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  • Ignorance in the Common Core

    02/20/2015 1:40:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2015 | Suzanne Fields
    Another Presidents Day, like the presidents it was meant to honor, has come and gone and nobody remembers what it was all about, beyond another three-day weekend for federal employees and a little hype to sell automobiles and snake oil. Presidents Day replaces holidays to mark the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln, and now, presumably, the catchall honor is extended to William Henry Harrison, Chester Alan Arthur and Millard Fillmore as well. When we observed George Washington's actual birthday (Feb. 22), schoolchildren talked about him as the "Father of Our Country." We traded stories, some of them myths, like Parson...
  • Bill aims to alleviate teacher shortage, help more immigrants get school jobs

    02/20/2015 6:24:45 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | Ana Ley
    A bill that would make it easier for some immigrants to teach in Nevada's classrooms is gaining momentum in the Legislature because it would help alleviate the state's crippling teacher shortage.
  • Bill would allow prosecution of teachers for distributing ‘harmful material’ to minors (Kansas)

    02/05/2015 1:15:33 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    kansas.com ^ | 02/04/2015 | Bryan Lowry and Suzanne Perez Tobias
    <p>Lawmakers are considering bill that would make it easier to charge and prosecute teachers with distributing harmful material to minors.</p> <p>Proponents say that would give needed protection to students. Opponents say it could criminalize the teaching of biology or controversial works of literature and that communication is a better option.</p>
  • Will the Teachers Unions Ever Learn? ( Maryland )

    02/03/2015 8:30:25 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    Townhall ^ | Feb 03, 2015 | Armstrong Williams
    In November the frustrations of Maryland’s voters with their state’s failed Democrat leadership finally boiled over and provided Larry Hogan an upset victory over the Democrat’s chosen candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. It would be easy to dismiss this victory as the revenge of Maryland’s far rural parts if places like Howard County, a bedroom community of both Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD, hadn’t also elected new Republican leadership. It’s obvious this election had deeper meaning: voters clearly repudiated the Democrats and their cronies’ failed leadership and commitment to business as usual. Yet, some in Maryland think they can continue...
  • HIGHER EDUCATION

    02/01/2015 8:30:11 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/1/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    As federal dollars pour into higher education, tuitions rise, administrative bloat expands, and part-timers teach more and more class sections! Allen B. West’s national Center for Policy analysis is offering a very critical view of “the higher education bubble” by researcher Farhad Mirzadeh. (1) “The result of infusing colleges with billions of dollars in additional funds will be to raise the cost of a college education even higher-just as student loans and federal grants have encouraged wasteful spending by colleges and universities across the country,” says West’s writer. A staggering ONE TRILLION DOLLARS in outstanding student loans equals more than...
  • Teacher Pensions Going To Kill Us All

    01/28/2015 5:49:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Teacher pensions are a huge and growing crisis waiting to explode without major reforms, warns a new report released Tuesday by an educational think tank.“Do the math on teacher pensions and it just doesn’t add up,” argues the National Council on Teacher Quality in its report, Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions. Total unfunded teacher pension liabilities in 2014 were a whopping $499 billion dollars, the group found. That amount is surging rapidly; in 2012, the total was just $394 billion, meaning that pension debt is growing by over $50 billion a year.Some states are in a particularly huge hole....
  • Teachers Support School Choice

    01/28/2015 6:15:41 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 28, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    More than half of American teachers support school choice, A Democratic pollster said at the National Press Club on January 22, 2015. “Fifty-five percent of teachers support the concept of school choice,” Debbie Beck said. Beck’s previous clients have included the National Education Association (NEA). “The 2014 election shows that nearly every candidate who campaigned on school choice won,” Kevin Chavous, a former Democratic councilman from Washington, D. C., said at the same event. “Teacher’s unions spent at least $80 million in 2014 to express opposition to candidates supportive of such education reforms—and lost nearly every race,” according to the...
  • Data Show School Choice Works

    01/26/2015 1:22:30 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 1-26-14 | Lindsay Russell
    The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) reveals American schools as world leaders in spending per pupil but underachievers in student academic achievement. American academic performance has improved over time, but only at a rate close to the international average, leaving our relative position stagnant. The national average, however, conceals a great deal of variation between American states and jurisdictions—some of which have raced ahead while others have trailed behind. Using data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which tests a representative sample of students in Reading and Mathematics in all 50 states, it becomes clear that while...
  • How Regulation Leads To Low Literacy Among Teachers, Then Students

    01/20/2015 10:05:12 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 19, 2015 | George Leef
    New York recently administered a test to 11,371 people who want to become public school teachers, a new requirement mandated by the State Board of Regents. Keep in mind that these are college graduates who have been through education schools. Surely they all possess enough knowledge of English to pass the basic Academic Literacy Skills test – right? Not even close. Only 68 percent achieved the passing score of 520 points out of 600. Graduates of colleges in New York City did even worse. At many schools, the pass rate was under 50 percent and at one, not a single...
  • 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.
  • Detroit and Stockton Are Just the Beginning of an Attack on Public Pensions

    01/02/2015 11:11:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 79 replies
    New Republic ^ | 12/22/14 | Claire Groden
    This year, judges in California and Michigan approved the exit plans of two of the largest municipal bankruptcy filings in the country’s history. In California, Stockton upheld its obligations to the state’s pension system behemoth, Calpers, while paying its other creditors as little as pennies on the dollar. Detroit, meanwhile, was able to restructure its obligations to all of its creditors, including city pensioners. While the exit plans differed, both judges ruled similarly: public pension obligations could be shortchanged like any other debt. Stockton and Detroit aren't alone. Cities and states across America are facing catastrophic budget shortfalls. After decades...
  • NY Governor vetoes Common Core protections for failing teachers

    12/31/2014 8:03:01 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 31, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Here’s a story which you didn’t expect to see coming out of the New York State government. There was a bill on the table which would have exempted New York teachers from being fired if they received the lowest proficiency ratings based on Common Core guidelines. In a bit of irony, this was a bill that Governor Andrew Cuomo had originally proposed himself. But when it came time to finalize it, Cuomo had harsh words for the current system. Declaring the state’s teacher-evaluation system a joke, Gov. Cuomo on Monday night vetoed legislation that would have barred the use of...
  • Feds push for equal access to quality teachers

    12/23/2014 8:11:15 AM PST · by rey · 23 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 12/23/14 | STEPHANIE SIMON
    More than a decade ago, Congress ordered states to figure out a way to distribute qualified teachers fairly, so low-income and minority children weren’t so often stuck with inexperienced and unlicensed educators. As it turns out, they’ve done a lousy job. cut The data in the new Educator Equity Profiles come from the 2011-12 school year. States are supposed to use them to draw up new strategies for distributing teachers fairly; those plans are due to the Education Department by June 1. The department has created an Equitable Access Support Network to help states with the process.
  • 29 Oct 2014: CALIFORNIA TEACHERS' PENSION STILL INSOLVENT

    12/17/2014 2:13:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Oct 2014
    California public employees now enjoy the highest benefits of any state in the nation. To pretend to fund this largess, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) is an “outlier” among public pension plans in using creative accounting to blur its grossly underfunded status. This has allowed its school district clients and unionized employees to short-check their annual payment for the nation’s most lucrative teachers' pension benefits. But pressure from Moody’s credit rating agency is causing CalSTRS clients and unionized teachers to make big increases in pension and benefit funding. The latest “hokey-pokey” drama is the California State Teachers’ Retirement System...
  • Education Report Card Suggests Private School Choice Laws Need Improvement

    12/15/2014 2:30:33 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 12-15-14 | Rudy Takala
    Less than half of states make a vibrant effort to provide a wide array of options to their students. In all, 51 private school choice programs exist in 24 states and in Washington, D.C. Fourteen states offer tax-credits scholarship programs, while just two – Arizona and Florida – offer education saving account programs. As a result, private school choice is an area where states tended to do poorly on the report. It would be beneficial for student achievement if policymakers worked to create more options for educational opportunity. The relative decline of American academic achievement corroborates that reality. According to...
  • Teachers Ordered to Stop Chaperoning School Trips

    12/14/2014 3:12:58 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    The head of the Teachers Association, Ran Erez, on Sunday sent a letter to members of the organization in which he instructed them to stop serving as chaperones on school trips after Chanukah. Erez claimed that despite the commitment of the Ministry of Education, no steps have been taking to regulate the criminal liability imposed on teachers in the event that a student is ...
  • You are Entering the Government Pension Zone ...

    12/11/2014 1:52:05 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/9/2014 | James Hohman
    Most people don’t understand how government defined-benefit pension systems operate, which is one of many obstacles to reforming the deeply underfunded systems. Part of the problem is that the methods used in pension funding and accounting are very different from anything a regular person ever faces in their own personal finances. For example, people rarely buy a product, including a financial product, without knowing its cost. But projecting the cost of pension systems requires making various assumptions about the future to decide how much must be contributed to meet defined-benefit pension promises. Making a wrong assumption can put taxpayers on...
  • 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...
  • Osceola Co. teachers resign en masse over Common Core demands

    12/09/2014 2:32:21 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    WFTV ^ | 12/9/2014 | WFTV
    OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — More than 20 teachers have resigned or decided to retire from the Osceola County School District in just the past month -- and the district already had a shortage with more than 50 vacant teaching jobs. The teachers’ union told Channel 9’s Deneige Broom that some of them quit because they're fed up with standardized testing. At Kissimmee Elementary, they need to fill two spots. At the nearby middle school, three spots are open.
  • In one classroom, a teacher makes Michael Brown the lesson of the day

    11/27/2014 11:49:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Washington Post's Answer Sheet ^ | November 27, 2014 | Valerie Strauss
    On Nov. 25th, a grand jury in Ferguson voted not to indict a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, last August in a case that has stirred civil unrest and accusations of racism by white law enforcement officials. The next day, Steve Singer, a teacher in suburban Pittsburgh went to school and realized that he could not carry on as usual but that he had to address what was transpiring in Missouri. This is his account of what happened that day. Singer is a husband, father, blogger and education advocate who teaches...
  • Teacher to student: If you don't support gay marriage, drop my class

    11/22/2014 1:37:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 119 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Students who oppose gay marriage are homophobic, according to an audio recording of a Marquette University instructor who went on to say that gay right issues cannot be discussed in class because it might offend homosexuals. I reached out to the 20-year-old student at the center of this outrageous episode and the story he tells should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks religious schools are safe havens for open discourse. The story was first reported on a blog run by a Marquette University professor and was picked up by the good folks over at The College Fix. The...
  • 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...
  • Scholar-Athlete Charade

    11/05/2014 3:16:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Last year's column "Dishonest Educators" (1/9/2013) reported on the largest school cheating scandal in U.S. history. In more than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated, teachers changed student answers on academic achievement tests. Cheating orders came directly from school administrators. The cheating was brazen. One teacher told a colleague, "I had to give your kids, or your students, the answers because they're dumb as hell." Atlanta's not alone. Teacher cheating has been discovered in other cities, such as Philadelphia, Houston, New York, Detroit, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Washington. Rampant academic cheating is not confined to primary and secondary schools....
  • Tenure on Life Support

    11/03/2014 8:04:17 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 31, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When a California judge threw out the state’s teacher tenure laws, he sent shock waves throughout the K-12 educational establishment nationwide and gave hope to American parents from coast to coast. “On a warm day in early June, a Los Angeles County trial-court judge, Rolf M. Treu, pink-cheeked beneath a trim white beard, dropped a bombshell on the American public-school system,” Haley Sweetland Edwards reported in Time magazine on November 3, 2014. “Ruling in Vergara v. California, Treu struck down five decades-old California laws governing teacher tenure and other job protections on the grounds that they violate the state’s constitution.”...
  • Hundreds of Colorado teachers banned for criminal behavior, zero for lousy teaching

    10/31/2014 7:34:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    KVDR ^ | October 31, 2014 | Chris Halsne and Chris Koeberl
    Eighty-eight teachers over the last decade have been permanently removed from Colorado classrooms for sexual improprieties – the vast majority violating young victims from their own schools. ... not a single teacher lost their license for simply being a weak educator of children. To get decertified, records show it usually takes felony-level criminal allegations or lying on the teaching certificate application about lesser crimes. Karla Danzeisen says she spent years teaching Spanish to Denver high school students in a fog of pain pills, cocaine and methamphetamines. She told Halsne, “I was using drugs every day. I was going to teach...
  • Afghanistan vet does battle with Michigan teachers union

    10/16/2014 6:33:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 16, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Adam Neuman left the classroom in Michigan to serve in the army in Afghanistan. Michigan high school social studies teacher Adam Neuman was surprised when he saw the $80 deduction on his paycheck from the Brighton Public School District. Then, he was angry. The U.S. Army veteran, who served one tour in Afghanistan, had opted out of the Brighton Education Association and parent organization, the Michigan Education Association, in August, as was his right under the state's 2012 law. He knew he wasn't subject to dues withholding, yet the itemized stub showed the deduction. “I don’t feel that they should...
  • Teachers on Strike Against Common Sense

    10/13/2014 1:45:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Mark Baisley
    American teens are a rich demographic for political investment. Their unassigned stem cells can mature into conservative wisdom or attach permanently to the free radicals that cause liberalism.As an engineer, one of the most valued books in my personal library is How We Decide, by Jonah Lehrer. The author briefly uses politics to illustrate his lesson on cognitive dissonance, “Once we identify with a political party, the world is edited so that it fits with our ideology.” Based on Lehrer’s research, advancing an effective appeal to high school age citizens could pay off over 70+ years of voting.As a long...
  • Loophole lets teacher union bosses collect state pensions at taxpayer expense

    10/10/2014 6:03:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    Taxpayers on hook for millions in retirement benefits unrelated to teaching . Thanks to a loophole created by the Illinois legislature, retired teacher union leaders are getting pension credit for the years they did union work after leaving the classroom. The arrangement has put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars in retirement benefits unrelated to teaching, and further drained an already overburdened state pension fund. ... The union bosses collecting the payouts had jobs at the National Education Association (NEA), the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) after their teaching careers. Most got...
  • SRC cancels teachers' contract

    10/07/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT · by redreno · 9 replies
    http://www.philly.com ^ | 10/06/2014 | Kristen Graham and Martha Woodall
    In a stunning move that could reshape the face of city schools, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Monday to unilaterally cancel its teachers’ contract. The vote was unanimous. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers was given no advance word of the action — which happened at an early-morning SRC meeting called with minimal notice — and which figures to result in a legal challenge to the takeover law the SRC believes gives it the power to bypass negotiations and impose terms. Jerry Jordan, PFT president, called the move "cowardly" and vowed to fight it strongly. "I am taking nothing off...
  • Philly School Teachers Outraged After Losing Contract

    10/07/2014 8:40:24 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 43 replies
    NBC10.com ^ | Oct 7, 2014 | Maryclaire Dale
    Philadelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums. The teachers union, with about 15,000 members, accused the state-led School Reform Commission of ratcheting up its "war on teachers." However, district leaders said there was nothing else to cut after years of funding woes that have prompted nearly $1 billion in cuts that includes the loss of 5,000 positions and the closure of 30 schools. Many Philadelphia schools operate without a nurse or librarian on duty. "If the contract is blown open, what's going...
  • 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,...
  • Destrehan teacher arrested for reported sexual relationship with student [ Louisiana]

    10/01/2014 1:31:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    WDSU ^ | Oct 01, 2014 | Juan Sanchez
    DESTREHAN, La. —Authorities in St. Charles Parish arrested a 34-year-old teacher Tuesday afternoon on allegations of sexual misconduct with a student. Deputies placed Shelley Dufresne under arrest for one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. She is a teacher at Destrehan High School, located west of New Orleans. ... Officials with the St. Charles Parish Public School District reported the incident to the Sheriff's Office. Investigators were told that the student was bragging to other students that he was "having a sexual relationship with teachers." "An additional incident has allegedly occurred in another jurisdiction and that agency is participating...
  • Colorado Teachers' Union President Thanks NEA for Help with 'Hostile School Boards'

    09/29/2014 3:05:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 29 Sep 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Speaking at the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on July 3rd, Colorado Education Association (CEA) President Kerrie Dallman referred to the school district of Jefferson County (JeffCo) – where teachers have staged a “sick-out” and students left classes to protest throughout last week – as one of three in her state in which the teachers’ union was “working against hostile school boards.” “I also want to say thank you to the staff and leaders from the 18 states around the country who were sending in 48 staff under the NEA shared staffing...
  • Here's How An Alleged Cheating Ring That Could Send Atlanta Teachers To Prison Was Uncovered

    09/25/2014 5:18:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 25, 2014 | Erin Fuchs
    Prosecutors are using a law originally enacted to go after mobsters to accuse former principals, teachers, and administrators of trying to boost their bonuses by conspiring to artificially raise kids' test scores. While only 12 ex-educators are on trial in Atlanta, dozens of teachers and administrators were initially charged and many have since pleaded guilty in exchange for their cooperation. The dozen on trial could get up to 20 years in prison, and they might never have been prosecuted if it weren't for a pair of ambitious reporters at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). Back in 2008, Heather Vogell, now a...
  • Threaten Students with Killer Robots, Get a $92,000 Settlement

    09/24/2014 12:30:17 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 12 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | 9/24/2014 | Ashly McGlone
    Oceanside Unified School District officials (San Diego) investigated complaints that a teacher threatened to have a robot shoot and kill students, and the educator was allowed to resign and receive a $92,000 settlement instead of being fired.
  • Performance pay tax increase paid to nearly all Denver teachers

    09/22/2014 6:29:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 17, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    Nearly a decade ago, voters approved a $25 million annual property tax increase for Denver Public Schools to fund performance and retention pay for teachers who help students learn. But now, 90 percent of eligible DPS teachers are receiving the additional compensation, according to a database obtained by Watchdog.org under state open records laws. And that’s in a district where this year 22 percent of teachers were deemed as not achieving the “effective” teaching standard, DPS data shows. Critics say the ProComp tax increase was always about collecting more tax revenue for the district than rewarding teachers who truly help...
  • School tells Missouri boy his 9/11 souvenir violates school weapons policy

    09/22/2014 1:56:59 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 250 replies
    Fox News | Sep 19, 2014
    Education School tells Missouri boy his 9/11 souvenir violates school weapons policy A souvenir shell casing handed out by veterans at a 9/11 ceremony landed a seven-year-old Missouri boy in hot water when he took the keepsake to school. Sherry Falke said her son, Zane, forgot he had the souvenir in his pocket when he showed up for class on Tuesday, Fox4KC.com reported. The boy was given the souvenir at a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony in Carrollton, Mo. "He felt it in his pocket, and he took it out and was showing some of his friends at school," Falke told...
  • Despite proven academic success of NYC’s charter schools, the mayor and unions are waging a war on..

    09/13/2014 12:17:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    AEI ^ | September 12, 2014 | Mark J. Perry
    All four Harlem Success Academy charters serve primarily minority student populations (all are 93.5 to 97.1% black and Hispanic) and low-income households (75 to 80% of students at these schools qualify for free or discounted lunch), and yet all are ranked academically higher than about 97% of all schools in New York state based on 2013-2014 standardized test assessments in math and reading. What a truly amazing academic success story! Harlem Success Academy 3, an elementary school where 95.2% of the students are black or Hispanic and 80% are from poor households who qualify for free or discounted lunch, performed...
  • Ferguson, Mo. – NEA applauds Justice Department investigation; Endorses racial dialogue

    09/11/2014 9:43:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New Journal & Guide ^ | September 11, 2014
    The decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to launch a civil rights investigation into the police practices that led to the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. has been welcomed by the nation’s association of teachers. National Education Association (NEA) President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement: “Educators applaud Attorney General Eric Holder for launching a civil rights investigation into the police practices of the Ferguson police department. This is a step in the right direction and much-needed action that family members of Michael Brown, community, and civil rights leaders have been demanding since the incident. “Like...
  • NYC Teachers Warned Not To Wear Pro-NYPD Shirts At School

    09/05/2014 4:16:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    CBS New York ^ | September 5, 2014
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A T-shirt showdown has left two of the city’s most powerful unions at war – with teachers pitted against the NYPD. As CBS 2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, many teachers across the city wore pro-police t-shirts after their union president, Michael Mulgrew, attended the Rev. Al Sharpton’s march protesting the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six who died while in police custody on July 17.
  • Judge: Michigan teachers should be able to exit union anytime under right-to-work law

    09/04/2014 2:53:59 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 11 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | September 04, 2014 | Dave Eggert
    LANSING — Michigan's largest teachers' union should allow members to resign at any time and stop enforcing an annual one-month opt-out window, a state labor judge ruled, relying on the state right-to-work law that took effect last year. The administrative law judge, Julia Stern, recommended Tuesday that the Republican-controlled Employment Relations Commission order the Michigan Education Association to no longer limit school employees to leaving the union solely in August of each year. She said the law that took effect last year incorporated a federal law interpreted to give public employees the ability to leave their union anytime.
  • The Stupendous Failure Of Big City Education: How Philly Teachers Union Loots The Schools

    09/02/2014 7:21:41 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge.com ^ | 8/29/2014 | Tyler Durden
    It’s that time of year again – when the little juvenile delinquents, future prison inmates, and functionally illiterate junior members of the free shit army pick up their “free” backpacks and “free" school supplies they will never use and shuffle off to the decaying prison like schools in the City of Philadelphia to eat “free” breakfasts and “free” lunches, while being taught government sanctioned pablum by overpaid mediocre union teachers. It’s a repeat of every year for the Phila school district. As the school year approaches they are shocked to report a massive deficit and beg the State of PA...
  • The attack on bad teacher tenure laws is actually an attack on black professionals

    08/28/2014 10:37:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 73 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 28, 2014 | Dr. Andre Perry is the founding dean of urban education at Davenport University
    After the Vergara v. California decision in California’s state Supreme Court, which held that key job protections for teachers are unconstitutional, anti-union advocates everywhere began spawning copycat lawsuits. But while reformers may genuinely want to fix education for everyone, their efforts will only worsen diversity in the teaching corps. The truth is that an attack on bad teacher tenure laws (and ineffective teachers in general) is actually an attack on black professionals. If the Vergara clones succeed, black children will lose effective teachers and the black community will lose even more middle-class jobs. Black workers are most likely to hold...
  • Study: Half of All School Employees Not Teachers, 130% Increase Since 1970

    08/20/2014 12:33:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 18, 2014 - 3:57 PM | Zoey DiMauro
    The ranks of non-teachers—such as administrators, counselors, teacher aides and cafeteria workers—has swelled 130 percent since 1970 and they now make up 50 percent of all public school employees according to a new study, The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don’t Teach.Looking at data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that the growth of non-teaching staff has greatly outpaced student growth over the past four decades.From 1970 to 2010, the number of students grew by 8.6 percent, while the number of non-teaching personnel increased by 130 percent. Non-teachers now consume over a...
  • Teachers union backs Sharpton’s planned anti-police rally

    08/16/2014 10:11:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 16, 2014 | Carl Campanile, Aaron Short and Yoav Gonen
    The teachers union is pitting its members against cops — by sponsoring and promoting the Rev. Al Sharpton’s anti-police rally in Staten Island next week, The Post has learned. The United Federation of Teachers sent an “action alert” ­e-mail that even promised free transportation to Sharpton’s Aug. 23 demonstration that is billed as a march for justice for “victims of police brutality.” Some teachers were furious that the union would take such a prominent role in the event. “What a disgrace. What is going on with the leadership of the UFT thinking it’s OK to protest against rank-and-file cops?” asked...
  • St. Paul schools workers' compensation claims jump 50 percent. But why?

    08/11/2014 6:40:28 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-7-14 | Mila Koumpilova
    St. Paul Public Schools workers are filing more injury reports and claims under the workers' compensation program. And district officials are not entirely sure why. Injury reports were up 50 percent in 2013 compared with four years ago, and the number of claims seeking payment for medical expenses or lost wages are up almost 30 percent, all while district employment stayed stable. Officials say they are watching how much the district is paying out more closely than the number of reports and claims. Those amounts have not risen in the past two years -- though they'll likely go up as...
  • This Teachers Union President Will ‘PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE’ If You Don’t Like Common Core [VIDEO]

    08/08/2014 11:09:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 8/8/14 | Eric Owens
    Video surfaced on Thursday showing Michael Mulgrew, president of New York’s United Federation of Teachers, as he unloaded a hateful rant against critics of the Common Core Standards Initiative. “If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine!” Mulgrew bellowed clownishly. “You do not take what is mine!” The union boss also challenged opponents of Common Core and union control over education to a fist fight. “I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the...
  • The Education Establishment’s “Success”

    07/31/2014 7:22:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Campus Report ^ | August 2014 | Deborah Lambert
    It’s sad but true. Nearly 50% of high school seniors know the names of The Three Stooges (Larry, Moe and Curly) but can’t name the three branches of government. And fully one-third of students asked for the origin of the statement “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” responded that this came from the Bill of Rights when it actually came from The Communist Manifesto. So says Dr. Walter Williams, the eminent free market economist and higher education critic, who explained in a recent column at Townhall.com that examples like this are a testament to...
  • Douglas County Teachers’ Union Membership Drops 25 Percent ( Colorado )

    07/31/2014 7:02:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 31, 2014 | Ali Gordon
    The teachers’ union representing the Douglas County school system has lost one-quarter of its membership since last year, signaling a growing frustration within the ranks that dues are used to finance politics instead of professional development. The significant drop in membership of the Douglas County Federation (DCF) was revealed in a July 21 letter from the board of education to Courtney Smith, union president, and was based on the union’s most recently released tax returns. The letter pointed to the drop in membership as undeniable proof that teachers had chosen the district over the union and the need for major...
  • Are Teachers Underpaid? Let’s Find Out

    07/24/2014 7:09:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 24, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    A teacher in South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience earns $33,600 per year, which is less than the average auto-repair worker. So says Vox. This grievance against salary injustice is nothing new, of course, but this particular example comes to us from a new national study by the Center for American Progress, which details the chickenfeed teachers are forced to subsist on as they altruistically keep your hopeless children literate. Teachers are underpaid. In politics, and also in everyday life, this is almost universally accepted. Everyone admires teachers. Everyone wants good teachers for their children....