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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 19, 2011 Some of Va.’s ‘Brown v. Board’ college grants go to whites
QUOTE: Half a century after many Virginia public schools shut their doors rather than accept black students, the state is offering college scholarships to compensate those whose education suffered in the era of “massive resistance” to desegregation. Among the recipients: white students.
Washington Post 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 May 16, 2011 In Georgia, Court Ruling Could Close Some Charter Schools
QUOTE: In a 4-to-3 decision, the Georgia [Supreme--Ed.] court struck down a law empowering a special statewide commission to approve and finance charter schools even over the objections of local school boards.
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 06, 2011 Study finds funding gap between D.C. specialty and neighborhood schools
QUOTE: The two public high schools, 21/2 miles apart in Northwest Washington, serve vastly different student populations. And they do it with vastly different levels of financial support, according to an analysis of school spending by a District advocacy group.
Washington Post May 21, 2010 Texas school board hears from critics of social studies changes
QUOTE: ...McLeroy has argued that the revisions provide balance to a set of standards that did not initially paint America in a positive light. Both liberals and conservatives on the board have called the changes "political" -- but they have disagreed on whether that was a bad thing.
Washington Post 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 Apr 18, 2010 School Admin Takes Fifth Amendment in "Peeping Tom" Case
QUOTE: Lawyers for Harriton High School sophomore Blake Robbins are claiming that the teenager's school district has used built-in tracking software on students' laptops to take "thousands" of unauthorized images, "including pictures of Blake partially undressed and of Blake sleeping."
PC Magazine 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 Aug 20, 2009 Hugo Chávez seeks to catch them young: Venezuela's education “reforms”
QUOTE: the focus of the Venezuelan leader’s [Hugo Chávez] reforms [for education] is on ensuring the intrusion of politics at every level. Mariano Herrera, an educationalist, predicts that the result will be greater inequality, not less
Economist Aug 10, 2009 Disabled Students Are Spanked More
QUOTE: More than 200,000 schoolchildren are paddled, spanked or subjected to other physical punishment each year, and disabled students get a disproportionate share of the treatment, according to a new study.
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 Jun 01, 2009 U.S. Effort to Reshape Schools Faces Challenges
QUOTE: President Obama’s education secretary, Mr. Duncan, wants to take school turnaround efforts nationwide....The federal government lacks the authority to close schools, so Mr. Duncan’s first challenge is to persuade local districts to begin school turnarounds that will anger teachers, administrators, parents and local politicians.
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 Apr 22, 2008 Parents of Special-Ed Students Oppose Changing Consent Rule
QUOTE: A proposed revision of Virginia's special education rules is triggering widespread protests among parents of disabled students, who say it would strip them of power in negotiating their children's education.
Washington Post 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 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 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 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 08, 2007 Ohio Goes After Charter Schools That Are Failing
QUOTE: Behind the Ohio charter failures are systemic weaknesses that include loopholes in oversight, a law allowing 70 government and private agencies to authorize new charters, and financial incentives that encourage sponsors to let schools stay open.
New York Times Nov 07, 2007 Inquiry Set Into Purchases From Bush Brother’s Firm
QUOTE: The inspector general of the Department of Education has said he will examine whether federal money was inappropriately used by three states to buy educational products from a company owned by Neil Bush, the president’s brother.
New York Times 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 Oct 23, 2007 Tension Tied to Race Percolates in Ithaca
QUOTE: Tempers flared last week over the district’s handling of a two-year-old racial-harassment complaint. Almost half of the 1,600 students at Ithaca High School stayed home two days amid fears of possible violence and a rumored “hit list” that singled out minority students who have been seeking a forum to bring their grievances into the open.
New York Times Oct 18, 2007 Birth Control Allowed for Maine Middle Schoolers
QUOTE: “This is really a violation of parents’ rights,” Peter Doyle, a Portland resident, told the committee. “If there were a constitutional challenge, you guys would be at risk of a lawsuit.”
New York Times Oct 15, 2007 Many barriers keep organic food out of school lunches
QUOTE: Language proposed in the farm bill being debated now in Congress would remove a huge barrier by making it legal for schools to favor local farm suppliers. In Washington state, groups with interests as diverse as climate change, conservation and childhood obesity voted last week to make farm-to-school a top legislative priority for next year.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Oct 08, 2007 After son attacked, parents push back: They stand guard at school events, arrange safety plan
QUOTE: The Sheas were among several families who shared their stories with the Seattle P-I after the newspaper published a special report on school security. The report found that while a majority of incidents on Seattle school campuses were noted in Seattle Public Schools' security logs and police were notified if necessary, a number were mishandled or ignored -- including assaults, robberies and one alleged rape.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sep 17, 2007 Alabama Plan Brings Out Cry of Resegregation
QUOTE: After white parents in this racially mixed city complained about school overcrowding, school authorities set out to draw up a sweeping rezoning plan. The results: all but a handful of the hundreds of students required to move this fall were black — and many were sent to virtually all-black, low-performing schools.
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 Sep 04, 2007 School District Has Dress Code, and Is Buying the Uniforms, Too
QUOTE: As schools across the country have moved toward stricter dress codes, some parents have objected to the cost of buying the prescribed outfits, typically solid-color shirts and khaki pants or skirts. Earlier this year, an Indiana couple who sued over a school dress code contended that it violated not only their children’s constitutional right of free expression, but also the guarantee of a free public education.
New York Times Sep 01, 2007 Democrats Try to Soften Bush’s Education Law
QUOTE: For the suburbs, for example, Mr. Miller’s draft would draw a distinction between schools failing across the board and those where only some student groups failed to meet annual testing goals. It would give a nod to teachers’ concerns by allowing states to consider not just annual math and reading scores in deciding whether a school passes muster but other measures, including tests in history, science and civics; graduation rates; and Advanced Placement tests.
New York Times Aug 29, 2007 Rhee Seeks Authority to Terminate Employees: Planned Legislation Is Aimed at Reorganizing the D.C. School Central Command
QUOTE: As the initial piece of her strategy, Rhee has begun drafting legislation that would ask the D.C. Council to suspend personnel laws so that the chancellor would have the authority to terminate employees without having to reassign them to other jobs. Rhee also has been meeting with council members to lay the groundwork for their political support, members said.
Washington Post Aug 22, 2007 On Education: A Successful Plan for Racial Balance Now Finds Its Future Uncertain
QUOTE: For 18 years, [White Plains] has maintained racially balanced schools... [But] there are fears that should a court turn down White Plains’s plan in the future, white families may abandon some of the neighborhood schools.
New York Times Aug 10, 2007 District's Ex-Charter Schools Chief Admits Fraud
QUOTE: As charter school oversight chief for the D.C. Board of Education, [Brenda Belton] repeatedly stole from the school system, arranging about $649,000 in illegal school payments and sweetheart contracts to herself and her friends.
Washington Post Jul 12, 2007 Public schools grapple with Muslim prayer: A San Diego school adjusts its schedule to accommodate Muslim worship.
QUOTE: Here, a controversy with constitutional overtones erupted: In accommodating Muslim students, is the school unfairly promoting religion?
Christian Science Monitor Jul 12, 2007 Lawsuit Filed Over Treatment of Girls at State Reform School in Mississippi
QUOTE: Troubled adolescent girls at the Columbia Training School, a state-run reform school, were shackled for 12 hours a day and forced to eat and to use the bathroom while wearing the shackles...
New York Times Jul 08, 2007 Summer Reading Title Prompts Resistance From Parents, Not Students (The Island)
QUOTE: Commack High School thought it was doing incoming sophomores a favor by adding “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” a slender and popular $14 paperback, to its summer reading list .... Now “Perks” has been attacked as overly graphic — make that pornographic — by the parents of some Commack 10th graders.
New York Times 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 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 03, 2006 Supreme Court to Review Two School-Integration Plans: Justices to Consider Whether Race Can Still Be a Factor in Public School Placement
QUOTE: More than 50 years after the Supreme Court decided in Brown v. Board of Education that separate schools are inherently unequal, the court will consider tomorrow whether race can still be a factor when school systems design programs to promote racial integration. A broadly written decision on Louisville's plan, and on a related one from Seattle, could have a profound impact on school systems across the country.
Washington Post Nov 05, 2006 Making Up for Lost Time: Virginia has created a scholarship program to give African American adults from Prince Edward County something they were denied as children: public education
QUOTE: In the fall of 2005, Virginia began issuing academic scholarships to repair even a small portion of the harm done to at least 2,000 African American schoolchildren who suffered a particularly acute form of deprivation during the hard-fought transition to integrated schooling. The fund, known as the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program, is an attempt to atone for the damage that Prince Edward -- with profound complicity from the state itself -- inflicted upon its most vulnerable citizens. The program pays the costs of a GED program or high school diploma for those who found jobs during the closings and may never have returned to school at all; it also pays for community college or an undergraduate or master's degree, up to $7,200 a year.
Washington Post Sep 06, 2006 Hornsby Pleads Not Guilty: Ex-Chief Accused Of Kickback Scheme
QUOTE: Hornsby, 52, was indicted Aug. 23 by a federal grand jury on charges of steering school business to associates in exchange for kickbacks that were intended to exceed $100,000 and possibly include expensive art or a yacht.
Washington Post Aug 24, 2006 County criticized: Teen's parents consider lawsuit
QUOTE: "You just don't send your teenager down to the police without a lawyer," counsels Heilberg. "It's more important for a teenager than an adult to have a lawyer. Teenagers are such easy pickings because they'll say anything." And with zero-tolerance policies, an adolescent could find himself kicked out of school even without being convicted of a crime.
Hook 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.
New York Times Jun 15, 2006 When is a song too religious - even in after-school show?
QUOTE: an 8-year-old student in Frenchtown, N.J., was told that the song she'd selected to perform in the show was too religious....School officials defend the action, saying they don't oppose religious songs but that the lyrics of "Awesome God" cross the line into proselytizing...
Christian Science Monitor May 15, 2006 Most Blacks in Low-Rung School Jobs: Rights Activists Will Monitor Officials' Attempt to Better Reflect Student Body
QUOTE: Blacks are well represented in Anne Arundel's public school workforce, but more work as custodians than teachers, according to an internal school-system document that has circulated among Annapolis civil rights leaders.
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