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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    My schools (elementary, middle, high) were always polling places when I was growing up.

    The school next to my apartment complex has also been a polling place, at least for the past 13 years I've lived here.

    School was in session when I was a student; school was in session this year as well -- the voting adults and school kids able to coexist and go about their business in the same place, at least in 1960s-'70s Milwaukee and present-day San Diego. Adjustments had to be made for either phys ed or theater classes (if the gym or theater/auditorium was in use.) -- but a day off from school? Pffffft!
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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    The churches in our area are the polling places. They haven't used to schools here for a long time.

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    Firehouses are big, here, too. Of course, our churches were connected to our schools, but the polling sites were in the schools.
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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    We have all sorts of polling places in my 'hood: the church hall, the elementary school, even garages at private homes -- anything with a roof and enough clear floor space for a volunteers' table and a few rickety booths.
    (Homemade cookies and leftover Hallowe'en candy are often part of the picture...)
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    Our schools are all polling places, as well as other public buildings. At the same time, our schools are also attempting to be as secure as possible with all the violence that is escalating lately. A few minutes after the first bell, all doors are locked and visitors have to buzzed in the main entrance only. None of the gyms where the voting takes place can be isolated from the rest of the building and maintain that same level of security.

    In our district, a teacher in-service that was already on the calendar was moved to election day.
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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    Quote Originally Posted by veejer;4103564;
    In our district, a teacher in-service that was already on the calendar was moved to election day.
    Our school calendars -- I checked -- still have the same 180 pupil days per school year, with an additional 5 teacher workdays. It seems like more time off, maybe because of the configuration, but the math is still the same: 180 pupil days.
    (Though to be competitive globally, there needs to be more. Or longer days.)
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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    Quote Originally Posted by prhoshay;4103116;
    I remember being in school, and our school being used as a polling place. No, we did not get the day off. I guess any excuse is better than none, though.
    We didn't until I was in high school either, but I think there's more of a heightened concern about things like pedophiles today. We were also allowed to bring PB&J to school for lunch when I was a kid, and cupcakes on birthdays, etc. Times have changed, and it's better to be safe than sued. Sadly.

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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen;4103578;
    Our school calendars -- I checked -- still have the same 180 pupil days per school year, with an additional 5 teacher workdays. It seems like more time off, maybe because of the configuration, but the math is still the same: 180 pupil days.
    (Though to be competitive globally, there needs to be more. Or longer days.)
    Students attend a certain amount of days per year with inservice days for teachers and other non-contract days built into the year. I surely agree with you on the amount of days students should attend school, it should be more! But at this point there is not enough funding for the days we do have. Especially in Oregon and California.

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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    Cootie's right... if you want longer days or more of them, you have to figure in teacher pay, and building costs like heat and electricity, custodians, administration, sports schedules. OK, let's say you've gotten the towns to agree to higher taxes to pay for all that (ha!)... now you need to start negotiating with the unions. You can't just make a change in working conditions without bargaining. I've kept my mouth shut after reading some of the posts up-thread, but unless you've been in the trenches, you really shouldn't cast aspersions at teachers.
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    Excellent point Gutmutter. What's that old saying about walking a mile in my shoes?
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