July 16, 2008
On Wednesday, John McCain told the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, he will expand education opportunities for children in failing schools, including vouchers for children to attend private school. The NAACP is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization
In his speech, McCain praised Democrat Barack Obama’s historic campaign. McCain added that Obama is wrong to oppose school vouchers for students in failing public schools. Tools like vouchers and other merit pay for teachers to break from conventional thinking on educational policy. The question remains though, how does McCain to help raise money for such programs without raising taxes or greatly scaling back or cutting expenses like the war he supports.
June 20, 2008
Mount Vernon Middle School teacher John Freshwater preached his Christian beliefs despite complaints by other teachers and administrators. He even went as far as to use a device to burn the image of a cross on students’ arms, according to the report filed by independent investigators, consulting firm H.R. On Call Inc. He taught creationism in his science class and was insubordinate in failing to remove a Bible and other religious materials from his classroom, the report said.
School board members were scheduled to meet Friday afternoon to discuss the findings by the investigators, hired by the district to investigate. The report was released Thursday.
The report comes one week after a family filed a federal lawsuit in Columbus against Freshwater and the school district. The lawsuit claims Freshwater burned a cross on their child’s arm that remained for approximately four weeks using a tool known as a high-frequency generator.
Several students interviewed by investigators described Freshwater, who has been employed by the school district for 21 years, as a great guy. The district’s director of teaching and learning, Lynda Westontold investigators that she had been dealing with complaints about Freshwater for much of her 11-year tenure at the district
Other findings show that Freshwater taught that carbon dating was unreliable to argue against evolution.