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Dealing with school violence: Accusations or conversations?

By Len Rieser on Mar 31, 2011 05:41 PM

“The students are hopeless."

“The union is useless."

“The administrators are incompetent, and liars to boot."

“The families are horrible."

These, and many more, are among the comments responding to the Inquirer series on school violence.

Teachers and the First Amendment

By Len Rieser on Feb 21, 2011 01:32 PM

I don’t know exactly what Ms. Moffett - the Audenried teacher whose disciplinary transfer Ben Herold described in two recent stories - said or did. Plus, I’m not an employment lawyer. So I can't really speak to her legal situation. 

I do know, though, that public employees, such as teachers, have First Amendment rights – even if, as in many areas, those rights are not absolute.

Avoiding a legal pileup: The Education Empowerment Act and the reauthorization of NCLB

By Len Rieser on Mar 9, 2010 09:27 AM

Picture yourself walking into a huge, noisy factory that makes education. We won’t stop right now to talk about the quality of the product. Instead, we’ll just take in, for a moment, the commotion, the people racing around, the machines rising and falling and clanking and crashing. We’ll call this factory the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

On the origin of lawsuits

By Len Rieser on Feb 25, 2010 12:26 PM

Where do big lawsuits come from?

This is the Darwinian question that occurred to me last week when I learned about “webcamgate” (as some Lower Merion students have called it). That’s the situation that has led to a class action complaint in which a student accuses the district of spying on him and others in their homes, through cameras installed in laptops.

Why can't they just teach their kids English?

By Len Rieser on Feb 18, 2010 07:02 PM

Of all the grumpy things that people say about immigrants, one of the more unusual is that they don’t sit their kids down on arrival and teach them English.  But that’s one of several points made by Christopher Paslay in an op-ed earlier this week.

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