Joe Herring

Survey: 98% of parents report finding sexually explicit content in school

A staggering 98% of parents surveyed say their children have been exposed to sexually explicit materials in school.  Nearly one-in-five respondents spoke of teachers providing…

Catholic schools should avoid enrolling students at odds with their birth gender, says Archdiocese of Denver

The Catholic Archdiocese of Denver has instructed its schools to discourage enrolling transgender or transitioning kids, as well as to exercise “extreme caution” in admitting…

Op-ed: Biden’s Education Week proclamation fawns over public schools, forgets parents

Education Week cannot pass without presidential recognition, no matter how mediocre the state of America’s public schools may be. As a political exercise, these statements…

Opinion: Three of four upstart candidates for Nebraska State Board of Education notch big wins in midterm election

Spurred on by outrageous radicalism coming from members of the State Board of Education in Nebraska, four ordinary citizens made the decision to challenge the…

Lurching from fad to fad: The problematic history of education reform in America

Education in the United States has lurched from fad to fad for the better part of a century, finding ever-ingenious ways to underperform preceding generations.  …

Political move? Nebraska State Board of Education forbids public comment during final public meeting before Nov. 8 election

The Nebraska State Board of Education (SBOE) won’t allow public comment at its Nov. 4 meeting, with critics suggesting the move is political. The Friday…

New Political Action Committee tries to brand Nebraska State Board of Education grassroots candidates ‘radical extremists’

A new Political Action Committee in Nebraska launched a single-page website attacking a group of conservative State Board of Education candidates as “extremists” with “outrageous,…

Catholic schools outperformed public schools across the nation. Here’s why

According to a data analysis performed by Kathleen Porter-Magee, an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute, “If Catholic schools were a state, they would be the…

Op-ed: School dress codes the latest target of a government agency seeking “equity”

In a stunning example of bureaucratic uselessness, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) takes many pages, and presumably many dollars, to note that while most…

Nebraska students’ test scores continue their decline, but not as swiftly as some other states

Nebraska 4th and 8th grade students fared better on standardized math and reading tests last year than students in many other states, but celebrating the…

State-funded education website accused of promoting ‘erroneous left-wing, woke narrative’ in Nebraska

Nebraska’s education department was rebuked this week by state senators for using a taxpayer-funded website to promote Critical Race Theory.  The Launch Nebraska website was…

Model bills promise to rein in the radical ideologues in charge of training teachers

Three model legislative bills intended for state legislatures would hamper the use of teacher licensing power as a cudgel to enforce ideological conformity.   The example…

Neo-Marxism floods Advanced Placement courses in the US

Some of America’s most popular college-credit history classes for high schoolers are littered with anti-Western ideas, identity politics and other neo-Marxist concepts, national scholars say.  …

NEA offers master class in Critical Race Theory without naming it

Despite repeated denials of supporting the teaching of Critical Race Theory in public schools, resources from America’s largest teachers’ union suggest otherwise.  The agenda at…

As Catholic schools await guidance, Omaha-area public schools take their own stances on gender identity, pronouns

The recently released, then postponed, gender identity guidance for the Catholic schools of the Omaha Archdiocese has brought attention to the divergent policies in other…

Is a global program enlisting teachers to fight ‘misinformation’ really about quelling dissent?

Some of the world’s most powerful health organizations have gained a major ally in their campaign to quell dissent within the medical profession and the…

‘Wow, I can be smarter!’ Students see intelligence gains when they learn to apply themselves, study shows

Students who fall behind their peers in early adolescence tend to remain academic underachievers for the remainder of their school years, with many dropping out…

Mask mandates expose the mulishness of public education bureaucrats while others buck policy

According to Burbio’s Mask Policy Tracker, only seven of the 500 largest school districts in the United States (1.4%) had a mask mandate in effect…

Omaha Archbishop retreats – for now – on new gender dysphoria policy in Catholic schools

An archbishop has delayed for one year the implementation of a gender identity/gender dysphoria policy for Catholic schools in Omaha that was released just days…

Amid safety concerns, Omaha Public Schools commits $1.6 million to hire and retain School Resource Officers

Omaha Public Schools has committed $1.6 million to hire and retain School Resource Officers for 2022-23, bucking the national trend of limiting or defunding SROs…

Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha has no interest in ‘preferred pronouns’, issues guidance document on gender dysphoria in Catholic schools

The “pronoun battle” presently waged in schoolrooms across the nation will find no engagement in Catholic schools in the Omaha area.  This, thanks to the…

In latest announcement, Biden is walking a political tightrope over student loan debt. Here’s why

If playing hard-to-get is the best strategy to woo someone, President Joe Biden is courting student loan debtors all wrong. He’s all but lying on…

Petition to ban abortion filed in home location of one of the Midwest’s busiest clinics

This burg near Omaha may soon become a “sanctuary city for the unborn” if a newly announced petition drive is successful.   Bellevue, which is Nebraska’s…

Civics and CRT: Should the law have a say in curricula?

Public education has long drifted from reading, writing and arithmetic, with some experts warning the entire profession is lurching from fad to fad rather than…

Transgenderism and professional development: A lesson in disguising LGBTQ advocacy in schools

Teaching on many controversial subjects, such as gender identity and transgenderism, is prohibited by law in many K-12 classrooms. But these subjects nonetheless find their…

$250K STEM education grant benefits Nebraska middle schoolers

A program to build collaboration between Nebraska businesses and schools has awarded two grants of $125,000 to promote STEM education.  The program, called the The Developing…

Are charter schools re-establishing racial and ethnic segregation? Not so fast!

A research paper in Demography, a journal publication of Duke University Press, raises the specter of renewed racial segregation in K-12 education due to the…

From the penitentiary to the public school: Restorative Justice warps discipline

A criminal sentencing reform strategy with a dismal record of success has oddly been embraced by K-12 schools attempting to manage growing behavioral disruptions in…

The ‘Book of Exodus’: Teachers leaving public schools in droves

Teachers are abandoning their profession in Nebraska at an unprecedented rate. Nearly 600 have already resigned from Omaha Public Schools (OPS), the state’s largest district,…

Public education has made the West less religious, making room for the woke agenda

The most plausible explanation for the increasing secularization of society is the growth of public education.  This, according to economists Raphael Franck and Laurence Iannaccone in their…

Self-described ‘leftist’ teacher says woke policies in schools have gone too far

A devastating critique of the debauched state of public schools in America was just delivered, and it didn’t come from the right.  Essayist and critic…

Male students in dresses and a teacher in heels prompt families to leave sexual indoctrination in school

A public middle school in Pennsylvania encouraged male students to wear dresses to class during Pride Month, but students wearing U.S. and Blue Lives Matter…

San Diego Unified School District doubles down on mask madness

Another skirmish in the mask mandate wars began this week as the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) reinstituted an indoor mask requirement for all…

Jill Biden advances leftist political agenda while ignoring the concerns of parents in speech to teachers’ union

When first lady Jill Biden spoke to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) 2022 Convention in Boston last week, her remarks were notable more for…