Tag Archives: education

ILLINOIS: Christian College Professor Pleads Guilty To Possessing Child Porn

Wheaton College professor Donald Ratcliff yesterday pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of child pornography. Ratcliff, who had been a professor of Christian education at the college since 2006, was arrested at his Carol Stream residence in March 2012 after police executed a search warrant. They found 500 illegal images on a computer they took from his home office, Assistant State’s …

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Brown University Vs Westboro

Via JMG reader Dwight comes this photo snapped by Brown Professor Wendy Schiller.  Westboro is touring Rhode Island today to whine about the first day of same-sex marriage.

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CALIFORNIA: Catholic School Fires Gay Man After His Wedding Makes News

A Catholic high school in San Bernadino has fired a teacher after his same-sex wedding was covered by the local news. School administrators declined to discuss the firing on camera. But they did issue a statement that read, in part, “We respect and protect privacy interests and, to be respectful of those involved, the school does not comment on confidential …

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Janet Napolitano Quits Homeland Security

Janet Napolitano today announced that she will be resigning her Cabinet post with the Obama administration to become the president of the California state university system. Napolitano’s nomination by a committee of UC regents came after a secretive process that insiders said focused on her early as a high-profile, although untraditional, candidate who has led large public agencies and shown …

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COLORADO: Court Rules Six Year-Old Trans Student Can Use Girls Bathroom

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports: The Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled in favor of 6-year-old Coy Mathis, whose school barred her from using the girls’ bathroom at her Fountain elementary school because she is transgender. “This is huge for Coy and every transgender child throughout the state,” said Kathryn Mathis, Coy’s mother. “We told her and she was completely …

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New Muppet Has Imprisoned Dad

Sesame Street has introduced a new Muppet whose father is in prison. From today’s New York Daily News: The popular children’s television series hasn’t shied away from tough topics in the past, and has introduced a new muppet named Alex as a way to talk about the stigma of having a parent in jail. “I just miss him so much,” …

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Bible-Quoting NYC Principal Allegedly Threatened To Blow Up Middle School

A Bible-quoting Bronx middle school principal is under investigation for allegedly telling staffers in November that, “I’m going to call a conference in the cafeteria, and I’ll put on a vest like the terrorists do and I’m going to blow you all up.”   Neifi Acosta hasn’t been arrested because the police determined it was not a terrorist threat. But it’s …

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Rick Perry Signs “Merry Christmas” Bill

With the Kountze High School cheerleaders looking on, yesterday Rick Perry signed a bill that forbids any legal challenge to the observance of religious traditions in public schools. Dubbed the “Merry Christmas bill,” the bipartisan measure sailed through the state House and Senate to reach Perry’s desk. It removes legal risks of saying “Merry Christmas” in schools while also protecting …

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FFRF Slams “Lord’s Prayer” Student

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has issued a statement about the South Carolina public high school student who recited the Lord’s Player during his valedictorian address. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is placing the blame for a string of problematic religious violations in Pickens County schools, Pickens S.C., upon its prayerful Board of Education. [snip] “The valedictorian who so insensitively …

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SOUTH CAROLINA: Public High School Student Says Lord’s Prayer At Graduation

Focus On The Family has a new hero. They tried to silence him. But the efforts of a South Carolina school district to ban prayer didn’t intimidate him — not one bit. Dressed in his cap and gown, with his honor cords hanging around his neck, Roy Costner IV, valedictorian of Liberty High School, ripped up a copy of his …

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High School Boys Win “Cutest Couple”

The Huffington Post reports that students at an unnamed high school have named two boys the “cutest couple” of this year’s senior class.  The above photo is from the school’s yearbook and it has gone viral due to a classmate’s Tumblr post.  The couple responds to an inquiry from the HuffPo: This whole thing has been a bit surreal for …

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Florida Teen Rejects Plea Deal On Charge Of Sexual Assault On Another Girl

Kaitlyn Hunt, 18, today rejected a plea offer from Florida prosecutors and will go to trial on charges that her consensual relationship with a younger female schoolmate constituted sexual assault. Hunt was romantically involved with a high school basketball teammate who was 14 when they began dating last year. The other teen’s parents moved to press charges against the 18-year-old …

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FLORIDA: 18 Year-Old Girl Arrested & Expelled For Sex With 15 Year-Old Girl

Kaitlyn Hunt, 18, has been arrested and charged with sexual battery for the consensual relationship she had with a 15 year-old female fellow classmate that began when she was 17. The charges were brought after the younger girl’s parents filed a complaint with the police after Hunt turned 18.  Hunt has also been expelled from her Florida high school. Kelley …

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CA Hate Group Calls On Parents To Keep Kids Home On Harvey Milk Day

Save California has launched a radio and web campaign urging parents to keep their kids out of school during Harvey Milk Day observations.  In 2009 then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill designating May 22nd as a “special day of recognition” in California.  Save California has called for keeping kids out of school every year since then, but this year’s marks …

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Home-Schoolers Lose US Asylum Bid

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a German home-schooling family who applied for asylum on the grounds of religious persecution. Home-schooling is illegal in Germany and some families have lost custody of their children over the issue. The U.S. grants safe haven to people who have a well-founded fear of persecution, but not necessarily to those under …

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Open Thread Thursday

Are you doing what you went to school to do?

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Today’s New York Daily News

Despite today’s headline, if you actually read this “exclusive” you’ll learn that NYC’s public school cafeterias stopped using butter five years ago.  But news from 2008 doesn’t fit the Nanny Bloomberg meme, so….

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Highest Paid Public Employees

In 42 states, the highest paid public employee is a sports coach. (Tipped by JMG reader Michael)

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Texas Cheerleaders Win Court Battle

A Texas court has ruled that public high school cheerleaders may display banners which claim that God wants their team to win. District Judge Steve Thomas Wednesday ruled that the Kountze Independent School District cannot prevent the displays. The controversy began when the cheerleading squad at Kountze High School was ordered by the superintendent to stop displaying the banners. The …

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VIDEO: Christian Kids Demand Return Of “Stolen Prayers” To Public Schools

In a campaign demanding the return of the “Christ-centered” message to the nation’s public schools, Reach America has enlisted about a dozen kids for a video which demands that “stolen prayers” be returned to classrooms. Because Christian students are being persecuted. From the Reach America mission statement: We believe that all people are sinful by nature, alienated from God and …

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