Conventional public school districts may covet the taxpayer dollars that follow a student when parents choose to enroll their child in a Michigan “public school academy” — also known as a charter school. But that isn’t the only motive behind the intense political campaign aimed at limiting the number of public charter schools, or even shutting them down altogether (see the Abed amendment). Union efforts to maintain the flow of school employee dues might be an even stronger motive.
For teacher unions and those politically and financially dependent on them, charter schools represent a significant threat. In academically failing school districts, charters may even be seen as an existential threat to the status quo public school establishment. The Michigan right-to-work law enacted in late 2012 may already be having a negative impact on union coffers. Less recognized is that public charter schools also deplete potential union membership, in numbers that rival the right-to-work law.
On this Armed Forces Day, I send my gratitude to my brothers who have served or are serving in the United States military.
A mother says her son was suspended over a Nerf bullet in New Jersey. This Styrofoam Nerf bullet with a toothpick stuck in it is what Atlantic City educators call a weapon. “From their lookings that the quote unquote weapon looked like it was an imitation of a shank,” said mother Michelle Moody.
One of the nation’s largest public school systems is preparing to include gender identity to its classroom curriculum, including lessons on gender fluidity – the idea that there’s no such thing as boys or girls.
Fairfax County Public Schools released a report recommending changes to their family life curriculum for grades 7 through 12. The changes, which critics call radical gender ideology, will be formally introduced next week.
“The larger picture is this is really an attack on nature itself – the created order,” said Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council.
“Human beings are created male and female. But the current transgender ideology goes way beyond that. They’re telling us you can be both genders, you can be no gender, you can be a gender that you make up for yourself. And we’re supposed to affirm all of it.”
The plan calls for teaching seventh graders about transgenderism and tenth graders about the concept that sexuality is a broader spectrum — but it sure smells like unadulterated sex indoctrination.
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None of the remaining eight female candidates going through the Army Ranger School made it out of the first phase of training at Fort Benning, Ga., defense officials told Fox News — though they scored high enough to try again as early as next week.