Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $22,272
25%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 25% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: publicschools

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • The Labor Market for Teachers Under Different Pay Schemes

    07/16/2018 6:24:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    Federal Reserve Bank of New York ^ | February 27, 2018 | Barbara Biasi
    Compensation of most US public school teachers is rigid and determined solely on the basis of seniority. This paper examines the effects of a major change in laws regulating teacher salaries. In 2011, the State of Wisconsin’s Act 10 gave school districts full authority to design their own independent compensation schemes for teachers. Newly collected data on district-level policies show that roughly half of all districts retained seniority-based schedules, whereas the other half switched to flexible compensation and started paying high-quality teachers more. Teacher quality (measured using test scores) increased by 0.05 standard deviations in districts with flexible pay relative...
  • Gov. Matt Bevin publicly signs bill allowing Kentucky's public schools to teach the Bible

    07/11/2018 6:50:19 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 15 replies
    http://www.wdrb.com ^ | Updated: Wednesday, June 28th 2017, 8:35 am EDT | Lawrence Smith
    Gov. Matt Bevin publicly signs bill allowing Kentucky's public schools to teach the Bible The bill allows school districts to offer an elective course on the Bible. FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Public schools in Kentucky can soon teach reading, writing and the book of Revelation. At the Capitol on Tuesday, Gov. Matt Bevin gave his public “Amen” to a bill allowing Bible courses in public schools. Normally, a bill signing does not open with prayer, but in this case, it may have been appropriate. At a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, Bevin signed House Bill 128, which allows public schools...
  • The Long-run Effects of Teacher Collective Bargaining (lower earnings for male students)

    07/09/2018 4:29:38 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    National Bureau of Economic Research ^ | July 2018 | Michael Lovenheim and Alexander Willén
    Teacher collective bargaining is a highly debated feature of the education system in the US. This paper presents the first analysis of the effect of teacher collective bargaining laws on long-run labor market and educational attainment outcomes, exploiting the timing of passage of duty-tobargain laws across cohorts within states and across states over time. Using American Community Survey data linked to each respondent’s state of birth, we examine labor market outcomes and educational attainment for 35-49 year olds, separately by gender. We find robust evidence that exposure to teacher collective bargaining laws worsens the future labor market outcomes of men:...
  • Students in Detroit Are Suing the State Because They Weren’t Taught to Read

    07/06/2018 12:03:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 147 replies
    www.theatlantic.com ^ | 07/06/2018 | Alia Wong
    A federal judge has concluded that the Constitution doesn't require schools to promote students’ literacy. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ What to do when a school is infested with vermin, when textbooks are outdated, when students can’t even read? Perhaps the answer is sue the government. That’s what seven students in Detroit have done. Their class-action suit filed against the state of Michigan asserts that education is a basic right, and that they have been denied it. Usually, such education-equity cases wend their way through state courts, as all 50 state constitutions mandate public-education systems, while the country’s guiding document doesn’t even include the...
  • New Michigan law removes basic skills test for teachers

    07/05/2018 12:59:40 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 21 replies
    Detroit Free Press ^ | 7/2/2018 | Lorri Higgins
    Prospective Michigan teachers won't have to take the SAT anymore to be certified in Michigan, a move that might help attract more teachers to the profession and help districts struggling with classroom vacancies. The SAT has been the basic skills exam teachers have had to take since last year, but Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation last week eliminating the Michigan law that requires a basic skills exam in the first place. "The basic skills test ... is not a strong indicator of how successful a teacher will be," said Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, who sponsored the legislation, which passed the...
  • Michigan Axes Basic Skills Test For Teachers

    07/03/2018 5:54:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/02/18 | Katherine Rodriguez
    Michigan lawmakers axed a requirement that would make prospective teachers take a basic skills test before earning their certification in Michigan. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation last week to get rid of the law requiring all prospective teachers to take the SAT to become certified in the state of Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported. Knollenberg, who serves as the state Senate Education Committee chair, said the panel made its decision to make it easier for people to become teachers. “To me, the good teachers — they’re inspired and have passion. Why should they be burdened with a test...
  • Michigan judge rules kids don't have a fundamental right to literacy

    07/03/2018 2:30:34 AM PDT · by Libloather · 92 replies
    MSN ^ | 7/02/18 | Aris Folley
    A Michigan judge ruled last week that children do not have a fundamental right to learn how to read and write. The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by Public Counsel, the nation's largest public interest law firm, on behalf of Detroit students that sought to hold state authorities, including Gov. Rick Snyder (R), accountable for what plaintiffs alleged were systemic failures depriving children of their right to literacy, according to the Detroit Free Press. "I'm shocked," said Ivy Bailey, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, the newspaper reported. "The message that it sends is that education...
  • Student Given 'ADD Award' By Teacher, Mother Says

    06/29/2018 7:17:41 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 77 replies
    SMN/Newsweek ^ | 06/28/2018 | Maria Perez
     “We hope the school will learn that they need to be more sensitive to what students are dealing with and not make fun of them in what is supposed to be a safe environment."A mother from Connecticut is shocked after her son was given the "ADD award" by his social studies teacher.Tera Cooper first told NBC Connecticut her 13-year-old son was given a certificate by a teacher at Plainfield Central Middle School titled the #ADD award. The paper reads “Most likely to be distracted by…look something shiny!” with a zombie holding a balloon. The zombie is also holding a gold...
  • Parkland parent slams N.J. Senate President Sweeney on Twitter over gun fees

    06/26/2018 3:24:32 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | June 26, 2018 | S.P. Sullivan and Chris Sheldon
    The parent of a child killed in the Parkland shooting massacre ripped New Jersey state Senate President Stephen Sweeney on social media for not publicly supporting Gov. Phil Murphy's push to increase fees for buying and selling firearms in the state. The move, which Murphy has pressed for months, was part of the budget proposal the Democratic governor sent to legislative leaders from his own party in June. But it was not included in the budget passed by the state Senate and Assembly last week, leading to outcry from gun control advocates. Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in...
  • Broward County middle school teacher arrested on child pornography charges

    06/23/2018 8:56:06 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 6/23/18
    ...authorities began investigating Ronald Sherman, 55, who worked at Apollo Middle School in Hollywood, in January after receiving information that he had been uploading child pornography images to his Tumblr account. Broward County Public Schools officials said Sherman resigned "for personal reasons" on June 17. Authorities said the images depicted...
  • Why Isn't Personal Finance Taught in the Public School System?

    06/22/2018 7:28:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/22/2018 | Larry Alton
    The average American has an abysmally low personal finance IQ, yet the public school system continues to ignore the importance of educating students in this key area of life. Why is this? And when will things change? The State of Personal Finance in America When you look at salary and income statistics, Americans are killing it. When you look at just about any other statistical category as it relates to personal finance, the average American is miserably failing. How bad are things? Take a look: Just 41 percent of Americans use a budget. In other words, 59 percent of Americans...
  • Homeschooling Expands As Parents Seethe Over Liberal Social Engineering And Violence

    06/11/2018 11:12:52 AM PDT · by blam · 65 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 6-11-2018 | Mac Slavp
    Homeschooling rates are skyrocketing as parents are continually getting more and more upset at the leftist social engineering taking place in public schools. The indoctrination is getting so bad, that some parents are even concerned about liberal violence against those who reject the brainwashing. According to The Washington Times, the recent school shooting at Parkland, Florida, was the last straw for scores of parents. The paper noted that “the phones started ringing at the Texas Home School Coalition, and they haven’t stopped yet.” “When the Parkland shooting happened, our phone calls and emails exploded,” said coalition president Tim Lambert. “In...
  • De Blasio wants to scrap admissions testing for elite high schools

    06/03/2018 3:38:35 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 77 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 6/3/18 | Selim Algar
    De Blasio wants to scrap admissions testing for elite high schools Mayor de Blasio unveiled a plan Saturday to boost black and Latino enrollment at the city’s eight specialized high schools — and he wants to scrap admissions tests outright. In an op-ed for education-news site Chalkbeat, de Blasio announced that 20 percent of seats at those eight schools would be reserved for low-income applicants. Kids in the Department of Education’s Discovery Program who score just below the admissions cut-off would be given one of those saved seats, according to the plan. De Blasio said he will fight to eventually...
  • Half pupils flunk school in crime-hit Swedish districts [i.e. half of students]

    06/03/2018 8:51:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 3 June 2018 10:34 CEST+02:00
    More than half the pupils in many of Sweden’s ‘specially vulnerable’ regions leave elementary school with no qualification, a study carried out by Sweden’s TT newswire has found. “We’re starting to approach rock-bottom when it comes to school inequalities,” Anders Trumberg, a schhols researcher at Örebro University, told the newswire. “Very often, pupils have social problems which spill over into school, making it hard for teachers to focus on teaching and pedagogy.” Sweden’s police have classed 23 districts in the country as ‘specially vulnerable’, meaning a heavy criminal presence makes police work difficult and residents cannot rely on the criminal...
  • Marion School Board president steps down after backlash over Facebook post supporting Roseanne Barr

    06/02/2018 8:23:06 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 34 replies
    rtv6abc ^ | 8:39 PM, May 31, 2018 2:14 AM, Jun 1, 2018 | Katie Cox
    MARION, Ind. -- The Marion Community Schools board president has stepped down from her position following backlash over a post that she shared on her personal social media page in support of actress Roseanne Barr. Cathy Mortiz emailed her resignation to the rest of the board on Thursday saying "I am sorry for the message that was conveyed" In the message, Moritz said she plans to serve out her elected tenure and use her situation as a "learning opportunity" for herself and the community. "For the integrity of this board and out of love for this community, I am stepping...
  • Does the Average Teacher Spend ‘Nearly $500 a Year’ on School Supplies?

    06/01/2018 9:59:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 95 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/31/2018 | By FREDERICK M. HESS & RJ MARTIN
    An honest teacher-pay debate requires careful attention to the facts. This spring’s teacher walkouts have spurred renewed attention to the question of teacher pay. The topic is a serious one, warranting the extensive reportage it’s received. At times, however, the media’s progressive sympathies, the allure of hard-luck tales, and concerted PR by teachers’ unions have yielded some questionable coverage. A recent case has been the spate of stories suggesting that teachers routinely reach into their own pockets to spend extraordinary sums on classroom materials. “There is no other job I know of where the workers subsidize what should be a...
  • Beware the 'School Is More Dangerous Than the Military' Talking Points

    05/24/2018 7:07:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 5/24/2018 | Tim Graham
    Snopes.com explored the popular liberal talking point that (to quote the front of the New York Daily News) “more students or teachers killed by guns in U.S. schools than active-duty military deaths in 2018.” That statistic is true if you only count deaths in combat, and false if you include accidental deaths. Whoopi Goldberg threw out the point on The View on Monday: "After Friday's high school shooting in Texas, more American students have died from gun violence in 2018 than U.S. soldiers in combat." Snopes relied in part on a Philip Bump piece at The Washington Post (independent of...
  • Principal says sorry for 'insensitive' words on prom tickets(Party like it's 1776)

    05/21/2018 9:42:31 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 41 replies
    Associated press ^ | May 21, 2018
    . The principal of a New Jersey high school has apologized for what he called "insensitive" language on tickets for the upcoming senior prom. The Courier Post reported the Cherry Hill High School East senior prom tickets urged students to "party like it's 1776" during the event at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center.
  • When a Public School Throws Its Invited Speaker Under the Bus

    05/07/2018 6:03:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2018 | Ryan Bomberger
    Public schools need more truth, not less.The aftermath of my recent life-affirming presentation at Vicksburg High School in Michigan showed that some leaders don’t believe honesty is the best policy. Despite some incredible feedback from students, parents and even teachers, the school decided to cower to a vocal minority of students and parents who detest who I am. Contrary to the school district’s dishonest public statement, it wasn’t what was said at the assembly that caused the negative reaction. It was that some, who took to social media to protest me, discovered (gasp!) that I’m a Christian with a Biblical worldview...
  • 'Bring back recess' bill for Louisiana public schools gains House approval

    04/27/2018 12:19:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 23 replies
    http://www.nola.com ^ | 4/27/18 | Wilborn P. Nobles III
    Louisiana's lawmakers Wednesday (April 25) advanced a bill that would require public schools to provide 30 minutes of recess daily to students in kindergarten through eighth grade, excluding charter schools. The House Education Committee voted 8-5 to advance House Bill 842, sponsored by Rep. Beryl Amedee, R-Houma., to the full House floor. It would still have to move through the Senate before the governor could sign it into law.Debra Schum, Louisiana Association of Principals executive director, said the state would have to either have the Board and Elementary and Secondary Education determine that recess can be counted as instructional time,...