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NC School Officials Remove God From Six-Year-Old’s Veterans Day Poem

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The superintendent of West Marion Elementary School wants to teach your children that it’s wrong to even mention God:

MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. — Some parents and students are outraged after McDowell County School Officials forced a 6-year-old girl to remove the word God from a poem honoring veterans in her family…

The West Marion Elementary School student was preparing for a Veterans Day program when she read her poem, but it was soon edited by the superintendent to remove the word God.

Full story here.

As one commenter stated, it appears that Freedom of Speech only exists for non-Christians.



Written by breckfield

December 4, 2012 at 8:44 am

An Apple (And $100K) For The Teacher

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Apparently, low pay for teachers isn’t a problem everywhere. Many retired teachers and administrators from New York to California have been raking in six-figure taxpayer-funded pensions.

Data from the California State Teachers Retirement System shows that 19,503 retirees are receiving over $75,000 in pensions. Of those, 5,308 are receiving more than $100,000.

A 2007 report from the National Council on Teacher Quality states that more than 1,100 retired Illinois teachers receive yearly pensions of $100,000 or more.

The New York Post reported last May that more than 1,000 suburban NY school administrators and teachers have retired with pensions above $100,000 a year.

One infamous fat cat is former Roslyn School District Superintendent Frank Tassone. He collects a $174,035 pension despite a felony conviction and four-year prison stretch for taking part in looting $11.2 million from district coffers.

As The Gothamist reported a year ago:

Records show that 738 former NYC educators get city pensions of more than $100,000/year (that includes some from city institutions of higher education).

It’s important to keep in mind that the $100,000 teacher pension is the exception, not the rule: the average teacher pension appears to be around $40,000 per year—which is still a very sweet deal. But there are tens of thousands of these six-figure exceptions nationwide increasing the taxpayers’ burden.

Teaching is a noble profession and deserves respectable pay.

But do retired teachers deserve to be paid more than most working Americans?

Written by breckfield

February 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm

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