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Straight pride fliers removed from college campus

Straight pride fliers removed from college campus

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Leaders with the Student Government Association at Youngstown State University said they decided to act quickly this week when posters showed up on campus promoting “Straight Pride” week next month.

The posters contained profanity, which our station has blurred for viewers. The posters promote the event as a way of not showing the differences between students.

Campus leaders said while they believe the posters were meant more as satire, especially since no names were associated with them, they determined the flyers went too far with their message.

“When you are talking about minority activism, it is very easy that if you are in the majority to say ‘well, this sort of activism is not necessary. This sort of zeal in your activism is over the top.’ For minorities who experience discrimination, that is not the case,” Student Government Vice President Jacob Schriner-Biggs said.

After consulting with the Vice President of Student Life, it was decided to take the posters down, not necessarily because of its topic but because of the coarse language.

“We have to be careful with the whole free speech issue. But then if you actually read through it, it seemed like it went way further than a free speech issue. There were swear words and took it a little further than the average free speech should go,” Student Government President Michael Slavens said.

Once students received permission to remove the flyers, they were all down within a matter of hours. If those behind the posters can be identified, any disciplinary action will ultimately be up to university administrators.

The Student Government Association Executive Committee released a statement on the fliers, which said in part:

It has been brought to the attention of several SGA Executive Board members that “Straight Pride” posters have been hung across campus, seemingly in response to LGBTQIA efforts to promote diversity and foster a culture of acceptance on campus. Though SGA respects the free speech of all YSU students, these postings were not authorized, contained vulgar language, and, unfortunately, miss the point of minority activism.

‘Poop Equality!’ Students Hold ‘Sh*t-In’ at California University

‘Poop Equality!’ Students Hold ‘Sh*t-In’ at California University

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The Queer Student Union at California Polytechnic University recently orchestrated a three-day “shit-in” at which students preached “Gender Diversity” and encouraged students to use solely gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.

“Put yourself in the shoes of a trans*/gender non-conforming student and take the pledge to use only all gender bathrooms,” a post from the organization’s Facebook page read.

Students reportedly created a staged toilet in the middle of campus, which students signed and decorated with several banners, one of which read “We’ve got shit to deal with,” according to images acquired by Campus Reform.

The group’s Facebook page is also circulating a petition that states that the publicly-funded university “has identified only five bathrooms that are reasonably accessible, leaving non-cisgender students with a paltry amount of options when it comes to using the bathroom.” It calls “on the university to establish more accessible all gender bathrooms, in addition to adding ‘Gender Diversity’ signs to existing gendered bathrooms.”

Despite having seventeen all-gender bathrooms in existence at Cal Poly, Campus Reform writes that flyers passed around during the “shit-in” called for the creation of new all-gender restrooms.

The online petition currently has 280 of 500 required signatures.

Not all who witnessed the transgender information dump were pleased with the outcome. “For many students, myself included, it’s hard to take something like a ‘shit-in’ very seriously,” Cal Poly senior Domenic Hjerpe told Campus Reform, detailing how “Cal Poly’s campus is already pretty extremely inclusive.”

West Hollywood passed a law this year requiring all single-stall bathrooms to replace gender-specific signs with gender-neutral signs, and San Diego Airport recently did the same thing by designating 12 restrooms as gender-neutral.

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School Implants Device In Student Without Parental Consent

School Implants Device In Student Without Parental Consent

A mother is irate after discovering that her daughter’s school had given her an implant under her skin without parental consent nearly a year after the procedure had taken place.

Bernadette Jessop was informed by her daughter, Layla Rylands, that she had been fitted for a contraceptive implant at her school, Ashwell Academy in England. The implant had been injected a mere four days after the young girl’s thirteenth birthday.

As any parent would be, Bernadette was furious upon hearing the news. She believes her daughter is too young for a contraceptive procedure to have taken place without her prior consent.

According to Hull Daily Mail, “The implant, a small rod that is inserted under the skin of the upper arm after a local anaesthetic has been applied, releases hormones into the body to prevent pregnancy.”

School Implants Device In Student Without Parental Consent, Mother IRATE

“The school asked me not long ago for my consent for her to watch a film about sex. I didn’t give my consent until I knew what the film contained, yet I don’t get the chance to give my consent for her to get the implant?” Bernadette explained. “When I found out I felt sick. At the end of the day, I’m her mum, and at that age, it is wrong.”

Apparently, sexual health workers visit schools in the Bransholme area to give contraceptive advice to teenagers. If a student is deemed “competent,” they are allowed to give the okay for the procedure without parental consent.

The only problem is the school Layla attends is for students with “complex academic and social needs.”

“Layla is in that school because she has behavior problems,” explained the irate mother. “How can you deem a child with problems competent to make that decision?”

School Implants Device In Student Without Parental Consent, Mother IRATE

Bernadette believes her daughter was too young to not only make that type of decision, but was not at an appropriate age to be discussing contraceptive issues with anyone other than her family.

“In a moment of madness I said yes. If I was a parent and my daughter had it and I didn’t know, I would be furious, just like my mum,” explained Layla. “I do think parents should know, but I was afraid to say and I had signed a form that said it was confidential.”

The only response the school has offered is that “the academy has a duty of care towards its students, some of whom are extremely vulnerable, and their health and well-being is of the highest concern to us.”

If the school needs to get consent from the parents to show a student an educational film about sex, it seems that implanting something into a teenager would also require a consent form. Bernadette has a right to be irate — as well as any other parents who are unaware of the school’s influence in their child’s contraceptive choices.

Hillary Clinton At Center Of Common Core National Standards Initiative

Hillary Clinton At Center Of Common Core National Standards Initiative

A veteran educator says parents can thank Hillary Clinton for the Common Core national standards

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A veteran educator says parents can thank Hillary Clinton for the Common Core national standards that have been thrust upon schools across the country.

Even though most people probably believe that Common Core was developed during President Barack Obama’s term in office, the foundation of the initiative goes all the way back to the 1980s, reports veteran educator and now-commentatorDonna Garner.

Back then, she tells EAGnews Hillary Clinton worked with other left-leaning education reformers such as Marc Tucker of the National Committee on Education and the Economy(NCEE), Ira Magaziner and then-Gov. Mario Cuomo, known for his fiery, liberal speeches.

The ‘Whatiscommoncore’ website reports that Tucker “has … openly worked for decades to strengthen the role of the state education agencies in education governance at the expense of local control” and claims that “the United States will have to largely abandon the beloved emblem of American education: local control.”

In 1992, Tucker wrote a letter to Clinton outlining his vision of a “communist-styled pipeline of education and workforce.”

Magaziner has a long association with the Clintons. In addition to working with Hillary on radical education reform, he worked with her on the failed Task Force to Reform Health Care during the Clinton Administration, served as senior policy advisor for President Clinton and, as of today, serves in a leadership capacity for two of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s international development initiatives.

In the 1980s, Hillary (et al.) laid the groundwork for a School-to-Work plan, better known by the term “cradle-to-grave,” according to Garner. The idea was to create a three-legged stool of education, labor and healthcare whereby the government would direct people’s lives from birth until they die.

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Garner, who began teaching in the early ‘60s in Texas, says all were to be joined together under one banner with government healthcare, school healthcare clinics providing abortions and contraceptives, classrooms emphasizing workforce development skills instead of academic knowledge and the Department of Labor directing students into a career pathway at a very early age.

Garner, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and re-appointed by President George H. W. Bush to serve on the National Commission on Migrant Education, says the idea was “that students and everybody else would be tracked into the vocation that the government at the time thought was important. And it didn’t have anything to do with students’ natural desires or what their parents wanted them to do or what the students’ talents were. It all had to do with providing ‘worker bees’ for the government.”

And as insidious as the plan sounds, it has come to be under the Common Core national standards initiative, she says.

She further states the goal was to have about 10% of the population be well educated and then the other 90% would be trained to function within factories and companies.

Jane Robbins of the American Principles Project tells EAGnews, “When it was called School-to-Work 20 years ago, it was a fad for awhile and then it fell apart. And now it’s a fad again. But this time they are really focusing on cementing this through Common Core through federal money because the people who are influential in the progressive ed world are people….people like Marc Tucker…who has been an advocate of all of this forever. He thinks the schools should just be part of one, vast human development resource system and he’s been arguing that for decades.”

Known now as Student Learning Plans (SLPs), sixth graders in a growing number of states, along with their parents and a school counselor, develop career paths for the coming six years until the students are graduated. Robbins says this is all connected to the Common Core national standards initiative, which has never been an education model but a workforce development model. It’s not meant to produce many educated citizens.

Prior to “cradle-to-grave,” schools focused on academic-based content called Type #1. That involved memorization and drills comprised of basic education fundamentals.

Garner says once that was accomplished, students were enabled to do higher level reasoning. A 1991 report,The Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills, however, helped to change the direction of the nation’s schools from knowledge-based academic content (Type #1) into a education philosophy where the emphasis is on emotions, opinions and beliefs with an emphasis on workplace competencies (Type #2).

According to Garner, the standards movement popped up all over the country. States appointed writing teams to rewrite all K-12 courses, and the new standards required students “to be able to know and be able to do.”

She says, “We are living the plan that Hillary and her folks, her team, instigated back in the early ‘80s.”

The plan was delayed when George W. Bush was elected to office. But with Obama, another zealous Type #2 advocate, Garner says it’s the perfect storm, “that leads into relativism, into political correctness, multiculturalism, environmental extremism and then into the social justice agenda under Obama, which glorifies the LGBT community.”

Garner believes we have Hillary Clinton (et al.) to thank for the mess our country’s schools are in today. It is because of her Type #2 philosophy of education as birthed by the NCEE we now have the Common Core Standards Initiative pouring into our nation’s schools, capturing the College Board and its products (AP, SAT, PSAT), and making billions of dollars in profits for Bill Gates, Pearson, Jeb Bush, and others. Even theProgramme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is being rewritten to align with Common Core, she reports.

Parents need to lay the blame for Common Core right at Hillary’s feet, she says. The seeds for Common Core began to sprout under Bill Clinton’s administration thanks to Hillary and her associates. Then under Obama, these Common Core seedlings have grown into a complete takeover of our nation’s school system by the federal government.

According to Garner, “We have Hillary to blame for a nation of adult non-readers who get most of their news from their social media gadgets; and it is for that reason that I have used my institutional memory to try to educate those people who have no knowledge of Hillary Clinton. If she is to be a serious candidate for the Presidency, we must warn the public.”

U. California students remove offensive American flag from ‘inclusive’ space

U. California students remove offensive American flag from ‘inclusive’ space

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The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) voted Tuesday to remove all flags, including American flags, from an inclusive space on campus because of their offensive nature.

The bill, R50-70, was authored by Social Ecology Representative Matthew Guevara, and accuses all flags, especially, the American flag, of being “symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism.”

“[F]lags construct paradigms of conformity and sets [sic] homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracy,” the bill reads.

The legislation argues that flags may be interpreted differently; the American flag, for example, can represent “American exceptionalism and superiority,” as well as oppression.

“[T]he American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism,” the bill continues, arguing that “symbolism has negative and positive aspects that are interpreted differently by individuals.”

The anti-flag hanging bill adds that free speech, such as flags in inclusive spaces, can be interpreted as hate speech.

“[F]reedom of speech, in a space that aims to be as inclusive as possible[,] can be interpreted as hate speech,” the bill reads.

“Let it be resolved that ASUCI make every effort to make the Associated Students main lobby space as inclusive as possible.”

“Let it further be resolved that no flag, of any nation, may be hanged on the walls of the Associate Student main lobby space.”

“Let it be further be resolved that if a decorative item is in the Associate student lobby space and issues arise, the solution will be to remove the item if there is considerable request to do so.”

The flag banning legislation passed with six yea votes, four nay, and two abstentions.

The legislation resolved that any decoration that a student finds offensive will be removed from the Associate Student main lobby if the request is made.

ASUCI is the undergraduate governing body of UC-Irvine. According to its website, it’s student-led by those who are elected into their positions.

Campus Reform has contacted ASUCI and the UC system for comment.

Boy Dies After Leaping From 2nd-Floor Window of New Jersey Elementary School in Apparent Suicide

Boy Dies After Leaping From 2nd-Floor Window of New Jersey Elementary School in Apparent Suicide

By Brian Thompson

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A student at a New Jersey elementary school plunged to his death from a second-story window in what police are investigating as a suicide, a law enforcement source familiar with the case tells NBC 4 New York.

The boy, in fifth grade at Grant Elementary School in Dumont, was initially taken to a hospital in critical condition after the jump around noon Friday, authorities say. The source said he later died at Hackensack University Medical Center later in the afternoon.

A law enforcement source said the boy got into a dispute with a classmate during a game of chess. Afterward, the boy passed his classmate a note, then went to the window, opened it and jumped, the source said.

Schools superintendent Emmanuel Triggiano said there were other students in the classroom at the time.

“We provided them with some assistance, and we’re going to continue to provide them with assistance through the weekend and on Monday,” said Triggiano.

The school had a regular dismissal, but some parents took their children out early.

A portion of the building was taped off as police investigated.

De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar

De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City public schools have added two Muslim holidays to the school calendar, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced Wednesday.

Schools will now close for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, making New York City the largest school district in the nation to recognize the two holidays on the official school calendar.

“We are committed to having a school calendar that reflects and honors the extraordinary diversity of our students,” said Farina.

De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar

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De Blasio said the change means that Muslim families won’t be forced to choose between observing the holidays and sending their kids to school.

“They want to celebrate their holiday but they also want to go to school, they love school. So now they don’t have to make that choice and this is why this is so amazing,” mother of three Linda Sarsour told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar

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The announcement was made at PS/IS 30 in Brooklyn, where officials said 36 percent of students were absent the last time Eid al-Adha fell on a school day.

“We’re here today to make good on a promise to our Muslim brothers and sisters that a holiday of supreme importance to the Muslim community will be recognized in our school calendar so that children can honor the holiday without missing school,” the mayor said.

“I want to thank Mayor de Blasio for adding Eid-al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr to the public school holiday calendar,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. “Islam is one of the largest religions in the world, and the Muslim community is thriving not just in The Bronx but throughout the city of New York. This decision allows our city’s Muslim community to fully practice their faith without it interfering with their school attendance and education. As I have said in the past, by recognizing these two important holidays, we show that not only are we welcoming to everyone’s religious beliefs but that we respect everyone’s Constitutional right to freedom of religion.”

Eid al-Adha will be observed for the first time on Sept. 24. Eid-al-Fitr, which falls over the summer, will be designated a holiday for those attending summer school.

De Blasio said it’s all about respect for families, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.

“Families are the fabric of our city. They’re the core of our city,” the mayor said. “All families deserve respect. Every kind of family deserves respect, and that’s what we’re noting today.”

The added holidays are familiar to most of the children in at least one Midwood Pre-K class.

When many of them go on to public school they’ll stay home for Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr without missing any classes.

“This is going to enlighten the understanding there is another holiday and it is for the Muslim community,” Mohammad Razvi told CBS2’s Dave Carlin.

Eid al-Adha, the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ commemorates Abraham’s devotion to God. Eid al-Fitr is the ‘Feast of Breaking the Fast’ at the end of Ramadan.

Both holidays use the Islamic lunar calendar causing the dates to move.

The decision drew mixed reactions from parents.

“It’s going to be hard on the parents. It doesn’t make sense. Too many holidays already,” Felix Beato said.

Kashif Hussain welcomes it for his family. He remembers holidays being stressful when he was at Brooklyn’s Madison High.

“I had to pray, run, and miss my first three classes,” he said.

Other school districts in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Jersey already close public schools in observance of Muslim holidays, according to the city. New York is now the largest.

Teacher in California Found Hanging, Dead In High School Classroom

Teacher in California Found Hanging, Dead In High School Classroom

Police say Jillian Jacobson, 31, was found dead inside an El Dorado High classroom Monday morning. (Photo courtesy El Dorado High School)
Police say Jillian Jacobson, 31, was found dead inside an El Dorado High classroom Monday morning. (Photo courtesy El Dorado High School)

A high school teacher was found hanging Monday inside a classroom in Placentia, according to police.

The teacher was found deceased inside a classroom at El Dorado High School at 1641 Valencia Avenue just before school started Monday morning, according to Placentia police.

She was later identified as Jillian Jacobson, 31, by the assistant superintendent of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports students and another teacher got the woman down to the floor and called 911 about 8:40 a.m. this morning.

The discovery was made after students said the classroom door was locked during first period, according to Point. A neighboring teacher unlocked the door and students found the teacher hanging, Lt. Eric Point said.

Police and Orange County Fire Authority paramedics responded and found a female adult in full cardiac arrest, Point said. After attempts to revive her were unsuccessful, she was declared dead on the scene, according to Point.

 

The death is believed to be a suicide, but no note was found at the scene, police said.

Officials gathered the entire student body into the campus gymnasium about 11 a.m. and informed them of the death, and then dismissed students for the remainder of the day, a school administrator said.

Isaiah, a junior at El Dorado, said as the news spread, emotions came to the surface across campus.

“Just seeing people as I walk by really gets to me,” he said. “I’ve hugged some friends, it’s made my cry.”

Candy Plahy, Assistant Superintendent for Education for the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, said school will resume tomorrow with additional staffing on hand.

“We’ll have crisis counselors on staff all throughout the rest of the week,” said Plahy.

A spokesperson for the district said Jacobson was hired in the 2008-09 school year to teach art.  She worked at El Dorado High School for eight years, during which time she taught photography to students in the 9th-12th grades.

 

Students and loved ones gathered Monday night for a candlelight vigil, remembering the teacher and how she touched their lives. “Just because somebody smiles doesn’t mean they’re OK,” one mourner said. “She was always joking around and sarcastic and funny,” added student Hannah Rankin. “I just didn’t see it coming at all.”

Eliminating Common Core And The Federal Role In Education

Eliminating Common Core And The Federal Role In Education

by SEN. CHRIS MCDANIEL

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Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson pushed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through Congress, a $1 billion program to help poor students and less fortunate school districts.

When he signed the bill into law on April 11, 1965, LBJ stated that he believed that “no law I have signed or will ever sign means more to the future of America.” If he meant a bleaker future, his prediction has certainly come true.

Even before the days of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, the federal government had been worming its way into the education systems of the individual states. In 1953, President Eisenhower, less than two months on the job, re-organized several agencies of the federal government into a new Cabinet department – Health, Education, and Welfare.

But it was Johnson who began a large-scale intrusion into education, an all-out effort that has not abated in half a century. And since those early days, the federal role in education has only grown, both in terms of its size and scope, as well as its cost to the American taxpayer.

From the ESEA to the Department of Education to No Child Left Behind, the new Common Core program is just the latest, and by far the worst, federal intrusion into American schools. Senator Mike Lee has rightly labeled it the “Obamacare of education,” a plan that will result in “the DC takeover of our school system. It will dumb down standards and cheapen the education our children receive.”

It will cheapen the education every American receives, no doubt, but it certainly won’t be cheap on the pocketbook of the taxpayers, if history is any indication. In the last 40 years we have seen a 375 percent increase in federal education spending with no sign Washington will stop anytime soon.

Since the 1965 ESEA, the total is $2 trillion. Annually, American taxpayers spend $13,000 per student, roughly a quarter of a million dollars per classroom, more than any other nation on the planet by far.

With so much money being spent, the question is: why are our schools still failing?

Because, as Investors’ Business Daily has editorialized, all this federal money “feeds a bureaucratic monster sheltered from competition.” With a monopoly on education, there is no incentive or good reason to improve public education. And that’s not to mention the vast and complex sociological concerns underlying the present failed system.

The results have been horrendous. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the United States spends “more per pupil than any other country, but among industrialized nations, American students rank near the bottom in science and math. Only 13 percent of high school seniors know what high school seniors should know about American history.”

In December 2013, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) released its latest study and found that American teens have slipped to 31st in math, 24th in science, and 21st in reading. Shamefully, Third World and underdeveloped nations actually finished ahead of America.

In Mississippi, once again we are ranked dead last. This is unacceptable.

In my eight years in the senate I have fought to free us from federal intrusion and repeal Common Core.

With much hope, conservatives in the senate believed this year would finally see the end of Common Core. And after years of blocking any effort to get rid of Common Core, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves indicated that he supported the cause. Yet when an amendment reached the floor designed to finally eliminate Common Core, Reeves mustered the necessary votes to kill it.

So on the specific instructions of Lt. Gov. Reeves, Common Core survives and will remain the standards for Mississippi schools.

But we fight on. Simply put, in keeping with our system of federalism, Washington has no right to meddle in our schools. It is only through state and local efforts that our schools can improve.

Unlike Washington bureaucrats, I care deeply for public education. My father was a college professor. My wife and mother-in-law are public school teachers. My children attend public schools. I will never turn my back on public education.

But I will say no to continued federal involvement in it.

My philosophy of education is based on one simple fact, one that is shared by the vast majority of Mississippians: I care more for my children than any bureaucrat in Washington, DC.

And it is only with that kind of thinking can we once again regain our position as world leader in education.

Senator Chris McDaniel is an attorney, conservative commentator, and was a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He has represented the 42nd District, which encompasses parts of South Mississippi, since 2008. He lives with his family in Ellisville, Mississippi.