Education

“Moms For Liberty” Seek To Ban Book About MLK Jr.

The Tennessean reports: The complaint, the first directed to the state under the new law passed this spring, was filed by Robin Steenman [photo], chair of the Moms for Liberty Williamson County chapter, a conservative parent group sweeping the nation. The 11-page complaint alleged that the literacy curriculum, Wit and Wisdom, used by Williamson County Schools and at least 30 …

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Study: Gay Men Have Highest Rate Of College Degrees

Issues In Higher Education reports: According to Dr. Joel Mittleman, an assistant professor of sociology at Notre Dame and author of the study, 52% of gay men in the U.S. have a bachelor’s degree, a total of 16 percentage points higher than the national average. Putting that number into a global perspective, Mittleman writes, “If America’s gay men were considered …

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SC Gov Joins GOP Attacks On LGBT-Themed Books

NPR reports: In the latest call from Republican leaders to ban certain books in schools, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is telling his state’s department of education to investigate a graphic novel on queer identity being available at a school’s library. He says the content in the book is “sexually explicit” and “pornographic.” The book, Gender Queer: A Memoir, by …

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Virginia School Board Calls For Literal Book Burning

The Fredericksburg Lance-Star reports: The Spotsylvania County School Board has directed staff to begin removing books that contain “sexually explicit” material from library shelves and report on the number of books that have been removed at a special called meeting next week. The directive came after a parent raised concerns at the School Board’s meeting Monday about books available through …

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TX Gov Accuses Schools Of Stocking “Obscene” Books

The Texas Tribune reports: Gov. Greg Abbott asked the Texas Association of School Boards on Monday to determine the extent to which “pornography or other inappropriate content” exists in public schools across the state and to remove it if found. “A growing number of parents of Texas students are becoming increasingly alarmed about some of the books and other content …

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Texas School Districts Defy Demand For List Of Books

The Houston Chronicle reports: The Austin school district, one of the largest in the state, will not comply with a request from the Republican leader of the Texas House General Investigating Committee to confirm whether it carries certain books in its libraries. “After doing more legal research, we’ve decided that a response is not necessary, especially since anyone can search …

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LA School District Begins Firing Anti-Vax Employees

The Los Angeles Times reports: The Los Angeles Unified School District was among the first school systems in the nation to require employees to be vaccinated. The Oct. 15 deadline prompted a last-minute surge among thousands who were hesitant. No vaccine meant no entry onto a campus — and likely no job. Similar vaccination deadlines — and decisions — are …

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Book Burning: Texas Teachers Condemn Plan To Excise Books About Race And Sexuality From School Libraries

From the Texas Teachers Association: Rep. Krause’s letter demanding that school superintendents provide him with lists of books dealing with certain subjects on their school bookshelves is disturbing and political overreach into the classroom. Nothing in state law, not even in HB3979 or SB3, gives a legislator the authority to conduct this type of witch hunt. This is an obvious …

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Parkland Families Reach Settlement With School District

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports: The families of 52 people killed, injured or traumatized during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High have reached a $25 million settlement with the Broward School District, the lawyer for the families confirmed Monday. The largest payments will go to the 17 families whose children or spouses were killed, and they will each …

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VT High School Holds Halftime Drag Pageant [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: A Vermont high school homecoming football game turned into a “drag ball” runway at halftime, with a mix of students and faculty members parading in gowns, wigs and makeup — and a big crowd in rainbow colors to cheer them on. “Things went amazing,” Ezra Totten, student leader of the Gender Sexuality Alliance at Burlington High …

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Texas School District: Our Bad, There Actually Aren’t Two Sides When It Comes To Lessons About Holocaust

From the Carroll County School District: As the Superintendent of Schools, I express my sincere apology regarding the online article and news story released today. During the conversations with teachers during last week’s meeting, the comments made were in no way to convey that the Holocaust was anything less than a terrible event in history. Additionally, we recognize there are …

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Texas Law Results In School District Leader Advising A “Both Sides” Approach To Teaching About The Holocaust

NBC News reports: A top administrator with the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake advised teachers last week that if they have a book about the Holocaust in their classroom, they should also offer students access to a book from an “opposing” perspective, according to an audio recording obtained by NBC News. Gina Peddy, the Carroll school district’s executive director …

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De Blasio: 95% Of NYC School Employees Now Vaxxed

The Hill reports: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced during a press conference Monday that 95 percent of staff from the city’s Department of Education are vaccinated against the coronavirus as an employee mandate takes effect. The mayor touted the public school employee vaccination rate, which reached 96 percent among teachers and 99 percent among principals, saying it …

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Sotomayor Rejects Petition By Anti-Vax NYC Teachers

New York City’s ABC News affiliate reports: The deadline has passed for unvaccinated New York City public school employees to get their first dose of the COVID-19 shot or face suspension and possible termination, after Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor declined to provide a last minute reprieve Friday. Sotomayor denied the request by a group of teachers for an emergency …

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California First State To Mandate Vax For All Students

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that his state will be the first to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for children in public and private schools. Under the mandate, the COVID-19 vaccine will be added to the list of other compulsory vaccinations required for schooling such as vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella. As with the …

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Anti-Mask Parents Plot To Defund Iowa School District

The Des Moines Register reports: Hundreds of thousands of dollars are at stake for a suburban Des Moines school district Friday if incensed parents follow through with a plan to artificially lower the district’s enrollment numbers. Ankeny Community School District families angry over a new mask mandate are threatening to unenroll their children from school ahead of the state’s Oct. …

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Appeals Court Upholds Vax Mandate For NYC Schools

The New York Times reports: New York City’s vaccine mandate for nearly all adults working in its public schools can proceed as scheduled, a federal appeals panel ruled on Monday, reversing a decision made over the weekend that paused enforcement of the mandate until later this week at the earliest. Mayor Bill de Blasio had originally ordered well over 150,000 …

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NYC Teachers Win Temporary Block On Vax Mandate

New York City’s ABC News affiliate reports: A new roadblock could put New York City’s vaccine mandate for schools in jeopardy as it closes in on Monday’s deadline. A federal appeals court has temporarily delayed the city from implementing its vaccine requirement for public school employees. The temporary restraining order was granted by a judge on the federal government’s Second …

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Florida Students Hurl Anti-LGBT Abuse At Classmates

Jacksonville’s NBC News affiliate reports: A troubling series of videos posted to social media this week appears to show a group of students hurling hate speech at other students at a St. Johns County high school. Students can be heard using homophobic slurs in the videos, which have been edited by News4Jax to shield the identities of students. Parents told …

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Man Gets 1282 Years In 2019 CO School Mass Shooting

Denver’s NBC News affiliate reports: A Douglas County judge on Friday said she hoped to prevent another school shooting from ever happening again when she sentenced the man responsible for the deadly shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch to 1,282.5 years on top of the mandatory life sentence for his first-degree murder conviction. “I obviously disagree that imposing a sentence …

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