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  • 20 More Weeks of Blizzards: A Groundhog’s Day Pred-Election

    on Feb 2, 16 • in Featured, Legal, Management, Opinion, Policy, Social Studies • with Comments

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    Today marks the 129th year that Punxsutawney Phil (well, maybe the 30th version of him) will come out of his burrow to either see his shadow or not, declaring whether winter will be extended by 6 weeks, or whether spring is pending. However, after today, there’s still 20 more weeks of blizzards to endure. They don’t smash snow in your face, instead, they bring television, radio, and print ads. There will be phone calls pleading for money. There will be hurt feelings. There will be heated rivalries and contentiousness. There will also be a time

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  • Friedrichs v. CTA – Supreme Court Hears a Major Education Case

    on Jan 11, 16 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Legal, Opinion • with Comments

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    Today (Monday, January 11, 2016), the Supreme Court will hear the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA) in what could be a pivotal moment educators, their unions, collective bargaining, and fair share fees. In case you haven’t heard of this case, the crux of the issue is that 9 teachers in California are suing their union to not have to pay fair share fees because they disagree with the union’s political stances. Following is a discussion of the important concepts that will be addressed in this case: What is a fair share fee, you might ask? In many

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  • Teaching in Kansas: How Much More?

    on Mar 9, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, From the Front Lines, High School, High School, Legal, Literacy, Opinion, Policy • with Comments

    Welcome to Kansas

    A teacher friend of mine was attending a conference and upon learning that she taught in the state of Kansas, someone asked her the question, “Why would you want to teach in Kansas after all that’s going on in your legislation?” My friend was taken aback by that question, and as she began to form the words to her answer, the gentleman answered the question for her, “It’s because you do it for the kids, right?”  “Of course!” was her reply. We all know that we do what we do for the kids, despite all the turmoil in the world

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  • Michigan Student Prevails in First Amendment Claim against Teacher

    on Jul 17, 13 • in Legal • with Comments

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    Johnson “Jay” McDowell, a Michigan high school economics teacher, was found in violation of a former student’s First Amendment right to free speech.  The former student, Daniel Glowacki, expressed views that homosexuality was against his religion. The facts of the case arise out of a student group’s attempt at bringing awareness to bullying against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students.  The student group sold t-shirts for students and staff to wear in recognition of “Anti-Bullying Day.”  McDowell purchased a t-shirt and planned part of his lesson to include brief information about bullying of homosexuals. Glowacki was

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  • Michigan High School Bans Athletic Prayer

    on Jul 9, 13 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, High School, High School, Legal • with Comments

    Lahser High School, located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, banned its football team from student-led prayer while on the field.  The ban was instituted as a result of a letter sent by the American Civil Liberties Union (the “ACLU”) on behalf of a local family.  The ACLU argued that the practice was a violation of the Constitution’s Establishment Clause and Religious Freedom Clause.  The team’s position was that the practice was a ritual followed after high stakes football games. In reference to prayer, the First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or

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