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  • Texas Religious Schools Lose in Obamacare Abortion-Drug Mandate Case

    06/26/2015 4:20:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Elizabeth Slattery
    Earlier this week, religious employers suffered another loss at the hands of the coercive Obamacare Health and Human Services mandate. A U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit panel ruled against East Texas Baptist University and a group of other non-profit religious employers in their challenge to the Obamacare requirement that they facilitate health care coverage for employees that includes contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs and devices, or fill out a form notifying the Department of Health and Human Services that they have a religious objection to providing such coverage. This so-called “accommodation” then initiates the process of the government...
  • Hello class, welcome to our mosque

    06/26/2015 2:56:14 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    onenewsnow ^ | June 26, 2015 | Bill Bumpas
    A network of pastors is expressing concern about the ongoing influence of Islam into local communities, most recently a public school in Pennsylvania. The American Pastors Network points to a recent workshop in Lebanon, where 50 public school educators visited a local mosque to learn about the Islamic religion - all at taxpayers' expense. Pennsylvania pastor Gary Dull, an American Pastors Network board member, says that's just one example of how Islamic ideology is creeping into classrooms and local governments across America.
  • Detroit Schools Receives 42 Percent More Money Per Pupil Than State Average

    06/26/2015 5:14:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Karen D. Twomey, a member of the Ferndale Public Schools Board of Education and a teacher in Bloomfield Hills Schools, and Thomas Pedroni, an associate professor at Wayne State University, make their own pitch on how to fix Detroit Public Schools in a recent guest article for the Detroit Free Press. Among the recommendations, they say the state should “invest in teaching staffing” and say “what little funding the district retains” is steered from the classroom to administrators. ForTheRecord says: Detroit Public Schools in 2013-14 spent 25 percent more than the state average on instructional salaries and benefits. DPS spent...
  • Nearly 200 Schools Are Named for Confederate Leaders. Is it Time to Rename Them?

    06/24/2015 9:30:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 24 | Emma Brown
    The backlash against public use of Confederate flags has built quickly since nine parishioners were gunned down inside a South Carolina church last week. Alabama removed the flag from its state capitol grounds Wednesday, and political leaders in Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee and North Carolina have moved to remove Confederate flag symbols from their state license plates. Wal-Mart, Amazon, Sears and eBay all have said they will stop selling the Confederate battle flag, viewed by many people as a symbol of racism and slavery. But what about the other symbols of the Confederacy that live on in our everyday lives? What,...
  • Grading the Common Core: No Teaching Experience Required

    06/23/2015 7:59:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 22, 2015 | Motoko Rich
    The new academic standards known as the Common Core emphasize critical thinking, complex problem-solving and writing skills, and put less stock in rote learning and memorization. So the standardized tests given in most states this year required fewer multiple choice questions and far more writing on topics like this one posed to elementary school students: Read a passage from a novel written in the first person, and a poem written in the third person, and describe how the poem might change if it were written in the first person.
  • Australian schools are becoming too ‘kumbaya’ with progressive, new-age fads

    06/22/2015 3:30:52 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 20th June 2015 | TAYLOR AUERBACH & BRUCE McDOUGALL
    THE two chairs of the government’s review into the national curriculum fear our schools are becoming too “kumbaya” and overrun with “progressive, new-age fads” that are hurting our children. Australia is sliding behind a number of countries in education standards including Singapore, South Korea, Finland and Hong Kong — a development which Professor Ken Wiltshire and Doctor Kevin Donnelly’s report blames on the fact students have been handed autonomy in the classroom and that wishy-washy ideals like “child-guided learning” and “collaborative negotiated goal-setting” are overtaking the traditional model of teachers imparting knowledge. ..... Professor Wiltshire said he was dismayed by...
  • Schools Receiving More and More Money, But it Goes to Pensions

    06/22/2015 5:55:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/18/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth Township, posted on his Facebook account that he voted against the state’s K-12 education budget on June 3. The post cited his concern with Plymouth-Canton Community Schools' “serious financial situation.” In the last two years the district's expenses exceeded its general fund revenue by a combined $1.8 million. The gap was covered by drawing from $7.9 million in reserves. However, Plymouth-Canton’s problem is not that it is collecting less money from state and local taxpayers. It is instead the growing burden of funding employee retirement benefits. In 2010, Plymouth-Canton schools had 18,989 students and received $113.8...
  • Pennsylvania Teachers Attend Mosque [semi-satire]

    06/15/2015 10:24:05 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 June 2015 | John Semmens
    About 50 teachers and administrators of the Lebanon School District in Pennsylvania got paid time off to attend Islamic religious training. Teacher Lara Book called the day “amazing. Even though the rituals are different what came through loud and clear is that all religions want the same thing.” While the ACLU is normally “johnny-on-the-spot” to protest any show of religion in a public space, especially one where taxpayer resources may be unconstitutionally used to promulgate a faith, spokesman Betram Petty found no problem with this event. “The whole separation of church and state thing is a western way of thinking,”...
  • California to tighten vaccine law despite outcry over parental rights

    06/11/2015 11:23:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 10, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    The rash of tough pro-vaccine bills that infected state legislatures after the Disneyland measles outbreak has largely faded, and based on the uproar in California, it’s not hard to see why. The state capitol has been flooded off and on for months with parental-choice advocates drawing thousands for protests against Senate Bill 277, which would eliminate personal belief or religious exemptions and require all children without a medical exemption to be vaccinated before entering public school. And the outcry has only grown louder as the bill nears passage, spreading beyond the issue of vaccination safety and morphing into a full-blown...
  • Detroit Ranks 99 Percent of Teachers 'Effective'

    06/09/2015 10:05:51 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/8/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Six Detroit high schools perform so poorly that they have been placed in a form of state administrative receivership, and earned an “F” grade from a school rating system that takes into account the poor economic status of their students. Yet almost across the board these schools' teachers were assessed by their administrators as “effective” using the prescribed terminology. Out of 232 teachers, just three were deemed “minimally” effective or “ineffective,” while 229 were given the second best “effective” rating. And not a single teacher was perceived as sufficiently outstanding to be deemed “highly effective.” The schools are among 15...
  • Remote Idaho school buys guns to enhance safety

    06/06/2015 1:58:17 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    AP ^ | June 6, 2015 | Associated Press
    A tiny school district in Idaho far removed from law enforcement has purchased firearms and trained a handful of staff to use them should the same school shooting rampage that has occurred across the country take place. It takes at least 45 minutes for officers to reach the Garden Valley School District -- a district made up of less than 300 students all taught under the same building -- where limited funds have prevented the school from being able to afford hiring police officers to patrol the building during school hours. Police often request schools to help offset the costs...
  • [Wisconsin] Republicans come to the aid of religious voucher schools

    06/05/2015 12:10:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 5, 2015 | Erin Richards
    Racine — A few short months ago, the newest proposed expansion site for HOPE Christian Schools, a rapidly expanding voucher- and charter-school network based in Milwaukee, was on the ropes. Gov. Scott Walker's state budget introduced in February proposed an expansion of the statewide voucher school program, but the per-pupil payments from taxpayers to new schools, such as the planned HOPE Via on Racine's north side, would have dropped from current levels. "We could have maybe made it a year or two, but no more," said Andrew Neumann, the head of the parent nonprofit that runs HOPE. Today, that budget...
  • Show Me the Money and Then We'll Be Accountable

    06/04/2015 12:01:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/1/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Nancy Osborne, a second-grade teacher with Taylor School District in Wayne County, is quoted in an Internet "meme" on the Taylor Federation of Teachers Local 1085 union website. The meme says: “When all schools are funded according to the needs of their students … Then we’ll talk testing & accountability.” ForTheRecord says: According to the Michigan Department of Education, the Taylor School District received $10,548 per student for operations in 2013-14. That includes local, state and federal money, and is $1,400 more per student than the state average of $9,121. Now, about that “accountability” …
  • Teachers complain, chaos reigns as St. Paul schools spend millions on ‘white privilege’ training

    06/02/2015 8:38:35 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 31 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | June 2, 2015 | STEVE GUNN
    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Have the taxpayers of St. Paul spent nearly $3 million over the past five years to bring chaos and danger to their schools and students? Apparently so. In 2010, the St. Paul school district began a contractual relationship with the Pacific Educational Group, a San Francisco-based organization that tries to help public schools deal with achievement and disciplinary issues involving black students. PEG packages and sells the concept of victimization, for a very high price. It claims that the American education system is built around white culture, tradition and social norms – aka “white privilege” –...
  • St. Paul schools putting free meals on wheels

    06/01/2015 6:02:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-31-15 | Josh Verges
    Parked among the Sassy Spoons and Foxy Falafels on St. Paul streets this summer will be a food truck featuring a decidedly untrendy cuisine: school lunch. Turkey sandwiches and raw vegetables will have one advantage over grass-fed burgers and fries cooked in duck fat, however: They're free. St. Paul Public Schools bought the food truck last year to increase participation in its Summer Food Service Program. It starts rolling out the meals June 15. The federally funded meals typically are served where children are likely to gather, such as libraries and community centers, as well as some schools, but many...
  • Undeterred by Waitlists, Parents Apply in Droves for School Lotteries

    06/01/2015 5:44:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | Kevin Glass
    It’s lottery season. "Lottery," to you, might bring to mind ping-pong balls bouncing around in a glass tube, as millions anxiously wait to see if they'll win millions of dollars. But nationwide, millions of parents must anxiously wait out a different kind of lottery: to see if their children will be selected to have a chance at a better opportunity. The expansion of charter school programs in some of the nation’s biggest metropolitan areas have given more parents and students access to a different educational track and an alternative option to an underperforming public school system. But despite expansions in...
  • Oklahoma Passes Law Arming School Teachers

    05/30/2015 7:16:15 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 18 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 27MAY2015 | Jerry McGlothlin
    After a record number of public school students being gunned down in their classes in recent decades, elected officials from one state finally said enough is enough. News Flash: Oklahoma just passed a law authorizing teachers to pack heat during school hours to protect children! Oklahoma State Representative Jeff Coody sponsored the bill authorizing handguns to be carried both by teachers and staff. Coody defended his bill in less than 10 words, saying: “A gun-free zone is a target, a soft target.” Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt responded to the news with a blunt suggeston, saying: “Ask...
  • Obama: Teach climate change in schools

    05/28/2015 1:43:49 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    Saying that children “instinctively” understand the importance of the environment, President Obama said Thursday that climate change should be taught in schools and “weaved” into science and social studies classes. During a Twitter question-and-answer session, the president responded to about a dozen tweets, most about climate change. One tweet asked Mr. Obama how he believes children should be educated on environmental issues such as global warming.
  • Common Core ‘architect’ David Coleman’s history with Bill Ayers and Barack Obama

    05/28/2015 12:24:32 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 9 replies
    Education Action Group ^ | Nov 27, 2013 | Danette Clark
    (Nov 27, 2013) Referred to as ‘Common Core lead standards authors’ by the Council of Chief State School Officers, David Coleman and Jason Zimba are just two in a long list of Common Core creators whose academic roots are with the education-for-a-revolution machine borne by Annenberg Institute, Carnegie Corporation, Bill Gates, et al. Today, Coleman and Zimba are head of Student Achievement Partners, an organization that played a leading role in developing the standards and actively supports districts and states in implementing them. Prior to Student Achiement Partners, Coleman and Zimba were co-founders of the Grow Network (now owned by...
  • Will the races ever sit down, shut up, and listen to each other?

    05/27/2015 8:50:19 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 22 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/27/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    It was a while ago that our Attorney General, the one and only Eric Holder, claimed that our country was a bunch of “cowards” for not wanting to discuss issues of race. I am willing to discuss them. And contrary to the opinion of race baiters and progressive, grievance mongers, I won’t bow to the narrative they have developed over the past seven years. Most Americans believe race relations in this country are bad and deteriorating. In my lifetime I have not had any difficulty with someone of another race. Perhaps that is because I was in the military for...
  • Affluent School Districts Don't Guarantee Better Academic Performance

    05/26/2015 10:10:47 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/20/2015 | Anne Schieber
    Some parents in affluent Michigan school districts may be surprised to learn the local school isn’t just failing to give their kids a leg up, it’s holding them back. New research shows that a number of Michigan schools in middle- to upper-income areas are underperforming on state and national proficiency exams. In eighth-grade math, for example, 58 percent of Michigan students failed to score at the proficient level on the National Assessment for Education Progress. “We’re trying to lift the stone so parents can see what is underneath,” said Lance Izumi of the Pacific Research Institute. Izumi, along with Alicia...
  • The newest liberal idiocy: Segregating 3rd-graders

    05/25/2015 6:43:31 PM PDT · by Repeal 16-17 · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 24, 2015 | Naomi Schaefer Riley
    “Can racism be stopped in the third grade?” That’s the question asked in this week’s New York Magazine cover story by journalist Lisa Miller. The short answer, of course, is that it all depends on how you define racism. At the Fieldston Lower School, a $43,000-per-year Riverdale institution, the administration sees racism everywhere. Just consider the “microaggressions” that have been uncovered.
  • Scott Walker's GOP rips apart local democracy

    05/24/2015 5:33:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    Madison Capital Times, Your Progressive Voice ^ | May 24, 2015 | John Nicholas, Associate Editor
    Scott Walker and his legislative minions have no respect for local democracy. One of Walker’s early acts as governor was to sign a law that pre-empted Milwaukee’s paid sick days ordinance — which voters had approved by 69 to 31 percent and which the state Court of Appeals had upheld. Dana Schultz of 9to5, the National Association of Working Women, described the state override of the Milwaukee law as “an assault on democracy, local control and working families." The assaults have continued, with Walker and his allies moving again and again to prevent Wisconsin’s towns, villages and cities from acting...
  • NJ teacher who had students write 'get well' notes to cop killer fired

    05/14/2015 12:05:49 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/14/15 | foxnews
    A New Jersey public school teacher who instructed her third-grade students to write “get well” letters to a convicted cop killer was fired at a raucous school board meeting that stretched into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, despite her pleas that “there’s a community behind me.” Marylin Zuniga, a first-year teacher who drew widespread condemnation for assigning her young charges the task of writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal, was canned at the meeting of the Orange Board of Education, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported.
  • Hm: All 15 Charter School Applicants Rejected in NY

    05/23/2015 3:31:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) recently proposed the Parental Choice in Education Act as a way to provide more opportunity for parents in choosing which schools would be the best fit for their children. The legislation would use $70 million in taxpayer money to create an education tax credit for families making $60,000 or less. Parents who qualify could receive up to $500 in a tax credit or refund for each student attending a private school. Among other benefits, it would also encourage more private school scholarships. "This is about fairness and this is about parents choosing the school that is...
  • Controversy over ‘global warming’ in Wyoming school curriculum

    05/23/2015 6:08:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    Eagle News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    The proposed adoption of $300,000 worth of reading materials for Cody, Wyoming students stalled this week amid criticisms about the curriculum’s “very liberal, very slanted view of the world.” School board and community members spoke out against a slate of proposed materials for K-12 students that cover topics like global warming, evolution and race. The materials are published by education giant Pearson and Boston publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ... that aligns with the national Common Core standards. But many in the community are concerned about how the texts address issues like global warming, which is treated as settled science ......
  • School Bans Jesus, Bible From Child's Assignment

    05/23/2015 4:46:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Mackenzie Fraiser is 12-years-old. She’s a sixth grader at Somerset Academy, a charter school in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Mackenzie is also a Christian. In February, she was instructed by her technology teacher to create a PowerPoint demonstration about her life. One of the requirements was to include a slide with an inspirational message. So Mackenzie decided to use a Bible verse – specifically John 3:16. That familiar passage reads: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” But the teacher had a problem...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • NY rejects all applications for new charter schools

    05/21/2015 7:01:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 21, 2015 | Yoav Gonen and Aaron Short
    The state Education Department has rejected all 15 applications for new charter schools, including 12 in New York City, claiming they failed to meet academic standards. “We always look for quality and these applications didn’t measure up,” Education Department spokesman Dennis Tompkins said Wednesday. “We invited several of the applicants to reapply in June and we gave them suggestions on how to improve their applications.” But charter-school advocates weren’t buying it, saying the rejection of all the applicants reeked of pro-teacher-union politics. “The timing and nature of these blanket rejections should raise serious concerns for New Yorkers ... Mayor de...
  • Is desegregation dead?

    05/19/2015 9:08:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 18, 2015 | Heather Knight, Chronicle Special Report
    San Francisco gives parents a say in where their children go to school — and that is leading to less diversity [snip] A federal judge ordered desegregation, and in 1971 San Francisco put children on buses that crisscrossed the city so they could be in multiracial schools. The plan almost immediately ended racial isolation — but it also helped drive families out of the district and into the suburbs or into private schools. Many Chinese families resisted integration, boycotting district public schools and creating their own private “freedom schools” for their children instead. From the 1960s to 1983, the school...
  • Watch: Michelle’s Race-Baiting Shredded By Black Guy Who Gives Her A Must-See History Lesson

    05/19/2015 5:53:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 18, 2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    Watch: Michelle’s Race-Baiting Shredded By Black Guy Who Gives Her A Must-See History Lesson VIDEO B. Christopher Agee May 18, 2015 at 2:32pm In a recent installment of Zonation, host Alfonzo Rachel reacted to Michelle Obama’s recent commencement address at Tuskegee University. As Western Journalism reported, the first lady used the forum to spread a message of victimhood among black graduates. “I’m disappointed that the students at Tuskegee University didn’t get up and walk out on Michelle Obama’s speech,” Rachel said. “It’s like the graduates spent all that time at the college and didn’t learn anything worth a hard donut.”
  • Walker's ban on Common Core up for vote

    05/19/2015 3:22:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    KLS, Utah ^ | May 19, 2015 | AP
    <p>MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker's proposal prohibiting the state superintendent from forcing local school districts to adopt Common Core academic standards is up for a vote in the Legislature's budget committee.</p> <p>The Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to act on the proposal Tuesday.......</p>
  • Local Union Bolts State Union

    05/18/2015 1:11:55 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Clerical workers and classroom assistants at an intermediate school district headquartered in Cadillac have voted to decertify the Michigan Education Association local as their exclusive bargaining unit. The 60 members of the Educational Support Personnel Association of the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District will form their own independent union, according to the current president of the union local. “This is not an anti-MEA decision,” said Deb Kasza, the president of the support personnel local, in an email. “We would like to have more autonomy and to keep our money to do things for our members and our community. We are proud...
  • New Braunfels ISD responds to 'FOCUS room' complaint

    05/15/2015 8:13:24 PM PDT · by Marie · 40 replies
    KVUE ^ | May 15, 2015 | KVUE
    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – New Braunfels ISD responded Friday to a complaint from parents of a student at Carl Schurz Elementary School being in a "FOCUS room." A website, called "The 'Focus Room' Horror" and dated May 13, shows photos of a visibly upset boy sitting on the floor of a room. The website writes that the boy is a 9-year-old student named Alex and states that he was confined to the room for more than an hour. According to the website, Alex was told to sit in a circle drawn on the floor for 90 minutes "to earn 90...
  • Why Unions Hate School Choice

    05/15/2015 11:07:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/14/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Conventional public school districts may covet the taxpayer dollars that follow a student when parents choose to enroll their child in a Michigan "public school academy" — also known as a charter school. But that isn’t the only motive behind the intense political campaign aimed at limiting the number of public charter schools, or even shutting them down altogether (see the Abed amendment). Union efforts to maintain the flow of school employee dues might be an even stronger motive. For teacher unions and those politically and financially dependent on them, charter schools represent a significant threat. In academically failing school...
  • Sex Education Today

    05/14/2015 10:23:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/14/15 | Al Caruba
    There is no knowing what they are learning, for good or ill, in school In the 1940s and ‘50s, what passed for sex education was literally about the birds and bees as metaphors for inception and child birth. The emphasis was on waiting until marriage to engage in sex. There were instructional books with a mostly medical orientation to the information they provided but whether they could be found in the schools is anyone’s guess. Somehow that generation (and earlier ones) managed to learn enough about sex to engage in it within the context of a society that regarded sex...
  • Detroit Public Schools Gave 8 of 10 Teachers Highest Rating Despite Being Nation's Worst District

    05/13/2015 2:14:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 38 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    When Gov. Rick Snyder recently proposed creating a new school district organization to serve Detroit schoolchildren, he cited a “lack of educational success” and “failing academics” and pointed out that Detroit is the “nation’s lowest performing urban school area.” However, the Detroit Public School district's most recent evaluations of its own teachers paint a picture of success in 2013-14. The district gave 8 out of 10 teachers the highest evaluation possible — “highly effective.” Full email response from DPS Spokeswoman Jennifer Mrozowski. Starting with the 2011-12 academic year, school districts have been required by state law to report on their...
  • Liberal teacher: Common Core like education system I saw in Soviet Union

    05/13/2015 12:48:04 PM PDT · by walford · 22 replies
    Education Action Group ^ | May 13, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    HOOKSETT, N.H. – The New Hampshire Union Leader published a guest op/ed from a teacher who identifies herself as a liberal.  Diane Sekula is a teacher in Hooksett, NH and she was responding to a published article that said Common Core is a conservative flashpoint. Sekula writes:I come from a staunch Democrat family. By most people’s standards, I would be considered liberal. I am also, however, very much against Common Core. Public dissatisfaction with Common Core is not a partisan issue. It is a matter of importance for anyone interested in doing what’s best for the children of New Hampshire.She points...
  • Detroit Education Overhaul Would Cost Other Schools $50 Per Student

    05/13/2015 10:49:07 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Gov. Rick Snyder says his vision of new Detroit public school system does not represent a bailout because it doesn’t ask for more taxpayer dollars. But one study says that school districts around the state will have to chip in $50 per pupil, which some superintendents aren’t happy about. Snyder has proposed creating a new “Detroit Education District” to operate all public schools in the city. Alongside of this entity, the current Detroit school district would be retained in a purely administrative role for the purpose of paying off the massive debt it has accumulated. Money to service the debt...
  • The Oppression Narrative

    05/12/2015 9:41:45 AM PDT · by yuffy · 1 replies
    Politicalhat ^ | Posted on May 12, 2015 | The Political Hat
    We have previously mentioned the re-write of the AP guide for History. The new AP guide for teaching History is nothing less than (yet another) declaration of war against the very essence of America. Elizabeth Price Foley over at Instapundit has termed the MiniTru approved truth as “the oppression narrative.” An apt label for an education system that tears down American civilization as an “evil” and replaces it with a Howard Zinnified version of reality. As Foley notes: “How about just teaching our children about the founding, the Constitution, and the major historical eras? It isn’t a cultural anthropology or...
  • FAIL: ONLY 18 PERCENT OF 8TH-GRADERS PROFICIENT IN US HISTORY

    05/05/2015 5:18:15 PM PDT · by yuffy · 44 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4 May 2015 | by DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Results of the “Nation’s Report Card” released this week by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that only 18 percent of 8th-graders are “proficient” or above in U.S. history, and only 23 percent are proficient in civics. Despite hundreds of billions of dollars poured into education programs in the United States via the U.S. Department of Education, the “Nation’s Report Card” states that 8th-graders’ average NAEP scores in U.S. History, Geography, and Civics demonstrated no significant change since 2010 when students were last assessed. In geography, just 27 percent of U.S. 8th-graders performed at or above the proficiency...
  • At What Point Do We Call Schools Orphanages?

    05/04/2015 9:20:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 4, 2015 | Joy Pullmann, managing editor
    Schools that do everything parents should are not schools. They're orphanages. The city fathers of Buffalo, New York are considering what they call “public boarding schools,” “where students as young as first or second grade would be assured proper meals, uniforms, after-school tutoring and activities.” “We have teachers and union leaders telling us, ‘The problem is with the homes; these kids are in dysfunctional homes,'” Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino told the Huffington Post. The “Buffalo Institute of Growth would supplement a college-style academic schedule with life skills and social activities that would keep students on campus seven days...
  • Baltimore 2013. Teacher rips pupils: They defecate on desks, steal, assault, set fires, trash school

    05/04/2015 7:00:58 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08.01.2013 | G. Kane
    "Regarding your recent editorial, 'How to end the killing,' your last paragraph made me want to vomit. 'No doubt, Baltimore needs effective police and prosecutors, ample drug treatment, better schools, and more economic opportunities.' "I have taught in the Baltimore public school system for the past two decades. What we need is better students. We have many excellent teachers. I cannot count the number of students who have physically destroyed property in the schools." "They have trashed brand new computers, destroyed exit signs, set multiple fires, destroyed many, many lockers, stolen teachers' school supplies, written their filth on the...
  • School District Refuses to Inform Teachers They Don't Have to Financially Support the Union

    04/29/2015 6:10:33 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/27/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Taylor School District has defied an order from the Michigan Employment Relations Commission that schools post a notice stating that teachers are no longer obligated to financially support the union as a condition of employment. The order, which was issued on Feb. 13, came in response to an unfair labor practice complaint by teachers regarding their rights under the Michigan right-to-work law enacted in December 2012. Angela Steffke is a Taylor teacher who filed suit against both the district and the union. In defiance of the right-to-work law, the district and union entered into a 10-year agreement that required...
  • Candidate cries foul over debate participation

    04/28/2015 6:46:30 AM PDT · by logi_cal869
    Register Guard ^ | 4/23/2015 | Josephine Woolington
    Eugene School Board incumbent Mary Walston, who is up for re-election next month, urged neighborhood organizers of a school board candidates’ debate next week to either reschedule the debate or prevent her opponent from participating because she will be out of town. Organizers of the debate agreed to honor Walston’s request to bar her opponent from the debate — which, in turn, prompted the opponent, Colin Farnsworth, to cry foul. A substitute teacher in the Bethel, Eugene, Springfield and South Lane school districts, Farnsworth said it is “extremely unfair and undemocratic that my participation and perspective will be censored during...
  • School District Has to Spend $1 Million to Improve 'Failing' Academic Performance

    04/27/2015 10:29:31 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/24/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Godfrey-Lee Public Schools had to divert about $1 million from its general fund to cover some of the costs for state-imposed sanctions for what the Michigan Department of Education deemed as failing academic performance by the students at the district's high school. Superintendent David Britten said the state’s grants for the mandates didn’t cover all the costs necessary to execute the improvement plan, and programs had to be cut and class sizes increased. Yet, the high school in the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools received an “A” grade from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for its academic performance based on state...
  • CPS' financial straits cost taxpayers with sharply higher interest rates on bond sale (Chicago)

    04/23/2015 1:27:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 04/22/2015 | Chris Fusco
    The Chicago Public Schools — already facing a federal criminal investigation of its CEO and a projected $1.1 billion budget deficit next school year — now must pay a price for those problems through higher interest rates on a new $300 million bond deal. The rates lured investors to buy the bonds, which CPS says it will use to pay off recently completed construction projects. But they also mean Chicago taxpayers will pay more over the life of the borrowing deal, financial analysts said Wednesday. The main bond issue — for $280 million to be repaid over 25 years —...
  • Charter School Parent 'Grateful' to Have a Choice

    04/21/2015 9:25:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/20/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    LaTanya Dorsey is a mother who sends her daughter to a public charter school in Eastpointe. Her daughter is on the honor roll and doing very well. Dorsey didn't expect to have a say in where her daughter went to school. “Usually, it's the district that you're in is the school that you would have to attend,” Dorsey said. “That kind of surprised me — that I did have a choice to send her to another school, so I was real grateful for that.” Dorsey said that parental choice is critical to helping students attend a school that is the...
  • Former School Police Officer Hired To Protect Students Raped 22 Boys Instead

    04/18/2015 2:20:27 PM PDT · by Ken H · 82 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | April 18, 2015 | n/a
    Former Pittsburgh school police officer Robert Lellock has been arrested and charged with raping 22 male students he was hired to protect. A federal lawsuit notes that school officials should have known about the abuse, as Lellock was frequently taking boys out of the classroom to rape them in a janitor’s closet. According to the Tribune-Review, Robert Lellock worked for the Pittsburgh public school system as a school police officer where he repeatedly sexually abused at least 22 boys. One victim claims that Lellock removed him from class at least two dozen times to rape him in a janitor’s closet....
  • Denver teacher's 'I wish my teacher knew' assignment goes viral

    04/17/2015 9:35:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    UPI ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    DENVER, April 17 (UPI) -- A Denver teacher's assignment asking third grade students to write down things "I wish my teacher knew" went viral when she shared some of the responses.