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November 16, 2010

Obese Students Get Letters Home

Schools in Flagstaff, Ariz. are sending letters to parents of overweight students, urging lifestyle changes.

August 26, 2010

That 'Book' Is Mine, Says Facebook

Facebook is suing a yet-to-be-launched social network called Teachbook over the use of the suffix "book" in their name.

August 23, 2010

The Longest Teaching Career?

A former classmate of the recently deceased Robert Byrd can't keep out of the classroom, even at 94 years of age.

August 03, 2010

When Calling in Sick Doesn't Cut It

A Brooklyn teacher goes to extreme measures to avoid her classroom observation.

July 13, 2010

Wise Retirement Investment?

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas will invest in mall owner General Growth Properties Inc., which has been in bankruptcy reorganization since last year.

June 28, 2010

Could Oprah's Next 'Star' Be a Teacher?

If you haven't heard, Oprah is starting her own network, and she's looking for the "next TV star"—someone who will get their own show. Phyllis Tucker-Wicks, a self-described classroom teacher, thinks she might be that person. In an open online casting call that received over 10,000 entries, Tuc...

June 18, 2010

Teacher Erases Student From Yearbook

A teacher in British Columbia cut a student's picture out of all but one copy of their school's yearbook after discovering the student made a disparaging comment about the principal.

May 25, 2010

Another Ill-Advised Lesson Plan

After allowing four students to dress in Klan hoods in school for a film project, an Atlanta teacher is now facing suspension or termination.

May 24, 2010

Taking Issue With Texas' New Standards

Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog tries to find "the most egregious twist of history" in Texas' new social studies curriculum standards (including some proposals that didn't make the final cut).

May 18, 2010

Worst Lesson Plan Idea Ever?

A geometry teacher in Jefferson County, Ala., was paid a visit by the Secret Service after he reportedly attempted to elucidate a lesson on parallel lines and angles by illustrating where one would need to be positioned in order to shoot President Obama. The secret service did not find a "credible...

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