Planned Parenthood Abortionist Eludes to Possible Cover-up of Infantcide

By Shane Vander Hart

The Center for Medical Progress released a new video on Wednesday with footage previously not released before and it is disturbing.

The new video shows Dr. DeShawn Taylor, previous Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Arizona and longtime abortion provider at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, graphically describing how to deliver intact fetuses in late-term abortions to harvest high-quality body parts, and indicating possible cover-up of infanticide.

The Center for Medical Progress videos have recorded top-level Planned Parenthood leaders negotiating the harvesting and sale of the hearts, lungs, livers, and brains of aborted fetuses for financial benefit.

At a networking reception at a Planned Parenthood conference, CMP investigators posing as buyers from a biotech company are introduced to Dr. Taylor by Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services.

Taylor in the partial transcript below affirms that she does elective abortions up to 20 to 24 weeks. She also describes the issues she faces with staff when the aborted pre-born baby looks like a baby. She also indicates that Arizona state law regarding pre-born babies surviving an abortion may be skirted depending on who is in the room with the abortionist.

CMP Undercover Investigators: “It’s good to know that someone is kind of constantly going up to 20 to 24 (gestation) weeks, especially when someone wants to neural (brain) tissue..

Taylor: uh huh.

CMP: …they want fetal brain, they want both hemispheres….

Taylor: uh huh

CMP: …And they, for whatever reason, the sweet spot tends to be like 18 to 22 weeks.

Taylor: Well I go up to 24 weeks – there is, there is a practice that kind of preferentially gets the anomaly referrals. You want an anomaly referral?

CMP: Right, no right now we want healthy (fetal) tissue. Yeah, healthy…

Taylor: Oh ok, so yeah. Most of my – most of the patients …read more

Source: Caffeinated Thoughts Education

New Orleans teachers union aims to organize fifth charter school since Katrina

By Victor Skinner NEW ORLEANS, La. – The United Teachers New Orleans union is working to unionize its fifth charter school in the city, which rebuilt the local school system with independent charter schools in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. UTNO officials announced last week that more than 93 percent of teachers at Mary D. Coghill Charter School […] …read more

Source: EAG News

Is Collective Bargaining a Constitutional Right?

By John Hendrickson

Labor protest in the Wisconsin State Capitol
Photo credit: Emily Mills (CC-By-NC-ND 2.0)

Governor Terry Branstad (R-IA) signed the historic collective-bargaining reform legislation that provides public employee contract negotiations to be limited only to wages. Supporters of the reform measure argue that public employees need to pay more for their health benefits to make it more equitable with those in the private sector. In addition, the reform measure will save Iowa taxpayers money, just as a similar reform measure, Act 10, in Wisconsin saved $5 billion.

The debate over collective bargaining will most likely shift to the Iowa courts as labor leaders argue the law is unjust and violates the so-called constitutional right to collective bargaining. The Des Moines Register reported that AFSCME leader Danny Homan stated the union will “continue to fight this” and that the law is unfair. Under the law, public safety officers such as police officers and firefighters are exempt. This is one aspect, in addition to the “right” to collective bargaining, that opponents of the law are hoping to argue violates the law.

Opponents of the collective bargaining law will argue that it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the of the United States Constitution and a similar clause in the Iowa Constitution. Governor Scott Walker’s (R-WI) Act 10 measure was also challenged in the courts by labor unions. In Madison Teachers, Inc. v. Scott Walker, the Wisconsin Supreme Court found that Act 10 did not violate the United States Constitution or the Wisconsin Constitution. Further, the Court ruled that “collective bargaining over a contract with an employer is not a fundamental right for public employees….”

Act 10 also faced a legal challenge in the federal courts. In Wisconsin Education Association Council, et al. v. Walker, et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit …read more

Source: Caffeinated Thoughts Education

Student accused of attacking teacher trying to take away cell phone in class

By Victor Skinner LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Louisville sophomore may face criminal charges after a video recorded in class shows he attack his teacher, who reportedly attempted to confiscate the student’s cell phone. The video appears to show the student and the teacher at Louisville Male High School up against a wall in the classroom before the student […] …read more

Source: EAG News

Peter Greene: What Two Decades of Testing Have Produced

By dianeravitch

Peter Greene asks a crucial question: What have we gained–or lost–because of our society’s obsession with standardized testing for at least the last two decades?

When did it start? Before No Child Left Behind was signed into law in January 2002, but not with the same intensity or the high-stakes that took hold since 2002, when the power of the federal government was used to pummel state’s and districts to comply with federal mandates.

This is one of Peter Greene’s most powerful posts. I urge you to read it.

Greene writes:

“After years of hearing how kindergarten has been turned into the new first grade, you’d think at the other end of the K-12 pipeline we would find highly advanced students. And yet– not so much

“I am not going to report a ton of research on this, because the available research is bogus and part of the actual test-centric problem. What I can tell you is what I, as an actual real live classroom teacher who knows actual real live classroom teachers, see and hear.

“This is the result of accelerated early instruction done primarily in the service of test-centric schooling (“We have to get them started early– otherwise how will they be ready for the Big Standardized Test??”)

“It is lost years.

“By the time these same start-em-early push-em-hard students arrive at high school classrooms, they are behind compared to the students that we saw twenty-five or fifteen or even ten years ago. They know fewer things, have fewer skills, and express lower academic aspirations.

“Why? I can offer a couple of theories.

They have learned to hate reading.

“They have learned that reading is this thing you do with short, disconnected, context-free selections, and when you read, you are not looking for something that sparks interest or enjoyment or curiosity or wonder or …read more

Source: Diane Ravitch Common Core

Leonie Haimson Is Collecting Comments on the New York ELA

By dianeravitch

The state Common Core tests that children in grades 3-8 in New York are supposed to take are shrouded in secrecy.

Last year, a teacher posted a couple of items to show how confusing and tricky they were, and the testing company went on a tear, threatening legal action against the teacher and against the blogger who posted the questions. They went to Twitter and had tweets referring to the post deleted. They went to WordPress, which hosts this blog, and removed my description of the events.

Nonetheless, Leonie Haimson has invited teachers, parents, and students to comment on the tests. You can find her invitation and responses …read more

Source: Diane Ravitch Common Core

SNAP: Elementary student attacks teacher, cars with butter knife

By Victor Skinner ASHEBORO, N.C. – A North Carolina elementary student went on a rampage with a butter knife Monday when he assaulted a teacher and school resource officer and damaged several vehicles in the parking lot. Officials at John Lawrence Elementary School instituted a lockdown and called in the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office after a student “became […] …read more

Source: EAG News

Ralph Ratto: Today I Am Ashamed to Be a Teacher

By dianeravitch

Ralph Ratto is an elementary school teacher in New York and a frequent blogger.

He describes yesterday as “one of the darkest days in education.

Testing started yesterday. Now that the tests are untied, some children will struggle for six hours a day for six days to satisfy some adult idea that they need to be compared. Their ordeal has nothing to do with education.

“Our children will struggle with questions that have more than 1 plausible answer. They will have to select the best plausible answer. Questions will ask them, for example, to analyze paragraphs 3, 14 , 24 & 26 and then choose the answer that best describes their relationship. They will be forbidden to give their opinion in an essay as they regurgitate details to fulfill the task at hand.

“When we look at past tests, we can almost guarantee some passages will be purposely confusing due to the use of names and customs they are not familiar with. This makes it extremely difficult for them to utilize their own schema to decode the information provided. Some passages are above grade level and there are also field questions that are not counted are part of these tests.

“Teachers must sit by as our students struggle for hours. We will observed children get physically and emotionally ill taking these tests. We are forbidden to assist or even discuss the tests…

“Folks, this is institutional child abuse! I have written about this and about how this is the time of year that I am ashamed to be a teacher. We all should be ashamed, when we make these children take these tests to fulfill a political agenda and provide absolutely no valid data that helps children excel.”

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Source: Diane Ravitch Common Core

Gun control advocates say Newtown ruling is bad precedent

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Source: Education Week

State Senate panel adds money for health, education

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Source: Education Week