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  • Let’s Destroy Liberal Academia

    03/02/2015 4:23:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    It’s time to give current university system the Old Yeller treatment, except normal Americans will giggle when this rabid mongrel gets put down. Sure, the legions of administrative timeservers, otherwise unemployable tenure ticks, and loan-loaded future baristas who infest our colleges will be plenty sad. After all, their free ride will come to an end when we derail their gravy train. And it shall be glorious, for the tears they shed when forced into a world that demands achievement, effort and accountability, will be a powerful tonic for productive citizens like us who have carried these obnoxious parasites for the...
  • This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, His State's Economy

    02/28/2015 6:10:04 PM PST · by SendShaqtoIraq · 58 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 02/28/15 | Carl Gibson
    "Minnesota's Governor raised the minimum wage, signed an equal pay act, and raised taxes on the rich to fund K-12 schools and higher education. Minnesota now has the 5th highest job growth in the nation and median income is $8,000 higher than the national average. By contrast, Governor Walker in the neighboring state of Wisconsin did the opposite: he gave the rich $2.1 billion in tax breaks, busted unions, and cut school funding more than any governor. Wisconsin now ranks 37th for job growth, median income is $800 below the national average, and the budget deficit is so large Walker...
  • Golden Pride of Cleburne High - Jesus Christ Superstar 1986 [A high school band in Texas, 1987]

    02/26/2015 12:49:56 PM PST · by DesertRhino · 20 replies
    JRRTorchlight YouTube ^ | Uploaded on August 19, 2008
    If you want to realize that we have truly been the classic boiling frogs the last few decades, take a moment to look at this video from 1987. It's a simple video of a high school band from Cleburne Texas that won the state competition that year. Look at it, and imagine if this bunch of high school kids performed this today, after the socialist cultural revolution. If you are in a hurry and don't feel like watching the whole 10 minute show, skip ahead to the 2:20, 4:40, 6:10, and 7 minute marks. See if you can find the...
  • N.J. schools would teach kids how to interact with police under proposed law

    02/26/2015 12:51:17 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 39 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 10-FEB-2015 | matt friedman
    New Jersey schools would be required to teach students how they should interact with police officers under proposed legislation a sponsor says could protect both kids and cops.
  • The Terrorist Threat To Our Schools Pt. 1 (Remember Beslan?)

    02/23/2015 10:31:32 AM PST · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    NationalTerrorAlert.com ^ | Undated | Unattributed
    Some time after 9/11, several pieces of an elaborate puzzle came together for the first time and created a stunning picture of the complex planning that went into the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Unfortunately, those pieces came together much too late. Over the past couple of years, National Terror Alert has featured several seemingly unrelated news events and stories, all with a common thread… A potential terrorist threat to our nations children and schools. With each news story it appears that the planning of a new attack, one with potentially horrific consequences, could be in the...
  • The Costly Asylum Racket

    02/17/2015 7:27:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17. 2015 | Phyllis Schlafly
    We've had a lot of media comment about the bad effects of Obama's executive orders admitting millions (yes, millions) of illegal immigrants and giving them welfare, Social Security, driver's licenses and a path to citizenship. Like many Americans, I realized the importance of this when thousands of unfamiliar people from a foreign country, without any advance notice, appeared in my community. Then I attended an education conference where the asylum racket to admit millions of foreigners (long ignored by the media) was described by a knowledgeable speaker, Ann Corcoran. She started by asking questions of her audience. Did you hear...
  • Arizona Education Chief Nullifies Federal Food Fundraising Rules

    02/16/2015 6:12:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | February 15, 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    A state-level bureaucrat is standing up to the the central government planners is a most unusual way. Arizona’s superintendent of public instruction, Diane Douglas, has informed all school districts in the Grand Canyon State that they have blanket authority to ignore all federal nutrition mandates regulating school fundraisers. "Forcing parents and other supporters of schools to only offer federally approved food and snacks at fundraisers is a perfect example of the overreach of government and intrusion into local control," Douglas said in a statement. "I have ordered effective immediately, that the ADE Health and Nutrition Services division grant exemptions for...
  • 'It is a long related nightmare,' Holocaust survivor shares her story of courage

    02/15/2015 7:13:43 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 10 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Robert Bondy
    JACKSON, MI - Marion Blumenthal Lazan has experienced the horror of constantly having death on her mind. Blumenthal Lazan spent six and a half years in refugee, transit and prison camps, including the infamous Bergen-Belsen, during the Holocaust. As just a child she battled mental and physical hurdles, witnessing countless deaths each day. "When I talk about those years it is a long related nightmare, a very bad dream," Blumenthal Lazan said. "I separate myself from it ever having happen to me and that is how I deal with it." On Wednesday, Feb. 11, Blumenthal Lazan shared her story of...
  • Newtown Panel’s Report Aims to Improve Safety

    02/13/2015 7:37:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 13, 2015 | Marc Santora
    More than two years after Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 schoolchildren and six faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as well as killing his mother and himself, a state commission released a draft report of a wide-ranging set of recommendations on Thursday with the goal of preventing such killings.
  • School Principal Supports Racist Anti-Cop Student Poster: “We Can’t Let Whites Win” (shortened)

    02/11/2015 2:29:25 PM PST · by Ray76 · 30 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Feb 11, 2015 | Sundance
    An anti-cop racist poster hangs in the school with the full approval of the Principal stating “students need to be able to express their feelings” and calling the poster an “expression of free speech”. Compare and contrast this example to a Georgia Teacher who was suspended for writing “all lives matter” on a facebook post. "We can’t let these whites win." Full title: School Principal Supports Racist Anti-Cop Student Poster: “We Can’t Let Whites Win” – Then Becomes Angry When Questioned About The Inherent Message
  • Bill would allow prosecution of teachers for distributing ‘harmful material’ to minors (Kansas)

    02/05/2015 1:15:33 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    kansas.com ^ | 02/04/2015 | Bryan Lowry and Suzanne Perez Tobias
    <p>Lawmakers are considering bill that would make it easier to charge and prosecute teachers with distributing harmful material to minors.</p> <p>Proponents say that would give needed protection to students. Opponents say it could criminalize the teaching of biology or controversial works of literature and that communication is a better option.</p>
  • The Power and Limits of Indoctrination

    05/25/2014 6:55:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Power Line ^ | 5/25/14 | Steven Hayward
    Cass Sunstein, Obama’s former regulatory “czar” and one of the smartest and most devious thinkers on the left, has a highly revealing Bloomberg column out this week reporting on the results of a study of the way China has attempted indoctrination in its school system. This column and the underlying study (it’s an NBER paper, behind a paywall unless you have academic access) are useful as background reading for everyone who is rightly concerned about how Common Core standards will likely become the means of nationalizing a liberal school curriculum. (What? You mean you aren’t reassured by the promises from...
  • Erdogan Launches Sunni Islamist Revival in Turkish Schools

    02/02/2015 5:42:21 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 16, 2014 | Alexander Christie-Miller
    When Hasan Erol and other parents learned that their children’s school would be converted to specialise in Islamic education, they hit the streets. Yeşilbahar Middle School is among five in Istanbul’s staunchly secular district of Kadıköy to have been earmarked for conversion into imam-hatips, religious schools in which 20% to one-third of hours are dedicated to Sunni Islamic study. “They want to transform this area into something else,” says Erol, whose 13-year-old son goes to the school. “They want to make it more conservative by bringing imam-hatips here.” Yeşilbahar was spared. Authorities relented in the face of protests and a...
  • Teacher Pensions Going To Kill Us All

    01/28/2015 5:49:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Teacher pensions are a huge and growing crisis waiting to explode without major reforms, warns a new report released Tuesday by an educational think tank.“Do the math on teacher pensions and it just doesn’t add up,” argues the National Council on Teacher Quality in its report, Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions. Total unfunded teacher pension liabilities in 2014 were a whopping $499 billion dollars, the group found. That amount is surging rapidly; in 2012, the total was just $394 billion, meaning that pension debt is growing by over $50 billion a year.Some states are in a particularly huge hole....
  • School Choice Allows Student to Succeed at Stanford

    01/23/2015 5:09:51 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/22/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Last April, Michigan Capitol Confidential published “From Detroit to the Ivy League: One Student’s Journey,” about Cesar Chavez Academy student Daniel Felix, who comes from a poor community but achieved high academic scores and letters of acceptance from many of the top universities in the country. The best research shows that students in charter public schools in Michigan gain an academic advantage over their conventional school counterparts. According to a study from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), charter students in Detroit gain three months of additional learning compared to students of similar backgrounds in Detroit Public Schools....
  • California girls' basketball coach suspended after 161-2 win

    01/18/2015 4:46:59 AM PST · by Mozilla · 40 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1-18-15 | AP/Yahoo
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California high school basketball coach has been suspended and faces accusations of mercilessly running up the score after his team won a game 161-2, one of the most lopsided scores in state history. Arroyo Valley High girls' coach Michael Anderson was suspended for two games after the victory last week against Bloomington High. Anderson said that he wasn't trying to run up the score or embarrass the opposition. His team had won four previous games by at least 70 points, and Bloomington had already lost a game by 91.
  • Teacher convicted of showing high school class violent movie

    01/18/2015 4:41:53 AM PST · by Mozilla · 26 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1-16-15 | AP/Yahoo
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former substitute teacher who showed a movie featuring graphic sex and violence to a high school class has been convicted of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Sheila Kearns showed the film, "The ABCs of Death," during five periods of a Spanish class at East High School in Columbus in April 2013, prosecutors said. The movie consists of 26 chapters, each depicting some form of grisly death and representing a letter of the alphabet, such as "E is for Exterminate," ''O is for Orgasm" and "T is for Toilet." A jury convicted Kearns of four felony...
  • A Better School Just a Mile Away, but Parents Don't Get a Choice

    01/16/2015 4:37:19 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/15/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Robert Luce lives in and pays property taxes to Canton Township. On a daily basis he watches school buses from the Plymouth-Canton school district pass by his house. However, the subdivision where Luce lives is located within the jurisdiction of the Wayne-Westland school district. This is also the district to which Luce and his neighbors pay school taxes. An elementary school in Plymouth-Canton is one mile away from his home, Luce said. The closest Wayne-Westland elementary school is four miles away. “It makes no sense,” Luce said. For parents it makes a great deal of difference though, and not just...
  • Democrats will appoint Muslim who said US schools should be like Islamic madrassas

    01/14/2015 2:32:43 PM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/14/15 | David Martosko
    Democrats will appoint Muslim to the House Intelligence Committee who said US schools should be like Islamic madrassas and warned law enforcement that 'Allah will not allow you to stop us' House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is set to appoint a Muslim lawmaker to the Intelligence Committee, congressional aides said Tuesday, giving him access to some of America's most closely held secrets in the war on terror. The move will come as the world is still grappling with an al-Qaeda death squad's massacre last week of journalists at the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, executed because they had published a...
  • As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted

    01/13/2015 7:07:16 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Last fall the Pontiac School District announced it had cut its deficit by $12.6 million in one year thanks in part to “substantial employee concessions," according to the Oakland Press. But citizens had to take the district's word about any concessions because it has failed to post the two most recent teacher contracts, ones signed in July 2012 and June 2013. This despite Michigan Department of Education regulations that require school districts provide a copy of their current union contract within 30 days of any changes being made. The school district did turn over copies of the two most recent...
  • New bill would require ethnic studies offering in high schools

    01/12/2015 7:23:36 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 01/12/15, | Samantha Clark,
    Under a new bill, California’s public high schools could be required to offer ethnic studies classes as part of an effort to build cultural understanding.
  • Documented: Black Students Target Teachers for Violence

    01/12/2015 6:35:49 AM PST · by PROCON · 62 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Jan. 12, 2015 | Colin Flaherty
    If all you knew about racial violence came from the protestors at a Manhattan Sunday brunch, you would know that black people are victims of relentless white violence. In the real world, black mob violence and black-on-white crime are astronomically out of proportion. Especially in schools. Especially directed at teachers. Especially this week in Monroe, Yonkers, Little Rock, and Buffalo. Let’s start in Monroe, Louisiana. Facebook videographer “Tanglewood Hard Hitta” transports us into the middle of a few dozen black teenage girls fighting and screaming. Teacher’s aide David Payne was trying to break it up when Ryan Marquez Gix took...
  • The Cross Examined College Prep Course

    01/12/2015 5:05:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2014 | Mike Adams
    I am pleased to announce that next summer I’ll be embarking on a new adventure with my friends Frank Turek and J. Warner Wallace. We’ll be touring churches across America with a one-day college prep course that is designed to help parents and children prepare for college so they will not lose their faith while they are there. Take a few minutes to go on to Frank’s website and see what we’re up to and how you can bring us to your town. Frank and J. Warner are world-class apologists. They will supply rich substantive information on defending the truthfulness of...
  • Common Core: Republican Minefield?

    01/09/2015 7:03:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2015 | Mona Charen
    Nine months from now, Republican candidates for president will meet on the stage of the Reagan Presidential Library (with the old Air Force One providing great visuals) for the first debate of the 2016 race. It seems likely that among those in attendance will be at least four -- Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush -- who support (or once supported) the Common Core. Republicans are about to find out what's been percolating among the grassroots. Properly undertaken, a debate about Common Core could be healthy for the party and the country. Or it could be an...
  • Islamic State School Closures: UN Says 670,000 Children Deprived Of Education

    01/07/2015 9:03:38 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    ibt ^ | January 06 2015 | Lora Moftah
    School closures ordered by the Islamic State militant group have resulted in an estimated 670,000 children in Syria being deprived of an education ... The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has seized territory in Syria and Iraq, began shutting schools in areas in eastern Syria in November. The closures were ordered pending a religious revision of the curriculum. ... Between 1.3 million and 1.6 million Syrian children have been prevented from attending school as a result of the now five-year civil war, which has killed more than 200,000 and displaced half the country’s population ... In September, students...
  • 30,000 Surveillance Cameras Monitor D.C.-Area Public Schools

    01/02/2015 2:19:41 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    4 NBC Washington ^ | 01/05/2015 | http://www.nbcwashington.com/results/?keywords=%22Scott+MacFarlane%22&byline=y&sort=date
    Washington, D.C.-area public school districts have deployed more than 30,000 surveillance cameras inside school buildings, according to a review of security records by News4.
  • San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation

    12/30/2014 7:59:15 PM PST · by PROCON · 54 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | Dec. 30, 2014 | Cynthia McFadden, Tim Sandler and Elisha Fieldstadt
    Silence isn't something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes. And school administrators tell NBC News that the violence outside of the school, which is situated in one of San Francisco's poorest neighborhoods, was spilling into the school and affecting the students' demeanor. "The kids see guns on a daily basis," the school's athletic director, Barry O'Driscoll said, adding, "there would be fights here three-to-five times a week."
  • Here Are 10 Outrageous 'Zero Tolerance' Follies of 2014

    12/29/2014 3:26:37 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    Reason ^ | 12-29-14 | Lenore Skenazy
    Are your children safe at school? That depends on if you're worried about bullies or administrators. Here are 10 of the most infamous "zero tolerance" punishments handed down to kids—and even some adults—this year. 1. Student, 13, shares lunch, gets detention A 13-year-old boy at Weaverville Elementary School in California shared his school lunch (a chicken burrito) with a hungry friend. For this, he got detention. Superintendent Tom Barnett explained, "Because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals.” 2. Sunscreen not allowed on field trip—kids might drink it
  • Allah in our schools ( Common Core )

    12/28/2014 6:32:11 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 28, 2014 | Carol Brown
    Jihad, in its many guises and forms, is being waged across America. No aspect of our society has been untouched by this relentless attack. Including our schools. Our education system has been infiltrated by the enemy, as the next generation of Americans is brainwashed with white-washed Islam. The assault is coming from all directions and it never sleeps. Muslim Brotherhood front groups have been, and continue to be, integrally involved in the development of Common Core curriculum. They make sure a false picture of Islam is integrated into lessons, from K – 12. Our children are exposed to all manner...
  • Kilmer calls for swift renewal of Secure Rural Schools program ( WA and across the West )

    12/26/2014 4:35:35 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    kbkw ^ | December 19, 2014
    Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) called on Congressional leaders to reauthorize a program that provides key support to rural communities. Representatives Kilmer, Chris Stewart (R-UT), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) led a letter urging the swift renewal of Secure Rural Schools (SRS) to help counties with national forests. Since national forest land cannot be taxed by counties or states, for more than 100 years the Forest Service has shared revenues from timber harvests on federal lands with the nearby communities. In the letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi the members pointed out that SRS...
  • Londonderry schools placed on lockdown after soldier's unplanned visit to high school causes alarm

    12/24/2014 3:00:33 AM PST · by mkleesma · 44 replies
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | December 23rd, 2014 | APRIL GUILMET
    LONDONDERRY — An impromptu visit from a former Londonderry High School student who just got home from boot camp led to a misunderstanding — and a district-wide lockdown on Tuesday afternoon. Superintendent Nathan Greenberg said the former student showed up unannounced at the high school shortly before noon on Tuesday. Police said staff were immediately concerned, as the student, dressed in military fatigues, signed in to visit with a name unfamiliar to staff. The situation apparently grew heated when he was asked to leave and was ultimately escorted off the premises. Greenberg said the young man's sibling attends South Elementary...
  • Judge Blasts School Board for Unlawfully Arresting Concerned Father! (follow-up)

    12/23/2014 5:48:39 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 9 replies
    eagle rising ^ | 23 December 2014 | Tim Brown
    If you recall, back in May, William Baer was arrested after voicing opposition to a school board meeting about a controversial book by Jodi Picoult titled Nineteen Minutes, a story about a school shooting that contained pornographic content. It was also required reading for ninth graders. Now a New Hampshire 4th Circuit Court of Appeals judge has blasted the school board for "silencing" him and arresting him, which was a violation of Mr. Baer's free speech.
  • Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper: You’ll need the government to educate your children

    12/18/2014 10:19:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Redstate catches an unguarded moment with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper at a lunch earlier this week where he speaks extemporaneously and gives us a peek into what he believes the proper role of government to be. You might be surprised at just how little responsibility he feels you should take for yourself. Government should do what people individually canÂ’t do, or canÂ’t do well themselves. You know, educating our young people, [emphasis added] making sure our roads are designed and built properly, making sure our communities are safeÂ…that our economic system is robust, but at the same time fairÂ…that every...
  • Projections Show Schools Get More Even With Road Funding Shift

    12/17/2014 9:03:46 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/16/2014 | Jack Spencer
    State funding for public schools is projected to increase by $2.5 billion over the next eight years, even if a House GOP plan is adopted that would shift some sales tax revenue from schools to roads, according to a Mackinac Center for Public Policy analysis. James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy for the Mackinac Center, projects that under the House-passed road plan, school funding will still increase from $11.5 billion in 2014 to $14.0 billion in 2023. Without the House plan, the School Aid Fund would increase to $14.9 billion by 2023. The projections are based on an estimate...
  • Union Gives False Explanation to Members About Why Executive Salaries Rose

    12/15/2014 7:32:47 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/14/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    In response to a Michigan Capitol Confidential article about higher compensation for union executives, the Michigan Education Association sent a letter justifying the salary increases by making false claims to local leaders. The memo, which was sent Dec. 2 to all local presidents and is reprinted on the union’s Facebook page, says: Yesterday we filed our annual LM-2 filing with the US Department of Labor. The Mackinac Center is reporting ‘huge’ pay increases for MEA Executives. As some of you know, the LM-2 lists every person to whom MEA has written a check to over the past year – for...
  • Health groups fear bill could lead to return of pizza, fries in schools

    12/12/2014 12:47:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 12, 2014 | Lydia Wheeler
    Health advocates are blasting provisions in federal funding legislation that are seen as dialing back school nutrition standards, even as the White House seeks to downplay the riders as “minor adjustments” to the first lady’s signature policy. The bill known as “cromnibus,” contains language that would allow states to exempt struggling districts from having to offer all whole grain products and eases requirements for schools to reduce sodium levels. Critics who lobbied against more restrictive nutrition rules hailed the language as a win. The American Heart Association, meanwhile, worries the changes will open the door for more legislation that will...
  • Termites At Work on American History

    12/12/2014 6:39:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2014 | Mona Charen
    resident Barack Obama has launched a new initiative to get American schools to teach computer science. Appearing at a Newark, New Jersey, middle school, the president suggested that students, especially girls and minorities, should learn "not just how to use a smartphone but to create the apps for a smartphone." If we lived in a country where most students were graduating from high school with good English and math skills and with a firm grasp of American history and government, we might be in a position to make time for advanced computer skills. But we don't. Only about 68 percent...
  • Union President Concedes Right-to-Work Lawsuit; Strikes Back Against Workers Who Left

    12/10/2014 7:24:15 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/8/2014 | Tom Gantert
    After a teachers union president lost a legal battle involving forcing a non-union member to pay part of her salary for union-related activities, she responded by publishing the names of all former members who opted out of the union in a newsletter. Under Michigan's right-to-work law, employees can no longer be required to belong to or support a union as a condition of employment. According to Adam Neuman, the former Brighton Education Association member who sued to avoid having to pay part of BEA Union President Ellen Lafferty’s salary, the BEA president also put bright red “I Opted IN” buttons...
  • Minnesota schools allow male athletes who say they are female to shower with girls

    12/06/2014 9:57:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 103 replies
    Life site news ^ | Dec 5, 2014 | Dustin Siggins
    Athletes in Minnesota’s public schools who say they identify as the sex opposite their biological sex have won the right to shower with athletes of the opposite sex, as well as share locker rooms and hotel rooms. On Thursday, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) approved criteria that will create eligibility standards for schools to let transgendered students on single-sex sports teams. Students would be allowed to be on a team of the opposite gender if parents or guardians, as well as a health care professional, sign written statements affirming a student's “consistent or sincerely held gender-related identity.” A...
  • Students ditch classes for #HandsUpWalkOut national Ferguson protests [photos]

    12/01/2014 1:33:20 PM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 1, 2014 | Staff
    A #HandsUpWalkOut Ferguson protest was targeted to students and workers, and mostly students are taking part so far:
  • The Muslim Brotherhood in American Schools

    11/29/2014 1:46:27 PM PST · by RetiredArmy · 83 replies
    Barbwire.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Tim Brown
    The Muslim Brotherhood in American Schools "I am waging a Bloodless Revolution in America's Public Schools..." - Shabbir Mansuri (Founder and Director of the Council on Islamic Education) . Brigitte Gabriel spoke earlier this year at First Conservative Baptist Church and informed the people there that the Muslim Brotherhood is in the process of infiltrating American public schools, just as they have the United States federal government. Gabriel, author of two New York Times Best Sellers, Because They Hate and They Must Be Stopped, and founder of Act for America, said that she is passionate about the subject because it...
  • Report Reveals US Schools Whitewashing Hamas, PA

    11/25/2014 5:30:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 11/25/14 | Ari Yashar
    Parents groups are up in arms after a recent report found public schools in Newton, Massachusetts presented whitewashed versions of Hamas and Palestinian Authority (PA) charters, as well as other materials posing the destruction of Israel as acceptable. The findings were made through an investigation of classroom materials by the independent watchdog group Verity Educate, which discovered "repeated instances of bias against Israel, bias against the US and its actions in the Middle East, and bias that sanitizes the ideology and actions of terrorists." Parents for Excellence in Newton Schools (PENS), which took part in the research, on Sunday released...
  • Democratic Lawmakers Target School Choice

    11/25/2014 10:53:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/21/2014 | Jack Spencer
    In the last five months, Democrats in the Michigan Legislature have introduced 10 bills and two budget amendments that impose more oversight, reporting requirements, regulations, restrictions or an outright ban on charter public schools and the entities that authorize ("charter") them. The bills are part of an escalating battle over the extent which Michigan parents who can't afford or don't prefer private schools can still choose where to send their children to school. The bills come at a time when the number of charter schools in the state has expanded from 240 in 2009 to 303 in the current school...
  • State Superintendent Claims Detroit Public Schools Has Dramatic Teacher Shortage

    11/24/2014 1:14:45 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 38 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/21/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In late September, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said in a press release that there was a “dramatic teacher shortage” causing large classroom sizes in Detroit Public Schools. Flanagan called on businesses, career professionals and the state Legislature to help. A review of the number of teachers relative to the student enrollment in DPS, however, doesn’t paint a picture of a teacher shortage. Detroit Public Schools has one classroom teacher for every 16.65 students, a ratio that is a little higher than the state average but lower than higher performing school districts. Teacher-to-student ratios are not the same as class sizes,...
  • New York City Schools Expecting Flood of Illegal Aliens in Coming Years

    11/23/2014 7:53:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 11/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    While Obama is still making ridiculous promises of border security that are as credible as a crack addict promising that this will be his last go at the crack pipe, the actual liberal infrastructure is prepping for what’s really coming.A horrifyingly massive flood of illegal aliens attracted to amnesty like wasps to human sweat. New York has sent a warning to its schools: Expect more illegal immigrants.The city Department of Education has told principals it plans this year to enroll 2,350 migrant children from Central America who crossed into the United States unaccompanied — with many more to come.“It is...
  • Schools to close in Ferguson (for all of next week)

    11/21/2014 1:35:26 PM PST · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 21, 2014 | Ben Kamisar
    A school district that includes part of Ferguson, Mo., will cancel classes next week in anticipation of a grand jury decision on whether to indict a police officer for killing an unarmed black teenager, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “With the heightened anxiety and activity, we thought it would be better for students and staff to extend the holiday at this point," Jennings School District superintendent Tiffany Anderson told the paper. She added that most students walk to school because the district doesn’t provide school buses and that people had been approaching students on their walk home.
  • Charter School Group Warns State Superintendent

    11/20/2014 8:25:33 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/18/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Last week the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers sent a letter to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction challenging his authority to suspend charter public school authorizers without first going through the formal rule making process prescribed by the state's Administrative Procedures Act. Charter school advocates said they are expecting Superintendent Michael Flanagan to act sometime this week to suspend charter school authorizers from opening additional charter schools due to poor academic performance. Martin Ackley, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Education, said they were reviewing the Nov. 5 letter and would respond within the 90 days allowed by...
  • AP U.S. History - How Low Will They Go?

    11/19/2014 11:33:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jane Robins
    On one level it’s been entertaining to watch the College Board scramble to defend its radical new Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) Framework. When the public can see the truth merely by going to the College Board website and reading the Framework, it’s certainly a challenge to prove that the document isn’t what it clearly is – a leftist polemic that presents American history in a relentlessly negative light. An unfortunate recent performance by College Board vice-president Trevor Packer before a Georgia House study committee suggests that the College Board team is cracking under the strain. The APUSH course that...
  • Oakland schools to reinstate curriculum about Mumia Abu-Jamal

    11/18/2014 6:38:10 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 18, 2014 | Jill Tucker
    Oakland school officials, under pressure from supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal, have agreed to reinstate a controversial curriculum that includes a lesson comparing the convicted cop killer to the Rev. Martin Luther King J
  • Chicago public schools to teach 5th graders how to ‘increase sexual pleasure’

    11/18/2014 6:06:13 AM PST · by wagglebee · 49 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/17/14 | Kirsten Andersen
    CAUTION: The following article includes some graphic descriptions of sexuality in explaining the contents of a sex ed program intended for ten-year-olds. Last year, Chicago’s public school district outraged local parents and made national headlines when it announced its new sex education program would include kindergarteners.  Now, the program is again stirring controversy, as parents at one elementary school reacted with shock and dismay upon learning that their 5th grade students – ages 10 and 11 – would be taught how to use female condoms and lube for both vaginal and anal sex, with an emphasis on longer-lasting intercourse and...