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Teacher Claims She Was Fired for Giving Zeroes for Assignments Not Turned In

Until last week, Diane Tirado taught eighth-grade Social Studies in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Now, she says the school district fired her because she gave zeroes to students who did not turn in their assignments.

Tirado says she was fired over the grading dispute. She shared a heartfelt note to her students on the whiteboard, and then posted a photo on Facebook. She says, “Bye kids. Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in.”

An Unusual Policy

The school’s handbook specifically prohibits teachers from giving zero grades. The handbook says that the lowest possible grade a teacher can give is 50%. Tirado disagrees with the policy on principle. She asked, “If there’s nothing to grade, how can I give somebody a 50%?”

According to local news, “Her Sept. 14 termination letter doesn’t cite a specific reason, only stating she was contracted as a teacher on a probation period, and that she can be dismissed without cause.”

The District Fights Back

Before her dismissal, Tirado had taught students for 17 years. The school district says she repeatedly caused problems. According to a spokesperson, “Ms. Tirado was released from her duties as an instructor because her performance was deemed sub-standard and her interactions with students, staff, and parents lacked professionalism and created a toxic culture on the school’s campus. During her brief time of employment at West Gate, the school fielded numerous student and parent complaints as well as concerns from colleagues. Based on new information shared with school administrators, an investigation of possible physical abuse is underway.”

The school district also argues that teachers are, in fact, permitted to give zeroes for assignments not turned in.

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The U.S. Constitution – Facts You Haven’t Heard!

The U.S. Constitution is our nation’s founding document and its highest law. Every kid in school learns the basics of when “We the People” decided to establish a republic. But what about the stuff you don’t learn in school? The Constitution has a rich history that most people never learn.

The Document

  • Preparing the final Constitution was a high-security event. The framers met in a locked room while sentries stood guard at the door. Even during the debates, reporters and onlookers were barred from attending. Most surviving records come from James Madison’s notes, which Dolly Madison sold to the government after his death.

 

  • Though the Constitution was ratified on September 17th, 1787, the government it created did not exist until 1790. On February 2, 1790, the Supreme Court met formally for the first time. The Supreme Court initially met inside the Royal Exchange building in New York City. City officials had to move butcher carts out of the way before the justices could meet! The court later moved to Philadelphia and then, to the U.S. Capitol building. The judicial branch of government did not move to its current home until 1935.

 

  • Our Constitution broke several records! It is the oldest written constitution that is still in force today. At the time it was written, it was also the shortest. Years later, Monaco broke that record and claimed the title of “world’s shortest constitution” with 3,814 words. Ours clocks in at 7,591 words, including all the amendments.

The Writers and Signers

  • Signers of the document ranged in age from 26 to 81. Benjamin Franklin, the eldest signer, needed assistance to put his pen to paper. Franklin initially opposed American independence and even wrote of his opposition to the Boston Tea Party. However, the great thinker changed his mind and is the only Founder who signed all 4 of our nation’s independence documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Constitution, and the Treaty of Paris.

 

  • Members of Congress have introduced more than 11,300 potential amendments throughout our nation’s history. Only 27 amendments were ratified. Immediately following the September 11th attacks, multiple senators introduced an amendment that would keep the government running in the event of a “mass vacancy” at the Capitol.

 

  • Thomas Jefferson and John Adams did not sign the founding document. Jefferson was serving as ambassador to France and Adams, as ambassador to Great Britain. Patrick Henry was invited to the Constitutional Convention, but chose not to attend.

Parents Outraged Over Moment of Silence for Hamas Members

Parents of students enrolled at a public high school in Manhattan are outraged after a moment of silence paid tribute to the dozens of Palestinians that were recently killed by Israeli soldiers.

One Jewish parent spoke out against the silent tribute. “I am extremely upset because I did not send my child to a New York City public school to pray for Hamas operatives,” he stated.

Another parent voiced her concern over promoting a moment of silence for terrorists. Many of those killed in the protest have been linked to Hamas.

The killings marked the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.

Hamas, A Terrorist Organization

The United States has designated Hamas an official terrorist organization. The Trump Administration has continued to support Israel since Jerusalem was recognized as the capital.

Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah told reporters:

“The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas. Israel has the right to defend itself.”

Hamas, the largest of several Palestinian militant Islamist groups, originated in 1987 near the beginning of the first Palestinian uprising. The group is infamous for committing suicide bombings across the region.

Many of the school’s students staged a walkout in November 2016 to protest Donald Trump’s election. The school has also held tributes and moments of silence for victims of gun violence at schools, although they aren’t commonplace.

The school’s principal, Ruth Lacey, has yet to respond to the angry parents.

A Department of Education spokesman issued the following statement:

“We support civic engagement and advocacy amongst students, and encourage schools to provide inclusive environments where students are able to respectfully discuss current events.”

Teacher Handcuffed in School Board Meeting for Questioning Superintendent Raise

On Monday, January 8, a schoolteacher in Louisiana was thrown to the ground, handcuffed, and taken out of a school board meeting for questioning the school superintendent’s $38,000 raise.

Shortly before being arrested, Deyshia Hargrave, the district’s Teacher of the Year, expressed dissent at a board meeting for the Vermilion Parish School after the board approved the raise for the superintendent. The superintendent, Jerome Puyau, was already paid more than twice what the teachers currently make. The teachers have not received a raise in several years.

Chaos Breaks Out

The board president, Anthony Fontana, ruled that Hargrave was speaking out of order, and she was asked to leave by a city official. Hargrave walked out, but a city marshal followed her out. Seconds later, a video shot in the hallway shows Hargrave screaming on the floor, being arrested.

Fontana stated, “This is not about the board, it’s about the teacher and everybody wants to side on the poor little woman who got thrown out. She could have walked out and nothing would have happened.”

Superintendent Puyau admitted that he “should have stood up” and “let her speak.”

After the incident, Puyau claims that a raise for the teachers is “in the works.” The ACLU says it will be investigating Hargraves’ arrest, which the organization called “especially troubling.”

The Educator’s Association released a video of the disturbing arrest. A StandUnited petition asks Puyau to decline his raise. Instead, he could use the money to further help the district.

America’s Opioid Epidemic Spreads to College Campuses

Not long ago, common wisdom held that drug addiction was a disease of the hopeless. People with opportunity and potential typically did not turn to painkillers or street drugs, according to this thinking.

We now know that those stereotypes are wrong. The opioid epidemic has infiltrated all socioeconomic strata, and has even hit young Americans just embarking on their futures. The next frontier of the fight against addiction has arrived on college campuses.

A Nationwide Problem

Drug overdoses are the number one cause of accidental death in the United States.  More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in the last year alone, and the rate of overdose deaths have nearly tripled since 2003.

America’s colleges and universities are prestigious institutions, home to many of our nation’s future leaders.  Unfortunately, however, they are also often places where young people experiment with drug and alcohol abuse. As prescription opioids become more prevalent across the nation, so do their

Recklessness and Prescription Drugs

Despite growing concern over America’s opioid crisis, young people on and off college campuses commonly have access to opioid pain medications.  In a recent survey, over 15% of college-age youth reported using pain killers that a doctor did not prescribe to them. Unaware of the dangers, young people commonly share pain pills. This spreads the dangerous side effects, including possible addiction, to their friends.

University staff members, including campus police and residence hall staff, usually receive no training on how to deal with prescription drug and heroin abuse. They interact with students every day, and yet may not recognize the signs of addiction. First responders may not know what to do in the event of an overdose. Students sometimes hesitate to call emergency services out of fear that the school might punish them or the person in need of medical help. When someone overdoses, a drug called Naloxone can save their life – but only if someone administers the Naloxone before the overdose claims the patient’s life.

Government-Sponsored Healthcare Worsens the Problem

Doctors prescribe opioids to Medicaid recipients at twice the rate they prescribe the same drugs to individuals with private insurance. This creates a staggering impact: Medicaid enrollees die of opioid-related causes at 5.7 times the rate of privately insured patients. Regardless of insurance, in 2012 doctors wrote enough opioid prescriptions for every man, woman, and child in America to have their own bottle of pills.

Addiction exists in all ages, races, and economic classes. Trying new things is a time-honored part of the college experience. When kids abuse drugs, however, they set themselves on a path to addiction. University staff members work in the perfect position to spot an addiction and intervene to stop it.

Smithsonian to Honor Colin Kaepernick, Skip Clarence Thomas

Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest will get a coveted spot in Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will feature artifacts from Kaepernick’s on-field activism, including a jersey.

Kaepernick wore the jersey during one of the instances when he remained seated during the national anthem. A new Smithsonian exhibit on the Black Lives Matter movement will feature his jersey and other artifacts from his protests.

This is the same museum that failed to include anything on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, citing a lack of space. Now, they’ve managed to make room for Kaepernick’s jersey. The Smithsonian’s glaring omission of Thomas leads some to speculate that the museum deliberately excludes conservatives.

Justice Thomas grew up in poverty in the segregated South, made it to Yale law school, and went on to have an illustrious career capped off by years on the Supreme Court. Apparently that is not enough for the museum to include him. Kaepernick’s anti-police protest, however, gets him a place of honor in the museum.

 

Elementary School Teacher Tells Black Students They Are “Rats”

In May, elementary school teacher Jordan Cataldo went on a racist, hateful tirade in front of her students. She told her class that black students are “rats” who are “infest[ing] the class.” These days, false allegations of racism are everywhere. But, this instance is undoubtedly racist and flat-out unacceptable. To make matters worse, Cataldo still has her job.

Setting the Stage

Jordan Cataldo teaches at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in Jacksonville, Florida. It is part of the Duval County Public School (DCPS) system. According to a 2016-2017 district data report by DCPS, the student body at Woodson is 95% black. Cataldo, who made the comments, is white. Teachers are supposed to be imparting knowledge and a love of learning to kids. Instead, Cataldo shared a hatred of those students themselves.

Adding fuel to the fire, Cataldo also said that black students will “only…amount to be a bunch of ratchet Walmart workers.” Furthermore, she continued, “[t]hat’s why their race is either dead or in jail.” Another report notes that the Woodson’s 32209 zipcode has “the highest statistics of everything negative.” This includes “the highest crime rate, foreclosure rate, unemployment rate, poverty among children, and the highest amount of students living in single parent home and with grandparents as their only guardian.”

These kids need compassion and guidance from authority figures. Instead, they get Cataldo and her vile racism.

Fighting Fire with Firing

Students at Carter G. Woodson Elementary already face an uphill battle against poverty and crime. It is disgusting for an authority figure to say they are “rats” set only to be “dead or in jail.” Teachers should build students up. She is tearing them down. As a result, one parent, Tiera Ross, is fighting for DCPS to fire Cataldo.

So far, all DCPS has said on the issue is that they will “take appropriate action in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement when school resumes for the 2017-2018 school year.” Ross says that she is “so infuriated inside that I want to cry, but I’m not,” because she needs to “be strong enough for [her] daughter to make sure that the situation is taken care of.” The Duval County School District has not released a final decision, but says it has enough evidence to move forward with further disciplinary measures. Disciplinary measures might mean anything from a slap on the wrist to termination as a teacher.

College Professor Thinks Whites Should “F***ing Die”

Trinity College administration is refusing to punish racist Professor Johnny Eric Williams after he claimed that all white people should die. On June 16th, Williams wrote on Facebook, “It is past time for the racially oppressed to do what people who believe themselves to be ‘white’ will not do, put an end to the vectors of their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system. #LetThemF–kingDie”

In the post, Williams shared an article from Medium entitled “Let Them F–king Die.”  The article’s author contends that all white people are bigots. Professor Williams supports this. 

“Let Them F***ing Die”

The article’s author uses a pseudonym, “Son of Baldwin.” The central message of the article is to be indifferent to whether whites live or die. Son of Baldwin goes further, saying that when someone lets whites die, they should “smile a bit when [they] do,” having “done the universe a great service.”

Son of Baldwin is a frequent writer for the “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) section of Medium. BLM opposes the phrase “All Lives Matter,” supposedly contending that while all lives do matter, people should fight now for black lives that are being targeted. However, Son of Baldwin sees little to no value in white lives. Is he taking BLM in a radical, hateful direction?

Williams is Getting His Way

Only conservative media sites have called Williams what he is–a racist. Mainstream media has focused on his “apology,” and defended Trinity College’s weak response as good enough. Williams claims he is sorry, but not for what he posted. He is instead sorry only for how other people have perceived his remarks. Sound familiar to Kathy Griffin’s “apology”? These anti-white racists know that the media is on their side, and they hide behind it to avoid accountability.

Trinity College’s president, Joanne Berger-Sweeney, outwardly condemned Williams’ post, regardless of how he claims it was intended. However, beyond this, she refused to take action. Deans at Trinity College are now in charge of reviewing the incident. They will determine whether Williams violated any college policies.

Policy violation or not, the post constitutes a clear instance of racially-motivated hate speech. Connecticut Rep. Klarides and Sen. Logan are both alumni of Trinity College, and want President Berger-Sweeney to take matters back into her own hands. They are appalled at their alma mater’s support of someone like Williams, and want him fired. For a college to normalize racism of any kind, including anti-white, is blatantly unacceptable. President Berger-Sweeney might want to ignore the issue, but she has a duty to students, other faculty, alumni, and staff to remove this racist professor.

Berkeley Rioters Go Wild on Patriot’s Day

Patriot’s Day is a nationally recognized observance of several important battles in American history. Across the country, people remember the cost of freedom. At Berkeley, however, they riot. The brawls that broke out are now circulating the internet.

Hundreds of Berkeley police officers stood nearby, but did not immediately engage with the rioters. 

Ground Zero

Local news source SFGATE writes “The mostly hands-off approach marked the latest strategy by a police force dealing with violent demonstrations in a famously liberal city that has become ground zero for confrontations between supporters of Trump, including white supremacists, and opponents who want to shut them down.”

Rosealma vs. Damigo

Let’s go back to Saturday this confrontation took place. A man punches Louise Rosealma, a young woman, in the face. Louise Rosealma finds herself in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Video shows someone punching her in the face. Nathan Damigo, the man in the video, is allegedly tied to a white supremacist organization known as “Identity Europa.”

Rosealma is an anarchist, and Damigo is a white supremacist. When the two confront each other, Damigo sucker-punches his opposition.

But that’s not the whole story.

Rosealma, the victim?

A reverse-angle picture shows Rosealma throwing a punch as well, according to MSN. In another photo, she swings a large glass bottle at a man while he pushes her away. 

Rosealma claimed in a (now-deleted) Facebook post that her goal was to “bring back 100 Nazi scalps” from the riot.  Rosealma told a local news station that Trump supporters hit her in the forehead and tried to stop her head on the ground. However, in videos taken just after the riot, her forehead appears totally uninjured. Nor are her eyes red at all – surprising, considering that she also claimed to have been pepper sprayed. She has previously been known as Emily Rose Marshall and Venus Rosales. In her new role as “victim,” Rosealma is pulling out all the stops. Some “comrades,” as they call themselves, have set up a fundraising page for her. 

Once again, far-left Antifa rioters run wild in Berkeley. It’s enough to make one wonder what kind of education Berkeley students receive.

Pres. Trump: “Common Core is a very bad thing”

President Trump made many promises to the American people. He supports school choice and he rejects the Common Core. He has threatened to make cuts to the Department of Education, due to its federal overreach in K-12 school curricula.

People mistakenly think that school choice is a threat to public education. They believe that if the Common Core is repealed, public schools will worsen because students will flee bad schools to go to good ones. Failing schools will be forced to close, while good ones get more funding.

Wait…what about “getting students in better schools” is a problem to school choice opponents? What part of “more funding for great schools” sounds like a bad thing?

School choice means that a family can choose  what is best for their child. That could be public schools, private schools, charter schools, or even homeschooling. Every American would get options that were previously out of reach.

The nation’s oldest school choice program is seeing strong results.  Do not let these horror stories fool you. The only scary thing here is the Common Core.

 

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