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  • Biden At Goodwin: Job Training A Community Effort

    08/21/2014 2:44:23 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | August 21, 2014 | Mara Lee
    EAST HARTFORD — Vice President Joe Biden visited Goodwin College on Wednesday to draw attention to the ways that job training, when it's guided by industry, can help people move into higher-paying jobs and strengthen the middle class. He praised the college's year-old manufacturing production training program and its ambitious expansion of manufacturing training this fall.
  • Surveys: Americans, Teachers Souring on Common Core

    08/20/2014 5:01:23 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 3 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 August 2014 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    Surveys: Americans, Teachers Souring on Common Core The New American 20 August 2014 Support for the Common Core national educational standards has plummeted in the past year among Americans who are familiar with the standards, according to two polls released this week.Among the general public, 53 percent of Americans support Common Core, according to an EducationNext poll, compared with 65 percent in 2013. The drop was even more precipitous among teachers. In just that one year, support for Common Core among teachers has sunk from 76 percent to 46 percent.A Phi Delta Kappa International poll, conducted by Gallup, noted that...
  • PDK/Gallup Poll Finds Rising Awareness, Majority Opposition to Common Core

    08/20/2014 8:53:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Education Week ^ | August 20, 2014 | By Lauren Camera
    While more people know what the Common Core State Standards are than last year, a majority of them oppose the standards, according to the 46th edition of the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Overall, the wide-ranging survey found, 81 percent of those polled said they had heard about the common standards, compared with 38 percent last year. However, 60 percent oppose the standards, generally because they believe the standards will limit the flexibility that teachers have to teach what they think is best. Last year's poll did not specifically ask respondents whether or not they...
  • Tuition Pays for This

    08/20/2014 4:42:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    According to College Board, average tuition and fees for the 2013-14 school year totaled $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for in-state residents at public colleges and $22,203 for out-of-state residents. Many schools, such as Columbia University and George Washington University, charge yearly tuition and fees close to $50,000. Faced with the increasing costs of higher education, parents and taxpayers might like to know what they're getting for their money. Campus Reform documents outrageous behavior at some colleges. Mark Landis, a former accounting professor at San Francisco State University, frequently entertained students at this home. He now faces 15 charges...
  • Common Core Standards Drastically Losing Support (from Both Teachers and Public)

    08/19/2014 12:10:13 PM PDT · by xzins · 8 replies
    CBN ^ | August 19, 2014 | CBN
    A new survey shows that support for the federal education standards known as the Common Core is slipping. Education Next, an education journal from Stanford University's Hoover Institution, surveyed 5,000 respondents (including a number of educators) and found that just 40 percent of teachers back the Common Core compared to 76 percent just a year ago. At the same time, teacher opposition has tripled from 12 to 40 percent. The survey finds that support among the public is also slipping. In 2013, 65 percent of the general public favored the standards compared to 53 percent today. Across the states, momentum...
  • Obama prepares schools for migrant kids

    08/18/2014 4:29:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 14, 2014 | By Mario Trujillo
    The Obama administration is preparing the nation’s schools to accept thousands of new students who illegally crossed the southwest border and are now awaiting trials on their possible deportations. A fact sheet from the Department of Education sent to states and schools on Monday highlights the children’s right to attend public school. It says all children in the United States “are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status.” The prospect of tens of thousands of children mostly from Central American countries...
  • NYT: $3B gov’t retraining program as effective as you’d guess; Years older and deeper in debt.

    08/18/2014 2:53:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/18/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    To paraphrase the old Tennessee Ernie Ford song — you take a ton of government cash to get job retraining, and what do you get? Several years older and deeper in debt, according to the New York Times, which casts a critical eye on the Workforce Investment Act. The program first came into existence in 1998 and was expanded in the 2009 stimulus bill passed by Democrats, but does it actually help people find work and restore their economic independence? Not really, and the costs more often make situations worse instead of better: Instead, an extensive analysis of the...
  • Teachers lounge vending machines exempt from new federal snack rules

    08/18/2014 9:17:11 AM PDT · by W. · 27 replies
    Eagnews.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    The school teachers lounge is a respite from more than just bratty kids. It’s a safe zone from the long arm of Michelle Obama’s food police. Students are already revolting against the newly-implemented school snack regulations that affect what is sold in vending machines. They will probably be equally upset to learn the vending machine just across the hall – in the teachers lounge – is exempt from the regulations.
  • Dept. of Ed Goes Global

    08/18/2014 7:38:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 15, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The U.S. Department of Education’s report, “Succeeding Globally Through International Education and Engagement” tries to show how American students will gain more international experience. The report features six quotes by the department secretary Arne Duncan, with phrases such as “recipe for protectionism and global strife,” “grow the pie for all” or “compassionate neighbors” and “global society.” Here are the six quotes, with the corresponding dates, in full: “The economic future of the United States rests not only on its ability to strengthen our education system but also on citizens in other nations raising their living standards. Thinking of the future...
  • The Daily Caller’s Official Rundown Of America’s Worst, Most Leftist Professors

    08/17/2014 2:22:04 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 10 replies
    Dailycaller.com ^ | 8/17/14 | Dailycaller
    The Daily Caller’s Official Rundown Of America’s Worst, Most Leftist Professors American colleges and universities provide a cushy salary for countless academic hacks, so they can spew progressive ideologies at undergrads. These professors, though, are the cream of the egregious crop. Harvard professor Naomi Oreskes co-penned a book about global warming and how the earth will one day be a wasteland unless drastic, draconian action is taken. However, the hypocritical Ivy League professor doesn’t heed her own advice because she frequently tours across the world in pollution-emitting jumbo jets. (RELATED: Globetrotting Harvard Prof Takes Break From Jet-Setting To Gripe About...
  • College Board Erases the Founding Fathers

    08/16/2014 10:13:32 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 80 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August16, 2014 | Patrick Jakeway
    August 16, 2014 College Board Erases the Founding Fathers. By Patrick Jakeway The classic novel Brave New World describes a future in which people have lost all of their liberty and in which they have become drugged robots obedient to a central authority. It also details how this control was first established. First, the rulers had to erase all history and all the people’s memory of a time before their bondage. Today, the history of George Washington's leadership has been erased in the new Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History test/curriculum, taking effect in the fall of 2014. The College Board,...
  • Thanks Michelle! Disgusted teens across the country pose alongside healthy food vending machines

    08/14/2014 10:55:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 14, 2014 | James Gordon
    * First Lady has introduced new rules that saw companies limited in what products they could advertise on signs, vending machines, cups and menu boards on school grounds * Food industry spent nearly $150 million in 2009 on marketing in schools, 93 percent was promoting drinks * Schools now require drink companies to promote their diet sodas or water on signs and scoreboards, rather than full-calorie options like Coca-Cola and Pepsi * Michelle Obama's Let's Move program is now in its fourth year Students returning back to school after the summer vacation are finding out what First Lady Michelle Obama's...
  • Children to Be Classified as 'Homeless' to Avoid School Enrollment Documentation Requirements

    08/14/2014 6:46:24 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 14, 2014 | Caroline May
    SNIP “In light of the heightened media coverage of the issue of undocumented immigrant children, VDOE provides the following updated information for your use in responding to community questions or issues,” says the memo distributed to the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions and obtained by Breitbart News. SNIP “While a case-by-case review of each child’s circumstances upon enrolling in a Virginia public school is necessary, many of these unaccompanied children will be deemed homeless under applicable state and federal law,” the memo reads. It goes on: Pursuant to Va. Code § 22.1-3, a homeless child is one who lacks a fixed,...
  • Chronicle of Higher Education: Stop Accrediting Christian Colleges

    08/14/2014 5:53:42 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 20 replies
    An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education argues that accreditation ought to be denied to Christian colleges that require professors to sign statements of faith or otherwise “draw lines around what is regarded as acceptable teaching and research.” This seems like an obvious next step in the current march of secular intolerance, so I expect we’ll be hearing more arguments like this in the future: ** Why does accreditation matter? Aside from the traditional goal of conferring legitimacy on colleges and their programs, accreditation has taken on a far more consequential role: Students attending institutions that are not accredited...
  • Common Core anger triggers homeschooling surge in North Carolina

    08/14/2014 11:52:12 AM PDT · by upchuck · 28 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Ben Velderman
    North Carolina officials say there has been a huge increase over the past two years in the number of Tar Heel families who have pulled their kids out of public schools and begun educating them at home. The number of homeschools has jumped 27 percent since the 2011-12 school year, NewsObserver.com reports.As of last year, 98,172 North Carolinian children were homeschooled; that’s 2,400 students more than the number who attended a private school.While the sputtering economy is the reason families are choosing homeschooling over private schooling, the nationalized learning experiment (Common Core) is the main reason families are leaving the...
  • Feds Force Beleaguered States To School Illegal Kids

    08/14/2014 11:54:43 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 14, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Immigration: The states aren't told how many unaccompanied children are being unloaded on them, when they're coming or where they are. But the federal government says that they're as entitled to an education as the children of U.S. citizens. Just in time for the new school year, the Education Department issued a fact sheet on Monday reminding school systems and their administrators that they are required to enroll and educate, at taxpayers' expense, the estimated 69,200 unaccompanied minors who have flooded across our open southern border, a number some predict will balloon to 150,000 by year's end. We have referred...
  • Teacher accused of giving kindergarten student black eye

    08/13/2014 9:35:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    WAFF ^ | Janice Broach
    MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC) - The mother of a 5-year-old Sheffield Elementary student says her daughter's kindergarten teacher gave the child a black eye. Tiffany McConnell said it happened the first week of school.
  • Georgia Town to Atheists: Stop Bullying our Kids

    08/13/2014 1:36:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The American Humanist Association (AHA) is about to learn a very important lesson -- folks around Gainesville, Georgia don’t take kindly to out-of-town atheists trying to bully their children. More than 200 people turned out in defiance of the self-described atheist group early Thursday morning for an impromptu prayer rally in the middle of the Chestatee High School football field. The previous day, the atheists (acting on behalf of a single, unnamed citizen) sent a letter to school officials demanding that the football coaching staff stop participating in team prayers and that they remove all biblical references and religious messages...
  • Teacher on Unions: ‘Felt Like Little Children Being Bullied on a Playground’

    08/13/2014 2:26:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 13, 2014 | Penny Starr
    Rebecca Friedrichs, a teacher and former member of the California Teachers Association, spoke at the event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 2014. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – Teachers who left labor unions connected with their jobs said on Tuesday that they felt “bullied” for their opposition to compulsory membership and payment of dues that funded political activities. “We literally felt like little children being bullied on a playground,” Rebecca Friedrichs, a teacher and former member of the California Teachers Association, said at the event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Friedrichs, who is also...
  • California School District Seeks Consultant To Deal With Migrant Children

    08/13/2014 2:07:40 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Aug 2014, | CAROLINE MAY
    A California school district is seeking a “support services consultant” to help unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors navigate the state's educational and support services. According to a USA Today report, the Oakland Unified School District began advertising for such a consultant this month to assist the unaccompanied minors with counseling, legal, health, and educational services. "In the same way there are school specialists who deal with foster youth or refugees, we need a specialist who tracks these kids," Catalina Reyes, principal at Oakland International High School, told USA Today. Since October, more than 62,900 unaccompanied minors have been detained illegally entering...
  • Released Advanced Placement U.S. History practice exam

    08/13/2014 6:11:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    College Board ^ | August 2014
    The College Board has changed the framework for the U.S. Advanced Placement History exam and has released a practice exam. I have just glanced at it, but the reading passage for questions 18-20, from "Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America" by Mae Ngai are interesting.
  • Parent-packed lunches often not healthy, study says

    08/12/2014 8:08:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 77 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | , August 12, 2014 | Leslie Postal
    <p>The lunches students bring from home are often filled with unhealthy packaged foods and sugary drinks and little that would win any nutrition awards, according to a new study by university researchers. Missing from those lunches, they said, were fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains and, nearly 25 percent of the time, anything that resembled an entree.</p>
  • Schools to Be Flooded With Illegal Immigrant Children Katie Pavlich | Aug 12, 2014

    08/12/2014 2:25:55 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    TownHall ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Good news America, tens-of-thousands of children in the country illegally are on their way to a public school near you for a taxpayer funded education and the Department of Education says they're entitled it. More from Caroline May at Breitbart (bolding is mine): “We have begun to receive inquiries regarding educational services for a specific group of immigrant children who have been in the news – children from Central America who have recently crossed the U.S. - Mexico border,” the Department of Education explains. “This new fact sheet provides information to help education leaders better understand the responsibilities of States...
  • Sowell: Attacking Achievement

    08/11/2014 11:04:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 12, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    New York's mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves "progressive," is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn't exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist. The non-existent problem is the use of tests to determine who gets admitted to the city's three most outstanding public high schools — Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech. These admissions tests have been used for generations, and the students in these schools have had spectacular achievements for generations. These achievements...
  • Fired Texas Principal Speaks Out: ‘It Would Be Best to Speak English in Classrooms’

    08/10/2014 2:34:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    On November 12, 2013, Amy Lacey, the principal of Texas’ Hempstead Middle School, was placed on administrative leave and subsequently fired when she made a simple request to students: speak English. Now that the gag order has expired, Lacey is speaking out about what happened that day, dispelling rumors that she banned Spanish from the school’s campus. “I informed students it would be best to speak English in the classrooms to the extent possible, in order to help prepare them for [state] tests,” she wrote in a letter to the Houston Chronicle explaining her side of the story. “It is...
  • CA State Senate Passes Bill Requiring Schools to Teach About President Obama (Puke Tsunami)

    08/09/2014 10:25:41 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Minority Report ^ | August 10, 2014 | Staff
    A new, unprecedented bill passed by California’s State Senate on Thursday will encourage public schools to teach students about the historical significance surrounding Barack Obama’s status as the first African-American president of the United States of America. Assembly Bill 1921 passed with a 30-1 vote, according to the Associated Press. It was introduced by Assemblyman Dan Holden (D-Pasadena). Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) says the bill would require the Instructional Quality Commission (which facilitates much of California’s Common Core framework) to consider teaching students about Obama’s election within the context of past voter discrimination, the AP notes. Sen. Joel Anderson...
  • New York Common Core Test Quizzes Kids On Global Warming

    08/08/2014 6:54:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/8/2014 | Blake Neff
    Following repeated requests from parents, the state of New York released the text of half the questions used in its new Common Core-aligned standardized tests. The test questions, used in tests for grades 3 through 8, include one question that encouraged students to cite evidence in favor of global warming. included several short written pieces that students had to read and respond to in order to demonstrate English mastery. One such piece was an article originally published on NASA’s website, “The Summer of 2012 –Too Hot To Handle?” The article discusses the high temperatures and drought during the summer of 2012...
  • Michael Mulgrew defends Common Core: ‘You Sick People Need to Deal With us + Children we Teach’

    08/08/2014 5:14:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, August 7, 2014 | The wild remarks came during last month’s American Federation of Teachers convention in Los Angeles.
    Michael Mulgrew defends Common Core: ‘You sick people need to deal with us and the children that we teach’The wild remarks came during last month’s American Federation of Teachers convention in Los Angeles. ‘You sick people need to deal with us and the children we teach. Thank you very much!’ Mulgrew said. Teachers union honcho Michael Mulgrew unleashed a venomous screed directed at anyone who would dare threaten his beloved Common Core agenda. “If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine! You do...
  • Education: None Dare Call Them Commies

    08/08/2014 3:16:57 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 8 replies
    Right Side News ^ | June 23 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [Summary: Decline in American public schools is best explained by the far-left politics of our Education Establishment. These people prefer mediocrity.]-- Historically, Socialism and Communism were sometimes synonyms. But generally there was a sense that Socialism was softer. If you had enough power, you moved on to Communism, which was more coercive. One intellectual summed up the matter this way. Socialists persuade you with speeches. Communists persuade you with guns. In the days after the Russian Revolution, American leftists expended billions of hours trying to describe the perfect society. Fundamentally, all the debates turned on how much power the central...
  • Federal Meddling Has Badly Damaged The College Ideal

    08/08/2014 8:40:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 8, 2014 | George Leef
    For most of our history, few people paid any attention to higher education. Our colleges and universities attracted few students and except for a tiny number of professions where having completed a degree was necessary, no one cared whether a person had been to college or not. At least a few people regarded college as a negative point for job seekers. We read, for example, in Professor Edward Chase Kirkland’s book Dream and Thought in the Business Community, 1860 – 1900 that some business tycoons thought that college spoiled young men for useful careers. Overwhelmingly, people learned what they wanted...
  • A Governor’s Dilemma: Illegal Immigrants Divert Resources From State’s Own Citizens (OK)

    08/06/2014 11:48:29 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 15 replies
    TheDailySignalBlog ^ | August 5, 2014 | Gov Mary Fallin
    On June 13, the first bus of illegal immigrant minors, aged 12-17, arrived at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The state of Oklahoma was given no formal notice, and no chance to object. After weeks of bad publicity, public outrage and political pressure, the Obama administration announced this week that the facility will close by Friday, Aug. 8. That’s good news for the people of Oklahoma and the men and women of Fort Sill, who will once again have the full use of their military base for the purpose it was designed for: housing and training soldiers. What the facility’s closure does...
  • Campus Sexual Engineering

    08/06/2014 9:22:11 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    The Thinking Housewife ^ | August 1, 2014 | Laura Wood
    IT seems too obvious to say, but the problem of campus sexual assault, so prevalent in the news this week, could be largely prevented without the intervention of the federal government or the police or campus sexual assault investigators and advisors and lawyers. The obvious solution is the elephant in the room that no one acknowledges. Here we have a crisis — and I do believe it is a serious problem — that could be solved very simply, but won’t be because there are too many financial interests at stake in keeping campus sexual mayhem going, too many ideologues with...
  • Is Progressive Common Core simply pure evil?

    08/05/2014 9:56:42 PM PDT · by DonMashak · 23 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Don Mashak
    A few days ago this writer went to his first Minnesotans Against Common Core meeting in Becker Minnesota. This writer was not surprised to hear various concerns the speakers mentioned during the course of this meeting. Establishing Child Career Pathways beginning in Second Grade; Recording of "Biometrics" of Children in data bases for future Government use; Dumbing Down of the masses; Indoctrination children to make them more compliant to authority; Conditioning Individuality out of Children; Extending the Length of the School Year. Understandably, the parents in the audience were upset, agitated and angry over children having their career paths set...
  • The K-12 Conspiracy

    08/05/2014 5:36:24 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 12 replies
    American thinker ^ | July 16, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    John Dewey is often blamed (by me and many others) for being the cause of the long, relentless decline in American public education. In fairness, he is only the famous face of a bigger story. In the early years of the 20th century, as the Victorian era moved toward the wasteland of World War I, anxiety and ferment rippled across America and Europe. Unions were rising; revolution was preached in every capital; assassinations were common. There was genuine fear that civilization would fly apart. Edward A. Ross, a sociologist, published an influential book in 1901: Social Control: a survey of...
  • Unintended consequences: More high school math, science linked to more dropouts

    08/04/2014 12:25:17 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 51 replies
    Phys Org ^ | 01 August 2014
    As U.S. high schools beef up math and science requirements for graduation, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found that more rigorous academics drive some students to drop out. The research team reported in the June/July issue of the journal Educational Researcher that policies increasing the number of required high school math and science courses are linked to higher dropout rates. "There's been a movement to make education in the United States compare more favorably to education in the rest of the world, and part of that has involved increasing math and science graduation requirements," explained first author...
  • Bobby Jindal is playing politics with Common Core, Louisiana students: Editorial

    08/03/2014 11:26:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | August 3, 2014 | Editorial
    The political fight over Common Core academic standards reached an absurd level last week when Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit arguing that an agreement he signed four years ago "threatens Louisiana's sovereignty as a state." In a way, he is suing himself. The governor signed the memorandum of understanding in 2010 for Louisiana to take part in Common Core and the development of a multi-state test to measure student achievement. His administration even pushed in 2012 for legislation to strengthen the state's commitment to the new standards. The effort, which originated with the National Governors Association, wasn't controversial then....
  • Blogger fired from language school over ‘homophonia’

    08/01/2014 8:46:25 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | 7/29/14 | PAUL ROLLY
    Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there. This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to someone whose native language does not have that feature. But when the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language learning center wrote a blog explaining homophones, he was let go for creating the perception that the school promoted a gay agenda. Tim Torkildson says after...
  • FBI Whistleblower and Teacher Expose Islamic Gülen Movement Infiltrating U.S.

    08/01/2014 11:09:31 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 8 replies
    BenSwann.com ^ | 07/28/14 | Joshua Cook
    The imam, Fethullah Gülen, came to the United States in 1999 due to cited health problems and has stayed in the United States after gaining his visa with help from former CIA officials. The FBI previously resisted granting permanent residency status to Gülen. According to leaked cables, parts of the U.S. government believe that Gülen “is a ‘radical Islamist’ whose moderate message cloaks a more sinister and radical agenda.” ---- Gülen-inspired schools are the largest charter network in the U.S. and receive approximately $150 million a year in taxpayer money. There are about 130 of these charter schools in 26...
  • Texas: Judge to sort out math, race disputes in Irving ISD trial (white voters vs ineligible voters)

    07/31/2014 2:08:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | July 20, 2014 | AVI SELK
    The trial over Irving ISD’s election system ended Wednesday after three days of testimony about race, math and the right to vote.U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater must now decide whether Irving ISD’s setup illegally blocks Hispanics from electing their favored candidates. If he does, he could force the district to rewrite its election system for the second time in two years.Fitzwater ruled against the same plaintiffs—failed school board candidate Manuel Benavidez and his law firm, Bickel & Brewer—when they first sued Irving ISD in the late 2000s. The judge found that Hispanic residents were too few and far between to...
  • Teacher pay averages $84,489; LAUSD data missing

    07/29/2014 7:10:04 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    contra costa times ^ | 7-25-14 | Thomas Himes
    A newly released survey of 653 of California’s 1,058 school systems reports teachers were paid on average $84,489, while 33 administrators earned more than $250,000 in pay alone last year. The pay and compensation information was complied by The California Policy Center, a nonpartisan conservative public policy think tank that runs Transparent California, which posted the survey for the public to review at transparentcalifornia.com “We’re doing this because the public employs the public sector; and members of the public, as voters are being continually asked to approve tax increase and bond measures,” Policy Center Director Ed Ring said. “You can’t...
  • Why Hoboken is Throwing Away All of its Student Laptops

    07/29/2014 5:14:55 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 71 replies
    WNYC News -- The Hechinger Report ^ | 7-29-14 | Jill Barshay
    Inside Hoboken’s combined junior-senior high school is a storage closet. Behind the locked door, some mothballed laptop computers are strewn among brown cardboard boxes. Others are stacked one atop another. Dozens more are stored on mobile computer carts, many of them on their last legs. That’s all that remains from a failed experiment to assign every student a laptop at Hoboken Junior Senior High School. It began five years ago with an unexpected windfall of stimulus money from Washington, D.C., and good intentions to help the district’s students, the majority of whom are under or near the poverty line, keep...
  • Baltimore Catholic schools to get helping hand from respected businessmen

    07/28/2014 2:35:33 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 2 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/28/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    James B. Sellinger, a former vice president for IBM’s North American operations, will serve as chancellor of education for the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Department of Catholic Schools and Frank Bramble Sr., a member of the Board of Directors for Bank of America Corp., will serve as chairman of the archdiocesan school board, the archdiocese announced July 28. In the newly created position, Sellinger will promote the enrollment and fiscal health of the archdiocese’s nearly 50 Catholic schools. Bramble previously served as interim president of Calvert Hall College High School in Towson and as chairman of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Blue...
  • 5 Reasons Black Men Havent Advanced Over The Last 40 Years.

    07/27/2014 8:24:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | July 21, 2014 | Dr. Boyce Watkins
    According to a recent study conducted at The University of Chicago, African American males haven’t advanced in American society one bit since 1971. The researchers used a variety of socio-economic indicators to arrive at their conclusions, and their work has credibility, since U. Chicago is among the world’s leaders in both Sociological and Economic research. The year 1971 is meaningful to me, since that was the year I was born. When I think about the fact that it’s our job as men to carry the torch and improve upon the achievements of the previous generation, these results seem to imply...
  • Bel Kaufman, Who Told What School Was Really Like, Dies at 103

    07/25/2014 5:31:03 PM PDT · by Borges · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | 7/25/2014 | Margalit Fox
    Bel Kaufman, a former New York City schoolteacher whose classic first novel, “Up the Down Staircase” — shot through with despair and hopefulness, violence and levity, all manner of bureaucratic inanity and a blizzard of official memorandums so mind-bendingly illogical as to seem almost Kafkaesque — was hailed as a stunningly accurate portrait of life in a gritty urban school when it was published in 1965, died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 103.
  • My son has been suspended five times. He’s 3.

    07/25/2014 2:47:25 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 86 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/24/2014 | By Tunette Powell
    <p>I received a call from my sons’ school in March telling me that my oldest needed to be picked up early. He had been given a one-day suspension because he had thrown a chair. He did not hit anyone, but he could have, the school officials told me.</p>
  • Lawmaker to Push Bill Requiring Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' Be Shown in Schools

    07/25/2014 9:57:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    Hhollywood Reporter ^ | 7-25-14 | Paul Bond
    Florida GOP state senator Alan Hays said he’ll propose a bill mandating that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object. A Florida state senator plans to introduce a bill that would make Dinesh D'Souza's docudrama, America, required viewing for most teenagers in the state, The Hollywood Reporter learned on Friday. Republican Alan Hays said he’ll introduce in November his one-page bill that simply states that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object....
  • "Absent legitimacy it's a sprint to whatever irreducible power center presents itself."

    07/23/2014 7:31:57 PM PDT · by JoanVarga · 11 replies
    The Woodpile Report ^ | 7/22/2014 | Uncle Remus
    We're no longer a nation of laws, we're a nation of men, specifically those men who were the first to figure out legitimacy is no longer a serious constraint, and there are no other constraints. Absent legitimacy it's a sprint to whatever irreducible power center presents itself. As in any other no-rules fight, the violent prevail over the peaceful and the homicidal prevail over the violent. This isn't mere looting, major assets, even national assets, are in play. Mexico for example, one of the most violent countries on earth, is conquering—not merging with, conquering—the southwestern US. National borders are always...
  • Clash over campus cards

    07/23/2014 3:52:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 23, 2014 | Benjamin Goad and Megan R. Wilson
    The issue plays into the president’s agenda of protecting students and providing an affordable college education — issues the administration also hopes will drive Democrats to the polls in November. The financial industry is clashing with the Obama administration over forthcoming regulations that are intended to protect college students from excessive bank fees. Still in its early stages, the proposal would extend the Education Department’s regulatory authority to deposit accounts opened under arrangements between universities and financial firms that adopt “campus cards,” critics say. The agency reasons that its jurisdiction includes those accounts, since they often serve as receptacles for...
  • McCrory signs Common Core legislation (NC dropping CC)

    07/22/2014 9:43:16 PM PDT · by bigtoona · 6 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Matthew Burns
    By Matthew Burns Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday signed legislation designed to replace the controversial Common Core academic standards in North Carolina public schools with standards drawn up by a new state commission. The standards were adopted by the state several years ago. But their implementation in the 2012-13 school year angered some parents, who said they were inappropriate in several areas. For the past year, those critics have been pushing lawmakers to repeal the standards. McCrory has supported Common Core in the past. Just last month, he said the push to repeal the standards "is not...
  • Hardline Muslims Tried to Impose Islam in British City's Schools: Government Report

    07/22/2014 9:01:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    LONDON — A British government inquiry has found that hardline Muslims tried to impose an "intolerant and aggressive" Islamic agenda on some schools in the city of Birmingham, including separation of boys and girls in lessons and banning Christmas celebrations. Some of the majority-Moslem schools invited speakers with known extremist views to assemblies and promoted organizations that would be categorized as 'extremist' under government classifications, according to the report by Peter Clarke, former head of London Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command. Hardline Muslims also tried to force schools to install governors and teachers who would support a conservative Islamic religious...