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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
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  • 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...
  • 90 percent of Chicago teachers authorize strike

    06/11/2012 11:38:25 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT | unattributed
    The Chicago Teachers Union says nearly 90 percent of teachers voted in favor of giving the union authorization to strike. Union leaders say the authorization vote last week gives teachers the legal authority to call a strike in the fall and gives them added leverage at the bargaining table. State law requires 75 percent approval. The CTU adds that more...
  • Atlanta educator prevails in tribunal (cheating scandal)

    06/10/2012 1:51:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    AJC ^ | 6/09/12 | Daarel Burnette
    Atlanta educator prevails in tribunalBy Daarel Burnette The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 4:50 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2012 An Atlanta educator on Saturday became the first teacher to prevail in a series of disciplinary tribunals held as a result of a widespread cheating investigation. Now Angela Williamson, formerly of Dobbs Elementary School, awaits a decision from the Atlanta school board on the status of her employment. The board can follow the superintendent's recommendation to terminate her or vote to reinstate her. **SNIP** Where they stand now About 89 educators of 178 suspected of cheating remain on the Atlanta Public Schools district's payroll,...
  • Bangor teacher gets prison for sex with student

    06/08/2012 4:59:45 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    Allentown (PA) Morning Call ^ | June 8, 2012 | Riley Yates
    A former Bangor Area High School teacher who had sex with a 17-year-old student was sent to prison for five months Friday by a Northampton County judge who said he expected her to be unhappy with his sentence. But then Rachel L. Farrell, 26, surprised Judge Emil Giordano, who had just heard her defense attorney arguing for probation.
  • MSNBC declares Obama winner of the Wisconsin recall

    06/05/2012 9:27:21 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/5/2012 | Jeff Poor
    “Tonight, the really big winner in the Wisconsin recall election is President Obama,” MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said at the top of his Tuesday program after parent network NBC called the race for Gov. Scott Walker over Democrat Tom Barrett. Over the past several months, the left-leaning hosts at MSNBC have put a lot of emphasis on the Wisconsin recall, saying it was important for current Walker to be defeated in order to maintain the American middle class. “John Heilemann, I said at the top of the show that President Obama big winner tonight because in the exit polls we...
  • Percentage of Minn. teachers taking leave on rise

    06/04/2012 2:48:02 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-3-12 | ap
    ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota teachers have been taking medical leaves more often in recent years, and while there could be many factors for the increase, some teachers say they are using the leaves to get a break from mounting pressures and high expectations being placed on them. A Minnesota School Boards Association survey of 85 school districts found a 27 percent increase in days that educators spent on various types of leave in 2008 compared with two years earlier. The association also said it has been receiving more questions about medical leaves, while districts have seen a spike in mental-health-related leave...
  • Another School Day, Another Sex Scandal

    06/01/2012 7:45:17 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 16 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 1, 2012 | JP
    Erin Sayer is a high school English teacher in Brooklyn. She’s the target of a lawsuit filed this week that accuses her of carrying on a month-long sexual liaison with a 16-year-old student she tutored. The suit was brought by the boy’s parents who say that the 35-year-old Sayer, a wife and mother, plied their son with pot she kept in a file cabinet at school and sexed him up in her SUV. “As parents,” said the Eng’s family attorney, Bruce Baron, “we entrust our teachers with the care of our children, to cultivate and nurture their foundations. Baron is...
  • Michigan's Competitiveness Depends on Defined Benefit Reform For Teachers

    05/31/2012 6:10:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/30/2012 | David Littmann
    Michigan stands at the threshold of pivotal reform that could easily save its taxpayers $10 billion by the end of this decade. The state Senate has already acted in support of legislation that would close the chronically underfunded "defined benefit" school pension system to new employees starting in 2013. Indications are that Gov. Snyder would support this. Current public education employees would still be covered under the existing system. This transformational reform would be wholly consistent with a 1997 measure that did the same for new state employees, providing them with a 401(k) "defined contribution" pension plan. (Public school workers...
  • Teacher caught kissing her boy-toy student

    05/30/2012 7:54:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 70 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 30, 2012 | ANNIE KARNI and DON KAPLAN
    They look like a picture-perfect young couple kissing in the park. The problem is, she’s his high-school teacher. Stunning global-studies instructor Julie Warning got a bit too worldly with a pupil in the middle of a Greenwich Village park after school — and the makeout session was caught on camera by one of her own stunned students.
  • Reality Check: Is Teacher Pay So Low They Cannot 'Eat and Have a Life'?

    05/30/2012 8:23:33 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 68 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/28/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Rockford Public School high school teacher Craig Beach wrote a column for MLive in which he alleged that Republican lawmakers are ruining the teaching profession and talked about a colleague’s daughter’s views on teacher pay. Beach quoted the young woman criticizing the teaching profession’s “extremely low pay” with “I want to eat and have a life.” The article quotes the young woman as saying: “Mom, I know what goes into the profession. You demonstrate the many hours put in after leaving school, the stress, the lack of respect and now extremely low pay. I want to eat and have a...
  • Mother's anger after daughter is handed joke award...

    05/28/2012 12:21:40 PM PDT · by Malacoda · 112 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 28, 2012 | Phil Vinter
    The dog ate it, the computer exploded, I spilt spaghetti bolognaise over it. School children have been coming up with excuses for failing to hand in their homework since the concept was invented. Now a frustrated 3rd grade teacher in Tucson, Arizona, has decided to recognise the art of homework dodging by giving out a Catastrophe Award to the student who wriggled out of handing in homework the most.
  • Obama camp hits Romney over class size

    05/27/2012 5:30:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    The Obama campaign blasted presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney Friday for his comments on a visit to an inner-city school that smaller class sizes are not a guarantee of a good education. “I’m not sure what universe he’s operating in,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, speaking to reporters on behalf of the president’s reelection campaign. “It’s clear that Mitt Romney is out of touch with reality.” Mr. Romney visited a charter school in west Philadelphia Thursday and, during a roundtable discussion with teachers, noted that a McKinsey Global Institute study found that class size was not a factor when...
  • Ignorant Teachers Who See Obama as a King

    05/23/2012 10:15:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | May 23, 2012 | Mary Grabar
    It was while I was driving from Florida, where I gave a presentation on education to citizens, that I heard from talk show hosts about the abuse by North Carolina High School social studies teacher Tanya Dixon-Neely towards a student who dared to challenge her diatribe about Mitt Romney’s alleged “bullying” incident from 1965. In response to the student’s reference to Barack Obama’s own admission in his book of having shoved a girl, the teacher yelled that students can be arrested for disrespecting President Obama. “President” (King?) Obama was beyond criticism to Dixon-Neely, unlike “candidate” Mitt Romney. The confusion of...

    05/20/2012 9:56:00 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 185 replies
    Big Government ^ | May 20, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    A YouTube video uploaded on Monday afternoon apparently shows a schoolteacher from the Rowan-Salisbury school district in North Carolina informing a student that failing to be respectful of President Obama is a criminal offense. The video shows a classroom discussion about the Washington Post hit piece about Mitt Romney bullying a kid some five decades ago. One student says, “Didn’t Obama bully someone though?” The teacher says: “Not to my knowledge.” The student then cites the fact that Obama, in Dreams from My Father, admits to shoving a little girl. “Stop, no, because there is no comparison,” screams the teacher....
  • The teachers union that's failing California

    05/19/2012 7:11:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 18, 2012 | OP-ED
    California's education tailspin has been blamed on class sizes, on the property tax restrictions enforced by Proposition 13, on an influx of Spanish-speaking students. But no portrait of the schools' downfall would be complete without mention of the California Teachers Assn., or CTA, arguably the state's most powerful union and a political behemoth that has blocked meaningful education reform, protected failing and even criminal educators, and pushed for pay raises and benefits that have reached unsustainable levels. The CTA's power dates back to September 1975, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Rodda Act, which allowed teachers to bargain collectively. Within...
  • School District to lay off 1,015 teachers, literacy specialists

    05/16/2012 5:04:10 PM PDT · by redreno · 11 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | 12:01 p.m. | By Paul Takahashi (contact)
    The beleaguered Clark County School District announced today it will send pink slips to 1,015 teachers and literacy specialists next month, triggering the worst-case scenario in dealing with a $64 million budget shortfall. Under the final budget plan being voted on at Wednesday’s School Board meeting, the district will lay off 840 teachers and 175 literacy specialists, which include librarians and reading coaches. The layoffs represent about 6 percent of the district’s 18,000 licensed employees.
  • Recent rulings in teacher salary disputes put arbitration on Legislature’s radar screen

    05/13/2012 10:12:23 AM PDT · by redreno · 1 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 5/13/2012 | By Anjeanette Damon (contact)
    A budget is not just a plan to spend money. It’s a statement of priorities — a paper-and-ink manifesto of what an elected official or board believes is important. In an ideal world, the budget matches a politician’s campaign promises. And if it doesn’t, the public can decide whether to vote the person out. But what happens when a major portion of a public budget is put in the hands of someone who isn’t elected and isn’t subject to the decisions of an elected board? Such is the case when a labor dispute heads to arbitration. And in the aftermath...
  • Test coordinator accused of ‘ultimate betrayal' of students (Atlanta's cheating teachers)

    05/13/2012 4:25:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    AJC ^ | 5/11/12 | D. Aileen Dodd
    Test coordinator accused of ‘ultimate betrayal' of studentsBy D. Aileen Dodd The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 6:37 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012 A Slater Elementary School teacher allowed her colleagues to cheat as they erased stray marks on 2009 state exam sheets, resulting in the "ultimate betrayal" of students, an Atlanta Public Schools lawyer said at the teacher's termination hearing. The teacher and test coordinator, Vanessa Jackson, denied the allegations, saying she went "beyond my call of duty" in her job. The termination hearing will continue next Friday as the defense presents its case. Atlanta Public Schools officials said Jackson was responsible...
  • California’s 4th year of mass teacher pink slips spurs concerns about layoff process

    05/05/2012 9:55:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/05/2012
    LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified teacher Mike Newman sighed when he saw the now familiar certified letter in his mailbox last month — a pink slip, for the fourth year in a row. “Here we go again,” said Newman, a 14-year classroom veteran who’s had his previous three layoffs rescinded and hopes for the same this year. “We keep thinking it’ll get better sooner or later, but it’s not.” A new term is being bandied about in California schools these days — “the RIFing season,” which refers to the “reduction in force” letters notifying teachers they may be laid...
  • Retired College Teacher With $152,000 Pension Claims Pension Reform is Theft (Illinois)

    05/02/2012 5:07:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 62 replies
    Champion News ^ | Apr 27, 2012 | Bill Zettler
    Retired College Teacher With $152,000 Pension Claims Pension Reform is Theft April 27, 2012 By Bill Zettler Michael Corn, a retired college teacher, recently wrote a letter-to-the-editor at the Daily Herald equating the unfunded Illinois pension system with theft. And I agree it is theft but I would argue the thief is the public employee not the legislature or taxpayer as Mr. Horn claims. Mr. Corn laments that he paid 8% for his pension and for that unholy contribution he feels he has earned his $12,707.59 monthly pension or $152,490.84 per year. Mr. Corn paid his 8% for all of...
  • Union boss: Attempts to remove ineffective teachers an attack on 'human rights'

    04/25/2012 12:01:06 PM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 12 replies
    Write on Nevada ^ | April 25, 2012 | Victor Joecks
    Lynn Warne is the president of the Nevada State Education Association, and she appeared on Anjeanette Damon's “To the Point” show over the weekend, where she made the following comment about AB 225 and some other minor education reform bills passed by the 2011 Legislature. (7:30 mark) Warne: Provisions in those bills [including AB 225], much of which we supported, really struck at the heart of what we feel are educators' rights, workers' rights, human rights really, and there was no compromise to be had. (Emphasis added)Striking at the heart of "human rights" is a serious charge, so let's consider...
  • Walker: WI recall election is about ‘courage’

    04/24/2012 1:30:14 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 4-20-12 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker on Friday paid another call on the out-of-state Republican faithful, addressing the conservative Illinois Policy Institute in Chicago. This was his second trip to the Land of Lincoln, who earlier in the week spoke to lobbyists, lawmakers and members of the business community at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center in Springfield, Ill. The Illinois Policy Institute, a leading independent research and education organization committed to free-market causes, brought in Walker to discuss what the group views as the governor’s political courage. Walker, in a fight for his political life in a gubernatorial...
  • Dems kill crackdown on teacher-student sex

    04/18/2012 3:54:43 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 23 replies
    WND ^ | 3/18/2012 | Bob Unruh
    Majority Democrats on a California state legislative committee have decided to kill a plan that would have cracked down on intimate relationships between school teachers and their students,
  • APS testing coordinator accused of organizing cheating

    04/14/2012 4:15:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April 14, 2012 | Wayne Washington
    One by one, they swore to tell the truth. One by one, they sat in a witness chair and told a similar tale of suggestion, persuasion and pressure. During the first day Friday of what is expected to be a two-day tribunal, former and current teachers at Atlanta's Usher Elementary School pointed a collective finger of blame at Donald Bullock Friday as the mastermind behind test cheating at that school. Bullock's attorney, Daniel Digby, said his client did nothing wrong. Atlanta Public Schools, however, laid out a 16-point letter of charges against Bullock, who served as testing coordinator at Usher...
  • Poll to FReep: Should UW have disciplined doctors ...

    04/13/2012 10:47:13 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 10 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 4/13/2012 | Unknown
    Should UW have disciplined doctors who signed sick notes for protesters at the Capitol last year? Yes 48% No 49% I'm not sure 4% Total Votes: 4106
  • Union says average teacher with a master's degree makes less than $12k a year after deductions

    04/09/2012 4:56:17 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 49 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/9/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association’s newest strategy is to portray their teachers as underpaid while hoping no one is paying attention to the figures they are using to make their case, says one education policy expert. “Clearly, their facts are not straight,” said Michael Van Beek, education policy director at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. It started when Steve Cook, the MEA’s president, said in a Detroit News op-ed that one teacher who contacted him was in his second year of teaching with a master’s degree and made $31,000 a year. Michigan Capitol Confidential looked at the contracts of the...
  • Teacher tells 6th grade class that ‘Republicans are stupid’

    04/07/2012 8:48:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Hot ^ | April 7, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    I suppose it can said of a Virginia elementary school teacher who allegedly told her students “Republicans are stupid” that she at least spoke her mind. Her actions are more defensible than those of a fellow Old Dominion State colleague who deviously tasked her students with finding flaws in the GOP presidential candidates but not in the lone Democratic candidate. The Daily Caller reports that “as Republican voters were filing into the halls of [Colin] Powell Elementary School in Fairfax County to vote on Super Tuesday,” teacher Kristin Martin told her sixth-grade class that “Republicans are stupid” and “they don’t...
  • Three more Atlanta educators face firing for cheating (110 'teachers' still on paid leave)

    04/06/2012 6:51:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    AJC ^ | 3/30/12 | Jaime Sarrio
    Three more Atlanta educators face firing for cheatingBy Jaime Sarrio The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 12:01 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012 Three Atlanta educators implicated in a widespread cheating scandal were notified of the district's plans to fire them, according to letters sent Friday and Monday. **SNIP** That brings to 19 the number of educators the district has taken steps to terminate after months of delay and millions spent in payroll and legal expenses. APS is paying about $1 million a month to some 110 educators accused of cheating who remain on leave, but the system is trying to resolve the cases...
  • Va. school teacher thinks ‘Republicans are stupid’

    04/05/2012 7:59:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies
    Va. school teacher thinks ‘Republicans are stupid’ By Kalyn McMackin - The Daily Caller 12:05 AM 04/05/2012 A Virginia elementary school teacher told her students that “Republicans are stupid” and “they don’t care about anyone but wealthy people and businesses.” Kristin Martin said this to her 6th grade class as Republican voters were filing into the halls of Powell Elementary School in Fairfax County to vote on Super Tuesday. “It all started when this disabled kid came in and named all the Republicans candidates for Super Tuesday,” one student told The Daily Caller. “She [Martin] said to him, ‘I don’t...
  • Casey Hauff: Teacher on 11 Charges in Sex-for-Grades Case

    04/03/2012 5:03:56 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies
    International Business Times ^ | April 3, 2012 | Jamie Lewis |
    A married history teacher has been arrested after he prompted girls to perform sex acts and send him lewd images in exchange for higher grades. Casey Hauff, 32, of Atoka, Oklahoma, faces 11 sexual abuse charges. Five alleged victims have come forward and authorities fear that there could be more. Hauff taught at Atoka High School until he resigned when the sexual abuse allegations were made. Police said the victims only came forward once a classmate told school authorities.
  • Teacher acquitted of having sex with student 231 times

    03/29/2012 12:45:20 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 29, 2012
    A teacher accused of having sex with one of her students 231 times over three years was acquitted yesterday when a judge ruled there was not enough evidence to convict her. When the not guilty verdict was read out, Deborah Ashton's hands went to her mouth and she starting sobbing. The 47-year-old was facing five charges of sex crimes against a student who claimed to have been 12 when their sexual relationship began in 2002.