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TLI: NY Governor Vetoes Education Bill

08.02.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute and Cecil discuss Governor Cuomo's veto this week of a bill passed by the state Senate and Assembly that would have required local school districts to provide for special-needs students to be educated at any school of the parent's choice. They ...

TLI: Teachers Unions in Retreat

07.26.12 | Cecil Van Houten

There are changes happening in one of the largest teachers unions in the country. The National Education Association, faced with declining membership and diminished revenues, is shifting its focus from being a powerful national lobbying group to more of an education-oriented local partner in ...

TLI: Lessons Learned From the Penn State Tragedy

07.19.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute talks with Cecil about some of the results of the Louis Freeh report on the Penn State scandal. A timely reminder for education professionals and parents and citizens as well that the needs and safety of children should never be compromised in ...

TLI: School Administrators Embrace Digital Devices

07.12.12 | Cecil Van Houten

A recent survey shows that among education professionals, school administrators are ahead of the curve of embracing new technology to use in their jobs, especially smartphones and tablets such as the iPad. More applications are allowing administrators to ‘go mobile’ and use devices for faster ...

TLI: Summer's Here But Schools Are Still Busy

07.05.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Even though students have left the building, the building is busy with activity all summer long from cleaning and refurbishing to administrative work and updating school bus routes. Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute takes a look behind the scene at what’s going on during the ...

TLI: Homeschooled Students in Public School Activities Part 2

06.28.12 | Cecil Van Houten

In the second of a two-part series, Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute and Cecil talk about the issues surrounding the question of whether or not homeschooled athletes should be allowed to participate in sports programs in the public schools. Last week the focus was on the ...

TLI: Homeschooled Students in Public School Activities

06.21.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Stemming from a court case in Virginia regarding the so-called “Tebow Law”, Dr. Ralph Kerr, President of the Teaching and Learning Institute and Cecil discuss the questions surrounding the topic of homeschool students and their participation in school athletics and activities. What are the ...

TLI: The Rights of an Atheist Valedictorian

06.07.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute and Cecil discuss a situation in Texas where the valedictorian is an atheist and wants nothing religious included in the ceremony. www.teachingandlearninginstitute.org

TLI: Schools Increase Cutbacks of School Nurses

05.31.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Blurb: The battle for shrinking school budget resources has a new front – the nurses office. More and more school districts are cutting back or cutting completely in-building nursing services. What are the implications? How high a value is placed on that position relative to teaching ...

TLI: Spotlight on Pennsylvania

05.24.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute talks with Cecil about the budget concerns across the state of Pennsylvania. Since passing legislation similar to New York's property tax cap in 2006, the state has already gone through the process of tightening budgets, cutting staff and ...

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