Obama Ate My Homework

by Robert Pondiscio
April 23rd, 2008

A pair of Scranton, PA high school students have been suspended, and one of the pair claims he was forced to resign as class president, for leaving the campus to see Barack Obama at a campaign stop near their school. They took pictures with the candidate and even had Obama sign excuse notes for their teachers, to no avail.

Testless in Seattle

by Robert Pondiscio
April 23rd, 2008

A Seattle science teacher has been suspended without pay for refusing to administer the Washington Assessment of Student Learning to his sixth-graders.

“I did it because I think it’s bad for kids,” Carl Chew told the Seattle Times.   The 60-year old teacher said he wanted to take a stand against a test he considers harmful to students, teachers, schools and families and understood he faced consequences up to and including firing. “When you do an act of civil disobedience, you gracefully accept what happens to you,” he said.

More from Mr. Chew himself right here.