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Here's a map of schools that waste taxpayer money teaching Creationism

Creationism isn't just stupid and a waste of money, it's also a dangerous lie to foist on our kids. Creationism in public schools, mapped. Where tax money supports alternatives to evolution.
A large, publicly funded charter school system in Texas is teaching creationism to its students, Zack Kopplin recently reported in Slate. Creationist teachers don’t even need to be sneaky about it—the Texas state science education standards, as well as recent laws in Louisiana and Tennessee, permit public school teachers to teach “alternatives” to evolution. Meanwhile, in Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Arizona, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, taxpayer money is funding creationist private schools through state tuition voucher or scholarship programs. As the map below illustrates, creationism in schools isn’t restricted to schoolhouses in remote villages where the separation of church and state is considered less sacred. If you live in any of these states, there’s a good chance your tax money is helping to convince some hapless students that evolution (the basis of all modern biological science, supported by everything we know about geology, genetics, paleontology, and other fields) is some sort of highly contested scientific hypothesis as credible as “God did it.”

January 23, 2014

Michigan Governor pushes more school districts into replacing public schools with for-profit charter schools

Diane Ravitch says: "Under Governor Rick Snyder, more school districts have collapsed into emergency status than during the time of any of his predecessors. Failing districts get taken over by the state and put into its Emergency Achievement District, an oxymoron. Once in the EAA, a graduate of the unaccredited Broad Academy arranges to dissolve democratic control and turn the schools over to for-profit charter chaplains. " More Michigan cities and schools in financial crises under Rick Snyder than all other governors combined | Eclectablog
Three new municipalities are now under consideration for an Emergency Manager: Lincoln Park, Royal Oak Township, and Highland Park. If Highland Park goes, it will be its second time around and it will be the third city to come out of financial crisis under an Emergency Manager only to go back under an Emergency Manager once again (along with Flint and Hamtramck.) When you look at the situation under Governor Snyder compared with his predecessors, the data is striking. Including all cities and schools that have either had a consent agreement, an emergency manager, or that are being considered for an emergency manager, Governor Snyder is far and away the leader. Under John Engler, there were 3 cities (Flint, Hamtramck, and Highland Park). Under Jennifer Granholm there were 5 cities (Benton Harbor, Ecorse, Highland Park, Pontiac, and Three Oaks Village [population 1,604) and one school district (Detroit Public Schools). Under Rick Snyder, there an astounding 12 cities (Lincoln Park, Highland Park, Royal Oak Township, Hamtramck, Detroit, Allen Park, Inkster, Flint, Benton Harbor, Pontiac, Ecorse, and River Rouge) and 6 school districts (Ecorse Public Schools, East Detroit Public Schools, Pontiac Public Schools, Muskegon Heights Public Schools, Highland Park Public Schools, and Detroit Public Schools).

January 21, 2014

Florida high school fails student and bans him from graduating because he performed in a gay porn film

My high school didn't say that eighteen-year-olds couldn't graduate if they had sex on their own time, did yours? Florida school bars adult student from graduating for performing in gay porn film | The Raw Story
An 18-year-old Florida high school student was prevented from graduating after classmates and school officials discovered the student had performed in a gay porno movie, the Daily Dot reported on Monday. The student, who has asked to be identified by his performing name, Noel, was suspended for 10 days and accused of causing a “campus disturbance” by administrators at Cocoa High School, who learned of his film role for the adult site SeanCody.com after other students bullied him over it. The suspension led to the student’s “automatic failure” in his classes, stopping him from graduating in June.