Dawn Escobar, the mother of a former Ooltewah High School student, is alleging that Hamilton County Schools mishandled an investigation after her son was assaulted in his classroom during the school day last month. After weeks of stress and frustrations, Escobar said her son is not returning to a Hamilton County public school and she wants the district to pay for an alternative since, she alleges, the district was unable to provide her son with a safe learning environment. "The school brushed it under the rug," Escobar said. "That's been the theme throughout the entire nightmare." On Jan. 16, Escobar's son was assaulted in a classroom by someone he did not know. The student had entered the classroom and began to "hit him repeatedly in his face, head, back and shoulders" and ultimately knocked Escobar's son to the ground, where he continued to hit him, according to a police report filed by the school's resource officer. The report states that the teacher and other students, who all … [Read more...] about Mom alleges Ooltewah High School failed to protect her son after he was attacked in class
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Teachers and school employees are required to report suspicions of child abuse to authorities. But sometimes schools misuse this authority to punish parents. By Caroline Preston and Rebecca Klein 11/17/2018 05:00 am ET CHICAGO and NEW YORK — Tiffany Banks sat in her living room, a ruby-red wall decorated with family photographs behind her, listing all the ways her life had unraveled over the past year. Her 6-year-old son had been removed from her care for more than a month. She was forced to close an in-home child care business, and she’d been temporarily displaced from her preschool teaching job, which she’d held for 17 years. Her teenage daughter refused to talk to the 6-year-old, blaming him for the family’s troubles. Banks didn’t blame her little boy. She blamed his school, and the investigators from the state’s child welfare agency they’d sent to her door. Until last fall, Banks had only good things to say about her … [Read more...] about When Schools Use Child Protective Services As A Weapon Against Parents
John Woodrow Cox and Steven Rich, The Washington Post Published 11:25 am PST, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Superintendent Randy Russell checks camera feeds at Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash., which spent about $200,000 on new security after a deadly shooting last year. Superintendent Randy Russell checks camera feeds at Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash., which spent about $200,000 on new security after a deadly shooting last year. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Rajah Bose Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Rajah Bose Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 Superintendent Randy Russell checks camera feeds at Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash., which spent about $200,000 on new security after a deadly shooting last year. Superintendent Randy … [Read more...] about Billions are now spent to protect kids from school shootings. Has it made them safer?
Rene Wisely Free Press special writer Published 5:51 AM EDT Oct 9, 2018 Students may say lunch is the best part of their school day but administrators across metro Detroit are calling it the most challenging as a shortage of lunch monitors has them getting creative and aggressive to fill the positions. School districts in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties constantly have online job postings recruiting lunch aides, jobs that can be difficult to fill because of short shifts, low pay, midday hours and the ability to happily work with hundreds of children. But the search is necessary because it’s one of the school’s most crucial positions, said Katie Jeffrey, principal at Ferndale Upper Elementary in the Ferndale school district. “Monitors help kids problem-solve and they make for a much safer, enjoyable recess and lunch hour,” said Jeffrey, whose school has 8-9 lunch aides on a daily basis. While no Michigan laws … [Read more...] about Schools get creative to fill lunch aide jobs amid shortage
Laura Daily, The Washington Post Published 11:39 am PDT, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Call me a skeptic; I don't mind. Whenever I read or hear about an online fundraising campaign to help the victims of a tragedy - an apartment fire, a deadly accident, a senseless shooting - a little voice in my head asks, "How do I know the money will go to the intended recipients?" Technology makes it easy to donate, either through texts or crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe. Perhaps too easy, because it raises the potential for abuse. Take the case of Johnny Bobbitt, a homeless man who made headlines when he spent his last $20 to help fill the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia. That motorist, Kate McClure, started a GoFundMe campaign to help Bobbitt, raising more than $400,000 from more than 14,000 people. Nearly a year later, Bobbitt was in the news again. Only this time the Good Samaritan was suing McClure and her boyfriend for the funds. His pro bono lawyer claimed that … [Read more...] about Interested in online crowdfunding? Proceed with caution