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Health Officials Slam 'Irresponsible' Workarounds on Mask Rules

Doctors, religious and community leaders, school officials, others helping parents circumvent masking

(Newser) - An Oregon school superintendent is telling parents they can get their children out of wearing masks by citing federal disability law. A pastor at a California megachurch is offering religious exemptions for anyone morally conflicted over vaccine requirements. And Louisiana's attorney general has posted sample letters on his office'...

Schools Chief Suspended After Alleged Fracas at Whataburger

Texas superintendent suspended for 3 days without pay after he allegedly head-butted another super

(Newser) - What happened at Whataburger didn't stay at Whataburger, to the chagrin of one Texas schools chief. The Houston Chronicle reports that Xavier De La Torre, the superintendent for Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, has been suspended and docked three days without pay by the school board after...

School Pooper Says Cops Were 'Malicious, Unlawful'

Thomas Tramaglini takes issue with release of his mugshot

(Newser) - A former school superintendent who made headlines after he was charged with defecating on another high school's track has asked New Jersey's attorney general to investigate whether police acted unlawfully when they took his mugshot and released it to the media. In a letter to Attorney General Gurbir...

Someone's Blasting a School District Online. Now, an Unmasking?

Neb.'s Friend Public Schools wants to know who's running the criticism-filled Friend Bulldog account

(Newser) - A southeast Nebraska school district wants a court to help it learn who's behind a Twitter account that has targeted the district and superintendent. Friend Public Schools says the unknown person behind the Friend Bulldog account has made false, libelous, and defamatory statements accusing Superintendent David Kraus or the...

Superintendent Who Took Sick Student to Doctor Resigns

Casey Smitherman was arrested for insurance fraud after helping the 15-year-old

(Newser) - An Indiana school superintendent who was arrested after using her insurance to get medical treatment and meds for a sick student has resigned. Elwood Community Schools Superintendent Casey Smitherman provided the IndyStar with a statement explaining her decision was fueled in part by the "negative attention" she and her...

She'd Helped This Teen Before. This Time, the Cops Came

School superintendent charged with fraud after using health insurance to help sick student

(Newser) - An Indiana school superintendent who says she was worried about a sick student was hit with fraud charges after cops say she used her insurance to get medical treatment and meds for him. Per KTXL , court records say 48-year-old Casey Smitherman picked up the 15-year-old, who had a sore throat,...

Shamed School Pooper Admits Medical Issue

Thomas Tramaglini cites runner's diarrhea, plans to sue

(Newser) - Thomas Tramaglini calls it a one-time mistake : While running on a high school track early on April 30, the New Jersey school superintendent felt the need to defecate and went behind the bleachers to do his business. "What I did was wrong," yet "I've been portrayed...

Texas Superintendent in Hot Water Over Black QB Quip

Lynn Redden says he thought it was a private message

(Newser) - An East Texas school superintendent who wrote "You can't count on a black quarterback" on a Facebook post publicizing a Houston Chronicle article says he thought he was replying to a private message. Lynn Redden is superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District in the Piney Woods, about...

Cops Pull Over School Chief for Passing School Bus

It happened during a safety campaign in Melbourne, Florida

(Newser) - Bad: Authorities say a Florida school superintendent was pulled over for illegally passing a school bus. Worse: It happened as police were running a bus safety campaign. Florida Today reports that Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Desmond Blackburn was driving his district-issued SUV the morning of March 27 when he was...

School Board Prez Calls Busted Teacher 'Poor Little Woman'

Cries of gender discrimination envelop incident at Louisiana school board meeting

(Newser) - The story of the Louisiana middle school teacher arrested after speaking up at a school board meeting continues, now with a closer look at how women in the district are treated. When Deyshia Hargrave was carted off in handcuffs Monday after calmly questioning the $30,000 raise for Vermilion Parish...

Teacher Arrested at Meeting on Superintendent's $30K Raise

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave spoke up at school board meeting, ended up in handcuffs

(Newser) - A Louisiana school board meeting had on its agenda what appeared to be a fairly routine contract approval for the district's superintendent. But the Monday evening meeting ended up in the arrest of Kaplan middle school English teacher Deyshia Hargrave after she juxtaposed Jerome Puyau's new contract, which...

School Supers Draw Big Bucks, Bigger Perks

Turnaround experts find profitable niche in failing school districts

(Newser) - Teachers aren't living in luxury, but some school superintendents are, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Some are pulling in $325,000 a year, plus multi-million-dollar consulting budgets to restructure impoverished, underperforming public school systems. The Monitor calls them "central office rock stars," a product of the No Child...

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