Saturday, December 16, 2017

Autistic student’s lawsuit against Ardmore nears its end

The Ardmoreite has the story.

Oklahoma principal lauds four-day school week

Rick Grimes, principal of Boswell Public Schools in southeastern Oklahoma, says the four-day school week has saved money, increased student and teacher attendance, and boosted test scores.

Davis High School teacher fired after filing for marriage license with her 16-year-old student

The British tabloids have the story.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Oklahoma substitute teacher arrested for making lewd proposals to a minor

KFOR has the story.

Moore elementary student allegedly stabbed in eye with pencil by another student

"An elementary student was allegedly stabbed in the eye with a pencil by another student during school, according to the child’s parent," KFOR reports.

"It's hard to see my son cry and scared. I just want something more for him," Sarena Garner told News 4. "I just want to protect him, as a mother, and I expect these teachers to protect them because I leave them in their care."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Safety concerns leading black families to homeschooling

"Interest in homeschooling has increased over the last decade, as what was once perceived as a marginal development has turned into a significant phenomenon," Garvey Musumunu and Ama Mazama write.
There has been, in recent years, a noticeable surge in African American involvement in the homeschooling movement as well. However, there continues to be a general paucity of research on the motivations of homeschooling Black parents. It is the purpose of this essay (1) to present empirical evidence regarding African American motivations for homeschooling; and (2) more specifically, to explore how parental concerns for safety are leading African American families to homeschooling. These concerns, the authors contend, bring to the fore a series of disturbing circumstances and preoccupations that are specific to African Americans.

Pediatrician says ‘transgender ideology in schools is psychological abuse’

"To indoctrinate all children from preschool forward with the lie that they could be trapped in the wrong body disrupts the very foundation of a child’s reality testing," writes pediatrician Michelle Cretella. "If they can’t trust the reality of their physical bodies, who or what can they trust? Transgender ideology in schools is psychological abuse that often leads to chemical castration, sterilization, and surgical mutilation."

Friday, December 8, 2017

OCU economists: School choice tax credit saves the state money

"The state budget saves $1.24 for every dollar of tax credit issued to the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act, according to an Oklahoma City University study released Friday," The Journal Record reported October 6.

The study is available here. The state's largest newspaper has an excellent editorial here. OCPA president Jonathan Small discusses it here.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

‘Children are more than test scores’

"Children are more than test scores," the Duncan Public Schools superintendent reminds us. "Test scores are a small snapshot of a school’s performance and not the only measure of a school’s overall impact on a student’s life."