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HB 1607 – Public Schools Could See Buckets of Free Money

Skip just posted a nice letter from the Londonderry Superintendent of schools in which the Super appears to lobby the state Senate in opposition to HB1607.  This bill establishes an education tax credit for businesses or groups that set up scholarship programs to help offset the costs of non-public school tuition.  This could allow more …

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An Airsoft Gun-Free Zone?

“Don’t carry a gun. It’s nice to have them close by, but don’t carry them. You might get arrested.” —John Gotti An Airsoft gun can be dangerous. Dangerous because if one gets hit in the eye with one of those plastic BB’s, an eye could be lost. Like the old saying goes, “It’s all fun and …

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Define Irony For Me

The government run schools are concerned about making sure students get some kind of an education in personal finance and economics.

Should Your Public School Be Teaching Sexual Intimacy?

Diane Schneider fired the money-shot heard ’round the world when she asked how we can teach sex education (in public schools) without terms such as orgasm, oral sex and masturbation. That quote got plenty of ink, if for no other reason than that copy writers and editors are always looking for ways to sneak the words “oral sex” and ‘orgasm’ into their copy. (Like I just did there–twice)

The Real Reason For Raising The Drop Out Age To 18?

I can tell you from long discussions about the various pathways to “graduation” that the goal is more geared toward getting kids through school on paper to make the numbers look good. Any reasonable path to that end is considered a win, but by any traditional standard it is anything but a public school success story.

The Cost of Defining “Adequate” In Merrimack NH

I announced that if you took the total Merrimack School budget and divided it by the total student enrollment that it cost more than the sending your kid to UNH. This appears to have riled some people up. In fact someone sent me an nice itemized list of the “costs” of sending your kid to UNH for a year just to prove I was wrong, and to justify how Merrimack’s cost per child wasn’t as much.

Separation Of State…from Church.

Yesterday I came across a series of poorly worded essay questions—my second sons homework–the worst of which was this; What part of Article VI of the US constitution supports the idea of separation of church and state? Explain. (Go ahead and roll your eyes or make a grunting noise, or whatever it is you do when confronted with such nonsense.)

Number Poems

I neglected to share this, but on the first day of school this year my 5th grader’s first homework assignment in math was a math poem. Using numbers in a poem. That was the Math homework that day. Use numbers….to make a poem.