{FD} Berkeley ‘Free Speech Week’ set to begin amid threats of Antifa protests, speaker uncertainty

The four-day long event -- organized by a student group called Berkeley Patriot in conjunction with right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’ MILO Inc. -- has become a major concern for officials at UC-Berkeley worried about seeing more violent counter-protests, like the ones that have plagued the school this year during speeches by conservative and alt-right speakers.

{FD} UC system to shell out $300G to help with security costs for controversial speakers

In an unprecedented step, the University of California system is preparing to give at least $300,000 to help UC Berkeley pay the security costs for right-leaning controversial speakers during the campus' “Free Speech Week,” with the system's president quipping "free speech is not free."

{FD} States crack down on ‘passing the trash’ practice that protects abusive teachers

While the reasons why these teachers are allowed to continue working in classrooms after their arrests are many – school district’s contracts with teachers unions, loopholes in background checks and deficient employee training are just a few – activists and politicians have in recent years started pushing for mandates that would prohibit the practice of “passing the trash.”

{FD} Florida teacher asks students to use gender-neutral pronouns, angering parents

A Florida elementary school teacher's letter asking fifth-grade students to use gender-neutral pronouns in the classroom reportedly concerned some parents in the district, with one asking "what would your reaction be?"

{FD} Petitions calling for firing prof for provocative ‘dead cop’ tweet gain steam

Two separate online petitions calling for the firing of a New York professor who tweeted that it is a privilege to have “future dead cops” as students have gathered a total of more than 1,000 signatures so far.

{FD} California school board will allow transgender books in elementary schools

Should children in kindergarten be taught about transgender people? That’s the question at the center of a controversy that erupted in June after a transgender student at Rocklin Academy Gateway, a charter school in northern California, brought the children’s book “I Am Jazz” to school to share with classmates.

{FD} Columbia University’s military association voices ‘disappointment’ over dean’s missive

A student military association at Columbia University’s law school is disappointed by a dean’s letter last week that implied military recruiters are only welcome on campus because the school needs federal funding.

{FD} University of Virginia to remove Confederate plaques, ban open flames

The University of Virginia is removing Confederate plaques from its Rotunda, strengthening its ban on open flames and giving funds from an old KKK donation to the Charlottesville violence victims as it grapples with the Aug. 11 white supremacist march on its bucolic campus.

{FD} Columbia University law school objects to military recruiters on campus; gives credit for joining anti-Trump group

Columbia University Law School can't prevent the U.S. military from recruiting on campus, but it's welcoming them with “vociferous objection” because of President Trump’s transgender ban, the school's dean wrote in a blistering missive to students.

{FD} Antifa protests mean high security costs for Berkeley Free Speech Week, but who’s paying the bill?

While neither officials at the University of California nor the city of Berkeley have said how much they will spend on security, the number is expected to far surpass the $600,000 spent for Ben Shapiro's speech as the college town has been hit this year by a number of violent – and costly -- protests targeting conservative speakers.

{FD} New Jersey teacher barred students from citing ‘biased’ Fox News in homework, parent says

A parent of a student at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, NJ, said her son was told by a teacher to not use Fox News because it is biased and encouraged the class to use CNN and its affiliates.

{FD} Utah teacher who quizzed students on their sex lives and drug use placed on leave

A Utah high school teacher has been placed on administrative leave for assigning students a questionnaire that asked about their sex lives, whether they'd used drugs or alcohol or had abortions and scored their answers to rate them as a "nerd," ''indecent" or "hopeless and condemned," district officials said Monday.

{FD} Colleges struggle over defending or curbing free speech

Both the University of Missouri and Evergreen State College have been rocked by left-wing demonstrations, some of which administrators in both schools allowed. Now both have had to deal with falling enrollment and a decline in funds - and there are fears the situation could spread to other schools.

Black Lives Matter college course faces sharp criticism

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, a professor at San Diego State University (SDSU) has helped the school create new course for the upcoming semester that has drawn criticism for including speakers from a movement whose members have been accused of inciting violence.