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  • Condoleezza Rice makes compelling case for school choice,

    08/02/2012 1:27:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2012 | Kyle Olsen
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a compelling case for school choice Tuesday at The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice dinner honoring Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday. Friedman, who died in 2006, was universally known as one of the most influential economists of the 20th century. His free-market philosophy had a strong influence on the policies of world leaders like President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and helped convince leaders of many developing nations to reform their economic strategies. Less known is the fact that Friedman was the father of the American school choice movement, advocating...
  • Shelby County Commission seeks identities of newspaper commenters

    07/29/2012 12:35:45 AM PDT · by ebshumidors · 8 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 7/29/12 | Michael Lollar
    The Shelby County Commission has filed a subpoena in federal court asking for the identities of all online commenters in The Commercial Appeal's stories about suburban plans to create their own school districts. (snip) On June 26, the County Commission attorneys filed a federal court motion to block the Aug. 2 referendums to start school districts in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington. They argued that the people who arranged the referendums are trying to discriminate against African-Americans by carving out majority white suburban districts from the new unified school district. (snip) But, Levy said, "Let's hypothesize that people...
  • English Language Learners frustrated by Manchester system (NH)

    07/16/2012 5:59:27 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 9 replies
    Union Leader ^ | July 16, 2012 | Mark Hayward
    MANCHESTER — Flor D'Liz Gomez arrived in Manchester when she was in the eighth grade. And although she attended regular classes at Hillside Middle School, she was flagged as an English Language Learner and placed in ELL study hall by the time she got to Central High School, she recounted in a recent interview. She told her guidance counselor she didn't need the ELL study hall, but she ended up alongside students struggling with English. “It made me feel like, 'Is there something wrong with me?'” Gomez said. Her country? America. Her place of birth? Cambridge, Mass.
  • AP Exclusive: Abuses Surface at Legion School

    07/09/2012 12:45:49 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 2 replies
    AP ^ | 7/9/2012 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Dozens of women who attended a high school run by the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order have urged the Vatican to close the program, saying the psychological abuse they endured trying to live like teenage nuns led to multiple cases of anorexia, stress-induced migraines, depression and even suicidal thoughts. The women sent a letter this weekend to the pope's envoy running the Legion to denounce the manipulation, deception and disrespect they say they suffered at the hands of counselors barely older than themselves at the Rhode Island school. For some, the trauma required years of...
  • Jewish Day School Jihadist: "You're up against a man who's not afraid of death" UPDATE: "I work for

    07/09/2012 9:38:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 7/9/12 | Pamela Geller
    The conversation with the devout Muslim mass murderer: "I work for Al-Qaeda, I have superiors, I'm not alone... I'm alone in France, I work alone here, but I was sent by Al-Qaeda, I was trained by the Pakistani Taliban, there's an entire organisation behind this. "They asked me to make bombs, I didn't want to... I told them 'train me in using a gun.' In the Islamist training camp "there are French, Chinese, Tajiks, Afghans, Pakistanis, Americans, Germans, Spanish, all sorts." "I took me around 10 days to find the brothers (Taliban). Because when I arrived, I wasn't allowed out,...
  • Charter School vs. Regular School

    07/03/2012 12:37:31 PM PDT · by Mind Freed · 10 replies
    3 July 2012 | mind freed
    My sons school is transitioning to a charter school this school year and I don't know too much about charter schools. The advantages or disadvantages. I've been looking up information on the internet but I was hoping that maybe someone could tell me in plain English what Charter Schools are actually all about.
  • Commissioners seek to block August municipal school district referendum

    06/27/2012 12:49:50 AM PDT · by ebshumidors · 5 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 6/26/12 | Clay Bailey, Daniel Connolly,Michael Kelley
    The Shelby County Board of Commissioners filed a petition in federal court Tuesday to block Aug. 2 elections that could create six new suburban school districts, arguing that those who sought the elections are deliberately discriminating against black residents. The lawsuit alleges that "race was a motivating factor behind the enactment of the Shelby County Municipal School Acts and that such Acts are purposefully discriminatory." The filing is the latest step in a dispute over the proposed merger of the area's two largest school systems, the majority-black Memphis City Schools and the smaller, majority-white Shelby County Schools. The systems are...
  • Illinois: School Bus Used By Catholic Pro-Life Group Firebombed In Retaliation For Closing Of

    06/18/2012 6:00:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 6/18/12 | zip
    (ProLifeCorner.com) – A large school bus, owned by Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Academy, that is well known throughout Rockford for its beautiful pro-life pictures and words asking people to “pray to end abortion”, was fire bombed on Friday night. The damage was extensive to the bus as windows were broken in on both sides and fire bombs were thrown inside to cause maximum damage.It has been speculated that this bombing of a pro-life Christian school bus is in retaliation for the closing of the Rockford abortion mill that is located not far from where the school bus was...
  • What 8th-Graders Were Expected to Know in 1910

    06/14/2012 12:42:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 83 replies
    Eagle Forum ^ | July 2004 | Staff
    The following 8th-grade exit exam materials for Washington state in 1910....
  • A blue man ‘dupe’: Parent panic at 32G ‘progressive’ school

    06/13/2012 11:26:43 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 38 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 13, 2012 | TARA PALMERI
    The Blue School is one big play date in desperate need of adult supervision. Parents are yanking their kids out of the “progressive,” $32,000 per-year private school founded by the Blue Man Group — which has no books and no tests — because their kids are barely learning to read, The Post has learned. One mother, who is yanking her son at the end of the school year, complained that the school is “unstructured.” “It’s true,” she said when asked if her kid was struggling to read. In all, she added, four of her son’s first-grade classmates are leaving the...
  • Prosecutors still pondering action in case of gun in KU dorm room(KS)

    06/12/2012 10:45:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    ljworld.com ^ | 11 June, 2012 | George Diepenbrock
    Douglas County prosecutors are still reviewing whether to file charges against a 22-year-old Kansas University student who was accused of possessing a gun inside his scholarship hall room in April. A Lawrence attorney says the case illustrates constitutional questions because a student’s campus dorm room is considered a student’s home, where the Supreme Court has ruled it’s a fundamental right for residents to possess firearms for protection under the Second Amendment. “It’s an area of the law that is newly developing because of Supreme Court cases,” said defense attorney Carl Folsom, who is not involved in the case. “It seems...
  • THE SNEEZE! A true story of faith. Enjoy.

    06/09/2012 7:07:42 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Look not into our own understanding, but only to GOD's. Because GOD can use things we look down on or people we look down on in order to show HIS wisdom and power. Be humble. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:25-31 25 God's folly is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength. 26 Consider, brothers, how you were called; not many of you are wise by human standards, not many influential, not many from noble families. 27 No, God chose those who by human standards are fools to shame the wise; he chose those who by human standards...
  • Schools Boss Is Sacked Over Explicit E-Mails

    06/05/2012 10:46:06 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 22 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | June 4, 2012 | staff
    A series of sexually explicit e-mails sent by the superintendent of the Des Moines, Iowa public schools triggered her abrupt resignation last month, and subsequently cost the 57-year-old educator her new post atop the Omaha, Nebraska school system. The correspondence exchanged by Nancy Sebring and a man with whom she was having an extramarital affair were sent via her school e-mail account, a violation of the system's Internet-use guidelines. Many of Sebring’s racy e-mails were sent during the workday (and were sent/received on devices owned by the Des Moines school district).
  • Teacher and Spouse Make $140K Per Year, 'Adamant' That Their Children Will 'Never' Be Educators

    05/31/2012 8:57:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 46 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/30/2012 | Tom Gantert
    As teachers in the same school district, Craig and Laura Beach have a combined 47 years at Rockford Public Schools. According to the teachers’ union contract, the two would make a combined $140,000 a year working in a city where the median household income is $57,422. Craig is a high school teacher with 23 years of experience and his wife Laura has 24 years of experience and is an elementary school teacher, according to what Craig Beach recently posted in his op-ed on MLive. If the teaching couple retired with 25 years of experience, their combined pensions would be about...
  • Stealth Islamic Propaganda Shown to Six Million American Students ( Government Schools)

    05/27/2012 11:52:24 AM PDT · by wintertime · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 25, 2012 | Larissa Scott
    On May 16 and 17 of 2012, Channel One Network, a national distributor of educational videos and newscasts viewed daily by over 8,000 middle and high schools, aired a two-part video series, titled "Young and Muslim in America" and "Islam in America." In "Young and Muslim in America: How being a part of Islam changed ten years ago, Part 1," students watch as Muhtasham Sifaat, 18, kneels on a prayer rug inside an empty classroom. His voiceover explains how he moved around a lot when he was younger, but Islam has given him stability. What is not revealed is that...
  • We are the 4%

    05/23/2012 6:21:03 PM PDT · by .454Puma · 2 replies
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | 05/23/2012 | Transsylvania Phoenix
    This young man is the 4%. He is the one who proves the American dream is real. And by the way: you 99% OWS-ers are a bunch of whiny, lazy, good for nothing brats who rightfully deserve to remain poor and stupid for the rest of your miserable lives.
  • Man hunting coyote prompts Waukesha West H.S. lockdown(WI)

    05/23/2012 5:34:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    fox6now.com ^ | 22 May, 2012 | Katie DeLong
    WAUKESHA — Waukesha West High School was put on lockdown Tuesday morning, May 22nd after Waukesha police got a report of a man with a gun. As it turned out, there was a man with a .22 rifle in the area who was apparently hunting a coyote. The school was on lockdown for just under a half-hour. Officials say no one was hurt.
  • Lone Bomber, Not Mafia, Sought for Italy School Attack

    05/21/2012 1:44:11 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sun May 20, 2012 3:31pm EDT | By James Mackenzie
    SNIPPET: "Dinapoli said police already had a facial composite picture of the suspect they believe was behind the attack which killed 16-year-old Melissa Bassi." SNIPPET: "He said investigators had acquired "significant" video evidence that suggested one man had set off the device which exploded as pupils were getting off a bus for the start of lessons on Saturday morning. The footage showed a man of about 50-55 years of age activating a remote control to detonate a rudimentary bomb made of three gas canisters hidden in a container outside the school gates, he said."
  • VIDEO: Mafia Horror In Southern Italy: Bomb At School Named For Anti-Mafia Hero Kills Two Students

    05/19/2012 4:35:50 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/19/12 | Friends of Ours
    A bomb at a vocational school in the port city of Brindisi on the Adriatic coast in Southern Italy has killed two students and injured another five as classes were preparing to start this morning as reported by David Batty for The Guardian. The school was named in honor of the wife of anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone after both were slain almost exactly twenty years ago as reported by Nick Squires for The Telegraph: "the prosecutor, his wife and their three bodyguards were killed on May 23 1992, when the Sicilian Mafia planted half a tonne of explosives on the...
  • Title IX for Thee but Not for a He

    05/15/2012 11:43:45 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | 15 May 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    You would think that after decades of Title IX enforcement, sex discrimination in school sports would be a thing of the past. But this isn’t the case in Suffolk County, New York, where a skilled student-athlete is being denied the right to compete in sports based solely on sex. The child is 13-year-old Keeling Pilaro, who for the last two years has been a member of Southampton High School girls’ field hockey team. He tried out for it and was allowed to play because there are no boys’ field hockey teams anywhere in the county. So what’s the problem now?...
  • Obama’s Sordid High School Past

    05/10/2012 11:52:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/10/12 | Ben Shapiro
    While the Washington Post has been diligently digging into relatively innocent high school pranks by Mitt Romney, they’ve spent the last few years diligently ignoring President Obama’s far more controversial high school days. Obama, by all accounts, was a habitual drug user in high school. He tried cocaine, he admits in Dreams From My Father; he “tried drugs enthusiastically.” The Chicago Tribune reported back in 2007 that Obama thanked the “Choom Gang” in his high school yearbook; “chooming” was Hawaiian slang for smoking pot. The Honolulu Advertiser reported that Obama’s senior portrait “prominently displayed … A package of ‘Zig-Zag’ rolling...
  • New Federal Regulations Call For Healthier School Lunches

    05/05/2012 7:24:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CBS News Local ^ | May 3, 2012 | By Mike DeNardo
    PHILADELPHIA - New federal regulations require healthier lunches in schools next year. USDA undersecretary Audrey Rowe lunched on chicken salad yesterday with kids at the Roberto Clemente Middle School. Rowe was in town to highlight new school lunch nutrition standards that take effect in the fall. “We will be expanding on the amount of fruits and vegetables offered to the children. Obviously, even though the products are going to be prepackaged, they’re going to be healthier.” With the new requirements, comes a modest 6-cent-per meal increase in federal reimbursements.
  • Colo. boy, 6, suspended for reciting 'Sexy' lyric

    05/04/2012 6:25:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2012
    AURORA, Colo. (AP) - A 6-year-old boy was suspended from his suburban Denver school for three days after school officials said he told a girl "I'm sexy and I know it," a line from a popular song. D'Avonte Meadows, a first-grader at Sable Elementary School in Aurora, is accused of sexual harassment and disrupting other students, according to a letter the school district sent to his mother after he was sent home Wednesday.
  • Report Favoring Restraint, Seclusion Stirs Backlash

    05/02/2012 1:53:11 PM PDT · by mikemoose · 5 replies
    disabilityScoop ^ | March 13, 2012 | Michelle Diament
    Disability advocates are on the offensive after a national group representing school administrators issued a report supporting the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.
  • Four vehicle crash includes Seguin ISD school bus 9 children injured

    04/27/2012 8:25:23 AM PDT · by Rightly Biased · 18 replies
    KWED Seguin ^ | 4/27/2012 | Darren Dunn
    Nine kids were injured when a school bus got tangled up in a four-vehicle crash on State Highway 123 near Foxtrotter Road on Friday morning. (Seguin) -- Nine Seguin ISD students were injured in a multiple vehicle accident this morning on State Highway 123 near Foxtrotter Road. State troopers say the crash involved the school bus, a gravel hauling 18-wheeler and two passenger vehicles. The accident produced a fire and severe damage to all of the vehicle. SISD Public Information Officer Sean Hoffmann confirmed the injuries during an interview this morning on radio station KWED. "There was indeed a Seguin...
  • Teacher Upset She Can't Retire at 47

    04/26/2012 6:34:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 59 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/20/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Terri List says she would tell her students not to become a teacher in Michigan. Why? One of the reasons is because the Saginaw Township Community School District English teacher won’t be able to retire at age 47 as she has hoped. List was highlighted by the Michigan Education Association as one of the critics of Senate Bill 1040, which would require public school employees to contribute at least 5 percent of their compensation to their retirement plan. The MEA reported on its website: "Saginaw Township teacher Terry (sic) List had hoped to retire in the next three years when...
  • Students Sign Petition To 'Redistribute' GPAs

    04/24/2012 8:20:27 PM PDT · by 50sDad · 15 replies
    CNSnews.com ^ | o4/24/12 | 50sDad
    "Apparently, many students don't like the idea of redistribution - but, only when it applies to their grades. Redistribution of their GPAs (grade point averages) to poorer students, they say, is unfair. But, those with lower grades don’t seem to mind benefiting from the hard work of their “greedy” high-achieving classmates."
  • Triple Lutz Report-Why Johnny Can't Read In Buffalo New York--Episode 182

    04/21/2012 8:22:50 PM PDT · by appeal2 · 9 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 04/21/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    www.FinancialSurvivalNetwork.com presents Teachers in Buffalo New York are up in arms. The State has mandated teachers receive evaluations in order for the schools to receive additional funding. The Teachers' Union has defied the State and refuses to allow evaluations. This all comes to you compliments of a debt based monetary system, which acts to perpetuate corrupt government schemes and ensures that union members get to line their pockets at retirement time, sometimes after just 25 years or less. New York will be completely insolvent in a very short time and will have to rely upon the Federal government to print...
  • Bridgeport Boy Brings Heroin For Show and Tell

    04/10/2012 7:07:36 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 18 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | 041012 | AP via Rep-Am
    BRIDGEPORT — The stepfather of a 5-year-old boy who brought 50 packets of heroin to show-and-tell was arrested after going to the school in search of the drugs, police say. The student went to kindergarten Monday with his stepfather's jacket and pulled out the drugs in 10 small plastic bags when it came time for his presentation to the class, Bridgeport police told the Connecticut Post (http://bit.ly/HYhtzj ). The teacher grabbed the bags away from the boy, and the principal called police. The boy's stepfather, Santos Roman, 35, was arrested after arriving at the school. Roman was searching the school...
  • Union says average teacher with a master's degree makes less than $12k a year after deductions

    04/09/2012 4:56:17 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 49 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/9/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association’s newest strategy is to portray their teachers as underpaid while hoping no one is paying attention to the figures they are using to make their case, says one education policy expert. “Clearly, their facts are not straight,” said Michael Van Beek, education policy director at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. It started when Steve Cook, the MEA’s president, said in a Detroit News op-ed that one teacher who contacted him was in his second year of teaching with a master’s degree and made $31,000 a year. Michigan Capitol Confidential looked at the contracts of the...
  • Virginia Elementary School Teacher Tells Students “Republicans Are Stupid”…

    04/05/2012 8:36:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    weasel zippers ^ | 4/5/12 | zip
    We’re so stupid that we find it abhorrent when a teacher pushes liberal propaganda on unsuspecting students. Via Daily Caller: A Virginia elementary school teacher told her students that “Republicans are stupid” and “they don’t care about anyone but wealthy people and businesses.” Kristin Martin said this to her 6th grade class as Republican voters were filing into the halls of Powell Elementary School in Fairfax County to vote on Super Tuesday. “It all started when this disabled kid came in and named all the Republicans candidates for Super Tuesday,” one student told The Daily Caller. “She [Martin] said to...
  • Officials: 6 dead in Christian school shooting(CA)

    04/02/2012 3:29:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies
    ajc.com ^ | 2 April, 2012 | TERRY COLLINS AP
    OAKLAND, Calif. — A gunman opened fire at a Christian university in California Monday, killing at least six people and wounding three more, authorities said. Police say they have a suspect in custody.
  • (Vanity) My 8-yr old got an F on assignment for not knowing "Human Rights" and "Tolerance"

    03/29/2012 7:51:55 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 66 replies
    Self
    I was checking my 8-yr old son's classwork assignment grades. He was so demoralized that he was getting C, D and F on many assignments. I was shocked and delved deeper. Turns out he is assiged a letter grade on these assignments even though he is "making progress" getting up to 70 or even 80 percent of the questions right. Worse, he was assigned an F grade on an assignment because he did not get the meaning for terms "Human Rights" and "Tolerance". WTF is an 8-yr old supposed to know this shtuff? Damn....I am seriously considering pulling him out...
  • More Threats Against Toulouse Jewish Day School

    03/28/2012 8:35:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 3/28/12 | Chana Ya'ar
    The Toulouse Jewish day school terrorized by an Al-Qaeda jihadist has received anti-Semitic phone calls and emails following the attack. The Toulouse Jewish day school terrorized by a radical Islamic jihadist has received a wave of anti-Semitic phone calls and emails following the attack. Last week Mohammed Merah murdered Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, a teacher, his two young sons Aryeh and Gavriel, and the young daughter of the principal of the Otzar HaTorah day school. In the previous week, Merah had also shot to death three French paratroopers, all Muslims of North African descent. Merah told French media and police during...
  • Video Of Fight Between Masked Man & Long Reach High School Student Goes Viral Online

    03/23/2012 8:50:07 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 12 replies
    CBS Baltimore [WJZ TV] ^ | 3/22/12 | WJZ
    COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — A man wearing a ski mask storms onto a Howard County school campus and attacks a student, and the whole thing is caught on tape. Meghan McCorkell has more on the video that’s gone viral. That video has now been viewed by more than half a million people. Steps from the school’s front door, a masked man attacked a student as staffers rushed to break up the fight. The shocking fight happened in seconds. A man in blue wearing a ski mask swung at a Long Reach High School student. In one punch, the 16-year-old football...
  • Homework at Virginia school: Do some opposition research on Republicans but not on Obama

    03/22/2012 3:31:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/22/2012 | AllahPundit
    The bad news: This is a brazen bit of political indoctrination. The good news: The class is now more or less qualified for work in America's mainstream media. If you';re going to push your politics on kids, at least teach them a trade.He may or may not have also told them to send their research to Obama's campaign. Another useful journalistic skill --- learning to coordinate with Democrats for professional gain and the advancement of the cause. In a world of high Hopenchange unemployment, shouldn't we congratulate this guy for looking out for his students' bottom line? “This assignment was...
  • Obama's Education Dept. partners with Soros

    03/20/2012 9:45:21 PM PDT · by hope · 21 replies
    wnd ^ | 3/20/12 | Aaron Klein
    The Department of Education has partnered with billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Institute to promote a global education initiative that seeks “a world where each and every person on Earth can access and contribute to the sum of all human knowledge.” Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off a $25,000 “Why Open Education Matters” competition that will give a cash prize for the best short video explaining the benefits of what is known as Open Educational Resources, or O.E.R., for students, teachers and schools.
  • Lesbian with kids in Catholic school demands removal of Catechism quote on homosexuality

    03/18/2012 5:28:29 AM PDT · by Morgana · 70 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3/18/20122 | Patrick B. Craine
    BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, March 16, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A self-proclaimed ‘lesbian’ whose two children attend a Catholic school near Peterborough is demanding that the Peterborough Catholic school board remove a Catechism quote dealing with homosexuality from a school pamphlet. Ann Michelle Tesluk has started an online petition to pressure the board to action and describes her activities as gearing to make the Catholic Church into an “openly gay friendly church.” The pamphlet in question, however, is controversial from more than one perspective. While quoting the Catechism that the homosexual inclination is “objectively disordered”, the pamphlet also misrepresents Catholic teaching in numerous...
  • Mass. elementary school changes name of St. Patrick's Day to O'Green Day to be more inclusive

    03/16/2012 9:42:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies · 2+ views
    960Well ^ | March 15, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    (Billy Hallowell) -- St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday rooted in Christian values, however secular celebrations are also regularly held to commemorate the day. In fact, for a great many, the religious tones aren’t even a consideration, as alcohol, Shamrock shakes and other fun-filled elements regularly dominate the day’s observations. Somehow, though, the holiday is reportedly still too religious for one Massachusetts elementary school.At the Soule Road School in Wilbraham, St. Patrick‘s Day has been replaced as the name for the school’s celebration surrounding the popular holiday. It’s been replaced with the generic “O’Green Day.” MassLive.com’s Patrick Johnson calls the move “a heavy-handed attempt...
  • St Patrick kicked out of school

    03/16/2012 7:20:09 PM PDT · by ellenbrewster · 19 replies
    http://www.ellenmakkai.com ^ | March 16, 2012 | Ellen Makkai
    Kids at Soule Road School in Wilbraham, MA ate green veggies and wore green today but, begorra, under no circumstances were they celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! Instead, it was “Happy O’Green Day.” “Inclusive and diverse,” and to “ease any discomfort that may go along with celebrating St. Patrick’s Day” was the (non) reasoning behind the name change, according to principal Lisa Curtain. “Not so,” says the more diplomatic school superintendent, M. Michael O’Shea who undoubtedly has his share of Irish ancestry.
  • St. Patrick kicked out of school

    03/16/2012 5:34:59 PM PDT · by ellenbrewster · 9 replies · 3+ views
    Popular Culture Through a Biblical Lens ^ | March 16, 2012 | EllenMakkai
    Kids at Soule Road School in Wilbraham, MA ate green veggies and wore green today but, begorra, under no circumstances were they celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! Instead, it was “Happy O’Green Day.” “Inclusive and diverse,” and to “ease any discomfort that may go along with celebrating St. Patrick’s Day” was the (non) reasoning behind the name change, according to principal Lisa Curtain. “Not so,” says the more diplomatic school superintendent, M. Michael O’Shea who undoubtedly has his share of Irish ancestry. “Soule Road has not changed the name of St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day is on the Soule Road...
  • Dem presses USDA to ban 'pink slime' in school lunches (Where else would it go?)

    03/14/2012 5:20:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/14/12 | Mike Lillis
    Dem presses USDA to ban 'pink slime' in school lunchesBy Mike Lillis - 03/14/12 06:00 PM ET A Maine Democrat is pressing the Obama administration to ban "pink slime" in school cafeterias. Rep. Chellie Pingree said the product – a blend of beef scraps treated with ammonia and used as a ground-beef filler – is "gross" and unfit for consumption by schoolchildren. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Pingree is urging the agency to abandon its plan to continue buying hamburgers and other meats containing the product—historically used in animal feeds—for the nation's schools. "It is wrong to...
  • Bus crash in Swiss tunnel kills 28 people, including 22 school children returning from trip

    03/14/2012 3:25:08 AM PDT · by rawhide · 23 replies
    GENEVA — A bus smashed into a tunnel wall in the Swiss Alps, killing 22 Belgian 12-year-olds returning from a ski vacation and the six adults who were accompanying them, police said Wednesday. Another 24 students were hospitalized with injuries, Valais cantonal (state) police spokesman Jean-Marie Bornet told The Associated Press. The bus carrying 52 people, including young students from two different Belgian schools, hit the tunnel wall shortly after 9 p.m. local time Tuesday on the A9 highway near Sierre, Switzerland, in the southern Swiss canton of Valais, an area of popular ski resorts. Authorities were still identifying all...
  • 'Pink slime' Is Good for America's Schoolchildren, Manufacturers Claim

    03/12/2012 11:52:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 12, 2012
    The company that sells ground beef treated with ammonia proclaims their meat mixture is good for America's schoolchildren, even though parents across the country are seriously questioning the safety of what has been dubbed "pink slime." Beef Products Inc. (BPI) made the declaration about its "lean finely textured beef" or LFTB over the weekend to The Daily, which broke the news that the federal government plans to buy ground beef that contains 7 million pounds of the product in the coming year. After the report, "pink slime" became the most searched topic on the internet. "Including LFTB in the national...
  • U.S. defends treated meat dubbed "pink slime" in school meals

    03/11/2012 2:12:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 71 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/09/12 | Ian Simpson
    U.S. defends treated meat dubbed "pink slime" in school mealsIan Simpson Reuters 7:10 p.m. CST, March 9, 2012 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Agriculture is defending the use of ammonium-treated beef, dubbed "pink slime" by detractors, in meals destined for schoolchildren as part of the national school lunch program. The Internet news source The Daily reported this week that 7 million pounds (3.2 million kg) of the product -- beef trimmings treated partly with ammonium hydroxide to fight contamination -- would appear in school lunches this spring. "All USDA ground beef purchases must meet the highest standards for food...
  • Overhaul Of Highland Park School District On The Horizon

    03/07/2012 6:43:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/5/2012 | Tom Gantert
    If State House Republicans get their way, there won’t be a Highland Park School District next year. For the rest of this year, a deal was approved that gives Detroit Public Schools $4 million to keep the doors of public school buildings in Highland Park open but under new management provided by Jack Martin, the state-appointed Emergency Manager of the fiscally failed school district. For next year and beyond, the spokesman for the House Speaker said they’d like all of Highland Park’s students to be in another district. Ari Adler, press secretary for Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger, said their...
  • Public School Gets State Bailout — Already Receives $14,000 Per Student

    03/06/2012 8:31:35 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/5/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Highland Park public schools will receive an additional $8.2 million in extra funding from the state this school year to keep their doors open. That translates to an extra $8,000 per pupil, which is more than most districts receive for students for an entire year. In a deal brokered with the state March 2, Detroit Public Schools will receive $4 million to pay Highland Park's bills, and Jack Martin will take over as the Highland Park district’s emergency manager. As part of the deal with the state, any students who leave Highland Park would have a $4,000 per-pupil allowance follow...
  • Man detained after legally bringing gun to school considers lawsuit, loses job offer (video)(MI)

    03/04/2012 6:38:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 73 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 2 March, 2012 | Heidi Fenton
    GRAND RAPIDS — Nicholas Looman said he was not surprised the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office found he complied with state law while carrying a gun into an elementary school voting precinct this week. He’s disheartened with what he sees as a lack of understanding with open-carry gun laws and has hired an attorney to “explore the possibility” of a lawsuit against local law enforcement authorities. Looman questions whether being “detained” in an office at Aberdeen Elementary School on voting day violated his personal rights. He is upset with how the whole situation was handled. "The prosecutor went out of his...
  • MSP: Law allows some to carry guns in schools(MI)

    03/04/2012 6:15:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies · 1+ views
    wzzm13.com ^ | 1 March, 2012 | Matt Campbell
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police say a man who walked into a Grand Rapids school with a gun was protected by state law. Around noon Tuesday, the man walked into the polling place at Aberdeen Elementary School with a gun clearly visible in his holster. The man told administrators he had a concealed carry permit, and was trying to stand up for his legal right to carry a gun on election day. Previous Coverage - GRPS: Voter may be charged for bringing gun to school School leaders expect the man to face a misdemeanor charge, but that may...
  • Bill to Ban Guns on School Campuses in Oregon Defeated

    03/02/2012 8:44:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 1 March, 2012 | NRA
    Gun owners in the Beaver State should be pleased that the state Senate passed House Bill 4045, Concealed Handgun License (CHL) confidentiality legislation sponsored by state Representative Kim Thatcher (R-25), by a 24 to 5 vote. Furthermore, Senate Bill 1594, the last-minute campus gun ban introduced by state Senate President Peter Courtney (D-11), was defeated by a 15 to 14 vote. House Bill 4045 is a necessary legislative fix because under current law, the private personal information of every person holding a CHL in Oregon is at risk of being divulged to the public. HB 4045 passed in the House...