Judge continues suit by black teacher punished after criticizing ‘white privilege’ lessons

By Victor Skinner on Monday, October 9th, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A U.S. District Judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a black teacher in the St. Paul school district who alleges administrators retaliated against him for criticizing the district’s ineffective, race-based school discipline policies. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied a motion by St. Paul Public Schools to dismiss […]

Milwaukee schools lecture parents: ‘Refrain from purchasing BB guns or toy guns’

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Milwaukee Public Schools is struggling to control students with its current race-based student discipline policies, so it’s offering unsolicited advice to parents to MPS officials sent a letter home to parents last week as part of a new “See It, Say It” school safety campaign for 2017-18 that asks them to take […]

SUIT: St. Paul schools retaliated against black teacher who criticized ‘white privilege’ training

By Victor Skinner on Friday, May 12th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – A former St. Paul Public Schools teacher is suing the district for allegedly retaliating against him for criticizing white privilege training for teachers and related lax discipline policies that shortchanged students. Former fourth grade teacher Aaron Benner spoke out during the 2014-15 school year about the district’s white privilege training for teachers, […]

Seattle teachers organize ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest

By Victor Skinner on Friday, October 14th, 2016

SEATTLE – Hundreds of Seattle teachers will celebrate the district’s “day of unity” with shirts signaling support for the divisive Black Lives Matter movement, an event sponsored by a group called “Social Equality Educators.” Social Equality Educators have preordered 1,000 shirts for teachers to wear next week, including a special “Black Lives Matter to Educators” […]

NYC teachers union slams de Blasio over kindergartner suspension ban

By Victor Skinner on Friday, September 9th, 2016

NEW YORK – New York City’s United Federation of Teachers is calling out the mayor it helped to elect over a recent ban on student suspensions the union believes will “backfire” in his face. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a self-styled “progressive” elected with significant help from the UFT, banned suspensions at all city […]

Longtime St. Paul teacher forced to retire amid cries of ‘racism’ from Black Lives Matter agitators

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Black Lives Matter St. Paul won its war against a special education teacher at Como Park Senior High School. Theo Olson agreed to retire from the district after the group accused him of being racist for criticizing St. Paul Public Schools’ restorative justice approach to student discipline. The agreement between Olson […]

Number of black parents homeschooling doubles

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

ATLANTA – There’s a growing movement of black parents homeschooling their children, and it’s driven largely by concerns about racism and a lack of opportunity in public schools that serve predominantly minority kids. The Christian Science Monitor detailed the movement in a lengthy profile featuring an Atlanta co-op where black parents are banding together to […]

Teachers union slams NYC Mayor de Blasio’s plan to eliminate student suspensions

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

NEW YORK – Teachers and parents are sounding off about new student discipline rules imposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio that prevents schools from suspending certain students. “Eliminating the ability of a school to intervene using suspensions, without understanding what drives the suspensions or providing educators with the resources … is unrealistic and shortsighted,” United […]

Democratic education platform: Government knows best; less choice and more spending

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The education policies of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform rely heavily on government intervention to fix the problems that plague public education, virtually the opposite of a Republican platform focused primarily on parental choice. Democrats laid bare their “strong belief that every student should be able to go to college debt-free, and working […]

MN racial achievement gap widens despite ‘white privilege’ discipline approach

By Victor Skinner on Monday, August 1st, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The achievement gap between white and minority students remains as big as ever in Minnesota schools, despite a “restorative justice” approach to student discipline designed to address the problem. Student scores on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments released Thursday show that student achievement has flatlined, and despite efforts to keep unruly minority students […]

SUIT: Student bullies targeted teacher with racist taunts, violence while officials fiddled

By Victor Skinner on Monday, June 13th, 2016

NEW YORK – New York City middle school teacher Kathy Perez was taunted and trampled by her students, shoved to the floor and threatened with violence repeatedly, according to her lawsuit against the city. In one case, a student stood on table and “pretended to hump his backpack” while telling Perez “you know you want […]

San Fran students, parents, teachers protest AGAINST ‘restorative justice’ policy

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Parents, teachers and students at Monroe Elementary School are protesting student discipline procedures because they contend administrators refuse to remove unruly students from the classroom. The backlash against San Francisco Unified School District’s relatively new approach to student discipline mirrors complaints from teachers and parents in other districts across the country with […]

Minneapolis schools miscalculate budget by $17 million

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, May 12th, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Minneapolis School District miscalculated its current budget by as much as $17 million, continuing a tradition of questionable money management that’s plagued the district for years. District officials told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune Wednesday that the district faces a $15 million to $17 million shortfall for the current school year after administrators […]

Teachers complain about increasingly violent elementary students

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

KENT, Wash. – Union officials are pointing to an increase in teacher injuries inflicted by elementary students as evidence that the Kent School District should hire more help to keep classrooms safe. The union, which is currently in contract negotiations with the district, helped to organize a protest at tonight’s school board meeting, where teachers […]

COPS: Tardy student punched two teachers over cell phone in class

By Victor Skinner on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A 16-year-old Syracuse high school student faces two felony assault charges after police allege he punched two teachers in the face for attempting stop him from using his phone in class. Police allege Rasheen Moore came to class late at Henninger High School Wednesday, around 8:05 a.m., and starting using his cell […]

Educator: Spending another $4.5 million on ‘white privilege’ training won’t make St. Paul schools safer

By Steve Gunn on Monday, March 28th, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Aaron Benner was teaching in the St. Paul school district a few years ago, when officials started adopting softer disciplinary policies to reduce the number of out-of-school suspensions for black students. He was one of many teachers victimized by the subsequent outbreak of violence, as students started to realize they faced […]