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    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – The San Jose Unified School District is set to temporarily allow police officers back on campus during school hours, while the district studies the issue and crafts a more permanent policy. On Thursday night, SJUSD board members are scheduled to approve funding for 27 officers to be paid $8,000 each, a total of $216,000, to provide police services to the district until June 30, 2022. For now, each individual school will have the option to submit a request for a school resource officer to patrol on campus, during class hours, or for special events. READ MORE: 49ers Playoffs: Fans Become Targets Of Ticket Scammers Ahead Of NFC ChampionshipIt’s a marked change from the summer. Following the wave of demands for social justice across much of the nation, SJUSD board members voted to boot officers off all campuses. But by August 2021, the board voted unanimously to bring officers back for security during special events, like football games and dances. And then in December, the district approved a “Memorandum Of Agreement Between The City Of San...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — As violent incidents in and out of school continue, Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers say scenes like this are not uncommon lately. The district indicates it’s working on ways to address these behaviors and restore order. But teachers and staff say some action is needed right now. READ MORE: Failure To Follow Home Rule Charter On Council's Pay Raise Could Lead To Citizen Lawsuits, Says City ControllerA fatal shooting outside Oliver Citywide Academy, a student hospitalized after another stomped on his head at Brashear and a teacher choked at Carrick High School. These incidents have raised an alarm that teachers and principals are no longer in control. In a statement, Acting Superintendent Dr. Wayne Walter rejected the notion that Pittsburgh schools are violent. “The tragedies of last week are not who we are and certainly not representative of our district,” he said. Walters indicated that the district is working on long-term solutions. But the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President Nina Esposito-Visgitis is calling for the restoration of basic discipline. “Some the language we’ve heard...
    A Tennessee school board pulled a graphic novel about the Holocaust from its curriculum, citing language and nudity concerns. The McMinn County Board of Education announced Thursday that Maus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel that depicts its characters as animals, had been removed from its eighth grade English curriculum over concerns about its "use of profanity and nudity" and depiction of "violence and suicide," according to a statement. 'LETS GO BRANDON': LOUDOUN COUNTY FATHER FAMOUS FOR SCHOOL BOARD RANT ANNOUNCES BID FOR CONGRESS "We do not diminish the value of Maus as an impactful and meaningful piece of literature, nor do we dispute the importance of teaching our children the historical and moral lessons and realities of the Holocaust," the statement read. "We have asked our administrators to find other works that accomplish the same educational goals in a more appropriate fashion." The board voted unanimously to pull the book from the curriculum and look for a replacement during a Jan. 10 meeting. "The values of the county are understood. There is some rough, objectionable...
    Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, whose Texas synagogue was besieged by anti-Semitic violence earlier this month, expressed shock Thursday after a Tennessee school board removed the Holocaust graphic novel Maus from its curriculum. The McMinn County School Board removed the culturally salient work from cartoonist Art Spiegelman earlier this month, but the story only began to gain traction on Thursday, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The school board expressed concerns about the language and images in the Pulitzer winner. Cytron-Walker joined The Lead with host Jake Tapper to discuss the removal of the book from classrooms: It’s an incredible volume, and I had a chance to hear Art Spiegelman speak when I was at the University of Michigan. He’s incredible, the work is incredible. There’s definitely conversation about what is appropriate for what age level, and maturity level, but the idea that you would ban an incredible work like Maus, which not only depicts his father’s experience during the Holocaust, but also gives his accounts of living with a Holocaust survivor. It’s such a powerful volume. And it’s shocking. It’s really, really shocking that this book would be singled out, especially over things like language, when the content is so valuable. Tapper noted...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Election officials in San Francisco are reminding residents that the registration deadline is approaching for the February 15 special election, where three Board of Education members face a potential recall. According to the city’s Department of Elections, the deadline to register or update registration information is Monday, January 31. READ MORE: UPDATE: San Francisco Easing Some Indoor COVID Masking Requirements On Feb. 1Eligible residents can register to vote online at the state’s registration website or by submitting a paper voter registration form to the Department of Elections in-person by the deadline. Registration forms can also be sent by mail, but must be postmarked by the January 31 deadline. The recall contest is also open to non-citizen residents who are parents, legal guardians and caregivers of children under the age of 19 living in the San Francisco, after voters passed a charter amendment in 2016. Non-citizens are being urged to download a Non-Citizen Voter Registration Form or to contact the Department of Elections to request a paper form by mail. Registration is also accepted in-person at...
    Art Spiegelman discussed the recent decision by a Tennessee school district to remove his critically acclaimed graphic novel on CNN Thursday and slammed the move as having “the breath of autocracy and fascism.” Tennessee’s McMinn County School Board voted unanimously earlier in the month to ban the novel, which in 1992 became the first and so far only graphic novel to win the Pulitzer Prize, due to “naked pictures” and language like “God Damn” appearing in the book. The board voted to remove the novel, which depicts Jews as mice and Nazis as cats in its telling of the Holocaust, from the eighth-grade curriculum. Spiegelman, being interviewed by CNN’s John Berman and Brianna Keilar on Holocaust Remembrance Day, noted the importance of teaching the Holocaust in schools and called it a “harbinger of things of to come.” “That’s disturbing, that’s terrifying,” reacted Keilar. “Which makes it more the more troubling if you don’t want to teach it and don’t want to use the tools available to discuss it,” Berman concluded. Spiegelman was asked to explain his reaction to the school...
    ATHENS, Tenn. — A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to "inappropriate language" and an illustration of a nude woman, according to minutes from a board meeting.The McMinn County School Board decided Jan. 10 to remove "Maus" from its curriculum, news outlets reported. Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for the work that tells the story of his Jewish parents living in 1940s Poland and depicts him interviewing his father about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor. In an interview, Spiegelman told CNBC he was "baffled" by the school board’s decision and called the action "Orwellian." "It’s leaving me with my jaw open, like, ‘What?’" he said. The minutes from the school board meeting indicate objections over some of the language used and at first Director of Schools Lee Parkison suggested redacting it "to get rid of the eight curse words and the picture of the woman that was objected to." The nude woman is drawn as a mouse. In the graphic novel, Jews are drawn as...
    Superintendent Alison Brynelson supported the novel's removal from the required curriculum, the station said, citing the Jan. 24 school board agenda. The Instructional Materials Committee — which consists of about 20 teachers, librarians, administrators, and parents — recommended the change, KING said. And while about 63% voted to remove the book from the required reading list, 68% voted to not remove the book from the approved novels list, the station added. As for "Maus," the sticking points were eight instances of profanity and an image of a nude woman, NBC News said. Cartoonist Art Spiegelman's graphic novel is about his Jewish parents' experiences in Nazi concentration camps, the network noted, adding that the school district was looking to use the 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel as an "anchor text" for eighth graders studying the Holocaust. Board member Jonathan Pierce described himself as "probably the biggest sinner and crudest person in this room" but said the book didn't meet his "standard," which he described as, "Can I lay that in front of...
    Associated Press ATHENS, Tenn. — A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to “inappropriate language” and an illustration of a nude woman, according to minutes from a board meeting. The McMinn County School Board decided Jan. 10 to remove “Maus” from its curriculum, news outlets reported. Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for the work that tells the story of his Jewish parents living in 1940s Poland and depicts him interviewing his father about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor. In an interview, Spiegelman told CNBC he was “baffled” by the school board’s decision and called the action “Orwellian.” “It’s leaving me with my jaw open, like, ‘What?'” he said. The minutes from the school board meeting indicate objections over some of the language used and at first Director of Schools Lee Parkison suggested redacting it “to get rid of the eight curse words and the picture of the woman that was objected to.” The nude woman is drawn as a mouse. In the graphic novel, Jews...
    Parents of fourth and fifth graders in a Beaverton, Oregon, elementary school are outraged about the creation of a Queer Student Alliance (QSA) club they say their children were asked to join without their consent. At a January 18 virtual school board meeting, parents of children aged 9-11 years who attend Raleigh Hills Elementary School expressed concern about the appropriateness of the club, reported Reduxx the following day. Parent Bambi addressed the school board (video begins at 56:18) regarding her experience with the school principal’s alleged dismissal of her concerns: So, I’m a parent of a fourth grader who had some fifth grade students come into her classroom and do a presentation on an LGBTQ club. My daughter was asked to sign up and she did because everybody was doing it and she thought that that’s what she should do. I then became aware of email conversations back and forth between the principal and other school officials dating back to November of last year. The emails showed this club being planned out and how to go around needing parents’...
    ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to “inappropriate language” and an illustration of a nude woman, according to minutes from a board meeting. The McMinn County School Board decided Jan. 10 to remove “Maus” from its curriculum, news outlets reported. Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for the work that tells the story of his Jewish parents living in 1940s Poland and depicts him interviewing his father about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor. In an interview, Spiegelman told CNBC he was “baffled” by the school board’s decision and called the action “Orwellian.” “It’s leaving me with my jaw open, like, ‘What?’” he said. The minutes from the school board meeting indicate objections over some of the language used and at first Director of Schools Lee Parkison suggested redacting it “to get rid of the eight curse words and the picture of the woman that was objected to.” The nude woman is drawn as a mouse. In the graphic novel, Jews are...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The search for a new Broward Public Schools Superintendent has taken a turn. One of the top four finalists selected by the School Board last Tuesday, Peter Licata, has dropped out of the running, according to the school district. No reason was stated for the withdrawal. READ MORE: Cold Snap Coming To South Florida, Feeling The 30s This WeekendDuring the special meeting on Tuesday, board members reviewed the list of qualified applicants provided by Ray and Associates, the independent firm hired to conduct the search. School Board members were then asked to pick their top three to five candidates. Ray and Associates read aloud the totals for each candidate during the meeting but did not share how each member voted, a possible Sunshine Law violation. Concerns were then raised about not releasing the individual selections which were revealed the next day. On Wednesday, the Broward School Board announced that they would redo the vote after the method was questioned. That meeting has been set for February 1. “The Broward County School Board is committed...
    A Tennessee school board has voted unanimously to remove a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about Holocaust survivors from its eighth-grade curriculum, citing a drawing of a nude woman, eight swear words and its 'not wise or healthy' content. The McMinn County Board of Education voted 10-0 to remove 'Maus' by Art Spiegelman from the curriculum on January 10 despite educators arguing that the graphic novel is an 'anchor text' for the eighth-grade English language arts instruction - and the centerpiece for a months-long study of the Holocaust.  Published in 1991, Maus is inspired by the story of Spiegelman's parents, Vladek and Anja, who survived the Holocaust after being shipped to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. The graphic novel depicts Nazis as cats and Jewish people as mice.  The board of education heard from instructional supervisors and other school officials who defended the use of the book in class but were unanimously overruled. 'I went to school here 13 years. I learned math, English, reading and history. I never had a book with a naked picture in it, never had one with...
    Amid the GOP's national campaign to purge "leftist ideology" from public schools, local officials across the nation are now banning certain books that deal with race, sex, and gender, from school shelves. On Thursday, a Missouri school board voted 4-3 to formally pull Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" from high school libraries in the district. The book, which tells the story of a young Black girl growing up in the Great Depression, includes passages that describe incest and child molestation. Central to the book's premise is the narrator's struggle with society's white standards of beauty, which cause her to develop an inferiority complex around the color of her skin. Wentzville School Board member Sandy Garber told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that she voted against the book to shield her children from obscenity. "By all means, go buy the book for your child," Garber said. "I would not want this book in the school for anyone else to see." The decision comes despite pushback from district staff and residents, who after a committee review advised the board that...
    Pennsylvania parents are furious after a school board member wrote an op-ed calling them "offensive" and "vile" for being concerned about their influence in their kids' education.  PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER BLASTED FOR ‘APPALLING’ MESSAGE TO CONCERNED PARENTS York Suburban School District mothers Nicole McCleary and Cortney Hendrickson, who pulled her children out of the district, joined "Fox & Friends First" Thursday to discuss the fiery remarks garnering national attention.  "I think it's telling us that some people might be a little ego drunk," Hendrickson told co-host Todd Piro. "I think it makes so much sense to Nicole and I and so many other parents that are supporting parental choice as well that these people are absolutely not listening. It's falling on deaf ears." VideoRichard Robinson, who is a school board member for the York Suburban School District, wrote the op-ed in the York Dispatch earlier this month that garnered nationwide attention, explaining why he says he doesn't work for parents, who he dubbed both "offensive" and "vile."  He writes, "Finally, with all due respect to the charlatans who claim...
    The McMinn County School board in Tennessee just voted 10-0 to ban the use of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel MAUS by Art Spiegelman, from the school’s 8th grade curriculum. The graphic novel is considered by some to be one of the most important pieces of art about the Holocaust. First reported on by TN Holler, the outlet reports that the board told them this didn’t have to do with the book being about the Holocaust. But it does. Not unlike the Tennessee school board that voted to fire Sullivan County school teacher and baseball coach Matthew Hawn for assigning an opinion piece on white privilege by Ta-Nehisi Coates back in June, this latest move has to do with the discomfort some (white) parents feel in educators using the truth to talk about difficult aspects of human history. The Director of Schools, Mr. Lee Parkinson began the meeting by explaining that some of the folks on the board come to him with worries about “some rough, objectionable language in this book.” This led to some of the book’s text, a...
    (CNN)"Maus," the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the experiences of Holocaust survivors, has been removed from an eighth-grade English language arts curriculum by a Tennessee school board over concerns about "rough, objectionable language" and a drawing of a nude woman.The McMinn County Board of Education voted 10-0 to remove the book from the curriculum, saying it should be replaced, if possible, with another book without content deemed objectionable."Maus" is a graphic novel by comic artist Art Spiegelman that follows his Jewish parents in 1940s Poland from their early experiences of anti-Semitism to their internment in Auschwitz. The novel is intercut with the young author's attempts to coax the story out of his father as an old man. It depicts Jewish people as mice and Nazis as cats.The minutes of the January 10 meeting show McMinn County Director of Schools Lee Parkison addressed the board about the book before voting took place.Tennessee parents say some books make students feel discomfort because theyre White. They say a new law backs them up"The values of the county are understood. There is some rough,...
                 The Clay County School Board is being sued by parents that allege school officials hid their 12-year-old daughter’s mental health and gender identity issues for months – only informing them after the child attempted suicide in the school bathroom on two separate occasions. Clay County is located just southwest of Jacksonville. The father said he was alerted on January 5 that his daughter attempted to commit suicide on campus. Per reports, the complaint states that when the child’s parents had arrived at the school, the child was being placed into the back of a police car to be transported to a hospital for involuntary examination under Florida’s “Baker Act” law. The Baker Act allows law enforcement and certain health officials to initiate a mental health examination in the event a person is an imminent risk to herself or others based on apparent mental illness. School officials allegedly defended their actions by invoking “confidentiality rules” to justify not including the parents in the counseling sessions. However, the lawsuit notes that the Clay County Public Schools written guidance expressly contradicts...
    A Virginia parent who went viral last year over an impassioned speech he made to the Loudoun County school board announced a run for Congress on cable news Wednesday. Brandon Michon announced on Fox News's Tucker Carlson Tonight that he will compete this year to represent Virginia's 10th Congressional District. DAN BONGINO PERMANENTLY BANNED FROM YOUTUBE "We're going to let parents have their voice back," Michon said. "I'm so happy to be jumping in this race. So happy to represent so many people who may not have the same opportunity or be in a position to speak up. We just want to raise the bar." Michon said he will be happy to hear "Let's go Brandon," along his campaign trail. The widely circulated phrase has been deemed as code for "F*** Joe Biden." In January of 2021, a gubernatorial election year in Virginia in which education took center stage, Michon became a viral sensation after he addressed a Loudoun County School Board, railing against school closures during the coronavirus pandemic. He told members...
    A Tennessee school board barred schools from teaching a beloved graphic novel about the Holocaust in an unanimous vote the day before Holocaust Remembrance Day. The move to ban Art Spiegelman’s Maus, first reported by The Tennessee Holler, is the latest in a wave of book banning sweeping the country, particularly school districts in conservative areas. The McMinn County school board’s 10 members voted to axe Maus from curricula and school libraries, citing its use of the phrase “God Damn” and its drawings of “naked pictures,” though those are cartoon mice. School members said the ban was not related to the book’s depiction of the Holocaust as it tells the story of author Spiegelman’s father in German concentration camps, with Jews depicted as mice and Nazis as cats. Serialized over nearly a decade, it was collected in a book that in 1992 became the first, and so far the only, graphic novel to win the Pulitzer Prize. Asked for comment on Wednesday evening, Spiegelman sent The Daily Beast a bookmark he designed for Banned Books Week...
    Comic book artist Art Spiegelman poses on March 20, 2012 in Paris, prior to the private viewing of his exhibition 'Co-Mix', which will run at the Pompidou centre. The Swedish-born New Yorker Spiegelman, 62, is known as the creator of "Maus", an animal fable of his Jewish father's experience in the Holocaust -- the only comic book to have won a Pulitzer Prize, the top US book award.Bertrand Langlois | AFP | Getty Images A Tennessee school board has voted to remove the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel "Maus" from an eighth-grade language arts curriculum due to concerns about profanity and an image of female nudity in its depiction of Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust. The Jan. 10 vote by the McMinn County School Board, which only began attracting attention Wednesday, comes amid a number of battles in school systems around the countries as conservatives target curriculums over teachings about the history of slavery and racism in America. "I'm kind of baffled by this," Art Spiegelman, the author of "Maus," told CNBC in an interview Wednesday when asked about the...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The former West Mifflin superintendent fired after his second DUI case may be hired by Woodland Hills. READ MORE: Woodland Hills School Board Votes To Terminate Superintendent James HarrisThe Woodland Hills school board will consider whether to hire Dr. Daniel Castagna as acting superintendent during a meeting Friday. Castagna would be the acting secretary for a year until a new superintendent is hired, the resolution under consideration says. READ MORE: West Mifflin School Board Votes To Terminate Dr. Castagna As SuperintendentWest Mifflin schools fired Castagna in 2019 after his second DUI case. It was a 15-month ordeal that ended in Castagna suing the district in federal court. Woodland Hills needs a new superintendent because the board fired James Harris in November. The board voted 8 to 1 to terminate Harris without a cause after he had come under criticism for his handling of fights at the high school. MORE NEWS: West Mifflin School District Superintendent To Stand Trial On DUI ChargesThe meeting will be held Friday at 6 p.m....
    A longtime schools superintendent in Westchester is taking his talents back to Chicago. The Scarsdale Board of Education accepted the resignation of Superintendent Thomas Hagerman at its latest meeting, effective at the end of the academic year after eight years at the helm of the district. Original story - Scarsdale Names Chicago Educator As New Superintendent Of Schools To the surprise of many, Hagerman will be transitioning to the Latin School of Chicago to serve as its next Head of School, effective as of July 1 at the end of the first year of a four-year contract extension. “When I came to Scarsdale eight years ago, the district was yearning for academic improvement, curricular consistency, clear communication, operational transparency, facilities and grounds improvements, financial stewardship, strategic planning, policy revision, and so much more,” Hagerman said in his announcement. “As I reflect over these many years and prepare to say goodbye to our students, faculty, staff, and parents, it is with the hope that these and many other areas have significantly improved, and that Scarsdale is positioned to continue on...
    He also ripped public comment speakers "who introduce themselves as doctors without mentioning their specialties or credentials and expect their pronouncements to be accepted as unimpeachable" before adding that assisted suicide physician Jack Kevorkian "was a doctor" as well. Robinson told parents "you sound like a bully" when threatening to move children out of the district over "this masking nonsense" — and he also lowered the boom on "parents who make the pretentious statement phrased as a foregone question, 'Don’t parents always know what is best for their child?' No, we don’t. Nevertheless, if you are offended because I don’t believe parents are infallible, you can always sue or take your child out of school. Your choice." He then blasted "charlatans who claim health and safety measures are responsible for destroying the mental health of children simply to justify their own social agenda," saying that they're "the most offensive and vile of all" and listening to their "repeated distortions of the facts is nauseating." In closing, in reference to which opinions will be determined correct...
    Virginia parents and local residents gathered at a Loudoun County School Board meeting Tuesday night, with more than 100 people speaking about a mask mandate and questioning the ethics of the school board. During the meeting, the board discussed the school budget, but parents dominated the meeting, speaking on mask mandates in light of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s recent executive order making way for parents to opt out of school mask mandates, despite several districts filing litigation challenging the order. “My son went to school today without a mask,” one father said. “As soon as he walked in, he got intimidated by the teacher. You know what that means to me, as a father? You are intimidating me. You don’t intimidate me. I cancel you before you can cancel me.” A mother referenced her work as a mental health professional and therapist and said the masks are negatively impacting students. “I have seen the devastation of masking our children,” said the mother. “I can tell you countless days and hours that I spend with...
    Two days after Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order making masks optional, parents and children who showed up maskless voiced contempt for Loudoun County Public School’s decision to maintain a mask mandate. During Tuesday evening’s school board meeting, almost all of the people who signed up to speak were critical of the Loudoun school system’s decision to continue to require masks. More Loudoun County News More Education News On Monday, five Northern Virginia school systems filed a lawsuit against Youngkin, arguing the state constitution gives local school boards the authority to run their districts. It also cites a state law that requires school systems to follow federal health guidelines, which include recommendations for universal masking. Since Monday, students in Loudoun County whose families have chosen that they not wear masks have been sent to socially distanced rooms, including auditoriums and libraries, where they have worked independently. One student said he ended up in the main office of his school. “I was literally sitting in that office, doing nothing except a tiny bit of schoolwork, that took me like...
    The school board of York Suburban School District in Pennsylvania implemented a new mask mandate. School board member Richard Robinson (pictured) had an opinion piece published in which he tore into the parents for their opposition Furious parents have condemned a school board member for giving them a humiliating 'publish lashing' for voicing concerns over a new mask mandate for their children – as Omicron Covid cases start to recede in several states. Richard Robinson attacked the parents in an op-ed in their local paper, describing them as 'vile,' 'offensive' and 'nauseating' after they had forcefully expressed their views against making students wear masks again after a short period where it was voluntary. The York Suburban School District board in Pennsylvania voted to make the coverings compulsory – and days later Robinson had an opinion piece published in the York Dispatch in which he tore into the parents for their opposition. It was titled 'With All Due Respect, No I Don't Work For You' and accused one of the speakers of being a 'charlatan' after she voiced concerns about some children's mental...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Following a holiday break that saw a rapid COVID-19 spike across the state, around 18,100 students from 29 public schools in Maryland were in virtual learning as of last week, according to new data from the Maryland State Department of Education. These students represent a small portion of the more than 881,000 students enrolled in Maryland public schools but are more than were learning remotely in the fall. At that time, only one Carroll County school canceled in-person learning due to a high number of positive COVID-19 tests. But once fears of the omicron variant spread Prince George’s County Public Schools quickly veered to virtual learning in late December. In the last month, the number of students in quarantine increased dramatically, especially for Montgomery County, which reported the state’s highest number of quarantined students. On Dec. 7, Montgomery County had 291 students in quarantine, but that number spiked to 14,765 students by Jan. 19, Assistant State Superintendent Mary Gable told the Maryland...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There’s now a permanent leader of the Wilkinsburg School District. The school board has hired Dr. Joe Maluchnik. (Courtesy: Wilkinsburg School District) He has served as Interim Superintendent since last May. According to KDKA’s news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that’s when the former Superintendent Linda Iverson left the district. Dr. Maluchnik’s contract is for the next 4.5 years.
    JEFFERSON HILLS, Pa. (KDKA) — The superintendent of the West Jefferson Hills School District could be on his way out. On Tuesday, the school board voted 8 to 1 to not renew the superintendent’s contract. READ MORE: Friends And Family Call For Answers After Woman Killed In SheradenDr. Michael Ghilani said the school board told him in December that his contract would not be renewed. But he said he wasn’t given a reason why. Before Tuesday’s meeting, he said the board told him they wanted to continue talks. (Photo Credit: KDKA) Ghilani said he can’t say why this is happening to him. He was hired in 2017 and has had four years of good evaluations. READ MORE: Man Charged In Shots Fired Outside Waterworks Walmart“This did blindside me,” Ghilani said. “And there have been no discussions up to this point. I hope that can be resolved moving forward, but I wanted to set that record straight.” “You have a good person in the seat,” parent Peter Doerfler said. “So if it does come time to...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Broward School Board has narrowed its list of candidates for the coveted superintendent of schools job. Out of 39 men and women who applied to lead the nation’s sixth-largest school district, four have made the initial final cut. READ MORE: Lawmakers Seek Inspections After Surfside Condo CollapseThe board met for about three hours on Tuesday and after some discussion With the recruitment firm hired to find qualified applicants, decided to interview Broward interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie Cartwright, Palm Beach County Regional Superintendent Peter Licata, Palm Beach County Schools Chief of Equity and Wellness Keith Oswald and Former Washington Deputy Chancellor Michael Gaal. READ MORE: Plan To Build More Skyscrapers In Downtown Miami Draws Concern“I’m looking for someone who will move us forward with student achievement,” said board chair Laurie Levinson. MORE NEWS: Florida Senator Lauren Book Fighting Back Over Nude Images Stolen From HerThe next step will be to interview the candidates and arrive at a decision in early February.
    HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Tuesday, voters in Hoboken will decide by mail or in person whether or not to approve the construction of a new high school to the tune of a 30-year $241 million bond. As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reports, it’s been contentious between the yays and nays. READ MORE: 11-Year-Old New Jersey Girl Sews Custom Hospital Gowns For Pediatric Cancer PatientsHoboken school board meetings have been heated, but it all comes down to Tuesday’s vote. The Hoboken Board of Education has proposed building a state-of-the-art high school. It would be constructed at the current high school athletic field, moving the field to the roof of the new building. It also includes: an ice rink; all kinds of laboratories for science, engineering and media; specialized learning classrooms; a theater; tennis courts, and an indoor pool. The Board of Education says these amenities will make it a resource, they say, not just for students but the entire community. The price tag is a 30-year $241 million bond. With interest, it ends up being around $331 million. During a recent informational...
    A Seattle-area school board has voted to remove the classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" from the district’s ninth-grade reading curriculum after teachers, parents, and some students complained that it was racially insensitive.  The Mukilteo School Board approved the resolution Monday night. District Superintendent Alison Brynelson has supported the move, according to a school board agenda.  A first-edition cover of the 1960 novel.  (J.B. Lippincott & Co. ) Though the novel has been removed from the required reading list, it is not outright banned and can still be found in the school library. A school board member told Fox News that teachers can still use the novel in the classroom if they so choose.  LIBERAL NY TIMES COLUMNIST SAYS HER KIDS FIND SCHOOL ‘JOYLESS’ UNDER MASK MANDATES While some were against the decision, district spokesperson Mary Bradford told Fox News that parents, students and teachers who spoke at Monday night’s board meeting were overwhelmingly in favor of the decision to remove the book from the required reading list.  She relayed a story from a Black female former student who recalled...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — After an hours long Miami Dade School Board Meeting, a vote favored veteran educator and familiar face to the District, Dr. Jose Dotres for Superintendent to replace Alberto Carvalho. The 6-3 vote was reached Monday night. READ MORE: Plan To Build More Skyscrapers In Downtown Miami Draws ConcernBoard member Christi Fraga was among the three who did not nominate Dr. Dotres. “I think Dr. Dotres is an amazing educator, individual, and I feel comfortable with the decision that’s been made,” said Fraga. “It’s just different leadership qualities and qualifications that existed.” Her nomination was Jacob Oliva, a Senior Chancellor with the Florida Department of Education who oversees the Division of Public Schools. She said she wanted a fresh set of eyes. “He’s seen 67 counties across Florida, what they’ve been doing, what the superintendent has been doing, what has worked and what hasn’t worked, for me that was important,” said Fraga. “Obviously, Dr. Dotres has a great advantage that he’s been a part of our district in the past, so he knows a lot of people.” READ...
    The SAT is going digital for American students starting in 2024, when the standardized test designed to predict college readiness will shorten to two hours from three and allow exam-takers to use a calculator on all the math sections. High-schoolers will be hanging up their No. 2 pencils for good, as the test once administrated on scantrons and with special instructions to fill in the entire answer bubble for each question is re-imagined following a period of remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic.   Amid criticism that the exams favor wealthy, White applicants and disadvantage minority and low-income students, an increasing number of universities have in recent years adopted test-optional policies that let students decide whether to include scores with their applications. SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASES AGAINST HARVARD, UNC, FOR ALLEGED ADMISSIONS DISCRIMINATION  In announcing the SAT will go digital Tuesday, College Board clarified that the SAT® Suite of Assessments, which include SAT, PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, PSAT™ 8/9 exams, will continue to be administered in a school or in a test center with a proctor present – not at...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade Public Schools’ new Superintendent was once a teacher and principal in the district for more than three decades. On Monday, the School Board selected Dr. Jose Dotres after an all-day discussion and vote. READ MORE: Three People Injured In NW Dade Drive-By Shooting“My greatest desire is that we each work closer together for the benefit of the entire school district,” said Dotres. Dotres will take over for Alberto Carvalho will take over as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District on March 1. READ MORE: Florida Forecast To Have Smallest Orange Crop In DecadesCurrently the Deputy Superintendent of Collier County Public Schools in Naples, Dotres previously was the principal at Hialeah Gardens Elementary and he even served as the Chief of Staff for Carvahlo. CBS4 spoke to him about his plans as soon as he steps into the role. “The first thing I want to do really is meet with my cabinet members and have a good meeting with school principals, because, I have to tell you, I have to really evaluate where they...
    Norland nannies have the seal of approval from royalty, so if you're a parent starting 2022 on a somewhat frazzled note, who better to turn to for a quick refresh of your daily routine to help family life run a bit more smoothly?  Louenna Hood, 37, from Suffolk, graduated from the highly-prestigious Norland College more than 17 years ago and went on to work for several high-profile and royal families around the world.  Graduates cater to the super-elite, the children of oligarchs, and since 1892, the British royal family, with Prince William and Kate Middleton chosing Norland Nanny Maria Borallo to look after their three children, who has been with them since Prince George, now eight, was eight-months-old.  Louenna underwent the same rigorous training as Maria at the academy in Bath, including high-speed driving to avoid paparazzi, martial arts to defend against kidnappers and classical skills such as cooking. She has now developed the Louenna app in 2020 to guide parents in their day-to-day lives, and she's sharing with FEMAIL her top 15 tips to help 'fix every family'.  Changes don't...
                 Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Tennessee State Representative (R-TN-73), Chris Todd, to the newsmaker line to weigh in on redistricting bill, education, and top priorities for 2022. Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line now by our very good friend, State Representative Chris Todd from Jackson. Good morning, Representative Todd. Todd: Good morning, Michael. How are you today? Leahy: I’m great. So you are in the midst of another session of the Tennessee General Assembly. Are you driving up from Jackson today? Are you here? Do you stay here when you’re in session? Todd: I’ll be driving up later today. I have some local meetings this morning in Jackson with some of our leaders. First topic is about education, and then I’ll be heading up around lunch today. I’ll be there until probably Thursday afternoon. Leahy: Is the House going to be in session later today? Todd: Yes. Every...
                 A school board member in Pennsylvania wrote a scathing opinion piece in a local newspaper telling parents in his school district that he does not work for them. Richard Robinson is a school board member for the York Suburban School District, and he took to the pages of the York Dispatch to express his displeasure with outspoken parents. “This provision gives residents of a school district the chance to vent their spleens about exorbitant taxes or demand subjects be taught properly the way they were during the most frigid period of the Cold War. In the past, more often than not, nobody showed up,” Robinson said in the column. “Not these days. As social media outlets, national news broadcasts and our local newspapers tell us, school boards are now the new battleground in the fight for America’s future.” But Robinson does not think they should be. He’s a taxpayer too, he says in an attempt to justify ignoring the people who elected him. “With all due respect to the men and women who snarl, ‘I’m a taxpayer! You work...
    The president of Parents Defending Education sounded the alarm Monday on "Fox & Friends First" after a school board member in Pennsylvania told parents "I don't work for you" as parents nationwide push for more influence in the classroom.  PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER TELLS PARENTS ‘I DON’T WORK FOR YOU' "People are listening, they are watching, and they're indignant about how their concerns are being dismissed, treated, and mocked," Virginia resident Nicole Neily told Carley Shimkus.  "We see over and over again school boards that are now restricting public comment because turns out they don't like being criticized for their decisions that they have made unilaterally."  Richard Robinson, who is a school board member for the York Suburban School District, wrote the op-ed that garnered nationwide attention, in the York Dispatch explaining why he says he doesn't work for parents.  "It's appalling that he said this," Neily stated. "He is just the latest in a string of elected officials who have finally let the mask slip that this whole part of the… consent of the governed part is really just...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami-Dade School Board will hold a special meeting on Monday to interview the three candidates who have applied to be the next Superintendent. Dr. Jose L. Dotres, Dr. Rafaela Espinal, and Jacob Oliva are the candidates who were selected by the School Board at its January 18th meeting to replace outgoing Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. READ MORE: Doral Police Searching For Missing 15-Year-Old Emmanuel SanchezThe 57-year-old Carvalho will take over as Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District on March 1st. He was Miami-Dade’s second longest-serving superintendent. He took over in 2008 after starting his career as a math and physics teacher at Miami Jackson Senior High School. READ MORE: WFOR Launches New Live, Local Streaming Service CBSNews MiamiMonday’s meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and will be held in the auditorium of the School Board Administration Building at 1450 NE 2nd Avenue. It is open to the public. MORE NEWS: Mark Rosenberg Acknowledges He Resigned As FIU President Because ‘I Caused Discomfort For A Valued Employee’Anyone who wants to submit a question may do...
    MARIN, Calif. (KGO) -- Thousands of people spent their Sunday protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates across the country from our Nation's capitol to here in the Bay Area. Local activists say they have plans to fight those mandates.A group calling themselves Marin Parents United, rallied and marched around the Marin County Civic Center Sunday protesting COVID-19 mandates."Our message here today we're against mandates of any form, masks and vaccines," said activist Tief Gibbs."I don't believe people should be forced to take the vaccination it should be a choice, there's evidence some people have been harmed by it," said activist Derrick Main.RELATED: Bay Area parents protest statewide school vaccine mandates by keeping kids homeThe group says it's considering a lawsuit against the Marin County Board of Education for requiring that some parents be vaccinated."Those school districts are discriminating against parents and children who are unvaccinated, not allowed to attend sports events if the can't provide proof of vaccination," said Gibbs.The Marin County Office of Education says mandates are needed for health and safety."The public health department requires people gathering in large groups...
    A Pennsylvania school board member, ostensibly disgruntled because parents are showing up at board meetings to voice concerns about education issues, penned an op-ed Sunday in which he responded, “I don’t work for you.” Richard Robinson, a member of the York Suburban School Board, appears to long for the days when “nobody showed up” to school board meetings. The “public comments” period of these meetings, he noted at the York Dispatch, once gave residents “the chance to vent their spleens about exorbitant taxes or demand subjects be taught properly the way they were during the most frigid period of the Cold War.” These days, however, Robinson complained, “school boards are now the new battleground in the fight for America’s future”: Some members of my community appear to interpret this part of board meetings as the occasion to tell board members why they have the collective intelligence of a village idiot and how the school district ought to be addressing real problems. When the board does not fall in line with each and every demand, we are accused of ignoring the...
    One Pennsylvania school board member has a message for parents: "No, I don't work for you." York Suburban School District school board member Richard Robinson wrote an op-ed in the York Dispatch explaining to parents that she doesn't "work" for them. Robinson wrote that local school boards require a public comment opportunity for parents and members of the community to voice their opinion about issues related to school, but there has been a major shift recently. "This provision gives residents of a school district the chance to vent their spleens about exorbitant taxes or demand subjects be taught properly the way they were during the most frigid period of the Cold War. In the past, more often than not, nobody showed up," Robinson said. "Not these days. As social media outlets, national news broadcasts and our local newspapers tell us, school boards are now the new battleground in the fight for America’s future." FAIRFAX COUNTY PARENTS DEMAND SCHOOL BOARD RESIGN AFTER 'DOUBLING DOWN' ON 'PORN IN SCHOOLS' York Suburban High School  (Google Maps) Robinson wrote that some members of the...
    A Virginia mother has been charged with making a terror threat after she vowed to bring guns to her children's school if they were made to wear face masks. Amelia King, a 42-year-old dental hygienist from Luray, caused alarm at the Page County school board meeting on Thursday.  'My children will not come to school on Monday with a mask on,' King told the Board.  'Alright? That's not happening.  'And I will bring every single gun loaded and ready to... I will call every...' King was then cut off for going over the three-minute time limit. She ended by retorting: 'I'll see y'all on Monday.' Amelia King, 42, has been charged with making a terror threat after telling a school board she would bring 'every gun' to school if her children were made to wear face masks Her remarks alarmed the board, and Page County school superintendent and school board chair said they were unacceptable. In a letter on Friday morning, they said that they were requesting additional police protection for Monday's classes. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
                 The Prince William County School Board (PWCSB) member is defending himself against claims that he ignored the concern of a father who said at a Wednesday school board meeting that his daughter had been sexually assaulted in one of the county’s schools. “During our School Board meeting on January 19, a concerned father addressed the School Board during Citizen Comment time with questions about the way a situation had been handled by the School Division,” Dr. Babur Lateef, Chairman of PWCSB told The Virginia Star in a statement. “Citizen Comment time is not structured to allow for the School Board to address a citizen’s questions immediately.” “Unfortunately, this has created the perception that I was dismissive of this father’s concerns. Nothing could be further from the truth. As a parent myself, with a daughter in the school system as well, I fully empathize with this father’s anguish and concern,” he continued. “Staff are available at School Board meetings to assist in supporting parents with questions, and in this situation, a staff member was able to talk to this...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Parents are frustrated following a wild week of violence across Pittsburgh Public Schools. “It has now become a normal for these kids,” parent Marquice Woodson said. “This is all they’re used to. This is all they see.” READ MORE: Vigil For COVID-19 Victims Held In Westmoreland CountyOn Friday, KDKA-TV confirmed two separate incidents are under investigation at Pittsburgh Allegheny 6-8 and Pittsburgh Sterrett 6-8. A district spokesperson said students will be disciplined but did not provide specifics about what happened. Also on Friday, a 17-year-old student was beaten and rushed to the hospital following a fight at Brashear High School. On Thursday, two staff members at Carrick High School were hurt while breaking up a fight between students. And on Wednesday, a student was tragically gunned down while sitting in a school van outside Oliver Citywide Academy. “The school board is not providing additional personnel in the schools to help,” said Nina Esposito-Visgitis, president of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. “We need bodies in the schools, boots on the ground.” READ MORE: GetGo Cashier Left Bruised, Scared...
    (CNN)Police in Virginia said a woman has been charged after she claimed at a school board meeting she would show up with loaded guns if her children were required to wear masks at school.In the post on the department's Facebook page, authorities said Amelia King, 42 of Luray, was charged with making an oral threat while on school property Friday afternoon.A magistrate judge released her on a $5,000 unsecured bond.The board had been debating Covid-19 mitigation measures as the Omicron wave continues to cause significant community transmission, and in light of one of new Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin's executive orders.Virginia parents file lawsuit against Gov. Youngkin over executive order ending mask mandates in public schoolsOn January 15, his first day in office, Youngkin issued an executive order saying parents could decide whether their children had to wear face masks in school.Read MoreDuring the public comment section of the meeting, a response from one of the four Page County residents who spoke turned confrontational."My children will not come to school on Monday with a mask on," King told the Board. "Alright?...
    ▶ Watch Video: Some experts say it’s time to upgrade our face masks Local, state and federal officials are investigating a threat made by a parent Thursday evening at a Virginia school board meeting where members voted on whether face masks would continue to be required at the district’s schools. The woman said she “will bring every single gun loaded and ready” after stating that she will not send her children to school wearing a face mask. “I’ll see you all on Monday,” parent Amelia King said at the Page County Public Schools board meeting. Later during the meeting, a school board member read an emailed statement from King where she apologized for her phrasing of the threat. “I in no way meant to imply all guns loaded as in actual firearms, but rather all resources I can muster to make sure that my children get to attend school without masks,” she clarified. “My sincere apologies for my poor choice in words.” Nonetheless, school officials condemned the threat, saying in a statement that the district “does not take these kinds...