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Teachers' New Pet: GoFundMe

Educators increasingly turn to crowdfunding to supplement cost of classroom supplies

(Newser) - Paper? Pencils? Laptops? Robots? Teachers are increasingly relying on crowdfunding efforts to stock their classrooms with both the mundane and sometimes big-ticket items, reports the AP . Contributions to education campaigns have climbed on GoFundMe and DonorsChoose, from just more than $31.2 million in 2010 to nearly $140 million in... More »

Teacher on Leave After Math Quiz on 'Pimps,' 'Ho's'

Alabama middle school teacher was set to retire this month

(Newser) - Murder, AK-47s, "pimps and ho's"—topics you'd expect to see covered in a police report, not on a middle school math quiz. Yet a teacher in Mobile, Ala., included those subjects on her exam, and she's now been placed on administrative leave because of it,... More »

Detroit Teachers Call In Sick: 94 of 97 Schools Closed

Teachers found out they likely won't get paid past June 30

(Newser) - Detroit Public Schools' finances are in such bad shape that teachers were told over the weekend they won't be getting paid past June 30, barring emergency funds from the Michigan Legislature, the Detroit Free Press reports. Most of the district's 2,600 or so teachers aren't taking... More »

Art Teacher Says 'Vagina,' Is Now Out of a Job

She needed approval, according to school policy

(Newser) - Substitute teacher Allison Wint showed eighth-graders artwork by Georgia O'Keeffe—known for painting flowers that resemble female genitalia—during a lesson last Thursday, remarking that the first viewers who saw "vaginas" within the paintings likely thought, "I'm either a pervert or this woman was a pervert.... More »

Teacher's Letter to 'Inept' Lawmakers Goes Viral

He says Oklahoma lawmakers encourage cycle of poverty

(Newser) - Steven Wedel teaches high school English in Oklahoma City, and in a blog post that's gone viral , he describes the tough lives many of his students lead. "Over 90% of the kids in my high school are on the free or reduced lunch programs," he writes. "... More »

After Kids Succeed, Texas Teacher Eats Worms

Teachers step up to the plate, do 'gross but awesome' things

(Newser) - "It kind of made me want to throw up. But it was pretty awesome." That from a 10-year-old student at Clements/Parsons Elementary School who was marveling over what her teachers in Copperas Cove, Texas, did last Thursday. Namely, they fulfilled a bet: If their fourth- and fifth-grade students... More »

Colbert Helps Fund Every SC Teacher Request

He teams up to grant 1K wishes on crowdfunding site for about $800K

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert describes himself as a product of South Carolina public schools, and today he showed his gratitude: He announced funding for every single request from his home state's teachers on the crowdfunding site DonorsChoose . That's good for nearly 1,000 requests from more than 800 teachers, for... More »

Kansas Might Make It Easier to Prosecute Teachers

Educators may soon be on the hook for using 'harmful materials' in lesson plans

(Newser) - Kansas Democrats said they were caught "unprepared" by a discussion on a controversial bill, and now it's too late to make any amendments before it goes to a final vote. Senate Bill 56 would make it easier to prosecute teachers and school administrators in Kansas who use "... More »

Ditching Teaching Tenure Won't Help Students

Catherine Rampell: Our real concern is hiring good teachers, not firing bad ones

(Newser) - A California judge this week dealt a blow to the practice of granting tenure to public school teachers, ruling that it allows bad teachers to keep their jobs and thus deprives students —especially minorities—of their right to an education. It's a closely watched case that will likely... More »

Judge: Teacher Tenure Robs Poor Kids of Education

California judge calls it unconstitutional in landmark case

(Newser) - No more tenure for teachers? A judge in California ruled that granting lifetime jobs to educators often results in lousy schools in poor neighborhoods, reports the Los Angeles Times . Citing Brown v. Board of Education, Judge Rolf Treu said tenure for public school teachers violates the state's constitution because... More »

Teacher Fired After Asking Kids About Her Love Life

Bronx 4th-graders 'counseled' Cassandre Fiering

(Newser) - New York City has dumped a substitute teacher after she asked a 4th-grade class in the Bronx what she should do about her love life. Cassandre Fiering, 45, acted out scenarios with the PS 189 class as they helped her choose between two 30-something men in her life, DNAinfo New... More »

'Ingenious' System Helps Teacher Spot Kids in Trouble

Students submit wish lists on seating, but it's not what they think: Momastery blogger

(Newser) - Momastery blogger Glennon Doyle Melton writes of an "ingenious" strategy one of her kid's teachers has used for years—every week since Columbine, in fact. On Fridays, the teacher asks each student to give her a list of four classmates with whom they'd like to sit... More »

Teacher's Ill-Advised Field Trip: to Strip Club

Plus: A teaching assistant accidentally emails nude pics to students

(Newser) - Here's an extracurricular activity that won't look so great on your kid's college applications: visiting a strip club with his chemistry teacher. Travis Lechien, 31, was fired from Indiana's Hanover Central High School on Tuesday for allegedly taking teens to a strip club to celebrate a... More »

Teach for America Fails Teachers

Olivia Blanchard explains why she quit after one year

(Newser) - Like all Teach for America teachers, Olivia Blanchard made a two-year commitment to the program—but she quit after just one, and in the Atlantic she explains why. TFA's five-week training program simply can't compare to the years of training and student teaching non-TFA teachers go through—and... More »

Teacher-Student Sex Isn't Necessarily a Crime

Former lawyer argues that 'utter hysteria' over underage cases isn't helping

(Newser) - And the honors for most provocative op-ed go to former lawyer Betsy Karasik, who argues in the Washington Post that the nation must curb its "utter hysteria" over cases involving teachers having sex with underage students: "I don’t believe that all sexual conduct between underage students and... More »

Tiny Arkansas Town Arms 20 Teachers

They were each given $1,100 to buy handgun, holster

(Newser) - When school resumes in August, more than 20 teachers and other school employees in Clarksville, Ark., will carry concealed weapons throughout the school day, making use of a little-known Arkansas law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus. Clarksville, a community of 9,200 people, isn't known for... More »

NYC Teacher Tells Kids to Write Suicide Notes

She's joined by a 2nd entrant to the Teacher Hall of Infamy this week

(Newser) - English teacher Jessica Barrish apparently doesn't follow international news: Just 6 months ago, a French teacher came under fire for asking her class of 13- and 14-year-olds to pen a suicide note; it didn't end well . Barrish apparently did the very same thing in May, asking students of... More »

5 Female Teachers Killed in Pakistan Attack

2 health workers also killed in ambush

(Newser) - Gunmen killed five female teachers and two other people today in an ambush on a van carrying workers home from their jobs at a community center in northwest Pakistan, officials said. The van was transporting teachers and aid workers from the center in conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Two health workers,... More »

Utah Gun Group: We'll Train Teachers Free

Los Angeles gun buybacks do roaring trade

(Newser) - A Utah gun organization normally charges $50 for concealed-weapons training—but for teachers, the program is now free, the AP reports. "We're not suggesting that teachers roam the halls" looking for attackers, says the chair of the top state gun lobby, the Utah Shooting Sports Council. "They... More »

Texas Gun Store Owner Offers Teachers' Discount

In wake of Newtown shooting, they get 10% off his class

(Newser) - Some firearm purveyors may have decided to lie low in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, but not Crockett Keller—he's having a sale. The Texas gun store owner is offering local teachers a 10% discount on his concealed carry handgun classes, the Huffington Post reports. "I thought,... More »

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