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  • Why I'm Glad I'm Gone from Academe

    08/29/2015 7:19:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/29/2015 | By Richard Winchester
    I have two confessions to make. First, I was a university professor from the late 1960s to the late 1990s. Over four-plus decades at the same institution, I went from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor to Full Professor. I enjoyed my career, most of the time. I took early retirement for personal and professional reasons. Subsequently, I was an adjunct professor at another university where a close family member is also employed. I retired from that post mostly for personal reasons. After nearly 40 years of teaching -- I was a high school social studies teacher for two years before...
  • Anita Hoge on the Women On The Wall Conference Call- How Data will Control your Child

    08/28/2015 7:38:28 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 10 replies
    soundcloud.com ^ | 08/27/2015 | Alice Linahan
    Alice Linahan hosts the Women On the Wall Conference Call with special guest Antia Hoge on the devastating agenda behind the Re-Authorization of ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965)Here is a link to the full conference call~ Alice-linahan – Anita-hoge-and-lynne-taylor-on-women-on-the-wall-with-alice-linahan Documents and links to prove Anita in right. HR5 - www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr5/BILLS-114hr5pcs.pdf Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative- www.whitehouse.gov/administration/…-revitalization Anita Hoge's post Just the Page HR5 Student Success Act - womenonthewall.org/wp-content/uplo…bers-S-1177.pdf RTI & PBIS Response to Intervention & Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Data Based Individualization- womenonthewall.org/wp-content/uplo…CHOBABBLE-2.pdf Positive Behavior Intervention and Support and Comprehensive School and Community Treatment Process Document womenonthewall.org/wp-content/uplo…S_Checklist.pdf
  • Hey, Conservatives, You Won

    08/28/2015 8:15:52 AM PDT · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 21 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | DANIEL HENNINGER
    . . . Last year, the College Board, the nonprofit corporation that controls all the high-school Advanced Placement courses and exams, published new guidelines for the AP U.S. history test. They read like a left-wing dream. Obsession with identity, gender, class, crimes against the American Indian and the sins of capitalism suffused the proposed guidelines for teachers of AP American history. As of a few weeks ago, that tilt in the guidelines has vanished. The College Board’s rewritten 2015 teaching guidelines are almost a model of political fair-mindedness. This isn’t just an about-face. It is an important political event. The...
  • Tardy more than 100 times, N.J. teacher can still keep job

    08/27/2015 6:48:20 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    — An arbitrator used scathing language to describe the conduct of a public school teacher who has been late to work several dozen times in the last two years but also rejected the district's attempt to fire him, according to a ruling in a tenure hearing reached earlier this month. Arnold Anderson, a teacher at Roosevelt School, was late 46 times in the most recent school year through March 20, and another 65 times in the previous school year, according to the text of the arbitrator's decision, which was filed Aug. 19.
  • Walker’s hostile waters: destruction of WI univ damages more than the liberal academic elite

    08/27/2015 12:31:07 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 77 replies
    Salon ^ | August 27, 2015 | Paula Young Lee
    Universities are an ecosystem, and when faculty are poached and grant money dries up, everyone suffers If you’re from Wisconsin, the Friday night fish fry is a big deal, and the fish you want on your plate is a yellow perch you caught yourself. But for years, the population of yellow perch has been in serious decline. Now on the verge of collapse, the future of this iconic fish is looking grim. Kind of like what is happening right now with the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, under siege from a legislative agenda that has been steadily decimating its...
  • St. Mary's reverses policy on gay employment after backlash over rescinded hire (OR)

    08/27/2015 8:23:20 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 18 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 08/26/2015 | Melissa Binder
    The St. Mary's Academy board voted Wednesday night to change the school's policy on hiring gay employees after facing backlash over the administration's decision to rescind a job offer to a gay counselor. Students and high-profile donor Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, had earlier condemned the choice not to employ 27-year-old Lauren Brown. In response, administrators brought the board together and recommended members vote to expand the hiring policy. . . . In July, the Roman Catholic high school reversed its plans to make Brown an academic adviser after learning she was gay, the job applicant said. Friedhoff said...
  • Education Minister... steps in to stop ALL schools in NSW showing gay parenting documentary...

    08/26/2015 2:44:27 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 27th August 2015 | Leesa Smith
    All public schools across New South Wales have now been banned from viewing a gay parenting documentary following the controversy over a girls high school's decision for every student to watch the film. NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli personally stepped in to stop Burwood Girls High School's special screening of Gayby Baby for all 1200 students during third and fourth periods this Friday after some parents are believed to have been upset by the decision to show the movie. Going one significant step further on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Piccoli enforced a state-wide ban preventing all public schools being able to...
  • Teacher Union Has Lost 34,000 Members in Last 10 Years

    08/26/2015 7:11:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/23/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In 2005, the Michigan Education Association had 130,882 voting (active) members that were teachers and support professionals. According to recent disclosure documents, in 2015 the state's largest teachers union has 96,561 members, a decline of about 34,000 since 2005, or 26 percent. The numbers on the most recent MEA membership came from the Portage Education Association’s website which cites MEA Secretary Treasurer Rick Trainor as its source. The numbers significantly differ from the MEA’s federal report from the previous year. The MEA didn’t respond to an email seeking comment on its overall decline in membership. There are four main reasons...
  • America’s Schools, for Those Who Wonder Why Johnny and Shaliqua Can’t Read

    08/26/2015 5:22:51 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 34 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | 8/26/2015 | Suzanne Eovoldi
    As our nation’s public schools begin yet another year’s exercise in futility, read about the abject failure of the Pinellas County (Florida) School Board that is trapping black students in failure factories “within six square miles in one of Florida’s most affluent counties!” An exhaustive investigation by the TAMPA BAY TIMES reveals that “Ninety-five percent of black students tested at the schools are FAILING reading or math, making the black neighborhoods in southern Pinellas County the most concentrated site of academic failure in all of Florida.” Continuing on, teacher turnover is so critical that “some children cycle through a DOZEN...
  • The Fainting Couch At Columbia

    08/25/2015 9:16:14 PM PDT · by OddLane · 16 replies
    Commentary ^ | August 25, 2015 | Heather MacDonald
    In February 2015, Columbia University—currently ranked the fourth most distinguished academic institution in the United States by U.S. News and World Report—announced that all its students, undergraduate and graduate alike, would be obliged to take part in a “Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative.” This “new, required programming,” the Columbia bureaucracy explained, was designed to explore “the relationship between sexual respect and community membership.” Columbia’s students were given a menu of “participation options.” They could watch a minimum of two preselected videos about “rape culture” and gender identity and write a “reflection” about what they had learned. They could attend...
  • Progressive Media Mocks Texas Seniors Peacefully Protesting Arabic Immersion School Opening

    08/25/2015 2:27:32 PM PDT · by magna carta · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 25,2015 | Merrill Hope
    Progressive media ridiculed a handful of harmless middle aged and senior citizens peacefully protesting outside the gates of the nation’s first Arabic Immersion Magnet School in the Houston Independent School District (ISD). The Arabic immersion school opened yesterday for 132 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. The protest group numbered about 30 people, at its height. They waved American and Israeli flags in solidarity of Western and Judeo-Christian values. Some had held two flags, others, held homemade protest signs that read: “Everything I ever cared to know about Islam was taught to me by Muslims on 9-11-2001,” “American Schools, American Kids,” and...
  • Parents outraged.. every student... MUST skip classes to watch a documentary about gay parenting

    08/25/2015 2:13:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 26th August 2015 | Leesa Smith
    The compulsory attendance for every student at a girl's high school to watch a gay parenting documentary instead of their scheduled classes has made the parents see red. As part of Wear it Purple day, all 1200 students at Burwood Girls High School, in Sydney's inner west, are required to watch a special screening of Gayby Baby during third and fourth periods this Friday, The Daily Telegraph reported. After the movie, the girls are encouraged to show off their purple outfits at a fashion parade under a rainbow flag, with the opportunity to win a prize for the most purple...
  • Teacher Union Toys with Members Wanting Out, Demands Requests Go to 'Stealth' P.O. Box

    08/25/2015 1:20:40 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In an apparent effort to make it even more difficult or even stop school employees from exercising their right under right-to-work to not pay union dues or fees, the state’s largest teachers union has quietly set up an obscure post office box address to which members must send the required opt-out paperwork. It's P.O. Box 51 East Lansing, MI 48826. Based on a letter the Michigan Education Association sent to members who had tried to get out, and discussions with some of them, resignation requests sent to the regular union headquarters address will not be honored. An extensive search of...
  • Professor who compared Scott Walker to Hitler is teaching a course on ‘scholar activism’

    08/25/2015 11:51:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The College Fix ^ | August 25, 2015 | Greg Piper
    Sara Goldrick-Rab, a sociology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, caused a firestorm last month when she publicly compared her governor, Republican Scott Walker, to Adolf Hitler in a tweet. She poured fuel on the flames by tweeting at incoming freshmen who were Walker supporters, encouraging them not to attend the school because of Walker’s education funding policies. Then, she apologized. Now she’s promoting a class she’s teaching this fall on “scholar activism.” The graduate seminar will “explore the biographies and narratives of a diverse array of scholar activists, examine the sociopolitical and economic forces shaping their work, and consider...
  • Students show up to school to find no room in classrooms

    08/25/2015 11:14:07 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 55 replies
    click2houston.com ^ | august 24, 2015 | jennifer bauer
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  • Have Schools Faced 'Seemingly Permanent Funding Cuts'?

    08/25/2015 9:26:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/21/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The August edition of the Ann Arbor Observer periodical weighed in on the contract dispute between the Ann Arbor school district and its teachers. It wrote that the school board was “asserting the union’s contract has to change to reflect new state laws and seemingly permanent funding cuts. ...” Except, state revenue to the Ann Arbor school district increased a combined $23.5 million over the last four state budgets compared to the 2010-11 school year. Of that amount, $3.7 million would have been for educating a cumulative total of 408 extra students over those four years. The rest was from...
  • Sigma Nu frat at Old Dominion suspended for offensive banners

    08/25/2015 9:09:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 80 replies
    CNN ^ | August 25, 2015 | Mariano Castillo
    Just before the new semester kicked off at Old Dominion University, some un-"welcome" signs have resulted in a fraternity's suspension. Parents bringing their freshmen students to move-in at the Norfolk, Virginia, campus and community last week might have glimpsed these banners hanging from the balcony of a private home. "Rowdy and Fun. Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time," read one of the signs, which was spray-painted on a sheet. "Freshman daughter drop off," and "Go ahead and drop off mom too," were messages displayed on two other sheets, CNN affiliate WTKR reported. Members of the Sigma...
  • Agenda for a Freer and More Prosperous America

    08/25/2015 12:40:05 AM PDT · by conservativeread · 14 replies
    Conservative Read ^ | 08-24-2015 | christopher paiva
    There is little that happens in society in general and the market economy in particular that most on the political “left” do not think needs more government intervention, regulation, and redistribution to make “better.” One recent example of this is a lengthy “report” primarily prepared by Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph E. Stiglitz, for the Roosevelt Institute. Released in June 2015, Stiglitz and his co-authors present an agenda for, Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity. The “Progressive’s” Agenda for Bigger Government Running for 100 pages, it is based on the premise that markets...
  • More PC BS- Wilder school forces student to remove Confederate flag from truck

    08/24/2015 5:25:07 PM PDT · by MatthewQuigley · 11 replies
    KIVI TV- Boise ^ | 8/24/15 | KIVI TV
    kivitv- Boise Wilder school forces student to remove Confederate flag from truck By Lacey Darrow. CREATED 4:31 PM - UPDATED: 4:50 PM WILDER, Idaho (KIVI)— A battle is brewing over a high school student's Confederate flag in Wilder. Jordan Beattie is a student at Cossa Academy in Wilder and thought a Confederate flag given to him as a gift from his girlfriend was simply a gesture of love. Beattie drove to school with the flag hung up on his truck when he was called to the school office and was informed he was forbidden to fly the flag. The school...
  • Virginia Fraternity Suspended Over 'Freshman Daughter Drop-Off' Sign

    08/24/2015 4:47:17 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 94 replies
    NBC4 Washington ^ | 24 August 2015 | NBC4
    A national fraternity has suspended its activities at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia amid uproar over sexually suggestive signs posted as parents dropped off their recent high school graduates. A private home across the street from the university's campus hung banners that read "Freshman daughter drop-off," with an arrow pointing to the front door, "Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time ..." and "Go ahead and drop off Mom too." Several members of the fraternity Sigma Nu live in the house. The banners generated outrage on social media and condemnation from university officials and student leaders....
  • Demonstration Against Houston ISD's Arabic Immersion School

    08/24/2015 11:27:35 AM PDT · by magna carta · 16 replies
    Stop the Magnet ^ | August 21,2015 | Liz Theiss
    Houston area taxpayers,concerned citizens and parents will assemble to oppose the Houston ISD Arabic Immersion Magnet School on the opening day of school in the Houston Heights. Instead of seeking assimilation of all immigrants into the American Culture, including, speaking a common language,Houston ISD presses ahead on Balkinization. Instead of emphasizing unity through English immersion studies, HISD has opted to create a special school for a group that rejects assimilation into the American way. Promoters of this school, such as, the Arab-American Cultural Center and the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce who pushed for this school have the full cooperation...
  • Pension Costs Eating Up Extra School Money

    08/24/2015 5:12:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In the four Michigan budgets approved by a Republican-controlled Legislature under Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, revenues at the Dexter Community Schools have moved in line with many public school districts throughout the state: The Washtenaw County district gets more state dollars now than it did under Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s last budget in 2010-11, even though it now serves fewer students than four years ago. However, Dexter Community Schools Superintendent Chris Timmis says his district isn’t experiencing any real spending increase. Timmis calls the total of $1.8 million extra the district has collected from the state in those four years a...
  • [Indiana] School fingerprints elementary students for lunch program

    08/24/2015 5:38:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    EAG News ^ | 8/24/15 | Kyle Olsen
    The grumbling in New Albany cafeterias isn’t coming from students’ stomachs. It’s from parents.The southern Indiana school district is one of the latest to deploy technology which “biometric identification to match a finger scan with a personal identification number,” WAVE reports.According to a notification issued by the New Albany Floyd County school system, the technology is used to “eliminate pin numbers, eliminate misused pin numbers, maintain the privacy of students on subsidized food programs and speed up the amount of time in the lunch line.”School administrators “refused” to go on camera to discuss the new technology.But the change in the...
  • Brandon High School Band pulled from football game performance (and fined $7,500)

    08/23/2015 11:10:46 PM PDT · by yorkie · 52 replies
    MSNews ^ | August 21, 2015 | Maggie Wade
    The Brandon High School Band did not perform at halftime during the season-opening game Friday night. A statement from the Rankin County School District says a July federal court order is the reason the band was banned from Friday night's halftime show. The band had been slated to perform the hymn "How Great Thou Art." The district made the decision to ban the halftime show after learning the hymn was included in the performance. "It bothers me because you look at the schools and all of the school shootings and all the bad things that are happening, and wonder why....
  • Tennessee school district bans all flags, including Old Glory

    08/23/2015 3:13:19 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 54 replies
    myfoxmemphis.com ^ | august 23, 2015
    School leaders in Dickson County decided, after a summer of controversy surrounding the confederate flag, the wise thing to do would be to ban all flags and banners. Some students are angry as they feel their patriotism is being compromised. School leaders said there is a right and wrong way to show American pride: "It's not an unpatriotic act by any means because we have a number of ways in which students do learn how to be patriotic and express American pride." -snip Students said they were told they would get kicked out if they bring an American flag onto...
  • KS: Universities to Educate about Concealed and Open Carry

    08/23/2015 5:21:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2012, Kansas reformed its concealed carry law.   People who were exercising their Second Amendment rights would no longer be excluded from public buildings, unless the building took active measures to insure that armed criminals would also be excluded.  Active measure included guards and metal detectors on entrances.  From kansan.com: The law would allow the University to secure the campus against guns by using metal detectors and guards, but it would cost more than $20 million to secure all 237 campus buildings, according to a 2013 report that the University gave to the Board of Regents. If the University...
  • Video: HS band barred for playing hymn, crowd sings it instead

    08/23/2015 9:48:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 23, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Just when youÂ’re starting to think that the entire country is going down the tubes sideways, a story comes along to remind you that it all just might work out in the end after all. Todd Starnes at Fox news uncovered one of those small town stories of political correctness infecting the courts and running completely off the rails this week. At Brandon High School in Mississippi, the traditional Friday Night football game was missing their halftime show. The schoolÂ’s marching band had been ordered off the field because their presentation included the hymn How Great Thou Art. That may...
  • Double Bonus Round: Worker checks for gas leak with match, blows up Bronx public school

    08/22/2015 6:28:52 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 51 replies
    DNAinfo.com ^ | 08.21.2015 | Murray Weiss
    THE BRONX — A worker who lit a match to check if gas was coming out of a fuel line in a science classroom sparked the blast that destroyed part of a Bronx school Thursday night, officials suspect.
  • Harvard Prof: ISIS Sex Slavery Is Bad, but Hey, U.S. Had Slavery

    08/21/2015 12:31:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 21, 2015 | Robert Spenser
    Sapping the public's will to fight evil. One key reason why so few Americans are aware of the full nature and magnitude of the jihad threat is that the academic and media establishments labor so assiduously to cover it up. Those who are deemed the best minds of this generation devote their energies to convincing people that the threat is not as large as it is, or that it can be neutralized by adjustments to U.S. foreign policy (particularly the abandonment of Israel), or that the West is really just as bad, so we are hypocrites for opposing the jihad....
  • Democratic Party elites have abandoned public education

    08/21/2015 8:16:43 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 13 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Aug 21, 2015 | Nicholas Tampio
    For years, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s children attended public school in Virginia. Now, he has announced that they will go to the University of Chicago Laboratory School, the private school where Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sends his kids and where Barack Obama sent his daughters when he lived in Chicago. The tuition for the 2015-2016 school year is approximately $30,000. Duncan’s senior advisor and former education commissioner of New York, John King, also sends his daughters to a private Montessori school near Albany; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daughters, on their part, attend an elite boarding school in...
  • Former Broward Teachers Union pres. steered illegal contributions to Clinton’s 2008 campaign

    08/20/2015 11:17:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 20, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Federal authorities indicted the former president of a Florida teachers’ union on fraud charges on Thursday, even as he faces additional charges in his home state over allegedly illegal campaign contributions to Hillary Clinton. The Justice Department charged former Broward Teachers Union (BTU) president Patrick Santeramo with two counts of mail fraud for his alleged role in embezzling more than $35,000 in payments from a local school district. “It is alleged that after the BTU received the $80,000 payment from the School Board of Broward County, Santeramo authorized payments from the [union’s] Accountability Program account for himself and at least...
  • Amid Declining Participation, USDA's School Lunch Program Embraces 'Cultural Inclusion'

    08/20/2015 8:24:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 20, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 changed the nutrition requirements for school lunches and breakfasts, but the U.S. Agriculture Department says the law also gives schools the flexibility to prepare meals that are "familiar to kids from culturally diverse backgrounds."Blogging at the USDA website on Wednesday, Dr. Katie Wilson, deputy undersecretary for for food, nutrition and consumer services, hailed the nation's "diversity" of people, ideas, and culture: "One of the way culture is expressed is through the foods we eat," she wrote. "Our nation's school meals should be no exception." Wilson said she recently participated in one...
  • Mark Cuban pans Clinton college plan

    08/19/2015 6:43:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 17, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban says Hillary Clinton's plan to curb growing student-loan debt will actually make attending college more expensive. “[Hillary’s plan] stands a better chance of increasing the amount of money students owe than decreasing it,” Cuban said on his Cyber Dust app on Friday. “Just as easy money led to the real estate bubble a few years ago, the easier it is to borrow money for college the easier it is for colleges to raise tuition. Tuition keeps going up because no matter how high they raise it, students can still borrow more to pay for it,” Cuban...
  • Bush, Kasich get F grades on Common Core, group says (Cruz A-; Trump B-)

    08/19/2015 8:01:28 AM PDT · by VinL · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/19/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Jeb Bush and John Kasich get failing grades on Common Core, while Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are the only Republicans running for president to escape blame on the thorny education issue, according to a new analysis from a conservative think tank. The Hill got an exclusive first look at a report card produced by the American Principles in Action that grades the GOP candidates on how fiercely they oppose Common Core, the set of education standards that were adopted by 46 states five years ago but have since become toxic with the conservative base Nearly the entirety of the...
  • University of Massachusetts Caught Buying Aborted Baby Body Parts for Research

    08/18/2015 8:27:54 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 17 replies
    LifeNews ^ | 08/17/2015 | Steven Ertelt
    UMass is the latest publicly-funded university to have been found to have purchased aborted baby body arts — following expose’ stories about Colorado State University, University of Wisconsin and Oregon Health & Science University.
  • Implicit bias means we're all probably at least a little bit racist [John 5]

    08/17/2015 9:41:31 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    Vox ^ | 6/23/2015 | Jenée Desmond-Harris
    There's a word for why we're all probably at least a little bit racist, even if we really don't want to be: Implicit bias. It's a term that describes what's happening when, despite our best intentions and without our awareness, racial stereotypes and assumptions creep into our minds and affect our actions. It seeps into just about every aspect of life, including areas like criminal justice that can have deadly consequences. Thirty years of neurology and cognitive psychology studies show that it influences the way we see and treat others, even when we're absolutely determined to be, and believe we...
  • Clinton targets student debt despite past coziness with Sallie Mae, loan industry

    08/16/2015 5:35:38 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 08/16/2015 | Dave Boyer
    Hillary Rodham Clinton last week made a pitch to attract young voters with her plan to ease student loan debt, but the move glosses over her past coziness with the loan industry and the deregulation enacted under the Clinton administration in the 1990s that have contributed to today’s soaring student debt levels.The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination wants to cut interest rates on student debt, which has spiked in the past decade to more than $1.2 trillion. Big banks and Sallie Mae, the student loan agency formerly run by the federal government, hold much of that debt. As a...
  • Buchanan: Hillary College Plan Designed to Distract From Server

    08/15/2015 12:11:16 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/15/2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Columnist Pat Buchanan argued Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s college plan was designed to take attention away from her server on Friday’s “McLaughlin Group.” Buchanan said, “Will President Clinton ram it right through the Republican House? … This is DOA. It changed the subject from the server and the classified documents.”
  • High School Girl Sues For Right To Have Pro-Life Club

    08/15/2015 11:14:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/14/15 | Casey Harper
    A Nevada girl who says her high school forbid her from starting a pro-life club is fighting back.Angelique Clark says she wanted to start a pro-life group on her school’s campus but was denied by the administration because abortion was controversial, would make people feel left out, and that others were “more qualified” to talk about the issue.Clark teamed up with the religious legal group the Thomas More Society to file a lawsuit against her school, the West Career and Technical Academy, and the Clark County School District.“When I first applied to form a pro-life club, I never imagined I...
  • Harvard student loses Facebook internship after pointing out privacy flaws

    08/13/2015 10:33:47 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 13 replies
    Boston.com, via Drudge ^ | Aug 12, 2015 | Allison Pohle
    Three months ago, Harvard student Aran Khanna was preparing to start a coveted internship at Facebook when he launched a browser application from his dorm room that angered the social media behemoth. His application, called Marauder’s Map — a clever name that Harry Potter fans will appreciate — was a Chrome extension that used data from Facebook Messenger to map where users were when they sent messages. The app also showed the locations, which were accurate to within three feet, in a group chat with people he barely knew. That meant complete strangers could hypothetically see that he had messaged...
  • Student Sues After Two-Word Tweet Leads to Months-Long Suspension

    08/14/2015 10:33:43 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 21 replies
    Ed Week ^ | 08/13/2015 | Benjamin Herold/Evie Blad
    A Minnesota high school student will be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit against school district administrators who suspended him over a two-word tweet about kissing a teacher, the Star Tribune reports. The student, Reid Sagehorn, was an honor student and captain of the football and basketball teams at Rogers High in the 12,500-student Elk River Area district, according to the paper. In January 2014, Sagehorn, using his personal Twitter account, sent a message reading "Actually, yeah" in response to an online question about whether he had "made out" with a 28-year old teacher at the school. The student has...
  • Wash. St. Supreme Court Levies $100,000 Daily Fine on State Over K-12 Spending

    08/13/2015 8:09:44 PM PDT · by brothers4thID · 32 replies
    Education Week ^ | 12/13/2015 | Andrew Ujifusa
    Declaring that state lawmakers have failed to fix the state's unconstitutional system for funding public schools, the Washington State Supreme Court imposed a daily $100,000 penalty on the legislature until it makes firmer commitments to increasing teacher salaries and reducing class sizes. The court's Aug. 13 order is effective immediately, although the court said that if Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, calls a special session and lawmakers pass legislation that commits the state more heavily to reducing class size in K-3 and expanding all-day kindergarten, that daily fine may ultimately be "abated." "Given the gravity of the State's ongoing violation...
  • Smyrna mom upset students can fly Confederate flags on H.S. campus (Tennessee)

    08/13/2015 2:57:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    WKRN-TV ^ | August 12, 2015 | Lori Mitchell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A local mother is upset because kids at her child’s school are allowed to fly Confederate flags on campus. The mom, who would like to remain anonymous, contacted News 2 with concerns about her son’s safety at Stewarts Creek High School in Rutherford County. She said her 14-year-old son, who is in ninth grade, came home this week and told her that kids were wearing Confederate flag T-shirts to class. The mother said she saw them herself while dropping off her son Wednesday morning. She said she also noticed students flying Confederate flags in the...
  • Lincoln-Way choice to build two schools was questioned at the time (Illinois)

    08/13/2015 8:11:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 13, 2015 | Gregory Pratt
    Lincoln-Way choice to build two schools was questioned at the time Gregory Pratt Lincoln-Way 210 officials had big plans for the school district's future in 2005 — booming population growth would fuel new success. Ten years and a $225 million referendum to build two schools later, District 210 is on the state's financial watch list and needs to close one of its four schools to try and make ends meet. District officials defend the decision to forge ahead with the construction of two schools in the late 2000s, saying they trusted enrollment figures that showed the district would have thousands...
  • Another Education Subsidy

    08/13/2015 5:46:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    If elected president, Hillary Clinton has promised to spend $350 billion to make college "more affordable." The U.S. already has an $18 trillion debt (and growing by the day), but Clinton wants to add to it. That's not affordable. Too many young people are graduating from universities unable to find jobs, or are underemployed. Slate.com references a 2014 study of youth joblessness by the Economic Policy Institute. It found "...roughly 8.5 percent of college graduates between the ages of 21 and 24 were unemployed. That figure is based on a 12-month average between April 2013 and March 2014, so it's...
  • Obama’s “Community Schools” Aim to Replace Parents

    08/13/2015 4:40:41 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 43 replies
    The New American ^ | 8/12/2015 | Alex Newman
    Lawmakers and the Obama administration are plotting to unconstitutionally commandeer local schools and turn them into “full-service community schools” — government centers that will usurp vast new responsibilities over children that have traditionally been handled by parents and families. Under the plan, adopted in the Senate last month as part of a massive “education bill” solidifying federal control over children and schools, federally funded so-called community schools will “target” families and children for “services” covering their “academic, physical, social, emotional, health, mental health, and other needs.” If Congress and the Obama administration get their way, these full-service parent-replacement centers will...
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison purchased baby body parts for research

    08/12/2015 7:53:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Aug 11, 2015 | Kelli
    Last week, it was revealed that Colorado State University had been purchasing fetal tissue through StemExpress, a company named as a buyer of Planned Parenthood’s aborted fetal body parts. Today, MediaTrackers reports that the University of Wisconsin-Madison has “repeatedly obtained human fetal tissue” through Advanced Bioscience Resources, another Planned Parenthood-associated California supplier mentioned by various PP employees in The Center for Medical Progress’s undercover videos. The research, conducted through UW’s McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, involved humanized mouse models…. Dr. Shannon Kenney and a team made up of mostly UW researchers published a report in 2012 outlining the results of...
  • Oregon Health & Science University Relies on Babies Aborted at Planned Parenthood for Research

    08/12/2015 7:56:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | Aug 12, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    Oregon Health & Science University is the third university in two months to have been found to be conducting research with tissue from aborted babies who were aborted at Planned Parenthood. In the wake of the Planned Parenthood scandal involving it selling aborted babies and body parts from aborted babies, Colorado State University was found to have purchased body parts from aborted babies and the University of Wisconsin was caught buying body parts from aborted babies for research there that were killed at Planned Parenthood. Now, Oregon Health & Science University is caught up in the controversy. As a new...
  • Kentucky high school removes gay basketball player from yearbook page

    08/12/2015 3:10:29 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 79 replies
    SB Nation Outsports ^ | August 12, 2015 | Cyd Zeigler
    Betsy Layne High School in rural Kentucky this year had a two-page yearbook spread that featured all of the seniors on the boys basketball team. Except, one senior was left out of the tribute: Dalton Maldonado, the team's starting point guard who came out publicly as gay a couple months ago.
  • The Daily Caller’s Official Rundown Of The Worst, Looniest, Most Leftist Professors In America

    08/12/2015 9:03:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 8/11/2015 | Emma Colton
    This mild summer is winding down. Professors across the fruited plain are preparing for another fall semester of spewing half-baked progressive ideologies at gullible undergrads. It’s time, then, for The Daily Caller’s second annual, highly definitive list of the worst professors in America. All the professors on the first annual definitive list remain terrible, of course. But we won’t bore you with some rehash. (RELATED: Last Year’s List Of The Worst Professors In America) Instead, here are a dozen professors from this past school year who stole the headlines for being the most leftist, goofy and downright absurd.