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  • SAN FRANCISCO: Play with a condom, get extra credit

    02/15/2012 12:53:06 PM PST · by SmithL · 34 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 2/15/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    As The Chronicle reported today, Galileo High School celebrated Valentine’s Day with a “Love Fest” that featured same-sex marriage ceremonies and safer-sex games. In one exercise, students puts on goggles “that made their vision slightly blurry, simulating a drunken state.” A teacher told students “to put a condom on a wooden penis. Most of the students left air in the condom tip, which could lead to breakage, and that prompted an instructional rebuke from (teacher Raina) Meyers.”
  • Federal Agents Inspect Your Child's Lunch

    02/14/2012 1:45:56 PM PST · by NYer · 63 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | February 14, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This is from Rayford, North Carolina. Carolina Journal. I'm gonna read it to you exactly as it printed out here: "A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious. The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips and apple juice did not meet US Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day." Again, let me read this to you again: "The...
  • Rising Black Social Pathology

    02/14/2012 7:47:01 AM PST · by Perseverando · 54 replies
    Creators.com ^ | February 15, 2012 | Walter Williams
    The Philadelphia Inquirer's big story Feb. 4 was about how a budget crunch at the Philadelphia School District had caused the district to lay off 91 school police officers. Over the years, there's been no discussion of what has happened to our youth that makes a school police force necessary in the first place. The Inquirer's series "Assault on Learning" (March 2011) reported that in the 2010 school year, "690 teachers were assaulted; in the last five years, 4,000 were." The newspaper reported that in Philadelphia's 268 schools, "on an average day 25 students, teachers, or other staff members were...
  • Disgraced 'Ogle' Teacher Retires (NYC - King of the 'Rubber Room' Teacher Quits)

    02/10/2012 8:41:06 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 10, 2012 | TODD VENEZIA
    Disgraced 'ogle' teacher retires The city's king of the "rubber room" has stepped down. Disgraced educator Alan Rosenfeld, 66, retired on February 3, after a decade of milking tax payers for a $100,049-a-year salary even though he hasn't set foot in a classroom since 2001, school officials said today. The retirement came just days after the Post ran a series of stories exposing Rosenfeld, including how he was banished to a "rubber room" in 2001 for allegedly ogling eighth grade girls -- but then spent his time working on a personal real estate portfolio worth up to $10 million. An...
  • California's school funding measure under siege in tough times

    02/04/2012 7:55:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/4/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    When teachers unions and education groups backed Proposition 98 nearly a quarter-century ago, they told voters it was "a well-thought-out plan for California's schools to once again be among the very best in the nation." But as public schools pack more than 30 students into kindergarten classrooms, cut a week of instruction and shutter campus libraries, education advocates wonder to what extent Proposition 98 has served its purpose. The state ranks among the worst in students per teacher and spent 12 percent below the national average per pupil even before the recession. Compared to their high-water mark in 2007-08, K-12...
  • What is the role of the modern progressive teacher? Use children effectively in any crisis

    01/24/2012 6:29:02 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 15 replies · 3+ views
    Hat Tip to Michigan Capitol Confidential: Teachers' Union Manual Shows How to Organize Illegal Strikes, Use Children During Bargaining This is evil, evil stuff. You want to know just how deep down the rathole that the school systems have gone? Take a look inside this crisis manual. On page 17 of the manual(searchable alternative link here) it says "Pick a target - personalize - and polarize the opposition" which is right out of Saul Alinsky. It was Horace Mann who said it best: We, then, who are engaged in the sacred cause of education, are entitled to look upon all...
  • Tennessee Tea Party Wants Schools to Be Nicer to Founding Fathers

    01/24/2012 1:20:04 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies
    The late comedian George Carlin used to say America was built on a double standard: “This country was founded by slave owners who wanted to be free.” We wonder how his joke would have sat with members of Tennessee’s tea party, which just presented state legislators with five priorities for action, including amending state laws governing school curriculums to change textbook selection so that “no portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers."
  • Juan Williams Skewers Chicago Teachers Union in New Film

    01/24/2012 7:39:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    <p>“A Tale of Two Missions” – a film by Juan Williams and Kyle Olson (and directed by Chicago-based Andrew Marcus) – tells the story of competing cultures in American education through examples from Chicago.</p> <p>While the fight for school choice rages across the nation, perhaps no better example exists than that of the Windy City. Traditional alliances are breaking down. Both political parties are pushing for education reform and expanded school choice. The status quo is under attack, because most reasonable people understand that thousands of Chicago students are trapped in failing schools.</p>
  • Oakland schools try new way of placing teachers

    01/22/2012 6:39:11 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/22/12 | Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer
    In the world outside public education, people apply for a job they want, interview with their potential boss, compete against other applicants and are ultimately selected if they look like a good fit for the position. It doesn't work that way in public education. In schools, teachers do all the normal things to get hired, but when it comes to placement, seniority is what counts, not the perfect fit. The teacher with the longest tenure in a district gets first dibs on any available job at a school, with the principal - the school's boss - getting little or no...
  • Parents Outraged Over School Book's Graphic Sexual Content

    01/20/2012 6:36:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 61 replies · 1+ views
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A class reading assignment infuriates the parents of a 14-year-old Valley Traditional High School student. They said their daughter's questions about the book left them speechless. The book is called "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." "She was masturbating and (describing) how to masturbate and how she did it and also giving a boy a (expletive) and going into great detail of how to perform it," said Vincent. Vincent took the book to her daughter's step-father, who became speechless. "Her being the age that she's in right now, you just freeze up. You don't know...
  • LAUSD Students Roundly Reject Healthier School Lunch Menu

    01/20/2012 4:09:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    CBS) ^ | January 19, 2012 2:30 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The revamped school lunches at Los Angeles Unified School District have won awards, commending them for improving the menu at the second largest school district in the nation. Too bad the students don’t agree. Rejecting healthful alternatives like vegetarian curries and tamales, quinoa salads and pad Thai noodles, students are throwing them in the trash by the thousands, bringing junk food from home and buying instant noodles and other decidedly unhealthy fare from the “black markets” that have begun to thrive at campuses across the district, according to the Los Angeles Times. The wholesale rejection to...
  • Study: Junk food doesn’t cause obesity in middle schools

    01/17/2012 11:45:52 AM PST · by yinandyang · 9 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | Jan 17, 2012
    A new study of nearly 20,000 middle schoolers has found that kids who attend schools that sell junk food such as soda and doughnuts do not gain more weight than students who attend schools where that type of food isn't avai
  • Amherst principal shapes approach to reducing racial disparities in discipline

    01/13/2012 12:22:05 PM PST · by qwerty1234 · 23 replies
    Latino and African-American students at the Amherst Regional Middle School are cited for behavior infractions more frequently than white students, according to data Principal Michael Hayes presented to the Regional School Committee this week. Although this has been a common refrain over the past 10 years, members of a watchdog group that follows racial disparities in school discipline expressed optimism that Hayes has the right attitude and tools to address the problem.
  • High school teacher faces sack over anti-gay Facebook comments

    01/13/2012 12:15:09 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-13-2012 | Daily Mail
    A New Jersey school teacher accused of writing anti-gay comments on Facebook is stirring a new pot on free speech rights versus her possible termination. Tenure charges were formally filed against high school English teacher Viki Knox, 50, last month after she was placed on leave in September for words her school board argues to be potentially harmful to their students. 'Why parade your unnatural immoral behaviors before the rest of us?' a Facebook user with her name wrote calling homosexuality 'a perverted spirit,' 'sin,' and which 'breeds like cancer,' according to NJ.com.
  • Students hurt by 'last hired, first fired' rule

    01/04/2012 9:50:18 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/4/12 | Editor
    Layoffs are an unfortunate feature in these tough times – including in public schools. "Pink slip" season is coming upon us again, March 15.California is one of only 15 states that require school districts to follow a "last in, first out" principle in budget-based layoffs. The newest teachers go first, based on seniority. But the seniority rule is not absolute. The law does allow some exceptions – and the Sacramento City Unified district is using them. It is trying to keep newer teachers who have been specially recruited and trained to teach at seven of the city's most struggling schools....
  • In The Clutches of the Sight-Word Monster

    01/02/2012 7:18:49 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 160 replies
    EdFrontier ^ | Dec. 20, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Prrice
    GOOD INSIGHTS ON WHY MILLIONS OF KIDS CAN'T READ. (A FOLLOW-UP FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN EARLIER POST TITLED "FAKE READING THEORY IS THE SLAVE TRADE OF OUR ERA.") The country continues to be plagued by illiteracy. The reason is simple. The country continues to be under the heel of some of the most reckless and reprehensible “experts” imaginable. They make little children memorize the SHAPES of words, which most little children simply can’t do. Ergo, these children experience major reading and cognitive problems.  Don Potter, the phonics guru and as well a teacher in Texas, recently sent me this illuminating...
  • Some Elk Grove teachers are 'working to the contract' and no more

    12/31/2011 8:18:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/31/11 | Diana Lambert
    My Phan, a senior at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, says she can't get help from teachers before or after school.She and other members of the school's National Honor Society no longer can meet on Wednesday mornings because the teacher isn't in the classroom."Teachers used to be at school early – about an hour before classes started," Phan said. "But now they show up 15 minutes before the bell rings. They leave right after school." Many Elk Grove Unified teachers are "working to the contract." They are putting in their required 7.5-hour days and nothing more, said Maggie...
  • Secretary asked to remove nativity scene from desk

    12/22/2011 5:47:20 AM PST · by RetroSexual · 40 replies · 1+ views
    The Frederick News-Post ^ | Dec 22, 2011 | Blair Ames
    After Kim Gaines found a small nativity scene in a box of old Christmas decorations, she decided it would look nice on her desk in the main office at Urbana High School. Almost a week after she placed the figures on her desk, the school's secretary of eight years said she was called into Principal Kathy Campagnoli's office, where Campagnoli said staff members had told her the display promotes Christianity and that Gaines should take it down. Gaines obliged and removed the nativity scene. "I didn't want a big fight on my hands, but I was very upset over it,"...
  • L.A. Schools' Healthful Lunch Menu Panned By Students [Meals Rejected "En Masse"!]

    12/17/2011 8:33:29 PM PST · by Steelfish · 102 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 17, 2011 | Teresa Watanabe,
    L.A. Schools' Healthful Lunch Menu Panned By Students For many students, Los Angeles Unified's introduction of healthful lunches — part of a campaign against obesity, diabetes and other problems — has been a flop. The district says the menu will be revised. By Teresa Watanabe December 17, 2011 It's lunchtime at Van Nuys High School and students stream into the cafeteria to check out the day's fare: black bean burgers, tostada salad, fresh pears and other items on a new healthful menu introduced this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District. But Iraides Renteria and Mayra Gutierrez don't even...
  • As California mandate looms, some LGBT curriculum already in place

    12/10/2011 9:31:09 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | Saturday, December 10, 2011 | Debra Goldschmidt
    California schools must meet a January deadline to include LGBT history in their curricula. In 10th grade English at Los Angeles’ Grover Cleveland High School, Danielle Taklender's students read the book "Luna" by Julie Anne Peters. It's a story about a transgender teen. Taklender has been teaching the book for seven years without any fanfare or push back. It’s getting noticed now as her school district takes the lead in developing a plan to comply with the first state law mandating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and social science curricula. The California law, which takes effect in January, stops...
  • The Homosexual Agenda In Our Public Schools

    11/26/2011 6:33:33 AM PST · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 11/26/2011 | Gary Yinger
    I have posted several articles on the very fast moving agenda in our schools that will cause terrible harm to our children. The homosexual agenda could destroy the moral fabric of our country as they target children, since that is where our future lies. Have you checked your local school's curriculum and textbooks? California's news law and our own government's initiative is on the move to indoctrinate our children into the homosexual agenda. Recent ad concerning the Canadian mandate which promotes the homosexual agenda in the Canadian school system, which the US is headed towards. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blkFl0-ZJdY Related: Rescue Your Child...
  • Fed Judge: Calif. School Was Right to Forbid Students’ American Flag T-Shirts on Cinco de Mayo

    11/11/2011 4:22:23 PM PST · by CharlesThe Hammer · 143 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/11/11 | Billy Hallowell
    Should public school officials have the right to prevent students from wearing pro-American garb on Cinco de Mayo? This question has been at the heart of a California court battle between the Morgan Hill Unified School District and students who were told by a principal and assistant principal that they could not wear American flag t-shirts on the Mexican holiday back in 2010. Following the incident, a lawsuit against the district was launched by the students and their families. This week, the case came to a close, with a federal judge ruling against the students — a blow that is...
  • Wisconsin Teacher Reprimanded After Students Allowed to Protest Gov. Walker on Field Trip

    11/05/2011 5:21:41 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/05/2011
    According to FOX6, the Portage School District this week released a letter of reprimand which was put in the file of the teacher chaperoning the trip. The teacher said he was "embarrassed" by the incident but insisted he did nothing wrong, according to the report.
  • Wisconsin: Senate passes bill requiring sex ed to promote marriage, abstinence

    11/03/2011 12:49:34 PM PDT · by Jean S · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 11/2/11 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Schools that teach sexual education would have to promote marriage and tell students abstinence is the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy, under a bill the Senate passed Wednesday. The Republican-backed measure passed on a party-line 17-15 vote and now goes to the Republican-run Assembly. It would allow schools to teach abstinence-only courses, which has been banned in Wisconsin since last year under a law Democrats passed when they controlled state government. Also Wednesday, the Senate passed a bill creating an elected comptroller to keep an eye on Milwaukee County's finances. A law approved last year requires sex...
  • Hundreds of Oakland teachers skip work for protest

    11/02/2011 1:06:16 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 24 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | Nov. 2, 2011 | The Associated Press
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland school officials say about 360 teachers didn't show up for work, as thousands of people joined anti-Wall Street protests throughout the city.Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint says roughly 18 percent of the district's 2,000 teachers were absent, as compared to the 1-percent rate on a typical Wednesday.Several teachers' unions have expressed support for the Occupy Oakland movement, which made international headlines after an Iraq War veteran participating in the demonstrations was injured in last week's clashes between protestors and police.
  • Teaching Your Child to be a Dictator’s Lackey

    11/01/2011 5:47:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Oct 31st, 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    Imagine your child’s school teaching him how wonderful dictatorships are by having him and his friends model their very own group of dictatorships as part of their education. Like so many other Orwellian nightmares in the American educational system, this one is very real and takes place through the Model UN program. The Model UN program teaches American students that global government is better than national government and that the corrupt kleptocracy on Turtle Bay is the ideal state of mankind. Finally it trains them to put American presidents on trial for violating United Nations laws. Twenty-two Model UN events...
  • San Diego school picks lesbian homecoming king

    10/31/2011 8:01:54 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 11 replies
    AP ^ | October 31, 2011 | AP
    A San Diego school district superintendent is praising a high school for choosing a lesbian couple to be homecoming king and queen but says he's sad that the school has received hate mail and calls since. Superintendent Bill Kowba said Monday that some of the hate emails and calls that Patrick Henry High School received were from people who are not residents of San Diego. Kowba says San Diego Unified School District rejects intolerance and he supports the decision made by students.
  • Inept young applicants have hiring managers struggling to fill jobs

    10/24/2011 8:58:48 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 151 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/24/11 | Virginia Backaitis
    He doesn’t think it’s too much to ask of a job seeker. A resume, a statement of salary expectations and a single written paragraph that answers a question like, “What do you believe a good customer service representative’s attitude should be?” (snip) Stories are legion of inept or half-hearted applicants who submit resumes marred by misspellings, show up at interviews dressed for a beach party, make inappropriate jokes, fail to learn basic details about the job and company in question, and otherwise leave hiring managers aghast. (snip) “Who the hell is going to hire these people?” asks Heinemeier Hansson. “Who...
  • In College, Working Hard to Learn High School Material

    10/24/2011 7:20:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 23, 2011 | MICHAEL WINERIP
    In June, Desiree Smith was graduated from Murry Bergtraum High. Her grades were in the 90s, she said, and she had passed the four state Regents exams. Since enrolling last month at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, Ms. Smith, 19, has come to realize that graduating from a New York City public high school is not the same as learning. She failed all three placement tests for LaGuardia and is now taking remediation in reading, writing and math. So are Nikita Thomas, of Bedford Stuyvesant Prep; Sade Washington, of the Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem; Stacey Sumulong, of...
  • Judging Mrs. White

    10/17/2011 4:20:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2011 | Mike Adams
    It is a truism to say that Marxist thought has done much to undermine the quality of today’s college experience. But few people realize just how deeply Marxist thought has penetrated education in America. Its influence is not restricted to the realm of higher education. Nor is it restricted to the realm of economics. Marxism also affects our moral reasoning and it begins to do so in grammar school. The case of Mrs. White is illustrative. Mrs. White was a first grade teacher in the 1960s. She taught in a small school in Alabama just a few years after the...
  • Massachusetts Principal Takes Aim at Fall Holidays, Says They're Insensitive

    10/15/2011 4:57:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Massachusetts Principal Takes Aim at Fall Holidays, Says They're Insensitive Published October 15, 2011 | FoxNews.com An elementary school principal in Massachusetts has banned fall holidays, saying they’re insensitive, MyFoxBoston reported Friday. Somerville principal: Fall holidays are insensitive: MyFoxBOSTON.com Anne Foley, the principal at Kennedy School in Somerville, Mass., sent an email to teachers warning them about celebrating Thanksgiving, the Boston Herald reported. "When we were young we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples," Kennedy School Principal Anne Foley wrote. "We can no longer do so. For many...
  • Outspoken Education Site Celebrates 6th Birthday, Urges Americans To Demand More From Public Schools

    10/06/2011 12:29:03 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 2 replies
    FreePressRelease ^ | Oct. 5, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Summary: Improve-Education.org is a unique education site, with 62 lively articles on a range of intellectual topics. A major focus is explaining why public schools are mediocre and how we can do better. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA (Free-Press-Release.com) October 5, 2011 --“Explaining how American education can succeed is the main mission of Improve-Education.org,” says Bruce Price, founder of the site. “Once we understand what went wrong, then we can fix it. Truth is, most of our problems are the direct result of using flawed theories and methods.” “Here’s my fairly depressing conclusion. Our Education Establishment pretends to be...
  • Girl, 13, was 'gang raped after rigid school rules meant she had to stay late and missed bus home'

    10/05/2011 5:26:56 PM PDT · by rawhide · 56 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 10-5-11 | Paul Bentley
    A schoolgirl was brutally gang raped after rigid school rules meant she was kept late and missed her bus home, it has been reported. The 13-year-old's parents are suing Mount Hope Middle School in West Virginia, claiming the horrendous sexual assault would not have happened were it not for the actions of staff at the school. The girl was allegedly set upon by a group of athletes at the school while waiting outside for a ride home. She had missed her bus after being made to collect uniforms for the cheerleading squad by Linda Nevi, the coach. When the girl,...
  • Laid Off Teacher from Texas Speaks

    10/05/2011 1:50:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 5, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Lo and behold, I just pointed out if we pop our head into any school economics class, we would be shocked and saddened by what we hear. Cookie informs me that we have just such a teacher. Last night on Sergeant Schultz's show, on MSNBC, a woman that Obama introduced in his speech on the American Jobs Act in Mesquite, Texas, yesterday. She's the laid-off teacher. Her name is Kim Russell. And Sergeant Schultz said to the laid-off teacher that was part of Obama's speech yesterday, "I gotta ask you, how do you feel about what's taken...
  • Obama plan seen sparking 400,000 education jobs (Here we go again with the numbers game...)

    10/04/2011 1:32:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/04/2011 | Lisa Lambert
    President Barack Obama's latest economic plan could save or create up to 400,000 education jobs, the White House said on Tuesday as Obama pushed his $447 billion plan to revive the economy. Obama's proposed American Jobs Act would provide $30 billion for state and local efforts to retain, rehire and hire educators, supporting 392,400 jobs, according to projections released by the Education Department and White House Council of Economic Advisers. That money would last one to two years and states would have to sign agreements they would not use the funding for other purposes. "We know that putting hundreds of...
  • Parents: Don’t Let Kids Drink the Kool-Aid

    09/20/2011 10:41:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2011 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Kool-Aid. It conjures up contradictory images.  On the one hand, it brings to mind thirsty gulps, drink-stained lips, and happy children.  On the other, it suggests the shadow of the Jonestown massacre, where a cult leader killed his followers, including children, by spiking their sugary drinks with poison.  It tasted good going down but led to inevitable death. These days, too many of our children are drinking spiked Kool-Aid. ] And it’s being served to them by unwitting educators, dysfunctional celebrities, government leaders, and the whole of pop culture. What’s in the Kool-Aid? The sweet flavor of unrestrained sexual pleasure...
  • Class Warfare, Pandering Dominate Phone Call Between Biden, Teachers Unions

    09/14/2011 9:00:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2011 | Kyle Olson
    Ridiculously false choices and rhetoric ruled the evening when the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers hosted a closed-media conference call with Vice President Joe Biden to inform their members about the latest government school and teachers’ union bailout. In a recording obtained exclusively by PublicSchoolSpending.com, Biden explained the administration is seeking to spend $30 billion to create a “Teacher Layoff Prevention Fund.”  He also said that many schools today are “deciding whether or not to heat the school or keep a teacher.” Like school stimuli-past, Biden said schools would not be able to bank the money,...
  • Pay More To Get Less?

    09/02/2011 4:13:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 2, 2011 | Staff
    Education: Paying teachers $150,000 salaries will transform public schools, promises Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Would a better-paid crew have saved the Titanic as it was sinking? In a recent address titled "Working Toward 'Wow,'" delivered to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, Arne Duncan declared that public school teachers "should be earning a lot more money — as much as $150,000 per year." Duncan began with a fantasy from a newspaper cartoon in which superstar athletes are "standing around waiting to get an autograph from a short, balding guy. One player points to him and says, 'I wish I...
  • Outraged parents oust gay sex books from New Jersey school reading list

    09/02/2011 2:18:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 2, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    MONROE TWP, New Jersey, September 2, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Two books, one containing an explicit depiction of statutory lesbian rape, and the other a homosexual orgy, have been ousted from a local high school by outraged New Jersey parents. The texts, “Norwegian Wood” and “Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines,” originally appeared on the summer reading list for both middle school and high school students at Monroe Township schools this year. “Norwegian Wood,” a novel by Haruki Murakami, includes a graphic depiction of a 31-year-old woman raping a 13-year-old girl, while “Tweak,” a story about addiction, describes a homosexual orgy scene...
  • Mark Belling exposes union scam in Wisconsin

    09/01/2011 3:18:44 PM PDT · by ADSUM · 100 replies
    Mark Belling Conservative Radio Talk Host (Also Guest Host for Rush Limbaugh) on WISN Radio 1130 in Milwaukee exposes a Wisconsin union scam. Teachers retired and started collecting pension and health benefits have been rehired again as teachers for this year in same school district. This is double dipping and certainly is costing the taxpayers and also new teacher applicants that didn't get hired at a lower new teacher salary.
  • Arrested for Riding Bike To School

    09/01/2011 12:15:41 AM PDT · by cycjec · 35 replies
    Bike Walk Tennessee ^ | August 29, 2011 | Tom_E
    Could you be arrested for allowing your 5'th grade child to ride her bike one mile to school? That certainly seems crazy as we try to encourage active life styles for our kids. That certainly seems crazy as we try to promote safe routes to school programs. That certainly seems crazy as we talk of an obesity epidemic amongst our children. But that is what police in Elizabethton Tennessee are threatening. Teresa Tryon said, "On August 25th my 10 year daughter arrived home via police officer, requested to speak to me on the front porch of my home. The officer...
  • Mr.L: If You're Going To PalinStock in Indianola Don't Expect an Announcement

    08/27/2011 2:51:53 PM PDT · by curth · 15 replies
    MrL's Tavern ^ | 8/27/2011 | Mr L
    If you're going to Indianola, Iowa to hear Fmr Gov Sarah Palin speak at the Tea Party rally on Sept. 3rd-- do not go for announcement that's she's running for president. Go to be w/ like minded Palinistas and hear what's expected to be another great speech by Sarah Palin. Have a beer for Mr.L since I cannot be there. Also, turncoats for _________ can shampoo my crotch!
  • Obama Jobs Plan to Target Schools, Tax Breaks

    08/25/2011 2:13:13 PM PDT · by Qbert · 39 replies
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | 25 Aug 2011 | Reuters
    President Obama is finalizing a jobs package that could include a program to refurbish school buildings nationwide and tax breaks to encourage firms to hire workers. [Snip] But economists and advisers familiar with his strategy say Obama will argue next month that the financial crisis was worse than anyone thought at the time and say more stimulus is needed to make any real dent in the unemployment rate. The details are still being discussed during the president's annual vacation in Martha's Vineyard, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. But the broad contours of the jobs package are quickly coming into...
  • Can Public School Districts Require Parents to Buy Necessary School Supplies?

    08/24/2011 11:48:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 62 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/24/2011 | Patrick Wright
    All around the state, parents of public school children are engaged in an end-of-summer ritual: scouring the stores for school supplies. Many parents may feel they are required to. They are wrong. Under Michigan law, public schools are legally responsible to provide students with all necessary school supplies. Parents are not legally obligated to buy any educational items at all, whether pencils, pens, notebooks, glue, crayons or a litany of other classroom articles. Public schools’ legal obligation regarding school supplies comes from the state constitution’s Article 8, Section 2, which mandates, “The legislature shall maintain and support a system of...
  • Whatever Schools Teach, Parents Have No Rights

    08/17/2011 7:54:16 AM PDT · by Sopater · 25 replies
    Since California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 48 into law on July 14, the curriculum for California public schools must include “the role and contributions of…lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans” in California and American history. Already, those on the left are preparing to defend the law in courts, while those on the right are driving petitions to overturn the law by a ballot initiative. Why go to all that trouble? Because the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over California and a handful of other states, has already made clear that there can be no opt-outs of...
  • Ninth Circuit Considers Constitutionality of Occult-Based Public Schools

    08/10/2011 7:47:55 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 15 replies · 2+ views
    Earned Media ^ | Aug. 3, 2011 | Pacific Justice Institute
    Pacific Justice Institute has filed its opening brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, located in San Francisco, in a case that challenges the constitutionality of taxpayer-funded charter schools that are based on occult teachings. "This case is truly stranger than fiction," noted Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute. "It is incredible that we as taxpayers are still supporting schools founded on a belief system that incorporates elements of Hinduism, European occultism, and a heretical form of Christianity. We cannot have a constitutional double standard where mainstream Judeo-Christian beliefs are excluded from public schools while...
  • Obama Administration Exempting Schools From Federal Law’s Testing Mandate

    08/08/2011 5:29:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 54 replies
    AP/CNS News ^ | Monday, August 08, 2011 | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
    State and local education officials have been begging the federal government for relief from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law, but school starts soon and Congress still hasn't answered the call. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break. The plan to offer waivers to all 50 states, as long as they meet other school reform requirements, comes at the request of President Barack Obama, Duncan said. More details on the waivers will come in September, he said. The goal of the No Child Left...
  • Education: A Case Of Hostile Intent

    08/08/2011 7:24:55 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 14 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 8/8/2011 | Bruce D Price
    An Internet forum asked this question: “Suppose you had $1 billion to spend, how would you improve education?” More than 30 people left suggestions, all of them smart, articulate, and sophisticated. But something nagged at me. I sensed there was an unstated premise that all these respondents shared. A false premise. Everyone seemed to assume that the Education Establishment is honestly trying to do a good job. The premise goes like this: These elite educators mean well. They have the right answers. But for some odd reason, they can’t quite get their act together. All that’s needed, apparently, is for...
  • 'Million Teacher March' Falls About 992,000 People Short

    08/02/2011 11:19:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2011 | Kyle Olsen
    Teachers unions and their supporters hoped to draw 1 million people to Washington D.C. last weekend for their "Save Our Schools" rally. They apparently fell about 992,000 people short. The embarrassing attendance underlined one major truth – there is no mass movement to maintain the status quo in our nation’s public schools. The only people defending the current system are those who profit from it, like the leaders of the nation's teachers unions. The "Save Our Schools" message was honest in one respect – the union goal is to save public schools as they currently exist. Notice that there was...
  • U.S. Education Dep’t Pushes Man-Made Global Warming, Saving the Earth at Children’s Reading Event

    08/02/2011 7:47:56 AM PDT · by CNSNews · 14 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 8/2/11 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – During a July event at the U.S. Department of Education, children from D.C. schools and day care centers were treated to free books, including two featuring Nickelodeon characters as part of the media organization’s “The Big Green Help” Series. One of the books promotes the idea that global warming is man made and the second book talks about what kids can do to save the Earth. SpongeBob Goes Green! An Earth-Friendly Adventure! tells the story of SpongeBob’s friend, Krusty Krab, who builds a swimming pool. Mr. Krab is frustrated that it is not hot enough to attract paying...