Strauss: Texts of exchange between Catholic educators in war of words over $1 million Koch gift to university
Catholic educators are feuding over a $1 million gift that the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers have given to Catholic University in Washington D.C.
A tough letter, signed by 50 Catholic educators from across the country, says Catholic University should not have accepted a $1 million gift from the the right-wing Koch Brothers because they support “anti-government, Tea Party ideology” that “directly contradict Catholic teaching on a range of moral issues,” and that outsiders may think the school agrees with the Kochs. Catholic University officials issued a response that slammed the letter, calling it “an effort to manufacture controversy and score political points at the expense” of the school.Read full article >>
Following a petition drive that garnered more than 160,000 signatures, a Florida school district will rename a high school whose current name commemorates a Confederate general and the first “grand wizard” of the Ku Klux Klan.Read full article >>
Federal investigators are looking into whether former leaders of the District’s Options Public Charter School committed Medicaid fraud by, among other things, exaggerating the needs of its disabled students and paying students with gift cards to ride school buses, according to several people familiar with the criminal investigation.Read full article >>
Forecasts for snow in Montgomery County often mean a bit of “cyberpleading” — e-mails or tweets that vigorously urge officials to close schools for the day.
That happened during last week’s winter-like weather, but a number of messages to Superintendent Joshua P. Starr did more to offend than persuade. Some used racial epithets. Some used curse words. One threatened to slash Starr’s tires. A few messages mentioned Starr’s family in inappropriate ways, he said.Read full article >>
A Fairfax County elementary school principal will resign her post on Jan. 1 after mounting concerns from parents and staff this fall involving teacher morale and turnover.
Barbara Leibbrandt will retire after 29 years with the school system, including the last four at Fort Hunt in Alexandria, assistant superintendent Deborah L. Tyler announced Monday.Read full article >>
Academic institutions generally promote the free expression of idea and unfettered cooperation among scholars and schools. But the membership of the American Studies Association, the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history, has voted to back an academic boycott of Israeli universities.Read full article >>