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  • Growing tax burden will push people out of Cook County and Chicago

    07/17/2015 8:53:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ted Dabrowski
    City officials are pushing property-tax hikes, sales-tax hikes, and even a commuter tax and financial-transaction tax. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s wish for a $474 million sales-tax increase to help pay for the county’s growing pension debt has been granted. The hike pushes the sales-tax rate back up to 10.25 percent in Chicago – the same as it was when Preckwinkle took office in 2010. And that’s not the only new tax residents have to face. Preckwinkle is just the latest local leader to usher in a tax increase. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel created a new tax earlier this...
  • Union President Attacks School Board While They Pay Her Not to Teach

    07/16/2015 2:10:59 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/14/2015 | Tom Gantert
    While Ann Arbor Public Schools teachers union president Linda Carter has claimed the superintendent and school board were trying to "destroy" the school district, that same school board has spent $250,000-plus allowing union officials to work on union activities during school hours instead of teaching. Called "release time," this special arrangement allows union president Carter to teach no classes yet collect a full-time teacher's salary of $77,502, for which the district pays half and the union pays half. However, the school district covers the entire cost of Carter's health care and pension benefits, at an annual cost estimated to be...
  • Archbishop Chaput Releases Statement on Fired Catholic School Staffer

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

    07/06/2015 9:09:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 6, 2015
    Security forces have arrested six Israeli Beduin men from the Negev town of Houra, four of whom work as school teachers, for allegedly supporting the Islamic State terrorist organization. The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) revealed Monday that the men were arrested over the past two months. They allegedly took part in secret meetings in which they discussed Islamic State doctrine, and spread the group's propaganda among their family members and associates. Some of the suspects planned to join the ranks Islamic State in Syria. Those who worked as teachers at schools in the Negev used their positions to spread...
  • Teachers union treasurer in New Jersey pleads guilty to theft

    07/05/2015 7:56:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | July 3, 2015 | Carl Horowitz
    BARNEGAT, N.J. – Teachers unions during the past decade have known their share of scandal. Add the case of Wayne Wedderman Jr. to the list. This Monday, June 29, Wedderman, treasurer of the Barnegat Education Association, pleaded guilty in Ocean County, New Jersey Superior Court to theft from the union. He had been arrested last November for stealing roughly a combined $23,000 from two union accounts in the wake of a county probe begun the previous month. A grand jury in February subsequently indicted Wedderman on two counts of thefts and one count of computer theft. Sentencing is scheduled for...
  • (NJ) Teacher from Lyndhurst accused of sexually assaulting student

    07/03/2015 5:47:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies
    northjersey.com ^ | 06.19.15 | JIM NORMAN
    A 32-year-old Lyndhurst woman, a second-grade teacher, has been arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a 15-year-old girl from the Jersey City school where the woman is employed, authorities said Friday.Bergen County John L. Molinelli said Lauren H. Mitchell was arrested after an investigation by his office’s Special Victims Unit and the Lyndhurst Police Department.Molinelli said several teachers at the Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School in Jersey City observed what they believed was inappropriate behavior between Mitchell and the girl during a class trip and reported what they had seen to school...
  • Black Teacher in Ohio Slaps Disabled White Student Saying She Doesn’t Have to ‘Serve White People

    07/01/2015 6:42:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    GOP the Daily Dose ^ | Jul 1, 2015 | clyde
    A black teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio has resigned after she slapped a handicapped white child and screamed at him that blacks in America “fought” so that they wouldn’t have to “serve white people like him.” This creep resigned not after students complained, but after her own teachers assistants complained of her abusive actions! It was going on for months, apparently. Intervention Specialist Pamela Bullock has left her position at Wayne Local Schools in Warren County, after four teaching assistants wrote a letter to administrators detailing her abuse toward students. In one incident, the assistants reported that Ms. Bullock was taking...
  • PA: Scores of teachers bow to Allah, celebrate Islam, visit local mosque to learn more about Islam

    06/13/2015 5:05:37 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 28 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 6/10/2015 | Pamela Geller
    Photo: Teachers took time off school to attend a Muslim prayer session, courtesy of the taxpayer. /Photo: Lebanon Daily News Key questions: –Where is the separation of mosque and state? –If special accommodation is going to be made for Islam, where are the days devoted to Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, Mormonism, Bahai’ism, et al? –Is this not a violation of the establishment clause? Taxpayer dollars are being used to fund dawah (proselytizing for Islam). Why aren’t these teachers being given a seminar by Robert Spencer and Ibn Warraq about the jihadic doctrine and Islam’s 1,400 year history of jihadi wars,...
  • PA school district holds staff training, joins prayer service at Islamic mosque

    06/09/2015 8:58:30 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 42 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | June 9, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    LEBANON, Pa. – Dozens of teachers and administrators in Pennsylvania’s Lebanon School District recently attended a taxpayer-funded in-service workshop at a local mosque to learn about Islam and Arabic culture. About 50 staffers from the district attended an in-service workshop Monday led by former district Arabic translator Mohamed Omar, who “took time off from his new job as a case worker for the Department of Human Services in Philadelphia to share his knowledge of Islam with the staff, which included Superintendent Marianne Bartley and several other administrators,” the Lebanon Daily News reports. The workshop started off at the high school...
  • Prison Worker Probed in Escape Is Married, Teaches Tailoring

    06/08/2015 7:52:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/8 | Kirstan Conley, Larry Celona and Jamie Schram
    The female prison worker questioned as a possible accomplice in the escape of two killers is a married, training supervisor at the facility, sources told The Post on Monday. Joyce Mitchell has worked at Clinton Correctional Facility since 2008 — and her responsibilities include helping inmates learn how to tailor clothing, the sources said. Sources said Tuesday that convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat were allowed to wear civilian clothes instead of prison greens in their less restrictive wing of the jail dubbed the “Honor Block.”
  • Teacher Aide Found In Bathroom Allegedly Had Syringe In Arm

    05/30/2015 12:13:14 PM PDT · by familyop · 70 replies
    CBS Denver 4 ^ | May 29, 2015 | CBS Denver 4
    A teacher aide who was found passed out in a bathroom by students at a northwest Denver school allegedly had a syringe sticking out of her arm. The paraprofessional, Cassandra Rein, 27, was found Thursday morning in the bathroom at Denver Center for International Studies at Ford Elementary School by four first grade girls...While Denver Public Schools has only gone as far as to say that Rein is a teacher’s aide, her Facebook page states she’s a preschool teacher. She was placed on administrative leave...Rein appeared in court for an advisement hearing Friday morning and bonded out of custody on...
  • NJ teacher who had students write 'get well' notes to cop killer fired

    05/14/2015 12:05:49 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/14/15 | foxnews
    A New Jersey public school teacher who instructed her third-grade students to write “get well” letters to a convicted cop killer was fired at a raucous school board meeting that stretched into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, despite her pleas that “there’s a community behind me.” Marylin Zuniga, a first-year teacher who drew widespread condemnation for assigning her young charges the task of writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal, was canned at the meeting of the Orange Board of Education, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported.
  • NY rejects all applications for new charter schools

    05/21/2015 7:01:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 21, 2015 | Yoav Gonen and Aaron Short
    The state Education Department has rejected all 15 applications for new charter schools, including 12 in New York City, claiming they failed to meet academic standards. “We always look for quality and these applications didn’t measure up,” Education Department spokesman Dennis Tompkins said Wednesday. “We invited several of the applicants to reapply in June and we gave them suggestions on how to improve their applications.” But charter-school advocates weren’t buying it, saying the rejection of all the applicants reeked of pro-teacher-union politics. “The timing and nature of these blanket rejections should raise serious concerns for New Yorkers ... Mayor de...
  • Teacher fired for forcing students to write letters to imprisoned cop killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal

    05/15/2015 9:23:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 05/15/2015 | Victor Medina
    Orange County (New Jersey) school board officials voted Wednesday to terminate the employment of a third grade teacher who had her students write "get well" letters to a convicted cop killer. According to NJ.com, Marilyn Zuniga, a third grade teacher at Forest Street Elementary School in Orange, was suspended last month after she had her students write the letters of encouragement to Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is currently serving a life sentence for killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. Marilyn Zuniga's employment was terminated as part of a larger personnel restructuring agenda. By including Zuniga's termination in a larger...
  • Teacher Forced to Resign After Calling Pro-Abortion President Barack Obama a “Baby Killer”

    05/03/2015 6:50:18 PM PDT · by kathsua · 33 replies
    Life News ^ | May 1, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    In Georgia, veteran middle school teacher Nancy Perry has been forced to resign after telling her students that President Barack Obama is a baby killer. The schools superintendent, Chuck Ledbetter, said Perry will retire at the end of the school year. He said, “On behalf of the School District, we want to apologize to the student and to his parents. It is not the place of teachers to attempt to persuade students about religious or political beliefs.’ According to the Daily Mail, a 12-year-old boy brought the complaint against the teacher to his father, Jimmie Scott. Then Scott met with...
  • Teacher ousted for 'saying Obama not Christian'

    04/29/2015 5:25:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    wnd ^ | 4/29/15 | Cheryl Chumley
    A middle-school teacher in Dublin, Georgia, was tossed from school – and her job – for allegedly telling her students President Obama isn’t a Christian. Nancy Perry is now due to retire at the end of the year, said Dublin Schools’ spokesman Chuck Ledbetter, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. “It is not the place of teachers to attempt to persuade students about religious or political beliefs,” Ledbetter said, in the news outlet. “In doing so, the teacher was wrong and that has been communicated to her. … Just as importantly, we are communicating this message to all staff of the school...
  • 2 Arrested in Attack That Knocked Long Island Teacher Unconscious (Hempstead NY)

    04/18/2015 9:39:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 89 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 8:33 PM EDT, Thursday, Apr 16, 2015
    A parent and a juvenile have been arrested after an attack on a Long Island teacher that a group said left the educator unconscious for several minutes. Authorities say the duo allegedly attacked the female math teacher Wednesday at Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempstead. […] The parent, Annika McKenzie, pleaded not guilty to assault charges and is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. McKenzie’s attorney, Don Rollock, told NBC 4 New York that the parent came to the school because the teacher put her hands on her 12-year-old daughter. “Teachers shouldn’t lay their hands on kids,”...
  • Cops: Parent, student assault Hempstead middle school teacher

    04/18/2015 9:08:05 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 15 replies
    http://www.newsday.com ^ | April 17, 2015
    A middle school teacher at Hempstead's Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School was in a classroom Wednesday afternoon when a parent went past a security checkpoint and waited outside her door to confront her, police and union officials said. The parent, later identified as Annika McKenzie, 34, insisted in engaging the teacher for reasons that haven't been disclosed. The teacher was heard asking the woman to get a security pass and then calling for security before things got worse, police said.
  • Denver teacher's 'I wish my teacher knew' assignment goes viral

    04/17/2015 9:35:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    UPI ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    DENVER, April 17 (UPI) -- A Denver teacher's assignment asking third grade students to write down things "I wish my teacher knew" went viral when she shared some of the responses.
  • 8th Grader Faces Felony Charges for Changing Teacher’s Computer Background

    04/13/2015 1:19:58 PM PDT · by yuffy · 39 replies
    Time.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Laura Stampler
    Pranksters be warned Eight-grader Domanik Green was arrested on felony charges in Holiday, Fla. Wednesday after breaking into his teacher’s computer to change the background picture to two men kissing. Green, 14, who was released the day of his arrest, said that he broke into the computer of teacher he didn’t like after realizing that faculty members’ passwords were simply their last names, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Green, who previously faced a three-day suspension for a similar prank, said that many students got in trouble for breaking into teachers’ computers.
  • Louisiana Teacher Accused Of 9-HOUR THREESOME With Teen Gets No Jail Time For OTHER Illicit Sex

    04/11/2015 4:32:53 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 77 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/11/15 | ERIC OWENS
    [ ... Dufresne is by no means out of the woods for her exploits. Neither is Respess. They both still face criminal charges for their roles in a threesome with the same, unidentified student. ... ] [I read it was a marathon session at 9 hours.]
  • Mary Kay Letourneau Fualaau, Vili Fualaau Detail Their Path From Teacher-Student Sex Scandal to...

    04/10/2015 12:56:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 92 replies
    ABC News -- 20-20 ^ | 4-10-15 | JENNIFER JOSEPH, BROOKE STANGELAND, LAUREN PUTRINO and LAUREN EFFRON
    When Mary Kay Letourneau Fualaau was forced to go public in 1997 with an affair she was having with her former sixth grade student, Vili Fualaau, after she became pregnant with his child, it was the teacher-student sex scandal heard around the world. At the time, Mary was a 34-year-old, married teacher in Seattle, who already had four children of her own. Vili was just 13 years old. Mary was arrested and served seven and a half years in prison. Today, Mary is 53 and Vili is 31. The couple is still together and are about to celebrate their 10th...
  • Now Protesters Insist That A Catholic School Must HIRE A Gay Teacher

    04/09/2015 2:41:44 PM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    TheDC ^ | 4/08/15 | Eric Owens
    Students and alumni of a Catholic high school in Iowa held a rally on Wednesday afternoon to protest a decision by school officials not to hire a gay teacher. The rally at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines involved a walkout and a demonstration at which a handful of students and alumni spoke, reports The Des Moines Register. The gay teacher who did not get hired had worked as a substitute at Dowling Catholic High — a school of some 1,430 souls. In the process of vetting the teaching candidate for a full-time teaching job, school officials learned...
  • Teacher, 30, faces decades in prison after pleading guilty to 37 charges for...

    04/03/2015 3:24:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/02/15 | Snejana Farberov
    Teacher, 30, faces decades in prison after pleading guilty to 37 charges for having sex with three students and getting pregnant by one A former Florida teacher accused of repeatedly having sex with at least three students has pleaded guilty to three dozen criminal counts. Jennifer Fichter, 30, was set to attend a pre-trial hearing in Polk County Court Thursday morning, but instead she pleaded guilty to all 37 counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor. Each charge carries a maximum of 15 years in prison. Fichter's sentencing is scheduled for July 2. Fichter taught English at Central Aerospace...
  • Ex-teacher to face 4 separate trials [rape, sexual abuse, Bountiful Utah]

    03/30/2015 3:27:17 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 84 replies
    KSL.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | McKenzie Romero
    BOUNTIFUL — A judge ruled Monday that a former Davis High School teacher will face separate trials on charges of sexually abusing three students. Brianne Altice, 35, faces a total of 14 felony charges — including rape, forcible sodomy, forcible sexual abuse, unlawful sexual activity with a minor and dealing in materials harmful to a minor — stemming from alleged sexual relationships with three former Davis High students who were 16 or 17 years old at the time. Second District Judge Thomas Kay ruled Monday that it was "appropriate and necessary" to split the 10 original charges into three trials,...
  • Steel Valley elementary teachers, union violate 'humanity' contract

    03/30/2015 9:31:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Triblive.com ^ | 3-29-2015 | Eric Heyl
    UNITED FEDERATION OF HUMANITY LOCAL 15120 OFFICIAL GRIEVANCE FORM Grievance filed against: Steel Valley Education Association Grievance alleged: The union representing Park Elementary School teachers filed a cruel, insensitive, unnecessary and ultimately impotent grievance against Steel Valley School District. Said grievance involving a special needs student violates the compassion, decency and concern for others clauses of its collective bargaining agreement with the UFH, hereafter referred to as “humanity.” The grievance was incalculably unintelligent and an enormous public relations gaffe that casts Park teachers as complete cads. Those aren't explicit violations of the CBA but should be noted for the record....
  • Teacher accused of selling heroin is superintendent’s daughter

    03/27/2015 1:19:05 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 11 replies
    WPXI ^ | March 27, 2015
    PITTSBURGH — A Norwin High School health and physical education teacher was arrested on charges of dealing heroin, officials said. Agents charged the defendant, 37-year-old Lisa Rodnicki, with one count each of delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of heroin, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said. According to the criminal complaint, agents made a controlled purchase from Rodnicki utilizing a confidential informant, who paid Rodnicki $300 for 45 bags of heroin. According to Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE, Rodnicki is the daughter of the district’s superintendent.
  • Muslim Teacher Brutally Beats 10-Year-Old Boy Until He Passed Out (trunc)

    03/22/2015 2:17:18 PM PDT · by wtd · 10 replies
    Inquisitor ^ | 03/22/2015 4 minutes ago
    Muslim Teacher Brutally Beats 10-Year-Old Boy Until He Passed Out After He Failed To Recite The QuranA Muslim teacher is in hot water for the brutal beating of a 10-year-old student. According to Times of India, the young boy could not recite a specific chapter from the Quran. Initially, the boy was ordered to do 170 …
  • Ex-Fitchburg charter school sex-ed teacher gets 2 1/2 years in statutory rape of boy

    03/16/2015 6:00:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    Fitchburg (Mass.) Sentinel and Enterprise ^ | March 13, 2015 | Michael Hartwell
    FITCHBURG -- A former Fitchburg charter school sex-education teacher pleaded guilty Friday in Worcester Superior Court to a charge she raped a 14-year-old student, according to a report. Rachelle Gendron, 28, reached a plea agreement and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of prison time and 10 years of probation, according to Tim Connolly, spokesman for Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
  • Challenge to Teacher Tenure Survives

    03/13/2015 11:21:56 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 27 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | 03.16.15 | Joel Stashenko
    A lawsuit by parents who claim that tenure statutes undermine constitutional guarantees of an adequate public education has survived a motion to dismiss. Staten Island Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo determined that Davids v. State of New York, 101105/14, meets "minimal" standards for going forward at an early stage of the litigation and that the plantiffs—11 parents and two children—have standing. The judge said plaintiffs have shown that they may be entitled to relief "under any reasonable view of the facts stated." He also said that children named among the plaintiffs are "clearly" within the zone of a protected interest...
  • Denver schools have four times the administrators as other districts

    03/11/2015 9:49:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Watchdog ^ | March 11, 2015 | Arthur Kane
    Denver Public Schools had four times the number of administrators as any other large metro area districts last year, and salaries and benefits for those staffers are $22 million more than the next largest metro district, Colorado Department of Education figures show. The teachers’ union president reviewed the data Watchdog.org obtained and said the nearly $68 million paid to DPS administrators would be better spent on students. “We need to be talking about keeping dollars closer to classroom when it comes to public education,” said Henry Roman, president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association. “Should they be putting the money...
  • Teen's confession to killing teacher won't be used at trial

    03/08/2015 8:20:13 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | March 4, 2015
    BOSTON - A Massachusetts teenager's confession to police that he killed his math teacher cannot be used in his murder trial, a judge ruled Tuesday even as he allowed a bloody box cutter and other key pieces of evidence to be admitted. The ruling came in the case of 16-year-old Philip Chism, who has pleaded not guilty to raping and killing 24-year-old Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer on school grounds in October 2013. Despite having been 14 at the time of the killing, Chism is charged as an adult.
  • Parent: Weston teacher called my son 'rag-head Taliban'

    03/03/2015 8:37:04 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 53 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | March 3, 2015 | Karen Yi
    A Weston parent urged the Broward School Board on Tuesday to fire a teacher he claims called his son a "rag-head Taliban.". Youssef Wardani said Maria Valdes, who teaches French at Cypress Bay in Weston, called his 14-year-old son a Taliban four times in class last month. "I want her fired," said Wardani. "As a parent I should not be spending my time in front of [the School Board], explaining to them what should have been done on Day One … My son is not a rag-head Taliban."
  • Former Megachurch Pastor Rob Bell: A Church That Doesn't Support Gay Marriage Is 'Irrelevant'

    02/26/2015 3:36:12 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 70 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 2/20/2015 | Carol Kuruvilla
    Rob Bell, the widely popular and controversial former megachurch pastor, is now convinced that a church doesn’t support same-sex marriage will "continue to be even more irrelevant." Bell made the comments on an episode of Oprah Winfrey's "Super Soul Sunday," where he appeared with his wife Kristen to talk about religion and spirituality. "One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness," Bell said. "Loneliness is not good for the world. Whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It's central to our humanity....
  • S.F. Cath. Students, Parents Stage Ash Wednesday Protest Over Morality Clauses In Teacher Contracts

    02/19/2015 4:54:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    CBS Channel 5 KPIX ^ | 2/18/15 | Andrea Borba
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Students and parents from schools controlled by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco protested at Saint Mary’s Cathedral on Ash Wednesday, saying the church should stay out of teachers’ bedrooms and drop proposed morality clauses in teacher contracts. On Ash Wednesday, one of the holiest days on the Catholic calendar, the students and parents are hoping Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will change his mind on the clauses, as the church heads into 40 days of Lenten reflection. "We’re here because if Jesus were alive today, he’d be standing right next to us,” Mairead Ahlbach, a student...
  • Union Drops Attempt to Stop Vote on Decertification

    02/16/2015 5:58:53 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/14/2015 | Anne Schieber
    The Michigan Education Association has dropped an unfair labor practices complaint against Grand Rapids Community College, and also dropped its request for suspension of an election to “decertify” a union local which represents college secretaries. The decertification vote was authorized when one-third of the nearly 100 members of the Grand Rapids Community College Education Support Professionals signed a petition requesting it. The MEA filed its complaint and request a few weeks later. Supporters of the election say time was of the essence because the local bargaining unit’s contract expires June 30 and contract negotiations are set to begin April 1....
  • 'Top teacher' winner quits due to Common Core Announced to stunned audience: 'I can’t do it

    02/14/2015 11:25:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 49 replies
    wnd ^ | 2/14/15 | staff
    Honored as the “Top Teacher” by ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Michael” show, Stacie Starr was speaking at an education forum earlier this week when she dropped a bombshell. The veteran teacher at Elyria High School in Elyria, Ohio, told a stunned audience Monday she will resign at the end of the school year because of the new federal Common Core system of standards and assessments adopted by her state, reported the local Chronicle-Telegram newspaper. image: http://www.wnd.com/files/2015/02/stacie-starr.jpg Stacie Starr Stacie Starr At the forum, which sought to help parents navigate the complex standardized testing system, Starr was talking about how...
  • Doctor Dad SLAPS DOWN Busybody Teacher Over Daughter’s Sack Lunch

    01/25/2015 4:04:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 24, 2015 | Eric Owens
    A Kirksville, Mo. doctor righteously and very satisfyingly slapped down a substitute teacher after she sent a note home condemning the lunch his second-grade daughter had brought to school. The doctor and mad dad is Justin Puckett, reports ABC News. As Puckett — who is certified in obesity medicine — later observed to the principal at the school, the teacher and a cafeteria worker didn’t see the whole lunch. Sure, they saw a pickle, a bag of marshmallows, some Ritz crackers and four tiny chocolate bars. Importantly, what the sub and the lunch lady missed were four pieces of ham...
  • 2 teachers arrested on allegations of sex with students in California

    01/19/2015 7:28:38 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 19, 2015 | Emily Alpert Reyes
    Two high school teachers in Southern California have been arrested on suspicion of having sexual relations with students on an overnight beach camping trip. South Hills High School teacher Melody Lippert allegedly met a group of male students in November at the beach in San Clemente, where she gave them alcohol and "engaged in a sexual relationship with one of them," according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
  • California girls' basketball coach suspended after 161-2 win

    01/18/2015 4:46:59 AM PST · by Mozilla · 40 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1-18-15 | AP/Yahoo
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California high school basketball coach has been suspended and faces accusations of mercilessly running up the score after his team won a game 161-2, one of the most lopsided scores in state history. Arroyo Valley High girls' coach Michael Anderson was suspended for two games after the victory last week against Bloomington High. Anderson said that he wasn't trying to run up the score or embarrass the opposition. His team had won four previous games by at least 70 points, and Bloomington had already lost a game by 91.
  • Teacher convicted of showing high school class violent movie

    01/18/2015 4:41:53 AM PST · by Mozilla · 26 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1-16-15 | AP/Yahoo
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former substitute teacher who showed a movie featuring graphic sex and violence to a high school class has been convicted of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Sheila Kearns showed the film, "The ABCs of Death," during five periods of a Spanish class at East High School in Columbus in April 2013, prosecutors said. The movie consists of 26 chapters, each depicting some form of grisly death and representing a letter of the alphabet, such as "E is for Exterminate," ''O is for Orgasm" and "T is for Toilet." A jury convicted Kearns of four felony...
  • High school teacher who pressured a 17-year-old into affair arrested AGAIN after threatening to kill

    01/10/2015 5:49:07 PM PST · by george76 · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 January 2015
    A former Connecticut high school teacher awaiting sentencing over a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student has been arrested again after allegedly threatening to kill one of her accusers. Police say 32-year-old Danielle Watkins of Norwalk was arrested Friday. She was first arrested in July, accused of having sex with one student at Stamford High and giving marijuana to another. Police say she threatened one of the victims at a doughnut shop Friday. Watkins pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor last month under a deal with prosecutors. The agreement calls for her to...
  • Ex-Utah teacher faces ANOTHER sexual assault charge as its revealed <Truncated>

    01/09/2015 6:24:29 PM PST · by Sawdring · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8 January 2015
    A former Utah high school teacher had sex with an underage student after she was arrested in October 2013 in another sex abuse case involving that boy and two others, prosecutors said this week. Brianne Altice, 35, was arrested again Wednesday on four new sex abuse charges and released from jail after posting $10,000 bail, court documents say.
  • Sexting scandal teacher hired for homeland security ( Colorado )

    12/30/2014 12:25:42 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Pueblo Chieftain ^ | December 30, 2014 | JEFF TUCKER
    A former South High School teacher who resigned last year over allegations of inappropriate behavior with students has found work as a grant coordinator with the regional homeland security agency. Larisa Oringdulph was named the South All-Hazards Regional Homeland Security Coordinator on Monday. The job pays $48,000. ... the job as an annual contract position with the South All-Hazards Region and, essentially, a conduit for the federal homeland security funds that get passed through the state and into counties to be used for various projects. ... She was never charged with any criminal act, but was accused of sending sexually...
  • Teacher fired after making snack run with 11 children in car, including 2 in trunk

    12/22/2014 7:26:16 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 136 replies
    FOX 8 ^ | December 22, 2014 | FOX 8
    CATOOSA, Okla. — A middle school teacher in Oklahoma was fired Wednesday after she took a group of students on a snack run, piling them all into her car. Heather Cagle, a yearbook and math teacher, decided to do “something sweet” for her journalism students and take them to Wal-Mart for snacks, according to Tulsa World.
  • Teacher charged in sex assault on Manchester Regional student was hired substitute

    12/04/2014 7:04:45 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies
    the record ^ | 11.24.14 | MINJAE PARK
    A substitute teacher who was charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Manchester Regional High School student Thursday, was only hired to teach on an as-needed basis for an absent science teacher during the 2014-15 school year, the principal said. Linda Hardan of Prospect Park, 21, was arrested Friday for allegedly taking the teenager to a location in Wayne outside of school hours and sexually assaulting him, according to a senior Passaic County assistant prosecutor.The high school serves students from Haledon, North Haledon and Prospect Park. Hardan was on a list of eligible substitute teachers kept by the Passaic County Educational...
  • (NJ) Washington Township woman loses bid to overturn McCarthy-era spying conviction

    12/04/2014 6:50:04 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies
    bergen record ^ | 12.4.14 | Aaron Morrison
    Viorel Florescu/staff photographer Retired Washington Township math teacher Miriam Moskowitz, 98, leaving federal court in New York City on Thursday with Caren Ponty, left, and her nephew Ira Moskowitz, after U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled against her petition to reverse her 1950 felony conviction related to atomic espionage. Miriam Moskowitz has been called a lot of things in her 98 years of life — feisty, aggressive and possessing a violent temper, among them. But the one label that bothers her most is spy for the former Soviet Union — a moniker given to her by the government.  That...
  • LAUSD argued middle schooler can consent to sex with teacher [updated]

    11/13/2014 4:40:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies
    KPCC (89.3 FM) ^ | 11/13/14 | Karen Foshay
    Last November, Los Angeles Unified School District lawyers fighting a civil lawsuit argued in court that a 14-year-old middle school student was mature enough to consent to having sex with her 28-year-old teacher, and that she bore some responsibility for what happened. The district's attorneys also introduced the girl's sexual history into the trial as part of their defense strategy. Two legal experts sharply criticized the school district for using those tactics. They also said the case highlights a little-known conflict in California law: while the age of consent is firmly set at 18 in criminal cases, at least two...
  • Australian police issue nationwide terror warning to teachers

    11/01/2014 7:46:10 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 5 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | unknown (very recent) | unknown
    As more and more young Muslims from Australia are joining the Islamic State, and crude pro-Islamic State graffiti appeared on schools, Australian authorities are hoping that teachers will tip them off about “radicalized students” — with no curiosity about where this “radicalization” is coming from. It must be from the Internet, doncha know. “Federal police probe into Western Sydney schools where ISIS graffiti was sprayed: AFP issues nationwide terror warning to teachers,” Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c12_1414840963#qxVECutbTJcd8S1h.99
  • Teacher tried to stop shooting at Washington state high school, while weapon is recovered

    10/25/2014 6:15:33 PM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    Fox News AP ^ | Oct. 25, 2014
    A newly-hired social studies teacher intercepted a gunman as he tried to reload during a deadly shooting at a Washington state high school on Friday, a union official says, describing her actions as amazing. Marysville Education Association president Randy Davis told The Associated Press Saturday that first-year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger intervened in the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.