False Choice: Taxes vs. Teachers

by Cameo Thorne | Jul 27, 2018 4:34 pm | Comments (19)

(Opinion)This week, Superintendent Carol Birks announced the layoffs of three dozen certified educators, which the Board of Education still needs to approve. Cameo Thorne, a one-time Teacher of the Year who now works to implement restorative practices throughout the district, submitted this opinion piece on the go-to arguments about the trade-offs between higher taxes on our properties and more teachers in our schools.

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Birks Fields Her Team

by Christopher Peak | Jul 24, 2018 8:16 am | Comments (13)

Christopher Peak PhotosNo chief of staff. No general counsel. No labor relations director.

All of those positions have been removed from the organizational chart that Superintendent Carol Birks presented to the Board of Education for approval at its Monday night meeting at Celentano School.

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Theater Offers A Map Through Middle School

by Brian Slattery | Jul 23, 2018 12:14 pm

Judy Sirota Rosenthal PhotosA girl is angry about feeling socially left out and is talking about it with a more popular friend who, she suspects, sympathizes more than she lets on. “Isn’t it weird being weird? Maybe we could be weird together. Wait, that came out weird,” the girl says.

A boy is annoyed at having to take more responsibility than his younger brother. He feels like he’s being too much to do, forced to grow up a little too fast. “If you told me this was the price of middle school, I would have stayed in the fourth grade,” the boy says.

A girl wants to go to a friend’s Christmas party and knows she isn’t being invited because the friend is embarrassed by the girl’s poverty. She’s not letting her friend off the hook. “Why can’t I come?” the girl asks, an edge in her voice.

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