FL Gov. DeSantis repeals Common Core national standards: ‘We want to demand excellence’

By Victor Skinner on Friday, February 1st, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis eradicating Common Core and “all of its vestiges” from Florida schools and he’s replacing it with something better. DeSantis issued an executive order on Thursday to eliminate Common Core, the wildly unpopular national education standards ushered in during the Obama administration. DeSantis made the announcement at Ida S. Baker High School in […]

92 student languages, declining enrollment, overspending plague LA schools as teacher strike drags on

By Victor Skinner on Monday, January 21st, 2019

Union officials in Los Angeles continue to hold education hostage for bigger salaries and more dues-paying jobs, though talks continue under the guiding hand of Mayor Eric Garcetti as the teachers strike drags into its second week. United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl urged members to continue to take to the streets to pressure […]

American public schools spending bigly on top-heavy administrative salaries, benefits

By Steve Gunn on Monday, July 9th, 2018

Last October, FoxBaltimore.com published a story that identified a major financial issue plaguing its hometown public school district, as well as districts across the nation. “Maryland spends a lot of money on education,” the news report said. “This year, Annapolis alone will send $6.3 billion to Maryland public schools – 18 percent of the state’s […]

University defends ‘privilege’ retreat ‘specifically for white students’: Doesn’t violate equal opportunity

By Victor Skinner on Monday, July 2nd, 2018

The University of Vermont is moving forward with its Examining White Identity Retreat for 2019, an event “specifically for white students” to get woke about “identity, diversity, and culture.” According to the program’s website, the annual retreat schools “students who self-identify as white” on how to “conceptualize and articulate whiteness from a personal and systemic […]

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 […]