Education

REPORT: White House To Propose Merging Education And Labor Departments To “Streamline” Government

The Associated Press reports: The Trump administration is planning to propose merging the education and labor departments as part of a broader overhaul to be announced on Thursday that would make good on President Donald Trump’s pledges to streamline the federal government. The White House planned to announce the sweeping government reorganization plan at Trump’s Cabinet meeting, including plans to ...

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VIRGINIA: Elementary School Named For Confederate General To Be Renamed For Barack Obama [VIDEO]

Richmond’s CBS affiliate reports: In a majority six to one vote, the Richmond Public School board voted Monday night to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart Elementary to Barack Obama Elementary School. Barack Obama Elementary school was chosen from a total of seven finalists. Earlier this year the Richmond School Board voted 8-1 to rename the Northside school that honored ...

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After Repeated Exchange With Dem Senator, DeVos Concedes Schools Can’t Call ICE On Students [VIDEO]

The Huffington Post reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who sparked a firestorm last week when she said it was a school’s choice to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement to report potentially undocumented students, changed her tune Tuesday, telling a Senate subcommittee she doesn’t think schools can call ICE on undocumented students. DeVos’ reversal came during a tense exchange with Sen. ...

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8th Graders Gifted With Bulletproof Backpack Plates

Philadelphia’s Fox affiliate reports: Local students have been outfitted with ‘ballistic shields’ for their backpacks as they get ready to head to high school next year. FOX 29’s Bruce Gordon was at St. Cornelius in Chadds Ford Monday as graduating 8th grade students were given the bulletproof plates, all thanks to a local company. Glen Mills-based Unequal Technologies developed the ...

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Secretary Betsy DeVos Dismantles Fraud Probes Of For-Profit Colleges Where Her Top Staffers Used To Work

The New York Times reports: Members of a special team at the Education Department that had been investigating widespread abuses by for-profit colleges have been marginalized, reassigned or instructed to focus on other matters, according to current and former employees. The unwinding of the team has effectively killed investigations into possibly fraudulent activities at several large for-profit colleges where top ...

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OREGON: Public School District Face Probe For Allegedly Forcing Gay Student To Read Bible As Punishment

Oregon’s The World reports: The North Bend School District is facing serious discrimination allegations. The allegations include an LGBTQ student being forced to read Bible passages as a form of punishment and whether or not LGBTQ students were discriminated against after reporting sexual harassment. These allegations are detailed in a March 6 letter from the Oregon Department of Education to ...

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Teacher Of The Year Wears Trans Equality And Rainbow Badges During Award Ceremony With Trump [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: A teacher who leads a classroom for teenage refugees staged a silent protest by wearing several overtly political badges while receiving an award from Donald Trump at the White House. Mandy Manning works at the Newcomer Center at Joel E Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington, which specialises in English language development for new refugees and immigrant ...

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Boy Scouts To Drop “Boy” From Their Name

The Associated Press reports: For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America’s flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group says that iconic name will change. The organization on Wednesday announced a new name for its Boy Scouts program: Scouts BSA. The change will take effect next February. Chief Scout ...

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COLORADO: Republicans Introduce Bill That Would Imprison Striking Teachers For Up To Six Months

Denver’s ABC affiliate reports: As Colorado teachers prepare to walk out on Thursday and Friday to call for higher wages and increased school funding, some state lawmakers are working to make sure any plans to strike don’t go unpunished by introducing a bill in the Senate that could put teachers in jail for speaking out. The bill, SB18-264, would prohibit ...

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Parkland Teacher Arrested For Leaving Loaded Gun In Public Restroom Where Drunk Man Found And Fired It

The Miami Herald reports: Not the most normal sight: a gun left in the bathroom stall. But that’s exactly what went down on Sunday in a men’s room at the Deerfield Beach Pier. The circumstances of how the Glock 9mm got there are unusual. According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the weapon was left by Sean Simpson. If his name ...

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REPORT: Parkland’s David Hogg Accepted By UC Irvine

TMZ reports: David Hogg might soon be trading one sunshine state for another … because the Parkland leader’s been accepted to UC Irvine!!! The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior tells us he got an acceptance letter from the prestigious school last week … officially welcoming him to the Anteater family. The letter says, in part, “Students choose UCI to ...

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OKLAHOMA: Striking Teachers Jangle Car Keys, Chant “Where’s My Car?” At GOP Gov. Mary Fallin [VIDEO]

This is fantastic: Striking Oklahoma teachers jangled their keys and chanted “Where’s my car?” at their governor after she compared their demands to a “teenager wanting a better car.” Public schools in Oklahoma are closed this week as teachers strike for better pay and resources. On Tuesday, Gov. Mary Fallin (R) said the teachers striking for improved pay and benefits ...

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Docs Reveal Betsy DeVos Sought Advice On Prosecuting Employees Who Leaked Department Budget Data

The Washington Post reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asked her department’s Office of Inspector General if grounds existed to prosecute employees who leaked budget data to The Washington Post and unclassified information to Politico, according to an internal department report. The response: It would be challenging, because the department has “little” written policy or guidance on how employees are supposed ...

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OKLAHOMA: GOP Governor Mocks Striking Teachers, Compares Them To “Teenagers Wanting A Better Car”

CBS News reports: For the third day, thousands of Oklahoma teachers marched at the state capitol. Inside the rotunda, educators, and hundreds of their students demanded an increase in school funding. On Tuesday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill giving teacher-support staff, like teachers’ aides and janitors, a $1,250 raise. Last week, she signed a measure that gave teachers ...

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OKLAHOMA: Tens Of Thousands Rally In Support Of Teachers Walkout Over Public School Funding [VIDEO]

The Tulsa World reports: Thousands of Oklahoma teachers are descending on the Oklahoma Capitol on Monday in the first day of what could be an extended teacher walkout. Early Monday afternoon, Tulsa Public Schools and Broken Arrow Public Schools were among those announcing they would shut down again Tuesday in support of the teacher walkout. By 9:15 a.m., a continuous ...

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Linda Brown Of Brown V Board Of Education Dies At 76

NPR reports: Linda Brown, who as a schoolgirl was at the center of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that rejected racial segregation in American schools, died in Topeka, Kan., Sunday afternoon. She was 76. Her sister, Cheryl Brown Henderson, confirmed the death to The Topeka Capital-Journal. The 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, involved several ...

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TENNESSEE: Gov Gets GOP Bill Requiring Public Schools To Prominently Display “In God We Trust” [VIDEO]

The Tennessean reports: A bill requiring Tennessee schools to prominently display the national “In God We Trust” motto is headed to the governor for his signature. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, overwhelmingly passed the state House on Monday with 81 of the 99 members voting in favor of it. Before the vote, the Republican lawmaker spoke ...

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Barron Trump’s School Backs Stricter Gun Control

The New York Post reports: The private school attended by Barron Trump, the president’s youngest son, is backing stricter gun control measures — but dismissing his father’s proposal to arm teachers. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and more than 100 schools in Maryland and the Washington area signed an open letter calling on Trump and Congress to do more to stem ...

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Three Students Injured After Cop/Teacher’s Gun Goes Off When He Checks To See If It’s Loaded [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: A teacher who also serves as a reserve police officer accidentally fired a gun inside a Seaside High School classroom Tuesday, police said, and three students were injured. Dennis Alexander was teaching a course about gun safety for his Administration of Justice class when his gun went off at 1:20 p.m. Alexander was pointing his gun at ...

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Cop Employee Accidentally Fires Gun At Middle School

NBC’s Washington DC affiliate reports: A school resource officer accidentally fired his gun inside a middle school in Alexandria, Virginia, Tuesday morning, police say. No one was hurt. The officer was inside his office at George Washington Middle School in the Del Ray neighborhood when he accidentally discharged his service weapon about 9:10 a.m., according to Alexandria police. The officer, ...

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