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  • (New York) City Schools Could Lose $500M in Funding Under Trump, Teachers Union Fears

    01/09/2017 5:36:57 AM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    dnainfo.com ^ | January 9, 2017 | Amy Zimmer
    President-elect Donald Trump's vision for a voucher-based education system for low-income students could cost city schools half a billion dollars in lost federal support, according to an analysis from the city’s teachers union released Monday. More than 700,000 students in more than 1,200 city schools could see bigger class sizes, fewer teachers and less enrichment and after-school programs if Trump pulls federal dollars now used for Title 1 funding at public schools with low-income students, the analysis from the United Federation of Teachers found. Many fear that the Trump administration will enlist congressional support to redirect Title 1 funding from...
  • U.K. schools to offer kids sex-change book as transitioning tool

    01/06/2017 8:00:51 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 3, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    The United Kingdom’s Department for Education will allow some primary schools to offer students a booklet on “medical transitioning” called “Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity?” LGBT activist CJ Atkinson’s latest book in a the “Can I Tell You About…?” series by Jessica Kingsley Publishers will be offered to students in late January, but the decision has already ignited protests from government officials and religious leaders. The material will be read by children as young as seven years old. . . . “Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity?” includes information on hormone blockers, gender dysphoria, and the use...
  • Why School Districts Are Operating as Landlords ( Colorado and )

    01/06/2017 6:28:38 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 1-6-2017 | Ann Schimke
    Rising housing costs in Colorado are making it hard for teachers to stay in the area, so officials are moving in to help. As Colorado’s housing costs skyrocket, a growing number of school districts, local leaders, and lawmakers are taking steps to make housing more affordable for teachers and staff. For years, resort communities like Aspen, Colorado, and a rural district in the state’s Eastern Plains have leased housing to employees at below-market rates. More recently, subsidized housing for educators has cropped up in pricey urban areas such as San Francisco, Boston, and Baltimore. But lately, Colorado districts big and...
  • A rotten Queens principal may finally be gone — for good

    01/03/2017 7:00:19 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 3, 2017 | Post Editorial Board
    Well, what do you know? An official who doesn’t deserve her job in a public school actually won’t have it. Last week, Manhattan Judge Manuel Mendez tossed the reinstatement petition of Marcella Sills, a former principal who was fired for being chronically late to school. Why did the judge do that? Because Sills filed her petition . . . late.
  • For First Time Ever, Fewer Michigan Charter Schools

    01/03/2017 10:47:04 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/28/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The appointment of Betsy DeVos to be the U.S. secretary of education has triggered a rash of claims by charter school critics that the state’s charter school landscape is an unregulated free-for-all “Wild West.” This year, however, is the first time since the first Michigan charter school opened in 1993-94 that the number of charter schools in Michigan went down. School choice advocates attribute the reduction in part to the closure of 14 charters over the last three years for academic reasons. The state of Michigan is unable to identify a non-charter public school that has ever been closed due...
  • Catholic Public School Teacher Forced to Facilitate Planned Parenthood Program

    12/30/2016 6:54:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies
    life news ^ | 12.28.16
    We recently received a disappointing ruling in the case of Bill Diss, a Portland, Oregon public school teacher who was fired after he objected to facilitating a Planned Parenthood sex education program in his classroom. The judge granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment, which means the case cannot go before a jury. Life Legal is appealing the decision.Bill Diss became “enemy number one” with his local Planned Parenthood affiliate when he led opposition to a new PP mega-facility in downtown Portland.When Planned Parenthood employees wanted to come into Diss’ classroom to recruit students for their “Teen Outreach Program,” or...
  • School joins Planned Parenthood to destroy award-winning teacher Hearing Thur 11/14 4:00pm Portland

    11/11/2013 1:10:46 PM PST · by Be Careful · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 8, 2013 | Paul E. Rondeau
    WASHINGTON, November 8, 2013 — Bill Diss is an experienced, highly qualified and popular computer science teacher. On November 14, the Portland school district and Planned Parenthood will try to have him declared unfit to teach.
  • MATH TEACHER ESCORTED OUT BY POLICE, SET TO BE FIRED FOR OPPOSING PLANNED PARENTHOOD

    03/24/2013 12:23:53 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 78 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/24/13 | http://www.theblaze.com/blog/author/madeleinemorgenstern
    An Oregon public school teacher says he’s on the verge of being fired because of his outspoken views against Planned Parenthood and abortion. Bill Diss, who taught at Benson High School in Portland for 11 years, was placed on paid leave March 19 and recommended for dismissal, the Oregonian reported. That day, the math teacher said he was given a few minutes to collect his things and was escorted from school premises by police, according to the Christian News Network. Diss is a staunch Roman Catholic and blocked two Planned Parenthood workers from entering his classroom in September because, he...
  • 0 URGENT - Russian authorities order closure of Anglo-American School in Moscow

    12/29/2016 3:31:59 PM PST · by Truth29 · 43 replies
    CNNN via Kttv4 ^ | December 29, 2016 | Staff
    (CNN) -- Russian authorities have ordered the Anglo-American School of Moscow to close, as part of retaliation for US sanctions imposed Thursday, a US official briefed on the matter said. The order from the Russian government closes the school, which serves children of US, British and Canadian embassy personnel, to US and foreign nationals. The order also closes access to the US embassy vacation house in Serebryany Bor, near Moscow. Earlier Thursday, the Obama administration, condemning Russia's alleged interference in the election, sanctioned four Russian individuals and five Russian entities. The administration also ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave the...
  • ‘Pronouns matter!': This School Is Handing Out Pins With Preferred Personal Pronouns

    12/29/2016 1:43:18 PM PST · by kevcol · 90 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | December 29, 2016 | Amber Randall
    The pins read “My pronouns are” followed by either “he, him, his,” “she, her, hers” or “they, them, theirs.” A sign at the library declares that mis-gendering a person can have dangerous consequences and can “invalidate someone’s identity.” “Because gender is, itself, fluid and up to the individual,” the sign reads. “Each person has the right to identify their own pronouns, and we encourage you to ask before assuming someone’s gender. Pronouns matter!”
  • Growing up transgender in NJ

    12/27/2016 6:07:32 PM PST · by Coleus · 53 replies
    bergen record ^ | April 16, 2016 | Abbott Koloff, Andrew Wyrich and Monsy Alvarado
    A 13-year-old transgender boy from Woodcliff Lake described feeling isolated as he watched friends do something as simple as going to the bathroom at school, while he used a restroom in the nurse’s office.Other North Jersey teenagers said they wondered whether they were alone before they researched what it means to be transgender. A 7-year-old girl expressed questions about her gender identity, and her parents are helping her find out whether she is a boy or a girl. And an 11-year-old boy who has been bullied drew a self-portrait as half boy and half girl.“This is how I feel,” he...
  • School lesson says Christians are treating Muslims harshly

    12/22/2016 1:17:28 PM PST · by DFG · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/22/2016 | Todd Starnes
    A classroom assignment on Islam says one negative effect of the Crusades is that Christians are still treating Muslims harshly. “I almost fell over,” said Barbara Light. Mrs. Light, of Westwood, New Jersey, was helping her 13-year-old daughter prepare for a World History test when she discovered some rather shocking lessons. “The Christians’ harsh treatment of Muslims in the Holy Land led to bitterness that has lasted to the present,” one worksheet stated.
  • School Choice on the National Stage

    12/15/2016 9:49:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/13/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    Last week’s announcement of Betsy DeVos as President-elect Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department of Education cheered school choice supporters. That’s because DeVos, a long-time advocate of school choice, will have a bully pulpit to highlight successful choice programs around the nation. In her own state of Michigan, an especially onerous constitutional provision prohibits voucher programs or tax credits that other states use to help children enroll in private schools. The DeVos family backed a 2000 statewide initiative to change the constitution to provide these options for some students trapped in failing public schools. But voters rejected the initiative....
  • Even With $500 Million Borrow-and-Spend, Detroit Schools Violates Building Codes

    12/15/2016 6:42:05 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/13/2016 | Tom Gantert
    More than a dozen Detroit public schools have been cited for health and safety violations despite receiving millions of borrowed taxpayer dollars to improve facilities. In 2009, Detroit voters agreed to impose a $500.5 million tax increase on property owners to improve Detroit Public Schools buildings. In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the city of Detroit confirmed that at least 14 schools violated property maintenance codes or zoning ordinances in 2015. The violations existed despite the district having spent millions of new bond debt to construct brand-new buildings or improve existing structures. In August, school officials...
  • A **Simple** Proposal to Reduce K-12 Costs andFree Children from K-12 Indoctrination Camps

    12/04/2016 7:36:12 AM PST · by wintertime · 122 replies
    wintertime | December 4, 2016 | wintertime
    Proposal: Award any child ( regardless of age) an official high school diploma from his local high school if they score above a certain level on the SAT, ACT, or GED exams. Why? 1) If the purpose of compulsory education laws is to produce literate and numerate citizens then scoring above a certain level on the SAT, ACT, or GED is proof of that. 2) Fewer students in school will reduce the number of teachers needed. This means fewer salaries, pensions, and benefits that must be paid by the taxpayers. It may even mean closing down and selling some schools...
  • Indoctrinating the Young in Hate Factories

    12/03/2016 5:00:37 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/03/16 | Ray DiLorenzo
    Our education system has created a multitude of young, inexperienced, poorly educated, indoctrinated minds, speaking as with authority…scary! If you want to learn to hate America, your nearest public school or college is waiting for you. If it is a university you want to attend, don’t worry about the cost, the government (taxpayers) will pick up the tab as student loans are about to be forgiven to the tune of $108 billion and will probably go much higher. Our schools across the country have created and nurtured millions of godless, America-hating, angry, statist, whiny, cry babies and we will all...
  • Virginia school district bans classic novels over racial slurs

    12/02/2016 7:26:14 PM PST · by dynachrome · 65 replies
    WTVR.com (see-BS) ^ | 12-1-16 | WEB STAFF
    ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. -- They've been in classrooms for decades, but two classic American novels are now temporarily banned from Accomack County Public Schools. Use of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and “To Kill a Mockingbird” were suspended after a parent raised concerns about their use of the N-word. “There's so much racial slurs and defensive wording in there that you can't get past that,” the mother said during last month’s school board meeting. “Right now, we are a nation divided as it is." She filed a complaint through a “Request for Reconsideration of Learning Resources” form.
  • 85 languages spoken in Buffalo schools as 'New Americans' enter classrooms

    11/29/2016 11:56:52 AM PST · by PROCON · 34 replies
    buffalonews.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2016 | Jay Rey
    The two young Somali sisters sat at a table in the central registration center signing up for what would become their next big challenge in their journey to America – school. They came to enroll in the Buffalo Public Schools at an old building on Ash Street, an Ellis Island of sorts for thousands of immigrants and refugees entering an education system that has struggled over the years to keep up with their growing numbers. Many show up speaking no English. Others may have had little formal education in their home countries. Most encounter vast cultural differences. The City...
  • Schools Funded By Gates and Zuckerberg Ordered Closed In Uganda

    11/26/2016 4:48:09 PM PST · by HonkyTonkMan · 30 replies
    Slashdot ^ | 26-Nov | EditorDavid
    Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are two investors in Bridge International Academies. But in Uganda, the group's 63 schools have been "ordered to shut down in a matter of weeks, leaving the lives of thousands of pupils in limbo." An anonymous reader quotes CNN: Uganda's High Court has described the Bridge International Academies...as unsanitary and unqualified, and has ordered it to close its doors in December because it ignored Uganda's national standards and put the "life and safety" of its 12,000 young students on the line. The Director of Education Standards for the Ministry, Huzaifa Mutazindwa, told CNN that the...
  • NC teacher accused of assaulting Muslim kindergartener

    11/23/2016 5:45:31 PM PST · by kevcol · 41 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 23, 2016 | Kelly Cohen
    The student, a boy, was not only constantly bullied and mistreated by his classmates, but also by his teacher, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a letter to the school board. . . The teacher, a female, would single out the student and require him to carry a heavy backpack throughout the day, which caused the boy — identified as "Malik" — to "develop significant back pain," CAIR Civil Rights Staff Attorney Maha Sayed wrote in her letter to the school beard. . . . In addition to an "immediate and thorough" investigation of the incidents, CAIR is asking...
  • "Peacetime" in the Communist States: A Brief Outline of Communist Atrocities against Civilians

    11/23/2016 11:50:50 AM PST · by Bogle · 3 replies
    http://www.communiststats.com ^ | November 23, 2016 | J McCachren
    --No victims in any category below have been double-counted. --Outside Peru, no war-related deaths or imprisonments have been included.
  • Education Secretary equates corporal punishment to criminal assault

    11/22/2016 11:31:45 AM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 22, 2016
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 22, 2016) — Education Secretary John B. King Jr. is urging governors and school leaders in states that allow student paddling to end a practice he said would be considered "criminal assault or battery" against an adult. King released a letter Tuesday asking leaders to replace corporal punishment with less punitive, more supportive disciplinary practices that he said work better against bad behavior.
  • San Francisco Public School’s Lesson Plan on the November 2016 Election

    11/17/2016 10:16:11 AM PST · by NohSpinZone · 11 replies
    KSFO.com ^ | 11/17/16 | KSFO Morning Blog Staff
    Tomorrow, I hope that you will take the time to put all lessons aside and talk to our students about what has happened and how they feel. Please, let them speak and be heard. Let them say what is on their minds, this is crucial for our school and our community. Let us please not sidestep the fact that a racist and sexist man has become the president of our country by pandering to a huge racist and sexist base.
  • Trump supporter, 15, beaten during Rockville protest

    11/17/2016 9:53:15 AM PST · by detective · 13 replies
    WTOP ^ | November 16, 2016 | Rick Massimo
    A march of students in Rockville, Maryland, protesting the election of Donald Trump to the presidency turned violent on Wednesday morning as a teenager wearing one of the Trump campaigns "Make American Great Again" hats was beaten. A student involved in the beating is facing assault charges.
  • SPLC Unveils LGBT Propaganda for U.S. Schools

    09/11/2015 3:06:05 PM PDT · by detective · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 09/11/2015 | Alex Newman
    The ultra-leftist Southern Poverty Law Center, described by critics as a radical anti-Christian hate group, was recently implicated in a federal terrorism case after a deranged homosexual activist, citing SPLC hate propaganda, tried to massacre employees at a pro-family group's headquarters. Now, the self-styled “civil rights” outfit is stepping up its campaign to indoctrinate your children. The controversial Alabama-based group, widely ridiculed and criticized even by left-wing leaders for shady practices and deception, recently unveiled a new Common Core-aligned “educational” campaign. It is designed to inject even more pro-homosexual, pro-transgender propaganda into school classrooms across America, along with identity politics,...
  • Wayne Co. Schools’ $80 Million Annual Tax Hike Won’t Cover Pensions

    11/15/2016 11:55:28 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/12/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency is seeking voter approval of a property tax increase for school operations. As part of its pitch for the question that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, the government office distributed a campaign flier that stated: “A recent study has confirmed that districts across Wayne County have been drastically underfunded by the state in recent years.” The proposed 2 mill tax increase would, if approved, extract $80 million from county property owners in the first year alone. It would be levied for six years, beginning this year. ForTheRecord says: Michigan Capitol Confidential...
  • Boston Public Schools offering counseling for students after election

    11/10/2016 8:24:49 PM PST · by Coleus · 20 replies
    boston.com ^ | 11.09.16 | Meagan McGinnes
    Boston Public Schools are offering counseling and advice to students after Tuesday’s unexpected presidential election result.Superintendent Tommy Chang wrote an open letter to the school community Wednesday offering resources for students, their families, and staff who may be concerned after Republican Donald Trump’s victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.“The coming days and weeks may be challenging for many, and celebratory for others,” Chang wrote. “As educators, we should use this opportunity as a teachable moment to have conversations with our students about the democratic process, how we can resolve differences and conflicts, and how we can address diverse and sometimes conflicting ideology.  We need...
  • Supreme Court Will Hear Case On Bathroom Rules For Transgender Students

    10/28/2016 3:53:56 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | October 28, 20165:13 PM ET | Laura Wagner
    The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear a case regarding transgender students' right to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. The justices will hear the case sometime next year. At issue is whether a Virginia high school student is allowed to use the boys' bathroom.
  • Most Floridians Favor Armed Teachers and Staff in Schools

    10/24/2016 4:20:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Sean Caranna the GRPC 2016 When I was at the Gun Rights Policy conference in Florida earlier this month, one of the presentations was about  the FASTER (Faculty / Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response) program in Ohio.  The FASTER program has been and continues to be a tremendous success story. Staff and teachers love it, embrace it, and recommend it to others.   A survey done by the University of South Florida found that there was likely to be a favorable response if such a program were offered in Florida. From sunshinestatenews.com: Most Floridians say they support trained staff...
  • Student found with 10 stamp bags of heroin at Pittsburgh school, authorities say

    10/18/2016 1:39:38 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 19 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | 10/18/2016 | uncredited
    PITTSBURGH - An 11th-grade student at University Prep 6-12 school in Pittsburgh was found in possession of 10 stamp bags of heroin, according to a spokeswoman for Pittsburgh Public Schools. Security said they became suspicious of the student when he arrived at school Tuesday morning and appeared to be under the influence. When staff members escorted the student to the office, spokeswoman Ebony Pugh told Channel 11 News that he placed three stamp bags in his mouth. He spit out the stamp bags and was examined by paramedics. The student was released to his parents and will face charges, Pugh...
  • ‘To be white is to be racist, period’ - High School Teacher

    10/17/2016 4:30:47 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 71 replies
    EAGnews ^ | October 17, 2016 | Victor Skinner
    (Shortened headline) A Norman North High School teacher is instructing students that “to be white is to be racist, period.” A student at the school who did not want to be identified recently used her cell phone to record a classroom lecture at Norman North High School in which her teacher, who also is not identified, explained how to “heal the racial divide,”.
  • Privatization Remains a Popular Practice with School Districts

    10/13/2016 5:23:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/9/2016 | James Hohman
    The publication of the state’s adequacy study a few months ago had school districts renewing their call for more money from the state taxpayers. But funding is only one side of the coin, and one that is often outside a district’s direct control. Cost is the other side of the school finance coin, and one way that districts can save on costs is to solicit bids to contract out support services. A new survey finds that more districts than ever are doing this. Privatization in Michigan’s public school districts has increased drastically since the Mackinac Center for Public Policy started...
  • Holidays’ names stricken from next year’s Montgomery schools calendar (to appease Muslims)

    11/12/2014 7:38:38 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 11, 2014 | Donna St. George
    Christmas and Easter have been stricken from next year’s school calendar in Montgomery County. So have Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Montgomery’s Board of Education voted 7 to 1 Tuesday to eliminate references to all religious holidays on the published calendar for 2015-2016, a decision that followed a request from Muslim community leaders to give equal billing to the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha.
  • Montgomery Co. ed board strips religious holiday references from new calendar Read more:

    11/12/2014 3:31:02 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 14 replies
    wtop.com ^ | NOVEMBER 12, 2014 | No Attribution
    ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Montgomery County Public Schools will remove religious labels from school holidays, but members of the Islamic community say the adjustments to the school calendar do nothing to gain parity and a day off for the Muslim holiday of Eid.
  • White privilege survey given to high school seniors in Aloha (OR)

    10/01/2016 5:06:38 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    katu.com ^ | Sep. 29, 2016 | Kellee Azar, KATU News
    ALOHA, Ore. — Some parents in Aloha are concerned about a "white privilege" survey their children received as homework. Jason Schmidt's son, a senior at Aloha High School, was given the survey as homework. Schmidt said he's not too happy about the form. “I think he should be learning actual education and not be a part of some social experiment or some teacher’s political agenda,” Schmidt said.
  • Historian: Crooked School Lessons Present Islam as Peaceful, Demonise Christians

    09/30/2016 1:51:09 PM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Sep 2016 | Virginia Hale
    A historian has slammed the double standards employed in French schools which present Muslim conquerors as peaceful and brilliant, and Christians as backwards oppressors. Against the backdrop of terror attacks and rising Islamic extremism worldwide, teacher and author Barbara Lefebvre contends that education on Islam has “never been more necessary”. But the historian, who has published several books on the Holocaust, argues that textbooks’ sanitization of Muslim conquests and their presentation of an Islamic supremacist version of history is completely unhelpful.
  • NJ High schooler Suspended for Anti-Gun Control Project

    09/30/2016 12:17:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies
    NJ2AS ^ | 09.28.16 | Alexander Roubian
    A Manville, NJ student was suspended and ordered to go under a psychological evaluation after it was found out he was doing an assignment arguing against gun control.Student Frank Harvey was doing a project for class that was on gun control, arguing against it, when he left his flash drive with the project on it in the school library. The flash drive was then found and handed over to the school administrators. After discovering the contents of the flash drive, which in the report included anti-gun control political cartoons and videos and reports of armed citizens defending themselves from criminals,...
  • Michigan May Begin Closing Bad Detroit Schools

    09/30/2016 10:40:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/29/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Attorney General Bill Schuette released an official legal opinion Wednesday that schools operated by the reconstituted Detroit school district may be closed due to poor academic performance. Attorney General spokesperson Andrea Bitely confirmed that the opinion is binding on state agencies. Schuette's opinion rebuffs a contrary legal opinion Gov. Rick Snyder had endorsed. “The law is clear: Michigan parents and their children do not have to be stuck indefinitely in a failing school,” Schuette said in a press release. “Detroit students and parents deserve accountability and high performing schools. If a child can’t spell opportunity, they won’t have opportunity.” Senate...
  • Student suspended after posting picture of discolored water in school bathroom

    09/26/2016 1:47:47 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 36 replies
    kfor.com ^ | September 24, 2016 | KFOR-TV & K. Querry
    "Hazel Juco says she was concerned when she saw discolored water coming from a sink in the girl’s restroom at school. However, she had no idea that she would be suspended because of a picture she took. Juco says she snapped a photo of the water and posted it to her social media pages, hoping that someone would notice and the problem would be fixed. Instead of getting help, she was called to the office."
  • URGENT CALL FOR HELP IN SCHOOL DISTRICT U-46!

    09/25/2016 5:03:35 AM PDT · by Bubba Gump Shrimp · 10 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 9/24/16 | Laurie Higgins
    As you may remember, the Friday before Labor Day, U-46 CEO Tony Sanders made the decision to allow a gender-confused middle school student to use an opposite-sex locker room. And Sanders also decided to conceal this information from district parents. Only one school board member, Jeanette Ward, had the courage and integrity to notify parents via her Facebook page of this information. As a result, she has been on the receiving end of vicious, hateful, and false personal attacks. Contrary to what Leftists in the district are saying, Mrs. Ward revealed no personal identifying information about the student. She did...
  • Man shooting at squirrels puts Farmington schools on lockdown

    09/19/2016 2:40:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Echo Press ^ | Deanna Weniger
    FARMINGTON, Minn.—A man shooting at squirrels with a pellet gun on his property caused confusion Monday morning in Farmington as authorities requested some of the city's schools to go into lockdown after a gunfire report. "The initial call was that there was a man outside with a rifle shooting off rounds," said Sgt. Bob Sauter of the Farmington Police Department. Authorities treated the report with an active shooter response. The caller was ambiguous on the exact location, guessing the 400 block of Oak Street, and the department, having had some previous responses in that area, weren't taking any chances, Sauter...
  • Why You Can Expect To See More Violence In Schools This Year

    09/18/2016 10:37:50 AM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | Sep. 15, 2016 | Joy Pullmann
    Two years ago I chased down a single dad whose son attended schools in the same district as the infamous Missourian Michael Brown. Sixty-six-year-old Paul Davis, a cab driver and son of Mississippi sharecroppers, decided to pay $1,500 in rent atop his mortgage just to get his son Robert out of some of the nation’s most violent schools by establishing residency in a better school district. Davis told me about the time in fifth grade other black boys had held Robert down until he peed on himself; the time bullies stole his book bag; the many times they attacked Robert—in...
  • U.S. Students on Track to Learn America Is to Blame for 9/11

    09/11/2016 7:28:02 AM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    breitbart ^ | Sep. 10, 2016 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    As America looks back on the September 11 terrorist attack that changed the nation, the direction of education in the country seems on track to ensure that U.S. students either forget that day entirely or view it as a result of America’s own failure to be open and accepting of other cultures. Signs of the promotion of a “borderless” country that fosters unfettered multiculturalism could be seen decades ago in progressive school textbooks read daily by American students. “Culture war” commentator Stanley Kurtz tells Breitbart News that the situation is likely only to grow worse with the left-leaning Advanced Placement...
  • Boy, 15, arrested for bringing loaded gun to Brooklyn school on first day of classes

    09/08/2016 9:32:33 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8 Sept 2016 | NYDN
    A 15-year-old boy was discovered with the weapon at the Brooklyn School for Career Development on Clermont Avenue in Clinton Hill about 9:45 a.m., officials said. "First day, first gun," Floyd said. "Why would de Blasio want to remove scanners form schools? It's crazy."
  • Governor Gives Academically Failed Detroit Schools a Three-Year Pass

    09/08/2016 6:32:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/5/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The demand by the media and Democratic politicians for more oversight in Michigan’s public schools has been almost entirely focused on charter schools. Yet, consider the academically failing schools run by a district that has been riddled with corruption for more than a decade. That district, in which more than half the schools are failing academically, recently received a $617 million state bailout because it was insolvent. And now, Gov. Snyder just handed the district's schools a three-year pass on the threat of closure. The governor cited a legal opinion on Thursday from the law firm Miller Canfield that the...
  • Charter School-Prison Comparison Misses the Mark

    09/07/2016 1:47:42 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/5/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    This year’s back-to-school season has brought out more than the usual share of anti-charter hostility — with local critics seeking to amplify national voices. On his HBO show, comedian John Oliver skewered charter schools with 18 minutes of uninformed and outdated (but otherwise funny) satire. The NAACP has called for a moratorium on new charters, which has provoked a bewildered backlash from many who see the benefits they have provided for children of color. Playing a similar tune, the chair of Michigan State University’s music education department last week unleashed an off-key analogy: “As with the private prison scenario, the...
  • Michigan Plans to Close Some Top Public Schools

    08/30/2016 5:05:12 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/26/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Some quality Michigan public schools may be shut down by the state in 2017 due to their standing in a ranking that uses standardized test scores. Some scholars and analysts, though, say that the ranking is incomplete because it does not take into account the impact of students’ social and economic status on how much they are learning. That omission, they say, overlooks the progress that a school may be making with a challenging population. The website Chalkbeat Detroit reported Aug. 15 that more than 100 schools with poor scores on the state’s standardized tests could be closed by June....
  • Homeschool Advocate: US Gov’t Bullies Parents And Kids Into Common Core [VIDEO]

    08/29/2016 7:09:17 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 8-27-2016 | Ginni Thomas
    Daily Caller News Foundation Homeschool Advocate: US Gov’t Bullies Parents And Kids Into Common Core [VIDEO] Ginni Thomas Contributor 10:24 PM 08/27/2016 As parents increasingly notice government schools indoctrinate children with secular or progressive values, more families are exploring homeschooling as “a freedom initiative” to maintain control over values and beliefs. Sam Sorbo is a passionate, dedicated homeschooling mom of three and talk radio host. Often on Fox News, Sorbo is an actress, former model and biomedical engineer from Duke University, who is married to actor Kevin Sorbo of “Hercules” fame. She is also the author of recent book “They’re...
  • Portland Public Schools 'rap music' ban sparks allegations of racism

    08/26/2016 6:23:23 AM PDT · by suthener · 28 replies
    The Oregonian/OregonLive ^ | August 24, 2016 | Bethany Barnes
    Portland Public Schools officials are rethinking a district ban on rap music on buses after allegations of racism. The district had banished hip-hop from its buses, deeming the genre "inappropriate." Teri Brady, senior director of transportation at Portland Public Schools, sent a directive to bus drivers in March forbidding "religious, rap music, or talk show programs." The memo included a list of acceptable stations, broken down into three genres: pop, country and jazz. Parent Colleen Ryan-Onken obtained a copy and it circulated in August among outraged parents, prompting the district to walk back the directive in statements released Wednesday.
  • My Public School (Mis)Education About Islam

    08/24/2016 3:11:12 AM PDT · by Benny Huang · 10 replies
    Freedom Daily ^ | August 24, 2016 | Benny Huang
    Does it matter what our kids learn about Islam in public schools? Jenny McKeigue of Olmsted Falls, Ohio thinks so. This small town mother has battled her local school board for about four years to get them to remove parts of the curriculum that seem to promote Islam. In 2012, McKeigue learned that her son had been shown a video in his seventh grade social studies class that she considered to be blatant Muslim propaganda. The video, an episode of the discontinued "30 Days" reality TV series, featured a "regular American" (the host's terminology, not mine) spending thirty days immersing...