Thursday, January 18, 2007

Extra Credit Reading: Thursday, January 18, 2007

Who would have thought that individuals making repeated bomb threats in order to disrupt schools would be a problem in Maine?

Once again, that 'ole bugaboo the "looming teacher shortage" is raising its imaginary ugly head, this time in Kansas. (Here in California, every time a shortage "looms," the state lowers credentialing standards, thus flooding the labor market with newly-minted "emergency" credentialed personnel and thus "solving" the shortage before it occurs while at the same time reducing pressure to raise salaries.)

In today's EduNews from the United Kingdom, it seems as though our Transatlantic Cousins are
taking a hard look at permitting the hiring of non-teachers as "heads," (called "Principals" in the U.S.) over some state-run schools.

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to cut the student loan rate for college students.

Having won the right to cover the upcoming trial of ex-administration official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, it seems as though some bloggers
are moving up in the world. But then again, with upcoming court cases such as that of the notorious Jessica Cutler, aka Washingtonienne, we've still a long ways to go...

Today's Non Sequitur: Even though fun and frivolity have returned to New Orleans' French Quarter, it seems as though
nearly everyone is in a funk.
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