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  • Schools nationwide brace for cuts from new financial crisis

    05/30/2020 5:51:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2020 | By JEFF AMY
    .... The financial crisis wrought by COVID-19 has left America’s more than 13,000 school systems wrestling with the likelihood of big budget cuts. In some, it already has spoiled dreams of expanded funding and teacher pay raises. Advocates are pushing for more federal aid to schools as researchers warn budget woes could lead to massive teacher layoffs - and less learning. The cuts will add to the strain on districts like Catoosa County that never recovered fully from the 2008 recession, which led to sharp staffing declines at American public schools over a period of rising student enrollment. With cuts...

    05/30/2020 6:57:08 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 10 replies
    Andover Leader ^ | May 29, 2020 10:45 am EDT
    Peter Manfredonia, a student at the University of Connecticut, is on the run and is suspected of killing two men, injuring another and kidnapping a woman, then fleeing in a stolen car, over the long weekend.... Manfredonia is suspected to have started his killing spree Friday morning in an attack on a dirt road in Willington (CT) that left Ted DeMers (62) dead and another man seriously injured, state police said... In the past, Manfredonia has used his Instagram account to speak against gun violence.... In a February 2018 publication, Manfredonia wrote that the school shootings “are an epidemic that...
  • Denmark, Finland say they saw no increase in coronavirus after schools re-opened

    05/30/2020 7:39:53 AM PDT · by Conserv · 5 replies
    The Nordic countries of Denmark and Finland are reporting no increase in the spread of coronavirus since opening their respective schools, further suggesting that children are less likely to be sickened by COVID-19 and spread the virus. Denmark began sending its children back to school on April 15, just over a month after Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen issued an extensive nationwide lockdown. They were kept spaced apart in classrooms and on playgrounds, while sanitation measures such as hand-washing stations and deep-cleaning procedures were put into place. Similar measures were put into place in Finland to keep children from congregating in...
  • A War Against ‘Normal’

    05/29/2020 6:31:59 AM PDT · by karpov · 15 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | May 28, 2020 | Sumantra Maitra
    A question of power is at the heart of the new and interesting book by Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay. The Anglo-American liberal duo did a tremendous service to the academy in 2018 by hoaxing several “grievance studies” journals that publish shoddy activist scholarship. Their book, “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity—And Why This Harms Everybody,” explains the theoretical foundations of activist disciplines in the academy and warns policymakers about the threats they pose. The central thesis is thus: Our institutions of higher education are under attack from the virus of post-modernism, along with...
  • US-China big chill may freeze out Chinese students from American university research labs

    05/28/2020 9:10:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 05/28/2020 | Simone McCarthy
    American universities may be next to feel the big chill in China-US relations as a group of US lawmakers are proposing a bill to ban mainland Chinese from studying science and technology in the United States, arguing they pose a threat to national security. The two senators and one member of the House of Representatives on Wednesday said the Secure Campus Act would effectively bar Chinese nationals from receiving visas for graduate or postgraduate study in so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Those from Taiwan and Hong Kong would be exempt. “The Chinese Communist Party has long used...
  • Distance Learning's Downfall: The rush to embrace expensive technology is best understood as a political response to deeply rooted educational problems

    05/28/2020 6:04:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/28/2020 | By Robert Weissberg
    Disasters, it is said, often have silver linings, and in the case of COVID-19 pandemic, this might be a widening access to computerized learning. Now, it is alleged, as a result of school closings, thousands of youngsters, disproportionately poor and members of minority groups, will finally possess advantages of their more affluent schoolmates. In California, for example, thanks to Google’s generosity, some 4000 students will enjoy free Chromebooks while 100,000 rural households will have no-cost  Internet access for three months. Moreover, the LA schoolboard had previously allocated an emergency $100 million to provide free laptops while partnering with Verizon...
  • University of Minnesota cuts ties with Minneapolis police after George Floyd's death

    05/27/2020 7:44:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 62 replies
    ESPN ^ | May 27, 2020 | Myron Medcalf
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Two days after a black Minnesota man died after being pinned by police, the University of Minnesota announced it will sever its relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department. School president Joan Gabel made the announcement Wednesday night in a letter that was sent to students, faculty and staff members, writing that the university will no longer use local officers to assist at major events, including Gophers football games.
  • Teacher jailed for 20 years for having sex with her 13-year-old student divorces her husband from prison after he stood by her during trial - as she faces accusations she groomed another underage boy.

    05/27/2020 8:39:29 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 88 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 19, 2020 | Lauren Edmonds
    A former Arizona teacher who was convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old student is divorcing her husband from prison after he stood by her side during the trial. Brittany Zamora, 29, filed for divorce from her husband, Daniel Zamora, nearly one year after she was sentenced to 20 years behind bars. In 2019, Brittany pleaded guilty to sexual conduct with a minor, public sexual indecency and molestation of a child while teaching at Las Brisas Elementary School in Goodyear. Separate allegations accused the teacher of trying to groom another young boy by promising to send him naked photos of...
  • 6 Resources To Help You Jump Into Real Homeschooling This Fall

    05/26/2020 12:49:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 2, 2020 | Margot Cleveland
    Rather than risk another year of subpar education for your children, this fall may be the time to make a move to real homeschooling. Thanks to the coronavirus, millions of American parents have spent the last two months overseeing their children’s education from home. That experience, however, was a far cry from homeschooling, as governments merely co-opted mom and dad to execute public school curricula and schedules. True homeschooling boasts flexibility, creativity, and real education—not the social-engineering and feel-good assignments handed out in most public schools.Now so-called experts, such as Michael Chertoff, who is advising D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser on...
  • Why Fomenting Identity Politics Matters More To Democrats Than Asian Americans

    05/26/2020 7:16:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 26, 2020 | Mike Gonzalez
    Than Asian Americans Artificially diversifying universities through quotas does not help to close the very real racial achievement gap in education. CaliforniaÂ’s legislature is trying, yet again, to bring back racial preferences in college admissions. Never mind that its residents overwhelmingly approved a ban against such discrimination in a referendum. If lawmakers succeed, they will penalize Chinese Americans, a growing force in the state. So why such dogged determination that could backfire politically?Several forces are at work here. One is that without such inducements as the racial preferences of affirmative action, the whole structure of identity politics eventually collapses. Those...
  • Academia Bows to Islamic Terror

    05/26/2020 6:07:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    American ^ | May 26, 2020 | Paul Miller and Abraham H. Miller
    The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, but not everyone shares in the cost. Even fewer comprehend that the threat to our democracy is more likely to come from the internal erosion of our civic institutions than from external forces. The most corrupting influence on our democracy is rooted in political correctness in our education system. Whereas there once was an emphasis on civic education as a means to imbue the citizenry with the values of the Constitution, that emphasis has long been diminished. From elementary school through college, basic requirements in American history and civics have been replaced by...
  • Young Americans Don’t Need College During a Crisis

    05/25/2020 4:12:16 AM PDT · by karpov · 8 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | May 25, 2020 | Chloe Anagnos
    The American economy is deteriorating “with alarming speed,” Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell said recently, signaling that the government’s response to COVID-19 put people in a difficult financial situation. Though Powell predicts this problem is temporary, a closer look at growing unemployment numbers shows that America might not bounce back quickly once the lockdowns end. To young people in school or who have recently graduated, the current situation might seem like a minor obstacle. But to older siblings who suffered during the 2008 recession, a broken economy doesn’t sound like a minor problem at all. As a matter of...
  • Online college isn’t worth $15K? Class-action suit against Rutgers seeks refunds for remote classes.

    05/24/2020 6:42:42 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 16 replies
    NJ.Com ^ | May 23, 2020 | Amanda Hoover
    A student’s father has brought a class-action lawsuit against Rutgers University, seeking refunds for tuition, fees and room and board after the school moved classes online to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The suit, filed May 20 in Middlesex County Superior Court, accuses the university of breach of contract, unjust enrichment and conversion for “continuing to reap the financial benefit of millions of dollars from students."...The suit was filed by a man identified only as John Doe, the father of a student enrolled at Rutgers during the spring 2020 semester. It claims the student missed opportunities to view videos or...
  • Teacher, 36, is arrested for 'having sex with 16-year-old foster son', who used to be her student, after...

    05/24/2020 7:41:01 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2020 | Lauren Fruen
    A Wisconsin teacher is accused of having sex with her 16-year-old foster son after her husband is said to have secretly recorded their alleged trysts. Stephanie Pudlowski, 38, was arrested on May 15 after police say audio and video taken in the home they shared in Oneida County showed she had a sexual relationship with the boy. She has since been charged with sexual assault of a child placed in substitute care, sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or older and causing mental harm to a child, NewsWatch12 reports. Pudlowski is said to have met the boy while teaching...
  • Report: Pension costs eat up education funding, and teacher pay stagnates

    05/24/2020 8:47:00 AM PDT · by edwinland · 16 replies
    Michigan Public Radio ^ | Spet 11, 2019 | Sarah Cwiek
    Any growth in state education spending over the past five years is being eaten up by greater teacher retiree system costs, according to a new report from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. Since 2012, school districts have had to return per-pupil funds to the state to cover unfunded liabilities in the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System (MPSERS). According to current projections, those liabilities won’t be paid off until 2038. According to the Citizens Research Council, that required contribution has eaten up the modest 12% increase in state per-pupil spending since 2013. And that’s reflected in average teacher pay,...
  • DOE probe into colleges finds $6B in unreported funds from China, Russia

    05/22/2020 6:34:43 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 19 replies
    nypost ^ | May 22, 2020 | Bob Fredericks
    A probe by the Department of Education into colleges that accept foreign investments and donations has uncovered $6 billion in previously unreported foreign donations from US adversaries including China and Russia. House Republicans were monitoring the investigation into the schools to determine if they were violating Section 117 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which prohibits an “Institution of Higher Learning” from failing to properly report foreign gifts of $250,000 or more. In a letter from the department, general counsel Reed Rubinstein said that while some colleges recognized that foreign cash from US adversaries could pose a security risk,...
  • A Harvard homeschool expert says he's 'not convinced schools should ever have closed'

    05/22/2020 5:38:56 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 31 replies
    MSN / Insider ^ | May 22, 2020 | Eleanor Goldberg Fox
    Across the US, at least 55 million US students are learning at home since schools closed to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Even prior to the pandemic, two Harvard Law School professors expressed their concerns about homeschooling due to the risks for child abuse and low-quality education. Calls to child abuse hotlines have declined dramatically since schools closed, demonstrating that there are fewer people assessing risks among children. After much deliberation, most schools across the US made the tough decision in March to close their doors and move to a remote learning platform to help stem the spread of...
  • Professor fired after TikTok of porn bookmark goes viral...

    05/22/2020 12:16:54 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 40 replies
    NY POST ^ | April 29, 2020 | Hannah Sparks
    Turns out there are worse things than being outed with your pants off during a video call. University of Miami professor John Peng Zhang was fired this month after accidentally sharing with students his X-rated penchant for “busty college girls.” The lewd gaffe was discovered by administrators after students shared videos and images on social media of a Zoom screen-share during class with the business analytics instructor, whose browser clearly displayed a bookmark for pornographic content related to physically endowed coeds. A student called attention to the bookmark during class, according to the University of Miami Hurricane student newspaper, causing...
  • University of California system drops SAT, ACT requirements for applicants

    05/21/2020 11:25:15 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 21, 2020 | Tim Stelloh
    The University of California system will no longer require SAT and ACT standardized test results for in-state freshmen applicants. (snip) Critics of the tests have long argued they put minority and low-income students at a disadvantage because the test questions often contain inherent bias that more privileged children are better equipped to answer. Wealthier students also tend to take expensive prep courses that help boost their scores, which many students can’t afford, opponents of the tests say. The University of California system has 10 campuses, from Davis near Sacramento and Berkeley in Northern California to UCLA in Los Angeles and...
  • Huge group of Placer students poses for graduation photo, defying county coronavirus order

    05/21/2020 5:13:16 PM PDT · by rintintin · 24 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 21 2020 | BY SAWSAN MORRAR AND TONY BIZJAK
    More than 100 students at Lincoln High School in Placer County huddled together for graduation photos on Sunday morning, defying state and local orders against large gatherings during the coronavirus outbreak. Lincoln High parents organized the photo shoot for the students, many of whom had not seen each other since schools closed in mid-March. The photos first appeared in Gold Country Media on Monday in an article celebrating the graduating class. Read more here: