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  • 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...
  • Md. school district: Don’t tell parents of transgender males bunking with daughters on field trips

    08/23/2016 10:21:15 AM PDT · by PROCON · 54 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    A Maryland school district is instructing teachers and administrators not to tell parents if their daughters are bunking with male transgender students on overnight field trips. Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for the Anne Arundel County public school system, says in a training video on how to accommodate transgender students that privacy issues prevent the district from informing parents about such arrangements. “So, many of you might be asking yourselves, ‘So I’m at an overnight field trip, and I have student who’s biologically a male, identifies as a female, and we’ve worked with that student and her family, and that...
  • How A War Hero Launched A War On Bad Math Instruction

    08/21/2016 8:59:32 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    Federalist, the ^ | 15 August 2015 | Nakonia Hayes
    In 1990, the Navajo students of Window Rock High School in Fort Defiance, Arizona, asked the author of their calculus book, John Saxon, to be their graduation speaker. The class sponsor had suggested the governor as their speaker, but the students wanted Saxon. A story in The Arizona Republic explained, “At this high school, as at thousands of other schools around the country, Saxon’s name is spoken with reverence by pupils who credit him with changing completely their views about math.” Arnell Yazzie, president of the senior class, said he and others taking calculus had lobbied for Saxon’s selection. “He...
  • Detroit Schools Deteriorated, Questions On $500 Million Bond

    08/17/2016 11:12:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/15/2016 | Tom Gantert
    During this past school year, the condition of the Detroit Public Schools’ buildings made national news. For example, Detroit teacher Shalon Miller wrote about her poor working conditions in an article published by The Washington Post. While the media coverage focused on the poor conditions of the schools, it did not mention that in November 2009, taxpayers approved a $500.5 million millage for DPS, specifically to improve the condition of the district's buildings. Miller wrote in The Washington Post: “I wonder why my students are left in the worst conditions possible.” And she said Wednesday that taxpayers should have the...
  • North Carolina School District Plans To Stop Labeling Students as 'Boys' And 'Girls'

    08/11/2016 10:12:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | August 9, 2016 | Sister Toldjah
    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg (North Carolina) School System had to temporarily put its HB2-defying transgender bathroom plan on hold due to a recent Supreme Court ruling. But the ruling hasn't stopped the slow roll-out of other controversial gender-related recommendations that it is set to make to the local school board on Tuesday night. Charlotte news station WSOC-TV reports:
  • Tucker Carlson: the Sad State of Modern Journalism

    08/10/2016 9:02:47 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 32 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 10, 2016 | Alex Nitzberg
    Criticizing the state of modern journalism, Tucker Carlson told AIM that journalists' obsequious behavior, blatant bias and monolithic worldview have compromised the integrity of the nation's fourth estate. Carlson, a member of the Fox News team and a veteran journalist who co-founded the Daily Caller, asserts that many journalists bask in the presence of "the powerful" and are "…afraid to challenge anybody in power." "That's kind of exactly the opposite of what you want. I mean the whole reason that journalists have a special kind of place in American society is because they're entrusted with this job to kind of...
  • Private Schools Could Save Michigan $750 Million a Year

    07/21/2016 6:13:24 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/20/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    Although Michigan offers parents educational choices through Schools of Choice, public charter schools, online academies and dual enrollment, the state has yet to tap into a resource of educational opportunity that’s ready and willing to serve tens of thousands of students: Michigan’s private schools. A generation ago, private school choice — giving public aid to help parents pay private school tuition — was an unproven novelty nearly everywhere in the United States. This year, more than half the states have these types of programs, serving about 400,000 students, and that number keeps growing. But before we can have a serious...
  • Calls for compulsory school Islam classes after axe attack

    07/20/2016 10:12:56 AM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | July 20, 2016
    Local authorities are calling for classes on Islam to be brought in at schools across the country after a radicalized Muslim youth attacked passengers on a train with an axe on Monday.“It is appropriate to bring in classes on Islam in state schools or schools overseen by the state,” Gerd Landsberg, head of the association of local councils, told the Rheinische Post on Wednesday. In this way the state can gain more control over the upbringing of Muslim youths, Landsberg said. On Monday evening, an attacker whom investigators believe was a 17-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, seriously wounded four people with...
  • Unfriendly Skies ("stealth jihadists have been active in the U.S. for decades")

    11/19/2015 5:09:32 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 17, 2015 | William Kilpatrick
    The bombing of a Russian passenger jet over the Sinai was most probably the end result of a stealth jihad operation. That might seem like a strange way of putting it, because we usually think of stealth jihad as something that radical Muslims do to subvert non-Muslim societies. Yet, unless there were already a stealth network in place, its unlikely that an ISIS operative would have been able to get by security and place a bomb on board the Russian plane. Although ISIS has taken credit for the bombing, they probably did so with the help of another group -...
  • New Ties Emerge Between Clinton And Mysterious Islamic Cleric

    07/13/2016 10:47:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/13/16
    A newly-released email and lobbying documents filed with Congress reveals new ties between Clintonworld and members of a network operated by a mysterious Islamic cleric from Turkey. Connections between Clinton and acolytes of the imam, Fethullah Gulen, could muddle the complex relationship between the U.S. and Turkey, a key NATO ally, if the former secretary of state wins the White House. TurkeyÂ’s president, Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan, has mounted an aggressive crackdown against Gulen and his followers, known as Gulenists. ErdoÄŸan, who was once allied with Gulen, has even personally asked President Obama to extradite the 74-year-old guru, who has lived...
  • Indian Valley Collective Library no longer a dream, but a reality

    07/02/2016 8:33:51 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    Plumas News ^ | Last updated 07/1/2016 at 12:39pm | Maggie Wells
    As a writer, editor, mother, and book lover for as long as I can remember, every time I stepped foot in the room called "Library Media Center" at Greenville High School, a little bit of my heart was broken. I began to think of the space as a giant metaphor for everything wrong with education. As a former educator, it gave me insight into where students in rural America are often coming from in terms of literacy. It has always been part of my teaching philosophy that you meet the student where he or she is and you build from...
  • Ph.D. Not Good Enough, Professor: You Still Can't Teach in Detroit Schools

    06/29/2016 5:39:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 41 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/24/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Christopher Douglas is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he teaches a half dozen classes. He has undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and economics from Michigan Technological University as well as a doctorate in economics from Michigan State University. Yet, Douglas has said he would have to complete additional coursework and also pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification to teach at a public high school in Michigan. And he isn’t alone. Ross B. Emmett is a professor of political economy and political theory and constitutional democracy at James...
  • Narrative Trumps Facts When Reporting on Detroit Public Schools

    06/28/2016 1:07:15 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A Detroit Public Schools teacher who lives in Novi was the basis of an article in a suburban newspaper that inaccurately portrayed Detroit Public Schools as being neglected by policymakers and taxpayers when compared to suburban schools. The article appeared in the same week the Legislature approved a $617 million bailout of DPS, which included $150 million extra for unspecified spending. The article originally appeared in the Novi Hometownlife newspaper, with the title “Separate, unequal: Inside a Detroit classroom,” and then was picked up and run online by the Detroit Free Press. It made several claims that are not supported...
  • House Republicans 'No Way' on Detroit School Choice Restrictions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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