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Procedure — Jill's Word of the Month
posted by: Jill | September 03, 2010, 09:23 am   

Classroom procedures are basically sacrosanct in my classroom; I cannot run it without them. In fact, one of my favorite aspects of the new school year is sitting down to assess my classroom procedures.

I question, “What worked last year?” “What didn’t work out?” “What did other teachers do well?’ “What should I avoid?” And the overarching question is always “How do I want my classroom to run?” Like clockwork. Continue Reading...

More Race to the Top Fallout in New Jersey
posted by: Colin | August 31, 2010, 08:26 am   

UPDATE: Bret Schundler, fired from his post of education commissioner by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, has admitted that the fatal error in his state's Race to the Top application was his and his alone. Continue Reading...

47 Years after MLK Speech, Dream Not Yet Achieved in Mississippi School
posted by: Colin | August 30, 2010, 05:33 am   

Nettleton Middle School in northern Mississippi has some pretty standard requirements for nominees for class officers. Students must be passing their classes, maintaining a B average, have good attendance and good moral character. And, if they're an eighth grader running for class president, they'd better be white.

What!? Yes, at Nettleton Middle School only white kids can run to be class president. Don't worry, black kids can run to be vice president. However the seventh grade African-American students can only aspire to be secretary, as the top two slots are reserved for whites. And black sixth-graders better not set their sights above reporter, the lowest position. Continue Reading...

Stranger Than Fiction: Secretary Stealing from School, Busted by Granddaughter
posted by: Colin | August 27, 2010, 08:39 am   

A Queens school secretary charged over $6,000 to a Middle College High School procurement account by purchasing luxuries on for herself and her family. Over seven years, Debbie Rizzo used the school account to buy herself a Dell computer, flowers, an iPod docking station, expensive sweaters, car service trips, a washer and dryer, ceiling fans and other household items. Unrelated to her crime spree, Rizzo was laid off last year due to budget cuts. Continue Reading...

Race to the Top: NJ Loses $400 Million Due to Clerical Error
posted by: Colin | August 26, 2010, 03:06 pm   

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is fuming at the federal government's unwillingness to let his administration address a clerical error in their 1,000 page application that likely cost his state $400 million in Race to the Top funding.

A simple clerical mistake on the application switched 2008-09 budget numbers for 2010-11. Two weeks prior to the final decision, New Jersey officials met with federal officials and corrected the data in person, but apparently the verbal correction was not accepted. Gov. Christie is taking full responsibility and refuses to even release the name of the mid-level staffer who made the error. Continue Reading...

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