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Spanking in public schools has been outlawed in 31 states. Nineteen states allow it but it is often banned at the county level and there is sometimes a “no-paddle list” for parents to indicate that that their child should not be spanked at school. U.S. Department of Education statistics show that in 1976 there were 1.5 million students “paddled” at school. In 2006, the most recent year for which data is available, there were 223,000 children spanked at school. (Washington Post, 01-02-13)

In a speech given at the Illinois Labor History Society, Chicago Teachers Union Pres. Karen Lewis joked about mob killings of “wealthy” people. Video posted at shows that Lewis, referring to the 1920s, said, “The labor leaders of that time, though, were ready to kill. They were. They were just – off with their heads. They were seriously talking about that.” Some audience members then laughed and applauded. Lewis continued, “But the key is they think nothing of killing us. They think nothing of putting our people in harm’s way. They think nothing of lethal working conditions.” Lewis then used schools without air conditioning as an example of lethal working conditions.

An NYU study has shown that city educators spend less than an hour a day accessing the New York City Department of Education’s $80 million student-data system. The NYC schools Chief Academic Officer justified the cost stating, “$80 million over four years was a ‘tiny amount of money’ in the scope of the [NYC] DOE’s $24 billion annual budget, and ‘an investment that was well worth it.'” He said that gym and kindergarten teachers would never need to access the system, and added that some teachers may fear the technology. The Achievement Reporting and Innovation System replaced other electronic and paper systems and gives teachers and administrators access to student records. (Wall Street Journal, 10-21-12)

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