In order to enter kindergarten this fall in Needville, Texas, a 5-year-old boy will need a haircut. Parents Kenny Arocha and Michelle Betenbaugh are outraged that the school board in Fort Bend County, which has a strict policy against long hair, denied their son’s admittance into school, reports The Houston Chronicle. Native Americans, Arocha and Bentenbaugh appealed to the school board, citing that the shoulder length locks are for religious reasons and are a well known practice in Native American culture. At the school board meeting, Superintendent Curtis Rhoades called the issue “premature” and said the boy is not ...


With the number of special education students in public schools higher than ever, totaling 600,000 students in New York City alone, many parents worry that school staff members may not be properly trained to handle behavior problems, reports The New York Times. Dr. John Miller, father of a 12 year-old boy who has Asperger’s syndrome, said that teachers restrained his son for 20 minutes on at least one occasion, and the boy often refused to go to school because “he thought the school was trying to kill him.” In response to the alleged mishandled restraint, the Millers are ...


A Saudi-funded school in Virginia is facing harsh criticism for using textbooks containing inflammatory material about religious martyrdom and comparing Jews and Christians to apes and pigs, according to a Washington Post review of the books. The pre-K-12 Islamic Saudi Academy, which serves Washington-area students from Muslim communities, including the children of Saudi diplomats, has used the controversial textbooks since the mid-1990’s, but said they ordered revisions in 2006. Administrators whited out words, cut paragraphs, and created makeshift books but admit they may have missed inappropriate content. They promised to have a new line of books for the coming ...


A performing arts charter school in Hawthorne, Calif., that many struggling students saw as a saving grace may be closing as a result of a bureaucratic snafu, reports The Los Angeles Times. Media Arts Academy Charter School, also known as “Hip Hop High,” received notice July 1 from the Centinela Valley Union High School district that its charter had expired and had not been renewed. Principal Jennifer Murphy says she thought charter ran through 2009 and suspects the district intentionally neglected to warn her about the expiration. "They literally have been lying in wait to do this," she said at ...


Separate incidents at two schools in Westchester County, New York, question the appropriateness of school discipline as parents and educators debate whose responsibility it is to discipline students. An Ardsley school board member and parent of a 14-year-old special education student resigned her post after other parents complained that school officials were too tolerant of her son’s repeated bullying and threats of a massacre and bombing, according to The New York Times. The middle school boy received one-day suspensions on four different occasions, a lax consequence that parents of other middle schoolers said were given because of the mother’s...


Would you voluntarily give up your teaching seniority and tenure rights for some extra green? D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee hopes teachers in the nation’s capitol will. She has proposed a contract that would arrange such a swap, giving mid-level teachers who earn $62,000 annually the opportunity to earn over $100,000, two anonymous union members told The Washington Post. Such a pay raise would make D.C. teachers among the highest-paid in the nation. The proposal would establish a color-coded two-tiered pay system in which teachers in the red tier would receive traditional raises and ...


Although they may gripe about their annual photo when yearbooks come out, all students really care about is their place in it, first and last name, forever to be remembered if only within its pages. Students of the Black Student Union at Charter Oak High School in Covina, Calif., whose black population is less than 5 percent, will not be accurately remembered in this year’s yearbook; names that labeled their group photo were not their own, but rather ones that could be considered racially offensive, reported The Los Angeles Times. School officials say they have spoken to the student ...


An Indianapolis teacher who bucked school orders by allowing her high school English students to read The Freedom Writers Diary was suspended for a year without pay for insubordination, according to a cnn.com video report. The Freedom Writers Diary, a book-turned-movie, contains journal-style musings of California high school city students. Expletives and violent images often accompany their reflections of personal tragedies, troubled homes, and impoverished neighborhoods. Perry Township School Board officials say teacher Connie Heermann’s decision to teach the book was inappropriate. “The people … looked at this content and said that it will do more harm than good,” ...


In low income areas across the country, economic pressures can force parents to house hop and their children to school hop, and Flint, Mich. is no exception. The city loses 1,000 students annually, and half of all students switch schools, according to the The New York Times. In 2004, the State Department of Human Services began an experiment to combat the problem: They would offer a $100-a-month rent subsidy (paid directly to landlords who promise not to raise their rent) for parents at the two most afflicted elementary schools. The Genesee Scholars Program also intended to keep students with ...


Instead of graduating this year from high school in Las Flores, Calif., 18-year-old Omar Khan sat in prison with 69 felony charges for hacking into school computers. If convicted, Khan faces up to 38 years in prison, the TG Daily reports. School officials allege that Khan broke into computers and altered his AP test scores, changed his subpar grades to A’s, and altered the grades of 12 other students. He is also accused of e-mailing tests and answer keys to friends. Khan was caught after requesting an official transcript for a university he was applying to. The stacked charges ...


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