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The Freedom From Religion Foundation is prompting Pasco Schools to get tough on pre-game prayer sessions. Patch File Photo
Linda Ruggieri July 14, 2014 at 02:16 pm
We have to stop taking God out of our lives!
Dave Burrier July 14, 2014 at 08:23 pm
Please get your god out of our lives. Thanks
Dave Burrier July 14, 2014 at 08:58 pm
Linda Ruggieri, please get your god out of our lives. Thanks
A Duval County School Board member thinks kids should be able to fight back if they're attacked in school.
Harold Sultzbaugh June 18, 2014 at 10:55 am
Common sense should prevail in these cases.That is, OF COURSE the child(or adult) should fight back!Read More I know from experience that a strong reaction from the bullied(me) ended the problem, and afterward I was treated with respect. There is NO other reasonable solution to bullying. Harold Sultzbaugh
P June 18, 2014 at 11:01 am
Just "turn the other cheek" NEVER works! Bullies know the rules (disobey them likeRead More "guidelines" as to just how far they can bully!) Victim HAS to be able to defend! Is this current rule enforced by "Pro-Life" people? If you really care for life, DEFEND IT and peoples right to defend themselves!
Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH June 18, 2014 at 05:37 pm
Difficult issue. As a child in an inner city school in Philadelphia, fighting in the school yardRead More was pretty commonplace. Typically a teacher would pull the kids apart and chase them to their next class. Sometimes a trip to the Principal's office and a scolding. Now such fights are often criminalized and the parents are brought into it and the whole business is blown out of proportion. I agree with the Superintendent, no fighting can be tolerated. Especially with easy access to weapons and the potential for dangerous repercussions. I would suggest investigating who triggered the altercation for appropriate discipline. There should be a clear policy to punish bullies.
Jose Baez has agreed to represent the family of an autistic boy who was slapped by a Pasco County school bus aide.
Rob June 13, 2014 at 01:19 pm
As a school Nurse assigned to a cluster school with high population of autistic and ESE children, IRead More do think monitors need to be in place. These children are very fragile people and while I will never excuse nor condone striking a child, I understand how it can happen. I think a thorough background check needs to be done during the employment process.
Sherri Lonon June 13, 2014 at 05:46 pm
Thanks for the insights, Rob!
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
darcor1958 November 17, 2013 at 10:56 am
Cursive can be taught right along with block letters and it's not too much for kids to learn. All 3Read More of my kids were taught this way and when they were in kindergarten, used cursive for all their classwork. There's too much history written in cursive for us not to teach it!
Jean mclaughlinl April 9, 2013 at 03:43 am
Open more fundamental to use all on waiting lists. Those classes are always maximum students. FillRead More all the empty schools in county with them. That will leave smaller classes for the others to work on their drop out prevention or other classes such as car repair or construction. Etc
Elizabeth Neily March 28, 2013 at 02:01 pm
I find this a really disturbing trend in American schools. Under performing schools receive theRead More least resources. Many, or even most, of the students do not have a parent or parents who care to be involved in their child's education or development. Many students do not have enough daily nutrition to provide for their brain development. Many students live in the poorest neighborhoods where crime is rampant, where there is little incentive to improve scholastically. And because our society believes that all rewards are financially motivated, where media bombards kids daily with the need to be cool, to own the right stuff, and with no realistic parental, nor any adult guidance, they are easily persuaded to buy into the consumer culture, easily persuaded to look for quick fixes. There is only one thing that will improve our schools and it is not the bottom line, but creating a caring, nurturing, yes even, loving community where kids are not just statistics!
Jason Bartolone March 15, 2013 at 05:24 pm
Hi Steve - We don't take that kind of a decision lightly. Our editors considered the facts andRead More decided in this case to name the suspect because he has been charged with a felony rather than a misdemeanor and it was a matter of public safety, since the gun was loaded and at a school campus. Great question.
steve lillienstein March 17, 2013 at 02:18 pm
Thanks Jason for the explanation. I just want to point out that whether a minor is charged with aRead More felony or a misdemeanor, a person is innocent until proven guilty., I believe this to be a good reason to not mention a minor's name, and even more pertinent in the case of serious charges. I don't understand how the public is being served by publishing the name, but I do know how publication of it can ruin the life of a kid, especially if the judicial system does find him not guilty.
KK:) March 19, 2013 at 02:53 pm
Steve, I would like to know if you have children, and Also if you have a child that goes to thisRead More school. Becuase I do and I am SO GLAD the name is printed .. Lets hope that it will make others think before doing the same.. AND TO Jason B... GREAT JOB. !!
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