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Rob C July 17, 2014 at 04:40 pm
Biggest threat to kids in schools is a nut job with a bag full of weapons. Only way to have anyRead More successful defense against that is to have a select few teachers with weapons of their own that are willing to respond if such an incident were to happen. Throw them a little extra in the paycheck for the service they are providing. Much better to already have people on site ready to respond immediately and deal with the threat than to call police and wait 5 minutes for them to show, then another 5-10 minutes while they decide what to do and then end up just going in to clean up the mess when it is all done. The rest covered in the report is pretty basic and not sure why a committee had to be put together to discuss it.
Matt July 17, 2014 at 05:21 pm
Are you kidding Give teachers guns? I consider some of the teachers to be crazy.
Jason July 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm
We need ED-209's at every school.
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DynoMutt July 14, 2014 at 11:55 pm
Wait until the new arrivals from Guatemala are released from immigration detention and they findRead More their way to our schools. Did you hear of the new Lynn HS student. Gray hair, beard, does not speak a word of english? Not kidding folks. Just wait, your country is dying in front of your eyes.
DynoMutt July 14, 2014 at 11:58 pm
Now the rapists and murderers and gang members from Ecuador and Guatemala will be unleashed on theRead More population of MA in the coming months thanks to open borders. These Illegal petri dishes will soon be bringing back diseases which were eradicated in the US till late. Starting in the schools and working their way into your living rooms in no time. THANK YOU MR. OAFBAMA! THANK YOU!
Shanon Dahlstrom July 15, 2014 at 07:26 am
I'm glad to see more people are aware of Common Core and what comes with it. We could have debatedRead More the standards openly, like what was done during Ed Reform in the early 90s, but it was rushed through with minimal input and debate. The government pushed to add tons of strings to the standards (the testing (PARCC), teacher evalulations based on junk science of VAM, data mining of our children without our consent, waivers for No Child Left Behind), and no one who approved these standards for MA stopped and said...hhmmmmm, maybe we should find out what this costs or if these methods are proven. In fact, it is the opposite. I wish we could stop what is going on and have open and honest debate about the quality of the standards but the MA DESE seems bent on their agenda. Common Core Forum is working on stopping PARCC, creating legislation to stop Common Core and PARCC and help push education control back to local communities and parents. Look them up on Facebook and stay alert for current information, lobby days, and other meaningful agendas to help people across the state get us out from underneath Common Core and all of the strings.
Fingerprint Instructions.
Christi June 25, 2014 at 05:52 pm
Fingerprinting is only mandatory for school employees, not volunteers; Westford has chosen to extendRead More the requirement to include volunteers. I find this regrettable. It's hard enough to get people to volunteer; now volunteers have to pay $35 out of their own pocket for the privilege? My guess is that this effectively marks the end of parents chaperoning field trips. What a sad state of affairs.
Westford Mom June 26, 2014 at 09:38 am
The patch made a mistake in this article. Fingerprinting will now be asked of volunteer assistantRead More coaches and field trip volunteers, NOT of classroom volunteers or field day volunteers, etc. As a mother I can understand why we would want to be very careful who travels around with our kids, particularly since some of these trips are out of state and sometimes even to Europe (high school level).
Tony Schinella June 26, 2014 at 10:50 am
Thanks for the notes. I guess I should have quoted exactly, word for word, from the notice sent byRead More the schools, which stated: "As a result of the national criminal background check regulation that was signed into law on January 10, 2013, Westford Public Schools will require all field trip chaperones and volunteer athletic coaches to complete the fingerprinting obligation." Lesson learned, limit paraphrasing. :-)
Massachusetts' teen drivers are among the safest in the nation. Photo Credit: Flickr/StateFarm
Christine Millerick June 23, 2014 at 10:09 am
This is great news...congratulations to our Massachusetts teens! Safe driving will lead to betterRead More rates on your auto insurance, as will good grades (usually B or better) Would you like a quote from a local, Trusted Choice agent? http://elliotwhittier.com/get-a-quote-personal/ Thanks and keep driving safe!
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Nick Low June 21, 2014 at 11:15 am
If you think no one ever had a problem with the name you're full of it. (Of course I know you,Read More Deva, are just a racist troll). But yeah, it's not as bad as the n-word but probably about the equivalent of the word "coon" for an African-American. And let's not forget that the Redskins belong to an association that can probably make them do just about anything, as in the Donald Sterling case. Oh and anyone making Aaron Hernanadez jokes should probably just kill themselves.
brigara June 21, 2014 at 02:05 pm
The name is racist and just wrong to use. I understand the history and tradition associated with aRead More name and an organization but changing a name is about more than being PC. The National Congress of American Indians have made many statements of disapproval of the name. It is ok to reevaluate and recognize if something is in bad taste and in some cases to some it is a blatant slur. SD your comment, "Native Americans who lived on reservations wrote in to say they were NOT offended!" sounds like here say to me... I personally choose to listen to the words expressed by the collective governing boards over a few third hand opinions you might "know". I want to teach my children to respect other people and if a name for a team is disparaging or racist to a population then I want to listen to these people and respect that. I am sure we could all come up with a name that our students are worthy to wear on their shirts. This same organization has rallied to push for the change of these team names. Why do we not listen to them?? We should want our town and our children represented in the best way. I don't think with the team name we have now it represents us well at all. It actually seems quite ignorant to me to continue on with the name. http://www.changethemascot.org/ http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/redskins/2013/10/11/national-congress-american-indians-report-redskins-name/2965075/
Lawrence Lavargna June 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm
If i lived in DC I'd register both the name and logo, which is now available, open up a bar &Read More grill called Washington Redskins. The specialties would include Red skinned potato salad, Red skinned french fries etc. The potential to make a bundle is there. I'd have a clothing line with the emblem on the front and menu on the back of every shirt. To hell with the NFL and all the moonbats. I'd love them to protest...free publicity...look at Chick fillet.
The MIAA was involved in controversy over the weekend. (Matt Schooley Photo)
Tom June 12, 2014 at 05:02 pm
The MIAA has repeatedly re-scheduled during SAT and other academic events. Perhaps it will beRead More illegal soon. http://www.gazettenet.com/home/12297960-95/john-scibak-miaa-fails-test-of-educational-priorities-with-refusal-to-fix-game-conflict
Marcia Reinhagen Sullivan June 13, 2014 at 08:05 am
Fred, in the real world, taking the SAT would be the job, since they are students first and playingRead More a game would come in a distant second. The MIAA was way out of line in this.
Fred Hammer June 13, 2014 at 09:04 am
lets have mommy and daddy keep complaining why not let the kids figure it out parents keepRead More complaining
Leave RI June 2, 2014 at 09:33 am
Hahahaha..have to agree that Ru Paul and the poopflinger in the DC shithouse are just someRead More contradictions in their false Chill-cago pimp clothes. Although Moose-shell could put away some chicken and bbq it couldn't make any better of a decision then it's spouse.
Jake Raposa June 2, 2014 at 01:40 pm
Hey Tricia DiPasquale calm down with the essays. this isnt english class....ANYWAYS! haha butRead More honestly who cares if a kid has a couple of twinkies and has diabetes, its his life. wheres the freedom in america now a days? shake my head....
Paige Edwards Sullivan June 20, 2014 at 01:26 am
Federal government has to get out of the education business - we see how well they are handlingRead More healthcare (ACA/VA). Funding should not be tied to either the lunch programs or the 'Common Core' standards - (that are actually lower than what Massachusetts had in the first place). I agree schools should not be serving 'junk' but it should be up to each local DOE. Believe me if there is an issue the parents will make it known.
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