What If We Had A Case Study On Raising Pay For Teachers? Oh, Wait, We Do!

Ever since battles over state budgets began with the Great Recession of 2008, teachers have been attacked regularly. Well, there happens to be a state that went against the grain before all of this began and actually sought to raise the salaries of teachers rather than make them live with less. In fact, it worked, and the former governor of that state is pushing to do it again.

What If We Had A Case Study On Raising Pay For Teachers? Oh, Wait, We Do!

Here is the full article about what they did in North Carolina (raising teacher salaries to the national average, that is, to great success for teachers and students both). Word.

For the first time, skateboarding is an official Olympic sport, and after watching the men's and women's street skateboarding events this weekend, our family has decided it's officially a totally welcome addition.

I grew up with a skateboarding brother during the earliest years of Tony Hawk's career, so the sport itself isn't unfamiliar to me. But I've never really followed skate competitions and wasn't sure how it would translate into an Olympic event. As it turns out, there are several things that make it both entertaining and refreshing to watch in comparison with other sports.

For one, let's talk about the "uniform" the athletes wear. As debates rage over volleyball bikinis and gymnastics leotards, here are the male and female skateboarders in long, loose pants and baggy t-shirts. They are the most comfortable-looking Olympians I've ever seen (being out in the humid Japanese heat notwithstanding). They look like they just popped off the couch after watching a movie and decided to go out and hop on their skateboard.

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