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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...
  • Three students, hypnotized by principal, die

    07/01/2011 2:31:16 PM PDT · by mnehring · 60 replies
    NORTH POINT, FL (WFLX) - Florida police are investigating a high school principal who hypnotized three students who later died. Dr. George Kenney admitted to hypnotizing a 16-year-old boy who committed suicide one day after a private session. Kenney hypnotized two other students who died tragically; one took her own life and another died in a car crash. Kenney claims the students were happy to be hypnotized. Many were taking part in competitive sports, and, he said, the hypnosis helped them focus.
  • USDA to Probe Companies Running School Cafeterias

    06/24/2011 9:28:58 AM PDT · by Sopater · 23 replies
    Education Week ^ | June 14, 2011 | Nirvi Shah
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's watchdog arm plans to look closely at whether the food-service-management companies running many school cafeterias are passing along all the discounts and rebates they receive from their suppliers to the districts that hire them. The audit will begin in August, said Alison Decker, a lawyer in the USDA's office of inspector general. It was triggered in part by a settlement between the New York state attorney general and Sodexo, one of several large companies in the business of running school cafeterias. Last July, Sodexo, a French company with its U.S. headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md., agreed...
  • Voter to Chris Christie: Do your kids go to public school? Christie: None of your business

    06/17/2011 2:21:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/17/2011 | Allahpundit
    Via RCP, when was the last time we had some Chris Christie porn to enjoy? A quick scan of the HA archives reveals nothing since … January? Can it really be that long? I wonder what he’s been doing with himself since then, apart from suffering through the daily deluge of media questions about whether he’s running for president. Ah, right — he was helping to get a “breakthrough” budget passed that’s going to force public employees to contribute more to their pensions and health-care plans, which of course is what makes him the new Hitler. In fact, rest assured,...
  • Chemistry teacher arrested twice this week; helped teens huff toxicants, stashed explosives in lab

    05/30/2011 10:51:32 PM PDT · by Jim 726 · 14 replies
    A high school chemistry teacher in California was arrested twice this week for helping students huff chloroform and keeping explosives in her lab, cops say. Japhia Smith Huhndorf, 34, was arrested Wednesday after cops found a stash of the highly volatile compound nitroglycerin in her lab, sparking a schoolwide evacuation. Two days earlier, Huhndorf had been arrested and charged with child endangerment for allegedly helping three male teens sniff chloroform off a rag, which causes a woozy high, cops say. During interviews with the teens and the teacher after the earlier arrest, cops learned that there could be explosives in...
  • Back to School Blues: Seasonality of Youth Suicide...[Homeschool!]

    05/28/2011 1:56:18 PM PDT · by Rytwyng · 12 replies
    Ben Hansen's website ^ | Sept.8, 2010 | Benjamin Hansen & Matthew Lang
    Previous research has found evidence of academic benefits to longer school years. This paper investigates one of the many potential costs of increased school year length, documenting a dramatic decrease in youth suicide in months when school is not in session. A detailed analysis does not find that other potential explanations such as economic conditions, weather or seasonal a¤ective disorder patterns can explain the decrease. This evidence suggests that youth may face increased stress and decreased mental health when school is in session....
  • An Open Letter From Arne Duncan to America's Teachers (BARF alert)

    05/04/2011 8:56:08 AM PDT · by Sopater · 6 replies
    Education Week ^ | May 2, 2011 | Arne Duncan
    In Honor of Teacher Appreciation Week I have worked in education for much of my life. I have met with thousands of teachers in great schools and struggling schools, in big cities and small towns, and I have a deep and genuine appreciation for the work you do. I know that most teachers did not enter the profession for the money. You became teachers to make a difference in the lives of children, and for the hard work you do each day, you deserve to be respected, valued, and supported. I consider teaching an honorable and important profession, and it...
  • Wisconsin--Surrender Your Freedom, Get Free Stuff, With Public School at Home Program

    04/28/2011 12:56:02 PM PDT · by Sopater · 15 replies
    Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) ^ | 4/28/2011 3:30:25 PM | Scott Woodruff
    Dear HSLDA Members and Friends: The New Richmond public school system is getting ready to offer free stuff to homeschoolers—to parents who surrender their freedom. Many New Richmond-area homeschoolers received a letter asking for their input about the school system starting an online academy. Here are three important facts you should consider. 1. The letter implies that your child can be homeschooled and be a full-time student in the public school’s online program all at the same time. This is misleading. When children sign up for a full-time public school at home program, they truly become public school students. These...
  • Miss Shorewood Struts His Stuff

    04/25/2011 11:45:01 AM PDT · by Sopater · 30 replies
    Shorewood Now ^ | April 25, 2011
    A dozen male athletes at Shorewood High School put their best heels forward last week, vying for the chance to become Miss Shorewood. The tongue-in-cheek pageant helped raise funds for the Student Council Sister School project.
  • 'Easter eggs' reportedly renamed 'spring spheres' at Seattle public school

    04/11/2011 11:41:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/11/11 | Thomas Lifson
    The educrats strike again, and make themselves look ridiculous again, according to a 16 year old student identified only as Jessica, who volunteered to do a project at a local elementary school, supplying plastic eggs filled with jellybeans. From "I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay," Jessica explained. "She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat 'spring spheres.' I couldn't call them Easter eggs.
  • Los Altos district pilots technology-based math program, Khan Academy

    03/27/2011 10:33:50 PM PDT · by Cool Guy · 15 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 3/25/2011 | Diana Samuels
    The Khan Academy has its roots in a series of educational YouTube videos that founder Sal Khan began making several years ago to tutor his cousin. The videos struck a chord among those who came across them, Sinha said. As the videos became increasingly popular, the organization got a big break last fall, when it received a total of about $3.5 million in grants from Google and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The nonprofit Advertisement now has a Mountain View office and a half-dozen staff members. It's still attracting attention -- NBC Nightly News recently featured the program and...
  • Claims That Bibles Were Distributed to Alabama Elementary Students Are Inaccurate

    03/24/2011 11:20:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 27 replies ^ | March 24, 2011 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    An Alabama superintendent is denying allegations that a fifth-grade teacher and a librarian distributed Bibles during class at a public school, saying the claims are either "inaccurate or false." Limestone County School District Superintendent Barry Carroll said he received a letter Tuesday from the American Civil Liberties Union in Alabama regarding a parent of two students at Blue Springs Elementary who said the Bibles were doled out within the past three months on multiple occasions. "Based on what I hear from the teachers, the accusations are inaccurate, if not false," Carroll told "We live in the Bible Belt, so...
  • The union racket: Not all teachers want to buy it

    03/02/2011 3:35:40 AM PST · by Scanian · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 1, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    If public-school teachers spent more time teaching in classrooms and less time community-organizing in political war rooms, maybe taxpayers wouldn't feel as ripped off as they do. Before the Big Labor bosses start complaining about "teacher-bashing," let's be clear: An increasing number of rank-and-file teachers feel exactly the same way. Retired New York teacher Vinne Cusimano, who was required to pay forced union dues in order to work, wrote me this week after receiving the March 2011 edition of his union's monthly publication. The cover of the New York State United Teachers magazine reads: "Defend What Matters! Educate. Collaborate. AGITATE."...
  • Wisconsin’s teachers required to teach kids labor union and collective bargaining history

    02/24/2011 9:31:18 AM PST · by Sopater · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/24/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin’s teachers are required to teach children about the history of the labor union movement and collective bargaining in the United States, per a law former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle signed in December 2009. Wisconsin’s Assembly Bill (AB) 172 requires the state’s teachers to incorporate “the history of organized labor in America and the collective bargaining process” into their lesson plans. Describing the new law, AB 172, Wisconsin’s official Department of Public Instruction (DPI) website says, “Wisconsin has long been a leader in labor rights. The Progressive Movement, which had its beginnings in our state, led to laws limiting child...
  • Schools use GPS to track students who skip

    02/18/2011 8:04:35 PM PST · by Immerito · 30 replies
    MSNBC ^ | February 18, 2011 | Rosa Golijan
    Skipping class, though frowned upon, is practically a rite of passage for young teens, but thanks to an elaborate system involving GPS being used by some school districts, it is practically being eliminated completely. The Orange County Register reports that the Anaheim Union High School District in California is currently participating in a pilot program which involves using a combination of Global Positioning System technology, automated telephone reminders, and one-on-one coaching to cut down on truancy. It's similar to programs being used in Baltimore and San Antonio. Basically any students in the seventh- or eighth-grade who have four or more...
  • Caption Obama at Parkville Elementary School

    02/14/2011 1:58:46 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 29 replies
    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to students during his visit to Parkville Middle School and Center of Technology in Parkville, Maryland February 14, 2011.
  • Calif. school bans Christian 5th grader’s talent show performance

    02/01/2011 3:00:52 PM PST · by Sopater · 43 replies
    Alliance Defense Fund ^ | Tuesday, February 01, 2011
    L.A.-area elementary school blocks religious content, tells student to pick song that ‘does not say Jesus so many times’ Tuesday, February 01, 2011 LOS ANGELES — Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a lawsuit Friday against Los Angeles Unified School District officials on behalf of a 5th-grade student who was prohibited from performing interpretive movement to a song at a school talent show scheduled for Feb. 4 because of the song’s religious lyrics. Students were permitted to choose the content of their performances--some approved performances include songs discussing teenage “love,” relationship problems, dancing, and violent imagery--yet Superior Street Elementary School officials...
  • Sex Ed Program Coming into West Chester Schools (misleading headline)

    01/25/2011 7:57:01 AM PST · by ConservativeWarrior · 3 replies
    The Daily Local (PA) ^ | 1/25/2011 | Eric Smith
    WEST GOSHEN — Less than a month after the Downingtown Area School District announced that a controversial sexual education program would not be part of its curriculum, parents in the West Chester Area School District spoke out about the program. Parent Beth Kotarski, of West Chester, said she heard that Amnion was sending volunteer counselors into the district’s middle schools to help teach eighth-grade students about healthy relationships. She called this development “concerning.” Amnion is a group that has several crisis pregnancy centers in the area and helps various schools with sexual education. The group states on its Web site...
  • Gay messages built into school maths lessons for children as young as FOUR

    01/24/2011 7:16:40 AM PST · by Sopater · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd January 2011 | Kate Loveys
    Young children are to be taught about homosexuality in their maths, geography, science and English lessons, it has emerged. As part of a Government-backed drive to ‘celebrate the gay community’, maths problems could be introduced that involve gay characters. In geography classes, students will be asked why homosexuals move from the countryside to cities – and words such as ‘outing’ and ‘pride’, will be used in language classes. The lesson plans are designed to raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual issues and, in theory, could be used for children as young as four. They will also mean youngsters...
  • MCS Board working to deal with pregnancies at Frayser High School

    01/14/2011 10:21:43 AM PST · by Sopater · 15 replies
    WMCTV Ch 5 ^ | Jan 13, 2011
    As Memphis City Schools leaders discuss the best way to deal with the crisis at Frayser High School, one young student is dealing with parenthood. The Action News 5 Investigators recently discovered 90 girls who attend Frayser High School are now pregnant or have already had a baby this school year. Frayser is in Memphis City School Board member Stephanie Gatewood's district. She said a former principal of the school first sounded the alarm about the issue about a year ago. Sources told Action News 5 there is a massive initiative in the works dedicated to preventing teen pregnancy in...
  • Mandatory Parent Meeting

    01/11/2011 10:32:51 AM PST · by Sopater · 22 replies
    Fox ^ | January 11, 2011 | Molly Line
    A mandatory parent meeting called by Swampscott High School leaders in Massachusetts wrapped up last night with mixed reviews. Some parents felt school officials were too heavy-handed, threatening to punish kids if parents didn't show. Others believed the compulsory meeting was warranted given the challenges facing the community and teenagers regarding drug and alcohol abuse. A letter sent out to parents and signed by Swampscott's new principal, Layne Millington, informed the recipients that "all parents or guardians must attend." If parents failed to show at the meeting or failed to make other arrangements to meet with the principal their kids...
  • Scrapping School Religious Holidays Solves Nothing

    12/25/2010 8:28:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | December 25, 2010 | Brad O'Leary
    In a recent column for USA Today, Boston University religion professor Stephen Prothero argues that public schools should do away with giving students’ days off for religious holidays because honoring Christian holidays in this manner is unfair to other religions. “As I read the First Amendment,” writes Prothero, “using taxpayer dollars to prop up Christianity and Judaism at the expense of Hinduism is unconstitutional, whether the number of parents who won’t send their children to school on [the Hindu festival of] Diwali totals 80 or 800.” Prothero suggests that those who agree with him should clamor to have every religious...
  • Rubber room's 'dirty' old man

    12/26/2010 4:11:34 PM PST · by opentalk · 25 replies · 2+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 26, 2010 | SUSAN EDELMAN
    He just won't leave. At age 75, Roland Pierre is the granddaddy of the rubber room -- 13 years in the purgatory of teachers yanked from the classroom for alleged wrongdoing. But the Department of Education can't fire Pierre, and he's stuck around long past the minimum retirement age. Pierre was permanently removed from the classroom in 1997 after he was accused of sexually molesting a sixth-grade girl at PS 138 in Brooklyn. But since then, Pierre has continued to receive full pay and fringe benefits, including health, pension and vacation, officials said. He pulls down $97,101 a year. He's...
  • Army exam exposes a grim educational picture - About a quarter of recent high school...

    12/22/2010 4:09:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 104 replies · 3+ views
    Minneapolis St. Paul Star Tribune ^ | December 21, 2010 | CHRISTINE ARMARIO and DORIE TURNER
    MIAMI — Nearly one-fourth of recent high school graduates who try to join the Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can't answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a study released Tuesday. The report by The Education Trust bolsters a growing worry among military and education leaders that the pool of young people qualified for military service will become too small... --snip-- The report found that 23 percent of recent high school graduates applying for the Army don't get the minimum score needed on the enlistment test....
  • Can Michelle Rhee Save Your Child's School?

    12/18/2010 8:50:06 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 13, 2010 | Victoria Leigh Miller
    | Michelle Rhee, the outspoken former chancellor of the Washington D.C. public school system, has a new mission in life: She wants to save the world. OK. She wants to save the United States' public education system, but it's still a massive undertaking. Her new mission -- Students First -- is being called "A movement to transform public education." And just to be sure she had a big audience for the official launch of her new venture, Rhee announced it last week on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." She also was featured on a Newsweek cover story, so the word is...
  • Is Family Tree Homework An Invasion Of Privacy?

    11/19/2010 3:48:58 PM PST · by Califreak · 42 replies · 1+ views
    General | 11/19/10 | Myself
    How do you feel about "family tree" homework? My kids have had to do this repeatedly. To me, this seems like something that should be done at home on one's own time.
  • Selling and supporting school funding reform in Wisconsin

    11/17/2010 8:07:31 AM PST · by Sopater · 5 replies
    WQOW - Eau Claire, WI ^ | Nov 16, 2010 10:20 PM CST
    We're getting answers from the state superintendent of schools on his proposal to dramatically change how public education is paid for. Tony Evers spoke at North High School Tuesday afternoon. His visit is part of a statewide campaign to promote his "Fair Funding for Our Future" plan. The proposal would, among other things, guarantee schools at least $3,000 in state funding for each student. It would give more money to districts with students living in poverty. Evers wants the state to budget education funding instead of taxing property owners like Wisconsin does now. "We believe that this plan will absolutely...
  • Efforts to Improve Evolution Teaching Bearing Fruit

    11/16/2010 9:23:54 AM PST · by Sopater · 47 replies
    Education Week ^ | November 16, 2010
    When a federal court in 2005 rejected an attempt by the Dover, Pa., school board to introduce intelligent design as an alternative to evolution to explain the development of life on Earth, it sparked a renaissance in involvement among scientists in K-12 science instruction.Now, some of those teaching programs, studies, and research centers are starting to bear fruit.The National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and other groups have increased research investment on identifying essential concepts for teaching evolution, including creating the Evolution Education Research Centre, a partnership of Harvard, McGill, and Chapman universities, and launching the first peer-reviewed...
  • James O’Keefe Takes on the NJ Teachers Unions

    10/26/2010 9:37:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Verum Serum ^ | 10/26/10 | James O'Keefe
    This is going to leave a mark I’m sure Media Matters is already working up its predictable, half-true response
  • I’m Anti-Educator!! I’m Pro-Teacher!! As Everyone Should Be

    10/25/2010 2:47:13 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 13 replies ^ | Oct. 22, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I write a lot about education, and perhaps the most surprising thing is how often teachers will take offense. They seem to assume that any discussion of educators or even education is about them personally. Here’s the weird part. I have almost no interest in teachers. That might sound rude. But my point is they have no power, they don’t make policy, they didn’t create all the problems in the public schools, and they can’t fix the problems. My focus is on the phony experts at the top, the ones I call the Education Establishment. But it seems no matter...
  • Purple Homosexualist 'Spirit Day' Saturates U.S. Schools, Media, Stock Exchange

    10/22/2010 8:44:02 PM PDT · by massmike · 45 replies ^ | 10/22/2010 | Kathleen Gilbert
    An Internet-born movement to encourage solidarity with teen victims of gay bullying has spurred several celebrities, schools, and media to officially promote the pro-homosexual campaign by wearing purple this past Wednesday. A young woman named Brittany McMillan, who spread the idea on her Tumblr account, and was championed by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), reportedly began the movement, which is intended to memorialize homosexual youths who have killed themselves. Several media outlets endorsed the movement, including CNBC, the Today Show, E!, HGTV, Philadelphia Magazine, Ms. Magazine, The View, and numerous Spanish-language media. Even the New York Stock...