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  • Revised AP U.S. History Standards Will Emphasize American Exceptionalism

    07/30/2015 7:26:15 PM PDT · by Maceman · 8 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 7/29/15 | ZOË SCHLANGER
    The company behind Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students will release a revision to the standards for AP U.S. history on Thursday morning, after significant pushback from conservatives who claimed the redesigned course framework, released last year, painted American history in too negative a light. More at: http://www.newsweek.com/revised-ap-history-standards-will-emphasize-american-exceptionalism-358210
  • Revised AP U.S. History Standards Will Emphasize American Exceptionalism

    07/30/2015 12:38:37 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Newsweek ^ | July 29, 2015 | By Zoë Schlanger
    The company behind Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students will release a revision to the standards for AP U.S. history on Thursday morning, after significant pushback from conservatives who claimed the redesigned course framework, released last year, painted American history in too negative a light. The new framework significantly pares down last year’s framework, simplifying and condensing the course’s Thematic Learning Objectives from 50 to 19, according to an official at the College Board, the nonprofit organization that administers AP exams. In the process, a new section on the concept of “American exceptionalism” has been added. Some names...
  • University of Cincinnati cancels class ahead of Grand Jury announcement (Riots Expected)

    07/29/2015 9:52:56 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    WCPO - TV ^ | 7-29-2015 | aree Algazaar
    University of Cincinnati is canceling classes ahead of a press conference on the deadly shooting involving a UC police officer. Campus officials said all classes on the Uptown and Medical campuses will be canceled at 11 a.m., including all classes in session at that time.
  • Mississippi school district fined $7500 for opening assembly with prayer

    07/28/2015 10:51:29 AM PDT · by Resolute Conservative · 12 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 7/28/2015 | Samuel Smith, Christian Post
    Allowing a school assembly honoring high-achievers to open with a prayer made one Mississippi school district $7,500 poorer - and a student who sued $2,500 richer. The Rankin, Miss., public school district was hit with the fine after U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said it defied his prior order barring prayers school events. According to the judge, the prayer violated a 2013 court settlement that ordered the district to stop "proselytizing Christianity." The alleged violation, which came at an assembly last year for students who scored above 22 on their ACT college admissions test, prompted the judge to apply fines...
  • High School Girls Save First Amendment

    07/28/2015 8:26:37 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 27, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A pair of high school girls has done something Republican members of Congress only talk about: They saved the First Amendment by actually using it. samantha jones fights atheists pledge of allegiance lawsuit “In July 2014—the summer before her senior year—Samantha Jones’s father told her family the American Humanist Association (AHA) was suing the Matawan-Aberdeen (N. J.) School Board on behalf of an anonymous atheist family,” Paula Parker reports in the August 2015 issue of Citizen magazine. “They claimed reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in schools was unconstitutional and discriminatory because it includes the phrase ‘Under God.’” Citizen is published...
  • Obama poised to give financial aid to federal, state prisoners

    07/27/2015 2:13:26 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/27/2015 | Allie Grasgreen
    More prisoners may soon have access to federal subsidies to pay for college under a new Obama administration initiative, ending a 20-year ban on Pell grants for state and federal prisoners. The move could come as soon as this week. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are scheduled to visit Goucher College’s Prison Education Partnership at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup on Friday, to make “an important announcement related to federal aid.” On Monday, Duncan said that restoring Pell eligibility for those potential students is one way his agency hopes to increase college affordability. “We’ll have...
  • Michelle: Barack ‘Works All the Time,’ ‘He Is Never Off’

    07/27/2015 3:27:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 26, 2015 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Obama tells students they can succeed despite "inequality, racism and sexism." First Lady Michelle Obama told college-bound students President Obama “works all the time” and never takes off, adding that young people have to embrace the reality that success is not easy. “I’ve gone to the best schools. My kids go to good schools and I’m telling you, folks, work hard. You know, people are going to class, they’re doing their homework, and they’re studying for their SATs. When they get to college, they don’t play; they don’t think it’s a joke. They know why they are there. So if...
  • New California: Mass Immigration Turning Virginia Blue

    07/26/2015 7:44:08 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Jul 2015 | Julia Hahn
    A remarkable transformation is underway in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The birthplace and final resting place of George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson—and once one of the most reliably-red of red states—is being rapidly turned into a progressive stronghold. These changes are not the result of an inside agency, or a natural evolution in political thinking, but rather the result of one of the most impactful yet least-discussed policies of the federal government. Each year the federal government prints millions of visas and distributes these admission tickets to the poorest and least-developed nations in the world. A middle-aged person living...
  • Principal commits suicide amid Common Core test scandal [ New York ]

    07/26/2015 8:45:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 26, 2015 | Susan Edelman,
    The principal of an innovative West Harlem public school killed herself the day after her students took the state Common Core exams — which were later tossed out because she cheated ... Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, 49, of Teachers College Community School, jumped in front of a B train in the 135th Street station ... She was pulled out from under the train and taken to Harlem Hospital, where she died eight days later. The city Medical Examiner’s Office ruled it a suicide. The leap came at 9:20 a.m., less than 24 hours after her 47 third-graders wrapped up three days sweating...
  • Common Core: Scott Walker’s Veto on State Assessment Budget Language

    07/26/2015 3:08:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Truth in American Education ^ | July 20, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    I would be remiss not to point out a line-item veto that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made in the budget bill he signed. He made 104 line-item vetoes in the bill and one of them had to do with assessments. Walker stated he presented a budget which “(i)ncreases local control by affirming the authority of school districts to choose their own academic standards, provides a pathway to offering multiple student assessment options and prevents the mandatory application of the national Common Core Standards.” In his veto message he said (pg. 3) he then vetoed language in the bill that would...
  • [IA] Parents outraged after middle schoolers attend LGBTQ sex conference

    07/25/2015 6:09:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    EAG News ^ | 7/24/15 | Victor Skinner
    “Concerned Citizens” are petitioning Iowa’s Humboldt School District to prevent students from attending the Iowa Safe Schools conference after realizing it’s more about gay sex than bullying.The group of concerned parents and citizens in Humboldt believe it’s “a gross misuse of taxpayer money” to send students to the conference after several came home disturbed by the graphic, profanity-laced presentations delivered at the event in Altoona this April, WHO TV reports.The “Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth” April 3 was billed as an anti-bullying summit aimed at fostering understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ youth, but when they arrived they soon learned...
  • SF Holds Hearing Over Abp. Cordileone Morality Clauses

    07/25/2015 4:28:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/25/15 | Paul Bois
    The secular war against San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone continued Thursday with the city holding a California State Assembly judiciary hearing that argued over the legality of Cordileone's making teachers working at four diocesan high schools sign "morality clauses" classifying them as ministers who must uphold Catholic teaching regarding same-sex "marriage," homosexuality, contraception and artificial insemination in the classroom as well as in their private lives. Kathleen Purcell, a constitutional lawyer representing sides opposed to the morality clauses, argued that since the San Francisco archdiocese follows a curriculum approved by the state, actively recruits non-Catholic students, has promised not to proselytize...
  • Michelle Obama Offers Advice to College Students, Says She Can't Be First Lady Alone.

    07/25/2015 5:42:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    E! ^ | 7/24/15 | McKenna Aiello
    ....[BO's wife] was joined by E!'s own Terrence Jenkins, rapper Wale and more than 130 college-bound students at the White House to discuss tackling obstacles in school and the importance of education at the 2015 Beat the Odds Summit.... [she] recalled her own college experience, advising students—regardless of upbringing and background—to lean on each other during tough times. "You cannot live in isolation when you go to college," she explained. "The kids who didn't make it from my school or graduated later usually were the ones that I didn't see. They just disappeared and they tried to fix the stuff...
  • The College ‘Clean 15' - Looking for a college for your child that isn't a scam? Start here.

    07/23/2015 1:00:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/23/2015 | Joy Pullmann
    How would you like your child to graduate high school and enter a four-year career-training program that will have him graduating not just with no debt, but earning $54,000 for the final year of his studies with a guaranteed post-graduation job in a skilled, upward-mobility industry? I’m a mother. That’s not even a question. Neither is it a pipe dream: The Apprentice School for Navy shipbuilders is located in Newport News, Virginia, and has an admissions rate approximating that of Harvard University. For obvious reasons. Despite the obvious attractions of such arrangements, and our historic dedication to the apprenticeship...
  • How Private Schools Can Help When Other Schools Have Failed

    07/23/2015 8:18:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/19/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    It's easy to understand how Liz Roe, a mother sending her daughter to Utica Community Schools, became so frustrated. Liz had seen her daughter, Mia, struggle with reading since kindergarten. "My brother had dyslexia," Liz said, "So, I kind of recognized the flipping of words and numbers." But despite repeated requests, Liz says Utica schools failed to give Mia the services she needed to excel in the classroom. Throughout her first few years in elementary school, school officials made Mia feel despondent. In first grade, her teacher told Mia's family that she was "hopeless." In third grade, when Mia asked...
  • Hysterical Women’s Studies

    07/23/2015 6:22:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Every now and then I have to apologize for going a little bit over the top. Recently, I did that when I suggested we should eliminate all university majors ending with the word “studies.” Obviously, that’s a little extreme. So I apologize. Instead, I am going to suggest that we eliminate some of the “studies” majors and just rename the rest. I write today to suggest that the first one we should rename is Women’s Studies. From now on, I propose that we call it “Hysterical Women’s Studies.” My reasons for the immodest proposal are based on direct and indirect...
  • Why Scott Walker’s Lack of College Education Doesn’t Matter

    07/22/2015 1:29:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/22/2015 | Gregory Weiner
    Sometime in the slew of Republican debates to come, a journalist will lock eyes with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and, in tones of gravamen laced with condescension, demand to know whether his lack of a college degree disqualifies him for the Presidency. Walker is likely to reply, as the better part of tactical wisdom indicates he should, with a cocktail of populism and anti-intellectualism. The more admirable response would be a paean to elitism lost. Virtually no one in public service today, including most of the degree-holding candidates with whom Walker will share a stage, possesses what would actually be...
  • Meet the Jew who built 5,300 schools for black children in the 1900s Deep South

    07/20/2015 8:52:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | July 21, 2015 | Lisa Hostein
    New film, ‘Rosenwald,’ tells story of philanthropist Julius Rosenwald who transformed black lives, including those of writer Langston Hughes and opera singer Marion Anderson.PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Alex Bethea, the son of cotton and tobacco farm workers, was in sixth grade in 1965 when his family moved from Dillon, South Carolina, to the tiny town of Fairmont, North Carolina, where he attended a school called Rosenwald. But it wasn’t until this week, 50 years later, that Bethea learned that his school was named for Julius Rosenwald, the Jewish philanthropist who is the subject of a new documentary by Aviva Kempner. The...
  • S-1177: Common Core Will Be Imposed on Private Schools That Get Fed Funds

    07/20/2015 4:00:45 PM PDT · by all the best · 19 replies
    Senate bill 1177 is a bipartisan measure to federalize education, all in the name of preserving local control. It will be imposed on charter schools and all private schools that accept a nickel of aid. As I said 30 years ago, “If you take the government’s nickel, you also take its noose.” S-1177 is about to pass. Here is a warning: Protecting our children from increasing oppressions and loss of freedoms will require not allowing federal S.1177 to pass. The name of S.1177, which now sits in the Senate on Capitol Hill, is also: “The Every Child Achieves Act of...
  • Walker v. Common Core: The Core Issue

    07/20/2015 11:16:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    With Election 2016 underway, and the cadre of Republican candidates prepped for initial debates, the attacks against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) have not abated, and from the right opponents have faulted Walker for his stance on Common Core. Breitbart’s Dr. Susan Berry reported in a heavily slanted (perhaps overly-long piece): Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has a history of shifting his stated positions on the controversial Common Core standards and inviting the federal government into his state’s education policy plans. Experts say his current position, of allowing school districts to “opt-out” of Common Core, would not rid his state of...
  • Obama again praises S. Korea for ‘paying teachers the way they pay doctors’

    07/19/2015 1:16:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | July 17, 2015 | Brian Han
    During U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech on Wednesday regarding a new government initiative to bring high speed internet access to low-income groups, the topic of South Korea’s education system came up. “In South Korea they pay their teachers the way they pay their doctors,” he said in front of an audience at Durant High School in Durant, Okla. “They consider education to be at the highest wrung of the professions.” The reason it came up at all had to do with South Korea’s widespread high speed internet access especially in the city’s capital of Seoul. Obama voiced a similar statement...
  • Cuban Artist Strips Naked, Covers Self in Rocks at University to Protest American Culture

    07/17/2015 5:24:43 PM PDT · by rightistight · 44 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 7/17/15 | Aurelius
    Cuban artist Carlos Martiel visited the University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency to showcase his presentation Ruins.In Ruins, Martiel strips naked and lies on a floor. He then has two white people cover him in rocks "until [his] body becomes invisible." Ruins "looks at the extermination of American indigenous populations and land by dominant Western Culture," according to Martiel: Martiel has since performed in several works, all of which included full nudity. In Suspect, "an individual uses different police procedures on me that are used to intercept and subdue suspects, such as, frisking, disarmament and immobilization."
  • Sen. Cruz Votes Against Education Bill that Maintains Federal Mandates

    07/17/2015 9:42:42 AM PDT · by Isara · 5 replies
    cruz.senate.gov ^ | July 16, 2015
    Decisions regarding our children’s future should be placed in the hands of teachers and parents, not bureaucratsWASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today voted against S. 1177, "Every Child Achieves Act," which maintains federal mandates on education and keeps decision-making in Washington rather than returning it to local governments and parents.Following the bill's passage, Sen. Cruz remarked: "While this bill makes some improvements to the status quo, it ultimately falls short of empowering parents and local school districts. To that end, it is a missed opportunity for meaningful change."Decisions regarding our children's future should be placed in the hands...
  • University Art Gallery Features Goggles that Show "Violence of Whiteness"

    07/17/2015 8:02:37 AM PDT · by rightistight · 16 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 7/17/15 | Aurelius
    A new series of prints by Roger Peet debuted this month at the Portland State University Littman Gallery. To get the full experience of the gallery, visitors wear "whiteness goggles." The lenses in the goggles are colored red. The pictures in the gallery are a combination of black and white photos and ones that are red. Peet claims these are different "versions of whiteness." Put on the goggles, and the red images disappear. For example, in one picture, Katy Perry is shown "culturally appropriating" Japanese culture in black and white. Behind her, in red, is a nuclear explosion, referencing the...
  • 22-year-old college student blows her $90,000 college fund and blames her parents

    07/17/2015 3:40:21 AM PDT · by redreno · 63 replies
    http://finance.yahoo.com ^ | 07/16/2015 | By Mandi Woodruff
    The woman, a 22-year-old college junior named Kim, who did not give her last name on air and was allowed to use a voice disguiser to even further shield her identity, came to the three hosts with a confession: in just short three years she had managed to blow through a $90,000 college fund left to her by her grandparents. Kim has one year left of school and no way to cover her remaining $20,000 tuition balance. The show’s hosts try to give Kim the benefit of the doubt. She’s come to them (for some untold reason — perhaps a...
  • UW Professor under fire for tweeting at incoming freshmen

    07/16/2015 1:58:31 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal ^ | 7-16-15 | Karen Herzog
    An outspoken University of Wisconsin-Madison professor is under fire for finding future Badgers on Twitter and allegedly harassing them — as well as for comparing Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler. Sara Goldrick-Rab is a professor of educational policy studies and sociology with a national profile in both her field of research and the ongoing debate over faculty tenure in Wisconsin public universities. ~snip~ Goldrick-Rab acknowledges that she searched Twitter for individuals who identified themselves as future Badgers. The prolific Twitter-user says she wanted to inform them of changes to faculty tenure and shared governance that were about to become part...
  • Mizzou Says Years-Old Confederate Flag Twitpic Not a ‘Threat’ (after freaking out)

    07/16/2015 7:10:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 4 replies
    FIRE ^ | July 15, 2015 | Alex Morey
    Complete Headline: Mizzou Says Years-Old Confederate Flag Twitpic Not a ‘Threat,’ Retracts Statement Officials at the University of Missouri said they will not take action against people photographed three years ago with a Confederate flag in a picture that recently appeared online, because they are not MU students. [Snip] The photo, which was posted Sunday by Twitter user @fratscenery, appeared to show five young men, one of whom was holding a Confederate flag, standing near an MU fraternity house. On Monday, MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin posted an official statement on the university’s website, in which he said that...
  • California's Latino Education Crisis

    07/16/2015 6:00:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2015 | Larry Elder
    The Los Angeles Times headline was cheerful: "It's Official: Latinos Now Outnumber Whites in California." The Times said, "As of July 1, 2014, about 14.99 million Latinos live in California, edging out the 14.92 million whites in the state." Is this good news or bad news? The L.A. Times seems to think the former. The article cites the chief demographer for the state finance department who asserts, "A young Latino workforce helps the economy by backfilling retiring baby boomers." Really? Education professors Patricia Gandara of UCLA and Frances Contreras of University of Washington wrote the 2009 book "The Latino Education...
  • Colorado State University Caught Buying Aborted Baby Body Parts for Research

    07/15/2015 10:33:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 37 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Jul 15, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    Yesterday a shocking video released by the Center for Medical Progress showed Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, discussing their negotiations with a business called Stem Express that purchases aborted babies’ body parts for experimentation. Dr. Nucatola tells investigators posing as buyers from a human biologics company that Planned Parenthood charges per-specimen for baby body parts and is aware of their own liability for doing so. Unbelievably, she also explains that some body parts, such as livers and heads, are much more popular and go for a higher price than other specimen. Now this scandal has come to Colorado....
  • High School Educator Teaches Class that Whites are Crushing Blacks with the "Boot of Racism"

    07/15/2015 12:12:34 PM PDT · by rightistight · 29 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 7/15/15 | Aurelius
    Jon Greenberg, an award-winning public high school teacher and writer, is teaching his classes that "whites" wear the "boot of racism" in the United States, and for that reason, it is up to white people to end racism in the US. Writing for the website Citizenship and Social Justice, Mr. Greenberg outlined his ideas on teaching race in an article titled, "Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston." When teaching his class, he tells them to "think of racism as a gigantic societal-sized boot." He then asks them several questions. First, he asks,...
  • This New York college is a top-ranked school that charges zero tuition — but there's a catch

    07/15/2015 8:21:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/15/2015 | Abby Jackson
    Zero Tuition, 100% Job Placement Rate, What's Not to Like? Webb Institute is one of only a handful of colleges in the US that offers a tuition-free 4-year education. Located in Glen Cove, New York, the school boasts a strong academic program, and is ranked in the "most selective" category by the US News & World Report. The only catch: There is only one academic option for attendees. All students double major in naval architecture and marine engineering. Students who attend Webb don't have the typical college experience. With an enrollment of roughly 80 students, the student-teacher ratio is about...
  • What Is Your Child Really Learning in Middle School?

    07/15/2015 7:37:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/15/2015 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    Recently, ION Television cited Oman Frame in their "Everyday Heroes" segment for his work on race, gender, and class.  Those last three words caught my attention, since white privilege is a constant meme in the academic world.  Frame teaches 7th and 8th grade in southwest Atlanta.  He is a charismatic man who bonds easily with students of either race.  Martha Caldwell also works with Oman Frame.  She wrote "Inquiry into identity: Teaching critical thinking through a study of race, class, and gender."  Comments about their workshops for middle school students include this from a parent: To say that these...
  • 74-Year-Old Man’s Social Security Check in Jeopardy for ‘Bogus’ Student Loans

    07/14/2015 3:17:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Grio ^ | July 13, 2015
    The Department of Education is threatening to dock Willie Chaney’s social security check again for outstanding “student loans.” The problem? Chaney claims he never took the loans out and has never even enrolled in college. The 74-year-old told FOX 5 in Atlanta he never even graduated high school, let alone take out loans to attend college in Arizona – a place he said he’s never been, either. He tells the station he believes he is the victim of identity theft. “Everything they send me I already done did,” Chaney said. “They want me to read this paper and, uh, check...
  • Generation unprepared: The school and university leavers with ‘no skills to work at all’

    07/14/2015 8:20:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    .news.com.au ^ | 7/14/2015 | Unknown
    OVER the past 18 months, Queensland mining employer Jack Trenamen has developed a formula that helps him predict the performance of his new apprentices. The country kids who have worked on mum and dad’s farm from a young age will work hard and appreciate every dollar they get. “You can’t fault ‘em on work ethic,” he says, adding that it shows in their performance. But the ones who come from more affluent areas, whether that be from the big cities where their parents are a bit more well off and happy to give them pocket money, or mining regions where...
  • Scott Walker erodes Wisconsin college professor tenure

    07/13/2015 11:34:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/13/2015 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s trailblazing effort to weaken tenure protections at public colleges and universities is now a reality with his signing of a $73 billion budget on Sunday. The effort has outraged unions and higher education groups, leaving them fearful that other lawmakers will follow suit to unravel labor protections in higher education that have long been considered sacred ground. Walker downplayed the changes at Sunday’s signing at a valve manufacturing facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin, emphasizing instead that tuition was being frozen in the University of Wisconsin system for two more years at the rate it was two years...
  • Friedrichs v CA and CTA

    07/13/2015 9:52:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    Like many first-year teachers, I enjoyed no protections despite forced union representation (and paying union dues) since a teacher’s contract strictly declared that non-tenured faculty could be removed for any reason. “For the cut of your hair” is the common refrain to describe the arbitrary, unjust power of administrators and school boards. For the record, this arbitrary retribution is no after-school special. In Manhattan Beach, CA, a French teacher was removed for some petty, if non-essential offenses. A teacher in Redondo Beach, CA was forced out on administrative leave for unclear reasons. Clearly, union membership did not benefit them. Even...
  • OR Res 'Stunned' to Find Out State Allows 15-Y/O to Get Sex-Change Op Without Parental Notification

    07/12/2015 3:20:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 10, 2015 | STOYAN ZAIMOV
    A report has claimed that residents in Oregon are only now finding out that the state allows teenagers as young as 15-years-old to get state-subsidized sex-change operations without parental notification."It is trespassing on the hearts, the minds, the bodies of our children," Lori Porter of Parents' Rights in Education told Fox News on Thursday. "They're our children. And for a decision, a life-altering decision like that to be done unbeknownst to a parent or guardian, it's mindboggling."The report says that the policy, the first of its kind in the nation, was enacted in January, and that residents are "stunned" that the...
  • [MO Gov Jay] Nixon vetoes bill limiting scholarships for immigrants

    07/11/2015 7:44:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 7/11/15
    Gov. Jay Nixon said Saturday that he is vetoing a measure that would block immigrants who are illegally in the U.S. from receiving money under Missouri’s A+ scholarship program. He made the announcement during a speech to the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group that is having its annual convention in Kansas City. The measure would have required students be permanent residents or U.S. citizens in order to get the state’s A+ Scholarship, which provides two years of free tuition at community colleges. Supporters said it was meant to limit the number of people receiving scholarships in...
  • Teachers' union endorses Clinton's 2016 presidential bid

    07/11/2015 9:11:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | July 10, 2015 | Ken Thomas
    Hillary Rodham Clinton has won the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers. It's the first major labor union to make an endorsement in the 2016 presidential campaign. The president of the union, Randi Weingarten, says in a statement Saturday that Clinton is the "champion working families need in the White House." The endorsement has been widely expected....
  • Free meals for all American students

    07/11/2015 11:22:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Monitor ^ | July 10, 2015 | Louise Butler, retired educator
    In 1946, President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Act. Like the road to hell, it was paved with good intentions. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is now rife with fraud. Consider this: the NSLP currently serves 60 percent of all students in both public and private schools. We know that two-thirds of all Americans do not live at or below the 130 percent of the poverty level required for free school lunches. For every person who signs up for free and reduced lunch the school district gets extra benefits beyond the subsidy for the food itself. When...
  • House Republicans Betray Common Core Moms

    07/11/2015 3:27:27 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    thepulse2016.com ^ | july 9, 2015 | Emmett McGroarty
    The Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives has worked a tremendous disservice on its members and the American children, parents, and taxpayers.  Yesterday, after heavy wrangling by Republican leadership, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). By failing to eliminate or even curb the federal testing mandates, the bill instead serves the testing industry rather than the people.  Under NCLB, that industry has grown to a $2 billion per year enterprise. As reported by PR Watch: School testing corporations have spent at least $20 million on lobbying along with wining and...
  • Philly Catholic School Under Attack After Firing Same-Sex ‘Married’ Teacher

    07/10/2015 6:55:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/10/15 | Paul Bois
    A Catholic school on the outskirts of Philadelphia has come under heavy attack in recent days after firing an openly lesbian teacher in a same-sex "marriage" with her partner. Since 2007, Waldron Mercy Academy knew that teacher Margie Winters had been "married" to her lesbian lover, and rather than firing her, they kept her on as Director of Religious Education for a total of eight years, under the advisement that she keep her gay relationship secret and not discuss it with students or parents. Though she kept the order, describing it to reporters as "hard," faithful Catholic parents eventually found...
  • U.S. High Schools Embrace Shooting as Hot New Sport

    07/09/2015 9:23:37 AM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies
    The giddy 13-year-old boys oohed and aahed as they stared down the black shotgun barrels and aimed at clay targets they imagined whizzing through the air. “You guys are welcome to test any of these out,” said Dusty Minke, a sales agent for Browning, as the teens elbowed each other for spots at his kiosk. “We’ve actually had a couple of kids who did so good on the test range that they were like, ‘Can I use this for my rounds?’ We let ‘em, and their scores went up — and they’ll hopefully go and buy one.” It was day...
  • House narrowly votes to renew No Child Left Behind after drama

    07/09/2015 5:54:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 8, 2015 | Cristina Marcos
    The House on Wednesday voted to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind law, resurrecting a bill that Republican leaders were forced to pull from the floor earlier this year due to conservative opposition. Passage fell narrowly along party lines on a vote of 218-213, with 27 Republicans joining all Democrats in opposition to nearly derail it on the floor. For most of the roll call, the bill had more votes against it than in favor. Many Republicans either held out their votes until the last minute or changed their votes under pressure from GOP leaders.
  • Theology Chairman’s Same-Sex Wedding Begins ‘Flood’ of Challenges to Catholic Identity

    07/08/2015 6:40:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | July 7, 2015 | CNS staff
    The Episcopalian marriage of Fordham University’s theology chairman to his same-sex partner, just one day after the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling, begins a new flood of challenges to Catholic identity that most Catholic colleges and universities are unprepared to face, warns Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly.“Even if a Catholic college leader wants to uphold Catholic teaching on marriage, the persistent embrace of dissent and opposition to the Church at many Catholic universities makes it highly unlikely that the law will now permit them to uphold moral standards for professors,” Reilly said.“The fact that a theology chairman at a...
  • Can we finally roll back the school lunch program rules?

    07/08/2015 1:38:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 8, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), originally passed in 2010 and heartily endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama, is set to expire in September unless Congress acts to renew it. You may recall some of the details of that initiative including forcing all grains to be “whole grain rich” (whatever that means) and wiping out most of the salt in foods. Given the less then spectacular reception the program has received from schools – not to mention students – the GOP is looking at scaling back or at least modifying the rules. But The Hill was quick to characterize the...
  • DPS Emergency Manager Could Make Big Changes

    07/08/2015 11:48:16 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/6/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    Almost everyone has a plan for fixing what ails Detroit Public Schools: the governor, a coalition of special interest groups, and several advocacy groups. While each group differs in its approach — the governor's proposal would split the district in two, while the coalition's plan would limit school choice — every plan would require creating a new law specifically for DPS and Detroit-area charter schools. But significant steps could be taken without any legal change. With a state emergency manager already overseeing DPS, some actions could be taken immediately to reform the district. Split the district in two to contain...
  • College Hires "BDSM, Masturbation" YouTuber to Speak at Orientation

    07/07/2015 2:46:36 PM PDT · by rightistight · 30 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 7/7/15 | Aurelius
    The Rochester Institute of Technology has called on Laci Green to speak at their New Student Orientation. Ms. Green is famous for her sex education videos on YouTube, including those on BDSM, masturbation, and orgasms. RIT made the announcement today on their official Facebook page with this message: The talk that Ms. Green will give states that it will help end "rape culture." Ms. Green has over 1,000,000 subscribers on YouTube. Along with videos about sex, she also talks about feminism and racism in the United States. She has spoken at several colleges and has given speeches on behalf of...
  • Don't Give Obama More Power Over Schools

    07/07/2015 9:20:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Phyllis Schlafly
    After spending most of June giving President Obama new authority to negotiate trade deals with low-wage countries in Asia, congressional Republicans are now poised to spend July giving Obama new authority over education in America's public schools. This is a big disappointment for those of us who worked hard to elect a Republican Congress last November. We expected the new Congress to take power back from the president, not give him more. For the past 50 years, the engine of federal control over local schools has been Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. It...
  • Teachers union treasurer in New Jersey pleads guilty to theft

    07/05/2015 7:56:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | July 3, 2015 | Carl Horowitz
    BARNEGAT, N.J. – Teachers unions during the past decade have known their share of scandal. Add the case of Wayne Wedderman Jr. to the list. This Monday, June 29, Wedderman, treasurer of the Barnegat Education Association, pleaded guilty in Ocean County, New Jersey Superior Court to theft from the union. He had been arrested last November for stealing roughly a combined $23,000 from two union accounts in the wake of a county probe begun the previous month. A grand jury in February subsequently indicted Wedderman on two counts of thefts and one count of computer theft. Sentencing is scheduled for...