Monthly Archives: August 2011

Cliff Lee and the Phillies shuts down Cincinnati Reds

Cliff Lee got his sixth straight win Wednesday, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and took the Phillies to a new high point in the NL East. The NL East leaders are a season-best 40 games over .500, boasting the majors’ best record at 86-46.

Cliff Lee (15-7) extended the Phillies domination with this  shutout. He left in the ninth inning with the bases loaded, but Ryan Madson retired  the rest of the Cincinnati lined-up for his 25th save in 27 chances and gave Lee and the Phillies the Win. Lee’s second straight shutout gave the Phillies 19 shutouts this season, most in the majors.

I personally think that in the National League there is only one team that’s is for sure in the MLB Finals of 2011 and that is the Philadelphia Phillies, they have the best pitchers in MLB and also they have a very good offensive team; Any coach could make it to the finals with a team like the Phillies have this season.

 

Bullying Law in New Jersey Creates Debate

The new anti-bullying law passed in the state of New Jersey is one of the toughest anti-bullying legislation in the country. This law, known as the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, was started because of the suicide of a Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide last year because of bullying.

Under this legislation each school must have an anti-bullying specialist to investigate complaints. Each district must also have an anti-bullying coordinator.

While this legislation is supposed to help students who are being bullied, and to teach students the difference between tattling and telling, it still creates a large debate on whether or not it is necessary. Some believe that this legislation is too much and there are no additional resources being given to meet its mandates.

For instance,  Richard G. Bozza, executive director of the New Jersey Association of School administrators said: “I think this has gone well overboard. Now we have to police the community 24 hours a day. Where are the people and the resources to do this?”

Kids have to learn how to deal with conflict, this is a part of growing up and being a kid. Hopefully this new legislation will help teach students how hurtful and painful it is to be bullied.

This article contains information from: The New York Times

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Drug Tests Before Getting Welfare In Florida

In February Republicans filed a bill requiring recipients of the welfare system for low income residents to prove they’re not on drugs or alcohol. The bill was declared dead on arrival also,  Senator Amy Koch, filed a similar bill in 2008 that also went nowhere.

the Florida Department of Children and Family Services will be required to conduct the drug tests on adults applying to the federal Temporary Assistance for Families. The aid recipients would be responsible for the cost of the screening, which they would recoup in their assistance if they qualify. Those who fail the required drug testing may designate another individual to receive the benefits on behalf of their children.

This law will take effect on July 1.

 

Metal Detectors More Likely in High Minority Schools

According to new research done by the University of Delaware and the University of California, Irvine, schools that have a higher population of minorities are far more likely to have  to pass through a metal detector when going to school than a predominately white school, even if the schools are equally safe.

The two universities presented their finding in the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting on August 20th.

“It’s not that the more violent schools get metal detectors, or even the urban schools get metal detectors—though that’s true,” said co-author Aaron Kupchik, an associate professor in sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware. “It’s that schools with more students of color are more likely to get metal detectors, at every level, even elementary levels.”

This article contains information from: EdWeek

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