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Polk County School students will be out of school on Friday, October 23, 2009! This day is a Teacher Workday. Students will return the following Monday.

Other random 10/23/2009 trivia: it is the 296th day of the year and falls during the 43rd week of the year; it is National Mole Day (no kidding), and the birthdays of Weird Al Yankovic, Johnny Carson, and Michael Crichton; for all you science geeks, the sun rises at 7:34 a.m. and sets at 6:52 p.m., giving you 11 hours and 18 minutes of daylight.

You’re welcome.

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Here are some important Polk County School Board dates from this year’s calendar:

10/23/2009 – Teacher work day; students are off

11/10/2009 – Report cards go out (expect tears and sadness from some)

11/23-27/2009 – Thanksgiving holidays (no school)

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We all know budgets are tight and it’s hard to leave your school for training. Here are some free, online training courses that are related to your jobs:

Baker Act Training, Human Trafficking, Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Awareness, Ethical Issues & Decisions In Law Enforcement, FEMA Independent Studies (lots of courses available for free!)

That should keep you busy for a while.

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A first grade student is facing 45 days in reform school for bringing his Cub Scout dinner tool (pocket knife with spoon, fork, and bottle opener) to school to use as an eating utensil.

According to the story…

A Swiss Army-type combination of fork, spoon, bottle opener and knife, the tool has been Zachary’s favorite ever since he got it to take on Cub Scout camping expeditions. “He eats dinner with it, breakfast and everything else, so it never occurred to him that this would have been something wrong to do,” the 6-year-old’s mother, Debbie Christie, told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira Tuesday from Newark, Del.

It looks like the school board may change it’s policy to give administrators and teachers the “freedom to use their commonsense when it’s obvious that a child presents no danger”. The child has already been suspended from school for 5 days and is now home schooled for the time being. There is a website asking the public to support his plight. UPDATE: His 45 day suspension was waived and the policy was quickly changed.

Question for the readers: Which is best? Mandatory punishment or Administrative discretion?

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The New York Times ran an article concerning dropouts. It seems as if they have a higher rate of incarceration.

On any given day, about one in every 10 young male high school dropouts is in jail or juvenile detention, compared with one in 35 young male high school graduates

They study can be found here. A study found that $209,000.00 could be saved by help preventing one (1) child from dropping out of school!

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