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  • Detroit Public Schools Bankruptcy Could Cost the State $3.4 Billion

    11/23/2015 10:37:33 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 26 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/21/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Detroit Public Schools' $1.3 billion in pension obligations is the major roadblock to the school district filing for bankruptcy, according to a recent state of Michigan analysis. That $1.3 billion is how much the district must pay into the pension system from 2016 to 2031, according to Kurt Weiss, spokesman for the state Treasury department. “Our estimates are actually quite conservative,” Weiss said in an email. Pension legacy costs for public school employees have skyrocketed statewide, not just in Detroit. Required employer contributions to the statewide school pension system have increased by 92 percent from 2007 to 2014, increasing...
  • Blakely teacher restricts Lego-play to her girl students in the pursuit of gender equity

    11/21/2015 12:25:03 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 72 replies
    Bainbridge Island Review ^ | November 9, 2015 | Jessica Shelton
    In Karen Keller’s kindergarten classroom, boys can’t play with Legos. They can have their pick of Tinkertoys and marble tracks, but the colorful bricks are “girls only.” “I always tell the boys, ‘You’re going to have a turn’ — and I’m like, ‘Yeah, when hell freezes over’ in my head,” she said. “I tell them, ‘You’ll have a turn’ because I don’t want them to feel bad.” Although her approach might anger some parents, Keller is sticking to her guns: It’s all part of a plan to get girls building during “free choice,” the 40 minutes of unstructured play time...
  • High School, 1922

    11/20/2015 9:35:14 AM PST · by NYAmerican · 20 replies
    November 2, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Girls' rifle team, Central High.
  • Brighton Middle School evacuated due to threat (Tipton CO TN)

    11/19/2015 7:17:01 AM PST · by GailA · 38 replies
    WMC News 5 ^ | 11/19/15 | na
    Brighton Middle School is being evacuated due to a threat. School officials said they received a bomb threat. Students are being evacuated as investigators search the school.
  • Reading Homework for EIGHTH GRADERS Features Getting Wasted, Random Sex, HERPES

    11/06/2015 7:52:28 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Nov. 6, 2015 | Daily Caller
    Students at Myron L. Powell Elementary School in Cedarville, N.J. aren’t just learning about reading, writing and arithmetic this fall. They’re also getting homework assignments with hypothetical scenarios about going to “an awesome party,” getting wasted, having sex with random people they don’t know and and ending up with a nasty case of genital herpes.
  • School District Finances Can Plead the Fifth After So Many Years Under Bill

    11/18/2015 9:10:11 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/16/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Legislation has been introduced to create what is in effect a statute of limitations concerning public school financial audits. House Bill 5007 would prevent auditors from delving into past school district audits other than those of the most recent years. “We don’t want audits to go back 10 years,” said Nick Wake, spokesman for Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, the bill's sponsor. “We’re capping the audits so they can’t go back beyond three years.” In Michigan every school district, intermediate school district and public charter school has to complete a financial audit each year. These audits must be posted on the...
  • Hillary Clinton Dead Wrong: Charter Schools Must and Do Take 'Hardest to Teach'

    11/16/2015 8:56:29 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/14/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A much higher proportion of students attending Michigan’s public charter schools come from low-income families compared to the state's conventional public schools, according to the state's Center for Educational Performance and Information. Last year, children eligible for free or reduced-price lunches due to low family income comprised 70 percent of the charter school student population, compared to 44 percent in conventional public schools. The figures are newsworthy in light of recent comments from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that charter schools don’t take the "hardest to teach" students. Here’s what she said: "The original idea behind the charter schools …...
  • Why some LAUSD teachers are balking at a new approach to discipline problems

    11/11/2015 2:13:35 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 7, 2015 | Teresa Watanabe and Howard Blume
    In a South Los Angeles classroom, a boy hassles a girl. The teacher moves him to the back of the room, where he scowls, makes a paper airplane and repeatedly throws it against the wall. Two other boys wander around the class and then nearly come to blows. "Don't you talk about my sister," one says to the other. The teacher steps between them. When she tries to regain order, another boy tells her: "Screw you." It's another day of disruption on this campus in the Los Angeles Unified School District, which has been nationally hailed by the White House...
  • Hillary Clinton Dead Wrong: Charter Schools Must and Do Take 'Hardest to Teach'

    11/11/2015 8:41:14 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A much higher proportion of students attending Michigan’s public charter schools come from low-income families compared to the state's conventional public schools, according to the state's Center for Educational Performance and Information. Last year, children eligible for free or reduced-price lunches due to low family income comprised 70 percent of the charter school student population, compared to 44 percent in conventional public schools. The figures are newsworthy in light of recent comments from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that charter schools don’t take the "hardest to teach" students. Here’s what she said: "The original idea behind the charter schools …...
  • Hillary Has It Wrong: Low Income City Doesn't Mean Low Income Schools

    11/10/2015 6:09:33 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/8/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently said in an interview that politicians don’t fund schools in poor areas. Clinton said, “But I am also fully aware that there are a lot of substandard public schools. But part of the reason for that is that policymakers and local politicians will not fund schools in poor areas that take care of poor children to the level that they need to be.” In Michigan, urban school districts often get considerably more federal money than other districts, largely due to special funding targeted at them. For example, the average school district here received $513...
  • LA Unified teachers: Suspension ban creating unruly classes

    11/08/2015 9:28:06 AM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 7, 2015
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Teachers in the nation's second largest school district say a new policy aimed at reducing suspensions is also having another effect: More unruly students in their classrooms. Los Angeles Unified School District was the first to ban suspending students for defiance in California and began instituting restorative justice policies that emphasize counseling and conflict resolution.
  • Get Big Government Out of High School Locker Rooms

    11/08/2015 6:23:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies ^ | November 8, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    This story starts with a transgender high school student who was born male but identifies as female. As a public high school student, she wants the school to recognize her as a girl, to call her by her new legal name, to allow her to use the girls' bathroom and to accept her in girls' athletic programs. Her high school in Palatine, Illinois, has pretty much complied. Teachers call the girl by her female name. She uses the girls' bathroom. She plays on a girls' sports team. Except, she does hit one wall: The school doesn't provide unfettered access to...
  • Ignoring The Obvious: Do unruly students have a right to stay in their schools?

    11/04/2015 9:42:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/04/2015 | Thomas Sowell
    A recent, widely publicized incident in which a policeman was called to a school classroom to deal with a disruptive student has provoked all sorts of comments on whether the policeman used "excessive force." What has received far less attention, though it is a far larger question, with more sweeping implications, is the role of disruptive students in schools. Critics of charter schools have often pointed to those schools' ability to expel uncooperative and disruptive students, far more readily than regular public schools can, as a reason for some charter schools' far better educational outcomes, as shown on many tests....
  • MS Initiative 42 LOST

    11/04/2015 9:35:01 AM PST · by securityMama · 12 replies
    JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi voters rejected any change to the state constitution to bolster public school funding, defeating Initiative 42 on Tuesday.
  • Alabama “Teacher of the Year” Unqualified [semi-satire]

    11/03/2015 9:42:54 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Nov 2015 | John Semmens
    2014-2015 Alabama Teacher of the Year and 2015 National Teacher of the Year finalist Ann Marie Corgill was judged “unqualified” to teach in Birmingham’s schools due to lack of specified state credentials. Corgill holds National Board Certification to teach children ages 7-12 and has been teaching in grades 1-6 for 21 years. Kennita Allen, an education administrator with the Alabama Department of Education insisted that “neither demonstrated success in the classroom nor a national certification can substitute for the required state-issued certificate. Regulations are regulations. They cannot be waived for anyone no matter how competent they may have shown themselves...
  • How To Be A Thug and Have Social Media Defend You

    11/01/2015 6:08:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | November 1, 2015 | Doug Giles
    How many of you have ever wanted to beat the crap out of an aging high school teacher who's just trying to do his unappreciated and underpaid job in a whacked-out world, and have yourself appear as a "victim" even though you spawned the aforementioned hell? You have? Well then ... keep reading. In addition, have you ever asked your self, "Self... how can I be a belligerent human hemorrhoid on society's butt and totally shut down a classroom, to such an extent that law enforcement gets called to sort out my sorry backside and then, after all the utter,...
  • SRO Fields has been terminated from Richland Co. Sheriffs Department (threw student across room )

    10/28/2015 9:28:37 AM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 115 replies ^ | October 28, 2015 | NBC News
    The school resource officer who was caught on camera violently flipping a South Carolina high school student at her desk has been fired, Richland County authorities announced Wednesday. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said an internal investigation over the Monday incident at Spring Valley High School in Columbia focused on whether Senior Deputy Ben Fields had violated the departments policies. He said at a news conference that the department looked at cellphone videos taken from the classroom and interviews with witnesses, and concluded that the maneuvers he used in the confrontation were not acceptable.
  • Nation's Report Card: Only a Third of 8th-Graders Are At or Above 'Proficient' in Math and Reading

    10/28/2015 8:02:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    CNS ^ | October 28, 2015 | JENNIFER C. KERR
    It's a not-so rosy report card for the nation's schoolchildren. Math scores slipped for fourth and eighth graders over the last two years, and reading grades were not much better, flat for fourth graders and lower for eighth graders, according to the 2015 Nation's Report Card. ... Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged parents, teachers, and others not to panic about the scores as states embrace higher academic standards, such as Common Core.
  • Obama calls for less standardized testing in schools, addressing nationwide concerns

    10/27/2015 6:23:34 AM PDT · by massmike · 22 replies ^ | 10/27/2015 | n/a
    Obama on Saturday called for limiting the amount of standardized educational testing to two percent of classroom time, addressing the growing concern across the county about an over emphasis on test taking. "Learning is about so much more than just filling in the right bubble," Obama said in a video released on Facebook. Obama and outgoing Education Secretary Arne Duncan plan an Oval Office meeting Monday with teachers and school officials who are working to reduce testing time. Obamas efforts should be welcome news for teachers and their powerful and largely pro-Democrat unions that say educators performance evaluations shouldnt be...
  • COMMON CORE:Suspicions Confirmed: Testing Action Plan is Trojan Horse

    Four years ago, Tom Vander Ark (former executive at the Gates Foundation, current partner at Learn Capital) wrote in an email exchange with members of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Council for Chief State School Officers: New tests will hinder rather than help competency-based modelsIn short, I dont want one big cheap end of year test used for more than it should beI dont want it to lock in the teacher-centric age cohort model for another decade. I dont want simple assessmentsI want a system that will incorporate all the performance feedback that students will be receiving...
  • American History Must Be a Priority in Schools

    10/26/2015 6:01:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | October 26, 2015 | Callista Gingrich
    We frequently hear about American students low-test scores in science and math, and everyone from the PTA to candidates for the White House is rightly concerned with how to improve them. Indeed, this concern is a major part of our national conversation. And those who worry about our educational system often suggest that better instruction in these areas could help solve Americas economic, fiscal, and social problems, too. Certainly, there are plenty of good reasons to boost our efforts in science and math. But we should not lose sight of the fact that there are other subjects in which we...
  • 28 Data Points: Biometrics in Michigan Schools?

    10/21/2015 9:13:29 PM PDT · by Don Joe · 13 replies
    Handout sheet given my child to bring home and fill out. ^ | 2008 | Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center
    See full document (two page) at URL.
  • Two-Thirds of Detroit Students 'Chronically Absent'

    10/20/2015 7:10:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 45 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/17/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Despite a new attendance policy that could see truant students and their parents actually prosecuted in court, more than two-thirds of the students enrolled in the Detroit school district are still classified as chronically absent. This is defined by the state as missing more than 10 school days in a year. Detroit saw 67.1 percent of its students deemed chronically absent in 2013-14, the latest year data is available. The statewide average is 25.5 percent. Even the troubled Education Achievement Authority, the state office given oversight of Michigans worst-performing individual schools, experienced chronic absence in just 23.7 percent of its...
  • Schools across US find alternatives to suspending students

    10/18/2015 11:50:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 27 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 18, 2015 | JAMIE STENGLE
    DALLAS (AP) -- The recent arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim boy whose teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb led to widespread ridicule of school officials and accusations that Islamophobia may have played a part. It earned Ahmed Mohamed an invitation to the White House, where the Irving teen will attend astronomy night Monday. But it also got him a three-day suspension, which he says the district insisted he serve even after it was clear it was just a clock.
  • Montana high school relinquishes $120,000 in federal funding drops Michelle Obama's lunch program

    10/17/2015 7:18:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 Oct 2015 | Evan Bleier
    Hundreds of students return to the cafeteria after Montana high school relinquishes $120,000 in federal funding and drops Michelle Obama's lunch program Bozeman High School officials dropped National School Lunch Program Program set limits on calories and fat and mandated more grains and fruit Students were leaving campus to get fast food instead of eating at cafeteria Since program was scrapped, traffic is up to about 1,000 customers a day By Evan Bleier For Published: 09:37 EST, 16 October 2015 | Updated: 21:55 EST, 16 October 2015 The decision by officials at a high school in Montana to give...
  • Hundreds of students return to the cafeteria after Montana high school relinquishes $120,000...

    10/16/2015 11:51:44 AM PDT · by PROCON · 87 replies ^ | Oct. 16, 2015 | Evan Bleier
    Full Title: Hundreds of students return to the cafeteria after Montana high school relinquishes $120,000 in federal funding and drops Michelle Obama's lunch programThe decision by officials at a high school in Montana to give up $117,000 in federal money and drop Michelle Obama's healthy lunch program has proved to be a popular and profitable success. Business has been booming in Bozeman High School's cafeteria since its board members voted to drop the National School Lunch Program in a bid to keep students from leaving campus to eat. The lunch program set limits on calories, fat and salt in lunches...
  • CAIR Demands Tennessee 7th Graders Learn 'Muhammad Is The Messenger of God'

    10/13/2015 12:34:26 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 80 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/13/2015 | Eric Ownes
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on people in Tennessee to oppose a bill that would prevent public schools from teaching the principles of Islam and every other religion until students reach the 10th grade. Tennessee state legislator Sheila Butt, a Republican, proposed the bill late last week in response to a grassroots campaign across the state by parents primarily evangelical parents against what they perceive as an inappropriate focus on Islam in history and social studies courses in taxpayer-funded middle schools. House Bill 1418, if it becomes law, would prevent the teaching of all religious...
  • The Not-So-Subtle Ways Public Schools Promote Islam at the Expense of Christianity

    10/13/2015 1:25:55 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 55 replies
    National Review ^ | October 13, 2015 | David French
    Here in Tennessee, the public battle over Islamic indoctrination in public schools rages on. Last month, I reported that parents in my home county were upset after their Middle School-agechildren were forced to recite the Shahadathe declaration that there is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet. Following this revelation, my old colleagues at the American Center for Law and Justice filed open records requests with Tennessee school districts, demanding to see copies of policies, communications, and curriculum related to instruction in Islam and other world religions. Incredibly, several school districts flatly refused to comply with the request....
  • Student suspended after wearing military memorial shirt honoring Marine brother

    10/12/2015 4:39:06 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 12 replies
    EAG News ^ | 12Oct15 | Victor Skinner
    GRESHAM, Ore. Dexter McCarty Middle School student Alan Holmes understands that his freedom is intricately tied to those who fought and died defending the United States of America. His older brother joined the U.S. Marines when he was 19 years old and served a tour in Iraq, Fox 12 reports.
  • CPS continues to fiddle while Springfield burns ( Chicago Public Schools )

    10/12/2015 2:47:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Crain Communication ^ | October 10, 2015 | Greg Hinz
    The indictment of former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett closes a chapter in yet another sad tale of greedy, cheating city officials. Her lawyer says she has agreed to plead guilty when she appears in court, and I hope the judge throws the book at her. But ethical misconduct is only a part of BBB's legacy. The ex-CEOalong with the rest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's crack team at the Board of Educationhas left us with a whopper of a problem that could hit full force as soon as next month. I'm referring to the nearly $500 million hole in...
  • Detroit Public Schools Takes Out a Loan to Pay Off Another Loan

    10/09/2015 12:48:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/7/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The depth of the Detroit school districts financial troubles can be staggering. As of last June, the district owes $238.2 million it borrowed to cover routine operating expenses, a burden that has received some media attention. Another $572 million owed by Detroit Public Schools to a state authority within the Michigan Department of Treasury has received less coverage. But some eyebrows were raised recently when DPS went back for another loan from that source on the same day it made payment on an earlier loan. According to state Treasury records, a Michigan Finance Authority gave Detroit Public Schools a loan...
  • A Tale of Two Schools, One Building

    10/07/2015 7:29:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/06/15 | Nicholas Simmons
    Over the past three school years, I unintentionally participated in a tragic educational case study on the west side of Harlem. I worked in the same building as the Wadleigh Secondary School, at which 0% of students in grades six through eight met state standards in math or English. That isnt a typo: Not a single one of the 33 students passed either exam, though many of the questions are as straightforward as What is 15% of 60? Two floors above Wadleigh, I taught math at Success Academy Harlem West, a public charter school. The students there eat in the...
  • 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, Nashvilles 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 Duncans 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 Obamas two daughters attended the school before moving to Washington in 2009, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuels children are enrolled there now. And in the fall, Duncans 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 · 13 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...
  • States 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 Detroits 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 citys 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, whove 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.Im 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 Ive 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 citys education system. Tragically, it took a hurricane to do this. But out of Katrinas 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 Mississippis 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...