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  • Projections Show Schools Get More Even With Road Funding Shift

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    11/29/2014 1:46:27 PM PST · by RetiredArmy · 82 replies
    Barbwire.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Tim Brown
    The Muslim Brotherhood in American Schools "I am waging a Bloodless Revolution in America's Public Schools..." - Shabbir Mansuri (Founder and Director of the Council on Islamic Education) . Brigitte Gabriel spoke earlier this year at First Conservative Baptist Church and informed the people there that the Muslim Brotherhood is in the process of infiltrating American public schools, just as they have the United States federal government. Gabriel, author of two New York Times Best Sellers, Because They Hate and They Must Be Stopped, and founder of Act for America, said that she is passionate about the subject because it...
  • Report Reveals US Schools Whitewashing Hamas, PA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    11/17/2014 1:02:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    If anyone still has any doubt about the utter cynicism of the Obama administration, a recent agreement between the federal government and the Minneapolis Public Schools should open their eyes. Under the Obama administration, both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice have been leaning on public schools around the country to reduce what they call the "disproportionate" numbers of black male students who are punished for various offenses in schools. Under an implicit threat of losing their federal subsidies, the Minneapolis Public Schools have agreed to reduce the disparity in punishment of black students by 25 percent...
  • School District May Have Crossed Legal Line in Tax Request

    11/14/2014 6:22:55 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/11/2014 | Tom Gantert
    An email blast sent Nov. 3 from the superintendent in Pinckney Community Schools using school mailing lists stated the district was “asking voters to renew” a multi-million millage raises questions whether the district crossed the line and violated state campaign finance law. The email, sent by superintendent Rick Todd to parents, employees and school board members, states: “For Pinckney Community Schools, we are asking voters to renew a 6-year Non-Homestead Millage of 18 Mils.” The six-year millage passed last night and will raise about $3.7 million a year for the school district, which is located in Livingston County. Bob LaBrant,...
  • Almost Every Teacher and Administrator at Poor Performing Districts Rated 'Effective'

    11/13/2014 9:34:51 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/6/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In recent staff performance evaluations by the Flint Community School district, 94 percent of its teachers and 99 percent of administrators were rated as “effective” – the second highest rating a school employee can receive. However, those ratings do not correlate with the academic progress of students in Flint schools, whose average performance during the same two year period reflect the district’s troubled history of poor outcomes. During the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, 62 percent of Flint schools placed in the lowest 10 percent on the state’s “Top-to-Bottom” academic rankings. Even when student progress is adjusted for socioeconomic status,...
  • Anti-American Progressives Cancel Veterans Day Ceremony at School for First Time in 80 Years

    11/11/2014 1:01:52 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    TPNN ^ | 11/11/14 | Matthew Burke
    The poisonous progressive agenda has oozed into a school district in Wisconsin which has caused the cancellation of a traditional Veterans Day ceremony that has been held since the 1930′s. Part of the time-honored tradition, which is the main reason the anti-Second Amendment rights leftists have banned the annual event, is because a 21-gun salute is conducted as part of the ceremony, and the controlist educators are worried that some people may feel an “uneasiness,” even though blanks, not real bullets are used in the rifles. “There are just some conditions that we have to adhere to and the shooting...
  • Anti-American Progressives Cancel Veterans Day Ceremony at School for First Time in 80 Years

    11/11/2014 1:01:52 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    TPNN ^ | 11/11/14 | Matthew Burke
    The poisonous progressive agenda has oozed into a school district in Wisconsin which has caused the cancellation of a traditional Veterans Day ceremony that has been held since the 1930′s. Part of the time-honored tradition, which is the main reason the anti-Second Amendment rights leftists have banned the annual event, is because a 21-gun salute is conducted as part of the ceremony, and the controlist educators are worried that some people may feel an “uneasiness,” even though blanks, not real bullets are used in the rifles. “There are just some conditions that we have to adhere to and the shooting...
  • Separate And Unequal: Minnesota School District To Review All Suspensions Of ‘Black And Brown

    11/10/2014 9:26:28 PM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/10/2014 | Derek Hunter
    Minneapolis Public Schools are implementing a new policy aimed at eliminating the gap between the races when it comes to suspensions. Nothing will change for white students, they will still be suspended at the discretion of each school’s principal. But for minority students, specifically black, Hispanic and Native American students, the Minneapolis Schools Superintendent’s office will personally review each case. ... The ethnic make-up of Minneapolis schools is majority minority. According to data for the 2014-2015 school year, 33.8 percent of students are white, while 37.2 percent are black, 19.3 percent are Hispanic, and 3.8 percent are Native American. Asians...
  • Obama orders 'mental-health' testing for schoolkids

    11/10/2014 10:51:10 AM PST · by detective · 70 replies
    WND ^ | 11/08/2014 | Leo Holmann
    Using “gun violence” as its cover, the Obama administration has quietly unleashed a cache of federal dollars that will be used for testing students for signs of mental health issues in K-12 schools. Critics say personal information scooped up in the screenings will be logged into databases that will follow the child throughout his or her academic career and beyond. Public schools, which have increasingly taken on aspects of psychiatric clinics in recent years, will get infused with more than $150 million in federal grants to further this agenda under the auspices of Obama’s 2013 executive action titled “Now is...
  • Minneapolis now requires superintendents to approve any suspension of 'minority' students

    11/10/2014 8:28:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/10/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    <p>Racialists across America complain that minority students (chiefly blacks, not so much Chinese, for instance) are suspended for misbehavior at higher rates than whites. Questions of subculture and behavior are secondary to the quota mentality.</p> <p>The Minneapolis public school system announced a major new district-wide policy for disciplining students: any suspension of a non-white student requires the district superintendent's approval.</p>
  • DOJ grants $63 million for social justice school discipline promoted by Bill Ayers

    11/09/2014 8:11:01 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 29 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | November 7, 2014 | DANETTE CLARK
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice recently promised a whopping $63 million to investigate school safety programs and to reward districts for implementing “restorative justice” and other related school discipline programs. According to an October 1st statement from Attorney General Eric Holder, “This funding is being awarded as part of the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative – a large-scale, multi-agency research effort to build practical, and scientifically-sound, knowledge about effective ways to increase school safety nationwide.” However, according to a review of past and current restorative justice initiatives in schools, the funding appears to be just...
  • Massachusetts Public Schools Teaching the Shahada: ‘There Is No God But Allah’

    10/28/2014 6:48:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    pamela geller ^ | 10/28/14 | Pamela Geller
    This is an outrage, but expected and exactly what I warned of in my book, Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance, in the chapter “The Mosqueing of the Public Schools.” The shahada that the children are forced to recite in Massachusetts public schools is the Muslim profession of faith (“there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah”).
  • Common Core Rulz

    10/28/2014 8:55:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    On both coasts, grandparents are learning to apply a modern-day rule of thumb with surprising accuracy: If it looks inane, it’s probably Common Core. “The Berkeley school district's curriculum for sixth-grade math was an exact copy of the Common Core State Standards for the grade,” Marina Ratner wrote in The Wall Street Journal on August 5, 2014. “The teacher in my grandson's class went through special Common Core training courses.” “As his assigned homework and tests indicate, when teaching fractions, the teacher required that students draw pictures of everything: of 6 divided by 8, of 4 divided by 2/7, of...
  • ACLU Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Sex Offenders, Say They Be Allowed to Live Near Schools

    10/26/2014 2:57:02 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 29 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/26/14 | Aurelius
    The ACLU has filed a lawsuit that asks for a permanent injunction against a Miami-Dade ordinance that states that sex offenders are not allowed to live within approximately half a mile, or 2,500 feet, of a school. The suit was filed this week. The suit, Doe, et al. v. Miami-Dade County, et al., argues that the ordinance puts undue pressure on sex offenders and pedophiles, forcing them to likely become homeless because of the law. The lawsuit alleges that "The law prohibits former offenders from living 2,500 feet (almost half a mile) from any building the county labels a "school,"...
  • "Why I Will Not Submit To Medical Martial Law"

    10/23/2014 8:13:27 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 21 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 10/23/2014 | Tyler Durden, Brandon Smith
    Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market.com, One of the most dangerous philosophical contentions even amongst liberty movement activists is the conundrum of government force and prevention during times of imminent pandemic. All of us at one time or another have had this debate. If a legitimate viral threat existed and threatened to infect and kill millions of Americans, is it then acceptable for the government to step in, remove civil liberties, enforce quarantines, and stop people from spreading the disease? After all, during a viral event, the decisions of each individual can truly have a positive or negative effect on...
  • Official WHO Ebola toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000

    10/23/2014 9:59:04 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu, Oct 23 00:08 AM BST | Tom Miles
    At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. The WHO has said real numbers of cases are believed to be much higher than reported: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases. That would suggest a toll of almost 15,000.
  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    08/10/2014 12:46:23 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 4,859 replies
    Free Republic Threads ^ | August 10, 2014 | Legion
    I have spent a little time compiling links to threads about the Ebola outbreak in the interest of having all the links in one thread for future reference. Please add links to new threads and articles of interest as the situation develops. Thank You all for you participation.
  • The Age of Spam

    10/23/2014 1:58:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23 | Paul Greenberg
    Consider this an object lesson and fair warning for all those other states that are trying to what they can to improve education or even cut through the bureaucracy that seems to cover it everywhere -- like kudzu. Here in Arkansas, our never-give-up reformers came up with a simple way to let parents, teachers, schools boards, taxpayers and anybody else who's interested -- and we all should be -- know how good a job their neighborhood school is doing. That's right -- the school where little Johnny or Judy goes. Just give each school a grade, the kind you might...
  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • School Districts Manipulate Constitutional Tax Limits for More Money

    10/20/2014 6:16:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/18/2014 | Anne Schieber
    By law, Michigan school districts are allowed to impose a maximum of 18 mills for operating expenses. So when current school millage authorizations are due to expire, how is it that some districts can ask for more? St. Joseph Pubic Schools this year asked for and received a 19.6292 operating millage authorization. Voters in Adrian approved 18.2517 mills. Coldwater Public Schools got approval for 19.234 mills. “You are correct. We can legally only levy the 18 mills,” said Ben Engelter, former chief financial officer for Coldwater Public Schools, but he explained the higher rate is for “possible reductions.” “Possible reductions”...
  • Christian school ‘downgraded for failing to invite an imam to lead assembly’ in the wake of Islamic

    10/20/2014 10:37:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | October 19, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    In the wake of the blockbuster investigation that broke an Islamic plot to take over UK public schools wide open, nothing has been done to take back those schools from Muslim goons. Nothing. Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted’s chief inspector, said schools at the center of the Islamic”Trojan Horse” affair were failed to improve. The schools held hostage by Islamic supremacists at the centre of the takeover plot are still promoting an “unbalanced curriculum” and promoting Islamic supremacism and Islamic misogyny. Instead, dhimmi British authorities have targeted — Christian schools. They know Christians will not fight. They know Christians school present...
  • Student’s photo of skimpy Michelle O school lunch sparks outrage (Moochelle Obama lunch)

    10/16/2014 10:26:05 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 144 replies
    Eagnews ^ | 10/16/14 | Kyle Olson
    CHICKASHA, Okla. – Lunch meat, a couple of crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower qualified as lunch in Chickasha Public Schools Monday. Chickasha lunchStudent Kaytlin Shelton took a photo of the skimpy lunch and showed it to her parents. “It makes me want to take that and take it to the Superintendent and tell him to eat it for lunch,” the girl tells Fox 25. “I can go pay a dollar for a Lunchable and get more food in it,” her father, Vince Holton, says. [Snip] The new lunch complies with lunch regulations championed by...
  • Moratorium or Mortuary? School Choice Proponents Claim Bill Would Kill Charters

    10/17/2014 8:04:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jack Spencer
    House Democrats have introduced legislation as a measure to place a moratorium on any new charter public schools opening in Michigan. However, the pro-school choice Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) reads the bill differently. According to GLEP Executive Director Gary Naeyaert, as drafted, House Bill 5852 would eventually spell doom for all of the charter public schools in the state. “What we have uncovered is that the legislation they claim would just push the pause button on increasing the number of charter schools would, in reality, close every charter school in the state over time,” Naeyaert told Capitol Confidential. “Language...
  • EDITORIAL: Nanny staters, swinging on the schoolyard

    10/14/2014 8:54:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 13, 2014 | The Washington Times
    <p>Going to school these days isn’t what it used to be. Kids are marched through metal detectors on the way to a disappointing lunch of arugula with a side of alfalfa sprouts. Now they’re ruining recess. Swings in Seattle are now forbidden.</p>
  • Yuck: 83% of nation´s schools report more lunches dumped by kids

    10/13/2014 5:39:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner | 10/13/14 | Paul Bedard
    As school children continue to protest Michelle Obama’s push for healthier lunches by dumping their full trays into garbage bins, the nation’s school boards are joining in to demand that the Obama administration let them off the hook of serving the costly and tasteless meals. Armed with a national poll for National School Lunch Week, the National School Boards Association on Monday demanded that Washington address the “onerous requirements for federal school meal programs
  • Challenging the Rhetoric in the War on Charter Schools

    10/13/2014 7:36:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/9/2014 | Jack Spencer
    House Democrats want to place a moratorium on opening any new charter public schools in Michigan. They have introduced House Bill 5852 to do so. Legislation such as this bill, offered by the minority party in the House amid election campaigning, has little chance of moving and isn’t likely to even get a hearing. But from a larger perspective, the call for a moratorium on new charters is seen by some as part of an overall war on charter public schools. This “war” is backed by a coalition of interests, most notably teachers unions, and involves attacks on various fronts,...
  • WHITEKER: Tracking Texas’ education spending

    10/10/2014 7:26:19 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 2 replies
    Lufkin News ^ | 10/08/2014 | MARY ANN WHITEKER
    Moak Casey & Associates released their newest version of “Tracking the Education Dollar in Texas Public Schools” on behalf of the Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards. Contrary to public school critics, the 2013 school expenditures reflected 60.8 percent of the $52.4 billion in state funds were spent on direct instruction for the 4.9 million children in Texas public schools. Direct instruction includes teacher salaries and benefits, instructional materials, teacher aides and librarians. Add another 21.4 percent for instructional support, which includes principals, counselors, and nurses. Approximately 14.9 percent of a district’s funds provide transportation,...
  • Viral Infection Blamed As More Than 120 Students At Schererville School Stay Home Sick

    10/09/2014 6:42:22 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    CBS local CHICAGO ^ | Oct 8, 2014 | BRAD EDWARDS
    Viral Infection Blamed As More Than 120 Students At Schererville School Stay Home Sick October 8, 2014 10:04 PM Health, Peifer Elementary School, Schereville, schools, sick Brad Edwards Latest News Headlines: (CBS) — A viral infection is being blamed for more than a hundred sick kids at a school in Schererville, Ind. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports, with the sterility of operation room precision, from Hoosier Hall to nurse Schmidt’s office, it’s a scrub down at Peifer Elementary School. “It’s a little alarming just because that’s a lot of kids,” said Jennifer Howard, a parent of two kids at the...
  • Challenging the Rhetoric in the War on Charter Public Schools

    10/09/2014 7:10:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/7/2014 | Jack Spencer
    On Sept. 18, House Democrats announced legislation that would place a moratorium on opening any additional charter public schools in Michigan. While House Bill 5852 isn’t expected to move in the waning days of this session, the press conference announcing it gave the lawmakers who support the moratorium a chance to make their case. The opportunity to directly respond to such rhetoric seldom occurs. At the press conference however, Capitol Confidential was able to ask questions. The following is one of those questions and the response to it, followed by a rebuttal to that response by Michael Van Beek, director...
  • This 4th-Grade Teacher Could Go To Prison For Allegedly Coughing To Help Kids Cheat

    10/06/2014 8:53:45 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    BI ^ | 10-6-2014 | Erin Fuchs
    Erin FuchsOctober 6, 2014Angela Williamson An unusual racketeering trial in Atlanta began last week against a dozen ex-educators, including a fired 4th-grade teacher previously found innocent by a disciplinary tribunal. That teacher, Angela Williamson, was one of 35 Atlanta Public Schools (APS) employees indicted last year in a massive cheating case that accused them of engaging in a criminal conspiracy to boost standardized test scores to get higher bonuses. The cheating ring allegedly went all the way up to now-disgraced ex-APS superintendent Beverly Hall, and state investigators used wiretaps to gather crucial evidence in the case. Williamson's lawyer, Gerald Griggs,...
  • School Meal Costs Expected to Triple in Fiscal Year 2015

    10/05/2014 7:18:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 4, 2014 | William Bigelow
    Local school districts around the country are going to take a huge financial hit in fiscal year 2015 because the cost of the school lunches they offer is expected to triple. The combination of escalating costs because of harsher restrictions and the dwindling number of students enrolled in the program, which limits reimbursements from the federal government, are going to rigger the enormous rise in costs, according to the School Nutrition Association (SNA). SNA is comprised of 55,000 school nutrition professionals around the country. SNA CEO Patricia Montague said, "School nutrition professionals have led the way in promoting improved diets...
  • Victory! Boys born as boys can shower with girls in Kentucky school

    09/30/2014 2:26:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I probably would have missed this story were it not for Maggie Gallagher at The Corner. It seems that the good people on the appeal board considering a case at Atherton High School (part of the Jefferson County public school system) have determined that you can use the girls’ bathrooms, locker room and showers if you say you’re a girl. No physical required. A transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as a female, can continue to use a women’s restroom and locker room at a Jefferson County Public School. In a 5-to-1 vote, an appeal board upheld...
  • Democrats Call for Moratorium on New Charter Public Schools

    09/30/2014 1:58:45 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/28/2014 | Jack Spencer
    House Democrats on Thursday announced legislation to place a moratorium on opening any new charter public schools in Michigan. The gist of House Bill 5852 appears to be the equivalent of creating a new cap on charter schools. Introduction of legislation by the minority party in the House during an election campaign is often viewed as a political statement, not a serious legislative effort. The fact that the press conference calling attention to the measure was held in the office of House Democratic leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, reinforces this interpretation. “It’s clear that introducing major legislation with only 18...
  • Schools scramble to help teens who crossed border

    09/29/2014 6:50:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    ap ^ | 9/29/14 | KIMBERLY HEFLING AP Education Writer
    FRANKFORD, Del. (AP) -- American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months. Unaccompanied minors who made up the summer spike at the border have moved to communities of all sizes, in nearly every state, Federal data indicates, to live with a relative and await immigration decisions. The Supreme Court has ruled that schools have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status, so schools have become a safe haven for many of the tens of thousands of these young people mostly from...
  • Las Vegas school board wants to teach 5-yr-olds about masturbation

    09/26/2014 8:17:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9-25-2014 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Angry parents descended on a Clark County School District Board of Trustees meeting this week after discovering the content of a proposed new "comprehensive sex education" curriculum that includes teaching 5-year-olds about masturbation. The proposed curriculum would include education about homosexuality as early as ages 5 through 8, teaching children to give everyone “respect regardless of who they are attracted to.” School children in kindergarten through grade 3 would also be taught that “touching and rubbing one’s genitals to feel good is called masturbation.” “You want to teach my 5-year-old how to masturbate?” challenged parent Julie Butler. "We certainly should...