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Public school officials offer a variety of reasons for why school-levy campaigns are so often defeated. Perhaps the two heard most frequently are that the pool of voters sympathetic to school levies has grown smaller as school-age populations have grown smaller, and that voters can most easily express their frustration over growing taxes by rejecting school levies.
At the National Education Association's convention in New Orleans this past summer, delegates and participants were asked their views on physical contact with students--not corporal punishment, mind you, but rather, the reassuring hand-on-the-shoulder contact that connects one human being, literally and figuratively, with another.
Sometimes it seems like everything about me is middle. I'm a middle-aged guy; I teach middle-level courses in statistics and testing at a mid-sized, middle-of-the-road university in the Midwest (my school is in the Mid-American Conference).
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