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How well do you think Michigan schools are performing? (Patch file photo)
Tamara April 23, 2014 at 01:18 am
Agreed Joan - please check out this FB page: Northville MI Parents for Educational Excellence
Bob April 23, 2014 at 09:43 am
Not sure what everyone is smoking here.....i sit down EVERY nite w/ my daughter on her elementaryRead More homework. It is challenging and the school / teachers doing great job. She has art, fieldtrips, sports....will be well prepared for college...and yes, this is a public school. I am not a teacher like my parents...but I did go to Stanford and stayed at a holiday inn.
Tom Stroup April 23, 2014 at 10:39 am
So let me get this straight: The organization who supports this plan conducted their OWN poll andRead More found that the respondents like it? And the article suggests they had to explain the plan to each respondent? Did they explain the other 3 plans accurately? This article is just a way for this group to get some positive publicity for THEIR plan. Lets have an honest and open debate on all 4 plans and see which is best...
A student accidentally discharged pepper spray at Roosevelt High School Friday, causing the school to be evacuated. (Patch file photo)
yanddot April 14, 2014 at 04:43 pm
Evidentaly, you can get suspended for bringing cough drops or Tylenol to school but brining pepperRead More spray is okay as long as it is an "accident". What oh what is the district going to do when they can't sweep something under the rug???
Joanne Jackson April 15, 2014 at 10:54 pm
I drove past the school at 810am and the kids were already outside, maybe the official evacuationRead More didn't start until 840 but I received texts from both of my kids saying that someone sprayed pepper spray and you could smell or feel the burn in just about every part of the school. My oldest called me at approx 10am asking if I could call the school so he could leave because their class was still standing outside of "B" building. Something fishy is going on here! How, how in the world do you accidentally spray pepper spray? I thought every canister had a safety latch. Oh but wait my daughter got sent home last year for having ludens cough drops because it is medication and could be used for the wrong purpose...um couldn't pepper spray be used for something other than is intended? No, not really! Pepper spray is used to subdue a person or animal, what the heck is it doing in the school? It is chemical agent that can cause great harm. again, how was it accidentally sprayed? I don't care who did it, i just want to know that this person has been removed from the school for bringing something to school that could harm many others including the children in the daycare center.
yanddot April 16, 2014 at 08:01 am
Thank you Joanne. I'm happy to see that someone else is upset about the way the incident was handledRead More and the skewed facts that were given. Nothing more was said about it in school and I can pretty much guarantee that you will not hear anything else. The district likes to stand mute until the problem fades into memory. What does the school board think? Don't they approve the RULES that are in the student handbook? (That's a joke. Ask any student and they will tell you that the rules are selectively implemented if at all) Bring on the new super!
Several meetings are scheduled for next week for the Office of Civil Rights to gather information.
joe smoe April 8, 2014 at 09:17 am
Why is not the Dept. Of Justice not on national news and getting involved with the Detroit raceRead More crime of the one white man getting beat beyond recognition by 10 - 12 black men last week? Eric Holder, where are you? We know if this incident were a black man being beaten by a mob of non-blacks, you and your bosses, the liar obama, and the race baiters - al sharpton and jesse jackson would be on nightly news, spewing their venom. You guys and your agendas are jokes. Glaring, bad jokes.
Prometheus April 8, 2014 at 10:19 am
Sharpton is too busy snitching on his "brothers" to the FBI.
art April 8, 2014 at 04:38 pm
I am shocked that the DOJ would think this University of Political Correctness would do anything toRead More harm anyone.
The Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church defended distribution to Dearborn public school students of a flyer promoting an upcoming Easter egg hunt because the event does not have a religious component. (Patch file photo)
Dale Behler April 8, 2014 at 06:25 pm
Daniel.....I doesn't seem that you have read all the comments on here. The concern of most peopleRead More is not so much whether or not to allow religious content in public schools as it is allowing preferential treatment of one religion (Muslims in Dearborn), while strictly enforcing restrictions against similar special accommodations for other religions (usually Christians). It's a matter of having equal treatment for all religions, not just one.
Michael Matigian April 8, 2014 at 06:52 pm
We All need to remember to get out and Vote !!!! That is our only tool Vote and May God Bless allRead More of us
laplateau April 8, 2014 at 07:44 pm
Daniel...what an ignoramus. Your comment brilliantly illuminates what you so rudely label as lack ofRead More mental capabilities. You not only did not take the time to read all forgoing comments, but you have no understanding of whatsoever of the first amendment to our constitution...which plainly says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". Do you REALLY think that applies to this issue? Try reading a bit...like the constitution itself, also the the plethora of writings by our founding fathers. In doing so, you might just be able to avert sounding as if yousuffering from a lack of mental capabilities in the future.
Catherine Cost, currently the assistant superintendent for Farmington Public Schools, is leaving to become Wyandotte's top administrator. (Farmington Public Schools photo)
Dave York March 28, 2014 at 10:02 am
Congratulations & best wishes to Catherine Cost! As for her replacement, that is properly aRead More decision for the next Superintendent. The next Superintendent should be allowed to appoint a person aligned with their plan(s) and objectives for that position. There are plenty of talented and experienced Administrators on the hill to handle any and all interim tasks. Any other proposition should require significant and compelling justification.
Michael Ritenour March 28, 2014 at 10:35 am
I have known Dr. Cost for nearly ten years, and she is an excellent administrator, top-notchRead More educator, and an all-around good person. She has the trust and good will of the teachers, invaluable for a member of Administration. This is a loss for FPS and a huge gain for Wyandotte. I wish her well, and I hope FPS can find a replacement anywhere near her capabilities.
A firestorm erupted on Twitter last week after some Howell teens sent racially charged Tweets after a basketball game.
Art March 25, 2014 at 10:11 pm
jackie miller, was that suppose to be funny, or was that statement just a dumb as you are?
roger hawrylicz March 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm
I'm thinking this Art is a little unbalanced with the way he expresses himself,lol! I can just seeRead More this little twit hunched over his keyboard with saliva foaming at the corners of his mouth while he bangs away at the letters. What a loon!!
jackie miller March 28, 2014 at 10:18 am
Art, you are what you want to be, so keep being ignorant. You do are doing a great job at it...LOL
Howell High School student Cassie Bondie defended her school and her community in a letter to the editor. The bottom line: This isn't who we are, she said. (Photo: Howell Main Four student publication)
stephanie pytlowanyj March 22, 2014 at 06:56 am
No, I don't believe this is going to end for a while. The school district is taking care of theRead More problem, however somehow this issue got brought to the media's attention which is fueling the fire. Hoping for the students the issue gets out of the media and back within the school district for them to continue to deal with. The tweets occurred surrounding a school activity and the school should be allowed to take care of it, out of the glare of the media.
Howell school officials say "four or five" students sent racially charged Tweets after the school's all-white team beat a predominantly black team in state basketball playoffs. The students face "corrective action." (Patch file photo)
Sue Burstein March 20, 2014 at 08:47 am
Considering the "hitler" reference in the tweet, I would suggest that a field trip the theRead More Holocaust Museum in FH would be appropriate. I agree with those who have concerns about freedom of speech. So, rather than trying to undermine a basic freedom in this country and apply it willy nilly using the "diversity" card - "intimidation" card - or any of the PC cards, let's give these kids an up front kick in the arse about what this kind of thinking promotes. The Holocaust, anti-Semitism and racial intolerence doesn't just happen. It runs deep, and is taught somewhere. So teach what happens from it when a group is singled out. On the other hand, I supported the nazis right to march in Skokie, I support Farakhan's right to make all his anti-Semetic remarks, I support speech that I loathe...becuase if I don't , who will support my rights under the 1st amendment. That is far more important in this country than some stupid teenagers' tweets.
Blogger Zod March 22, 2014 at 01:01 am
Freedom is not free, keep that in mind. you have rights and obligations as well. the students haveRead More the rights to say what they want, and the school deserve the rights to punish those students for inappropriate behaviors especially to matters related to the school, in this case ( game). I think people misuse the constitution time and time over, if i'm not mistaken I think the constitution states that all men are created equal (no mention of race) and it was writen in the 18th century but up until 1964 some people in this country were denied minimum rights. the person who wrote the bible and the person who reads the bible cannot have the same interpretation of the bible, so in the same context we can interpret the constitution as we like. bottom line is that if we allow the white students to tweet racist nonsense and the black students respond ...guess the rest. Americans==hypocrites , we need to practice what we preach not just when it suit us. else we should stop calling ourselves free-world and other nonsense.
Sherry Spehar March 23, 2014 at 09:53 am
The longer the Press can drag this out,the longer they think that they can sell more papers.I guessRead More they are short on material.
O'Doul's has trace alcohol content of less than .05 percent, but it's against the law to serve it our other "near beers" to minors in the state of Michigan. (Photo: Anheuser-Busch)
Bill March 19, 2014 at 07:14 am
Teachers who think outside the box tend to be the ones who connect with the children and keep theirRead More interest. Could she have used better judgement, and read the label - probably. But in her defense, here's a marketing line for O'Doul's: "O'Doul's is a premium non-alcoholic beer. O'Doul's Amber offers the same non-alcohol benefits with a richer look and taste." False advertising...? Also, have you looked at the ingredients of some of the meds we give our kids? Does this lapse of judgement warrant a misdemeanor or any other discipline - no. Hey, I bet the kids remember the lesson!
stephanie pytlowanyj March 19, 2014 at 11:13 am
This is old news from over 2 weeks ago; does the media just need something "controversial"Read More to report? On a side note, check the alcohol content in cough syrup. Here's a site to see what you and/or your child are ingesting: http://www.mssny.org/mssnycfm/mssnyeditor/File/CPH/AlcoholContent.pdf
Stacy Paalanen March 19, 2014 at 01:44 pm
Parents have control over the meds they give their kids, a teacher would not be making that decisionRead More without you, so that is not really a comparison; it is probably why there were no official complaints made to the school though.
Jimmy Kimmel's "Suit of the Loom" was made almost entirely with Rainbow Looms contributed by Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Schools students in Farmington Hills, MI. (Photo: Screenshot, YouTube video)
al carter March 1, 2014 at 09:08 am
What a great story of true compassion and how a simple gesture grew to wonderful results!
Susie Hensoldt March 1, 2014 at 09:54 am
That is wonderful! God Bless the OLS students and everyone involved in this beautiful story!
anne powder March 1, 2014 at 05:16 pm
This is the kind of news people want to hear. The journalist should have included who the staff areRead More that encouraged these kids to be so generous. Staff like that make a difference in kids' lives.
This screenshot of the video, which has been posted on YouTube, reportedly shot by a Michigan teacher shows a 10-year-old boy with autism wiping tears as he tried to free himself from a classroom chair.
blue March 3, 2014 at 05:44 pm
Was the room designed for autistic children? That chair has a very large opening in the back. ARead More Montessori school designs the classroom with the utmost importance. In fact, teachers don't even have a desk in the classroom. A while back I remember seeing fifth graders sitting on Swiss balls in their classroom. What's wrong with figuring out the logistics before the beginning of the school year.
Sherry Spehar March 3, 2014 at 05:57 pm
I like Blue's comments.If this child was frustrated like this,he probably would have found anotherRead More way to act out.It takes an exceptional teacher to deal with autistic children.I am sure that I am not patient enough to do this.The original teacher should have called for backup if she felt overwhelmed .
Bob March 10, 2014 at 01:26 pm
Dispicable...."teacher" has no empathy...should choose another profession.....terrible....
Jon Dufresne January 29, 2014 at 01:29 pm
Yes! All patch editors were laid off today!!! They all sucked anyways. There was never any realRead More news on this site anyways....just reports of police blotters and press releases like this.
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Corki January 28, 2014 at 10:12 am
At my age now I am less tolerant of high and low temperatures and am compelled to watch thoseRead More constant weather alerts all day to plan my days around cold, snow, or excessive heat. I do not remember hearing about wind chill numbers and the negative temperatures of recent being announced on the radio when I was a child. We did not have a television until I was in middle school so early each school morning when it snowed, my parents got up to listen to the news on the radio and see if by any chance schools would be closed. Of course schools were rarely closed back then and we kids were always so DISAPPOINTED most of those winters mornings when we bundled up and walked off to school. I am sure many of you remember those days! Living across from a grade school I also know very few children walk to school these days and I envy them having parents with a car to drive them every day. But I also realize that they are missing that early morning disappointment of not having a day off due to snow and they are missing that long walk to school with their friends dressed in ugly boots - not tennis shoes - and actually wearing a hat and mittens to keep warm! But I think what I regret most is the fact that todays youth (although most importantly are today home SAFE and WARM) will not have earned the privilege of being able to tell their children and grandchildren how they walked 2 miles to and from school in deep deep snow, UPHILL BOTH WAYS!
BASF Communications Director Marika Diamond with Supt. Carla Harting of Wyandotte Public Schools. Photo: BASF
Donald Icenogle January 10, 2014 at 03:06 pm
Way to go BASF! Thank you for stepping up for Wyandotte School's and for being a good neighbor!
Daniel Chojnowski January 11, 2014 at 12:03 am
$4000 from BASF...you have to be kidding me...they should add a few zeros to that amount...really
John_T January 12, 2014 at 02:36 pm
You're right Daniel, if a business isn't willing to give all their profits away, why give anything?Read More Thanks for the donation BASF. You're a great asset to our city.
KATHY SLACK December 19, 2013 at 11:23 am
The only "positive" if you even want to call it one is that is a big majority of peopleRead More who drive around Washington before and after school, drive like fools, so the cops are going to remain there just for that reason.
Sue Czarnecki December 20, 2013 at 10:08 am
Sounds like Wyandotte is starting to turn into Detroit.
Tracey January 10, 2014 at 11:13 am
This is the reason why we never let our son walk to or from school, and still don't even though he'sRead More 14 now. It's a real shame...but I've heard to many incidents in the last few years to feel he would be safe.
Jeanette Marron December 7, 2013 at 10:42 pm
I think the punishment is a bit light. This could have really harmed students and while it mightRead More have been a prank it was a dangerous one. putting others in danger deserves expulsion
Earl of Sandwich December 8, 2013 at 11:01 am
This is terrible. It's hard enough getting children to eat salads. This kid should be thrown ontoRead More one of those 'Scared Straight' shows.
William Riley December 9, 2013 at 03:13 am
I'm sorry all you lovers of Dr. Spock, but ever since coporal punishment was eliminated because itRead More was considered "child abuse" and would cause bad kids to develope a "complex", you have no one else to blame but yourselves. Enjoy your "Brave New World"!
Sam123 December 8, 2013 at 09:37 am
James, the best thing to do might be to raise more money for the city so that they could affordRead More another police officer once again. Are you willing to pay a little more in taxes and convince all of your neighbors to do the same?
Rhonda 'Roni' Gutierrez December 8, 2013 at 05:02 pm
Pay a little more in taxes? HAHAHAA!! For the amount of taxes we pay there should be a policeRead More station in that school!
Sam123 December 8, 2013 at 05:06 pm
Then maybe a concerned citizen can offer to help the city spent more wisely. know of anyone whoRead More could help, Roni?