Mar 16, 2006

Governor Signs Bill Creating Virtual Public Schools

The Governor has signed a bill, creating Virtual Public Schools in Mississippi. At first blush Virtual Public Schools seem to be the panacea Mississippi's ailing public school system needs. But I have several questions and concerns about Virtual Schools.

  • So far all the Virtual School companies are out of state. Do we really want to send our educational funds out of state?

  • How will Virtual Schools be funded? How will their funding affect traditional public schools?

  • Who will be able to use Virtual Public Schools? Will there be a requirement that a parent be home to supervise Virtual Public School Students?

  • What safeguards will be put in place to ensure that public funds are spent wisely and that the Virtual Schools are delivering the education they promised?

Until these questions are answered to the satisfaction of the Mississippi Taxpayers, maybe we should put the brakes on, take a step back and make sure the legislation enacted is done in the best interest of all Mississippi's children and not as a knee jerk reaction. I encourage all Mississippian's that share my concern about Virtual Schools to call their Senator, Congressmen and the Governor to express their concerns.

Mar 4, 2006

Schools Overstepping Their Bounds

In Costa Mesa, California, a middle school student faces expulsion for allegedly posting graphic threats against a classmate on the popular MySpace.com Web site, and 20 of his classmates were suspended for viewing the posting, school officials said. Parents however questioned whether the school is overstepping its bounds by disciplining students for actions that occurred on personal computers, at home and after school hours.
http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/nation/14002698.htm

While all of us would agree that the student was wrong to post graphic threats on the website, since the students actions took place in HIS HOME, AFTER SCHOOL HOURS and on the FAMILY'S PERSONAL COMPUTER the majority of us would think that it would be up to the child's parents to punish him. Frankly I am not comfortable with the school system having the authority to punish students for actions that take place in their home.

Suspending 20 additional students for merely viewing the website, is ludicrous.

In VA Parents Rally against School Uniforms

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