After calling Trump a bully, Clinton campaign announces anti-bullying plan


Hillary Clinton is expected to outline a proposal Thursday that’s aimed at combating bullying in schools — just as her campaign releases a new ad calling Donald Trump a bully.

The new policy proposal, according to a source consulted on the plans, is dubbed “Better Than Bullying” and calls for at least $500 million in new federal funding that would go to states that agree to develop anti-bullying plans.

States could use the money to hire more school guidance counselors and social workers, as well as expand suicide prevention and mental health programs in high schools. They could also use the funding to boost social and emotional learning programs, improve teacher training, and help schools address cyberbullying.

A spokesman for the campaign declined to comment Wednesday evening.

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Do you want to talk about how underpaid teachers are?

I get paid $44,000 a year, give or take, which is actually higher than many districts in my area. 

Assume, for a moment, that my job was…just babysitting. (It’s not, of course, but let’s assume.) And Let’s assume that I’m a REALLY REALLY cheap babysitter. Let’s say I charge $5 an hour per kid. Below minimum wage. 

Let’s ASSUME that I’m only at school from 8am to 4pm. (I’m not. I’m really there from 7 to at LEAST 5, sometimes later, but we’ll assume.) So 8 hours a day, per kid. 

Let’s ASSUME that I have an average of 25 kids in my room at a time. (I don’t. Last year my largest class was 29 students. The Science teachers regularly had in the mid 30s. But we’re assuming)

Let’s say that the only days I actually get paid are days when there are children in the classroom- 180. (Not including staff development or summer training or work I do on the weekends.) 

$5 and hour X 8 hours a  day x 25 kids at a time x 180 days in a year = $180,000

If I got paid $5 per hour per kid to baby sit, I should get $180,000.

I get $44,000. 

Be nice to your teachers. 

Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner Asks Why Giving Guns Is Easier Than Giving Books

The Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by Taliban militants two years ago, stood before dignitaries, celebrities, and fellow activists from around the world to accept a Nobel Peace Prize.

“This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education,” she said in her speech.

Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist with whom Yousafzai shared the prize looked on approvingly as the his fellow newly-minted Nobel Laureate gave a speech that was poignant as well as powerful — and the 17-year-old managed to be playful too.

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s triennial international survey compared test scores from 65 countries. Happiness was ranked based on the percentage of students who agreed or disagreed with the statement “I feel happy at school.” Test scores were ranked based on the combined individual rankings of the students’ math, reading, and science scores.

Texas Student Sent Home for Wearing #BlackLivesMatter Shirt: Dean of Students Hurls Personal Attacks on Her

Harmony School for Advancement senior Fatimah Bouderdaben wanted to participate with the city-wide tribute to the recently murdered Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth by wearing a blue shirt to school last Friday, but she also wanted to remind people that the issue of police brutality was still under debate. So she inscribed her blue shirt with “Black Lives Matter” as well as the names and ages of victims like Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Bouderbaden says she was sent home from school for refusing to change out of her shirt or turn it inside out.

“Many of my friends were upset about the implications of wearing blue so I made t shirts with the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the front and the names and ages of 26 victims of police brutality on the back,” says Bouderdaben. “We were told by the administration to either cover it up / take it off or be pulled from class and sent home. My friends chose to change but I refused to because I was not breaking dress code.”

Bouderdaben, 17, said she and three other students were addressed in their first period class by Dean of Students Meredith Millspaugh about how their shirts were disrupting the school environment. According to Bouderdaben the phrase “all lives matter” was also used, a phrase frequently seen by supporters of the BLM movement as an attempt to shut down conversations about the disproportionate number of blacks that have fatal encounters with the police. A recent investigation by The Guardian showed that blacks make up 29 percent of people killed by police despite being only 13 percent of the general population. Of those killed 32 percent were unarmed.

Bouderdaben says that during her next period class, she was taken into the hall by Millspaugh, who told her she had to change or be sent home. Bouderdaben says that when she refused, Millspaugh began yelling at her until the teenager started to cry.

“She was blaming me for pretty much everything going on in the school,” says Bouderdaben. “She told me that she heard some kids were calling her a racist and that had never happened before I put on the shirt so it was my fault people were calling her that. I don’t think it was very professional of her to yell at me because of my beliefs.”

Mustafa Tameez with Outreach Strategists LLC, speaking on behalf of Harmony, says the problem with Bouderdaben’s shirt was not the “#BlackLivesMatter” painted on the front, but rather the list of dead people, mostly black men, on the back.

“We had complaints from students that are sons and daughters of law enforcement that came to the administration and they were quite upset by it,” Tameez told the Press. “They had names of African Americans that, according to them, were killed by white officers.” School administrators, Tameez confirmed, told the students to turn their shirts inside out. They’d decided the list of people who died at the hands of police was deliberately controversial and too provocative for the classroom environment, he told us.

“The issue is that if you’re coming into the school to provoke stuff and other kids are offended by it, then our policy is you can’t offend other people,” Tameez said. “We’ve got a bunch of other kids. We don’t want fights in the school. We were trying to contain and handle her as delicately as possible.”

Tameez also pointed us to the dress code section of the school’s general guidelines which states: “Garments will be free of holes, tears, inappropriate language, logos, messages or advertising.”

Bouderdaben was picked up by her mother, who was supportive of her daughter’s actions. The family is very politically active. Bouderdaben has previously attended protests, including ones against Israeli actions in Palestine and marching in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade.

The school took no further disciplinary action against Bouderdaben, and she did not receive an official reprimand. She says she’s annoyed that being sent home cost her attendance in two AP classes and a science course. Bouderdaben says Millspaugh ultimately apologized to her and her mother for any personal attacks, and said the school is looking into setting aside a day to address Black Lives Matter.

“At least that’s what they told my mom on the phone,” says Bouderdaben. “This is something I completely believe to be important. It’s hard to stand up for your beliefs, but it’s more important to speak than stay silent.” (FULL ARTICLE SOURCE)

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In which boys at Buchanan High School in California wore dresses to school – and girls wore collared shirts and button-downs – to protest a change in the dress code that would tighten gender-based clothing restrictions. 

To top it all off, no male students got in trouble for wearing dresses, whereas two girls were punished for wearing shirts that read “DRESS CODE SUCKS.” Keep up the good fight, y’all. Gender policing sucks. (via BuzzFeed)
Trans student left out of yearbook for wearing a tux

A transgender high schooler in Texas says his picture might be left out of his senior yearbook – all because he’s wearing a tuxedo.

Jeydon Loredo, a trans student, took his senior photo in a tuxedo like other guys typically do – but when school administrators found out about it, they told the photo studio to withhold the picture from the yearbook. Loredo appealed the decision to the school board with the help of HRC and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“Please allow my community to remember me,“ he said, "and to remember me the way I truly am, in the clothes that reflect me: Jeydon Laredo.”

The board met in a closed session over the matter and has yet to make a public statement about the decision on the yearbook photo.

“I’ve lived here my whole life, and I’ve grown up with the kids here,” Loredo said in a statement Wednesday. “I’ve seen those in my community go through troubles, and denying my tuxedo photo would be a way for the district to forget me and everything I’ve brought to this community. The yearbook is for the students, not the faculty or the administration. It is a way for us to remember each other.”

Are you KIDDING ME right now.
Ga. Teacher to Student: ‘Your Purpose’ Is to ‘Have Sex and Have Children Because You Ain’t Never Gonna Be Smart’: Report
Shaniaya Hunter, a junior at Green County High School, says that she had only asked a teacher a question when he became upset and embarrassed her in front of the entire class by calling her “dumb.”
By Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

Another School We ALL Need to Contact to Have this Teacher FIRED. 

Mr. Corey Stephens, Principal -
1002 South Main Street
Greensboro, Georgia 30642
Office: 706.453.2271 
Fax: 706.453.3311 

District Superintendent  
Dr. Chris Houston -
BREAKING: Obama administration will tell schools transgender students can use bathrooms of their choice
The guidance is not legally binding, but it reinforces the administration's position that it will take legal action against violators.
By Dominic Holden

Tomorrow, the Obama administration is expected to issue guidance regarding transgender students in schools. More specifically, the guidelines will tell schools they cannot discriminate against transgender students with regards to bathrooms, housing, sports teams, and many more contexts.

President Obama has been an advocate for trans students for a while, but this will likely be the most direct statement on behalf of trans students yet. 

“When a school provides sex-segregated activities and facilities, transgender students must be allowed to participate in such activities and access such facilities consistent with their gender identity,” says a copy of the letter obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The rules apply to restrooms, locker rooms, sports teams, fraternities, sororities, housing, and more.

According to the guidance, school officials cannot require that a transgender student provide identifying documents, such as a birth certificate, or undergo any form of medical validation to qualify. “There is no medical diagnosis or treatment requirement that students must meet as a prerequisite to being treated consistent with their gender identity,” says the letter to school administrators.

This. Is. Incredible. 

List of HBCU

Alabama A&M University

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Albany State University

Alcorn State University

Allen University

American Baptist College

Arkansas Baptist College

Barber-Scotia College

Benedict College

Bennett College for Women

Bethune-Cookman University

Bishop State Community College

Bluefield State College

CBowie State University

Central State University

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Claflin UniversityOrangeburg

Clark Atlanta University

Concordia College

Coppin State University

Delaware State University

Denmark Technical College

Dillard University

Edward Waters College

CElizabeth City State University

Fayetteville State University

Fisk University

Florida A&M University

Florida Memorial University

Fort Valley State University\

Grambling State University

Hampton UniversityHampton

Harris-Stowe State University

Howard UniversityWashington

Huston-Tillotson University

J.F. Drake State Technical College

Jackson State University

Jarvis Christian College

Johnson C. Smith University

Kentucky State University

Knoxville CollegeKnoxville

Lane College

Langston University

LeMoyne-Owen College

Lewis College of Business

Lincoln University - Missouri

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Livingstone College

Meharry Medical College

Miles College

Mississippi Valley State University

Morehouse College

Morehouse School of Medicine

Morgan State University

Morris Brown College

Morris CollegeSumter

Norfolk State University

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina Central University

Oakwood UniversityHuntsville

Paine College

Paul Quinn College

Philander Smith College

Prairie View A & M University

Rust College

Saint Augustine’s University

Saint Paul’s College - Virginia

Savannah State University

Selma University

Shaw University

Shorter College

South Carolina State University

Southern University & A&M College

Southern University at New Orleans

Spelman College

St. Philip’s College

Stillman College

Talladega College

Tennessee State University

Texas College

Texas Southern University

Tougaloo College

Tuskegee University

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

University of the District of Columbia

University of the Virgin Islands

Virginia State UniversityPetersburg

Virginia Union UniversityRichmond

Virginia University of Lynchburg

Voorhees College

West Virginia State University

Wilberforce University

Wiley College

Winston-Salem State University

Xavier University of Louisiana
LGBT history will be taught in California public schools
In second grade, California students will learn about families with two moms or two dads. Two years later, while studying how immigrants have shaped the Golden State, they will hear how New York native Harvey Milk became a pioneering gay politician in San Francisco.

California’s State Board of Education has unanimously approved a new classroom instruction framework to teach students about LGBT people and events in history.

This comes several years after the passage of the FAIR Education Act in California, which mandated LGBT-inclusive curriculum in public schools. That same legislation also required curriculum that taught about people with disabilities, and banned any material that deliberately puts down LGBT people or any particular religions.

The approved framework weaves references to gay Americans and events throughout the history and social science curriculum, starting in second grade through discussions about diverse families and again in fourth grade with lessons on California’s place in the gay rights movement.

The guidelines also touch on the topics in fifth and eighth grade — looking at gender roles in the 18th and 19th centuries and examples of individuals who flouted them — and throughout high school.

A capstone of sorts would come in U.S. government courses, where seniors would learn about the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and recent court cases involving bathroom access for transgender students.

I am 10000% here for this.