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  • Children of illegal aliens cost county welfare $44 million in March - Up $1 million from last month

    04/27/2009 2:50:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 1,398+ views ^ | April 27, 2009
    LOS ANGELES COUNTY - Figures from the Department of Public Social Services show that children of illegal aliens in Los Angeles County collected more than $21 million in welfare and more than $22 million in food stamps in March 2009 -- an increase of $1 million from the previous month, according to a news release from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Annually the cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds one billion dollars, which includes $220 million for public safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $500 million in welfare and food stamps allocations, according to...
  • U.S. Education Secretary Signs Partnership with Communists Who Put Dissidents in Re-Education Camps

    04/22/2009 6:36:47 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 625+ views ^ | April 22, 2009 | Nicholas Ballasy
    U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has signed a formal educational partnership agrement with the Peoples Republic of China, a Communist regime that, according to the U.S. State Department, subjects political dissidents to re-education through labor. Duncan signed the 2009 Joint Statement of Exchange and Cooperation with the Chinese Minister of Education Zhou Ji on April 16. The documents signed by both Secretary Duncan and Zhou Ji include, among other items, the following initiatives: “The U.S. Network for Education Information (USNEI) Web site be expanded to include links to the academic accreditation Web site in China and other countries (timeline 2009...
  • Fake findings used to secure $16M grant(stem cell research fraud)

    02/22/2006 7:35:22 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 4 replies · 615+ views ^ | 2 22 06 | Jennifer Bails
    A University of Pittsburgh reproductive biologist relied on the now-discredited stem-cell findings of a disgraced Korean scientist to win a $16.1 million federal grant last fall, according to federal documents and letters obtained by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Pitt's Gerald Schatten will use the money for an ambitious stem-cell research program that will occupy four of seven floors of Magee-Womens Research Institute's building, now under construction in Oakland, the documents show. The five-year grant, awarded to Schatten in September by the National Institutes of Health, is based in part on cloning experiments deliberately falsified by Hwang Woo-Suk, the documents show.
  • SSDP Sues Department of Education in Freedom of Information Act Dispute

    02/07/2006 4:14:36 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 11 replies · 631+ views ^ | 2 6 06 |
    The nonprofit organization Students for Sensible Drug Policy announced late last week it has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education alleging that the department is refusing to release state-by-state data on the number of students affected by a law barring them from receiving financial aid because they have a drug conviction unless SSDP pays a hefty fee for the service. The student group wants information about the impact of the Higher Education Act's (HEA) drug provision, authored by arch-drug warrior Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), and in effect since 2000. SSDP is part of a large coalition of student,...
  • Stupid in America -- Why your kids are probably dumber than Belgians

    01/13/2006 3:34:41 AM PST · by JTN · 105 replies · 4,193+ views
    Reason ^ | January 13, 2006 | John Stossel
    For "Stupid in America," a special report ABC will air Friday, we gave identical tests to high school students in New Jersey and in Belgium. The Belgian kids cleaned the American kids' clocks. The Belgian kids called the American students "stupid." We didn't pick smart kids to test in Europe and dumb kids in the United States. The American students attend an above-average school in New Jersey, and New Jersey's kids have test scores that are above average for America. The American boy who got the highest score told me: "I'm shocked, 'cause it just shows how advanced they are...
  • Indiana Senate Democrats Unveil Education Strategy(buy children a book a month for five years)

    01/06/2006 1:36:28 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 31 replies · 812+ views ^ | 1/5/2006 |
    Indiana Senate Democrats this morning unveiled a long-term strategy aimed at improving the state's education system by focusing on early childhood development The Start Smart initiative includes implementing a four-year phase-in of voluntary full-day kindergarten, establishing a grant program for innovative practices, establishing a public-private partnership to provide free reading books to all children from birth to age five. Source: Inside INdiana Business Press Release INDIANAPOLIS – Calling for the state to renew its commitment to educating children, today Indiana Senate Democrats announced a comprehensive long-term strategy aimed at revolutionizing the state’s education system and ensuring every child’s long-term success....
  • Prison Inmate Elected To School Board

    11/12/2005 2:22:09 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 43 replies · 1,222+ views ^ | 11 11 05 |
    He wasn't able to get out to vote for himself, but lots of others did. And a prison inmate was elected to a school board Tuesday in southern California. Randy Hale received 831 votes, earning one of three open seats on the Romoland School Board, even though he's behind bars. Hale violated his parole after being convicted of spousal abuse and drug possession. He was returned to prison in September, and isn't due to be released until mid-February. His wife Penny says "this is wild." The district's superintendent says he's consulting lawyers to figure out how to handle the situation....
  • Arizona High School Will Stop Using Textbooks(Will Use Laptops,Online Articles Instead of Books)

    07/11/2005 8:53:06 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 69 replies · 1,861+ views ^ | 7 11 05
    TUCSON, Ariz. (July 11) - A high school in Vail will become the state's first all-wireless, all-laptop public school this fall. The 350 students at the school will not have traditional textbooks. Instead, they will use electronic and online articles as part of more traditional teacher lesson plans. Vail Unified School District's decision to go with an all-electronic school is rare, experts say. Often, cost, insecurity, ignorance and institutional constraints prevent schools from making the leap away from paper. ''The efforts are very sporadic,'' said Mark Schneiderman, director of education policy for the Software and Information Industry Association. ''A minority...
  • Lee County girl can't hand out anti-abortion info at school

    07/03/2005 11:11:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 67 replies · 1,262+ views ^ | 7/2/05 | AP
    FORT MYERS, Fla. - A federal judge refused to allow a 15-year-old girl to distribute anti-abortion pamphlets at school, saying the divisive issue could turn the hallways into a "battlefield." Cypress Lake Middle School eighth-grader Michelle Heinkel wanted to hand out the literature to classmates on a "day of remembrance" for abortion victims - despite being barred last year because the Lee County school district's blanket policy bans student distribution of pamphlets. In a 21-page order, U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington on Friday ruled that if the school board allowed Heinkel to disseminate the pamphlets, then they would...
  • Skipping school can mean a day in court or washing school buses, fines or parenting classes

    07/05/2005 12:51:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 97 replies · 1,822+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 5, 2005 | BILL MURPHY
    Bill and Rebecca Hardin sat in a Cypresswood court recently, waiting to find out whether they would be fined as much as $500 each because their son was allegedly truant from school. On the same day, a 17-year-old Spring High student was hauled off to the county jail for at least a day for failing to honor a contractual promise to attend school. And some students who played hooky during the school year are spending days of summer vacation washing school buses under court order. The youths and their parents have been landing before judges as part of an anti-truancy...
  • Home-schooled girl fights for band spot

    06/18/2005 8:15:49 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 392 replies · 9,532+ views
    Lincoln Journal Star ^ | June 18, 2005 | Kendra Waltke
    Before the parade passes her by, Tiffany Hasley will stand up for her right to perform with the Beatrice High School marching band. She'll be on the corner of 13th and Court streets in Beatrice at 8:30 a.m. this morning, all lined up for today's Homestead Days Parade. Clarinet in hand, standing tall in her stiff new band shoes, she plans to leave quietly when school officials tell her she cannot march. Because the home-schooled eighth-grader does not want to make a scene, just a point. That is: Home-school students should be allowed to participate in any public school activity,...
  • Philly schools to require African history class to Graduate

    06/09/2005 7:49:35 PM PDT · by FeeinTennessee · 46 replies · 1,098+ views ^ | June 9, 2005
    Philly Schools to Require African History Class to Graduate Wires Thursday, June 9, 2005 PHILADELPHIA -- City high school students will be required to take a class in African and African American history to graduate, a move that education experts believe is unique in the nation. The requirement in the 185,000-student district, which is about two-thirds black, begins with September's freshman class, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday. The yearlong course covers subjects including classical African civilizations, civil rights and black nationalism, said Gregory Thornton, the district's chief academic officer. The other social studies requirements are American history, geography and...
  • Drug Czar Favors Testing Teens

    06/04/2005 6:06:50 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 103 replies · 1,449+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | June 4, 2005
    Drug Czar Favors Testing Teens If school boards institute random drug testing in the public schools, the use of illegal drugs among teens would be sharply reduced, said John Walters, the director of National Drug Control Policy. President Bush's drug czar has called for catching alcohol and drug abuse early in the teen population, particularly by instituting random drug testing. Random drug screening is an effective measure that local school boards should consider adopting, said John Walters, addressing the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors on Friday in Bal Harbour. "[Random drug testing in public high schools]...
  • Substitute Teacher Fired for Taping Mouths

    05/26/2005 8:11:47 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 43 replies · 2,266+ views
    ap ^ | 5-26-05
    Substitute Teacher Fired for Taping Mouths TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - A substitute teacher who was fired after putting small pieces of tape across the mouths of first-graders because they would not stop talking said she did not mean any harm. Vigo County schools officials fired Sheryl Smith this week after parents told them that she had taped six children's mouths at Fuqua Elementary School. "A substitute teacher used extremely poor judgment," said John Orr, director of human resources. Smith had put the tape on vertically, and it did not cover the children's mouths, although they could not talk. She did...
  • Sisters give birth at 12, 14, 16

    05/23/2005 12:04:01 PM PDT · by Truthsayer20 · 148 replies · 5,647+ views
    BBC ^ | 05/23/2005 | BBC
    Sisters give birth at 12, 14, 16 Three schoolgirl sisters have given birth aged 12, 14 and 16. The Williams sisters, who live with their mother in a council house in Derby, feature in a BBC3 documentary called Desperate Midwives. Natasha, the oldest, Jade and Jemma, the youngest, are reported to receive £600 a week in benefits. Their mother Julie Atkins, 38, who said the girls were too young and had ruined their lives, blamed schools for providing poor quality sex education. Mother defiant Jemma was first to give birth, to T-Jay in February last year, and weeks later Jade...
  • Bibles banned on playgrounds: Legal group challenges restriction on student activity at recess

    05/12/2005 1:56:58 AM PDT · by Stoat · 29 replies · 1,122+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | May 12, 2005
    BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS Bibles banned on playgrounds Legal group challenges restriction on student activity during recess Posted: May 12, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005     An elemenatary school principal who barred students from reading the Bible during recess after a complaint from parents is violating the Constitution, according to a public-interest law firm challenging his actions. In a letter to the Knox County School District in Tennesee, the Alliance Defense Fund declared the principal of Karns Elementary School is on "shaky constitutional ground."   "The Constitution does not prohibit Bibles during recess; it prohibits the wholesale banning of...
  • New York Student Sues High School for Prohibiting Pro-Life Shirt

    ( - A junior at Fillmore Central High School near Buffalo, N.Y., has filed a federal lawsuit against his school district for ordering him to remove his pro-life T-shirt in violation of his free-speech rights. The Thomas More Law Center, a Michigan-based public interest law firm, and the American Catholic Lawyers Association are representing the student, Kevin Dibble, who was told by the school principal that the message on his T-shirt was offensive and therefore prohibited. The T-shirt read, "Abortion is Homicide. You will not silence my message. You will not mock my God. You will stop killing my generation....
  • High Security Alert at Penn High School Today

    05/10/2005 9:43:00 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 2 replies · 588+ views ^ | 5 10 05 |
    Police will be out in force in the Penn-Harris-Madison schools today. The school security team is taking no chances with a message written on a high school bathroom wall last month. The message reads that people will die May tenth, which is today. Saint Joseph county sheriff Frank Canarecci says there's no way to know whether it's a joke, so police mean business. Since the message targeted athletes first, Penn will havesecurity at tonight's track meet, softball, and tennis matches.
  • The Idle Hands and Wandering Minds of Texas Legislators

    05/09/2005 11:15:08 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 12 replies · 745+ views ^ | 5 8 05 | Shane Cory
    Politicians of the Texas State House took the time this week to pass HB 1476 which will put an end to "sexually suggestive" performances by middle and high school students. The bill, all 219 words of it, didn't bother to define what a sexually suggestive performance may be. Here are the main portions of the bill: Sec. 33.088. SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE PERFORMANCES PROHIBITED. (a) A school dance team, drill team, cheerleading team, or similar performance group may not perform in a sexually suggestive manner at an athletic or other extracurricular event or competition sponsored or approved by a school district or...
  • Snow fort builders facing prison time

    05/08/2005 7:04:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 138 replies · 8,157+ views
    Metro West Daily News ^ | May 4, 2005 | Norman Miller
    FRAMINGHAM -- Two Framingham High seniors arrested in January after they were ordered off high school property because they were building a snow fort were found guilty yesterday of trespassing. Jenna Schroeder and Jason Osorio, both 18, now face a maximum of 30 days in jail after the two-day trial in Framingham District Court. The jury of three men and three women deliberated for about three hours before they reached a verdict. Judge Douglas Stoddart will sentence the pair May 16. Although punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail, according to Massachusetts General Law, an offender can also...
  • Student Suspended for Call to Mom in Iraq

    05/06/2005 10:15:07 AM PDT · by Responsibility1st · 457 replies · 7,119+ views
    Newsday ^ | 05/06/05 | AP
    COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A high school student was suspended for 10 days for refusing to end a mobile phone call with his mother, a soldier serving in Iraq, school officials said. The 10-day suspension was issued because Kevin Francois was "defiant and disorderly" and was imposed in lieu of an arrest, Spencer High School assistant principal Alfred Parham said. The confrontation Wednesday began after the 17-year-old junior got a call at lunchtime from his mother, Sgt. 1st Class Monique Bates, who left in January for a one-year tour with the 203rd Forward Support Battalion. Mobile phones are allowed on campus...
  • Student Sues N.Y. College Over Dismissal

    05/06/2005 9:29:18 AM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 13 replies · 830+ views
    New York Sun ^ | May 6, 2005 | BY JOSH GERSTEIN
    A student who claims he was expelled from a training program for prospective teachers because of his support for corporal punishment and his opposition to multicultural education filed a $40 million lawsuit yesterday and demanded to be reinstated.
  • Burrito causes gun scare at Clovis school (Terminal Hysteria)

    04/28/2005 5:05:20 PM PDT · by 2Am4Sure · 44 replies · 1,857+ views (Albuquerque) ^ | 04/28/2005 | Todd Dukart
    It wasn’t a gun that caused police to lock down Marshall Junior High School in Clovis. It was a burrito. Police locked the school down after a citizen saw a student walking into school with a long, skinny object wrapped in a white cloth. He thought it was a gun and called police. Officers searched for the student while the school was on lockdown. But the student came forward first, admitting he had what they were looking for – a two-and-a-half-foot-long burrito. The student had taken the burrito, wrapped in foil and a white cloth, to present in a culinary...
  • Extra-credit Burrito Leads to School Scare

    04/29/2005 1:05:10 PM PDT · by MississippiMasterpiece · 57 replies · 1,630+ views
    Clovis News Journal ^ | April 29, 2005 | Marlena Hartz
    A concerned citizen spotted a male juvenile carrying a suspiciously concealed item into Marshall Junior High School early Thursday morning. Police were called. The school was locked down. Adjacent streets were closed and law officers were perched on roofs with weapons. The drama ended about two hours later when the suspicious item was identified: A 30-inch burrito, prepared as an extra-credit assignment and wrapped inside tinfoil and a white T-shirt. “I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry,” school Principal Diana Russell said after the mystery was solved. “Overall, I’d say we had a good learning day.” The incident began...
  • Racial Threat Called Hoax of Unhappy Black Student

    04/29/2005 12:14:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 827+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 27, 2005 | Susan Kuczka, Lisa Black,Courtney Flynn, and Barbara Bell
    A Trinity International University minority student unhappy about attending the school was charged with a hate crime after she confessed to sending racially threatening mail to minority classmates, prompting a temporary evacuation of black and Latino students from campus, authorities said Tuesday. Alicia Hardin, 19, of Chicago, an African-American woman, was trying to convince her parents that the Bannockburn school was too dangerous for her, police said. "We believe she wanted to attend a different college, and she thought if her parents saw Trinity as an unsafe environment, they'd let her transfer," Lake County Assistant State's Atty. Matthew Chancey said....
  • Former Greene school aide arrested on sex charges(molested special ed students between 9 and 15)

    04/26/2005 8:32:56 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 19 replies · 12,997+ views
    south bend tribune online ^ | 4 26 05 | MARTI GOODLAD HELINE and MICHAEL WANBAUGH
    SOUTH BEND — A former aide at Greene Intermediate Center is in jail after her arrest Tuesday on nine felony charges related to inappropriate sexual activities with special education students she supervised. Schmeca White, 27, of the 800 block of Huey Street, was taken into custody at her home shortly before noon Tuesday. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Ken Cotter said White is accused of performing various sexual acts or causing students to perform sex acts in a classroom during their lunch period. The reported incidents occurred during November and December while the teacher with whom White worked was away from the...
  • Goodbye, Klocek. Thanks, DPU (DePaul school newspaper does a "Barf Alert" op-ed on pro-Israel prof)

    04/26/2005 6:23:26 AM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 15 replies · 870+ views
    The DePaulia ^ | April 26, 2005 | Michael Gallo
    Like many other students, over the past four years at DePaul, I’ve had very little opportunity to directly see the administration working for the well-being of the student body. In fact, I would say quite the opposite. I’ve seen computers taken out of dorm rooms, free prints removed and tuition and fees increased. That is until recently. DePaul University, more specifically Dean Dumbleton from the School for New Learning and Vice-President Doyle from the office of student affairs made a very difficult decision to protect the students. During this year’s fall quarter at the Loop Campus Student Involvement Fair, representatives...
  • God"-less Pledge stirs Jeffco school backlash

    04/22/2005 2:17:08 PM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 28 replies · 1,152+ views
    Denver Post ^ | April 22, 2005 | Jim Kirksey
    An edited version of the Pledge of Allegiance has raised a controversy at Everitt Middle School in Wheat Ridge. Eighth-grade counselor Margo Lucero, filling in for absent principal Kathleen Norton, changed a portion of the Pledge from "one nation under God" to "one nation under your belief system," while on the public- address system Wednesday morning.
  • DePaul’s Jihad against academic freedom

    04/19/2005 7:23:40 AM PDT · by finnman69 · 12 replies · 978+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 4/18/05 | Richard Baehr
    DePaul’s Jihad against academic freedomApril 18th, 2005 DePaul University in Chicago is one of the fastest growing universities in the country. It has become the largest Catholic-affiliated university in America. Muslim and Arab students are one of the segments of DePaul's student population that has seen the greatest increase in numbers in recent years. Although no figures are available, these students are an important source of revenue for the University, and many may well pay full tuition, making their attendance particularly lucrative. Perhaps in recognition of this market segment, the University hired Norman Finkelstein to teach in its Political Science...
  • Four South Windsor students sent home for anti-gay T-shirts

    04/18/2005 10:12:48 AM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 93 replies · 2,887+ views
    AP ^ | 4/16/05
    SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. -- Four South Windsor high school students were sent home Friday after T-shirts they wore bearing anti-gay slogans caused disturbances, students and school officials said. The boys, who wore white T-shirts with the statement, "Adam and Eve, Not Adam and Steve," say their constitutional right to free speech was violated. "We were just voicing our opinions," said Steven Vendetta, who made the T-shirts with his friends, Kyle Shinfield, David Grimaldi and another student who was not identified by the Journal Inquirer of Manchester. "We didn't tell other people to think what we're thinking. We just told them...
  • Horowitz Speech Disrupted (And Reaction from Socialist Prof)

    04/15/2005 7:07:23 AM PDT · by Flightdeck · 90 replies · 2,763+ views
    Daily Texan ^ | 4/15/04 | Marjon Rostami
    A speech about academic freedom turned into a "violation of First Amendment rights," according to Dana Cloud, a member of the International Socialist Organization. Six people, including one juvenile, were arrested Wednesday night after protesting David Horowitz's speech at Townes Hall at the UT School of Law. The Texas Federalist Society hosted the meeting and invited Horowitz, a right-wing advocate and author of the Academic Bill of Rights, to speak. Opposition groups were holding signs and speaking out during Horowitz's speech on Wednesday, but when they were told to stop speaking, some took out noisemakers to mark their disapproval of...
  • Conservative take on sexual assault harms efforts to fix problems

    04/15/2005 12:40:21 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 51 replies · 1,098+ views
    The Digital Collegian (Penn State) ^ | Friday, April 15, 2005 | editorial
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Irony has never been so transparent. The visit of conservative and self-proclaimed anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly to Penn State Wednesday has been denied by Young Americans for Freedom as a counter to Take Back the Night but acknowledged as a "happy coincidence." While 200 people marched through campus to fight rape and sexual assault, Schlafly spoke to a group of 100 listeners about why women should carry guns to deter such crime. The absurdity that 20,000 female college students should need to carry firearms to protect themselves from rape is as obvious...
  • Student Claims He Was Suspended For Wearing Makeup

    04/14/2005 7:06:35 AM PDT · by Asphalt · 186 replies · 2,769+ views
    AP ^ | 4/14/05
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A ninth-grade student has accused officials at a Southern California high school of discrimination for suspending him for wearing lipstick and eye makeup. James Herndon, 16, said the five-day suspension imposed Monday by administrators at San Bernardino's Pacific High School was unfair because females are allowed to wear cosmetics on campus. "If I can't wear makeup," he said, "then the girls or the staff can't wear makeup." Herndon says his black lipstick and red eye makeup express the Wiccan religious beliefs he shares with his mother, a priestess in the neo-pagan faith. The suspension violates his...
  • 'PCRM Week': The Dairy Attack

    04/13/2005 3:35:11 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 92 replies · 2,112+ views ^ | 4 12 05 |
    Unless you're among the bean-sprout-sized minority of Americans who describe themselves as "vegans" (vegetarians who also won't touch milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, or even a dollop of honey), you may have been alarmed by the publicity surrounding an article appearing last month in the journal Pediatrics. The anti-milk piece -- written by activists from the PETA-affiliated Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) -- concluded that feeding milk to children is unnecessary, and that there are better ways (kale, tofu, turnip greens, or spinach, for instance) for kids to get the calcium they need. In reaching this result, PCRM relied on...
  • Forever - Banned

    04/10/2005 6:42:44 PM PDT · by Texasbock · 224 replies · 11,879+ views
    Pasadena Independent School District superintendent Dr. Rick Schneider has banned the book "Forever" by popular children's author Judy Blume from the shelves of libraries within the district. The book had previously been found in the collections of one intermediate and three high schools. Advertisement "It is never an easy decision to pull a book from the shelves. The superintendent has the responsibility to put materials in the system that are educationally suitable and appropriate. In this particular case, after reading the book, he felt that, though the theme is not unsuitable certain passages are and decided to remove the book,"...
  • 11,800 Montgomery students bullied or sexually assaulted

    04/08/2005 4:25:00 PM PDT · by sitetest · 34 replies · 1,062+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 7, 2005 | Jonathan Marino
    Students are being sexually assaulted on school buses and the Montgomery County school system has not done enough for its students to protect them from other forms of bullying and abuse, local lawmakers told school officials Thursday. The County Council's demand that school officials better protect children comes on the heels of an incident in which a 12-year-old girl was groped by classmates on Valentine's Day en route to Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown. After it was reported that the girl's parents were unsatisfied with the response offered by police and schools, several parents stepped forward with tales of...
  • Need help / resource recommendations for contract negotiations with a teachers' union. (Vanity)

    04/07/2005 1:45:12 PM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 14 replies · 531+ views
    5/7/2005 | FP
    An online friend, not on Free Republic, is on his local school board. He's a good, conservative guy, in my dealings with him; the kind of person FReepers want to see on school boards. Contract negotiations with the teachers union are getting very adversarial. He is feeling a little outgunned, as the union tend to bring in seasoned hardball labor contract negotiators, whereas the school board members are elected regular citizens without much experience in this sort of thing. I know where he is at, but would prefer to not reveal his location and school district, since I haven't asked...
  • Cassava kills 30 kids in Bohol

    03/10/2005 12:50:44 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 53 replies · 5,426+ views ^ | 3 10 05 | Jose Sollano
    Thirty elementary school children died of food poisoning yesterday after eating a native delicacy made from cassava flour at the San Jose Elementary School in Mabini town, Bohol. San Jose Vice Mayor Ester Tabigi said authorities had not yet determined exactly how many children had fallen ill, but at least 50 were still in critical condition last night in various hospitals in the nearby towns of Ubay and Talibon. Some children were brought as far as the provincial capital of Tagbilaran City, some 100 kilometers from Mabini. Reports said the children, mostly second and third-grade pupils, started complaining of stomach...

    01/24/2005 10:01:51 PM PST · by paltz · 141 replies · 3,923+ views ^ | Jeff Grabmeier
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - For the first time, sociologists have mapped the romantic and sexual relationships of an entire high school over 18 months, providing evidence that these adolescent networks may be structured differently than researchers previously thought. James Moody The results showed that, unlike many adult networks, there was no core group of very sexually active people at the high school. There were not many students who had many partners and who provided links to the rest of the community. Instead, the romantic and sexual network at the school created long chains of connections that spread out through the community,...
  • Reconciling lawfulness, safety of handgun debate

    01/22/2005 7:15:48 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 10 replies · 758+ views ^ | 1 19 05 | Parker Howell
    Viewpoints differ on which firearms rules stay within the law and keep students safe Parker Howell Senior News Reporter January 19, 2005 While the Oregon University System's contentious rule restricting Concealed Handgun License holders from carrying firearms on university campuses has remained static since graduate student Brian Stubbs challenged it in court last year, debate continues over what balance of power between gun owners and the OUS will create the safest campuses. Supporters of concealed firearms say the OUS policy violates state law, and concealed handguns are a right necessary for self-defense. Opponents argue that handguns on university campuses are...
  • Board to consider if guns are ceremonial or weapons

    01/06/2005 2:48:18 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 11 replies · 1,212+ views ^ | 1 6 05 | Amanda Millard
    Freedom News Service Black-powdered muskets may no longer ring in the New Year at Rudisill Stadium next New Year’s Day, school officials said Tuesday. The stadium, located at Cherryville High School, has been the site of the end of the night celebration of two groups of Cherryville shooters since 1991. But the groups’ use of the stadium may be violating school system policy. Principal Steve Huffstetler said he would probably not let the final shot from the Cherryville shooters take place on school grounds again. He has been at the school for seven years as principal but was unsure of...
  • PC on earth for Santa: Boy Claus booted out of N.H. school dance

    12/23/2004 10:29:09 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 970+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 24, 2004 | Kevin Rothstein
    A 12-year-old New Hampshire boy who wanted to jolly up his junior high dance by dressing in a Santa suit instead got a lesson in political correctness when his Scroogelike principal turned the student away, fearing he might offend his classmates.
  • Texas School District Bans Christmas Colors

    12/16/2004 8:54:46 AM PST · by RayChuang88 · 164 replies · 3,300+ views
    Maranatha Christian Journal ^ | December 16, 2004
    (MCNS)--Attorneys filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today against the Plano Independent School District for a discriminatory policy that censors the Christmas religious expression of students and their parents. “The policy is a perfect example of politically correct extremism,” said Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb. “School officials have gone so far as to prohibit students from wearing red and green at their ‘winter break’ parties because they claim they are Christmas colors. Even the plates and napkins must be white. The district’s policy is ludicrous to even the most common observer.”
  • Pencil sharpeners banned after attack

    12/13/2004 7:34:38 AM PST · by Pikamax · 15 replies · 849+ views
    Manchester Online ^ | 12/09/04 | Manchester Online
    Pencil sharpeners banned after attack WEAPON: A pencil sharpener blade PENCIL sharpeners have been banned from a primary school after a pupil dismantled one and used the blade to slash another child's neck. The victim was attacked in the playground at Waterloo Primary School in Ashton under Lyne. He was taken to Tameside Hospital where he had butterfly stitches placed on the wound. The attacker was suspended for two days and is now back in school. Police, who were notified two days later, have spoken to the young attacker and his parents. Headteacher David Willis has now banned all pencil...
  • A Seat at the Table: Islam Makes Inroads in Education

    12/09/2004 11:33:27 AM PST · by missyme · 46 replies · 2,255+ views
    CBN News ^ | Dec 9th, 2004 | David Brody
    WASHINGTON -- If you look closely, what is inside your child's textbooks may shock you. They are full of evolution theories, and many liberal historians are rewriting American history as well. But there is even more. How Islam is portrayed in today's textbooks is a subject of concern also. The familiar images of Islam include praying at Mecca, and the prophet Muhammad, a man Muslims say is the messenger of God. But this is not the whole story. When all is said and done, the story of Islam is being told and taught to our nation's school kids in their...
  • Honor student plotted mother's murder, police say (Kept an online journal)

    11/28/2004 7:40:46 PM PST · by Zechariah11 · 49 replies · 2,572+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 26, 2004 | Peter Porco
    By PETER PORCO Anchorage Daily News November 26, 2004 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sixteen-year-old Rachelle A. Waterman would appear to be any parent's ideal child - an honor student, an athlete, a gifted singer. But for months, she planned her mother's murder with two of her former boyfriends who are eight years her senior, according to Alaska State Troopers. Two weekends ago on Southeast's Prince of Wales Island, their plot ended in the death of 48-year-old Lauri Waterman of Craig, according to court papers. Lauri Waterman, a teacher's aide and community activist, was killed by one of the men using a...
  • LaHaye Condemns U.S. Public Education

    11/27/2004 4:56:35 PM PST · by -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=- · 74 replies · 3,501+ views
    AgapePress ^ | November 24, 2004 | Jim Brown and Jenni Parker
    (AgapePress) - A popular Christian author and pastor says the overwhelming majority of Christians need a change of attitude regarding public schools. Meanwhile, leading education experts are trying to dispel some common myths about home schooling and let parents know why it may be a better choice for their families. Dr. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the Left Behind novel series, says evangelical pastors who advocate sending their Christian youth to public schools are "philosophically out to lunch." He says those pastors and other Christian leaders who look favorably on public education "don't understand the worldview of the secular humanists that's...
  • School Backs Away from Food Confiscation Policy (Food Nazis!)

    11/09/2004 11:55:30 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 68 replies · 2,149+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/9/04 | Anon
    Steven Walley is seething over the "food police" at his son's school.A letter from the Freedom Elementary School said the county's Health Services Agency plans to educate students and families about healthy eating habits and there was a list of acceptable foods.It also warned: "We will take away from students any non-nutritious foods such as hot Cheetos or chips, sugary snacks, soda, etc." Walley couldn't believe it. "The food police," he said, had gone too far."There's no law on the books that would allow this," Walley said. "They're saying if I send my kid to school with chips or a...
  • School official asks police to stop Tasers [only on elementary school kids]

    11/24/2004 3:30:08 PM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies · 594+ views
    Interest Alert ^ | 11-24-04
    MIAMI, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The superintendent of Miami-Dade Schools, where police Taser-gunned a 6-year-old first-grader, has asked police to stop using stun guns against children. Superintendent Rudy Crew made the request in a letter to the police chief, the Miami Herald reported Saturday. His letter followed an incident in October when a Miami-Dade officer zapped a 6-year-old first-grader at Kelsey Pharr Elementary School, who was wielding a piece of glass in a school office. "The Pharr student was agitated and injured," Crew wrote in his letter. "However, police officers have dealt with other children in this condition without resorting...
  • Blue School Board Fails Election Lesson

    11/22/2004 6:09:17 AM PST · by dukeman · 19 replies · 1,127+ views ^ | 11/22/04 | Dr. Warren Throckmorton
    Montgomery County, Maryland is a blue county. Next door to Washington, D.C., the county went 66 percent to 33 percent for Senator Kerry in the recent election. So when the Montgomery County School Board rubber stamped a set of committee recommendations expanding sexual education content to include condom demonstrations and left of center views on homosexuality, I suspect the members of the board expected little resistance from parents. Surprise! In fact, after two years of stonewalling efforts from parents to register their views, the school board members may find themselves facing voters in a recall effort. Rumor is that the...