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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 81,862
Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.
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Encouraging tweet from Cecile Richards about her mom, Ann.
Mom never led in the polls - she was elected #TX gov b/c people showed up & voted. Ready to make history again? #tbt
I mailed my ballot this last week. I am trying not to let the polls and pundits discourage me here in Florida. According to both, Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are the same....they say there were no clear winners during the debates. Well, I say there is a clear winner when the nation and world are laughing at our present governor try to speak coherently.
I voted for Charlie Crist, and I voted a hearty YES on the medical marijuana amendment. We were feeling really good about that amendment for a while. But now the religious folks have gotten into the fray, our sheriff the loyal Southern Baptist is doing a good job of convincing people it would open the door to terrible things if sick people got to use what would really help them.
Now it's down close to 60% approval (it needs 60% in order to pass), down from a high of close to 80% not long ago.
The media is the worst. Most major papers have endorsed Crist...but you really have to dig to find that information.
So thanks, Cecile Richards, for reminding us that your mother never led in the polls.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Oct 24, 2014, 01:52 AM (14 replies)
He was there on the last leg of his promise to visit every state and territory during his time as chair.
Naming names. The ones who went behind Dean's back when he was in Samoa.
On January 7, White House political director Patrick Gaspard, a former top labor organizer from New York, called DNC executive director Tom McMahon. Gaspard told McMahon that Obama planned to name Virginia governor Tim Kaine as his new DNC chair and wanted to make the announcement at the DNC the following day. Gaspard asked if Dean would be around. Dean's planning to be in American Samoa, the last U.S. territory he'd yet to visit as DNC chair, McMahon responded. (He'd logged 741,000 miles on the job.) Should he postpone his trip?
It was an ugly rude thing to do.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Oct 22, 2014, 06:26 PM (0 replies)
He said it so casually. He really said pundits agree there was no clear winner. I haven't listened to any pundits since the debate last night, but I don't see how anyone could have watched it and thought there was no clear winner. I notice Al Ruechel sounds more and more like that lately. More spin from his mouth.
I did see some national polls in which more than 90% declared Crist the winner.
But that's the kind of press Rick Scott gets here in Florida. The worst they say is that there is no clear winner. Some "pundits" basically said the same thing after the last debate when Scott could not even speak in clear sentences to explain why he didn't come on stage on time.
Here is more from BayNews9 on last night's debate. Again pointing it out to be a tie. And check out the poll on the page....Crist and Scott neck and neck.
Scott, Crist get personal during final Florida governor debate
Did either candidate gain or lose ground in this last debate?
So just in case you were thinking people here in Florida had seen the light about what Rick Scott really is...then stop thinking that.
Luckily the national scene gave opinions to the contrary last time, and even Fox 13 in Tampa blasted Rick Scott.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Oct 22, 2014, 02:18 PM (30 replies)
Florida debate turns bitter
Videos are at the link.
Scott blamed Crist for the loss of more than 800,000 jobs while he was governor from 2007-2011, saying Crist is out of touch with average Florida voters because he grew up with wealth.
That is true. Scott's company was fined 1.7 billion for fraud. He was so arrogant at his deposition that this needs to be posted often as a reminder.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Oct 21, 2014, 10:29 PM (2 replies)
School was started five years ago, troubles still happening. Investigations still going on. They have received 70 million dollars in money from taxpayers, have repeated failed to meet standards.
This means money and resources taken from public school systems throughout the state.
Mavericks in Education: Failing to make the grade
Here are some of the problems listed:
• Overcharging taxpayers $2 million by overstating attendance and hours taught. The involved schools have appealed the findings.
Those are serious problems, some bordering on fraud.
When in doubt blame the management companies, over which Florida seems to have no control.
Pegg, who oversees charter schools for the Palm Beach County school district, said problems with Mavericks in Education have frustrated district officials. State charter-school laws do not address the performance of management companies.
If the management companies are to blame, then I heartily suggest the state get some kind of control over them.
The lack of regulation and control over public money and resources is appalling and dangerous.
And guess what? There's a rule in Florida that if a charter school applies to open.....the district are not allowed to consider their past history. They have to rely on the present application only.
Florida: Charter Operators with “Troubled” Histories Request Another Chance
The story in the Sun-Sentinel by Karen Yi and Amy Shipley says:
Incidentally this school included Frank Biden when it was founded. The article mentions him only as a lobbyist for the school now.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Oct 21, 2014, 09:26 PM (8 replies)
This is from Ms Katie's Ramblings by Katie Osgood. She writes of returning to public schools after six years teaching in a hospital setting.
Testing is Destroying My School
She also writes at Twitter
In just the first six weeks of school, I have administered more pointless, random, unnecessarily difficult tests to my students than I can count. We have barely had more than two consecutive days to simply teach where we were not interrupted by some ridiculous mandated assessment. There’s the REACH (for teacher evaluation purposes only), On-Demand Writing Tasks, tests that go to our network, tests for the district, tests because our school in on probation, and placement tests to use the TWO online test prep programs our school is forced to use weekly. These tests are not aligned to the curriculum, they don’t measure what we are actually learning in class, they are not tied to a broader unit of study. These are tests just to feed the data monsters.
I really had teachers on my mind today. I was thinking how thankful I am that I don't have to face what they are facing. Just imagine having to demand of students what they may be mentally incapable of doing, imagine breaking their spirits day in and day out.
Just imagine facing a school system being put in place by both parties which no longer recognizes students as individuals with varied abilities. The Secretary of Education of this United States feels that all students must be ready for college, all students will be able to pass all tests if teachers and parents are tough enough and demanding enough.
The powers that be are now applying the policies of "no excuses ever" and "zero tolerance" to academics.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Oct 21, 2014, 12:20 AM (11 replies)
When the Rick hits the fan
To begin with, Scott has all the telegenic appeal of a garden slug: lean and hairless and slick and creepy. But then again, I've been a friend and business partner of James Carville for 30 years, so who am I to judge?
Incidentally for the next debate CNN has made it clear there will be no fan at all. Even the DNC allowed Crist to have his fan onstage...and he wasn't even a Democrat yet.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Oct 18, 2014, 02:27 AM (1 replies)
The first few paragraphs of Charlie Crist's book The Party's Over are like he is looking back at his GOP days and not liking the image he saw.
First the fan at the DNC 2012.
A small fan was whirring at my feet. I always like a fan at the podium when I give a big speech. You have no idea how hot those TV lights can be. But I could still feel tiny beads of sweat forming on my forehead. I don’t usually get nervous giving speeches. My heart was pumping now.
More from the book:
An excerpt from Charlie Crist’s “The Party’s Over”
I’d been the low‑tax, pro‑life, pro‑ gun Republican governor of Florida. As a young state senator, I’d been such an anti‑crime crusader, people called me “Chain Gang Charlie”—and I considered it a compliment. Heck, I’d named my boat Freedom. Was that Republican—or what? I’d risen through the ranks from education commissioner to attorney general to governor, always running with an “R” next to my name. In the 2008 presidential campaign, I’d worked diligently for John McCain, even making his short list for vice president. At various points along the way, I had referred to myself as a “Ronald Reagan Republican.”
He speaks about how many of his friends were telling him he was really a Democrat at heart. He speaks about the new direction of his party.
I had this notion about bringing our bipartisan Florida values to Washington. It was just about then that a band of crazy extremists hijacked the party I’d grown up in. Pedal to the metal, they drove it off an ideological cliff. I got banged up riding with these unsavory characters. But thankfully, I leapt to safety just in time. Now I’m happier than I’ve ever been and feeling thoroughly at home.
Someone in a post yesterday said I was hero-worshipping. No, that is not true. I am exercising common sense in a situation that could forever damage my state.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Oct 17, 2014, 01:21 PM (22 replies)
And a great photoshop found on Twitter @BrianJWrites
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Oct 16, 2014, 11:55 AM (21 replies)
The Senseless Rick Scott Meltdown over Charlie Crist's Fan
Sunshine State News leans toward the right side of politics usually, so I thought this was great.
The debate was over before it started.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Oct 16, 2014, 12:59 AM (8 replies)