By all accounts, Bill Scripps has been a superb, even inspirational band teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools for the past 24 years. When budget cutbacks caused the schools where Scripps teaches to consider dropping band as an elective course two years ago, parents sprang to action. At Seward Montessori, they solicited private donations and organized a carnival and silent auction to raise $15,000 in each of the past two years. Parents at Pillsbury and Bryn Mawr also chipped in money and agitated for their school officials to... More >>>