NJ school chops down tree dedicated to memory of 9/11 victim

By Victor Skinner on Friday, July 21st, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

HARRINGTON PARK, N.J. – Officials in New Jersey’s Harrington Park school district are vowing to replant 10 trees that were recently removed by a contractor to make way for a parking lot, including one tree that was dedicated to a local resident who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Harrington Park Superintendent Adam […]


Berkeley teacher arrested for inciting riot at CA Capitol last summer

By Victor Skinner on Friday, July 21st, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A California middle school teacher was arrested Tuesday night for her role in instigating a violent riot with neo-Nazis at the state Capitol last summer. Yvonne Felarca, a teacher at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and anti-fascist leader of the group By Any Means Necessary, now faces charges of assault […]


Will MA teachers union fight bill to ban sex with students?

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

BOSTON – Massachusetts lawmakers are considering legislation to crack down on educators who sexually abuse students by outlawing all relationships, including those who meet the age of consent. State Sen. Joan Lovely introduced Senate Bill 295 to address student-teacher relationships involving students between the ages of 16 and 19 – students who meet the legal […]


Schools cancel classes for total solar eclipse deemed ‘environmental hazard’

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Schools in several states are canceling classes for the total solar eclipse next month, opting to send students home for “inclement weather” instead of using the rare phenomenon as a teaching moment. Officials in Edwardsville District 7 in the St. Louis metro area canceled classes for Aug. 21 because of safety concerns […]


‘Cyberbullying’: U suspends student who graded girlfriend’s break-up letter on Twitter

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

ORLANDO, Fla. – A University of Central Florida student is fighting back after school officials issued a lengthy suspension for grading his ex-girlfriend’s break-up letter and posting it to Twitter. Nicholas Lutz gave his former girlfriend a D- for an apology letter she sent following their February breakup, and the marked-up letter – complete with […]


VT school district battles community after ditching ‘Rebels’ mascot

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – A Vermont school board faces a lawsuit over its unilateral decision to change the local high school’s Rebel mascot to avoid alleged racist connotations tied to the Confederacy. Parents, staff, alumni and other supporters of South Burlington High School’s Rebel mascot filed a lawsuit against the school district after the board […]


BLM leader quits post as ‘chief human capital officer’ for Baltimore schools

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

BALTIMORE – Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson is quitting his day job as a Baltimore city schools administrator to focus full time on agitating. “For the past year, I’ve been the Chief Human Capital Officer for @BaltCitySchools,” Mckesson posted to Twitter last week. “I’m leaving this month. It’s been an incredible year.” Baltimore city […]


San Fran schools ban chocolate milk despite conflicting reports on student health

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 in Uncategorized 457 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco school officials have deemed chocolate milk too sugary for students, and they’re now phasing it out of district cafeterias. The San Francisco Unified School District’s board of education voted to add chocolate milk to a long list of banned food items in the city’s schools starting in elementary and middle […]


Supreme Court orders CO, NM courts to revisit private school cases ‘in light of Trinity Lutheran’

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

DENVER – The U.S. Supreme Court is ordering lower state courts to reconsider rulings in light of its decision Monday that ruled Missouri’s Blane Amendment violated the U.S. Constitution. The Blane Amendment, versions of which are included in other state constitutions, specifically prohibits public funds from flowing to religious entities, but the Supreme Court ruled […]


Las Vegas teacher sentenced to 12 1/2 to life for kidnapping 16 yo, child pornography

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized 3 Comments

LAS VEGAS – A former Las Vegas kindergarten teacher will serve between 12 ½ years and life in prison for kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and creating child pornography in his apartment for two months. District Judge Stefany Miley issued the sentence to 48-year-old Melvyn Sprowson, who repeatedly professed his love for the 16-year-old and described […]


Utah girls sue high schools for discrimination, want girls-only school football league

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized 8 Comments

HERRIMAN, Utah – Six high school girls in Utah are suing their school districts for failing to provide girls’ football teams, an alleged violation of Title IX federal anti-discrimination laws. The girls filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court against the Jordan, Canyons and Granite school districts, as well as the Utah High School […]


VIDEO: Teens beat pregnant woman bloody at Long Island HS graduation

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized 12 Comments

MASTIC BEACH, N.Y. – Police are investigating a brawl that broke out at a high school graduation on Long Island that left a pregnant woman bleeding from her head. The fight occurred in the parking lot of William Floyd High School shortly after the Class of 2017 received their diplomas on Sunday, and a video […]


Voucher proponents cheer Supreme Court’s MO church playground ruling

By Victor Skinner on Monday, June 26th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court sided with a religious school in Columbia that sued the state of Missouri for denying a taxpayer-funded grant for school playground improvements. The court ruled on Monday that state officials were wrong to block funding to Trinity Lutheran Church to rubberize playground surfaces as part of a state […]


Armed teachers receive tactical training to protect students from school shooters

By Victor Skinner on Monday, June 26th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

DENVER – While some teachers are vacationing or crafting lesson plans for next school year, others are spending their summer break at the shooting rage. “I don’t have children of my own,” Fleming, Colorado agriculture teacher Kelly Blake told NPR between rounds at a Denver area shooting range, “so these students are my children.” Blake […]


MD school district suspends 848 employees for child abuse investigations in 2016-17

By Victor Skinner on Monday, June 26th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maryland’s second largest school district suspended 848 employees this year amid a crackdown on suspected child abuse, about half of which were teachers. That’s more a than 1,000 percent increase over 2014-15, when the school district was plagued by child abuse scandals and officials vowed to take action to enforce laws that […]


VA district approves special nondiscrimination policy for transgender students

By Victor Skinner on Monday, June 26th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

BRISTOW, Va. – Virginia’s Prince William County schools approved special protections for transgender students and staff at last Wednesday’s school board meeting, though it does automatically grant access to bathrooms and locker rooms based on gender identity. “The Division shall not discriminate in employment nor in the provision of educational programs, services, and activities based […]