Kyle Sokeland Evansville Courier & Press Published 6:17 PM EDT Jul 29, 2019 EVANSVILLE -- Forgive us media types for liking a good quote. Zero offense to any athlete, coach or administrator in Southwestern Indiana but some have the "coach speak" down to a science. Toe the company line and don't give your opponent any material. But when one decides to lighten the mood, it is like the Bat Signal lighting up the sky for us. It's a breath of fresh air. The second annual High School Football Media Day, sponsored by Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union, certainly had its fair share of gems. Here are some of the top quotes from this year's season kickoff press conference. Welcome back, Coach Wagner When you think of Forest Park football, the name Terry Wagner should be close to the top. The man helped start the program in the mid-2000s in Ferdinand. He spent four seasons coaching the Rangers before leaving to help his son, Zach, run the football team at … [Read more...] about Five best quotes from Evansville High School Football Media Day
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PROVIDENCE – The Providence Public School District is failing miserably at nearly every aspect of its mission, with students struggling to learn in schools that are crumbling, unsafe and run ineffectively by school leaders and staffed by demoralized teachers, according to an independent report issued Tuesday. The review, ordered by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and Mayor Jorge O. Elorza in April, paints an incredibly bleak picture of the city’s schools, based on observations and interviews with students, parents and school officials that were conducted this spring by a team led by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy. The situation was enough to drive at least one “seasoned” member of the review team to tears after observing deplorable conditions at one unnamed school. The report added, “One team member from JHU, with deep experience of visiting the most physically run-down schools in Arkansas and Georgia, reported that ‘nothing s/he saw was like … [Read more...] about Report paints bleak picture of Providence schools
Leigh Guidry Lafayette Daily Advertiser Published 5:09 PM EDT Apr 12, 2019 A group hired by T.M. Landry College Preparatory School announced Friday they found no evidence of systemic atmosphere abuse and academic dishonesty at the scandalized Acadiana school, but investigators didn't talk to the people who made those claims. In a Friday press conference, officials with T.M. Landry released reports concluding an investigation into allegations posed in a Nov. 30 New York Times article. The article quoted former students and parents claiming school co-founder Michael Landry physically and verbally abused students and that college applications had been doctored. The small school had received national attention for its track record of graduates' acceptance into Ivy League schools. But those individuals weren't included in the school's investigation by New Orleans law firm Couhig Partners LLC and Paul Pastorek, former Louisiana education superintendent. Efforts … [Read more...] about T.M. Landry releases inconclusive third-party investigation into school
A St. Paul teacher has accepted a five-day unpaid suspension after a kindergartener left her class in May and walked nearly a mile away from Como Elementary. A neighbor found the child alone, apparently lost, at Arlington Avenue and Como Boulevard and called 911 at 2:45 p.m. on May 7. The neighbor waited with the child for about a half-hour before the school district called police about a missing student, according to police records. The boy was driven back to school. The 5-year-old boy began attending Como Elementary just two weeks before he went missing, according to an employee discipline letter the school district released in response to a Pioneer Press records request. In that time, the boy had been found wandering the hallways more than once. The boy’s teacher, Angela Birchland, told a district investigator she last saw the boy sometime between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. and he might have walked out while students were in the hallway getting ready to go home. Como’s school … [Read more...] about St. Paul teacher suspended after boy, 5, found nearly a mile from school last spring
I just want to highlight a couple of things in Kevin’s story on Monday, “School can’t control bullies, teachers say.”The first is that teachers at Jeaga Middle School didn’t want to be quoted by name because they were afraid they might be disciplined or fired. If kids are afraid of bullies and teachers are afraid of the administration, what does that say? The school district should make absolutely clear that it wants teachers to come forward with problems. The second thing I want to highlight is the policy that students who hit back are suspended right along with the students who hit first. Quoting Kevin’s story: ” ‘If you get yourself involved in a fight, you’re going to have to suffer the consequences,’ said Dave Benson, the county’s assistant director for the Department of Safe Schools. ‘Defending yourself is trying to avoid being hit and blocking punches.’ ” I understand that it can be hard to sort … [Read more...] about No right of self-defense at schools?