STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A majority of teachers who took part in a recent survey said they personally pay for school supplies and food for their classrooms.Fishbowl, a community platform and mobile app that connects various types of professionals, asked 1,038 teachers to answer the following statement as true or false: “As a teacher, I have had to personally pay for supplies or food for my students.” Fishbowl said 96.1 percent of teachers answered “true.” “I finally tallied up how much I spent on my students this past year -- over $2,300,” one teacher posted on Fishbowl. “Is this normal? This isn’t sustainable, but I also can’t just do nothing when my kids can’t even afford a coat.”Last year, the Advance spoke with several educators about the amount of money they spend out of pocket each school year to ensure an efficient classroom. A West Brighton teacher who works in a Brooklyn school discreetly handed a student a bag … [Read more...] about Should teachers pay for school supplies out-of-pocket?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A former bookkeeper for Duval County Public Schools is accused of using her position to steal thousands of dollars from the district. Tamika Martinez-Abihai, 32, was arrested last Wednesday by Duval County School Board Police and is charged with seven counts of organized fraud, three counts of grand theft and two counts of petty theft. Martinez-Abihai was initially hired as a bookkeeper at Normandy Village Elementary School in August 2016. She was transferred to Raines High School in August 2017 and transferred to Westview K-8 in April 2018. On July 2, she was terminated from her employment with the DCPS for "job abandonment." According to her arrest report, Martinez-Abihai turned in fake invoices showing she bought items with her personal credit card, then fraudulently reimbursed herself with money from DCPS. She has bonded out of the Duval County Jail.Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved. … [Read more...] about Ex-DCPS bookkeeper charged with fraud, grand theft
There is no secret, no mystery about why the University of Alabama in Huntsville exists today as a top research institution.The day was June 20, 1961, when Wernher von Braun addressed a joint session of the Alabama legislature.To build a rocket to take Americans to the moon, von Braun needed a collegiate research institute to help. He didn't have that in Huntsville, the home not only of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center but where the German rocket scientist had assembled his team of scientists to build those moon rockets. Von Braun needed money. The legislature gave him $3 million and what's now known as the Von Braun Research Hall at UAH was born.That speech to the legislature more than 58 years ago is the stuff of legend generations later in Huntsville. John Patterson, who was Alabama's governor in 1961, said it was a game-changer."Total silence," Patterson said in a 2012 interview with The Huntsville Times/AL.com. "You have a lot of clapping and carrying on sometimes when somebody … [Read more...] about UAH made Alabama more ‘attractive’ nationally, von Braun said
By Linda Perrine All of us in Eugene are enjoying a lovely start to summer this year of 2019. It is a reminder of what we have to lose in the on-going emergency of our Earth’s changing climate. Don’t we all prefer to see the forests green and healthy, the snowpack allowing rivers to flow with healthy fish and wildlife populations? Our local farms having plentiful water supplies to grow the world-class produce available to all of us at local farmers markets and stores? Can we all agree on these values and choose to act in our own lives to preserve what we cherish about living in Lane County? Climate change still looms as an emergency that requires all of us to act like our children’s lives depend on it, because they do. It requires us to shift our personal choices around energy sources, food production/consumption/waste, moving forest management towards sustainable practices for all species, not just us, and addressing social justice issues including affordable housing … [Read more...] about The Challenge of Carbon
by Tim Willert Published: Thu, July 18, 2019 1:04 AM Updated: Thu, July 18, 2019 1:24 AM A man who had 14 parrots seized by animal welfare officers is facing a felony animal cruelty charge. Paul Mark Fondren, 66, was charged Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court. Prosecutors allege Fondren failed to provide the exotic birds with adequate food and water. The parrots — eight macaws and six Amazons — were living in cages in a garage when officers were called June 27 to the 2000 block of N Markwell to investigate a complaint, police reported. "There was no water to the house, no A/C in the garage and all animal control officers described horrible living conditions in the garage," a detective reported in a court affidavit. "The birds were in various stages of feather loss, grooming and feces covering the garage floor with roaches everywhere." Attorneys for the city of Oklahoma City want Fondren to forfeit the birds, which are being cared for at the animal … [Read more...] about Parrot owner charged with animal cruelty