Thursday, August 13, 2015

Court ruling: Teacher's aide used middle school girl as bait for sexual predator

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that administrators at Madison County Schools in Alabama violated Title IX when they ignored allegations that a teacher's aide had used a middle school student as bait to catch a sexual predator.

According to the girl, who asked CNN to call her "Jaden," a fellow student sodomized her in a school bathroom. She was 14 at the time.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said Sparkman Middle School administrators Ronnie Blair, Teresa Terrell and Jeanne Dunaway knew that Jaden's alleged attacker had a "history of sexual and violent misconduct" and failed to "adequately supervise" him.

Their negligence, according to the 75-page decision that reverses a 2013 district court's ruling, puts Madison County Schools in violation of Title IX.

Title IX is a federal law aimed at ending sexual discrimination in education. In part, it dictates how schools that receive federal funds must respond to claims of sexual harassment.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Study: More than half of public school students are low income

Ohio governor: Common Core opposition is hysteria

Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, doesn't think much of those who are opposed to Common Core State Standards.

Judging from the passage below, Kasich does not have a clue about Common Core:

“We have carried it out. We have higher standards. We want our kids to perform better and do better,” Kasich said. “The standards are determined by our local school boards. There is total local control. I think there has been a hysteria about this that is not well founded.”

The Common Core K-12 math and English standards were developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Though not a federal program, the U.S. Department of Education has tied its “Race to the Top” school grants to states that have adopted the standards. Last year, three states – Indiana, South Carolina and Oklahoma – dropped the standards altogether, while others are either reviewing them or making changes.

Kasich insists the standards are local.

“The standards were established by governors and were established by education professionals at the state level,” he continued. “In our state, in order to get higher standards, which we all want in America, it’s up to the local school board to design the curriculum to meet the higher standards. We don’t know what would be wrong with that.”