Topic: school

7-Year-Old Epileptic Can’t Take Service Dog To School Because Administrators Refuse To Take Responsibility For It

7-Year-Old Epileptic Can't Take Service Dog To School Because Administrators Refuse To Take Responsibility For It

A Massachusetts mother is in a battle with her local school district over whether or not her seven-year-old epileptic son will be able to bring his service dog to school with him. This is another one of those cases where my heart says, “Oh for God’s sake let him bring the dog!” While my mind says, “But maybe the school is right…?” Unfortunately for my brain, I rarely listen to it. Lead the way, heart! More »

It’s Not Okay That A High School Neglected To Tell Parents A Student Was Allegedly Raped On Campus

It's Not Okay That A High School Neglected To Tell Parents A Student Was Allegedly Raped On Campus

The words don’t exist to describe how furious I would be if I were a parent whose kid goes to Bellaire High School, who hadn’t been informed that a girl was allegedly gang raped in one of the bathrooms there until a month after it happened. For future reference, schools, this is exactly the kind of thing that I, as the mother of a daughter, would like to know about. ASAP. More »

Putting Disabled Students in Improvised Cages Is Not Okay, Says Sergeant Major Understatement

Putting Disabled Students in Improvised Cages Is Not Okay, Says Sergeant Major Understatement

A mother in California is rightfully losing her shit after she made an unannounced visit to her developmentally disabled daughter’s school and found the seven-year-old locked up in an improvised cage made out of baby gates and bookshelves. Great job, school. No really, putting a special ed student behind bars in a soiled diaper is exactly the way to handle things. We’re all proud, and by proud I mean disgusted. More »

8 School Fundraisers That Should Go Directly In The Garbage Can

8 School Fundraisers That Should Go Directly In The Garbage Can

As the mother of two kids in grade school, I am inundated weekly with fundraisers we are asked to participate in. Their school is trying to build a new playground and I am very supportive of that endeavor. The PTO has had parties and Fun Nights at school where the admission price and all money spent on refreshments and games go toward the playground fund. I think that is an awesome way to raise money, as are the t-shirts they sell, because it all feels very much optional. You know what I hate? The stupid packets that come home selling over-priced shit that no one wants or needs. More »

Giving Kids Under Twenty Minutes To Shove School Lunches Down Their Throats Is Insane

Giving Kids Under Twenty Minutes To Shove School Lunches Down Their Throats Is Insane

How long does it take your average first-grader to eat lunch? Half an hour? Forty minutes? Well, if your kids are in Seattle public schools, like mine are, the district policy is to give students 20 minutes for a seated lunch. But between all the farting around that elementary school age kids do, or waiting in the hot lunch line, that often ends up being 15 minutes or less for lunch. Some Seattle parents have now complained to the Seattle School Board about this, and I offer each and every one of them a fist bump. More »

10 Things You Won’t Believe Your Kid Is Telling Their Kindergarten Teacher

10 Things You Won't Believe Your Kid Is Telling Their Kindergarten Teacher

I have a close family member that has taught kindergarten for several years. Her stories are a highlight of our family parties and the hilarious (and embarrassing) things her young students share with her never disappoint. The moral of the story for those of us in my family with kids has always been to be careful what we say and do in front of our little ones because they are probably listening a lot more closely than we think. More »

If Putting Students In Isolation For Weeks Is The Answer, You Might Want To Rethink The Question

If Putting Students In Isolation For Weeks Is The Answer, You Might Want To Rethink The Question

Expelling a kid from school should be a last-resort, and alternative means of working with the kid and getting them to stay in school should be utilized first. Yes. Absolutely. But for one school in Denver, the alternative to expulsion was to put kids as young as eight in small, isolated rooms all day long for weeks at a time. I believe we have crossed the line into “overzealous” and “highly not-cool” territory.
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Texas Rejects New AP History Course For Being Too Negative About America’s Horrible History

Texas Rejects New AP History Course For Being Too Negative About America's Horrible History

On Wednesday, the Texas Board of Education voted to teach its AP History students according to state-mandated curriculum instead of the one that will be used by AP History students across the country to prepare them for the national test. Their reason is that the new AP History curriculum is filled with liberal bias and is too focused on the negative parts of United States History. Said the rest of the world and all people of color: “Ha! That’s a really great joke, Texas.” More »