Randi Blasts Duncan for Betraying Teachers in Vergara Case

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Randi Weingarten wrote a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, criticizing his sympathetic response to the Vergara decision, which held that tenure and seniority were unconstitutional in California.

She wrote:

“This week, we needed your leadership; to demonstrate that teacher and student interests are aligned; that we must press—60 years after Brown v. Board—for educational equity; that it takes more than a focus on teachers to improve public education; that, when it comes to teachers, we need to promote strategies that attract, retain and support them in classrooms; and that, of course, removing teachers who can’t do their job in quick and effective ways is important, but so is due process, so teachers can take creative risks that enhance teaching and learning.

“But instead, you added to the polarization. And teachers across the country are wondering why the secretary of education thinks that stripping them of their due process…

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High School Student Saved By Staff After Near Drowning In Pool

What an amazing story! This should be in mainstream news!

CBS Detroit

LAKE ORION (WWJ) – A near drowning at Lake Orion High School.  The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says an 18-year-old student was standing near the shallow end of the school’s swimming pool on Thursday when he passed out and fell into the water.

School staff pulled him out of the water and began administering CPR and by the time EMS arrived, he was breathing on his own.

The teen was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

The CPR administered by staff from the school is credited with saving the student’s life.

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Dozens arrested as spring break beach party descends into full-blown riot


Around 100 people were arrested and 44 taken to hospital after a university beach party turned into a huge riot in southern California.

Violence erupted near the popular beachside resort of Isla Vista on Saturday during the annual spring break party known as Deltopia.

Santa Barbara sheriff’s department said things escalated after a police officer was hit in the face with a backpack filled with large bottles of alcohol by a University of California student.

isla vista riot Thousands of intoxicated college students clashed with police at Deltopia spring break beach party (Picture: slayed0/YouTube)

The authorities said some members of the crowd of 15,000 then began throwing rocks, bricks and bottles at officers, lighting fires and damaging police vehicles.

‘Deltopia attracts out-of-towners who come in and are not invested in our community and there are some who come to cause trouble,’ explained police spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.

‘They have had civil disturbances before in Isla Vista, but…

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California Pushes for More Diversity in College Admissions

Cali Pushes for More Diversity in College Admissions

My only question is how does the admissions define “diversity” – admit more minority students living in the United States or recruit more talented INTERNATIONAL students OUTSIDE the United States?

Do you know the difference and how that will affect high school graduates in the United States and abroad?!

Let me know what you think.