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  • 1 in 4 U.S. teachers are chronically absent, missing more than 10 days of school

    10/26/2016 12:11:22 PM PDT · by Scarpetta · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 26, 2016 | Alejandra Matos
    More than 1 in 4 of the nationís full-time teachers are considered chronically absent from school, according to federal data, missing the equivalent of more than two weeks of classes each academic year in what some districts say has become an educational crisis. The U.S. Education Departmentís Office for Civil Rights estimated this summer that 27 percent of the nationís teachers are out of school for more than 10 days of regular classes ó some missing far more than 10 days ó based on self-reported numbers from the nationís school districts. But some school systems, especially those in poor, rural...
  • ĎTo be white is to be racist, periodí - High School Teacher

    10/17/2016 4:30:47 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 71 replies
    EAGnews ^ | October 17, 2016 | Victor Skinner
    (Shortened headline) A Norman North High School teacher is instructing students that ďto be white is to be racist, period.Ē A student at the school who did not want to be identified recently used her cell phone to record a classroom lecture at Norman North High School in which her teacher, who also is not identified, explained how to ďheal the racial divide,Ē.
  • K-12: Teaching Knowledge vs. Teaching Ideology

    10/15/2016 2:21:21 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 24, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    In 1974, Jamie Escalante took a job at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, California. He found himself in a challenging situation: teaching math to Hispanic students at a rundown school known for violence and drugs. While many dismissed his students as unteachable, Escalante pushed them to reach their potential. He started an advanced mathematics program with a handful of students. He was so successful a testing service accused his students of cheating. They werenít. Hollywood made a fine movie out of the story called ďStand and DeliverĒ (1988). Escalanteís students were the last ones expected to succeed academically...
  • US school students of color: We want teachers who look like us

    10/09/2016 12:25:23 PM PDT · by BBell · 81 replies
    American school kids prefer teachers of color, a new study shows. As the demographic make-up of US students has tipped toward a minority-majority, much has been made of the contrast seen in the nation's predominantly white body of teachers. For the first time, educators now have a glimpse of what that racial imbalance might mean to middle and high school students, thanks to new analysis conducted by researchers at New York University. Using survey data compiled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the researchers canvassed the thoughts of more than 50,000 students about 1,680 teachers. The survey data included...
  • Heil Donald? Students instructed to compare Hitler to Trump

    09/23/2016 1:42:36 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 23, 2016 | Todd Starnes
    Instead of parsing participles, a public high school English teacher has been using her classroom to wage an ugly propaganda campaign against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his supporters. ďBasically, the only people who seem to be safe from this guy are white Christian males,Ē the teacher said in a classroom discussion recorded by a student. ďAm I missing anything? Oh, American Ė white, Christian, male Americans.Ē The unidentified teacher at North Carolinaís Cedar Ridge High School even made students watch speeches delivered by Hitler and had them compare them to speeches that Trump had delivered, outraged parents tell...
  • Elementary Teachers To Wear Black Lives Matter Shirts

    09/12/2016 9:17:25 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 74 replies
    Elementary School Teachers To Wear Black Lives Matter Shirts Seattle, Washington Ė John Muir Elementary teachers in Seattle will be wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts at school on September 16th. The school is a K-5 school in the Seattle Public School district. Third grade teacher Marjorie Lamarre told King 5 News, ďTo be silent would be almost unforgivable, and I think we have been silent for almost too long.Ē
  • Disgraced Teacher 24, Reveals Details of Affair w/17-yr-old Student (she claims he seduced her)

    09/08/2016 11:47:35 AM PDT · by drewh · 154 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | : 13:13 EST, 8 September 2016 | By JANA FARBEROV FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    A 24-year-old former substitute teacher from Iowa who was arrested in July after admitting to a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student says he had swept her off her feet with love notes scribbled on Post-Its. Mary Beth Haglin, of Cedar Rapids, has been charged with misdemeanor sexual exploitation by a school employee in connection to her six-month tryst with a male student at Washington High School. On Wednesday, Haglin pleaded not guilty to the charge in writing, and her trial date has been set for November 14. If convicted, she could face up to two years in prison and...
  • Homeschool Advocate: US Govít Bullies Parents And Kids Into Common Core [VIDEO]

    08/29/2016 7:09:17 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 8-27-2016 | Ginni Thomas
    Daily Caller News Foundation Homeschool Advocate: US Govít Bullies Parents And Kids Into Common Core [VIDEO] Ginni Thomas Contributor 10:24 PM 08/27/2016 As parents increasingly notice government schools indoctrinate children with secular or progressive values, more families are exploring homeschooling as ďa freedom initiativeĒ to maintain control over values and beliefs. Sam Sorbo is a passionate, dedicated homeschooling mom of three and talk radio host. Often on Fox News, Sorbo is an actress, former model and biomedical engineer from Duke University, who is married to actor Kevin Sorbo of ďHerculesĒ fame. She is also the author of recent book ďTheyíre...
  • New York Times: Teachers Should Brainwash Students Against Trump

    08/16/2016 7:38:40 PM PDT · by ResistanceMedia · 53 replies ^ | August 16, 2016
    Today, the New York Times ran an article which contained quotes urging public school teachers to "explain" to students that Donald Trump "broke the class rules", and claiming that teachers should not be balanced in discussing Trump with students. While the article frames itself as an "invitation to share ideas", it is clearly one-sided and only quotes anti-Trump "educators". The question posed by the article is not "should we be biased against Trump?" It is "how should we be biased against Trump?" The article claims that "Donald J. Trump offers a classroom challenge most have never encountered" -- after spewing...
  • Chicago schools lays off 1,000, about half are teachers

    08/05/2016 6:21:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 5, 2016 5:05 PM EDT
    Chicago Public Schools will lay off about 1,000 employees, nearly half of whom are teachers. Officials with the nationís third-largest school district characterized the layoffs Friday as part of the ďnormalĒ yearly staff movement between schools and that they expect most people will be hired for other jobs. CPS has about 1,000 teaching vacancies. Ö
  • DNC Hack: For The Love Of God, Donít Talk About Common Core

    07/27/2016 7:58:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 26, 2016 | Blake Neff
    Leaked emails in the recent Democratic National Committee (DNC) Wikileaks hack reveal that DNC officials view Common Core as a political ďthird railĒ and want party members to avoid talking about it. Well, sometimes, at least. The remarks were made by DNC deputy communications director Eric Walker while discussing a planned video that would denounced the GOP as hostile to teachers. Walker was highly critical of a part of the video that would mention Common Core, and said it had to go at all costs. ďCommon Core is a political third rail that we should not be touching at all....
  • Rauner email: Half of CPS teachers 'virtually illiterate'

    07/22/2016 9:24:00 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 25 replies
    Chicongo Tribune ^ | 22 July 2016 | John Chase
    "The good news and bad news is that dell/gates/broad have wasted close to $1 billion on public school improvement while we have only wasted less than $200 million in Chicago," Rauner wrote. "We should be seeking their advice and coordination now ó with our great mayor and solid management team, we should be aiming for world-class transformation."... "That means CPS is paying more than $25K per person to train them," Lisa Schrader wrote in an email to Swanson, as well as then-Emanuel senior adviser David Spielfogel and Matt Hynes, another top mayoral aide at the time. "That's a pretty hefty...
  • NEA for Hillary email

    07/21/2016 11:12:53 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 32 replies
    email | 21 July 2016 | Lily Eskelsen GarcŪa
    [Wife's name], I just finished watching Donald Trump's speech tonight. He's trying so hard to convince people he's a statesman. But I'm not fooled by what I just heard, and no one who works in education should be, either. It's more obvious than ever that this man has a dangerous, disturbing vision of America. That he's committed to dividing us, cultivating fear, and exploiting frustration. Tonight, Donald Trump showed exactly why we can't afford to let him near the White House. If you agree, add your name to our list of educators ready to keep Trump out of the...
  • Pay for New Ann Arbor Teachers Up 24-44 Percent in Four Years

    07/19/2016 1:07:52 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/17/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In a speech before the Ann Arbor Board of Education this May, teacher Dan Ezekiel painted a bleak picture of compensation for teachers. Ezekiel, a science teacher who also is involved in local politics by serving on various county and city boards and commissions, was concerned about the pay of starting teachers in the district. He said he makes $3,000 less than he did eight years ago. Michigan Capitol Confidential put in a Freedom of Information Act request for teacher salaries in Ann Arbor for the years 2010-11 to 2014-15. Teacher salaries have become complex in recent years with some...
  • Mexico teachers protest: Food airlifts to relieve Oaxaca blockade

    07/02/2016 3:59:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 2, 2016
    Mexico's air force has been flying tons of grain into Oaxaca state in the south of the country to deal with dwindling food supplies caused by roadblocks set up by protesting teachers. Last month, eight people were killed in Oaxaca in clashes between the demonstrators and police. The protesters oppose reforms that allow the federal authorities to remove teachers who fail evaluation exams.
  • Elite K-8 school teaches white students theyíre born racist

    07/01/2016 2:08:29 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 25 replies
    An elite Manhattan school is teaching white students as young as 6 that theyíre born racist and should feel guilty benefiting from ďwhite privilege,Ē while heaping praise and cupcakes on their black peers. Administrators at the Bank Street School for Children on the Upper West Side claim itís a novel approach to fighting discrimination, and that several other private New York schools are doing it, but even liberal parents arenít buying it. Modal Trigger A slide from the Bank School shows the different goals for white children (right) and ďkids of colorĒ (left). They complain the K-8 school of 430...
  • Teaching Is an Art, Teachers are Not Made

    06/21/2016 10:06:12 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/21/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Mass government education is just mass indoctrination into a program mandated by the federal government across all fifty states ďTo act on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power which enable us to shape the processes of society entirely to our liking, knowledge which in fact we do not possess, is likely to make us do much harm.Ē Ė Friedrich Hayek, The Pretence of Knowledge The week of June 11, 2016 issue of The Economist published a one page editorial on ďHow to make a good teacher.Ē It makes a very weak case that teachers can be...
  • Caught on Camera: Teachers Union Officials Advise Fraud to Cover up Child Abuse

    06/07/2016 5:32:28 PM PDT · by blueyon · 11 replies
    Project veritas ^ | 6/07/116 | James OíKeefe,
    ďYou donít have to be honest. I mean we can talk in theory.Ē ĖPaul Diamond, Executive Vice President, Yonkers Teacher Federation ďI donítí care if itís the phys ed teacher you went to high school with, you donít fucking tell anybody anythingÖBecause old loose lips sink ships.Ē ó Patricia Puleo, President, Yonkers Teacher Federation ďYou could. Your parents could have been down there, or your cousin could have been down there, or your brother and they were taken by drug dealers and you literally had to go bail them out and you didnít know what to do and you lost...
  • Teachers Union: Trump Is To Blame For School Bullying

    05/06/2016 9:21:13 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 60 replies
    Daily caller ^ | May 5, 2016 | Blake Neff
    The head of one of Americaís largest teachers unions said Wednesday that Donald Trump is creating ďbullying environmentsĒ in schools nationwide that will take decades to repair. Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.6 million member American Federation of Teachers (AFT), made her remarks during a conference call with reporters set up by the Democratic National Committee. ďWhat weíve seen with Donald Trump is that there is now a new phenomenon in schools called the ĎTrump Effect,'Ē Weingarten said. ďIt will take decades to overcome the way Donald Trump speaks and promotes violence, xenophobia and racism. This is creating bullying environments...
  • Violence Against Teachers Raising Concerns Locally, Statewide

    05/06/2016 6:07:57 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 15 replies
    WJON ^ | 5/9/16
    A report released this week by the Bureau of Justice Statistics says 6.5 percent of teachers in Minnesota public schools have reported being physically attacked by a student. The report adds that 11.4 percent of Minnesota public school teachers have reported being threatened by a student. This is above the national average of 10 percent. The Bureau of Justice numbers are from the 2011-2012 school year, during a 12-month reporting period. Mary Broderick is the President of the St. Cloud Education Association, she says violence against teachers is creating concern at local school districts and statewide. ďWe really feel itís...
  • Teachers Get RAISES, Schools FLOURISHING After Scott Walker Kicks Out Unions

    05/03/2016 6:24:22 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    The Federalist Papers ^ | 5/3/2016 | Robert Gehl
    If they care more about students than teachersí unions, every school district in the country needs to pay attention to this: When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gave the boot to teachersí unions, liberals predicted a disaster of apocalyptic proportions: Teachers quitting, slack-jawed, uneducated students meandering down vacant downtowns that closed shop. It turns out, though, that Walkerís ďAct 10Ē may have been the best thing to happen to schools and teachers in decades. Thatís because not only is teacher pay up for the best students, but without burdensome union rules, school administrators are empowered to make real changes they need...
  • Teachers union calls on school to cancel Donald Trump rally; protests planned (Maryland)

    04/19/2016 8:14:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | April 19, 2016 | Ian Duncan
    The union that represents most teachers in Maryland called on the Worcester County school system to block Donald Trump's campaign from using a high school gym to hold a rally Wednesday evening. "Donald Trump and his divisive, fear-mongering rhetoric have no place in the halls of Maryland's public schools," Maryland State Education Association president Betty Weller said in a statement. "Trump's eagerness to bully minorities would be unacceptable if it came from any of our students." Liberal group Progressive Maryland issued the same call and launched an online petition that had been signed more than 500 times by Tuesday afternoon....
  • With help of lawmakers, Illinois public schools now $20 billion in debt

    04/16/2016 3:33:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4-16 - 2016 | Diane Rado
    Illinois' public school districts are roughly $20 billion in debt, a staggering figure fueled in part by decades of special deals in Springfield that have given districts exemptions so they can keep borrowing beyond limits set by law. Today, that debt exceeds long-term school borrowing in most other states. It equates to about $10,000 for every Pre-K to 12th-grade public school student in Illinois... All the borrowing is a drain on taxpayers who have to repay the debt, as well as school budgets that must steer billions of dollars annually to principal and interest payments ó money that could be...

    04/16/2016 3:20:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Illinois Policy Institute ^ | April 14, 2016 | Austin Berg
    Illinois' 859 local school districts consume nearly two-thirds of the $27 billion in local property taxes collected across the state each year. Illinois has nearly 7,000 units of local government. Thatís the highest count of any state in the nation, and the runner-up is not even close. One of those units of government is the Naperville Township Road District, where seven employees maintain less than 20 miles of road at a cost of $116,000 per mile. City officials have said they could maintain the same distance at half the cost, and have moved to take over the road districtís duties...
  • Teachers Are Warned About Criticizing New York State Tests

    04/07/2016 11:45:35 AM PDT · by Mr Apple · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 24, 2016 | Kate Taylor
    Since the revolt by parents against New York Stateís reading and math tests last year, education officials at the state level have been bending over backward to try to show that they are listening to parentsí and educatorsí concerns. The tests, which are given to third through eighth graders and will begin this year on April 5, were shortened, time limits were removed, and the results will not be a factor in teacher evaluations, among other changes.
  • Q&A: Chicago teachers to strike over contract, budget

    03/31/2016 2:42:07 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies ^ | 3/31/2016 | SARA BURNETT
    CHICAGO ó Thousands of Chicago teachers plan to walk off the job for one day on Friday, shutting down schools in the nation's third-largest district in what could be an early glimpse of a more prolonged strike still to come. Some 27,000 Chicago Teachers Union members have been working without a contract since June. They've overwhelmingly authorized an open-ended strike like the one that closed schools for more than a week in 2012, though that would still be weeks away. The union and its allies say Friday's action is an attempt to draw attention to their fight for a new...
  • Teachers unions back bill allowing adult males to shower with young girls in Massachusetts

    03/15/2016 10:33:39 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 79 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/14/16 | Ben Johnson
    BOSTON, March 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - A bill that would allow adult biological males to shower or change alongside young girls has earned the endorsement of two prominent teachers unions in Massachusetts. State legislators are considering a bill that would specifically open all public restrooms, shower facilities, and locker rooms to transgender people. "An Act Relative to Gender Identity and Non-Discrimination" (H.B. 1577) would add "gender identity" to the state's protected classes able to access all public facilities, such as private changing areas. Lawmakers specifically exempted "lawfully sex-segregated facilities" when it passed a 2011 ordinance granting transgender people protected legal...
  • CPS tells principals it lacks the cash to get through this year ( Chicago )

    03/10/2016 6:28:50 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 10, 2016 | Juan Perez Jr.
    Chcago Public Schools officials told principals on Wednesday that the district is "short of the necessary cash for the remainder of the school year" partly because of a pension payment of nearly $700 million due this summer. ... Last month, principals had to absorb $26 million in midyear budget cuts to district-operated schools. Principals tapped internal accounts, cut planned technology and textbook purchases and didn't fill vacant positions to avert layoffs. On Wednesday, principals were told to hold off on $45 million budgeted for "non-personnel" expenses. The district said it wants to save another $10 million through a limit on...
  • 11 things you need to know about Chicago teacher pensions

    03/05/2016 7:23:14 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | March 1, 2016 | Ted Dabrowski
    Pension holidays, steep increases in teachers' salaries, and lopsided ratios of teacher contributions to pension payouts have caused the Chicago Teachersí Pension Fundís unfunded liabilities to shoot up to $9 billion in 2015. The Chicago Teachers Union, or CTU, has threatened to strike as early as April 1 over the issue of teacher pension ďpickups,Ē according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Negotiations over a new contract to replace the 2012 contract that expired in June 2015 stalled after CTU rejected the most recent offer from Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, in February. In exchange for pay increases and a moratorium on...
  • Setting the Record Straight on Teacher Pay Won't 'Destroy Public Education'

    03/01/2016 11:16:11 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/24/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In a recent story about political polarization, The Washington Post quoted a Michigan teacher who claimed the Mackinac Center for Public Policy is out to destroy public education because it has published the salaries of particular teachers. Erin Mastin, a teacher with Boyne City Public Schools, was portrayed in the article as someone concerned about divisiveness, and who believes the political system is rigged in favor of the rich and powerful. From the article: She could feel the influence of money in politics in her classroom, she said. In recent months, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a conservative Michigan-based...
  • Teacher 'Sickout' Shuts Down Almost All Detroit Schools

    The Detroit Public Schools is seeking a temporary injunction against teachers after sick-outs closed 88 schools in Detroit today - the largest in a string of teacher protests. The district is seeking relief in the Michigan Court of Claims, naming among the 28 defendants Steve Conn, the ousted leader of the teacher's union, interim president Ivy Bailey, and several groups including DPS Teachers Fight Back. Teacher absences forced 88 Detroit schools to close today, the largest sick-out meant to call attention to large class sizes, dilapidated buildings and other problems in Michigan's largest school district. The sick-out idled most of...
  • Less Than Half of Students 'Proficient,' but 97 Percent of Teachers Rated 'Effective' or Better

    01/12/2016 1:36:31 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/11/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan recently administered a new series of tests to public school students between grades three and 11, covering the four separate subject areas of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. With one exception, more than half the students were rated less than ‚Äúproficient‚ÄĚ for their grade level. (That exception was third-grade English, where precisely 50 percent of students scored ‚Äúproficient‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúadvanced.‚ÄĚ) This poor performance is reflected in other findings as well, such as a 2013 analysis of state scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress published by the Urban Institute, which ranked Michigan‚Äôs public school system 44th in...
  • California Teachers Gear Up to Take Fight Against Unions to Supreme Court

    01/11/2016 8:27:58 AM PST · by detective · 6 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 10, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Rebecca Friedrichs and nine other teachers are calling into question the agency fees that public-sector workers are required to pay to unions, which they say violate their First Amendment rights. If the Supreme Court rules in Friedrichs' favor, it would make union dues voluntary for all public-sector workers.
  • Why Do These Top-Ranked Schools Have Zero Top-Ranked Teachers?

    01/05/2016 12:44:35 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/4/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Central Academy, a charter school in Ann Arbor, was rated by The Center for Michigan‚Äôs Bridge magazine as the top school in the state. Ashley Community Schools, a district some 40 miles north of Lansing, placed fourth. Yet, in 2014-15, neither Central Academy nor Ashley Community schools rated any of their teachers as ‚Äúhighly effective,‚ÄĚ the highest rating available to teachers. In fact, both the public charter school and the school district grouped all their teachers (30 and 26, respectively) in the same category ‚ÄĒ ‚Äúeffective‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ which is only the second-highest rating. ‚ÄúSeveral of our teachers have received ‚ÄėHighly...
  • California Laws: On January 1st, Students Won‚Äôt Have to Pass High School (Exit Exams) to Receive

    12/27/2015 5:52:42 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 27 Dec 2015 | William Bigelow
    On January 1, California residents will have to accustom themselves to a number of new laws that will be implemented in the state. These are some the laws that will likely have the most profound effect: SB 172: High school seniors will receive their diploma whether or not they pass or even take an exit exam; the law also applies retroactively to students who have graduated since 2004; ... SB 707: Bans concealed firearms from college campuses and K-12 school grounds
  • TRANSPARENCY TESTED: Jeffco Recall Effort Violated Campaign Finance Laws ( Colorado )

    12/18/2015 8:17:08 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | December 18, 2015
    The backers of the Jeffco recall effort (read: Teachers Union) campaigned on the lie that the Jeffco School Board was lacking in transparency. That is why yesterday's ruling that Jeffco United, the nonprofit engaged in the recall effort, violated campaign finance laws is so, so delicious. The organization made a $90,000 donation to the recall effort without disclosing its donors. According to an administrative law judge, that is verboten. Its punishment is not so simple. The organization must pay $1,000, register as a political committee, and (here is the delightful part) disclose its donors. While nonprofits are not typically required...
  • Chicago Teachers Union votes to authorize strike

    12/14/2015 7:47:56 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    ABC 7 (Chicago) ^ | December 14, 2015 | Sarah Schulte
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to authorize a strike. CTU says 88 percent of its members voted in favor of the action if necessary. State law requires 75 percent approval to authorize a strike. But a strike cannot take place until 105 days after the fact-finding phase begins. The CTU has called for that phase to begin immediately, but CPS does not want to start fact finding until mid-February. The union has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Illinois Educational Relations Board, which is scheduled dto meet at the end of January. If it...
  • Principal ‚Äėfixes‚Äô failing grades behind teachers‚Äô backs: staff ( NYC )

    11/29/2015 7:25:53 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    The NY Post ^ | November 29, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    The principal of DeWitt Clinton HS, a struggling Bronx school in Mayor de Blasio's multimillion-dollar Renewal program, changed students failing grades to passing without teachers knowledge or consent, insiders told The Post. In one case, Santiago Taveras gave a senior who received a "no show" in a global-history class a 75 and changed her failing 55 grade in gym to a minimum passing 65, records show. She then got a credit for each class, which she did not deserve, several staffers charged. He thinks he is God and can do whatever he wants. ... Taveras changed a students failing 55...
  • Reading Homework for EIGHTH GRADERS Features Getting Wasted, Random Sex, HERPES

    11/06/2015 7:52:28 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Nov. 6, 2015 | Daily Caller
    Students at Myron L. Powell Elementary School in Cedarville, N.J. aren‚Äôt just learning about reading, writing and arithmetic this fall. They‚Äôre also getting homework assignments with hypothetical scenarios about going to ‚Äúan awesome party,‚ÄĚ getting wasted, having sex with random people they don‚Äôt know and and ending up with a nasty case of genital herpes.
  • They really DO think they've got money to burn! Rioters firebomb Greece's central bank

    11/12/2015 12:45:54 PM PST · by familyop · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12 November 2015 | Jay Akbar
    Protesters threw Molotov cocktails at riot police and Greek's central bank building after a demonstration against austerity cuts turned violent today...Almost 25,000 people marched through the streets, as part of a 24 hour strike that has brought the capital to a standstill, to protest a new round of tax hikes and spending cuts. Flights were grounded, ships were docked, offices were empty and hospitals left with skeleton staff in the first major walkout in a year...Tsipras' left wing Syriza party, which leads the coalition government, has backed the strike but one protesting teacher said they have 'deprived every Greek of...
  • Teachers Making Over $80,000 Say They Need Second Jobs 'To Make Ends Meet'

    11/10/2015 10:11:50 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 56 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/4/2015 | Tom Gantert
    One schoolteacher who gets paid $87,349 annually, and another who gets $80,472, were highlighted in a recent Oakland Press article complaining that teachers had to get second jobs ‚Äúto make ends meet.‚ÄĚ The article was written by a third teacher, Julia Satterthwaite, who works at the Rochester Community Schools district and is described as a "summer intern‚ÄĚ for the newspaper. The article featured one of the author‚Äôs colleagues, Karen Malsbury, who has been teaching for 14 years. Malsbury was quoted as saying, ‚ÄúThere is little or no room for professional growth, little opportunity to increase your personal income, no step...
  • How To Be A Thug and Have Social Media Defend You

    11/01/2015 6:08:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | November 1, 2015 | Doug Giles
    How many of you have ever wanted to beat the crap out of an aging high school teacher who's just trying to do his unappreciated and underpaid job in a whacked-out world, and have yourself appear as a "victim" even though you spawned the aforementioned hell? You have? Well then ... keep reading. In addition, have you ever asked your self, "Self... how can I be a belligerent human hemorrhoid on society's butt and totally shut down a classroom, to such an extent that law enforcement gets called to sort out my sorry backside and then, after all the utter,...
  • Alabama Teacher of the Year who left Mountain Brook for Birmingham is resigning (Not qualified)

    10/30/2015 6:46:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Alabama Media Group. ^ | October 29, 2015 | Adam Ganucheau
    Ann Marie Corgill, 2015 National Teacher of the Year finalist and 2014-2015 Alabama Teacher of the Year, has submitted a letter of resignation to Birmingham City Schools. Corgill, a fifth-grade teacher at Oliver Elementary School, moved to the Birmingham school district after teaching at Cherokee Bend Elementary School for three years - a move widely considered a step in the right direction for the Birmingham City Schools. But in the letter obtained by, she cited confusion about her certification after Birmingham and Alabama Department of Education officials recently informed her she was not qualified to teach fifth grade. "After...
  • There is No Teacher Shortage

    10/28/2015 6:32:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/25/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Over the past year there has been a steady stream of claims of a looming ‚Äúteacher shortage‚ÄĚ coming from voices in the public school establishment that Michigan. Generally these are associated with false claims of lower state funding and falling teacher pay rates. Among those repeating the teacher shortage claim is State Superintendent Brian Whiston. Many union and school officials who appear to reading from similar ‚Äúwar on teachers‚ÄĚ play books assert that the mythical attacks are dissuading many who might otherwise choose to enter the profession. ForTheRecord says: There were 97,288 teachers in the state of Michigan in 2014-15....
  • Looming 'Teacher Shortage' Appears Largely Mythical

    10/26/2015 10:48:25 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 21 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Many newspaper stories, including a recent one in the Detroit Free Press, have repeated a tale about demoralized Michigan teachers who are blamed for everything. The demoralized state of Michigan's teaching workforce, it is said, could lead to a teacher shortage because young people donít want to enter the field. Yet the number of people already certified to teach in this state tells a different story, as does the fact that the number increases every year, thanks to a continued influx of new teachers. According to the Michigan Department of Education, around 129,682 individuals have obtained the state teaching certificate...
  • Freep a Poll!(Should San Francisco build affordable housing just for teachers?)

    10/25/2015 1:57:33 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 43 replies ^ | 10-25-15 | SF Gate
    Should San Francisco build affordable housing just for teachers? Yes, we need our teachers to live in the same communities as their students No, teachers shouldn't be favored over others who want to live in the city Yes, SFUSD can't recruit teachers because the city's cost of living is so high No, just pay them more so they can afford to live in S.F.
  • Unions suffer loss in teacher tenure court case ( New York )

    10/25/2015 6:32:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/23/15 | Jason Russell
    A lawsuit seeking to have New York's teacher tenure protections ruled unconstitutional will advance, thanks to a judge's ruling late Friday afternoon. Teachers unions filed a motion to dismiss the case, but their motion was denied. ... The parents seeking to invalidate the teacher tenure protections argue the law robs children of their right to a basic education. "Teachers in New York City are more likely to die on the job than be replaced because of poor performance," according to the Partnership for Educational Justice, which is backing the case. Roughly 30 percent of New York students are proficient in...
  • Principal doesnít want teachers sitting ó so she threw out all desks

    10/19/2015 12:05:24 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 18, 2015 | Susan Edelman and Isabel Vincent
    A Bronx principal ordered her teachers to give up their desks last week, and had the furniture dumped at the curb ó telling staff she doesnít want them sitting in class. Donna Connelly, principal of PS 24, the Spuyten Duyvil School in Riverdale, also told teachers to empty their filing cabinets, which she then discarded. With class in session, teachers were told to push their desks and cabinets into the hallway. Custodians then hauled them outside and piled them like trash on the blacktop of a school across the street.
  • CPS continues to fiddle while Springfield burns ( Chicago Public Schools )

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

    10/12/2015 5:20:43 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/9/2015 | Jack Spencer
    The new Dearborn school district superintendent Glenn Maleyko says he is worried about losing his best teachers. Maleyko told the Dearborn Press and Guide there will be a teacher shortage, and the newspaper claims the teacher pay scale is lower than what many professionals earn with a bachelorís degree. But the U.S. Census data doesnít back that claim up. The median salary for a person with a bachelorís degree is $50,450, according to the American Community Survey 2014 put out by the U.S. Census. A teacher with a bachelorís degree in the Dearborn school district and nine years of experience...