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WATCH: Student-teacher welcomes 4th-grade class with viral rap song, video

A Chicago area student-teacher's creative way of welcoming his class back to school has gone viral.

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According to WMAQ, Dwayne Reed, a student-teacher at Jane Stenson Elementary School in Skokie, Illinois, joined forces with his friend, filmmaker Ty Gotham, and producer Stevo Thompson to record a rap song and make a music video for his fourth-graders.

“I wanted a cool way to introduce myself to the students and the parents I was gonna have,” Reed told WMAQ.

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According to the YouTube description, "the song and video emphasize the reality that hard work is a must, but that school and learning can certainly be fun!"

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The video, uploaded Saturday, has been viewed more than 161,000 times. 

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Florida man upset after niece brings home 'excuse from Pledge' form

A Florida man took to Facebook last week after he said his niece brought home a waiver for her parents to sign if they wanted their child excused from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

WTIC-TV reported that the post was made by Micah Brienen, of Cape Coral, Florida, on Aug. 18 where he said the form is "the dumbest thing" he has ever read. He also said he was "ashamed" of the form.

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The post, which has been shared more than 24,000 times, shows the form.

My niece brought this home from school today...What is happening to our country?!?Posted by Micah Brienen on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Brienen followed up the initial post three days later asking his friends to contact the school’s superintendent about the form, but students in Florida have had the right to opt out of saying the pledge since 2000, according to WTIC.

Earlier this year, Florida’s House Education Committee unanimously approved a bill that would "change how students are notified of their right to skip the daily pledge and what the excused student must do during the pledge." This controversy also comes a year after a Florida superintendent spoke out against a sign that offered students the option to stand up and recite the pledge.

In Palm Beach County, students are required to stand and say the pledge at the beginning of each day. The district's policy also says schools must post a notice of a student’s right not to stand and recite "in a conspicuous place." If a student under 18 years old wants to exercise that option and skip the pledge, he or she would need a signed excuse from a parent.

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Atlanta school's video will make you rethink how you talk to kids

A video made by the Atlanta Speech School illustrates the impact that different attitudes and phrases have on children.

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The video starts with a young boy who explains what it feels like when an adult ignores him or loses patience with him.

When he begins his day, he is happy and upbeat, giving a bus driver an enthusiastic hello that's met with little more than a dismissive wave of a hand. Throughout the day, his interactions with teachers and other adults leave him deflated. 

The Atlanta Speech School, a comprehensive school for language and literacy, has released the compelling new video, titled "Every Opportunity," which switches gears halfway through the piece to illustrate how teachers, school bus drivers and other school staff -- through small every day changes showing kindness inside and outside the classroom -- can enhance a child's ability to thrive and learn. Ultimately, the video shows examples of how teachers, school bus drivers and school staff can make the most of every interaction with students.

"Everyone a child meets throughout the day can make a difference -- all the difference," Comer Yates, executive director of the Atlanta Speech School, said in a press release. "Every time a child is ignored, or yelled at or silenced, a teacher takes away what is possible. As the video exemplifies, each of these moments can be missed opportunities to empower a child and develop their vocabulary."

School sign turning away parents with kids' forgotten homework, lunch goes viral

A Catholic high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, is making headlines after a photo of a controversial sign posted on its front door went viral on Facebook.

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"If you are dropping off your son's forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please TURN AROUND and exit the building," reads the sign pictured in a post on Catholic High School for Boys' Facebook page. "Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence."

The image has been shared more than 115,000 times since it was posted Aug. 10.

Many parents praised the school in the post's comments.

"If only ALL schools were like this," wrote commenter Barb Shear.

Barbara Bowers added, "Sorry, the school is correct. If someone cannot remember their lunch, it will only happen once. They will learn to be a responsible adult and hopefully pass on the trend to their children as well."

But others weren't as impressed.

"This has to be a suggestion, especially if I'm paying for my child to be there," Alana McCraw wrote.

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Commenter Julia Pence Stephens called for more compassion.

"No one is perfect," Stephens wrote. "We as adults forget our packed lunch as we head out to work. We have resources to get our lunch. I hope these kids are getting lunch. We do need to teach our children to be independent but they also need to be taught to be compassionate and show mercy."

The school's principal, Steve Straessle, told KARK that the rule teaches students a valuable lesson.

"It's simply to help boys avoid the default switch of calling mom and dad when things don't go right to bail them out," he said.

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Student with Down syndrome to join cheerleaders on the field

A cheer-leading controversy has been quieted in Calhoun City Schools.

Outrage erupted on social media after a student with Down syndrome was not allowed on the field with her fellow cheerleaders during a recent football scrimmage. 

Grace Key is considered an honorary member of the cheer-leading squad, but her supporters say steps were taken to exclude her when game time came.

Most everyone in downtown Calhoun heard about it, but few wanted to talk about it.

"It's not something I really want to get involved in. It's drama almost, you know?"

Calhoun High School student Grace Key is a special case.

"There's nothing wrong just because she's got Down syndrome. Let her out there,” Carolyn Floyd said.

Key attended practices and was given a uniform, but her friends say during the football team's recent scrimmage, she wasn't allowed on the field to cheer.

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Video shows the other girls inside the fence and Grace outside.

"Grace is a beautiful child who is so happy and shares that with everybody. I think the whole community will benefit from including her,” long-time resident Sally Poole said.

Poole says she's not surprised by the outrage that erupted on social media, including an online petition signed by more than 5,000 people demanding the school system allow Grace to cheer.

Poole is a retired special education teacher she thinks she knows why there were those who did not want grace to participate.

“I feel that some people may have thought she was taking away from the glory, but I think that would be sharing glory if we give her a chance to be normal with other girls," Poole said.

Calhoun's first home game is this Friday.

Key is expected to be on the sidelines with the rest of the cheerleaders.

One U.S. college has won more Olympic medals than some countries

Headlines Tuesday morning highlighted an unexpected win by Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller, who beat out Allyson Felix for the gold medal in the women’s 400-meter final when she dove over the finish line.

"Things happen," Miller said about the upset. "Hey, I got a gold medal."

Miller, 22, is one of many athletes from The University of Georgia to bring home medals. So far, the Bulldogs have as many medals -- 10 -- as host country Brazil.

Chase Kalisz, Allison Schmitt and Amanda Weir each won silver for the U.S. this year. Chantal Van Landeghem won a bronze medal for Canada.

If UGA was a sovereign nation, it would be tied for 14th place among the 205 countries competing in the Olympics.

UGA’s Gunnar Bentz was one of four U.S. swimmers who were robbed Sunday by gunmen pretending to be Rio de Janeiro police officers.

Bentz made history by being the first male Bulldog swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal.

UGA swimmers have won 11 gold medals at all games. Most of UGA’s winners have been women.

Former Georgia volleyball player Alexandra Oquendo is competing in Rio this year as part of Puerto Rico's team. Oquendo was with the Bulldogs from 2002 to 2005.

Michael Phelps has won 23 gold medals all by himself. If the Republic of Phelps was a country, it would be in 38th place for the most gold medals won in the long history of the Olympics.

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UGA has 48 Bulldogs in Rio! #DawgsInRio𾇛 | #Rio2016Posted by University of Georgia on Saturday, August 6, 2016

School's back: Parents and cops rejoice

School's back and parents everywhere are celebrating.

One Georgia man said he saw a couple of mothers high-fiving at a grocery store, thought they’d run across a valuable coupon; instead, he said, they were simply happy to reclaim their "kids are in school" lifestyles.

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But the downside of school for adults who aren't parents, as any commuter will unhappily tell you, is traffic.

Living across the street from a school means pulling out of your neighborhood takes five minutes instead of one. If you get caught behind a school bus, it takes 10.

"There is no question that traffic gets a lot worse when school is back in session," said WSB-TV traffic guru Mark Arum. "Unfortunately, it is going to get a lot worse after Labor Day."

Police, like parents, are probably happier when school is in session. Police-officer parents are doing cartwheels.

You may have heard that crime rates peak during the summer, when some teens crack locks instead of books.

Is it true? Can we blame young people?

Crime of almost every type increases during summer months, according to a study released in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Justice. Only one type of crime increases during fall months -- simple assaults (aka fights).


The DOJ says, "Simple assault victimization rates were higher among youth ages 12 to 17 than among adults age 18 and older. Simple assault rates among youth were lowest during the summer when the school year ended and highest in the fall when the school year began."

But it's not just kids.

Many experts say hot weather increases crime because people -- adults included -- are out and about and interacting with each other more.

On the flip side of the thermometer, fewer crimes are committed when it is cold. 

"It just makes common sense," said Curtis Davenport of the Atlanta Police Department. "More people out, more crime; less people out, less crime."

Why I’m Leaving Teaching: A Florida teacher’s painful decision

Education leaders across the country are troubled by the high number of teachers leaving the profession early, and Palm Beach County is no exception. A recent study found that 16 percent of the county’s teachers quit within the first two years, and 11 percent leave between the third and seventh year.

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Here, Megan Webb, who spent a decade as an elementary teacher in Palm Beach County, Florida’s public schools, talks about the role that slow wage growth played in her recent decision to leave.

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Why I’m Leaving Teaching: A Wellington teacher explains a painful decision  More than 11,000 Palm Beach County public school teachers return to the classroom this week to prepare for Monday’s start of school. Here’s why I won’t be there.

Heartbreaking – it’s the only word that can describe how it feels to walk away from something that was once your dream. The one job you always wanted to do, the person you wanted to become.

For the first time in 10 years, I am not anxiously preparing my classroom, anticipating the arrival of twenty energetic children and a new year full of learning, laughter and excitement.

Instead, I am preparing myself for a new career in the business world. And not because I wanted to. I absolutely loved my teaching job at Equestrian Trails Elementary. But sadly, love just isn’t enough.

Why am I leaving? I am being forced to make a decision between the absolute love of teaching and living up to my potential to support myself. Since graduating from college, I have been fortunate enough to focus on my work, and ignore my stagnant income by living with my parents.

Former Equestrian Trails Elementary teacher Megan Webb

It has been a very comfortable living arrangement that’s worked well for my family and me, and I just assumed I would move out when I “met the right guy.”  But, that hasn’t happened yet, and at the age of 32, I decided it is time for me to move out on my own and become a fully independent adult.

There is just one giant obstacle standing in my way: I simply cannot support myself comfortably with my current income.

A year’s experience worth just $274

I’ve always known that education would be far from lucrative, and I have always been accepting of that. However, I never anticipated that my salary would not grow along with my years of experience.

When I started teaching in the Palm Beach County School District a decade ago, I made $33,830. Today, I make $43,239.

While that’s a lot more than I made in my first year of teaching, it’s just $2,464 more per year than an incoming first-year teacher today, or an additional $274 for each year of experience.

When I began my career, the hope for a more comfortable future seemed attainable. The pay scale in 2007 reflected a more sizeable difference of $6,600 between a first and tenth year teacher.

Unfortunately, since I began teaching in 2006, we have seen serious changes to our pay structure, and a lack of substantial raises.

Compound that with an inflation rate of 19.6% over the past ten years, rising healthcare costs, and a change to our state-funded retirement pension (requiring a 3% deduction from our paycheck), and we as a teaching class have gained very little ground in a decade.

Discouragingly, the prospect of meaningful increases in the future seems dim.

Pay doesn’t go far in Palm Beach County

I have never been one to talk money, and while I’m sure most people would prefer not to discuss what they actually make, in this case it is crucial. To be completely straightforward, I calculated my take-home pay after taxes, insurance, union dues, and retirement deductions at roughly $27,800 a year.

Some may argue that this is a livable wage, and that many get by with far less. I don’t disagree that I am fortunate to have this, but I also recognize that I don’t have to settle for the kind of life that accompanies this level of income.

To fully illustrate the situation, allow me to do the math.

I bring home a little over $2,000 each month. In Palm Beach County, where the average apartment rental is $1,338, and after the cost of basic utilities (approx. $190), a car payment (with a modest lease, approx. $250), and car insurance (approx. $100), that would leave around $200 a month for food, gas, cell phone, and any other expenses.

Could I count my pennies, and scrape by? Barely. But what kind of life is that? And should I have to, with a college degree, after ten years of service, in a career that impacts the lives of our future leaders? It is completely unacceptable.

I’m not wanting of more money for social status, or material possessions. I just don’t believe, that at this point in my career, I should have to worry about whether or not I can pay rent and feed myself.

Pay dissatisfaction affects the classroom

My life experiences outside of the classroom very much impact the education I can provide for my students inside of the classroom. Correspondingly, it would be foolish to think that teachers can adequately meet the needs of their students if their own basic needs aren’t being met.

The alternative would be to stay where I am, becoming a little more bitter with each passing year, feeling “stuck,” handcuffed to a system that doesn’t value its educators or the students we teach.

In turn, my happiness and self-worth would undoubtedly diminish over time, to a point that I become a disservice to the very students that I sacrificed myself for.  I am not willing to give up my “life,” only to become a lesser version of myself, and a second-rate teacher.

I love my job. I adore the children I am so fortunate to work with each day. I have incredible administrators and support staff.

I truly enjoy what I do, and quite frankly, I am good at it. With consistent praise, an overwhelming number of teacher requests from parents each year, and most importantly the love that I see in my students’ eyes each day, I know I must be doing something right.

I haven’t lost my passion. I’ve just lost my ability to turn a blind eye to the impact that my salary has on my life outside the confines of my classroom.

Teacher attrition hurts children

This is why I want the world to hear my story. I need people to know that I didn’t walk away because I fell out of love with teaching, or that it just became too hard. I am still as passionate about it as I was when I started ten years ago, perhaps even more so.

And I can’t, in good conscience, walk away silently and pretend that I’m the only one facing this issue. I know several other teachers in our district, and across the country, who are in the same predicament. We need to be talking about it in a way that might actually effect change.

We can’t educate our children without teachers, and our children, OUR FUTURE, are losing more and more talented teachers each year because our leadership can’t figure out how to adequately compensate them for the blood, sweat and tears that they put in every day.

Something has to change before our education system crumbles. Our kids deserve better.

Editor’s note: Megan Webb is taking a yearlong leave of absence to pursue a new career.

Community responds after boy offers to mow lawns to pay for school supplies

A 10-year-old turned to Facebook friends to help raise money, not for a charity, new toys or to go on a trip, but to pay for the most basic supplies to head back to school.

His community has responded overwhelmingly.

Tyran Bell used his mother's Facebook account to ask her friends if he could mow lawns to earn money to buy his school supplies, WECT reported.

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Tyran got what he needed and then some.

He has enough supplies for himself and is giving the surplus to the community.

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"I'm going to put them in bags and go around the community and pass them out to whoever needs school supplies," Tyran told WECT.

The drive for Tyran has turned into a project to help other schools in the area.

A1 Security Services, the business that started the supply drive for Tyran, is looking at donating the surplus of supplies that came in, contacting to social workers to see what area schools need them.

"You've got these kids going to school and they are going with other kids who have all their nice new school supplies to school and they show up with nothing," A1 president Theresa Babb said. "They are starting the year badly there, plus you don't want them to feel bad. Plus it's like sending a carpenter out to work without a hammer."

Freshmen: So what do you really need to start college?

So you got into college! Congrats! Now the real work begins. There are classes, parties and dorms, oh my. It’s a regular jungle out there. So how do you survive your first year of college? Especially when you’re so young, bright-eyed and eager?

You prepare. You talk (and listen!) to those older than you, those who have been there before. They can teach you a thing or two about things you think you already know.

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First, supplies. Whether or not you actually ever liked school, you probably enjoyed shopping for supplies. Notebooks, sharpies, folders with puppies on them and neon-colored locker shelves, you name it, you bought it. For college, the list only grows longer (and more expensive). And the space to put everything? Well, bigger than your locker but smaller (much smaller) than your parents’ house — one dorm room that you are likely sharing.

Here are some items that should definitely be on your packing list:

Shopping for dorm life:

Shower shoes and shower caddy: Do you know how many other people are using or have been using that shower of yours? Are you the one cleaning it? No, no and no. So stay germ-free : Buy a cheap pair of flip-flops. As for keeping your products from getting used up, don’t leave them in the shower; instead use a caddy.

Earplugs and a sleeping mask: It is very likely that you and your roommate will not have the same schedule. You may have a class that starts at 8 and hers doesn’t start till 2. Whatever the case, an earplugs/sleeping mask combo will make sure you get enough sleep.

Sleeping bag and/or air mattress: You will need something for your friends to crash on when they crash or when your roommate needs private time.

A good backpack: Running back to your dorm after each class can be exhausting, leading to taking naps which lead to missing class. Skip the whole ordeal and just have a really good, comfortable backpack.

Desk Lamp: You can’t always spend your time at the library, so when it comes to dorm studying, be sure to have a desk lamp.

Extra Sheets: Simple hygiene. You want clean sheets, but don’t want to do large loads of laundry all the time.

Good shoes: Yes, those sandals are cute, but will they be as cute trekking across campus in the rain? And those heels? They won’t feel great after walking a mile. Stick to sensible (yet stylish) kicks or flats or sandals for your long days on the yard.

Your own printer: Yes, you can print at the library or the student government office (when they’re not jammed) for free or for a few cents. But having your own printer can save you a lot of time and aggravation.

Netflix account: Well, this isn’t a must, but you do need a break eventually and what better way than to make friends in the common room watching a binge marathon.

Not living in a dorm, here’s your shopping list:

Now for you commuters out there. Just because you don’t have to wear shoes in the shower doesn’t mean there aren’t things you should have at your disposal.

Coffee/tea thermos: Key to survival in college — even in the workplace — is energy, and energy means caffeine. While driving to class especially, have a hot thermos with you. You’ll be good to go all day.

Pillow/Blanket: It may sound crazy, but having a blanket and pillow in your car is handy for a quick nap (whether in the car or library!) or to relax on the grass.

Cordless charger: People will fight you for the wall outlets. Getting a cordless charger for your phone will not only help you out, but will also make you look less greedy for taking the outlet from someone who is actually using it for work.

Umbrella: There is always a chance for rain, and living in Florida, it is almost guaranteed. The umbrella should be small enough to fit in your backpack.

Spare of everything: Shoes, a bag, pens, paper, everything. Your car will become your room, and everything you could possibly need should be there. It’s pointless to drive back home during breaks between classes. It’s best to stay on campus and enjoy your college days . You’ll be forced to study, meet people and even hit the gym.

What freshmen need to know in general

Freshmen year can be scary. Any year can be scary. But there are things you can do, things that generations before you did and things you will tell future generations to do, to make your college years everything they should be.

Know thy route: The weekend before school starts and you have your schedule, go around the campus and find out exactly where all your classes are and how fast it takes to get to them.

Rent your books: Seriously, do not buy new books. They are the price of a down payment on a car, and as much as you think you are going to use them, you probably won’t.

Sites such as, and allow you to choose your book condition and length of borrowing time and then delivers them to your door with free shipping back at the end of the semester. If you still feel like you need to keep your book forever, then buy it used. These are normally in really good condition and sometimes with helpful notes in the margins.

Join clubs: While you’re in college, join all the clubs you can! You will meet people with similar interests and maybe even learn something new. Always wanted to learn Italian? Join the Italian club. Think comics are cool? There’s a club for that. There is a club for any and everything.

Free gym classes: The last thing you want to do after going to class, studying and partying is go to the gym, but this is the perfect time to take advantage of free gym classes. Not only will you get in shape (hey, the freshmen 15 is real!), but you will also meet lots of cool people who are interested in being active as well. Besides, technically you’re paying for use of the gym in your tuition, so you might as get something out of it.

Take classes that interest you: Yes, you have to take classes that relate to your major, but not all students know what their major will be their freshmen year. So if you don’t know, balance your schedule out with the basic prerequisites and then a class or two on something you’re interested in. Know your major? That’s great, and you can still take a fun elective here and there.

Go to class: Go. Just go. It’s really easy to forget about class, especially without teachers or parents (or the law) forcing you to go. It doesn’t make things any easier, when professors say, they don’t take attendance or that you can turn your work in electronically. In class, you will learn so much more than you could ever read from just a textbook. You will gain friendships and even get some one-on-one time with your professor.

The best advice: Listen to the people who have been there before. Listen to your parents, your older siblings, your aunts and uncles, whoever. They know what they enjoyed in college and what they regretted doing or not doing. They only want the best for you, so take their advice.

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