Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Kill Your Toaster Oven 

In an innovative approach to tamping down budget-killer energy costs, school district starts charging teachers $25 fee for coffee makers, microwaves and refrigerators in classrooms and offices. Apparently, the response of some teachers in the district is along the lines of "hey, I don't charge the school for the midnight oil I burn grading papers at home."

But for me, the issue here is how the school district in question allows teachers to have such stuff in their classrooms in the first place. As last week's fire (from an illicit toaster oven) reminded me, fire codes don't allow electrical appliances in "classrooms and offices" in any of the schools I've ever taught in.

Note, too, that I'm not complaining, just marveling. After all, shouldn't student safety trump teacher convenience? Kill the fridges, folks, and forget the fee; you'll save the cash and the kids, to boot.

posted by boyhowdy | 10:16 PM |

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