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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
Gloria Nelson November 15, 2013 at 12:40 pm
Absolutely!! Children should be taught cursive....for so many reasons....they will be missing soRead More much in later life...............and additionally, how are they going to handle the issue of their legal signatures???? PRINT them?????....that should cause a lot of concern on legal documents, for just one thought
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Steve November 11, 2013 at 08:51 am
Just one more gimmick. What happened to the much-ballyhooed "Goals 2000," which wereRead More supposed to do the same thing as the Common Core? Millions upon millions of dollars were spend during the Bush I and Clinton year, now out the window.
A comparison of 2013 school grades across St. Petersburg, Pinellas County and Tampa Bay. Credit: Patch
Shore Acres Rick August 5, 2013 at 01:18 pm
Jason... There are some problems with the map. Either the colors don't match or the description isRead More wrong. Lakewood High and St. Pete High are showing red, but the descriptions says they are Pending which according to the key should be gray. Shore Acres Elementary on 62nd Ave is missing from the map completely.
Shore Acres Rick August 5, 2013 at 01:22 pm
Actually Shore Acres is there it's just far north of where it's supposed to be.
Jason Bartolone August 5, 2013 at 01:22 pm
Thank you, we'll check on that.
FILE: The Florida Department of Education on Friday released 2013 grades for elementary and middle schools across Florida. Credit: Patch
Inky's Mom July 26, 2013 at 04:06 pm
Here we go...more property taxes to educate (or not educate) kids who are not encouraged at home toRead More learn, so won't. I say make parents with children pay for their little darlings to go to school and maybe they will have some respect for the process. Leave the rest of out of it! I am tired of paying for poor performance by kids and parents who don't care.
Shore Acres Rick September 4, 2013 at 01:49 pm
It's incorrect to say the grades dropped when the standards changed. That's like saying your car isRead More slower because it took longer to drive to Orlando than Lakeland. Tallahassee messed with the standards and undermined their own system of grading schools. It failed. The kids didn't.
Kayley Anne Fincher June 18, 2013 at 06:20 pm
Its just so messed up that they are the way they are. They say they wanted us to be happy andRead More comfortable in our own skin. But when a child uses makeup, its all downhill. He felt comfortable and happy in his own skin with the eyeshadow and makeup on. He was always picked on because he's "goth", and when he wore that they were happy and didn't mess with him. They were okay with him wearing it, because it was him. But the school has to be so closed minded that they have to punish him, by taking him out of classes to scold him for, pretty much being HIM! Its not like he had bright pink lipstick and pink eyeshadow on, it was black. Nothing flashy. It wasn't distracting. Heck, it was the only time he wore it. He wore it the last day of school. Nothing was done on the last day of school. Just cleaning. I wish the schools and the district wasn't such a homophobic area. Its just screwy how they want us to be us, but when we do, its the end of the damn world.
Keep it straight April 23, 2013 at 08:22 pm
There are some things that need clarifying. St Pete College followed the CCNA process very wellRead More except for one part. Stage one was a written qualifications submission with points being awared to all firms who submitted. The top seven firms were then asked to give a presentation / interview, which was advertised and public (Stage 2) in front of the selection committee. Points start over at stage two. This is part of the Florida Staute CCNA process. After stage two the selection committee, ranked the firms as follows, not what the college's attorney says "we have no record". Score sheets are public information. Peter Brown Construction: 1st 250 points, Gilbane a distant third with 170 points. Here what went wrong. Dr Law conducted his own interviews, not part of the Florida Statute CCNA process, with the top three firms, Skanska being second, and decided to recommend third place Gilbane to the Board of Trustees, never disclosing to them the selection committee's rankings. So why Gilbane ? who was ranked number three ? who knows......look up who built the library and classroom addition at Montgomery College in Houston. look who was president during its construction.
Steve April 8, 2013 at 11:35 pm
I spent 40 years working with disruptive youngsters, mostly high school age, and my observation isRead More that the problem is more likely with the school, as an institution, than with the youngster: moving them to another place--one that was more intimate, had more hands-on activity, and fostered behavior development--very often turned then into "different kids." The ten-year trend to increase curriculum mandates; to emphasize verbal skills, to the exclusion of manual skills or physical activity; the return to factory-model schools in many places--all these work against these youngsters.
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