When Black Hair Violates The Dress Code

For wearing their hair in braids, two teenagers were threatened with suspension at their charter school. Similar incidents show that strict dress codes can punish students for their racial identity.

…According to Colleen Cook, administrators at Mystic Valley have routinely reprimanded black students for dress code violations involving hair.

Other black girls have been pulled out of class, she says, lined up, asked if they had hair extensions and given detention if they did.

Colleen remembers when one student, who wore her hair in its natural texture, was taken out of class and told that she would need to relax, or chemically straighten, her hair before returning to school the next day.

In defense of their daughters, the Cooks brought in a yearbook to show school leaders the many white female students with hair extensions and dyed hair.

But, the Cooks say, the administration didn’t see that those students were in violation of the dress code, stating those hair alterations weren’t as obvious.

…”I feel like the school is pushing us to raise them as white children, but that’s not who they are or who they’re going to be.”

When Black Hair Violates The Dress Code : NPR Ed : NPR

Criminalizing being black starts at an early age. I hope the Cooks sue the school into stone age. If the school system insists on disrupting the education of young people who happen to be black, then in all fairness everyone else’s education needs to be disrupted as well.

Teacher at Mormon University Loses Job Over Pro-LGBT Facebook Post 

Ruthie Robertson, an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho, refused to retract her supportive Pride Month post.

…She mentioned that the Bible’s book of Leviticus, which has verses often used to condemn homosexuality, also prohibits the wearing of garments made from two kinds of fabric, and teaches that women are unclean during their menstrual periods and for a time after childbirth.

“None of this is archaic, sexist, or totally illogical at all though, right?” Robertson wrote. “God commanded these things, so we need to make sure we make these into policies as well! What I’m trying convey is that we like to pick and choose from the scriptures, and if we choose to use the Old Testament as a defense for condemning homosexuality … there’s a whole lot more we need to be condemning as well.”

“This is my official announcement and declaration that I believe heterosexuality and homosexuality are both natural and neither is sinful,” she continued. “I will never support the phrase ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ because that ‘sin’ is part of who that person is. Homosexuality and transgenderism are not sins; if God made us, and those are part of who we are then God created that as well.”

Robertson, a lifelong Mormon and BYUI alum, added that the LDS Church has changed policies on other issues, so she hopes it will someday change its approach to LGBT people. “I will always and forever stand up for the equality of the LGBT community,” she concluded. “Sexuality and gender are not binary, they are on a spectrum and that’s how we were made. Stand up for humanity, love people because of who they are … not despite who they are. Trump can break the tradition of June being LGBT pride month, but I’m still going to celebrate it … this month and every month to follow. #LGBTPrideMonth.”

Teacher at Mormon University Loses Job Over Pro-LGBT Facebook Post | Advocate.com

Good on ya, Professor. They can fire you but they shouldn’t be able to make you deny what is in your heart. Sounds like another university or college would do well to scoop you up.

DeVos Sympathizes with the Accused and Not the Victims in Campus Rape Policies 

Ms. Jackson represented sexual assault victims as a private lawyer before joining the Education Department. She is best known for her involvement in attacks against Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign, when she elevated women who had accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault or harassment, while denouncing women who accused Mr. Trump of such behavior.

…Catherine E. Lhamon, who led the Education Department’s civil rights office from August 2013 through December 2016, called Ms. Jackson’s claims that investigators were told to fish for violations “patently, demonstrably untrue.” For the department to distinguish between violent and nonviolent assaults in investigations, she added, “portrays a profound misunderstanding of Title IX.”
Ms. Lhamon said investigations under her tenure turned up “jaw-dropping degrees of noncompliance” with sexual assault law.

Well, duh! She works for the pussy grabbing cheeto, of course she is ont he side of rapists and not victims.

Shan S. Tsutsui | Farm to School Initiative

Across the nation, farm to school programs are reconnecting students to a better understanding of the food system and where their food comes from. Farm to school programs introduce students to healthier eating habits and help them become familiar with new vegetables and fruits that they and their families will then be more willing to incorporate into their own diets.

The goal of the Farm to School Initiative is to address the supply and demand issues surrounding the purchasing of local food for our State school cafeterias. The Initiative also aims to systematically increase State purchasing of local food for our school menus as well as connect our keiki* with the aina* through their food, using products from the local agricultural community.

Shan S. Tsutsui | Farm to School Initiative

Very cool.

*Hawaiian translation for all you mainlanders*
keiki = children
aina = land

Asked About Discrimination, Betsy DeVos Stuck To A Talking Point So Much She Sounds Developmentally Delayed

“Senator, I said it before and I’ll say it again, that schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law,” DeVos replied.

Later in the hearing, when Democrat Jack Reed of Rhode Island picked up the anti-discrimination thread, DeVos repeated the answer eight more times. At one point Reed, exasperated, asked: “But what does that mean?”

Now that’s a good question.

…In short, when DeVos says, “Any institution receiving federal funding is required to follow federal law,” it’s important to know that that law offers limited protections for LGBTQ students and an exemption for many schools.

Asked About Discrimination, Betsy DeVos Said This 14 Times : NPR Ed : NPR

Sigh…

7th-grader gets ‘Most Likely to Become a Terrorist’ Award

Another student was named “Most likely to blend in with white people.”

According to a similar statement from the Channelview School District, “the teacher involved in this matter have been disciplined according to district policy. and the incident is still under investigation.”

Easton says this isn’t the first thing the teacher has done that has raised eyebrows. Before this incident, the teacher, who is black, gave Easton’s sister “a ‘black quiz’ to prove how black she was.”

The students who received the “awards” were enrolled in AVID, an advanced learning and college prep program.

“This is a reprehensible action of a single teacher that does not in any way reflect the AVID values, or the values of the thousands of AVID teachers across the US who impact our students daily,” AVID CEO Sandy Husk said in a statement.

: 7th-grader gets ‘Most Likely to Become a Terrorist’ Award – CNN.com

Whoa!