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California Teen Slays Calculus Exam, Leaves World Speechless

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If you thought the bar was high to get good grades in school, Cedrick Arguetta just raised it way high, like WAY high.

He’s a half Salvadorean, half Filipino 17-year-old from Abraham Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights who was one of 12 students in the world to get a perfect score on his AP Calculus exam. A PERFECT SCORE.

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But his calculus smarts didn’t come overnight. “Leading up to the exam we spent about two or three hours every day after school,” he said. That’s like two to three hours too much for us, the mathematically challenged.

And listen to this, he also got a perfect score in the English and math sections of the ACT, a college entrance exam. With that kind of intelligence, we doubt he’ll have a hard time getting into his prefered college, Caltech or getting his dream job at NASA.

Read more about Cendrick Arguetta from KTLA here.

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This Texas Teacher Thought She Was Private Messaging Trump About ‘Illegal’ Students And It Got Her Fired And People Are Laughing Way Out Loud

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This Texas Teacher Thought She Was Private Messaging Trump About ‘Illegal’ Students And It Got Her Fired And People Are Laughing Way Out Loud

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Georgia Clark allegedly thought she was sending private tweets directly to President Trump. The educator was trying to alert the president to what she perceived as a take over by “illegal” students in her school district. Now, the teacher with enough time to tweet about students she didn’t like has more time to tweet after being fired for her unsavory social media activity.

Georgia Clark, a former English teacher at Amon Carter-Riverside High School, has been fired following inappropriate tweets.

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Clark sent a series of tweets to President Trump asking for help in removing “illegal” students from the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD). According to Clark, FWISD is “loaded with illegal students from Mexico” with the high school she teaches in being “taken over by them.” She insinuated that the presence of these students led to drug dealers moving unimpeded on the campus.

News of her termination is being met with approval from the national community.

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According to NBC News, Clark’s tweets first started to get attention last week and she deleted her Twitter account on May 29 trying to hide the tweets. However, at that time, the school district had become aware of her tweets and she was placed on administrative leave.

The FWISD held a special board meeting to vote on Clark’s employment and her termination was a unanimous decision.

The 8-0 vote cemented Clark’s fate in the educational system of Fort Worth. According to The New York Times, all of the attendees who chose to speak at the special meeting spoke against Clark. There were no meeting attendees that defended Clark and her inappropriate tweets. Clark’s supporters appear to all be online behind screens and keyboards.

This is not the first time Clark has been in trouble with the school system because of her racist language.

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School records show that the educator used racist terminology against students of color in her classrooms since 2013. The teacher, who has been teaching in the district since 1998, once separated the students in her class by race seating Mexican students on one side and Black and white students on the other. She then reportedly said the Mexican students were Mexico and the white and Black students were America.

Most people who have seen the story as holding firm that she should be barred from teaching.

Clark is reportedly seeking a hearing from the Texas Education Agency since she thought her tweets were private messages. We’ll update you as this story develops.

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Plot TWIST: Cafeteria Lady Who Allegedly Gave a Free Meal to a Hungry Child Was Actually Giving Him Special Treatment Because He Was ‘Popular’

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Plot TWIST: Cafeteria Lady Who Allegedly Gave a Free Meal to a Hungry Child Was Actually Giving Him Special Treatment Because He Was ‘Popular’

In a surprising twist to the viral story about the cafeteria lady who was fired for giving a student a free meal, the catering company that serves the Mascoma Valley school district revealed that the student in question had actually not been charged for meals in three months.

On March 28th, Bonnie Kimball was fired from her job as a cafeteria worker because she allegedly gave a student $8 worth of free food when he was low on funds.

According to a report by Union Leader, Bonnie Kimball, the cafeteria lady at the center of the scandal, claimed she had been giving the boy food for free because he was a “popular jock”.

According to Café Services, Inc, it is district policy that “every student in the lunch line gets lunch” and “now that there is a change in staff, this student’s account shows regular activity”, when in the three months previous, the account had showed no transactions. “This employee was dishonest and was let go for not following procedures,” said Brian Stone, President of Fresh Picks Cafe.

The story gained traction and international attention when celebrity chef José Andrés tweeted out his support of Kimball and offered her a job in his charity organization, World Central Kitchen.

At the time, the backlash to Kimball’s termination was so widespread and severe that the school district apologized and offered Kimball her job back.

“It is our goal to do right by our families, community, students and employees,” Superintendent Amanda Isabelle said at the time. “The events of these past few weeks and the feedback I have received from parents has given me considerable pause.”

But as more evidence came to light on the cafeteria worker’s motivations, the situation appears to be more complicated.

According to a statement by Fresh Picks, the catering company under contract with the Mascoma Valley school district, Kimball was initially dishonest about charging the boy as well as the amount of funds in the boy’s account.

“The employee told the manager that she charged the student’s account for the lunch,” said Stone in a recorded statement. “But, the manager later confirmed there were no charges on the account. So, what the employee said was not true.”

Additionally, the mother of the 17-year-old boy says that Kimball has been privately messaging her son on Facebook.

The mother of the 17-year-old male student has revealed to the press that Kimball has been messaging her son on Facebook in order to orchestrate what appears to be a cover-up. According to the message, Kimball told the boy to load money to his card for the next day because she knew her manager would be watching her.

“We will prolly [sic] get written up, but we can make it look good. Lol,” Kimball allegedly wrote to the teen through Facebook messages.

“What kind of an adult says that to a child?,” said the boy’s mother to the Union Leader.

The mother of the 17-year-old student also wanted to clarify the false reports that her child was too poor to afford lunch or was “going hungry”.

“I have three children, and they are all well-cared for and well-fed”, she said. “She did not get fired for feeding a hungry child”.

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