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Student snaps photo of napping teacher -- gets suspended!

Mustang Public Schools officials said a ninth-grader snapped a photo of a snoozing substitute with a cellphone last Friday at Mustang Mid-High School.
The student was later suspended.

Now I know why they always say: "Shhhhh! Quiet in the halls!"

Some are either sleeping...
Or sleeping with their students...

(Some things should be legal.)
L.A. teacher suspected of molesting children keeps lifetime benefits...

A teacher charged with 23 counts of lewd conduct in his classroom successfully thwarted attempts by the Los Angeles Unified School District to fire him. In the process, the teacher, who is accused of spoon-feeding his semen to blindfolded children, managed to retain lifetime health-benefits provided by the nation’s second-largest school system.
Former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt also automatically receives nearly $4,000 a month in pension from the California State Teachers' Retirement System.

And some of my friends want even higher taxes, "for the children".
I know where they could get $48K a year.
Law Schools Sued For Lying About Post-Grad Employment

If it isn’t clear for whom law schools exist, now it is clearer:

So far twelve schools have been sued. I look forward to learning how the teachers at those schools react. Which side will they take? .


This lawsuit is particularly exciting, because it’s just the leading edge of the wedge.

The truth is that most higher education is a scam. If this case succeeds – and I think it has a good chance – it has the potential to set off the unraveling of the entire higher education cartel.

IF a guy graduates from a law school and then successfully sues them, doesn't that mean that he doesn't have a case? laugh.gif
The higher ed bubble is bursting, so what comes next?

I can buy gas at a convenience store from a college graduate. But I can’t fill machinist positions paying $70k/yr. Any idea what’s driving that?

Charles Murray: I wrote a book called “Real Education” that makes your point as emphatically as I can. I think the current university system is a disaster. It’s also a bubble. When are people going to realize that the BA is literally meaningless at this point, if you know nothing else except that a person has a BA?

There's something of a pattern here. The government decides to try to increase the middle class by subsidizing things that middle class people have: If middle class people go to college and own homes, then surely if more people go to college and own homes, we'll have more middle class people.

But homeownership and college aren't causes of middle-class status, they're markers for possessing the kinds of traits -- self-discipline, the ability to defer gratification, etc. -- that let you enter, and stay in, the middle class.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:
"Homeownership and college aren't causes of middle-class status."

That's very true. There's a lot of that mis-reasoning, too.

TPS police investigate possible TEACHER thefts
"An investigation into possible embezzlement and misappropriation of funds in the Tulsa Public Schools Athletic Department is the first high-profile case for the school district's 4-year-old campus police force."

Here's a funny but true story:
At the beginning of the 2011 school year, my police officer son-in-law went to pick up his son from school.
He was on duty, fully uniformed and driving a city police car and had obtained permission from his superiors to perform this "honey-do" because my daughter was too sick to drive.

HOWEVER, the school would NOT ALLOW him to pick up his own son because he had not yet filled out the paper-work.

The next week the school principal was arrested for shoplifting at Walmart. laugh.gif
Sand Springs Principal Accused Of Shoplifting
"Melessa Clark was caught putting makeup in her purse, according to police. They say Clark also switched prices on a mattress pad.
This is not Clark's first allegation of theft. In 2008, police say she went to the same Walmart and was caught shoplifting. Police say the Walmart staff did not press charges after Clark promised not to do it again.
The Sand Springs School superintendent said the district will investigate before deciding on any disciplinary action."
Higher Education is a most worthy goal. But like so many other worthy goals, (i.e. helping the poor and sick) greed and corruption eventually creep in and profiteering becomes the main purpose.

I have often railed about just the cost of books alone, when they can be provided at basically zero cost on an e-reader (after authors have been properly paid for their value, of course).
Perhaps Apple will change that: Apple launches interactive textbook program
"The latest product rollout is a three fold approach to bringing Apple's 21st century brand of educational technology into the classroom. In what is a move hauntingly similar to when Apple gave the masses iTunes, iBooks 2 is an approach to educational textbooks that could lessen the need for voluminous backpack filling weights lugged around by students."

Around here, if there are any new big construction projects under development, they are most likely to be Casinos, Medical facilities and "Higher Education" facilities.

It's amazing that the "99%" will protest evil Big Oil or Wall Street, but continue to enslave themselves to a lifetime of student loan debt without the least thought about the greed in Big Education.

Perhaps another bubble preparing to deflate?

From "across the pond":

Teenagers turn their backs on a university education
Impact of tuition fee increases is felt

Courses to close and redundancies loom as applications plummet

Universities have suffered the steepest fall in applications since records began, with the total number of students seeking places this autumn plummeting by 8.7 per cent as the true impact of tuition fee increases is felt.

In all, there are 43,473 fewer applications for degree courses starting in autumn 2012 than there were last year.

Martin Freedman, of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: "We are deeply concerned that many potential students are being put off applying and their career prospects will be damaged as a result. The fall in applicants also has worrying implications for universities' finances now that ... most of their funding is due to come from students rather than the Government."
It's amazing that the "99%" will protest evil Big Oil or Wall Street, but continue to enslave themselves to a lifetime of student loan debt without the least thought about the greed in Big Education.

A professor friend of mine just returned from a year of teaching in China.
Like so many "elites" he admits that the "real world" is frightening to him so he seeks shelter in the University setting where he can draw a big paycheck without the risks present in the business world.

However, although making 6 figures by pontificating, he admits to sleepless nights of worry about his student loan debts.

Isn't this a little bit like slavery, or at least indentured servitude?
QUOTE (Rogerdodger @ Feb 19 2012, 12:08 PM) *
It's amazing that the "99%" will protest evil Big Oil or Wall Street, but continue to enslave themselves to a lifetime of student loan debt without the least thought about the greed in Big Education.

A professor friend of mine just returned from a year of teaching in China.
Like so many "elites" he admits that the "real world" is frightening to him so he seeks shelter in the University setting where he can draw a big paycheck without the risks present in the business world.

However, although making 6 figures by pontificating, he admits to sleepless nights of worry about his student loan debts.

Isn't this a little bit like slavery, or at least indentured servitude?

Student education/debt is just like the housing bubble.

Gov't pushes it, universities/teachers push it and banks make the loans.

Location in RE is important, just as the university is important in education.

But, education is the better scam.

Lousy public schools - pay R.E. Tax & private schooling - more expense/debt

Higher inflation rate than medicine and CPI, yet no one says we need to reduce the cost - just give more loans

College isn't enough - you have to go to grad school - more debt

People will send their children to college - more expense for parents & children - more debt

AND, people admire the schools and teachers - it is like loving the person who mugs you.
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QUOTE (Dex @ Feb 19 2012, 01:40 PM) *
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Worth repeating! laugh.gif
Girl Who Borrowed Asthma Inhaler Expelled From School...

“The lesson that I learned from this is not to help people, because helping people is just going to get yourself in trouble,” McKinney said.
McKinney father, Tim McKinney, says he doesn’t understand why his daughter’s friend was dismissed in the last semester before high school.
“You work so hard your whole life to instill good morals into your children only for the school to break them,” Tim McKinney said.
My grandson "graduated" last year after never having any homework, and spending the school day on the internet. He knows every "cheat" and trick on World of Warcraft and Grand Theft Auto.
No wonder Jay Leno can't find a "man on the street" (including college instructors) who can answer anything other than pop culture related questions.
It's not "too bad". It's worse than "too bad".

Head in the Sand (Springs) Schools

"The recent news that 73 percent of Oklahoma's fourth-graders are below proficient in reading, and 66 percent are below proficient in math, is but the latest in a litany of bad news on school performance. But it's news that doesn't trouble the superintendent of the Sand Springs Public Schools, a man named Lloyd Snow, who is quick to assure us that "education hasn't failed, except maybe in a few overcrowded, underfunded urban districts." In other words, it certainly hasn't failed in Sand Springs (where one of the schools just made the federal needs-improvement list).

One suspects Mr. Snow will be equally untroubled by a new index called the Global Report Card, which indicates that the math achievement of the average student in Sand Springs is at the 33rd percentile relative to an international comparison group. In other words, Sand Springs produces students with math performance worse than that of the typical student in the average developed country.

Here’s another way to look at it: If you picked up the Sand Springs school district and dropped it into Canada, the average Sand Springs student would be at the 24th percentile in math achievement. If you placed it in Singapore, the average Sand Springs student would be at the 18th percentile in math achievement.

Education hasn't failed?
In the private sector, imperviousness to reality will get you fired.
In government, it will get you nearly 15 grand a month."

My grand daughter says that all the kids have phones and tweet all day.
Next year they will have to wear uniforms.
No doubt that will solve the problem.
Bankrupt... but Buffalo, NY teachers got $5,900,000 in "free" plastic surgery last year

BUFFALO, NY (CNN) -- "As thousands of teachers face layoffs across the country, teachers in Buffalo, New York are getting lipo? Yep. And nose jobs and whatever else they want. All on the taxpayers' dime.
All the 3,400 teachers in Buffalo are eligible to get under one of their insurance plan options, they are billed nothing for any plastic surgery procedure, such as botox, liposuction, tummy tucks, and there is no deductible.
Last year, Buffalo's schools spent $5.9 million on "free" plastic surgery.
The Buffalo Board of Education is projecting a $42 million deficit in next year's school budget.
Police and firefighters in Buffalo have similar plastic surgery programs, but those departments are not dealing with the same financial problems as the economically challenged school system."...Yet.

Now they need even more money for "the children".
Teacher's "Irritated" with new law requiring that students learn!

It seems that a new law to end the so called "social promotion" of uneducated students is irritating many teachers who are more concerned these days about a student's "self-esteem" than their educational development.

And of course they want more funding if they are going to actually have to begin teaching.

Specifically, the new law ends "social promotion," which takes into account a child's social and psychological well-being, in addition to academics, before holding them back a grade.

Third-graders to be held back if not reading at grade level by 2013-14
Upon reaching third grade, these students will be among the first who are subject to a new state law mandating that third-graders be held back if they fail a specific reading test. The retention testing will begin in the 2013-14 school year.

Teachers have long known third grade is a benchmark year. Students who don't read at grade level by third grade are four times less likely to graduate by age 19, according to a recent study. If they are poor, they are 13 times less likely to graduate on time.

As one teacher said: "I don't know if this is really helping our students more than destroying a little bit of their self-esteem if they don't pass."

Many educators are irritated with perceived attempts by legislators to micromanage education, particularly when no funding is attached.
6th NYC Teacher Arrested for Groping Student --This Month...

6th NYC Teacher Arrested for Groping Student --This Month...
Feb 29, 2012
Two weeks ago, a Bronx substitute teacher was charged with forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child.
Also in February, a 49-year-old computer teacher at PS 174 in Rego Park, Queens, was arrested on allegations he sexually abused two young boys at the school.
Additionally, a teacher's aide at PS 243 in Brooklyn was arrested for allegedly abusing children, including making pornography with them, and another teacher's aide at PS 87 on the Upper West Side was arrested Feb. 10 on suspicion he sexually abused a child at the school.

But according to data from the city's Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation, complaints about sexual misconduct in schools are on the downswing.
In 2007, students made 619 complaints about sexually questionable conduct by school employees. Last year that number was down to 561 complaints, a 9 percent decrease.

Well, that's comforting. dry.gif (Sarcasm)

And by the way...Here's one of the "BENEFITS" teacher unions provide:
Child Molesting Teacher Can't Be Fired Thanks to Union
"So, teacher Roland Pierre sits in a "rubber room" five days a week and does nothing and he's paid $97,101 yearly plus benefits to do so."
And the unions want MORE MONEY!
Schools which banned patriotic and holiday parades...
Now promote Eco Worship parades!

...The same schools which are failing to teach the basics of education have no parades for Washington, Lincoln, Columbus, or the evil Christmas Holiday...

No word yet on plans for an Earth Day parade, aka Vladimir Lenin's Birthday.

Dr. Seuss parade has new home
Mar 2, 2012
For several years, Central Fine Arts students have donned costumes reflecting Dr. Seuss' classic storybook characters and marched through downtown Sand Springs, around the Triangle and back to the school.
Again this year, each class “adopted” a Seuss book and dressed in costumes associated with characters in the book.
Leading the parade were members of the Charles Page High School drum line.
The parade, and other activities at other elementary schools in Sand Springs during the week of April 27 through March 2, were part of the National Education Association's “Reading Across America” program.
The program promotes reading at early grade levels and uses Theodor Seuss Geisel's birthday, March 2, 1904, as a focal point.

Northwood Fine Arts Academy students paraded around their campus Friday in honor of famed children's author Dr. Seuss' birthday.

The Dr. Seuss Lorax Movie review:
To say that "The Lorax" is an environmentally conscious piece of filmmaking is to say that the new animated picture is faithful to the book by Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.
One of his most beloved books is also one of his most seriously activist books.
It's a message-movie, true to Dr. Seuss' intent.
Auditor: Former Education Department officials used slush funds to pay for lavish dining, entertainment at state conferences

An investigation released Wednesday by State Auditor Gary Jones found that former State Department of Education officials apparently spent extensively from slush funds to pay for alcohol, food, entertainment and catering at state conferences and events.
Oklahoma State Department of Education officials "expended funds from an unofficial and unauthorized bank account for questionable items and purchases related to an OSDE-sponsored conference with no official oversight while also avoiding public scrutiny," the investigative report states.
The accounts were later transferred to another entity, according to the report.
"Over a period of 10 years, in excess of $2.3 million has been expended from these accounts," the report states.

No doubt it was "for the children" and now more money is needed...for the children...who run the schools.
“Big Sausage Pizza” blush.gif

Middle school teacher placed on leave after students discover her porn vids online...
A California middle school teacher has been placed on leave after administrators learned from students that the educator appears in porn videos available online.
Stacie Halas, a 31-year-old science teacher at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard, was removed from the classroom Monday, three days after pupils reported spotting her in a series of X-rated clips.
“Maybe it's not a crime as far as the penal code is concerned, but we feel it's a crime as far as moral turpitude is concerned,” said Jeff Chancer, superintendent of the Oxnard school district.
Halas can be seen in some of the videos engaging in a wide variety of sexual activity with a partner portraying a delivery man for “Big Sausage Pizza.”

I guess she was cramming for finals?

Louisiana Teachers Cancel Class to Protest Education Reform Bill...

The reforms include moving toward a voucher program, eliminating teacher tenure programs, and changes in teachers' pay.

And so, in response to these reforms even being considered, "at least three school districts are canceling classes and telling children to stay home to allow school employees the chance to lobby the legislature," according to Aaron Baer, the governor's deputy communications director.
"The reality is that action is [education reform is] needed now," Baer says in an email. "44 percent of Louisiana’s public schools received a grade or D or F last year. Louisiana’s 4th and 8th graders ranked among the bottom in English and Math when compared to other states. In 2010 there were 230,000 students in Louisiana below grade level – one third of all students in public school."

Ex-teacher charged with asking students to commit burglary
SAPULPA - A former teacher at a Sapulpa alternative school was arrested this week on accusations of that she tried to convince eight students to burglarize her ex-husband’s home.
Kristy Lynn Marone, 40, of Claremore was charged Monday in Creek County with eight counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors, records show. She was arrested Tuesday, Rogers County records show.
FBI now involved in investigation into TPS Athletic Department
The FBI and federal prosecutors are now involved in the investigation into possible embezzlement and misappropriation of funds in the Tulsa Public Schools Athletic Department.
The latest twist in a months' long investigation by TPS Campus Police Department officers comes amid the discovery of "activities that could potentially be a violation of federal law," according to Superintendent Keith Ballard.
"As a result, discussions were initiated between TPS, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma and the Tulsa office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Based on these discussions TPS has agreed to move forward in this investigation in concert with federal authorities," Ballard said in a written statement to the Tulsa World. "Frankly, I am quite pleased that TPS will be able to benefit from the additional resources the U.S. attorney and the FBI bring to the investigation."
The campus police investigation began last summer with a report of possible computer hacking into the personal emails of an Athletic Department secretary.
To date, no charges have been filed in the investigation and no suspects have been named, but Ballard has said it "involves multiple individuals."
In his statement Thursday, he also reiterated his commitment to seeing the complex investigation through, although no time frame for its completion was given.
"We take our role as stewards of our district's financial resources very seriously," Ballard said. "We will continue to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct and criminal behavior that is brought to our attention. Our integrity - and the example we set for students - demands nothing less from us."
He asked for the public's patience and understanding "as we work through the processes necessary to complete this inquiry. TPS greatly appreciates the assistance of the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI, so we can keep our attention squarely focused where it needs to be - on the educational needs of our students."
In July 2011, campus police filed a report stating that Athletic Director Stephanie Spring and Assistant Athletic Directors Latricia Pruitt and Jon Wheeler had disclosed to a school attorney that they accessed the personal emails of Spring's secretary "using a password they had located within" her vacated office.
The disclosure was said to have occurred during preparation for a due-process hearing for Cheryl Murphy, the secretary whose termination was being sought.
In November, Spring, Wheeler and Pruitt were all suspended, and Spring and Wheeler ultimately resigned. Pruitt and Murphy were reinstated, but Murphy was later fired for failing to report to work.
In mid-December, East Central High School's athletic director and football coach, Travis Hill, was suspended and subsequently resigned, but officials would not say whether that situation was related.
Coaches from throughout the district were summoned in January to the Education Service Center for an ethics training session that included an explanation of embezzlement and references to the ongoing scandal. According to an audio recording from the meeting, Campus Police Chief Gary Rudick urged coaches to report any possible violations to "minimize consequences and maximize opportunities to survive it."
In February, Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris told the Tulsa World that once the school district submitted its findings to his office, he would ask for an independent review of the case by the Tulsa Police Department.
TPS Campus Police officials responded by insisting that their officers were qualified and experienced in such investigations.
On Thursday, Tulsa Public Schools spokesman Chris Payne said the district "never formally presented" its investigation to the Tulsa County the's Office.
This looks like an "Erin judgement"!

Sand Springs teacher arrested on rape complaint

The report states that Erin Kathleen Queen, 27, is a teacher in Sand Springs. Portions of the arrest report were redacted, but the relationship between the two was not clear in the report.
She allegedly met the 17-year-old Friday at Candlewood Suites. The arrest report states that she was arrested early Saturday morning.
Oklahoma statutes define the age range of what is considered to be rape as anyone under 16 or "where the victim is at least 16 years of age and is less than 18 years of age and is a student…and engages in sexual intercourse with a person who is 18 years of age or older and is an employee of the same school system."
LA Schools May Lower Graduation Standards To Curb Dropouts...
To help students meet the tougher new standards, the district is proposing to shrink the graduation requirement from 230 to 170 units and making electives optional, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. This would allow students to repeat classes or get tutoring during the school day.
If approved, this new curriculum would be implemented this fall.
NJ Father Records Teachers Bullying His Autistic Child...

CHERRY HILL, N.J. - A New Jersey father says he was so desperate to save his autistic son from he calls the bullying of teachers that he sent him to school with a hidden tape recorder.
He took the audio to the Cherry Hill School District, where officials fired one of the teachers involved after hearing the tape.

Chaifetz also made a YouTube video and Facebook page exposing the outrageous behavior. He says school districts should weed out teachers who shouldn't be in a classroom.

"I really hope this starts a conversation, and I hope people out there who are, who do have the power, can take a breath and say, 'If this can happen here, then it can happen in every state in every town.' And as long as we keep this quiet, it will continue to happen," Chaifetz said.

Underemployment is good for college grads

The law of supply and demand trumps a sheepskin. Always has. Always will. I am 58 years old and no one has ever asked what my GPA is. People come to this blog and they don’t know whether I have a PhD or an eighth-grade education.
They judge me on what I have to say and how I say it.

Underemployment rocks because it knocks out that sense of entitlement. People also learn what real work is.
78% of CA 8th graders fail national science test...

No doubt that MORE MONEY is the answer.
Half of Florida high school students fail reading test...
Results this year from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test showed 52 percent of freshman students and 50 percent of sophomores scored at their grade levels.
Florida kids flunked the writing test, too. The low scores were blamed on new scoring standards that included grammar, punctuation, capitalization and spelling.

No doubt that MORE MONEY is the answer.
'Teacher of the Year' arrested for texting nude photo to student...
Days after being named teacher of the year at Colleyville Middle School, band director John McDaniel was arrested on accusations that he sexted with a 15-year old-student.
McDaniel, 32, is charged with online solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony, and improper relationship between educator and student, a second-degree felony.
When he was brought in for questioning, McDaniel, confessed to exchanging nude photos with a girl who was in his class last year, Grapevine police said.
Independent States: The United States of America
Each state is an experimental laboratory not dictated to by a central, all-powerful federal government.
So this is refreshing, especially considering the colossal failure of the U.S. Department of Education.

Louisiana's bold bid to privatize schools...
(Reuters) - Louisiana is embarking on the nation's boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children.
The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. The money can go to industry trade groups, businesses, online schools and tutors, among others.
Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a chunk of state funding.

Statists hate vouchers and home-schooling too, because they both shine light on the failure of public schools.
"A study of 5,402 homeschool students from 1,657 families was released. It was entitled, "Strengths of Their Own: Home Schoolers Across America." The study demonstrated that homeschoolers, on the average, out-performed their counterparts in the public schools by 30 to 37 percentile points in all subjects. A significant finding when analyzing the data for 8th graders was the evidence that homeschoolers who are homeschooled two or more years score substantially higher than students who have been homeschooled one year or less. The new homeschoolers were scoring on the average in the 59th percentile compared to students homeschooled the last two or more years who scored between 86th and 92nd percentile.

In Strengths of Their Own, Dr. Ray found the average cost per homeschool student is $546 while the average cost per public school student is $5,325. Yet the homeschool children in this study averaged in 85th percentile while the public school students averaged in the 50th percentile on nationally standardized achievement tests."
Teacher Banned From City Schools For Over-The-Top Sex Ed Class...

Since January ten New York City teachers have been arrested on sexual misconduct charges.

L.A. teachers approve deal that reduces pay, shortens school year...
The district currently uses a 27-point system for evaluating educators, and none of the criteria in the system are directly related to student learning, according to an attorney for the families.
Of course United Teachers Los Angeles – the teachers union – opposes the concept, and wants any changes in evaluations to be subject to collective bargaining, reports the AP.
Thankfully, that’s not how things will work, should the favorable decision prevail.
District officials will be able to proceed with a new appraisal system despite the objections of the union.

No fathers were available for comment:
3rd grader strip searched by assistant principal
An innocent 3rd grade boy was told to strip to his underwear by female administrator looking for a missing $20 bill.
She then patted him down and apologized.
If Government Collectivism always results in mediocrity, nowhere is it more obvious than in our public school system.
How was the PRIVATE Sylvan Learning Center able to raise a high school students reading ability 2 grade levels in just 72 hours after his public school said he couldn't be helped? (See Stupid in America)

Greedy Teacher's Unions, fearing loss of dues, are now going to sue successful schools!

Union threatens lawsuit over voucher program
Teachers' union sends letter to dozens of area administrations

"We can't allow our children to remain at 47th, 48th, 49th in the nation in education. We have to give them a fighting chance."

Waiting for Superman

Part one:

Stupid in America: (How we cheat our kids)
School administrator perks include upscale SUVs
A review of auto allowances and use of district-owned vehicles for Tulsa-area school administrators shows that they can be expensive, taxpayer-funded “perks” in some cases.

I wonder how many taxpaying, working moms have upscale SUVs?

And they say business owners are greedy.
But of course, "It's for the children."
If you drive an upsacle SUV, "You didn't do that." A taxpayer did.
The Luddites opposed advancement and thus broke machines, much as union contracts are now breaking cities, states and taxpayers while teacher's unions are breaking our children's future:

ILL. to spend more on pensions than education...

Meanwhile, Illinois joins New York, California and Maryland in having the highest state tax rates in the country. Illinois was dinged last year for boosting its taxes 67%.

Pension reform is a hot button issue, with government workers receiving far more than the private sector in retiree benefits, numerous studies have shown.
SCHOOL: Atlanta Teacher Helped Students Cheat Because 'They're Dumb As Hell'...
ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – A former fifth-grade teacher implicated in a cheating scandal reportedly gave students the illegal assistance because she thought they were “dumb as hell.”
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, math teacher Shayla Smith was accused of offering students the answers to a test they were taking at the time. She had reportedly been responsible for supervising them while the tests were being completed.
Schajuan Jones, who taught a fourth-grade class across the hall from Smith’s former room, overheard her talking to another teacher about the test.
“The words were, ‘I had to give your kids, or your students, the answers because they’re dumb as hell,’” Jones was quoted as saying about the interaction between Smith and the unidentified third teacher.
A former student also allegedly accused Smith of cheating, adding that the educator offered the girl, now in eighth grade, the answers to a math test in 2010.
The tribunal deliberated for just one hour before handing down a guilty verdict. Smith had been charged with willful neglect and immorality, and she subsequently lost her job.
Smith’s case was part of a larger investigation that implicated approximately 180 public school teachers in the city, sparked by investigations performed by the newspaper.
All tests proctored by Smith were allegedly marked with suspicious erasure marks, amounting to what was termed a “practically impossible frequency of changes from wrong to right [answers].”
Chicago Teacher's Union Turns Down $400 Million Deal, 16% Pay Raise...
Highest Average Salary In Nation...
$71,000 per year before benefits...

I guess they want a raise because of the tremendous results they are producing in the students... dry.gif
"11th Graders Meeting College Readiness Benchmarks: 21% in Reading, 19% in Math, 11% in Science, 38% in English"

This was an interesting video:
Stupid in America: (How we cheat our kids)
The public school teachers gave up on teaching a student to read.
A private course raised his reading level 2 grade levels in 72 hours!
QUOTE (Rogerdodger @ Sep 10 2012, 08:58 AM) *

Almost 40% of Chicago’s Public School Teachers Send their Kids Elsewhere to Learn

More than 1 in 5 public school teachers said their children attend private schools.

In Washington (28 percent), Baltimore (35 percent) and 16 other major cities, the figure is more than 1 in 4. In some cities, nearly half of the children of public school teachers have abandoned public schools.

In Philadelphia, 44 percent of the teachers put their children in private schools; in Cincinnati, 41 percent; Chicago, 39 percent; Rochester, N.Y., 38 percent. The same trends showed up in the San Francisco-Oakland area, where 34 percent of public school teachers chose private schools for their children; 33 percent in New York City and New Jersey suburbs; and 29 percent in Milwaukee and New Orleans.

President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Jesse Jackson, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore (to name just a few) all send or sent their children to private schools.
30 years ago I was a pioneer in home schooling my daughter once she reached middle school level.
One critical friend said: "But she will miss out on so much."
I hoped so.
The next year a girl was raped in the school she was scheduled to attend.
Now that entire area of town has been utterly destroyed by the failings of the Great Society's social experiments.
Note the large area of violence just North of Tulsa:

Anyway, I see where the Chicago Union Teachers escaped their final exams: in the form of teacher performance evaluations.
So they will get above average pay for turning out below average students:
"11th Graders Meeting College Readiness Benchmarks: 21% in Reading, 19% in Math, 11% in Science, 38% in English"

As I said in the thread title: Education Reform will come when... Student's Unions are as powerful as Teacher's Unions.

Chicago teachers rally after tentative labor deal...
It looks like Sex Ed is taking a new twist:
Florida may bring paddlings back to schools...

SAT reading scores lowest since 1972...

No doubt they will combat this problem by complaining about racial discrepancies in education and suggesting pouring billions more down the rathole that is the public education system – all the while avoiding scrutiny for teachers unions.
The new film Won’t Back Down

A parent horrified by her daughter’s awful education joins with a once-jaded school teacher to take over their local public elementary school and rescue kids from union-imposed mediocrity.

The film is based on real events surrounding efforts by frustrated parents and teachers across the country to use “parent trigger” laws to transform failing schools. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the poorly educated Pittsburgh mom who wants a better future for her dyslexic third-grade daughter. She sees a teacher from her daughter’s school (Viola Davis) at a lottery for the handful of slots in a high-performing charter school and believes she can be an ally for reform.

Attacks are launched on Gyllenhaal and Davis by reform opponents, including desperate personal attacks, that are based on real attacks in “parent trigger” battles across the country.

“Some of the things that really happened were so over-the-top, we left them out of the movie,” Walden Media’s Michael Flaherty told me. “In California, reform oppents went to Hispanic parents who signed the parent-trigger petitions and told them, if they didn’t remove their names, they would be deported. Can you believe it?”
Why R Ur Kids So Stupid?
CHEATERS: Teachers hired stand-in to take certification tests...

For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters, according to federal prosecutors in Memphis.

I find it amazing that our most precious are willingly sacrificed to the G0DS of the State and it's "progressive" goberment education system.
Public school behavioral specialist indicted for sex with dog...

Probably the same person who told my grade school grandson on 9/11/01 that the terrorists were only seeking justice against America, an evil country.
I can't wait for the Public Health Care system to become like the Public Education system.
Union Doctors and Nurses can't be fired for malpractice.
At least it will be free, except for the exorbitant taxes that the few working poor will be paying.

Teachers' unions fight bill that would prevent sex offenders from working in schools...

Teaching assistant accidentally emails nude photos of herself to class...

Below average government education.
Below average government health care.
And the few wealthy will still have superior private education and private health care, while the poor still suffer.

Publicly educated US adults score below world average in math, reading.
The fraud and corruption in Government schools is truly appalling.

TPS administrator paid over $100,000 lacked certification in Oklahoma

Her lack of state certification could affect state school funding.
Tulsa school board President Ruth Ann Fate, Vice President Gary Percefull and member Leigh Goodson all told the Tulsa World they had not been informed that Frazier-Branch was lacking the required certification.
"The first question would be, 'How did this happen?' Why were the credentials of this person not checked completely?"

Public records show that the school board approved Frazier-Branch's hiring at a salary of $102,900 and then adjusted it to $105,987 with a host of other administrative salary increases three months later.
Superintendent Keith Ballard said he has remedied the situation, at least temporarily, by having Frazier-Branch removed from the TPS payroll when her contract ended on June 30 and now working at TPS only as an "unpaid consultant."

When pressed, he said her salary is being "picked up" by the George Kaiser Family Foundation currently, but he denied any role in the arrangement.

George Kaiser: $500 million in Solyndra money
It's all about the money! Kids are just the means to the jackpot.
Feeding kids for free is another jackpot.

I found out that public education was all about the money when, as a HS senior I needed only one credit to graduate.
I needed to take a zero hour English so that I could keep a new job with excellent pay.
Then I found out that the school would not get government money if I didn't attend at least a half day so they would not allow me to just finish my one required course.
There was no flexibility or accomodiation for my needs. It was all about money.

Hidden between the poor children is the real problem: It's all about the money!

Snow-Day Alternative Creates New Challenges...
Home schooled via Internet...

The state's solution has caused a new set of challenges for some districts in one of the country's most impoverished areas. Some students don't have computers or home Internet access.
And the school district might lose some state and federal aid.

Districts that opt to use the home school option would lose state transportation dollars and federal money for free and reduced lunches.

The record shows that real education is NOT the goal of public school.
(If it is the goal then they should get an "F" but I guess that's not allowed these days.)
Until parents get to chose the best teachers and schools for their children, mediocrity is the highest expectation one should have.
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