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  • Educational Non-Fiction Content Provider Apologizes for September 11 Fact Sheet

    09/17/2017 9:21:49 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 11 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 09/17/2017 | Rachel Frommer
    Commentary included Israel having a 'shady history'! An educational non-fiction content provider has issued an apology for offering teachers across the country a fact sheet on the September 11 attacks that included commentary about Israel having a "shady history" and having previously "belonged to the Muslims." Newsela prides itself in being a reliable source of current event pieces and historical articles, each edited by Newsela staff to meet multiple reading skill levels, for teachers to use in their elementary and middle school classrooms. On 9/11, fifth and sixth grade teachers found available an article, adapted by Newsela staff from a...
  • Kindergarten celebrates 5-year-old transgender ‘transition;’ kids traumatized

    09/14/2017 5:07:12 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 26 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 08/21/2017 | Lianne Laurence
    A number of angry parents are considering legal action after a charter school kindergarten teacher staged what one critic calls a transgender “transition ceremony” in class for a five-year-old boy without informing parents beforehand. But Rocklin Academy Schools has countered that it didn’t have to tell parents about the transgenderism lesson that has left a number of five-year-olds shaken and disturbed. Because gender identity isn’t sex education, the administration said, it's not subject to California’s parental consent and opt-out laws, reported Fox40News. Moreover, with gender identity and gender expression prohibited grounds for discrimination in the state, not to accept a...
  • Transgender Kindergarten Lesson has Rocklin Parents Split

    09/14/2017 4:49:09 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 34 replies
    FOX40 ^ | 08/16/2017 | Joe Khalil
    How young is too young to introduce a child to the concept of gender identity? That is a question the Rocklin Academy Schools district tried to handle after a young student revealed herself as transgender. Some parents applauded the district's efforts while others questioned whether it was handled properly. Ankur Dhawan's 5-year-old daughter was in the classroom that day. She came home and talked about what she learned. "She said, 'Well, we learned about a girl in a boy's body,'" Dhawan said. "This turned out to be a fairly decent way of introducing a topic that I wouldn't otherwise know...
  • Revolt over school's 'outrageous' drug and sex quiz

    09/14/2017 12:25:00 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 45 replies
    WND ^ | 09/13/2017 | na
    'It's just bizarre. I told my daughter not to turn it in' Roy High School teacher Candace Thurgood says she has been giving the same “Know Thyself” quiz to students in her “Adult Roles and Financial Literacy” class for years without complaint, but the questionnaire first published in a 1981 Dear Abby column is not playing so well this year. Thurgood was removed from the classroom and placed on leave from Utah’s Weber School District after parents learned of the class exercise where respondents are asked about their sexual histories and drug and alcohol abuse. The 30 questions are scored...
  • Post-Katrina lessons for Harvey's returning students

    09/12/2017 6:40:54 AM PDT · by Jagermonster
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 11, 2017 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, Henry Gass
    As many students in Houston head back to school starting Sept. 11, observers say there is a need for specialized support for both children and teachers. SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 NASHUA, N.H. AND HOUSTON—Bryan McMillian was supposed to start college Aug. 28 at Prairie View A&M University, near Houston. Now, the apartment he had lined up in nearby Cypress, Texas, is flooded, and he’s trying to figure out if he can take online classes for a semester while he stays with some family in Austin. Harvey wasn’t the first hurricane to disrupt his educational journey. Katrina hit on what would have...
  • The health of our infrastructure: How Nevada ranks and what improvements are on the horizon

    09/04/2017 12:59:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | August 21, 2017 | Daniel Rothberg
    “We have bridges that are falling down,” then-candidate Donald Trump told Fox last August, pledging to double the amount Hillary Clinton wanted to spend on infrastructure as president of the United States. “We’ll get a fund, we’ll make a phenomenal deal with the low interest rates and rebuild our infrastructure.” One year later and eight months into his presidency, Trump has continued to double down on his lofty promises — during “Infrastructure Week” in June, he told his supporters in Cincinnati that the U.S. “deserves the best infrastructure in the world.” But the administration has been slow to move its...
  • Building a Modern Marshmallow Test: New Ways to Measure Social-Emotional Learning

    09/03/2017 11:00:19 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 15 replies
    Education Week ^ | 08/10/2017 | Evie Blad
    Is there a way to consistently and accurately measure students' ability to do things like recognize emotions, solve peer conflicts, and exercise self-control? What if they don't even realize those things are being measured? The winners of a recent design challenge took a crack at it, proposing everything from analyzing students' subtle behaviors when taking computer-based tests to asking them to play video games that simulate real-world experiences and gauging how they respond. The contest winners responded to a prompt from a working group that is seeking to advance conversations about measurement. That group includes the Collaborative for Academic, Social,...
  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: High School Teacher Calls Trump Shirt Swastika

    09/03/2017 7:11:56 PM PDT · by apoliticalone · 56 replies
    Turning Point News ^ | 9-2-2017 | Turning Point Staff
    A video was sent in showing a high school teacher who has been identified as Lyn Orletsky from River Ridge High School in Georgia by Turning Point News. The incident happened Thursday according to sources. Lyn Orletsky via Facebook In this video the teacher appears to order her students wearing Trump shirts to turn them inside out. She didn’t want her students wearing these shirts for the same reason ‘you cannot wear a swastika to school’.
  • FBI reveals CHILLING truth about Antifa terrorists’ “day jobs”

    09/03/2017 5:07:44 PM PDT · by Lera · 52 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 9/2/17 | DK
    The ongoing chilling reports on Antifa took another worrisome turn recently when it was discovered that many of the members of the leftist terrorist group are in fact public school teachers. This new information came to light when it was revealed that the group BAMN, or “BAMN – Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary”, has among its members violent demonstrators like Yvette Felarca. One of BAMN’s most prominent organizers is Yvette Felarca, a Berkeley middle school teacher and pro-violence militant. Felarca currently faces charges of inciting a riot for...
  • Inside the NYC schools critics call ‘failure factories’

    09/03/2017 9:26:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    NYP ^ | September 2, 2017 | Susan Edelman
    They are the schools Mayor de Blasio doesn’t mention. At 32 city elementary and middle schools, the average English-math proficiency rate on state exams has not exceeded 10 percent of students for four years in a row. Seventeen of these schools — which enroll nearly 10,000 kids — have been part of the mayor’s signature Renewal program, which has spent $582 million on teacher training, social services and an extra hour a day of instruction. Four did so poorly that the city Department of Education closed them in June. ... Families for Excellent Schools, a pro-charter-school group that analyzed the test...
  • Public School Teachers Behind Violent Antifa Group

    09/01/2017 8:33:39 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 87 replies
    http://dailycaller.com ^ | 09/01/2017 | Peter Hasson
    Public school teachers are behind a leading far-left militant group that is part of the Antifa network that federal officials say is committing “domestic terrorist violence.” By Any Means Necessary, which has played a key role in riots in Berkeley, Sacramento and elsewhere, has dozens of public school teachers among its members, including among its most prominent leaders. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security began paying closer attention to Antifa groups in general after BAMN and other extremists started a riot and attacked marchers at a white nationalist rally in Sacramento last July, Politico reported on Friday. The Sacramento...
  • The next generation of California public school students will skip the 'mission project'

    08/30/2017 8:48:39 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 18 replies
    SF Gate ^ | August 30, 2017 | Amy Graff
    The fourth-grade tradition of building a California mission out of Popsicle sticks and sugar cubes is being pushed aside by the state as history lessons change to reflect all cultures and more accurately depict the past. A new framework for the curriculum at K-12 public schools means less research into the floor plans of the mission at say San Juan Capistrano, and more time looking at what life was like for both the missionaries and the native people of California.
  • First Grader Sent to Office, Investigated, for ‘Pronoun Mishap’

    08/28/2017 5:20:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies
    The Stream ^ | August 27, 2017 | TODD STARNES
    A first grader at a California charter school was sent to the principal’s office this week after she accidentally “mis-gendered” a transgender classmate in what’s being called a “pronoun mishap.”This Isn’t the First Time We’ve Heard of Rocklin The incident occurred at Rocklin Academy, a school rocked by controversy after a kindergarten teacher led an in-class discussion on transgenderism that included a “gender reveal” for a little boy who was transitioning to a little girl.For kindergartners.Parents were furious because they were not informed in advance and were not given the chance to opt-out their five-year-olds from the classroom transgender...
  • How 'bout ZERO federal control of schools?

    08/27/2017 2:42:27 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 28 replies
    Convention of States ^ | 08/22/2017 | Rita Dunaway
    The fact that we celebrate the Every Student Succeeds Act for shifting education policy back to the states is an alarming indicator of federal dysfunction. Instead of rejoicing about a reduced extent of unauthorized federal meddling in state affairs, we should work to remove the heavy hand of centralized government entirely from every sphere in which it has no legitimate authority. A quick visit to the U.S. Department of Education’s website reveals just how thoroughly the feds have burst the seams of their constitutional pants. There we find the agency reminding states about deadlines for submitting “State plans” for education...
  • After a 10-year saga, Tucson teachers are validated when a judge calls state law racist

    08/26/2017 5:39:56 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 38 replies
    pri ^ | August 25, 2017 | Rupa Shenoy
    When a federal judge in Tucson ruled a state law unconstitutional this week, it ended a 10-year saga that once consumed Curtis Acosta's life — but also led to ethnic studies programs across the country. “This has been a hard journey to get to this point,” Acosta said when we met last month, the same week he was testifying in the case and under a gag order. "It's like, 'don't mess it up now.'" It was the second time Acosta had gone to court in an attempt to restore Mexican American studies at Tucson Unified School District. The first suit,...
  • One in five schools in Norther Ireland cover lesbian, gay or bisexual issues

    08/26/2017 3:48:09 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 26th August 2017 | Robbie Meredith
    Just over one in five schools in Northern Ireland have said they cover lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) issues with pupils. That is one of the findings of a Department of Education (DE) survey of more than 420 schools. Schools were asked whether they covered LGB issues in relationship and sex education (RSE) or other parts of the curriculum. More than half - 59% - said they did not. Just over 21% said they did cover LGB issues with pupils and 19.4% preferred not to answer the question. Additionally, almost seven out of ten respondent schools said they were not...
  • Police Launch Investigation After Video Surfaces Showing Cheerleaders Forced Into Splits

    08/26/2017 4:45:55 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 91 replies
    NBC ^ | 8-24-2017 | NBC
    Police are investigating a Denver high school's administration after video surfaced of cheerleaders being forced into doing splits, NBC affiliate KUSA reported. The video shows an incoming freshman at East High School surrounded by teammates and a coach in June during the first week of cheer camp. The girl screams in pain and repeatedly cries "please stop" as the group tries to force her legs into a split. KUSA received seven similar videos. The school's principal, cheer coach, assistant cheer coach and an assistant principal, as well as Denver Public Schools deputy general counsel, have been placed on leave during...
  • California first-grader sent to principal’s office for misgendering classmate

    08/25/2017 12:41:24 PM PDT · by detective · 79 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 23, 2017 | Bradford Richardson
    An elite charter school in California has been rocked by scandal since the end of the last school year, when a kindergarten teacher read her class a pair of books advocating transgender ideology, and a male kindergartener was reintroduced to the class as a girl. Now first-graders at Rocklin Academy Gateway risk a trip to the principal’s office if they refer to their transgender classmate by the wrong name or gender pronoun, said Karen England, executive director of the Capitol Resource Institute, a pro-family group based in Sacramento.
  • School Board Under Fire After ‘Transgender Reveal’ Leaves Students Confused About Who They Are

    08/22/2017 2:57:51 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 106 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/22/2017 | Grace Carr
    These parents feel betrayed by the school district that they were not notified,” said Karen England of the Capitol Resource Institute, according to CBS Sacramento. “The kindergartners came home very confused, about whether or not you can pick your gender, whether or not they really were a boy or a girl,” England said at the board meeting Monday night. I want her to hear from me as a parent what her gender identity means to her and our family,” a meeting attendee said regarding her daughter. “It’s really about the parents being informed and involved and giving us the choice...
  • Ex-LAUSD food services director charged with embezzling (Los Angeles)

    08/09/2017 10:49:23 AM PDT · by Mark · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 8/9/17 | From staff and wire reports
    The former director of food services for the Los Angeles Unified School District has been charged with misappropriation of public funds and embezzlement for allegedly diverting $65,000 in district money to a culinary club he controlled, prosecutors said Tuesday. David Binkle, 55, is also accused of forging a district vendor application, failing to report his outside financial interests to the district and funneling public funds into his personal bank account, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. All told, he’s accused of 15 felony counts. Binkle resigned from the LAUSD in 2015 following a critical audit...