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Featured Education News September 2016

By September 28, 2016Featured, What's New

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Obama Bathroom Edict Stopped by Federal Judge | Family Policy Briefing – By Family Policy Alliance

A federal district court judge says the Obama Administration does not have the authority to interpret Title IX law and that the push to include biological males in girl’s restrooms, locker rooms and even sports teams must cease while a lawsuit moves forward.

Four Things You Can Do About Bathroom Policies – By Family Policy Alliance

Even though a judge has halted the implementation of transgender bathroom policies for now, you still need to be armed with the right information should another court put their stamp of approval on the issue.

Heartless and Mindless – By Larry Sand

As the National Education Association embarks on a new PR campaign, some of its affiliates engage in lawsuits and strikes.

In July, the National Education Association unearthed its “Strategic Plan and Budget” for 2016-2018. The introduction to the 76-page document includes the notion that the union needs to “win the race to capture the hearts and minds of parents, communities, and educators.”

Teachers Unions Stifling Education Reform – By Brian Calle and Sal Rodriguez

With the increasing popularity of charter schools in California, special-interest opposition to them has grown, primarily among those most threatened by their success: the state’s powerful teachers unions.

Scientific Research Debunks LGBT Propaganda – By Liberty Counsel

A new exhaustive scientific study conducted by two Johns Hopkins University scientists reveals that scientific evidence does not support the “born that way” claim regarding homosexuality or the “trapped in the body” so-called transgender claim. Written by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, this study evaluates data from over 200 peer-reviewed studies regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

Liberty Counsel Presents Transgender Case to VA Supreme Court – By Liberty Counsel

Liberty Counsel presented oral arguments requesting the Virginia Supreme Court to review the Fairfax County School Board case and reverse the trial court’s ruling regarding its illegal policy in which the board added “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression” to its policy and student handbook. If the court accepts this review then another hearing will be set on the merits argument.

Do We Give Students Too Much Choice? – By Brian Field

There is an increased focus on student choice in K-12 education today. This focus has created more student-centered classrooms that use problem-based learning and differentiation of instruction to give students agency in what and how they learn. As a high school teacher, I understand why teachers feel the necessity to cater to all of their students’ strengths by providing opportunities for student choice. But, as schools try to incorporate student-centered initiatives into the classroom, there is often a lack of critical consideration for the potentially negative effects increased choice may have on student learning.

Catholic Schools Dump Common Core for Classical Education – By The Report Card

The Diocese of Marquette in Michigan is in the process of adopting a Catholic liberal arts curriculum for all of its schools, instead of using the Common Core State Standards.

Fixing America’s Broken School Calendar – By Hayley Glatter, Emily Deruy, and Alia Wong

Nothing is perfect, but what if it could be?

Back-to-school season is in full swing, and despite the crispness of new notebook paper and the allure of Friday night lights, it’s hard to ignore the serious inequities, debates, and issues currently hampering America’s education system. Students will walk down hallways they haven’t seen since June with questions of segregation raging around them. Teachers will greet their pupils as public-school systems around the country are flailing. And administrators will continue on as innovative ideas about how best to reach learners emerge. And so, it’s no surprise that many are entering the school year with both aspiration and trepidation.

How to Fix a Broken School – Top Five Ted Talks on Education – By Hope for Students

What does it take to fix a broken school? When expectations for students and teachers have already hit rock bottom, what does hope for students look like?