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Walmart Offers To Fund College Degrees For Workers

Bloomberg reports: Walmart Inc. will fund college degrees for its U.S. workforce, the latest benefit rolled out by the nation’s largest private employer to reduce turnover and counter criticism over its treatment of staff. The retailer’s 1.5 million employees can now pursue associate’s or bachelor’s degrees in business or supply-chain management at three nonprofit schools for $1 a day, according ...

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Arizona Seeks To Strike Evolution From Textbooks

The Arizona Republic reports: The Arizona Department of Education hopes to make changes to science standards, which will affect K-12 districts and charter schools. The changes include removing the word “evolution” in some areas and describing it as a “theory” in others. Some educators and scientists are outraged by the change. In the draft, the word “evolution” is crossed out ...

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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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Christian Activist: God Told Me To Distribute Rubber Wristbands To Stop Mass Shootings In Public Schools

Via press release from Christian Newswire: Pray Live, a division of the Maryland Prayer Center, and is responding to gun violence in America by giving concerned school children and their families prayer wrist bands to wear. Thousands of children have died or been injured from gun violence organization’s founder, Wenda Royster, says God gave her an urgent message. In a ...

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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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