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  • Wagging the dog in America's schools

    12/17/2012 9:25:08 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/17/12 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Unable to control its bloated spending habits our local Democrat controlled school board is gearing up for a big hike on beleaguered tax payers. After hiring twelve administrators at near six figure incomes to implement the latest pedagogic evaluation fad, this same board is stiffing overworked and under-appreciated teachers whose salaries rank among Florida’s lowest. Hello! Get rid of the administrative beast and you can balance your budgets and pay your teachers what they deserve. Require the pedagogues to teach one or two classes and you may suddenly see increased appreciation for what the drones in the trenches do on...
  • Anti-Gun Wacko of The Week: Grand Island NE School Board

    08/29/2012 6:54:01 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 9 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | August 29, 2012 | John Pierce
    --IMAGE HERE-- When I wrote last week’s Anti-Gun Wacko of the Week column about University of Colorado Professor Jerry Peterson, I chose the name of the column on a bit of a whim. I didn’t really expect that I would find that level of outrageousness on a weekly basis. But by now, you would think I would know better than to underestimate the ability of bureaucrats to make blindly stupid decisions. And that brings us to today’s story about 3-year-old Hunter Spanjer. Hunter is, by all reports, a happy and well-loved child who attends preschool in Grand Island Nebraska. Hunter...
  • Accreditation of Public Schools

    04/30/2011 12:57:52 PM PDT · by BobNative · 2 replies
    In his five-page response to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools dated April 28, Superintendent Fred Sanderson states he has “genuine concerns” about the Cobb Board of Education’s ability to “govern effectively.” Sanderson’s letter, which was obtained by the Journal through an Open Records Request, addressed allegations about the school board’s ethics and leadership. The allegations against the board were sent in a letter addressed to Sanderson by Mike Bryans, the state director of AdvancED and SACS, on March 29. Sanderson had 30 days to respond to the accreditation agency. On the lightning-rod issue of newly elected board members...
  • No Deficit Left Behind

    01/20/2011 10:02:52 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 20, 2011 | James F. Davis
    The dam has a huge hole and gushing leak. Plugging only a part of the hole will not stop the dam from collapsing. It may slow down the collapse but as long as the water is pouring through, the dam will continue to collapse. That is the situation our Federal, State and Local law makers find themselves in as they start their legislative sessions this week. If they try to patch the problems, they will only get worse. Bold moves are needed and they will be initially painful. That was the message I gave when I met with a number...
  • Major Breach of Protocol

    09/04/2009 7:57:25 PM PDT · by pack29172 · 49 replies · 1,144+ views
    The American Daughter ^ | 9/4/2009 | Nancy Mathis
    Major Breach of Protocol by Nancy Mathis, in an article posted on the AMERICAN DAUGHTER has an insight regarding obama's upcoming message to school children I know that it hard to believe that this insight has been missed by the msm. Her point is the communication path that was chosen to release this information. obama chose to directly communicate with the school principals, a major breach of protocool. By bypassing the Superintendents and School Boards, that are elected by the local community and releasing this program directly to the principals he has by passed the voters. Nancy Mathis concludes with:...
  • Unions and Democrats Place Pressure on Gov. Culver of Iowa

    02/28/2009 9:48:35 PM PST · by nateriver · 3 replies · 575+ views
    The Democrat controlled Iowa House and Senate leaders are working with the teachers unions to push a forced bargaining bill that will place control of Iowa school boards in the hands of the union special interests. This would take away authority from the elected school board.
  • Freep a Poll! (Non-citizens serve on gov't boards? Colorado)

    09/05/2007 5:50:35 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 18 replies · 219+ views
    denverpost.com ^ | 9-5-07 | Denver Post
    Do you think noncitizens should serve on government boards? Yes No I don't know
  • 'In God We Trust' goes missing

    05/20/2006 9:07:52 AM PDT · by Phil Harmonic · 152 replies · 3,811+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 20, 2006 | WFAA-TV
    'In God We Trust' goes missing School plays it safe with yearbook cover photo 08:37 AM CDT on Saturday, May 20, 2006 WFAA-TV The freedom of religion at Liberty Elementary School has gone too far for some parents at the Colleyville school. The cover of the Keller ISD school's annual depicts the 2005 Liberty Nickel – complete with the face of Thomas Jefferson – but the words "In God We Trust" are missing. Instead, the $16 yearbook contains a sticker with the credo and directions on how to apply it to the cover if the owner chooses.
  • School Board's Pro-Homosexual Appointments Have Maryland Citizen Activists Concerned

    12/19/2005 5:23:36 PM PST · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 669+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 12/19/05 | Jim Brown
    (AgapePress) - A Maryland school board is under fire for placing members of three pro-homosexual groups on its new Citizens Advisory Committee on Family Life and Human Development (CAC). Among the groups represented on the committee are the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and Teach the Facts, a homosexual advocacy group whose founder has close ties to the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).Members of a conservative parents group called Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum (CRC) are criticizing the Montgomery County Public Schools ((MCPS) for the pro-homosexual appointments to its...
  • FLorida - Schools May Drop Religious Holidays

    10/09/2005 2:01:43 PM PDT · by FlowJo · 41 replies · 1,638+ views
    cair@cair-net.org ^ | 10/7/05 | St. Petersburg Times
    FL: Schools May Drop Religious Holidays Melanie Ave, St Petersburg Times, 10/7/05 TAMPA - There may be no day off next school year for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Also on the chopping block are vacation days for the Christian faith's Good Friday and the Monday after Easter. After considering a request to recognize a Muslim school holiday, the Hillsborough County School Board next week will discuss ending student days off on all religious holidays, whether they be Christian, Jewish or Muslim. The only religious holiday not affected will be Christmas, which occurs during the school district's winter break....
  • Put Tax Hikes to a Referendum

    06/17/2005 5:39:12 PM PDT · by Temple Owl · 2 replies · 168+ views
    http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14691322&BRD=2549&PAG=461&dept_id=514258&rfi=6 But, don't put the entire blame of high taxes on the shoulders of our school board members. They have a thankless job. They are caught between parents who demand smooth sailing and greedy teachers' unions, and you know who holds the trump cards.When a school board starts to negotiate with the unions, they - teachers, janitors, bus drivers, cooks, whatever - know there is a blank check on the table. The objective of the union is to grab as much lucre as possible.When school boards do not need your say-so on union demands, there is not much incentive for...
  • MESSA: The MEA's Money Machine (Union kickbacks with tax money)

    04/24/2005 7:04:57 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 15 replies · 546+ views
    Mackinac Center ^ | 4-24-05 | Joseph P. Overton and Mr. Andrew Bockelman
    Michigan Education Special Services Association: The MEA's Money Machine This exhaustive report illuminates the inner workings of the Michigan Education Association's health insurance division, known as MESSA. It documents how tens of millions of the public's education tax dollars are wasted each year on uncompetitive teacher health insurance, and how MESSA is part of a systematic plan to subsidize the MEA's basic operation and political activity. 64 pages Executive Summary Over one year ago, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy was approached by a concerned parent who had watched his school district, during a heated contract negotiation, spend over half...
  • NEWS BRIEFS: GAY ACTIVIST RUNS FOR LINCOLN SCHOOL BOARD

    04/04/2005 10:06:00 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 193+ views
    gobiged.blogspot.com ^ | 4-4-05 | Susan
    Barbara Baier, a prominent lesbian activist, is running for the Sub-District 3 seat on the board of the state’s second-largest school district, the Lincoln Public Schools, in Tuesday’s election. She is secretary of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered (GLBT) Caucus of the State Democratic Party. Ms. Baier wrote a blistering post-election column for the December 2004 newsletter of www.lancastercountydemocrats.org In it, she rails against “self-righteous Republicans” and exploitation of GLBT people by “the Christian right-wing for manipulative, political purposes.” She said George W. Bush was mainly elected because of vote-mongering from the “Christian fundamentalist pulpit” and that GLBT people need...
  • School Boards May Soon Get Authority To Raise Taxes (N.C.)

    03/07/2005 4:02:24 PM PST · by Howlin · 82 replies · 1,268+ views
    www.wral.com ^ | March 7, 2005
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Some people believe that since school board members know the needs of their school districts, they should have the power to raise taxes to fund those needs. That idea is gaining some support in the state. When Wake County school board members chose the DuBois Center for a temporary elementary school site, they found opposition among parents and county commissioners who control the school system's purse strings.
  • Audit Describes 8 Years of Theft at L.I. Schools (plundered by admin thieves)

    03/03/2005 12:32:11 AM PST · by Liz · 76 replies · 3,547+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | March 3, 2005 | BRUCE LAMBERT
    For eight years, the top officials of an affluent Long Island school district systematically plundered taxpayer funds, illegally diverting at least $11.2 million to themselves, relatives and cronies for an array of goods and services, from a 65-cent bagel to a $1,812-a-night hotel suite to a mortgage on a luxury home in Florida, a new state audit says. The scandal, in Roslyn, N.Y., is the most pervasive such school fraud in the country, say officials from the National School Boards Association. The year-old case has already had repercussions in districts throughout New York State, where school officials and bookkeepers say...
  • ACLU Endorses Ignorance in Pennsylvania

    11/29/2004 1:56:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies · 3,208+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | November 29, 2004 | Doug Patton
    Seventy-nine years ago last summer, a legal carnival convened in the little town of Dayton, Tennessee, as the trial of John Scopes got under way. Banners and lemonade stands lined the streets. People joked that chimpanzees, brought to town to perform in sideshows, actually were in Dayton as witnesses for the trial. On one side was the American Civil Liberties Union, which had offered to pay the legal expenses of anyone who would challenge a Tennessee law that banned the teaching of Darwin's theory of evolution in public schools and universities. Twenty-four-year-old local science teacher John Scopes was recruited to...
  • Girl Banned From Prom For Smoking Away From School

    04/01/2004 11:26:18 AM PST · by Freedom2specul8 · 315 replies · 792+ views
    GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Leona Fitzpatrick is going to court -- in order to go to the senior prom. She's been barred from her prom for smoking -- and not even on school grounds. The Hillsboro, N.D., School Board has rules against students using alcohol, tobacco or drugs. Students can be kicked out of extracurricular activities for violating the no-smoking rule. Now, Leona is seeking a court order so she can go to the dance. Her parents point out that she's 18 and legally allowed to smoke in North Dakota.
  • Shame on you, School Boards Association

    01/30/2004 11:15:25 AM PST · by hsmomx3 · 2 replies · 177+ views
    email | Craig J. Cantoni
    One of the most powerful and insidious lobbying groups in the nation is the K-12 public education establishment, which feeds on the concerns of parents about their children, paints state legislators into a corner by threatening to portray them as not caring about children, and bombards the mainstream media with folderol about the need to increase public education spending -- for the children, of course. Since you won't read an expose in your local newspaper about the deviousness and power of the education lobby and how it is joined at the hip with leftist organizations, this article in intended to...
  • Good Teachers, Students In Need, Bad Administrations

    09/18/2003 8:50:14 AM PDT · by The Rant · 2 replies · 360+ views
    The Washington Dispatch ^ | September 18, 2003 | Frank Salvato
    Everyone agrees the educational system in this country is in crisis. Teachers are generally under-paid and faced with performing in overcrowded classrooms where they have no recourse for discipline problems. They are expected to succeed in their efforts despite these facts. And they are literally forced to join the most liberal unions in the country, unions that do very little to help on the front lines of teaching other than pontificate their liberal agendas, which routinely remove the power in the classroom from the teacher and place it with the students and their parents who are largely disconnected from the...
  • School bosses in Oakland (Mich) wine, dine and live it up on taxpayers' dime (wasting our $$$)

    08/22/2003 4:10:57 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 18 replies · 445+ views
    Detroit Free Press ^ | 8-22-03 | LL Brasier
    <p>DiAnne Cagle Leitermann represented the Oakland Schools in typical style when she attended a wintertime seminar in San Diego.</p> <p>She took her husband.</p> <p>She stayed five nights in a five-star Marriott -- for a 3-day conference.</p> <p>And she signed up for two short workshops: Stress Management and Internet Made Easy.</p>
  • Special meeting set for Piper board

    04/02/2002 8:10:41 AM PST · by KC Burke · 8 replies · 225+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 3/31/02 | MARK WIEBE
    The Piper school board has scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday to address the ongoing plagiarism dispute. The agenda calls for a discussion of the Wyandotte County district attorney's civil complaint that board members violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act on Dec. 11. The complaint contends that the board, behind closed doors, discussed alleged plagiarism. Board members are thought to have overridden a biology teacher's decision to give failing grades to 28 students she had accused of plagiarism. The board has until Wednesday to respond to the complaint. The agenda also calls for the board to discuss the...