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Tax Tips for Teachers
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 14, 2011, 12:41 pm   

With tax season just around the corner, it's important to know what kind of federal tax breaks you might be eligible for as an educator. Most teachers purchase supplies for their classroom out of their own pockets throughout the school year. What you need to know is that if you are a teacher you can deduct up to $250 for unreimbursed classroom expenses.
Valentine's Day-- If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join Em
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 12, 2011, 12:24 am   

Hearts, red, pink candy, flowers (plastic and real), cards, blushing faces, a few tears , and Val-o-grams. Ah, it must be Valentine's Day at the middle school. I could never bring myself to "ban" the holiday in class. I love the sentiments of love too much. I even brought in treats for a year or two.

Stranger than Fiction: Sick Student Using Robot to Attend School
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 11, 2011, 11:11 pm   

We often mention advances in technology on the AAE blog. Stories ranging from students organizing online study groups to learning Chinese through remote video conferencing in Shanghai have all been making national headlines. This week a sick boy in Texas is all over the blogosphere for a new technology that lets him attend class without ever leaving his home.
Former First Lady Starts Education Initiative
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 11, 2011, 11:07 pm   

Former First Lady, librarian and current and longtime education advocate Laura Bush has announced a new education initiative through the President George W. Bush Institute in Houston. The program seeks to improve graduation rates by focusing on American middle schools.

New York Voters Don’t Support Tenure-Based Policies
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 04, 2011, 05:08 pm   

Voters in New York don't believe seniority should be the determining factor in potential teacher layoffs. According to a new poll by Education Reform Now, an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers are against the "last hired, first fired" policy for public school teachers.

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