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  • Seattle Schools to 6th Graders: No Soda For You, But Here's An IUD

    07/03/2015 7:15:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    From mandates about what food children can eat to draconian attendance policies, it’s becoming increasingly clear that parental rights do not exist when you send your child to public school, as The Blaze’s Matt Walsh has argued before. But in Seattle, it’s even worse. In at least 13 public schools in the area, where kids are banned from even having soda or candy, middle and high school-aged girls can get a taxpayer-funded IUD without their parents’ consent. CNS News reports: [Long-acting reversible contraceptives] are associated with serious side effects, such as uterine perforation and infection. IUDs, specifically, can also act as abortifacients by...
  • [Macon, GA] Catholic School Teacher Fired for Same-Sex Marriage Files Federal Lawsuit

    07/03/2015 6:09:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    A Catholic school in Macon, Ga., is facing a federal discrimination lawsuit from a former teacher whose employment was terminated in 2014 after the school found that he would be legally marrying his same-sex partner. “The argument being made in this suit—that a Catholic school’s commitment to upholding Catholic teaching on marriage is discriminatory toward homosexual employees—is a grave threat to Catholic education,” said Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society. “A Catholic school exists for the very purpose of teaching the faith and forming young people for God,” he continued. “The implication is that our religion itself, rooted...
  • Chairman of Fordham’s theology department marries another man

    07/03/2015 6:19:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 7/3/15 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Somehow, I missed this little item in last Sunday’s New York Times. A reader sent it my way: Patrick Anthony Bergquist and J. Patrick Hornbeck II were married Saturday in Manhattan. The Rev. Matthew J. Moretz performed the ceremony at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, where he is an associate rector.Mr. Bergquist, 35, is the director of children, youth and family ministries at St. Bartholomew’s. He graduated from Anderson University in Indiana and received a master’s degree in theology from Northern Seminary in Lombard, Ill……Dr. Hornbeck, 33, is the chairman of the theology department and an associate professor of medieval and...
  • Fewer Californians got into UC, while offers to foreign students rose

    07/03/2015 12:41:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7-2-15 | Larry Gordon
    With the number of UC applicants at a new high, California residents faced tougher odds of gaining acceptance into next fall's freshman classes. A record number of students from other countries and states, meanwhile, received offers of admission.. About 60% of the 103,117 California applicants were offered a spot on at least one of UC's nine undergraduate campuses, according to university figures released Thursday. That appears to be a record low acceptance rate, down from about 63% of the 99,955 applicants last year, and about 79% in 1999, the oldest available systemwide figures. However, Stephen Handel, UC associate vice president...
  • Cass Sunstein Warns Against 'New Cadre of Thought Police'

    07/02/2015 10:04:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    MRC TV ^ | June 29, 2015 11:31am ET | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    Cass Sunstein, the former Obama administration “regulatory czar,” has warned the campus crusade against “microaggressions” could potentially be enforced by a “new cadre of thought police.” […] Sunstein chastises the University of California at Berkeley for its “willingness to consider disciplining people for making one of a large number of statements, many or all of which most Americans would consider harmless or even correct.” He also mentions another university, the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, has taken a stand against microaggressions by publishing a list of “examples of racial microaggressions.” …
  • CCSD teachers protest salary freeze for 2015-2016 school year

    07/02/2015 6:14:36 PM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies
    http://www.news3lv.com ^ | 07/02/2015 | Kelsey Thomas
    LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) – Teachers who work for the Clark County School District may not get a pay raise in the upcoming school year. They are not happy about it and they are making sure the district hears them loud and clear. Teachers say they feel under valued at a time when the district is offering a sign-on bonus to new teachers of up to five thousand dollars. They say the district should focus on retention, rather than recruitment. "My stomach just dropped. It was just another punch to the stomach," said Elizabeth Harris.
  • CPS (Chicago Public Schools) teachers, parents protest 1,400 layoffs, $200M in cuts

    07/02/2015 3:20:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 7/02/15 | Sarah Schulte
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Hundreds of Chicago Public Schools teachers and parents protested at City Hall Thursday morning following 1,400 layoffs and $200 million in cuts to meet a teachers' pension deadline. Mayor Rahm Emanuel delayed a $634 million pension payment until the eleventh-hour on Tuesday, waiting to see any relief would come from state lawmakers. It never came. The mayor and Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz outlined on Wednesday who would be laid off and where cuts would be made. Ruiz said most of the 1,400 jobs cut were in administration and special education programs. Very few teachers were laid...
  • Seattle 6th Graders Can’t Get a Coke at School, But Can Get an IUD

    07/02/2015 2:07:47 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Kathleen Brown
    (CNSNews.com) -- Middle and high school students can’t get a Coca-Cola or a candy bar at 13 Seattle public schools, but they can get a taxpayer-funded intrauterine device (IUD) implanted without their parents’ consent. School-based health clinics in at least 13 Seattle-area public high schools and middle schools offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), including IUDs and hormonal implants, to students in sixth-grade and above at no cost, according to Washington State officials. LARCs are associated with serious side effects, such as uterine perforation and infection. IUDs, specifically, can also act as abortifacients by preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg....
  • Virginia School Board Votes to Teach Seventh Graders about ‘Gender Identity’

    07/02/2015 11:15:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 2, 2015 | 10:14 AM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    Beginning in seventh grade, public school students in the Virginia suburbs outside Washington, D.C., will be taught about “sexual orientation terms,” including heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality—“and the gender identity term transgender,” according to a newly adopted sex education curriculum. The Fairfax County School Board voted last week to adopt the controversial new “Family Life Education Curriculum.” The meeting was crowded with angry parents, many of whom spoke out against the sudden changes. …
  • Teachers granted power to ‘confiscate and destroy’ unhealthy school lunches

    07/02/2015 9:06:32 AM PDT · by W. · 27 replies
    eaglenews.org ^ | 2 July 2015 | Kyle Olsen
    LONDON – The British government is urging school leaders to use their “common law powers” to search student lunches and potentially confiscate any items they deem “unhealthy or inappropriate.” Education minister Lord Nash tells Express, “Schools have common law powers to search pupils, with their consent, for items. “There is nothing to prevent schools from having a policy of inspecting lunch boxes for food items that are prohibited under their school food policies. “A member of staff may confiscate, keep or destroy such items found as a result of the search if it is reasonable to do so in the...
  • U of Wisconsin Faculty Advised Not to Say ‘America Is a Melting Pot’ Because That’s Racist

    07/01/2015 11:56:17 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | July 1, 2015 | Katherine Timpf
    Another phrase declared unacceptable by the college PC police. The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point has told its faculty that seemingly innocuous phrases such as “America is a melting pot” are actually racial microaggressions and should not be used. The suggestion was one of many no-no phrases listed on an “Examples of Racial Microaggressions” document that the school handed out “as a discussion item for some new faculty and staff training over the past few years,” according to an e-mail a school official sent to the College Fix. Other “microaggressions” on the list include asking “Where are you from,”...
  • Mayor: Chicago school cuts include layoffs, less maintenance

    07/01/2015 7:21:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 1, 2015 9:22 PM EDT | Sophia Tareen
    Chicago school and city officials detailed $200 million in cuts—including layoffs, scaled-back maintenance and reduced transportation—to the nation’s third-largest school district Wednesday, one day after the district paid a $634 million pension bill officials said it couldn’t afford. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said schools would still open on time in the coming school year and class sizes wouldn’t be affected. He put the blame on state legislators for worsening the situation and said a property tax increase was up for consideration. The district had to borrow and factor in the cuts to make the pension payment by Tuesday’s deadline because legislators,...
  • Black Teacher in Ohio Slaps Disabled White Student Saying She Doesn’t Have to ‘Serve White People

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

    07/01/2015 12:09:27 PM PDT · by Fester Chugabrew · 34 replies
    Self | 7/1/15 | Self
    A culture capable of self-government must be steeped in an education that recognizes the objective existence of truth, beauty, and virtue. A classical charter school offers precisely this type of education by making use of the great ideas that have informed Western Civilization for thousands of years. In order to establish and perpetuate this type of education I am seeking interested individuals in the Elkhart, Indiana area who would participate in founding a classical charter school. A few initial contacts have been made already. A meeting date has also been established. If you are interested in this, please contact me...
  • Ohio drops PARCC testing (Hated Common Core Testing Ended; Kasich Signs)

    07/01/2015 11:06:38 AM PDT · by xzins · 32 replies
    Galion Inquirer ^ | July 1st, 2015
    Ohio dropped the PARCC Common Core testing consortium Tuesday night after a series of complaints from educators and parents, including concerns from north central Ohio. Gov. John Kasich signed a compromise two-year budget which concurred with Ohio Senate and House leaders that the Math and English exams would end in Ohio. According to a report, Ohio spent $26 million in online and print testing last year. “The people of the state of Ohio seem to have spoken loudly that they don’t want the PARCC,” State Sen. Peggy Lehner told reporters.
  • Sociology Prof: "Whiteness is Terror"

    07/01/2015 9:32:57 AM PDT · by rightistight · 76 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 7/1/15 | Aurelius
    Zandria Robinson, who taught Sociology at the University of Memphis, stated that whiteness is "terror," among other inflammatory statements online. She was dismissed yesterday from the college for her blatantly racist statements. What eventually led to Robinson's firing were the following racist tweets: The University of Memphis eventually learned about these ridiculous tweets, as well as comments that she didn't want her children "in school with snotty privileged whites," and have subsequently dismissed her:
  • TRS of TX joins those extending benefits to same-sex spouses

    07/01/2015 8:26:21 AM PDT · by DFG · 3 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 07.01/2015 | Tom Benning
    Add the Teacher Retirement System of Texas to the cogs of state government that are turning anew in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay-marriage decision. The system, which provides benefits to public school employees, announced late Tuesday that it would extend those benefits to employees’ same-sex spouses. That change is effective Wednesday, the system explained on its website.
  • America's Destiny in the Balance

    07/01/2015 3:18:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 7-1-15 | Steve McCann
    In 1856 Harper’s Magazine published a quote first attributed to Jose Correia de Serra, a Portuguese Abbot, scientist and close friend of Thomas Jefferson: “It has been said that a ‘special Providence watches over children, drunkards and the United States’.” The presidency of Barack Obama is the latest example of the accuracy of this observation, since the American people have been granted a last chance, before it is too late, to reverse course as a window has been forced open for the citizenry to view what future will bring if the nation remains on its present course. Beginning in the...
  • CPS TO CUT 1,400 JOBS AFTER MAKING $634M PENSION PAYMENT

    06/30/2015 8:11:22 PM PDT · by massmike · 26 replies
    http://abc7chicago.com/ ^ | 06/30/2015 | n/a
    As many as 1,400 Chicago Public Schools jobs will be affected starting as soon as Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz will lay out a plan Wednesday to fully fund the school district's teacher pensions. The announcement came after Tuesday's 11th hour $634 million pension payment. In a statement, CPS confirmed at least part of the money was borrowed and there will be 1,400 layoffs. The district said that not all of those positions are teachers, but some of them are. The Chicago Teachers Union reacted Tuesday night to the announcement. "I can tell you it's...
  • Parents, don’t be fooled: The sex-ed agenda is more sinister than you know

    06/30/2015 4:34:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Jun 30, 2015 | Jonathon van Maren
    It's a rare, if not historic pushback—tens of thousands of people across the Canadian province of Ontario are announcing loudly that they oppose the new sex education curriculum proposed by the province’s premier, Kathleen Wynne. Large numbers of protestors have made their voices heard in front of Wynne's office, in front of the provincial legislature at Queen's Park, and at the offices of Members of Provincial Parliament across the province. Harking from every culture and ethnic group, the protestors are demanding one thing: Let kids be kids. The entire phenomenon is startling for a number of reasons. First of all,...
  • (Memphis U.) Professor: White People Are Conditioned to Commit Mass Murder Like in Charleston

    06/30/2015 12:49:14 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | June 30, 2015 | Katherine Timpf
    Zandria Robinson still has a job at the taxpayer-funded University of Memphis. A professor at the University of Memphis suggested that the Charleston shooter was not mentally ill but rather just another example of “white people acting how they’re conditioned to act.” [Snip] Robinson also posted a tweet on June 26 declaring that “Whiteness is most certainly and inevitably terror.”
  • NEA 'attack' on homeschoolers blasted as 'outrageous'

    06/30/2015 11:35:38 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 34 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/29/2015 | Paul Bremmer
    The National Education Association has launched an attack on the practice of homeschooling, and one leading education expert is not taking it lying down. “The National Education Association’s radical attacks on constitutionally protected liberties and homeschooling families in particular are outrageous and should be vehemently denounced by every real educator and every real American,” internationalist journalist and educator Alex Newman declared. The NEA’s 2014-2015 resolution on homeschooling begins like this: “The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience.” Freelance writer Patrice Lewis, who homeschools her children,...
  • Diversity Dictators on Campus

    06/30/2015 8:38:46 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 30, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Apparently university administrators no longer read George Orwell because they don’t seem to recognize how Orwellian their policies are. “Speech codes are almost never identified as such by the many colleges and universities that impose and enforce them. Instead, speech codes come in many forms, often with innocuous–sounding titles: ‘free speech zone’ policies that limit student or faculty expression to small, remote areas of campus; email policies that ban ‘offensive’ communication; civility policies that mandate politeness on pain of punishment; and—most commonly—overbroad, vague harassment policies that rely on subjective, amorphous definitions and thus restrict vast swaths of protected speech,” Greg...
  • Alexander, Murray Bill Tightens the Screws of Mandated Assessments

    06/30/2015 9:56:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jane Robbins
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Heidi Huber, founder of Operation Opt Out Ohio.Parents across the nation are in open revolt against the testing mania that has seized public schools under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Common Core national standards. In some states, thousands of students — 200,000 in New York alone — are refusing the “mandatory” assessments. One would think the Washington politicos who are writing the NCLB reauthorization bill would take note of this widespread rebellion and would ease — or better still, eliminate — the federal testing requirements. But unlike the repentant thief who...
  • Professor: White People "Should Commit Mass Suicide"

    06/30/2015 8:06:37 AM PDT · by rightistight · 119 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/30/15 | Aurelius
    Every single white person alive today is "complicit" in slavery, according to Assistant Professor of Humanities Adam Kotsko, and should kill themselves. Dr. Kotsko teaches at Shimer College in Chicago. According to Dr. Kotsko, if you are white, and even if your ancestors never owned slaves, you are still complicit for it. When asked what white people should do because of it, Kotsko said whites "should commit mass suicide:" Kotsko defended his statements to other Twitter users who found his accusation ridiculous: He then went on to say that "whiteness" exists only to "subordinate and exploit other races:" Kotsko was...
  • Diversity of New York City languages makes staying involved in kids’ education difficult

    06/29/2015 5:48:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | June 29, 2015
    New Yorkers, who come from every corner of the world, speak 180 languages. Not surprisingly, nearly half of public school students speak a language other than English at home. This makes life difficult for the city's Department of Education, which, according to federal law and its own regulations, must provide translation and interpretation services to the thousands of parents of those children whose first language is not English
  • Teacher Hits Handicapped Child, Tells Him Black People Fought to not "Serve White People like You"

    06/29/2015 12:00:28 PM PDT · by rightistight · 68 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 6/29/15 | Aurelius
    A Cincinnati teacher has resigned in the wake of racist comments and abusive actions taken toward handicapped children. Intervention Specialist Pamela Bullock has left her position at Wayne Local Schools in Warren County, after four teaching assistants wrote a letter to administrators detailing her abuse toward students. In one incident, the assistants reported that Ms. Bullock was taking care of a handicapped, non-verbal student, when she became irate at him. Bullock threw a marker at the boy, hitting him in the head. Later the same day, "a racial comment was directed toward the same student," wrote the assistants. "After applying...
  • Unpaid Internships Are Worth it: Suck it Up Millennials

    06/29/2015 7:50:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Kristan Hawkins
    A die-hard Hillary Clinton supporter – a young, female Millennial – recently applied to be a fellow with the campaign and was accepted. However, she was asked to move out of state and work for free. It was hard not to laugh at her over-the-top, entitled millennial reaction published in USA Today: “Finding out that Hillary perpetuates the exploitation known as unpaid internships was like discovering that Santa wasn't real.” Poor baby. Millennials are in a tough position right now. They are hard pressed to find work, with 14% of them unemployed, others barely able to make it on a...
  • Supreme Court will re-hear Texas affirmative action

    06/29/2015 7:31:43 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | 06/29/2015 | Mark Sherman
    <p>The Supreme Court said Monday it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education.</p> <p>The justices said they will hear for a second time the case of a white woman who was denied admission to the university's flagship Austin campus.</p>
  • Colorado Supreme Court nixes Douglas county vouchers (vanity)

    06/29/2015 9:15:21 AM PDT · by taxcontrol · 8 replies
    Self ^ | 29 June 2015 | Taxcontrol
    I just read from 9News.com that the Colorado Supreme Court has just ruled against the voucher program in Douglas County School district. While I am disapointed in this ruling, it is technically correct. The Colorado Constitution states in Article IX, section 7: Aid to private schools, churches, sectarian purpose, forbidden. Neither the general assembly, nor any county, city, town, township, school district or other public corporation, shall ever make any appropriation, or pay from any public fund or moneys whatever, anything in aid of any church or sectarian society, or for any sectarian purpose, or to help support or sustain...
  • Common Core Crack-Up

    06/29/2015 7:43:31 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in education continue to crumble when they encounter reality. “Not a single junior at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School showed up to take this spring’s Smarter Balanced tests (SBAC—one version of the COMMON Core standardized tests), according to a school district spokeswoman,” according to the editors at Rethinking Schools. “Earlier this year, a group of teachers, administrators, parents, and students had agreed to boycott the standardized tests, but Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland threatened teachers with the loss of their teachers licenses if they didn’t administer the test.” “Under this pressure, the school’s...
  • What the Gay-Marriage Ruling Means for Your Children's Education

    06/29/2015 6:16:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/29/2015 | by FREDERICK M. HESS
    Like fascists, Communists, and boy-band producers, the American Left has always believed it could fine-tune human nature if it could only “get ’em while they’re young.” That’s why the Left works so hard to impose its will on schools and universities. As John Dewey, America’s high priest of educational progressivism, explained in 1897, the student must “emerge from his original narrowness” in order “to conceive of himself” as a cog in the larger social order. Last week’s gay-marriage ruling will yield a new wave of liberal efforts to ensure that schools do their part to combat wrong-headed “narrowness.” Justice Anthony...
  • Vanity: Depart of Education temporarily changes Facebook profile to rainbow colored logo

    06/28/2015 6:55:10 PM PDT · by keats5 · 37 replies
    Facebook. com ^ | June 26, 2015 | keats5- vanity
  • My college sex education: In her first year, a student finds a campus obsessed with hooking up

    06/28/2015 4:48:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 6/28/15 | Suzy Lee Weiss
    During the first six weeks of my freshman year, I attended no fewer than four "safe sex" seminars. I´ve watched a sex educator slip a blue condom onto a d**** before a room of 200 18-year-olds; witnessed a 30-minute fight between a student and a peer advisor over whether a nod counted as consent; and participated in a mock date proposal to practice how to politely turn someone down. ("No, thanks.") I´ve clicked and peer-discussed my way through myriad sexual scenarios, many of which explored the gray zone of drunken sexual encounters. What if it´s happening late in the afternoon
  • Univ. of WI Releases List of Microaggressions; Saying "Everyone can Succeed" Now Racist

    06/27/2015 11:34:28 AM PDT · by rightistight · 51 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 6/26/15 | Aurelius
    The University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point has released a list of microaggressions it expects new faculty to read. The list can be found on the university's official website.The titled of the document is "Examples of Racial Microaggressions" and outlines types of "racist microaggressions," examples of them, and what they are "actually" saying. In the section "Color Blindness: Statements that indicate that a White person does not want to acknowledge race," the quote, "America is a melting pot" is said to be racist. According to the document, whites try to force others to "assimilate/acculturate to the dominant culture" when they say...
  • Five arrested in vicious, videotaped beating of defenseless student (MLK High)

    06/27/2015 6:36:13 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 45 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 06/26/2015 | DEBORAH HASTINGS
    --snip-- The cellphone video shows the boy cowering under the blows of a gang attack, and rolling into a ball to protect himself from being repeatedly kicked and punched. At one point, a male hits him in the face with a traffic cone, breaking his teeth. "This kid was an innocent person, he had done nothing to anybody," said Capt. Malachi Jones of the Philadelphia police. The attack happened two weeks ago as the boy was walking home from school. His tormentors, who were fellow students at Martin Luther King High School, can be heard laughing and yelling as all...
  • School Nutritionists: Participation in School Lunch Program 'Abruptly Down' in 49 States

    06/26/2015 8:10:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Gabrielle Cintorino
    (CNSNews.com)-- The School Nutrition Association (SNA), which represents 55,000 school nutritionists nationwide, is pointing to data published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to draw awareness to the fact that “after 30 years of steady growth in the National School Lunch Program, student participation is abruptly down in 49 states."The nutritionists attribute the drop to new nutrition standards that were instituted by USDA in 2012.Total national participation in the School Lunch Program peaked in 2010 and 2011 at 31.8 million, according to USDA. In 2012, it was 31.7 million. But in 2013, it dropped by 1 million participants, to 30.7...
  • Texas Religious Schools Lose in Obamacare Abortion-Drug Mandate Case

    06/26/2015 4:20:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Elizabeth Slattery
    Earlier this week, religious employers suffered another loss at the hands of the coercive Obamacare Health and Human Services mandate. A U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit panel ruled against East Texas Baptist University and a group of other non-profit religious employers in their challenge to the Obamacare requirement that they facilitate health care coverage for employees that includes contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs and devices, or fill out a form notifying the Department of Health and Human Services that they have a religious objection to providing such coverage. This so-called “accommodation” then initiates the process of the government...
  • Hello class, welcome to our mosque

    06/26/2015 2:56:14 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    onenewsnow ^ | June 26, 2015 | Bill Bumpas
    A network of pastors is expressing concern about the ongoing influence of Islam into local communities, most recently a public school in Pennsylvania. The American Pastors Network points to a recent workshop in Lebanon, where 50 public school educators visited a local mosque to learn about the Islamic religion - all at taxpayers' expense. Pennsylvania pastor Gary Dull, an American Pastors Network board member, says that's just one example of how Islamic ideology is creeping into classrooms and local governments across America.
  • Ivy League Prof: Female Faculty Should Receive an Automatic Bonus on their Evaluation Scores

    06/26/2015 1:06:53 PM PDT · by rightistight · 25 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 6/26/15 | Aurelius
    Writing in the Conversation, Sara B. Pritchard, an Associate Professor of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University, writes about the pervasiveness of "gender bias" that she claims is harming female professors in the United States. "Now that most colleges and universities have completed their spring semesters, course instructors are opening up sealed manila envelopes, all over the country, to read their teaching evaluations," she begins her article, titled, "Should female faculty get bonus points to correct for gender bias in student evaluations?" She continues, "And, like each year, what they’ll find has been pervasively slanted by gender bias." According...
  • F the “Respect Compact”

    06/26/2015 6:10:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Dear Student Body: I am writing today for the specific purpose of recruiting a student plaintiff to sue our university over its policy of forcing students to sign a “Respect Compact,” which is used by the administration to punish speech that is clearly protected by the First Amendment. The lawsuit is also necessary because the so-called respect compact is actually breeding intolerance and disrespect among students for the constitutionally protected opinions of others. For those who are not aware, signing the Respect Compact was initially done on a voluntary basis. Of course, when government-run institutions start making “suggestions” or “recommendations,”...
  • Teachers Union Promotes Website Telling Dissident Member 'Go to Hell'

    06/26/2015 6:27:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association is directing people to a website that insults and vilifies a 37-year member who authored a widely distributed letter explaining why she wants to leave the state’s largest teachers union. Lansing School District teacher Mary Davenport wrote a letter that was sent to thousands of teachers to alert them that if they want to quit the union it would only allow them to do so in the month of August. Many teachers have complained about this so-called August window. Since Davenport’s letter was distributed, the website MEAMatters.com has invited union members to respond online. The website...
  • Richmond Hill Teacher Under Investigation for alleged Islamophobic tweets

    06/25/2015 9:35:40 PM PDT · by OddLane · 14 replies
    The National Post ^ | June 26, 2015
    A Richmond Hill, Ont., teacher is being investigated for a series of alleged tweets with Islamophobic themes, the York Region District School Board confirmed. A now-deleted Twitter account used a photo that appears to be of a teacher at a Richmond Hill high school. The school board said it was made aware of the tweets Thursday and the teacher was told about the investigation, which is also looking into whether the account was hacked by an impersonator. Licinio Miguelo, a board spokeswoman, said impersonations on social media are rare but they have happened.
  • Gov. Abbott Appoints Home-School Mom To Chair State Board Of Education

    06/25/2015 4:37:30 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 34 replies
    Texas Public Radio website ^ | June 19, 2015 | Ryan Poppe
    Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed a person to lead the State Board of Education during his time in office. But he’s now being criticized for selecting someone whose own kids have never attended a public school. For the last two years Houston Republican Donna Bahorich served as a member of the State Board of Education. Before that she worked for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s previous state senate campaign, and she was one his top choices when asked who should succeed outgoing chair Barbara Cargil. “My research and my work and my desire and interests have all been in education, so...
  • Crime in America

    06/25/2015 11:06:24 AM PDT · by chuckles · 6 replies
    vanity | June 25 2015 | chuckles
    Well, here we go, one more time. Someone is murdered and the usual suspects get dusted off and taken from the closet to be regurgitated back and forth making sound but accomplishing nothing. Of course the first thing is always gun control, but this time race was the watchword singled out because everyone knows gun control won’t get to first base with Congress. No one mentions the black on black crime that is murdering more people than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. The Second Amendment is a well established part of our Constitution from the very beginning of...
  • Muslim dad jailed for racist rants and assault over school's beard ban

    06/24/2015 7:25:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Mohammad Liaqat, 34, verbally abused white teachers and assaulted a headmaster after two pupils were excluded for refusing to shaveA Muslim who assaulted a headmaster after launching racist rants in a row over beards has been jailed. Mohammad Liaqat, 34, verbally abused white teachers after two 14-year-old Muslim pupils were banned from school for refusing to shave on religious grounds. Even though he was not directly affected by the case, Liaqat launched a ‘racist tirade’ on staff at Mount Carmel RC High School in Accrington, Lancs, where one of his children is a pupil. He was ordered to stay away...
  • The border surge, a year later: Schools struggling with influx of unaccompanied minors

    06/24/2015 3:21:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Bryan Llenas
    A year after the height of the so-called surge, a weeks-long period last summer when tens of thousands of Central American children crossed illegally into the United States, education experts say the federal government has left the burden of educating and caring for these children to cash-strapped public schools. Over the last year, teachers and administrators have been left to teach these kids English, even though some of them had never stepped foot inside of a classroom and many are in need of mental health counseling following their traumatic encounters with gang violence, sex trafficking or kidnapping in their native...
  • Kids Create Salt Black Markets in Cafeterias Due to Michelle Obama’s Lunch Rules

    06/24/2015 2:04:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 24, 2015 | by Elizabeth Harrington
    Children are creating their own black markets to trade and sell salt due to First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules. During a hearing before the House, a school administrator told Congress of the “unintended consequences” of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. “Perhaps the most colorful example in my district is that students have been caught bringing–and even selling–salt, pepper, and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food,” said John S. Payne. “Students are avoiding cafeteria food,” Payne said. “More students bring their lunch, and a few parents even ‘check out’ their child from...
  • Reid calls on UNLV to look into changing 'rebel' mascot

    06/23/2015 10:49:49 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    KRNV ^ | 6-23-2015 | KRNV
    Sen. Harry Reid says Nevada higher education officials should look at changing the Confederate-themed mascot at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Reid told reporters in Washington D.C. on Tuesday that Nevada's Board of Regents should take a look at changing UNLV's current mascot and sports team name from the so-called "Running Rebels."
  • Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials

    06/23/2015 11:00:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 23, 2015 1:23 PM EDT | Carolyn Thompson
    The learning standards were new. The textbooks were not. So curriculum director Tammy Baumann and her team took the books apart, literally. Then they rearranged lessons, filled in holes with outside material and put it all together in what will be the K-2 math curriculum in the fall at her district in East Lansing, Michigan. It was a time-consuming but necessary response, Baumann said, to what appears to be a near-universal lament of teachers as they page through textbooks and websites: a lack of high-quality teaching materials aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards that have been adopted by most...