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  • 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 · 10 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.
  • Students at Pittsburgh-area school allegedly organize “Anti-Gay Day”

    04/17/2015 12:54:19 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 29 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | uncredited
    A Pittsburgh-area school district is investigating allegations of harassment involving students. Several parents and students from McGuffey High School in Washington County have reached out to Channel 11 News voicing concern about a so-called “Anti-Gay Day” allegedly organized by some students. A group of students allegedly spread the news that if they were “Anti-Gay,” they were to wear a flannel shirt and write “Anti-Gay” on their hands. Below is a statement from Dr. Erica Kolat, the superintendent of McGuffey School District. “Yesterday afternoon, April 16, 2015, allegations of harassment were brought to the attention of our administration. McGuffey School District,...
  • Ann Arbor schools bans guns with new policies

    04/16/2015 3:58:18 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 34 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Lindsay Knake
    If anyone but a law enforcement official carries a gun into an Ann Arbor school, administrators will ask the person to leave and call the police. Under a new policy, a weapon such as a gun in a school constitutes an emergency. The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education on Wednesday, April 15, unanimously voted to ban dangerous weapons, including guns, from school buildings and property. The vote approved three policies that outline the superintendent's ability to be able to close schools, cancel buses or student and staff events before, during and after school in the case of an...
  • High School Writing Assignment: 'Pretend You Are a Muslim' (10th Grade World History Class)

    04/15/2015 11:44:44 AM PDT · by drewh · 54 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | April 15, 2015 7:58AM | by Fox News Insider
    High school students in Wisconsin were asked to pretend that they were Muslims for a 10th grade World History writing assignment. Union Grove High School teacher Beth Urban asked students to write a five paragraph essay in which they pretend they are a Muslim male or female in the U.S. "Give three examples of what you do daily for your religion and any struggles you face," Urban instructed. The assignment has some questioning why this is part of a World History class and also if similar assignments were given for other religions. "I wonder if any of the kids who...
  • School Writing Assignment: 'Pretend You Are a Muslim'

    04/15/2015 11:47:36 AM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | April 15, 2015
    High school students in Wisconsin were asked to pretend that they were Muslims for a 10th grade World History writing assignment. Union Grove High School teacher Beth Urban asked students to write a five paragraph essay in which they pretend they are a Muslim male or female in the U.S. "Give three examples of what you do daily for your religion and any struggles you face," Urban instructed.
  • Let Detroit Students Attend School Anywhere They Want

    04/14/2015 11:06:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In 2009, students in Detroit Public Schools posted the worst test scores ever measured on a national test. “There is no jurisdiction of any kind, at any level, at any time in the 30-year history of NAEP that has ever registered such low numbers,” said Michael Casserly, then the executive director of the council that administered the assessment. “They are barely above what one would expect simply by chance, as if the kids simply guessed at the answers.” Since then, charter schools have flourished in the city and more than half of Detroit's students attend them. A recent study from...
  • Coalition Wants $153 Million a Year Bailout for Detroit Public Schools

    04/14/2015 6:30:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A coalition hoping to restructure the Detroit Public School district is asking the state to absolve the district of as much as $153 million in annual pension and debt payments. John Rakolta, CEO of Walbridge construction company, is a co-chair of Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, and laid out to Michigan Capitol Confidential how the group came up with their calculations. The coalition’s report states: “The state of Michigan should take responsibility for past operating debt that occurred on its watch: $53 million a year." In addition, the group wants the state to let Detroit schools off the...
  • Poor Cities' School Districts Receive the Most Funding

    04/13/2015 9:09:56 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/5/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The city of Flint has more than twice the percentage of people living in poverty as the state average. And Flint Community Schools has been running a deficit since 2010-11. But poor cities such as Flint don't necessarily translate into poorly funded school districts. Flint schools isn't losing money because of a revenue problem. According to the Michigan Department of Education, Flint received a total of $13,127 in total per-pupil revenue in its general fund (local, state and federal dollars) in 2013-14, making it the highest-funded district in Genesee County. The chart shows each district's general fund per-pupil funding received...
  • State Superintendent Puts Failing Schools Ahead of Students' Choice

    04/10/2015 10:41:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/8/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In 2014, there were 35 public high schools in Detroit, 20 of them “conventional” public schools and 15 charter schools. Of the 20 conventional schools, all but two earned an “F” on the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s student progress grading system, which unlike official state ratings take into account the effect of student family backgrounds on performance. In contrast, only two of the city’s 15 public charter high schools received a failing grade. Nevertheless, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says the Legislature should impose a moratorium on opening any more charter schools, so that conventional school districts like Detroit can...
  • School District Discriminates Against Pro-Life Clubs

    04/08/2015 5:14:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/08/2015 | Blake Neff
    Two students seeking to start school pro-life clubs in Fargo, North Dakota, are claiming they are victims of unconstitutional discrimination from officials opposed to their cause.According to a complaint letter sent by the Thomas More Society (TMS), a public interest law firm assisting the students, Brigid O’Keefe of Fargo North High School and Katie McPherson of Fargo Davies High School have each spent months attempting to establish pro-life clubs at their schools, to no avail. McPherson first applied to found a club in September 2014, while O’Keefe applied last February. Both had their applications declined, with O’Keefe saying she and other potential club members were...
  • Arabic Immersion a 'Golden Ticket' for HISD students-Call to Action Alert

    04/05/2015 4:33:57 PM PDT · by magna carta · 12 replies
    Ban Sharia Law ^ | April 4,2015 | Betsy Denson
    Those traveling down Durham Drive may have noticed a new sign recently at 812 W. 28th St., the site of the former Holden Elementary and interim facility for HISD’s Energy Institute High School. The bright green sign for HISD’s new Arabic Immersion Magnet School (AIMS) is up, repairs and enhancements are underway on the campus and Principal Kate Adams is preparing to welcome the first batch of students this fall.
  • Gov. Walker Proposes Bold Education Budget

    04/05/2015 1:34:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Maclver - The Free Market Voice for Wisconsin ^ | February 2, 2015 | Christian D'Andrea
    Governor Scott Walker did not shy away from educational reforms in his 2015 State Budget Address. The second-term administration proposed sweeping changes that included a statewide school voucher program, A-F grades for all publicly funded schools, the creation of a statewide independent charter school authorizer, and a $141.9 million per-pupil funding supplement in 2016-17. That's a lot to process, so let's just get down to brass tacks. Here are the major reforms that Gov. Walker unveiled in his 2015 Budget Address: Voucher Expansion Walker's biggest announcement was the creation of a new statewide school choice program that would allow students...
  • Dem bill establishes kids' weekend meals program

    03/30/2015 2:57:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) has unveiled legislation to establish a program, so schools and food banks can offer meals to low-income students on weekends and holidays. Titus's bill would create a five-year pilot program for providing food to students eligible for free or reduced lunch during the week, when school is out. The Nevada Democrat noted the measure comes at the same time as many schools are out for spring break. Students who rely on meals provided during the school day for sustenance consequently might not have enough to eat. "Vacation from school should never mean hunger for children. This...
  • USDA Promotes Terrifying Body Exhibit to Fight Childhood Obesity

    03/29/2015 7:46:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is promoting a giant full-body exhibit for kids to walk through to promote healthy eating habits.While encouraging schools to apply for nearly $6 million in grants to help them comply with the First Lady Michelle Obama-promoted Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act new lunch standards, the USDA highlighted efforts by the Kansas State Department of Education.“Body Venture, a traveling health education exhibit sponsored by Kansas State Department of Education travels to schools to teach students about nutrition and physical activity,” the USDA said in a blog post Friday.Body Venture is a 45-foot by 50-foot exhibit that starts...
  • De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar

    03/29/2015 1:43:51 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 42 replies
    http://newyork.cbslocal.com ^ | March 4, 2015 | unknown
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City public schools have added two Muslim holidays to the school calendar, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced Wednesday. Schools will now close for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, making New York City the largest school district in the nation to recognize the two holidays on the official school calendar. “We are committed to having a school calendar that reflects and honors the extraordinary diversity of our students,” said Farina.
  • Board overseeing Wisc's for-profit schools fights for its life [EAB looks like a shakedown outfit]

    03/29/2015 2:43:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Wisconsin Watch ^ | March 29, 2015 | Madeleine Behr and Kate Golden
    David Dies fears that if Gov. Scott Walker succeeds in eliminating the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, the for-profit schools it oversees will ramp up practices that could harm students. “If you basically throw the rule book out, I can guarantee you that they will take advantage of their ability to market and recruit as aggressively as possible,” said Dies, the board’s executive secretary. The proposal to eliminate the EAB is part of Walker’s proposed 2015-17 budget. Since its unveiling in February, Dies has been trying to persuade state lawmakers to reject the idea. Dies said his small agency is already...
  • Missouri School Lists Runaway As Homeless Despite Him Having Loving Home, Collects Federal Money

    03/25/2015 10:41:16 AM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 18 replies
    The Missouri Torch ^ | March 25, 2015 | Duane Lester
    When Deanna Sporleder's 17 year-old son announced he was spending the night at his 16 year-old girlfriend's house, her home life turned upside down, and part of it was subsidized by federal grants to the local school.Deanna and her husband were against their son leaving home and moving in with his teen girlfriend, but the girl's parents consented and the local law enforcement, both county and city, told Deanna that at seventeen, her son could move out and they had no power to stop him. A few months later, she while signing her other children up for school, she asked...
  • VIDEO: Fifth-grader brings AZ state senator to tears as he critiques Common Core

    03/23/2015 9:49:51 AM PDT · by Kyle Olson · 23 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 3/23/15 | Brad McQueen
    PHOENIX, Ariz. – Fifth grader Aaron Bencomo brought the Arizona Senate Education Committee to tears as he testified in support of HB2190, a bill to end Common Core in the Grand Canyon state. With his mom Kristi sitting to his left beaming with pride, Aaron decimates the “one size fits all” Common Core standards detailing how they are destroying his love of leaning as they ignore kids’ unique learning needs for the sake of conformity. I dare you not to tear up as Aaron cites from the Declaration of Independence to support his desire for the adults in the room...
  • 16 ideas from Marc Andreessen for a more dynamic US economy

    03/22/2015 7:48:16 AM PDT · by hripka · 10 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 2/23/2015 | James Pethokoukis
    In a classic Marc Andreessen “tweetstorm,” the venture capitalist offers 16 “somewhat-less obvious ideas for how to expand the # of “unicorn” great tech startups over time.” (I have added a few links and a chart.) Taken together, I think, Andreessen’s ideas point toward a more dynamic, competitively intense economy which (a) generates both more entrepreneurs and more creative and innovative workers with deep expertise, (b) provides easy and open access to ideas for entrepreneurs and low barriers to starting and growing their firms, (c) offers a safety net that encourages work and mobility and risk taking. In short, just...
  • Upstate N.Y. School Apologizes For Reciting Pledge Of Allegiance In Arabic

    03/19/2015 1:48:09 PM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    newyork.cbslocal.com ^ | March 19, 2015
    PINE BUSH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A school in upstate New York has apologized for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic after complaints from district residents who lost family members in the Afghanistan war. The pledge was read in Arabic during Wednesday morning announcements at Pine Bush High School, located 65 miles northwest of New York City. Some students were angered and responded with catcalls. District Superintendent Joan Carbone told the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that she received complaints from residents who lost relatives in Afghanistan and from Jewish parents.
  • Michigan Senate passes bill allowing 3 bake sales per week in public schools

    03/19/2015 10:21:04 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 11 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Kyle Feldscher
    LANSING -- The Michigan Senate passed a bill allowing up to three fundraising bake sales in public schools per week, providing a way around federal health standards that banned them. brownies. State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton Township, introduced Senate Bill 109, which passed 36-1, with one senator excused from voting. Colbeck said Boy Scouts in his district asked him why the state banned bake sales in schools. After looking into it further, he realized Michigan had not approved exemptions from the federal Smart Snacks in School standards that disqualify most bake sale items. "(This bill is a) common sense change...
  • To Ensure School Compliance with the Law, Include Financial Incentives

    03/18/2015 7:04:50 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/11/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    For most people who follow government, nothing is more meaningful or more dramatic than the struggle to pass a law. In this romanticized view, the passage of a law means that change was required, and that those who break the new law will be punished. In 2011, the Michigan Legislature passed a series of education reforms, designed to retain and reward Michigan’s best teachers. According to these new laws, districts would have to pay high-achieving teachers a premium, and could not make teacher hiring and firing decisions on the basis of seniority alone. For those who celebrate new laws, this...
  • Everything in the Israeli-Hamas Conflict is *ss Backwards! (Rush)

    07/26/2014 4:42:09 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 7-25-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: All right. The Israelis have rejected the ceasefire proposal made by the haughty John Kerry, who served in Vietnam. The Israelis reject ceasefire deal. The only thing a ceasefire does is allow Hamas to regroup. I think Hamas is on the ropes and that's why everybody wants a ceasefire. I'm telling you, everything over there is ass backwards. Everything in this conflict is 180 degrees out of phase. They want the ceasefire to give Hamas time to regroup. "Well, we have to make it fair, Mr. Limbaugh, because the Israelis have such an unfair advantage. They're richer and they're...
  • Suspected female gang members caught on camera beating up 14-year-old girl during violent brawl

    03/17/2015 6:56:42 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 14, 2015 | By Evan Bleier
    During a violent fight at a Florida middle school that was captured on cellphone video, a group of a suspected gang members teamed up on a 14-year-old girl and beat her up. The fight, which took place at Homestead Middle School in Homestead, involved Angelina Padron and a number of other students. Padron was able to hold her own against one of the suspected gang members, but when other girls jumped in she fell to the ground and was overrun.
  • How liberal discipline policies are making schools less safe

    03/15/2015 8:10:05 PM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    nypost.com ^ | March 14, 2015 | Paul Sperry
    New York public-school students caught stealing, doing drugs or even attacking someone can avoid suspension under new “progressive” discipline rules adopted this month. Most likely, they will be sent to a talking circle instead, where they can discuss their feelings. Convinced traditional discipline is racist because blacks are suspended at higher rates than whites, New York City’s Department of Education has in all but the most serious and dangerous offenses replaced out-of-school suspensions with a touchy-feely alternative punishment called “restorative justice,” which isn’t really punishment at all. It’s therapy. “Every reasonable effort must be made to correct student behavior through…restorative...
  • The 'Too Many School Districts' Myth

    03/12/2015 6:32:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/9/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    There are too many school districts, according to state officials. Even though student enrollment is declining, more school districts open every year, these officials say, putting existing districts under financial pressure. Though this may seem like a school finance and administrative issue, the “too many school districts” narrative is often used to criticize charter schools. Juxtaposing Michigan’s decreasing enrollment with the rising number of school districts (entirely driven by charter schools) is just a way to complain about the fact that more charter schools are opening. Charter schools in Michigan are legally defined as “districts,” even though most are single...
  • Latino Studies curriculum will make CPS (Chicago Public Schools) a pioneer [edited]

    03/11/2015 12:02:37 PM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Catalyst Chicago ^ | March 9, 2015 | Melissa Sanchez
    When CPS unveiled its interdisciplinary Latino and Latin American studies curriculum last week, there was one module that really jumped out at School Board member Jesse Ruiz. Eighth grade students at district-run schools will learn about the World War II-era “bracero” program that brought Mexicans to the U.S. to fill labor shortages in agricultural fields. It’s a little-known bit of immigration history that’s more often taught in college ethnic studies courses or upper-level high school classes than in elementary schools. “My father was a bracero,” says Ruiz, before recounting his father’s stories of brutal treatment by supervisors in the fields....
  • Denver schools have four times the administrators as other districts

    03/11/2015 9:49:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Watchdog ^ | March 11, 2015 | Arthur Kane
    Denver Public Schools had four times the number of administrators as any other large metro area districts last year, and salaries and benefits for those staffers are $22 million more than the next largest metro district, Colorado Department of Education figures show. The teachers’ union president reviewed the data Watchdog.org obtained and said the nearly $68 million paid to DPS administrators would be better spent on students. “We need to be talking about keeping dollars closer to classroom when it comes to public education,” said Henry Roman, president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association. “Should they be putting the money...
  • Wall Street Journal Op-ed Supports Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco Schools Dispute

    03/09/2015 8:46:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    In an op-ed column published in the Wall Street Journal, Ryan Anderson and Leslie Ford of the Heritage Foundation defend San Francisco's Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone against his critics. The archbishop's new policy, barring Catholic-school teachers from public support of policies that contravene Church teachings, is not an infringement on the teachers' rights, the writers argue; it is bid to ensure that Catholic schools promote Catholic principles, and maintain their distinctive identity. "A Fight to Keep Catholic Schools Catholic" (Wall Street Journal)
  • MI: School Sued for Violating Gun Law

    03/08/2015 5:07:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Every one of the 50 states has some kind of firearms preemption law.   This makes perfect sense, as otherwise each town, county, and local government could enact a local ordinance to invalidate your right to keep and bear arms.   You could easily be placed in jail for an inadvertent violation of an ordinance that you never knew existed, just because you crossed an invisible political boundary.  Michigan has such a law.   MCL 123.1101(a) and MCL 123.1102 preempt local units of government from regulating firearms. School Districts are local units of government.  In Michigan, a number of school districts are...
  • Moody's downgrades CPS credit rating [ Chicago Public Schools ]

    03/07/2015 5:45:37 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 03/06/2015 | Maudlyne Ihejirika
    Moody’s Investors Service on Friday announced it had reduced its rating on Chicago Board of Education debt to one level above junk bond status. Moody’s downgraded the rating to Baa3 from Baa1 on the board’s general obligation debt. That rating applies to a total of $6.3 billion in outstanding debt held by Chicago Public Schools. That lowered rating, according to Moody’s, “reflects CPS’s continued reliance” on its reserves to cover ongoing operating expenditures, “particularly pension contributions, which will steadily increase in the coming years.” ... the lowered CPS rating also takes into account the city’s own credit rating, which also...
  • DISD [Texas] Student Captures Teacher’s Profanity-Laced Lecture On Cell Phone

    03/06/2015 11:16:05 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    CBS Dallas-Fort Worth ^ | March 3, 2015 | Andrea Lucia
    While a 12-year-old student recorded with her cell phone, her teacher delivered a nearly 7-minute profanity-laced lecture. (snip) Diana says she took the recording to the principal Tuesday morning, but wasn’t satisfied with the reaction. “She asked me to delete the video, not to have the video in my phone, not to do anything with it,” said Diana. But Diana didn’t delete it.
  • Charter School Growth in Michigan is Not the 'Wild, Wild West'

    03/02/2015 9:49:01 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/27/2015 | Jack Spencer
    When in 2011 the Legislature voted to repeal a cap on charter public schools, Democrats warned that “allowing an unlimited number” of “for-profit” charter schools would put students at risk. Four years later, a new report by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools finds that while Michigan has the fifth most charter school students in the country at 159,000, growth in the number of schools has been steady. California leads the nation with 547,800 charter school students. Nationwide, there are an estimated 2.89 million students enrolled in charter schools. The report states that Michigan added 10 new charter schools...
  • Let’s Destroy Liberal Academia

    03/02/2015 4:23:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 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 · 59 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