KS high school journalists uncover principal’s shady background, force her to resign

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Journalism students at Kansas’ Pittsburg High School recently exposed their new principal’s questionable education credentials, and the discovery forced her to resign from the $93,000-a-year job on Tuesday. “She was going to be the head of our school, and we wanted to be assured that she was qualified and had the proper […]

After digital push by schools, cursive making comeback

By Victor Skinner on Monday, March 6th, 2017

NEW YORK – Cursive is on the comeback. The New York City public school system is encouraging teachers to instruct students in the traditional writing style after drifting away from a focus on cursive in recent years. Alabama and Louisiana also passed laws last year mandating cursive proficiency, adding to a dozen states that already […]

Baltimore teachers stage mass ‘sick out’ — despite 70% graduation rate

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

BALTIMORE, Md. – Baltimore’s Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School #13 turned students away Wednesday because teachers reported sick en masse to protest the district budget. Those who stayed at school anyway watched movies and played in the gym, where a few teachers and administrators who did show up watched over them until 2:30, CBS Baltimore reports. […]

KY congressman introduces bill to abolish federal Department of Education

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As members of the U.S. Senate voted to confirm school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, a congressman from Kentucky introduced legislation to abolish the Department of Education. Rep. Thomas Massie introduced HR 899 Tuesday and it’s about as straightforward as it gets. The bill, in its entirety, reads: “The […]

Parents angry over 6th grade lessons on ‘Five Pillars of Islam’, Quran

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – Sixth-grade students at Alston Middle School are expected to learn the five pillars of Islam, and to correctly interpret passages from the Quran. In one worksheet, students were provided seven specific passages from the Quran and tasked with matching the religious texts with the five pillars of Islam. Passages included “Allah: There […]

Uganda moves to shut down schools funded by Gates, Zuckerberg

By Victor Skinner on Monday, November 28th, 2016

UGANDA – The government of Uganda is working to shut down dozens of for-profit Bridge International Academies, a low-cost private school system funded by Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The Uganda government already ordered more than 60 Bridge schools in the country to be shut down over a variety of allegations, from […]

School choice advocates celebrate victories in AR, FL, GA, IN, IA, KY, LA, MO, NV, OK, TN, WI

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Federation for Children, a pro-school choice advocacy group, is touting nationwide momentum for its cause in the wake of the 2016 election. A total of 80 out of 82 candidates endorsed by the AFC won their races across the country on election night, making it clear that many parents are […]

Mom takes on Tennessee school’s Islam lessons: ‘I will not give up this fight’

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, October 6th, 2016

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. – A Tennessee parent is on a mission to rid her daughter’s school district of lessons on Islam she contends are offensive to Christians, and she has at least some board members on her side. “My child’s religious beliefs were violated,” Bluff City Middle School parent Michelle Edmisten told Sullivan County board members […]

Trump calls for sweeping expansion of school choice

By Victor Skinner on Friday, September 9th, 2016

CLEVELAND – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is all in on school choice, and he’s proposing a $20 billion block grant to give poor and minority students better educational options. Trump discussed the plan at the Cleveland Arts and Sciences Academy, a small for-profit charter school that serves mostly minority students, on Thursday. “As your […]

Parent opt-out movement expands from standardized testing to student homework

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The movement of parents opting their children out of school requirements is expanding from standardized tests to homework for younger students. Chicago area mother Sara Youngblood-Ochoa told The Washington Post she simply put an end to homework for her first-grade son after repeated frustrations working with the youngster after school proved it […]

Trump pushes school choice, slams Hillary over bias for bureaucracy

By Victor Skinner on Saturday, August 20th, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reiterated his positions on education Thursday during one of his first speeches since his campaign changed leadership this week. What’s clear is The Donald is serious about creating school choice for all parents, particularly minority parents, and he couldn’t care less what the nation’s teachers unions think […]

Syracuse superintendent pockets $90,000 to close contract, despite dismal student performance

By Victor Skinner on Friday, August 19th, 2016

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras closed out her contract this week and walked away with $90,000. Contreras will take home $37,506 for 42 unused vacation days, $21,432 in her retirement account, and $18,200 for unused sick days, as well as a $12,500 merit pay bonus, Syracuse.com reports. The buyout comes […]

Feds move to punish schools where students opt out of standardized tests

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Lawmakers and political candidates are lashing out at federal bureaucrats in the U.S. Department of Education over a plan to punish schools where a large number of parents opt their children out of standardized tests. Congress approved a replacement for the federal No Child Left Behind Law known as the Every […]

Leaked DNC emails: ‘Common Core a political third rail we should not be touching at all’

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, July 28th, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democrats don’t want to talk about Common Core, the wildly unpopular national education standards pushed on schools through President Obama’s Race to the Top education initiative. Internal emails between Democratic National Committee staffers recently released by hackers show that while Democrats support Common Core, a lot of the public – including a […]

Is Milwaukee trying to avoid selling vacant building to military-style private school?

By Steve Gunn on Monday, July 25th, 2016

MIWAUKEE – A military-style voucher school that serves some of Milwaukee’s most troubled students is apparently having difficulty purchasing a vacant building from Milwaukee Public Schools. It may be another case of MPS, and its supporters in Milwaukee city government, trying to block competitors from buying vacant MPS buildings and attracting students away from the […]

RNC passes student-centered, pro-parent education platform

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

CLEVELAND – Republicans laid out their views on education with the Republican Platform 2016 as part of the Republican National Convention held in Cleveland this week. The document presents a unified vision on education that’s rooted in the fundamental truth that “parents are a child’s first and foremost educators, and have primary responsibility for the […]