STAFF BLOG NIE ROCKS! Memorial Day
Memorial Day (Last Monday, federal)
To many people, especially children, Memorial Day is a three-day weekend heralding the arrival of summer and the end of school. They often overlook the true meaning... Posted on 5/23/13 at 9:06 AM
THE NEW FORTY God bless the music teachers...
Tonight was Cheyenne's last 8th grade orchestra concert.
The final orchestra concert of each school year in West Fargo is always the all-city concert. Grades 6-12 come together at the high school and... Posted on 5/13/13 at 10:31 PM
BEST FRIENDS ND It's National Teacher Appreciation Week!
How will you say thank you?
Open Letter to Teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day
There is a Japanese proverb that says, "Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one d... Posted on 5/6/13 at 11:46 AM
PARENT INFORMATION CENTER Upcoming May Events
*Wiggle, Squiggle, Giggle and Read
4th Annual Free Learning Fair and Celebration of RED (Read Every Day)
Thursday, May 2nd 2013 from 5:30-7:30 PM Join us from 5:30-6 for Free Pizza! Starting at 6:... Posted on 4/28/13 at 8:03 AM
MIDDLE AGED PLAGUE Something Different: A Community of Independent Thinkers
I know it's frustrating when people say this to you, but it's actually a good sign:
"No one else has ever had a problem with this."
This tiresome phrase, calculated to squash you down and ... Posted on 5/3/12 at 2:56 PM
The Oil Patch right now is an hothouse of labor economics, with salaries running riot under the twin lamps of supply and demand. Some salaries, that is; others, including teachers’ salaries, haven’t much changed.
The Lignite Energy Council said more than 130 elementary and secondary teachers from the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana are slated to attend a seminar this week on how the coal known as lignite is mined and used to produce energy in the four-state region.
Minnesota teachers have been taking medical leave more often in recent years, and while there could be many factors for the increase, some teachers say they are using the leaves to get a break from mounting pressures and high expectations being placed on them.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he won't sign a bill that would let schools lay off teachers by a system other than seniority. Dayton says the bill is one of several Republican-backed bills that undermine tenured teachers and unions.
The quarrel at a Christian school in northern Iraq was at first easily ignored by other students: a disagreement between a classmate and a teacher that could barely be heard. But it quickly escalated into gunfire today in a murder-suicide marking the rare violent death of an American in Iraq's most peaceful region.
"Using seniority as one of several factors -- but not the only factor -- in determining layoffs would serve the best interests of students and the teaching profession," the editorial states. "Gov. Mark Dayton should approve this bill when it reaches his desk."
Star Tribune Editorial Board
, February 28, 2012
The bill passed in a 36-26 vote. It would let school districts make layoff decisions based on teacher evaluations that consider student performance. Current state law requires that schools only consider teacher seniority.
Cases involving sexual misconduct by teachers are rare in North Dakota, officials say, and safeguards ranging from background checks to professional evaluations and mentoring are in place to protect students.
A state legislator has introduced a bill that would punish public school teachers if they use words that violate the obscenity and profanity guidelines set forth by the Federal Communications Commission.
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