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  • Dropouts Seek a Boost From Equivalency Exams

    09/14/2009 7:18:59 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 3 replies · 737+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept 12, 2009 | S. MITRA KALITA
    Dropouts Seek a Boost From Equivalency Exams Numbers Seeking a Degree Swell -- But Gains May Be Limited A growing number of Americans are taking high school equivalency tests in their hunt for any leg up in a bleak labor market. Adult-education centers across the country report backlogs and waiting lists for prep courses cramming dozens of topics and years of lessons into weeks or months. But the potential for a better job and pay that drives many to seek a General Educational Development diploma comes with a caveat: The certificate generally is of limited value unless students use it...
  • The Realities of ‘College Education’

    06/18/2009 4:55:13 AM PDT · by decimon · 28 replies · 1,870+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 15, 2009 | Abraham H. Miller
    The soaring costs of a college degree are prompting colleges to consider a three-year degree program. Britain has long granted a degree for three years of college. I would like to suggest a one-year degree program. And I don’t mean an associate’s degree. Here are some hard facts most colleges will never tell you and most parents could not tolerate hearing. The general requirements of the first two years at most colleges are what high school should have been. That is what junior should have learned had he not been busy getting high, getting drunk, and being socially promoted. Better...
  • High school teaching Arabic language

    05/13/2006 5:58:12 AM PDT · by Puppage · 110 replies · 1,565+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 5/13/06 | Puppage
    (Guilford-WTNH, May 12, 2006 8:00 PM) _ It may be a sign of the times. Guilford High School's course in Arabic got such an overwhelming response they had to turn students away. This language course has many students thinking of a future helping their country. They began the school year learning to pronounce the basic sounds of the Arabic language. "You have um a lot of glottal sounds. Like ian, hein and humzah and haha," says Guilford High senior Michael Weston-Murphy. Now students can read, write and greet one another as many people do in the Middle East. Their instructor...
  • Nancy Edison- Homeschooling Pioneer Woman

    05/14/2006 10:51:17 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 31 replies · 672+ views
    Those familiar with the life of Thomas Edison remember the story of how he left school. Edison didn't do well in school. He particularly disliked math and had difficulty sitting still and paying attention. He constantly drifted in and out of daydreams. He was impulsive, and his persistant questioning and inability to be quiet and wait for instructions exasperated the strict teachers. One day, the schoolmaster, Reverand G. B. Engle, belittled young Thomas Edison as being "addled." Young Thomas was so outraged, he walked out of school and stormed home (something that could get a student arrested today). He complained...
  • Teacher Regrets Murderous Essay Assignment

    05/15/2006 6:01:16 AM PDT · by 300magnum · 43 replies · 1,271+ views
    AP ^ | Not Given
    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - A high school teacher has apologized for asking students to write about who they would kill and how they would do it, and officials said he will likely keep his job. Michael Maxwell, who teaches industrial technology at Central High School, said his request that students in his beginning drafting class describe how they would carry out a murder was merely a writing prompt. It was not clear why he asked the drafting class to write fiction. "I made a horrible mistake that I regret," Maxwell said. "I want to apologize to my students, my colleagues...
  • Student suspended for singing `threatening' song

    05/09/2006 2:23:08 PM PDT · by Amelia · 127 replies · 2,354+ views
    Access North Georgia/ Associated Press ^ | 5/9/06 | Associated Press
    Student suspended for singing `threatening' songby The Associated Press SUWANEE - A student at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee has been suspended for a week after a teacher accused her of singing a threatening song in class. Sixteen-year-old Beth Ann Cox admits singing the parody of ``On top of Ol' Smokey,'' but she denies any wrongdoing. She was suspended yesterday for five days. The lyrics that alarmed the German teacher were, ``On top of Ol' Smokey, all covered with blood, I shot my poor teacher with a .44 slug.''

    05/04/2006 8:25:18 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 25 replies · 748+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 5/4/06 | Kayla Webley
    Teaching students to care By Kayla Webley Seattle Times Eastside bureau MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES Fifth-graders Harleen Sran, left, and Samantha Grandy wash lunch trays at Henry David Thoreau Elementary School in Kirkland, the result of a lesson by Marie Hartford, foreground. Her elementary students dubbed her "the recycling fairy." With her fairy costume — black garbage-bag skirt and shirt, mini-silverware earrings and a spatula wand — Marie Hartford makes recycling fun for students at Henry David Thoreau Elementary School in Kirkland. Hartford established a recycling program for bottles, cans and milk cartons and inspired students to start...
  • Rape Victim Sues School For Not Letting Her In

    05/04/2006 11:52:26 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 74 replies · 2,243+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 4 May 2006 | AP
    (AP) EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. A high school student who says she was raped after missing her bus home in 2004 has sued over a district policy that barred her from returning to campus to call for a ride. The federal lawsuit says the policy is reckless because it effectively strands students in a city with "notorious high crime." The girl, who missed her school bus because she was meeting with a counselor, was walking to a bus station in May 2004 when she was abducted at gunpoint by four men and driven to a home, where one of the...
  • Teacher Suspended For Offering Extra Credit For Wendy's Cups

    05/01/2006 6:25:06 AM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 18 replies · 1,060+ views
    AP ^ | 5/1/06
    Teacher Suspended For Offering Extra Credit For Wendy's Cups POSTED: 3:10 pm EDT April 27, 2006 DELAND, Fla. -- A first-year teacher was suspended for five days without pay after offering students extra credit for bringing in paper cups from a Wendy's restaurant that he could cash in for a free plane ticket. The Volusia County school district found Scott Keatley, 23, guilty of unprofessional conduct and determined he exploited his relationship with students for personal gain. He was suspended Tuesday night. An internal school investigation found that Keatley, who teaches social studies, gave students extra credit toward their final...
  • Supreme Court Allows Decision to Stand Protecting Religious Speech in Public Schools

    04/26/2006 12:42:13 PM PDT · by topher · 32 replies · 750+ views
    WASHINGTON, DC, April 26, 2006 ( - Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a ruling by a federal court of appeals to stand that declared public schools cannot censor the religious viewpoints of students in class assignments. The case, Baldwinsville School District v. Peck, involved a school district's censorship of a kindergartner's art poster that contained a picture of Jesus. Liberty Counsel represents Antonio Peck, the student whose poster was censored. When attending kindergarten at Baldwinsville Elementary School in Syracuse, New York, Antonio's teacher instructed the class to draw posters regarding their understanding of the environment. Antonio drew a poster...
  • How homosexual school clubs offer sex to students ["Day of Silence" tomorrow]

    04/25/2006 6:56:58 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 41 replies · 3,316+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 25, 2006 | Linda Harvey
    Tuesday, April 25, 2006 How homosexual school clubs offer sex to students Posted: April 25, 20061:00 a.m. Eastern By Linda Harvey © 2006 The mainstream media is sure to spend time this next week on the subject of homosexuality and youth, precipitated by the observance in hundreds of high schools of the so-called "Day of Silence" on Wednesday, April 26. This is the day that students who are "GLBT" – that's "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered" – pledge to remain silent all day to draw attention to what they believe is discrimination. On Thursday, April 27, some schools will be...
  • Five principals could lose posts over a second D [Superintendent gets tough in Jeb's system]

    04/25/2006 5:41:59 AM PDT · by summer · 26 replies · 481+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | April 24, 2006 | Nirvi Shah
    Two D's and you're out. At least five Palm Beach County principals' jobs are on the line this year as the school year moves into its home stretch, Superintendent Art Johnson said. Two years, he believes, is plenty of time for middle- and high-school principals to turn their schools around, even if they have long-standing reputations of student underachievement. "My position has been double-D schools get a new administrator," Johnson said. "Sometimes my staff says two years is not enough. At other schools, a principal has made a change in almost no time." Johnson's prime example is Jon Prince, who...
  • 6 Middle Schoolers Arrested After Planning Massacre

    04/23/2006 6:12:02 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 40 replies · 1,023+ views ^ | 24 April 2006
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Police said a group of seventh-graders hatched an elaborate plan to cut off power and telephone service to their middle school, slay classmates and faculty with guns and knives, then escape from their small Alaska town. The arrest Saturday of six students in North Pole, a town of 1,600 people about 14 miles southeast of Fairbanks, marks the nation's second breakup of an alleged Columbine-style school attack this week. Five Kansas teenagers suspected of planning a shooting rampage at their high school were arrested Thursday, the seventh anniversary of the massacre in suburban Colorado. The Alaskan seventh-graders...
  • India's B-School grads now rake in the big rupees

    04/24/2006 8:13:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies · 2,259+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 21, 2006 | Anuj Chopra
    It's spring, and at the Indian Institute of Management - a premier management school in this industrial town - the campus is abuzz with company recruiters offering fat pay packages to new grads. . Bagging a $185,000 per year offer, Manan Ahuja, an affable 26-year-old lad, coyly notes that his salary package offered by Barclays Capital, a British investment bank, is far more than his father, a Delhi government bureaucrat, earned in his entire lifetime. "It feels great to get an international offer," Mr. Ahuja says. "Beyond the salary, this promises an interesting job profile and great growth prospects." Ahuja's...
  • Vouchers Will Cut Taxes (2nd Thoughts)

    04/24/2006 4:34:30 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 41 replies · 473+ views
    County Press ^ | William W. Lawrence
    Our (Pennsylvania) state legislators can lower our school taxes simply by shaking off the shackles placed there by the powerful teachers' union and approving school vouchers. If parents are given a chance to select a low-cost option, homeowners would benefit because school districts would be forced to reduce taxes. Say the average cost of educating a pupil is $10,000 a year. Give the parents a $3,000 voucher and there will be a saving of $7,000 for everyone who has taken advantage of it. So far, the only discussion about school finance is how to raise more money, most of which...
  • Parents Rip School Over Gay Storybook

    04/20/2006 5:43:53 AM PDT · by Andy'smom · 43 replies · 1,505+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 04/20/2006 | Tracey Jan
    Parents rip school over gay storybook Lesson reignites clash in Lexington By Tracy Jan, Globe Staff | April 20, 2006 In a controversy with a familiar ring, parents of a Lexington second-grader are protesting that their son's teacher read a fairy tale about gay marriage to the class without warning parents first. The teacher at Joseph Estabrook Elementary School used the children's book, ''King & King," as part of a lesson about different types of weddings. A prince marries another prince instead of a princess in the book, which was on the American Library Association's list of the 10 most...
  • Lawmakers want to break up school district [LAUSD]

    04/18/2006 10:51:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies · 441+ views ^ | April 18, 2006 | CHRISTOPHER AMICO
    GRANADA HILLS - State Sen. George Runner and Assemblyman Keith Richman announced legislation Monday that would break up the 727,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District into at least 15 smaller districts. The two lawmakers promised greater accountability would come from community-based school systems, calling the nation's second-largest district a "bureaucratic behemoth" that was failing students. Under identical bills proposed in the state Assembly and Senate, any California school district with more than half a million students - L.A. Unified is the only one large enough to qualify - must split into districts no larger than 50,000 students by 2010. A...
  • Medicine Goes to School: Teachers as Sickness Brokers for ADHD

    04/18/2006 7:39:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 74 replies · 1,223+ views
    Public Library of Science ^ | April 11, 2006 | Christine B. Phillips
    Over the last twenty years, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has emerged as a disorder of importance in childhood. Prescription of psychostimulants for ADHD escalated in many countries through the 1990s. Between 1990 and 1995, prescriptions of methylphenidate for young people increased 2.5-fold in the US [1], and 5-fold in Canada [2]. In New South Wales, Australia, rates of treatment for children in 2000 were nine times those in 1990 [3]. ADHD joins dyslexia and glue ear as disorders that are considered significant primarily because of their effects on educational performance. Medicalising educational performance can help children receive specialised medical...
  • Fairfax Success Masks Gap for Black Students

    04/17/2006 12:42:12 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 15 replies · 556+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/14/2006 | Maria Glod
    Test Scores in County Lag Behind State's Poorer Areas Black students in Fairfax County are consistently scoring lower on state standardized tests than African American children in Richmond, Norfolk and other comparatively poor Virginia districts, surprising Fairfax educators and forcing one of the nation's wealthiest school systems to acknowledge shortcomings that have been masked by its overall success. Even within Fairfax schools, black elementary school students are outperformed on reading and math tests by whites and some other students, including Hispanics, poor children and immigrants learning English. The statewide disparity occurs among all age groups except the middle-school grades, but...
  • $2.8 million in public money allocated to pro-preschool ads is missing [Meathead's Prop 82]

    04/14/2006 7:47:58 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 554+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/14/6 | Mark Martin
    State contractor sues subcontractor; police and auditor notified. Sacramento -- Nearly $3 million in public money earmarked for pro-preschool commercials is missing, marking a weird twist in the controversy surrounding a move by a state commission headed until recently by director Rob Reiner to air the commercials while Reiner was working to get a preschool initiative on the ballot. The new head of the First 5 California Children and Families Commission and the commission's lead advertising firm acknowledged Thursday that $2.8 million owed to Spanish-language television stations for commercials aired last fall is unaccounted for. The firm, GMMB Inc., filed...
  • Omaha Schools Split Along Race Lines

    04/14/2006 1:07:11 AM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 33 replies · 728+ views
    LINCOLN, Neb. In a move decried by some as state-sponsored segregation, the Legislature voted Thursday to divide the Omaha school system into three districts _ one mostly black, one predominantly white and one largely Hispanic. Supporters said the plan would give minorities control over their own school board and ensure that their children are not shortchanged in favor of white youngsters. Republican Gov. Dave Heineman signed the measure into law.
  • Principals Face Review in Education Overhaul [Is Jeb's school grading "a sword of Damocles" ?]

    04/12/2006 7:12:47 PM PDT · by summer · 67 replies · 785+ views
    Th NY Times ^ | April 12, 2006 | Elissa Gootman
    Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein yesterday accelerated his drive to hold educators accountable for student achievement, announcing that New York City's more than 1,400 schools will be graded each year just like students, from A to F. Principals whose schools persistently fail could be removed, he said. Mr. Klein said schools' grades would be determined largely by a more sophisticated analysis of annual standardized test scores. In addition, officials would look at a new set of satisfaction surveys, to be completed by parents, teachers and students. Any effort to remove principals based on the new grades could require changes in...
  • 'Virtual school' pilot program clicks with Senate, House panels [Jeb leads the way online]

    04/07/2006 5:31:00 PM PDT · by summer · 27 replies · 442+ views
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | April 5, 2006 | Andrew Marra
    TALLAHASSEE — When students go to school, they usually have to go to school. That is, walk into a classroom setting, sit down with a teacher and scribble some notes while surrounded by their peers. The Internet age is changing that, and state lawmakers seem ready to jump on the wagon for good. Committees in the [FL] House and Senate advanced bills with little opposition Tuesday that would make Florida's pilot "virtual school" program a permanent reality. The [FL] state Department of Education has been paying private companies to run a pilot program that allows 800 students from kindergarten through...

    04/08/2006 1:42:06 PM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 46 replies · 1,597+ views ^ | April 08, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    UNHINGED TEACHER OF THE WEEK By Michelle Malkin   ·   April 08, 2006 09:40 AM The latest government education outrage from Alabama: Christy Jackson does not want a teacher showing her 13-year-old son a video calling the president of the United States an a—hole during class. Nor does she believe her son should be shown Internet videos — which are barred to students by school system controls —that use obscenities. But that is what West Limestone High School eighth grade science teacher Steve White, a Democratic candidate for the District 4 seat on the House of Representatives, is accused of doing....

    04/08/2006 5:35:41 PM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 60 replies · 1,327+ views ^ | April 08, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    SCHOOL CREDIT FOR PRO-ILLEGAL KIDS?! By Michelle Malkin   ·   April 08, 2006 04:59 PM Monday is national illegal alien day. (List of events here.) Some schools are suspending students who walk out, but not here in the People's Republic of Montgomery County, Md. They're going to earn school credit for skipping school and protesting enforcement of our immigration laws (via WaPo): The Montgomery County schools' decision to grant students community service credit for attending Monday's immigration rights protest is raising concern among some parents as well as activists who say officials should focus on education, not political advocacy. Montgomery is...
  • National Spending Per Student Rises to $8,287

    04/04/2006 4:54:43 PM PDT · by xcamel · 27 replies · 520+ views
    Public Information Office ^ | APRIL 3, 2006 | US Census Bureau
    U.S. public school districts spent an average of $8,287 per student in 2004, up from the previous year’s total of $8,019. In all, public elementary and secondary education received $462.7 billion from federal, state and local sources in 2004, up 5.1 percent from 2003. Findings from the 2004 Annual Survey of Local Government Finances – School Systems show that New Jersey spent $12,981 per student in 2004 -- the most among states and state equivalents -- the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. Utah, at $5,008, spent the least per student. New York ($12,930) and the District of Columbia ($12,801) were...
  • Jeb plan: vouchers to nearly everyone

    04/03/2006 7:13:59 AM PDT · by summer · 53 replies · 979+ views
    Sarasota Herald Tribune ^ | March 303, 2006 | JOE FOLLICK
    TALLAHASSEE -- Virtually every parent in the state could receive a taxpayer-provided voucher to send their children to private school under a plan approved by a Senate committee Wednesday. The plan would also override the state constitutional ban on the use of public money for religious instruction. While Democrats howled that the proposal would kill the public school system and require the state to fund Taliban schools in Florida, the lukewarm endorsement from Republicans to Gov. Jeb Bush's proposal portends future failure for the effort. It was the latest twist in Bush's torturous efforts to overcome the Florida Supreme Court...
  • Heroes suspended at Neshaminy (School Bully Policy)

    03/30/2006 8:26:36 AM PST · by Lancey Howard · 26 replies · 912+ views ^ | 3/30/2006 | J.D. Mullane
    The Neshaminy School District, attempting to end school bullying as we know it, has a policy that punishes not only bullies, but heroes who take on bullies. Say a kid goes to the aid of some poor soul getting the spit kicked out of him, and the hero ends up scuffling with the bully or throwing a punch in self-defense. Neshaminy will punish the hero along with the bully. A case similar to this allegedly occurred about three weeks ago at Ferderbar Elementary School in Feasterville, according to the parents of an 11-year-old student. The parents say the boy is...
  • Private school business tax credit avoids veto

    03/29/2006 5:14:23 PM PST · by ReleaseTheHounds · 13 replies · 531+ views
    The Business Journal - Phoenix ^ | March 29, 2006 | Mike Sunnucks
    In a big win for conservatives, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano has opted not to veto a controversial bill that offers tax credits to businesses that donate to private schools. Napolitano, a Democrat, informed Republican legislative leaders Wednesday that she would not veto and would let a private school tax credit bill become law without her signature. The governor vetoed previous versions of the private school tax credit bill earlier this year and last year during budget and education spending disputes with GOP lawmakers. The vetoes soured already tart relations between Napolitano and state Senate President Ken Bennett and House Speaker...
  • Straight-A Student Pulled From Class Over Hair Color

    03/29/2006 8:49:10 AM PST · by Abathar · 192 replies · 3,935+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | March 29, 2006 | AP
    MARSHALL, Mo. -- An eighth-grader was taken out of class Tuesday because of her hair coloring, KMBC-TV in Kansas City reported. An administrator at Bueker Middle School said the girl's red highlights were distracting to other students. School officials said there is a rule at Bueker that hairstyles that are distracting to the educational process are not allowed. "Doing this is taking away from people's individuality," student Kristen McCorkle said. The 14-year-old, who is a straight-A student, said the school's assistant principal told her she had to go to in-school suspension and that she would be there until her hair...
  • Leaving too many children behind

    03/27/2006 4:47:30 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 4 replies · 319+ views ^ | 3/27/2006 | Star Parker
    This past week my organization, CURE, along with the Alliance for School Choice, filed legal action in California against the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Compton Unified School District demanding compliance with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. Specifically, our complaint demands these two major school districts implement provisions under NCLB requiring them to provide and publicize school transfer options for children in failing schools (those not meeting standards set in their own state for two consecutive years). NCLB's provisions for choice, although limited, are vitally important for the success of the law. How can kids be...
  • Schools Cut Back Subjects to Push Reading and Math

    03/25/2006 7:50:14 PM PST · by mathprof · 102 replies · 1,203+ views
    nyt ^ | 3/26/06 | SAM DILLON
    Thousands of schools across the nation are responding to the reading and math testing requirements laid out in No Child Left Behind, President Bush's signature education law, by reducing class time spent on other subjects and, for some low-proficiency students, eliminating it. Schools from Vermont to California are increasing — in some cases tripling — the class time that low-proficiency students spend on reading and math, mainly because the federal law, signed in 2002, requires annual exams only in those subjects and punishes schools that fall short of rising benchmarks. The changes appear to principally affect schools and students who...

    03/23/2006 1:51:23 PM PST · by the anti-liberal · 63 replies · 1,769+ views ^ | March 23, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    SCOOP: WHO ARE THE WHINY KIDS? By Michelle Malkin   ·   March 23, 2006 04:11 PM An anonymous tipster sends some intriguing information about the "whiny kids grow up to be conservatives" study conducted by left-wing UC Berkeley prof Jack Block. Wondering where the nursery school kids who were the subjects of the study came from? Check this out: I know exactly which "nursery school" was used as the basis of this study. It is not mentioned anywhere in the text of the 16-page pdf you provided for downloading, but I know because -- well, because I know people who were...
  • Bush Education Plan Passes House [Jeb's plan prohibits financial aid to foreigners; Dems protest]

    03/24/2006 8:25:23 AM PST · by summer · 30 replies · 642+ views ^ | March 24, 2006 | By CATHERINE DOLINSKI and JOSH POLTILOVE The Tampa Tribune
    TALLAHASSEE - The Florida House passed Gov. Jeb Bush's "A-plus-plus" plan Thursday despite questions from opponents about its constitutionality. The bill, which passed 85-35, substantially revises Bush's 1999 A-plus education plan, adding subject majors for high-school students and enforcing performance-based pay for teachers. The bill now heads to the Senate... The House also approved a bill denying financial aid to foreign college students on temporary visas from all but Caribbean and Latin American countries. Amid Democrats' accusations of xenophobia, the House voted 96-23 Thursday for the proposal from Rep. Dick Kravitz, R-Orange Park, which would deny state-funded financial assistance to...
  • Above the Fray [Wow! Great essay supporting Jeb & vouchers, by George F. Will, in today's NY Post]

    03/23/2006 9:32:05 AM PST · by summer · 4 replies · 514+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 23, 2006 | George F. Will
    March 23, 2006 -- WHAT Florida's teachers unions consider a menace, and what Florida's Supreme Court considers an affront to the state's Constitution, weighs 105 pounds, smiles shyly, speaks softly and wants to be a nurse. Octavia Lopez, 17, an 11th-grader at Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School in the heart of this polyglot city, was enabled to come to this school because of the smallest of three school-choice programs enacted under Gov. Jeb Bush. The Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) currently serves just 733 children statewide, 62 of whom are at this school .... Archbishop Curley, which in 1960 - just...
  • Score at Half-time on Jeb’s final round of Education Reforms: FL GOP, 10 / FL Dems, 2

    03/23/2006 2:44:12 AM PST · by summer · 77 replies · 834+ views
    various - Sun Sentinel and Palm Beach Post | March 23, 2006 | summer, a FL certified teacher
    As a certified Florida teacher, I will give a brief update to those of you who do not have time to wade through all the news now coming out of the FL legislature: the GOP is doing right by teachers, students and parents, and the Dem leaders are dragging their feet, as usual. Also, speaking as an independent, it’s times like these when I can’t help but think: Good thing FL voters elected more GOP leaders in the FL House than Dem leaders, because these Dem leaders don’t seem to know anything about education, as explained below. First of all,...
  • Prophecy fulfilled: Public education is crumbling because its mortar is disappearing

    03/19/2006 4:29:23 AM PST · by rhema · 48 replies · 1,429+ views
    WORLD ^ | March 25, 2006 | Joel Belz
    I watched a small bit of prophecy being fulfilled last week—and sadly, it was happening right on schedule. I had first heard the prediction about 20 years ago. "I know you hear everywhere," said Roy Lowrie, "that the public-school system is about ready to fall apart. Such forecasts are premature. I think that such a collapse is surely coming—but probably not for a decade or two." Mr. Lowrie was a veteran of the educational scene. He was the founding headmaster of the pace-setting Delaware County Christian School in Philadelphia's west suburbs. He was a national leader of the Christian school...
  • Is bar set too high for schools?

    03/19/2006 6:19:56 PM PST · by SmithL · 96 replies · 1,177+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/19/6 | Jim Sanders
    Too many students fail to meet California's standard for proficiency, sparking a simple solution under consideration in the Capitol: redefine "proficient." By changing a few words in state law, legislators could dramatically affect how the federal government rates the state's education system. "I think it's a totally sensible thing to do," said Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley. Critics of Hancock's proposal, Assembly Bill 2975, say the state's goal should be to improve schools, not alter words. Hancock counters that both are needed to avoid severe sanctions in coming years under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, or NCLB. "What all...
  • Maybe it isn't the teachers; maybe it's you

    03/17/2006 10:11:30 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 164 replies · 2,316+ views ^ | 3/17/2006 | Laura Hirschfeld Hollis
    In Martha Zoller's recent column, she writes that parents should assert the control that they have by right over the government schools we fund through our taxes. I couldn't agree more. But she makes one comment that merits a challenge: "America is tired of being told we have lousy parents, bad kids and we can’t do anything without the help of government ..." While I'd be the first one to dispute the effectiveness of government “help,” I have enough friends and colleagues who are public school educators to say with confidence that there are many, many good teachers out there,...
  • Brevard Teacher Fired Over Vulgar Language

    03/17/2006 5:05:09 AM PST · by NonValueAdded · 6 replies · 653+ views
    A first-year teacher is out of a job for using "vulgar and inappropriate sexual language," according to Brevard County school officials. The School Board dismissed Bayside High math teacher Sylvester Jones for violating the district's code of ethics during a confrontation with students three weeks ago. School officials said Jones read a note passed between students before he made the inappropriate remarks. Thirteen students gave consistent accounts of Jones' comments at Tuesday's board meeting, but Jones said the students misinterpreted his response, which was meant "to get down on their level" and "capture their attention." Jones said he plans to...
  • Dozens of Miami Teachers Fired or Quit: Scandal Grows Over Payments to Get Credit for Courses

    MIAMI (March 17) - A growing scandal over teachers who paid to get credit for courses they never took has cost nearly three dozen educators their jobs, and hundreds of others were being investigated. The Miami-Dade County School Board voted 5-4 on Wednesday to fire six teachers and accept resignations from 26 others. The punishments stem from a scam run by former high school teacher William McCoggle, who claimed to offer continuing-education classes through a private company. McCoggle pleaded guilty to fraud in November, admitting he did little more than sell transcripts, requiring no tests, homework or other academic work....
  • X-rated 'children's' books outrage students' parents

    03/15/2006 2:51:01 AM PST · by fifthvirginia · 51 replies · 1,794+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 15 MAR 06 | Ron Strom
    Parents across the nation are taking action against both school districts and libraries that feature books, some of them required reading, that include sexual issues and obscenity many believe are inappropriate for school children. see also:
  • Some Teachers Say Merit Pay Plan Is a Bitter Apple [FL E-Comp Plan]

    03/15/2006 4:37:57 AM PST · by summer · 126 replies · 1,229+ views
    The Ledger ^ | March 15, 2006 | Julia Crouse
    WINTER HAVEN -- The modern reality of teaching in Florida schools makes Bess Lott, a 32-year veteran, wonder whether she'd choose teaching as a career if she had it to do over. Constant paperwork, comparatively low pay and FCAT pressure are all headaches, said the third-grade teacher at Winter Haven's Snively Elementary School of Choice. But e-comp, the Department of Education's performance pay proposal, is the final straw, she said. "They're talking about our salaries," she said....
  • Classroom Brainwashing (Sowell)

    03/14/2006 1:24:24 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 47 replies · 1,518+ views ^ | 3/14/06 | Thomas Sowell
    Governor Bill Owens of Colorado has cut through the cant about "free speech" and come to the defense of a 16-year-old high school student who tape-recorded his geography teacher using class time to rant against President Bush and compare him to Hitler. The teacher's lawyer talks about First Amendment rights to free speech but free speech has never meant speech free of consequences. Even aside from laws against libel or extortion, you can insult your boss or your spouse only at your own risk. Unfortunately, there is much confusion about both free speech and academic freedom. At too many schools...
  • Jay Bennish and 1973

    03/12/2006 4:13:25 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 111 replies · 2,665+ views ^ | 3/12/06 | Mary Grabar
    The debate about Jay Bennish, the Colorado high school teacher who confused a diatribe against the Bush administration with a lesson in geography, is not about free speech, but about the meltdown of Western civilization. Jay Bennish, the product of baby boomer teachers and parents, is not unlike other recent high school and college graduates. He was denied the opportunity for an education. But come to think of it, baby boomers like me were denied educations. I had a Jay Bennish teaching my tenth-grade "social studies" class in 1973 (note the subject name that already reveals the non-academic nature of...
  • Blind students required to pass driver's ed (Illinois public schools)

    03/10/2006 5:45:10 PM PST · by Polybius · 37 replies · 972+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 10, 2006 | Associated Press
    Disabled students not exempt from graduation prerequisite in Chicago Updated: 11:50 a.m. ET March 10, 2006 CHICAGO - Most high school students eagerly await the day they pass driver’s education class. But 16-year-old Mayra Ramirez is indifferent about it. Ramirez is blind, yet she and dozens of other visually impaired sophomores in Chicago schools are required to pass a written rules-of-the-road exam in order to graduate — a rule they say takes time away from subjects they might actually use. “In other classes, you don’t really feel different because you can do the work other people do,” Ramirez said. “But...
  • Martinsville High School Student Chokes to Death at School (Teacher prevented 911 call)

    03/10/2006 8:43:53 PM PST · by Samwise · 305 replies · 6,676+ views
    Several Martinsville High School students say teachers stopped their calls to 911 while a fellow student was choking, because cell phones aren't allowed on campus. Witnesses tell police the victim was rushing to finish his lunch before leaving the cafeteria, because you can't bring food outside. That's when they say he started choking, went into cardiac arrest, and died at the hospital. Multiple 911 calls went out from Martinsville High School. Witnesses say Jesse Tucker choked on a hamburger. Paramedics rushed the 15 year-old freshman to the hospital, where he later died. "It's really hard to grasp the fact that...
  • High School Indoctrination

    03/08/2006 11:12:02 AM PST · by mathprof · 55 replies · 1,560+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 3/8/06 | Sol Stern
    No one familiar with our nation’s increasingly dysfunctional public schools should have found it surprising that a Colorado High School teacher named Jay Bennish delivered a 20 minute, anti-American rant to his 10th grade geography class taken straight out of Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore. True enough, Mr. Bennish was somewhat cruder than your average leftist teacher. Apparently, he was also too stupid to realize that political indoctrination in the classroom goes over much more smoothly and is less likely to cause a public uproar if the teacher observes a few minor pedagogical constraints. In fact, Bennish might have been...
  • Paid Speech in our Classrooms

    03/09/2006 3:27:31 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 25 replies · 854+ views ^ | 3/9/2006 | Todd Manzi
    Jay Bennish is a teacher who collects paychecks for teaching Colorado high school students about geography. Here is a sample from one of Bennish’s classes: “Do you see how this economic system [capitalism] is at odds with humanity? At odds with caring and compassion? It is at odds with human rights. Anytime you have a system that’s designed to procure profit, when profit is the bottom motive, money, that means money is going to become more important potentially than what? Safety, human lives, etcetera.” According to Tustin Amole, Public Information Officer for the Cherry Creek School District, the above statement...
  • For Once, Blame the Student

    03/08/2006 9:01:48 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 77 replies · 1,762+ views
    USA Today ^ | 3/8/2006 | Patrick Welsh
    <p>Failure in the classroom is often tied to lack offunding, poor teachersor other ills. Here's athought: Maybe it's thefailed work ethic of todays kids. That's what I'm seeing in my school. Until reformers see this reality, little will change.</p> <p>Last month, as I averaged the second-quarter grades for my senior English classes at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., the same familiar pattern leapt out at me.</p>