Monthly Archives: March 2015
How State’s Teachers Get Trained, Licensed Comes Under Board’s Scrutiny
Questions raised about proposed reforms in standards for both alternate-route and traditional college-level education programs
The Christie administration’s plans for reforming the way teachers are trained and licensed for the classroom continued to hit speed bumps yesterday, with a variety of groups and educators raising concerns before the State Board of Education.
- Would doubling the classroom time required for student-teachers hurt more than help? Read on…
Man’s true story of bus boycott leaves students stunned
ATLANTA — It is first thing in the morning, and Yolanda Everett is pushing her Sandtown Middle School students to name people with integrity.
“Teacher,” says one. “Judge,” calls out another. One girl raises her hand. “Martin Luther King demonstrated integrity.”
“Sure did,” says Everett.
The lesson today is personal and centers around this book, written by Everett.
“My book is about 10-year-old Peter. He’s growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955.”
The book is nonfiction. The Peter in ‘Peter and the Boycott’ is Everett’s real life dad, Charles Peter Everett, and it tells his story of the Montgomery bus boycott from his child’s point of view.
Today is an amazing day, because Charles Everett is standing in front of his daughter’s class, the boy from the book made real.
“There were many feelings, but the one thing was we were all in this together. I wasn’t doing this by myself,” he tells the students.
The book tells how in 1955, read on…http://www.13wmaz.com/story/news/local/georgia/2015/03/06/mans-true-story-of-bus-boycott-leaves-students-stunned/24500849/
The Republicans Propose Bill to Take $3 Billion from Black and Hispanic School Kids
A proposed legislation by the House of Republicans to cut back on budgets could hit hard at school districts serving black and Hispanic students. New data released by the U.S. Department of Education shows that the effort to re-authorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act could withdraw over $3 billion in federal funding that goes to 33 of the largest school districts which have large numbers of black and Hispanic students.
The bill will allow states to curtail spending on education at sequestration levels and let them transfer the money from schools that really need it to those that are located in wealthier districts.
Should the bill go through, school districts with a high percentage of black students could be out of $1.3 billion while those with a Hispanic majority could lose more than $1.9 billion; Philadelphia with its 55% black population, for example, could lose $412 million while L.A.’s with a 74% Hispanic population could lose $782 million.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a news release, “The partisan proposal in the House flies in the face of what ESEA was created to do – give every child an equal opportunity to be successful. This bill is bad for children and would turn back the clock on progress. At exactly the time we should be expanding opportunity for America’s students and helping schools recover from the recession this bill would allow unconscionable funding cuts. Our teachers and students deserve better.”Read on…
Teacher Shows Raunchy Film, Gets Jail Time
Sheila Kearns will appeal conviction of disseminating matter harmful to kids
Kearns, who apologized in court, was convicted of four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles (the students were 14 to 18) in January. A jury cleared her of one count, believing Kearns didn’t know the movie’s content during the first showing. But a student testified that Kearns did watch the movie, and the jury appeared to side with Judge Charles A. Schneider, who said…..