Cleveland Teachers Union threatens to walk out on students — on first day of school

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized

CLEVELAND – Cleveland students returned to school Monday, the same day Cleveland Teachers Union officials declared plans to walk out on them over stalled contract negotiations. The current contract between the CTU and Cleveland Metropolitan School District expired at the end of June, though it remains in effect until a new pact is crafted. Regardless, […]


DC teachers union calls on members to boycott ‘deceitful’ Walmart school supply giveaway

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Walmart is calling on Washington, D.C. residents to nominate a teacher to receive a $490 gift card – the average amount teachers allegedly spend out-of-pocket to stock their classrooms with supplies for the school year. But the Washington Teachers’ Union thinks the effort is a “deceitful” and “bogus” scam that amounts to […]


REPORT: More teachers ‘chronically absent’ than students in many schools

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Recently released statistics on school absentee rates show that in many districts teachers are chronically absent more than their students. “According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, nearly one out of every four teachers in San Diego County miss 10 or more school days per year, a threshold that […]


CA teacher shortage forces districts to recruit from Mexico, Starbucks, dog park

By Victor Skinner on Monday, August 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized

FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno school district is “being creative” in luring in hundreds of new teachers amid a statewide teacher shortage, and administrators are turning to Mexico, Starbucks, grocery stores and other unusual places for new recruits. Fresno Unified School District is hiring more than 300 new teachers for the 2016-17 school year, an […]


Florida parents sue state after third-graders held back for opting out of standardized test

By Victor Skinner on Monday, August 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Parents of numerous Florida third graders are suing the state after education officials in some counties decided to hold back students who opted out of the state’s standardized tests last year. Parents are suing the Florida Education Commissioner, the state Board of Education, and school boards in Orange, Hernando, Oseola, Sarasota, Pasco, […]


States fight to stop Obama’s transgender directive as start of school looms

By Victor Skinner on Monday, August 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized

FORT WORTH, Texas – Twenty-three states are suing the federal government over President Obama’s directive this spring about transgender students, and more than a dozen are asking the court to block it. The Obama administration’s Justice and Education departments sent letters to all public schools in May alleging that federal Title IX laws prohibit schools […]


Teacher apologizes after giving black colleague white robe, Confederate flag as ‘joke’

By Victor Skinner on Monday, August 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized

ELK CITY, Okla. – An Oklahoma agriculture teacher is under investigation after he allegedly presented a black co-worker with a Confederate flag and white robe at a recent awards ceremony. Larry Long was honored for nearly 49 years of teaching agriculture at Elk City High School during the annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer […]


Mom sues school after 6-year-old daughter is handcuffed for ‘stealing piece of candy’

By Victor Skinner on Friday, August 12th, 2016 in Uncategorized

CHICAGO – The mother of a Chicago Public Schools elementary student is suing the school district after she claims her daughter was traumatized by a school resource officer who handcuffed the girl and left her in a dark stairwell. Marlena Wordlow contends a CPS security officer at Fernwood Elementary school in March handcuffed first-grader Madisyn […]


STUDY: Michelle O’s school meals ‘making students more at risk of being overweight’

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON, D.C. – First lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to address the nation’s youth obesity epidemic is actually making kids fatter, according to a new study. Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Wen You found that the longer kids eat government-funded school meals, the more likely they will be overweight, which means low-income […]


Mom wants TX school to change bathroom policy for her trans kindergartner

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 in Uncategorized

PEARLAND, Texas – The mother of a transgender kindergartner is pleading with the Pearland Independent School District to let her child – who was born a boy – use the girl’s bathroom at school. “You are increasing the risk of suicide among these children,” mother Kimberly Shappley told the school board Tuesday, according to the […]


Houston plan to strip Confederate names from 7 schools to cost $1.2 million

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 in Uncategorized

HOUSTON – The Houston Independent School District expects to spend at least $1.2 million to rename seven schools with ties to the Confederacy. HISD interim superintendent Ken Huewitt divulged the staggering cost on Monday in response to a lawsuit filed against the district by parents upset about the change, and said he will request that […]


Washington elementary mulls request for After School Satan Club

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 in Uncategorized

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The Satanic Temple of Seattle wants to start an after school program at Centennial Elementary School. The organization’s ultimate goal is to start an After School Satan Club at all area schools that currently allow the Good News Bible Club, the Skagit Valley Herald reports. “It is designed to be a […]


CO school district spends $19,000 to investigate board member’s fake resume

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 in Uncategorized

AURORA, Colo. – A Colorado school district spent nearly $19,000 to investigate a school board member who falsified his military accolades, work and education record to win a spot on the board in 2013. The Aurora Public Schools board of education paid a private investigator $18,789.35 to produce a 23-page report about the questionable history […]


Football coach fired over post game prayers sues district for religious discrimination

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 in Uncategorized

BREMERTON, Wash. – A Washington high school assistant football coach is suing the Bremerton School District after he was fired for quietly praying on the 50-yard line after games. Assistant coach Joe Kennedy was suspended in October and terminated in November for refusing orders from school officials to stop his silent post-game prayers. The Christian […]


NC school district bans teachers from saying ‘boys’ and ‘girls’

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 in Uncategorized

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Teachers and staff in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools should avoid words like “boys” and “girls” in favor of more gender neutral descriptors like “scholars” and “students,” according to district “guidelines.” A district presentation titled “Supporting Transgender Students,” highlighted recently by WSOC, encourages school leaders to ditch gender-based activities whenever possible, and to “maintain only […]