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  • School Boards Get Political

    05/04/2017 7:19:50 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 4, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Despite their apolitical image, school boards, by their own admission, are anything but. "In the education arena, local governance and community ownership won big on the ballots," Katherine Shek wrote in a recap of last year's election results in the April 2017 issue American School Board Journal. "Georgia voters said no to the state taking over low-performing public schools." "Voters in Massachusetts rejected the expansion of charter schools." Shek is the manager of the National School Boards Action Center. The American School Board Journal is published by the National School Boards Association. "In Massachusetts, more than 200 local school boards...
  • Public Schools Top Ten List

    05/09/2016 7:28:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 7, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The National School Boards Association (NSBA) came up with a list of the top ten things that make public schools exceptional in 2016. See if you can spot any of these in a government school near you: • "Modernized career technical education (CTE)" (Do Instagram photos, tweets, facebook updates and the ability to Google oneself count?); • "Data Systems" (For what, you might ask?); • "High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten" (and how many students who are fortunate enough to receive it will remember it when they are post-Kindergarten?); • "English Language Learners and Reading" (But do they?) ; • "College-Going" (this may not...
  • Local Funding=Local Control

    05/05/2016 7:22:24 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 5, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    School boards have been vexing about their loss of authority over the schools they ostensibly govern. There is a solution to their problem, but it's not necessarily one they want to hear. "The public must be owners of the educational system and not simply the recipient of its services," Thomas J. Gentzel, the executive director of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) avers in the latest issue of the American School Board Journal (ASBJ). The ASBJ is published by the NSBA. "Without school boards and the leadership role they provide, education would be little more than just another public service,"...
  • Fairfax Republicans: If this doesn't make you mad ...

    10/27/2015 6:56:33 AM PDT · by EDINVA · 12 replies
    Fairfax County Republican Committee email ^ | 10-27-2015 | Fairfax County Republican Committe
    The following is an email from the Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee ( Fairfax Republicans: We know we need big changes on the Fairfax County School Board - in case you didn't have enough reasons already, here is one more: Fairfax County teachers are making information about Democratic candidates and local Democratic Party activities available to students, without providing information about our candidates and our activities. Hard to believe isn't it? Here are two examples that happened just this fall: The Blackboard page for a 12th grade US Government class at Woodson High School was used to tell...
  • The Common Core Resistance Now Has a Song!

    04/17/2015 8:29:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4-17-15 | Paula Bolyard
    A bunch of moms in a garage band in Massachusetts have recorded a new version of the Beatles song “Revolution” to give voice to their opposition to Common Core. Dressed in jeans, anti-Common Core t-shirts, and tri-cornered hats, The Revolution Band sings that “politicians fear no retribution” and that “control and money’s is what it’s about.” They belt out, “Well, we have to tell the Feds, it’s not alright…” The third verse gets to the heart of the problem: You’d have to change the Constitution Well you know, you just spit on it instead Teachers have no say in education...
  • Common Core On Ropes

    02/03/2015 6:43:12 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 35 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Common Core education standards are not advancing as supporters of them had hoped and the Obama Administration that promoted them bears much of the blame, according to a journal of the education establishment. “Common Core has an image problem,” Kathleen Vail writes in the American School Board Journal. “The set of academic standards in math and language arts were embraced by 43 states and the District of Columbia in record time. States and individual school districts have been spending time, e¬ffort, and money to implement the standards.” “As those efforts go on, states have begun to pull out of...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 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...

    04/04/2005 10:06:00 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 193+ views ^ | 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 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 ^ | 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.