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Are You Breaking the Law When You Post Student Photos Online Without Parental Consent?

In May 2016, Education Law Insights published an article discussing student photos taken at school titled “Before You Upload That Student Photo, Ask: What Would FERPA (Have Me) Do?” The article covers a litany of questions and scenarios to think … Continue reading

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Kids Need Better Books: How Did Mabry Elementary’s Library Perform Against Four Other Hillsborough Schools?

Public School Library books should exude quality content with morals and ethics; after all schools are for educating students.  Should children’s desires be what guides the books procured for school libraries? Is that what guides the classroom? Mabry Elementary is … Continue reading

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Kids Need Better Books: When Schools Fail What Can You Do?

Why aren’t more schools consistently providing quality literature from a young age? Encouraging children to read excellent books might help address some of society’s problems. Children should be guided onto a path where they can eventually take on works by … Continue reading

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Books Promoted by a Hillsborough County Public Library

Are these books, pictured below, the best recommendations to promote on a children’s bookshelf in a Hillsborough County Public Library? Let’s consider the Timmy Failure series by Stephan Pastis.  The first book in this series, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made … Continue reading

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Kids Need Better Books: Can U.S. Students Compete Internationally?

The average reading literacy score of the United States is 24th on the list of countries ordered by average score.  These scores are based on the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international assessment performed on 15-year-old students every three … Continue reading

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Kids Need Better Books: Have You Looked Inside?

We want our children to be critical thinkers and good citizens. The prevalence and popularity of offensive children’s books is astounding.  These books do not inspire critical thinking skills, good behavior, or develop a child’s knowledge in general.  While it … Continue reading

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Dork Diaries: Concerns from a Cursory Review

Dork Diaries, authored by Rachel Renée Russell, depicts awful behavior toward others.  For example, in Tales From a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter, one character (MacKenzie) rants about the narrator breaking rules.  The narrator responds “OMG! I was SO angry, I wanted … Continue reading

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Does Captain Underpants Belong in Any School Library?

Take a “look inside” a few books from the Captain Underpants series on Amazon or at a library. In Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot (published in 2015 after the series placed #1 on the Top Ten … Continue reading

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Bell Schedule Meeting Tonight

According to the HCPS Bell Schedule website, the last public meeting to discuss the Bell Schedule will be held at Jefferson High School tonight, 9/26, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. There is a summary on Tampa Bay Online highlighting … Continue reading

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Hillsborough County Schools Bell Schedule: Who carries the burden for an hour-apart-school-start-time?

Bus and bell scheduling is a difficult problem given all the inputs and constraints.  It feels like the current approach by the county is a one-size-fits-all band-aid getting slapped onto a complex problem.  Increasing start times between schools may help … Continue reading

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