CA school district launches home school program to stem enrollment decline

By Victor Skinner on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 in Uncategorized

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A California school district is trying a new approach to attract more students amid declining enrollment: listening to parents and giving them what they want. Conejo Valley Unified School District is launching the K-6 Independent Home Study Program to offer parents support in homeschooling their children personalized education programs tailored to […]


WY school district drops Michelle O’s lunch rules

By Victor Skinner on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 in Uncategorized

SHERIDAN, Wyo. – Officials in Wyoming’s smallest school district decided to ditch the National School Lunch Program and its long list of nutrition regulations to cut down on wasted food and administrative time tied to the federal requirements. According to the Sheridan Press: Superintendent Chares Auzqui said the move will help cut down on food […]


DA: Teacher accused of buying pot from student won’t face charges

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A San Diego teacher accused of trying to buy marijuana from a student was cleared of wrongdoing this week, five months after the episode cost him his job, apartment and respect in the community. In February, Canyon Crest Academy history teacher and lacrosse coach Miles Brown, 34, was arrested and escorted […]


Teacher accused of performing oral sex on student busted by surveillance camera

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized

MOORE, Okla. – A 51-year-old Moore High School teacher faces a felony count of forcible oral sodomy after she was busted on surveillance cameras kissing and canoodling with a 17-year-old student in Oklahoma City. School officials alerted police after they learned of allegations that teacher Sandra Mayfield was engaged in an inappropriate relationship with one […]


Teen sues school for proposing trans students wear bright green wristbands

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized

KENOSHA, Wis. – A transgender Kenosha Tremper High School student is suing the school district because the teen alleges teachers use the wrong name, and administrators won’t allow the biological female to use the boys’ restrooms. Ashton Whitaker, a 16-year-old biological female who identifies as a male, contends teachers and school officials at Tremper High […]


School bans clapping, OKs ‘excited faces’, ‘punching the air’ to cheer

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized

SYDNEY, Australia – Clapping is now banned at Sydney’s Elanora Heights Public School to accommodate students who are sensitive to loud noises, the latest in a long line of politically correct moves by Australian schools. Elanora school officials announced its new policy in July 18 newsletter to parents, Perth Now reports. “If you’ve been to […]


Boise schools ban zeros, minimum grade is 50 percent

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized

BOISE, Idaho – In the Boise School District, students will now automatically get half credit for tests and assignments, regardless of their effort. District officials are implementing a “no zero” grading policy for the 2016-17 school year that will require teachers to give students at least a 50 percent no matter how well they perform, […]


Former ‘Teacher of the Year’ accused of molesting student in classroom

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized

WEBSTER, Texas – A former Teacher of the Year in Texas faces allegations he sexually assaulted a third-grader years ago while tutoring the girl for the state’s standardized test. A high school sophomore recently told her mother that McWhirter Elementary School teacher Oscar I. Perez sexually abused her several times when he tutored the girl […]


News investigation forces IN legislators to look into pedophiles with teaching licenses

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 in Uncategorized

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers are reviewing the state’s teacher licensing process and looking for ways to prevent perverts from working in schools, two months after a local news station revealed the Department of Education failed to revoke the licenses of several convicted pedophiles. The Indy Channel in May highlighted numerous former educators in Indiana who […]


Student cut from cheerleading tryouts threatens to sue school over decision

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 in Uncategorized

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Florida high school senior is threatening to sue her school district after she failed to make the varsity cheerleading squad. Leon High School Principal Billy Epting is “reviewing the various information” and is expected to make a decision soon about whether he will bypass the school’s cheerleading tryout process to install […]


RNC passes student-centered, pro-parent education platform

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 in Uncategorized

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 […]


Facebook blames public education system for overly white staff

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 in Uncategorized

MENLO PARK, Calif – Facebook is blaming its failure to diversify its predominantly white male workforce on the country’s lackluster education system, though some believe the company is simply making excuses. The social media giant released an annual diversity report last Thursday that sows the company’s U.S. workforce remains only about 2 percent black and […]


Schools increasingly recruit foreign educators to fill high-need and bilingual positions

By Victor Skinner on Monday, July 18th, 2016 in Uncategorized

YAKIMA, Wash. – Washington school districts, as well as those in other states, are increasingly looking overseas to recruit teachers for specialized positions. The Grandview School District, for example, hired Angela Munda from Cebu City in the Philippines in 2013 to work as a speech language pathologist, and she’s remained on the job for nearly […]


California opts for ‘overly complicated’ color-coded school report cards

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 in Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California parents will soon need a special chart to understand the state’s new color-coded school accountability system. “Several aspects of the latest version seem overly complicated,” California State PTA vice president Patty Scripter told the Los Angeles Times. “We encourage the board to pilot-test the words and colors with parents.” Gabe Rose, […]


Dozens of CO teachers set to lose tenure protection under new evaluation system

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 in Uncategorized

DENVER – Nearly four dozen tenured Denver Public Schools teachers are expected to lose their non-probationary status as a result of education reforms passed in 2010. In Douglas County schools, it’s 24 teachers. The Aurora district expects 12 teachers to lose tenure, Chalkbeat reports. Colorado’s teacher effectiveness law requires all teachers to be evaluated every […]


School district won’t ask staff not to wear flip-flops, mini-skirts, tank tops

By Victor Skinner on Monday, July 18th, 2016 in Uncategorized

SAVANNAH, Ga. – School board members for Savannah-Chatham public schools opted to shelve a proposed staff dress code policy after backlash from teachers. District administrators proposed new restrictions for to the staff dress code last week that would ban educators and other school employees from chewing gum, using music players, and wearing excessive cologne, flip-flops, […]