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  • Oprah Show- Waiting For "Superman" (truth about teachers' unions)

    09/21/2010 11:21:00 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 11 replies
    It's the movement that could revolutionize America's schools. •The shocking state of our schools •Meet the children from the film *snip* ~ ~ ~ School Choice: What Are Your Options? ### School choice options available to parents have increased dramatically in recent years. There's a growing national sentiment that promoting competition in public education may spur schools to improve and that parents who invest energy in choosing a school will continue to be involved in their child's education. How much choice do you have? It depends. The amount of choice varies from one school district to another and varies from...
  • Dems' true priority

    08/12/2010 3:20:35 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 12, 2010 | Editorial
    Voters' focus on spending forced Democrats to make a telling choice this week -- between public unions and folks on food stamps. Guess who they picked? Yup: To fund another bailout -- $26 billion to save teaching and other government jobs -- Dems cut money meant to feed the poor. President Obama inked the bill Tuesday -- to great cheers (natch) from teachers. True, food-stamp spending will still go up, but not by as much. Dems also hiked taxes again, by $10 billion. Yet the Congressional Budget Office says even that isn't enough: The measure will bloat the deficit another...
  • Education jobs bill is motivated by politics

    08/10/2010 5:26:44 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 6, 2010 | Editorial board
    TO GOVERN is to choose, and nothing lays bare a government's true priorities like the choices it makes about spending taxpayers' money. In that regard, the Senate's decision to spend $10 billion on education jobs this week is revealing -- and deeply discouraging. The crusade for an education jobs bill, led by the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress, has always struck us as more of an election-year favor for teachers unions than an optimal use of public resources. Billed as an effort to stimulate the economy, it's not clearly more effective than alternative uses of the cash. Yes,...
  • Teacher unions fighting accountability

    08/03/2010 9:59:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies · 8+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 07.31.10 | Leonard Pitts
    school principals should have the power to fire teachers who do not perform. As numerous educators have told me, union protections being what they are, dumping a teacher -- even a bad one -- is an almost impossible task. Americans seem to be rallying around a demand for education reform. Apparently, we've had enough of students failing schools and schools failing students. We know our kids are capable of better -- and that in a competitive, hyper-connected world where China is rising and India aspiring, not delivering better is no longer an option. Unfortunately, whenever anyone seeks to require better,...
  • Well-Schooled

    07/22/2010 6:37:26 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 22, 2010 | Deborah Lambert
    Well-Schooled , Twenty years ago, when corporate America was knocking on the doors of Ivy League schools, 1989 Princeton graduate Wendy Kopp signed on with Morgan Stanley. But not for long. Teaching was her passion, not finance, but instead of getting the traditional education degree and certification, she decided to start her own organization. Today, Teach for America (TFA), originally the topic of Kopp’s senior thesis, has become a $180 million project that has already made positive strides to improve the quality of public education, according to the Wall Street Journal. Kopp says that TFA’s current 46,000 applicant pool “includes...
  • An Inconvenient Truth for Schools Debuts on Island (New Documentary)

    07/16/2010 8:42:40 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Waiting for Superman is the new documentary by the same people who made An Inconvenient Truth, and this film sets out to do with regard to public education in America what its predecessor did with regard to climate and energy policy. That is, to expose the manifest failings of the system, point to the culprits for those failings and, finally, to suggest remedies. Making the case that the American education system is failing is probably the least contentious part of that process. The statistics on American educational underachievement are far less disputed than those on global warming. And the movie...
  • Massachusetts School Offers to Allow Pledge of Allegiance -- but Not in Class

    06/30/2010 11:12:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    fox ^ | June 29, 2010 | Todd Starnes
    Student Sean Harrington appears to have won his fight to bring the Pledge of Allegiance back into his Massachusetts high school -- except the principal's proposed solution leaves the daily honor to the nation's flag literally hanging in the hall. Charles Skidmore, principal of Arlington High School in Arlington, Mass., has offered to allow students to recite the pledge before school begins -- but in the school's foyer and not in the classrooms, as 17-year-old Harrington had hoped. Kathleen Bodie, Arlington superintendent of schools, told Fox News Radio that “The principal wanted to be very respectful about the pledge and...
  • Democrats add teacher money to war funding bill

    06/29/2010 10:51:46 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    AP via Breitbart ^ | June 30, 2010 | By ANDREW TAYLOR
    House Democrats, who are trying to pass a long-stalled war funding bill this week, have attached $10 billion to help school districts avoid teacher layoffs when schools reopen. The approximately $70 billion measure is anchored by President Barack Obama's $30 billion request for the troop surge in Afghanistan and contains money for disaster aid accounts, foreign aid and disability benefits for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange. The bill's release late Tuesday night was the surest signal yet that House leaders are committed to passing it this week, despite great resistance among many Democratic lawmakers and deepening anxiety over the...
  • What the teachers hate

    06/26/2010 3:01:46 AM PDT · by Scanian · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 26, 2010 | Editorial
    Ever wonder why the teachers unions hate charter schools so much? Here's one reason. State test scores this week showed 100 percent of eighth-graders in the Harlem Village Academies achieved proficiency in science and social studies. By contrast, in Harlem's traditional public schools, only 35 percent of eighth-graders made the grade in science, and 22 percent in social studies. This continues a trend: New York charters -- public schools that operate free of union work rules and bureaucratic mandates -- are wildly outperforming their traditional counterparts in student test scores, graduation rates, college acceptances and other measures.
  • Seniors Across America to Host Local Meetings, Participate in Health Care Tele-Town Hall Meeting...

    06/07/2010 10:38:51 PM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies · 88+ views ^ | June 7, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 07, 2010 Seniors Across America to Host Local Meetings, Participate in Health Care Tele-Town Hall Meeting with President Obama Senior Obama Administration Officials to Attend Local Meetings WASHINGTON—On Tuesday morning, senior citizens across the country will gather at a series of local meetings to participate via phone in a national tele-town hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act with President Barack Obama. Additionally, more than a dozen senior Obama Administration officials will...
  • Gov. Christie To Teachers' Unions: "You Punch Them, I Punch You"

    06/04/2010 8:26:40 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 51 replies · 2,081+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 4, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ): "The fight is about who is going to run public education in New Jersey. The parents and the people they elect or the mindless, faceless union leaders who decide that they're going to be the ones who run it because they have the money and the authority to bully around school boards and local councils. So, listen, I know I don't make myself the most popular guy in the world by having this fight, but [if] we don't win this fight, there's no other fights left. This is the fight we have to fight, this is...
  • Governor Chris Christie Rips Into Teachers Unions!

    06/03/2010 6:58:48 AM PDT · by Brittany Pounders · 18 replies · 623+ views ^ | June 3, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    Governor Chris Christie makes news again with his courage on taking on one of the most powerful and corrupt unions in America…the Teacher’s Unions! “Parents and children who are being failed by a public school system who’s costs are exorbitant and who’s results are insulting, deserve a choice!… There are over 5 million children trapped in over 10,000 failing public schools around America…I use the word trapped directly. They are trapped by an educational buraecracy, they are trapped by a selfish, self-interested, greedy school union that cares more about putting money in their own pocket and the pocket of their...
  • Public education: Heroic bellyachers

    05/24/2010 3:26:32 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 12 replies · 327+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 24, 2010 | Editorial
    If some teachers were heroic, so-called by one "town leader" in Connecticut in a recent published report, because they took a pay freeze this year or next, what term describes all the private-sector people who have taken pay cuts or lost their jobs in the Chris Dodd Bear Market and Recession so public-sector unionists could remain employed? The Connecticut Education Association asserts that of the 69 three-year contracts its affiliates negotiated this year, 44 froze wages for one year. Moreover, the CEA whines, union members are paying more for their health insurance. But how many of those contracts also froze...
  • Saturation point: Teachers unions must stop trying to hamstring charter schools

    05/23/2010 2:09:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 604+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | May 22nd 2010
    The future of charter schools in New York hangs on negotiations between City Hall and teachers union President Michael Mulgrew. This is perverse. The United Federation of Teachers is fighting to limit the growth of charters even as the state's application for as much as $700 million in federal Race to the Top money demands letting the number of schools expand. Mulgrew's strategy has been to give the nod to upping the charter cap while trying to make it all but impossible for a sponsor to open one of these privately run, publicly funded academies. For example, by creating barriers...
  • Obama Administration Makes Emergency Funding Request for Teachers (Hussein's $26B Bailout)

    05/14/2010 2:27:22 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 44 replies · 1,165+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/14/10 | Stephen Clark
    Despite President Obama's pledge for honest budgeting and billions of dollars in stimulus money spent to save teachers' jobs, the Education Department is asking for off-the-books emergency funding to keep local districts from laying off school teachers next school year. Education Secretary Arne Duncan sent Democratic lawmakers a request Thursday to pass a $26 billion emergency supplemental to fund up to 300,000 teachers' jobs that he says will otherwise be lost in the fall.
  • Bouncing rubber rooms

    04/17/2010 3:14:26 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies · 360+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 16, 2010 | Editorial
    Hallelujah! Maybe the most shameful feature of the New York City public school system -- its infamous network of "rubber rooms" -- will soon be history. The Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers yesterday announced that the rooms -- essentially detention centers where teachers accused of misconduct while away months and years at full pay -- will be eliminated entirely come the fall. For more than three years, The Post doggedly campaigned against the rubber rooms -- where hundreds of teachers and administrators got paid for doing absolutely nothing, at a cost of $40 million a year...
  • Union Memo Hints At Gov.'s Death (NJ Teachers Union)

    04/09/2010 7:22:12 AM PDT · by bamahead · 43 replies · 1,661+ views
    WCBSTV New York ^ | April 8, 2010
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn't laughing about a teachers union's memo that hints of his death. The memo is the latest salvo in a war of words between Christie and the union over wage and benefits concessions. The Record of Bergen County obtained the Bergen County Education Association memo that includes a closing prayer: "Dear Lord this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor." Association president...
  • Escalante Stood and Delivered. It's Our Turn

    04/02/2010 7:05:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies · 900+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 2, 2010 | ANDREW J. COULSON
    Jaime Escalante, the brilliant public school teacher immortalized in the 1988 film, "Stand and Deliver," died this week at the age of 79. With the help of a few dedicated colleagues at Garfield High in East Los Angeles, he shattered the myth that poor inner-city kids couldn't handle advanced math. At the peak of its success, Garfield produced more students who passed Advanced Placement calculus than Beverly Hills High. In any other field, his methods would have been widely copied. Instead, Escalante's success was resented. And while the teachers union contract limited class sizes to 35, Escalante could not bring...
  • Judge Says God Can Stay in American Schools

    03/01/2010 11:24:56 AM PST · by eRtwngr · 30 replies · 559+ views
    Blogspot ^ | 3/1/2010 | eRtwngr
    I don't usually just repeat someone else's website posting but this one from Thomas More is so important I'll copy it verbatim here. This case shows how radically anti-American the union obsessed public school system has become. Without folks like TMLC to stand up to them, who knows where they'll lead our kids. They must be stopped!
  • Teachers Union Launches Effort To Repeal Corporate Tax Breaks

    02/26/2010 7:25:08 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 515+ views
    LATimes ^ | February 26, 2010
    Teachers Union Launches Effort To Repeal Corporate Tax Breaks February 26, 2010 The California Teachers Assn. has contributed more than $630,000 over the last two weeks to repeal new tax breaks for corporations, which are scheduled to go into effect this summer. The union has formed a new committee called Taxpayers for Jobs and Against Corporate Handouts, with the aim of qualifying a ballot measure for November that would maintain current law on how corporate taxes are calculated. Under a budget agreement reached in February 2009, new laws for business taxation are to go into effect this summer. The changes...
  • A tale of two cities: little Central Falls R.I. shows NY City how to fire incompetent teachers

    02/25/2010 6:13:58 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 9 replies · 775+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | February 25, 2010 | Kevin “Coach Collins
    Two years ago the Bloomberg administration in New York City turned its attention toward fixing a problem which has long plagued the City’s school system: What to do about incompetent teachers. True to the bureaucratic playbook a “special task force” was created and a new “get tough” attitude was projected. Then as now the problem employees numbered about 700 tenured teachers costing the City $65 million a year and more. Rubber Room The miscreants of the NYC Department of Education are assigned to the Department’s headquarters office. They sit idly looking out the window at one extreme or conducting law...
  • Update: Students stand up for Central Falls school chief (RI fired teachers)

    02/18/2010 1:48:12 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 8 replies · 677+ views
    Providence Journal ^ | 2/1710 | Linda Borg
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A student-run group called Young Voices rallied in front of the Rhode Island Department of Education at noontime on Wednesday to support Central Falls Supt. Frances Gallo, who plans on firing all of the city's high school teachers as part of a state-ordered reform initiative. Some 20 students from Providence gathered to speak on behalf of students in Central Falls, who were not invited to the rally because Young Voices was worried about the possibility of reprisals from the Central Falls' teachers.
  • Central Falls Rhode Island Fires Every High School Teacher

    02/14/2010 4:13:08 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 94 replies · 3,821+ views
    Mish's Global Analysis ^ | 2/14/10 | Mike Shedlock
    The teachers didn’t blink. Under threat of losing their jobs if they didn’t go along with extra work for not a lot of extra pay, the Central Falls Teachers’ Union refused Friday morning to accept a reform plan for one of the worst-performing high schools in the state. The superintendent didn’t blink either. After learning of the union’s position, School Supt. Frances Gallo notified the state that she was switching to an alternative she was hoping to avoid: firing the entire staff at Central Falls High School. In total, about 100 teachers, administrators and assistants will lose their jobs.
  • Democrats propose $50B for jobs-boosting projects

    12/15/2009 9:29:45 PM PST · by FromLori · 13 replies · 607+ views
    Business Week ^ | 12/15/09 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    Responding to calls among rank-and-file Democrats for more infrastructure spending, House leaders Tuesday unveiled a plan to add almost $50 billion in spending on highways, housing, and school repair as part of a year-end plan to create jobs. The measure is aimed at keeping the fragile economic recovery on track with money for teachers, the unemployed and small businesses. A vote is planned for Wednesday. The Senate, however, won't act until next month at the earliest and has less of an appetite for another costly round of economic stimulus measures. All told the measure tops $150 billion once additional help...
  • Union blocks teacher bonuses

    11/18/2009 10:14:18 AM PST · by AreaMan · 36 replies · 2,121+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 18 Nov 2009 | Edward Mason
    Union blocks teacher bonuses By Edward Mason  |   Wednesday, November 18, 2009  |  |  Local Coverage Photo by Matthew West Grinchlike union bosses are blocking at least 200 of Boston’s best teachers from pocketing bonuses for their classroom heroics in a puzzling move that gets a failing grade from education experts.The Boston Teachers Union staunchly opposes a performance bonus plan for top teachers - launched at the John D. O’Bryant School in 2008 and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates and Exxon Mobil foundations - insisting the dough be divvied up among all of a school’s teachers, good and bad.“It’s insanity,” said Jim...
  • NEA Website Promotes Communist Guide Books for the Violent Overthrow of the U.S. Government

    11/13/2009 5:56:10 AM PST · by 4BoysMom · 8 replies · 786+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | November 12, 2009 | Jerry A. Kane
    The NEA’s (National Education Association’s, a.k.a. Nefarious Elitist A****’) recommended reading list includes two books by Brother O mentor and communist community organizer Saul Alinsky that advocate the violent overthrow of the U.S. government. The Democrat-controlled teachers’ union praises Alinsky’s Reveille for Radicals and Rules for Radicals as “an inspiration to anyone contemplating action in their community! And to every organizer!” The following book quotations are from the NEA website: “The Radical does not sit frozen by cold objectivity. He sees injustice and strikes at it with hot passion. He is a man of decision and action. “Society has good...
  • CUNY's got math problem: Report shows many freshmen from city HS fail at basic algebra

    11/12/2009 10:45:24 AM PST · by george76 · 80 replies · 2,175+ views
    DAILY NEWS ^ | November 12th 2009 | Joel Schectman and Rachel Monahan
    More city kids are graduating from high school, but that doesn't mean they can do college math. Basic algebra involving fractions and decimals stumped a group of City University of New York freshmen - suggesting city schools aren't preparing them... "These results are shocking," ... "They show that a disturbing proportion of New York City high school graduates lack basic skills." During their first math class at one of CUNY's four-year colleges, 90% of 200 students tested couldn't solve a simple algebra problem... Only a third could convert a fraction into a decimal. The lack of math skills means the...
  • Schoolhouse Shariah

    10/27/2009 7:54:20 AM PDT · by opentalk · 19 replies · 1,171+ views ^ | 09/24/2009 | IBD Editorials
    California's educrats have put out new rules for teaching Islamic studies to seventh-graders in public schools, and they are as biased as ever. They'll also likely spread eastward. The lesson guidelines adopted by the bellwether state whitewash the violence and oppression of women codified in Islamic law, or Shariah. And they're loaded with revisionist history about the faith. In fact, "wife beating is allowed under Shariah" today, she added. "It allows a woman seen without a headdress to be flogged, punishes rape victims, and calls for beheading for adultery." California's course on world religions also omits Islam's long history of...
  • Why Do Public Schools Suck?

    10/08/2009 5:55:57 PM PDT · by GraceG · 44 replies · 1,568+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | 10-08-2009 | Steven Crowder
    What’s most amazing to me, is that even among liberals there are very few people who can justify an anti-school choice stance. If it seems as though this video contains some “straw man” arguments… Believe me, it’s just THAT hard to find a logical case against school choice. If anyone can think of a more valid reason that hasn’t been included in the video, be sure to comment it below.
  • Spare The Rod, Destroy America (The disturbing increase in violent assaults on school teachers)

    10/08/2009 11:38:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 1,826+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/7/2009 | Ted Nugent
    The total lack of respect among some of the young punks roaming the streets of America is absolutely appalling. They have no respect for their teachers, parents, law enforcement, neighbors, America, the rule of law, any authority or themselves. Some punks have no respect for your life or their own pathetic lives, and that makes them extremely dangerous. Rarely does a week go by that I don't read an article or hear of a teacher being attacked by one of these vicious punks in our schools. As I write this from moose camp in the Yukon Territory, this past week...
  • Michigan Governor Granholm & Teachers Union Pave the Way for Tax Hikes

    10/06/2009 9:19:09 AM PDT · by U of IL Conservative · 25 replies · 1,479+ views
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | October 1, 2009 | Kelly William Cobb
    Two hours into a government shutdown last night, the Michigan legislature caved on passing a set of budget bills and instead approved a temporary measure that keeps the government running for another 30 days. The midnight hold-up: approval of a K-12 budget that cuts school aid fund spending by less than 3% ($218 per pupil). The demand: higher taxes on Michigan residents...
  • More school: Obama would curtail summer vacation

    09/28/2009 12:31:37 PM PDT · by wk4bush2004 · 100 replies · 3,264+ views
    WASHINGTON – Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way. Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe. "Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas," the president said earlier this year. "Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom."
  • Dropouts costing California $1.1 billion annually in juvenile crime costs (Captain Obvious Alert!)

    09/24/2009 7:33:03 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 14 replies · 490+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/24/09 | Seema Mehta
    High school dropouts, who are more likely to commit crimes than their peers with diplomas, cost the state $1.1 billion annually in law enforcement and victim costs while still minors, according to a study being released today. The California Dropout Research Project at UC Santa Barbara found that cutting the dropout rate in half would prevent 30,000 juvenile crimes and save $550 million every year. "This study demonstrates the immediate impact dropouts have on both public safety and the economy," said project Director Russell W. Rumberger. "If California could reduce the dropout rate, it could subsequently reduce the juvenile crime...
  • Buffalo Teachers Paid Not To Teach

    09/21/2009 8:12:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies · 1,872+ views
    2 On Your Side ^ | 9/15/2009
    over the last six years, Buffalo taxpayers have paid millions of dollars to teachers not to teach. Twelve different teachers have collected $2.25 million in salary while under suspension and waiting for disciplinary hearings during that time. And that amount doesn't include the costs for substitutes and the hearings themselves. The average wait for those hearings: three years. The school district doesn't release the names of the teachers, or what they've been charged with, but we've learned that right now there's a Physical Education teacher awaiting a hearing who was suspended four years ago this month and has been paid...
  • Charge parents for public school

    09/08/2009 6:46:57 AM PDT · by freespirited · 147 replies · 4,141+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 09/08/09 | Brian Crosby
    With states across the country facing huge budget deficits and potential devastating cuts to services, the time has come to start charging parents tuition for their children’s public school education. If parents of the 47 million students in the United States who attend kindergarten through 12th grade were billed $360 per child per year — that’s $2 a day for each of the 180 days of instruction — nearly $17 billion would be generated. Can half of America’s parents afford $360 per year for each of their children? For the price of a cup of coffee, a child can get...
  • Christian teachers - It's time to fly! (NEA)

    07/22/2009 5:26:40 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 33 replies · 1,150+ views
    One News Now | July 20, 2009 | Peter Heck
    It was indeed a heartwarming moment. With teachers, representatives, and affiliates to the National Education Association's annual convention gathered around, the NEA's retiring General Counsel Bob Chanin took to the stage to deliver his outgoing remarks. His inspiring and uplifting message asserted the profound commitment held by the NEA to the betterment of American society: "We are not paranoid, someone really is after us. Why are these conservative and right-wing b****rds picking on NEA and its affiliates? I will tell you why: it is the price we pay for success." As one of those right-wing "fatherless lads" Mr. Chanin was...
  • Parent-Paid Aides Ordered Out of (New York) City Schools

    07/20/2009 5:55:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies · 638+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 19, 2009 | Winnie Hu
    For years, top Manhattan public schools have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from parents to independently hire assistants to help teachers with reading, writing, tying shoelaces or supervising recess. But after a complaint by the city’s powerful teachers union, the Bloomberg administration has ordered an end to the makeshift practice. Principals have been told that any such aides hired for the coming school year must be employees of the Department of Education, their positions included in official school budgets. But such employees can command nearly double the pay of the independently hired assistants, and several schools on the Upper...
  • Teachers Union Seeks to Impair Charter Schools

    07/14/2009 7:13:59 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies · 458+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 7/14/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    During its late conference held during the Independence Day holiday weekend, the National Education Association took up a series of new resolutions that targeted charter schools. The union was looking for ways to reign in the success of charter schools to make their own woeful attempts at education in the public schools look better. The union was also looking for ways to cash in on charter school's success as well as for a way to get more union oversight into them. But, here is the thing: when they work, charter schools work because they have less union meddling involved in...
  • Girly Men and Girly Sons

    05/31/2009 12:03:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies · 3,711+ views
    Townhall ^ | July 1, 2008 | Katy Grimes
    I have written a great deal about the feminization of America's boys. While Feminists have become more masculine with every passing year, men and boys have become wimpy, feminized and afraid of their own shadows. About five years ago at a Boy Scout meeting for my son who had been recently promoted to Boy Scout from Weeblos, I looked around the room and shivered. I leaned over to my husband and whispered, "There's not a single male role model in this room." Shortly after that meeting, my son changed Boy Scout troops to another where men ran the troop -...
  • How's that attack on capitalism working out for teacher unions?

    05/21/2009 4:44:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies · 1,185+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 21, 2009 | Jack Kemp
    A number of reports are making their way into the press about how various teachers' unions are being hurt by the drop in the stock market. It is realistic to assume that the leaders and many, though not all, members of the teachers' unions are liberal Democrat Obama supporters. So, let us see how it is going for them. The Minnesota state teachers pension fund is hurt badly by the drop in stock prices - and they want a government bailout. I gather they aren't members of the Ayn Rand Institute. Some quotes from Twin Cities' own Star Tribune: Through their Education Minnesota...
  • Kids lose as Congressional Dems choose Teachers Unions

    03/02/2009 2:37:59 PM PST · by Scott Martin · 5 replies · 587+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | 3-2-09 | Scott Martin
    Democrats are once again proving that "choice" as it relates to children applies only to killing them, not to parents choosing where to educate them. Sorry, but for pro-choice politicians to argue against school choice shows that they care only about the teachers unions that elect them, and not for the lives of the people they represent. The Washington Post called congressional democrats on their hypocrisy in an editorial today: REP. DAVID R. Obey (Wis.) and other congressional Democrats should spare us their phony concern about the children participating in the District's school voucher program. If they cared for the...
  • Phenix City Schools: Westview Elementary to host "A Salute to Barack Obama"

    02/26/2009 1:30:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 373+ views
    The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer ^ | February 26, 2009 | Sara Pauff
    Westview Elementary in Phenix City will host "A Salute to Barack Obama" tonight at 6 p.m. at the school on Ingersoll Drive. The program is part of the school's black history month celebration and will feature student performances, dances and skits. For more information on the program, contact the school at 334-298-4507 ************** Sara Pauff
  • Michelle Obama Promoting Teaching—Or Teachers Unions?

    02/02/2009 2:08:58 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 5 replies · 530+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Have a look at the brief clip MSNBC aired this afternoon of Michelle Obama’s remarks made during her appearance today at the Department of Education, and tell me if it sounds to you like someone: a. committed to the kind of tough, innovative reforms needed to turn our failing schools around; or b. more interested in preserving the kind of status quo that the teachers unions favor, with an emphasis on maintaining federal funding flows? Listen also to the reaction from the Education Department employees audible in the clip. Are these people cheering serious reform to come, or the assurance...
  • Inauguration is lesson plan at Obama Elementary

    01/20/2009 4:00:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 565+ views
    KTAR-AM News & Talk / The Associated Press ^ | January 20th, 2009 | Frank Eltman
    Some schoolchildren stood and recited the oath along with the new president. Others shouted "Amen" at the end of the invocation. But perhaps no school in the country celebrated the historic inauguration of the nation's 44th president with more enthusiasm than the hundreds of students at the newly renamed Barack Obama Elementary School in Hempstead, Long Island. "I was just speechless. I don't even have the words to explain the feelings," said Principal Jean Bligen, who won tickets to the inauguration in a lottery, but decided the only place she wanted to be Tuesday was with her students. "It was...
  • A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

    12/28/2008 12:28:37 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 41 replies · 1,585+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 27 December 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    The end of the year is traditionally a time of appraising the last year, and estimating what the next will bring. I’ll skip my personal history and my estimates for my family. Instead, the subject is what I have done for almost 40 years, now. I’ve spent those years primarily in research, writing, teaching, and practicing constitutional law. At this time, I conclude that the Constitution is in serious trouble. The idea of creating a democratic republic was extremely rare in 1776 when the intent was stated in the Declaration, as in 1787 when the Constitution was written. The irony...
  • Could You Have Passed the 8th Grade in 1895?

    12/18/2008 9:30:57 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 74 replies · 2,094+ views
    Grammar (Time, one hour) 1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters. 2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no modifications. 3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph. 4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of do, lie, lay and run. 5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case. 6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation. 7-10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar. Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours) 1. Name and define the Fundamental...
  • Racism in the Public Schools

    12/11/2008 10:13:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1,074+ views
    Townhall ^ | December 12, 2008 | Suzanne Fields
    Nothing dramatizes the two-tier public-education system quite like the announcement by the First Couple that their daughters, 10 and 7, will attend Sidwell Friends, perhaps the elitist of the elite private schools in Washington, tuition $30,000 a year. "Sidwell," the parents joke, "is where Episcopalians teach Jews how to be Quakers." The Obamas called Sidwell, as the locals refer to it, the "best fit" of security and comfort for their children. No doubt. Few begrudge the Parents in Chief seeking the best education money can buy. It's easier than choosing a puppy. Unfortunately, most Americans don't have that kind of...
  • Change Our Public Schools Need

    11/24/2008 7:21:42 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 13 replies · 564+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 24, 2008 | Terry M. Moe
    Can Barack Obama bring change to American education? The answer is: Yes he can. The question, however, is whether he actually will. Our president-elect has the potential to be an extraordinary leader, and that's why I've supported him since the beginning of his campaign. But on public education, he and the Democrats are faced with a dilemma that has boxed in the party for decades. Democrats are fervent supporters of public education, and the party genuinely wants to help disadvantaged kids stuck in bad schools. But it resists bold action. It is immobilized. Impotent. The explanation lies in its longstanding...
  • Event Bars Fargo Teacher (Union thuggery)

    11/03/2008 5:47:33 AM PST · by Last Dakotan · 6 replies · 787+ views
    The Forum ^ | November 03, 2008 | Dale Wetzel , Associated Press
    BISMARCK – North Dakota’s new Teacher of the Year was barred from a reception held to honor top teachers because she declined to join the North Dakota Education Association, education officials said.
  • California: Yes on 8 TV Ad: Truth

    10/25/2008 4:28:46 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 5 replies · 423+ views
    Yes on 8 campaign ^ | 24 October 2008 | Yes on 8
    Watch our latest TV ad to learn the truth about teaching gay marriage in public schools if Proposition 8 fails