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  • Vegas mom blames bullying, school district for daughter’s suicide

    03/06/2015 12:07:45 PM PST · by redreno · 6 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 03/05/2015 | By KIMBERLY DE LA CRUZ
    Natika Bird says bullying killed her teenage daughter. Carla Jamerson, who was 14, will never get her driver’s license, graduate from high school or fulfill her dream of becoming a scientist. She committed suicide in the downstairs bathroom of the home she shared with her mother, father and 9-year-old sister on the night of Feb. 27. Bird said her oldest daughter’s death could have and should have been prevented. She said she cannot recall a time when Jamerson was not picked on by her classmates, from kindergarten to middle school. It was especially terrible at Canarelli Middle School in southwest...
  • School Votes for Communism-Themed Dance Dubbed 'Prom-Munism'

    03/06/2015 11:34:23 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/06/2015
    Seniors at a New Mexico high school have voted to hold a prom with a communism theme, which they've dubbed "prom-munism." KRQE-TV in Albuquerque ( http://goo.gl/x2zXLb ) reports that Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School students voted online this week for the theme.
  • U. California students remove offensive American flag from 'inclusive' space

    03/06/2015 10:26:30 AM PST · by grundle · 38 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | March 6, 2015 | Caleb Bonham and Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine voted to ban hanging flags in its main lobby. The flag banning legislation passed with six yea votes, four nay, and two abstentions. he Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) voted Tuesday to remove all flags, including American flags, from an inclusive space on campus because of their offensive nature. The bill, R50-70, was authored by Social Ecology Representative Matthew Guevara, and accuses all flags, especially, the American flag, of being “symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism.” “[F]lags construct paradigms of conformity and sets [sic] homogenized standards for others...
  • Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

    03/03/2015 12:09:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 2, 2015 | JUSTIN P. MCBRAYER
    What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised? I was. As a philosopher, I already knew that many college-aged students don’t believe in moral facts. While there are no national surveys quantifying this phenomenon, philosophy professors with whom I have spoken suggest that the overwhelming majority of college freshman in their classrooms view moral claims as mere opinions that are not true or are true only relative to a culture. What I...
  • Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

    03/03/2015 4:35:14 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/2/15 | Justin P. McBrayer
    What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised? I was. As a philosopher, I already knew that many college-aged students don’t believe in moral facts. While there are no national surveys quantifying this phenomenon, philosophy professors with whom I have spoken suggest that the overwhelming majority of college freshmen in their classrooms view moral claims as mere opinions that are not true or are true only relative to a culture. What I...
  • SF Supes Tell Archbishop His Morality Clauses Are Unwanted

    03/06/2015 7:03:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/4/15 | Emily Green and Jill Tucker
    In a rebuke to the archbishop of San Francisco, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday urging the conservative Catholic leader to respect the rights of teachers and administrators. The measure comes after Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone included morality clauses in a new handbook and proposed changes to the labor contract of teachers at four Bay Area Catholic high schools, setting off a wave of opposition. “These actions really conflict with the values of San Francisco,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the resolution. “In San Francisco, we stand up for everyone. We stand up for our...
  • Common Core Rebellion: Thousands of High School Students Walk Out Nationwide Over Test

    03/06/2015 5:46:30 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Restoring Liberty - Joe Miller ^ | 03/06/2015 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Students across the country are required to take an annual Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC test, which is aligned with Common Core standards. For students in New Mexico, scoring on PARCC exams determine 50 percent of their grade.Connor Guiney and Anna Bentham-Grey appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” and admitted they were surprised by the size of the walkout at Highland High School in Albuquerque . . . “We thought maybe 100, or 150 would come out. But by the end of the day we had over 300 people and that was...
  • New Test Raises Fresh Concerns<br> About U.S. Education Quality

    03/06/2015 5:32:38 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/05/2015 | Terry Jones
    In the race to the future, education is key. Everyone knows that. And yet, if that's so, America may be in big trouble.
  • New Hampshire bill requires cursive, multiplication tables

    03/05/2015 4:48:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 5, 2015 6:06 PM EST | Kathleen Ronayne
    As schools adopt new education standards and rely more on computers in the classroom, a group of New Hampshire senators want to make sure the basics of learning cursive and multiplication tables don’t get left behind. “You definitely need to teach typing and keyboarding and all of that, but kids do need to be able to sign their names, they do need to be able to read the Founding Fathers documents,” said Republican Sen. Nancy Stiles, the main sponsor of a bill that would require public schools to keep teaching both. “(Cursive) is an art and a skill that shouldn’t...
  • Homeschoolers to Form Parental Rights Coalition Against Threats to Freedom from Newtown Commission

    03/05/2015 7:19:37 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/05/2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Homeschooling families in Connecticut are in the process of forming a parental rights coalition, as they reject the use of the Newtown shootings over two years ago as a vehicle to undermine the rights of parents to choose the venue for educating their children.
  • Ohio teacher sentenced to 90 days in jail for playing ‘ABCs of Death’ during class

    03/05/2015 6:16:25 PM PST · by redreno · 16 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 03/05/2015 | unknown
    A former substitute teacher in Ohio has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after she was found guilty of showing students a graphic horror movie during class. Sheila Kearns, 58, was convicted in January of four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The judge reportedly placed her on probation for three years but made the jail time a condition of her probation. Ms. Kearns apologized in court, saying she was aware of “The ABCs of Death’s” content but hadn’t actually watched it prior to showing it during five separate Spanish classes at Columbus’ East...
  • Nutter proposes hiking property taxes by 9.3 percent Read more at

    Mayor Nutter will ask City Council on Thursday to approve a 9.3 percent increase in property taxes to fund the beleaguered School District. In his final budget address as mayor, Nutter will ask Council - in an election year - to approve a $3.95 billion spending plan that would raise property owners' taxes by hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. Currently, the tax bill for a home assessed at the median of $113,000 is $1,112. If Nutter's proposal was approved, it would go up to $1,216. Details of the budget were disclosed to Council members Wednesday morning in...
  • Parents Outraged After Disgusting Poem Read to Class About Homosexual Acts (CT)

    03/05/2015 8:45:37 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 42 replies
    joemiller.us ^ | March 4, 2015 | Jason Newton
    Students in one class at South Windsor High School were subjected to a poem that their superintendent and some parents call “highly inappropriate” material. The poem contains language that describes sexual acts. The teacher, whose name has not been released, read the Allen Ginsberg poem “Please Master” aloud in an English class for high school students. That poem was written in 1968. He had another poem banned in the 1950s for obscenity. Parents were shocked when they heard and read the material for themselves. “I don’t understand how that actually got into a high school class,” said one parent who...
  • NAACP fights DC-area immigrant-only schools

    03/05/2015 5:32:07 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 13 replies
    EAG News ^ | March 4, 2015 | VICTOR SKINNER
    The Prince George’s County branch of the NAACP is threatening to sue the local school district over a plan to start two schools for an influx of immigrants in recent years. “Segregation was eliminated back in 1954. When you have two schools that are designed to deal with one group based around basically language as the criteria for the schools, than that’s a form of discrimination,” Bob Ross, president of the local NAACP, told WAMU.org. “It’s not about force, it’s not about choice, it’s about the law,” he said. Ross is upset because a plan underway in Prince George’s County...
  • Anger after Palestinians branded "terrorists" in Scottish primary school homework

    03/05/2015 3:29:06 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    Herald Scotland ^ | Wednesday 4 March 2015 | Herald Scotland
    A SCOTTISH council has come under fire after one of its schools handed out homework to primary pupils describing Palestinians as "terrorists". Parents from New Stevenston Primary School in Motherwell made the complaint after children in P7 received a homework assignment on terrorism and terror. One of the case studies pupils were asked questions on stated: "Palestinians feel they have the right to use terrorism against Israelis" and asks pupils to give two reasons for this. The homework also asks pupils to "describe two examples of Palestinian terrorist activities". In the accompanying information pupils are told that: "Palestinians have turned...
  • How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

    03/04/2015 9:41:27 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 50 replies
    Source: TopMastersInEducation.com
  • New York public schools to close on TWO Muslim holidays, Mayor Bill de Blasio announces

    03/04/2015 4:50:32 PM PST · by vis a vis · 40 replies
    DailyMail UK ^ | 3/4/15 | By Associated Press no other a
    New York public schools will add two Muslim holidays to their vacation calendars, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, a promise he made during his election campaign. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2979445/Mayor-NYC-public-schools-close-2-Muslim-holidays.html
  • Cocaine, sex charges filed against Calif. teachers who took 5 male students on ‘camping’ trip

    03/04/2015 7:52:13 PM PST · by george76 · 63 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | March 3, 2015 | Deborah Hastings
    Two California teachers who were already in hot water are now in worse trouble after authorities said the women plied male students with cocaine and had illegal sex with one boy during a supposed camping trip. Melody Lippert, 38, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, have been charged with unlawful sexual intercourse and giving controlled substances to minors. The pair also gave alcohol to the minors during a two-day camping trip in December, according to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
  • Three years after Trayvon Martin, my students fight injustice with protest art (Look)

    03/04/2015 2:15:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Guardian & Observer's Teacher Network Blog ^ | March 4, 2015 | Brit in the Bronx
    A teacher describes how the death Trayvon Martin made ger scrap her lesson plan and work on something more relevant with students.Brit in the Bronx teacher created her portrait of Trayvon Martin using red Skittles wrappers and cream and turquoise Arizona drinks labels.Sometimes the people you teach and the events that change their lives can take you to places you weren’t expecting. In 2012, my students had a Hoods Up For Trayvon Martin day in protest against the failure to arrest former neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman for killing the Florida teenager. They came to class with their hoods up, many...
  • ‘Quit Catholic Schools if You Can’t Stand Our Principles’

    03/04/2015 8:53:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Ghana Web ^ | 3/14/15
    The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu has dared students who cannot comply with the religious rules and practices in Catholic schools to quit and move to other schools, if they so desire. According to him, many of the students who attend Catholic schools chose the schools because of the age- long discipline and religious ethics that have existed in those schools. His comment follows a statement by the Bishops Conference Tuesday that directed heads of Catholic schools to “remain resolute” and continue with all religious practices and training associated with the Catholic faith despite a...
  • Betrayal Papers Part 3: Obama’s Scandals and Assaults on Freedoms Explained

    03/04/2015 9:01:26 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 11 replies
    Right Side News ^ | March 4, 1015 | Betrayal Papers
    Last week was part 2, this weekThe Betrayal Papers Part I – Under Obama: U.S. Captured by the Muslim Brotherhood, presented a picture of a conspiracy that is manipulating the American government. Part II – In Plain Sight: A National Security “Smoking Gun” named several people in the Obama administration who have documented associations to Muslim Brotherhood front groups and the State of Qatar. This article will explore the deliberate strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Obama administration to cripple the middle class and to steer the American economy, as well as identify, to the extent possible, their role...
  • NYC Schools Adding 2 Muslim Holidays to Calendar

    03/04/2015 7:47:33 AM PST · by thefactor · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | Yaron Steinbuch
    New York City schools will add two Muslim holidays to the calendar this year, Mayor de Blasio is announcing Wednesday.“Today we’ll announce the addition of Eid al-Adha & al-Fitr to @NYCSchools holiday schedule, a change that respects the diversity of our city,” Hizzoner tweeted.
  • Your identity is up for grabs

    03/04/2015 8:41:56 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 3 replies
    Human Events ^ | 03/04/2015 | Bre Payton
    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.Look out, your identity is likely in the hands of a fraudster. But the question remains: Has it been used to fraudulently obtain federal student loans or other government assistance?You may never know, because government funds like a Pell Grant doesn’t show up on your credit report, said Haywood Talcove, chief executive officer of LexisNexis Special Services, the world’s largest provider of public-records database applications for government and commercial organizations.Or you may find out that someone has claimed federal education funds in your name when you fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid,...
  • A college with a $94 Mil endowment is shutting its doors, and people in higher ed should be scared

    03/04/2015 7:22:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/04/2015 | Peter Jacobs
    A women's liberal arts college in Virginia announced Tuesday that the spring 2015 semester would be its last — even though the school still has a $94 million endowment. Sweet Briar College — located near Lynchburg, Virginia — will close "as a result of insurmountable financial challenges," the school said in a statement. Sweet Briar administrators cited several trends that informed the decision to close, including the declining number of female students interested in all-women colleges and the dwindling number of students overall interested in small, rural liberal arts colleges. Last year, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that small, private US colleges...
  • LETTER: Public education is soulless

    03/04/2015 5:06:02 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    The Sanford Herald ^ | 03/04/2015 | Robert Watson
    To the Editor: Instead of being suspicious that an ulterior motive is behind the state’s grading system, school board members should support fellow member Sandra Bowen who wants to “look at what’s resulting in these failures.” This investigation should include reasons why so many people now choose private, charter, home, or Christian schools over public schools. It’s time the 1950s term “integration” also include the mind and spirit of all students; it’s time public schools learn lessons from successful alternative schools. In grading our public education system at present, I agree with our superintendent that success requires a “whole child”...
  • Scott Walker’s Education May Hurt A Presidential Bid in 2016 [student is trying to understand]

    03/04/2015 6:12:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    IVN ^ | March 4, 2015 | Taylor Lybrand
    The point of mentioning all of this is not to say that those without college degrees cannot be successful. Clearly Walker’s experience has been the exact opposite. Rather, this information simply highlights why some Americans might be surprised when they come across his education experience coupled with the success he has obtained.Over the past month or so, several media outlets have made a big deal about the fact that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s education does not include a bachelor’s degree, and have speculated on how this could affect a potential 2016 presidential run. Some have taken to the media to...
  • [Texas] Senate school agenda vexes teacher groups

    03/03/2015 10:56:42 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 3, 2015 | Lauren McGaughy
    <p>AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick unveiled key portions of the upper chamber's education agenda on Tuesday, reviving proposals long unpopular with teacher groups that Patrick said would empower parents and help students leave poor-performing schools.</p> <p>"We'll be talking about school choice and pre-K at a later date," Patrick said at a morning press conference in the Capitol, flanked by members of the Senate Committee on Education. "But reforming education is more than a single shot. It is a comprehensive plan that takes in every area of the state, takes in every student, every parent and every teacher."</p>
  • Parent: Weston teacher called my son 'rag-head Taliban'

    03/03/2015 8:37:04 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | March 3, 2015 | Karen Yi
    A Weston parent urged the Broward School Board on Tuesday to fire a teacher he claims called his son a "rag-head Taliban.". Youssef Wardani said Maria Valdes, who teaches French at Cypress Bay in Weston, called his 14-year-old son a Taliban four times in class last month. "I want her fired," said Wardani. "As a parent I should not be spending my time in front of [the School Board], explaining to them what should have been done on Day One … My son is not a rag-head Taliban."
  • Harrisburg residents freed from school property taxes in Wolf's budget plan

    03/03/2015 8:55:57 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 14 replies
    PennLive ^ | March 3, 2015 | Christine Vendel
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal unveiled Tuesday drastically changes education funding and represents a windfall for Harrisburg residents, said Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse. The new governor's proposal completely wipes out school property taxes for Harrisburg homeowners. School taxes currently represent the bulk of homeowners' property taxes. "This is news everyone in Harrisburg needs to hear," said Papenfuse, who could hardly contain his enthusiasm. Harrisburg was among several distressed cities whose residents would get to zero out their school property taxes. Specifically, Harrisburg is in line for a 155-percent property tax reduction. That means the state would provide relief representing...
  • You can't make fun of terrorists at the U. of Minnesota

    03/03/2015 5:24:47 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 26 replies
    campusreform.org ^ | March 3, 2015 | Allison Maass
    "In the future, close attention may be paid to the content published by Students for a Conservative Voice to ensure that any material that is produced with student fee funds does not compromise the cultural harmony of the campus."
  • Bipartisan Common Core Opposition

    03/03/2015 9:45:16 AM PST · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Contrary to popular belief, aka news media coverage, opposition to the Common Core education reforms of President Obama is stretching across party lines. “The Democratic Party in the state of Washington just passed a resolution condemning Common Core,” Emmett McGroarty said last Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Bear in mind, this is the same state Democratic party that consistently endorses far-Left candidates such as U. S. Senator Maria Cantwell. McGroarty works with the American Principles Project. Forty-five states originally signed onto Common Core, Sabrina Schaeffer of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) pointed out. Schaeffer moderated the panel...
  • Federal Worker Raided Student Data For Identity Theft

    03/03/2015 9:40:47 AM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/2/15 | Blake Neff
    Employees at the U.S. Department of Education have repeatedly treated the U.S. government’s trove of student information as a personal playground and piggy bank, according to a Freedom of Information Act release obtained by the Daily Mail.(excerpted)The Daily Mail’s inquiry found other cases of bizarre wrongdoing by the department’s 5,000 employees, including one worker who was caught searching for the student loan records of “Barrack Obama” (sic), apparently unaware that the president has already made most of his student loan details public. (excerpted)
  • Cheating 101: The college culture of cheating

    03/03/2015 4:54:27 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    KMTV Action 3 News ^ | Feb 20, 2015 | Emily Szink
    OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - According to a "U.S. News and World Report" around 75 percent of college students admit to cheating. And ever since the age of the Internet, cheating has gone high-tech. But now a website that is quickly gaining popularity makes it even easier to type in a URL, sit back and get an “A.” “It cost me about $20 to create the website and after my first week of launching the website I had already made $3000,” said the creator of paymetodoyourhomework.com, Jessica Mott. New York native Jessica Mott went from making $30 an hour tutoring, to...
  • 8th Grader Suspended for Informing Classmates of Standardized Test ‘Opt-Out’ (Santa Fe NM)

    03/02/2015 10:29:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Mar 02 2015 9:05 am
    A New Mexico eighth-grader was suspended from school for letting her classmates know that they could opt out of the state’s new online standardized test. 12-year-old Adelina Silva printed out the forms from her own school’s website and was rewarded with a trip to the principal’s office. Adelina and her mother, Jacqueline Ellvinger, appeared on “Fox and Friends” this morning to explain what happened and why Adelina was punished. “I wanted the parents to know that they had the option to let the student either take the test or not,” Adelina said. …
  • FLORIDA: Controversial standardized tests debut in Florida schools

    03/03/2015 3:23:54 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 12 replies
    More students are expected to flunk. School districts warn they might not be ready. And parents are threatening to boycott. Ready or not — and many school boards, parents and teachers have been screaming to lawmakers that they’re not — Florida will roll out its new, much debated standardized tests on Monday. The Florida Department of Education is forging ahead, even with a host of unknowns hanging in the air. Students, for instance, don’t even know what score they’ll have to make to pass. “We need to question if we have gone too far, too fast,” Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho...
  • Nearly 500 sign letter demanding that Ray Cross oppose Scott Walker's plan to restructure UW

    03/03/2015 2:00:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Chippewa Herald ^ | March 2, 2015 | PAT SCHNEIDER
    Five days after an open letter was posted online, the number of people at University of Wisconsin -- now including not only faculty, but staff, students and alumi -- demanding that UW System president Ray Cross oppose Gov. Scott Walker's plan to restructure UW in his budget rose to 484. Some 88 of them were at, or graduated from UW-Madison, where faculty were scheduled Monday to vote on a resolution asking Cross to delay restructuring. Seventy-four University of Wisconsin faculty members from campuses across the state signed an open letter to UW System president Ray Cross, “insisting in the strongest...
  • Walker: Budget will assist small businesses and farmers [Dems sit and pout]

    03/03/2015 1:25:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    NFIB ^ | March 2, 2015
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivered his budget address in February, presenting a $68 billion, two-year spending plan that he said would “assist small businesses and farmers.” .... watch Walker’s speech
  • Students Find Teacher Hanging in Placentia Classroom [CA]

    03/02/2015 10:47:00 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 57 replies
    ABC7.com ^ | 03/02/2015 | Sid Garcia and Hanna Chu
    Placentia police have responded to El Dorado High School after students found a teacher hanging in a classroom. The unidentified teacher was found dead around 8:30 a.m. Monday. Students were taken to the gymnasium, where the incident was addressed. They will be released from school early. The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District says a crisis team is responding to the school to assist staff. Police say they are in the process of alerting the teacher's husband.
  • Walter Williams: College Campus Update

    03/02/2015 8:47:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndictate ^ | March 4, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    President Barack Obama wants Americans to dig deeper into our pockets to expand college education. Let's update college indoctrination done in the name of education. Cornell University assistant professor Russell Rickford, in a lecture titled "Ferguson: The Next Steps," told a packed auditorium: "Let's be very clear about what's going on. It's one every 28 hours. Dead black bodies in the street is a sacrifice America makes to the gods of white supremacy." He added: "The propertied classes leverage state violence to discipline, repress and contain them. America fears and despises all poor people." Blake Armstrong, a South Texas College...
  • Closing School Retirement System the Right Choice

    03/02/2015 7:21:41 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/28/2015 | James Hohman
    Michigan House Republicans recently released a reform agenda that calls for closing the state-run school employee retirement system to new employees. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, reiterated the proposal. The necessity of closing the current defined-benefit pension system and instead offering new employees a defined-contribution plan is simple: the state underfunds pensions. According to the legislative auditor general, the system has been underfunded in all but one of the past 30 years. The system carries a $25.8 billion unfunded liability. Michigan taxpayers are now on the hook for 13 times more in unfunded school pension liabilities than the...
  • Warren dings Walker over comments on unions and ISIS

    03/01/2015 7:27:45 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/28/2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Warren, who is closely aligned with progressive union groups, ripped Walker in a tweet Saturday for what some saw as a comparison between union members and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: "If Scott Walker sees 100,000 teachers & firefighters as his enemies, maybe it's time we take a closer look at his friends.” In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Walker said, “If I can take on 100,000 protestors, I can do the same across the world.” Walker, a possible 2016 presidential candidate for the GOP, tried to walk back his comments after his...
  • Cruz Tells Anti-Tax Group 'No' to Common Core in Schools

    02/28/2015 10:07:56 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    WCTV ^ | Sat 12:32 PM, Feb 28, 2015
    <p>PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is telling an influential anti-tax group that he opposes Common Core education standards, putting him at odds with fellow presidential prospect Jeb Bush a day after Bush endorsed the standards to the same audience.</p>
  • Gates and Pearson Partner to Reap Tens of Millions from Common Core (a re-post)

    02/28/2015 11:07:18 AM PST · by yoe · 5 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | November 25, 2014 | Nancy Thorner November 25, 2014
    Follow the money. It all ends up in the hands of a very few. Pearson Foundation is getting the contracts because of its partnership with the Bill Gates Foundation. Greed, secrecy, deceptions, and lies …. and to think Democrats accuse Republicans of the very things, while Democrats are the ones using government to get richer. The deceptions run very deep. It’s time for exposure.(The saga begins...) on one summer day in 2008, when Gene Wilhoit, director of a national group of state school chiefs, and David Coleman (known as the architect of Common Core), knowing they needed tens of millions...
  • Academics Are The Less Visible Enemy of School Choice

    02/28/2015 1:17:31 PM PST · by BlatherNaut
    American Thinker ^ | 2/28/15 | Ashton Blackwell
    Conservative discourse mainly features teachers' unions as the enemy when it comes to school choice, leaving others, like sociologists and other tenured intellectuals, free from public accountability as they exert their substantial influence on education policy. One thing that you should know if you follow school choice issues is that for leftist academics who oppose school choice, their dogmas take primacy over empirical evidence, and their most fundamental dogma when it comes to school choice is that it promotes racial segregation, and thus thwarts their version of equality. Racial segregation, as a policy in the United States, saw its end...
  • TED CRUZ: ‘WE SHOULD REPEAL EVERY WORD OF COMMON CORE’

    02/28/2015 6:12:07 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Feb 2015 | MERRILL HOPE
    Senator Ted Cruz spoke out against Common Core during a speech to a Florida conservative organization. “We should repeal every word of Common Core,” he said. “We should get the federal government out of the business of curriculum.” This was not the first time Cruz said “no” to Common Core, but it was a great opportunity for the presidential hopeful to express his steadfast opposition to the progressive education reform movement standards. Cruz’ remarks came one day after his potential GOP presidential rival, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, endorsed Common Core.Cruz described Common Core as “national standards being dictated from...
  • Common Core-aligned lesson teaches students to obey government officials, ignore individual rights

    11/04/2013 6:48:27 PM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Education Action Group ^ | 11/4/2013 | Ben Velderman
    A new Common Core-aligned lesson is teaching third-graders across the United States that “the commands of government officials must be obeyed by all,” and that “the wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation.” Those un-American and unconstitutional concepts are being peddled to elementary students by the Pearson Education company, one of the nation’s leading producers of school curricula, reports MinutemenNews.com.The historically inaccurate lesson appears to be part of a Pearson Education unit that teaches kids about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War – “Hold the Flag High” – while doubling as an English assignment....
  • Trigonometry Is Racist!

    02/27/2015 5:35:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 153 replies
    National Review ^ | February 27, 2015 | KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON
    Trigonometry Is Racist! KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON February 27, 2015 An African-American scholar says that emphasis on STEM education is bad for blacks. Earlier today on Sirius XM Urban View, an African-American talk station, the guest was Daryl Scott, president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The conversation turned to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math — education, and the origins of the ongoing push to encourage institutions and students to focus on those subjects. Can you guess what happened? In 1983, the guest explained, a commission empaneled by the secretary of education issued...
  • Black Privilege: Students Get SAT Bonus Points for Being Black or Hispanic – Asians Are Penalized

    02/27/2015 9:46:04 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 93 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 25, 2015 | Jim Hoff
    A report in the LA Times revealed that blacks and Hispanics get bonus SAT points at elite universities based on their race. Asian students however are penalized 50 points due to their race.
  • School Prepares to Terminate Teacher for Facebook Post Opposing Common Core Curriculum

    02/27/2015 8:56:56 PM PST · by lowbridge · 62 replies
    joe miller ^ | february 27, 2015
    Debora Vailes re-posted on her personal Facebook page a photograph of a little girl crying because of the shortcomings of Common Core. Later that day, her school principal, Dr. Dana Nolan, after discovering the post, gave Deborah Vailes her first written reprimand and ordered her to refrain from expressing any opinion about public education on social media and to remove her anti-Common Core post from the social media site – ASAP. (The school district refers to written reprimands as a “documented conferences.”) Dr. Nolan further informed Deborah that she could not to discuss her opinion in public – on any...
  • Common Core: Against Gifted Students

    02/27/2015 12:17:24 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 26, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Now, after lauding Common Core’s benefits, Common Core supporters are scrambling to justify the oft-maligned education standards. At the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, UConn education professor Jonathan Plucker criticized school districts for using the standards in order to cut funding for gifted and advanced student education. In his research, he noted, “We found plenty of evidence that many districts are using the implementation of the Common Core to cut services for advanced students,” and cited “four to five press releases” and articles to support this claim. But, instead of blaming Common Core, Plucker blamed its supporters. He said, “The justification...