Save Our Schools: National Convention Aug. 3rd to 5th in DC

More info at the Save Our Schools website: here. Save Our Schools National Convention in Washington, DC Friday, August 3, 2012 to Sunday, August 5, 2012 The SOS People’s Principles will focus on: * Overuse of high-stakes standardized testing on children * Defense of public education against privatization, vouchers, privately-run charters, and turnarounds * Opposition […]

More Than A Number: Concerned educators gather to examine standardized testing and teacher evaluations

At LIU Post, educators and community members gathered to discuss the negative impacts of the new scheme in New York to use students’ test scores directly in teacher evaluations. Previously in New York, there was a law forbidding this from happening. Though, political energy from Governor Cuomo and NY State Board of Regents Chancellor Tisch […]

LI School in national spotlight: Should students be suspended for “Tebowing”?

What happened? Two students (down from four at first) were suspended from Riverhead High School, because they kneeled in a hallway, in a stunt and/or tribute related to Tim Tebow, who kneels on the football field. Is suspension appropriate?

‘Hot, healthy lunches may be a thing of the past’ (via thegreenschoolhouseseries)

It’s no secret that public schools across America are facing enormous budget cuts, cutting programs and laying off staff to cope. But depriving students of meals? According to a Philadelphia Inquirer article (“26 Philadelphia schools losing full-service kitchens”), hot, healthy lunches may be a thing of the past: “More than 70 percent of the district’s […]

Healing Schools: Columbine and Jonesboro school massacres

KW: As noted in a story in The Guardian UK, the mother of one of the Columbine killers has released an essay with her reflections in “O”, the Oprah Winfrey magazine. The essay is by Dylan Klebold’s mother, Susan Klebold. No one from the family of Eric Harris had made public comments on the massacre […]

AP: Drinking water at many schools contains lead, pesticides, other toxins

Drinking water at schools contains lead, pesticides, other toxins: study The Associated Press / Friday, September 25th 2009 CUTLER, Calif. – Over the last decade, the drinking water at thousands of schools across the country has been found to contain unsafe levels of lead, pesticides and dozens of other toxins. An Associated Press investigation found […]

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