Teaching Takes a Backseat to Infrastructure and Trimmings: Your Tax Dollars and the Public Schools

By Janice Barlow After recently participating in a debate on why a $250 tax deduction for teachers to buy supplies was chopped out of the new tax bill by the House, I couldn’t let the real reason for the issue just rest. The Senate was generous enough to make it a $500 deduction, but it still needs to be reconciled with the House. It’s not about the $250, (which is merely a deduction, not a credit).  It’s about why teachers shouldn’t be buying supplies for students at all – or parents…

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Is Willful Ignorance Ruling Our Children?

by Oletta Branstiter “What’s wrong with kids nowadays?” This question is not just for old fogeys anymore. Educators of all ages are admitting that misbehaving students and the lack of administrative support are making their jobs unsustainable. Daryl Deino reports that, “Those who haven’t experienced what it’s like to be inside the public education system may think I’m talking about extremes that usually don’t occur. They don’t understand that many teachers who complain about the lack of support from their administrators on behavior problems find themselves in professional trouble, even…

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