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  • Louisiana House Passes Bill Banning Abortion Clinic Staff From Instructing in Schools

    04/17/2014 2:07:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Sarah Zagorski
    On Wednesday, H.B. 305, authored by Representative Frank Hoffmann (R-Monroe), passed through the Louisiana House of Representatives by a bi-partisan vote of 91-6. The bill had 35 Representatives join as co-authors. prolifestudents33H.B. 305 states that no individual or organization that performs elective abortion or its affiliates may provide instruction or materials in public elementary and secondary schools or in charter schools that receive state funding. Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the following about the vote: “We commend the Louisiana House of Representatives for passing H.B. 305 to protect the children in our state-funded school system....
  • Suspected Islamic militants abduct 100 female students from school in northeast Nigeria

    04/15/2014 11:15:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    AP ^ | ‎4‎/‎15‎/‎2014‎ | HARUNA UMAR
    Islamic extremists abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Tuesday, but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck, ... Islamic extremists have been abducting girls to use as cooks and sex slaves. Insurgents from the Boko Haram terrorist network are blamed for attacks that have killed more than 1,500 people this year alone. The group — whose name means "Western education is forbidden" — has targeted schools, mosques, churches, villages and agricultural centers in increasingly indiscriminate attacks. They have also made daring raids on military barracks and...
  • After marathon House debate, school-bullying bill goes to Dayton

    04/09/2014 6:24:46 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-9-14 | Christopher Magan
    After nearly 12 hours of impassioned objections by Republicans, the DFL-controlled House sent an overhaul of Minnesota's bullying-prevention law to Gov. Mark Dayton early Wednesday morning. GOP lawmakers acknowledged from the start of the debate at 1 p.m. Tuesday that House DFLers had the votes to pass the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, but they objected to the measure right up until the vote, shortly before 12:30 a.m. The bill prevailed on a 69-63 vote, mostly along party lines. The bill passed the Senate last week with a 36-31 vote with all Republicans and three DFLers voting against it....
  • Union Teacher Contract Has Illegal Racial Preferences Provision

    04/08/2014 11:26:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/7/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A Macomb County public school superintendent says the teachers union contract for her district has a provision that would cost the school all the concessions it negotiated if language believed to be against the law is removed. Two years ago, before Deb Wahlstrom took over as superintendent of Mount Clemens Community Schools, she said she was aware of issues in the union contract. Specifically, the union contract includes provisions that the board would not authorize any public school academies (charter public schools) and would implement an affirmative action program in the recruitment, hiring and retention of "multi-ethnic teachers." The full...
  • A More Civilizing Education

    04/06/2014 2:31:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Hey, Horace, looks like you might have been wrong. Dead wrong. That is, making good, respectful citizens isn’t best left to government schools. Way back before the Civil War, Horace Mann promoted the “common school” not merely to increase literacy and certainly not to prepare a majority of students for college. The movement that gave birth to the modern public school system in America was designed to inculcate good citizenship. The idea? Put all kids through a “shared experience.” The idea was to promote “American” ideas of democracy and republicanism into the minds of children who, Mann feared, were too...
  • Minnesota Senate approves anti-bullying bill

    04/03/2014 8:09:16 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-3-14 | Christopher Magan
    After considering 15 amendments and more than five hours of debate Thursday, state Senators approved a bill to strengthen bullying prevention in Minnesota schools. The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act was approved with a 36-31 vote, mostly along party lines. The measure greatly expands Minnesota anti-bullying law that is now just 37 words. It was a hard-fought victory, said State Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, the bill's primary sponsor. "I'm very, very happy right now," Dibble said after the vote. "It's been a long road. It has been a decade in the making trying to convince people that this problem...
  • Christmas celebrations coming back to some American schools

    04/01/2014 7:33:26 AM PDT · by usalady · 10 replies
    Examiner ^ | March 31, 2014 | Martha
    Parents and students are fighting back against the war on Christmas and there is evidence that in some states they are winning the battle. Help has come from recently passed legislation that allows celebrations of the holidays in school rooms once again.
  • Gov. Pence signs bill allowing guns in cars on school property

    03/27/2014 2:00:15 PM PDT · by digger48 · 7 replies
    wthr ^ | Mar 27, 2014 | Channel 13
    INDIANAPOLIS - Governor Mike Pence has signed a bill allowing guns to be locked in cars on school property as long as they are hidden and in the parking lot. (snip) The bill also addresses firearm buyback programs, allowing that firearms may be destroyed to be sold to a salvage company or for recycling, and that buyback programs can be conducted with private funds or grants.
  • Bizarre Arguments and Behavior

    03/26/2014 4:30:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Some statements and arguments are so asinine that you'd have to be an academic or a leftist to take them seriously. Take the accusation that Republicans and conservatives are conducting a war on women. Does that mean they're waging war on their daughters, wives, mothers and other female members of their families? If so, do they abide by the Geneva Conventions' bans on torture, or do they engage in enhanced interrogation and intimidation methods, such as waterboarding, with female family members? You might say that leftists don't mean actual war. Then why do they say it? What would you think...
  • St. Paul School Records Show Light Punishment for Serious Violations

    03/25/2014 8:37:56 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    KSTP ^ | 3-25-14 | Jay Kolls
    After a check of the last two years of disciplinary records at St. Paul Schools KSTP found dozens of records that show employees got off with relatively light punishments for serious violations. One employee, who worked on a bus route, missed 18 days of unexcused work, and only received a written reprimand. A teacher at a high school sent out dozens of Tweets with sexual references that students had access to and only received a one-day, unpaid suspension. Another employee showed up to school "under the influence of alcohol" and received a one-day, unpaid suspension. And yet another teacher called...
  • Grant Middle School workbook’s gun-rights description has some up in arms

    03/25/2014 9:42:34 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    Illinois State Journal Register ^ | Mar 24, 2014 | Jason Nevel
    Grant Middle School workbook’s gun-rights description has some up in arms A workbook used by Grant Middle School that has generated controversy among gun-rights supporters won't be removed from the classroom. Jason Nevel Updated Mar 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM A workbook used by students at Grant Middle School that has generated controversy among gun-rights supporters has no political agenda and won't be removed from the classroom, Springfield interim Superintendent Bob Hill said Monday. Since the controversy surfaced online last week, Hill said, he's received a handful of calls and more than a dozen emails. Gun-rights supporters claim students at...
  • Increasing Education Spending Does Not Equal Higher Test Scores

    03/24/2014 2:30:11 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-24-14 | James Mann
    Over the last four decades, education spending has steadily increased in the United States, yet schools are not delivering the return on investment students and families deserve. The total cost to educate a student from kindergarten through high school graduation has nearly tripled from $56,903 in 1972 to $164,426 in 2010 (adjusted for inflation), while National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores remained about the same (Figure 1). Given this snapshot of national spending and scores, how have individual states fared in this time period?
  • Michelle Obama underscores the importance of global education and beams into Stanford from Beijing

    03/24/2014 6:00:47 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    Stanford.edu ^ | March 22, 2014 | Barbara Buell
    Stanford Report, March 22, 2014 Michelle Obama underscores the importance of global education and beams into Stanford from Beijing Speaking at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing on Saturday, Michelle Obama said study abroad allows students to realize that countries all have a stake in each other's success. Following her remarks, she held a conversation with students on the Stanford campus via a high-tech videoconference. Michelle Obama promoted study abroad programs during a speech at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing on Saturday, then encouraged Stanford and local high school students sitting in Palo Alto to...
  • Student Suspended for Taking Razor From Classmate (Who Was Self-Harming)

    03/20/2014 11:55:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    WAVY ^ | Thursday, March 20, 2014 | Andy Fox
    We teach kids that honesty is the best policy, but at one Virginia Beach middle school it might be better to keep the truth to yourself. Last Thursday at Bayside Middle School, sixth grader Adrionna Harris came to the aide of a classmate who was cutting his arm. She faces expulsion for taking a razor from the student, throwing it away and convincing him what he was doing wasn’t right. She thought she was doing the right thing, so on Friday she told the school administration what happened. The way school officials responded led to this question: was the school’s...
  • Head teachers...bullied, smeared and driven from their jobs for resisting Islamic extremists

    03/20/2014 5:40:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18 March 2014 | Sue Reid and Lucy Osborne
    Erica Connor's eyes widen as she reads the four-page letter purportedly outlining a plot by Muslim fundamentalists to take over state education. ... Erica has added her own concerns about the Islamisation of state schools in Britain to those of dozens of teachers, classroom assistants and school staff to whom we have talked following widespread reports of the letter in the media. The document — entitled Operation Trojan Horse — originates in Birmingham and was leaked anonymously to a Sunday newspaper. It purports to outline a strategy of identifying schools in Muslim neighbourhoods, ridding them of non-Muslim heads and parachuting...
  • Revolt Against the Testing Tyrants

    03/19/2014 4:35:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Have you had enough of the testing tyranny? Join the club. To be clear: I'm not against all standardized academic tests. My kids excel on tests. The problem is that there are too damned many of these top-down assessments, measuring who knows what, using our children as guinea pigs and cash cows. College-bound students in Orange County, Fla., for example, now take a total of 234 standardized diagnostic, benchmark and achievement tests from kindergarten through 12th grade. Reading instructor Brian Trutschel calculated that a typical 10th-grade English class will be disrupted 65 out of 180 school days this year...
  • Pro-Life High School Group Says Principal Banned Them From Using Life-Sized Fetus Models

    03/16/2014 10:37:48 PM PDT · by Robwin · 8 replies
    CBS Connecticut ^ | March 16, 2014 | CBS Connecticut
    A high school student who founded a pro-life club says the principal banned her group from using life-sized fetus models as displays. Samantha Bailey-Loomis, a 17-year-old senior at Branford High School tells WWLP-TV that the school’s principal, Lee Panagoulias, refused to let them set up the fetus models during lunch. “He tells us that this topic in particular is too controversial to be talked about in public school,” she explained to WWLP. Samantha, founder of Students for Life Club, stated that other high school clubs have had no problem setting up their tables during lunch.
  • School officer hailed as hero after deadly shooting

    03/16/2014 8:09:24 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    KGW.com ^ | Mar 13, 2014 | Jeff Thompson
    School officer hailed as hero after deadly shooting by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff Posted on March 13, 2014 at 5:13 PM PORTLAND -- The school resource officer who shot and killed a violent kidnapping suspect Wednesday was treated and released from a Portland hospital after being hit with gunfire. Officer John Romero, an 8-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau assigned to youth services, was shot in the hand while investigating reports of a suspicious man near Wilson High School. Romero's job was to protect students and on Thursday, many were calling him a hero. "Through his actions, he put a...
  • Illinois offers grants to boost school security

    03/09/2014 8:21:03 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    Illinois offers grants to boost school security By The Associated Press Posted Mar. 9, 2014 @ 7:57 am Public schools, colleges and universities in Illinois have a few more days to apply for state grants to help pay for security improvements. Under the program, schools can get financial help for things such as installing reinforced doors, locks and shatter-proof glass.
  • Male Genitalia School Activity Causes Uproar; School Drops Modeling Activity

    03/07/2014 2:46:23 PM PST · by workerbee · 50 replies
    The Dispatch ^ | 2/20/14
    **SNIP** Late last week, it came to light a class of seventh-grade female students at Stephen Decatur Middle School had been required to make clay models of male genitalia as part of the Family Life and Human Development program taught in county schools to students in grades 5-11. While most agree the course, which teaches students about their changing bodies and making good decisions, is an important one for the students, few agreed making clay models of the male reproductive organs was an appropriate component of the program. **SNIP** Luzier said the girls in the class made life-size male genitalia...
  • Kansas high court: School funding unconstitutional (i.e. funding cuts)

    03/07/2014 8:35:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 7, 2014 11:27 AM EST | John Milburn
    The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas’ poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession. The Supreme Court sent the case back to district court for more review to “promptly” determine what the adequate amount of funding should be, but didn’t set a deadline for a hearing. It did, however, set a July 1 deadline for legislators to restore money for two funds aimed at helping poorer districts with...
  • Mayor de Blasio Kicks 700 Kids Out of Over-Performing Schools

    03/02/2014 5:29:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Elite New York Democrats are waging a war on children. Well… At least that’s how it appears when the progressive Democrat mayor kicks 700 students out of high-performing schools, because… Well… He doesn’t really have a good reason. Ostensibly, it’s because he doesn’t want charter schools (public education facilities that govern their affairs with autonomy from New York public education directives) to share space with underperforming school districts. Proving that there are worse things than a Bloomberg-run city, de Blasio has decided to kick at least three charter school programs out of their co-location agreements with traditional public education facilities....
  • An Outline of The Political Significance of the Common Core

    03/04/2014 4:20:22 AM PST · by GailA · 37 replies
    Mark Garrison ^ | January 23, 2013 | Mark Garrison
    Right wing think tanks have taken a principled stand against the CCSSI on the grounds that it violates the constitution and laws of the United States[6]. Folks at Schoolsmatter and Susan Ohanian are almost lone wolfs on the left in vigorously targeting the CCSSI as “authoritarian”, and exposing the role venture philanthropy (especially Bill Gates) plays in imposing the CCSSI.
  • American Flag Banned in California School

    03/01/2014 10:42:57 AM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 20 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | March 1, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    In a blow against reason and common sense, a federal court has ruled that the Live Oak High School in California did not violate the constitutional rights of students when they banned the wearing of the American flag on shirts. The school had told students that wore the shirts on Cinco de Mayo to either remove them or to turn them inside out. The students' families sued over this flagrant suppression of the First Amendment of free speech. The school said that it banned the American flag t-shirts as there had been fights before on Cinco de Mayo between white...
  • (Socialist) De Blasio starts his war on charter schools

    02/28/2014 2:46:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/27/14 | Frank Rosario, Carl Campanile
    Mayor de Blasio brought down the hammer Thursday on three charter schools operated by his nemesis Eva Moskowitz, leaving hundreds of kids without classrooms this fall. “This has to be the saddest day for the Success Academy’s children, family, teachers, school leaders,” Moskowitz said after meeting with stunned charter parents in Harlem. “Right now, our kids are being evicted. Evicted out of their school. It’s wrong and we need an explanation. You’re going to have to ask Mayor de Blasio what the motivations are for a decision that will hurt so many children now and, frankly, forever.”
  • New York's de Blasio boots charter schools from city space

    02/27/2014 6:50:28 PM PST · by gooblah · 30 replies
    Foxnews ^ | February 27, 2014
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took off the gloves in his battle with education reformers, rescinding an agreement for the city to share space with several public charter schools. The move undercuts educators, parents and some 700 students at four schools, including Harlem Success 4, one of the public charter school movement’s top success stories, and two set to open in the fall. While agreements at those schools were rescinded, expansion of a fourth school was also blocked. The schools were to operate rent-free in city-owned facilities under deals backed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an ardent supporter...
  • Common Core: Epic Fail

    02/27/2014 7:54:53 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 27, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    One of the fascinating things about journalism is looking at the factual data that both sides of a controversy agree on and finding that the facts support the critics’ viewpoints. For example, the Thomas Fordham Institute has been, more or less, supportive of the Obama Administration’s Common Core education reforms. Nevertheless, in their progress report on it, the relatively right-of-center think tank paints a rather dismal picture of CC2014: “Teachers and principals are the primary faces and voices of the Common Core standards in their communities; “Implementation works best when district and school leaders lock onto the Common Core standards...
  • State lowers bar on math proficiency test ( Nevada )

    02/27/2014 9:09:23 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    ap ^ | Feb 27, 2014
    Nevada education officials are making it easier for students to pass a math proficiency test that's required for graduation but has proved tough for high schoolers. State board of education officials announced Wednesday that they would implement a pass score of 242 on the 500-point math portion of the high school proficiency exam.
  • School Districts Insist They Need More Money to Educate Fewer Students

    02/26/2014 5:27:33 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/24/2014 | Tom Gantert
    While advocates for more money for public schools say school districts are facing a financial crisis, one point they concede is underplayed: the districts claiming distress overwhelmingly have declining enrollments. So, should a district that has fewer students to teach each year receive more money? While districts with as differing demographics as Alpena and Detroit and Ashley and Flint ran deficits, they shared one common characteristic — declining enrollment. In fact, 39 of the 47 conventional public schools in deficit in 2012-13 had declining enrollments from 2008-09 to 2012-13. The state has increased overall state funding to K-12 education from...
  • White House Sets New Limits on Junk Food Ads in Schools: Part of Michelle's "Let's Move" initiative

    02/25/2014 3:15:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | February 25, 2014 | Denver Nicks
    The Obama administration laid out new restrictions on the marketing of junk food and sugary drinks in schools on Tuesday. The new rules from the White House and the Department of Agriculture prohibit advertisements for unhealthy foods on school campuses during the school day, including sugary drinks that account for 90 percent of such ads in school. An ad for regular Coca-Cola, for example, would be banned from appearing on a scoreboard at a high school football game, though ads for Diet Coke and Dasani water, owned by the same company, would be allowed. Junk food ads like a Coca-Cola...
  • My time at the ‘School of No’ (union allowed abuse, million$ still missing?)

    02/22/2014 2:31:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/22/14 | Patricia Walsh
    **SNIP** As a teacher who worked there for many years, I can tell you that it wasn’t because the city wasn’t warned. The children of PS 106 were failed by administrators, government lawmakers and union officials — a host of top people who couldn’t be bothered to care. **SNIP** To show just how clueless and uncaring the administration was — in December 2013, PS 106 received a glowing report. At the time, there was no mandated gym, no special-education teacher (I had left and wasn’t replaced), no books, no art and no extended-day services! PS 106 received millions in extra...
  • Teens defend ‘fail factory’ high school in error-filled letters

    02/23/2014 5:18:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 83 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/23/14 | Susan Edelman
    These kids should learn write from wrong. Earlier this month, The Post exposed a scheme at Manhattan’s Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers in which failing students could get full credit without attending class, but instead watch video lessons and take tests online. One social-studies teacher had a roster of 475 students in all grades and subjects. Red-faced administrators encouraged a student letter-writing campaign to attack The Post and defend its “blended learning” program. Eighteen kids e-mailed to argue that their alma mater got a bad rap. Almost every letter was filled with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.
  • Imagine making children illiterate

    02/20/2014 3:43:06 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 22 replies
    EdArticle ^ | July 9, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Not all at once, by some surgical procedure. No, this will be a slow, subtle process, taking place over years. Every step will be conducted with utmost seriousness. Scientific validity will be claimed. Endless research will be constantly referenced. If there is little progress or outright failure, teachers always seem amazed, as if such a thing had never happened before. Principals explain that the school is doing everything it can, if only parents would help in this delicate training. Children and families will be told with absolute confidence: we use the best methods here and our students learn to be...
  • NY college professor dies after snorting heroin

    02/20/2014 10:30:43 AM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    ap ^ | February 20, 2014
    APALACHIN, N.Y. — The State University of New York's Broome Community College ... Warren had served as chairman of the community college's Criminal Justice and Homeland Security program. He also was a former police officer and New York state-certified criminal investigator.
  • Public Schools Are Preparing America’s Children For Life In A Police State

    02/20/2014 3:14:34 AM PST · by Renfield · 34 replies
    Activist Post Blog ^ | 2-18-2014 | Michael Snyder
    Our children are the future of America, and our public schools are systematically training them to become accustomed to living in a “Big Brother” police state. All across the United States today, public schools have essentially become “prison grids” that are run by control freaks that are absolutely obsessed with micromanaging the lives of their students down to the smallest detail. As you will read about below, students all over the country are now being monitored by RFID microchips, their lunches are being inspected on a daily basis by school administrators, and the social media accounts of students are being...
  • Liberal Reporter attacks Child for Getting Good Grades

    02/17/2014 7:17:43 AM PST · by tonyome · 49 replies
    Eagle Rising ^ | 02/17/2014 | Onan Coca
    A school hosted a congratulatory event for its straight-A students, which would not normally be a controversial event… but the America we live in has changed. No longer do we push our children for excellence… now we make excuses for mediocrity.
  • ‘Obama makes up his own rules’

    02/17/2014 2:01:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The New York Post ^ | February 15, 2014 | Paul Sperry
    Last month, President Obama declared he’ll “act on my own,” that he doesn’t need Congress to exercise his power. “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation. I’ve got a pen . . . and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions,” he asserted. “One of the things that I’m going to be talking to my Cabinet about is how do we use all the tools available to us.” He’s already made good on his promise to act unilaterally — delaying the ObamaCare mandate on businesses again last week and changing the rules...
  • Is Public Education Hurting More Than Helping Our Kids?

    02/16/2014 6:04:50 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 48 replies
    Politichicks ^ | February 15, 2014 | by Katie Abercrombie
    “I trudged the several blocks home from school, satchel in hand. It was a beautiful, golden afternoon, and I was ready for some adventure. I had a little homework, but that could wait until after supper. My parents knew that kids needed time to play and there was only so much daylight left. My best friend and I spent the afternoon exploring in the nearby woods and seeking out “evil” boys to annoy. We got home in time for supper and had plenty of time to finish our homework before bed. I don’t remember ever being stressed about tests and...
  • John Dewey's propaganda by deed: The School as a Social Center

    02/15/2014 7:02:24 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    The "propaganda of the deed" or propagandas by deed have traditionally been an anarchist tool - and for violent purposes....... or have they? That's what we have been told for a long time, but why can't other activities by various statist oriented groups also be deeds intended to make a point - even non violently? I think they are and I think they have. In the 1920's, the New York State Legislature put together a joint committee to investigate seditious activities, and the result of all this was a work titled "Revolutionary Radicalism". I actually think this does a disservice,...
  • Al Roker blasts De Blasio for keeping schools open - comes under fire for putting kids in danger

    02/13/2014 10:15:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/13/14
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has been criticized for putting children at risk by failing to declare a snow day as blizzards hit the city on Wednesday. Teacher's unions and elected officials called the mayor's decision a 'mistake' as schools were kept open despite New York's governor declaring a state of emergency. NBC weather anchor Al Roker even took time out from his Olympic coverage to blast the mayor's snow policy, saying: 'It’s going to take some kid or kids getting hurt before this goofball policy gets changed.'
  • Gender Madness Taking Over the Military and Schools

    02/13/2014 6:47:06 AM PST · by Sioux-san · 40 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 2/13/2014 | Derrick Wilburn
    There are those in this country who view any separation of the genders along any lines at all to be discriminatory. They literally view the words, "MEN" and "WOMEN" above bathroom entrances in the same vein as signs in the 1940′s that read "WHITES" and "COLOREDS" above those same doors. Our founding documents and most of our core personal beliefs reinforce the understanding that all men (and women) are created equal. But is equal, equivalent? According to Merriam-Webster: EQUIVALENT 1 : equal in force, amount, or value; also : equal in area or volume but not superposable 2 : like...
  • If Christian schools teach love of Christ, what do government schools teach love of?

    02/08/2014 7:16:07 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 20 replies
    Its just a thought piece. I am sure I could cite hundreds, if not thousands of examples of topics removed from public government schools in favor of topics more sympathetic to social justice. As could you. There is a very long train of abuses here. For topics on my mind in this context, I recently posted text of the 1100 Charter of Liberties, in which King Henry plainly stated that it is oppressive to buy back your inheritance - the death tax. Also, I am currently recording the full text of the Colored Patriots of the American Revolution, here -...
  • Bullying's a problem. Could this proposed Minnesota law be a solution?

    02/09/2014 7:12:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-9-14 | Christopher Magan
    It's expected to be the most passionately debated piece of education policy for the legislative session that begins Feb. 25. Supporters say that Minnesota's current law, at 37 words, doesn't do enough to prevent bullying and that sweeping change is needed. "Nobody should be OK with the fact that all we have to protect students and make schools safe from bullying is 37 words," Kurzer-Zlotnick said. "To me, that's ridiculous." Opponents argue that the 20-page bill goes too far by taking away local control and imposing costly new layers of bureaucracy on schools. "I think it's a bad bill," said...
  • Assembly bill would require every child in public school to get a psychological test to make sure...

    02/07/2014 11:19:35 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 71 replies
    WHEC TV ^ | 02/06/2014 5:58 PM | WHEC TV
    Would you let your child be tested like this? There is now a bill in the New York State Assembly that would require every child in public school to have a psychological examination before they could go to school
  • Sexual abuse of students by teachers often ignored and unpunished

    02/07/2014 9:44:37 AM PST · by usalady · 16 replies
    Examiner ^ | February 7, 2014 | Martha
    Alert parents are becoming aware that sexual abuse of students by teachers is not just an occasional problem rather something that is happening in every state in America. However some administrators choose to ignore sexual misconduct and even when it is discovered perpetrators often go unpunished.
  • Rep. Lipinski recognizes Catholic Schools Week with resolution

    02/03/2014 1:19:45 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | February 2, 2014
    Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) meets with administrators from a local Catholic school. Photo courtesy of Rep. Lipinski's office. Washington D.C., Feb 2, 2014 / 02:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of Catholic Schools Week, U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski (D- Ill.) introduced a House resolution commending Catholic schools for their work and contributions to society. “As a proud graduate of Catholic grammar school and high school, every year I look forward to highlighting the achievements of America’s Catholic schools during Catholic Schools Week,” said Rep. Lipinski in a Jan. 23 statement. His resolution commended Catholic schools for promoting a “broad, values-added...
  • Advocates of More Education Spending Ignoring Billions in Other Funds

    02/03/2014 10:06:35 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/30/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A number of advocates for more state funding for K-12 public education are making claims about cuts, but they're ignoring $2 billion in additional state education funding, which is as much as 30 percent of state funding for some school districts. The $2 billion is not a part of the state foundation allowance. Overall, 20 percent of state spending on education is spent via "categorical grants," which is money districts receive in addition to their foundation allowance. Outside of the foundation allowance, the state gives school districts money for special education, adult education, school lunch and then helps in offsetting...
  • NC High School Football Coach Ordered To Cease Baptisms, Leading Prayers

    02/03/2014 9:06:38 AM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    CBS ^ | Benjamin Fearnow
    Mooresville, N.C. (CBS CHARLOTTE) – Head football coach of Mooresville High School, Hal Capps, has been ordered to stop baptizing players and leading them in prayer following criticism from a national organization promoting constitutional separation of church and state. The Wisconsin-based nonprofit Freedom from Religion Foundation wrote a request last fall that coach Capps cease leading prayers and joining baptisms for his players as a base rule of separating public school activities and religious ceremonies. School Superintendent Mark Edwards met with Capps, who said, “he understood” the violation and would no longer participate in such religious observances, the Charlotte Observer...
  • School officials are no fans of gun ban signs (Illinois)

    02/03/2014 7:05:29 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Southtown Chicago ^ | Feb 3, 2014 | Donna Vickroy
    School officials are no fans of gun ban signs BY DONNA VICKROY dvickroy@southtownstar.com February 2, 2014 It is a sign of the times, as well as a sign that is sure to become ubiquitous. School officials want the public to know that in compliance with state law (House Bill 0183), schools, churches, government agencies and liquor stores statewide will be posting 4-by-6-inch stickers reminding the public, particularly those with a concealed-carry license, that there are limits on where a gun can be carried. While schools didn’t allow guns even before the concealed-carry law was passed, they still are required to...
  • Facts, Not Fiction, on State School Spending

    01/30/2014 1:23:22 PM PST · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/28/2014 | Audrey Spalding
    Just before Gov. Rick Snyder began his State of the State address Thursday evening, a principal in Escanaba tweeted: "When Gov Snyder claims school funding has increased keep in mind that Escanaba gets less money per pupil than in 2011" The claim was popular, drawing retweets from Progress Michigan and Mark Schauer, the Democratic candidate for governor. But it isn't true. According to the Treasury Department's State Aid Status reports, Escanaba is slated to receive more than $16 million in funding from the state during the 2013-14 school year. During the 2010-11 school year, Escanaba received $15.9 million. Escanaba might...