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  • DC Devotes $29K per Student Each Year. What if Parents Controlled That Money?

    02/12/2016 12:45:02 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 2/12/16 | Mary Clare Reim
    Washington, D.C., public schools consistently underperform relative to the rest of the country, while having the highest per-pupil revenue in the nation. D.C. revenue exceeds $29,000 per pupil every year, while graduation rates hover at about 64 percent and only one-third of its fourth-graders read at a proficient level. Clearly the "spend more" model has not been working for the families of Washington, D.C.
  • Anti-Semitism found to be rampant in Dutch schools

    02/08/2016 4:34:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 2/8/2016, 8:21 PM | Cynthia Blank
    Anti-Semitism is a troubling phenomenon in many Dutch schools and especially among Muslim students, a new government-commissioned report has found, JTA reports. The 55-page report, entitled "Two Worlds, Two Realities - How Do You Deal with It as a Teacher" was published last week by Dutch-Jewish journalist Margalith Kleijwegt at the Dutch Ministry of Education's request. [...] One female high-school teacher in Amsterdam recounted to Kleijwegt an incident in which a female student of Moroccan descent stood up and pronounced: "If I had a Kalashnikov [assault rifle], I'd gun down all the Jews." ...
  • Condom-Nation Hits Middle Schools

    02/07/2016 5:40:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    The San Francisco Unified School District's board is poised to expand its Condom Availability Program for high school students into middle schools. The school district no longer offers Algebra I as an eighth-grade course -- Algebra I has been folded into a two-year, eighth-grade and ninth-grade class that is supposed to be more comprehensive. But the board is ready to bring a high school program to middle school by handing out condoms to sixth-graders. What could possibly go wrong? Superintendent Richard Carranza backs the proposal to distribute condoms to middle schoolers "in conjunction with a session with a school nurse...
  • Rural Wagoner County school district looks to deter violence with guns, signs (Armed Teachers!)

    02/04/2016 4:36:06 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 4 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 2/4/2016 | Rhett Morgan
    OKAY — A rural school district in Wagoner County has taken up arms in an effort to deter school violence. Okay Public Schools erected four signs on campus this week, warning visitors bent on breaking the law that they might want to think otherwise. “Having a sign in your front yard saying ‘this is a gun-free zone’ just tells the idiots, “Come on in,” because we can’t defend ourselves,” Superintendent Charles McMahan said Wednesday in a telephone interview. “(Okay’s) sign might be enough to send somebody down the road looking for some other soft target. If that’s what it does,...
  • US Marine vet sues high school, claiming daughter was all but forced to convert to Islam

    01/30/2016 7:02:48 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 71 replies
    Biz PAC ^ | 1/30/2016 | Tom Tillison
    The parents of a Maryland teenager are suing their daughter's high school over a world history lesson they claim was little more than Islamic indoctrination. The Thomas More Law Center filed a lawsuit against La Plata High School on behalf of John and Melissa Wood, claiming the lesson favored a "sugar-coated version of Islam" over other religions and forced their 16-year-old child "to disparage her Christian faith," according to the law firm. The parents said the class spent one day on Christianity, followed by two weeks on Islam. And the 11th grader was "forced to profess and to write out...
  • Hit Rewind: Union Trots Out False 'School Cuts' Claim (Again)

    01/29/2016 1:12:18 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/28/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The president of the Detroit Public School teachers union made what has now become a clichéd and erroneous claim when she said the state has been cutting money to state education. Ivy Bailey, the interim president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, wrote in a Jan. 15 column that appeared in The Center for Michigan’s Bridge magazine: "State lottery money for education just replaces (but doesn’t add to) state education funding. The state has been cutting school funding for years." ForTheRecord says: State funding for K-12 schools has increased every year under Gov. Rick Snyder. And the state lottery is...
  • Education 'Adequacy Study' Means 'Give Us More Money'

    01/29/2016 6:45:08 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/25/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    Some Michigan officials are preparing to tell us how many more dollars ought to be poured into the state’s K-12 school system. They expect to have an official report in hand soon to make their case, but other recently released numbers raise some tough questions. On last week’s edition of “Off the Record,” Michigan Association of School Administrators Executive Director Chris Wigent confidently declared that his group is “very, very optimistic” about forthcoming results from the state’s adequacy study. Wigent prefaced his optimistic assertion by noting that Michigan’s “current funding system is just broken.” There may be flaws in the...
  • Obama’s Hug-A-Thug Policies Backfire In NYC, St. Paul Schools

    01/28/2016 5:06:19 PM PST · by PROCON · 16 replies
    investors.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2016 | Editorials
    Education: As serious crimes in schools soar, teachers unions in New York and other cities are pushing back against new softer student conduct codes inspired by the president's national anti-discipline strategy. New York public schools are dealing with escalating classroom chaos after adopting minority-friendly discipline policies that the Education Department pushed to close so-called "racial disparities" in suspensions and expulsions. Educrats have been threatening school districts with lawsuits and funding cuts wherever if finds disparities. High-school kids are getting "warning cards" for offenses that normally would result in a criminal summons and suspension, such as drug possession and disorderly conduct.
  • Teacher Conducts Racial Experiment on First-Graders -

    01/27/2016 5:38:15 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 16 replies
    Patriot News Daily ^ | 1/25/2016 | Admin
    A teacher in Minneola, Florida is under fire for a lesson in racism she gave to students returning from the Martin Luther King holiday. The teacher, who works at a charter school called Minneola Elementary, conducted a social experiment meant to show her children the dangers of discrimination. One problem: The kids are only in the first grade. Second problem: She didn't clear the lesson with administrators. Third problem: She didn't notify parents until after the lesson had taken place. This trio of problems has her in hot water with parents, to say nothing of Principal Sherry Watts. Watts said...
  • Group Seeks to Press Tesla Sales Issue in Lansing

    01/25/2016 10:35:52 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/19/2016 | Jack Spencer
    Under current law, direct-to-consumer sales of motor vehicles are prohibited in Michigan. According to the staff of the Federal Trade Commission, the law, dubbed the "anti-Tesla law" by some, is anti-competitive. Gov. Rick Snyder has said he would welcome a debate on the issue, and a new coalition has entered the fray. A group called the Freedom to Buy coalition is pressing for that debate. “We’re going to be having some conversations with folks,” said Jeff Timmer, the group's spokesman. “We’re going to be talking about this law and what’s going on. The governor has said that he’d like to...
  • Why I advised Brighton College over its 'trans uniforms'. All schools should follow suit

    01/21/2016 12:56:46 PM PST · by PROCON · 54 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Jan. 21, 2016 | Sophie Cook
    This morning, I stood in front of hundreds of Brighton College pupils in assembly and spoke about the experience of being a trans woman. In the past few days, they've found their school suddenly the focus of press interest, after headteacher Richard Cairns scrapped traditional male and female uniforms to accommodate the needs of transgender children. He made the decision to offer all pupils the option of trousers or a skirt, so that children with gender dysphoria can dress as the gender they feel they really are, rather than the one they were born into. Mr Cairns explained to me...
  • Students Boycott High School’s Required ‘Racial Identity’ Day

    01/21/2016 9:12:37 AM PST · by detective · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jan 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    At least one thousand students skipped New Trier High School's mandatory day of "racial identity" classes on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The suburban Chicago high school, which ranks among the top public high schools in the country, held class on the public holiday, and scheduled seminars on "systemic racism" that sought to increase students' awareness "of their own racial identities and the identities of others." But students stayed away in droves.
  • Detroit School Bailout Jeopardized by Teacher Sickouts

    01/21/2016 5:01:42 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/16/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A series of sickouts orchestrated by Detroit Public School teachers that has closed 83 schools since Dec. 10 is jeopardizing the chances of a bailout being approved by the Legislature, according to some Republican lawmakers. The sickouts, which have impacted more than 34,000 students, come as the Legislature is being asked to approve Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan for a $715 million bailout of Detroit Public Schools. Snyder’s proposal needs legislative approval. “The timeliness of it (sickouts) is rather unfortunate, because we are right in the middle of addressing the governor’s proposal,” said Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “It is going to...
  • Detroit District Teachers Stage Sickout; Charter Teachers Go to Work

    01/20/2016 7:40:11 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/14/2016 | Tom Gantert
    While more than 6,000 children in Detroit Public Schools have recently been shut out of their classrooms because teachers are staging sickout strikes, charter school students can still attend their classes. “It’s a shame that children in Detroit are being used as political pawns by the adults,” said Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, the state's association of public charter schools. “Thousands of students are being kept out of class because of these selfish actions, and parents should be furious. This isn’t happening at charter schools, and it’s no surprise that charter schools are as...
  • Islamist running 140 tax-funded charter schools in U.S.

    01/17/2016 3:54:50 PM PST · by amorphous · 22 replies
    WND ^ | 17 Jan 2016 | Leo Hohmann
    Muhammad Fethullah Gulen is a Turkish Islamist, writer and preacher with a secret plan for bringing Shariah law to America. Arguably Turkey's most influential spiritual leader of the past 50 years, Gulen left that country in the late 1990s and now directs his cult-like Islamic movement from a guarded compound in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Part of his empire consists of a thriving network of more than 140 charter schools in 26 states that sell themselves to parents as a secular and more academically rigorous alternative to public schools. As the second largest chain of charter schools in the...
  • Should Houston’s Lanier Middle School Lose Its Name Because Of Confederate Ties?

    01/14/2016 10:13:43 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 3 replies
    Texas Monthly ^ | January 14, 2016 | John Nova Lomax
    In the aftermath of last year's Dylann Roof massacre, Houston once again confronted its Confederate past. There were calls to remove certain statues from city parks, to rechristen certain streets, and to rename several schools dubbed after Confederate leaders. As of late last year, that list of educational institutions was comprised of high schools bearing the names of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, postmaster general John Reagan, and top commander of the Confederate Army Robert E. Lee. Also on the list were middle schools named after rebel generals Stonewall Jackson, Texan Albert Sidney Johnston, and Dick Dowling, the Irish-born Houstonian whose...
  • Miami-Dade Schools Want Federal Support to Educate Cuban Refugees

    01/14/2016 2:15:04 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 01/13/16 | Ari Odzer
    The Miami-Dade County School Board is asking for federal support to educate the thousands of Cuban refugee students expected to arrive in South Florida. About 8,000 Cuban refugees have made it to Costa Rica and are on their way to the U.S., and many of their kids will end up in Miami-Dade public schools. "the time is now for the federal government to take action," Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Albert Carvalho said Wednesday. Already this school year, more than 13,000 immigrant children have enrolled and Carvalho is expecting up to 20,000 before the school year is over. Each one of those...
  • Put Parents in the Drivers Seat of Detroit School Reform

    01/14/2016 7:31:41 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/4/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    As Detroit’s public school system spirals toward insolvency and Michigan political leaders talk of bailouts and whether the district should remain under state receivership, one key group remains largely voiceless: parents of the Detroit children whose futures depend on having access to quality schools, regardless of what political entity operates them. Parents’ voices do occasionally break through, however, with priorities that clash with those of the status quo system’s vested interests. Exhibit one is an October poll released by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, which found that seven in 10 Detroit parents want more school choice. Eliminating the...
  • Saving K-12 education in 2016

    01/01/2016 11:56:25 AM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies
    educationimproved.blogspot.com ^ | Jan 1, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Sort of a New Year's resolution... For many years I've focused on education reform; that work will continue. I have more than 400 articles on the Internet and over 3,000,000 views/visits on YouTube and various sites [e.g. FreeRepublic]. To find education articles and videos, simply enter your interest in Google with the name Bruce Deitrick Price. It's an easy way to find a lot of material quickly. You can assume this material is intelligent, practical, lucid, conservative, and intended to help every student advance as far as possible. During 2015, I was constantly struck by two main trends we need...
  • WOMEN SUE MONTANA OVER ANTI-CATHOLIC BLAINE AMENDMENT

    12/31/2015 10:21:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | December 30, 2015 | Christine Niles
    Critics consider Blaine amendments anti-Catholic relics of the past HELENA, Mont. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Three women are suing the state of Montana over an anti-Catholic provision in the state constitution. Called a Blaine amendment, the provision is being used to deny tax credits to any religiously affiliated schools. A state initiative implemented in May provides a $150-tax credit to people or groups that donate money toward student scholarships. But according to the Montana Department of Revenue, tax credits may not be applied to people who donate scholarship money that goes towards private religious schools because of a constitutional provision prohibiting it....
  • Dalene Bowden, School Cafeteria Worker, Fired After Giving Hungry Student Free Lunch

    12/24/2015 1:16:27 PM PST · by Fiji Hill · 80 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Chuck
    A school cafeteria worker in Idaho says she was fired after giving a hungry middle school student a free lunch. Dalene Bowden, a server at Irving Middle School in Pocatello, told NBC affiliate KPVI in Idaho that she gave the hot meal to a 12-year-old girl with no lunch money whom said she was hungry on Dec. 15.
  • How do you sell abortion? Through sex-ed

    12/18/2015 5:52:20 AM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/17/15 | David Graves
    December 17, 2015 (P-First) – In a recent article from the Huffington Post, Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards, answers these two questions: Should sex education classes be taught in elementary school?What would the ideal sex education system look like? Her answers on the surface level seem harmless, with the words "age appropriate" being thrown around. There is also this quote that includes parents, "It's important for parents to talk with their kids and teens about healthy relationships with friends and intimate partners, body boundaries, and healthy communication. Children and teens need to hear about their parents' values and experiences, and we want...
  • Report: Virginia Teacher of Islamic ‘Calligraphy Lesson’ Circulated Koran, Excluded Bible

    A ninth grade World Geography teacher who assigned students near Staunton, Virginia to hand copy the Arabic characters representing the shahada–the Islamic statement of faith–also circulated a Koran to her students while refusing to do the same with the Bible, according to reports from a parent meeting. Conservative talk show host Rob Schilling filed this report last Tuesday: Parents of students at Greenville, Virginia’s Riverheads High School were shocked by a recent assignment given in World Geography class.
  • Why you should know what happened in Freddie Gray’s life - long before his death (lead paint)

    12/20/2015 5:04:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 63 replies
    Washington Post via MSN ^ | 12/18/15 | Janell Ross
    **SNIP** Then consider this: Lead paint exposure is a widespread national problem, concentrated most heavily in the nation's low-income communities. And government efforts to remove lead paint from public and privately owned housing remains woefully below levels that most child and environmental health experts think truly necessary to eliminate the issue. In fact, the nation's lead paint abatement programs are among those that experienced a budget cut due to sequestration and subsequent federal cost reduction efforts. And that happened even though some public health experts believe that concerted national efforts to reduce widespread lead exposure - such as removing lead...
  • British teacher brainwashes school children into writing letters of support to Syrian jihadis

    12/19/2015 8:11:20 PM PST · by Ray76 · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sep 12, 2015 | Euan McLelland
    A teacher working in a British classroom had pupils send handwritten letters to 'hero' Syrian terrorists. The pupils were forced to write in both English and Arabic, opening each of their notes: 'To our brothers in...' The teacher's Twitter page also features sickening images of beheading victims.
  • Dallas Islamic leader, former CAIR board member deported (due to terror connections)

    02/20/2010 12:19:27 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 24 replies · 739+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/20/10 | The Daily Caller
    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is likely to find itself the target of more criticism after a Dallas immigration judge ordered one of their former board members deported due to terror connections. Nabil Sadoun, a leader in the Dallas Islamic community, had already left the United States for his native Jordan at the time of the ruling and Judge Anthony Rogers said that by taking such action he had waived his right to appeal the case. Dallas-Fort Worth news reports: In court, the judge made vague references to the governments voluminous motion to deport him, including alleged involvement...
  • Texas School Board Approves "Campus Carry" Program

    12/16/2015 7:53:48 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies
    WFAA.com ^ | 12/16/15 | WFAA Staff
    Staff members in the Keene ISD could be carrying guns on its Johnson County campuses as early as mid-February following school board approval of the "Guardian Program." By a 6-1 vote Wednesday night, Keene's school board set in motion a chain of events designed to make their schools safer against a "Sandy Hook" scenario.
  • BREAKING: America's Second-Largest School District Sends Home 640,000 Students Over Terror Threat

    12/15/2015 7:09:13 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 456 replies
    On Tuesday, the Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District announced that all schools would be shut down today due to an unspecified terror threat. According to ABC News, that threat also carries “unknown credibility.” Bus drivers say they have been returned to their bus depots. LAUSD is the nation’s second-largest school district, with 640,000 students and 900 schools; children range from kindergarten to 12th grade.
  • LA Public Schools Shut Down After Unspecified Threat, Police Say

    12/15/2015 7:26:08 AM PST · by iowamark · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/15/2015 | Emily Shapiro
    All schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District were shut down today following an unspecified threat, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The closings are out of “an abundance of caution," the LAPD said. An electronic threat was received this morning mentioning the safety of the schools, officials said at a news conference today. The threat is still being analyzed, officials said.
  • 'No forgiveness' as Pakistan hangs men behind school massacre

    12/02/2015 4:31:24 AM PST · by csvset · 8 replies
    France24 ^ | 02 December 2015 | AFP
    <p>Pakistan Wednesday hanged four men linked to the Taliban's massacre of more than 130 schoolchildren, with parents of victims saying they deserved "no forgiveness" as the attack anniversary approached.</p> <p>The executions, which officials said were carried out Wednesday morning at a prison in the northwestern city of Kohat, were the first in connection with the December 16 attack on an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. The army has put the final toll at 151 killed, 134 of them children.</p>
  • “Don’t Be a Puppet”: New FBI CVE Tool Targets Young People

    12/11/2015 3:59:03 PM PST · by hadit2here · 2 replies
    A report issued by the 9/11 Review Commission in May 2015 concluded that the FBI, as a law enforcement and intelligence agency, is not “an appropriate vehicle” for producing preventative programs for the US government’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program. However, Laurie Goodstein writing for the New York Times recently reported about an interactive, video-styled program the FBI is set to introduce. The program—developed for teachers and students—aims to train them to prevent young people from being drawn into violent extremism. ... Although the website was scheduled to go live on November 2, 2015, it has since been put on...
  • San Bernardino shooters planned bigger attack, investigators believe

    12/10/2015 7:07:26 PM PST · by amorphous · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Richard A. Serrano, Richard Winton, Sarah Parvini and James QueallyContact Reporters
    n examination of digital equipment recovered from the home of the couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino last week has led FBI investigators to believe the shooters were planning an even larger assault, according to federal government sources. Investigators on Thursday continued to search for digital footprints left by Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, scouring a downtown San Bernardino lake for electronic items, including a hard drive that the couple was hoping to destroy, sources told The Times. FBI agents will probably spend days searching Seccombe Lake and canvassing the neighborhood for clues after receiving a tip...
  • Homer schools locked down over parent carrying gun (Legal, but "not the right thing to do")

    12/08/2015 4:29:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Battle Creek Enquirer | December 7, 2015 | Safiya Merchant and Trace Christenson
    Link only: http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/news/local/2015/12/07/homer-schools-locked-down-over-parent-carrying-gun/76947308/
  • Blame Woodrow Wilson for Americans' Lack of Historical Literacy

    12/01/2015 2:06:43 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | December 1st, 2015 | Williamson M. Evers
    When we think of President Woodrow Wilson, we think of a multitude of historical events: the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank and other progressive legislation at home; idealistic internationalism, a world war to "keep the world safe for democracy," and promotion of the League of Nations abroad. Lately, we think of the Princeton University students protesting against him. In mid-November, they were agitating for the former university president's name to be removed from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs over his legacy of white supremacy. But there's another reason conservatives should revisit Woodrow Wilson. We need...
  • Detroit Students Missed 1.5 Million Days of School Last Year

    12/01/2015 7:47:20 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 22 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/29/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The 50,000 students enrolled in the Detroit public school district last year missed a total of 1,539,981 days of school, the equivalent of 30 absences per student. That’s the average across all students, factoring in those who missed far more days and those who missed few or no days. The figures were obtained from the district in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. But Detroit Public School officials say those numbers can be misleading if not put into proper context. The district has several different categories for absences and considers many in the total to have been excused....
  • Detroit Public Schools Bankruptcy Could Cost Michigan $3.4 Billion

    11/30/2015 1:32:15 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/27/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Detroit Public Schools' $1.3 billion in pension obligations is the major roadblock to the school district filing for bankruptcy, according to a recent state of Michigan analysis. That $1.3 billion is how much the district must pay into the pension system from 2016 to 2031, according to Kurt Weiss, spokesman for the state Treasury department. “Our estimates are actually quite conservative,” Weiss said in an email. Pension legacy costs for public school employees have skyrocketed statewide, not just in Detroit. Required employer contributions to the statewide school pension system have increased by 92 percent from 2007 to 2014, increasing...
  • Move Over Clock Boy, Meet Dandelion Boy

    11/30/2015 5:14:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    14-year-old "Clock Boy" Ahmed Mohamed has nothing on 5-year-old "Dandelion Boy" Drew Johnson. Hands down, Johnson is the real victim of our politically correct culture. Clock Boy has achieved global notoriety on par with Cecil the lion whereas few Americans have heard the story of Dandelion Boy: Indiana kindergartner Drew Johnson of Cumberland Elementary School. Today I'll utilize Dandelion Boy's story to explain a trend in American public schools and playgrounds that threatens your child's long-term psychological development. Johnson is now a freshman in high school, but several years ago he was on the front lines of what is today...
  • Detroit Public Schools Bankruptcy Could Cost the State $3.4 Billion

    11/23/2015 10:37:33 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 26 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/21/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Detroit Public Schools' $1.3 billion in pension obligations is the major roadblock to the school district filing for bankruptcy, according to a recent state of Michigan analysis. That $1.3 billion is how much the district must pay into the pension system from 2016 to 2031, according to Kurt Weiss, spokesman for the state Treasury department. “Our estimates are actually quite conservative,” Weiss said in an email. Pension legacy costs for public school employees have skyrocketed statewide, not just in Detroit. Required employer contributions to the statewide school pension system have increased by 92 percent from 2007 to 2014, increasing...
  • Blakely teacher restricts Lego-play to her girl students in the pursuit of gender equity

    11/21/2015 12:25:03 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 72 replies
    Bainbridge Island Review ^ | November 9, 2015 | Jessica Shelton
    In Karen Keller’s kindergarten classroom, boys can’t play with Legos. They can have their pick of Tinkertoys and marble tracks, but the colorful bricks are “girls only.” “I always tell the boys, ‘You’re going to have a turn’ — and I’m like, ‘Yeah, when hell freezes over’ in my head,” she said. “I tell them, ‘You’ll have a turn’ because I don’t want them to feel bad.” Although her approach might anger some parents, Keller is sticking to her guns: It’s all part of a plan to get girls building during “free choice,” the 40 minutes of unstructured play time...
  • High School, 1922

    11/20/2015 9:35:14 AM PST · by NYAmerican · 20 replies
    November 2, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Girls' rifle team, Central High.
  • Brighton Middle School evacuated due to threat (Tipton CO TN)

    11/19/2015 7:17:01 AM PST · by GailA · 38 replies
    WMC News 5 ^ | 11/19/15 | na
    Brighton Middle School is being evacuated due to a threat. School officials said they received a bomb threat. Students are being evacuated as investigators search the school.
  • Reading Homework for EIGHTH GRADERS Features Getting Wasted, Random Sex, HERPES

    11/06/2015 7:52:28 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Nov. 6, 2015 | Daily Caller
    Students at Myron L. Powell Elementary School in Cedarville, N.J. aren’t just learning about reading, writing and arithmetic this fall. They’re also getting homework assignments with hypothetical scenarios about going to “an awesome party,” getting wasted, having sex with random people they don’t know and and ending up with a nasty case of genital herpes.
  • School District Finances Can Plead the Fifth After So Many Years Under Bill

    11/18/2015 9:10:11 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/16/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Legislation has been introduced to create what is in effect a statute of limitations concerning public school financial audits. House Bill 5007 would prevent auditors from delving into past school district audits other than those of the most recent years. “We don’t want audits to go back 10 years,” said Nick Wake, spokesman for Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, the bill's sponsor. “We’re capping the audits so they can’t go back beyond three years.” In Michigan every school district, intermediate school district and public charter school has to complete a financial audit each year. These audits must be posted on the...
  • Hillary Clinton Dead Wrong: Charter Schools Must and Do Take 'Hardest to Teach'

    11/16/2015 8:56:29 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/14/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A much higher proportion of students attending Michigan’s public charter schools come from low-income families compared to the state's conventional public schools, according to the state's Center for Educational Performance and Information. Last year, children eligible for free or reduced-price lunches due to low family income comprised 70 percent of the charter school student population, compared to 44 percent in conventional public schools. The figures are newsworthy in light of recent comments from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that charter schools don’t take the "hardest to teach" students. Here’s what she said: "The original idea behind the charter schools …...
  • Why some LAUSD teachers are balking at a new approach to discipline problems

    11/11/2015 2:13:35 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 7, 2015 | Teresa Watanabe and Howard Blume
    In a South Los Angeles classroom, a boy hassles a girl. The teacher moves him to the back of the room, where he scowls, makes a paper airplane and repeatedly throws it against the wall. Two other boys wander around the class and then nearly come to blows. "Don't you talk about my sister," one says to the other. The teacher steps between them. When she tries to regain order, another boy tells her: "Screw you." It's another day of disruption on this campus in the Los Angeles Unified School District, which has been nationally hailed by the White House...
  • Hillary Clinton Dead Wrong: Charter Schools Must and Do Take 'Hardest to Teach'

    11/11/2015 8:41:14 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A much higher proportion of students attending Michigan’s public charter schools come from low-income families compared to the state's conventional public schools, according to the state's Center for Educational Performance and Information. Last year, children eligible for free or reduced-price lunches due to low family income comprised 70 percent of the charter school student population, compared to 44 percent in conventional public schools. The figures are newsworthy in light of recent comments from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that charter schools don’t take the "hardest to teach" students. Here’s what she said: "The original idea behind the charter schools …...
  • Hillary Has It Wrong: Low Income City Doesn't Mean Low Income Schools

    11/10/2015 6:09:33 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/8/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently said in an interview that politicians don’t fund schools in poor areas. Clinton said, “But I am also fully aware that there are a lot of substandard public schools. But part of the reason for that is that policymakers and local politicians will not fund schools in poor areas that take care of poor children to the level that they need to be.” In Michigan, urban school districts often get considerably more federal money than other districts, largely due to special funding targeted at them. For example, the average school district here received $513...
  • LA Unified teachers: Suspension ban creating unruly classes

    11/08/2015 9:28:06 AM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 7, 2015
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Teachers in the nation's second largest school district say a new policy aimed at reducing suspensions is also having another effect: More unruly students in their classrooms. Los Angeles Unified School District was the first to ban suspending students for defiance in California and began instituting restorative justice policies that emphasize counseling and conflict resolution.
  • Get Big Government Out of High School Locker Rooms

    11/08/2015 6:23:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    This story starts with a transgender high school student who was born male but identifies as female. As a public high school student, she wants the school to recognize her as a girl, to call her by her new legal name, to allow her to use the girls' bathroom and to accept her in girls' athletic programs. Her high school in Palatine, Illinois, has pretty much complied. Teachers call the girl by her female name. She uses the girls' bathroom. She plays on a girls' sports team. Except, she does hit one wall: The school doesn't provide unfettered access to...
  • Ignoring The Obvious: Do unruly students have a right to stay in their schools?

    11/04/2015 9:42:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/04/2015 | Thomas Sowell
    A recent, widely publicized incident in which a policeman was called to a school classroom to deal with a disruptive student has provoked all sorts of comments on whether the policeman used "excessive force." What has received far less attention, though it is a far larger question, with more sweeping implications, is the role of disruptive students in schools. Critics of charter schools have often pointed to those schools' ability to expel uncooperative and disruptive students, far more readily than regular public schools can, as a reason for some charter schools' far better educational outcomes, as shown on many tests....