New Bill I Kansas Would Allow Spanking That Leaves Bruises On Kids – Forbes On Fox

February 22, 2014 in "Bill of Rights", Constitution, School

SpankingCorporal Punishment

98 Of 100 U.S. School Districts Prohibit Corporal Punishment  At School

2006 Data: More Than 223,00 U.S. Students Were Legally Hit In Public Schools

New Bill I Kansas Would Allow Spanking That Leaves Bruises On Kids – Forbes On Fox

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Teacher Sues School Over Her “Crippling Fear” Of Young Kids! – Yes You Heard It Right!

January 14, 2013 in Hope and Change, Jobs, Nanny State, Obamanation, School, Union

TeacherAn Ohio high school teacher who claims to have a phobia of young children is  suing a school district for discrimination.

Maria C. Waltherr-Willard, 61, of Greenhills, is suing the Mariemont school  district, where she worked for 35 years, saying it discriminated against her  when it reassigned her in 2010 from its high school to its junior high and then  pressured her to resign, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

According to the paper, the suit is a discrimination claim based on her age  and disability — a rare phobia called pedophobia, an extreme fear or anxiety  around young children. Waltherr-Willard’s suit claims she has suffered from the  condition since the 1990s.

Waltherr-Willard, who teaches Spanish and French, experiences stress,  anxiety, chest pains, vomiting, nightmares and higher than healthy blood  pressure when she’s around young children, according to documents filed by  medical professionals, the Enquirer reported.

Last week, a federal judge dismissed three of the six claims in her lawsuit,  claims which alleged the school district violated an implied contract to keep  her from young students.

In court documents, Mariemont officials say they did not expect  Waltherr-Willard to resign when she did. They said she was replaced at the high  school by teachers who also were in their 50s.

Click for more from Cincinnati.com.

Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/13/ohio-teacher-files-discrimination-suit-over-fear-young-children/#ixzz2I0uiSizi

Saugus Santa Claus Saved!!!

February 3, 2012 in Christmas, Saugus Santa Claus, School

Saugus School Committee to keep Santa Claus in classrooms

SAUGUS (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – Saugus officials made a decision on  Thursday that will keep a time-honored tradition in local elementary  schools.

The heated debate began in December, when School Superintendant Richard  Langlois told firefighters they were not allowed to dress as Santa Claus and  deliver coloring books to children in the elementary schools.

Two months later, the debate finally made its way to the School Committee for  a decision. One resident wore a Santa suit to Thursday’s meeting as he pleaded  with School Committee members to allow the tradition to continue in 2012.

Committee members decided to allow Santa to continue his visits to pre-K and  kindergarten classes, but with some added guidelines, that will allow those who  do not feel comfortable to opt out of the event.

Firefighters have been handing out gifts to the children of Saugus since  1960.

Superintendent Langlois tried to ban the celebration because of the  separation of Church and State.

Read more: http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/local/saugus-school-committee-to-keep-santa-claus-in-classrooms-20120202#ixzz1lKgDgJOV

Teacher requests leave to care for son injured in Afghanistan- Being Denied!

December 19, 2011 in School, Union, US Military

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Carver School Committee next meeting January 9th 2012-To decide if teacher will be allowed time off for injured Soldier son.

Why Do They Need a Meeting To decide this!!!!!!!!

CARVER (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A Caver High School math teacher is  calling on the School Committee to overturn a decision regarding her leave so  that she can be there for her son who was injured while serving overseas in  Afghanistan.

Sonya Lomax has already taken the nine paid days of leave allotted to her  under her contract. Superintendent Liz Sorrell claims her hands are tied and she  has to honor the contract agreed upon by the school system and the teacher’s  union.

Lomax is now hoping Carver’s School Committee will help her out.

The math teacher shared the story of her son’s traumatic accident before the  School Committee on Monday night. Her son, Todd, was injured after being hit by  shrapnel in a grenade explosion.

Todd is currently being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical  Center in Maryland for lacerations, fractures, and head trauma.

Lomax has requested an additional three days of leave citing, “extenuating  circumstances.”

Superintendent Sorrell says she can recall giving additional days to a  faculty member whose home burned down, however the School Committee has  requested time to make a decision regarding Lomax’s circumstances. The School  Committee will make a decision on the matter by January as they take the time to  review the teacher’s contract.

Read more: http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/local/teacher-requests-leave-to-care-for-son-injured-in-afghanistan-20111216#ixzz1h0364V4l

Massachusetts School Surveys 7th-Graders on Oral Sex

June 16, 2011 in School



A middle school in Massachusetts is under fire for requiring children to complete a graphic sex survey — without parental knowledge or consent — that included questions about sexual partners and oral sex.

The Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties organization, filed a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Education against the Fitchburg School Committee. They are representing the two middle school-aged daughters of Arlene Tessitore.

Tessitore said her daughters, both students at Memorial Middle School, were told they had to complete a Youth Risk Behavior Study.

“Kids were actually told to sit down and take them,” said John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “The parents here are very upset.”

Whitehead said the girls were deeply disturbed by the subject matter of the study – including questions about suicide, drug use and sexual behavior.

“One of the questions is, ‘have you ever had oral sex,’” Whitehead said. “You’re talking about kids who probably don’t even know what oral sex is.”

He said the survey also delved into even more graphic language.

“It’s adult material,” he told Fox News Radio, noting that one question asked students what method they used to prevent pregnancy during their last sexual encounter.

“It goes down a whole list, including birth control pills, condoms and one of the answers is ‘withdraw,’” Whitehead said. “Adults know what this is, but kids have to imagine or go online to find out what it means.”

Principal Fran Thomas told Fox News Radio that students were indeed given the survey – and admits it was graphic. But Thomas said the school has nothing to do with the content and they were required to administer the survey to fulfill a grant requirement.

“I can take no responsibility for what’s on that survey,” Thomas said. “It’s not generated by the school system.”

Thomas said the survey was funded by a federal grant and administered by LUK Inc., a local social services agency — in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control.

The organization’s leader did not return numerous calls for comment. But according to its website, LUK, Inc.’s mission is to “challenge and support youth & families to recognize and fulfill their unique and productive potential through community-based prevention, intervention and education services.”

A spokesperson for the CDC denied any involvement in the Fitchburg sex survey. The CDC said only seven states and six urban districts include sexual identity questions on their YRBS surveys – and the questions are optional.

But Principal Thomas disputed that notion.

“It was not optional,” he said. “It’s part of a grant that they applied for and the district said you have to administer this survey.”

According to Whitehead, parents were sent a “passive consent” opt-out form. However, Tessitore said she never received the form and never gave permission for her daughters to take part in the survey.

“It was a case of the school telling parents what they were going to do,” he said. “If parents want their kids to answer these kinds of questions as federal law requires, they should give written consent. But if they don’t give consent, I don’t think public officials should be asking children such questions.”

Thomas said he understands the concerns expressed by the parents. But should the middle school be asking children questions about oral sex?

“That’s not a question I’d be asking,” Thomas said. “That’s not information that needs to be gathered in an indiscriminate manner – asking every single student these sorts of questions.”

Thomas said it wasn’t appropriate. “I think there are many things that schools are called upon to do because they think they’ve got a captive audience,” he noted.

Whitehead wants the Department of Education to step in and demand that the Fitchburg school follow the law when it comes to parental consent.

“Parents send their children to public schools to receive an education; not to become subjects of governmental data mining,” Whitehead said.