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Too Graphic? Chicago Schools Ban Persepolis

The Chicago Public Schools announced that they will be removing Marjane Satrapis graphic novel memoir Persopolis about growing up during the Iranian revolution from the shelves of seventh-grade classrooms and from the curriculum. The section in question is its portrayal of torture, which the Chicago Public Schools argues is too intense for seventh grade students to be exposed to but not eighth, ninth or tenth grade, The original ban also allowed AP students access to the book but not their non-AP peers. The idea that AP students are better placed to handle these scenes is a confusing double standard .

I read Persopolis some years ago, I dont remember any scenes of torture in the graphic novel that were terribly scarring or shocking, and none stand out in my mind. On the other hand I will never be able to erase the scenes of torture at the beginning of Zero Dark Thirty.

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Posted by Alexis Ebden 27 Mar, 2013 No Comments »

Collier schools’ technology chief still source of strife

Although he did not mention names, Steve Bidelman of Naples spoke to the Collier County Public Schools board of education at its meeting Tuesday to express dissatisfaction with the way the administration handled recent employee complaints against schools’ technology chief Tom Petry.

Petry was temporarily removed from management duties for the 55-member information technology department and placed on a three-month improvement program. Bidelman called it a “handslap.”

Petry was accused of making inappropriate comments regarding race, gender and religion, for inappropriate physical contact with employees and for having a relationship with a vendor that appeared to be a conflict of interest, among other issues.

Bidelman said he didn’t think a similar situation would be tolerated in the private sector.
About 16 school system employees attended the meeting in support of Bidelman’s remarks but remained anonymous, fearing job repercussions, Bidelman said.

Superintendent Kamela Patton disagreed with the characterization of Petry’s coaching program as a handslap, adding that “the onus is on him to be ready for a jump back up” into his former management position.

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Posted by Lilly Nan 10 Mar, 2012 No Comments »

Fears for pupils of Catholic schools set for closure

Pupils at five Catholic post-primary schools in Northern Ireland will return from a mid-term break to learn their schools will not reopen after the summer holidays.

The Northern Ireland Commission for Catholic Education released detailed plans for the future of every Catholic post-primary school including closing five and amalgamating others.

Crippling budget cuts and falling pupil numbers prompted the review, which began in 2010.

There is still confusion as to where the students currently enrolled at St Gemma’s High School, Belfast, Drumcree College Portadown, St Peter’s High School, Londonderry, St Mary’s High School, Belleek, and St Eugene’s, Castlederg, will continue their education.

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said: “Parents, staff and pupils of Drumcree College are extremely upset to learn that their school is to close in June of this year.

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Posted by Lilly Nan 13 Feb, 2012 No Comments »

Average GMAT Scores for Top Business Schools

US News recently published a report that listed Highest Average GMAT Scores of admitted students.

Several B-Schools accept GRE instead of GMAT. Still several students take GMAT for MBA admission.

Business school (state) Fall 2010 Average GMAT score U.S.

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Posted by Alexis Ebden 16 Jan, 2012 No Comments »

California Senate passes bill mandating gay history be taught in schools

SACRAMENTO – Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people would be added to the lengthy list of social and ethnic groups that public schools must include in social studies lessons under a landmark bill passed Thursday by the California Senate.

If the bill is adopted by the state Assembly and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, California would become the first state to require the teaching of gay history.

Supporters say the move is needed to counter anti-gay stereotypes and beliefs that make children in those groups vulnerable to bullying and suicide.

Opponents counter that such instruction would further burden an already crowded curriculum and expose students to a subject that some parents find objectionable.

The legislation, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, passed on a 23-14 party line vote. It also would add disabled people to the curriculum.

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Posted by Lilly Nan 23 Jun, 2011 No Comments »
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GOP lawmakers defend education cuts while Carrollton Public Schools leader Craig Douglas calls state reductions to schools ‘too deep’

SAGINAW The Republican-led Legislature has cut future education funding to schools and could lead to staff or service cuts at some districts, officials say.

Carrollton Public Schools Superintendent faces around a $500,000 cut “and that may be low,” said Superintendent Craig C. Douglas, who testified about the impact the loss of dollars would have on his district at a state Senate hearing in March.

“The cuts are too deep,” said Douglas, noting a $650 million surplus in the state school aid fund.

School districts will receive a minimum of $6,846 for each pupil, a decline of 6 percent. Districts that show best financial practices could receive $100 more per student.

Douglas said it was wrong to move money dedicated to K-12 education through Proposal A to higher education and also wrong to cut higher education dollars.

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Posted by Alexis Ebden 27 May, 2011 No Comments »

Police activity restricts traffic through Davie neighborhood, five schools on lockdown

DAVIE — Police activity that began about 1 p.m. was restricting traffic through a Davie neighborhood Thursday afternoon, officials said. Meanwhile, five nearby public schools have been placed on lockdown.

The restrictions involve local streets in the vicinity of Southwest 61st Avenue and 38th Court.

The area is just east of Davie Rd.

Motorists through that area should seek alternate routes.

The five schools – Davie Elementary and four Nova schools – were put on lockdown this afternoon, said Marsy Smith, a spokeswoman for the Broward County School District. The lockdown, which started around 2 p.m., was keeping students at Davie Elementary past the end of the day.

Smith said police recommended the lockdown because of an incident in the area. She didn’t know what the incident was.

It was unclear whether the traffic restrictions and the lockdown were related.

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Posted by Alexis Ebden 11 Jan, 2011 No Comments »

Justices Weigh Railroad Tax That Aids Alabama Schools


In a case with implications for Alabama public schools, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday considered whether a railroad could challenge a state sales and use tax on diesel fuel that rail carriers must pay, while motor and water carriers are exempt.

Alabama education groups filed a friend-of-the-court brief on the side of the state, arguing that the tax on railroads is critical because it helps fund the state’s Education Trust Fund.

“The amount of [railroad tax] refund claims that could be resurrected by this case is potentially devastating to Alabama’s public schools,” says the brief filed by the Alabama Education Association, the Alabama Association of School Boards, and other groups.

In CSX Transportation Inc. v. Alabama Department of Revenue (Case No.

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Posted by Joel Cowan 08 Nov, 2010 No Comments »
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