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  • USDA school lunch rules 'best ever' -- though pizza is still a 'vegetable'

    01/28/2012 8:19:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 25, 2012 | by Amy Hubbard
    Yes, there's plenty to celebrate with the USDA's new school meal standards, promoted Wednesday by First Lady Michelle Obama at a Virginia elementary school. Still, French fries will flow in school cafeterias. The new rules are the first such standards to include whole grains and limits on sodium and trans fats, and they'll "double the amount of fruits and vegetables" served to kids, said Margo Wanker, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington. This makes them the "best ever," she said. And yet, there are a couple of things she was less...
  • Michelle Obama Announces New School Lunch Nutrition Guidelines

    01/28/2012 7:51:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    Black Entertainment Television (BET) ^ | January 26, 2012 | By Joyce Jones
    School lunches are about to get much healthier. First Lady Michelle Obama announced today that soon the meals will have less sodium, and will include more whole grains and more fruits and vegetables as sides. The new rules, which will go into effect in the 2012-2013 school year, will also allow schools to serve tofu and other soyfoods and soymilk to children who regularly consume them at home. Obama said that children who are on a sugar high or have a tummy filled with high-sodium, greasy food have difficulty focusing on their schoolwork. "As parents, we try to prepare decent...
  • White Middle-Schooler Beaten Unconscious by Group of Black Students

    01/23/2012 9:32:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 136 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 23, 2012 | John T. Bennett
    The story is shocking enough, even without bringing race into it: on the way to school in Ocala, FA, a thirteen-year-old girl was beaten unconscious and reportedly went into a seizure after being attacked on the school bus by a group of fellow students. The girl reportedly was riding the bus for the first time. Someone threw a shoe at her, and she threw it back, hitting a student. That's when the beating began. At least seven students surrounded the girl, punched her, held her head to the floor by her hair, and kicked her. The bus driver pulled the...
  • Illinois erases state's last writing exam

    07/06/2011 7:07:40 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jul 6, 2011 | Tara Malone Illinois erases state's last writing exam 11th-graders will no longer take the test — saving state $2.4 million By Tara Malone, Tribune reporter July 6, 2011 Illinois high school juniors no longer will be tested on writing skills during the state's standardized tests every spring, eliminating the last Illinois writing exam and shaving about $2.4 million amid budgetary shortfalls. While students might welcome being spared the sweating over topic sentences and persuasive verbs, many educators worry the essential skill could get short shrift in Illinois classrooms as a result.
  • LAUSD to remove chocolate, strawberry milk from schools, superintendent says

    04/28/2011 10:00:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/28/11 | Howard Blume
    Los Angeles schools will remove high-sugar chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk from their lunch and breakfast menus after food activists campaigned for the change, L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy announced this week. Deasy revealed his intent, which will require approval by the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education, during an appearance with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Tuesday night. The policy change is part of a carefully negotiated happy ending between the Los Angeles Unified School District and Oliver. The chef's confrontations with the school system became a main theme in the current season of the TV reality...
  • Meet the Muslim Superheroes who are Ready to Indoctrinate American Kids

    09/24/2010 6:55:34 AM PDT · by captjanaway · 28 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | September 24, 2010 | The Editor
    The appeal of animated cartoons can be long-lasting. I grew up in the 1960s, when the era of TV cartoon series was at its height. Until the 1950s, cartoon shorts by Disney and Warner Bros., such as Merry Melodies, Looney Tunes, Silly Symphonies, as well as Tex Avery shorts, had been designed for movie theatres, run before a main presentation. Those were added to kids’ TV schedules but cartoons were soon tailor-made for the medium of TV. William Hanna and Josef Barbera produced their own shows – with characters such as Huckleberry Hound or Yogi Bear voiced by Daws Butler....
  • West Des Moines Dowling teacher accused of having sex with student

    01/18/2009 4:24:26 AM PST · by skimbell · 65 replies · 3,614+ views
    Radio Iowa News ^ | January 13, 2009, | Darwin Danielson
    West Des Moines Police detectives arrested a Dowling High teacher for sexual exploitation by a school employee after the woman allegedly had sex with an 18-year-old male student
  • Girls allege sexual conduct by other students at Miramar middle school

    12/12/2008 8:53:00 AM PST · by NCjim · 24 replies · 1,754+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | December 12, 2008
    Miramar principal says students suspended after three of their peers said inappropriate behavior began at Glades in September At least three students at Glades Middle School complained about "inappropriate sexual conduct" by fellow students in a class there, a Miramar police spokeswoman said. The three students, all 12-year-old girls, told police that two boys, ages 13 and 14, and a 13-year-old girl began committing the acts in September and stopped when one of the victims reported the incidents Thursday, said police spokeswoman Detective Yessenia Diaz. The first girl came forward Dec. 4, after her parents insisted she tell them why...
  • Town reaches a settlement with anti-abortion activists

    03/10/2006 1:48:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 490+ views
    Los Gatos Weekly-Times ^ | March 8, 2006 | Jennifer McLain
    The town of Los Gatos settled with three anti-abortion activists on Feb. 24, paying their attorneys fees and entering a permanent injunction that will allow protestors on the sidewalk adjacent to Los Gatos High School. Eight activists were holding signs depicting various facts about abortion, and were handing out literature relevant to the abortion debate on the sidewalk in front of Los Gatos High School in 2004. "Some of the signs showed babies in various stages of the development, and some showed their condition after they were subjected to the abortion procedure," said Michael Millen, attorney for the activists. Administrators...
  • Parents Unite (Superintendent stalls removal of pornography from elementary school libraries)

    09/05/2005 12:49:16 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 61 replies · 1,144+ views
    Northwest Arkansas Times ^ | August 19, 2005 | BRETT BENNETT
    There’s a new organization in town — Parents Protecting the Minds of Children. Fayetteville parent Laurie Taylor, who has been waging an ongoing campaign to restrict student access to sexually explicit books in school libraries, announced the formation of the group at a public meeting she organized Thursday evening. About 60 to 70 people, mostly in support of Taylor, attended. This summer, Taylor released the titles of 54 books in Fayetteville school libraries that she wanted reviewed because of questionable content. She followed that up by filing a formal complaint Aug. 2 against the book "Push" by author Sapphire....
  • Support of gays pushed in schools

    11/30/2004 10:51:49 PM PST · by kattracks · 57 replies · 1,948+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/01/04 | George Archibald
    Civil liberties and homosexual rights advocates have renewed their push for community programs to bolster support in schools for homosexual youths, just weeks after voters repudiated same-sex unions in 11 state referendums.     But in northeastern Kentucky, parents and students have defied the Ashland-Boyd County school district's "mandatory anti-harassment workshops," part of an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union to allow the Gay-Straight Alliances student group to meet in school buildings. Hundreds of students opted out of the tolerance training video, and another 324 students did not show up for school the day it was shown. The ACLU has...
  • School Eliminates Holiday Parties

    09/09/2004 5:09:50 AM PDT · by Puppage · 90 replies · 2,216+ views
    WNBC Television ^ | 09/09/04 | Puppage
    GROVEPORT, Ohio -- Dressing up in Halloween costumes in grade school and having punch and cookies used to be one of the most anticipated days of the school year. Now, students at one elementary school in Ohio won't have those memories, WCMH-TV reported. Administrators sent a letter home with students Thursday alerting parents that there will no longer be Halloween, Christmas or Valentine's Day parties. "Since they are canceling these activities, it's kind of like they are taking tradition out of school," said Chris Ayers, a parent. Principal William Sternberg said about 15 percent of the student population doesn't participate...
  • Teachers Support Peace, But Not Free Speech

    03/20/2003 8:46:06 AM PST · by pad 34 · 27 replies · 378+ views
    SFFT ^ | 03-12-2003 | Matthew Dodd
    03-12-2003 Teachers Support Peace, But Not Free Speech By Matthew Dodd What is going on in the minds of some public education officials with respect to the anticipated war with Iraq? Over the last two weeks, I have reported on complaints the Maine Army National Guard received from parents that a number of school officials were at best insensitive, and at worst, harassing their children (some as young as 7-9 years old), for the simple fact that their parents were deploying overseas with the U.S. force massing against Iraq. From the scores of feedback e-mails I have received, I have...