Tag Archives: education

DeSantis Demands “Woke” Data From FL Universities

ABC News reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office has requested data on courses and programs that include “diversity, equity and inclusion” and “critical race theory” despite legal challenges to his law restricting such content. In the memo, Office of Policy and Budget Director Chris Spencer asked State University System and Florida College System administrators to document “the expenditure of state …

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DeSantis Vows To Oust Pro-Science School Boards

Politico reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to continue wielding his political influence in school board races across the state after his campaign helped two dozen conservative candidates win during this year’s midterm elections. The Republican governor this week said he intends to flip more local seats from liberal to conservative-leaning education officials, taking aim at boards in areas such …

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Only 7 Veterans Hired As Teachers Under FL Program

Military.com reports: Six months after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the state’s veteran to teacher certification pathway into law, only a handful of veterans have been approved for certification across all 70-plus school districts, Military.com has learned. When the school year started in 2022, there were more than 5,000 teacher openings in the state, and the June law was intended …

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Texas School Board That Banned Anne Frank Book Has “Rabbi” Charged With Sex Crimes Give Opening Prayer

The Texas Tribune reports: On Monday, the board of Keller Independent School District introduced that evening’s prayer leader as “Rabbi Griffin.” A man wearing a suit and kippah then approached the podium and recited the priestly blessing in Hebrew. “Grant us, Adonai, your mind tonight so we can be a blessing to our community, to our children,” he continued. “Bring …

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Schools Are Forcing Poor Students Into ROTC Classes

The New York Times reports: J.R.O.T.C. programs, taught by military veterans at some 3,500 high schools across the country, are supposed to be elective, and the Pentagon has said that requiring students to take them goes against its guidelines. But The New York Times found that thousands of public school students were being funneled into the classes without ever having …

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SCOTUS To Hear Arguments On Student Debt Plan

NBC News reports: The Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a decision on whether to grant President Joe Biden’s bid to implement his student loan forgiveness plan, announcing instead that it will hear full oral arguments on an expedited basis. In a brief order, the court said it would hear arguments in February with a decision soon to follow. In the …

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FL Sheriff Unveils New Severe Student Discipline Policy

Orlando’s ABC affiliate reports: Days after the Brevard County School Board ousted the superintendent, plans are underway for a new school disciplinary policy in Brevard Public Schools. Flanked by Sheriff Wayne Ivey and State Attorney Phil Archer, School Board Chairman Matt Susin went on camera Monday in front of the Brevard County Jail in Sharpes to announce plans to impose …

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Florida School Boards Have Begun Ousting Educators

Politico reports: Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis put his weight behind dozens of conservative school board candidates across Florida during the midterms. Now they’re in office — and are purging some educational leaders who enforced Covid-19 mandates. New board members in two GOP-leaning counties essentially sacked their school superintendents over the span of one week. The ousters were spurred by how …

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Court Halts Florida’s “Stop Woke Act” For Universities

Tampa’s NBC affiliate reports: A lawsuit filed by a professor and student at the University of South Florida, contesting the state’s “Stop WOKE Act,” officially titled the “Individual Freedom Act,” has temporarily blocked the law’s impact on public universities, thanks to an order from a federal judge. House Bill 7, dubbed the “Stop WOKE Act” when first announced by Gov. …

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Youngkin Under Fire For New History Lessons Standards

Richmond’s ABC affiliate reports: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is overhauling former Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration’s proposal that would have set history and social science standards in Virginia schools. Youngkin’s VDOE’s new draft proposal would determine what students learn about American history and Virginia history inside the classroom. If adopted by the Virginia Board of Education, …

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Teacher Fired After Telling Students Whites Are Superior

NBC News reports: A middle school teacher in Texas has been fired after a video posted on social media showed him telling students his race is “superior.” “Deep down in my heart, I’m ethnocentric, which means I think my race is the superior one,” the teacher was recorded telling students of various races last week inside a classroom at Bohls …

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New Florida School Board Member Calls For Corporal Punishment, Crackdown On Disabled & LGBT Students

The Naples Daily News reports: Newly elected Collier County school board member Jerry Rutherford wants to bring corporal punishment back to district classrooms, he said the morning after Tuesday’s election. He added that disabled students’ behavior in particular is “out of control.” Additionally, he said he’d like to see fewer “rights” for LGBTQ students — or the same extended to …

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Texas Federal Judge Blocks Student Debt Relief Plan

The Texas Tribune reports: A federal judge in North Texas ruled on Thursday that President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program is “unlawful,” the latest challenge to the policy that has seen several attacks from conservative groups. U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman said in court files that he declared the loan forgiveness plan unlawful because Biden did not follow federal …

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Emails Released From VA Gov’s Teacher Snitch Line

Axios reports: Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s controversial school tip line drew complaints from around the state about pandemic precautions, a symbolic “equity month” and, in one case, a 12th grade English teacher’s take on poetry. Youngkin created a national uproar just days into his administration when he launched the tip line, urging parents to report schools teaching “inherently divisive concepts” — …

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Supreme Court Likely To End Affirmative Action

The New York Times reports: The race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard and the University of North Carolina seemed to be in peril at the Supreme Court on Monday. By the end of five hours of vigorous and sometimes testy arguments, a majority of the justices appeared ready to reconsider decades of precedents and to rule that the programs were unlawful. …

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Republican AGs Win Stay On Student Debt Relief Plan

The New York Times reports: A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily halted President Biden’s student debt relief plan, preventing the government from moving forward with the debt cancellation it had said could start as early as next week. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit granted a stay in response to an appeal filed by six Republican-led …

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Diwali To Be NYC Public School Holiday Starting In 2023

New York City’s ABC affiliate reports: Diwali will be a New York City public school holiday starting next year in 2023. Mayor Eric Adams and Schools Chancellor David Banks announced Thursday the school calendar was moved around to make room for the important holiday for many religions. Officials eliminated “Anniversary Day” as a holiday, allowing the school system to add …

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Radioactive Waste Found At Missouri Grade School

ABC News reports: A considerable amount of radioactive waste was found at a Missouri elementary school near St. Louis, according to a new report. In August, Boston Chemical Data Corp. studied soil, dust and plant samples at Jana Elementary School in Florissant, Missouri, according to the company’s report. The school is in the flood plain of Coldwater Creek, which was …

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Arkansas School District Approves Anti-Trans Policies After Man Says LGBTQs Are “Worthy Of Death” [VIDEO]

Little Rock’s CBS affiliate reports: The Conway School Board voted on Tuesday to issue new regulations on bathroom use and overnight hotel stays, based on a student’s sex assigned at birth. Hundreds expressed their opinion leading up to the vote, which resulted in a mixed, but strong reaction among residents. Some members of the LGBTQ+ community in the audience also …

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Right Wing PACs Pour Millions Into School Board Races

The Associated Press reports: As Republicans and Democrats fight for control of Congress this fall, a growing collection of conservative political action groups is targeting its efforts closer to home: at local school boards. Their aim is to gain control of more school systems and push back against what they see as a liberal tide in public education classrooms, libraries, …

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