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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, 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...