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  • Parents Complain Students From Adjacent Districts 'Overcrowding' Their Schools

    10/01/2015 11:50:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/30/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A recent story in the Lansing State Journal on a Michigan public school choice program featured parents from two different school districts complaining that the program is causing overcrowded classrooms in their own districts. But data from the Michigan Department of Education show that the complaints are not supported by the historical record. Enrollment at one of those districts has been in decline for the past eight years, while the other has not experienced any significant enrollment increase. The story focused on how the East Lansing and Holt school districts have benefitted from the schools of choice program begun in...
  • Tennessee School Districts Balk At Revealing Islam Lessons

    09/30/2015 10:34:21 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 47 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 09/30/2015 | ERIC OWENS
    Tennessee School Districts Say Revealing Islam Lessons May Cost ‘Millions,’ Take Too Darn Long Dozens and dozens of taxpayer-funded Tennessee school districts are refusing to comply with an open records request from a conservative legal nonprofit seeking materials and documents relevant to the way public schools are teaching Islam — primarily to middle schoolers. The American Center for Law & Justice, a law firm that generally promotes conservative and Christian principles, sent its open records requests to all 146 taxpayer-funded school districts in Tennessee earlier this month, reports The Tennessean, Nashville’s main newspaper. A Nashville attorney, Chuck Cagle of the...
  • Former Teacher Lionized by Left for Resignation Letter Omitted Key Details

    09/29/2015 9:52:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/26/2015 | Tom Gantert
    n August, Michigan public school teacher Stephanie Keiles became a folk hero when she went public with her story about why she was quitting her job. Keiles had spent nine years as a teacher in Plymouth-Canton Community Schools when she announced in an online essay that she was leaving the profession. The Michigan Education Association promoted her story as did prominent national websites, including The Washington Post and Huffington Post. A Michigan newspaper columnist recited Keiles' claims as if they were the gospel truth as an example of how teachers are not respected. National public schools advocate Diane Ravitch even...
  • About 260 Chicago Public Schools lose money due to enrollment losses

    09/26/2015 10:36:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-25-2015 | Juan Perez
    Chicago Public Schools ... The district said it would freeze funds for schools where students appear to be enrolled, but have not attended any days of classes or received class schedules. ... The district said 10th day enrollment totaled 367,499. In 2002, the district's enrollment was 438,589.
  • Education Secretary Duncan’s children to go to Chicago private school he attended

    09/26/2015 10:49:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2015 | Valerie Strauss
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan grew up in Chicago and attended the private, prestigious University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. The pre-K-12 Lab Schools are progressive institutions ... resident Obama’s two daughters attended the school before moving to Washington in 2009, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s children are enrolled there now. And in the fall, Duncan’s children will be attending Lab, too, while his wife works there. .... his children will attend a progressive private school in Chicago, a school that does not follow key school reform policies that his Education Department has set for public schools. It does not, for example,...
  • Virginia school suspends students for Confederate flag on clothes, vehicles

    09/19/2015 9:40:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/19/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I remember the good old days when liberals who wanted to tear down the symbols of the Confederacy were assuring us that it was only an issue when it flew on taxpayer owned, public property over the seat of government. Other than that it was a question of free speech. (Or racism or oppression or whatever you like.) Remember that line? Ah, good times, my friends. But that’s long since ceased to be the case. As many of us predicted, this trend was going to spread like pubic lice at an Occupy Wall Street camp, and it has been...
  • The Clock is Ticking on 'Islamophobia'

    09/18/2015 5:09:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 52 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 18, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    The Clock is Ticking on 'Islamophobia' “If you see something, say something” – unless the suspicious person is a Muslim. September 18, 2015 Robert Spencer    Of all the people arrested over the past week, only Ahmed Mohamed of Irving, Texas was invited to the White House as a result. This is because Mohamed is fourteen years old, and a Muslim, and was arrested because of rampant “Islamophobia” in the U.S. – or at least so goes the media narrative that Barack Obama has eagerly abetted by issuing his invitation.  The facts of the case are not in dispute;...
  • Threats Prompt Lockdowns at 8 High Schools: District (San Diego CA)

    09/17/2015 11:29:33 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 12 replies
    NBC 7 - San Diego ^ | September 17 | R. Stickney & Liberty Zabala
    Phoned in threats were received at eight schools within 15 minutes, officials said. Eight high schools in San Diego received threats Thursday, prompting lock downs at all eight schools facilities and an immediate response from San Diego and district police officers.
  • Students forced to recite 'Allah is the only god'

    09/15/2015 7:59:19 AM PDT · by detective · 27 replies
    WND ^ | 09/14/2015 | Bob Unruh
    Amid a new report of Islamic indoctrination in public schools, the American Center for Law and Justice is fighting back with a petition drive that already has garnered 120,000 signatures. Earlier this year, public-school students in Madison, Wisconsin, were given an assignment to “pretend you are Muslim,” while students in Florida were instructed to “recite the Five Pillars of Islam as a prayer, make Islamic prayer rugs and perform other Muslim rituals,” ACLJ said Monday. Now, parents of public-school students in Tennessee are protesting assignments that include writing a declaration that Allah is supreme and textbooks that recount Islamic doctrines...
  • California's school test scores reveal gaping racial achievement gap

    09/10/2015 6:10:47 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 45 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 09/09/2015 | Sharon Noguchi
    The first results of a new test on student performance in California schools revealed a majority of students failed to meet state standards in math and English -- with a stark racial achievement gap despite decades of efforts to close it. Of more than 3.1 million public school students tested in English statewide, only 44 percent met or exceeded standards; in math, only 33 percent met that threshold, according to the state Department of Education, which released the new scores. Scores at Bay Area schools generally mirrored the statewide results, as performance correlated with family and community wealth, language ability...
  • Judge Who Jailed Kim Davis Also Ordered Opposition to Sodomites to be Re-Educated

    09/06/2015 4:26:18 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 112 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 9/5/2015 | Tim Brown
    Now, we're getting somewhere. The judge that ordered Kim Davis to be jailed for not breaking the law, but opposing his unlawful orders, is the same judge behind re-educating (indoctrinating) Kentucky student who opposed sodomy. That judge, a Bush appointee no less, was none other than US District Judge David Bunning. In 2003, the communist American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the Boyd County Board of Education. The suit was to bully the Boyd County High School into allowing a "gay-straight" alliance club to meet. Parents overwhelmingly spoke out against the club, but to no avail. (Hint: Parents who love...
  • State’s Faltering District Managers All Given High Rankings

    09/04/2015 6:00:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/2/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Earlier this year, a group investigating reform options for Detroit’s public schools recommended that the state's Education Achievement Authority (EAA) be ended. The EAA was created in 2011 to take over management of the state's lowest-performing schools — which currently means 12 schools in Detroit. The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren wrote in its March report: “Fifteen years after the state took over our school system, three years after the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) took control of the city’s lowest-performing schools, academic achievement remains tragically low, by far the worst of any big city in the country.” When...
  • Forcing Girls To Share A Bathroom With A Gender-Confused Boy Is Abuse

    09/03/2015 3:44:24 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 53 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 2, 2015 | Matt Walsh
    Yes, the females with female anatomies and XX chromosomes, who’ve been using girl locker rooms and girl bathrooms their entire lives, should be the ones to relocate to different facilities. We have no problem telling them to suck it up or go pee somewhere else, but for Perry we must move mountains. On the scales of justice, one gender-confused boy outweighs several hundred girls. This is how things work in our enlightened society. Now hundreds of concerned citizens are organizing a counter protest for later this week, hoping to finally intimidate and silence any girl who might still have the...
  • Superheroes No More

    09/03/2015 6:46:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | September 3, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Ridiculous stories about political correctness float around the Internet like so much ocean garbage. Occasionally, one washes up on "Good Morning America" with a larger story to tell. A little girl named Laura was sent home with a note because she had brought a Wonder Woman lunchbox to school. (The website The Mary Sue first reported the story, from a post on the social media site Imgur.) In the letter addressed to Laura's parents, the school explained: "The dress code we have established requests that the children not bring violent images into the building in any fashion -- on their...
  • Ex-Montgomery teacher sentenced to 40 years for sexual abuse of children

    08/29/2015 6:08:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/28/15 | Donna St George
    A former Montgomery County music teacher was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Friday for sexually abusing 14 young children at an elementary school.At the hearing, Lawrence W. Joynes spoke publicly about his actions for the first time and described himself as ashamed, frightened and remorseful.“I’m so sorry I betrayed your faith and your trust in me,” said Joynes, a 27-year veteran of the public school system, addressing his former students in a statement. “I never, ever meant to harm any of you physically or emotionally. For any damage, any shame, any trauma that I’ve caused, I apologize from...
  • Katrina swept away failing school system in New Orleans

    08/25/2015 3:24:44 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Amid the rubble and rebuilding efforts, unseen by most Americans was a profound rebuilding of a major American city’s education system. Tragically, it took a hurricane to do this. But out of Katrina’s death and destruction rose one of the greatest transformations ever witnessed in American public education. A decade later, education reformers highlight the “Katrina effect” in education innovation and reform. Katrina left most New Orleans schools literally underwater. Most schools remained officially closed for months. Many New Orleans families fled the city to escape the floods and rebuild lives; some never returned. Many students who remained missed months...
  • Columbus schools administrator who changed data gets jail time

    08/27/2015 10:44:38 AM PDT · by relictele · 2 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 27 Aug 2015 | Bill Bush
    Michael Dodds, a former top-level administrator who oversaw several Columbus City Schools buildings, will report to jail today to start serving a 14 day sentence for his role in manipulating student data to make the district look better. Dodds pleaded no contest in June and was convicted on three felony charges: attempted tampering with government records and two counts of unauthorized use of property. Today, Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft sentenced Dodds to a jail term of one day less than that received by Stephen B. Tankovich, the former district administrator who masterminded the data purging, received for...
  • School band told to stop performing 'How Great Thou Art'

    08/24/2015 8:12:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    foxnews ^ | Aug. 21, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched. The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” was a part of their halftime show — in violation of a federal court order.“The Rankin County School Board and District Office are very saddened students will not be able to perform their halftime show they have worked so hard on this summer,” the district wrote in a statement to the Clarion Ledger newspaper. In 2013 a student sued the district over a...
  • HRC’s ‘Gender Inclusive Classrooms’ Guide: Say ‘Friends’ or ‘Students’ Instead of Girls and Boys

    08/18/2015 3:00:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies ^ | August 17, 2015 | Lauretta Brown
    ( – To help “create a classroom where students aren’t limited based on gender stereotypes,” teachers should address classes using words like “friends or “students” rather than girls and boys, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) advises in a new back-to-school guide.The first tip suggested by the HRC’s Welcoming Schools Initiative is for teachers to avoid using gender to “divide and address students.” The guide claims that separating students for activities according to gender “can leave some students feeling out-of-place, making them distracted or isolated and not able to focus on learning.”The guide recommends finding new, inventive ways of dividing students...
  • Obama’s “Community Schools” Aim to Replace Parents

    08/13/2015 4:40:41 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 43 replies
    The New American ^ | 8/12/2015 | Alex Newman
    Lawmakers and the Obama administration are plotting to unconstitutionally commandeer local schools and turn them into “full-service community schools” — government centers that will usurp vast new responsibilities over children that have traditionally been handled by parents and families. Under the plan, adopted in the Senate last month as part of a massive “education bill” solidifying federal control over children and schools, federally funded so-called community schools will “target” families and children for “services” covering their “academic, physical, social, emotional, health, mental health, and other needs.” If Congress and the Obama administration get their way, these full-service parent-replacement centers will...
  • How Unions, Districts Hold Back the Best Teachers

    08/13/2015 5:12:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/9/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Every year the teachers union local at the Birmingham school district requests nominations for its “Teacher of the Year” award. Yet the district itself did not designate a single one of its 624 teachers as “highly effective” in its 2013-14 staff evaluations, the most recent released by the state. Moreover, the Oakland County district does not offer merit pay to reward successful teachers, despite a state law that requires this. Ironically then, Birmingham teacher Rick Joseph was selected by the Michigan Department of Education as the state's 2015-16 teacher of the year. Joseph earned $88,770 in 2014-15, but not because...
  • Most Michigan School Districts Privatize Services

    08/12/2015 5:59:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/8/2015 | Jonathan Moy
    The Lansing School District is considering privatizing custodial services. The Lansing State Journal first reported the development in mid-July, and July 29 was the deadline for service providers to submit bids. With almost 12,000 students, Lansing is one of the state’s largest school districts. In Michigan and around the country, privatizing custodial services has saved school districts money. For example, the rural Ludington school district saved $150,000, about $67 per student. Lansing’s neighbor, the Okemos Public Schools, saved $600,000 — or $150 per student. If it follows through, the Lansing district will join nearly 260 others across Michigan that have...
  • CPS budget relies on state cash that isn't there [ Chicago Public Schools]

    08/11/2015 4:27:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | 08/10/2015 | Chris Fusco, Natasha Korecki and Jordyn Holman
    Chicago Public Schools officials on Monday proposed a $5.7 billion operating budget for the upcoming school year that relies on $480 million in new funding from state government that might never come. School leaders conceded the spending plan contains a mix of “unsustainable” borrowing and limited classroom cuts that they say they must begrudgingly make because of a $676 million payment for teacher pensions that’s due at the end of the school year. There also are numerous fiscal wild cards in the mix, including budget adjustments that might ensue should CPS reach an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union on...
  • How Private Schools Can Help When Other Schools Have Failed

    07/23/2015 8:18:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/19/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    It's easy to understand how Liz Roe, a mother sending her daughter to Utica Community Schools, became so frustrated. Liz had seen her daughter, Mia, struggle with reading since kindergarten. "My brother had dyslexia," Liz said, "So, I kind of recognized the flipping of words and numbers." But despite repeated requests, Liz says Utica schools failed to give Mia the services she needed to excel in the classroom. Throughout her first few years in elementary school, school officials made Mia feel despondent. In first grade, her teacher told Mia's family that she was "hopeless." In third grade, when Mia asked...
  • GI Bill being used to reimburse some very… [how to put it mildly?] interesting schools

    07/20/2015 3:06:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/20/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    For those not familiar with the GI Bill – the program which provides numerous benefits for our veterans when they complete their terms of service – it can be a pretty good deal. It’s undergone several changes over the years (having first evolved in the 40s and 50s) but it’s helped a lot of veterans, including me. One of the most commonly used features aside from home mortgage programs is the education benefit. Veterans can go to school and have significant portions of their tuition covered, allowing for an easier transition to civilian life.Some of the schools which a...
  • Private school parents: 100-day requirement for voucher money isn’t fair (Nevada)

    07/18/2015 6:26:58 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | July 17, 2015 | Ian Whitaker
    Parents of private school students don’t want to put their children in public school for 100 days to be eligible for Nevada’s new voucher program. That was the general consensus of four hours of public comment at a Friday hearing on the new law. Parents urged lawmakers to figure out another way to determine eligibility for the program, which currently requires students be enrolled at a public school for 100 days before their parents can receive money. SB302, passed by legislators this year, says families can receive around $5,000 each year per student to use on things like private school...
  • Superintendent Tries to Stop Students From Leaving

    07/16/2015 12:51:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/14/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    Albion Superintendent Jerri-Lynn Williams-Harper is asking nearby school districts to stop providing transportation to Albion students who have chosen to enroll in a different district through "Schools of Choice." Most districts throughout the state participate in SOC and have opened their doors widely and sought to serve disadvantaged students from other districts. Williams-Harper, whose district has seen hundreds of students leave using SOC, wrote a letter to nearby districts asking them to "cease and desist immediately" from busing in Albion students to the schools of their choice. By asking school districts to withhold busing, the Albion superintendent is trying to...
  • Archbishop Chaput Releases Statement on Fired Catholic School Staffer

    07/14/2015 6:22:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is weighing in on the firing of teacher from a Montgomery County Catholic school, who allegedly lost her job because of her same-sex marriage. Margie Winters says she lost her job as the religious education director at Waldron Mercy Academy because of her marriage to Andrea Vittori. More than 100 people gathered together in support Winters at General Wayne Park in Lower Merion Township on Sunday afternoon. "I'm here to support Margie and let her know what was done to her was unjust, discriminatory and unfair," said Anthony Arechavale, parent. "I think it's...
  • Look who is defining sin. Say what?

    07/13/2015 12:13:06 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 10 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | July 13, 2015 | Martin Mawyer
    For those unfamiliar with the NEA, it is the nation’s largest labor union – not just the largest teacher’s union, mind you. But the largest labor union in the country. Period. It has over three million members. Its mission is “to advocate for education professionals” blah, blah, blah. In other words, they are an organization of teachers who unite to demand more money, benefits, better work environments and whatever else they can get their hands on. They also advocate for just about any left-wing liberal cause that enrages conservatives, even if it has nothing to do with teaching. One of...
  • The Return of High School Shooting Sports

    07/13/2015 5:33:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 12, 2015 | Michael Walsh
    These kids are going to be future legislators, and they’re going to get in there and know the truth about weapons. When I was in high school, back in the Stone Age, many if not most American high schools, both public and private, had shooting teams. Then the wilting violets and pansies took over and set about effecting Fundamental Emasculation of American society. But now, gradually, shooting sports are coming back: ... Competitive musketry dates to 16th century England and has been an Olympic sport since 1896. Today trap, a cousin of skeet and sporting clays, is as popular with...
  • School teachers working in Israeli schools supported ISIS, Shin Bet says

    07/06/2015 9:09:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 6, 2015
    Security forces have arrested six Israeli Beduin men from the Negev town of Houra, four of whom work as school teachers, for allegedly supporting the Islamic State terrorist organization. The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) revealed Monday that the men were arrested over the past two months. They allegedly took part in secret meetings in which they discussed Islamic State doctrine, and spread the group's propaganda among their family members and associates. Some of the suspects planned to join the ranks Islamic State in Syria. Those who worked as teachers at schools in the Negev used their positions to spread...
  • Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

    07/02/2015 3:51:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | July 2, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT, REBECCA DOWNS
    Earlier this month, reported on a high school in Seattle, Washington that is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control and doing so without parental knowledge or permission.The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as an abortifacient. So, a young teen in Seattle canÂ’t get a coke at her high school, but she can have a device implanted into her uterus, which can unknowingly kill her unborn child immediately after conception. Or, if she uses another method, she can increase her chances of health risks for...
  • CPS (Chicago Public Schools) teachers, parents protest 1,400 layoffs, $200M in cuts

    07/02/2015 3:20:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 7/02/15 | Sarah Schulte
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Hundreds of Chicago Public Schools teachers and parents protested at City Hall Thursday morning following 1,400 layoffs and $200 million in cuts to meet a teachers' pension deadline. Mayor Rahm Emanuel delayed a $634 million pension payment until the eleventh-hour on Tuesday, waiting to see any relief would come from state lawmakers. It never came. The mayor and Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz outlined on Wednesday who would be laid off and where cuts would be made. Ruiz said most of the 1,400 jobs cut were in administration and special education programs. Very few teachers were laid...
  • Alexander, Murray Bill Tightens the Screws of Mandated Assessments

    06/30/2015 9:56:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jane Robbins
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Heidi Huber, founder of Operation Opt Out Ohio.Parents across the nation are in open revolt against the testing mania that has seized public schools under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Common Core national standards. In some states, thousands of students — 200,000 in New York alone — are refusing the “mandatory” assessments. One would think the Washington politicos who are writing the NCLB reauthorization bill would take note of this widespread rebellion and would ease — or better still, eliminate — the federal testing requirements. But unlike the repentant thief who...
  • Texas Religious Schools Lose in Obamacare Abortion-Drug Mandate Case

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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