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  • Study: Half of All School Employees Not Teachers, 130% Increase Since 1970

    08/20/2014 12:33:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 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....
  • Rangel gets payback on teachers union, boosts charter schools

    07/20/2014 12:09:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 5, 2014 | Carl Campanile
    Hell hath no fury like a congressman scorned. Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel is giving the teachers union a lesson in political retribution for snubbing him and endorsing his rival Adriano Espaillat for Congress, sources said. Rangel is hitting the union where it hurts — by vigorously supporting non-unionized charter schools. The unions have been fighting desperately to stop or slow down charter-school expansion. “The congressman was disappointed the UFT [United Federation of Teachers] dumped him for Espaillat. I see Charlie speaking out more forcefully on the charter-school issue,” said a Rangel ­insider. “He doesn’t have to be concerned about offending...
  • Catholic school faces legal action from former teacher planning same-sex marriage

    07/14/2014 2:23:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    life site news ^ | Cardinal Newman Society
    A Catholic high school in Georgia is facing a legal complaint from a former teacher whose contract was not renewed after it was discovered through Facebook that, contrary to Catholic teaching, “he plans to marry a man,” National Public Radio reports. The school, Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, reportedly “released a statement saying they have to consider an employee’s ability to teach Catholic doctrine when making staff decisions.” Former teacher Flint Dollar is reportedly “working to change” federal anti-discrimination laws which do not prohibit employers “from hiring or firing people on the basis of sexual orientation.” NPR reports: Since...
  • The 4 NYC teachers banned from classrooms who rake in millions

    Three of the city’s longest-running “rubber room” teachers have raked in more than $1 million each for a decade of not working in classrooms, and a fourth is paid a top salary — $100,049 a year — not to teach. The Foul Four — who beat sexual-misconduct charges — can’t be fired by the Department of Education because they are entitled to job protections under state tenure laws, which require “due process.” Educators are entitled to a trial with an independent hearing officer who decides whether any misconduct warrants termination. A group of New York City parents filed a lawsuit...
  • Obama highlights push for better skilled teachers

    07/07/2014 1:10:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2014 12:57 PM EDT | Kimberly Hefling
    President Barack Obama brought forward a new administration effort Monday to place quality teachers in schools that need them the most. Obama said the U.S. education system has “a problem” in that students who would benefit the most from having skilled or experienced teachers in their classrooms are least likely to get them, including black and Hispanic students. Obama credits education and good teachers for helping him get to the White House. He said he wants to make sure that every child has the same access to good teachers that he had. …
  • Recent Utah sex abuse cases involving teachers, leaders [20 cases involving educators since 2009]

    07/05/2014 5:40:52 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 28, 2014 | Whitney Evans
    SALT LAKE CITY — Since 2009, Utah has seen more than 20 cases of teachers and others in positions of authority accused of having some type of sexual contact with a minor. Below is a list of some of those who were prosecuted and the status of their cases...
  • Pension chaos hits Chicago, Illinois budgets

    07/04/2014 10:40:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 71 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 04, 2014 | GregHinz.
    yesterday's decision in a key Illinois Supreme Court case has set off a first-class explosion in state and local government, potentially punching tens of billions of dollars in holes in their collective budgets. Some elements of the court's decision are drawing intense debate. But if the overnight consensus is anywhere near correct, everyone from City Hall and the Capitol to your local village and school board will have little option now but to dig deep, cut services and raise taxes a lot — and labor unions little incentive to compromise. "The law in Illinois is now crystal clear: Politicians cannot...
  • CPS [Chicago] Laying Off 1,150 Teachers And Clerical Staff

    06/26/2014 4:36:46 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    Chicago/CBS ^ | June 26, 2014
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago Public Schools officials have sent layoff notices to 550 teachers and 600 clerical support staff, but said the teachers will be able to apply for other open jobs with the district for next school year. The district said the teacher layoffs were the result of enrollment declines at some schools, though CPS has not identified which ones. However, the district said it expects to have approximately 1,780 vacant teaching slots for next school year, and teachers who received layoff notices can apply for those positions. Approximately 1,400 of the open slots are for full-time teaching positions....
  • Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill to Streamline Teacher Firings

    06/26/2014 1:02:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Jun 26, 2014
    Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday making it easier for school districts to fire abusive teachers, capping an effort that gained momentum after a particularly egregious case of misconduct in Los Angeles highlighted how difficult it can be to remove problem teachers. AB215 takes effect Jan. 1 after several failed attempts in recent years to overhaul statutes governing teacher dismissals. The signing came just two weeks after a court struck down California's teacher tenure laws and tossed out other statutes related to firing educators.
  • California lawmakers consider expanding teacher tenure despite court ruling

    06/18/2014 4:47:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 18, 2014 | By Sharon Bernstein
    A union-backed bill in the California legislature to expand tenure protections for public school teachers to other employees stalled on Wednesday amid concern about a court ruling last week that said the practice is unconstitutional and hurts students. The measure, which could come up again next week, comes as officials in the most populous U.S. state continue to wrestle with whether to appeal the ruling by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, which overturned five laws meant to protect teachers' jobs. The ruling said the protections make it too hard to fire ineffective teachers and inadvertently lead to placing the...
  • Judge Rejects Teacher Tenure for California

    06/12/2014 10:52:43 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/10/2014 | JENNIFER MEDINA
    LOS ANGELES — A California judge ruled Tuesday that teacher tenure laws deprived students of their right to an education under the State Constitution and violated their civil rights. The decision hands teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case, one that could radically alter how California teachers are hired and fired and prompt challenges to tenure laws in other states. “Substantial evidence presented makes it clear to this court that the challenged statutes disproportionately affect poor and/or minority students,” Judge Rolf M. Treu of Los Angeles Superior Court wrote in the ruling. “The evidence is compelling. Indeed, it...
  • A Defeat for Terrible Teachers in California

    06/11/2014 7:41:25 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 11 Jun 2014 | Katrina Trinko
    It won’t be as simple from now on for ineffective California teachers to coast off to a lifetime career on easy street. In a Los Angeles Superior Court ruling today, Judge Rolf M. Treu “found five California laws governing teacher tenure, layoffs and dismissals unconstitutional,” reports Politico. “Treu found,” reporter Stephanie Simon wrote, “that the statutes permit too many grossly incompetent teachers to remain in classrooms across the state —and found that those teachers shortchange their students by putting them months or years behind their peers in math and reading.” There’s no doubt that not all teachers are created equal....
  • Chicago Public Schools prom slogan: ‘This Is Are Story’

    06/11/2014 2:00:14 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 49 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | June 10, 2014 | Hilary Gowins
    It’s hard to deny just how poorly Chicago’s public schools are performing when it hits you in the face. Such is the case with Paul Robeson High School’s 2014 prom theme: “This is Are Story.” That image came from veteran investigative reporter Chuck Goudie, who posted this image on his Facebook page. Some people might enjoy mocking the irony of the gross misuse of vocabulary. But unless the organizers of the prom festivities planned the wording this way as a joke, there’s nothing funny about the situation.
  • Judge: Key Job Protection Laws for California Teachers Are Unconstitutional

    06/10/2014 11:43:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 | Jonathan Lloyd and John Cádiz Klemack
    The ruling is in response to a request from a group of students who said the laws make it virtually impossible to fire poorly performing teachersA judge issued a tentative ruling Tuesday that found California's public school teacher tenure laws unconstitutional after hearing testimony from students who claimed the job protections made it virtually impossible to dismiss low-performing teachers. The decision in Vergara v. California pitted the state and its largest teacher unions against students who asked the judge to consider laws regarding teacher tenure, dismissal and seniority consideration for layoffs. A Silicon Valley-based group called Students Matter brought the...
  • Teacher Tapes Students' Mouths Shut During "Quiet Game" The teacher has been fired

    06/06/2014 5:43:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Friday, Jun 6, 2014 | Sheldon Dutes
    A substitute teacher in New Jersey won't be allowed to fill in again at an elementary school after she allegedly taped shut the mouths of several students last week, officials say. Sheldon Dutes reports A substitute teacher in New Jersey won't be allowed to fill in again at an elementary school after she allegedly taped shut the mouths of several students last week, officials say. The teacher was working at the Winfield Scott Elementary School in Elizabeth and placed decorative tape over the mouths of five students during a "quiet game" after lunch, according to parents and officials. One of...
  • Jeffco board says no to proposed agreement with teachers union ( Colorado )

    The Jeffco Public Schools Board school board tossed out a tentative deal with its teachers union during Thursday night’s board meeting. Board president Ken Witt said he could not endorse the deal because the agreement provided raises to an estimated 56 teachers who were rated “partly effective” on the district’s evaluation rubric. ... teachers union representatives were disappointed
  • 16 Percent of U.S. Teachers are Chronically Absent: Study

    06/03/2014 1:32:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Sixteen percent of all teachers are considered chronically absent, missing 18 days or more per year, a new study said. A Think Tank in Washington, D.C. looked at 234,000 teachers in 40 of the country's largest school districts. It found teachers miss an average of 11 days. In Sacramento, more than 51 percent of teachers are chronically absent. In San Francisco, the number is more than 41 percent. And in San Jose, it is about 45 percent. Uber, Lyft and Sidecar Operate at SFO Illegally The study looked at short-term absences and did not count absences for serious illness, or...
  • High school teachers lured our kids into a ‘death’ cult: parents

    05/24/2014 5:09:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 5-23-14 | Bob Fredericks
    It was reading, writing and religious brainwashing at this top Connecticut high school. Staffers at Avon High indoctrinated three once-happy girls into a death-obsessed religious cult that had them speaking in tongues and acting like zombies, a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by their parents charges. Three Spanish teachers and a guidance counselor “taught students to believe in superstition, magic and a non-scientific, anti-intellectual world view,” the suit says. “They lost their humor and their empathy. They began speaking in a bizarre new language. They became unable to think critically or independently. They became dependent on the school teachers and...
  • Officials blast Mexican teachers’ salaries report

    05/19/2014 1:24:56 AM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2014 | AP Staff
    MEXICO CITY — Education officials and a teachers union on Friday blasted a recent study that found that several Mexican teachers earn more than the country’s president, saying it lacks veracity and contains mistakes. “The analysis ... lacks seriousness and rigor,” said Deputy Education Secretary Enrique del Val Blanco. The report published Wednesday by the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, a private organization that analyses public policies, found that at least 70 teachers earn more than $15,000 (193,000 pesos) monthly, President Enrique Pena Nieto’ monthly salary. :snip: Del Val Blanco said the institute misunderstood the information and pointed out the teachers...
  • Lets Learn to Love Each Other and Hate the Tea Party

    05/16/2014 9:21:03 AM PDT · by 1-Eagle · 9 replies
    The Vanity Post | May 16, 2014 | 1-Eagle
    As we all know by now having heard the details and audio on the talk shows, a group of 2,400 "teachers" and, inexplicably, a few students, gathered together to search for their "inner racist" and... surprise! they found it! We should loudly applaud any meetings of liberals to confront their inner racist. As I think Ann Coulter said once: If we can just get them to stop hating white people, it would be a good start. In any case it would have been laudable that there are efforts to teach youth to appreciate each other and overcome racism, even though...
  • DC Schools: $29,349 Per Pupil, 83 Percent Not Proficient in Reading

    05/14/2014 4:20:00 AM PDT · by cruzader · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 14, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    The public schools in Washington, D.C., spent $29,349 per pupil in the 2010-2011 school year, according to the latest data from National Center for Education Statistics, but in 2013 fully 83 percent of the eighth graders in these schools were not "proficient" in reading and 81 percent were not "proficient" in math. These are the government schools in our nation's capital city -- where for decades politicians of both parties have obstreperously pushed for more federal involvement in education and more federal spending on education. Government has manifestly failed the families who must send their children to these schools, and...
  • Public School Teacher To North Carolina Senate: 'I Am Embarrassed To Confess: I Am A Teacher'

    05/14/2014 6:47:00 AM PDT · by blam · 88 replies
    BI ^ | 5-14-2014 | Caroline Moss
    Public School Teacher To North Carolina Senate: 'I Am Embarrassed To Confess: I Am A Teacher' Caroline Moss “I am embarrassed to confess: I am a teacher.” That was the subject line of an email Sarah Wiles, a science teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina, sent to all 170 members of the North Carolina General Assembly last week. Wiles talked about her concerns that teachers were not being paid enough. She says she personally has only seen a pay increase once in six years, even though she says she loves her students and has always gone above and beyond to do...
  • National Leader of Douglas County Teachers’ Union Joins Ultra-Left Democracy Alliance ( Colorado )

    05/10/2014 7:15:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Observer ^ | May 8, 2014
    The Democracy Alliance, a top-secret collective of ultra-rich left-wing political donors, has a new member — Randi Weingarten, who heads the labor union that represented Douglas County teachers until two years ago when the district went union-free. ... Weingarten is president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), an arm of the AFL-CIO whose affiliates include the Douglas County Federation. ... Ben DeGrow, Independence Institute senior education policy analyst, said Weingarten’s joining the Democracy Alliance shows that the union is using dues collected from teachers to pursue an extreme political agenda. ... Unlike other school districts, Douglas County no longer...
  • Principal, 4 teachers charged in cheating scandal

    05/08/2014 4:31:43 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 15 replies
    philly.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Craig R. McCoy and Kristen A. Graham
    Update: The principal and four teachers at Cayuga Elementary School in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section have been charged with fostering a culture of cheating on standardized state tests there over a 5-year period, Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Thursday. Kane said the educators changed student answers, provided test answers to students and improperly reviewed Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test questions before giving the tests. After the cheating stopped in 2012, the schools test scored dropped dramatically, Kane noted. In 2008-09 state proficiency tests, Cayuga's fourth graders excelled: 88.8% pass math and 83.9% pass reading. By 2012-13, the most...
  • US teachers nowhere as diverse as their students

    05/04/2014 11:41:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2014 2:19 PM EDT | Jesse J. Holland
    U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students. Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite. New studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association are calling attention to this “diversity gap” at elementary and secondary schools in the United States. The groups want more to be done to help teachers more accurately mirror the students in their classrooms. …
  • Teachers Union Boss Randi Weingarten: My Salary’s Only $360K

    04/29/2014 3:27:40 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 17 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | April 29 2014 | Jason Hart
    American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, who was paid $543,150 last year, defended her compensation by claiming her pay is $360,000 and other reported expenses simply prove the union’s “transparency.” As part of a series of April 28 Twitter posts demanding Congress hike the federal minimum wage to $10,10, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 quoted from a January column Weingarten wrote for The Huffington Post. “Justice means that hardworking people must have access to a living wage,” Weingarten wrote. AFT paid Weingarten $556,981 in 2012 and $543,150 in 2013. When her 2013 pay was pointed out...
  • Abuse of special needs kids caught on hidden camera (video)

    04/23/2014 4:20:30 PM PDT · by blueyon · 12 replies
    WVEC.com ^ | 4/23/14 | WXIA
    One concerned teacher took matters into her own hands after she says the school's principle and district leaders ignored her concerns. She placed hidden cameras in a special needs classroom, and the abuse she caught was extremely disturbing.
  • Tea Party, Teachers Unite vs. Georgia’s GOP Gov. Nathan “Real” Deal

    04/18/2014 9:32:09 PM PDT · by RobaWho · 3 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | April 19, 2014 | Rob Cunningham
    Next thing you know, cats and dogs might start sleeping together. In today’s brave new world, teacher responsibilities seemingly grow by the hour. With classroom responsibilities that now include nutrition, character development, parenting, sex education and family counseling, the very last thing teachers need is ignorant, anti-scholarship, disrespectful politicians stripping them of their ability to exercise their professional judgement. Teachers, just as other performing artists, need certain freedoms to create, improvise and respond to the needs of students, just as musicians need flexibility to play to their unique audiences. Teacher union’s have long argued that a smaller class sizes offers...
  • Study: No connection between spending, student outcomes

    04/07/2014 6:59:57 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 24 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | April 7, 2014 | Rob Nikolewski
    SANTA FE, N.M. – For decades, it’s probably the most troublesome question facing education: Why are results for U.S. public school students so mediocre, despite the billions of taxpayer dollars spent? Andrew Coulson thinks he’s got the answer: Because there is no discernible correlation between spending and outcomes. “The takeaway from this study is that what we’ve done over the past 40 years hasn’t worked,” said Coulson, director of the Center For Educational Freedom at the CATO Institute. “The average performance change nationwide has declined 3 percent in mathematical and verbal skills. Moreover, there’s been no relationship, effectively, between spending...
  • Dissent on a One-Way Street

    04/04/2014 4:19:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Six years ago, Brendan Eich contributed $1000.00 to the Proposition 8 campaign in California that sought to preserve marriage between one man and one woman. Eich recently became chief executive officer of the Mozilla Corporation. Mozilla, part of the Mozilla Foundation, oversees pieces of the Mozilla web browser Firefox -- an open source rival to Internet Explorer, Safari, and others. Half the board resigned when Mozilla named Eich the CEO. The online dating service OKCupid called for a boycott of Mozilla. Contributing to an unpopular cause six years ago -- during a time the left claimed "dissent is patriotic" --...
  • Can a lawsuit by nine students topple teacher tenure?

    03/30/2014 9:32:51 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 30 replies
    PBS NewsHour ^ | March 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM EDT | MEGAN THOMPSON
    The nine student plaintiffs in the case – known as Vergara v. California - are challenging two main areas of state law: permanent employment and dismissal statutes the plaintiffs say make it difficult to get rid of bad teachers, and the seniority-based layoff system, which they say makes it hard to keep good, less-senior teachers during difficult times.
  • Missouri Teacher Tearfully Describes Bullying She Suffered for Opposing Common Core (Video)

    03/27/2014 2:29:05 PM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 18 replies
    The Missouri Torch ^ | 3-27-2014 | Duane Lester
    When you think about bullying in public schools, it's generally in the context of a bigger kid picking on a smaller kid.  According to Susan Kimball, a kindergarten teacher of 20 years in the Sikeston Public School District, it's administrators and fellow teachers bullying and intimidating her, all because she opposes Common Core. At yesterday's Senate Education Committee hearing, Kimball testified she has suffered from bullying and intimidation since she began speaking out about the controversial standards. [caption id="attachment_25492" align="aligncenter" width="639"] "You have no idea what I have been through over the past six weeks because of my stand." -...
  • Quinn tells lawmakers to make 'hard choice' on keeping tax hike (another broken promise)

    03/26/2014 7:48:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/26/2014 | Ray Long and Monique Garcia
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn today proposed making permanent the temporary income tax increase he signed into law three years ago, fully framing the debate over his fall re-election bid against Republican Bruce Rauner who wants the tax hike rolled back. Delivering his budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1, Quinn sought to offer some sweeteners for keeping the tax increase—including a doubling of the tax credit for lower-income workers and offering a flat $500 property tax rebate to benefit homeowners. "As a result of our hard work to restore fiscal stability -- from spending reductions to pension...
  • Affidavit: Teacher had sexual encounter with student at a Waffle House

    03/24/2014 8:01:13 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A judge granted bond, set at $50,000 in cash, to a former teacher charged with having sex with several students. The judge set bond for Lori Quigley for all three counts she faces. Police arrested Quigley a week ago at her Georgia home. She resigned from her math teaching job about a week before her arrest.
  • Michelle Obama underscores the importance of global education and beams into Stanford from Beijing

    03/24/2014 6:00:47 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    Stanford.edu ^ | March 22, 2014 | Barbara Buell
    Stanford Report, March 22, 2014 Michelle Obama underscores the importance of global education and beams into Stanford from Beijing Speaking at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing on Saturday, Michelle Obama said study abroad allows students to realize that countries all have a stake in each other's success. Following her remarks, she held a conversation with students on the Stanford campus via a high-tech videoconference. Michelle Obama promoted study abroad programs during a speech at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing on Saturday, then encouraged Stanford and local high school students sitting in Palo Alto to...
  • Students at the shooting range for gun safety ( Colorado )

    03/22/2014 8:57:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    KRDO ^ | Mar 19, 2014 | Bonnie Silkman
    PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. - Middle school students moved their lesson from the classroom to the shooting range. It wasn’t your typical field trip. A group of students in Pueblo County was firing live ammo and learning about gun safety. "I'm very excited, today we're going to come out here on the gun range and shoot a little bit. The past week we've learned about the revolutionary war," said Jonah Statezny, a Craver middle school student. "My favorite part is shooting guns. When I was little we used to go to the shooting range," said another student, Danielle Cooper. ... Appleseed...
  • Teachers who ‘had sex in class’ can’t be fired: court

    03/20/2014 10:17:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 20, 2014 | Julia Marsh and Georgett Roberts
    As long as the kids are away, teachers can play, a panel of judges said Thursday, ruling that educators shouldn’t be fired for having sex with one another — even in their classrooms. The Manhattan appellate judges said foreign-language teachers Alini Brito, 34, and Cindy Mauro, 38, were treated too harshly when they were dismissed for engaging in a topless classroom tryst inside Brooklyn’s James Madison HS in 2009.
  • Head teachers...bullied, smeared and driven from their jobs for resisting Islamic extremists

    03/20/2014 5:40:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18 March 2014 | Sue Reid and Lucy Osborne
    Erica Connor's eyes widen as she reads the four-page letter purportedly outlining a plot by Muslim fundamentalists to take over state education. ... Erica has added her own concerns about the Islamisation of state schools in Britain to those of dozens of teachers, classroom assistants and school staff to whom we have talked following widespread reports of the letter in the media. The document — entitled Operation Trojan Horse — originates in Birmingham and was leaked anonymously to a Sunday newspaper. It purports to outline a strategy of identifying schools in Muslim neighbourhoods, ridding them of non-Muslim heads and parachuting...
  • Male Genitalia School Activity Causes Uproar; School Drops Modeling Activity

    03/07/2014 2:46:23 PM PST · by workerbee · 50 replies
    The Dispatch ^ | 2/20/14
    **SNIP** Late last week, it came to light a class of seventh-grade female students at Stephen Decatur Middle School had been required to make clay models of male genitalia as part of the Family Life and Human Development program taught in county schools to students in grades 5-11. While most agree the course, which teaches students about their changing bodies and making good decisions, is an important one for the students, few agreed making clay models of the male reproductive organs was an appropriate component of the program. **SNIP** Luzier said the girls in the class made life-size male genitalia...
  • Solutions to Black Education

    02/26/2014 4:36:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    A fortnight ago, my column focused on how Philadelphia's schoolteachers have joined public-school teachers in cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Columbus, New York and Washington in changing student scores on academic achievement tests. Teachers have held grade fixing parties, sometimes wearing rubber gloves to hide fingerprints. In some cases, poorly performing students were excused from taking exams to prevent them from dragging down averages. As a result of investigations, a number of schoolteachers and administrators have been suspended, fired or indicted by states attorneys general. Most of these cheating scandals have occurred in predominantly black schools across the...
  • Teens defend ‘fail factory’ high school in error-filled letters

    02/23/2014 5:18:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 83 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/23/14 | Susan Edelman
    These kids should learn write from wrong. Earlier this month, The Post exposed a scheme at Manhattan’s Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers in which failing students could get full credit without attending class, but instead watch video lessons and take tests online. One social-studies teacher had a roster of 475 students in all grades and subjects. Red-faced administrators encouraged a student letter-writing campaign to attack The Post and defend its “blended learning” program. Eighteen kids e-mailed to argue that their alma mater got a bad rap. Almost every letter was filled with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.
  • NY college professor dies after snorting heroin

    02/20/2014 10:30:43 AM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    ap ^ | February 20, 2014
    APALACHIN, N.Y. — The State University of New York's Broome Community College ... Warren had served as chairman of the community college's Criminal Justice and Homeland Security program. He also was a former police officer and New York state-certified criminal investigator.
  • Heroin found in faculty restroom at Fallsburg elementary school

    02/19/2014 7:54:25 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    recordonline ^ | 02/18/2014 | Leonard Sparks
    7 elementary school staff hire lawyers Fallsburg police investigating the reported discovery of heroin and drug paraphernalia in a faculty bathroom at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School say the refusal by a group of teachers to cooperate is hampering their probe. No one has been charged, but six teachers and an aide were identified as having used the men's room before a school staff member reportedly found a heroin baggie on Feb. 11. Just before the winter break in December, heroin and needles were reportedly found in the same bathroom. Each of the seven faculty members initially agreed to give urine...
  • Teachers Union Opposes $40 Mil Grant’s New Evaluation System

    02/18/2014 5:04:42 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    KDKA ^ | February 17, 2014
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A group of community leaders expressed their support today, for a teacher evaluation system within the Pittsburgh Schools. The evaluation system is being funded by a $40 million grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But the money is in jeopardy because of opposition by the teachers union. Gathering in the cold, community leaders and parents called on the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers to adopt high standards of evaluation — saying lower standards hurt teachers, parents. “And most especially, lowering the bar isn’t good for our children who deserve the highest quality education we can provide...