Guv cand Hawkins (G-NY) Blasts Cuomo and Duffy for Attacks on Unions, Schools

The only way that the Green Party can regain ballot status in NY is to get 50,000 votes for their Governor candidate in 2010. This opportunity comes only once every four years, and it only applies to the Governor’s race. Gaining ballot status will enable the Green Party to run more peace candidates, more single-payer […]

Read when you have courage: Too many shootings and deaths

What should be done about all of these shootings and deaths?

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 […]

Random thoughts on Obama’s school speech

The full text of the speech, as released by the White House previously, is: here. Kimberly writes: In my house, we are just not amused by status quo politicians. So, I tried not have a lot of hot feelings either way about Obama making a speech for school children, or the right wing response to […]

Police officer tasers high school student in cellphone incident

Law professor and blogger Jonathan Turley gives excellent coverage of this story, including links to similar incidents. Very worth going to his post. (excerpt from) the blog of Constitutional Law Professor Jonathan Turley Can You Hear Me Now? Police Officer Tasers High School Student In Dispute Over Use of Cellphone Published June 5, 2009 A […]

Long Island: School budget vote/board elections

2012 Update Current election results for May 2012: See onthewilderside post: here. ________________________________________________________________ Post with info and links on 2010 Long Island school district votes: Wed. May 20, 2009 update: Full LI school district results at Newsday: here Full Results for North Babylon School District are: here Today, Tuesday, May 19, 2009, is the […]

Local Theater: “Theater Games”, a play set in high school

This play was recommended to me by Charlotte Koons, The Peace Crone. She has very good taste! Theater Games is being performed at the Islip Pavilion on Thursday- Saturday, September 18, 19, 20.  At $15, $20, $25 a ticket it is well worth seeing. Especially anyone who has ever set foot in a classroom!  I’m […]

Democratic Schools in NY/NJ

The list of schools at the jump comes from AERO, Alternative Education Resource Organization. The schools operate in the style of democratic education. The AERO web-site describes Democratic Education:

Smithtown Schools (Suffolk County) Goes Solar!

From Newsday: (excerpt) Smithtown schools to get $6M for energy conservation BY STACEY ALTHERR 7:43 PM EDT, September 6, 2008 Smithtown’s school board has approved a $6-million energy conservation project that includes what is being touted as the largest combined solar panel installation at any Long Island school district.

Chicago School Strike: (Called off with promise of meeting-2008)

2012 Update: Chicago Teachers Strike begins on September 10, 2012 Story at Chicago Tribune: here. ____________________ 2008 story: Organizers call off 2-day Chicago school boycott By JENNY SONG CHICAGO (AP) — Organizers called off a boycott of Chicago Public Schools Wednesday, saying they want students to return to class and for Gov. Rod Blagojevich to […]

Chicago School Boycott: Making It Plain That Poor Kids Deserve A Good Education

KW: I am so proud of the students and parents in Chicago who are just making it real. These students know that they deserve as good an education as wealthier kids. And, they figured out where to go to apply. I think that this action of having the poor kids go to register at the […]

Great Action: Kids from poor city schools go to apply to the affluent schools

Someone should do this here. A state legislator in Chicago thought of this action for the first day of school. Powerful! Chicago Tribune Chicago School Boycott Participants Headed for Northfield (excerpt) By Tara Malone Hundreds of Chicago Public Schools students are expected to skip the first day of classes Tuesday and instead board buses to […]