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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
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Danielle Ferreri October 25, 2013 at 08:44 am
Kids don't need all this junk anyway. No Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, etc = no cyber bullying. IRead More was never cyber bullied. We didn't HAVE cyber-ANYthing! I still managed to live in spite of that. Make them go out and relate to people in REAL LIFE. This is senseless tragedy.
Cristine Kreplick October 25, 2013 at 09:17 pm
I understand but that's naïve. Kids have moved on from Facebook because we're all on it...Read More you have to watch Twitter and Instagram and Vine. Want to know your kids? Take a look at what they post. I'm happy to help anyone.... ckreplick@gmail.com We creep because we care!!!
Cheerleader uniforms violate dress codes at some Bay area schools. Patch File Photo
Dave Deal September 1, 2013 at 08:25 am
Really? They're worried about cheerleader clothing a. Maybe they better look at what the generalRead More school population is wearing, Tight skinny jeans, short shorts low cut blouses, pajama bottoms, flip flops...really? Show a little class..
Susan September 1, 2013 at 10:01 am
This is why they now have dress codes. So many parents have stopped doing their job. TheRead More cheerleaders can change into uniforms after school. What is the big deal? Between predator teachers, one just given 30 days jail for rape of a student,and boys who have no sense of control or boundaries, girls need to be aware of the unwanted attention clothing can bring.
Sarah Chubb September 1, 2013 at 05:38 pm
I totally agree with the school's rule; what good is a dress code if it's not enforced? TheRead More cheerleaders could wear athletic pants in school colors on game day to abide by the code & not distract other students. Students are at school to learn, not to flaunt their sexuality. Fair is fair.
Screen shot of the PTEC website.
Scooter Dave August 29, 2013 at 03:40 pm
Our culture and certainly our infrastructure are lagging a bit on the unexpectedly rapidRead More normalization of LGBTQ. I personally expected a decade to get those "family" restrooms in place, ahead of the curve. Conservative leadership have been caught by young people's acceptance (& individualism).
Okiana Rodriguez August 31, 2013 at 08:06 pm
I firmly believe that every Christian family should be blessed with three children,Read More ................................................... ~ ONE OF EACH ~
The Countryside High School colorguard program could be cancelled without a quick infusion of cash. Credit: Cristine Kreplick.
ClearwaterCitizen August 16, 2013 at 07:39 am
What is the current fundraiser ? How can the PUBLIC help ?
ClearwaterCitizen August 16, 2013 at 07:42 am
Why is PAYPAL getting 3% of their money ? Can not someone deposit the checks ! Talk about throwingRead More money down the drain !
Cristine Kreplick August 16, 2013 at 01:14 pm
Paypal is just one option. Another donor will cover all Paypal fees to make it as easy as possibleRead More for the convenience to donors. OR a check or money order can be mailed to 3000 Florida 580 Clearwater, FL 33761 made out to GCBB (Golden Cougar Band Boosters) in care of Band Boosters or Band Director. There is a Jerky Sale going on right now with Jerky Rocks. www.jerkyrocks.com Orders are being accepted now and all funds will benefit the General Fund benefitting the entire organization. www.cougarmusic.com for more information.
The Florida Department of Education on Friday released 2013 grades for elementary and middle schools across Florida. Credit: Jeffrey Rosenfield
Robert Saltzman July 26, 2013 at 01:42 pm
Before you get your undies in a bunch the above statement about teachers was sarcasm...
Jeffrey Rosenfield July 26, 2013 at 03:24 pm
Good thing you clarified for people who don't know you, Bobby!
Sarah Robinson July 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm
As a teacher and parent for almost 25 years in this area, I agree with Mr. Saltzman. School gradesRead More mean nothing. The whole system is a joke and should be eliminated. Grades come from bureaucrats in Tallahassee who change rules every year, who look at a fraction of what a school really does (mostly test scores in a handful of subjects for a part of the student body), and waste tax dollars that could go to much better use. Every year there is anxiety and hype about meaningless numbers that are manipulated and kept in secret when they should be ignored.
The Florida Department of Education on Friday released statewide FCAT school grades for 2013.
Debbie Boehmler Muehleck August 18, 2013 at 07:28 pm
JHOP official "D" school - Proud to say daughter is an "A" student and happyRead More this is last year at this school. Magnet schools need emergency attention from school superintendent..... Appalling support from Pinellas County!!
Gary Moos May 26, 2013 at 09:28 am
Compared to other countries, other states, and even some other elementary schools in the area, thoseRead More numbers are pathetic. I love the USA, but I hate how little we, as a nation, are willing to invest ( including parental time ) for our children's education .
Janay Troutman May 28, 2013 at 12:57 am
Thank you for taking the opportunity to showcase the hardwork completed by Safety Harbor thirdRead More graders and their teachers. St. Pete Times completely missed the chance of recognizing the positive gains that are taking place in our county. Aloha - A SHES third grade teacher!
Wendy Gilmore April 26, 2013 at 03:39 pm
It was stupid that they ever started it in the first place.
Gary Moos April 26, 2013 at 06:30 pm
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