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  • National PTA Calls for Federal Designation of LGBTQs as Protected Class

    07/11/2016 7:35:46 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 28 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 7/8/2016
    A resolution passed by The National PTA at its 2016 Annual Convention & Expo in Orlando last weekend calls for “explicit federal statutory protections” for gay and transgender individuals in addition to those that “currently address discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, [and] disability.” The National PTA supports “legislation that specifically recognizes LGBTQ as a protected group and addresses discrimination based upon sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression,” according to the resolution, which is entitled Recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Individuals as a Protected Class. A “protected class” is a group...
  • Parents offended by "Nutcracker" Christmas tree

    11/25/2014 4:32:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 25, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    We haven’t even had time to hang the mistletoe and would you believe there are already skirmishes breaking out in the war on Christmas? The latest yuletide battleground is Butler Elementary School in Belmont, Mass. Over the years I’ve covered my fair share of anti-Christmas school house shenanigans. There was the dimwit who confiscated a child’s candy canes and the dunderheads who banned the colors red and green. And how can we forget about the simpletons who outlawed classroom poinsettias or the Junior League communists who rewrote the lyrics to "Silent Night"? But those are junior varsity skirmishes compared to...
  • Former PTA president 'filmed child pornography featuring 8-year-old girl at elementary school

    08/31/2013 6:27:17 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 21 replies
    A former Parent-Teacher Association president is being accused of filming child pornography in an elementary school. The FBI arrested 37-year-old David Navarro on suspicion of child pornography charges Friday in North Mason County, Washington. The feds learned about the video from authorities in Australia and Denmark who found a video depicting an 8-year-old girl engaging in sexual acts. Because the video was shot on an iPhone they were able to track the video's origin to Belfair Elementary School. The video was made in May and was in wide-circulation by June. The FBI were able to confirm that the videos were...
  • Pittsburgh PTA leader charged with $8,500 theft

    07/25/2013 1:14:40 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 9 replies
    WPXI ^ | July 25, 2013
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The president of a Pittsburgh school Parent-Teacher Association has been charged with stealing more than $8,500 earmarked for anti-bullying programs. The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office charges that 64-year-old Lutual Love Sr. commingled money from a Heinz Endowments grant with his own money, then accessed some at automatic teller machines at Rivers Casino, and used some for personal expenses at a pet store, funeral home and dry cleaners.
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs Launches Website to Coordinate Shakedown Operations

    04/17/2013 11:32:31 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 2 replies
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | Apr. 13 , 2013 | Hawaii Free Press
    The Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced Thursday the launch of a website designed to bring new attention and a strong voice to critically important issues. More than a year in the making, was introduced by OHA's top leadership as a bold, new platform designed for key audiences to get informed, take action and spread the word on policy issues that are front and center in the Native Hawaiian community. The new website features videos and articles that give a voice to community leaders, who are outspoken about such issues as waters rights, the loss of ancient burial sites to...
  • OHA seeks to shut down PTA

    04/16/2013 12:33:24 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 7 replies
    OHA , the Office of Hawaii affairs that is joining with all the longtime anti-military activists here on the Big Island , to directly attack the use of PTA by our Armed Forces and to try and steer the combined elements of protest and dissent to get PTA’s leases overturned and the Base closed
  • FYI: Aloha ‘Aina — Stop the Bombing & Ground the Drones at Pohakuloa!

    01/20/2013 1:31:42 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    Malu Aina ^ | Jan. 19th , 2013 | James Albertini
    As usual, when Malu ‘Aina announces a protest at PTA, members of “The Gathering of Eagles,” were there waving their American and Israeli flags in support of U.S. war policies.
  • CALIFORNIA: U.S. senators, legislative leaders call for tax cease-fire

    08/17/2012 12:02:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 8/16/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    In a pointed letter critical of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax rival, California's two U.S. senators along with state legislative leaders called Thursday for a cease-fire from campaigns backing the two multibillion-dollar tax hikes on the November ballot. U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, as well as Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, said in a letter to the California State PTA that the Proposition 38 campaign has "become increasingly negative" and "engaged in personal attacks against Governor Jerry Brown and Prop. 30." The PTA has joined wealthy attorney Molly Munger in backing Proposition...
  • Aloha Aina - Stop the Bombing! - anti-military freak show in Hawaii

    07/17/2012 2:09:51 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 22 replies
    Malu Aina ^ | July 15 , 2012 | James Albertini
    The world’s largest military naval exercise – RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) is taking place this month in and around Hawaii, and includes bombing at the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area, in the center of Hawaii Island. RIMPAC involves 22 nations, 42 surface ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel. The money required to eradicate hunger for everyone in the world has been estimated at $30 billion a year… about as much as the world spends on the military every eight days. The U.S.A. is the world’s top military spender, spending nearly as much as the rest of...
  • Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh sued for $100,000 in child support

    07/27/2011 9:26:25 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 51 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 27, 2011 | Abdon Pallasch
    Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh sued for $100,000 in child support BY ABDON M. PALLASCH Political Reporter/ July 27, 2011 9:59PM Freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, a tax-bashing Tea Party champion who sharply lectures President Barack Obama and other Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes more than $100,000 in child support to his ex-wife and three children, according to documents his ex-wife filed in their divorce case in December. “I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids unless we structurally reform the way this town spends money!” Walsh says directly into the camera...
  • WAR ADDICTION! [ hurl ]

    06/30/2011 1:46:35 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 3 replies
    Today the U.S. wages war against Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya and Yemen. In truth, these are imperial wars of domination for control of resources, and strategic regions of the world, but disguised as noble causes. What about Hawaii? According to a RAND report released on June 1, 2011 military spending in Hawaii totals more than $6.5 billion annually; $12.2 billion in cumulative effect; 101,533 jobs. Not a word about the COSTS of military occupation of Hawaii, the poisoning of the land, water, etc. The big news: Governor Abercrombie wants to to move tens of thousands of Marines from Okinawa to...
  • The Big Lie! [ Treason Alert ]

    06/20/2011 9:09:01 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies
    General Wiercinski’s Big Lie! Lt. General Francis J. Wiercinski, Commanding General U.S. Army Pacific, was quoted in an Associated Press news story on June 19, 2011 as saying: “… I don’t think anybody does it better than us when it comes to protecting the environment and being cognizant and protective of cultural sites.” Adolf Hitler coined the phrase “The Big Lie” in 1925 for a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” Sixteen years later, on Jan. 12, 1941 Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, wrote: “When one...
  • Army says environmental assessment exaggerated flight plans

    02/01/2011 2:53:07 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies
    West Hawaii Today ^ | Monday, January 31, 2011 | West Hawaii Today
    HILO -- The U.S. Army is taking responsibility for "miscommunication" it said fueled the recent public outcry over its proposal to conduct high-altitude helicopter training on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Still, comments opposing usage of multiple landing zones between the 8,000- and 12,000-foot elevations have prompted the Army to review its training plan, the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii said in a statement issued Friday. Its own environmental assessment contained misleading graphics and descriptions, giving the impression of more flights and a bigger impact area than are being sought, according to military officials quoted in the three-page statement. "The original...
  • Air Force flights - Limit Kona airport use

    01/26/2011 12:51:15 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 35 replies
    West Hawaii Today ^ | Monday, January 24, 2011 | West Hawaii Today
    Hawaii - NIMBY Alert ! Awakened once again by the roaring of Air Force C-17 maneuvers just down the hill at Kona International Airport, I am prompted to write. I'm want to launch a community discussion on the increased military use of our airport and the appalling sound pollution caused by aircraft maneuvers. It has been determined, by the Air Force and state that Kona International Airport is ideal for such purposes and increased military use is planned. As I see it Kona is at a critical crossroads in determining the future of our quality of life and livelihood.
  • The Army is proposing adding helicopter training on Mauna Kea

    01/26/2011 1:11:20 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 7 replies
    Tuesday, January 25, 2011 ^ | West Hawaii Today
    The Army is proposing adding helicopter training on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Should the plan be approved? Yes. We need to give our military the best possible training, and those mountains are an ideal location for that. Maybe, but with some restrictions on how much noise the training can generate. Absolutely not! The Army needs to get off those mountains immediately.
  • [Hawaii] Election Issues?

    10/31/2010 11:18:40 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Malu Aina ^ | October 27th, 2010 | Jim Albertini
    Malu ‘Aina calls for an immediate end to the U.S. illegal wars of occupation, and major cuts in military spending and increased spending to meet human needs. Locally, we call for an end to all live-fire and activities at PTA that create dust. Comprehensive independent monitoring and clean up of DU, unexploded ordnance, and other military toxins should be done at military expenses. The entire process needs to be transparent and have the confidence of the community, which to date is sorely lacking. Political candidates and citizens alike — where are our voices on these important issues? Contact: Malu `Aina...
  • Taking Back The Schools--What Are The Best Tactics???

    06/25/2010 11:36:31 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 53 replies ^ | May 14, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Anyone who has ever tried to sue a school, change a PTA, join a school board, or in any way to manipulate what a public school was doing, please share your experiences and suggestions. To start the discussion, here are a few options: YAHOO GROUPS: anybody can form a group on Yahoo. I know of a group in Jersey City where parents share notes about teachers, courses, and candidates. This is an easy way to mobilize 100 or 200 people so they’re all on the same page when they deal with the school. PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATION: Martin Gross, in his book...
  • Columbus elementary school employees and PTA violate state election laws (Oregon)

    01/15/2010 10:28:39 PM PST · by Danae · 23 replies · 1,139+ views ^ | 1-15-2010 | Dianna Cotter
    Wednesday January 13th the Oregon PTA in Columbus Elementary School in McMinnville decided to circumvent the law and the authority of the Principle of their school. They printed out flyers which were then distributed to each teacher and classroom, and put into the Wednesday folders for students to take home. These flyers and their distribution by school staff are a direct violation of Oregon Election laws. All school staff are aware that it is illegal for State employees to advocate for any issue that is up for election. The flyer seen pictured here advocated for a Yes vote on 66...
  • Community Organizing In America's Schools - Don't you let them get away with it.

    10/17/2009 11:45:45 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 7 replies · 830+ views
    The Obama File ^ | 10/17/09 | The Obama File
    Yesterday, the US News & World Report published an essay, "Michelle Obama, Teachers Are Key to a Successful Economy." It begins: Michelle Obama: Teachers Are Key to a Successful Economy By Michelle Obama Posted October 15, 2009 Michelle Obama is the first lady of the United States. That's a lot of Michelle Obamas Anyway, after personalizing Michelle and the kids, Michelle's ghost-writer inserts the boiler-plate about the challenges and lack of rewards of teaching, which has been eternally true, and spring-boards into the reason for the exercise -- placing community organizers into the public schools -- Michelle refers to them...
  • National PTA Weighs in on Obama's Speech (We Have Not Heard Any Concerns)

    09/04/2009 9:51:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 660+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 9/4/09 | Akilah Johnson
    SNIP Here is a list of "talking points" the national office e-mailed to state and local chapters: Q: How does National PTA feel about the President giving this speech on the first day of school and about parents "opting-out" of their kids watching it? A: Anytime a president gives a speech about the importance of education; a speech that inspires kids to do well in school; a speech that speaks directly to them; we feel those are positive messages for children to hear. National PTA supports making children feel good about being in school. Finally, any time we can encourage...
  • Army to assess levels of uranium on Big Isle

    02/05/2009 11:44:22 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies · 510+ views
    Honolulu Star Bulletin ^ | Feb 04, 2009 | Rod Thompson
    HILO » Airborne uranium levels will be measured by an Army contractor at three monitoring stations at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island over the next 12 months, Col. Howard Killian told the Public Works Committee of the Hawaii County Council yesterday. On the Net: The $150,000 testing is being done because the Army discovered in 2007 that uranium "spotting rounds" were used at Pohakuloa in the 1960s. Radiation monitoring from the Girl Scout camp near Pohakuloa to Konawaena High School nearly 30 miles to the southwest has not found any radiation above background level, Killian said. In...
  • Nassau Cops: PTA Mom, Boy Found Half Naked In Car

    12/17/2008 5:32:50 AM PST · by Red Badger · 153 replies · 5,376+ views ^ | 12/16/2008 | Jennifer McLogan
    Police Come Across Fogged Up SUV On Elementary School Grounds In Baldwin; Residents Shocked, Horrified BALDWIN, N.Y. (CBS) ― A prominent PTA official is facing some serious allegations involving a teenage boy. Police arrested Joan Tuckruskye after allegedly finding her in the backseat of a parked car with a 13-year-old boy on Friday night. Both of them, police said, were partially unclothed. "I feel devastated for the victim," said "Steve," the suspect's neighbor. His son attends school with both the alleged victim and suspect's daughter, and is outraged over charges that Tuckruskye, vice president in charge of fundraising for the...
  • A School District Asks: Where Are the Parents?

    11/11/2008 6:40:40 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies · 340+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 11, 2008 | Winnie Hu
    JERICHO, N.Y. — For school officials here, the numbers did not add up. Even as enrollment swelled to 3,200, from 2,600 a decade ago, attendance at Parent-Teacher Association meetings shriveled by half. Even as more students got accepted to Ivy League schools, turnout for the guidance department’s information nights was so anemic that counselors cajoled students to come — and bring along their parents. Then teachers and administrators noticed something else: Jericho High School’s 90-member orchestra had become 70 percent Asian-American (the student body over all is about 30 percent Asian-American), but it still played for a mostly white audience...

    03/16/2008 12:16:44 PM PDT · by Mr_Moonlight · 46 replies · 1,145+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 16, 2008 | ANGELA MONTEFINISE
    March 16, 2008 -- Joel Klein is a pizza-party pooper. The schools chancellor's food police have put the kibosh on a 20-year-old "Pizza Day" tradition at a Queens elementary school, opening the door for a citywide ban, infuriating parents and upsetting kids. "This borders on cruel," said Michael Teoduro, vice president of the PTA at PS 193 in Whitestone. "It's one thing that the kids really look forward to in school, and for no legitimate reason it's pulled out from under them." Pizza Day took place once a month, when kids would eat 90 to 100 pies from local shop...
  • Ex-PTA President Accused Of Sex With Boys

    01/23/2008 5:10:27 AM PST · by Puppage · 20 replies · 222+ views
    WNBC.COM ^ | 1/23/08 | Puppage
    NEW CITY, N.Y. -- A former prosecutor and PTA leader had sex with two boys, shared marijuana and alcohol with other teens and kept it all a secret from her police chief husband, officials said Tuesday. Beth Modica, 44, a mother of four, was indicted on 35 counts alleging statutory rape, criminal sex acts, sex abuse and endangering children. Wearing an olive-gray suit and handcuffs, she pleaded not guilty at her arraignment in Rockland County Court and was ordered held on $75,000 bail. "These are serious charges, against children in her community," said Judge Catherine Bartlett. The judge issued orders...
  • VA PTA joins call for SCHIP socialized medicine

    10/11/2007 11:57:15 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 12 replies · 285+ views
    Dear xxxxxx, We have received information from National PTA concerning the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). President Bush has vetoed legislation that would have reauthorized and expanded this children's health program. National PTA tells us that there is a coordinated effort to influence representatives who voted against the House/Senate compromise bill to vote to override the veto. The Virginia PTA took a stand in support of providing "the greatest coverage to the greatest number of children ..." in a resolution passed at the 1998 Virginia PTA convention. The state PTA's Resolutions Committee is also bringing forward a resolution to...
  • PTA endorses demand to show 'gays' positively

    09/14/2007 3:39:23 AM PDT · by Man50D · 26 replies · 617+ views ^ | September 14, 2007
    The California PTA, which boasts of speaking "for every child," has endorsed the homosexual indoctrination plan assembled by the state Legislature that could be used to ban even the words "mom" and "dad." "The California State PTA supports SB 777 (Kuehl), which would revise the current list of prohibited bases of discrimination and the kinds of prohibited instruction, activities and instructional materials in the Education Code…," said a letter submitted to the state Assembly on behalf of the state PTA. As WND has reported, the plan passed the state Assembly on a 43-23 vote and it now moves forward...
  • Is it True that PTA Membership dues helps pay insurance and Grants?

    01/17/2007 5:17:37 PM PST · by ruthles · 13 replies · 439+ views
    1/17/07 | self
    How is the PTA Membership really helping our schools other than supporting their liberal agendas?
  • Court Ruling Prompts Ban on Groups Sending Fliers Home With Students

    08/17/2006 8:26:10 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 321+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, August 17, 2006 | Lori Aratani
    Montgomery County school officials announced yesterday that they are temporarily banning outside groups such as parent-teacher associations and the Boy Scouts from distributing fliers about activities and events in student backpacks. The decision comes less than a week after a federal appeals court ruled that the school system's policy for flier distribution was unconstitutional because it gave educators unlimited power to approve or reject materials. The case is the outgrowth of a dispute between the school system and Child Evangelism Fellowship of Maryland. The group filed suit in 2001 after the school system denied its request to distribute fliers about...
  • Postmodern Postsecondary Education

    06/22/2006 10:19:40 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 4 replies · 379+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 21, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Christian Schools’ Achilles HeelIt turns out that Christian schools have their problems too. But even these drawbacks may result from too much reliance on the methods and texts of public schools. “So why do Christian schools not use Christian books?” the Mel Gabler’s Educational Research Analysts Newsletter asks. “Often, they say, because public school texts teach superior critical thinking skills.” “Yet about 75 % of public school edition answers to ‘critical thinking’ student text questions are verbatim quotes from the student text narrative.” The Gablers’ researchers are based in Longview, Texas, in a state considered make or break for textbook...
  • Boy Who Brought Squirt Gun To School Is Expelled [10 year old]

    05/10/2006 9:15:58 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 17 replies · 552+ views
    CBS/KDKA ^ | May 10, 2006
    (KDKA) PENN HILLS We now know the fate of the 10 year old boy who got into big trouble for taking a squirt gun to school. The Penn Hills School District has decided to expel Jokari Becker until 2007. Jokari hasn't been to school since April 5, when he was suspended. His parents got a phone call from the superintendent Wednesday saying the fifth grader has been expelled until at least January 2007, for violating the school code of discipline and responsibilities. In part, the district's discipline code says a weapon is defined - but not limited to - a...
  • 'Ex-gay' group booted from conference

    04/04/2006 5:20:04 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 31 replies · 993+ views
    worldnetdaily ^ | April 4, 2006 | unknown
    'Ex-gay' group booted from conference School counselors objected to materials at exhibit Posted: April 4, 20061:00 a.m. Eastern © 2006 A group that believes people with same-sex attractions can abandon homosexuality was evicted from the Virginia Schools Counselors Association annual convention. PFOX, Parents and Friends of Ex-gays and Gays, said school counselors at the event in Richmond, Va., last week objected to some of its materials and insisted the group leave. Blogger Warren Throckmorton said PFOX was registered officially as an exhibitor at the conference, held at the Holiday Inn Select Thursday and Friday. But the counselors association's current president,...
  • email from left-leaning VA PTA on state budget

    03/27/2006 7:36:28 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 8 replies · 330+ views
    VA PTA ACTION ALERT! 03-25-06 Dear Virginia PTA member, Gov. Tim Kaine has scheduled additional transportation town hall meetings. We should make every effort to attend these events and take a friend. The meetings will be held as follows: Monday, March 27 - Danville 5:30 p.m. Institute for Advanced Learning and Research - Executive Auditorium 150 Slayton Ave., Danville, VA 24540 Tuesday, March 28 - Loudoun County (Sterling) 7 p.m. Dominion High School 21326 Augusta Dr., Sterling, VA 21064 Wednesday, March 29 - Chesapeake 6:30 p.m. Chesapeake Conference Center 900 Greenbrier Circle (off of Woodlake), Chesapeake, VA 23320 Also, on...
  • A Look At Some Old News That Shows Changing Times

    03/05/2006 8:02:39 AM PST · by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain · 209+ views
    I've recently been going thru some old papers that my mother saved when major events happened in the country. Of course a weeks worth of them are from the week of Kennedy's assassination. I've come across 2 articles, not about the assassination, that I found very interesting, and thought I would share them. They are not long, but show the different tone of beliefs that were around then. These articles are from the Tulsa World, Nov. 22, 2963 The first one is titled: "Hollywood Curbs on Film Believed Only Temporary." By Harold Heffernan Is Hollywood beginning to tone down it's...
  • Information Alert: (Virginia) Senate Committee Kills School Choice Bill

    02/06/2006 6:08:08 AM PST · by Perseverando · 9 replies · 427+ views
    The Family Foundation ^ | Wednesday, February 1, 2006 | Victoria Cobb, Executive Director
    Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee went on record for the first time in its history in opposition to giving parents in Virginia the freedom to choose the most suitable education environment for their children. In past years, any school choice legislation presented to this committee was killed without a vote. In fact, the bill had never received a motion for any action at all. But yesterday, to the apparent dismay of several Republican members of the committee, Democrats Dick Salsaw (D-35, Springfield) and Janet Howell (D-32, Reston) motioned for the bill to be "Passed by indefinitely" or defeated, forcing a...
  • Public School Kindergarten/PTO is crossing the line

    12/08/2005 11:39:06 AM PST · by Motherhood IS a career · 47 replies · 1,209+ views
    I have recently learned that student attendance at the PTA/PTO-organized book fair, "winter boutique" and other school sales at my 5-year old daughter's kindergarten are mandatory. Yes, mandatory, if you consider the fact that all children, regardless of whether they bring in money or not to shop with are taken to these sales to "browse". In other words, children do not have the option NOT to visit these fairs, and parents do not have the option to either consent or not consent to their child being taken shopping or "browsing" by their teacher. Yes, technically, parents and children have the...
  • In battle for hearts and minds of our kids, PTA backs PFLAG

    08/04/2005 10:19:56 AM PDT · by Zender500 · 23 replies · 884+ views
    Pro-Family News ^ | July/August 2005 | Dr. Warren Throckmorton
    For years the National Education Association has taken teacher dues money and pursued left-of-center social advocacy objectives. Now another acronym in the American educational establishment — the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) — has joined the NEA in choosing sides in the cultural debate over homosexuality in the schools. As detailed by George Archibald in the Washington Times (but ignored by the rest of the national media), last year the PTA invited the group Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) to exhibit at the PTA convention and to make a presentation. This year, the Parent and Friends of...
  • School bench message said too religious

    07/11/2005 11:13:58 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 86 replies · 1,314+ views
    Marietta Daily Journal (MJD) online edition ^ | Wednesday, July 6, 2005 3:06 AM EDT | David Burch
    School bench message said too religious Wednesday, July 6, 2005 3:06 AM EDTE-mail this story to a friend | Printable version By David Burch Marietta Daily Journal Staff Writer MARIETTA - A simple message greets students arriving at Marietta High School - Jesus Loves You! The words are inscribed on a bench located outside of the school's cafeteria and near the spot where school buses drop off and pick up students. Private donations from the school's PTA paid for the bench as part of a larger fund-raising campaign more than four years ago at the school, located on Dallas Highway...
  • Pro-gay group seeks support at PTA convention

    06/28/2005 10:44:44 AM PDT · by JZelle · 18 replies · 441+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-28-05 | George Archibald
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The goal of safe-schools programs on behalf of children with same-sex attraction should be to "encourage them in their identity," workshop presenters for a pro-homosexual group told delegates at the national PTA convention. "Most gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) kids do not feel safe in school," said Roy Gilbert-Higginson, deputy director of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). "They stay away, they truant, they don't get value of an education." The Rev. Lawrence Rezash, pastor emeritus of St. John's United Church of Christ in Dayton, Ohio, said PFLAG has developed a program for...
  • Home Depot crew helps tidy school (We pick HD but here's a HD Crew with a sense of community)

    06/26/2005 11:15:57 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 625+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald, Sierra Vista Arizona ^ | June 26, 2005 | GENTRY BRASWELL
    HUACHUCA CITY - Home Depot employees and other volunteers performed much-appreciated maintenance Saturday at Huachuca City School. The early summer cleaning at the school was the Sierra Vista store's quarterly community project. Parent Teacher Organization members, students and faculty also donated time on Saturday for the project. Cindy Craven of the Home Depot personnel office said the Sierra Vista area was a part of the company's Tucson district, but a redistricting took place so the store is able to give back directly to this local area. "Every quarter we get x-amount of monies to give back to the community," Craven...
  • PTA Welcomes Pro-Homosexual Group, Snubs Rival Group

    06/24/2005 7:36:11 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 12 replies · 504+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 6/24/05 | Carolyn Bolls
    Amid a dizzying array of acronyms, a weekend convention of the national Parent-Teacher Association in Ohio will include a homosexual "rights" group, but exclude a group made up in part of individuals who consider themselves former homosexuals. The convention, opening in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, will mark the second time that the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) has invited the homosexual advocacy group, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Regina Griggs, executive director of the group, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), sought her own group's access to the convention this year and was turned down. "The PTA denied...
  • National PTA discriminates against ex-'gays'

    06/07/2005 8:02:09 AM PDT · by worldclass · 6 replies · 433+ views
    WND ^ | 6/7/2005 | Kinsolving
    all parents in the United States who have anything to do with the National Parent-Teacher Association should request in no uncertain terms an explanation as to why the PTA has refused an ex-gay group's request to exhibit at its annual convention, while at the same time welcoming a gay-activist organization and inviting it to present a workshop.
  • US Parent Teacher Association Allows Gay Activists but Refuses Ex-Gays

    05/25/2005 10:24:45 AM PDT · by OriginalChristian · 16 replies · 1,063+ views
    LifeSite News ^ | 20 MAY 2005 | JHW for LieSite News
    US Parent Teacher Association Allows Gay Activists but Refuses Ex-Gays WASHINGTON, DC, May 19, 2005 ( - The National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) has refused an ex-gay group's request to exhibit at its annual convention while welcoming a gay activist organization and inviting it to present a workshop. Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays ( has had its application to exhibit rejected because it supports former homosexuals. The National PTA, however, sought the attendance of Parents, Families and Friends of Gays (PFLAG), a pro-gay advocacy group which believes in same sex marriage. Comprising 6 million members, the National PTA is...
  • National PTA shuts out ex-homosexuals

    05/18/2005 10:32:46 PM PDT · by scripter · 38 replies · 1,098+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 19, 2005
    The National Parent-Teacher Association has refused an ex-homosexual group’s request to exhibit at its annual convention while welcoming a pro-homosexual activist organization – even inviting it to present a workshop. Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays had its application to exhibit rejected because it supports former homosexuals. The National PTA, however, sought the attendance of Parents, Families and Friends of Gays, a pro-homosexual advocacy group that promotes in same-sex marriage. With 6 million members, the National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. One of its purposes is "to be inclusive in its efforts...
  • National PTA Rejects PFOX While Welcoming Pro-Homosexual Group

    05/17/2005 7:08:10 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 3 replies · 324+ views
    CWFA ^ | 5/16/05 | Robert Knight
    The national Parent Teachers Association (PTA), which is featuring a pro-homosexual group at its upcoming convention in Columbus, Ohio, is barring Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) from exhibiting there. “It’s blatant discrimination against ex-gays,” Regina Griggs, PFOX executive director, told Concerned Women for America. “They say they don’t want to take a position, but then they allow only one viewpoint – the pro-homosexual one.” The 6-million-member PTA actually solicited Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) as an exhibitor, The Washington Times reported. Ron Schlittler, PFLAG executive director, told the Times that the group was chosen...
  • PTA conference disallows equal access for ex-gays

    05/10/2005 6:12:19 AM PDT · by worldclass · 26 replies · 736+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5/10/05 | George Archibald
    The National PTA, representing 26,000 local affiliates, solicited a workshop and exhibit by Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) for public school action against anti-homosexual beliefs at the PTA's convention next month. But another group, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) of Alexandria, was rejected as an exhibitor at the June 24-26 convention in Columbus, Ohio.
  • California PTA plans rally to oppose Schwarzenegger budget (traditionally nonpartisan)

    04/18/2005 5:08:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 470+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/18/05 | Jennifer Coleman - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California PTA, traditionally a nonpartisan organization, is adding its voice to the chorus of education advocates opposing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's education budget. With May budget revisions approaching, the parent-teacher organization plans a "Caravan for Kids" to bring parents and schoolchildren to a Capitol rally next week to urge the governor and lawmakers to restore $2 billion in education funding. "We don't have any special interest except for our children," Carla Nino, president of California PTA, said Monday. "We want the governor and the Legislature to know that parents are not happy." The largest share of the...
  • California PTA Warning Letter RE:Arnold's Initiatives..

    03/09/2005 12:36:22 PM PST · by Slicksadick · 16 replies · 632+ views
    NMUSD Blanket Email | 3-9-05 | Patty Christiansen
    Dear PTA Members: Yesterday at our Harbor Council PTA meeting, we discussed signing initiatives without studying the issues. We were asked that to warn PTA members not to sign the initiatives without studying the issues carefully. Those that ask you to sign do not know the issues; this is a strategic plan to overwhelm the voters so that the Governor can then "tell" the voters which initiatives to study and vote on. Here is some interesting information give to me by Katrina Foley, Leg. rep at Sonora Elementary. Today is Tuesday, March 8th. The deadline for filing signatures for the...
  • Ex-PTA leader pleads guilty in teen sex case

    01/25/2005 6:06:53 PM PST · by Fido969 · 7 replies · 869+ views
    Daily Breeze ^ | Tuesday, January 25, 2005 | By Denise Nix
    During an emotional court session, Torrance mother Sheryl Graham is sentenced to five years of probation and must register as an offender for the rest of her life. By Denise Nix Daily Breeze A Torrance mother of five pleaded guilty Wednesday to engaging in a sex act with a West High School student and was sentenced to five years of felony probation, community service and counseling, and was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life. While making her plea, Sheryl Graham, 42, cried hard enough to cause Torrance Superior Court Judge Mark S. Arnold...
  • Draft Rumors and the PTA

    09/27/2004 6:23:20 AM PDT · by gofer_ohio · 11 replies · 1,528+ views
    The Sun Star ^ | 9/27/2004 | John Motley
    Strongsville City Council has joined the Strongsville High School PTA in opposing the possible reinstatement of a national military draft. Annette Kopp, president of the Strongsville High School PTA, in an address to council prior to its vote, said twin bills introduced on January 7, 2003 by U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel of New York and by Sen. Fritz Hollings of South Carolina if necessary, could become law within a very short time period, perhaps as quickly as 24 hours. Both bills - S89 and H.R. 163 - would amend the law to include women, Kopp said. The Selective Service System...