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  • Prop. 32: What really scares California's big unions

    08/28/2012 10:32:37 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/24/2012 | Larry Sand
    Michael Hiltzik infers in his column Sunday that Proposition 32 is a big lie -- because it prohibits both corporations and labor unions such as the California Teachers Assn. from extracting involuntary political contributions from the paychecks of workers. Hiltzik argues that its prohibition of corporate deductions is of minor impact, but that union political fund-raising will be crippled. He is amazingly untroubled by the fact that taking such payroll deductions for political purposes without consent is patently immoral. Why should a worker have some of his forced union dues spent on candidates or causes that he doesn't agree with?...
  • Obama to Heckler: ‘That Young Man Probably Needed a Good Teacher’

    08/24/2012 6:49:52 AM PDT · by kevcol · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 23, 2012 | Nicholas Ballasy
    While President Barack Obama addressed a crowd in the battleground state of Nevada on Wednesday, a heckler began yelling but was eventually drowned out by the audience chanting, “four more years.” When the noise began to die down, President Obama said “that young man probably needed a good teacher … we all need it.”
  • Staffers flee Coney Island school where 'toxic' principal nixed a patriotic song

    08/19/2012 5:47:24 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies ^ | August. 19, 2012 | SUSAN EDELMAN
    Staff at a Coney Island school where the principal barred kids from belting out “God Bless the USA” are singing a new tune: “Take This Job and Shove It.” In a mass exodus, 25 employees — or 40 percent of the staff, including 11 of 28 classroom teachers, aides, secretaries and custodians — have fled PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, over the year, insiders tallied. Most found jobs in other schools; some retired. Others are trying to escape a “toxic building,” they said. Principal Greta Hawkins caused an uproar in June when she axed the rousing Lee Greenwood anthem...
  • Teacher gets 5 years for sex with teen students [motive unveiled]

    08/20/2012 6:14:26 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 32 replies
    MyFoxAtlanta ^ | 8/17/12 | Alice Wolke
    Her husband took the stand during the punishment phase of the trial and asked the jury to give his wife probation for the sake of their children. He said he was very angry and hurt by his wife's actions, but admitted the two of them have had group sex with other consenting adults in the past. He also said people who call him an idiot for wanting to remain married to her just don't understand.
  • Obama: Pass jobs bill, rehire teachers

    08/19/2012 10:11:33 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 18, 2012 | David Eldridge
    President Obama on Saturday said school districts around the country could begin rehiring the more than 300,000 teachers and other education workers who have lost jobs since 2009 if congressional Republicans would pass his stalled jobs bill. “The jobs bill that I sent to Congress last September included support for states to prevent further layoffs and to rehire teachers who’d lost their jobs. But here we are — a year later with tens of thousands more educators laid off — and Congress still hasn’t done anything about it,” the president said in his weekly radio address. “At a time when...
  • Bill Would Require Parental Permission For Children To Be Taught By Ineffective Teachers

    08/16/2012 5:25:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/14/2012 | Tom Gantert
    A bipartisan bill would require school districts to get written approval by parents if their child is going to be assigned a teacher that has been rated as “ineffective.” House Bill 5776 was introduced by Rep. Maureen Stapleton, D-Detroit, and co-sponsored by Republicans Rep. Mark Ouimet, R-Scio Township, and Rep. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage. O’Brien is the Associate Speaker Pro Tempore for House Republicans. The requirement would go into effect in 2015-2016 if passed and signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. School districts had to create a teacher-evaluation system and have it in place by September 2011 with the performance-evaluation...
  • Credit Agency Blames Chicago Teachers Union for District Downgrade

    08/08/2012 12:34:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | August 8, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Fitch became the second credit rating agency in as many months to downgrade Chicago Public Schools’ outlook from “stable” to “negative.” Fitch, in its assessment, put the blame squarely on the Chicago Teachers Union. “The Chicago Teachers' Union (CTU) has filed a number of suits against the board and has voted to authorize a strike over what it considers unsatisfactory terms of a proposed new multi-year contract. “Fitch believes continued litigation and the strike threat indicate an increase in the already high level of discord between the CTU and CPS, which will make the competing goals of managing expenses and...
  • Duval School Board members to discuss [homosexual] teacher arrested on 6 sexual charges

    08/01/2012 7:53:26 AM PDT · by kevcol · 34 replies
    Florida Times-Union ^ | July 30, 2012 | Khristopher J. Brooks, Topher Sanders
    After a 2009 state recommendation that Duval County schools remove a teacher from vulnerable students, he was reassigned to another elementary school. Last week he was arrested on six sexual charges against a child. One of the problems: neither the state nor the school district defined “vulnerable student population.” And Monday, the state Department of Children and Families put the responsibility for defining the phrase squarely on the Duval County Public Schools. Christopher Robert Bacca, Windy Hill Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, was charged with three counts of sexual battery against a child under 12 and one count...
  • Biden: Romney doesn't see value in education (American Federation of Teachers nat'l convention)

    07/29/2012 9:49:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies ^ | 7/29/12 | AP
    DETROIT (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden, in a speech Sunday to the nation's second largest teachers unions, said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney doesn't treat public education as a priority and distrusts the hardworking teachers who struggle to create opportunity for the nation's young people. Biden addressed 2,500 delegates at the American Federation of Teachers national convention in Detroit on Sunday. Biden painted Romney as planning to gut education funding to finance tax breaks for the wealthy. From what Romney and his GOP rivals said during the primary debates, "it looks like they don't think public education is worth...
  • Tougher standards may worsen science-teacher shortage

    07/29/2012 2:05:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 219 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 28, 2012 | Leslie Postal
    Looking to boost the quality of science education, Florida has just made it tougher for aspiring teachers to pass required certification exams. But the move to ensure that would-be science teachers know their subjects well could worsen Florida's shortage of science teachers. That could leave middle and high schools scrambling even more to find instructors for biology, chemistry, Earth-space science, general science and physics classes. .... The State Board of Education this month bumped up the scores needed to pass the teacher-certification exams in those five science fields. As a result, the passing rates for first-time exam takers are expected...
  • Calif. Student Sues Teacher, District Over C+ Grade

    07/28/2012 7:16:18 AM PDT · by rawhide · 54 replies ^ | 7-26-12 | Katie Kindelan
    Bowen Bethards, 17, was a sophomore in Peggy Carlock's chemistry class at Albany High School in Albany,Calif., outside of San Francisco, in the 2010-11 school year when she gave him the C+ grade at the center of the suit, according to court records first reported by the Albany Patch. Bethards, in a lawsuit filed with his mother, Laureen, in Contra Costa County Superior Court last month, claims that he has suffered severe physical and emotional suffering, damage to his academic reputation, and diminished chances of getting into his college of choice because of the grade. The Bethards claim that Carlock,...
  • Memphis man indicted for helping teachers cheat on licensing exams in Tenn., Ark. and Miss.

    07/15/2012 1:18:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Republic ^ | 7/10/12
    Memphis man indicted for helping teachers cheat on licensing exams in Tenn., Ark. and Miss.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS July 10, 2012 - 6:19 pm EDT MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man has been indicted on federal charges that he was paid thousands of dollars by aspiring teachers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi to have other people take their teacher licensing exams. The federal indictment released Tuesday said 58-year-old Clarence Mumford hired a group of test takers, including Memphis City Schools employees or former employees, and used false documents during licensing exams in the three states. The Commercial Appeal reported that the...
  • Popular Coral Gables High teacher is reinstated after public outcry

    07/14/2012 2:58:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 14, 2012 | Eileen Soler
    When computer science teacher Mike Van Dyk returns to Coral Gables Senior High School in the fall, he will leave the drama of summer behind. ...Surplussed in early June from his position in the school’s Academy of Business, Management and Information Technology, Van Dyk, 61, was reinstated early last week. ....“I was ecstatic when I found out Mr. Van Dyk would be staying. And I found out on my birthday making it my best birthday ever,” said student Julian Mitat, 16. [SNIP] Last year alone, Van Dyk’s students won first place in the Florida International University Programming Competition; and first...
  • Email blast to teachers infuriates union, sparking threat of lawsuit

    07/03/2012 8:34:21 AM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Tuesday, July 3, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Paul Takahashi (contact)
    A local libertarian think tank’s recent email blast to 12,000 teachers encouraging them to drop their union membership has further inflamed tense relations between the Clark County School District and the local teachers union.
  • New Berlin could lose a third of teachers (WI)

    06/26/2012 5:25:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 6-26-12 | Erin Richards
    New Berlin - Jill Werner thought she'd retire in the School District of New Berlin. A 15-year-employee of the district, she started as a math teacher and then became a guidance counselor at New Berlin West Middle/High School. Colleagues and parents commend the way she connects with students as a counselor and coach, and Werner said she loves West's students, staff and families. But when Waukesha North High School came calling earlier this year, Werner, 42, accepted. The counseling position at North comes with less salary and benefits, she said. But it's a ticket out of a district she and...
  • Sacramento "Teacher of the Year" Laid Off; Who is to Blame?

    06/18/2012 5:43:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | June 18, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    I have a great deal of sympathy for Michelle Apperson, the Sacramento "Teacher of the Year" who was laid off. Assuming she deserved the award, she should not have been laid off. Sixth-grade teacher Michelle Apperson passed down a simple message to her students. "My favorite teachers growing up were the ones who challenged me to go out of my comfort level a little bit, strive for the stars, and work hard," the veteran California educator wrote on her school's bio page. Despite just being named Sacramento's "Teacher of the Year," Apperson was laid off as part of a massive...
  • YouTube: Thanks Teachers Unions

    06/14/2012 9:24:12 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 5 replies
    youtube ^ | 6-2012
    I think you will find this enjoyable
  • Obama Can't Keep His Jobs Story Straight

    06/13/2012 4:18:13 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/12/2012 | IBD Staff
    Just how inept is the White House these days? On Friday, President Obama was demanding that Congress put "teachers, cops and firefighters" back to work. But his own website says he's already accomplished that.
  • Misleading paycheck initiative seeks to silence the working class (lying teachers union BS)

    06/12/2012 10:34:43 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies
    the evil california teachers association ^ | 6/12 (orig Sept/2011) | Mike Myslinski
    At a time when it’s critical that CTA members’ voices be heard in Sacramento, wealthy developers and venture capitalists are bankrolling a devious new “paycheck deception” initiative that would silence the voices of all California union workers and strengthen the clout of big corporations. By early September, the campaign behind this new attack on middle-class workers was on the verge of collecting enough signatures to put the initiative on the ballot next year. The measure singles out public- and privatesector unions for unfair restraints on political spending while providing loopholes for big businesses, warns CTA President Dean E. Vogel. “California...
  • Taylor teacher quits but still faces state inquiry [over gay threesome youtube video]

    06/11/2012 2:08:35 PM PDT · by kevcol · 7 replies
    Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | June 9, 2012 | Linda Trimble
    A Taylor Middle-High School teacher has resigned after a parent complained the title of a video about gay sex was shown to students through a classroom projector as the teacher scrolled through files on his school-issued laptop computer, but he still faces a state investigation. Jose Rosario-Gonzalez, 53, submitted his resignation two weeks ago effective next Tuesday, citing "family/personal reasons." A school district report released this week shows Rosario-Gonzalez, a Volusia history teacher for 12 years, quit after being told he would be recommended for dismissal based on an investigation into a complaint about the classroom display of the...