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Stranger Than Fiction: Boy’s Hat Banned Because of Toy Soldiers
posted by: Steph | June 21, 2010, 08:45 am   

UPDATE: Thanks to the efforts of David Morales's school superintendent, plastic green soldiers wielding the "tools of a profession or service" (i.e. guns) may be allowed in the school as student expression of patriotism and democracy. The superintendent acknowledged that the school's policy banning the army men had been misrepresented in this case, and the patriotism David displayed by gluing the toys to his hat ought to be protected. Thanks to the Coventry School District for reconsidering the policy and acknowledging the overly restrictive nature of it in this case. Schools are learning environments and function at their pinnacle when students learn from teachers and when administrators and teachers learn from their students, as well. Continue Reading...

Save your school, one bowl of soup or cereal at a time
posted by: Steph | June 17, 2010, 12:37 pm   

The economic crisis that hit in 2009 is hitting state and local budgets hard, and with the bulk of public education funding coming from states and localities, people should think beyond government aid to help save their schools and teachers.

Campbell’s Soup Company has sponsored Labels for Education, a program that for more than 37 years has provided free educational equipment to schools in exchange for clipped proofs of purchase. Continue Reading...

Update: Massachusetts Legislature Passes Measure to Save Retired Marine's Teaching Position
posted by: Colin | June 16, 2010, 09:11 am   

Earlier this week the Massachusetts legislature approved an amendment to save retired USMC Maj. Stephen Godin's job. The measure, which had been defeated by Democrats the week before, exempts public school JROTC teachers, like Maj. Godin, from having to pay union dues. Continue Reading...

How Much Does Technology Advance Classroom Learning?
posted by: Steph | June 15, 2010, 09:12 am   

Technological advances in the last quarter century have forever changed the daily lives of Americans. Rather than getting the news from the paper delivered to your doorstep, you probably download it on your PC or Mac. Tangible books are being replace by Kindles and Nooks, and there are apps for your Droid, Blackberry, or iPhone to do just about everything except pound out your erasers. Continue Reading...

Retired Marine Under Attack for not Joining Teachers Union
posted by: Colin | June 14, 2010, 09:38 am   

After logging 2,000 hours flying F-4 Phantoms and serving in five overseas deployments, retired USMC Maj. Stephen Godin decided to take on an equally demanding challenge–teaching public high school. For the past fourteen years, Maj. Godin has been teaching in the distinguished JROTC program at North High School in Worcester, Massachusetts. The principal of North High praises Maj. Godin as an "excellent" instructor. Maj. Godin also coaches the regional champion drill team and he's never missed a day of work. Continue Reading...

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