Education Briefs

Back to January 2014 Ed Reporter Education Briefs The North Carolina Association of Educators, an affiliate of the National Education Association teachers union, has filed suit to halt the state’s successful school voucher program. The union is trying to stop … Continue reading

Let’s Change That Pesky Bill of Rights!

Back to January 2014 Ed Reporter Let’s Change That Pesky Bill of Rights! Sixth-grade students in an Arkansas school were given an assignment to update the “outdated” Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States. They had not … Continue reading

Colorado Amendment 66 Deep-Sixed

Back to December 2013 Ed Reporter Colorado Amendment 66 Deep-Sixed Even $10 million in campaign spending could not convince Coloradans to raise taxes by almost $1 billion. In November two-thirds of voters said no to the Colorado Tax Increase for … Continue reading

Escaping Government Schools

Back to December 2013 Ed Reporter Escaping ‘Government’ Schools by John Stossel Originally published at Human Events and Townhall on October 2, 2013. Reprinted with permission from the publications and Creators.com. People say public schools are “one of the best … Continue reading

Administrators Force Teachers to Change Grades

Back to December 2013 Ed Reporter Administrators Force Teachers to Change Grades The Loudoun County Public School District has hired an outside attorney to investigate allegations that administrators at one district high school force teachers to change students’ grades. Teachers … Continue reading

Duncan Bus Tour and Promise Grants

Back to December 2013 Ed Reporter Duncan Bus Tour and Promise Grants 2013 was the fourth year that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan headed up a back-to-school bus tour. The theme this year was “Strong Start, Bright Future.” Over five … Continue reading

ADHD Drugs of Choice at Colleges

Back to December 2013 Ed Reporter ADHD Drugs of Choice at Colleges College students who want to pull an all-nighter to write a paper or study for an exam sometimes use drugs commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder … Continue reading

ADHD: Classroom Crutch?

Back to December 2013 Ed Reporter ADHD: Classroom Crutch? Increased demand has caused national shortages of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) drugs. According to MedMD.com, “One reason for the shortage is extremely high demand for the drugs. While people with … Continue reading

Catholics Join Common Core Protest

Back to December 2013 Ed Reporter Catholics Join Common Core Protest About 100 American Catholic dioceses, over half of the total, have adapted their school curricula to Common Core English and math standards. Parents, educators, and principals at some of … Continue reading

December 2013 Education Reporter

Catholics Join Common Core Protest, ADHD: Classroom Crutch? ADHD Drugs of Choice at Colleges Education Briefs Duncan Bus Tour and Promise Grants Administrators Force Teachers to Change Grades Book of the Month: Why Teach?: In Defense of Real Education Escaping … Continue reading

Pre-K Is for Bureaucrats, Not Kids

Pre-K Is for Bureaucrats, Not Kids by Phyllis Schlafly December 18, 2013 In an attempt to shift public discussion from the Obamacare train wreck, as well as toady to the feminists, Barack Obama is again promoting universal tax-paid daycare for … Continue reading

Parents and Teachers Object to Common Core

Parents and Teachers Object to Common Core by Phyllis Schlafly December 11, 2013 The media are currently filled with reports that U.S. students are scoring poorly on international tests. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which compares 15-year-olds in … Continue reading

National Civics, History Tests to Disappear

Back to November 2013 Ed Reporter National Civics, History Tests to Disappear This article was originally published on July 25, 2013 at Heartland.org and in Human Events. It is reprinted with permission. by Haley Stauss The National Assessment of Educational … Continue reading

Obama Fails Geography

Back to November 2013 Ed Reporter Obama Fails Geography Apparently President Obama’s geography knowledge is not as good as it should be. He’s made several errors of late, but the most glaring happened on the Tonight Show. Obama said: “If … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to November 2013 Ed Reporter Education Briefs Janet Napolitano will earn a base salary of $570,000 as president of the University of California’s ten-campus system, although she has no prior academic experience. Now earning nearly triple what she made … Continue reading

Cursive Handwriting’s Benefits

Back to November 2013 Ed Reporter Cursive Handwriting’s Benefits Emphasis on teaching cursive writing has been on the decline since the 1990s. At least 41 states do not require handwriting instruction. (USA Today, 8-12-13) Since the advent of Common Core, … Continue reading

How Much Is That iPad in the Window?

Back to November 2013 Ed Reporter How Much Is That iPad in the Window? From a state known for earthquakes comes shaking (or a shakedown) of a different sort due to the technology demands of Common Core. Los Angeles Unified … Continue reading

November 2013 Education Reporter

The Common Core Steamroller How Much Is That iPad in the Window? Cursive Handwriting’s Benefits Education Briefs New Standards for Social Studies Have Zero Content Book of the Month: The School Revolution: A New Answer for Our Broken Education System … Continue reading

Checking Your Kids’ School Assignments

Checking Your Kids’ School Assignments by Phyllis Schlafly October 23, 2013 Have you checked your kids’ school assignments lately? You might be shocked if you do. Sixth-grade children in a history class in the Bryant School District in Arkansas (whose … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to October 2013 Ed Reporter Education Briefs The NEA is attempting to spin support of Common Core by 26% of its members as “strong support” among teachers. A National Education Association (NEA) teachers union poll of 1,200 members in … Continue reading

Teacher Training Falls Short

Back to October 2013 Ed Reporter Teacher Training Falls Short The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has issued a report on more than 1,100 teacher preparation programs in the nation. In conjunction with U.S. News and World Report, the … Continue reading

October 2013 Education Reporter

Dad Arrested at Common Core Forum Duncan Threatens California Over Common Core Teacher Training Falls Short Education Briefs D.C. School’s Past Excellence Collides With Sad Present Gov. Bush Insults Concerned Parents Book of the Month: Is College Worth It?: A … Continue reading

Feds Over-Informing Girls

Back to September 2013 Ed Reporter Feds Over-Informing Girls GirlsHealth.gov is a website created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2002. It is aimed at helping girls ages 10-16 “learn about growing up.” “Growing up” is … Continue reading

Jr. High Students Text STD Status

Back to September 2013 Ed Reporter Jr. High Students Text STD Status A program for students called Qpid.me has been launched by the Los Angeles Unified School District. “Qpid” is pronounced like “cupid.” Qpid.me is a “sex education tool” that … Continue reading

Acting Up On Campus

Back to September 2013 Ed Reporter Acting Up On Campus College students have long found ways to act wild and shock their elders. “Sex Weeks” and “Undie Runs” are popping up on college campuses, even some that are funded by … Continue reading

More on Yoga in the Public Schools

Back to September 2013 Ed Reporter More on Yoga in the Public Schools by Mark Movsesian Originally published on August 9, 2013 by First Things. Last month, a California state court ruled that including yoga in an elementary school physical education … Continue reading

Teachers Union is Pro-Abortion

Back to September 2013 Ed Reporter Teachers Union is Pro-Abortion Each year at the NEA convention, a stalwart group of pro-life advocates bucks the status quo of abortion-friendly union policies and protests the flow of their dues money to support … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to September 2013 Ed Reporter Education Briefs Parents, teachers, and state legislators continue to be concerned about the untested and low standards represented by Common Core. Some states are delaying implementation until lawmakers can review the scheme, and other … Continue reading

Sneaking Student Eye Scans

Back to September 2013 Ed Reporter Sneaking Student Eye Scans Parents in Polk County, Florida schools are outraged because students’ eyes were scanned to track bus riding without parental permission or knowledge. The Polk County Schools interim superintendent didn’t learn … Continue reading

Louisiana Governor’s School Reform Under Siege

Back to September 2013 Ed Reporter Louisiana Governor’s School Reform Under Siege Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to fundamentally change education in his state. The Wall Street Journal compared Jindal’s school reform program to a “moon shot,” noting “it would … Continue reading

September 2013 Education Reporter

Louisiana Governor’s School Reform Under Siege Michigan Fights Common Core Sneaking Student Eye Scans Education Briefs Teachers Union is Pro-Abortion NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Book of the Month: The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander in Chief Public … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to August 2013 Ed Reporter Education Briefs The average Ohio teacher made $56,715 in 2012, while Ohio Education Association union officers and staff made an average of $100,553. Thus, average union employees made $43,838 more than the average teacher … Continue reading

Backlash Against Common Core

July 2013 Backlash Against Common Core Common Core (CC) is the issue that is bringing out hundreds of citizens who never before attended political meetings. Common Core is the attempt of Barack Obama’s Department of Education to force all states … Continue reading

Obama’s ConnectED Taxes Americans

Back to July 2013 Ed Reporter Obama’s ConnectED Taxes Americans President Obama announced increased taxes on Americans on June 6, while visiting a North Carolina high school. The White House website suggests the new education initiative, ConnectED, “will connect 99% … Continue reading

Federal Fig Leaf or Flexibility?

Back to July 2013 Ed Reporter Federal Fig Leaf or Flexibility? by: Theodor Rebarber Originally published by the Pioneer Institute on May 29, 2013 and reprinted with permission. As the fight over the national Common Core academic standards continues to … Continue reading

Science or Terrorism?

Back to July 2013 Ed Reporter Science or Terrorism? In April, a Polk County, Florida high school student, whose science experiment caused a pop bottle to explode, was expelled from school, arrested, and faced charges of “felony possession of a … Continue reading

Virginia Enacts Equal Tolerance Law

Back to July 2013 Ed Reporter Virginia Enacts Equal Tolerance Law In March, Virginia passed a law protecting religious pluralism at state colleges. The Student Group Protection Act will protect religious and political groups on campus from the “all comers” … Continue reading

Education Briefs

Back to July 2013 Ed Reporter Education Briefs The Supreme Court decided in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin that the Fifth Circuit Court must reexamine its earlier ruling that race may be used as one part of a … Continue reading

CSCOPE Secret Curriculum Killed in Texas

Back to July 2013 Ed Reporter CSCOPE Secret Curriculum Killed in Texas A controversial online curriculum used by more than 800 Texas School Districts was ditched by state lawmakers in May. Many wonder how CSCOPE statewide lesson plans, which were … Continue reading

Chicago After the Teachers Union Strike

Back to July 2013 Ed Reporter Chicago After the Teachers Union Strike The seven-day Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike last fall is long over, but fallout from it is ongoing. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) faces a $1 billion budget deficit, … Continue reading

Common Core Won’t Make Kids Smarter

Common Core Won’t Make Kids Smarter by Phyllis Schlafly July 17, 2013 The new education standards called Common Core won’t make U.S. kids any smarter. The overall Common Core strategy is to raise middle-scoring students a point or two but … Continue reading

A New Birth of Education Freedom

Back to June 2013 Ed Reporter A New Birth of Education Freedom By Star Parker First appeared at Townhall.com on April 1, 2013. Reprinted with permission of the author. As the nation has focused on the Supreme Court hearings on … Continue reading

Yoga In Schools

Back to June 2013 Ed Reporter Yoga In Schools Yoga is now being offered in many U.S. schools. Some question the judgment of those offering yoga classes for children. In some schools, parents have protested against it. First Lady Michelle … Continue reading

Union Profs Protest MOOCs

Back to June 2013 Ed Reporter Union Profs Protest MOOCs In an effort to innovate, to offer the best quality teaching, and to save money, some colleges are offering courses called MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. MOOCs began as … Continue reading

Zero Tolerance Run Amok

Back to June 2013 Ed Reporter Zero Tolerance Run Amok A 2nd-grader who pointed a pencil and made shooting noises in a Suffolk, Virginia elementary school is the latest to be suspended in zero-tolerance “gun” incidents. Although the teacher wrote … Continue reading

Comic Books in Classrooms

Back to June 2013 Ed Reporter Comic Books in Classrooms Graphic novels used to be considered useful for underachieving and learning disabled students, as a means to capture their interest and get them reading. Now they are entering the mainstream … Continue reading

The Romeike Homeschooling Case

VOL. 15, NO. 5 June 26, 2013 Attorney General Holder v. the Statue of Liberty: The Romeike Homeschooling Case By Virginia Armstrong, Ph.D., National Chairman “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” … Continue reading

Obama’s Pre-K Power Grab

Obama’s Pre-K Power Grab by Phyllis Schlafly June 26, 2013 Under the media’s radar, Obama has been aggressively promoting one of his fiscally extravagant projects announced in his 2013 State of the Union Address: “preschool available to every single child … Continue reading

One Kansas School District’s Success

Back to April 2013 Ed Reporter One Kansas School District’s Success Four small towns in Kansas are accomplishing what school districts across the nation strive to achieve. In Waconda Unified School District, almost all students pass state math and English … Continue reading

When Students Cheat Liberals Retreat

Back to February 2013 Ed Reporter When Students Cheat Liberals Retreat by Mike Adams Originally published at Townhall.com on September 14, 2012 The best argument against liberalism is that it doesn’t work. That should be obvious to any teacher who … Continue reading

Education’s Cheating Epidemic

Back to February 2013 Ed Reporter Education’s Cheating Epidemic by Victor Dorff Originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times on July 17, 2012 Cheating was, is and probably always will be a fact of life. Recently, technology has provided new … Continue reading

Stealing Free Lunch in Chicago

Back to February 2013 Ed Reporter Stealing Free Lunch in Chicago The Inspector General (IG) for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has found widespread fraud in the district school lunch program. Not only are children with the means to pay … Continue reading

Living High in Palm Beach County

Back to February 2013 Ed Reporter Living High in Palm Beach County An audit of Palm Beach County, Florida Schools (PBCS) released in December 2012 showed 85% of schools had some type of financial irregularity in 2011. The district auditor … Continue reading

Minnesotans Protest State Social Studies Standards

Back to February 2013 Ed Reporter Minnesotans Protest State Social Studies Standards Minnesota citizens submitted enough hearing requests to force an administrative law judge to hear their concerns over the failings of the Minnesota Department of Education’s proposed social studies … Continue reading

Pre-K Won’t Help Kids

Pre-K Won’t Help Kids by Phyllis Schlafly February 27, 2013 President Obama ended his State of the Union speech on a warm-and-fuzzy note by calling for Pre-K programs for almost all children. The best thing he could do for pre-kindergarten … Continue reading