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Iowa wants students to grade schools, classmates for new school performance plan

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 15:38
DES MOINES, Iowa –Iowa schools will now be graded in part by feedback from students in a new effort to bring a more “holistic” approach to school accountability measures. Iowa’s recently submitted plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act outlines how state bureaucrats are moving away from measures based mostly on student math and reading […]

Fans recite Lord’s Prayer after FFRF legal threat ends student-led pregame prayers

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 15:37
PHENIX CITY, Ala. – Last month, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened to sue an Alabama high school over its long tradition of student-led prayer before Friday night football games. The threat convinced officials in the Lee County School System to put an end to the long running tradition, but students, parents and other […]

NYC student avoids jail for violent attack on principal over request to turn down headphones

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 15:37
NEW YORK – A Manhattan teen who gave a principal two black eyes for touching his headphones will avoid jail after a judge sentenced him to a “conditional discharge” last week. Judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson granted 19-year-old Luis Penzo youthful status and sentenced him to a conditional discharge on Friday, a move that essentially lets him […]

VT teacher fired after parent watches her lead third-graders in Nazi salute

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 17:27
GEORGIA, Vt. – A long serving substitute at Vermont’s Georgia Elementary & Middle School was relieved of duty last week after she allegedly led a third-grade class in a Nazi salute as they marched to lunch. “The children were standing with their arm out in front of them and the teacher was modeling the position,” […]

GA teacher arrested in August and September for two different student sex cases

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 13:28
BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – A former Georgia middle school teacher who was arrested last month for an alleged sexual relationship with a student in 2013 now faces a second case involving another student from 2015. Former Union County Middle School physical education teacher Shawnetta Reece was arrested last month for child molestation and sexual assault of […]

‘Trump’ sign at HS football game prompts cries of racism

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 13:23
WELLSBURG, W.Va. – The mostly white Brooke High School in West Virginia faces allegations of racism after a Friday football game against Pittsburgh’s mostly black Perry High School featured a student-made banner that read “Trump Perry.” Numerous students donned red, white and blue for Friday’s game, which featured a home-team banner with the words “Trump […]

Former Baltimore Co. school chief investigated for ties to same ed company that landed Chicago schools CEO in prison

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 19:55
BALTIMORE, Md. – Former Baltimore County school superintendent Dallas Dance is under investigation for his ties to the education company SUPES Academy, the same company that landed former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in prison. Investigators with the Maryland State Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation six months ago into Dance’s involvement with SUPES Academy […]

Teacher fired for inappropriate relationship with student runs unopposed for OH school board

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 19:47
MARION, Ohio – An Ohio teacher who was fired two years ago for an inappropriate relationship with a female student is now running for the school board, unopposed. Mark Bollinger taught for River Valley Local Schools for 18 years until he was fired in July 2015 for a sexually charged relationship with his 19-year-old neighbor, […]

New mobile app steers NYC students away from failing high schools

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:36
NEW YORK – A new phone app will make it easier for underserved low-income students to avoid failing New York City high schools. The Wall Street Journal reports: The NYC High School Application Guide seeks to nudge students toward better options. Students type in their address, interests and willingness to travel more than 45 minutes, […]

MO school district takes parents to court to recover past due lunch money

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:33
ASHLAND, Mo. – A Missouri school district is taking parents to court in an effort to recover overdue lunch money, a problem the superintendent said costs taxpayers about $30,000 a year. Some students in the Southern Boone County School District go through the system from kindergarten through graduation without paying for their lunches, and Superintendent […]

TN school apologizes after student returned to class with gun up his sleeve

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:51
MANCHESTER, Tenn. – Officials at a Tennessee middle school are apologizing to parents after they searched a student suspected of bringing a gun to school, then released him to class with the weapon still up his sleeve. The Westwood Middle School student, whose identity was not revealed, allegedly brought a gun to school last Thursday, […]

AZ 4th graders recite ‘gender-neutral’ Declaration of Independence

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:47
MESA, Ariz. – An Arizona mother called out her child’s school after a fourth-grade teacher created a gender-neutral Declaration of Independence for students to recite. The unidentified teacher at Mesa’s Salk Elementary School put up a large poster with the introduction of the historical document in her classroom, but crossed out “men” and replaced the […]

Student’s graphic cop decapitation video prompts call for DOJ investigation

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 01:12
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin state Sen. Steve Nass wants the state’s Department of Justice to investigate a University of Wisconsin-Madison student’s “vile and racist” video depicting the beheading of a police officer. UW-Madison junior Eneale Pickett released a commercial this week for his clothing line Insert Apparel that features UW students portraying police officers with […]

COPS: MI teacher spent homecoming cash, class trip money at casino

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:55
MACOMB, Mich. – A teacher at Dakota High School faces an embezzlement charge after police allege she stole money from ticket sales to a homecoming dance and parent-student trip to fund her gambling habit. Spanish teacher Christine Johnson, 29, served as the school’s student activity coordinator and collected cash for homecoming tickets and other school […]

Teacher faces possible life sentence after allegations of sex with four students — two in same night!

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:49
MARKED TREE, Ark. – An Arkansas teachers faces up to life in prison after police allege she had sex with four different students, including two students in the same night. Marked Tree High School teacher Jessie Lorene Goline, 25, was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly admitted to school officials that she had sex with four […]

‘Teacher of the Year’ accused of stealing from school’s parent-teacher group

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:53
WOLCOTT, Conn. – A former teacher of the year in Connecticut faces felony larceny charges after she allegedly swindled $88,000 from the local Parent Teacher Organization over the course of several years. Alcott Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jane Gargano, 54, resigned in May, when police launched an investigation into money missing from the school’s PTO. […]

Investigation launched after OR school district sues parent, reporter seeking public records

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 01:28
PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson announced Monday he will audit the state’s largest school district, in part because district officials are suing a parent to keep records secret. Richardson told The Oregonian that he’s received a flood of complaints from Portland residents about a long history of dysfunction and recent scandals, […]

‘Teacher of the Year’ suspended after students flash breasts, kiss crotches during class game

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 01:20
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A middle school Teacher of the Year in Florida was suspended without pay for a week after an investigation revealed students in his class flashed their breasts, and kissed and touched each other’s crotches, among other sexual antics. Multiple investigations substantiated allegations that Lake Shore Middle School Teacher of the Year Brent […]

SC school assignment requires students to defend KKK

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 01:01
LEXINGTON, S.C. – A South Carolina teacher was pulled from the classroom after parents complained about an assignment that tasked fifth-graders with justifying the KKK’s actions following the Civil War. The assignment was distributed to students at Oak Pointe Elementary and the family member of one student posted a copy on Facebook, prompting a fierce […]

CA school approves lessons on transgenderism for kindergartners

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:20
ROCKLIN, Calif. – A California school board voted Monday to affirm policies that allowed a book about transgenderism to be read to kindergarten students, despite fierce pushback from parents. The board of education for the Rocklin Academy Gateway School voted unanimously Monday night to affirm its literature selection policies, as well as recommendations from administrators […]

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