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  • APS superintendent says handcuffing boy, 7, was inappropriate

    11/17/2011 9:34:15 AM PST · by Altariel · 29 replies
    KOB ^ | 11/16/2011
    The Albuquerque Public Schools superintendent is speaking out after a seven-year-old autistic boy was handcuffed at school. Maria Quesada spoke with KOB Eyewitness News 4 Monday night and said she was outraged to find her son cuffed at school. Photos showed marks left on his wrists. According to APS police documents, the boy was out of control and unplugging cords from outlets, throwing chairs and kicking a teacher and a police officer at Mary Ann Binford Elementary School. Quesada said she does not think the 4-foot tall, 50-pound boy deserved to be handcuffed. Superintendent Winston Brooks spoke Wednesday afternoon, weighing...
  • SC teacher made 1st grade students rub her feet, sources say

    11/15/2011 7:34:28 PM PST · by stylecouncilor · 17 replies ^ | Nov. 15, 2011 | Staff
    BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, SC (WIS) - Lexington County School District Three is investigating after a first-grader complained about having to rub her teacher's feet. A district spokesperson said the district has launched a full investigation, appropriate action has been taken and the situation has been rectified. But that's not nearly enough for some parents. "She admitted to the children rubbing her feet," said Brenda Norris. "Just the thought of it... They immediately sent her home, but she's back there today." Norris is far from satisfied after her six-year-old granddaughter in first grade came home from Batesburg-Leesville Primary School last Wednesday to say...
  • Are Public-School Teachers Underpaid?

    11/01/2011 9:11:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/01/2011 | Andrew G. Biggs
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan thinks public-school teachers are “desperately underpaid” and has called for doubling teacher salaries. In a new paper co-authored with Jason Richwine of the Heritage Foundation, I look into whether teachers really are desperately underpaid, or underpaid at all. Jason and I find that the conventional wisdom is far off the truth. At first glance, public-school teachers definitely look underpaid. According to Census data, teachers receive salaries around 20 percent lower than similarly educated private-sector workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says teachers’ benefits are about the same as benefits in the private sector. But both the...
  • A typical public school lesson(indoctrination into marxism)

    10/21/2011 10:27:10 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 4 replies
    Like the video title says, I don't neccesarily agree but these people are only for indoctrination. VIEWER DISCRECTION ADVISED!
  • Statewide test results dismal for 11th-graders ( Illinois )

    10/20/2011 6:11:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Tribune ^ | October 20, 2011 | Diane Rado and Tara Malone
    About half of Illinois public high school students flunked state exams in reading, math and science this year, the worst performance in the history of the 11th-grade Prairie State Achievement Examination, statewide test results show. The record-low results, scheduled to be released Thursday, come after Illinois closed loopholes that kept academically weak juniors from taking the exams, a practice revealed in a 2009 Tribune analysis. Some local school officials attributed their declines in part to the larger testing pool that included less-prepared students. At the same time, grade schools posted the highest passing rate in a decade this year —...
  • Feds Order School District To Close Gap Between Minorities

    10/20/2011 7:07:33 AM PDT · by Watchdog85 · 36 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 18 October, 2011 | Judicial Watch
    On a mission to narrow the academic achievement gap between minorities and whites, the Obama Administration has ordered the nation’s second-largest public school district to cut back on disciplining black students and develop a special curriculum for those who don’t speak English. The orders come on the heels of a 19-month federal “civil rights investigation” that concludes the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has long failed to provide an equal education to the hundreds of thousands of minorities enrolled in its 730 campuses. How exactly? It’s anybody’s guess since the most transparent administration in history refuses to disclose details...
  • 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 | An elementary school principal in Massachusetts has banned fall holidays, saying they’re insensitive, MyFoxBoston reported Friday. Somerville principal: Fall holidays are insensitive: 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...
  • Pa. Public Schools Doomed, Doomed, Doomed Say Dems

    10/14/2011 5:40:57 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 28 replies
    A sparse crowd of about 200 heard a panel of Democrat state legislators from Delaware County, Oct. 13, at the Upper Darby Center For Performing Arts describe how public schools in Pennsylvania are doomed unless they get back in charge. The event was sponsored by PA PASS, a public education advocacy group. The initials stand for Parent Advocates for Public Education To Achieve Student Success. On the panel were Sen. Daylin Leach (D-17), Rep. Greg Vitali (D-166), Rep. Margo L. Davidson (D-164), Rep. Maria P. Donatucci (D-185), and Rep. Ronald G. Waters (D-191) along with Michael Stoll, who is communications...
  • Shocking video shows two sisters beating 14-year-old female classmate as teacher is powerless to hel

    10/13/2011 11:39:24 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 90 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:45 PM on 13th October 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    This is the shocking video of two high school girls viciously beating a 14-year-old classmate. In the video, Jillian Salgado can be seen battling to defend herself as she is pummelled and thrown around the Chicago school classroom by her attackers. At one point the teacher can be seen trying to break up the fight - but she was was unable to help and had to rely on security guards to end it
  • Canadian Study Finds That Homeschooled Kids Are Smarter Than Public School Students

    09/15/2011 10:31:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/15/2011 | Jill Krasny
    The right kind of homeschooling can give students an edge over their peers at public school, according to a new study in the Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science. Researchers studied 74 kids ages 5-10 who were living in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, 37 at home and 37 at local public schools. While the public school kids tested at or above grade level, the students from a structured homeschool tested well above par. Structured homeschooling involves textbooks, trained teachers and formal assessment. It is also the most expensive option. The study also included 12 kids from unstructured home schools, who...
  • New York Times Article On Teachers Is Deceptive

    09/09/2011 2:30:22 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 37 replies
    Sept. 9, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A New York Times column about teachers (link below) appeared in my local paper yesterday, and maybe in yours. Here is the money quote: "But how do we expect to entice the best and brightest to become teachers when we keep tearing the profession down? We take the people who so desperately want to make a difference that they enter a field where they know that they’ll be overworked and underpaid, and we scapegoat them as the cause of a societywide failure." I've seen this spin a lot. (Leonard Pitt wrote the same thing a month or two ago.)...
  • South Carolina School District Moves Bus Stop From Strip Club

    09/09/2011 9:42:54 AM PDT · by Sopater · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 09, 2011
    MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina -- Officials in South Carolina are moving a school bus stop that was near a strip club after parents complained. WPDE-TV reports that children had to wait in the parking lot of a strip club in Atlantic Beach to catch the school bus. Misty Umphries, a mother who waits at the stop with her children, says she had to explain to her 4-year-old the meaning of "topless." Horry County transportation director Jim Wright previously said the stop was the central point of four blocks it needed to accommodate. Wright was concerned that moving the stop to...
  • Man Charged After Son Attends Wrong School For 8 Years

    08/30/2011 6:46:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Oldham County school officials said a Louisville father sent his son to Oldham County schools while he and his son lived in Jefferson County. Charles Lauron, 51, is listed as living at a home in Lyndon. According to a criminal summons, Lauron claimed his son lived at a house in Goshen while he attended school in Oldham County for the past eight years. Lauron faces a criminal charge of theft by deception, which carries up to 10 years in jail if he’s convicted, and a bill for more than $20,000. The case is the first of its...
  • 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...
  • Grand Jury Calls for Investigating Homeschoolers (Response...)

    08/09/2011 6:02:08 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 61 replies
    On July 25, 2011, the Miami-Dade grand jury released several sweeping recommendations in a detailed report on the Nubia Barahona case. The murder of 10-year-old Nubia, apparently at the hands of her adoptive parents earlier this year in Florida, was a heinous crime for which the perpetrators should be severely punished...While it is right to conduct a thorough review in the aftermath of tragic events in an effort to prevent similar tragedies, it is also important not to overreact. Unfortunately, the grand jury report overreacts in its recommendations to amend Florida’s homeschool laws because of Nubia’s adoptive parents’ claim that...
  • School Needed to Pay Teacher With ‘Anger Management’ Issues $100K to Leave Job

    07/25/2011 6:54:28 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/25/2011 | Tom Gantert
    The Waterford School District had a problem with one teacher’s “anger management” issues and had concerns about the instructor possibly losing control to the point where there would be a concern about the safety of students, a school official said. What was the solution? The teacher accepted a $100,000 settlement to resign in 2009, according to school documents. Tom Wiseman, assistant superintendent of business and human resources, says this is the only time in the last 20 years that the school has had to reach a settlement with a “non-performing” teacher. Wiseman said the district undergoes methodical reviews in the...
  • Some Illinois public school teachers earning six-figure salaries

    07/22/2011 4:59:14 PM PDT · by Impy · 14 replies
    The Herald-News ^ | May 30, 2011 | ROSALIND ROSSI AND ART GOLAB
    Want to wind up making at least six figures as a public school teacher? Send your resume to Highland Park or Deerfield High School, both in Township High School District 113. The district — which has no teachers union — boasted the highest average teacher pay in the state last school year, at $104,737. More than half of all District 113 full-time teachers — 55 percent to be exact — pulled down at least $100,000 in total compensation, including benefits and extra pay for extracurricular activities. “I would love it if we weren’t number one,” said District 113 School Board...
  • Sharia in Toronto: the Muslim Girls on Their Period Have to Sit in the Back

    07/21/2011 5:36:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    pj ^ | July 19, 2011 | Bruce Bawer
    This sort of thing should send a chill down the spine of anyone who understands what it means for a country to be free or for a school to be public. It never ceases to amaze. Sharia is putting down roots all over the West, in ever more explicit and obvious ways. And bien pensant folks on the Left continue to insist, fiercely and self-righteously, that nothing of the kind is going on — even though it’s happening right under their noses. One of the lastest breathtaking examples: a public middle school in Toronto where Friday prayers are part of...
  • Go figure

    07/12/2011 9:32:00 AM PDT · by Sopater
    WORLD ^ | July 11, 12:04 PM | Written by Janie B. Cheaney
    Earlier this month, the National Education Association held its annual convention in Chicago. This event—often livened up by the NEA’s passionate denouncements of merit pay, homeschooling, and Republicans—ripped a page from the headlines (well, old headlines) by bringing onstage six members of the “Wisconsin 14″ and awarding the group en masse its 2011 Friend of Education Award. The 14, you may recall, found fame in flight, hunkering down in an Illinois Super 8 motel to deny Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker a quorum for his bill that would limit collective bargaining for public service unions. “Not since the Kardashian sisters,” wrote...
  • Bill Mandating Gay History in Schools Goes to Calif. Governor

    07/05/2011 9:47:53 PM PDT · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 5, 2011 | Staff
    California lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first requiring public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in social studies curriculum. The bill, passed on a party-line vote, adds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as people with disabilities to the list of groups that schools must include in the lessons. It also would prohibit material that reflects adversely on gays. Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco says SB48 is crucial because of the bullying that happens to gay students. Republicans called it a well-intentioned but ill-conceived...