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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 ...

TLI: Results of NYS School Board/Budget Voting

05.17.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute talks with Cecil about the voting across New York state this past Tuesday for the election of school board members and budgets. Overall, most budgets passed except in the cases of districts that tried to override the states’ 2.6% property tax ...

TLI: Key Issues in Next Week's NYS School Board/Budget Voting

05.10.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching & Learning Institute talks with Cecil about next week’s school board and school budget elections going on across NY state. They discuss the budget priorities, cost-cutting measures, the property tax cap, reserve fund use and how to evaluate candidates for ...

TLI: Governor Cuomo Establishes NY Education Reform Commission

05.02.12 | Cecil Van Houten

As promised in his State of the State message earlier this year, Gov. Cuomo has established an education reform commission composed of a wide range of educators and businesspeople to take a hard look at the 7 areas of concern in reforming the state's educational system. Dr. Ralph Kerr of TLI and ...

TLI: Are You Ready To Vote?

04.26.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr, President of the Teaching & Learning Institute and Cecil talk about the upcoming school budget/school board voting day, May 15. Both school budgets will be voted on as well as candidates for school board. Each district in NYS will hold an informational meeting between now and ...

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