Finding the End of a Sentence

 

With apologies to some of my earlier English teachers, I now admit that I got through most of middle school without being able to identify the end of sentence.  As a result, I often saw the dreaded notation "RUN ON" written in red ink on my papers.  Although I finally got the hang of it, I am reminded of my earlier troubles now in the context of the criminal background check amendments which rely on the end of a person's sentence.

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What's the Rule on Cyber-Bullying? Who knows.

Well, it's official. There is still no single rule on schools disciplining students who post things on the internet from home that would break school rules if done when under the jurisdiction of the school.  This week the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear appeals from Pennsylvania or West Virginia, letting stand the prior decisions of the Third and Fourth Circuits.  Unfortunately, it appears that those circuit court decisions came to opposite conclusions on the issue, and even in the Third Circuit the two cases do not give us a very clear rule.

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Hold the Phone!

 A new federal rule prohibiting commercial drivers from using a hand-held cell phone while operating a commercial truck or bus went into effect  on January 3, 2012.  For us educationally minded individuals, the next logical question becomes does this new ban on hand-held phone use also apply to school bus drivers?   The answer as it so often is: it depends.  It depends on the school bus driver’s employer.

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