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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Oct 14, 2012 Christian Group Finds Gay Agenda in an Anti-Bullying Day
QUOTE: The program, started 11 years ago by the Southern Poverty Law Center and now in more than 2,500 schools, was intended as a way to break up cliques and prevent bullying. But this year, the American Family Association, a conservative evangelical group, has called the project “a nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools”...
New York Times Mar 10, 2012 Minnesota girl alleges school privacy invasion
QUOTE: A Minnesota middle school student, with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union, is suing her school district...was on two occasions punished for statements she made on her Facebook account, and was also pressured to divulge her password to school officials, the complaint states.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 09, 2012 Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say
QUOTE: Education was historically considered a great equalizer in American society, capable of lifting less advantaged children and improving their chances for success as adults....while the achievement gap between white and black students has narrowed significantly over the past few decades, the gap between rich and poor students has grown substantially during the same period.
New York Times Jun 27, 2011 Teacher Grades: Pass or Be Fired
QUOTE: [Impact's] admirers say the system, a centerpiece of the tempestuous three-year tenure of Washington’s former schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, has brought clear teaching standards to a district that lacked them and is setting a new standard by establishing dismissal as a consequence of ineffective teaching. But some educators say it is better at sorting and firing teachers than at helping struggling ones...
New York Times Jun 03, 2011 When Teachers Talk Out of School (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: Such teachers have become minor Internet celebrities, lauded by their fans for exposing students’ insolent manners and desultory work habits. Their backers also say that teachers’ freedom of speech is imperiled when we penalize their out-of-school remarks...The truly scary restrictions on teacher speech lie inside the schoolhouse walls, not beyond them.
New York Times May 21, 2011 Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates
QUOTE: They described themselves simply as local teachers who favored school reform — one sympathetic state representative, Mary Ann Sullivan, said, “They seemed like genuine, real people versus the teachers’ union lobbyists.” They were, but they were also recruits in a national organization, Teach Plus, financed significantly by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
New York Times Mar 09, 2011 Duncan: Most schools could face 'failing' label
QUOTE: Many educators complain they are unfairly penalized if even a few of their students fill in the wrong bubbles on testing day. Advocates for the poor contend the only way to ensure disadvantaged students get real help is to threaten schools, at minimum, with public shame.
Washington Post Feb 14, 2011 Web of Popularity, Achieved by Bullying
QUOTE: Highly publicized cases of bullying typically involve chronic harassment of socially isolated students, but the latest studies suggest that various forms of teenage aggression and victimization occur throughout the social ranks as students jockey to improve their status.
New York Times Apr 23, 2010 For Charter School Company, Issues of Money and Control
QUOTE: growing scrutiny from school boards and state regulators questioning how public money is spent and whether the company exerts too much control over the schools.... Imagine has elbowed the charter holders out of virtually all school decision making...
New York Times Mar 25, 2010 Duncan had VIP list of requests at Chicago schools
QUOTE: When he led the Chicago schools, Arne Duncan kept a list of all the big shots who asked for help in getting certain children into the city's best public schools....A spokesman said Wednesday that Duncan, who is now U.S. education secretary, used the list not to dole out rewards to insiders but to shield principals from political interference.
Washington Post Sep 19, 2009 Eager Students Fall Prey to Apartheid’s Legacy
QUOTE: Thousands of schools across South Africa are bursting with students who dream of being the accountants, engineers and doctors this country desperately needs, but the education system is often failing the very children depending on it most to escape poverty.
New York Times Jun 22, 2009 Education Chief to Warn Advocates That Inferior Charter Schools Harm the Effort
QUOTE: The Obama administration has made opening more charter schools a big part of its plans for improving the nation’s education system, but Education Secretary Arne Duncan will warn advocates of the schools on Monday that low-quality institutions are giving their movement a black eye.
New York Times Jun 01, 2009 46 States and D.C. to Pursue Common Education Standards
QUOTE: The push for common reading and math standards marks a turning point in a movement to judge U.S. children using one yardstick....Many Republicans oppose nationally mandated standards, saying schools should not be controlled by Washington.
Washington Post Jul 18, 2008 The Next Kind of Integration
QUOTE: In June of last year, a conservative majority of the Supreme Court, in a 5-to-4 decision, declared the racial-integration efforts of two school districts unconstitutional...By invoking Brown v. Board of Education, the court’s landmark 1954 civil rights ruling, Breyer accused the majority of abandoning a touchstone in the country’s efforts to overcome racial division. “This is a decision that the court and the nation will come to regret,” he concluded.
New York Times Jun 18, 2008 Money for Needy Goes to Wealthy Schools, Report Says (City Room)
QUOTE: According to the analysis, the Education Department is distributing much of that money -– more than 40 percent -– to schools that are either high-performing, wealthy, or both. Under state law, 75 percent of the money should be distributed to schools with the “greatest educational needs.”
New York Times Mar 26, 2008 This Land: A Boy the Bullies Love to Beat Up, Repeatedly
QUOTE: Bullying is everywhere, including here in Fayetteville...A decade ago a Fayetteville student was mercilessly harassed and beaten for being gay. After a complaint was filed with the Office of Civil Rights, the district adopted procedures to promote tolerance and respect — none of which seems to have been of much comfort to Billy Wolfe.
New York Times Mar 10, 2008 Home-schoolers reel from California court blow
QUOTE: A ruling that parents in the state 'do not have a constitutional right' to home-school their children prompts anger, confusion. Schwarzenegger may ask legislature to intervene.
Christian Science Monitor Mar 05, 2008 Next Question: Can Students Be Paid to Excel?
QUOTE: School districts nationwide have seized on the idea that a key to improving schools is to pay for performance...Critics of these efforts say that children should be inspired to learn for knowledge’s sake, not to earn money, and question whether prizes will ultimately lift achievement.
New York Times Feb 28, 2008 School Board to Pay in Jesus Prayer Suit
QUOTE: At [her daughter's] high school graduation in 2004, a minister’s prayer proclaiming Jesus as the only way to the truth nudged [a local woman] to ask the school board to consider more generic and less exclusionary prayers...As news of the request spread, many local Christians saw it as an effort to limit the free exercise of religion, residents said.
New York Times Jan 16, 2008 Montgomery Defends Sex Education Plan in Court
QUOTE: The plaintiffs, a coalition of groups that oppose homosexuality on religious grounds, [claim that the] lessons on sexual orientation violate state law...by stating that homosexuality is innate, a conclusion that has been rejected in the state courts. And a new video on the correct use of a condom, which includes allusions to oral and anal sex, violates a legal provision that bars schools from teaching "erotic technique."
Washington Post Jan 13, 2008 On the Lookout for Out-of-District Students
QUOTE: Clifton is hardly the only district searching for students sneaking into its schools....And there are many ways to find students who don’t belong. Bounties, detectives, stakeouts with cameras, and hot lines that receive tips from anonymous callers are tools that some school districts use to combat the perennial problem of illegally enrolled students.
New York Times Jan 10, 2008 Critics of Saudi Academy Say Textbooks Promote Intolerance
QUOTE: Some textbooks used by an Islamic school in Fairfax County contain language intolerant of Jews and other groups as well as passages that could be construed as advocating violence, according to two reviews of the materials.
Washington Post Jan 09, 2008 Chicago's mixed record on school reform:Bush cites city's gains on sixth anniversary of No Child Left Behind. Critics see uneven results.
QUOTE: Nationally, [President] Bush has been touting No Child Left Behind (NCLB), crediting it with raising fourth-grade reading scores and narrowing the achievement gap between whites and minorities. Others say they're still waiting to see major results and blame the law for an increased focus on "teaching to the test" rather than giving more resources or training to underfunded schools.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 07, 2008 As PTA Groups Move Online, So Does Dissension
QUOTE: [School email lists] are increasingly becoming ensnared in contests for control of the medium and the message. Principals are accused of trying to silence their discussion-group critics. Parents have allegedly stolen or hijacked e-mail lists.
Washington Post Jan 01, 2008 Electronic Passports Raise Privacy Issues
QUOTE: The [new passport] cards can be read wirelessly from 20 feet, offering convenience to travelers but raising security and privacy concerns about the possibility of data being intercepted.
Washington Post Dec 31, 2007 Waiting Too Late to Test? Parents Protest as Area Schools Delay Learning-Disability Screening in Hopes Of Avoiding Costly Special Education
QUOTE: Many educators say learning disabilities have been over-diagnosed and are seeking ways to address learning difficulties in mainstream classrooms, rather than addressing them through special education for as much as twice the cost....a backlash among parents who say their children aren't getting the help they need.
Washington Post Dec 02, 2007 Effort to Limit Junk Food in Schools Faces Hurdles
QUOTE: Federal lawmakers are considering the broadest effort ever to limit what children eat: a national ban on selling candy, sugary soda and salty, fatty food in school snack bars, vending machines and cafeteria lines.
New York Times Nov 16, 2007 Vaccinate Your Kids--or Else: Maryland school officials are taking parents to court for refusing to inoculate their kids. Could other districts follow suit?
QUOTE: Should parents be fined or jailed for refusing to vaccinate their children? Hundreds of parents may face both if they don't show up at court to have their children vaccinated this weekend. A Maryland school district has ordered the parents of 2,300 students to court Saturday for missing the September immunization deadline.
Newsweek Nov 05, 2007 50 New York City Schools Fail Under New Rating System
QUOTE: Because the grades are based largely on improvement, not simply meeting state standards, some high-performing schools received low grades. The Clove Valley School in Staten Island, for instance, received an F, although 86.5 percent of the students at the school met state standards in reading on the 2007 tests.
New York Times Nov 01, 2007 South's public school children are now mainly low income: For the first time in 40 years, more than half of public school students in the South are eligible for free or reduced lunch.
QUOTE: For the first time in 40 years, two new studies show, more than half of public school students in the South are eligible for free or reduced lunch – a watershed moment in a 15-year wealth slide that comes amid resurging racial and economic inequalities in the former Confederacy.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 19, 2007 Keeping Your Kids Safe Online
QUOTE: Magid argues the focus on sexual predators on social networking sites is largely political grandstanding. Much less sensational, and far more common, he contends, are cases where kids simply post too much sensitive or compromising information about themselves on social networks or blogs, leading to incidents of cyberbullying and embarrassment.
Forbes Oct 07, 2007 Little-Observed Holiday Poses Problems for Parents
QUOTE: Public schools are closed, as are government offices and most banks. But most workplaces ignore the holiday, leaving employees with school-age children the choice of burning a vacation day on the second Monday in October or hiring somebody to mind the kids.
New York Times Sep 06, 2007 Secretary of Education Criticizes Proposal
QUOTE: Education Secretary Margaret Spellings on Wednesday criticized a Congressional proposal to soften provisions of President’s Bush signature education law, saying it would severely weaken the federal effort to raise achievement among poor and minority children.
New York Times Sep 04, 2007 As New Orleans restarts its schools, most are now charter schools: Since Hurricane Katrina, the city has been determined to reform one of the nation's worst school districts.
QUOTE: Despite some bright spots, however, critics worry that this setup for the school district could further entrench educational and racial inequities. Thus New Orleans is becoming a proving ground for charter schools in US urban areas: Can they really improve academic achievement in places where reform is needed most?
Christian Science Monitor Aug 15, 2007 How New Arabic School Aroused Old Rivalries
QUOTE: When aides to Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein were presented last fall with a proposal for an Arabic language and culture school... they said they could not resist the appeal of a school that seemed right for the times and that would be a piece of the school system’s mosaic of dual-language programs.[But] Those intentions ran straight into the treacherous ethnic and ideological political currents of New York...
New York Times Jul 25, 2007 English, Math Time Up in 'No Child' Era: 44% of Schools Polled Reduce Other Topics
QUOTE: The survey provides grist for critics who say the federal testing mandate has led educators to a radical restructuring of the public school curriculum in a quest to teach to new state tests. But backers of the law... say that without mastery of reading and math, students will be hampered in other areas.
Washington Post Jul 20, 2007 New Manuals Push A Putin's-Eye View In Russian Schools
QUOTE: [Two new Russian high school] books reflect the themes dominating official political discourse here: that Putin restored Russian strength and built what the Kremlin calls a "sovereign democracy" despite American efforts to isolate the country .... But critics say the term is a self-serving veil for unchecked executive power...
Washington Post Jun 18, 2007 On school menus: cheese sandwiches, parental debt
QUOTE: [Chula Vista Elementary School District] told students with deadbeat parents that they had one lunch choice: a cheese sandwich. The sandwich, on whole-wheat bread, came with a clear message: Tell your parents to pay up or no more pizza and burgers for you.
Los Angeles Times May 22, 2007 Parents of Disabled Child Win Ruling: High Court Says They Don't Need Lawyer to Sue Over Special-Ed Needs
QUOTE: The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that parents of disabled children do not have to hire lawyers to sue school districts when they attempt to ensure that their children's special needs are adequately met.
Washington Post May 10, 2007 Four Officials Profited From Publishers, Report Finds
QUOTE: Four officials who helped oversee a federal reading program for young students have pocketed significant sums of money from textbook publishers that profited from the $1 billion-a-year initiative, a Democratic congressional report disclosed yesterday.
Washington Post Jan 30, 2007 Reviewing the School Cupcake Ban
QUOTE: "The controversy over contraband foods is the result of a federal law requiring every school system in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs to write a "wellness policy" by July of last year. D.C.'s Board of Education still has not adopted final rules codifying its wellness policy, although officials insist that many of the programs are already taking place in the schools."
Washington Post Dec 07, 2006 Frequent fliers: Albemarle okays religious mail
QUOTE: School have two choices, says Kent Willis, director of the ACLU of Virginia: prohibit any distribution of material by outside nonprofits or allow all materials to be distributed. "The real issue is viewpoint discrimination," he explains. For instance, schools can't allow YMCA basketball league to send home fliers but refuse one for Bible school or the gay-straight alliance.
Hook Dec 02, 2006 Supporting Boys or Girls When the Line Isn't Clear
QUOTE: "The prospect of cross-dressing kindergartners has sparked a deep philosophical divide among professionals over how best to counsel families. Is it healthier for families to follow the child’s lead, or to spare children potential humiliation and isolation by steering them toward accepting their biological gender until they are older?"
New York Times Nov 04, 2006 Chancellor Cites Favoritism at a New York School
QUOTE: Officials say an examination of the school’s most recent kindergarten admissions documents shows that school officials were looking not only at students’ performance, but also at how involved their parents were likely to be.
New York Times Oct 26, 2006 Move to single-sex classes fans debate: New federal rules let US public schools split up boys and girls. Research on the practice is inconclusive.
QUOTE: Controversial new regulations give educators far more latitude to establish schools and classes strictly for a single gender, even as research on the practice is scarce and inconclusive...It's a change that has intensified a long-running debate over whether boys and girls learn better in a single-sex environment, with critics warning the regulations may roll back years of hard-won ground.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 23, 2006 Political Backlash Builds Over High-Stakes Testing: Public Support Wanes for Tests Seen as Punitive
QUOTE: The role of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT, has become central to the race to succeed Gov. Jeb Bush (R), with polls showing a growing discontent over the exams, which he has championed and which are used to determine many aspects of the school system, including teacher pay, budgets and who flunks third grade.
Washington Post Sep 04, 2006 White House Fights Race-Based Admissions Policies
QUOTE: At issue are programs in Louisville and Seattle, which seek to ensure that the student bodies of public schools reflect the cities' ethnic composition. White parents have challenged the policies in court, arguing that their children were denied admission to their preferred schools because of race.
Washington Post Sep 03, 2006 Palestinian Teachers Begin New School Year on Strike
QUOTE: Most Palestinian schoolteachers went on strike on Saturday, the first day of the school year, in the latest protest over wages for Palestinian government employees who have gone largely unpaid for nearly six months.
New York Times Jul 26, 2006 11 Sex Offenders Eligible to Teach: Audit Faults School System Oversight
QUOTE: State auditors told legislators yesterday that they had found 11 convicted sex offenders who were certified as teachers and eligible to be hired by Maryland public schools.
Washington Post Jul 14, 2006 School Cellphone Ban Violates Rights of Parents, Lawsuit Says
QUOTE: The parents argue, in papers filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, that the ban is so broad and blunt that it violates their constitutional right as parents to keep their children safe and to raise them in the way they see fit.
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