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  • Florida schools get ready for flood of border kids

    07/25/2014 10:44:43 AM PDT · by Politico2isBack · 28 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | July 25, 2014 | Marianela Toledo
    MIAMI — With more than 51,000 unaccompanied Central American children already here, and more expected to come, school officials ask the federal government for a helping hand. Border kids costs more to educate, about $1,900 per head. Teachers must be bilingual. The students will need health care and psychological services because many arrive sick and traumatized by things they;ve seen and experienced on their journeys north. Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, communications officer at the Miami-Dade County Public School, said up until now, the school district have relied on their emergency funds to help cover the costs. “We are asking the federal government...
  • Trojan Horse Report Finds 'Determined Effort' To Implement Radical Islam In School ( UK )

    07/22/2014 7:43:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Jul 2014 | Andre Walker
    A report into the so-called Trojan Horse plot to takeover schools in Birmingham has found a "determined effort" to implement radical Islam. The comments came from the newly appointed Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, who made a statement on the subject in the House of Commons today. The review was ordered by the Morgan's predecessor Michael Gove, following reports that as many as twenty-five Birmingham schools had been the subject of takeovers. In each case, the governing bodies were infiltrated by radicals who then set about pushing out moderate teachers and implementing radical Islam. Today's report makes clear that the allegations...
  • Be very afraid, especially for your kids

    07/22/2014 5:07:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/22/2014 | Mychal Massie
    On June 30, 2014, I wrote a syndicated column titled, “Terrorist attack via infectious disease?” I postulated that America is being placed in mortal danger as illegal aliens, to which I specifically add the tens of thousands of illegal alien children, are flooding our borders. I wrote: “It is a fact that no one, not government nor anyone else, can begin to quantify the danger we face from disease borne by illegal aliens. Illegals coming from Third World countries are not the rich and well-educated who were able to seek health care in their country of origin. They are the...
  • Utah teacher charged with inappropriately touching students

    07/20/2014 4:45:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    Four fifth-grade girls in Salt Lake City have accused their teacher of touching them inappropriately. James Rolland Carter, 62, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with two second-degree felony counts of sexual abuse of a child and two class A misdemeanor counts of lewdness involving a child. Carter’s school is not identified in the charges, but the address of the allegations matches Lincoln Elementary School. The Salt Lake City School District would not confirm any details of a case involving Carter, but spokesman Michael Williams said that an elementary teacher who was employed for 13 years "is under investigation...
  • Rangel gets payback on teachers union, boosts charter schools

    07/20/2014 12:09:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 5, 2014 | Carl Campanile
    Hell hath no fury like a congressman scorned. Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel is giving the teachers union a lesson in political retribution for snubbing him and endorsing his rival Adriano Espaillat for Congress, sources said. Rangel is hitting the union where it hurts — by vigorously supporting non-unionized charter schools. The unions have been fighting desperately to stop or slow down charter-school expansion. “The congressman was disappointed the UFT [United Federation of Teachers] dumped him for Espaillat. I see Charlie speaking out more forcefully on the charter-school issue,” said a Rangel ­insider. “He doesn’t have to be concerned about offending...
  • Why NYC’s push to change school admissions will punish poor Asians

    07/20/2014 4:45:54 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 57 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 19, 2014 | Dennis Saffran
    In 2004, 7-year-old Ting Shi arrived in New York from China, speaking almost no English. For two years, he shared a bedroom in a Chinatown apartment with his grandparents — a cook and a factory worker — and a young cousin, while his parents put in 12-hour days at a small laundromat they had purchased on the Upper East Side. Ting mastered English and eventually set his sights on getting into Stuyvesant High School, the crown jewel of New York City’s eight “specialized high schools.” When he was in sixth grade, he took the subway downtown from his parents’ small...
  • Art teacher, 45, who engaged in sexually ........is sentenced to 15 years jail

    07/19/2014 5:27:04 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    FULL TITLE: Art teacher, 45, who engaged in sexually explicit conversations with 17 male students as young as 12 is sentenced to 15 years jail A high school teacher who engaged in sexually explicit conversations with male students, including asking them for semen-stained tissues to make art projects, has been sentenced to 15 years jail. Charles Reilly admitted he also instructed the 17 boys, aged 12 to 16, at New Jersey's Pine Hill Middle School how to masturbate over a five year period. Authorities said the 45-year-old soccer coach, who'd worked at the school for more than a decade, also...
  • Christians lie and wives must have sex or go to hell, Trojan Horse pupils told

    07/18/2014 9:15:14 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 21 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 18 Jul 2014 | Steven Swinford
    Children were taught that all Christians are liars and attempts were made to introduce Sharia law in classrooms as part of an alleged 'Trojan Horse' takeover plot of Birmingham schools, an inquiry has found. The inquiry commissioned by Birmingham City Council found evidence of religious extremism in 13 schools as school governors and teachers tried to promote and enforce radical Islamic values. The report found that the extremism went unchecked because the council "disastrously" prioritised community cohesion over "doing what is right". It concluded that there was a "determined effort" by "manipulative" governors to introduce "unacceptable" practices, "undermine" head teachers...
  • Scott Walker Calls on Wisconsin Legislature to Repeal Common Core

    07/17/2014 9:41:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/1/7/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) called on state lawmakers Thursday to pass a bill in January that would repeal the Common Core standards and replace them with “standards set by people in Wisconsin.” According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Walker released a statement Thursday afternoon, just hours after two Republican state senators, Leah Vukmir and Paul Farrow, issued a joint press statement calling for a delay in the use of the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) that are aligned with the Common Core standards. Earlier in the year, Walker helped draft a bill that would create a state board to replace...
  • Failing Charter Public Schools Are Shut Down; Conventional Public Schools Remain Open

    07/16/2014 5:33:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/15/2014 | Tom Gantert
    There are 51 schools that have been in the bottom 5 percent of the Michigan Department of Education's Top-to-Bottom rankings three years in a row. Of those 51 schools, four were charter public schools and three of those four were closed. Meanwhile, the conventional public schools on the list remain open. "Charter schools have traditionally been the only public schools that have been held accountable for their performance," said Michigan Association of Public School Academies President Dan Quisenberry. "If they fail their students, they're closed down. That's never happened with a traditional public school, ever. What we need is this...
  • Ex-Dover teacher accused of sexual assault will face trial after 13 alleged victims testify

    07/15/2014 12:41:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    yrd.com ^ | Rick Lee
    Former Dover area music teacher Matthew Puterbaugh now faces charges of rape of a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a minor. Puterbaugh, 46, of the 1000 block of Conewago Road, was ordered to stand trial on those charges and other sexually related crimes today after his accuser, now a 25-year-old woman, testified against him this morning in the York County Judicial Center. The woman said she first had sex with Puterbaugh, her music teacher, at age 12. She said the relationship, which occurred in the Dover Intermediate School band room, on a band bus trip, at Puterbaugh's home...
  • American Teenage Financial Literacy is Just…Average

    07/14/2014 6:59:05 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 12, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    Teens in the United States are only average when it comes to financial literacy; crushed by Chinese teenagers’ remarkable performance on the Programme for International Student Assessment’s (PISA) first-ever financial literacy assessment. pisa study chart PISA typically surveys an average of 65 countries and economies focusing on mathematics with additional reading, science and problem-solving areas of assessment. On July 9, 2014 PISA released the results of a new financial literacy assessment evaluating 15-year-olds from 18 countries and economies. Among those countries the United States ranked somewhere between 8 and 12; China, 1. But that’s not all, while the U.S. struggles...
  • School Official Says Illegal Language Should Be Removed From Union Contract

    07/11/2014 1:23:32 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/7/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Unlike school officials in some other districts, the assistant superintendent of the Monroe Public Schools acknowledges that its union contract for teachers has provisions that are in violation of the state's right-to-work law and says they should be removed. The union contract, which runs from March 1, 2014 to Aug. 15, 2016, states that a teacher must pay union dues or an agency fee as a condition of employment. That is in conflict with the state's right-to-work law that took effect March 28, 2013. Assistant Superintendent Ryan McLeod said the school district doesn't follow the illegal practices spelled out in...
  • Thugs Run L.A. Classrooms, Thanks To Obama Suspension Ban

    07/02/2014 5:20:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Education: As we predicted, the Obama regime's anti-suspension policy is backfiring. Los Angeles teachers complain unsuspended violent kids are intimidating them and effectively ruling their classrooms. In 2011, the Education Department accused the Los Angeles Unified School District of discriminating against black boys, who were suspended for bad behavior at a disproportionate rate. The agency ordered it to reduce suspensions in the hopes that unruly minority students would stay in school and graduate. "The district shall develop and implement a comprehensive plan to eliminate the disproportionality in the discipline imposed on African-American students," the five-page decree says. The superintendent agreed...
  • Billboard Calls Out Minneapolis Public Schools

    07/01/2014 8:02:14 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Better Ed ^ | 7-1-14 | Devin Foley
    Minneapolis, MN – Better Ed — a 501(c)(3) education reform group in Minnesota — has put up another billboard message across from the Minneapolis Public Schools district headquarters. The message draws attention to the district’s high per-pupil spending and low graduation rate. It reads: “MINNEAPOLIS SPENDS $21,000 PER STUDENT. BARELY HALF GRADUATE. NOT COOL.” Better Ed’s previous billboard message (which had been up since December 2013) also highlighted the district’s poor graduation rate, which was 54% for 2013. Indeed, Minneapolis Public Schools has one of the lowest graduation rates among all urban school districts in the country—a fact pointed out...
  • School Districts Copying Each Other's Homework While Calling Increased Funding a 'Cut'

    07/01/2014 6:22:53 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/29/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Farmington Public Schools Superintendent Susan Zurvalec said in a June 13 letter to parents that a $50 per-pupil increase in the school's foundation allowance "means another $335,000 loss for Farmington Public Schools …” There are now two superintendents in Oakland County claiming an increase in funding somehow translates to an overall loss of revenue for the district. Walled Lake Consolidated Superintendent Kenneth Gutman made a similar claim recently. For Farmington Public Schools, Zurvalec appears to come to the loss by taking the $83 per-pupil foundation allowance increase the district had budgeted to receive and factored how much less the district...
  • Tsunami of Foreign Minors to Hit Public Schools, Texas Officials Silent

    06/28/2014 4:13:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Texas ^ | June 28, 2014 | Merrill Hope
    DALLAS, Texas--Nerves are starting to fray. Texans want answers about the tsunami of undocumented and unaccompanied minors that may well hit public school classrooms this Fall. Breitbart Texas reported that the Clear Lake Tea Party (CLTP) voiced strong concerns about how these minors will be absorbed into classrooms across the state. Locally, it stands to tax Texans in more ways than one and how schools prepare comes with a surprising answer. Breitbart Texas asked Texas Education Agency (TEA) Director of Media Relations Debbie Ratcliffe who said, "We are monitoring the situation but, at this point, we have no districts report...
  • Jesus, Republicans and NRA banned on school website

    06/25/2014 4:04:14 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/19/2014 | Todd Starnes
    One of the lessons that Andrew Lampart learned from being on his school’s debate team was to gather facts for both sides of an argument. So last month when his law class was instructed to prepare for a debate on gun control, Andrew went online using the school’s Internet service. “I knew it was important to get facts for both sides of the case,” said the 18-year-old at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Connecticut. When Andrew tried to log onto the National Rifle Association’s website, he realized there was a problem – a big problem. “Their website was blocked,” he...
  • Double Standard On School District Deficits

    06/25/2014 6:18:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/24/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Muskegon Heights School District has been in deficit nine consecutive years, dating back to the 2004-05 school year, according to the Michigan Department of Education. Mosaica Education, a national charter public school operator, ran the Muskegon County school district for two years, but made no progress in ending the cycle of debt and now is ending its contract with the district. This had a few state lawmakers and State Superintendent Mike Flanagan questioning whether the state should hand an entire district over to charter public school operators, according to an article posted on the Michigan Radio website. Muskegon Heights...
  • An Islamic Trojan Horse Inside of Britain

    06/21/2014 12:16:10 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 5 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 18 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    First published on FrontPage Magazine. By Enza Ferreri It's not enough that in Britain non-Muslim children in publicly-funded schools, Islamic and non, are served halal meat - from animals whose throat is cut without proper stunning, according to the Islamic rite -, often without knowing it (and even British forces have been discovered to be subjected to the same treatment). Now schools in the UK are increasingly becoming the battleground of a war between radical Islam and the hopeless, dhimmi British "authorities", if this is the right term to use in the face of limp-wristed inaction. I'm not the...
  • California lawmakers consider expanding teacher tenure despite court ruling

    06/18/2014 4:47:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 18, 2014 | By Sharon Bernstein
    A union-backed bill in the California legislature to expand tenure protections for public school teachers to other employees stalled on Wednesday amid concern about a court ruling last week that said the practice is unconstitutional and hurts students. The measure, which could come up again next week, comes as officials in the most populous U.S. state continue to wrestle with whether to appeal the ruling by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, which overturned five laws meant to protect teachers' jobs. The ruling said the protections make it too hard to fire ineffective teachers and inadvertently lead to placing the...
  • Liberal groups angry with SC pols over order to teach Constitution

    06/14/2014 6:04:30 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 33 replies
    foxnews ^ | 6/13/14 | s mcneal
    The South Carolina legislature has rankled liberal groups after requiring that a pair of public schools use state funds to teach the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents -- on the heels of a budget fight over gay-themed books in the curriculum. State House lawmakers previously had cut funds from two public universities in retaliation for required-reading material containing homosexual themes. A revised budget passed by both the House and the Senate earlier this month, though, restored the money -- but dictated that exact amount be spent "for instruction in the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution, the...
  • Judge Rejects Teacher Tenure for California

    06/12/2014 10:52:43 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/10/2014 | JENNIFER MEDINA
    LOS ANGELES — A California judge ruled Tuesday that teacher tenure laws deprived students of their right to an education under the State Constitution and violated their civil rights. The decision hands teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case, one that could radically alter how California teachers are hired and fired and prompt challenges to tenure laws in other states. “Substantial evidence presented makes it clear to this court that the challenged statutes disproportionately affect poor and/or minority students,” Judge Rolf M. Treu of Los Angeles Superior Court wrote in the ruling. “The evidence is compelling. Indeed, it...
  • Radical Islam Infiltrating UK Public Schools

    06/10/2014 4:42:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 6/09/14 | Tom Wilson
    While concerns about the growth of radical Islam have been with British society for some years now, few imagined that Islamists might ever attempt anything so bold as a takeover of parts of the public education system. Yet a government investigation overseen by a former counter-terror chief has revealed that this is precisely what has been happening at certain British schools. The report would seem to confirm allegations of an ambitious effort on the part of a set of hardliners who have been attempting to take over the administration of secular state schools in the city of Birmingham, Britain’s second...
  • Conn. Mom Arrested After Son Brings Grenade To Show-And-Tell

    06/10/2014 3:45:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 73 replies
    The mother of a 12-year-old Connecticut boy has been arrested after police say her son brought a grenade to school for a show-and-tell related to 70th anniversary of D-Day Lisa Miguel, of Stratford, was charged with risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of an explosive. Stratford Academy was placed on lockdown Friday. Students were sent to the back of the school. A bomb squad determined the grenade was a simulator used for training and still had the pin inside.
  • U.K. to teach British values after Trojan horse scandal reveals Islamists taking over schools

    06/10/2014 8:54:34 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | June 9, 2014 | Christopher Hope, The Telegraph
    English schoolchildren will be taught “British values” in the wake of a report that some schools had been taken over by Islamists. Michael Gove, the education minister, said that in future all of England’s 20,000 elementary and high schools will have to promote British values of tolerance and fairness. The announcement came in the wake of the “Trojan horse” scandal which found that some schools in the central city of Birmingham had been taken over by Islamists. Regulator the Office for Standards in Education said Monday it had found a “culture of fear and intimidation” at a minority of the...
  • Chicago Public Schools prom slogan: ‘This Is Are Story’

    It’s hard to deny just how poorly Chicago’s public schools are performing when it hits you in the face. Such is the case with Paul Robeson High School’s 2014 prom theme: “This is Are Story.” That image came from veteran investigative reporter Chuck Goudie, who posted this image on his Facebook page. Some people might enjoy mocking the irony of the gross misuse of vocabulary. But unless the organizers of the prom festivities planned the wording this way as a joke, there’s nothing funny about the situation. Paul Robeson High School is located in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South...
  • 'Culture Of Fear' Exists At Several Muslim-Majority Schools, British Regulator Says

    06/09/2014 9:31:26 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6-9-2014 | Fox News
    Published June 09, 2014 FoxNews.com April 16, 2014: Government inspectors say there is a "culture of fear and intimidation" at several British schools, including Park View School in Birmingham, investigated over allegations of a plot to run them along strict Islamic lines.Ap Inspectors in Britain investigating allegations of a plot to run several schools according to strict Islamic rules said Monday that there is evidence of an “organized campaign” to target certain schools and a “culture of fear and intimidation” exists on multiple campuses. The Office for Standards in Education, or OFSTED, said five of 21 schools it inspected in...
  • Extending Common Core

    06/02/2014 9:12:50 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 30, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The deputy assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education spoke at the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress this past week. After his remarks, several leaders of afterschool nonprofit programs participated in a panel discussion on the expansion and value of afterschool programs. _DSC6104.NEF Jonathan Brice, deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Education, told the audience, “In education, everything matters. Curriculum matters, assessments matter, professional development for teachers, access and opportunity to higher level coursework matters for all children.” He pushed for extending the normal school day in order to increase “the role that community partners play to...
  • Chicago Public Schools Refuses to Call “Jew Incinerator” Game by Students Anti-Semitic

    05/30/2014 7:35:31 AM PDT · by FredDardick · 34 replies
    Conservative Spotlight ^ | May 30, 2014 | Fred Dardick
    For months a 14-year-old Jewish boy enrolled at The Ogden International School of Chicago had been subjected to anti-Semitic taunts by his classmates. According to local parent Jory Rozner Strosberg the vicious mocking included “Sending him pics of ovens, calling him half human, telling him to get in striped pjs and get in the oven.....” The boy’s mother, Lisa Wolf Clemente, encouraged her son to take the higher road. “I taught my son how to handle this situation himself,” said Clemente. But things became unbearable two weeks ago when her 8-year-old son was invited to join eighth-grade students in the...
  • School Districts That Privatize Usually Pay Teachers More

    05/28/2014 11:59:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/22/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan school districts that privatize food, custodial and transportation services tend to pay higher teacher salaries than school districts that privatize none. According to data from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's “Michigan School Privatization Survey 2013,” 43 school districts reported that they have privatized food, custodial and transportation services. Far more districts (186) reported they do not privatize any of these services. And 65.5 percent of districts reported that they outsourced at least one service. An examination of salary levels in these districts reveals that in the districts that privatize all three services the average teacher salary was approximately...
  • [Video] 8 Year Old Schoolboy Reprimanded For Thinking a Cloud Looked Like a Gun During Assignment

    05/22/2014 5:50:39 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 49 replies
    Guns Saves Lives ^ | May 22, 2014 | Dan Cannon
    [Video] 8 Year Old Schoolboy Reprimanded For Thinking a Cloud Looked Like a Gun During Assignment May 22 2014 by Dan Cannon Share This Post So I think we’re officially to the point where our public schools are punishing children for their imagination. According to KKTV, Second grader Kody Smith was assigned to go outside, look at the clouds, and then use his imagination to draw what he saw. “Draw a picture of what you see in the clouds from your imagination and that picture is a gun,” explained 8-year-old Kody. Because it was a gun, the teacher at Talbott...
  • Maryland’s New Show and Tell

    05/20/2014 7:32:13 AM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    AIA ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    If you need proof that same-sex “marriage” is about more than “love,” look no further than Montgomery County, Maryland. There, parents are dealing with the fallout of the state’s redefinition of marriage with a sweeping new sex education curriculum. Moms and dads, who were already fighting an uphill battle on the content of the lessons, are now coping with the news that homosexuality will be woven throughout — shattering families’ fragile hold on parents’ rights. Yesterday, the Montgomery County School Board took up the issue in a debate over the district’s health curriculum. Not surprisingly, there were calls for an...
  • What Did This 13-Year Old Boy Draw That Caused His School to Suspend Him and Call Police?

    05/17/2014 8:07:11 AM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 47 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-18-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsDo you remember playing “hangman” as a child? Me too. But apparently no one among the staff of Beaverton Junior High School in Oreon ever has. Or they are so hysterical as a result of politically correct indoctrination that they have lost their collective minds: The school suspended a 13-year-old student and turned him over to police because of a “doodle” he drew showing a person being hanged, as part of the game 'Hangman', his father claims in court.
  • The Myth of Segregation's Return

    05/17/2014 4:58:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2014 | Mark Davis
    The 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision was sure to draw a flood of retrospectives and analysis, and properly so. But an equally safe bet was the hijacking of the occasion for the proliferation of agenda-driven malarkey. If you name something the “Civil Rights Project” and put it at UCLA, it becomes easy to predict what it will crank out. Just in time for what should be a celebration of a landmark ruling marking our societal path to enlightenment, along come these Debbie Downers to tell us that no, in fact, segregation is still very...
  • Public School Teacher To North Carolina Senate: 'I Am Embarrassed To Confess: I Am A Teacher'

    05/14/2014 6:47:00 AM PDT · by blam · 88 replies
    BI ^ | 5-14-2014 | Caroline Moss
    Public School Teacher To North Carolina Senate: 'I Am Embarrassed To Confess: I Am A Teacher' Caroline Moss “I am embarrassed to confess: I am a teacher.” That was the subject line of an email Sarah Wiles, a science teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina, sent to all 170 members of the North Carolina General Assembly last week. Wiles talked about her concerns that teachers were not being paid enough. She says she personally has only seen a pay increase once in six years, even though she says she loves her students and has always gone above and beyond to do...
  • Mark Zuckerberg Gave New Jersey $100 Million To Fix Newark's Schools, And It Looks Like A Waste

    05/13/2014 11:09:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/13/2014 | Caroline Moss
    In the fall of 2010, Mark Zuckerberg announced on Oprah that he'd be making a generous gift to Newark, New Jersey. As Oprah said in her Oprah way, "one ... hundred ... million ... dollars" would be given to Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the three began the Startup:Education foundation. The plan was to turn Newark into what Zuckerberg called "a symbol of educational excellence for the whole nation," spent on retaining the best teachers, and creating environments that would produce successful students and, one day, graduates. Newark is a city wrought with crime....
  • Obama Administration to Schools: 'Equal Access' for Illegal Immigrants

    05/09/2014 9:03:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/9/14 | Tony Lee
    On Thursday, President Barack Obama's administration issued new guidance to schools, emphasizing that they cannot discourage illegal immigrant students from enrolling by requiring proof of legal status. As Politico reported, the Obama administration noted that schools "can violate federal law by requiring Social Security numbers or birth certificates when a student wants to enroll," but they can be compliant if they "instead ask for proof of residency in a school district, which a family can do with an electric bill or copy of a lease." In a "Dear Colleague Letter," the Obama administration stated that under federal law, school districts...
  • Which Michigan School Districts Pay The Most?

    05/09/2014 8:06:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/7/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The average teacher salary in Michigan's top 10 highest paying districts for 2013 was over $81,000 per year. But there appears to be no correlation between higher paid educators and student outcomes. The information comes from the latest Bulletin 1014, which was just made available from the Michigan Department of Education. The most generous paying districts, in order, are Westwood Community School District*, Warren Consolidated Schools, Center Line Public Schools, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools, Harper Woods School District, Livonia Public School District, Allen Park Public Schools, Utica Community Schools, Grosse Pointe Public Schools and Saline Area Schools. According to an...
  • Schools that cost money but produce unprepared graduates

    05/09/2014 7:08:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/09/2014 | Silivo Canto Jr.
    Another bad report card for our schools, as we read in The Dallas Morning News: "Handing out dismal grades, the Nation’s Report Card says America’s high school seniors lack critical math and reading skills for an increasingly competitive global economy.    Only about one-quarter are performing proficiently or better in math and just 4 in 10 in reading. And they're not improving, the report says, reinforcing concerns that large numbers of today’s students are unprepared for either college or the workplace.   Scores on the 2013 exam in both subjects were little changed from 2009, when the National Assessment of Educational Progress...
  • Principal, 4 teachers charged in cheating scandal

    05/08/2014 4:31:43 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 15 replies
    philly.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Craig R. McCoy and Kristen A. Graham
    Update: The principal and four teachers at Cayuga Elementary School in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section have been charged with fostering a culture of cheating on standardized state tests there over a 5-year period, Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Thursday. Kane said the educators changed student answers, provided test answers to students and improperly reviewed Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test questions before giving the tests. After the cheating stopped in 2012, the schools test scored dropped dramatically, Kane noted. In 2008-09 state proficiency tests, Cayuga's fourth graders excelled: 88.8% pass math and 83.9% pass reading. By 2012-13, the most...
  • Missouri parents outraged over pornographic, pro-abortion sex ed book in school library

    05/08/2014 12:31:54 PM PDT · by topher · 21 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu May 08, 2014 09:14 EST | Dustin Siggins
    ST. CHARLES, MO, May 8, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Parents in Missouri are outraged at school district officials for allowing an e-book with images of people engaging in sexual intercourse in school libraries. Francis Howell School District is facing a backlash for placing "It's Perfectly Normal," a book that includes images of naked people, intercourse, and other pornographic material, in its libraries. One parent told a local reporter that most parents "were shocked" when he "showed this to" them, and that "their next reaction was outrage."
  • How to Make Michigan Schools More Expensive

    05/06/2014 7:04:34 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/2/2014 | Audrey Spalding
    Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer has released his plan for Michigan education. Rather than propose innovative solutions to Michigan's changing school environment, Schauer's plan appears to be largely directed toward protecting the status quo and making education more expensive. The proposal calls for an "adequacy study" to determine the “true cost” of educating a child in Michigan. Adequacy studies are typically veiled efforts to increase education spending. There is overwhelming evidence that the problem with Michigan school funding is not a lack of money — but that the money is wastefully spent. Indeed, a comprehensive study commissioned by the Michigan Department...
  • Fl Teacher Banned Bible From "Free Reading" Time In Classroom

    05/05/2014 8:16:27 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 5,2014 | Ken Klukowski
    Officials at Broward County Public Schools banned a fifth grader from reading the Bible during “free reading” time, according to lawyers from the Liberty Institute who are threatening to sue the school for violating the First Amendment.
  • Dem Education Plan Looks To Shut Down Successful Charter Public Schools

    05/02/2014 12:35:04 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/30/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A 2013 study by Stanford University found that Detroit students in charter public schools were performing far beyond those in the Detroit Public Schools district. The study is the most comprehensive yet done, individually tracking students and holding for race, poverty level, English language learner, special education status and more. Although many considered the study a success for charter public schools, gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer apparently has a different view on school choice in Michigan. He’s dedicated a lot of his “education plan” if he were to be governor to dismantling charter public schools in the state. Schauer’s plan wants...
  • Minnesota teen made bombs, stockpiled guns in prep for school massacre: police

    05/02/2014 5:54:11 AM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 54 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | Thursday, May 1, 2014 | Sasha Goldstein
    John David Ladue, 17, had made several pressure-cooker bombs and bought an assault rifle and several other guns as he prepared to wreak terror on his Waseca classmates, authorities say. The teen was obsessed with other school shooters and kept a 180-page notebook with critiques of those massacres — and plans for his own.
  • ‘You’re doing the Lord’s work,’ Obama tells teachers

    05/01/2014 4:40:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | May 1, 2014 | BY RENEE SCHOOF
    This year’s national teacher of the year - Sean McComb of Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Baltimore - was honored in the East Room of the White House on Thursday as President Barack Obama recapped the story of his early life. Obama wrapped up his remarks by thanking all the nation’s teachers. “You’re doing the Lord’s work,” he said.
  • British House of Lords baroness warns Israeli audience about threat of Islamists

    04/29/2014 6:26:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/29/2014 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Lady Cox spoke of Islamist groups making massive investments in the educational system in UK in order to alter the institutions to serve their purposes. ... Islam is using the freedoms of democracy to destroy it,” as some of its adherents try to “inhibit criticism,” ... In England, if you criticize Islam, you are called a racist, ... Cox spoke of Islamist groups that have been implementing a strategic plan and making massive investments in the educational system in Britain in order to alter the institutions to serve their purposes. For example, she said, is a recent report that allegedly...
  • From Detroit To The Ivy League: One Student's Journey

    04/28/2014 7:18:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/28/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    DETROIT — Driving down Waterman Street in Mexicantown in Southwest Detroit you pass boarded up houses, closed down businesses, and other things that make up too much of the city. Until you get to Cesar Chavez Academy. The school stands out like an island. No boards. No graffiti. No garbage in the parking lot. This is a place for learning. And it's where Daniel Felix has excelled. He came to Detroit from Los Angeles as a child and lives a few blocks from the high school with his two brothers, a grandfather, and parents who speak mostly Spanish. Felix with...
  • Bill Encourages Schools To Teach About Racial Significance Of Obama’s Presidency

    04/26/2014 9:23:35 AM PDT · by Baynative · 57 replies
    CBSlocal ^ | March 4, 2014 | APwire
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that passed the Assembly with unanimous bipartisan support Thursday encourages California schools to teach students about the racial significance of Barack Obama’s presidency. The Assembly approved AB1912 with a 71-0 vote and no debate or discussion. It now heads to the state Senate. The bill by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, asks state education officials to include Obama’s election in history and social studies standards laying out what students are expected to learn. High school history students already learn about recent presidents. But Holden says lessons about Obama also should focus on what his election...