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  • Epic fail: Every student flunks state exam ( Baltimore )

    05/31/2017 6:24:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    WND ^ | 5/31/2017 | Art Moore
    Zero proficiency in math, English in probe of 6 inner-city schools. In an astonishing outcome, an investigation of six Baltimore schools found not a single student passed the state’s proficiency test in the subjects of math and English. ... In February, columnist Thomas Sowell, noting “most public schools in most low-income, inner-city neighborhoods produce educational outcomes that are far below the outcomes in other neighborhoods,” observed that many teachers who use unorthodox methods to reverse that trend encounter opposition from the education establishment. He said that in his 40 years of observing successful minority schools, he was struck “by how...
  • NY set to make state college tuition free for middle class

    04/09/2017 7:32:41 PM PDT · by BAW · 61 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 4-9-2017 | Anna Gronewold and David Klepper
    New York would be the first state to make tuition at public colleges and universities free for middle-class students under a state budget set for passage in Albany. The plan crafted by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo would apply to any New York student whose family has an annual income of $125,000 or less. To qualify the student would have to meet certain class load and grade point average restrictions, and room and board would not be covered. Cuomo said Sunday that the tuition plan, which his office has estimated to cost $163 million, is a national first.
  • About half of Detroit can't read

    03/24/2017 10:39:29 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 76 replies
    BoingBoing ^ | 23 March 2017 | Andrea James
    America's public education system is failing the citizens of Detroit, where the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund reports that 47% of people in Detroit are illiterate. In nearby suburbs, up to one-third are functionally illiterate. The report, titled "Addressing Detroit's Basic Skills Crisis" makes the problem seem as intractible as the Flint water crisis that is about to hit its third anniversary. Director Karen Tyler-Ruiz described that level of illiteracy to WWJ: "Not able to fill out basic forms, for getting a job — those types of basic everyday (things). Reading a prescription; what’s on the bottle, how many you should...
  • Video: Bangor teachers, staff play game of 'marry, kill' about students

    02/15/2017 7:25:09 AM PST · by Elvina · 46 replies
    WZZM ABC 13 ^ | 2/14/17 | Andrew Krietz
    BANGOR, MICH. - A video showing a group of Bangor teachers and staff making inappropriate comments about students prompted a school secretary to resign. The commentary, heard in a six-minute video posted Monday, Feb. 13, to YouTube, shows a group of adults sitting around a table at the Bangor Tavern Bar and Grill. Such comments from seven involved Bangor Public Schools faculty include ratings of who they'd have sex with, marry, or kill.
  • GOP Defectors Have Received Thousands From Teachers Union [Murkowski, Collins]

    02/01/2017 5:24:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 60 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/1/17 | Bill McMorris
    The two Republicans who broke ranks with their party and announced they would vote against education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have received thousands of dollars from the nation's largest teachers union.Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) and Susan Collins (R., Maine) have each benefited from contributions from the National Education Association. Collins received $2,000 from the union in 2002 and 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Murkowski, meanwhile, has received $23,500.The NEA represents 3 million members, making it the wealthiest and most influential union in the country. The NEA, along with other labor groups like the American Federation of Teachers, has waged a fierce campaign against...
  • AFT President Randi Weingarten on Nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

    11/23/2016 4:31:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 125 replies
    American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO ^ | November 23, 2016 | AFT President Randi Weingarten
    WASHINGTON—In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education, AFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement:“The president-elect, in his selection of Betsy DeVos, has chosen the most ideological, anti-public education nominee put forward since President Carter created a Cabinet-level Department of Education. “In nominating DeVos, Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America. “DeVos has no meaningful experience in the classroom or in our schools. The sum total of her involvement has been spending her family’s wealth in an effort to...
  • New audio: Ted Strickland jokes that Scalia's death came 'at a good time' ( Ohio )

    11/05/2016 7:31:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/10/16 | Al Weaver
    Ohio Senate candidate Ted Strickland joked about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday, saying it came "at a good time" for union workers since he was unable to cast the deciding vote in a March case that ended up in a 4-4 deadlock. ... Strickland made the remarks in Cleveland, telling AFL-CIO members that Scalia's death "saved labor" from a terrible decision in the case, which could have dealt a blow to the ability of public-sector unions to collect fees from those who decide against joining the union and pay for collective bargaining activities. ... the...
  • Look For the Union Label

    08/26/2016 8:35:19 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 25, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Teachers' unions can now point to an academic study to defend themselves against the charge that they prevent the firing of bad teachers, but the study itself is more of a hypothetical defense against very real charges. Eunice S. Han of Wellesley College, Hillary Clinton's alma mater, finished a study on February 27, 2016 entitled "The Myth of Unions' Overprotection of Bad Teachers: Evidence from the District-Teacher Matched Panel Data on Teacher Turnover." Yet and still, she spends many pages using phrases such as "suppose," "assume," and "predict" and developing "models" in which she adds these suppositions, assumptions and predictions...
  • (Public Education) ... French Teacher Fired for Not Being Able to Speak French

    05/02/2016 8:21:13 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 107 replies
    KHOU ^ | April 29, 2016 | Jeremy Rogalski, KHOU
    I-Team: French teacher at HISD school doesn't speak French HOUSTON - How do you teach a French class, if you don’t even speak French? The I-Team discovered that’s exactly what is happening at the Houston Independent School District’s Energy Institute High School in the 1800 block of Sampson Street. Sharonda White’s son Nathanial is a junior at the school. "I thought it was a joke, I couldn't believe this was happening,” White said. We asked her son about his classroom experience. I-Team: “Does your teacher speak French?” Nathanial White: “No sir.” I-Team: “Have you ever heard him speak a word...
  • CTU's Lewis calls Gov. Rauner 'the new ISIS recruit'

    04/22/2016 7:06:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 20, 2016 | Juan Perez Jr. , Monique Garcia and Celeste Bott
    With the city facing the threat of a teachers strike, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis focused attention on Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday in an incendiary speech that likened the Republican governor's actions to terrorism. "Rauner is the new ISIS recruit," Lewis said during an address at a packed City Club of Chicago luncheon, using a term that refers to the Islamic State terrorist group. "Yes, I said it, and I'll say it again," Lewis continued. "Bruce Rauner is a liar. And, you know, I've been reading in the news lately all about these ISIS recruits popping up all...
  • With help of lawmakers, Illinois public schools now $20 billion in debt

    04/16/2016 3:33:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4-16 - 2016 | Diane Rado
    Illinois' public school districts are roughly $20 billion in debt, a staggering figure fueled in part by decades of special deals in Springfield that have given districts exemptions so they can keep borrowing beyond limits set by law. Today, that debt exceeds long-term school borrowing in most other states. It equates to about $10,000 for every Pre-K to 12th-grade public school student in Illinois... All the borrowing is a drain on taxpayers who have to repay the debt, as well as school budgets that must steer billions of dollars annually to principal and interest payments — money that could be...
  • ILLINOIS WILL SOON OVERTAKE NEW JERSEY AS THE STATE WITH THE HIGHEST PROPERTY TAXES

    04/16/2016 3:20:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Illinois Policy Institute ^ | April 14, 2016 | Austin Berg
    Illinois' 859 local school districts consume nearly two-thirds of the $27 billion in local property taxes collected across the state each year. Illinois has nearly 7,000 units of local government. That’s the highest count of any state in the nation, and the runner-up is not even close. One of those units of government is the Naperville Township Road District, where seven employees maintain less than 20 miles of road at a cost of $116,000 per mile. City officials have said they could maintain the same distance at half the cost, and have moved to take over the road district’s duties...
  • Teachers unions back bill allowing adult males to shower with young girls in Massachusetts

    03/15/2016 10:33:39 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 79 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/14/16 | Ben Johnson
    BOSTON, March 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - A bill that would allow adult biological males to shower or change alongside young girls has earned the endorsement of two prominent teachers unions in Massachusetts. State legislators are considering a bill that would specifically open all public restrooms, shower facilities, and locker rooms to transgender people. "An Act Relative to Gender Identity and Non-Discrimination" (H.B. 1577) would add "gender identity" to the state's protected classes able to access all public facilities, such as private changing areas. Lawmakers specifically exempted "lawfully sex-segregated facilities" when it passed a 2011 ordinance granting transgender people protected legal...
  • 11 things you need to know about Chicago teacher pensions

    03/05/2016 7:23:14 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | March 1, 2016 | Ted Dabrowski
    Pension holidays, steep increases in teachers' salaries, and lopsided ratios of teacher contributions to pension payouts have caused the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund’s unfunded liabilities to shoot up to $9 billion in 2015. The Chicago Teachers Union, or CTU, has threatened to strike as early as April 1 over the issue of teacher pension “pickups,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Negotiations over a new contract to replace the 2012 contract that expired in June 2015 stalled after CTU rejected the most recent offer from Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, in February. In exchange for pay increases and a moratorium on...
  • Free Riders, The First Amendment, And The 'Friedrichs' Case

    01/15/2016 12:09:01 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 15, 2016 | George Leef
    On Monday, January 11 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The plaintiffs, teachers in California public schools, challenge the constitutionality of a rule that they must pay dues to the C.T.A. to keep their jobs, even though they don't choose to join the union and object to the way it uses money involuntarily taken from them to advance political causes they oppose. This raises First Amendment issues, since it protects not only the right to speak freely against governmental interference, but also protects the right not to be compelled to speak. By taking dues...
  • California Laws: On January 1st, Students Won’t Have to Pass High School (Exit Exams) to Receive

    12/27/2015 5:52:42 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 27 Dec 2015 | William Bigelow
    On January 1, California residents will have to accustom themselves to a number of new laws that will be implemented in the state. These are some the laws that will likely have the most profound effect: SB 172: High school seniors will receive their diploma whether or not they pass or even take an exit exam; the law also applies retroactively to students who have graduated since 2004; ... SB 707: Bans concealed firearms from college campuses and K-12 school grounds
  • Our Most Divisive Political Issue

    12/26/2015 4:58:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Can you name the most contentious issue in American politics? Here's a hint. It's being fought at the federal, state and local levels. And it doesn't go away. The struggle is persistent, ongoing, unending. Here is a second hint. The issue is not gay marriage, or gun control, or police brutality and or immigration. Those issues are either settled, largely settled, isolated or completely out of the control of local and state governments. Here is a third hint. The issue divides Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals. But it is especially divisive among Democrats and among people who call themselves...
  • TRANSPARENCY TESTED: Jeffco Recall Effort Violated Campaign Finance Laws ( Colorado )

    12/18/2015 8:17:08 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | December 18, 2015
    The backers of the Jeffco recall effort (read: Teachers Union) campaigned on the lie that the Jeffco School Board was lacking in transparency. That is why yesterday's ruling that Jeffco United, the nonprofit engaged in the recall effort, violated campaign finance laws is so, so delicious. The organization made a $90,000 donation to the recall effort without disclosing its donors. According to an administrative law judge, that is verboten. Its punishment is not so simple. The organization must pay $1,000, register as a political committee, and (here is the delightful part) disclose its donors. While nonprofits are not typically required...
  • Unions suffer loss in teacher tenure court case ( New York )

    10/25/2015 6:32:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/23/15 | Jason Russell
    A lawsuit seeking to have New York's teacher tenure protections ruled unconstitutional will advance, thanks to a judge's ruling late Friday afternoon. Teachers unions filed a motion to dismiss the case, but their motion was denied. ... The parents seeking to invalidate the teacher tenure protections argue the law robs children of their right to a basic education. "Teachers in New York City are more likely to die on the job than be replaced because of poor performance," according to the Partnership for Educational Justice, which is backing the case. Roughly 30 percent of New York students are proficient in...
  • Other Side of Multiculturalism

    10/13/2015 8:02:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 13, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It turns out that American students have something in common with their Latin American counterparts: They don’t learn anything good about America either. “In Latin America children are often exposed to the negative aspects of American history but are seldom exposed to the negative aspects of their own history,” Alejandro Chafuen of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation said at the Philadelphia Society’s regional meeting in Indianapolis last weekend. Chafuen himself hails from Argentina. “In Argentina, at least before the Falklands War, we used to say that we act Italian, speak Spanish and think that we are British.” One-sixth of the...