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  • California Trying To Ban Food Vending Trucks As Danger To Children

    02/18/2012 6:55:53 PM PST · by ElIguana · 14 replies
    America's Conservative News ^ | 02/18/2012 |
    ( The California legislature continues to act as the hard left's petri dish for testing totalitarian policies. AB 1678, introduced last Tuesday, would ban mobile food and beverage trucks within 1,500 feet of elementary and secondary schools. ... The "no vend" zones would look effectively prohibit mobile food trucks from almost all of California's urban and suburban cities.
  • Santorum bashes public schools, says they're stuck in factory era

    02/18/2012 6:44:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/18/12 | Mitchell Landsberg
    Santorum bashes public schools, says they're stuck in factory eraBy Mitchell Landsberg February 18, 2012, 12:51 p.m. Reporting from Columbus, Ohio— Republican GOP hopeful Rick Santorum may be the most prominent homeschooler in America. So it might not have been surprising that, on Saturday, he told a conservative Christian audience that he intended to homeschool his children in the White House. In his remarks to the Ohio Christian Alliance, however, Santorum went further, seeming to attack the very idea of public education. In the nation’s past, he said, “Most presidents homeschooled their children in the White House.… Parents educated their...
  • Texas Teacher Suspended for Telling Student: 'Go Back to Mexico'

    02/17/2012 9:08:24 PM PST · by montag813 · 23 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-18-2012 | John Hill
    ARLINGTON, Texas - A two-time “Teacher of the Year” in Arlington is now fighting to keep her job after allegedly telling a Hispanic student to “Go back to Mexico.” Barnett Junior High School math teacher Shirley Bunn has 24 years of teaching experience. But her career could end with what she called a moment of frustration. Bunn admitted she lost her temper on Sept. 30 while distributing Title 1 forms to her eighth grade students. According to public documents, a student who had a history of being disruptive repeatedly asked his teacher for a form printed in Spanish by saying,...
  • Student success and encouraging teachers

    02/17/2012 7:05:16 AM PST · by usalady · 1 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 17, 2012 | Martha
    The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on the Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act on February 16, 2012.
  • VIDEO: Public School Official Says Parents Don't Know What School Is Best For Their Children

    02/13/2012 10:35:42 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Youtube ^ | 2/13/2012 | CapCon
    Debbie Squires of the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association speaks to the House Education Committee. "Educators go through education for a reason. They are the people who know best about how to serve children. That is not necessarily true about an individual resident. Not saying that they don't want the best for their children, but they may not know what actually is best from an education standpoint."
  • Which Is Anti-Immigrant, Arizona or California?

    02/12/2012 8:34:06 PM PST · by stolinsky · 7 replies ^ | 02-13-12 | stolinsky
      Which Is Anti-Immigrant, Arizona or California? David C. Stolinsky Feb. 13, 2012 If you relied on the mainstream media, you would conclude that Arizona is anti-immigrant, while California is pro-immigrant. You would conclude that Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer must hate immigrants. After all, she signed SB-1070, which requires police to refer illegal immigrants to Immigration if they are arrested for other crimes. The law was passed after illegals committed a series of crimes, culminating in the murder of well-known rancher Robert Krentz, a man who went out of his way to help others. But Democratic California Governor...
  • Video: “Are you a community leader? Do you want to help local schools?"

    02/11/2012 5:57:51 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb. 2, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    One of the sad things about our country, for my money, is that our big shots, our movers and shakers, have become too passive. We especially see this in education. Our community leaders (in business, politics, the military, or whatever) should stand up to the Education Establishment and shout: “You are doing a lousy job! Millions of kids can’t even read.” But these “leaders” don’t seem to have a word to say. I can’t figure out whether our big shots have been intimidated by professors of education. That’s pathetic. Or our whole society has gotten old and lazy? That’s scary....
  • Obamacare and Healthy Kids Initiative Requires Pork Be Served In Jewish and Muslim Schools

    02/09/2012 5:02:35 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 18 replies
    We're Faux'ed | Ed Sherdlu
    Today in Washington, First Lady Michelle Obama announced dictates of Obamacare and her Healthy Kids Initiative will require pork, bacon, ham and other non-kosher, non-halal foods be served the nations’ schools, including those operated by Jewish or Muslim organizations. “Everyone understands the benefits of chicken in a diet, but pork is often called “The Other White Meat” said the First Lady. “Lean pork is a great alternative to fatty beef” added Second Lady Jill Biden who joined Mrs. Obama for the announcement, held at the new Mother Seaton – Christ the Redeemer Birth Control Pill Distribution Center. The only hitch...
  • BREAKING: N.M. Fails To Get ‘No Child’ Waiver

    02/09/2012 8:28:48 AM PST · by CedarDave · 7 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Feb 9, 2012 | Ben Feller and Kimberly Hefling/AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama today will free 10 states from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students, The Associated Press has learned. The first 10 states to receive the waivers are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The only state that applied for the flexibility and did not get it, New Mexico, is working with the administration to get approval, a White House official told the AP.
  • The Unequal School Funding Myth

    02/09/2012 6:06:18 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/8/2012 | Michael Van Beek
    Public school special interests groups uniformly lobby for the state to give more money to school districts. To sell this idea to policymakers and taxpayers, these groups often claim that schools need "adequate," "stable," and "equal" funding. These talking points give rise to some common myths about school funding in Michigan. The short video below examines one of these myths: The Unequal Funding Myth.
  • School Molestation: Are We Civilized or Just Apathetic?

    02/05/2012 8:23:05 PM PST · by stolinsky · 17 replies ^ | 02-06-12 | stolinsky
      School Molestation: Are We Civilized or Just Apathetic? David C. Stolinsky Feb. 6, 2012 On the evening of July 27, 1984 my wife and I were in Westwood, a few blocks from the UCLA campus. It was just before the Los Angeles Olympics, and the streets were crowded. Suddenly we heard many sirens. A man came into the store and announced that someone had driven his car onto the sidewalk on Westwood Boulevard and mowed down many pedestrians. It turned out that the driver had no connection to terrorism. Paramedics and firefighters were triaging the injured. There were...
  • The Subtle Socialism of Public Schools

    02/01/2012 8:12:51 PM PST · by setourchildrenfree · 10 replies
    There is the subtle, but ever-present socialist indoctrination that is gradually turning our kids into passive, submissive, obedient government serfs. From the time a child enters primary school they are programmed to group-think. Individualism is discouraged, along with awarding grades based on individual achievement.
  • Charter Schools Face Discrimination in Michigan

    02/01/2012 12:30:00 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2012 | Michael Van Beek
    Late last year, the Legislature eliminated an arbitrary cap on the number of charter public schools in Michigan. As a result, over the next few years, dozens and maybe hundreds of new charters will help families find schools better suited to their children's needs. To realize the full potential of this reform, however, a few more steps are necessary. The first is to remove a similar cap that still restricts the number of students who can take advantage of online charter schools. Currently, only two of these innovative schools are allowed, and only 2,000 Michigan students can take advantage of...
  • 'We Found a Place Where Our Children's Safety Would Never Be An Issue'

    01/31/2012 11:26:31 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/31/2012 | Michael Van Beek
    The Michigan House Education Committee is considering lifting the enrollment cap on the number of families that can take advantage of publicly funded cyber charter public schools. No more than 2,000 students may enroll in these schools under current law. Below is an interview with Brian Kevelin, a parent who sends his children to one of Michigan’s two cyber charter schools — Michigan Virtual Charter Academy. Why did you seek out this alternative form of public schooling? "It started out because of a safety issue that the public school did not correct. The child brought a knife to school and...
  • Helping Districts Deal With Deficits

    01/31/2012 10:38:41 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/30/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Brighton Area Schools has overspent its budget the past three years. But this year, Superintendent Greg Gray said the district will end up with a $1 million surplus, thanks to about $7 million in concessions from the teacher’s union. Gray said the difference was “good negotiating.” When asked if the new legislation requiring public-sector employees pay 20 percent of the cost of their own health insurance premiums played a part, he said, “possibly.” Gray said teachers now contribute about $2,200 a year toward their health care costs under the terms of a one-year contract they signed last August. Those teachers...
  • Supreme Court Case Offers Protection for Pastors’ Sermons

    01/29/2012 11:50:20 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 8 replies ^ | January 16th, 2012 | Vivienne Foley, CNN
    In a court decision from 1990 called Employment Division v. Smith, the Court allowed the government greater latitude to restrict the free exercise of religion. The Court held in Smith that if a law was neutral as to religion and if it was generally applicable to all people, then the government was allowed to burden the free exercise of religion. The Smith case marked a drastic departure from the Supreme Court’s earlier precedents which uniformly held that any law, even if that law was neutral and generally applicable, could not burden the free exercise of religion unless the law was...
  • USDA school lunch rules 'best ever' -- though pizza is still a 'vegetable'

    01/28/2012 8:19:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 25, 2012 | by Amy Hubbard
    Yes, there's plenty to celebrate with the USDA's new school meal standards, promoted Wednesday by First Lady Michelle Obama at a Virginia elementary school. Still, French fries will flow in school cafeterias. The new rules are the first such standards to include whole grains and limits on sodium and trans fats, and they'll "double the amount of fruits and vegetables" served to kids, said Margo Wanker, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington. This makes them the "best ever," she said. And yet, there are a couple of things she was less...
  • Michelle Obama Announces New School Lunch Nutrition Guidelines

    01/28/2012 7:51:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    Black Entertainment Television (BET) ^ | January 26, 2012 | By Joyce Jones
    School lunches are about to get much healthier. First Lady Michelle Obama announced today that soon the meals will have less sodium, and will include more whole grains and more fruits and vegetables as sides. The new rules, which will go into effect in the 2012-2013 school year, will also allow schools to serve tofu and other soyfoods and soymilk to children who regularly consume them at home. Obama said that children who are on a sugar high or have a tummy filled with high-sodium, greasy food have difficulty focusing on their schoolwork. "As parents, we try to prepare decent...
  • 15-Year-Old Student Bullied for Supporting Biblical View of Family

    01/27/2012 6:39:26 PM PST · by Raycpa · 48 replies
    Liberty Counsel ^ | January 23, 2012 |
    Shawano, WI – Liberty Counsel is representing the Wegner family after school officials at Shawano High School censored and punished Brandon Wegner, a 15-year-old, for writing an op-ed article explaining the Biblical view of homosexuality and supporting natural mother-father adoption. Liberty Counsel sent a letter to the school demanding it apologize for its unconstitutional and irrational censorship and humiliation of Brandon. Brandon quoted several verses from the Bible regarding homosexuality. After Brandon wrote this article he was pulled into hours of meetings with school administrators and staff, without his parents’ knowledge. This caused him to miss exam preparation classes and...
  • WATCH: High School Teacher Refuses To Accept MLK Award From Paul Ryan

    01/27/2012 7:50:20 AM PST · by · 10 replies
    MRCTV (Media Research Center TV) ^ | 1/27/;2012 | Joe Schoffstall
    Here's another example that shows just how 'accepting' liberals are of people from all walks of life. High School teacher Al Levie refused to accept an MLK award from Rep. Paul Ryan because, well, Paul Ryan is a conservative no matter how Levie tries to frame it. Levie stated that "Paul Ryan has no business being at an MLK event." That's a pretty bigoted action.