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  • #ThanksMichelleObama: Students lash out

    11/23/2014 6:14:58 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 22, 2014 | Kevin Cirilli
    November 22, 2014, 03:04 pm #ThanksMichelleObama: Students lash out By Kevin Cirilli Students across the country are once again taking to social media to tweet against first lady Michelle Obama's nutritional regulations they claim are ruining their school lunches. The hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama trended nationally as teenagers shared their disgust for unsavory Thanksgiving school lunches. Here's a taste of some of the tweets:
  • SHOCK: Homeschooling family tasered, arrested after being accused of having a ‘messy’ house

    11/23/2014 7:16:43 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 34 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | NOV 21, 2014 | KYLE OLSON
    NODAWAY COUNTY, Mo. – A homeschooling family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit after they say their home was illegally searched by the sheriff’s department. The Home School Legal Defense Association is aiding Laura and Jason Hagan. Their house was raided by Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White and Chief Sheriff’s Deputy David Glidden.
  • Ethnic studies requirement proposed for S.F. high schools

    11/23/2014 8:34:06 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 22, 2014 | Jill Tucker
    San Francisco’s school board president wants high school students to take a course that examines ethnic identity, race-based systems of oppression and the emphasis on Euro-centric history in traditional textbooks.
  • Ivy League School Holds Funeral For Michael Brown And Non-White People Killed By Racism

    11/23/2014 12:37:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 22, 2014 | Emma Colton
    Preparing for the soon expected grand jury verdict in Ferguson, Missouri, students at the University of Pennsylvania held a ceremonial funeral on Friday afternoon for “black and brown bodies” oppressed by the evils of capitalism and the racism of police officers. Known as the Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation (SOUL), the multicultural student group founded in 2012 has held a litany of stunts on the Philadelphia campus to “create a more conscious and active community at UPenn and in Philadelphia,” according to the group’s Facebook page. Since the beginning of the school year, SOUL has deemed Friday “#FergusonFriday,” a...
  • Teacher to student: If you don't support gay marriage, drop my class

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

    11/21/2014 6:55:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/21/14 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    **SNIP** His photo of a soupy Spanish rice gone wrong and an apple on a school lunch tray was retweeted more than 170 times. Hunter, 17, is a senior at Richland Center High School in Richland Center, Wisconsin. He said in an interview with The Associated Press that his school lunches have gone downhill over his four years in high school. Of the Spanish rice, he said "you couldn't feel the individual grains of rice. It was just a solid mush." Halana Turner, a junior at Fraser High School in Fraser, Michigan, posted a photo of a mushy breakfast sandwich...
  • Attorney: L.A. schools pay 'largest' public settlement for child abuse at $139 million

    11/21/2014 4:38:56 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    cnn ^ | 11-21-14 | http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/21/us/los-angeles-student-lewd-abuse-settlement/index.html
    Los Angeles (CNN) -- The Los Angeles public school district will pay more than $139.2 million to the families of 81 children allegedly abused by an elementary teacher now serving a prison sentence for lewd conduct, officials said Friday. John Manly, one of the plaintiffs' attorney, called the amount "the largest settlement in the history of the United States against a public entity involving child abuse." The settlement comes after the district earlier paid $30 million to settle 63 other students' claims alleging they were victims of sexually lewd acts by Mark Berndt of Miramonte Elementary. A teacher for 30...
  • CBS affiliate presents explosive exposé on Oregon’s ‘Triple X’ sex education

    11/21/2014 11:58:21 AM PST · by wagglebee · 31 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/20/14 | STOPP
    “A KOIN 6 Investigation uncovered that there’s a good chance the parents who signed permission slips in order for their children to attend have no clue what is really being taught behind closed doors. Part of the lesson plan at a workshop at the Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference is an adult website called Virtual Fem. In addition to the content from that website, numerous handouts, such as one that encourages cyber and phone sex, have been passed out to high school and middle school students in attendance.” And that’s only the tip of the iceberg uncovered in an explosive exposé that aired yesterday...
  • Kim Kardashian’s butt on Paper magazine cover can help kids do math.

    11/21/2014 11:28:21 AM PST · by machogirl · 90 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jeanette Settembre , Zoe Lake
    Here’s a cheeky way to do math. Kim Kardashian’s naked butt broke the internet — but now it’s helping to fix students’ understanding of basic geometry. Catalyst, a test prep company, is using the ultimate semi-circle in its latest pop-culture-inspired questions to get kids primed for the SAT. (See questions below). Catalyst’s interest in Kardashian’s image from the cover of Paper magazine is not just sexploitation. It’s downright Platonic. “Kim Kardashian’s backside is almost perfectly circular,” company founder Jared Friedland tells the Daily News. “As soon as we saw that, it occurred to me that we could teach three types...
  • Obama picks right state to sell immigration order

    11/21/2014 7:11:52 AM PST · by redreno · 3 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 11/21/2014 | By LAURA MYERS
    President Barack Obama, who’s coming to Las Vegas today, picked the right state to sell his new executive order that will protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported. More than 10 percent of Nevada’s workforce is living here illegally, the highest rate in the country and double the national average. Also, about one in five schoolchildren in the Silver State have at least one parent who’s an undocumented immigrant — far more than any other state, according to the Pew Research Center. These adopted Nevadans are among the 11 million illegal immigrants who have been “living in...
  • Racially Charged Incident At UConn Triggers Concerns About Campus Atmosphere

    11/20/2014 10:53:09 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 22 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | 11/18/14 | Gregory B. Hladky
    A university of Connecticut investigation into a confrontation between white fraternity students and women belonging to a black sorority is regaining momentum after new allegations about the incidents were raised at a recent student community meeting. The September incident involving a rock-painting dispute has already resulted in a one-month suspension and continuing probation for the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity for "intimidation and bullying," according to UConn officials. But at a Nov. 10 meeting at the university's African-American Cultural Center, the adviser to the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority made new allegations that fraternity members used racial and sexist slurs during the...
  • Principal suspended over unannounced school shooting 'drill' (trunc)

    11/20/2014 2:00:43 PM PST · by Stalwart · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 20 November 2014 | Jill Reilly
    School district Superintendent Kathryn Leroy said that she never ordered an 'active shooter drill be performed with students present and officers having weapons in their hands.'
  • BAMN interrupts U-M Board of Regents meeting with protest that turns physical

    11/20/2014 1:10:01 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 28 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jeremy Allen
    About 25 members of the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary -- also known as BAMN - broke out with chants of "Minority enrollment's been going down, open it up or we'll shut it down" and "We don't need another committee, open it up to Detroit city," during the University of Michigan's Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon. The chants quickly turned physical as the protester pressed forward toward the regents. Security responded and the group continued to press forward as multiple protesters were forced to the ground after refusing to back down and move their protest out of...
  • Georgetown Columnist: Middle Class People Deserve to be Mugged because "We're Privileged"

    11/20/2014 12:55:51 PM PST · by rightistight · 66 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/20/14 | Aurelius
    Oliver Friedfeld and his roommate were mugged last weekend. They were forced to the ground and their valuables were taken from them. In response, Friedfeld has blamed himself because he is a member of the middle class. Writing in Georgetown University's “The Hoya,” Friedfeld penned an article detailing the robbery called “I was Mugged, And I Understand Why.” In it, he attributed his mugging to being a member of the middle class, instead of to the people who mugged him. ...And the fact that he comes “from a solidly middle-class family” means that Friedfeld should be a target of muggings,...
  • The New Gun Suspect: Every School Child

    "[The role of the schoolmaster is to] collect little plastic lumps of human dough from private households and shape them on the social kneading board." ~ Edward Ross, Social Control: A Survey of the Foundations of Order Five-year-old Elizabeth of Mobile, Alabama learned two new words last month in kindergarten: suicide and homicide. After drawing what resembled a gun, she pointed her crayon at another child and went "pew, pew." Horrified by the outburst of violence, the school required Elizabeth to fill out a "suicide/homicide assessment scoresheet" complete with questions on how often she thought about killing herself. An agreement not...
  • Milford 5th-grader suspended for pointing imaginary gun [Massachusetts]

    11/20/2014 11:38:25 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 47 replies
    The Milford Daily News ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bill Shaner
    A Milford parent is questioning the two-day suspension of his 10-year-old son from Stacy Middle School. Nickolas Taylor, a fifth-grader, was suspended after pointing an imaginary ray gun - his finger - and mouthing laser sounds in the school’s cafeteria last Friday, said Brian Taylor, Nickolas' father. “I think this is very slanderous toward Nickolas and his character,” said Taylor. “It was non-threatening. He’s just a typical boy with an imagination.” A conduct slip, written by Assistant Principal Noah Collins, lists the offense as a threat. Collins could not be reached for comment despite numerous phone calls and emails seeking...
  • Tuition Showdown: What is the true cost of a college degree?

    11/20/2014 7:38:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/20/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    As head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano followed the U.S. government’s official practice of refusing to negotiate with hostage-takers. As head of the University of California system, she has become the hostage-taker. Napolitano is demanding that the cash-strapped state of California pony up an additional $100 million for the UC system, and she threatens to inflict a 5 percent tuition hike on students for each of the next five years in retaliation if Sacramento does not comply. This puts her on the wrong side of Governor Jerry Brown, who by being eternally fixed in anno Domini 1978...
  • New Report Finds Which States Favor Homeschoolers

    11/19/2014 1:21:47 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 44 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-19-14 | Rudy Takala
    Last month, ALEC released its annual Report Card on American Education. The report ranks states’ education policy based on six areas, including state academic standards; charter school laws; private school choice programs; overall teacher quality; digital learning opportunities; and the regulatory burden placed on homeschool families. The study, which included research conducted by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), gave 11 states the top grade of “A” in the area of homeschool regulatory burdens. Those states are Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Texas. The number of states earning an “A” grade expanded...
  • Dad slams school lesson that teaches 2nd graders ‘government gives us rights’

    11/19/2014 9:33:30 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 39 replies
    EAG News ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    FAIRFIELD, Ohio – According to a citizenship lesson for 8-year-olds, rights are given to Americans by their government. Parent Andrew Washburn posted a picture on Facebook of a handout titled “Being a Good Citizen” by Phyllis Naegeli. “So Emma brought home a very interesting handout from school the other day. So informative! I didn’t know that our rights come from the government! Thank you, government!” he sarcastically wrote. “And thank you, Fairfield (City School District), for teaching my eight year old daughter all about her rights!” he added. Washburn tells EAGnews his daughter attends Fairfield North Elementary in the Butler...
  • Divisions, diversions complicate Nevada tax talk

    If you thought the overwhelming defeat of the Education Initiative Nov. 4 was the end of tax talk in Nevada, you couldn’t be more wrong. If anything, the election results were the start of a larger discussion. But that discussion is complicated by groups competing for primacy, differing priorities and a frustrating lack of specifics on the part of big players. And that’s even before we get to Carson City and meet the new speaker of the Assembly, who says taxes should be a last resort rather than a top priority. Let’s start with business. Starting immediately after the Education...
  • The FCC Plans to Increase Your Phone Bill to Build Better Internet in Schools

    11/19/2014 2:34:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/17/14 | Brendan Sasso
    The head of the Federal Communications Commission unveiled a plan Monday aimed at delivering high-speed Internet to classrooms and libraries around the country. To pay for the $1.5 billion proposal, the agency is planning a substantial increase in government fees on all monthly phone bills.
  • Hall Of Heroes': Michigan School Replaces Mural With Paintings Of Oprah, Obama..

    11/18/2014 7:29:32 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    Inquisitr.com ^ | Nov 14, 2014
    Hall Of Heroes': Michigan School Replaces Mural With Paintings Of Oprah, Obama, And Other Celebrities Michigan parents are infuriated that the “Hall of Heroes” mural depicting historical figures at South Arbor Charter Academy has been replaced with paintings of Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, and other celebrities. South Arbor Charter Academy in Ypsilanti, Michigan, removed the likes of Albert Einstein, Betsy Ross, Gandhi, astronauts, Mother Teresa, and other accomplished historical figures and replaced their images with those of Oprah, Obama, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, and J.K. Rowling. “This is no longer a hall of heroes. Now we have a hall of...
  • Chicago public schools to teach 5th graders how to ‘increase sexual pleasure’

    11/18/2014 6:06:13 AM PST · by wagglebee · 49 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/17/14 | Kirsten Andersen
    CAUTION: The following article includes some graphic descriptions of sexuality in explaining the contents of a sex ed program intended for ten-year-olds. Last year, Chicago’s public school district outraged local parents and made national headlines when it announced its new sex education program would include kindergarteners.  Now, the program is again stirring controversy, as parents at one elementary school reacted with shock and dismay upon learning that their 5th grade students – ages 10 and 11 – would be taught how to use female condoms and lube for both vaginal and anal sex, with an emphasis on longer-lasting intercourse and...
  • Lawsuits challenge affirmative action as discriminatory against Asian-Americans

    11/17/2014 2:14:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 17, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    A newly formed group, the Students for Fair Representation, has filed suit challenging racial and other affirmative action preferences at Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The lawsuits are brought by the same law firm that represented Fisher in Fisher v. Texas, in which the Supreme Court ruled that affirmative action plans were subject to strict scrutiny in applying the Equal Protection Clause: The parties asked the Court to review whether the judgment below was consistent with “this Court’s decisions interpreting the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, including Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U. S....
  • Texas Failing to Offer Private School Choice

    11/17/2014 1:49:58 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 8 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-17-14 | Rudy Takala
    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has released the 19th edition of its annual Report Card on American Education, where it ranks states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies, and digital learning opportunities. One notable finding of the Report Card is that Texas does not encourage private school choice in a particularly robust manner. Drawing on research conducted by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the report gave Texas an “F” grade for failing to offer a private school voucher program. In a...
  • DoE to Force NJ School District to Lower Standards of AP Classes Fearing High Standards are Racist

    11/17/2014 9:20:03 AM PST · by rightistight · 38 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/17/14 | Aurelius
    The South Orange-Maplewood School District in New Jersey will be likely lowering their standards for AP classes after a successful lawsuit brought by the Department of Education. The DoE brought the suit to weaken South Orange-Maplewood's practice of "tracking," or placing students in separate educational paths to suit their needs. Proponents of tracking believe that it helps all students; not only will educators teach students at their level, but it will prevent large classes in which students of different needs are taught all at once. The DoE and opponents of tracking believe it promotes "segregation," by favoring white students and...
  • Teachable Moment on Israel

    11/14/2014 6:45:46 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 13, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A pair of activists in the state of Washington are promoting an anti-Israel curriculum that high school social studies teachers are considering adopting. Ed Mast and Linda Bevis, of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, have developed “The Palestine Teaching Trunk.” Bevis gave a presentation on it in October at the Washington State Council for the Social Studies annual meeting, Edward Alexander reported in The Weekly Standard on November 10, 2014. “In 1967, Israel seized control of the West Bank and Gaza from Egypt and Jordan,” the “Teaching Trunk curriculum reads. “Israel instituted a military occupation in Gaza and the West Bank—which...
  • Texas teacher (finally, officially) fired over racial tweets on Michael Brown shooting

    11/16/2014 5:59:53 AM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 14, 2014
    A Dallas-area school board fired a teacher Friday who posted racially charged tweets about the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Duncanville Independent School District trustees unanimously voted to terminate Vinita Hegwood's contract. Hegwood, who is black, has apologized for comments made Nov. 7 on her Twitter account that were laced with expletives and derogatory references to whites and blacks. Administrators have called the remarks "reprehensible." [Snip] The school board rejected a resignation and instead fired her with cause. That doesn't affect a teacher's pension, but it makes him or her ineligible...
  • Fifth-Grade Sex Ed Plan Horrifies Chicago Parents Who Say It's Obscene

    11/15/2014 8:21:17 AM PST · by bkopto · 68 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | Nov 14, 2014 | Stephanie Lulay
    Parents at a Near West Side school say they are "shocked" and "horrified" after viewing a new sex education curriculum intended for fifth-graders, saying the way the information is presented is over the top and not age-appropriate. SNIP But some of the information disturbed parents at the meeting, leading one to snap photos of five pages in the binder that included a lesson plan for fifth-graders. One of the pages, titled "Feel Good Reasons to Use FCs [Female Condoms]," included how to make sexual intercourse last longer and read: "Once you pop, you don't have to stop!" The page included...
  • Nampa biology teacher slaughters rabbit in class, school officials say (Idaho)

    11/15/2014 9:51:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Idaho Statesman ^ | November 13, 2014 | Bill Roberts
    A Columbia High School biology teacher killed and slaughtered a rabbit in front of 16 sophomores to show them how livestock is processed into food, Allison Westfall, the Nampa School District spokeswoman, said Thursday. The matter has been turned over to the district’s human resources department, Westfall said. She would not speculate on what might happen to the teacher because it is a personnel matter. She said she didn’t have the name of the teacher. The teacher expressed remorse for his action in class on Monday, Westfall told the Idaho Statesman. “That is not part of the biology curriculum,” she...
  • Mom Questions School For Portraying Muslims As More Faithful Than Christians

    11/14/2014 2:38:14 PM PST · by Maudeen · 43 replies
    Prophecy Newswatch ^ | November 14, 2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    Is the faith of most Muslims “stronger” than that of the typical Christian? That’s what one public high school in North Carolina apparently is teaching students. Outraged over the “correct” answers to her son’s ninth-grade assignment about Islam, a mother in Union County, N.C., turned to local news reporters to shed light on his school’s fill-in-the-blank worksheet. Upsetting the mom most? A statement that read, “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.” Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2014/November14/143.html#umvfIRMpH3iCJefP.99
  • ‘Tiny & Very Processed’: HS Student Leads Boycott of First Lady's Lunches

    11/14/2014 10:12:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | November 13, 2014 10:58 am | (Fox and Friends)
    Students at a Wisconsin high school are boycotting the lunch program, upset over tiny portions and declining quality. Meghan Hellrood, a senior at D.C. Everest High School in Weston, talked to Ainsley Earhardt this morning to explain why she’s leading the protest against the federal program, which was championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. […] “It’s not actually giving us healthy foods. It’s giving us small portions of very processed foods. Kids aren’t happy about that,” said Hellrood, referring to the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, which was passed in 2010 as part of an effort to combat childhood obesity....
  • School District May Have Crossed Legal Line in Tax Request

    11/14/2014 6:22:55 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/11/2014 | Tom Gantert
    An email blast sent Nov. 3 from the superintendent in Pinckney Community Schools using school mailing lists stated the district was “asking voters to renew” a multi-million millage raises questions whether the district crossed the line and violated state campaign finance law. The email, sent by superintendent Rick Todd to parents, employees and school board members, states: “For Pinckney Community Schools, we are asking voters to renew a 6-year Non-Homestead Millage of 18 Mils.” The six-year millage passed last night and will raise about $3.7 million a year for the school district, which is located in Livingston County. Bob LaBrant,...
  • N.J. parents ordered to pay college for estranged daughter, 21

    11/14/2014 7:46:37 AM PST · by redreno · 32 replies
    Two New Jersey parents were just ordered by a court to pay for their adult daughter’s college tuition — despite the fact that she’s 21 years old and she’s refused to speak to them since moving in with her grandmother. Caitlyn Ricci, 21, moved out of her parents’ home in February 2013 — though the court documents filed by Ms. Ricci’s grandmother said the parents, Michael Ricci and Maura McGarvey, who are divorced, actually gave the boot to their daughter, the New York Daily News reported.
  • U. of I. clears way for convicted radical to teach again

    11/14/2014 5:52:29 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Nov 14, 2014 | Jodi S. Cohen
    U. of I. clears way for convicted radical to teach again By Jodi S. Cohen, Chicago Tribune contact the reporter CrimeUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignHomicideHistoryWeather UndergroundUniversity of Illinois at Chicago In a change of direction, University of Illinois officials paved the way Thursday for convicted felon James Kilgore to again teach on campus, the latest controversial faculty decision at the state school. Kilgore's contract was not renewed after his criminal past was the subject of a newspaper story and board members expressed concern about his employment. But on Thursday, U. of I. board members, including Chairman Christopher Kennedy, who once...
  • LAUSD argued middle schooler can consent to sex with teacher [updated]

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

    11/13/2014 9:34:51 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/6/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In recent staff performance evaluations by the Flint Community School district, 94 percent of its teachers and 99 percent of administrators were rated as “effective” – the second highest rating a school employee can receive. However, those ratings do not correlate with the academic progress of students in Flint schools, whose average performance during the same two year period reflect the district’s troubled history of poor outcomes. During the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, 62 percent of Flint schools placed in the lowest 10 percent on the state’s “Top-to-Bottom” academic rankings. Even when student progress is adjusted for socioeconomic status,...
  • Common Core And Qatar—Sharia Education For All!

    11/12/2014 12:09:47 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 18 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | Nov 12, 2014 | Brent Parrish
    A little while back I spent several months researching the Common Core curriculum, and what I discovered absolutely shocked me. At times, it left me utterly incredulous. I wrote a two-part article on the subject. I still have part three (final installment) in progress. And I will be wrapping up that series of articles here in the near future. But the deeper I dig into Common Core, the more it has led me on numerous research paths, some of which interlock with what I thought were unrelated research paths. I still haven’t absorbed or synthesized it all. One of the...
  • Educational Fraud

    11/12/2014 5:28:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    It would be unreasonable to expect a student with the reading, writing and computing abilities of an eighth-grader to do well in college. If such a student were admitted, his retention would require that the college create dumbed-downed or phantom courses. The University of North Carolina made this accommodation; many athletes were enrolled in phantom courses in the department of African and African-American studies. The discovery and resulting scandal are simply the tip of the iceberg and a symptom of a much larger problem. A UNC learning specialist hired to help athletes found that during the years 2004 to 2012,...
  • Obama Orders 'Mental-Health' Testing for Schoolkids

    11/11/2014 7:48:06 PM PST · by Maudeen · 55 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | November 8 | Leo Hohmann
    Quietly unleashes cache of federal dollars under auspices of 'gun violence'
  • Anti-American Progressives Cancel Veterans Day Ceremony at School for First Time in 80 Years

    11/11/2014 1:01:52 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    TPNN ^ | 11/11/14 | Matthew Burke
    The poisonous progressive agenda has oozed into a school district in Wisconsin which has caused the cancellation of a traditional Veterans Day ceremony that has been held since the 1930′s. Part of the time-honored tradition, which is the main reason the anti-Second Amendment rights leftists have banned the annual event, is because a 21-gun salute is conducted as part of the ceremony, and the controlist educators are worried that some people may feel an “uneasiness,” even though blanks, not real bullets are used in the rifles. “There are just some conditions that we have to adhere to and the shooting...
  • Student photos of skimpy Michelle O lunches raise ire of parents

    11/11/2014 2:58:30 PM PST · by RightGeek · 152 replies
    EAGnews ^ | 11/10/2014 | Kyle Olson
    HASKELL, Okla. – A chicken patty, small scoop of mashed potatoes and carton of milk aren’t enough to sustain a high school boy. But under the school lunch regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, that’s what Haskell High School served recently. Haskell High School senior Darrel Bunch took a photo of one of his recent skimpy school lunches and sent it to Fox 23. “It’s mostly the portions,” Bunch says. “Last year we started getting less food.” “Last year, my boys started calling me, ‘Can you please bring me something to eat?’ ‘We’re still hungry,’ or, ‘This is gross,”...
  • Anti-American Progressives Cancel Veterans Day Ceremony at School for First Time in 80 Years

    11/11/2014 1:01:52 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    TPNN ^ | 11/11/14 | Matthew Burke
    The poisonous progressive agenda has oozed into a school district in Wisconsin which has caused the cancellation of a traditional Veterans Day ceremony that has been held since the 1930′s. Part of the time-honored tradition, which is the main reason the anti-Second Amendment rights leftists have banned the annual event, is because a 21-gun salute is conducted as part of the ceremony, and the controlist educators are worried that some people may feel an “uneasiness,” even though blanks, not real bullets are used in the rifles. “There are just some conditions that we have to adhere to and the shooting...
  • Minneapolis now requires superintendents to approve any suspension of 'minority' students

    11/10/2014 8:28:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/10/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    <p>Racialists across America complain that minority students (chiefly blacks, not so much Chinese, for instance) are suspended for misbehavior at higher rates than whites. Questions of subculture and behavior are secondary to the quota mentality.</p> <p>The Minneapolis public school system announced a major new district-wide policy for disciplining students: any suspension of a non-white student requires the district superintendent's approval.</p>
  • WI School Cancels Vet’s Day Ceremony. Worried About 21 Gun Salute.

    11/10/2014 8:46:42 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 33 replies
    School officials in one Wisconsin town have taken irrational fears of firearms to a new low. According to WEAU, the Eau Claire School District has cancelled their annual Veteran’s Day Program because they’re worried about “uneasiness” over the traditional 21 gun salute. Keep in mind a Veteran’s Day 21 gun salute uses blanks. And those blanks are fired from show piece guns that are mechanically altered so that they can not fire real bullets. And keep in mind, that 21 gun salute, and those blanks, and those show piece guns are used by military veterans – men and women who...
  • U.S. to Focus on Equity in Assigning of Teachers

    11/11/2014 5:37:40 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 88 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 10, 2014 | MOTOKO RICH
    The Obama administration is directing states to show how they will ensure that all students have equal access to high-quality teachers, with a sharp focus on schools with a high proportion of the poor and racial minorities. In a letter to state superintendents released Monday, Deborah S. Delisle, an assistant secretary at the Department of Education, said states must develop plans by next June that make sure that public schools comply with existing federal law requiring that “poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified or out-of-field teachers.” States last submitted plans...
  • Measure Of A Man: Mark Levin Delivers Powerful Radio Performance Of Holocaust Memoir

    11/11/2014 4:27:21 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 11,2014 | Breitbart News
    In a rhapsodic radio performance on Monday that was at times operatic in its tone, conservative talk radio host Mark Levin delivered an on-air reading of the new Holocaust memoir by Martin Greenfield, Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents’ Tailor, and urged listeners to reflect on the murderous consequences of past and present acts of tyranny.
  • Boy, six, dies after his female teacher 'smashed his head against a wall (not speaking English)

    11/10/2014 3:54:06 PM PST · by traumer · 46 replies
    A six-year-old boy died yesterday after he was allegedly beaten up by his class teacher at a private school in India for not speaking in English. It is claimed the teacher at the school in the Tirumalagiri village of Anumula mandal, in Nalgonda district, struck the boy on Saturday for speaking in his tribal language of Telugu. The boy has been named locally as Ramavath Chandu.
  • Teachers Unions Flunked Their Midterms (Lying Liars)

    11/10/2014 4:35:14 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/06/2014 | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    Teachers unions took a drubbing on Tuesday after spending more than $100 million to try to elect their allies and steamroll education reformers. Like good Democratic team members, now the unions are blaming President Obama for their sweeping losses while taking credit for their few slim, hard-fought wins. --SNIP-- Teachers unions this election provided an object lesson in how to lie with statistics by lambasting school reformers across the country for “cutting” education spending.
  • ‘Kill Yourselves’: Texas Teacher on Leave After Profane Ferguson Tweet

    11/10/2014 3:27:59 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 77 replies
    MEDIAite ^ | 11/10/2014
    A Texas high school teacher has been placed on leave and may be fired after a tweet she sent out about Ferguson directed at “dumb duck ass crackers” and telling people “kill yourselves.” Here’s the tweet in question, which has since been deleted (along with the Twitter account): Vinita Hegwood tweeted that out on Friday night. The Duncanville school district was quick to condemn her remarks as “absolutely reprehensible, and today school officials are saying that she’s been placed on leave without pay. WFAA reached out to Hegwood’s husband. He didn’t say much about the tweet, just that there’s more...