“If you serve a child a rotten hamburger in America, federal, state and local agencies will investigate you, summon you, close you down, whatever. But if you provide a child with a rotten education, nothing happens, except that you’re liable to be given more money to do it with.” -Ronald Reagan Go To Site

A Florida teacher who asked students about their sexuality, allegedly cursed at them, and told students she hates white people doesn’t understand why she’s serving a 15-day unpaid suspension. “They’ve never even met with me and told me what I’ve done wrong,” Southside Middle School teacher Kelly Hendrix told Fox 30. Go To Site

“What do you get of giving false accusations im one of the students that has blended learning I had a course of English and I passed and and it helped a lot you’re a reported your support to get truth information other than starting rumors . . .” -A Junior at Manhattan’s Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers Go To Site

Cambridge Librarian Receives Gift

of Dr. Suess Books from First Lady

September, 2017

Liz Phipps Soeiro's Response:

"So, my school doesn’t have a NEED for these books. And then there’s the matter of the books themselves. You may not be aware of this, but Dr. Seuss is a bit of a cliché, a tired and worn ambassador for children’s literature...

  "Another fact that many people are unaware of is that Dr. Seuss’s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes. Open one of his books (If I Ran a Zoo or And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, for example), and you’ll see the racist mockery in his art.

The same Liz Phipps Soeiro, at an earlier date:

Oops.

Figure 1: A liberal supporting "racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes"

Liberal, Incompetence, Financial, Oops, Waste

The New York City Department of Education doesn’t know what happened to the $84 million it spent on students with disabilities programs, an audit report released Monday shows.

  Controller of the audit, Scott Stringer, pointed to the fact that the city didn’t track where money for physical and speech therapy treatment as well as psychological counseling landed. Instead, NYC ended up spending the money on poorly crafted and even completely empty programs designed to scam the government into wasting taxpayer dollars on pointless education initiatives.

  “During the audit, DOE represented that it did not have any project plans, implementation schedules, and progress reports to document the steps taken, rate of progress, and total cost” the report reads.

Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Brilliance, Oops, Education, Diversity

New York education officials are expected on Monday to eliminate a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers, in part because a disproportionate number of African-American and Hispanic test takers were failing it...

  The literacy test, which was introduced in the 2013-2014 school year in an effort to raise the level of school teaching in the state, has alarmed some because of how minorities performed taking it.

Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Character, Funny, Education, Demagoguery

An official in the Washington education department has sent an email to the state’s schools urging them to prepare students for “increasing levels of fear and anxiety” because of the so-called “Trump effect.” Teachers are told to create “safe places,” plan for “recovery” from election rhetoric, incorporate election-related lessons in the classroom, and provide students with “protection” who are exposed to the rhetoric.

Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Oops, Education

HOUSTON - How do you teach a French class, if you don’t even speak French? The I-Team discovered that’s exactly what is happening at the Houston Independent School District’s Energy Institute High School... The teacher, Albert Moyer, said in a brief phone interview that the extent of his French education was just one year in high school. So why was he hired? To replace Jean Cius, a certified French teacher for more than 25 years. “It makes me extremely mad,” Cius said. “I feel bad for the fact that the kids are not learning.”

Step 1: Give every student in the Los Angeles public schools district an iPad. Step 2: ??? Step 3: Profit? Unfortunately for administrators at LA Unified School District, Step 2 has involved at least 71 kids losing the iPads they were given by the city of Los Angeles as part of a pilot program aimed at eventually supplying all district kids with the snazzy, shiny devices. Go To Site

Liberal, Union, Incompetence, Oops, Education

"This school is an oasis," then-New York City teachers union boss Randi Weingarten told The New York Sun in 2005, while sitting in a classroom at a brand new charter school in Brooklyn run by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). Why would the teachers union open a charter? To prove that these publicly funded, privately operated schools could be staffed by unionized teachers and be highly successful...

A decade later, the union is closing the school. Capital New York has the details: [T]he U.F.T. charter has consistently been one of the lowest performing schools—charter or otherwise—in the city and has received stern warnings from its authorizer, the SUNY Charter School Institute, about its viability... documented instability in leadership, low test scores particularly in middle school grades, lack of resources and disciplinary issues.

Government, Incompetence, Brilliance, Oops, Education, Waste

After the Los Angeles Unified School District spent $130 million last year on iPads for every child in its forty-seven schools, it will be switching to laptops this coming year. How come? Kids reported difficulty typing on the virtual keyboard, and district filters for sites such as YouTube and Twitter were easily bypassed.

Liberal, Union, Government, Incompetence, Financial, Education, Waste, Corruption, Jobs

In New York City public schools, more than 1,000 teachers who have lost their teaching positions still receive their salaries. According to a new agreement between the teachers union and the NYC department of education, they are even getting a raise and retroactive pay...

Several years ago, New York schools received much attention regarding their “rubber room” policy. Reassignment centers, otherwise known as “rubber rooms,” were places where the city sent teachers accused of incompetence or misconduct... Administrators abolished rubber rooms in 2010, but “the ATR is a little bit like the holdover of the rubber room,” said Daniel DiSalvo, Manhattan Institute senior fellow.

Elementary School Teachers

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Liberal, Guns, Incompetence, Education, Fascism

On March 11th the parents of 16-year-old Shane Kinney confirmed "their son was recently made to serve a one day in-school suspension" for refusing to turn his NRA shirt inside out or change shirts altogether. Kinney is a sophomore at Grand Island High School in New York.

Talk about your ‘whoops’ moments. Someone from a Prospect Heights International High School in Brooklyn called the father of a truant student to ask what was up with his abysmal attendance record. 16-year-old Jean Fritz Pierre drowned on a class trip last June. -Jenny Erikson Go To Site

Government, Incompetence, Brilliance, Education

A Minnesota public high school was so committed to obeying its fire drill policy to the exact letter of the law that it forced a female student–dressed only in a swimsuit, and sopping wet–to stand outside in the freezing cold for ten minutes. As a result, she suffered frostbite. Administrators wouldn’t let the student retrieve her clothes, sit in a car or wait inside another building, according to WCCO.

Crime, Government, Incompetence, Degeneracy, Brilliance, Oops, Education

Earlier this month, The Post exposed a scheme at Manhattan’s Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers in which failing students could get full credit without attending class, but instead watch video lessons and take tests online. One social-studies teacher had a roster of 475 students in all grades and subjects. Red-faced administrators encouraged a student letter-writing campaign to attack The Post and defend its “blended learning” program: "To deeply criticize a program that has helped many students especially seniors to graduate I should not see no complaints."... “Us as New York City Students deserve respect and encouragement,” one letter read. “We are the future of New York City and for some students, The future of the country.”

Union, Government, Incompetence, Education, Law

Nine California students have launched a lawsuit against the state, arguing that current law and entrenched practices they see as pro-union actually short-change the poor and the minority communities on their education... The plaintiffs argue that too many communities in the state aren’t living up to basic education standards, which they say is partly the fault of state laws that protect teachers and are driven by the unions. The California Teachers Association is opposing the suit, Watchdog reported.

Government, Incompetence, Education

A 10-year-old boy was suspended after he pretended to shoot an imaginary bow and arrow at his classmate, the family's attorney said this week. Johnny Jones was disciplined after he playfully responded to his friend's imaginary gun duel during class in October, by making an imaginary bow and arrow using his pencil.

In a nutshell, and in constant 2013 dollars, the cost of a K-12 education in 1970 was $57,602; the same education in 2010 was $164, 426 all the while employment in education rose sharply and school enrollments remained flat. -Robert Weissberg Go To Site

“The system keeps going down,” explained one teacher, “which makes it impossible to utilize the iPads in the way that the district desired.” A majority of the teachers who responded to the survey complained about problems with storage, applications, signing on and ongoing security issues. A majority also said they and their students were using the iPads — which cost a whopping $768 each — just three hours or less each week. Why aren’t teachers using the iPads in class? The survey suggests that they don’t really know how.

Liberal, Government, Guns, Incompetence, Brilliance, Education, Demagoguery

An 8-year-old Florida boy was suspended from school after using his finger as a pretend gun while playing cops and robbers with his friends. School district officials told the station its code of conduct prohibits students from playing with invisible guns.

Liberal, Incompetence, Financial, Science, Narrative, Oops, Education

An international survey found that the United States spends more than any other developed country in the world on education, but American students trail foreign students consistently on international tests. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States spent an average of $15,171 in 2010 on each student when college or vocational training was factored in—the highest in the world... But all of the money spent does not guarantee success; U.S. fourth-graders ranked 11th in the world in math in 2011; U.S. eighth-graders ranked ninth. Among 15 year-olds in 2009, the math literacy rate was 31st in the world—lower than the international average—while they were 23rd in science.

Government, Incompetence, Oops, Education, Academia

The vast majority of the 1,430 education programs that prepare the nation’s K-12 teachers are mediocre, according to a first-ever ranking that immediately touched off a firestorm. Released Tuesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality, a Washington-based advocacy group, the rankings are part of a $5 million project funded by major U.S. foundations

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is full of excuses for why the city’s schools are hemorrhaging money, failing to educate students, and laying off teachers by the hundreds. During her tenure as union head, Lewis has blamed Chicago Public Schools’ problems on Mayor Rahm Emanuel, charter schools, standardized tests, bankers, venture capitalists, a lack of funding and “a culture of fear.” During a recent speech to the City Club of Chicago, Lewis focused on her two most inflammatory excuses for CPS’ failures: “racism” and “rich white people.” Go To Site

Violence, Government, Guns, Incompetence, Oops, Fear, Education

The Oregonian reports Pine Eagle Charter School in Halfway held the drill last Friday as children were home for an in-service day. Two masked “gunmen” burst into a meeting room holding 15 teachers firing blanks. Teachers only realized it wasn’t a real shooting when none of them were bleeding.

Government, Incompetence, Brilliance, Oops, Education

Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have filed a civil rights lawsuit against a Chicago public school district on behalf of a second-grade teacher who was suspended after he displayed garden-variety tools such as wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers in his classroom as part of a "tool discussion" in his class. Despite the fact that all potentially hazardous items were kept out of the students' reach, school officials at Washington Irving Elementary School informed Doug Bartlett, a 17-year veteran in the classroom, that his use of the tools as visual aids endangered his students.

Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Oops, Education

Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system. The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday. When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade. They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.

Government, Incompetence, Oops, Education

ROWLETT, Texas — What started off as a history lesson at Schrade Middle School in Rowlett ended up with a 7th grader having rope marks around his neck. A history teacher was trying to teach lasso techniques used during cattle drives. He asked for student volunteers, and had them run… then tried to rope them. “[The teacher] was visiting with the students, telling the students about how Cowboys would corral maverick steers back into the herd,” explained Garland Independent School District spokesman Chris Moore. The 13-year-old volunteer ended up with bruises.

In the last 20 years, the number of K-12 administrators has increased 2.3 times faster than the number of students in school, according to the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. Teacher employment also outpaced student growth, though not as rapidly as the administrator count did. Over a longer period of time, the trend is even more pronounced. Administrative positions at K-12 schools increased by 700 percent since 1950 — seven times faster than the growth of student enrollment. Go To Site

Government, Character, Education, Jobs

The 8th grader at Boles Jr. High School in Arlington says it was a teacher who poured the pencil shavings in his mouth in January. “I was sitting in class with my head tilted back and opening my mouth,” says Jay. “Teacher came over and poured the pencil shavings in my mouth.” The 13-year-old says he immediately spit it out and was taken to the nurse’s office where he washed out his mouth.

Liberal, Guns, Incompetence, Brilliance, Education

Two more Maryland school kids got into trouble for pointing their fingers playing cops and robbers at school. Actually, in the Eastern Shore schoolyard during recess in this latest case. It happened last week at White Marsh Elementary in Talbot County. The two six year olds had been playing and were suspended for a day.

Government, Incompetence, Oops, Education

In a complaint filed against assistant principal Teresa Holmes on Dec. 6, the family of Clinton, N.C., fifth-grader Justin Cox allege their son was ordered to remove his socks, shoes, pants and shirt so the principal could conduct a manual search for a $20 bill that was inevitably found in the cafeteria.

Union, Government, Incompetence, Character, Funny, Brilliance, Oops, Education, Protest

It’s not “Gov. Synder” that she so despises, it’s Governor Rick “Snyder.” ... A recent study of Detroit Public Schools found that only 7% of eighth graders were proficient in reading.

“The current system isn’t working. And, alas, neither are too many of its graduates. There may be a connection.” Go To Site

Union, Government, Incompetence, Education

In the public schools in Detroit, Mich., according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 7 percent of the eighth graders are grade-level proficient or better in reading. Some public school teachers in the City of Detroit and around the state of Michigan are reportedly taking a vacation or a sick day today to protest right-to-work legislation likely to be approved by the state legislature... Detroit public-school eighth graders do even worse in math than they do in reading, according to the Department of Education. While only 7 percent scored highly enough on the department’s National Assessment of Educational Progress test in 2011 to be rated “proficient” or better in reading, only 4 percent scored highly enough to be rated “proficient” or better in math.

Government, Incompetence, Oops, Education

The mother of a seven-year-old boy at an elementary school in Irving, Texas says her son wet his pants in class because he hadn’t accumulated enough good behavior credits to secure a trip to the bathroom. The teacher at J.O. Davis Elementary rewards students for good behavior with “Boyd Bucks,” reports KXAS-TV5 in Dallas-Fort Worth. Her students can use the restroom outside of three scheduled breaks throughout the day, but the price of each trip is two Boyd Bucks.

Government, Incompetence, Brilliance, Education

A fourth-grade teacher in southern Idaho is being criticized after having her students use permanent markers to draw on the faces of classmates who failed to meet reading goals. Cindy Hurst said recently her 10-year-old son came home from school Nov. 5 with his entire face — including his eyelids — scribbled on with green, red and purple markers. "He was humiliated, he hung his head and wanted to go wash his face," Hurst told The Times-News of Twin Falls. "He knows he's a slow reader. Now he thinks he should be punished for it."

Government, Incompetence, Education, Waste

America’s K-12 public education system has experienced tremendous historical growth in employment, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Between fiscal year (FY) 1950 and FY 2009, the number of K-12 public school students in the United States increased by 96 percent while the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) school employees grew 386 percent... In addition, scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Long-Term Trend exam for 17-year-old students in public schools have not increased during the time period studied. Between 1992 and 2008, public schools’ NAEP reading scores fell slightly while scores in mathematics were stagnant.

If you’re a student in Massachusetts, you now have the option of visiting the locker room of your choosing under the new state guidelines about gender identity. State law now forces nondiscrimination based on gender identity. In other words, if you’re a male identifying as a female, you can hang out in the ladies’ locker room, and vice versa. Go To Site

Government, Incompetence, Brilliance, Smears, Education, Arrogance

In reference to two students insulting each other, Gatewood posted the following to her Facebook page: "How bout I blasted both of them. The girl in my class hair is nappy almost every day and the boy wears dirty clothes, face nasty and can't even read. They didn't bother nobody else when I got through with them." The students she is referring to – are kindergartners. Another post reads, "If another parent tell me it's my job to teach their children, it's gonna be po po time." "Po po" is slang for police.

Government, Narrative, Education

In 1970, public schools employed 2.06 million teachers, or one for every 22.3 students, according to the U.S. Department of Education's Digest of Education Statistics. In 2012, we have 3.27 million teachers, one for every 15.2 students.

Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Funny, Brilliance, Narrative, Education, Multiculturalism, Pc

An Oregon grade school principal suggested that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches might be racially and culturally offensive. “What about Somali or Hispanic students who might not eat sandwiches?” said Verenice Gutierrez in an interview with the Portland Tribune.

Union, Government, Incompetence, Character, Education, Greed

Seventy-nine percent of the 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools are not grade-level proficient in reading, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and 80 percent are not grade-level proficient in math. Chicago public school teachers went on strike on Monday and one of the major issues behind the strike is a new system Chicago plans to use for evaluating public school teachers in which student improvement on standardized tests will count for 40 percent of a teacher’s evaluation.

Chicago has an appallingly bad public school system. Only 21% of eighth graders are proficient in reading. 40% of all students drop out. Small wonder that 39% of the public school teachers in Chicago with children send their kids to private schools. Go To Site

Government, Incompetence, Character, Education

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Students may be catching a break if they misbehave in school. The rules surrounding suspensions in New York City schools are changing. The changes to the discipline code should result in far fewer suspensions, CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported Wednesday... What will be different? Well, for starters Walcott said cutting class and cursing will no longer be grounds for suspension. Neither will smoking, something that left a few parents bewildered.

Liberal, Character, Brilliance, Education, Pc

Political correctness in our school systems has gone wild. Banning controversial speech on campus is bad enough. Banning a deaf preschooler from using his own name sign is appalling to a whole other level. Hunter Spanjer, the three-year-old student, attends a preschool in the Grand Island Public Schools district in Nebraska. According to Hunter's dad, Brian Spanjer, this school district is banning his son's sign language name because it looks like a gun. Brian Spanjer told Nebraska-based KOLN, "He's deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy."

Government, Incompetence, Racism, Oops, Education

Rayville Elementary School in Louisiana received a failing grade this year, based on the state's School Performance Scores. Under the state's Public School Choice policy, eligible students in schools flagged as failing and in need of certain levels of improvement can transfer to an "academically acceptable school." But an interesting and controversial issue has arisen that may actually challenge equal opportunity intended by the law. In a letter to parents dated July 25, Rayville Elementary school officials inform families of the school's "F" grade and list two other institutions -- with letter grades C- and B -- that the parents can choose to transfer their children to. But there's a disclaimer: Please note that white students at Rayville Elementary School will not be allowed to transfer to the listed schools due to the present provisions issued in the federal Richland Parish School desegregation case.

Government, Incompetence, Education, Healthcare

DELTONA, Fla. - Volusia County School officials stand by a Deltona High School nurse's decision to refuse a student his inhaler during an asthma attack, citing a lack of a parent's signature on a medical release form. "It's like something out of a horror film. The person just sits there and watches you die," said Michael Rudi, 17. "She sat there, looked at me and she did nothing."... "I believe that when I closed my eyes I wasn't going to wake up," he said.
The Director of Student Health Services, Cheryl Selesky, said that parents must sign the medical release form each year, which allows students to carry their prescribed drugs with them in school.

A Georgia teacher was suspended after he pretended to shoot first-graders to teach them about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The teacher at Odyssey School in Newnan, Ga., identified as Mariano Pacetti, was playing a kind of hide-and-seek game where he encouraged students to hide while he pretended to be a gunman, the Newnan Times-Herald reported. He formed a gun with his fingers and pointed to one boy and said, “Bang you’re dead.” Go To Site

Government, Incompetence, Character, Education

The mother of a disabled teenager is horrified after discovering the school put her son in a box. Jacob Amatuccio, 14, is a student at Hudson Middle School in North Carolina. He has special needs after a brain injury left him disabled when he was a toddler and is prone to shouting and outbursts.

Government, Incompetence, Sex, Degeneracy, Education, Adult

TALLULAH, La. (CBS Houston) – A teacher at Tallulah Elementary School lost her job after not noticing two third graders participating in oral sex under their desks. The News-Star is reporting that the teacher was fired for not keeping a proper eye on her students, as the incident occurred under her watch.

Government, Incompetence, Education, Healthcare

Teachers at a Skokie school forced a 6-year-old with a broken leg and a concussion to crawl back to his classroom across an icy playground, then failed to call for an ambulance, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Incompetence, Education

While Detroit faces rising unemployment rates, crime, violence and awful football, it has now come to light that the man who leads their school system can't write a functional sentence.

Today, one-third of fourth graders are functionally illiterate as judged by the NAEP. So, what exactly went wrong? The answer is not a lack of funding, as teachers unions love to blame. To the contrary, school spending has increased 80 percent since 1983 after adjusting for inflation – that’s triple the growth of enrollment over the same time period. -Casey Given Go To Site

Union, Incompetence, Education

Nobody but a schoolteacher or a union acolyte could criticize the Los Angeles Times' terrific package of stories—complete with searchable database—about teacher performance in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Government, Incompetence, Education

47 percent of America’s kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers come from the bottom one-third of their college classes (as measured by SAT scores). The figure is from a study by McKinsey & Company, “Closing the Talent Gap.”

Chancellor Rhee, by contrast, is a 38-year-old single Korean-American mother with two young daughters in her troubled 46,000-student system. With the backing of Mayor Fenty, she has closed 23 schools, restructured 27 others, fired more than 250 teachers and dumped about one-third of the system's principals. Still there's more work to be done. She recently put the critical question to a principal who was defending a teacher, according to Washington Post columnist Fred Hiatt: "Would you put your grandchild in that class?" "If that's the standard," the principal replied, "we don't have any effective teachers in my school."
Rhee's response: "That is the standard."

In New York City, it's "just about impossible" to fire a bad teacher, says schools chancellor Joel Klein. The new union contract offers slight relief, but it's still about 200 pages of bureaucracy. "We tolerate mediocrity," said Klein, because "people get paid the same, whether they're outstanding, average, or way below average." One teacher sent sexually oriented emails to "Cutie 101," his sixteen year old student. Klein couldn't fire him for years, "He hasn't taught, but we have had to pay him, because that's what's required under the contract."

Government, Incompetence, Obama, Education

Chicago's former schools chief has flunked the education foundation headed by Barack Obama and founded by 1960s terrorist Bill Ayers - saying it failed to monitor projects and funded school "reform" groups that campaigned against boosting academic standards.

Democrat, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Obama, Financial, Oops, Education

Chicago's former schools chief has flunked the education foundation headed by Barack Obama and founded by 1960s terrorist Bill Ayers - saying it failed to monitor projects and funded school "reform" groups that campaigned against boosting academic standards. "There was a total lack of accountability. If you went back and asked, you'd be hard-pressed to find out how the money was spent," said Paul Vallas, the city's school superintendent when Obama chaired the Chicago Annenberg Foundation from 1995 to 1999.

Liberal, Union, Incompetence, Education, Waste

The ATR is comprised of teachers who literally have no classroom for one reason or another. Due to a labor contract stipulation, they can’t be fired or laid off, and continue to draw the same salaries as full-time teachers. They’re put into the ATR pool, where they may be assigned to work as substitutes, clerks, or perhaps to do nothing at all.