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Saturday, November 20, 2010
13-year-old Cody Alicea rides with an American flag on the back of his bike. He says he does this to be patriotic and to honor veterans, like his own grandfather, Robert. He's had the flag on his bike for two months but Monday, was told to take it down.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Prosecutors said a 13-year-old from Rutland Middle School received a 13-month sentence Friday to the Youth Detention Center for having an unloaded handgun in his locker.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
LOS ANGELES -- Four years ago, Francis Parkman Middle School was spiraling downward with plummeting enrollment, abysmal test scores and notoriety for unruliness. Then teachers stepped out of the classroom and took charge of the school.
Today, the rechristened Woodland Hills Academy, named for the school's suburban location north of Los Angeles, is run by a teacher-controlled committee where the principal carries the same weight as a teacher and the district has minimal say in operations.
Test scores are up 18 percent and enrollment has spiked more than 30 percent. The model works, teachers say, because everyone from the principal to the janitor is vested in the outcome. "Everybody has a stake," said teacher Bruce Newborn. "We all suffer and we all win."
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Almost 50.4 percent of the state's students in the 2009-10 school year identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino, up 1.36 percent from the previous year.
In comparison, 27 percent of California's 6.2 million students identified themselves as white, 9 percent as Asian and 7 percent as black. Students calling themselves Filipino, Pacific Islander, Native American or other total almost 7 percent.
While the result was no surprise to educators, experts say the shift underscores the huge impact Latinos already have on California's politics, economy and school system.
Monday, August 16, 2010
A Fremont music teacher accused of taking "up-skirt" photos of a woman on an escalator last month at a Seattle airport has been charged with one count of voyeurism.
Prosecutors in King County, Wash., say Christopher T. Wilhite, 33, took several photos of a woman he noticed while passing through a security checkpoint for a flight to Oakland on June 6. Wilhite told investigators he had "a sudden impulse" to snap pictures up the woman's dress as he stood a few steps below her, according to court filings.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
A former New Hampshire high school teacher has pleaded guilty to a charge she e-mailed nude photographs of herself to a 15-year-old student.
Forty-one-year-old Melinda Dennehy of Hampstead entered the plea Monday to a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure.
As part of a plea agreement, Dennehy was given a suspended jail sentence on the condition that she remain on good behavior and have no contact with the child or go to the high school.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
June 26, 2010
Rabbi Shifren is a Candidate for California State Senate; Educator, Veteran teacher for 22 years in L.A. Schools
Poor Steve Zimmer, board member of L.A. Unified School District (Jewish Journal, 6/18). How much courage did it take to come up with yet another pathetic whimper about more school funding--at a time of record unemployment, unprecedented tax burdens on Californians, massive foreclosures, and a whopping 50% drop out rate in the District! Hey, this takes guts! (or chutzpah?)
The effrontery of board member Zimmer and his colleagues is beyond embarrassing to those who have been following the abysmal, some say criminal, record of the worst school district in the nation. This time even the voters who are usually unaware of District machinations on our pocketbooks, turned them down in a clear slap in the face of these bureaucrats that could not care a drop for our students.
This district is sitting on a powder keg ready to go off. If a martian were to land at many of the campuses, the interplanetary visitor would correctly assume that the mission statement of our academic genius administrators would be: maximum confusion, minimum effort, near-total apathy and dysfunction.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
A Mayfield High School teacher has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Mayfield police said Timothy Paxton, 49, of Mentor, was arrested for an incident that happened at 2 p.m. on July 15.
Paxton was sitting in a car behind a business located on SOM Center Road with a 15-year-old boy, according to Mayfield police. There was alcohol in the car as well, but police said it was unopened.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Better late than never? 30-yr oversight and after bunches of dead students and cops, IL. governor forms school violence commission
FOX Chicago News
Chicago - Governor Quinn has created a commission to confront violence in Illinois.
He said it's wrong that so many kids in Illinois are more worried about getting shot at or on the way to school than they are about getting good grades in school.
The new commission will have relatives of gun violence victims as its members.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Under an anti-harassment policy passed by the Anniston Board of Education Wednesday, students are explicitly protected from bullying based on their race, gender, religion or disability.
Sexual orientation? Not so much.
With Wednesday’s unanimous vote, Anniston joined school systems across the state in passing an official policy for dealing with bullying and harassment. The move is required by the Student Harassment Prevention Act, passed by the Alabama Legislature in the wake of a wave of bullying-related suicides across the country.
Shortly after the law was passed, the state released a model anti-harassment policy that has since been adopted almost word-for-word in many school districts. The model policy explicitly bans harassment based on race, disability and religion, but is silent on anti-gay bullying.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (WPIX) - The Huntington School Board voted to close Jack Abrams Intermediate School, after an emergency meeting last night. The 4-3 vote means that 360 schoolchildren in grades 4, 5, and 6 will be moved to other schools, when classes begin in September.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
The bail for Taryn Fairbanks, 33, was reduced from $50,000 to $25,000 during a brief arraignment in King County Superior Court. She was making arrangements to post the bail and is not expected to be booked into the King County Jail, said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecutor's Office.
Fairbanks was charged last week with first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor. Fairbanks, previously known as Taryn Stermer, resigned from the Seattle school district less than a month ago and moved back to her native Las Vegas. She appeared in a King County courtroom for the arraignment.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Teacher's brilliant reason for taking students to Cuba before Castro dies and spends an eternity in hell: "I'm a communist"
A Manhattan high school history teacher, who resigned under fire after taking students on a spring-break "Club Red" field trip to Cuba three years ago, is a self-proclaimed Communist who tried justifying the jaunt by telling Education officials he needed to see Fidel Castro one more time before the dictator died.
The shocking revelations are highlighted in a report released today by the city’s special investigator for schools. It recommends that Nathan Turner — who organized the April 2007 trip for himself and five students of the selective Beacon School on the Upper East Side — never be allowed to work in city schools again.
Turner, whose class walls were adorned with posters of Castro and Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, resigned in 2008. Besides placing full blame on Turner, 39, for violating federal restrictions for traveling to Cuba, the report also fully exonerates the school’s principal, Ruth Lacey.
But the armed intruder training that took place in Perquimans County High School for the first time Thursday was significantly more unsettling than the rest, as school staff and local law enforcement received training on how to handle a school shooting, bomb scare, or hostage situation.
Gathered around a projector screen in the school’s library sat a mix of the district’s principals, counselors, nurses and front desk staff — all present expected to play the most critical disaster response roles, should a Columbine or Virginia Tech scenario play out in Perquimans County.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
9-year-old gymnast told she is overweight because she is overweight.
PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — A former teacher at a Paterson high school accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old female student at his home in Parsippany claims he is innocent, and was not her teacher and had no "supervisory role" over her outside of school, his attorney said today.
Scott Van Hoven, 43, formerly employed at John F. Kennedy High School, was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting the girl May 19 and May 23 at his apartment.
An affidavit alleges Van Hoven was the girl’s drama class teacher as well as supervisor for the school play, "Little Shop of Horrors," in which she participated April 16 and 17.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Lurking In The Schools: "I was just born this way" teacher, tutor, foreign exchange host, camp counselor shows pattern of abuse that goes back decades
Kevin Ricks was a gregarious, well-traveled English teacher at Osbourn High School, a Walt Whitman devotee who was so popular that a photo of him in class was chosen to fill the opening page of the yearbook. A writer and photographer himself, Ricks would walk the halls of the Manassas school with a leather-bound journal of his musings tucked in his bag, next to his laptop computer.
What teachers, parents, students and even his wife didn't know was that his journals contained decades of dark secrets, a running handwritten commentary of Ricks's world of obsession, infatuation, pursuit, sexual abuse and international child exploitation.
They didn't know about his library of homemade pornographic videos and explicit photographs capturing his tequila-soaked sex acts with teenage boys he had handpicked. They didn't know about the makeshift shrine boxes containing mementos of the episodes, including sex toys, soiled tissues and hair trimmings.
Even some of the victims didn't know they were victims.
A four-month Washington Post investigation of Ricks's career as a teacher, tutor, foreign exchange host and camp counselor has revealed a pattern of abuse that dates to at least 1978 and has left a trail of victims spanning the globe. But despite the abuse, Ricks moved from one teaching job to the next over nearly 30 years, navigating the nation's public and private school systems undetected, evading traps designed to catch him.
In some cases, school officials and foreign exchange companies knew of or suspected Ricks's inappropriate behavior and simply let him go, leaving the next employer with no idea what was coming.
Monday, July 26, 2010
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Sunday, July 25, 2010
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York spent $17,173 per student for public education in 2007-08, more than any other state and 67% more than the U.S. average, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics released Monday.
The $10,259 national average — $6,914 less than New York — was a 6.1% increase over 2006-07, the Census Bureau said. New York's spending went up 7.4% over the two years. New York's per-student spending was highest in 2006-07 too at $15,981 per student, and the national average was $9,666.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Publik skewels try to counter gang problem by keeping gang members in school, throwing $$ at problem
Stan Shilling, counseling supervisor for the Chambersburg Area School District, said the scene in the movie "A Christmas Story," where Ralphie fights back against the neighborhood bully, Scott Farkas, would be an accurate assessment.
"That's pretty much the world that existed," Shilling said.
Not so much anymore.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
CBS4 - IOWA
It was organized chaos at Moline High School Thursday, when area hospitals, EMS and police trained for a school shooting.
"I was really scared; I almost started crying because the thought it could actually happen," Gidel said.