Tag Archives: education

Massachusetts Schools To Offer LGBT-Themed Courses

The Boston Herald reports: Bay State schools will be able to try a new curriculum with LGBTQ-themed history, English and health this fall that proponents say is an effort to help all students see themselves reflected in classrooms. The curriculum, developed by a team of teachers with Massachusetts Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ ...

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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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Todd Starnes Whines That Proposed Textbook Depicts Trump As A Racist And His Supporters As Hillbillies

Todd Starnes is very upset about a proposed US history textbook that has been sent to some high schools for review. He writes: Pearson Education is defending a new high school textbook that depicts President Trump as mentally ill and his supporters as a bunch of poor, white hillbillies. The anti-Trump propaganda is included in the upcoming edition of “By ...

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Liberty Counsel: Predators Can Use “Pornographic” Sex Ed Materials To Groom Entire Classrooms All At Once

Via press release from the Liberty Counsel: Before today’s kindergarteners graduate from high school, around 4.5 million students in America will experience sexual abuse at the hands of a school employee. After more research, Liberty Counsel discovered that the laws in 43 states have exemptions from obscenity laws that permit sexually explicit materials in schools that can facilitate this kind ...

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KENTUCKY: Gov Fauxpologizes For Claim That Children Were Raped And Poisoned Due To Teachers Strike

USA Today reports: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin apologized Sunday for comments he made claiming children had been sexually abused or ingested poison while teachers were protesting in Frankfort last week. “The words that people say can have unintended consequences,” Bevin said in a video. “I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said. … It ...

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Kentucky GOP Gov: Children Were Raped, Poisoned, And Tried Drugs Because Teachers Are On Strike

ABC News reports: Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has opposed Kentucky teachers’ rallies for pension protection and public education funding since they began, but never quite the way he did on Friday afternoon, when he told a gaggle of reporters that the strike would directly cause children to be injured, poisoned and sexually assaulted. “I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today ...

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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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KANSAS: School Staffers Who Identify Armed Teachers Face 30 Days In Jail Under Proposed Republican Bill

The Wichita Eagle reports: A Kansas bill that would pressure schools to allow teachers to carry guns would make it a crime to reveal who’s authorized to be armed in the classroom. That’s a little-noticed provision in House Bill 2789, the Staff As First Emergency Responder (or SAFER) Act, which was debated at a heavily attended House committee hearing at ...

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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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SURE JAN: Betsy DeVos Claims 60 Minutes Unfairly Edited Interview To Make Her Look Really Really Stupid

The Hill reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos took a shot at the CBS news program “60 Minutes” on Tuesday, days after she was criticized for struggling to answer basic questions about school performance and education policy during a pointed interview that aired Sunday on the program. In a keynote address to the National PTA Legislative Conference in Crystal City, Va., ...

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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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Dem Rep: DeVos Is Dumber Than A Bag Of Hammers

The Hill reports: Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) on Monday used one of President Trump’s insults for a Democratic lawmaker to slam Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after her appearance on “60 Minutes.” DeVos appeared to struggle at times during her interview to answer basic questions about public schools’ performance, particularly in her home state of Michigan. Public schools there have gotten ...

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