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23 Teacher Positions Eliminated
by Bill Johnson
March 3, 2010
San Andreas, CA -- A budget shortfall of approximately $2 million is the reason at least 23 teachers will lose their jobs next year in the Calaveras Unified School District.
Seven of the teachers that we stand to lose graduated from Calaveras High School. It makes it even more painful and heartbreaking to see them go. Layoff notices were also given to two Calaveras High School vice-principals but that number may be reduced upon further study.
26 States DON'T Tie Teacher Evaluations To Student Progress, 39 DO Give Automatic Tenure
by Inez Feltscher
September 26, 2012
As everyone who's ever attended school or had a child in school knows, teachers are important; a good one can have positive effects that resonate throughout a student's life, while a bad one can leave you happily dishing with former classmates for years.
Teachers have been in the news recently too, as the Chicago teachers' union strikes against flat salaries, evaluations and testing. Just how are the country's teachers hired, evaluated and paid? The answers might surprise you, especially if you work in the private sector. According to the National Council on Teacher Quality, only 24 states tie teacher evaluations in any way to concrete signs of student progress. That means that in over half the states, teachers are not held responsible for the actual, measurable progress of their students.
270,000 Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto
by Danielle Magnuson
July 31, 2011
More than 270,000 organic farmers are taking on corporate agriculture giant Monsanto in a lawsuit filed March 30.
Led by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, the family farmers are fighting for the right to keep a portion of the world food supply organic - and preemptively protecting themselves from accusations of stealing genetically modified seeds that drift on to their pristine crop fields. Consumers are powerful. For more than a decade, a cultural shift has seen shoppers renounce the faster-fatter-bigger-cheaper mindset of factory farms, exposéd in the 2008 documentary Food, Inc.
2nd Amendment activist: No Beslans in U.S.
World Net Daily
September 9, 2004
Says school gun ban leaves nation vulnerable to Russian-type tragedy
Wrote Pratt: "It should be noted that all the school shootings that have been prematurely cut short here were ended because a responsible adult had a firearm at the school..."
33+ Genius Uses For Old Garden Hoses
May 31, 2014
If you visit a serious gardener you'll most likely discover old hoses laying around or find pieces and parts used in some creative ways.
Below you'll find some resourceful ways old garden hoses can "live on" and remain useful long after they are used to water reliably.
34 weak readers to repeat third grade
St. Petersburg Times (FL)
by Eddy Ramirez
August 5, 2005
Thirty-four Citrus County students - six more than last year - must repeat third grade because their reading proficiency is below par, school officials have announced.
Earlier this year, 61 Citrus public school students were told they would have to give up weeks of their summer vacation to attend reading camps. Those students scored at the lowest level in the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in May. By going to reading camp, many hoped to avoid repeating the third grade.
35 Million Americans on Food Stamps
News With Views
by Frosty Wooldridge
April 5, 2010
As little as 400 years ago, humans considered the earth flat. They saw lightning as God's anger. An eclipse of the sun meant dark forces at work. Humans thought the sun revolved around the earth.
An eclipse means the moon blocked the sun for a few moments. Finally, Galileo, arrested for his heresy for stating what we know to be self evident, the earth and all planets in the Milky Way Galaxy, revolve around the sun.
3rd grade teacher Daniel Johns assaulted 9-year-old girl
March 29, 2013
Rock Hill police are investigating after a 3rd grade teacher was arrested and charged with assaulting a 9-year-old female student.
According to the Rock Hill School District, Daniel Johns, a third-grade teacher at Rosewood Elementary School, is on administrative leave with pay following an incident that occurred Wednesday morning before school began. Officials say the incident involved Johns and a third-grade student.
4 -year-old Accused of Improperly Touching Teacher
by Jennifer Kent
December 8, 2006
BELLMEAD- A four-year-old hugged his teachers aide and was put into in-school suspension, according to the father. But La Vega school administrators have a different story.
Damarcus Blackwell's four-year-old son was lining-up to get on the bus after school last month, when he was accused of rubbing his face in the chest of a female employee.
400 testify against testing bill
Helena Independent Record (MT)
by Allison Farrell
July 16, 2011
Hundreds of people came out Monday to oppose a bill to require Montana's home school and private school children to take state standardized tests that are currently required in public schools.
Sen. Don Ryan, D-Great Falls, said Senate Bill 276 would protect children who are home schooled by inadequate and possibly abusive parents while "putting everyone on Only he spoke in favor of the bill in front of the Senate Education Committee.
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