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Parents of children attending Fairfax County, Virginia schools are unhappy that the school board voted to allow teachers and students use of bathrooms and locker rooms of their choosing, regardless of sex. Erroneously interpreting provisions of Title IX, the Dept. of Education threatened to pull $47 million, or 1.7% of the district’s budget, in federal funding, if they did not comply. Students who call themselves “transgender” will be allowed to decide whether they are male or female, regardless of their biological makeup, and use whichever facilities they choose. (Washington Times, 5-7-15)

The Washington Post reports that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation put more than $10 million in additional funding into Common Core in the past seven months, including $3.7 million given to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to be used for public relations campaigns to counter negative reactions to the national standards. (5-12-15)

The U.S. Dept. of Education (DoE) supports curriculum that encourages students to “develop their sociopolitical awareness” by having them write letters to all involved in the Michael Brown incident in Ferguson, MO and to create a Memorial to “honor” him “and other people who have been victims of police and other violence” on classroom bulletin boards. A division of the DoE, the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for African Americans, tweeted a link to a Huffington Post article suggesting the above activities, along with further links to #HipHopEd, #FergusonSyllabus, and “social justice” organizations.

In May, police found the partially clothed 45-year-old principal of Mavericks Charter School of Palm Springs, Florida in the back seat of a car with one of her students. The female principal and the 18-year-old male student were arrested when marijuana, rolling papers, and a lighter were discovered. (NBC, 5-8-15)