicans 'No Way' on Detroit School Choice Restrictions

    06/08/2016 11:59:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/6/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In supporting a $617 million bailout of the insolvent Detroit school district last week, Michigan House Republicans defied fierce political opposition by refusing to create a mayoral commission that could have restricted new charter schools in the city. Before the vote, there were allegations that Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan tried a power play to pressure charter school operators within the city to sign on to the Detroit Education Commission or become irrelevant. After House Bill 5384 was passed by a 55-53 vote, Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson accused House Republicans of taking money for their vote. Henderson...
  • President Obama’s War on Parents

    06/07/2016 11:38:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2016 | Jane Eobbins
    This piece is co-authored by Emmett McGroarty, senior fellow at American Principles Project.Narrowly viewed, the unlawful “guidance” letter issued by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, implicitly threatening schools that refuse to allow both sexes to access all restrooms, locker rooms, dormitories/sleeping quarters, and probably sports teams, represents a leftist assault on student privacy. But the attack is much broader than that, actually targeting fundamental realities on which human civilization is based. Rather than write a book on that subject, let’s focus on one strand that should especially disturb parents: The guidance is yet another in a long series...
  • High School Boy Wins All-State Honors In Girls Track And Field

    06/05/2016 10:22:50 AM PDT · by PROCON · 69 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | June 3, 2016 | Peter Hasson
    High school girls in Alaska are crying foul after a male sprinter took home all-state honors in girls’ track and field. According to local reports, it was the first time in Alaskan history that a male athlete competed in the girls’ state championships. Haines senior Nattaphon Wangyot advanced to the state finals in the 100-meter and 200-meter events. He won fifth place in the 100-meter dash and third place in the 200-meter. In both events, he competed against girls as young as ninth grade. One of the girls Wangyot beat out for a slot at the state meet, Hutchison runner...
  • Philadelphia Leads Movement to Add Muslim Holidays to School Calendar

    06/01/2016 6:21:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Tribune News Service ^ | 6/1/16 | Tricia L. Nadolny
    The Philadelphia School District will add two Muslim holidays to its calendar, placing it among the first in the nation to do so. In what would be an even rarer step, Mayor Kenney said Tuesday he also hopes to adopt the holidays for city workers. He has created a task force to determine how the change can be accomplished. A spokesman from the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington said his group is not aware of any cities that have included the holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, in their municipal calendars. "Philadelphia's history is based on being a place...
  • Parents livid over math quiz about knocking up female gang members, pimping hos and counting 8 balls

    06/01/2016 12:06:45 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 54 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | June 1, 2016 | Postmedia Network
    "Tyrone knocked up 4 girls in the gang. There are 20 girls in his gang. What is the exact percentage of girls Tyrone knocked up?" "Leroy has 2 ounces of cocaine. If he sells an 8 ball to Antonio for $320 and 2 grams to Juan for $85 per gram, what is the street value of the rest of his hold?" These are a couple of gang-related math questions that appeared on a Grade 8 test in Alabama. Others included references to hos and ammunition. Some of the students thought the questions were funny. But their parents weren't laughing. "I...
  • What the dead can teach us about cowardice and weakness

    05/31/2016 7:21:31 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 2 replies
    Australian Christian Lobby ^ | June 1, 2016 | Lyle Shelton (Australian Christian Lobby)
    "Changing the definition of marriage to entrench motherless and fatherlessness in public policy and teaching our kids their gender is fluid should be opposed...The cowardice and weakness of Australia's 'gatekeepers' is causing unthinkable things to happen, just as unthinkable things happened in Germany in the 1930s." Mr Shelton began the post by declaring he loved to read obituaries in The Economist, specifically one published last week on the late German-born historian Fritz Stern. According to the obituary, Stern argued the rise of Adolf Hitler owed less to the Fuhrer's personality cult and more to the failure of Germany's 'gatekeepers' to...
  • Detroit Public Schools' Collapse Preceded Charter School Expansion

    05/27/2016 10:19:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/25/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The James & Grace Lee Boggs School is a charter school in Detroit that opened in 2013, one of 25 that have opened since 2011. That was the year a statewide cap on the number of charters was repealed by the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder. The 108 K-6 students at Boggs scored well enough on standardized state tests in 2015 to place it among the 20 best Detroit public schools, including charter and district-run schools. Just 1.5 miles from Boggs is the Detroit school district’s Spain Elementary-Middle School, with 438 students. In 2015, its students scored much lower on...
  • Dad pulls kids out of Howell school so they don't have to share restroom with transgender classmate

    05/26/2016 4:51:19 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 46 replies
    WXYZ ^ | 5-26-2016
    It is a story that started when one dad asked his three sons who attend Southwest Elementary School in Howell a routine question: How was school today?“My son informed me there was a girl in the bathroom with him and the other kids in his class,” said Matt Stewart.He called the school. He asked why he wasn’t given warning that there was a transgender child in the school, why parents didn’t have a say on school policy, and what the options were to protect the privacy of his son.Stewart didn’t like the answers. He and his wife then decided to...
  • Transgender Teacher Gets $60k After Co-Workers Won’t Call Her ‘They’

    05/24/2016 8:21:50 AM PDT · by PROCON · 97 replies
    dailycaller ^ | May 23, 2016 | Blake Neff
    A “transmasculine” teacher at an Oregon elementary school has been awarded $60,000 by her school district as compensation for harassment she claims to have suffered on the job, including being referred to by the wrong pronoun. According to The Oregonian, Leo Soell was born a woman, but now prefers to identify as “transmasculine” and “genderqueer,” meaning she does not consider herself to be male or female. After getting breast cancer in late 2014, she had her breasts amputated to create a more masculine appearance and changed her name to Leo. Once she returned from medical school in May, 2015, Soell...
  • Russian schools in push to give students army training

    05/23/2016 10:08:05 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 31 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 20 May 2016 Share
    Schoolchildren in Russia will soon be taught a variety of military skills such as maintaining firearms as part of a new drive by the country's defence ministry. ...snip.... It will include things like assembling assault rifles, shooting and parachute jumping, but also theoretical subjects such as military history and tactics, the Gazeta.ru news website reports, quoting defence ministry officia
  • Detroit Schools Transition Chief Says: Restrict Charter Schools in City

    05/20/2016 12:16:19 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/18/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The man Gov. Rick Snyder asked to oversee a governance transition in Detroit Public Schools said that limiting charter schools in the city will be a key to reforming the troubled school district. As a federal judge, Steven Rhodes presided over the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy. Now in retirement from the judiciary, he made the statements about limiting charters in a TV interview, as reported by The Detroit News. Rhodes said he favors limiting parental choice through a proposed Detroit Education Commission. Rhodes’ comments come as school choice advocates already fear that Detroit’s Democratic political establishment is stacking the deck...
  • Portland school board bans climate change-denying materials

    05/20/2016 7:04:44 AM PDT · by Twotone · 31 replies
    Pamplin Media Group ^ | May 19, 2016 | Shasta Kearns Moore
    In a move spearheaded by environmentalists, the Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in schools. “It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” said Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux in board testimony. “Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.”
  • Protest Suggestion on Facebook: Take Kids Out of School 1 Day to Protest Hussein's Diktat

    05/19/2016 12:54:55 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    5/19/16 | sff
    I saw this suggestion by someone who is concerned, apparently, about kids...
  • Follow the deterioration of our culture and educational system for the 63 Years from 1957-2020

    05/17/2016 9:00:11 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/17/16 | unknown author
    For those who continue to wonder how the most powerful, most productive, most envied and most successful nation in history can be one short step from the 3rd class status of a Marxist dictatorship. 1. Teaching Math in 1950s A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit? 2. Teaching Math in 1960s A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit? 3. Teaching Math in 1970s A logger sells a truckload...
  • Texas to blackmailing Obama: Maybe you can just keep your federal funds

    05/16/2016 7:04:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 54 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/16/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Gauntlet thrown Surely you heard this past weekend about the Obama threat to withhold federal education funds from states who don’t immediately embrace Obama’s transgender bathroom policies. The current shell game of collecting money through the IRS and then sending it back to the states in the form of federal aid is merely a way for the federal government to dictate to the state how they must operate. It’s certainly not a new phenomenon, either. Remember the nationwide 55-mile-per-hour speed limit? That was never a law passed by Congress. It as a gambit of Jimmy Carter to deny federal highway...
  • ‘Bathroom Barry’s’ Real Legacy

    05/14/2016 9:18:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/14/16 | Judi McLeod
    "It's a girl!" "It's a Boy!" will be replaced by "It's a transgender!" ‘Bathroom Barry’ is no longer just a figment of overworked imagination. Barack-aka-Barry-Soetoro-Obama has gone into the school washroom and he’s never coming out again. This latest invasion on the safety and privacy of innocent school children, came hurtling at their parents in the middle of the night.
  • Chicago Students Now Required To Adopt Transgender Newspeak

    05/13/2016 9:58:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 12, 2016 | Peter Hasson
    Under a new set of guidelines rolled out last week by Chicago public schools, children will now be required to address transgender students and employees by their preferred name and pronouns — or face the consequences. Transgender students and employees can choose their preferred bathroom, locker room, name and pronouns, and everyone else is required to affirm the individual’s new identity, according to the guidelines.
  • Detroit Charters Face All of the Obstacles of Detroit Public Schools – And Overcome Them

    05/12/2016 12:19:06 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/9/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    In recent months, Detroit Public Schools has been rife with turmoil: districtwide teacher sickouts, sensational pictures of widespread deplorable building conditions, an employee kickback scandal, reports of misappropriated federal funds, and now … more sickouts. While unions and bureaucrats in the debt-ridden district wrangle over adult issues, costing DPS students thousands of hours in learning time, the city’s 100 charter campuses have pressed ahead uninterrupted with the business of educating students. They represent a broad range of quality, but on average provide students with an additional two to three months of important learning gains, according to the best research. National...
  • House Dems to Detroit Parents: No New Charter Schools For You

    05/11/2016 7:22:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/9/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In the debate about a state bailout for the Detroit school district, the greatest divide may be the future of charter schools in the city. Democratic lawmakers have often shown a bias against charter schools, and did so again this week. Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores, proposed an amendment to a bailout bill (House Bill 5384) that may effectively ban new or expanded charter schools in the city of Detroit. A charter authorizer would be required to overcome a new layer of red tape. Specifically, authorizers would have to get a determination by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction...
  • Trump’s Education Legacy: A Rise in School Bullying? New Teacher Survey Shows Election’s Dark Impact

    05/10/2016 8:20:32 AM PDT · by bkopto · 46 replies
    The 74 ^ | Apr 21, 2016 | CAROLYN PHENICIE
    he 2016 presidential campaign has hardly lived up to the ideal of a civil exchange of ideas facilitating a peaceful democracy. But a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center suggests that the acrimony from the campaign trail may be having a broader, negative effect on society — particularly in American schools. An online survey of 2,000 educators – one that the center notes wasn’t scientific – found half saying they witnessed an increase in “uncivil political discourse” during the 2016 campaign. Two-thirds of respondents said their students – particularly Muslims, immigrants and children of immigrants – openly expressed...
  • Lunchroom Lunacy: ISD cops investigate $2 bill spent on school lunch

    05/03/2016 7:46:08 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 75 replies
    ABC-13 ^ | Ted Oberg and Trent Seibert
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- When you think of felony forgery your thoughts might turn to Al Capone or Bonnie and Clyde shooting it out with the Texas Rangers. Not for some local school cops. For one day, public enemy number one when it came to forgery was 13-year-old eighth grader Danesiah Neal at Fort Bend Independent School District's Christa McAuliffe Middle School. Now 14, Daneisha was hoping to eat that day's lunch of chicken tenders with her classmates using a $2 bill given to her by her grandmother when she was stopped by the long arm of the law. "I went...
  • Teachers Get RAISES, Schools FLOURISHING After Scott Walker Kicks Out Unions

    05/03/2016 6:24:22 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    The Federalist Papers ^ | 5/3/2016 | Robert Gehl
    If they care more about students than teachers’ unions, every school district in the country needs to pay attention to this: When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gave the boot to teachers’ unions, liberals predicted a disaster of apocalyptic proportions: Teachers quitting, slack-jawed, uneducated students meandering down vacant downtowns that closed shop. It turns out, though, that Walker’s “Act 10” may have been the best thing to happen to schools and teachers in decades. That’s because not only is teacher pay up for the best students, but without burdensome union rules, school administrators are empowered to make real changes they need...
  • Czar-Like Detroit Education Commission Part of Establishment's 'War on Charters'

    05/03/2016 1:55:29 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/1/2016 | Tom Gantert
    At the heart of the current debate over the future of public schooling in Detroit is a proposed entity called the Detroit Education Commission, various forms of which appear in different proposals. The most recent version is included in a Detroit Public Schools bailout bill passed by the state Senate. Half the Republicans and all but three of the Democrats in the Michigan Senate voted to approve a seven-member commission appointed by the Detroit mayor. Among its powers, the commission would be able to veto any new public school from opening in the city. Critics say the veto would apply...
  • Mayor Approved Ban on Selling Closed Detroit Schools to Charters

    04/26/2016 10:51:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/23/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In 2014 the Detroit City Council passed and Mayor Michael Duggan approved a resolution that banned the city from selling any one of 53 closed Detroit school district school buildings to a public charter school for a period of five years. The action raises questions about the mayor's impartiality in a plan recently approved by the state Senate. The plan would give Duggan a key role in whether school choice in the form of charters keeps expanding in Detroit or becomes a dwindling remnant. The resolution was part of a deal the city made with Detroit Public Schools to forgive...
  • Minnesota school district restores prayer in schools [But there's a catch...]

    04/13/2016 9:40:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/13/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Do you think the ACLU will be suing any time soon?  Because there’s a catch.  Brendan of Supreme Patriot noticed something: Buried deep in a PBS article about how the St. Cloud, Minn., school district is accommodating a large Somali population was a telling example of religious bias. While public schools have appropriately been barred from leading students in corporate Christian prayer, this district is going out of its way to satisfy the desires of the Muslim community. PBS approvingly writes: In St. Cloud’s middle and high schools, the district allows prayer time for students, including Muslim students, as...
  • NJ School Board Votes to Adopt Transgender Bathroom Policy

    04/12/2016 2:49:50 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    A northern New Jersey school district has voted to adopt a policy allowing transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity. The Pascack Valley Regional High School District voted 6-1 to pass a policy they say is designed to protect transgender students' rights. The district said the policy is needed to comply with anti-discrimination laws.
  • A Hopeful Vision for Education in Detroit

    04/12/2016 7:27:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/9/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts concerning the challenging state of education in Detroit. Since its inception the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has advocated policy solutions that expand freedom to help improve the quality of life for all Michigan residents. In this case, the residents are thousands of Detroit Public Schools students, who are receiving an inferior education that will not prepare them adequately for life and career. Many are crying out for something better. They need to see hope. There are challenges and constraints within the political process, not to mention the other obstacles that...
  • Clarice Feldman: The War On Women Moves to Restrooms

    04/10/2016 10:48:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 75 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 10, 2016 | Clarice Feldman
    To accommodate the perceived wishes of a very small number of people, the federal government and many states are placing women and girls at risk of rape and assault in restrooms. There are about a mere 700,000 transgender individuals in the U.S., or 0.3% of the adult population. As John Hinderaker correctly notes -- that makes them almost as rare as unicorns. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that allowing men who decide they really want to be women to use women’s restrooms is a dangerous idea: not to the wise men of Charlotte, North Carolina who passed an...
  • Police: Beaumont teacher arrested after video shows her slapping student

    04/10/2016 2:15:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 9, 2016 | Connor Mannion
    Beaumont police say a teacher was arrested Friday after video on Twitter showed her slapping a student on the head. [Snip] Hastings was arrested and charged with assault. She has been released on bail at this time. Ozen High School has placed Hastings on administrative leave, and the school district has released this statement:
  • Four Questions About the Detroit Public Schools Plan

    04/04/2016 8:55:16 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/1/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Michigan Senate passed a package of bills that would rescue Detroit Public Schools financially. Among other things, it includes $48.7 million to keep the insolvent district afloat until the end of the current school year, which is considered a down payment on a larger bailout that includes $515 million in debt forgiveness and another $202 million for transition costs. The debt forgiveness is not the most controversial part of the package; the state is already on the hook for this money and the district has no way to repay it. A more contentious part of the rescue plan is...
  • How School Rankings Aggravate Social Tensions

    04/01/2016 6:36:52 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/29/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Department of Education’s refusal to incorporate students’ economic backgrounds into how it ranks school districts plays a role in a controversial discussion about a rise in the percentage of minority students in a western Michigan school district. The Holland Sentinel recently did a story that said that giving parents the freedom to choose where to send their children has “fragmented” Holland Public Schools in terms of the racial makeup of its students. The story quotes Superintendent Brian Davis as saying his district is like an urban district in a suburban community. The article cites population data that shows...
  • A Teacher’s First Encounter with Gay Activism

    03/30/2016 3:56:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 30, 2016 | TOM MCLAUGHLIN
    Homosexuality became an issue early in my teaching career with the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, which coincided with my return to the classroom from an administrative position in 1979. The outbreak was a major news story and I covered it in the current events portion of my classes. We had only one nurse for six schools in our Fryeburg, Maine district and she asked if she could come into my social studies classes so we could teach sex education together. She believed my presence would make it easier on the boys. She was a conservative, Catholic woman and...
  • Why should Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen operate charter schools on U.S. Military bases?

    03/31/2016 9:53:04 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2016 | By Robert R. Amsterdam
    Aside from defrauding American taxpayers, the Gülen organization has an even more ominous objective in the United States. The organization is one of the country’s largest recipients of H1-B “specialty occupation” visas, which it uses to import Turkish teachers into its charter schools, supposedly because local U.S. talent is not available to fill math and science teaching positions in its charter schools. The Gülen organization illegally threatens to revoke these visas unless the Turkish teachers agree to kick back part of their salary to the organization. More importantly, the Turkish teachers in Gülen organization charter schools are evaluated not on...
  • Why should Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen operate charter schools on U.S. Military bases?

    03/31/2016 12:39:57 PM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2016 | Robert R. Amsterdam
    A secretive Islamic movement is trying to infiltrate the U.S. military by establishing and operating publicly-funded charter schools targeted toward children of American service personnel. That charge may sound like a conspiracy theory from the lunatic fringe, but it is real and it is happening right now. The most immediate threat is in Nevada, where Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas (CASLV) is currently negotiating with the United States Air Force to locate a charter school at Nellis Air Force Base, with classes starting this fall. What is not widely known is that CASLV is part of a nationwide organization...
  • Republican Senate Bails Out Detroit Schools, Rations School Choice

    03/30/2016 8:41:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/26/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate made this past Tuesday “a bad day” for school choice in the city of Detroit, according to one education insider. By a 21-16 vote, the body passed Senate Bill 710, part of a Detroit schools bailout and governance package that among other things gave the insolvent district a $300 million line of credit with the state. That was not controversial, but provisions establishing the nature of public education in Detroit are, especially their consequences for future school choice efforts in the city. “This was a bad day for parents and students, as we...
  • Fact-Checking Teacher Union Math on Detroit Schools

    03/30/2016 6:17:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/24/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook recently chimed in with the union’s views on what to do with the insolvent and academically failing Detroit Public Schools. Detroit teachers are actually represented by a different union, but the MEA is still the state’s largest and most influential teachers union. Some of Cook’s claims deserve a closer look: The state is to blame for all of the DPS debt Cook wrote: “A state House plan seeks to pay the DPS debt incurred under state control.” In November 2005, voters elected a new Detroit school board to replace a committee the Legislature had...
  • How one Minnesota school district handles a rising immigrant population (Islam)

    03/25/2016 1:21:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PBS Newshour's The Rundown ^ | March 23, 2016 | Corey Mitchell
    Bishar Hassan spends his days navigating the halls and classrooms of Talahi Elementary School, working to embrace and empower the dozens of Somali students who have arrived since the start of the year. Across town, his brother, Ahmed Hassan, fills a similar role at Discovery Community School, another campus that has experienced a recent surge in enrollment of Somali students. The Hassan brothers are part of a growing community of Somali residents in this central Minnesota city of 65,000. The recent influx of immigrant students is nothing new in the St. Cloud school district, where English-language-learner enrollment has spiked by...
  • Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation

    03/23/2016 7:30:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/20/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    A new national report further undercuts the case for creating a politically appointed commission to dictate school enrollment decisions across the Motor City. The Detroit Education Commission has been touted as part of the solution to rescue a failing education system. Proponents want to give the commission jurisdiction over all public schools within the city, including the ability to close charters it deems unsuccessful. In effect, the new governmental body would be empowered to take away options parents believe to be safer or otherwise better for their children. On March 7, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan pitched the idea of a...
  • 'Reckless Expansion' of Charter Schools? Not Quite

    03/22/2016 11:08:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/20/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The current school year marks only the second time that there has been no increase in the number of charter schools in Michigan since the state enacted its law governing charter schools 22 years ago. The Legislature removed an artificial cap on the number of charters in 2011. A brief surge in charter schools followed, with 298 operating by the 2013-14 school year. But since then, there has only been a net gain of four charter schools, bringing the total to the current figure of 302. The growth process has been more dynamic than the raw numbers suggest, however, because...
  • Charter School Critics: Accountability For Thee But Not For Me

    03/21/2016 9:51:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/22/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Last year, no fifth-graders at Detroit’s Gardner Elementary School scored proficient on a statewide math test. No fifth-graders scored proficient in social studies, and no fourth-grade student was proficient in science. Those dismal testing results were nothing new for the troubled elementary school. Since 2010, Gardner, a conventional district school, has been ranked by the state in the bottom five percent of all Michigan public schools. This record of ongoing failure is not unique, but it does put a spotlight on one disconnect in the current critique of charter schools in this state. The public school establishment and the media...
  • Why Can't Detroit Go to all Charter Schools Like New Orleans?

    03/18/2016 5:13:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2016 | Tom Gantert
    On a Sunday news show in 2010, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan caused a minor controversy by calling Hurricane Katrina the “best thing” to happen to New Orleans public schools. "This is a tough thing to say, but let me be really honest,” Duncan said. ”I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina. That education system was a disaster, and it took Hurricane Katrina to wake up the community to say that 'We have to do better.' " After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans transformed its public education into an all-charter school...
  • First-Grade Teachers In Durham Enroll Kids In Black Lives Matter March

    03/17/2016 11:31:27 AM PDT · by PROCON · 43 replies
    dailycaller ^ | March 16, 2016 | Robert Mihaly
    Central Park School for Children in Durham, North Carolina has enrolled grade-school students in a “Black Lives March and Rally” scheduled for March 17, 2016. The teachers can opt-in or opt-out their classes, but parents have not been given a choice.Stef Bernal-Martinez, a teacher of 6-year-old children, signed up all the children in her class for a “Black Lives March and Rally” to take place during the school day, at the city’s downtown Central Park and Farmer’s Market. Ms. Bernal-Martinez describes herself as a “Radical Queer Progressive Educator” and “white-passing Xicana.” The event, like the Black Lives Matter movement itself,...
  • Lesbian Professor Cold-Cocked HER OWN FACE Then Swore Random Guy Beat Her Up At Toby Keith Concert

    03/12/2016 9:28:36 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 64 replies
    A gay Central Michigan University professor has pleaded guilty for falsely claiming that a random guy at a Toby Keith concert called her a “cross-dressing fag,” punched her in the face and spat on her. Advertisement The professor, Mari Poindexter, had alleged that the man approached her at the Aug. 19 concert at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, Mich., reports The Morning Sun, a local newspaper. Advertisement The man began hurling a rich tapestry of obscene slurs at Poindexter, she told police. Advertisement Later that night, the professor said, the same man ambushed her in the...
  • Cherry-Picking Charter Data Leads to Wrong Conclusions

    03/10/2016 10:01:57 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/8/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City is more than four months away, but when it comes to the record of charter schools, Education Trust-Midwest has started picking early. Ed Trust tried to stake a claim in the debate about Michigan's lackluster educational performance by aiming squarely at a small sector of public education: charter schools. It's appropriate to have a discussion about what more charter schools could do to help drive improvements. And reasonable observers can express frustration that charters haven't raised the bar high enough. But to argue that Michigan charters are doing worse than other public schools...
  • CPS tells principals it lacks the cash to get through this year ( Chicago )

    03/10/2016 6:28:50 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 10, 2016 | Juan Perez Jr.
    Chcago Public Schools officials told principals on Wednesday that the district is "short of the necessary cash for the remainder of the school year" partly because of a pension payment of nearly $700 million due this summer. ... Last month, principals had to absorb $26 million in midyear budget cuts to district-operated schools. Principals tapped internal accounts, cut planned technology and textbook purchases and didn't fill vacant positions to avert layoffs. On Wednesday, principals were told to hold off on $45 million budgeted for "non-personnel" expenses. The district said it wants to save another $10 million through a limit on...
  • Here’s Where Teachers Get the Highest Pay in Michigan

    03/10/2016 7:50:53 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/5/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Teachers in Farmington Public Schools are paid more than $83,000 per year on average, giving the metro Detroit district the state’s highest paid educators, according to an annual report from the Michigan Department of Education. The top 10 districts with the highest teacher salaries are: Farmington: $83,903 Walled Lake: $80,058 Warren Consolidated: $78,866 Livonia: $78,183 Wyandotte: $78,044 Utica: $77,435 Centerline: $77,118 Allen Park: $76,531 Birmingham: $75,846 Grosse Pointe: $74,824 The list comes with a footnote, however: In analyzing this state's compilation of school district pay in recent years, Michigan Capitol Confidential has found a number of errors. For example, Flint...
  • DOJ Announces New Effort to 'Promote Religious Freedom' in the Nation's Schools

    03/09/2016 11:47:45 AM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | March 9, 2016 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Under the banner of civil rights enforcement, the U.S. Justice Department plans to "promote religious freedom" in the nation's public schools by cracking down on discrimination and bullying, especially as it may affect Muslims. The new enforcement effort announced on Tuesday will "expand" DOJ's ability to investigate and prosecute complaints; lead community outreach; and develop guidance for federal prosecutors. Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, said one goal of the new initiative is to promote religious pluralism and create safe, supportive and inclusive schools for all children.
  • Use a Charter School Board to Reorganize Detroit Public Schools

    03/08/2016 4:52:14 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/3/2016 | Greg Harris
    The Michigan Legislature will soon begin debating in full the future of Detroit schools. The governor and the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren have introduced new strategies to address the vicious cycle of poor academics and spiraling debt. Unfortunately, both plans carry significant tabs and cling to the notion that a unified school district central office needs to govern all schools. In Detroit, large governing entities have little to show in terms of results, with histories of pay to play and excessive compensation for top executives. A conservative governor and a conservative-majority Legislature should actually consider taking a...
  • Public Schools Get More Money than Ever to Cover Operations

    03/07/2016 12:23:32 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/2/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan’s K-12 public schools received more dollars per student last year than any time during the previous 18 years, according to a report recently released by the Michigan Department of Education. The figures refer to funding for day-to-day operations, not revenue from property taxes dedicated to repaying debt on buildings and capital improvements. The information is compiled in an annual report, "Bulletin 1014," that shows the average school district received $9,457 for operations in the 2014-15 school year. That's the highest level since the state began posting this information in the 1997-98 school year. The MDE report tracks local, state...
  • Poor Cities Don't Equal Underfunded Public Schools

    03/07/2016 10:05:39 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/2/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Rick Joseph, the 2016 Michigan Teacher of the Year from Birmingham Public Schools, wrote a column for Bridge Magazine in which he cited funding as one of the big problems facing Detroit Public Schools. Joseph cited poverty as another factor that has an impact on school performance. The Michigan Department of Education doesn't factor in a student's economic background when evaluating student achievement. School rankings published by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy do adjust for student backgrounds, however, as do similar ones from the Center for Michigan, which publishes Bridge Magazine. The Birmingham teacher also wrote about the important...