Former medical students at Florida’s Valencia College claim they were forced to undergo transvaginal probes, despite there being equivalent medical alternatives. WESH’s Matt Grant reports.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed a state bill this week allowing some undocumented immigrants with temporary work authorization to receive teaching licenses. The bill is part of Sandoval’s plan for a “new Nevada,” the Associated Press reported.
Uriel Garcia, a 22-year-old undocumented Nevada State College student, would benefit from the bill, which allow immigrants granted temporary legal presence under president’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to pursue teaching licenses. Garcia has been “waiting for a couple of years now” to pursue a career as an elementary school special education teacher.
“I need this bill to student-teach,” Garcia told ThinkProgress on Thursday. He explained that he had to stop his college education because he couldn’t fulfill his practicum at Nevada State College, which requires that he get a student teaching license. He expects to begin student teaching in 2016, then to receive his full teaching license by the spring 2017 semester.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy which allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to receive a renewable two-year work permit and exemption from deportation. It does not confer legal immigration status or provide a path to citizenship. It was started by the Obama administration in June 2012.
At the program’s start, the Pew Research Center estimated that up to 1.7 million people might be eligible. As of June 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has granted DACA status to about 581,000 individuals and denied to about 24,000.
In November 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama announced changes to DACA which would expand it to include illegal immigrants who entered the country before 2010, eliminate the requirement that applicants be younger than 31 years old, and lengthen the renewable deferral period to three years. The Pew Research Center estimated that this would increase the number of eligible people by about 330,000.
Ineptitude at the highest levels of the system.
L.A. Unified immediately fell behind in its efforts but stuck to its timeline. Former Supt. John Deasy, who resigned in October, repeatedly insisted that requiring students to get a C or better in these classes was necessary for a diploma to be meaningful.
The effort also had unintended consequences. Because students had to repeat some college prep classes, they had more difficulty fulfilling the required total number of units. In response, the district reduced the number of credits required to graduate. It also was more difficult for some schools to schedule advanced courses, such as calculus. And there was less room in class schedules for popular electives that helped keep students interested in school.
At a Tuesday news conference of activists and others, recent graduate Perla Madera, 20, backed the more stringent standards, but said that her high school failed to provide the help she needed.
“During high school, I was consumed by work, school, chores and baby-sitting,” she said. “I quickly fell behind in school. I was labeled as disobedient…. I was not offered help.”
That’s when a frustrated Gordeuk took to the mic and announced:
“You people are being so rude, to not listen to this speech. It was my fault that we missed it in the program. Look who’s leaving… all the black people!”
The (not really) funny thing is that when you see the video there are black people still sitting there so “all the black people” obviously hadn’t left.
A 14-year-old got suspended for an assignment she turned in to her sex-ed teacher, and we have to admit we think the reason she got in trouble was kind of awesome. When given hypothetical excuses for not using a condom, students were supposed to fill in appropriate responses for why condoms should be used. Obviously, the reasons are endless, and so the answer to all of the questions could pretty much be, “Because … duh.” Which is basically what this girl said, except with way more finesse. Read her hilarious (and accurate) responses to see why she got suspended. But honestly. She’s not wrong …
Objection: “Don’t worry; I’m on the pill.”
Response: “I don’t want AIDS.”
Objection: “I’m clean; I don’t run around, and I don’t have any infections.”
Response: “Go f*ck yourself.”
More: Reasons to Use Condoms
Gov. Rick Snyder today announced plans for a sweeping overhaul of Detroit’s education system, including a proposal to split Detroit Public Schools in two as a way to deal with its crippling debt but at the expense of other districts across the state.
The proposal calls for each entity to be overseen by its own school board and both the old and new districts would be subject to a financial review board, similar to what was used in Detroit’s bankruptcy, until the debt is resolved.
Officials said the new DPS would have its own 7-member school board, with Snyder appointing four people and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan three. Its members would be gradually replaced by elected members in 2017, 2019 and 2021. The board would hire a superintendent.
The current elected, largely powerless school board would become part of the old district. So would DPS emergency manager Darnell Earley.
The plan aims to address persistent academic and financial distress in DPS as Detroit’s education landscape has grown increasingly fragmented over the last several years.
The old DPS would function just to pay off the district’s debt using an existing 18-mill non-homestead property tax and other revenue. The new DPS would be just that — a new school district under state law that would focus on educating children. It would collect the per-pupil funding that the state gives school districts.
The proposal also calls for creating a new Detroit Education Commission. The commission, with three members appointed by Snyder and two by Duggan, would oversee a common enrollment system, in which all schools applications — both for traditional public schools and charter schools — would be processed through a single entity.
You think “The Democrats” caused urban ruin? Wait till you see what the Republicans can fuck up.
The American Biology Teacher has hosted a guest editorial by Glenn Branch and Minda Berbeco of the NCSE. The editorial points out that climate science is under a similar sort of anti-science attack as evolution has been for years, though generally with different (less religious) motivations. Also noted is the problem of fitting climate change into the curriculum, especially in biology classes. Indeed, biology teachers are already having a hard time getting the standard fare on the plate. In recent years, for example, the AP biology curriculum has jettisoned almost everything about plants, which were previously used as examples of physiology owing to both their relevance and the relative ease of using plants in biology labs. Branch and Berbeco note that climate change has not made its way that far into the biology classrooms, but there are already anti-science efforts to keep it out.
… a backlash against the inclusion of climate science - and anthropogenic climate change in particular - in the science classroom is under way. For example, when West Virginia became the thirteenth state to adopt the NGSS in December 2014, it was discovered that beforehand a member of the state board of education successfully called for changes that downplayed climate change… Nationally, according to a survey of 555 K-12 teachers who teach climate change, 36% were pressured to teach “both sides” of a supposed scientific controversy, and 5% were required to do so.
The US Senate voted 92-8 to pass HR 2, which has been known as the “doc fix” for Medicaid reimbursement rates, as well as many other health care provisions. HR 2 includes an alarmingly high increase in funding for the AOUM program, bringing its annual funding to $75 million. President Obama has already agreed to sign the bill, saying in a statement that he “would be proud to sign it into law.”
This compromise bill, however, also includes a two-year extension of Title V abstinence-only education, allocating significant federal funding to Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs). Many CPCs lie to women about abortion and birth control and target women who are facing unplanned pregnancies and provide them with medical misinformation. AOUM curriculums rely heavily on shame and stigma, and have been proven to be unsuccessful at preventing unplanned pregnancy and the spread of STIs.
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) wrote of the expansion of AOUM, stating that SIECUS is “incredibly disappointed by this wasteful increase and expansion of AOUM programs that are ineffective, stigmatizing, and fail to provide young people with the sexual health information, education, and skills they need throughout their life to make healthy and responsible decisions.”
Some commentators argue that with more women earning college degrees than men, and with more value being placed on “soft skills,” it’s just a matter of time before men start losing out to women in the workplace. A new report shows just how far the United States is from that reality.
The report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) on women’s poverty and opportunity finds that despite significant gains in educational achievement, women earn less and have higher poverty levels than men in all 50 states.
IWPR found that more women than men have a bachelor’s degree or higher in 29 states, and the share of women with that level of education has increased in every state and the District of Columbia since 2000. Women made up 57 percent of college students from 2012 to 2013.
“Denial of an education is the analogue of denial of the right to vote: the former relegates the individual to second-class social status; the latter places him at a permanent political disadvantage.” - Justice Marshall (Plyler v. Doe)
“We are being held hostage by test scores. Our society is being scammed into thinking we don’t need this vital government service. And there are a lot of really smart people with their heads in the sand afraid of being politically active.”
Public School Enrollment from Fast Facts from the National Center for Educational Statistics:
In fall 2014, about 49.8 million students will attend public elementary and secondary schools. Of these, 35.1 million will be in prekindergarten through grade 8 and 14.7 million will be in grades 9 through 12. An additional 5.0 million students are expected to attend private schools (source). The fall 2014 public school enrollment is expected to remain near the record enrollment level of fall 2013.
About 1.3 million children are expected to attend public prekindergarten in fall 2014; enrollment in public kindergarten is projected to reach approximately 3.7 million students (source).
In fall 2014, about 4.1 million public school students are expected to enroll in 9th grade—the typical entry grade for many American high schools (source).
Does anyone really believe that parents will maintain a minimum standard of education for 49 + million students without the Public Education System?