A gunman and one victim are dead at an Oregon high school Tuesday, marking the 74th shooting since Adam Lanza opened fire on a first grade classroom in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, just a year-and-a-half ago.
An unidentified gunman armed with a rifle entered Reynolds High School, in the Portland suburb of in Troutdale, around 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday, while classes were in session. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the gunman had been killed, but did not state how he had died.
Beyond the male student who was killed, a teacher, believed to be physical education teacher Todd Rispler, was also wounded, stated KGW. One student also told KGW that after hearing two gunshots, he saw the gunman chase Rispler down the hall. Rispler said his hip was grazed but that he would be fine. more >>
The most controversial issue in education today is clearly Common Core. It's being more hotly debated than bullying, zero tolerance, sex ed, abortion or even school lunches.
Common Core is the title of a new set of standards the Obama administration has been trying to force the states to use. Even before the standards were written, 45 states and the District of Columbia signed on, encouraged by inducements of federal funds. The principal outliers are Texas, Alaska, Nebraska and Virginia.
Now that parents and teachers are finding out what is commanded by Common Core State Standards and what is being taught by "Common Core-aligned" materials, moms and teachers are raising a ruckus, trying to get their respective states to repeal their involvement. Many are demanding that their state withdraw altogether from Common Core, principally because they believe it is a takeover by the Obama administration of all that kids are taught and not taught. more >>
In a testy exchange with a Washington Post reporter, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said there is no self-interest related to his funding of Common Core and the recent announcement that Common Core materials will be placed on Microsoft tablets for use in public schools. The $230 million his foundation spent on promoting Common Core was a "rounding error" in overall education spending, he added.
Gates was asked about the connection in a nearly 30 minute video interview with The Washington Post's Lyndsey Layton. The interview was recorded on March 14 and published Saturday along with an article, "How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution."
When Layton asked Gates about the connection between his funding for Common Core and the February announcement that Microsoft would load Common Core classroom material by the education company Pearson onto its tablets, Gates appeared offended that she would ask the question. more >>
After nine girls got pregnant this school year, Oregon's Gervais School District unanimously decided to start issuing condoms to students starting in the sixth grade, but parents are divided over the new policy.
District Superintendent Rick Hensel told the Statesman Journal that he had been weighing the decision for about a year now after a group of nursing interns from Oregon Health & Science University presented a study highlighting that 5 percent of the girls in grades six through 12 had become pregnant in the last school year.
"The decision was made to allow some specified teachers to have condoms that they could distribute after a discussion with the student," said Hensel, who pointed out that nine girls got pregnant in the school district this year. more >>
The student hailed as a hero after he tackled a man who opened fire at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, addressed the public for the first time since the incident, saying that God had allowed him to see the humanity in the shooter as he disarmed him.
"When I came face-to-face with the attacker, God gave me the eyes to see that he was not a faceless monster, but a very sad and troubled young man," Jon Meis said in a statement on Monday. "While I cannot at this time find it within me to forgive his crime, I truly desire that he will find the grace of God and the forgiveness of our community."
Meis, a 22-year-old engineering student at SPU who served as a volunteer building monitor in Otto Miller Hall, was sitting behind a desk in the building's lobby when the suspect entered carrying a shotgun and a knife around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Meis reportedly shot pepper spray at the suspected shooter Aaron Ybarra, 26, before tackling the gunman to the ground while he was reloading his shotgun. more >>
Eugene Cho, the Washington-based pastor of Quest Church, revealed Friday that the Seattle Pacific University student shot and killed last Thursday, Paul Lee, had attended his church.
"I remember meeting him once. I don't remember much about our chat," wrote Cho on his blog. "I just remembered his overly wide infectious smile. I don't really know much about him but his friends speak the world about him. They speak of his humor, smiles, energy, goofiness, and his faith in Christ."