Public Education

Public Education August 11th, 2022

Parents sue Iowa school district over transgender policy that keeps them in the dark

An Iowa school district is violating the constitutional rights of students and their parents through a new transgender policy, according to a recent lawsuit. Parents Defending Education (PDE) filed the federal lawsuit against Linn-Mar Community School District on behalf of district parents over the school’s “Transgender and Students Nonconforming to Gender Role Stereotypes” rules.  Of particular concern is the…
Culture, Public Education August 11th, 2022

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 learning environment.   Restorative justice is “a system of criminal justice that focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large.”  It is presented by…
General Education, Public Education August 11th, 2022

Most Illinois schools opt out of new sex education standards that critics say are age-inappropriate

(The Center Square) – With the new school year upon us, it is more apparent that many school officials and parents in Illinois want no part of new standards of teaching sexual education in the classroom. Democratic lawmakers passed a bill that aligned the state’s standards with a national model. School districts were given the option to…
Public Education August 10th, 2022

Ban on satanic clothing in student dress code reconsidered by Kansas school board after parent complaint

A Kansas public school district is rethinking its ban on satanic clothing after a parent’s complaints and threats to sue.  The Hays Unified School District 489 Board of Education voted Aug. 5 to explicitly prohibit satanic clothing in all the district’s schools, after initially banning it only in elementary and middle schools. The vote was 5-2…
Public Education August 10th, 2022

Gender identity and sexual orientation instruction as early as kindergarten being considered in Wisconsin schools 

Gender lessons for kindergarteners and gender identity, sexual orientation and pronouns for third graders are all part of a new curriculum being considered in one Wisconsin school district.  The proposed “Human Growth and Development” curriculum was presented to the Wauwatosa School Board on Aug. 8 for an initial overview, and the vote for final approval is…
General Education, Public Education August 10th, 2022

Kansas athletic association seeks ‘fairness’ for public schools, but not for biological girls

(The Sentinel) – The Kansas Board of Education will consider a recommendation approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) to effectively penalize successful private school teams in an effort to “level the playing field” with its public school competitors. But KSHSAA shied away from taking the same stand the last two years when…
General Education, Public Education August 10th, 2022

As Illinois adds teachers and sheds students, is there really a teacher shortage?

(The Center Square) – Illinois schools employed more teachers in 2021 than it had at any point over the past decade while student enrollment declined over the same period. Despite this, lawmakers say the state is experiencing a teacher shortage and they continue to look for solutions to the perceived problem. “Like many states across the…
General Education, Public Education August 10th, 2022

Louisiana state education board working on changes to high school accountability ratings

(The Center Square) — The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will review a proposal later this month to change how high schools are rated following an eight month study by an Accountability Study Group. The study group, composed of members of the BESE, will present a series of proposed changes to the full board…
Public Education August 9th, 2022

Marxism for kindergarteners? California elementary school to pay $20,000 for 10-hour woke consultancy

Parents of children in one California elementary school don’t have to wonder what their school’s five-figure consultant “Woke Kindergarten” is all about.  But even the name doesn’t indicate how radically rooted in Marxism the organization’s agenda is.   For some 10 hours of virtual facilitating at Glassbrook Elementary School over the month of August, Hayward Unified…
Public Education August 9th, 2022

This state’s Department of Education says it’s a ‘faulty concept’ to believe in two genders

The notion that there are only two genders is a “faulty concept,” according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  The department website’s “Creating Gender-Inclusive Schools and Classrooms” page starts with a list of “words you should know,” including “Binary Gender,” which, the department writes, is “the faulty concept that there are only two genders: male and…