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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Oct 14, 2012 Christian Group Finds Gay Agenda in an Anti-Bullying Day
QUOTE: The program, started 11 years ago by the Southern Poverty Law Center and now in more than 2,500 schools, was intended as a way to break up cliques and prevent bullying. But this year, the American Family Association, a conservative evangelical group, has called the project “a nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools”...
New York Times Aug 23, 2012 Is Private School Not Expensive Enough?
QUOTE: To the extent that any family with the wherewithal is paying less than the full cost of the product it is buying through combined tuition payments and donations, that family is effectively being subsidized by other current and past donors. Not only is this ethically unsupportable, but ultimately, it is also financially unworkable.
New York Times Feb 09, 2012 Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say
QUOTE: Education was historically considered a great equalizer in American society, capable of lifting less advantaged children and improving their chances for success as adults....while the achievement gap between white and black students has narrowed significantly over the past few decades, the gap between rich and poor students has grown substantially during the same period.
New York Times Jun 27, 2011 Teacher Grades: Pass or Be Fired
QUOTE: [Impact's] admirers say the system, a centerpiece of the tempestuous three-year tenure of Washington’s former schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, has brought clear teaching standards to a district that lacked them and is setting a new standard by establishing dismissal as a consequence of ineffective teaching. But some educators say it is better at sorting and firing teachers than at helping struggling ones...
New York Times Jun 03, 2011 When Teachers Talk Out of School (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: Such teachers have become minor Internet celebrities, lauded by their fans for exposing students’ insolent manners and desultory work habits. Their backers also say that teachers’ freedom of speech is imperiled when we penalize their out-of-school remarks...The truly scary restrictions on teacher speech lie inside the schoolhouse walls, not beyond them.
New York Times May 21, 2011 Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates
QUOTE: They described themselves simply as local teachers who favored school reform — one sympathetic state representative, Mary Ann Sullivan, said, “They seemed like genuine, real people versus the teachers’ union lobbyists.” They were, but they were also recruits in a national organization, Teach Plus, financed significantly by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
New York Times Mar 09, 2011 Duncan: Most schools could face 'failing' label
QUOTE: Many educators complain they are unfairly penalized if even a few of their students fill in the wrong bubbles on testing day. Advocates for the poor contend the only way to ensure disadvantaged students get real help is to threaten schools, at minimum, with public shame.
Washington Post Feb 14, 2011 Web of Popularity, Achieved by Bullying
QUOTE: Highly publicized cases of bullying typically involve chronic harassment of socially isolated students, but the latest studies suggest that various forms of teenage aggression and victimization occur throughout the social ranks as students jockey to improve their status.
New York Times Feb 06, 2011 Study finds funding gap between D.C. specialty and neighborhood schools
QUOTE: The two public high schools, 21/2 miles apart in Northwest Washington, serve vastly different student populations. And they do it with vastly different levels of financial support, according to an analysis of school spending by a District advocacy group.
Washington Post Jun 27, 2010 Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray
QUOTE: Affronted by cyberspace’s escalation of adolescent viciousness, many parents are looking to schools for justice, protection, even revenge. But many educators feel unprepared or unwilling to be prosecutors and judges.
New York Times May 21, 2010 Texas school board hears from critics of social studies changes
QUOTE: ...McLeroy has argued that the revisions provide balance to a set of standards that did not initially paint America in a positive light. Both liberals and conservatives on the board have called the changes "political" -- but they have disagreed on whether that was a bad thing.
Washington Post Apr 23, 2010 For Charter School Company, Issues of Money and Control
QUOTE: growing scrutiny from school boards and state regulators questioning how public money is spent and whether the company exerts too much control over the schools.... Imagine has elbowed the charter holders out of virtually all school decision making...
New York Times Apr 23, 2010 An Online Alias Keeps Colleges Off Their Trail
QUOTE: Whether admissions officers really do plumb Facebook is up for debate....To avoid detection, Ms. Kaye, now a freshman at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, said she and others began changing their names on Facebook beginning in their junior year of high school.
New York Times Apr 18, 2010 School Admin Takes Fifth Amendment in "Peeping Tom" Case
QUOTE: Lawyers for Harriton High School sophomore Blake Robbins are claiming that the teenager's school district has used built-in tracking software on students' laptops to take "thousands" of unauthorized images, "including pictures of Blake partially undressed and of Blake sleeping."
PC Magazine Apr 02, 2010 About That Webcam
QUOTE: A Pennsylvania town has been roiled by a local high school using cameras in school-issued laptops to spy on students. Almost as shocking is the fact that the federal wiretap law that should prohibit this kind of surveillance does not cover spying done through photography and video in private settings.
New York Times Mar 29, 2010 9 Teenagers Are Charged After Classmate’s Suicide
QUOTE: It is not clear what some students at South Hadley High School expected to achieve by subjecting a freshman to the relentless taunting described by a prosecutor and classmates. Certainly not her suicide. And certainly not the multiple felony indictments...
New York Times Mar 25, 2010 Duncan had VIP list of requests at Chicago schools
QUOTE: When he led the Chicago schools, Arne Duncan kept a list of all the big shots who asked for help in getting certain children into the city's best public schools....A spokesman said Wednesday that Duncan, who is now U.S. education secretary, used the list not to dole out rewards to insiders but to shield principals from political interference.
Washington Post Feb 18, 2010 Girl's arrest for doodling raises concerns about zero tolerance
QUOTE: "We are arresting them at younger and younger ages [in cases] that used to be covered with a trip to the principal's office, not sending children to jail," said Emma Jordan-Simpson, executive director of the Children's Defense Fund, a national children's advocacy group.
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 19, 2009 Eager Students Fall Prey to Apartheid’s Legacy
QUOTE: Thousands of schools across South Africa are bursting with students who dream of being the accountants, engineers and doctors this country desperately needs, but the education system is often failing the very children depending on it most to escape poverty.
New York Times Aug 31, 2009 A Few Good Kids? How the No Child Left Behind Act allowed military recruiters to collect info on millions of unsuspecting teens.
QUOTE: In the past few years, the military has mounted a virtual invasion into the lives of young Americans. Using data mining, stealth websites, career tests, and sophisticated marketing software, the Pentagon is harvesting and analyzing information on everything from high school students' GPAs and SAT scores to which video games they play.
Mother Jones Jun 01, 2009 46 States and D.C. to Pursue Common Education Standards
QUOTE: The push for common reading and math standards marks a turning point in a movement to judge U.S. children using one yardstick....Many Republicans oppose nationally mandated standards, saying schools should not be controlled by Washington.
Washington Post Jun 01, 2009 U.S. Effort to Reshape Schools Faces Challenges
QUOTE: President Obama’s education secretary, Mr. Duncan, wants to take school turnaround efforts nationwide....The federal government lacks the authority to close schools, so Mr. Duncan’s first challenge is to persuade local districts to begin school turnarounds that will anger teachers, administrators, parents and local politicians.
New York Times Mar 26, 2009 A Vaccine Debate Once Focused on Sex Shifts as Boys Join the Target Market
QUOTE: medical authorities recommended that they receive it [the Gardasil vaccine--Ed.] at age 11 or 12 to protect them before they start having sex. Critics worried that vaccinating children would send a subtle signal that their parents assumed they would become sexually active and that it would give youngsters a false sense of security.
Washington Post Jul 18, 2008 The Next Kind of Integration
QUOTE: In June of last year, a conservative majority of the Supreme Court, in a 5-to-4 decision, declared the racial-integration efforts of two school districts unconstitutional...By invoking Brown v. Board of Education, the court’s landmark 1954 civil rights ruling, Breyer accused the majority of abandoning a touchstone in the country’s efforts to overcome racial division. “This is a decision that the court and the nation will come to regret,” he concluded.
New York Times Jun 18, 2008 Money for Needy Goes to Wealthy Schools, Report Says (City Room)
QUOTE: According to the analysis, the Education Department is distributing much of that money -– more than 40 percent -– to schools that are either high-performing, wealthy, or both. Under state law, 75 percent of the money should be distributed to schools with the “greatest educational needs.”
New York Times May 24, 2008 Busy Students Get a New Required Course: Lunch
QUOTE: In a school where SAT scores are the talk in the hallways and more than half the seniors are accepted to their first-choice college, Briarcliff’s principal, Jim Kaishian, said mandatory lunch is intended to reduce stress on teenagers so caught up in the achievement frenzy they barely have time to eat or sleep.
New York Times Apr 27, 2008 Truth: Can You Handle It? Better Yet: Do You Know It When You See It?
QUOTE: when asked to recall which information was false, the seniors couldn't do it. They remembered all of the information as true, knowing that they'd heard something about shark cartilage somewhere. In fact, the more times that they were told the information was false, the more they believed it was true.....As students must absorb increasingly more information throughout their education, perhaps expecting them to assess whether it's true is simply too much. Four errors to Britannica's three ain't bad -- and probably good enough for the research the average person does on a daily basis.
Washington Post Mar 26, 2008 This Land: A Boy the Bullies Love to Beat Up, Repeatedly
QUOTE: Bullying is everywhere, including here in Fayetteville...A decade ago a Fayetteville student was mercilessly harassed and beaten for being gay. After a complaint was filed with the Office of Civil Rights, the district adopted procedures to promote tolerance and respect — none of which seems to have been of much comfort to Billy Wolfe.
New York Times Mar 12, 2008 Principal Sees Injustice, and Picks a Fight With It
QUOTE: Under the [Arizona] statute popularly known as Proposition 300, illegal immigrants could not receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in Arizona. Nor could school administrators...use state money to pay it.”
New York Times Mar 10, 2008 Home-schoolers reel from California court blow
QUOTE: A ruling that parents in the state 'do not have a constitutional right' to home-school their children prompts anger, confusion. Schwarzenegger may ask legislature to intervene.
Christian Science Monitor Mar 06, 2008 District to Settle Bible Suit
QUOTE: The federal suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the People for the American Way Foundation...It argued that the course curriculum...promoted Protestant Christianity and a specific reading of the Bible as a literal historical document.
New York Times Mar 05, 2008 Next Question: Can Students Be Paid to Excel?
QUOTE: School districts nationwide have seized on the idea that a key to improving schools is to pay for performance...Critics of these efforts say that children should be inspired to learn for knowledge’s sake, not to earn money, and question whether prizes will ultimately lift achievement.
New York Times Feb 28, 2008 School Board to Pay in Jesus Prayer Suit
QUOTE: At [her daughter's] high school graduation in 2004, a minister’s prayer proclaiming Jesus as the only way to the truth nudged [a local woman] to ask the school board to consider more generic and less exclusionary prayers...As news of the request spread, many local Christians saw it as an effort to limit the free exercise of religion, residents said.
New York Times Feb 25, 2008 Teachers strike back at students' online pranks: Students are increasingly facing lawsuits and expulsions for targeting their teachers online.
QUOTE: In the growing backlash against these cybergoofs, however, real-world norms of propriety are being pitted against the uncertain jurisdictions of the Digital Age. A new test may be emerging on how far online lampooning can go, say First Amendment experts – and to what extent schools can control off-campus pranks.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 04, 2008 Private Schools Cry ‘Unfair’ Over a Grade
QUOTE: The [New York] Sun...published a front-page article on Thursday in which it assigned letter grades to the city’s elite private schools...The paper said that its sole criteria were “the school’s net assets and the number of students it sends to Harvard.”
New York Times Jan 23, 2008 Va. Student's Snow-Day Plea Triggers an Online Storm
QUOTE: ...a phone call to a Fairfax County public school administrator's home last week about a snow day...has taken on a life of its own. Through the ubiquity of Facebook and YouTube, the call has become a rallying cry for students' First Amendment rights, and it shows that the generation gap has become a technological chasm.
Washington Post Jan 16, 2008 Montgomery Defends Sex Education Plan in Court
QUOTE: The plaintiffs, a coalition of groups that oppose homosexuality on religious grounds, [claim that the] lessons on sexual orientation violate state law...by stating that homosexuality is innate, a conclusion that has been rejected in the state courts. And a new video on the correct use of a condom, which includes allusions to oral and anal sex, violates a legal provision that bars schools from teaching "erotic technique."
Washington Post Jan 13, 2008 On the Lookout for Out-of-District Students
QUOTE: Clifton is hardly the only district searching for students sneaking into its schools....And there are many ways to find students who don’t belong. Bounties, detectives, stakeouts with cameras, and hot lines that receive tips from anonymous callers are tools that some school districts use to combat the perennial problem of illegally enrolled students.
New York Times Jan 12, 2008 Unmuzzling High School Journalists
QUOTE: Definitive statistics on trends in high school censorship are hard to come by, but anecdotal data suggest that many principals have exploited the advantage [that a 1988 Suprme Court ruling, which upheld a principal's right to censor the high school newspaper] gave them.
Washington Post Jan 10, 2008 Critics of Saudi Academy Say Textbooks Promote Intolerance
QUOTE: Some textbooks used by an Islamic school in Fairfax County contain language intolerant of Jews and other groups as well as passages that could be construed as advocating violence, according to two reviews of the materials.
Washington Post Jan 09, 2008 Chicago's mixed record on school reform:Bush cites city's gains on sixth anniversary of No Child Left Behind. Critics see uneven results.
QUOTE: Nationally, [President] Bush has been touting No Child Left Behind (NCLB), crediting it with raising fourth-grade reading scores and narrowing the achievement gap between whites and minorities. Others say they're still waiting to see major results and blame the law for an increased focus on "teaching to the test" rather than giving more resources or training to underfunded schools.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 07, 2008 As PTA Groups Move Online, So Does Dissension
QUOTE: [School email lists] are increasingly becoming ensnared in contests for control of the medium and the message. Principals are accused of trying to silence their discussion-group critics. Parents have allegedly stolen or hijacked e-mail lists.
Washington Post Jan 01, 2008 Electronic Passports Raise Privacy Issues
QUOTE: The [new passport] cards can be read wirelessly from 20 feet, offering convenience to travelers but raising security and privacy concerns about the possibility of data being intercepted.
Washington Post Dec 31, 2007 Waiting Too Late to Test? Parents Protest as Area Schools Delay Learning-Disability Screening in Hopes Of Avoiding Costly Special Education
QUOTE: Many educators say learning disabilities have been over-diagnosed and are seeking ways to address learning difficulties in mainstream classrooms, rather than addressing them through special education for as much as twice the cost....a backlash among parents who say their children aren't getting the help they need.
Washington Post Dec 02, 2007 Effort to Limit Junk Food in Schools Faces Hurdles
QUOTE: Federal lawmakers are considering the broadest effort ever to limit what children eat: a national ban on selling candy, sugary soda and salty, fatty food in school snack bars, vending machines and cafeteria lines.
New York Times Nov 14, 2007 A Day After a School Brawl, a Town Asks, Why?
QUOTE: As often happens in such situations, different accounts emerged. The police said they had to fend off students who threw themselves at officers and struck them with chairs. Students, in turn, said that officers, some in riot gear, used pepper spray, brought in dogs and struck one student with a walkie-talkie.
New York Times Nov 07, 2007 Students Call Protest Punishment Too Harsh
QUOTE: A school superintendent’s decision to suspend, and perhaps expel, about two dozen students who took part in a protest against the Iraq war at a suburban high school drew criticism Tuesday from the students and their parents, who demanded that their children be allowed to return to classes.
New York Times Nov 05, 2007 50 New York City Schools Fail Under New Rating System
QUOTE: Because the grades are based largely on improvement, not simply meeting state standards, some high-performing schools received low grades. The Clove Valley School in Staten Island, for instance, received an F, although 86.5 percent of the students at the school met state standards in reading on the 2007 tests.
New York Times Nov 01, 2007 South's public school children are now mainly low income: For the first time in 40 years, more than half of public school students in the South are eligible for free or reduced lunch.
QUOTE: For the first time in 40 years, two new studies show, more than half of public school students in the South are eligible for free or reduced lunch – a watershed moment in a 15-year wealth slide that comes amid resurging racial and economic inequalities in the former Confederacy.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 23, 2007 Tension Tied to Race Percolates in Ithaca
QUOTE: Tempers flared last week over the district’s handling of a two-year-old racial-harassment complaint. Almost half of the 1,600 students at Ithaca High School stayed home two days amid fears of possible violence and a rumored “hit list” that singled out minority students who have been seeking a forum to bring their grievances into the open.
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