Monday, November 20, 2006

Monday 11/20/2006

Snips from here and there.

School uniforms: Weekend conversations with MNPS attendees brought up two questions regarding school uniforms.

1. Why did the telephone survey have the first option as FOR uniforms instead of for the status quo?

2. What is MNPS going to do with Muslim girls and others with specific religious garb?

Teacher accused:
Dyersburg cross country coach is arrested in East Tennessee for raping a 14 year old. (snip)
44-year old Timothy Neal Byars is out of jail on a $50,000 bond. He's charged with one count of rape.(snip) Knoxville investigators plan to call Nashville police on Monday to talk to them about a possible second victim and second assault that happened in Davidson County on the way to the meet. From WBIR

Innocent until proven guilty but if so proven remember the recidivism rate is HUGE. Not around my children.

Flu closes district schools: The Wayne County School District was having problems finding enough substitutes to fill in for teachers who called in sick.

The school district decided to close early Wednesday after 20 percent of students, or approximately 320 students, were out of school because of illness. Classes won't resume until after Thanksgiving. From The Mountain Press

Another advantage of schooling at home. We love our pediatrician but, thankfully, despite having four children we don't see her very often. And yes, the children do leave the house and mingle with others.

Are truckers still worried about meeting John Ford along the highways? The Tennessee Department of Safety is placing a temporary moratorium on the approval of new commercial driver training or handgun safety schools and instructors. (snip) Currently, there are 15 commercial driving enterprises and more than 160 commercial handgun schools in the state. From the Murfreesboro Post

FUN: You too can be a famous artist: http://www.jacksonpollock.org/ reminds me of a software program we had around here called Raina II (we renamed it Squiggles). When the young ones HAD to have a few minutes at the keyboard we used this. Be glad this version doesn't come with the sound effects of Raina II. Click your mouse button to change colors. Have fun.

2 comments:

Tom said...

The telephone survey was about the balanced calendar. (Unless they did two surveys??) See... they've got us thinking overtime about all sorts of stuff that is less important than student instruction.

The balanced calendar was option 1 because the administration wants it.

MNPS will have to allow the Muslim girls to wear their hijabs. They are already an exception to the "no hat" rule in the current dress code.

Tom said...

1. Why did the telephone survey have the first option as FOR uniforms instead of for the status quo?


The balanced calendar was option 1 because the administration wants it.

Actually, to be fair, when a change is proposed to a group, a "yes" vote (the first option) is for the change and "no" (keep the status quo) is the second option. The recent constitutional referenda and charter amendments followed that pattern, as did the balanced calendar survey.