Buffalo schools fail kids when teaching that all White people play part in systemic racism: Rufo - Fox News

Buffalo schools have adopted a curriculum that pushes the controversial idea that all White people perpetuate systemic racism, while 80% of its students fail to reach proficiency in reading and writing, an editor said Wednesday.  City Journal editor Chris Rufo, during an appearance on "The Ingraham Angle," said the "diversity czar" of Buffalo public schools was caught on tape saying she believes that America's sickness leads some White people to believe Black people are less than human.  One of the district's instructional materials also includes the assertion that "all White people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism." He said the narrative of system racism has also spread to schools across the country, which shifts attention away from "their own abysmal failure to educate kids." BUFFALO'S SCHOOL DISTRICT TELLS STUDENTS THAT 'ALL WHITE PEOPLE PLAY A PART IN PERPETUATING SYSTEMIC RACISM' "Woke academics and

A look at some of Ohio’s law schools - Cleveland Jewish News

A look at some of Ohio’s law schools - Cleveland Jewish News

A look at some of Ohio’s law schools - Cleveland Jewish News

Posted: 01 Feb 2021 07:00 AM PST

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University

1801 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

Dean: Lee Fisher, Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law

Enrollment in 2020-21: 481

Student-faculty ratio: 6:1

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What makes your law school different from others?

  • Because of our deep, historic connection to the community, students have the opportunity to engage in hands-on, real life legal work.
  • We prepare students to make a difference in the world and to become not only successful professionals, but also leaders, change makers and advocates of justice.
  • 24-point increase in U.S. News national rankings, second-largest increase of any law school in the nation
  • Nationally ranked in 11 specialty areas
  • Top-ranked public law school in Northeast Ohio
  • Consistently high bar passage and employment rates
  • Nationally recognized leadership and law program
  • Nationally recognized centers for: cybersecurity and privacy protection; global space law; health law and policy; and criminal justice
  • Named a top law school for health law and business law by PreLaw Magazine
  • Named a best value law school by PreLaw Magazine

How has COVID-19 impacted your law school?

  • We quickly transitioned to a blend of online, hybrid learning and in-person learning. All students have been given the option to learn remotely even if a course is taught in-person
  • We created a student emergency assistance fund to assist students in financial need as well as a wellness fund to promote and support the well-being of all our students, staff and faculty
  • We focused on the overall well-being of our students, from offering increased support through our academic success program to socially-distanced fun activities and emailed care packages and messages of support from faculty

What should a prospective student know about your law school?

  • We are a school that fosters a collaborative, student-centered culture with strong emphasis on academic support and faculty access
  • We are an iconic law school that was the first Ohio law school to admit women and one of the first in the country to admit minorities
  • Our graduates include three current Ohio Supreme Court justices, including the chief justice; the new U.S. secretary of housing and urban development; the mayor of Cleveland, the president of Cleveland City Council, and the Cuyahoga County prosecutor
  • We have a strong ethos of social justice. Our mission is: Learn law. Live justice.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

11075 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106

Co-Deans: Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf

Enrollment in 2020-21: 412

Student-faculty ratio: 6:1

What makes your law school different from others?

  • Established 128 years ago, CWRU School of Law is a national law school where more than 60% of the students are from out of state and more than 60% of the alumni live outside of Ohio.
  • Faculty is ranked 30th best in the nation in scholarly impact, its graduates have the highest first time bar pass rate in the state of Ohio,
  • Ranked as a best law school in nine specialty areas according to PreLaw Magazine.
Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf

Michael Scharf and Jessica Berg

How has COVID-19 impacted your law school?

  • During the pandemic, CWRU School of Law transitioned to a hybrid model, where students may elect to take all classes remotely, while some classes are offered in-person consistent with testing, distancing and face mask requirements. CWRU has continued to offer its hallmark experiential programs both remotely and in-person.

What should a prospective student know about your law school?

  • Ranked ninth in the nation in practical training, CWRU School of Law is a national leader in experiential education, where students get to work with clients during all three years including an intensive capstone clinic or externship experience in their third year.
  • With its scholarships and placements, CWRU School of Law has the second-best debt-to-income ratio of any Ohio law school.
  • And with its small class size, CWRU School of Law has the feel of a small college with the curricular and extracurricular breadth of a national law school.

Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law

Tilton Hall of Law

415 S. Gilbert St., Ada, OH 45810

Dean: Charles H. Rose III

Enrollment in 2020-21: 148

Student-Faculty Ratio: 6:1

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What makes your law school different from others?

ONU Law is truly student-centered, providing the best environment for the transformative magic of becoming a lawyer. We feed the mind, the body and the spirit by relentlessly focusing on supporting our students throughout the educational process. We have updated classrooms, created online materials and come through the pandemic a better place to learn.

How has COVID-19 impacted your law school?

We find the excellence residing within each student, empowering them to create their own pathway to not only success, but significance in the law. Our history and location allows us to focus on the student experience, both now and during the time of COVID-19. Every decision at ONU ensures our students not only survive, but thrive, even during times such as these. We are excited for the future, from here you truly can go anywhere.

Opinion: School choice is key to success for Missouri students - The Missouri Times

Posted: 01 Feb 2021 12:25 PM PST


Full-time online learning has been a godsend to my family, but it wasn't smooth sailing getting in. Our school district placed as many hurdles as possible in front of us before we were able to make the move that turned my daughter's life around. One of the scariest things is: I know our story isn't unique. I know there have to be hundreds of families in Missouri dealing with the same issues and many more not aware that there's a better alternative out there for them.

Before enrolling in the Missouri Virtual Academy, my daughter struggled for two years with bullying thanks to her peers and teachers at her previous brick and mortar public school.

When we made the decision to enroll her in a full-time online public school, we encountered even more bullying; this time at the hands of our local school district officials. Multiple meetings occurred with the superintendent, school officials, and others in attempts to keep us from accessing a right granted to us by Missouri law.

Only when threatened with legal intervention did these school board officials acquiesce. I finally was able to move my daughter out of the brick and mortar school where she'd faced so much pain and mental anguish.

Since beginning her online schooling experience, she has more than made up for the hindrances and roadblocks put in her way. She graduated from high school early and is preparing to take online college courses and pursue a degree in psychology.

I have since enrolled my son in MOVA and have been encouraging other friends and families to enroll their children as well — many of whom weren't previously aware this was even an option for their children.

Schools cannot and should not be bullying students and their parents for wanting an education that works for their unique needs. Success should be accessed by everyone, not just those with a preferential zip code or the money for a high-end private school.

Be your child's best advocate, demand access to the best school options possible, and demand Missouri public schools follow the letter of the law.

They don't get credit, but a California nonprofit's threat forced Wisconsin jury instructions to become public - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Posted: 01 Feb 2021 06:03 AM PST

Petition to remove Utah school board member cites comments about LGBTQ students, Black Lives Matter - Salt Lake Tribune

Posted: 01 Feb 2021 08:44 PM PST

Some Utah parents and teachers are calling for the removal of a conservative state school board member for posting comments they consider racist, homophobic and uniformed.
In one of the Facebook posts they point to, Natalie Cline calls LGBTQ students "gender-confused." In another, she says educators were learning how to "indoctrinate your children" at a conference this month at the Utah Pride Center about accepting all identities in the classroom.
She also referred to the Black Lives Matter movement as "indoctrination." And she suggests that schools are teaching race theory that tells white students they are all biased and always "wrong." In a comment on Jan. 4, Cline added, "We cannot let it in. Not an inch."
Upset community members have started an online petition to oust Cline from her position influencing policies for K-12 education. After launching Sunday morning, it now has more than 4,000 signatures.
"Remove her so parents will know that their child is safe and accepted in all public Utah schools," the petition says, encouraging supporters to write in to the Utah State Board of Education and to state lawmakers.
Since then, the Utah Pride Center, Equality Utah, the Black Lives Matter chapter for the state, and the NAACP branch for Salt Lake City have all spoken out against Cline's remarks.
Cline, a far-right Republican and registered nurse who was elected in November in the first partisan school board elections in the state, took her seat on Jan. 6 and has been in office for less than a month. Her campaign included similar comments.
She did not return messages from The Salt Lake Tribune on Monday. But she later posted on her Facebook page that she was "the latest target of the mob."
Cline said her followers should also write to the school board to defend her and their shared beliefs.
"Let them know that parents want neutral academics taught in class, not social engineering and indoctrination. Let them know that because there is so very much controversy in society surrounding these very issues that that is all the more reason to leave the teaching of values, beliefs, and dispositions to the parents — not teachers," she wrote.
The post concludes with her pleading them to tell the rest of the school board members "to back me up rather than catering to the mob" that wants her removed.
But the school board actually doesn't have that power.

'No legal authority'

The onslaught of messages from both sides led the Utah Board of Education's leadership to issue a statement Monday — a rare step for the public body that includes 15 members. In it, they note that they have "no legal authority" to remove Cline from office.
Instead, board Chair Mark Huntsman and Vice Chairs Laura Belnap and Cindy Davis note that as elected officials, school board members can only be removed by impeachment.
That would require the Utah House to draw up articles against Cline and would require, by law, that she had committed "high crimes, misdemeanors or malfeasance in office." None of those applies here. She would then have to be tried in the state Senate.
"That's beyond our reach," said the board's spokesperson, Mark Peterson.
The state also does not have an election recall law. So there's no process for voters to remove her that way.
The only other way Cline would lose her seat, the board leadership says, is through her "resignation of the seat before the fulfillment of a four year term, or through the regular election process when a board member's term has ended."
She won this November, though, with overwhelming support, beating out an unaffiliated candidate by a margin of 38 percentage points to represent District 11, which includes pieces of both Salt Lake County — primarily Sandy, South Jordan and Herriman — as well as part of western Utah County.
Peterson said it's possible the issue comes up at the board's Thursday meeting. There, the board can choose to censure Cline or vote to formally disapprove of her comments. That's the most immediate action possible.
Until then, the leadership said: "We respect and encourage the involvement of our constituents statewide, including all of our valued stakeholders. We will continue to work hard to represent all of our respective communities, and we remain committed to our duties of providing strategic vision and direction for Utah's education system, while enabling local flexibility and accountability."

Posts about the LGBTQ community

Cline's views on the LGBTQ community have caused a lot of the recent pushback — though it's something that came up regularly during her campaign. In a public debate, Cline said she was running for state school board specifically to protect the "natural family," which she defines as a mother and father — not an LGBTQ partnership. And it was also on her candidate website.
Her biography for the GOP convention noted, too, that she has lobbied for Family Watch International. That organization is identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for promoting "anti-LGBT pseudoscience that includes the falsehood that homosexuality is a mental disorder derived from childhood trauma, and that so-called 'conversion therapy' can effectively eliminate same-sex attraction."
She's continued to post on the topic on her public Facebook account, "Natalie J Cline - State School Board District 11," since she was elected. And that's where parents and teachers came across her remarks and what led them to create the petition.
Sandra, the educator who launched the campaign, is identified only by her first name on the petition. In an interview, she said she fears losing her job and asked for her surname to not be published.
She said she is worried about the effect Cline's comments could have, in particular, on LGBT students. If Cline can't be removed, she said, she would like to see the board order Cline undergo ethics training.
Last week, Cline posted about a conference held by the Utah Pride Center on Jan. 22 and 23, for teachers and students to talk about the best ways to create a welcoming, inclusive environment for those in the LGBTQ community.
"They are after your children's hearts and minds," Cline wrote. "This presentation will make you soul sick."
In a later post, she also said attendees were told "how to fully indoctrinate your children into the LGBTQ ideology including important strategies and tactics to deal with parents who oppose!"
Utah Pride Center Executive Director Rob Moolman said that was not the purpose of the conference and challenged Cline's characterization.
"Our goal is not to indoctrinate anyone, but to shed some light on the situation queer youth are experiencing at school, then allow educators, administrators and even elected officials the opportunity to make decisions based on that information," he said.
Moolman added that there were workshops on suicide prevention, self-love, identity and how to include LGBTQ representation in the classroom, which can be just one book sitting on the shelf with a gay character. A teacher having a small rainbow flag or sticker, for instance, could also alert students that they're in a safe space without anyone saying anything out loud, he said. Overall, the point is to help students achieve and feel like they can attend class, he added.
He said he feels Cline's comments prove "why a place like the Pride Center still has to exist in Utah."
"There's a sense of disappointment that a Utah State Board of Education member espouses these positions," he added.
Moolman provided records that show Cline, using the email address that appears on her state candidate filing form, registered to attend the conference.
The director said he doesn't know how much of the event that she heard, but said he's happy to talk to her one-on-one about anything she'd like to learn more about. He also sent Cline a letter Monday inviting her and the entire state school board to visit the Utah Pride Center. And he asked that Cline remove her social media posts until they can meet to discuss them.
"We believe that these comments are doing untold and unintended damage to queer youth and teachers in schools and in your district," the letter notes.
Moolman is a former teacher who said when he taught he was "too scared to be out." And it was worse when he was a student, he said, describing himself as the "little queer kid sitting in the classroom" with no one to talk to.
He said students can't be told to leave their identity at the door. For many, a school is the only place they feel they can be themselves, he said.
Chris Jensen, the chair of the board over the Utah Pride Center, added: "Those scars when you're a young queer kid and you hear this stuff from people who are above you and supposed to care, they inflict a lot of harm on you."
Troy Williams, the executive director of Equality Utah, said state leaders — including Utah Gov. Spencer Cox — have talked openly about the need to be accepting of the LGBTQ community. And the state has worked over the past five years to get rid of discriminatory curriculum in schools, including the "no-promo homo" law where teachers were banned from mentioning positive LGBTQ relationships.
Cline, he said, "wants to take Utah back to the 1950s and no one is interested."

Teaching about race

In one post, Cline includes photos that she said she was sent of a Provo classroom where the teacher has colorful art pinned to the walls. One is a rainbow illustration of the Statue of Liberty. Another says, "A woman's place is in the revolution."
Cline describes it as "propaganda everywhere." And she focuses a one poster on the door that promises that the classroom will welcome, among others, "All cultures. All colors." She uses it as a jumping off point to encourage parents to get involved in what is taught in the classroom. And what she says doesn't belong: discussion on culture, ethnicity and race theory.
In a Jan. 4 post, Cline says teaching about race theory is "damaging." On Jan. 5, she says it's unfair because she believes all white students are being accused of having "conscious or unconscious biases." She also shares in support a letter from the Utah Fraternal Order of Police that's advocating against teachers wearing Black Lives Matter paraphernalia.
Cline later warns, too, against school districts hiring equity directors because they will only "search out racism, inequity, and exclusivity within the school" so they can keep their jobs. That, she says, "exacerbates the problem of racism in schools." Instead, she proposes districts employing a "Unity Solutions Officer."
Jeanetta Williams, the president of the Salt Lake City branch of the NAACP, challenged Cline's view. Teaching about race, she said, is vital for students to learn about what has happened and what challenges still exist for people of color — including what prompted the protests across the United States last summer.
"If you go to learn history, you need to learn all of it," Williams said.
She also said the state curriculum does not include telling students they are prejudiced. And she believes equity directors do crucial work in focusing on how districts can improve and help students of color, who are typically marginalized.
Williams urged Cline to use her platform with the state school board to help those efforts.
Meanwhile, the Black Lives Matter chapter for Utah started its own campaign, urging members to call the board and join in with the petition for Cline's removal.
"She is posting white supremacist rhetoric, as well as homophobic and transphobic rhetoric," a post on the chapter's Facebook page said.

Some support

Although the comment sections on Cline's social media were flooded by people pushing back against her, several parents and teachers also jumped in to defend the school board member and her positions.
One woman wrote: "Thank you for this warning. I appreciate knowing about it." Another said, "Sorry you are taking so much heat but you are needed."
Joel Wright, a former conservative member of the Utah school board, added on Twitter: "Elections matter. Petitions don't."
In a later comment responding to her own Facebook post, Cline said she stands by her statements and posts.
"I will not give them any ground," she wrote. "I have nothing to apologize for. This is a free country. We can have different beliefs and have a God given right to express those beliefs in the public square. That's okay. What is not okay is trying to destroy other people simply because they believe differently and express those beliefs.


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