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Educational Stupidity: DC Schools Declare World Traveling Piano Prodigy ‘Truant’

Educational Stupidity: DC Schools Declare World Traveling Piano Prodigy ‘Truant’

Imagine that you represent an embattled urban school system.  Plagued by decades of failure, waste, and ridicule, you have one saving grace-a young student that is a piano prodigy.  This student travels the world; winning competitions and amazing world wide audiences with her talent.  You might want to publicize that to perhaps enhance your own embattled image. Avery Gagliano is a commanding young pianist who attacks Chopin with the focused diligence of a master [...]

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Parents decide to homeschool straight-A daughter after school labels her a truant

Parents decide to homeschool straight-A daughter after school labels her a truant

WASHINGTON, D.C. – If you needed more proof that bureaucracy induces the sacrifice of common sense to rigid rules, there’s this  forehead-slapping story from the Washington Post ’s Petula Dvorak: Avery Gagliano is a  commanding young pianist  who attacks Chopin with the focused diligence of a master craftsman and the grace of a ballet dancer. The prodigy, who just turned 13, was one of 12 musicians selected from across the globe to play at [...]

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Jennifer Lopez plays student-seducing teacher in upcoming movie

Jennifer Lopez plays student-seducing teacher in upcoming movie

Bob Kellogg Bob Kellogg is a freelance journalist. His work regularly appears on OneNewsNow.com. LOS ANGELES – Hollywood’s been having its headaches coming up with movies that moviegoers want to spend money on this past summer. And now, going into the fall, they’re not helping matters by coming up with a script that exploits the tragic teacher-student sex scandals that are plaguing our culture. ‘ The Boy Next Door ’ involves a recently-divorced Claire [...]

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Community outrage: Principal removes American flags from students’ trucks on 9/11

Community outrage: Principal removes American flags from students’ trucks on 9/11

Flag on truck An overly cautious high school principal said he was only following school policy when he removed American flags from students’ trucks on 9/11. Aaron Fulmer, principal of Woodruff High School in Woodruff, S.C., said that while he appreciates the students’ patriotism and understands why they were flying flags on the anniversary of 9/11, he cannot pick and choose when to enforce the rules, according to GoUpstate.com . Four students arrived at school [...]

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The Fallacy Of Congressional Ethics

The Fallacy Of Congressional Ethics

What is the “Senate Select Committee On Ethics”? Well, simply stated, it is a group of six Senators who advise the other 94 Senators and their staff on whether or not those other 94 Senators, as well as themselves, are acting ethically within their duties as Senators – according to the their own made-up “Senate Rules”. From the Senate Ethics Committee official website we read: “Members, officers, and certain employees of the United States [...]

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Parents slam school’s ‘safe snack’ list

Parents slam school’s ‘safe snack’ list

Tweet Kyle Olson MAPLE GLEN, Pa. – It came as a surprise to many parents that Oreos, Chips Ahoy and fruit rollups are dangerous. The School District of Upper Dublin recently sent a letter to parents, informing them schools would be clamping down on snacks the district deemed unhealthy or otherwise unsafe. That didn’t sit well. The Montgomery News reports several parents attended the school board meeting to criticize the “safe snack” list. Listing [...]

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School district ‘blacklists’ parents, mulls policy allowing principals to bar them from property

School district ‘blacklists’ parents, mulls policy allowing principals to bar them from property

Victor Skinner HENRICO, Va. – A Virginia school board wants to give individual school principals the power to banish parents from school property and to cut off all communications “to ensure the safety of its school buildings and campuses,” NBC reports. A draft policy in front of the Henrico County Public Schools board reads: “A principal may, to the extent practicable and after consultation with their Director, take steps to restrict a person’s ability [...]

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Student’s umbrella leads to college campus lockdown

Student’s umbrella leads to college campus lockdown

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Indiana University Southeast was on lockdown this week after a man with an umbrella was mistaken for a rifle-toting terrorist. “All Clear,” announced IU Southeast’s twitter account shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday. “The suspect has been located and the reported weapon has been identified as an umbrella. At this time it is safe to leave.” IUS spokewoman Kendra Barnes told The Courier-Journal police issued a lockdown about an hour earlier, [...]

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Plans to Turn ‘Politically Binding’ UN Climate Change Accord Into Federal Law

Plans to Turn ‘Politically Binding’ UN Climate Change Accord Into Federal Law

Chris Horner (CEI) CNSNews.com politically binding Paris CEI Horner told CNSNews.com that the “name and shame” effort is an alternative to a new climate change treaty already being  drafted by the UN that would have to be ratified by the U.S. Senate. “Obama’s statement acknowledges that he cannot get a new climate treaty past China or U.S. voters,” Horner told CNSNews.com. But he added that environmental activists are already planning to employ the same collusive  [...]

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Russians Mixed on Obama ISIL Speech

Russians Mixed on Obama ISIL Speech

Russian experts worry Obama, ISIL will degrade Russian ally Assad Fighters from ISIL during a parade in Syria Russian experts disagreed in their reaction to the strategy for defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) announced by President Barack Obama on Sept. 10 in a televised address. Obama said the United States would “degrade and ultimately destroy” the terror organization through airstrikes and support for Syria’s opposition. As western [...]

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School district deploys ‘mine-resistant ambush protected’ armored vehicle

School district deploys ‘mine-resistant ambush protected’ armored vehicle

Kyle Olson SAN DIEGO – School district police departments are now taking part in the militarization of American law enforcement. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the San Diego Unified School District is the proud new owner of a “Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected” vehicle. It’s receiving the battlefield-ready equipment, thanks to a “federal grant.” The vehicle’s estimated value is $700,000 and reportedly comes at no cost to the district. It should be operational in October. But [...]

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College bans sales of Coca-Cola, fried foods on campus

College bans sales of Coca-Cola, fried foods on campus

MONTREAL, Canada – Coca-Colas and fried foods are no longer for sale at Montreal’s Vanier College. School administrators deemed those items too unhealthy. And in case students weren’t intelligent enough to read the nutritional facts on the food labels, school officials implemented a color-code system this year to break it down for them: green is for healthy foods, yellow is for things like dark chocolate and chocolate chip cookies, and red foods are bad [...]

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Teacher to 6th-graders: Compare Hitler, George W. Bush

Teacher to 6th-graders: Compare Hitler, George W. Bush

GTY 2663319 Adolf Hitler.(Photo: Getty Images) A sixth-grade teacher at a Washington, D.C., middle school is in deep water after assigning students to make comparisons between former president George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler in a class project. According to local media, the educator at McKinley Middle School sent students home with a Venn diagram with instructions to compare and contrast Hitler and Bush, stating that "both men abused their powers." The assignment prompted [...]

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Pennsylvania school district to record student conversations on school buses

Pennsylvania school district to record student conversations on school buses

Tweet Danette Clark Danette Clark is a mom, former paralegal turned business operator, researcher, and writer. She previously contributed to RBO2.com. STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The State College Area School Board in Pennsylvania approved a measure on Monday, by a vote of 6-3, that will allow audio recording on all school buses and district vehicles. surveillance microphone Board members who voted in favor said they did so in the interest of providing safety and preventing [...]

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