Linda Thomas of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer blogs about how far parents—and some schools, seemingly—are willing to go to keep an eye on children. The story behind her post: the revelation that a high school official shared school surveillance videotape with the parents of a girl who’d asked the school to keep an eye on her behavior. The tape allegedly showed the girl kissing another girl, and the parents subsequently moved their daughter to another school. “I understand why parents of a Gig Harbor High School girl asked the school to examine surveillance tapes and help them spy ...


While many schools are going high-tech with several computers in a classroom, one substitute teacher is facing jail time because, she says, she isn’t plugged in to computer technology. On a PBS teachers’ blog, host Andy Carvin laments the plight of substitute teacher Julie Amero who is now facing decades in prison because she’s alleged to have allowed middle school students to look at pornography online in class. Ms. Amero says the school’s Internet filters weren’t working the day she was teaching a Connecticut English class, and pornography sites continued to pop up on the computer...


The Boston Globe is reporting on a Massachusetts teen who has been barred from bringing a woman as her date to the prom at her Catholic high school. Officials at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, Mass., say that same-sex couples are not allowed at the prom. Student Rosanne Strott says she’s being discriminated against because she is bisexual. George A. Milot, superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Fall River says that is not the case. "The school has the right to make rules in the best interests of the students. We teach tolerance towards people who may ...


After a barrage of criticism, the Deer Park, N.Y., school board has opted to allow the staging of a “new and sanitized” version of a controversial school variety show it initially cancelled, according to Newsday. The board has also reached an unspecified agreement with the teacher who was in charge of the show. Jennifer Barrios writes in "Crowd Supports Deer Park Teacher Over Show" that students and parents turned up in force at an April 24 board meeting to support teacher Alex Mesimeris, who was pulled from his teaching duties and assigned administrative tasks after the variety show was ...


The greening of the nation’s schools continues to generate headlines. The San Francisco Chronicle writes that schools are going increasingly green, but quotes the executive director of the Berkeley-based Green Schools Initiative as saying that the movement is “fragmented, with individual schools or districts addressing energy waste and environmental inefficiency in schools, but few statewide efforts doing the same.” The article notes that “California made it easier [last year] for districts to build green schools by allocating $100 million of a $10 billion school facilities bond to help districts” cover green building costs. Chronicle staff writer Jill Tucker visits ...


The Indianapolis Star's editorial board has done a good job analyzing the problem of empty seats in classrooms, by taking a hard look at truancy in their area. Through a series of in-depth editorials (look in the right-hand column for this series), the newspaper analyzes reasons for truancy and the long-term effect on the community. The paper also provides additional comments by editorial writers in their opinion blog, Expresso, where you can check out reader response. To round out the package, there's audio (listed at the bottom of the package) from parents, a judge and school officials who deal with ...


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