Grumpy Educators

School questionnaire probes mothers over birth history

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut mother Cara Paiuk wasn’t sure what to expect when she headed to a parents orientation to sign her son up for kindergarten at Aiken Elementary School. But when she sat down to fill out the required application for the West Hartford elementary school, she was floored. Under the heading Birth History, parents are asked to a litany of questions about whether their child was born by C-section or vaginal, [...]

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PROF: ‘Whiteness is most certainly and inevitably terror’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – University of Memphis professor Zandria Robinson thinks the Confederate flag is “more than a symbol of white racial superiority. It is the ultimate symbol of white heteropatriarchal capitalism.” “This isn’t to say that the American flag does not represent such things, but the Confederate flag only represents those things for whites,” Robinson tweeted to her 2,820 followers last week, according to The Washington Times . She also tweeted on June 26 [...]

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Free Market: College hires Chelsea Clinton for speech after Hillary requests $275K

Hillary Clinton once described the free market as the “most radically destructive force in American life in that last generation.” Perhaps her daughter, Chelsea, disagrees. In February, the only child of the political power couple collected a $65,000 speaking fee from the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) for being the more affordable Clinton available to give a speech at a ceremony on campus. According to e-mails obtained by the Washington Post , [...]

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Che

  Mariana Barillas Campus Reform A law school dean and celebrated social justice advocate at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) was photographed wearing a Che Guevara beret during an event honoring her contributions to the “politically progressive” DC legal community. Katherine Broderick, Dean of the UDC’s ...
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MI school district demands $77k from parent to see child’s records!

GOODRICH, Mich. – If government had to survive in the private sector, it’d go out of business. Efficiency and customer service are rarely a priority. A Michigan parent had a seemingly simple request of her local school district: any emails regarding her son over the last 14 months. The Freedom of Information Act request included the wording, “but not limited to emails between Goodrich Area Schools employees, Genesee Intermediate School District employees, Michigan Department [...]

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NH Gov. Hassan: Parents are barrier to child’s government schooling

CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan thinks parents are a barrier to children’s education. Hassan on Friday vetoed a bill that would have given parents the right to review material on human sexuality and sex education presented to their children in school and given them the ability to opt their child out of portions of the curriculum, the Associated Press reports. “This bill would make it more difficult for young people to [...]

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College advocacy group: states should "roll-back" campus carry laws after Charleston shooting

According to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the tragic shooting in Charleston, S.C. should persuade lawmakers to reconsider campus carry legislation. Despite South Carolina’s reputation for strict gun laws, the Association says the “easy availability” of guns was a leading cause of the shooting. In the aftermath of the tragic murder of nine individuals in Charleston, S.C., the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has encouraged states to reconsider [...]

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LA Times blasts UC Berkeley 'microaggressions'

A recent LA Times staff editorial declared the Free Speech movement at UC-Berkely a vestige of a bygone era where opinions were appreciated, not policed, on college campuses. The editorial hammered the school for an extensive list of so-called "microaggressions" distributed to faculty within the University of California System. Remember when students at the University of California—Berkeley fought tirelessly for freedom of speech? In a recent staff editorial , the Los Angeles Times declared [...]

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Fifth Circuit rejects religious universities' HHS challenge

A three judge panel for the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against several religious universities last week, in another case involving the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive mandate. The appellants included several religious universities from Texas—East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, and the University of Dallas—as well as a Pennsylvania seminary and the Catholic Archdiocese of Fort Worth. At issue was an “accommodation” offered by HHS, which requires [...]

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Texas university's VP of diversity and inclusion to earn more than any governor

The University of North Texas (UNT) is paying its new vice president of Diversity and Inclusion a salary that exceeds that of any governor in the country . UNT recently announced the hiring of Joanne Woodard for the new position. Woodard comes to UNT from her position as Vice-Provost of Institutional Equity and Diversity at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Woodard will earn a yearly salary of $205,000 for her work. Woodard’s new salary [...]

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COPS: School bus driver was texting prostitute during deadly crash

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A Tennessee bus driver was texting with a prostitute when he crashed his bus into another bus and killed three people in December, recently released police records reveal. Knox County bus driver James Davenport, 48, was texting with Lacey Victoria Easterly, 25, throughout the day Dec. 2 and in the moments leading up to a violent collision. Police records show Easterly is an inmate in the Knox County detention facility stemming [...]

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Students file class action lawsuit over typo on SAT

PRINCETON, N.J. – Long Island student Jennie Whalen thinks that the thousands of students who took the SAT college aptitude test June 6 should get a refund and a chance to take it over. This year’s test erroneously stated students had 25 minutes to complete Section 8 or 9, when it was actually 20 minutes. Some testing centers caught the mistake, others didn’t. The College Board, the nonprofit group that owns the SAT, announced [...]

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Student’s writing assignment on ‘snow’ — sponsored by Double Stuf Oreos

AUGUSTA, Maine – Corporate branding in schools is drawing criticism in Maine, and Gov. Paul LePage recently vetoed a measure to ban brands promoting food and beverages prohibited by Michelle Obama’s federal school food laws. The debate seems to center on government control over parents and schools, and LePage would rather leave the decision-making to locals, The Bangor Daily News reports. LePage vetoed LD 985 Tuesday and his decision was later confirmed in the [...]

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Conservative lawyer gets retrial over alleged law school hiring discrimination

Teresa Manning alleges that she was rejected as a candidate for an adjunct position at the University of Iowa College of Law in 2007 because of discriminatory hiring practices. Manning’s initial lawsuit against the university went to trial but was dismissed. Now, the pro-life activist and outspoken conservative is getting a second chance. Conservative lawyer Teresa Manning, who previously accused the University of Iowa College of Law (UI) of refusing to hire her because [...]

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