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  1. There has reportedly been a shooting at a high school near Portland, Oregon. Police in Troutdale, Oregon confirmed that there has been a shooting at Reynolds High School, but had no other information at this time. Someone reported the shooting to police at 8 a.m. CBS News is reporting there are injuries. At this time, it's unclear whether there's a suspect in custody. Police are treating this as an active shooting situation. The school is in a lockdown. Fox 12 in Oregon noted that it's finals week at Reynolds High and some students didn't have to be at the school until 11 a.m. A Life Flight helicopter has reportedly been dispatched to the area. Parents have been told to stay away from the school while police are responding. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/shooting-at-reynolds-high-school-in-oregon-2014-6#ixzz34FjkVRxW
  2. STRATFORD, Conn. The mother of an 11-year-old Connecticut boy has been arrested after police say her son brought a grenade to school for a show and tell related to World War II lessons. Lisa Miguel of Stratford was charged with risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of an explosive. Stratford Academy was placed on lockdown Friday. Students were sent to the back of the school until a bomb squad determined the grenade was a simulator used for training. The 44-year-old Miguel didn't immediately return a message Tuesday seeking comment. Police say she told them the grenade had been a gift from her father, a war veteran, who had told her it was a dud. State Police say simulator grenades can combust and cause injuries within a 20-foot radius. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/10/mother-arrested-after-police-say-son-11-brought-wwii-era-grenade-to-school-for/?intcmp=latestnews
  3. Phurfur

    The Student Loan Bubble

    If you signed and sealed federal student loan documents, take another look at your obligation to pay. You may walk away and leave your education bill to the national debt. There are several options for student loan forgiveness with similar features that consider income, debt, financial hardship and dependents. Special programs exist for teachers that have served low-income families for five years. In the 2015 budget, President Obama proposes another expansion of student loan forgiveness programs. The proposal, with the purpose to make higher education more affordable and prevent raises in tuition, would broaden and strengthen student loan debt forgiveness under the Pay as You Earn Program of 2012 (PAYE). Currently for those new student loan recipients, the Federal Pay as You Earn Program effective December, 2012 adjusts student loan payments consistent with the ABILITY TO PAY based on an established scale. Ten percent of discretionary income or 150 percent of the poverty level weighed by family size is the maximum standard resulting in an annual adjustment review. Twenty years later, the remaining debt is forgiven for private sector employees. For the public sector, debt is forgiven after 10 years. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendy-n-powell/the-next-phase-of-enhance-student-loans_b_5315840.html?ir=Education It looks like there will be a new career path for students. Borrow as much money as you can for as long as you can. Upon graduation you peruse a government job and in 10 years you are student loan free with the remainder of your loan being added to the national debt. And once again, as the Government pumps money into student loans, tuition continues to explode. This is not unlike what happened in the housing market. Currently $1.2 trillion is owed in student loans. This will not end well.
  4. A Texas mom is angry over a school ban on sunscreen that she says led to her daughter getting a severe sunburn during a field trip. The North East Independent School District has the restriction because it considers sunscreen toxic, and fears kids will eat it, parent Christy Riggs, of San Antonio, told Fox News. The reality is: Children dont eat sunscreen and theyre not going to, Riggs said. School district spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor told ABC News that allergic reactions to sunscreen are one of the numerous reasons the district does not allow sunblock in its 72 schools. We dont want students sharing sunscreen, Chancellor told the station. If students get it in their eyes or react badly to the sunscreen it can be quite serious. The district treats sunscreen as a medicine, Chancellor said, and requires a doctors note to apply it at school. Riggs, whose father died of skin cancer this year, says the ban is hurting the schoolchildren. We want to teach our children to eat healthier, yet we have them outside and let them burn, Riggs said. Im not saying all children should be required to bring sunscreen, Riggs said. But skin cancer is on the rise and reapplying at school shouldnt be an issue. According to KCTV 5, Chancellor said parents who know their children may be outdoors should send them to school fully covered in sunscreen. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/08/texas-mom-burning-mad-over-schools-sunscreen-ban/
  5. At least one pair of parents is fuming after their eighth-grade daughter came home from school saying that every student in her class had to indicate publicly how far they are prepared to go sexually. The incident happened this week at Woodland Park Middle School in the San Diego, Calif. suburb of San Marcos, reports local ABC affiliate KGTV. The parents, who dont want to be named, say their 14-year-old daughter was embarrassed because the teacher in her family life and health class instructed her and all of her classmates to stand under one of several signs. Each sign was labeled with a different phrase. Some of the labeled signs were innocuous, according to KGTV. These included smiled at, hugged and kissed. Other signs, such as above the waist, below the waist and all the way, were to varying degrees considerably less innocuous. To put them up in front of their friends to be humiliated or to be asked questions that I believe are personal, its really none of the schools business, one of the peeved parents told the ABC station. The parent added that her daughter felt confused and peer-pressured afterward. Officials at the taxpayer-funded school defended the exercise, calling it a dating lesson. The parents sign permission slips for the class and can look at the curriculum prior, the Woodland Park Middle School told KGTV. The purpose of the lesson was to open the lines of communication between parents and students about dating expectations. Its not clear how standing under signs labeled above the waist or all the way while at school would open up lines of communication between eighth graders and their parents. The principal added that the school found the lesson at a community clinic and has used it for several years now. http://news.yahoo.com/dating-lesson-asks-eighth-grade-girls-publicly-declare-172004304.html?pt=tAD1SCT8P7/
  6. A Michigan middle school teacher was suspended two weeks before his intended retirement after showing his class a video of white people in blackface during a lesson on Jim Crow racial segregation laws. According to the Monroe News, Monroe Middle School teacher Alan Barron, who has been an educator for 36 years, was put on administrative leave last month after an assistant principal sat in on a history class where Barron discussed segregation laws. The instruction reportedly included a video about how white people used blackface to intimidate African-Americans during entertainment in the 1800s. Parents whose children are in Barrons eighth-grade class told the paper that the administrator thought the lesson plan was offensive and racist. One parent, Adrienne Aaron, whose husband is African-American, said Barron was simply showing her child and others in class what actually happened in history. Aaron said her daughter was not offended. She was more offended that they stopped the video, Aaron said, according to the Monroe News. It had nothing to do with racism. History is history. We need to educate our kids to see how far weve come in America. How is that racism? The school district, for its part, would not confirm that Barron is suspended, and would only state that he is on leave. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/01/michigan-teacher-suspended-after-showing-students-blackface-video-during/?intcmp=latestnews
  7. A Washington state mom vowed to take legal action after she said her child was forced to "pay" to use the bathroom in her third-grade class. Merchon Ortega told Fox News' Andrea Tantaros that her daughter had an accident after a teacher denied her a bathroom break. "She chose not to pay to use the restroom and she had to go so bad," Ortega said. "She said it hurt so bad that she just couldn't hold it anymore. She urinated on herself." The teacher reportedly implemented a class reward system at Mill Plain Elementary in Vancouver that gave students fake money to spend at a class auction at the end of the year. Bathroom breaks were added to the system as a way to cut back on disruptions during class. The Evergreen Public Schools District said in a statement that children were "never denied bathroom breaks if they needed one, regardless if they had sufficient 'dollars' in their account -- this was a decision made to use an already implemented money management learning system rather than introduce another method of dispensing discretionary passes." Two parents filed complaints after their children wet their pants earlier this month. The district announced last Friday that after an investigation into the complaints, the teacher would not be disciplined. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/30/washington-mom-outraged-over-pay-to-potty-policy-in-classroom/?intcmp=latestnews
  8. A Chicago Public Schools test question that had seventh-graders read anti-immigration commentary by a fictitious Bush administration official and conservative writer whose name sounds like controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has been scrubbed from the curriculum and officials say the whole thing was a misunderstanding. The nations third-largest school district pulled the question from its online database earlier this month after a total of 32 seventh-graders from two classes took the REACH Performance tests, which are administered to measure student growth and teacher effectiveness. This particular version of the exam asked students to compare the authority of differing opinions on immigration, including one written by "Arie Payo." I think its best to keep America for Americans and those who know how to speak English properly, it reads. Save America for those of us who know how to behave in law-abiding ways. Undocumented immigrants, according to the text, should go back to where they came from, continues the text by Payo, who is identified as a former aide to President Bushs Immigration Taskforce and a contributor to the nonexistent Conservative Journal. CPS spokesman Joel Hood confirmed to FoxNews.com Wednesday that the question had already been scrubbed from its database and insisted the Arie Payo character was not created with Arpaio in mind, despite being near-homonyms. The author of this blog post is completely fictitious and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental, Hood wrote in an email. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/29/chicago-education-officials-remove-incendiary-immigration-question/
  9. A New York City mom was fit to be tied Wednesday after her 4-foot-1, 66-pound daughter came home from school with a note calling her fat. Eight-year-old Gwendolyn Williams is anything but fat, but her mom worries that the school's note, citing her body mass index, has left her daughter confused about her body. "My daughter is thin; she knows she doesn't have a weight problem, but that night, I caught her grabbing the skin near her waist, and she asked me, 'is this what they were talking about?"' Laura Bruiji Williams, the girl's mom, told FoxNews.com. "It was awful to see." Gwendolyn, along with her classmates, were handed a "Fitnessgram" sealed with a sticker at her public school in Brooklyn. The class was told not to open the letters, issued by the New York City Department of Education, but like most of her friends, she couldn't resist and read it. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/23/new-york-mom-fuming-after-daughter-gets-school-letter-calling-her-overweight/ The link includes a picture of this fat kid. ----------------------------------------------------------- US obesity rate reaches new high The obesity epidemic is showing no signs of retreat in the United States. As of this week, the nation's obesity rate for 2014 stands at 27.7 percent, according to new Gallup data. That's up from the 2013 rate of 27.1 percent, which was the highest annual rate ever measured by the polling organization. When Gallup started tracking obesity in 2008, the average annual rate among Americans was 25.5 percent. So far this year, only 35 percent are considered "normal weight." [7 Little-Known Tricks That Shave Pounds] Obesity which was recently recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association disproportionately affects certain demographic groups. According to Gallup's latest results, black adults still have the highest obesity rate of any group (35.5 percent), while young adults between ages 18 and 29 have the lowest (17.0) percent. And that's how the getcha!
  10. He looked up at the clouds and saw a handgun. A Colorado second grader was disciplined after he drew a picture of a handgun during an assignment where students look up to the clouds and draw what they see. Kody Smith, 8, went outside May 14, looked up to the sky and saw a big fluffy handgun, KKTV.com reported. When he showed the drawing to his teacher at Talbott Elementary in Widefield, which is southeast of Colorado Springs, he was reprimanded. The school reportedly filed a behavior report that said Smiths behavior was disruptive to the school. The school district told the station that the report will not remain on Smiths record and its response was in line with routine procedures focused on school safety. But the boys parents say he was wrongfully punished. "He was doing exactly what he was told to do for the assignment,' Angel Rivers, the boy's mom, told the station. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/23/colorado-boy-punished-for-drawing-handgun-during-assignment/?intcmp=latestnews
  11. The latest must-see event had some parents doling out $200 for the best seats in the house. But the top-shelf tickets werent for the latest boy band concert or even a sporting event. Rather, that was the price for front-row seats at a high school graduation. According to the Bradenton Herald, Manatee High School charged parents $200 for prime seating at the May 31 graduation ceremony at the school's Hawkins Stadium. The tickets sold out in four hours. The cash-strapped Florida high school also announced it will charge seniors a $20 fee to attend this year's graduation in hopes of offsetting the cost of the ceremony. The school's principal told the paper that graduation fees are common at other high schools in the area, and if a student is unable to come up with the $20, the fee will be waived. The school said this year's graduation will cost about $12,000. The school district usually gives the school about $3,000 to pay for the event, but this year the district will not be offering the money, the paper reported. "I am not here to make money off my kids," Don Sauer, the school's principal, said.
  12. Police have arrested a 22-year-old woman who they say phoned in bomb threats to Quinnipiac University on Sunday in an attempt to get commencement ceremonies canceled so her family wouldn't know she wasn't graduating. Danielle Shea of Quincy, Mass., is being held on $20,000 bond after giving police a detailed confession Sunday. Hamden Police say Shea didn't attend the university this year, but her mother paid thousands of dollars she thought was for her daughter's education. They say when graduation arrived, Shea panicked when relatives didn't see her name on the graduation roster. Police say Shea made two calls to the university saying there was a bomb. Commencement for the school's College of Arts and Sciences was delayed and moved indoors to the campus athletic arena. The young woman reportedly called the Connecticut university's public safety department and stated there was a "bomb in the library." Shea allegedly called 17 minutes later saying, "several bombs are on campus. You havent cleared out graduation. Thats not a good idea." The calls were quickly traced back to Shea and she was arrested. She was reportedly found inside the school's sports arena wearing a graduation cap and gown. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/19/former-quinnipiac-student-calls-in-bomb-threat-at-graduation-to-hide-was-drop/?intcmp=latestnews
  13. TOLLESON, Ariz. - Walking across the stage and being handed your diploma with your fellow classmates by your side is the pay-off for four years of hard work in high school. But every year hundreds of valley students miss graduation because they can't pass the AIMS test, a requirement to graduate. Some students in Tolleson on Monday in the west valley say they represent about two dozen students who didn't pass the AIMS test. Some of them said they paid for caps and gowns and now they won't be able to wear them. They held signs that read, "Let the seniors walk." Seniors at Sierra Linda High School are upset that while graduation is May 21, they will not be able to walk with their classmates because they didn't pass the math AIMS test. "It is disappointing, because I know that I deserve it, and I know that I tried several times to do what I can possible to, you know, I wanted to make my family proud, and I feel I let them down, and let myself down," said Ashley Godinez. They say they're not asking to receive a diploma, just to walk with their classmates. "I am upset because I worked my butt off this year you know, but I did not pass my math aims, so all I'm asking this year is just to walk with my classmates, because this a once in a lifetime event, something I will not experience ever again," said Benito Aguilar. But the Tolleson School District says its governing board's rule is clear: students who don't satisfy the requirements cannot be part of the graduation ceremony. "That is no different than if they pass all their AIMS and not senior english, or a math class. They have not met all the requirements by the district and the State of Arizona, therefore, they are not able to graduate," said Karyn Eubanks with the Tolleson Union High School District. The school district said it has sympathy for the students who failed the AIMS test and adds it hopes the students stay in school, get tutoring and stick with it so they can pass the AIMS test and walk across that stage to receive a diploma next year. http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/25558596/2014/05/19/students-who-failed-the-aims-test-unable-to-walk-with-their-graduating-class#ixzz32GNTEdkJ
  14. After the release of a video that allegedly showed two students pummeling another student, a Florida school district, for the first time, is ordering armed deputies on board buses to alternative high schools for at-risk students. MyFoxTampaBay.com reported Thursday that the Polk County deputies will be on board buses headed to Don Woods and Bill Duncan Opportunity Centers near Tampa. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/16/florida-school-district-puts-armed-deputies-on-school-buses/?intcmp=latestnews And The Beat Goes On for The Great Society.
  15. Public universities in California are barred from using race as a factor in admitting students, but a UCLA professor who once served on its admissions oversight team says he has proof they do it anyway. While the first round of admissions consideration is handled fairly, African-American students are nearly three times as likely to make it out of the "maybe" pile than equally-qualified white students, and more than twice as likely as Asians, according to Tim Groseclose, a political science professor at the school and author of a new book titled, Cheating: An Insider's Report on the Use of Race in Admissions at UCLA. www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/13/ucla-prof-says-stats-prove-school-admissions-illegally-favor-blacks/
  16. MAHOPAC, N.Y. Some parents are calling for the resignation of a school board president in Putnam County after he described a woman as "chubby wubby" on an open mike. The Journal News says the remark by Ray Cote was made during a Mahopac school board meeting last month. It was videotaped and broadcast on a local cable access station and live-streamed via the Internet. Parents plan to call for Cote's resignation at a board meeting Tuesday night. The Journal says Cote is a member of a diversity and sensitivity initiative created in March following racist tweets posted by some Mahopac students during a basketball game. The school didn't respond to requests seeking comment. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/13/school-board-president-called-parent-chubby-wubby-during-meeting/
  17. Nevada dad John Eppolito got a bad case of sticker shock when he asked state education officials to see the permanent records of his four children. He was told it would cost $10,194. A Lake Tahoe-area real estate agent by trade and a fierce opponent of Common Core, Eppolito was concerned about Nevada's recent decision to join a multi-state consortium that shares students data. He wanted to know exactly what information had been compiled on his school-age kids. But state officials told him he would have to pay fees and the cost of programming and running a custom report. The problem is that I cant stop them from collecting the data, Eppolito told FoxNews.com. I just wanted to know what it [collected data] was. It almost seems impossible. Certainly $10,000 is enough reason to prevent a parent from getting the data. Nevada has spent an estimated $10 million in its seven-year-old System of Accountability Information in Nevada, known as SAIN. Data from county school systems is uploaded nightly to a state database, and, under the new arrangement, potentially shared with other counties and states. But Eppolito wonders why the state is collecting data that parents can't even view. This data is for everyone except the parents," Eppolito said. "Its wrong. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/13/price-for-nevada-dad-to-see-state-school-files-on-children-10g/
  18. A student at a Texas high school says he was given a two-day in-school suspension for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, sparking a debate on social media about whether the school district violated the teen's First Amendment rights. Needville High School sophomore Mason Michalec told KHOU.com he refused to stand for the Pledge because of his opposition to government spying. "Im really tired of our government taking advantage of us, Michalec said. "I dont agree with the NSA spying on us. And I dont agree with any of those Internet laws." The 15-year-old has refused to stand for the Pledge for most of the year, but he ran into trouble when a different teacher noticed he was staging a silent protest. And she told me, 'This is my classroom. This is the principals request. Youre going to stand,'" Michalec told the station. "And I still didnt stand and she said she was going to write me up." Michalec said that after he was punished with two days of in-school suspension, the principal warned him that he would face more suspensions if his protest continued. "Im angry and frustrated and annoyed that they would try to write me up for something I have the right to do," the teen told KHOU.com. Some residents in the small town outside of Houston said the school made the right decision. "The soldiers are out there, theyre doing their job and he should stand up," Needville resident Jo Castillo told the station. "Youve got a lot of things here that a lot of people dont have, thats respect, thats freedom." Dean Reese, a war veteran, said the school is sending the wrong message. "The kids well-spoken and hes well-informed," Reese said. "Its not like hes ignorant, hes not doing it to make people mad. Hes doing it because of his personal beliefs." School officials declined to comment to KHOU.com on the incident. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/09/teen-suspended-for-refusing-to-recite-pledge-allegiance/?intcmp=latestnews
  19. The attorney for a Maryland boy who was suspended after shaping a pastry into a gun says school administrators are trying to "demonize" him in their bid to fight an appeal to have the punishment erased from his school record. Joshua Welch, 9, was suspended from Park Elementary School in Baltimore for two days in March 2013 after his second-grade teacher accused him of chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. The case received national media attention and led to legislative efforts in Maryland and other states to prohibit suspending students for having imaginary and toy guns. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/30/school-accused-trying-to-demonize-student-in-pastry-gun-suspension/?intcmp=latestnews
  20. A 16-year-old girl was killed on Friday in an attack inside aConnecticut high school and authorities were investigating reports she was stabbed by a fellow student after rejecting his invitation to the prom, police said. The victim, Maren Sanchez, a junior at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after the 7 a.m. (1100 GMT) attack, Milford Police Chief Keith Mello told a news conference. Mello said she was stabbed by a 16-year-old male, who is now in custody. Police have not released his identity, but said he is likely to be arraigned later on Friday. http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80013909/
  21. Two students at the University of Hawaii at Hilo are suing the school over alleged First Amendment violations after they were told by a campus official that they couldn't approach fellow students to hand out copies of the Constitution. Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, members of the campus chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court, alleging that administrators violated their constitutional rights by stopping group members from passing out copies of the document during an outdoor event in January where student organizations had set up tables to distribute literature. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/25/hawaii-college-sued-for-stopping-students-from-handing-out-constitution/
  22. (Reuters) - Two 10-year-old boys in Colorado were caught selling and swapping marijuana that they pilfered from their grandparents' supplies of legally purchased pot in separate incidents at the same school, a district official said on Wednesday. John Gates, director of safety and security for Weld County School District 6, said a fourth-grade boy at Monfort Elementary in Greeley brought a small amount of marijuana to school on Monday and sold it to three other classmates. "He made $11 on the deal," Gates said. The following day, one of the other students who purchased the weed brought a marijuana-infused edible product to school and gave it to the boy who made the original sale, Gates said. That boy nibbled on the edible, but suffered no ill-effects, Gates said, adding that another student observed the incident and reported it to school authorities. Ultimately, the district disciplined four fourth-grade students, three boys and one girl, in connection with the two incidents, Gates said, but he declined to specify the nature of the punishment. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/23/us-usa-marijuana-colorado-idUSBREA3M27X20140423 They were not suspended, apparently you only get suspended for pointing your index finger and saying bang.
  23. The family of a second-grade student at a Texas elementary school says their daughter's teacher took her Bible away during a "read to myself" session. The Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group specializing in religious liberty cases, says the family reached out for assistance after a teacher at Hamilton Elementary in Cypress allegedly told the girl not to bring the Bible back to school again. The teacher reportedly said the Bible is inappropriate reading material. Michael Berry, senior counsel with the Liberty Institute, told KHOU.com the family wants to remain anonymous, fearing retaliation. He said the teacher's alleged actions were questionable given that the school library contains copies of the Bible. "So if its appropriate for their own library, why on Earth would it not be appropriate for their own students?" Berry said. In a statement to Click2Houston.com, the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District said while it hasn't confirmed the allegations, the Bible meets guidelines for books that students are allowed to read during independent reading sessions. "Religious material, including the Bible, that meets these guidelines would be permissible for a classroom assignment and/or independent reading," the statement read. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/23/texas-second-grader-says-teacher-took-away-her-bible-during-reading-time/?intcmp=latestnews
  24. MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Students attending private schools in Wisconsin using taxpayer subsidized vouchers did not score as well as their public school counterparts in reading or math. Test results released Tuesday by the state Department of Public Instruction show voucher students in the Milwaukee, Racine and statewide program all scored lower than public school students. Nearly 49 percent of public school students were proficient or advanced in reading. But only about 16 percent were in the Milwaukee choice program, 21 percent in Racine and 33 percent in the statewide program. In reading, nearly 37 percent of public students had the highest two rankings. That compare with about 12 percent in the Milwaukee choice program, 19 percent in Racine and 33 percent in the other schools. http://www.wxow.com/story/25192425/voucher-student-scores-lag-public-school-students
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