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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.
  • The Purpose of Teachers' Unions

    01/27/2012 9:15:15 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/27/2012 | Tom Gantert
    In the East Lansing Public Schools, the teachers' contract states that their weekly pupil contact time is 25 hours and 25 minutes and teachers may not supervise lunch period or more than one recess a week. In Huron Valley Schools, elementary teachers may not have more than five hours, 21 minutes of daily instructional time. In St. Joseph Public Schools, teachers may not be required to collect lunch or milk money. The Flint teachers’ contract requires a teacher’s day be no longer than 6 hours and 57 minutes. A Michigan Education Association manual on how to organize work actions may...
  • Schools Belong to Taxpayers

    01/27/2012 7:58:40 AM PST · by setourchildrenfree · 8 replies ^ | 1/27/12 | Tony Caruso
    Schools belong to taxpaying parents.
  • First lady, Rachael Ray serve turkey tacos to schoolchildren (Food Police invade Florida)

    01/26/2012 9:52:49 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/26/12 | Geneva Sands-Sadowitz
    First Lady Michelle Obama received a warm welcome from the students and teachers at an elementary school Wednesday where she promoted new tougher nutrition standards for school meals. The students clapped and cheered as Mrs. Obama entered the cafeteria at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. The first lady, who was was joined by celebrity chef Rachael Ray and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, picked up food from the lunch line before sitting with the kids and teachers. Obama and Vilsack unveiled the updated nutrition standards for school meals required by the 2010 school nutrition bill.
  • MA Governor Declares "No Name Calling Day," So Watch Your Mouth, [Redacted]!

    01/25/2012 11:50:25 AM PST · by suspects · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 25, 2012 | Michael Graham
    Official “No Name-Calling Day” in Massachusetts? What [CENSORED] came up with that brilliant idea? Massachusetts politicians, of course. In accordance with the ridiculous and over-reaching 2010 “anti-bullying” law, Gov. Deval Patrick has declared today “No Name-Calling Day” in schools, urging students to wear black as a sign of their commitment to “Black Out Bullying.” Does anyone really believe a politician can stop school kids from calling each other [EDITED]? Or [EDITED] or even [CURRENTLY BEING INVESTIGATED AS A HATE CRIME]? Now seeing our public schools engaged in inept efforts that produce few worthwhile results is nothing new. (In most American...
  • What is the role of the modern progressive teacher? Use children effectively in any crisis

    01/24/2012 6:29:02 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 15 replies · 3+ views
    Hat Tip to Michigan Capitol Confidential: Teachers' Union Manual Shows How to Organize Illegal Strikes, Use Children During Bargaining This is evil, evil stuff. You want to know just how deep down the rathole that the school systems have gone? Take a look inside this crisis manual. On page 17 of the manual(searchable alternative link here) it says "Pick a target - personalize - and polarize the opposition" which is right out of Saul Alinsky. It was Horace Mann who said it best: We, then, who are engaged in the sacred cause of education, are entitled to look upon all...
  • Student disciplined for unauthorized potty break

    01/24/2012 3:14:40 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 56 replies ^ | 24 Jan 2012 | Renee C. Lee
    A 12-year-old Klein ISD student is facing one month in an alternative campus as punishment for relieving himself in a water bottle after his teacher refused to let him leave class to use the rest room, according the boys' attorney. On Jan. 13, the seventh-grader repeatedly asked the teacher if he could go to the bathroom and he was denied, said Houston attorney Bill Hawkins. The teacher also told him she would write him up as truant if he left the classroom, he said. "The really outrageous part is that she told him, "I hope you pee on yourself,"" Hawkins...
  • School district wants more info on poll workers (WI)

    01/24/2012 8:45:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    MADISON, Wis.— The Madison School District wants background checks on any poll workers in school buildings on election days. The city is looking into the time and cost required for background checks on more than 2,000 poll workers. City clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl says they also need to settle on the criteria that would be needed to pass a background check. Currently, poll workers take an oath and attend a training session. Never before has the school district asked for background checks. Assistant superintendent Erick Kass tells the State Journal ( ) the district is trying to improve school safety based...
  • Juan Williams Skewers Chicago Teachers Union in New Film

    01/24/2012 7:39:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | January 24, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    <p>“A Tale of Two Missions” – a film by Juan Williams and Kyle Olson (and directed by Chicago-based Andrew Marcus) – tells the story of competing cultures in American education through examples from Chicago.</p> <p>While the fight for school choice rages across the nation, perhaps no better example exists than that of the Windy City. Traditional alliances are breaking down. Both political parties are pushing for education reform and expanded school choice. The status quo is under attack, because most reasonable people understand that thousands of Chicago students are trapped in failing schools.</p>
  • Azerbaijan Thwarts Terror Attack Against Israel, Jewish Targets

    01/24/2012 12:43:11 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies ^ | Published 01:48 23.01.12Latest update 01:48 23.01.12 | By Eli Shvidler
    "Azerbaijan thwarts terror attack against Israeli, Jewish targets Security official in Baku links Iran to planned operation; three men detained." SNIPPET: "Three men were detained last week after planning to attack two Israelis employed by a Jewish school in Baku, the Azerbaijan Ministry of National Security has revealed. Meanwhile, an Azeri commentator considered close to the republic's president has launched a scathing indictment of Iran. The Azeri ministry said it had arrested a cell that planned to "kill public activists," before it became apparent that the intended victims were two Israeli Chabad emissaries, a rabbi and a teacher employed by...
  • Maine Gov. LePage threatens to close schools to fix DHHS hole

    01/21/2012 2:52:17 PM PST · by tsowellfan · 6 replies
    LEWISTON --Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday he will close schools on April 1 if the Legislature doesn't act quickly to plug a $221 million hole in the Department of Health and Human Services budget. Gov. Paul LePage said the cuts are necessary because the state is out of money. He said of those who don’t believe his numbers, “either they are being dishonest to the Maine people or they can’t count.” He urged residents to call their legislators "to tell them to get going" on his proposal, saying time is of the essence. "A lot of Democrats still think we're...
  • Parents Outraged Over School Book's Graphic Sexual Content

    01/20/2012 6:36:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 61 replies · 1+ views
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A class reading assignment infuriates the parents of a 14-year-old Valley Traditional High School student. They said their daughter's questions about the book left them speechless. The book is called "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." "She was masturbating and (describing) how to masturbate and how she did it and also giving a boy a (expletive) and going into great detail of how to perform it," said Vincent. Vincent took the book to her daughter's step-father, who became speechless. "Her being the age that she's in right now, you just freeze up. You don't know...
  • LAUSD Students Roundly Reject Healthier School Lunch Menu

    01/20/2012 4:09:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    CBS) ^ | January 19, 2012 2:30 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The revamped school lunches at Los Angeles Unified School District have won awards, commending them for improving the menu at the second largest school district in the nation. Too bad the students don’t agree. Rejecting healthful alternatives like vegetarian curries and tamales, quinoa salads and pad Thai noodles, students are throwing them in the trash by the thousands, bringing junk food from home and buying instant noodles and other decidedly unhealthy fare from the “black markets” that have begun to thrive at campuses across the district, according to the Los Angeles Times. The wholesale rejection to...
  • Reality Check: Who Is to Blame For School Deficits? - Union blames Legislature, facts say otherwise

    01/20/2012 4:31:57 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/20/2012 | Tom Gantert
    A Department of Education report that said 48 school districts posted deficits in 2010-2011 is being used to blame Gov. Rick Snyder and the Legislature for cuts that are part of the state's 2011-2012 budget. Michael Van Beek, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, said Gov. Snyder’s cuts weren't in place at the time the districts were in the red, and that these districts were spending more than they were taking in before Gov. Snyder took office. The article states: “The move comes after school districts absorbed cuts in state aid, with the minimum per-student...
  • Teachers' Union: Many Members Conservative; Overwhelmingly Funds 'Progressive' Groups

    01/20/2012 8:02:25 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/18/2012 | Tom Gantert
    In the past, the National Education Association has made a point to highlight that many of its members consider themselves “conservative.” Those conservative teachers, however, may raise their eyebrows over some of the organizations their national union financially supports. The Michigan Education Association and NEA conceded that a large percentage of teachers are conservative in their October 2010 magazine. It posted NEA statistics that found 45 percent of teachers under 30 classified themselves as conservative and 63 percent of teachers aged 40 to 49 classified themselves as conservatives. Yet, many of those organizations that received money from the NEA describe...
  • Activist Group: ‘Train’ Educators How to Teach 6-12 Year-Olds About Gays and Lesbians

    01/19/2012 9:25:48 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 18, 2012 | Penny Starr
    Image from the LGBT "Welcoming Schools" capaign The Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual advocacy group, has produced a “professional development film” through its Welcoming Schools project for school staff and parents that features 6- to 12-year-olds talking about gays and lesbians. The film is called “What Do You Know? Six to Twelve Year Olds Talk about Gays and Lesbians," and it "features students from Massachusetts and Alabama discussing what they know about gay men and lesbians, what they hear at school, and what they’d like teachers to do,” states the Welcoming Schools Web site. The Web site has a...
  • District Refuses to Sell Unused Building to Charter School — Despite Receiving $250K Asking Price

    01/18/2012 10:34:01 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/17/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Battle Creek Public Schools turned down an offer of $250,000 for a closed school building that came from a charter public school. Ron Hutchinson, CEO of The Foundation for Behavioral Resources, said the Augusta-based nonprofit was looking to open a charter elementary school and had offered to pay BCPS its full asking price for the former Southwestern Middle School. Battle Creek pulled the building off the market after receiving the charter school's bid. The Foundation for Behavioral Resources decided to buy property in Kalamazoo instead, according to Tim Wood, the special assistant to the president for charter schools at Grand...
  • Garfield Heights,OH Shortens School Day, Parents Blame Voters

    01/17/2012 6:51:34 PM PST · by EBH · 81 replies
    Fox 8 News ^ | 1/17/12 | Emily Valdez
    As of Tuesday, programs like elementary music, art and physical education are gone and libraries are closed. School days are shortened to just 5 1/2 hours -- leaving kids less time for instruction, and working parents scrambling. "What are kids gonna do with that big window of time when their parents are still working and all that idle time that they still have, to do God knows what?" parent Jeff Bodziony said. Hot school lunches are also thing of the past. In fact, lunch is a thing of the past. Students used to have lunch in the noon hour. Instead...
  • Study: Junk food doesn’t cause obesity in middle schools

    01/17/2012 11:45:52 AM PST · by yinandyang · 9 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | Jan 17, 2012
    A new study of nearly 20,000 middle schoolers has found that kids who attend schools that sell junk food such as soda and doughnuts do not gain more weight than students who attend schools where that type of food isn't avai
  • Scientists want climate change in young minds: Teachings to point to human causes

    01/16/2012 10:03:54 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, January 16, 2012 | Ben Wolfgang
    Climate change subscribers say the fight against global warming will require younger soldiers. On Monday, the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit group that denounces intelligent design and supports an evolution-only curriculum in the classroom, will expand its mission. The organization of scientists, anthropologists and others is turning its attention to climate change, and it will mount an aggressive effort to teach the nation’s schoolchildren that climate change is real and is being driven by human activity. “For 20 years, we’ve helped teachers cope with what we can only describe as societal or political problems in teaching evolution. They’re...
  • State Rep. Agema wants Michigan to require pledge, teaching of historical U.S. documents

    01/14/2012 2:46:17 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 24 replies
    Jim Harger | The Grand Rapids Press (Mlive) ^ | January 14, 2012 | Jim Harger
    State Rep. Dave Agema, R-Grandville, says kids are graduating from high school without a sound education in our constitutional underpinnings. He and 22 Republican co-sponsors have introduced a bill mandating the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are taught in public schools. His bill also calls for a daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Similar measures have failed in the past, but Agema said he hopes tea party groups will push for passage. "Hopefully, they will put enough pressure on and get it done," said Agema, who is...
  • For Students Facing Long School Day, Supper Is Being Served

    01/13/2012 11:04:46 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 22 replies
    A free meal at school for breakfast, lunch — and dinner? About 450 city students have been eating supper in school cafeterias as part of a government-funded meal program that may expand in Hartford and also to other Connecticut school systems this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gives schools about $2.99 per dinner to serve students in after-school activities that involve academics.
  • Maryland Gov. O’Malley urges $372M for school construction

    01/11/2012 10:03:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 10, 2012 | David Hill
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley proposed Tuesday that the state spend $372 million on new school construction next fiscal year, unveiling a key initiative in his push to increase capital spending during the 2012 General Assembly. The proposed funds would be the second-most allotted by the state and would be well above the state-recommended minimum of $250 million for annual school construction. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, will recommend the spending as part of his proposed budget, which he will introduce this month. The assembly is expected to amend and pass a budget during its 90-day regular session, which begins Wednesday. “These...
  • Anoka-Hennepin teachers cool to both old and new LGBT policies

    01/10/2012 5:07:54 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-10-12 | sarah horner
    Anoka-Hennepin teachers want to get rid of the district's controversial policy governing classroom discussions about sexual orientation - and they don't want a proposed new one to replace it. Union representatives of the 2,800-member teaching staff voted Monday against having any policy that would place dictates on classroom conversations about sexual orientation or any other topic deemed controversial, according to Julie Blaha, president of Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota. Those results were presented to the Anoka-Hennepin school board Monday night. "Despite the good intentions of it, it turned out to be more confusing and limiting than helpful," Blaha told board members, referring...
  • Retiree costs loom large over St. Paul schools

    01/08/2012 4:57:17 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-8-12 | Mila Koumpilova
    A $409 million tab projected for retiree benefit costs looms for the cash-strapped St. Paul Public Schools. Some on the school board are urging the district to tackle the liability more aggressively. But officials say there's little they can do to put a dent in the costs, which have bumped up tax bills and diverted money from the classroom. St. Paul recently started socking away money to help cover the benefits, slated to sunset in 2014. But the investment came later and started out smaller than planned, and recent market turmoil chipped away at it. "I feel we're throwing a...
  • California Public School Kids Now Required to Study Contributions of LGBT Americans

    01/05/2012 7:23:59 AM PST · by Baynative · 158 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 1/4/12 | Philip Shepherd
    ( – On Jan. 1, the California Department of Education started implementing a new law that requires all children in the state’s public schools to study the “role and contributions” of “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans” to the “development of California and the United States of America.” This law, according to the pro-family group, will require the schools to promote “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans as role models” and mandate that “children as young as kindergarten must be taught to admire persons who engage in homosexuality.”
  • School Defends “Occupy” Song For 8-year-olds

    01/03/2012 11:15:38 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 76 replies
    School Defends “Occupy” Song For 8-year-olds By Todd Starnes/TWITTER A Virginia school district is defending a song allegedly written and performed by a group of third graders about the Occupy Wall Street movement that conservative bloggers are calling a form of indoctrination. The song, “Part of the 99,” was performed by children at Woodbrook Elementary School in Albemarle County, Virginia. A spokesman for the school system said as far as they were concerned there isn’t a controversy and called criticism of the program unfortunate. “We really don’t censor the topics that students come up with,” school spokesman Phil Giaramita told...
  • Can Schools Require Students To Purchase Wireless Devices?

    01/02/2012 11:05:32 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 54 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/29/2011 | Tom Gantert
    East Grand Rapids Public Schools is considering a plan that would require all third through 12th graders to use wireless devices in class by the fall of 2012, according to a school official. But the district is considering holding parents responsible for acquiring the technological devices, which is raising some eyebrows. Jeanne Glowicki, the East Grand Rapids Public School assistant superintendent of instruction, said parents would be given options of how to get the wireless devices. “Parents will be given a menu of options which include purchase, lease, technology tools used already in their home, use school technology tools, and...
  • In schools around the country, 2011 was marked by test cheating scandals (Hussein wants waivers)

    01/02/2012 7:39:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    In schools around the country, 2011 was marked by test cheating scandalsBy Associated Press, Published: December 31 ATLANTA — It was the year of the test cheating scandal. From Atlanta to Philadelphia and Washington to Los Angeles, officials have accused hundreds of educators of changing answers on tests or giving answers to students. Just last week, state investigators revealed that dozens of educators in 11 schools in Georgia’s Dougherty County either cheated or failed to prevent cheating on 2009 standardized tests. **SNIP** At President Obama’s invitation, states have begun filing waivers to get relief from the law. Under the 11...
  • U.S. Public Schools Are Rapidly Being Turned Into Indoctrination Centers And Prison Camps

    12/30/2011 3:52:01 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    28 Signs That U.S. Public Schools Are Rapidly Being Turned Into Indoctrination Centers And Prison CampsDecember 30, 2011 It has been said that children are our future, and right now the vast majority of our children are being "educated" in public schools that are rapidly being turned into indoctrination centers and prison camps. Our children desperately need to focus on the basics such as reading, writing and math, but instead a whole host of politicians, "education officials" and teachers are constantly injecting as much propaganda as they possibly can into classroom instruction. Instead of learning how to think, our children...
  • Will Unions Take Over Charter Schools?

    12/30/2011 5:41:08 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/22/2011 | Tom Gantert
    An e-mail posted by a teachers’ union president in Minnesota grants some insight as to why unions have fought charter schools tooth-and-nail: the fear of losing union influence. Lynn Nordgren, president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, sent an e-mail to public school teachers explaining why her union now authorizes charter schools and wants to “lead the way to take on the charter school movement.” The e-mail was posted on the educational blog Eduwonk. “[I]t is also true that charter schools are not going away despite 20 years of protesting. Because of this, it is time to figure out how...