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  • Michelle Obama Unfazed by Student Lunch Boycott

    10/02/2012 10:49:29 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 41 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 Sep 2012 | John Semmens
    Students at ParsippanyHillsHigh School in New Jersey say they are planning a boycott to protest new lunch guidelines stemming from First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. Under the guidelines portions are smaller, there is less meat and bread and more vegetables. Students say the meals are too skimpy and leave them feeling hungry. “The problem is too many of our nation’s children are obese,” the First Lady said. “Left to their own devices too many teens are over-eating. Parents aren’t doing their jobs. So, we are using our leverage to take up the slack.” The “leverage” is federal aid...
  • News from Lake Wobegon: All Michigan teachers are above average

    10/02/2012 8:31:25 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/30/2012 | Michael Van Beek
    A new report from The Education Trust-Midwest finds that 99.6 percent of teachers from 10 of Michigan’s largest school districts were rated “effective.” Coincidentally, 98 percent of the principals responsible for these evaluations received the same rating. In related news, MLive.com recently found that 68 percent of all grades handed out at the colleges where these teachers and principals are trained were A’s. Like the mythical Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average, apparently so are Michigan public school teachers and principals. Unfortunately, real-life student performance paints a very different picture. For example, if we compare the performance...
  • Atheist Hate Group Attacks the Ten Commandments

    09/29/2012 8:08:24 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 29, 2012 | JP
    The Connellsville Area School District in Pennsylvania was sued this week in U.S. District Court for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments that has stood for more than 50 years on the grounds of its junior high school. That follows a similar federal lawsuit against the New Kensington-Arnold School District in Pennsylvania, which was filed two weeks ago, and which objects to display of the Ten Commandments in front of one of the district’s high schools. Both legal actions were initiated by the so-called Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist hate group based in Madison, Wisconsin. It...
  • New Contract Earns Chicago Schools 2nd Credit Downgrade – In One Quarter

    09/29/2012 7:29:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Sound financial management clearly wasn’t a concern to any party involved in the recent contract negotiations in Chicago Public Schools. They were warned that new labor expenses might result in a credit downgrade for the financially-strapped school district, and they chose to ignore it. Now it has comes to pass. The credit rating agency Moody’s has downgraded the school district for the second time in one quarter. Moody’s wrote: “The negative outlook reflects the school district's budgeted depletion of reserves to fund ongoing operations in fiscal 2013; the moderate additional unbudgeted salary costs of labor contract negotiations, which have not...
  • Why have we failed to teach America's kids about the horrors of communism?

    09/28/2012 9:43:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/27/2012 | Paul Kengor, Grove City College
    “What do you think of this?” So began a phone call from Todd Starnes of FoxNews Radio. Starnes called me for a comment on a shocking story: A band at a high school near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania performed a halftime show titled, “St. Petersburg 1917,” a musical commemoration of the Bolshevik Revolution, replete with hammers and sickles, military uniforms, and red flags. “No way,” I responded. “Are you sure this wasn’t a joke, a parody?” It wasn’t. And parents of the students aren’t laughing. The superintendent of the school genuinely pleaded innocence. “It’s a representation of the time period in history,...
  • Teachers Can Be Caught In School Drunk Five Times and On Drugs Three Times Before Being Fired

    09/28/2012 8:36:31 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 22 replies
    MichCapCon ^ | 9-28-12 | Tom Gantert
    Forget zero tolerance. Bay City Public School teachers for years could be caught repeatedly under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol without being fired. Teachers in possession or under the influence of illegal drugs could be caught three times before they lost their job, and they got five strikes if they were drunk on school grounds before being fired. A school district official said the language in the union contract that protects teachers for those instances "was incorporated into the teacher Master Agreement in 1997." Those protections also were included in the Bay City Education Association teacher’s contract that...
  • Reading is Fundamental - to our Republic

    09/26/2012 12:41:41 PM PDT · by Guido2012 · 6 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 9/26/12 | Tony Caruso
    The class of 2012 had the worst SAT reading scores since 1972. The left will no doubt attribute this to racism, but any serious look at the past generation leads to the inescapable conclusion that kids who grew up in the computer age just don’t read anymore. So it is no mystery that they will perform poorly on reading comprehension tests. Kids don’t forget how to read, they simply lose the ability (if they ever had it) to comprehend and process the information they are reading, and analyzing it to any meaningful degree. Based on what I have seen in...
  • Complaints mount against Michelle Obama's School lunch program (Black Market for chocolate syrup)

    09/26/2012 11:10:52 AM PDT · by SMCC1 · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Some are throwing away their vegetables while others are adapting to the rules by becoming industrious. In New Bedford, Massachusetts, students have created a black market - for chocolate syrup. The kiddie capitalists are smuggling in bottles of it and selling it by the squeeze, according to SouthCoastToday.com.
  • Nation’s Top 50 Catholic High Schools Announced

    09/24/2012 5:35:34 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 26 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | September 20, 2012
    Today, September 20, 2012, the winners of the 2012-2013 Catholic High School Honor Roll competition were announced by The Cardinal Newman Society. Since 2004, the Honor Roll has recognized excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civic education at Catholic high schools across the United States. The top 50 schools are recognized for overall excellence, and other schools receive honors for special recognition in particular categories. This year seven schools were recognized for excellence in Catholic identity, six schools for academics, five schools for civic education, and five schools for two of the three categories. “Since competition began in 2004, the...
  • Freep a Poll! (Fox. OK for schools to hand out birth control w/out informing parents?)

    09/24/2012 4:02:08 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 36 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 9-24-12 | Fox News
    Should schools be allowed to distribute birth control without informing and getting permission from parents? Don't know -- Teen pregnancy is a problem, but is this a school issue? Yes -- Kids need to know they can access birth control without fear. No -- This is a parent's responsibility, not a 'nanny state's.'
  • ACLU bullies

    09/24/2012 8:41:38 AM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 8 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 9/23/12 | Scott Walter
    The ACLU insists that educators separate the sexes in school only because they want to teach “outdated gender stereotypes,” based on discredited science, in order to discriminate (against which sex isn’t quite clear, as we’ll see). The Union’s arguments against single-sex schooling deserve rebuttal, but first let’s recall all the reasons it’s preposterous for the ACLU to thump its chest and claim the mantle of Protector of Children. First, the ACLU has for decades been soft on kiddie porn. Usually the Union can bear the idea of making the actual abuse of children a crime, but it will oppose criminal...
  • Unions Ducking the Truth With Proposal 2 Ad - Union contracts have bankrupted cities, schools

    09/20/2012 12:50:10 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/17/2012 | Manny Lopez
    It is telling that backers of a plan to change the state constitution to benefit unions at the expense of taxpayers are focusing on what the amendment won't do — rather than what it will do. In a new television ad, supporters of the so-called "Protect Our Jobs" amendment in essence tell viewers that Proposal 2 is a harmless plan even though it will fundamentally change the state's constitution. Proposal 2 supporters don't want voters to know that if it passes, more than 170 laws in Michigan could be altered or eliminated, including many that have collectively saved taxpayers billions...
  • School Excuses Don't Change Facts

    09/20/2012 5:42:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/18/2012 | Audrey Spalding
    Three of Livingston County's five high schools scored poorly on the Mackinac Center's high school report card: Howell, Fowlerville and Pinckney high schools received D's. Howell High School's ranking was 27.7 percent — meaning that more than 70 percent of Michigan's other high schools did better. Fowlerville ranked in the bottom 22.3 percent, while Pinckney ranked the lowest in the county, at 21.2 percent. The Mackinac Center's high school report card is different from other state assessments. It takes into account student socioeconomic status — a well-known variable that impacts standardized test scores — when evaluating schools in order to...
  • How Not to Measure Charter School Quality

    09/19/2012 7:54:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/17/2012 | Michael Van Beek
    In a recent article in the Detroit Free Press, an education policy organization called Education Trust-Midwest expressed concern that taxpayers were supporting too many “failing [charter] school operators.” A focus on school quality for all schools is certainly needed, but Ed Trust’s analysis of charter public schools is short-sighted, unhelpful and risks creating negative unintended consequences. The Free Press reported that Ed Trust created a “cut score” for charter school quality based on the state’s “Top-to-Bottom School Ranking.” If a charter school performed better than 33 percent of the schools in the state, it passed; if it fell below this...
  • School District Requiring Parents To Pay For Magazine Subscription May Be Breaking State Law

    09/19/2012 4:35:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/15/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Chippewa Valley Schools is asking parents to pay for periodicals that the Michigan Department of Education says must be supplied by school districts. In doing so, they may be breaking the law. Sixth grade social studies teachers in the district sent a letter to parents saying that "limited school tax, district and school funding" made it increasingly difficult to pay a combined $8.75 for 26 issues of a publication and four maps. The magazine, "Time for Kids," comes out monthly from Time magazine. Parents were also asked to pay for a "Map of the Month." The letter read: "In order...
  • 'They Are A Bureaucratic Machine That Got Out of Control' - Teachers bolt from union

    09/18/2012 9:08:11 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/16/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Excessive spending on salaries and politics are among the reasons teachers in the Roscommon Area Public Schools severed ties with the Michigan Education Association, said Jim Perialas, interim president of the new teachers' union. The MEA’s executive salaries, which are among the highest in the country, had angered the teachers, he said. Perialas said a newly formed local union could provide the same basic services that the MEA provided and for less than half the cost. Perialas said his teachers were facing a dues increase from the MEA this year that would have increased their annual payments from $850 to...
  • Rotherham, Hannaway: 5 myths about teachers unions

    09/18/2012 8:07:21 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-18-12 | Andrew J. Rotherham and Jane Hannaway
    The Chicago teachers strike thrust teachers unions into the national spotlight. In Chicago and around the country, some see unions as saving public education and others as driving it into the ground. But the reality of how teachers unions operate is more complicated than the rhetoric about them. 1. Teachers unions are to blame for low test scores and high dropout rates. Where the unions matter most in the education debate is in their influence on how teachers are supervised and evaluated, who is granted tenure, and who is dismissed. These have all been flash points in Chicago. There is...
  • Mayor's Reputation Tarnished in Teachers Union Dust-up

    09/15/2012 5:25:01 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 15, 2012 | Kristen Mack, et al.
    The measure of who won and lost in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's showdown with the Chicago Teachers Union won't be clear until the details of the new contract emerge, but last week's strike took some of the luster off the mayor's self-portrait as an innovative leader brimming with new ways to solve the city's most vexing challenges. The long, stressful path to getting a contract in place offered a glimpse that Emanuel perhaps is not as multidimensional as he tries to appear. Repeatedly, the mayor turned to one tool: the attack. That singular approach contributed to the first teachers strike in...
  • Teachers Appear to be the Winner

    09/14/2012 1:35:29 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 36 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 14, 2012 | Mark Brown
    If the point of going on strike is to get a better deal than you would have received without it, then the Chicago Teachers Union is already a pretty clear winner this week in its confrontation with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his school board. If the point of going on strike is to give voice to the frustrations of your members and to allow them to vent their anger, then you’d have to say the CTU was a runaway winner on that front as well. And if the point of going on strike is to let your employer know you’re...
  • Lessons that Rahm Emanuel Can Learn from Teacher Strike

    09/14/2012 1:29:20 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 6 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 14, 2012 | Fran Spielman
    Instead of ridiculing striking teachers for complaining about sweltering schools without air-conditioning, what if Mayor Rahm Emanuel had put his formidable fund-raising skills to work to persuade corporate donors to bankroll school air-conditioners? Instead of raising the strike threshold and offering cash bounties to entice individual schools to immediately implement his longer school day, what if Emanuel had worked with the Chicago Teachers Union to structure the longer day? Now that the teachers strike appears to be winding down, there are lessons to be learned for Chicago’s rookie mayor. Timing is everything. Drop the sarcasm. Don’t over-reach. You’re not as...
  • Why Chicago Teachers Hate Rahm: How the Teachers Union Got to the Point of a Strike

    09/13/2012 9:12:48 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 46 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | September 12, 2012 | Ben Jorvasky
    Having spent the better part of a week asking teachers why they'd risk a public backlash by going on strike, I've concluded that the answer is best summed up by what one told me at their Labor Day rally: "Mayor Emanuel's pushed us to the limit. He's the world's biggest asshole." Actually, I think he may have dropped the F-bomb once—or twice. But I'm trying to clean things up since this is a family newspaper, dammit! But here's the bottom line: so much of this fight is fueled by the animosity of thousands of teachers toward one man. Emanuel increased...
  • After Five Years Of Deficits, District Signed Contract Paying 100 Percent Of Health Care

    09/12/2012 8:25:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/10/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Although the legislature passed a law ensuring that all public sector employees pay at least 20 percent of their health care premiums, teachers at Willow Run Community Schools are scheduled to get their health care insurance at no cost through the 2014 school year. That's because the school district agreed to a five-year deal in 2010 that had the district paying 100 percent of health care costs in return for pay cuts ranging from 2.5 percent to 4 percent in three of the five years the contract covered. The contract was approved in May 2010 and covered the 2009-2010 through...
  • "A" Is for Agitation: Radical Chicago Teachers on Parade

    09/12/2012 1:10:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis walks, talks and barks like a rootsy Occupy Wall Street activist. But this Big Labor loudmouth who's leading the abandonment of nearly 400,000 schoolchildren in the Windy City is just another power-grabbing union fat cat. Instead of academic excellence, she rails about "social justice." Instead of accountability, she fumes about "profits" and curses merit pay. Lewis has marched with the Occu-clowns denouncing capitalism and promoting "socialism (as) the alternative." She raves: "Occupy Wall Street and the whole concept of the 99 percent is an extraordinarily important movement." And she earned praise as a "fist-in-the-air,...
  • U.S. Education Spending and Performance vs. The World

    09/11/2012 6:16:24 PM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 7 replies
    USC.edu ^ | 2/8/2011 | MAT@USC
    We’ve put together this infographic that compares the United States’ education spend and performance versus eleven countries. The U.S. is the clear leader in total annual spending, but ranks 9th in Science performance and 10th in Math.
  • Principal Sees Racism in Peanut Butter (Can it get anymore ridiculous?)

    09/11/2012 1:44:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | September 11, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    <p>An Oregon grade school principal suggested in a newspaper interview that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches might be racially and culturally offensive.</p> <p>“What about Somali or Hispanic students who might not eat sandwiches?” Verenice Gutierrez told the Portland Tribune.</p> <p>FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CULTURE WAR NEWS. CLICK HERE.</p>
  • Sexual harassment awaits Egyptian girls outside schools

    09/11/2012 9:48:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Bikya Masr ^ | 10 September 2012 | Manar Ammar
    As the new school year begins next week in Egypt, school girls and their families are preparing to face yet another year of sexual harassment, this time waiting for the children outside their schools. Egyptian mothers worry about their young daughters, who are subjected to sexual harassment outside their gated schools and daughters only pray to go home safely after the day has ended. The phenomena of men waiting outside girls only schools to sneak a view, harass and self-expose themselves has made even school a difficult trip to take on a daily basis. Egyptian girls must join girls-only schools...
  • New school nutrition standards a recipe for problems? (lesson in why local control is best)

    09/08/2012 10:48:08 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 29 replies
    Reading Eagle ^ | 9/9/12 | Reading Eagle
    In his gut, Kurt Myers knows when a student arrives at school on an empty stomach. He can see it on a cold Monday morning in the coat that remains zipped and the hat that stays pulled down, in the rush to eat school breakfast as if it's the student's first meal in days. And in the Reading School District, where 92 percent of students received free or reduced-price meals in 2011-12, Myers knows it doesn't take a food services director such as himself to realize that "when a student looks like he hasn't eaten all weekend, he probably hasn't...
  • Teachers Denied Freedom to Vote on Unionization

    09/07/2012 9:50:07 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/6/2012 | Tom Gantert
    In Grand Rapids Public Schools, 40 percent of the teachers are 40 years old or younger as of last fall, which means they were years away from being born when their school district was unionized in 1965. Like most other teachers in Michigan, they’ve never been given a choice as to whether they want to be unionized or who should represent them in bargaining. In Michigan’s largest school districts, only 1 percent of the current teachers were around when their districts were unionized, according to a study by The Heritage Foundation. The largest statewide teachers unions in Michigan are the...
  • Meaningful School Reform Needed

    09/07/2012 8:53:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/5/2012 | Audrey Spalding
    Recently, many Ann Arbor parents received a letter informing them that there was a relatively large gap between high-performing and low-performing students in their child's school. They could, the letter said, choose to transfer their child to another school with a smaller achievement gap. The twist, noted AnnArbor.com, is that the alternative schools with low achievement gaps also tended to report lower overall student performance. The letters were to communicate a new school measure created by the Michigan Department of Education in response to federal policy. Schools identified as having a larger-than-average gap between the top 30 percent of student...
  • Tough truths about charters, Siphoning students from private schools is not a viable path to reform

    09/06/2012 7:33:09 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 09.06.12 | Adam B. Schaeffer
    Is it possible for charter schools to increase educational options and diversity in the public school system but decrease diversity overall; to spend less money than regular public schools but cost taxpayers more overall, and to outperform regular public schools but decrease achievement overall? Unfortunately, it is not only possible but is happening in cities across the nation. This mix of intended and unintended outcomes is what’s known as the “charter school paradox,” which hints at the uneasy place these relatively new educational options have in our society. But it is only a paradox if we take a narrow view...
  • Peyton Manning jersey banned because player's No. 18 is too close to name of local gang

    09/06/2012 4:56:14 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | September 6, 2012
    (CBS/AP) GREELEY, Colo. - A third-grader has been sent home from a Greeley school to change out of his Peyton Manning jersey because Manning's No. 18 is too close to the name of a local gang.
  • School Districts Increase Taxes On Residents Without A Vote

    09/06/2012 1:58:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/5/2012 | Anne Schieber
    When school begins this week, Oceana County property owners will be paying $1.02 million more a year in taxes thanks to a school district merger that was approved without a public vote. A few weeks after school ended in June, board members from the Mason-Lake Intermediate School District and the Oceana ISD agreed to a merger. Taxpayers in Oceana will now have to pay the higher millage rate assessed in Mason-Lake. According to the Oceana County treasurer, the higher millage rate will cost Oceana County property owners $150 for every $100,000 in taxable value. Residents will start paying it in...
  • Pro-School Choice Film Rattles Dems, DNC

    09/05/2012 10:13:20 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 09/04/2012 | Christian Toto
    The movie stars Oscar nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as two gritty women who try to take over a failing urban school. Oscar winner Holly Hunter plays a headstrong but compassionate union official fighting the women’s plans. The film played to an appreciative crowd last week at the Republican National Conventional in Tampa, with many movie goers driven to tears before the end credits rolled. Democrats also got a peek at the film yesterday, courtesy of a screening held by Democrats for Education Reform. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, acknowledged the film’s power and “sense...
  • Schools Are Responsible For Providing School Supplies — Not Parents

    09/05/2012 7:13:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 42 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/4/2012 | Michael Van Beek
    It’s that time of year again: Back-to-school deal hunting season. Hoping to give their kids every possible advantage, millions of Michigan parents will flock to nearby retailers for new school supplies. But before loading up on notebooks, pencils and crayons, parents should remember that their local public school is required by law to supply these necessities to every student free of charge. The details are laid out in a 2011 Michigan Department of Education memo listing specifically what supplies schools must provide, including pencils, paper, crayons, scissors and glue sticks. In addition, school districts may not charge for registration or...
  • Inconvenient Truths On School Choice

    09/04/2012 6:57:28 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/2/2012 | Michael Van Beek
    In a recent Mlive.com article, W.E. Upjohn Institute economist Tim Bartik says that school choice is an ineffective tool for improving education. The arguments he uses, however, ignore inconvenient truths that would render his arguments meaningless. First, he states, “[T]here's no evidence to suggest that choice works very well” to improve academic outcomes. One must ignore a lot of research to make such a broad generalization. There are several studies of charter public schools that show students making significant learning gains. For example, Harvard economist Thomas Kane found “large positive effects” in a study of Boston charters, and a study...
  • yucaipa-calimesa-district-reported-six-teachers-five-years

    09/03/2012 7:29:31 PM PDT · by Bullish · 3 replies
    Inland Valley daily bulletin ^ | 9-92-2012 | Bo Yarbrough, staff writer
    YUCAIPA - In the past five years, the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District has had to deal with a teacher with fake credentials, another who showed up to work drunk, teachers who failed to take students' safety seriously and more. In all, the district has reported six teachers to the state's credentialing authority over the last five school years. The incidents, and three others that did not result in the district contacting the credentialing authority, were reported to the media in response to a Public Records Act request made by The Sun, the Redlands Daily Facts and the Inland Valley...
  • Dreaming Up a New America: Progressive Education and the Perversion of American Democracy

    09/02/2012 11:49:51 PM PDT · by Sioux-san · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/3/2012 | L.E. Ikenga
    As opposed to the 2008 election, which had many frustrated and emotionally charged voters dreaming up a new America with a historic presidential candidate leading the charge, the 2010 midterms had people doing the exact opposite. In 2010, a majority of Americans stopped dreaming and started to face reality. America was accelerating toward an irreversible and all-encompassing decline. The path envisioned by the president and his supporters for a radically changed United States was starting to look like a dead end. America was breaking down. The year 2010 was also when essayist Walter Russell Mead began to ascribe many aspects...
  • For some Texas schools, demographic future is now .

    08/31/2012 8:26:13 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 30 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | August 31, 2012 | Morgan Smith
    Certain characteristics set the Laredo Independent School District apart from most districts in the state. Its western boundary aligns directly with the Mexican border. Nearly all its students are poor, and nearly all are Hispanic. Most rely on the school to provide two meals a day. On the first day of school this week, some showed up without shoes or without parents accompanying them. “It’s hard to work on teaching them about reading and writing and math when they haven’t eaten. It’s hard to really welcome them into their class with their textbooks and their lockers when they don’t have...
  • NYC Public Schools Change ‘Discipline Code’ To Ease Penalties

    08/30/2012 3:16:27 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    CBS ^ | 8-29-12 | unattributed
    Students may be catching a break if they misbehave in school. The rules surrounding suspensions in New York City schools are changing. The changes to the discipline code should result in far fewer suspensions, CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported Wednesday. “Our goal is to make sure the schools are providing a safe environment for our students, but also we just don’t push students out of the classroom where they’re not learning as well,” Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said. What will be different? Well, for starters Walcott said cutting class and cursing will no longer be grounds for suspension.
  • District Could Buy Laptop For Every Student If Teachers Paid Private-Sector Average For Health

    08/29/2012 3:01:30 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/22/2012 | Tom Gantert
    This fall, East Grand Rapids Public School District is implementing a controversial program where parents of high school students are "encouraged" to provide their own laptop computers for their children to be used in school. The plans are to start a program in the middle school in 2013-14 and in the third through fifth grades in 2014-15. However, the school district may have a way of freeing up money to provide the computers free to students by bringing its health care costs more in line with the private sector. Currently, the East Grand Rapids Public School teacher’s contract states that...
  • Why Do Public Teachers Send Their Kids to Private Schools?

    08/28/2012 2:20:25 PM PDT · by Guido2012 · 20 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 8/28/12 | Tony Caruso
    Suppose you went to eat at a strange restaurant and, upon asking the waitress what was good on the menu, she told you that she didn’t know because she never ate there. When you ask why, she explains that the food and atmosphere are much better at her favorite place, and even though the food costs more, it’s worth it. You would naturally attribute a great deal of credibility to this waitress because she was honest enough to point you away from the place where she has a personal stake in its success. In other words, you would trust her...
  • Per-Pupil Spending Little To Do With Performance

    08/28/2012 8:26:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/23/2012 | Audrey Spalding
    Grand Haven High School, a suburban school near Muskegon, received an 'A' on the Mackinac Center's new high school report card, which means that student test scores from 2008 to 2011 were better than expected, on average, given the socioeconomic background of its students. Almost 26 percent of the school's students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. On the other side of the state, Chippewa Valley High School, a suburban school near Clinton Township north of Detroit, received a 'D' on the high school report card. Almost 21 percent of Chippewa Valley students are eligible for free or reduced-price...
  • City school credit, procurement cards show culture of spending

    08/26/2012 2:28:08 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | August 25, 2012 | Erica L. Green
    Nearly $500,000 in charges include expensive dinners, extensive travel, and student lunch at Hooter'sDespite tightening school budgets and a perpetual rallying cry for more funding, Baltimore school administrators spent roughly $500,000 during the past year and a half on expenses such as a $7,300 office retreat at a downtown hotel, $300-per-night stays at hotels, and a $1,000 dinner at an exclusive members-only club, credit card statements show. City school officials defend the majority of the credit card expenditures — outlined in statements and receipts obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a Maryland Public Information Act request — as "the cost...
  • Obama Demands Race-Based School Discipline/ ( War on White Boys)

    08/25/2012 2:21:22 PM PDT · by wintertime · 103 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 25,2012 | Joy Pullman
    President Barack Obama recently signed an executive order hiring race-sensitive bureaucrats to hold meetings and mandate racial discipline quotas. The order charges his new racial justice team, in part, with "promoting a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools." In plain English, that means that if different races have different incidences of disciplinary action, those of a favored race who act worse will be punished less, or those of a disfavored race who act better will be punished more, or both. It's true that a higher percentage of black students...
  • School 1957 vs 2011

    08/23/2012 3:16:04 PM PDT · by xp38 · 23 replies
    unknown | 2011 | unknown
    From Australia but it translates well to the US. Uni is short for university. Ute is a pickup truck. Scenario : Jack goes rabbit shooting before school, pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack. 1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's rifle, goes to his car and gets his rifle & chats with Jack about guns. 2011 - School goes into lock down, Tactical Response called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his ute or gun again.. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers. Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight...
  • Dress code bars Oklahoma City kindergartner from wearing University of Michigan T-shirt

    08/23/2012 9:02:04 AM PDT · by MNDude · 47 replies
    <p>An Oklahoma City student was forced to turn his shirt inside-out because he was wearing a University of Michigan T-shirt, violating the district’s dress code.</p> <p>Fox 25 reports that the 5-year-old kindergartner violated a 2005 rule created by the Oklahoma City Public Schools banning clothing with sports team logos unless they are from Oklahoma colleges or universities. The rule, which was established due to gang affiliations some teams carry, excludes all professional teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder.</p>
  • Police At Chicago-Area High Schools Want To Bring Rifles To Campus

    08/23/2012 10:52:44 AM PDT · by blam · 32 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-23-2012 | Abby Rogers
    Police At Chicago-Area High Schools Want To Bring Rifles To Campus Abby RogersAugust 23, 2012Magill/Flickr Despite the fact the city hasn't had any campus shootings, police in south suburban Plainfield, Ill., want to be prepared. The Plainfield Police Department wants to keep a rifle in the offices of high school police officers, NBC 5 Chicago reported Wednesday. “Unfortunately, in today’s society active shooter incidents are no longer something we see on TV," Police Chief John Konopek said. "They are reality.” Plainfield is home to four high schools. The department is specifically requesting to keep long guns such as AR15s in...
  • School Under Fire For Allowing Churches to Feed Football Team

    08/22/2012 11:46:56 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 39 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8/22/2010 | Todd Starnes
    A Wisconsin-based group has accused a Georgia high school football coach of violating the First Amendment by allowing local churches to prepare meals for his team. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the superintendent of Walker County Schools demanding an “immediate investigation” into Ridgeland High School football coach Mark Mariakis. The FFRF is a Wisconsin-based group whose purpose is to “protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church.” They are demanding the school system launch an investigation into allegations that Coach Mariakis allowed local churches to prepare pre-game meals for his football team. They also...
  • Plainfield police ask to store guns in schools (Illinois)

    08/22/2012 7:34:01 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | Aug 22, 2012
    chicagotribune.com Plainfield police ask to store guns in schools Associated Press 8:31 AM CDT, August 22, 2012 Police in Plainfield are asking officials for permission to store rifles in the town's high schools so they'll be ready if violence breaks out. The Plainfield School Board is scheduled to consider the request at the board's meeting next week. Plainfield Police Chief John Konopek wants the district to install gun safes at its four high schools so the school resource officer can store a rifle. Konopek said having the extra weapon on hand would be useful “if a situation involving a shooter...
  • Filipino bishops: We will strip Catholic status if schools defy Church teaching

    08/21/2012 10:52:33 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    LSN ^ | 8.21.2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    – Catholic schools that fail to uphold Church teaching may be stripped of their affiliation with the Church, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) warned last week. “If we are a Catholic school, we should not teach anything contrary to the official teaching of the Church,” Archbishop Jose Palma, the CBCP’s president, told CBCPNews, the conference’s official news service. Stressing that parents who send their children to Catholic schools expect the schools to be faithful to the teachings of the Church, Archbishop Palma, who heads the Cebu archdiocese, said, “They are hoping that their children will learn the...