Cranium by Educabana

Students in Queensland, Australia, want to have the best opportunity to succeed. One way to ensure they are educated properly is to make the right purchases when it comes to technology. For the money, you can have one Macbook, two Windows PCs, or three Chromebooks. Chromebooks can do enough for a typical classroom and student, which is why we recommend getting three for the price of one. However, Chromebooks have one flaw that can cause breakage: the flexible screen.

You can protect the Chromebooks with soft or hard case covers. Soft covers are always bulky, and students hate them. Most hard case covers are pretty plastic and not much more. The Cranium by Educabana is different. This hard case is a permanent solution that students cannot remove. It stops screen bending in Chromebooks and protects the element that leads to nearly 10% breakage rates. What's more is that the Cranium functions as a personal whiteboard, which is used in classrooms all over the world not non-tech activities.

You can check the Cranium out on Amazon and order in bulk from Educabana.

Here's a list of Queensland schools that might be interested in Chromebooks and Chromebook covers:

State Primary
Acacia Ridge State School
Albany Creek State School
Albany Hills State School
Alexandra Hills State School
Algester State School
Ascot State School
Ashgrove State School
Aspley State School
Aspley East State School
Augusta State School
Bald Hills State School
Banksia Beach State School
Bardon State School
Bay View State School
Beachmere State School
Beenleigh State School
Belmont State School
Berrinba East State School
Birkdale State School
Birkdale South State School
Blair State School
Boondall State School
Boronia Heights State School
Bounty Boulevard State School
Bracken Ridge State School
Brassall State School
Bray Park State School
Bribie Island State School
Brighton State School
Brisbane Central State School
Brookfield State School
Browns Plains State School
Bulimba State School
Bundamba State School
Buranda State School
Burpengary State School
Burpengary Meadows State School
Burrowes State School
Caboolture State School
Caboolture East State School
Camira State School
Camp Hill State School
Cannon Hill State School
Carbrook State School
Carina State School
Carole Park State School
Chapel Hill State School
Chatswood Hills State School
Churchill State School
Cleveland State School
Clontarf Beach State School
Collingwood Park State School
Coolnwynpin State School
Coopers Plains State School
Coorparoo State School
Corinda State School
Craigslea State School
Crestmead State School
Dakabin State School
Darra State School
Dayboro State School
Deception Bay State School
Deception Bay North State School
Durack State School
Dutton Park State School
Eagle Junction State School
Eagleby State School
Eagleby South State School
East Brisbane State School
Eatons Hill State School
Edens Landing State School
Eight Mile Plains State School
Enoggera State School
Everton Park State School
Ferny Grove State School
Ferny Hills State School
Fig Tree Pocket State School
Flagstone State School
Forest Lake State School
Geebung State School
Goodna State School
Graceville State School
Grand Avenue State School
Greenbank State School
Greenslopes State School
Grovely State School
Gumdale State School
Hamilton State School
Harris Fields State School
Hendra State School
Hercules Road State School
Hilder Road State School
Hilliard State School
Holland Park State School
Humpybong State School
Inala State School
Indooroopilly State School
Ipswich Central State School
Ipswich East State School
Ipswich North State School
Ipswich West State School
Ironside State School
Ithaca Creek State School
Jamboree Heights State School
Jimboomba State School
Jindalee State School
Jinibara State School
Junction Park State School
Kallangur State School
Karalee State School
Kedron State School
Kenmore State School
Kenmore South State School
Kimberley Park State School
Kingston State School
Kippa-Ring State School
Kruger State School
Kuraby State School
Kurwongbah State School
Lawnton State School
Leichhardt State School
Logan Reserve State School
Logan Village State School
Loganholme State School
Lota State School
Mabel park state school
McDowall State School
Macgregor State School
Macleay Island State School
Manly State School
Manly West State School
Mansfield State School
Marsden State School
Marshall Road State School
Mayfield State School
Middle Park State School
Milton State School
Minimbah State School
Mitchelton State School
Moggill State School
Moorooka State School
Morayfield State School
Morayfield East State School
Moreton Downs State School
Morningside State School
Mount Cotton State School
Mount Crosby State School
Mount Gravatt State School
Mount Gravatt East State School
Mount Mee State School
Mount Nebo State School
Mount Petrie State School
Mount Samson State School
Mount Warren Park State School
Murarrie State School
Narangba State School
Narangba Valley State School
Nashville State School
New Farm State School
Newmarket State School
Norman Park State School
Norris Road State School
Northgate State School
Nundah State School
Oakleigh State School
Ormiston State School
Oxley State School
Pallara State School
Park Ridge State School
Patricks Road State School
Payne Road State School
Petrie State School
Petrie Terrace State School
Pullenvale State School
Raceview State School
Rainworth State School
Redbank State School
Redbank Plains State School
Redland Bay State School
Regents Park State School
Richlands East State School
Riverview State School
Robertson State School
Rochedale State School
Rochedale South State School
Rocklea State School
Runcorn State School
Runcorn Heights State School
Russell Island State School
Salisbury State School
Samford State School
Sandgate State School
Scarborough State School
Serviceton South State School
Seven Hills State School
Seville Road State School
Shailer Park State School
Sherwood State School
Shorncliffe State School
Silkstone State School
Slacks Creek State School
Somerset Hills State School
Springfield Central State School
Springfield Lakes State School
Springwood Central State School
Springwood Road State School
Stafford State School
Stafford Heights State School
Strathpine State School
Strathpine West State School
Sunnybank State School
Sunnybank Hills State School
Taigum State School
The Gap State School
Thornlands State School
Tingalpa State School
Tivoli State School
Toowong State School
Tullawong State School
Undurba State School
Upper Brookfield State School
Upper Mount Gravatt State School
Veresdale Scrub State School
Victoria Point State School
Vienna Woods State School
Virginia State School
Warrigal Road State School
Waterford State School
Waterford West State School
Watson Road State School
Wavell Heights State School
Wellers Hill State School
Wellington Point State School
West End State School
Wilston State School
Windaroo State School
Windsor State School
Wishart State School
Wondall Heights State School
Woodhill State School
WoodLinks State School
Woodridge State School
Woodridge North State School
Wooloowin State School
Wynnum State School
Wynnum West State School
Yeronga State School
Yugumbir State School
Zillmere State School
State High Schools and Colleges
Albany Creek State High School
Alexandra Hills State High School
Aspley State High School
Balmoral State High School
Beenleigh State High School
Bracken Ridge State High School
Bray Park State High School
Bremer State High School
Bribie Island State High School
Brisbane Bayside State College
Brisbane State High School
Browns Plains State High School
Bundamba Secondary College
Caboolture State High School
Calamvale Community College
Capalaba State College
Cavendish Road State High School
Centenary State High School
Cleveland District State High School
Clontarf Beach State High School
Coorparoo Secondary College
Corinda State High School
Craigslea State High School
Dakabin State High School
Deception Bay State High School
Dunwich State School
Earnshaw State College
Everton Park State High School
Ferny Grove State High School
Flagstone State Community College
Forest Lake State High School
Glenala State High School
Holland Park State High School
Indooroopilly State High School
Ipswich State High School
Kedron State High School
Kelvin Grove State College
Kenmore State High School
Kingston College
Loganlea State High School
Mabel Park State High School
MacGregor State High School
Mansfield State High School
Marsden State High School
Milpera State High School
Mitchelton State High School
Morayfield State High School
Mount Gravatt State High School
Narangba Valley State High School
North Lakes State College
Park Ridge State High School
Pine Rivers State High School
Queensland Academy for Creative Industries
Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology
Redbank Plains State High School
Redcliffe State High School
Rochedale State High School
Runcorn State High School
Sandgate District State High School
Shailer Park State High School
Springfield Central State High School
Springwood State High School
Stretton State College
Sunnybank State High School
The Gap State High School
Tullawong State High School
Victoria Point State High School
Wavell State High School
Wellington Point State High School
Whites Hill State College
Windaroo Valley State High School
Woodcrest College
Woodridge State High School
Wynnum State High School
Yeronga State High School
Other State Schools
Aspley Special School
Barrett Adolescent Centre Special School
Beenleigh Special School
Brisbane School of Distance Education
Brisbane Youth Education and Training Centre
Caboolture Special School
Calamvale Special School
Claremont Special School
Darling Point Special School
Geebung Special School
Goodna Special School
Ipswich Special School
Ipswich West Special School
Kuraby Special School
Logan City Special School
Mater Hospital Special School
Mitchelton Special School
Mount Gravatt Special School
Mount Ommaney Special School
Narbethong Special School
Nursery Road Special School
Pine Rivers Special School
Red Hill Special School
Redcliffe Special School
Redland District Special School
Royal Children's Hospital Special School
Sunnybank Special School
Tennyson Special School
Western Suburbs Special School
Woody Point Special School
Catholic Primary
All Saints Catholic Primary School
Christ the King Catholic Primary School
Christ the King Catholic Primary School
Guardian Angels Catholic Primary School
Holy Cross Primary School
Holy Family Primary School
Holy Rosary Primary School
Holy Spirit Primary School
Holy Spirit School
Immaculate Heart Primary School
Mary Immaculate Primary School
Mary Mackillop Catholic Primary School
Mater Dei Catholic Primary School
Nudgee Junior College
Our Lady Help of Christians School
Our Lady of the Angels Primary School
Our Lady of the Assumption Primary School
Our Lady of Dolours Primary School
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School
Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School
Our Lady of the Way Primary School
Queen of Apostles School
Sacred Heart Primary School
Sacred Heart Primary School
St Agatha's Catholic Primary School
St Agnes' School
St Ambrose's School
St Andrew's Catholic Primary School
St Anthony's Catholic Primary School
St Anthony's Parish School
St Benedict's Catholic Primary School
St Bernadine's Primary School
St Bernard's Catholic School
St Brendan's Catholic Primary School
St Catherine's Primary School
St Columba's Primary School
St Dympna's Parish School
St Edward's Primary School
St Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School
St Finbarr's School
St Flannan's Catholic Primary School
St Francis Xavier's Primary School
St Ignatius' School
St Ita's Primary School
St James' Catholic Primary School
St Joachim's Primary School
St John Vianney Primary School
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
St Joseph's Primary School
St Joseph's Primary School
St Joseph's Primary School
St Joseph's Primary School
St Joseph's Primary School
St Joseph's Tobruk Memorial School
St Kevin's Catholic Primary School
St Kieran's Primary School
St Luke's Catholic Primary School
St Mark's School
St Martin's Primary School
St Mary's Primary School
St Matthew's Primary School
St Oliver Plunkett School
St Paul's Primary School
St Peter's Catholic Primary School
St Peter's Catholic Primary School
St Peter Chanel Primary School
Sts Peter and Paul's Primary School
St Philomena School
St Pius' Catholic Primary School
St Pius X Catholic Primary School
St Rita's Catholic Primary School
St Sebastian's Primary School
St Stephen's Catholic Primary School
St Thomas' Catholic Primary School
St William's Primary School
Southern Cross Catholic College (Holy Cross)
Southern Cross Catholic College (Woody Point)
Star of the Sea Primary School
Catholic High Schools and Colleges
All Hallows' School
Ambrose Treacy College
Carmel Catholic College
Chisholm Catholic College
Clairvaux Mackillop College
Mary Mackillop College
Iona College
Loreto College
Lourdes Hill College
Marist College Ashgrove
Mount Alvernia College
Mt Maria College
Mount Maria College
Mount St Michael's College
Our Lady's College
Padua College
St Augustine's College
St. Columban's College
St Edmund's College
St Eugene Catholic College
St Francis' College
St. James College
St. John Fisher College
St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
St. Joseph's Nudgee College
St Laurence's College
St Mary's College
St Peter Claver College
St Patrick's College
St Rita's College
St Thomas More College
San Sisto College
Seton College
Southern Cross Catholic College
Stuartholme School
Trinity College
Villanova College
Independent Primary
Bethania Lutheran Primary School
Bethany Lutheran Primary School
Brisbane Christian College
Brisbane Independent School
Brisbane Montessori School
Caboolture Montessori School
Calvary Christian College
Good News Lutheran Primary School
Good Shepherd Christian School
Grace Lutheran Primary School
Ipswich Adventist School
Living Faith Lutheran Primary School
Pine Community School
St Michael's College
St Paul's Lutheran Primary School
Sinai College
Independent High Schools and Colleges
Aboriginal & Islander Independent Community School
Agnew School
Albert Park Flexible Learning Centre
Anglican Church Grammar School
Arethusa College
Australian Christian College (Moreton)
Australian International Islamic College
Australian International Islamic College
Australian Trade College North Brisbane
Autism Therapy and Education Centre
Autism Therapy and Education Centre
Brisbane Adventist College
Brisbane Boys' College
Brisbane Christian College
Brisbane Grammar School
Brisbane Girls Grammar School
Calvary Christian College
Cannon Hill Anglican College
Canterbury College
Centre Education Programme
Christian Outreach College
Clayfield College
Deception Bay Flexible Learning Centre
Emmaus College
Faith Lutheran College
Forest Lake College
Genesis Christian College
Grace Lutheran College
Grace Lutheran College
Groves Christian College
Hillbrook Anglican School
Hills International College
Hubbard's School
Ipswich Grammar School
Ipswich Girls Grammar School
Islamic College of Brisbane
John Paul College
Kimberley College
Mary McConnel School
Moreton Bay Boys' College
Moreton Bay College
Mueller College
Northpine Christian College
Northside Christian College
Ormiston College
Parklands Christian College
Prince Of Peace Lutheran College
Redeemer Lutheran College
Redlands College
Rivermount College
St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School
St Margaret's Anglican Girls' School
St Paul's Anglican School
St. Peters Lutheran College
St. Peters Lutheran College
Samford Valley Steiner School
Sheldon College
Somerville House
Southside Education Centre
Staines Memorial College
The Glenleighden School
The Lakes College
The Springfield College
Westside Christian College
West Moreton Anglican College
Gold Coast
State Primary
Arundel State School
Ashmore State School
Bellevue Park State School
Benowa State School
Biggera Waters State School
Broadbeach State School
Burleigh Heads State School
Caningeraba State School
Cedar Creek State School
Clover Hill State School
Coolangatta State School
Coombabah State School
Coomera State School
Coomera Rivers State School
Coomera Springs State School
Currumbin State School
Currumbin Valley State School
Elanora State School
Gaven State School
Gilston State School
Helensvale State School
Highland Reserve State School
Ingleside State School
Labrador State School
Merrimac State School
Miami State School
Mudgeeraba State School
Mudgeeraba Creek State School
Musgrave Hill State School
Nerang State School
Norfolk Village State School
Numinbah Valley State School
Ormeau State School
Oxenford State School
Pacific Pines State School
Palm Beach State School
Park Lake State School
Pimpama State School
Robina State School
Southport State School
Springbrook State School
Surfers Paradise State School
Tallebudgera State School
William Duncan State School
Woongoolba State School
Worongary State School
State High Schools and Colleges
Benowa State High School
Coombabah State High School
Elanora State High School
Helensvale State High School
Keebra Park State High School
Merrimac State High School
Miami State High School
Nerang State High School
Ormeau Woods State High School
Pacific Pines State High School
Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School
Queensland Academy for Health Sciences
Robina State High School
Southport State High School
Tamborine Mountain State High School
Upper Coomera State College
Varsity College
Other State Schools
Currumbin Community Special School
Mudgeeraba Special School
Southport Special School
Catholic Schools
Aquinas College
Assisi Catholic College
Guardian Angels Primary School
Jubilee Primary School
Marymount College
Marymount Primary School
Mother Teresa Primary School
St Augustine's Catholic Primary School
St Brigid's Catholic Primary School
St Francis Xavier's Catholic Primary School
St Kevin's Catholic Primary School
St Michael's College
St Vincent's Primary School
Independent Schools
A. B. Paterson College
All Saints Anglican School
Australian International Islamic College
Coomera Anglican College
Emmanuel College
Gold Coast Adventist Primary School
Hillcrest Christian College
King's Christian College
Livingstone Christian College
Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School (LORDS)
Queensland Independent College
Rivermount College
Silkwood School
Somerset College
St Andrew's Lutheran College
St Hilda's School
St Margaret's College
St Stephen's College
Tamborine Mountain College
The Southport School
Toogoolawa School
Trinity Lutheran College
Loreto College
Sunshine Coast
State Primary
Beerburrum State School
Beerwah State School
Bli Bli State School
Buddina State School
Buderim Mountain State School
Burnside State School
Caloundra State School
Chevallum State School
Conondale State School
Coolum State School
Cooran State School
Cooroy State School
Currimundi State School
Delaneys Creek State School
Elimbah State School
Eudlo State School
Eumundi State School
Federal State School
Glass House Mountains State School
Glenview State School
Golden Beach State School
Kandanga State School
Kenilworth State Community College
Kin Kin State School
Kuluin State School
Landsborough State School
Maleny State School
Mapleton State School
Maroochydore State School
Montville State School
Mooloolaba State School
Mooloolah State School
Mountain Creek State School
Nambour State School
Noosaville State School
North Arm State School
Pacific Paradise State School
Palmwoods State School
Peachester State School
Peregian Springs State School
Pomona State School
Sunshine Beach State School
Talara Primary College
Tewantin State School
Wamuran State School
Woodford State School
Woombye State School
Yandina State School
State High Schools and Colleges
Beerwah State High School
Burnside State High School
Caloundra State High School
Chancellor State College
Coolum State High School
Kawana Waters State College
Maleny State High School
Maroochydore State High School
Mary Valley State College
Meridan State College
Mountain Creek State High School
Nambour State College
Sunshine Beach State High School
Other State Schools
Currimundi Special School
Nambour Special School
Catholic Schools
Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School
St John's College
St Joseph's Primary School
St Teresa's Catholic College
St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
Siena Catholic College
Siena Catholic Primary School
Stella Maris Catholic Primary School
Unity College
Independent Schools
Agnew School
Ananda Marga River School
Blackall Range Independent School
Caloundra Christian College
Caloundra City Private School
Coolum Beach Christian College
Glasshouse Christian College
Good Shepherd Lutheran College
Immanuel Lutheran College
Matthew Flinders Anglican College
Montessori International College
Nambour Christian College
Noosa Christian College
Noosa Pengari Steiner School
Pacific Lutheran College
Peregian Beach College
St Andrew's Anglican College
Suncoast Christian College
Sunshine Coast Grammar School
West Moreton
State Primary
Amberley District State School
Aratula State School
Ashwell State School
Beaudesert State School
Beechmont State School
Blenheim State School
Boonah State School
Canungra State School
Clarendon State School
Coominya State School
Darlington State School
Esk State School
Fernvale State School
Flagstone Creek State School
Forest Hill State School
Gatton State School
Glamorgan Vale State School
Gleneagle State School
Glenore Grove State School
Grandchester State School
Grantham State School
Haigslea State School
Harlin State School
Harrisville State School
Hatton Vale State School
Helidon State School
Hillview State School
Kalbar State School
Kentville State School
Kilcoy State School
Laidley District State School
Lake Clarendon State School
Linville State School
Lockrose State School
Lowood State School
Ma Ma Creek State School
Marburg State School
Maroon State School
Minden State School
Mount Alford State School
Mount Kilcoy State School
Mount Marrow State School
Mount Sylvia State School
Mount Tarampa State School
Mount Whitestone State School
Murphy's Creek State School
Mutdapilly State School
Patrick Estate State School
Peak Crossing State School
Prenzlau State School
Rathdowney State School
Roadvale State School
Ropeley State School
Rosewood State School
St Bernard State School
Tamborine Mountain State School
Tamrookum State School
Tarampa State School
Tent Hill Lower State School
Thornton State School
Toogoolawah State School
Veresdale Scrub State School
Walloon State School
Warrill View State School
Withcott State School
Woodhill State School
State High Schools and Colleges
Beaudesert State High School
Boonah State High School
Kilcoy State High School
Laidley State High School
Lockyer District State High School
Lowood State High School
Rosewood State High School
Tamborine Mountain State High School
Toogoolawah State High School
Catholic Schools
All Saints' Primary School
Our Lady of Good Counsel School
St Brigid's Primary School
St Mary's Primary School
St Mary's School
Independent Schools
Faith Lutheran College
Peace Lutheran Primary School
Tamborine Mountain College
The Kooralbyn International School
Darling Downs
State Primary
Allora State School
Amiens State School
Applethorpe State School
Augathella State School
Back Plains State School
Ballandean State School
Begonia State School
Bell State School
Biddeston State School
Bollon State School
Bowenville State School
Brigalow State School
Broadwater State School
Brookstead State School
Bungunya State School
Bunkers Hill State School
Burra Burri State School
Bymount East State School
Cambooya State School
Cecil Plains State School
Charleville State School
Charlton State School
Chinchilla State School
Clifton State School
Condamine State School
Cooyar State School
Crows Nest State School
Dalby South State School
Dalby State School
Dalveen State School
Darling Heights State School
Dirranbandi State School
Drayton State School
Drillham State School
Dulacca State School
Dunkeld State School
Emu Creek State School
Eromanga State School
Eulo State School
Fairview Heights State School
Freestone State School
Gabbinbar State School
Geham State School
Glen Aplin State School
Glenmorgan State School
Glennie Heights State School
Glenvale State School
Goombungee State School
Goondiwindi State School
Gowrie State School
Greenlands State School
Greenmount State School
Grosmont State School
Guluguba State School
Haden State School
Hannaford State School
Harlaxton State School
Harristown State School
Hebel State School
Highfields State School
Inglewood State School
Injune State School
Jandowae State School
Jimbour State School
Jondaryan State School
Kaimkillenbun State School
Karara State School
Killarney State School
Kindon State School
Kingsthorpe State School
Kogan State School
Kulpi State School
Leyburn State School
Lundavra State School
Maryvale State School
Meandarra State School
Meringandan State School
Middle Ridge State School
Miles State School
Millmerran State School
Mitchell State School
Moonie State School
Morven State School
Mount Tyson State School
Mungallala State School
Murray's Bridge State School
Newtown State School
Nobby State School
Oakey State School
Pilton State School
Pittsworth State School
Pozieres State School
Quinalow State School
Ramsay State School
Rangeville State School
Rockville State School
Ryeford State School
Severnlea State School
Southbrook Central State School
St George State School
Stanthorpe State School
Surat State School
Talwood State School
Tannymorel State School
Teelba State School
Texas State School
Thallon State School
Thargomindah State School
The Gums State School
The Summit State School
Thulimbah State School
Toowoomba East State School
Toowoomba North State School
Toowoomba South State School
Vale View State School
Wallangarra State School
Wallumbilla State School
Wandoan State School
Warra State School
Warwick Central State School
Warwick East State School
Warwick West State School
Wellcamp State School
Westmar State School
Wheatvale State School
Wilsonton State School
Wyandra State School
Wyreema State School
Yangan State School
Yarraman State School
Yelarbon State School
Yowah State School
Yuleba State School
State High Schools and Colleges
Centenary Heights State High School
Charleville State High School
Chinchilla State High School
Clifton State High School
Cunnamulla State School
Dalby State High School
Goondiwindi State High School
Harristown State High School
Miles State High School
Oakey State High School
Pittsworth State High School
Quilpie State College
Roma State College
St George State High School
Stanthorpe State High School
Tara Shire State College
Toowoomba State High School
Toowoomba SHS (Wilsonton Campus)
Warwick State High School
Other State Schools
Charleville School of Distance Education
Clifford Park Special School
Toowoomba West Special School
Catholic Primary
Holy Name Primary School
Mary MacKillop Catholic School
Mater Dei Primary School
Our Lady of Lourdes School
Sacred Heart Primary School
Sacred Heart School
St Joseph's Primary School
St Anthony's School
St Finbarr's School
St Francis de Sales School
St Joseph's School
St Joseph's School
St Maria Goretti's School
St Mary's School
St Mary's School
St Mary's School
St Monica's School
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School
St Patrick's School
St Patrick's School
St Saviour's Primary School
St Stephen's School
St Thomas More's School
Catholic High Schools and Colleges
Assumption College
Downlands College
Our Lady of the Southern Cross College
St John's School
St Joseph's College
St Joseph's School
St. Mary's College
St Saviour's College
St Ursula's College
Youth & Community Learning Centre
Independent Schools
Agnew School
Agnew School
Cabarlah Community School
Chinchilla Christian School
Christian Outreach College Toowoomba
Concordia Lutheran College
Concordia Lutheran College (Primary Campus)
Dalby Christian College
Darling Downs Christian School
Fairholme College
Glenvale Christian School
Maridahdi Early Childhood Community School
School of Total Education
The Glennie School
The Scots PGC College
The Toowoomba Preparatory School
Toowoomba Christian College
Toowoomba Grammar School
Warwick Christian College
Wide Bay-Burnett
State Primary
Abercorn State School
Albert State School
Alloway State School
Amamoor State School
Avoca State School
Avondale State School
Bargara State School
Bauple State School
Benarkin State School
Biggenden State School
Binjour Plateau State School
Blackbutt State School
Booyal Central State School
Boynewood State School
Branyan Road State School
Brooweena State School
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Articles, reviews, advice, and legitimate research to go along with some back-handed comments. Think of us as Jacksonville's mother-in-law.
  • Church of God the Mother at UNF
    UNF sent out an email regarding at least one of the churches that shows up on campus to talk to students. I don't attend UNF, so I don't actually know much about the situation. But I went to college, and there were sometimes churches represented near the Union, and there were sometimes heated debates. I never got involved myself, and I was only approached one time, so I'm not taking a stand on Christians on Campus or Socialists or Republicans or White Nationalists. So I'm cool with anyone except Nihilists or The Eagles showing up on campus to discuss whatever with Millennials. I'm just wondering about the name "Church of God the Mother."

    It looks like the Church of God the Mother is somehow related to the World Mission Society Church of God. This is a church out of South Korea that believes the following (Wikipedia):

    The church believes in God the Father and God the Mother,[8] claiming to be restoring the truth and practices of the early Church.[2] The church also believes that co-founder Zang Gil-ja is God the Mother, as taught by the founder Ahn Sahng-hong[9].
    The World Mission Society Church of God believes that all of its teachings are based on the Bible, as explained in the numerous books written by Ahn Sahng-hong.
     The lady in the photo is apparently God the Mother. I don't think she's supposed to be a Korean version of Mary, the Mother of God. She's just the co-founder of the church, but I'm not really sure if she's supposed to be part of the Holy Trinity or what. I looked her up, and it looks like she is considered to be God the Mother because she has fulfilled the prophecies of the Bible. Seems legit. And it makes me wonder more about the Kia Soul.

    From my extensive research, it looks like this church was hanging out at Vanderbilt, also trying to lure young women into their ranks. Some people have accused the church of trafficking women, and I saw a Charlie's Angels episode that was kind of like this, but I don't know if that's true.

    The problem with the local news is that it mixed the current church situation with video it obtained of some dude going nuts about homosexuals on campus. That's just traditional campus soapbox rhetoric. People targeting young women and trying to get them to join a church that might go all Moonie on them is kind of a different scenario. Sure, some people would say all churches are cults, but this one really does operate like something out of a Charlie's Angels episode,, at least based on some of the articles I've seen online. But you can't believe everything you read online. Except this blog, of course.

    So if you are a vulnerable young woman on a college campus (or in a Walmart parking lot--another place the church recruits), just do some research before you start praying to God the Mother. Or that God the Father dude, even if he "friends" you. Also, if you have a story about this church you'd like to share, I'd like to add it to this website, so go ahead and send me a message.
  • Arlington Renewal: Reality Check
    I'm all for reviving and renewing Arlington, as long as it's not going to wake up all cranky on us. I have enough experience in urban planning (as a college student and connoisseur) to be able to predict a few major concerns with renewing Arlington, whether or not some hot-shot Miami developer says it's going to happen. And I don't have millions of dollars or years of experience in the neighborhood. Just sense.

    The Good News
    Arlington is close to perfect as a location, transportation-wise, as is the eyesore of a hotel that's potentially being redeveloped. Where I live in East Arlington is pretty great, too. It's all manageable to downtown and a straight shot to the beach. It doesn't freeze as often on this side of town, which is a bonus, but we're still in-town, pretty much.

    The Rest of the News isn't Good
    Sticking something fancy somewhere it doesn't fit is not a good idea. Changing the purpose of one building or one mall won't do it. Forcing businesses to change signage isn't the answer. I think the technical urban planning term is putting lipstick on a pig, even though the landscape architects and planners who want to cash paychecks will keep telling you it's using design to change people and place.

    Here are some examples from my past that can speak to what Arlington is considering now:

    Capitol Court
    Case in point, when I was an urban planning student at UW-Milwaukee, one of the big projects in town was the rehabilitation of Capitol Court. It was one of the original shopping malls, back when that area of town was vibrant and expanding in the 60s. Sounds familiar, maybe. Anyhow, I grew up going to the mall. I saw ET at the theater there. Then the neighborhood turned pretty bad. People were afraid to go to the mall. It was mostly empty by the mid-90s. Then it became a planning project. Human-scale was big. Landscaping. Open areas. Seating. A Wal-Mart. Mixed use. These planners and architects actually stood in front of my class saying that their designs would be able to change how the people felt about the space, leading those people to appreciate it and behave less like felons while shopping. It probably sounded great to my classmates, but I grew up near Capitol Court, so I knew better.

    It took a little more time, and it probably looked nicer in its demise, but the Midtown Center could not really rise from the ashes of Capitol Court. Lowes, Walmart, Sears, Penneys, etc. Every anchor closed, and just a lot of open and empty space. The jobs, if that was part of the plan, are gone. Facades, archways, parking lot paths, green spaces, and trees, all make it look too good to be true, which is totally accurate. The problem with Capitol Court wasn't the design: it's like the Town Center, but on a smaller scale. The problem was the neighbors. The people who lived there weren't going to go from low-income and high-crime residents to suburban soccer moms just because the local shopping center planted some trees and slapped a new name on the building.

    Marquette University, facing a similar problem to Capitol Court, took a different approach. An approach that was ridiculed by some members of my mentors at UW-Milwaukee, even as it was admittedly somewhat effective. The school needed to keep enrollment up, but real or perceived crime in the surrounding neighborhoods kept students away. What could the college possibly do? Buy the surrounding neighborhoods, that's what. Marquette made no attempt to fix poverty with economic redevelopment, and it wasn't looking to use urban design to change attitudes of poverty-stricken people. No, it just bought up block upon block of buildings and kicked those folks out so that Heather and Ashley could have an apartment in a safer neighborhood next to the school.

    Brewers Hill
    Another way an area in Milwaukee turned itself around to the exclusion of the residents was in Brewers Hill. Basically, young professionals working downtown realized that they could get sweet deals on awesome old houses and fix them up, in a neighborhood just next to downtown that wasn't known for being totally safe. Enough of these people bought the houses that the area started changing, and people who'd lived there for decades weren't even able to afford the newly-assessed property taxes. It's like the reverse of what was often called White Flight or blockbusting in the North. New paint, landscaping, and a Prius in every garage. And a short commute to downtown.

    So what do these cautionary tales tell us about Arlington? First off, it's too big of an area to just buy up the whole thing, so it makes sense to focus on parts, which is what the local government has done. However, from what I've read, it seems that the plan is to force the businesses to make the changes that will trickle down to the surrounding neighborhoods. The problem is that it's all about the people who live and show up at those businesses. If there are payday stores, pawn shops, dollar stores, and internet cafes in an area, I personally am not going to get out and shop. But it doesn't make sense to have a Rolex store next to Section 8 apartments and dilapidated townhouses.

    Renewing Arlington starts with the residents. If we decide as a community that we live in an area that's worth renewing, then we need to treat our own homes and neighbors with respect. And we need to expect it out of our neighbors, which means taking action if there's an apartment complex that contributes to the real or perceived run-down feel. Sometimes, renewal is in the form of low or no-interest loans to resident homeowners for general maintenance, but it might also involve running out the slumlords. It might be about community policing, too. In many respects, however, it comes down to pride. It's easier to just use up your house and then build a new one down in St. Johns County, but that's a lot harder to do if you know and like your neighbors, and appreciate the convenient location.

    My own neighborhood in Milwaukee was terribly overpriced. That's because people wanted to live there, even if they could get a larger house on the northwest side of town, and even if the houses on the near north side had a lot more character. People took pride in their homes, and the neighborhood was safe, so location is what sold the homes. Easy access to the freeway and downtown were added value. Where I lived in Milwaukee has a lot of similarities to Arlington, except that area was never allowed to fall apart. Still, not all hope is lost if the smallish, oldish Arlington homes are seen as being in the best location near downtown and the beaches. 

    New business development does play a role in fixing Arlington, as does the maintaining of current business. However, putting a few bushes outside the adult entertainment club or store, while ironic, isn't going to fix the problem of having businesses that cater to the people who live here. You're not going to see any pawn shops in Ponte Vedra because they'd go out of business or be run out of town. And that's not because rich people never need to pawn stuff to pay for their mansions; it's because their mansions aren't worth as much if there's a pawn shop down the road.

    Planning Points

    My old neighborhood in Lenexa was just outside of Kansas City, not even as close as Arlington is to Jacksonville. It saw the opportunity along the 435 and 35 for being a great place for national headquarters and distribution centers. That worked well for the town, and it's frankly more sightly than used tire and rent-a-rim shops. Doing that, however, is all about infrastructure, making sure trucks can get in and out easily. By contrast, the 295 corridor in Arlington seems to have been established as new single-family homes, along with typical urban-sprawl big-box retailers nearby. Sure, that works as long as everyone who lives there works downtown, but Arlington should also push for more than retail chains alongside vast subdivisions.

    We get excited about the new Wawa or Starbucks, but I'd get a lot more excited about a legitimate business park. Honestly, many businesses can operate outside of the main downtown areas, and once St. Johns County realizes this, we'll see more and more CEOs pushing for their commutes to be shorter. All of Jacksonville's inner-ring suburbs should be trying to establish working-wage jobs in the area before those jobs leave the county altogether. Where was Arlington's proposal for the new JEA headquarters? Does Arlington even propose anything on its own, or is it all just part of some trickle-down development system that favors downtown and sprawl rather than redevelopment?

    I looked at a crime map of Arlington, and one trend was clear: one of the most concentrated area of assaults and robberies stems from right around University and Merrill. Even though JU is right down the road from us, I have not even considered it for my kids, and that's why. If that's not a simple concept for the highly-educated staff at JU, then I feel bad for them. UNF, almost no crime, so that's the direction I'll be leaning when my kids ask me which local college is best. JU certainly has a stake in cleaning its neighborhood up, just like Marquette did in Milwaukee.

    Another trend that is impossible to miss is that crime is centered around apartment complexes that, when you view them on Google Streetview, look like apartment complexes where crime would take place. I know, it's sad that people maybe moved to Arlington to escape crime in another part of town, but if the crime kind of follows those people, then it's our problem now. If I was an alderman for part or all of Arlington, I'd look at the crime near these apartments, but I'd also look to see where the victims and perpetrators live. Forcing the rental company to fix some leaks won't make the crime go away, and neither will extra police presence near the crimes (we've been mapping crime for decades, so there's already more presence there). What makes it go away is lack of access, meaning the places where the victims and criminals live no longer exist in Arlington. Someone out there is crying that these people need to live somewhere, but Arlington would be better off raising a sales tax to help build these new apartments in some other part of Jacksonville. Or even a property tax surcharge. I'm serious, if people who live here knew all the stats, many of them would jump on board. Even if some of the crime is committed by someone who crosses a bridge to get to Arlington, it's generally to visit someone who lives here before going on the crime spree.

    Home Ownership
    Arlington suffers from a rental problem, and not just in the apartments. I understand that the military personnel are going to rent, and they're good tenants, from what I understand. I know some renters in my neighborhood who do a good job taking care of their places. However, nothing makes someone care about property values more than actual home ownership. Some kind of Own Arlington initiative could play a large role in turning the community around. Again, it might take low-interest loans or a unique rent-to-own arrangement, but if we can get a larger percentage of our residents to own their properties, then they will care more about the signs at the local mini-mall and the crime near the local apartment complex.

    The Arlington Expressway seems to be a 70s solution to road widening, and I have to wonder if it's considered best practices in planning today (or ever really was). The insane on and off-ramps, one way and sometimes two-way frontage roads, and obvious disrepair along it all mean that a redevelopment of an old hotel into an apartment complex will result in another money pit waiting to happen. Someone, somewhere must have come up with a better way to handle this stretch of road by now.

    Since the 295 is up for road work and toll-installation, it's a good time to consider elements that can help in creating the proper infrastructure for Arlington's future. For example, there's a lot of underutilized commercial land along St. Johns Bluff near the airport that has easy access to the 295 and the small airport. More forest along Monument, as well. These areas need to be looked at as real business opportunities rather than more retail malls or apartment complexes. Places that might pay wages that will allow people to purchase homes in the area.

    Arlington First
    Do you think the folks over in Avondale consider Arlington when they want something done in their area? Does downtown worry about us? St. Johns? Of course not. People in Avondale live in wonderfully overpriced homes because they've maintained a nice neighborhood near downtown. In fact, most of us in Arlington are just as close to downtown (time-wise). But those folks need to spend twice as long on the road to get to the beaches. The people down in St. Johns need nice, wide expressways to get to downtown in a hurry, but that should not concern us in Arlington. In fact, if we could ensure our roads stay fast and safe, people might decide that 45 minutes from Nocatee to downtown is too much executive time in the German touring sedan, opting to return to Arlington. This has happened in the Milwaukee area with a suburb named Wauwatosa. It's become fashionable to move back to Tosa from the outer-ring suburbs because people realized they could have a small-town feel in a house with character, decent schools, and a real downtown within five miles of the lakefront and downtown Milwaukee. Wauwatosa didn't worry about how Milwaukee or West Allis or Brookfield or Wales felt about drawing young professionals to its thriving downtown.

    Arlington was once the place to go. You could move out of the older Jacksonville homes elsewhere, closer to the beaches, with open spaces all around, and a nifty new mall. Now it's mostly developed and partially decaying, but it's not hopeless by any means. Arlington is just a hard sell to get someone to buy a 1,500 square foot cinder block home in the heart of an area where crime stats are peppered with batteries and property crime. People see Clay and St. Johns with less crime and higher property value. Plus, those areas don't have a dead mall and sketchy retail stores. Mainly, Arlington hasn't made a play to stay relevant as a place people want to embrace as a long-term home. There isn't a discernible downtown or riverwalk, and there aren't people riding their bikes on miles of off-street trails. No farmers market or free concerts. Still, we have a good base of quality housing in a great location, so it can still happen. When it does, we will have the advantage over the new sprawl going in too far from the city. The investment has to come from the people who want to live here, however, and that does not seem to be a trendy way of planning development in Northeast Florida.