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47 Years after MLK Speech, Dream Not Yet Achieved in Mississippi School
posted by: Colin | August 30, 2010, 05:33 am   

Nettleton Middle School in northern Mississippi has some pretty standard requirements for nominees for class officers. Students must be passing their classes, maintaining a B average, have good attendance and good moral character. And, if they're an eighth grader running for class president, they'd better be white.

What!? Yes, at Nettleton Middle School only white kids can run to be class president. Don't worry, black kids can run to be vice president. However the seventh grade African-American students can only aspire to be secretary, as the top two slots are reserved for whites. And black sixth-graders better not set their sights above reporter, the lowest position. Continue Reading...

Stranger Than Fiction: Secretary Stealing from School, Busted by Granddaughter
posted by: Colin | August 27, 2010, 08:39 am   

A Queens school secretary charged over $6,000 to a Middle College High School procurement account by purchasing luxuries on for herself and her family. Over seven years, Debbie Rizzo used the school account to buy herself a Dell computer, flowers, an iPod docking station, expensive sweaters, car service trips, a washer and dryer, ceiling fans and other household items. Unrelated to her crime spree, Rizzo was laid off last year due to budget cuts. Continue Reading...

Race to the Top: NJ Loses $400 Million Due to Clerical Error
posted by: Colin | August 26, 2010, 03:06 pm   

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is fuming at the federal government's unwillingness to let his administration address a clerical error in their 1,000 page application that likely cost his state $400 million in Race to the Top funding.

A simple clerical mistake on the application switched 2008-09 budget numbers for 2010-11. Two weeks prior to the final decision, New Jersey officials met with federal officials and corrected the data in person, but apparently the verbal correction was not accepted. Gov. Christie is taking full responsibility and refuses to even release the name of the mid-level staffer who made the error. Continue Reading...

Ten Back-to-School Tips for Teachers
posted by: Jill | August 25, 2010, 11:06 am   

The joys and jitters of back-to-school are in the hearts of all teachers.  Whether you’re in the classroom teaching already or you’re not starting back until after Labor Day take a few minutes and peruse my list of back-to-school tips.  They may not all apply to your situation, but just as with teaching take the ideas that that work for you and make them your own.  Enjoy! Continue Reading...

What Would You Do With $500? Apply for an AAE Scholarship or Grant Today
posted by: Jill | August 23, 2010, 08:53 am   

Here’s some good news for educators this fall: You could receive up to $500 from AAE for professional development or for classroom supplies. You don't have to be an AAE member to apply and the application is online. What do you have to lose? Continue Reading...

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