Education

Gay Wisconsin Student That Refused To Take Part In Nazi Salute Photo: I Know What My Morals Are [VIDEO]

Wisconsin’s Baraboo News-Republic reports: A photo showing a group of Baraboo High School boys from the class of 2019 giving a stiff-armed Nazi salute prior to this past spring’s prom is generating outrage online and has prompted an investigation by the district and police. The photo taken on the Sauk County Courthouse steps includes about 50 students, though not all …

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High School Boys Give Nazi Salute In Class Photo

Law & Crime reports: A Wisconsin school district is considering what consequences students should face after an alarming photograph surfaced, supposedly of the male students of the class of 2019. The image, tweeted from an account that has since been made private, allegedly shows dozens of Baraboo High School students at their junior prom giving the Nazi salute. The Barbaroo …

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ARIZONA: State Education Head Taps “Dinosaurs Were On Noah’s Ark” Man To Revise Evolution Curriculum

The Phoenix New Times reports: Arizona Superintendent Diane Douglas tapped a young-earth creationist to serve last month on a committee tasked with revising the state’s science curriculum standards on evolution. Joseph Kezele, the president of the Arizona Origin Science Association, is a staunch believer in the idea that enough scientific evidence exists to back up the biblical story of creation. …

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Some Illinois Schools Install Active Shooter Alarms

The Chicago Tribune reports: The more than 700 students enrolled at St. Ben’s this year were greeted by 30 new bright blue pull boxes on the walls, fixtures installed because of concern about the possibility of a deadly school shooting. The school also spent $40,000 on new security cameras. More than 20 schools in Illinois, including St. Ben’s, now have …

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School Official Resigns After N-Word Tirade Surfaces

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Buford City Schools Superintendent Geye Hamby has resigned days after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution broke the news he had been named in a racial discrimination lawsuit and accused of using offensive slurs. Hamby tendered his resignation in a short letter to the school board. Hamby had been placed on administrative leave earlier this week, after The Atlanta …

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DeVos Mulls Federal Funding For Guns For Teachers

The New York Times reports: The Education Department is considering whether to allow states to use federal funding to purchase guns for educators, according to multiple people with knowledge of the plan. Such a move appears to be unprecedented, reversing a longstanding position taken by the federal government that it should not pay to outfit schools with weapons. And it …

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Fox Flogs “Fashion Forward” Bulletproof Backpacks

Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo this morning interviewed a representative from Colombia’s MC Armor, the maker of a line of bulletproof backpacks. Media Matters has the transcript: CAROLINA BALLESTEROS CASAS (MC ARMOR): We have different categories of lines of product. We have the gold collection, black collection, is fashion with ballistics, and we have the backpacks for kids. MARIA BARTIROMO: …

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NORTH DAKOTA: Bismarck Police Seek Extra Funding To Buy AR-15 Rifles For Public School Resource Officers

The Bismarck Tribune reports: The Bismarck Police Department is requesting additional funding to purchase AR-15 rifles and other equipment for school resource officers. Bismarck Public Schools and the Bismarck Police Department have agreed to provide $25,740 to purchase AR-15s, gun safes, additional bulletproof vests and medical kits to treat shooting victims. The rifles would be kept in a locked safe …

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FLORIDA: University Graduation Ceremony Canceled After Note Found Threatening Mass Shooting [VIDEO]

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Florida Atlantic University canceled tonight’s graduation ceremony after a “credible threat” was found in a note stuck to a mirror in a women’s bathroom on campus. A staff member found the small sticky note at about 4:15 p.m. in the Business Building. “It was a threat specific to our graduation tonight,” said Chief of FAU …

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Georgetown Gives Full-Ride Scholarship To Gay Teen

Well, here’s a very bright light at the end of the week: Seth Owen, a high school valedictorian from Florida whose parents ostracized him because of his sexuality, has reportedly been offered a full-ride scholarship to attend Georgetown University in the fall. Owen, who graduated from First Coast High School in Jacksonville with a 4.16 GPA, captured headlines late last …

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$75K Tuition Raised For Gay Teen Rejected By Parents

NBC News reports: With a 4.16 GPA and an acceptance letter from Georgetown University, it seemed like the high school valedictorian’s dream would become a reality. But when Seth Owens received his financial aid package from the prestigious school, a different reality set in: The financial aid package had been determined based on the expected contribution of his family, a …

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DOJ Scraps Affirmative Action Guidelines For Colleges

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration will encourage the nation’s school superintendents and college presidents to adopt race-blind admissions standards, abandoning an Obama administration policy that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses, Trump administration officials said. The reversal would restore the policy set during President George W. Bush’s administration, when officials …

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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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