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  • San Diego Unified School District Gets Armored Vehicle (MRAP)

    09/10/2014 4:51:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | Setember 9, 2014 | Kristina Davis
    SD Unified gets armored vehicle City schools police have obtained their own military-grade Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle through a federal grant. Known as an MRAP, the armored mobile will be converted into a victim rescue vehicle that will be stocked with thousands of dollars in advanced medical supplies and be able to take heavy fire in case of an attack on campus, the San Diego Unified School District Police Department said Tuesday. The MRAP, valued at more than $700,000, was acquired at no cost to the district. The vehicle is expected to be operational in October. “We recognize the public...
  • Texas: Judge to sort out math, race disputes in Irving ISD trial (white voters vs ineligible voters)

    07/31/2014 2:08:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | July 20, 2014 | AVI SELK
    The trial over Irving ISD’s election system ended Wednesday after three days of testimony about race, math and the right to vote.U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater must now decide whether Irving ISD’s setup illegally blocks Hispanics from electing their favored candidates. If he does, he could force the district to rewrite its election system for the second time in two years.Fitzwater ruled against the same plaintiffs—failed school board candidate Manuel Benavidez and his law firm, Bickel & Brewer—when they first sued Irving ISD in the late 2000s. The judge found that Hispanic residents were too few and far between to...
  • ALABAMA School Board dismisses all parental concerns about Islam-focused textbooks in public schools

    01/19/2014 4:17:24 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 33 replies ^ | January 18, 2014
    The State Education Board has refused to replace 11 of Alabama’s approved social studies textbooks that feature a chilling overemphasis on Islam at the exclusion of any and all other religions. Most of these textbooks are funded by the Saudi government and distributed free of charge to U.S. schools.
  • Moral Intelligence and Public School Bullying

    12/22/2013 2:37:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 22, 2013 | Deborah C. Taylor
    On December 4, 2013 Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.5-million member American Federation of Teachers(AFT), spoke on C-Span about bullying, particularly of gay students. Ms. Weingarten said, with surprise in her voice, that she doesn't understand why gay students are still bullied in public schools, because in 2013, "It's cool to be gay." She also said she is gay, and now speaks about it openly.As a psychotherapist, I tell clients that being surprised by another person's behavior often results from erroneous assumptions about the person, usually because you see them as you want them to be rather than as they...
  • Georgia School District Approves Rifles for School Resource Officers

    12/18/2013 7:37:42 AM PST · by rktman · 43 replies ^ | 12/18/2013 | Breitbart News
    GAINESVILLE, GA. – A north Georgia school board has approved a measure allowing some school resource officers to carry rifles. The plan calls for a rifle to be kept in each of the city's high schools and middle schools, The Gainesville Times reported. The weapons will be kept inside safes and will be accessible only to the school resource officer, school district officials have said. Earlier this year, district leaders said the safes would be accessible by fingerprint recognition.
  • Houston school board votes to ban 'offensive' mascots

    12/14/2013 6:59:23 AM PST · by Zakeet · 50 replies
    Fox News/AP ^ | December 13, 2013
    The Houston school district board has given preliminary approval to a new policy that would prohibit offensive or culturally insensitive mascots. The new policy calls on schools to show respect and cultural sensitivity in nicknames and mascots. The use of any race or ethnic group will be prohibited, the Houston Chronicle reported.
  • Forrest High: Board begins name-change process

    11/09/2013 11:46:28 AM PST · by shortstop · 46 replies
    Florida Times Union ^ | 11/09/13 | Denise Smith Amos
    Duval County School Board members voted unanimously Friday to start the process that likely would remove the name Nathan B. Forrest from one of its high schools. All seven board members voted to formally accept the written request of District 5 board member Constance Hall to begin the name-change procedure.
  • Tired of being told they couldn’t, school board OKs student-led prayer

    10/09/2013 10:42:45 AM PDT · by xzins · 32 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | October 09, 2013 | Bob Kellogg
    Even though they were warned there could be trouble, a Kansas school board nevertheless voted to allow student-led prayers and even use of the school's public address system to do so. At its meeting on September 23, the school board in Liberal voted unanimously (7-0) to allow student-led prayers at all school activities and to provide access to the school's public address system. According to the Leader & Times newspaper, the item was added “spontaneously” to the agenda near the end of that meeting. “We do live in a democratic society, and I personally feel like our community would support...
  • Arkansas school assignment: Gut the Bill of Rights

    10/08/2013 9:59:53 AM PDT · by Kip Russell · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jason Howerton
    A parent in Bryant, Ark., claims her sixth-grade daughter brought home a history class assignment that asks students to “revise, omit two and add two amendments” to the “outdated” Bill of Rights. Her daughter is reportedly a student in the Bryant School District. Lela Spears, the girl’s mother, told the Digital Journal that the worksheet requires students to take part in a theoretical special committee, the “National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force.” The committee is charged with the task of revising the Bill of Rights to “ensure that our personal civil liberties and the pursuit of happiness remains guarded...
  • Boys punished for firing airsoft guns (Update - Suspended for the rest of the school year)

    09/25/2013 7:12:25 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 64 replies ^ | 9-25-2013 | Andy Fox
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Three Virginia Beach seventh graders learned their fates Tuesday morning when they were suspended for shooting airsoft guns on private property. During a hearing with a disciplinary committee Tuesday morning, Aidan Clark, Khalid Caraballo and a third friend were given long-term suspensions in a unanimous vote. The suspensions will last until June, but a hearing will be held January 27 to determine if they will be allowed back in school sooner. The students' parents initially told WAVY News' Andy Fox their children were expelled, but when Fox looked at the official letter from the school,...
  • L.A. Unified, 7 others get waivers from No Child Left Behind

    08/06/2013 5:16:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 6, 2013 | By Howard Blume
    L.A. Unified and seven other California school districts on Tuesday won relief from some strict and costly provisions of federal education law. Besides Los Angeles, the school districts are Long Beach, Santa Ana, Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and Sanger.
  • A brave Baltimore teacher speaks the truth about schools, students

    08/02/2013 9:41:27 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | AUGUST 1, 2013 | GREGORY KANE
    Anyone that can dredge up the guts to teach in Baltimore's public schools automatically becomes a... Dave Miceli doesn't know me from a hole in the ground, but he's my new hero. Anyone that can dredge up the guts to teach in Baltimore's public schools automatically becomes a candidate for hero status in my book, especially if said anyone has taught in these schools for 20 years, as Miceli has. But it was his bold, insightful, no-punches-pulled letter to the editors of the July 15 edition of the Baltimore Sun that put Miceli on my hero's list. I'm reprinting that...
  • School board OKs Trayvon Martin discussion in schools

    07/31/2013 2:07:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies ^ | July 31, 2013
    SAN DIEGO – San Diego Unified School District board of trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday to move forward with a plan to allow classroom discussions about the controversial Trayvon Martin shooting case. This comes about two weeks after George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin in 2012. After hearing student reactions from around the city, San Diego Unified School Board members Richard Barrera and Marne Foster came up with a plan. At the public meeting, they asked Superintendent Cindy Marten to create a platform which will allow middle and high school students to speak...
  • Why Cheerleaders Can Post Bible Verses

    06/02/2013 8:53:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | June 2, 2013 | Kavin McCullough
    So a school district, that has already lost in a lower court, attempting to ban both religious belief and free expression thereof, now wants to spend tax-payer money to attempt to thwart those same rights of religious belief, and free expression. Welcome to all that is the fascist thinking of the leadership of the Kountze Independent School District, located just outside Beaumont, Texas. Similar to the scandals occupying Washington DC right now there is a "big picture" lesson in the story of the Kountze High School cheerleaders: "If the atheist left of America have enough tax-payer money at hand, they...
  • Former 'Superintendent Of The Year' Could Go To Prison For 45 Years

    04/03/2013 6:49:07 AM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    TBI ^ | 4-3-2013 | Rebecca Baird-Remba
    Former 'Superintendent Of The Year' Could Go To Prison For 45 Years Rebecca Baird-RembaApril 2, 2013, 6:13 PM Dr. Beverly Hall arrives for her last school board meeting in 2011. Thirty-five Atlanta educators were indicted last week for allegedly participating in a cheating conspiracy involving one of America's most storied school superintendents. Retired Atlanta schools chief Beverly Hall was named "National Superintendent of the Year" in 2009 and had previously headed troubled school districts in New York and Newark. She was credited with rescuing the struggling Atlanta school system and helping it meet testing standards set by the Bush-era No...
  • The bank, the school and the 38-year loan

    03/19/2013 1:01:44 PM PDT · by sissydi · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Feb. 15 , 2013 | Melody Peterson
    The fliers touted new ballfields, science labs and modern classrooms. They didn't mention the crushing debt or the investment bank that stood to make millions. In early 2008, residents of Placentia and Yorba Linda approved a $200 million school construction bond after reading those fliers and being assured repeatedly that "their money will be spent wisely." What happened instead was that Measure A led to a debt so large and long lasting that it has mortgaged the future of their children's children.
  • Detroiters pledge uprising during state takeover: ‘Make sure you are prepared and you will survive’

    03/15/2013 5:18:24 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 179 replies
    Councilman Kwame Kenyatta and a packed room of Detroiters warned today of an impending revolt against state intervention, urging residents to stock up on canned food and supplies. “Even the Bloods in the hood fight for their territory,” Kenyatta said during a 20-minute monologue on the civil rights struggle at today’s city council meeting. “You are going to have to drag me out of here for me to leave.” Kenyatta cited Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became an intellectual and civil rights icon, because of his position that black people must sacrifice their lives, if necessary, to win freedom...
  • School Orders Cross Removed From Football Helmets

    10/11/2012 5:48:18 AM PDT · by onlylewis · 73 replies ^ | 10/10/12 | Todd Starnes
    Wisconsin school district has ordered a joint public-private school football team to change its logo – in the middle of the season — after a lone parent said the inclusion of a bishop’s hat and cross was a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Martin Lexmond, superintendent of the Shorewood School District, told Fox News that he made the decision to remove the logos after consulting with the school board. “It just didn’t occur to anybody that there might be questions about it,” he said. “A parent last week raised the question asking if this was a violation of separation of...
  • Former Sun Prairie School Board president charged with embezzlement

    02/10/2012 3:58:54 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 2-9-12 | Ed Treleven
    The former president of the Sun Prairie School Board was charged with theft Thursday for allegedly stealing more than $10,000 from Sun Prairie Youth Football over a five-year period, using the money to pay the property taxes on his home and buy merchandise from stores. David A. Stackhouse, 50, who now lives in Springfield, Pa., was charged with one count of theft in a business setting, for allegedly taking $10,254 between July 2003 and November 2008. Stackhouse was Sun Prairie Youth Football's president from 1999 until 2008, when his bid for re-election was defeated. He was a member of the...
  • Controversy Swirls Around School Board Candidate

    11/07/2011 12:09:43 PM PST · by Commander8 · 5 replies
    KCRA ^ | November 7, 2011 | Unattributed
    Embed this VideoxEmailFacebookDiggTwitterRedditDelicious Link Share Modesto school board candidate Mylinda Mason fires up controversy after taking a stand on SB 48, which requires schools to include historical contributions of homosexuals in the curriculum. Read more:
  • Hudson school budget passes, despite voting results

    05/18/2011 5:01:28 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 10 replies
    WTEN - News 10 ^ | May 18, 2011 | NA
    HUDSON, N.Y. - Residents of the Hudson City School District voted against the 2011-2012 proposed school budget Tuesday night, however following the polls closing the board of education reversed the decision. The results of the Hudson school budget vote showed 1,249 residents against the budget, and only 424 in favor of the budget. The school board voted in the budget after polls closed, despite the rejected budget results. The school board's vote was split 4 to 3. According to the Hudson City Superintendent, the budget presented was less than a contingency budget would be. Under state law, the Board of...
  • Food Fight: Chicago School Bans Students From Bringing Own Lunches

    04/11/2011 11:18:37 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11 Apr 2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Who would have ever thought that the youth would revolt over bringing their own lunches to school? But while young communists march against austerity in Britain, young people at one Chicago school are fighting their administrators for the opportunity to pack their own meals. All because the school wants to promote healthy choices. “Who thinks the lunch is not good enough?” the Chicago Tribune recently observed seventh-grader Fernando Dominguez shouting to his lunch mates in Spanish and English at Little Village Academy. It‘s a public school on Chicago’s West Side. As numerous hands reached for the ceiling, Dominguez led a...
  • No expulsion for kids' Facebook posts about teacher

    03/10/2011 3:03:44 PM PST · by madprof98 · 25 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/10/11 | Ty Tagami
    The school system that threatened to expel three children over their derogatory Facebook posts about a teacher has backed down. The students, who called a teacher at Chapel Hill Middle School in Douglas County a "pedophile" and a "rapist" in online posts last month, will return to school Tuesday after a two-week suspension, said William Lambert, Jr., one of the parents. The kids had faced re-assignment to a school for troubled youths for at least the rest of the semester. But earlier this week the Douglas school system canceled the tribunal hearing that had been scheduled for Thursday morning. Lambert...
  • Name This School -- LET'S WIN ONE FOR THE GIPPER! (School Bd. to vote on Reagan Elementary name)

    02/28/2011 7:52:29 PM PST · by ReagansRaiders · 3 replies
    Virginia Virtucon ^ | 2/28/11 | Riley
    This Wed., March 2, the Prince William County School Board will be voting on what to name the new elementary school opening Fall 2011 on Linton Hall Road.  The naming committee came up with the lame name of "Piney Branch Elementary School" -- Ronald Reagan didn't even make the top 18 suggestions of the committee despite it having strong supporters.  I first suggested that name early last October and encouraged people to submit it to the naming committee by the Dec. 1 deadline.  Following is the message that I sent to the naming committee: Since the new elementary school on...
  • Report: School Board Blew Hundreds of Millions of Taxpayers Dollars While In Lobbyists' Pocket

    02/20/2011 1:53:27 PM PST · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 7 replies ^ | Feb. 19, 2011 | Bob Norman
    Well, it's finally official. The Broward County School Board wasted hundreds of millions of your dollars while doing the bidding of a select group of contractors and lobbyists. You've been reading about that here for the past five years. Now the statewide grand jury has found the same thing. The final grand jury report was released last night (yes, that means they aren't going to issue indictments). To get an idea of its tone, understand that it stated flatly that were it not for a constitutional mandate to have a school board "our first and foremost recommendation would have been...
  • Ten Commandments restored at Virginia schools

    01/24/2011 5:38:48 AM PST · by careyb · 74 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/24/11 | AP
    RICHMOND, Va. | A school district in southwestern Virginia is re-posting copies of the Bible's Ten Commandments in all county schools, despite concerns that doing so is unconstitutional. The five-member Giles County School Board voted unanimously to restore the framed, 4-foot-tall, biblical texts after parents and local ministers complained about their removal from the district's five schools and its technology center. The decision was made even though the board's attorney advised that such Christian displays represent unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. The Ten Commandments were up on school walls in Giles County for at least a decade next to framed...
  • Comedian mocks Wake schools' assignment controversy (NC)

    01/19/2011 6:23:26 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 32 replies
    WRAL ^ | 1/19/11 | Renee Chou
    The controversy surrounding the Wake County school board's plan to assign students goes up for another debate Wednesday night. The issue is once again getting national attention – this time on a comedy show. First, it was a story in The Washington Post, then a letter to the editor by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Now, news of Wake County public schools has turned into comedy material. Comedian Stephen Colbert, of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, devoted five minutes to mocking the school board's assignment policies and one of its members.
  • School security guard: 'I'm not a hero, folks' (Praises God during interview)

    12/16/2010 12:13:55 PM PST · by pillut48 · 30 replies
    MSNBC video ^ | 12-16-10
    PANAMA CITY, Florida — The Florida security guard who confronted a gunman during a school board meeting said Thursday that he was "no hero" and wasn't thinking about bullets or dying. His biggest fear, he said, was that he had let down his superintendent. "I saw that first shot and I knew the superintendent fell backward," Mike Jones said during a press conference on Thursday. "I thought he'd killed him, that I'd let him down." Jones, a 20-year police veteran, calmly, and at times tearfully, described the events leading up to Clay Duke taking his own life after firing at...
  • Who Was Clay Duke? The Gunman Who Opened Fire At A Florida School Board Meeting

    12/15/2010 8:13:43 AM PST · by · 51 replies
    By now, most people have heard about Clay Duke entering a Panama City, FL school board meeting, painting a ‘V’ on the wall in red spray paint- which appears in the comic book and movie V for Vendetta- and opening fire on the board members before a security guard began exchanging shots with Duke- who ultimately died from what is believed to be a self-inflicted wound. The video below is from a different angle and contains a little more interaction between Duke and the school board members than most videos going around. You really can’t see all that much once...
  • FL School Board Shooter Posted Suicide Note Railing Against the Rich, Linking to Media Matters

    12/15/2010 7:40:01 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 50 replies · 1+ views
    the blaze ^ | December 15, 2010 at 8:50am | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Clay Duke, the man who opened fire on a Florida school board Tuesday, posted a “last testament” on Facebook decrying the wealthy and linking to a slew of progressive sites including and The chilling Facebook statement, posted under the “About Clay” section, talks about being born poor and how the rich “take turns fleecing us”: My Testament: Some people (the government sponsored media) will say I was evil, a monster (V)… no… I was just born poor in a country where the Wealthy manipulate, use, abuse, and economically enslave 95% of the population. Rich Republicans, Rich Democrats… same-same…...
  • Man takes hostages, shoots at Bay County (Panama City) School Board meeting

    12/14/2010 1:10:16 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 34 replies · 1+ views
    WHJG Channel 7 TV ^ | 10-14-10 | Channel 7 Panama City
    Panama City - A man used a pistol to take hostages at Tuesday's Bay County School Board meeting. Starting a little after 2 p.m., the man addressed the school board briefly, before using a can of red spray paint to paint a large "V" with a circle around it on the wall of the building. The man pulled out a gun, and released the women and children from the room, taking the others hostage. Tensions built while the man questioned the school board. Shots were fired, and SWAT teams responded and burst in. At this time, it's believed the man...
  • Florida School Board Hostage Survivor: “I’m Telling You – God Blocked that Bullet” – Video

    12/15/2010 5:55:18 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 14 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 15, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video from this morning of one of the Panama City, Florida School Board Hostages recounting his experience of facing a crazed gunman at their meeting yesterday, who opened fire on him at point-blank range. Miraculously, no one was shot by the man, who was then wounded by a security officer before taking his own life. School Board Member Bill Husfelt describes the experience, and gives credit to God for saving his life – “I’m telling you: God blocked that bullet.”
  • Rambling gunman dead after opening fire at Florida school meeting

    12/15/2010 4:21:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 14 December, 2009 | Vivian Kuo and Phil Gast
    (CNN) -- Clay Duke sat quietly through the first portion of the Bay District Schools, Florida, school board meeting Tuesday afternoon as local children were honored for their achievements. When it came time for citizens to bring up issues, the 56-year-old resident calmly approached the front. He spray painted a red "V" with a circle around it on the wall, brandished a small-caliber handgun and ordered the room cleared at a Panama City schools building. "Six men stay. Everyone else leave," the burly gunman said.
  • Official: Fla. school board shooting 'surreal'

    12/15/2010 4:22:49 AM PST · by Scanian · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 15, 2010 | AP
    PANAMA CITY, Fla. – A gunman who fired point-blank at school board members before fatally shooting himself had for much of the meeting sat with the rest of the audience, listening to routine business. As the board was in the midst of a discussion Tuesday, Clay A. Duke walked to the front of the room, spray painted a red "V" with a circle around it on the white wall, then turned and waved a handgun. He calmly ordered everyone to "hit the road" except the men on the board sitting behind a long beige desk. Despite his shock, Bay City...
  • Candidate Files Criminal Complaint Over Firm Handshake

    10/29/2010 6:25:07 AM PDT · by Puppage · 25 replies
    NBC Miami. com ^ | 10/29/2010 | Puppage
    A firm handshake is usually seen as a good thing in business and even in politics. Not so much in South Florida. A candidate for the Broward County School Board wants the cops to lock up her opponent after what she claims was akin to battery after a recent debate. Jaemi Levine filed a complaint with the Broward Sheriff's Office claiming David Thomas squeezed her hand so hard during a post-debate handshake Tuesday that it now hurts. Instead of getting a grip on education issues, Thomas decided to get a grip on his opponent for the Disctrict 4 seat. Levine...
  • Indiana School Not Canceling Graduation Prayer Without Judge Order

    04/03/2010 6:06:42 AM PDT · by GregNH · 15 replies · 400+ views
    AP via FoxNews ^ | 42/2010 | AP
    GREENWOOD, Ind. -- A central Indiana district isn't calling off a planned high school graduation prayer unless a federal judge orders it. Greenwood School Board president Joe Farley says the district wants the judge to decide the merits of a lawsuit filed by the school's top-ranked senior. Greenwood High School student Eric Workman is asking a federal judge to stop a student-led prayer that the senior class voted to approve. The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on the 18-year-old's behalf claims that the prayer and class vote unconstitutionally subject students to religious practice.
  • Mass school closures approved in Kansas City, Mo.

    03/11/2010 12:08:08 AM PST · by kingattax · 11 replies · 819+ views
    Townhall ^ | March 10, 2010 | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH
    The Kansas City school board narrowly approved a plan Wednesday night to close nearly half the district's schools in a desperate bid to avoid a potential bankruptcy. The board voted 5-4 after parents and community leaders made final pleas to spare the schools even as the beleaguered district seeks to erase a projected $50 million budget shortfall. The approved plan calls for shuttering 29 of 61 schools _ a striking amount even as public school closures rise nationwide while the recession eats away at academic budgets.
  • Detroit school board president struggles to write a coherent sentence; does it matter?

    03/04/2010 8:47:15 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 44 replies · 1,685+ views
    DetNews ^ | 3/4/10 | Jonahton Oosting
    In a column today, Laura Berman of the Detroit News shared a couple of email messages indicating just how poorly Mathis writes. •If you saw Sunday's Free Press that shown Robert Bobb the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, move Mark Twain to Boynton which have three times the number seats then students and was one of the reason's he gave for closing school to many empty seats. •Do DPS control the Foundation or outside group? If an outside group control the foundation, then what is DPS Board row with selection of is director? Our we mixing DPS and...
  • School District Cancels Offer of Taxpayer-Funded iPods for Parents

    02/12/2010 5:27:45 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 13 replies · 542+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 2/12/2010 | Staff
    A Florida school district has canceled its plans to spend $350,000 in taxpayer money to buy thousands of iPods for parents of special-needs students after it was erroneously reported that federal stimulus funds were covering the costs. Officials in Polk County announced Tuesday their intention to distribute free iPod Nanos to the parents of children with disabilities if they completed a 10-minute survey of just 26 multiple-choice questions about school and teacher quality. But those plans barely lasted a nanosecond, school officials told "[W]e're going to be pulling the whole thing," said Nancy Woolcock, assistant superintendent of learning support...
  • Resident asks school board to remove Pledge of Allegiance from meetings (Wa state)

    12/30/2009 12:35:05 PM PST · by llevrok · 32 replies · 1,046+ views (WA State) ^ | 12/22/2009 | Chantelle Lusebrink
    The Issaquah School Board may consider eliminating the Pledge of Allegiance at its regular business meetings. At their Dec. 9 meeting, school board members were asked to eliminate the pledge from their meetings by parent Matthew Barry. “The words ‘under God’ in the pledge are offensive to your atheist residents in this school district,” Barry said at the meeting. “A study from last year, The American Religious Identification Survey, indicates that 15 percent of Americans aren’t religious. In Washington, which is one of the most nonreligious states, 25 percent aren’t religious. So, I think it is safe to assume there...
  • St. Tammany vote against Race to the Top hinges on policy requirements

    01/07/2010 1:46:51 PM PST · by BBell · 2 replies · 253+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | January 06, 2010 | Jim Derry
    From the start of a nearly three-hour debate on the state's push for including St. Tammany Parish in the new federal Race to the Top program, it was evident the overwhelming majority of School Board members were leery about getting involved.The Obama administration unveiled Race to the Top last summer as a $4.35 billion education reform program aimed at getting schools to better track students' progress. In Covington late Tuesday, the St. Tammany School Board's final tally against particpating was 9-6, but even most of those who voted for board President John Lamarque to sign the partnership agreement did so...
  • We're Staying, We're Praying; Get Used to It

    12/24/2009 3:29:11 AM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies · 690+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/2009 | Deborah C. Tyler
    There are three kinds of faith: faith in God, faith in oneself, and faith in life. Think of these as building blocks. When the United States was founded, the big block on the bottom of the pile was faith in God. However, something happened through the course of American history: The blocks got restacked, and faith in self, or egocentrism, settled into the first position. Faith in self is very important, but it makes a poor foundation because it is not a perception of perfection. And the ego is shifty, so the other blocks tend to become unstable or fall...
  • Resident asks school board to remove Pledge of Allegiance from meetings

    12/24/2009 7:08:04 AM PST · by fgoodwin · 35 replies · 1,051+ views
    Issaquah Press ^ | December 22, 2009 | Chantelle Lusebrink
    Resident asks school board to remove Pledge of Allegiance from meetings December 22, 2009 By Chantelle Lusebrink The Issaquah School Board may consider eliminating the Pledge of Allegiance at its regular business meetings. At their Dec. 9 meeting, school board members were asked to eliminate the pledge from their meetings by parent Matthew Barry. “The words ‘under God’ in the pledge are offensive to your atheist residents in this school district,” Barry said at the meeting. “A study from last year, The American Religious Identification Survey, indicates that 15 percent of Americans aren’t religious. In Washington, which is one of...
  • Bay schools phase out gay-friendly curriculum

    12/10/2009 2:39:58 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 815+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2009 | Lisa Leff
    ALAMEDA, Calif. – The school board blinked. Under the duress of a lawsuit and threats of recall, the Alameda Board of Education has voted to phase out an elementary school curriculum it adopted in May to prevent anti-gay bullying. The so-called Lesson 9, which had become an opposition centerpiece in a national anti-gay marriage campaign, will be replaced by a more generic anti-bullying message. But the board's action Tuesday night did little to ease the tension between gay parents, who want their children protected, and parents who who think elementary school is too early to talk to students about gay...
  • Cops: Body found in river tentatively ID'd as school board chief

    11/16/2009 7:00:15 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 52 replies · 2,600+ views
    WGN ^ | 11/16/09 | Pat Curry, Andrew Wang, and Mark LeBien
    A body tentatively identified as Michael Scott, president of the Chicago Board of Education, was found in the Chicago River near the Merchandise Mart this morning, police sources said. A blue Cadillac registered to Scott, 60, was found parked next to a trash bin yards away from the river. A police spokesman said the identification was preliminary. The Cook County medical examiner's office has not yet positively identified the body. Scott's family, concerned about his whereabouts, had contacted police Sunday night, reporting he was missing.
  • Chicago school board chief believed dead

    11/16/2009 11:25:33 AM PST · by Freedom_Is_Not_Free · 26 replies · 1,047+ views ^ | 11/16/09
    The Chicago police would say only that authorities had found the body of an adult male about 3:15 a.m. in the area of 350 N. Orleans St., a road near a waterway in Chicago. CNN affiliate WGN-TV, citing unnamed police sources, said Scott's family had reported him missing Sunday evening. WLS-TV also reported that it was Scott's body that emergency crews recovered from the water. A report on the station's Web site did not cite a source but noted that Scott's wife, Diana Palomar, is the station's vice president of community affairs. Scott had been appointed to the Chicago Board...
  • Bible verse ban spawns 'wave of support for Christ'

    10/14/2009 5:35:40 PM PDT · by blueyon · 21 replies · 1,326+ views
    OneHourNews ^ | 10/14/09 | Jim Brown
    Despite a large public outcry over its decision to censor Bible verse banners held by high school football cheerleaders on the playing field, a Georgia school board is refusing to change its mind. However, the controversial policy has compelled many students to passionately defend their free-speech rights and proclaim their Christian beliefs.
  • Banned words

    08/10/2009 10:31:54 AM PDT · by rhema · 23 replies · 3,150+ views
    WORLD ^ | August 10, 2009 | Dave Burchett
    An eye-opening book titled The Language Police lists about 500 words that are banned from school textbooks. Some are amusing, some stupid (probably a banned word), and some are chilling. Here is a very partial list of banned words: Founding Fathers—Banned as sexist. Replace with Founders or Framers. (Because we would not want to note that the men who wrote the documents were men) Caveman—Banned as sexist, replace with cave dweller. (Wonder if that makes the Geico Cave . . . uhhh . . . dweller feel a little better?) Disadvantaged—Banned, replace with reference to the resources or rights that...
  • Obama photo in every school? (Charlottesville, VA)

    08/08/2009 10:02:37 AM PDT · by IFly4Him · 64 replies · 3,857+ views
    The Daily Progress ^ | 8/7/2009 | Brandon Shulleeta
    A member of the Charlottesville School Board is proposing that a framed picture of President Barack Obama be placed in all of the city’s public schools, as well as the division’s central office. None of Juandiego Wade’s colleagues was quick to jump on board with his proposal at Thursday’s meeting, nor did any members dismiss it. Wade insisted that if the proposal were approved, he’d raise the money for the pictures and frames — which he believes can be obtained for free or very little money — through a private fundraising campaign. “It would be no cost to the school...
  • School board approves Barack Obama Elementary name

    07/05/2009 5:39:22 PM PDT · by freespirited · 62 replies · 1,258+ views
    Gazette ^ | 06/26/09 | Megan King
    An elementary school under construction in Upper Marlboro will be named for President Barack Obama. The Prince George's County school board approved the name by a unanimous vote Thursday night. The 792-student school being built next to Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School is expected to open in August 2010. Board member Pat J. Fletcher (Dist. 3) spoke of civil rights leaders such as Malcolm X and Shirley Chisholm who gave generations hope for the future. "For my grandchildren, it is no longer a hope but a reality, and for many of our children, it's a reality now," Fletcher...