Friday, June 21, 2013

6-21-13 Updates

Labor boss: Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU should decide school budget

The controversial claim by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis that “rich white people” are to blame for the school district’s woes earned much attention this week, but another doozy from her appearance at the City Club of Chicago was equally humorous. Lewis was asked if Chicago Public Schools’ $1 billion budget deficit was “real or illusionary,” she first replied that it wasn't her call, that “you’d have to ask the [school district] CEO who prepared that budget.” [more...]

Feds announce ‘redesign’ of public high schools as Obama attacks Catholic education

To all conservative Common Core supporters who claim the initiative is state-led, please pay attention. And to all liberals who support parochial schools, you might want to pay attention, too. On June 7, the federal Department of Education announced its plan to “redesign” all government high schools in America. Creating yet another federal enticement program - this time called the “High School Redesign Initiative” - the feds will offer “competitive grants to local educational agencies” to do such things as “redesign academic content and instructional practices” as well as “strategically use learning time in more meaningful ways,” whatever that actually means. [more...]

School official goes to absurd lengths to keep outsiders and ‘thugs’ out of the district

In at least one school district in Michigan, officials make it illegal for students to enroll if they live on the wrong side of the tracks. And they go to absurd lengths to enforce that policy. Leaders of Grosse Point Public Schools, located in an upscale community northeast of Detroit, regularly engage in spying on students to make sure only those living within the district’s boundaries attend their schools. [more...]

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