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Member since: 2002
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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.
Campbell Brown lawsuit fights due process rights for NY teachers. Robert Gibbs battles teachers also
Former Obama Spokesmen Join Attack on Teacher Tenure and Seniority
Stephanie Simon reports at politico.com that former high-level Obama advisors will help the fight against teacher unions and due process rights. Campbell Brown, a former CNN anchor who is highly antagonistic to teachers’ unions, is creating an organization to pursue a Vergara-style lawsuit in New York against teachers’ job protections. Her campaign will have the public relations support of an agency led by Robert Gibbs, former Obama Press Secretary, and Ben LaBolt, former Obama campaign spokesman.
To have cheaper teachers, more temporary type teachers, fewer career teachers....they must overcome any job security or due process that exists. Then the layoffs can begin, and the private teacher recruitment companies can step in with their recruits for which they charge districts several thousand dollars each.
Weigh that against the fact that hiring local laid off teachers is free of charge and benefits the local economy.
The billionaire reformers have the money and power. The public schools do not have the resources to fight such battles.
This is the policy of this administration. This is the education reform they seek and are getting.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 09:12 PM (29 replies)
The Obama Administration Picks a Fight With Teachers Unions
Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama’s education secretary, was scorned last week by teachers union leaders and their supporters for applauding a California judge’s tentative ruling that the state’s teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional. “This decision presents an opportunity for a progressive state with a tradition of innovation to build a new framework for the teaching profession that protects students’ rights to equal educational opportunities while providing teachers the support, respect, and rewarding careers they deserve,” Duncan said.
The article states that the teachers involved in the ruling received tenure after just 18 months. I don't think that is or has been the issue. After all Florida teachers lost tenure and due process in 2011. Florida teachers could not have received tenure for 3 years. That was plenty of time for good decisions to be made. Those pushing this issue simply want teachers to lose due process.
If teachers can be fired at the whim of administrators, that leaves them vulnerable to angry students, frustrated parents who refuse to believe their child can do wrong....and administrators with a punitive attitude.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jun 23, 2014, 05:46 PM (52 replies)
I've been reading about the outrageous words of George Will about rape. It's hard to wrap my mind around the attitudes that seem to be prevailing lately by the right wing.
I remembered something I had read in an article by Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family. It was in Salon in 2009.
We know that The Family was originally founded as an anti-labor movement by Abraham Vereides.
It was a movement more about power and making political contacts than about religion. The present leader is Doug Coe.
His son, David Coe, made some very strange remarks about those who rape as quoted by Jeff Sharlet in this article about C Street.
Sex and power inside “the C Street House”
Family leaders consider their political network to be Christ’s avant garde, an elite that transcends not just conventional morality but also earthly laws regulating lobbying. In the Family’s early days, they debated registering as “a lobby for God’s Kingdom.” Instead, founder Abraham Vereide decided that the group could be more effective by working personally with politicians. “The more invisible you can make your organization,” Vereide’s successor, current leader Doug Coe preaches, “the more influence you can have.” That’s true — which is why we have laws requiring lobbyists to identify themselves as such.
Their support of dictators around the world who commit atrocities is also a shocking stance, and it seems to prove the point about the group being about power....not about religion.
If the Family men who stood over John Ensign as he wrote a baldly insincere breakup letter to his mistress were naive about hearts that want what they want, they don’t claim ignorance about the strongmen with whom they build bonds of prayer and foreign aid. They admire them. Counseling Rep. Tiahrt, Doug Coe offered Pol Pot and Osama bin Laden as men whose commitment to their causes is to be emulated. Preaching on the meaning of Christ’s words, he says, “You know Jesus said ‘You got to put Him before mother-father-brother sister? Hitler, Lenin, Mao, that’s what they taught the kids. Mao even had the kids killing their own mother and father. But it wasn’t murder. It was for building the new nation. The new kingdom.”
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:33 AM (92 replies)
The only degree this 22 year old supervisor of an assisted living facility holds is that of Florida Nursing Assistant. Yet she held that man's life in her hands. I can not imagine not calling 911 for such an event as this.
This is a reputable well-known facility, so this is especially scary in my mind.
Assisted Living Supervisor Arrested After 80-Year-Old Lakeland Resident Dies
An investigation by the state Attorney General's Office found that an 80-year-old man who needed medical attention at a Lakeland assisted living facility died after a facility supervisor wouldn't let staff members call 911 for nearly four hours. The supervisor has been charged with neglect.
Mobley was called 6 times and asked permission to call 911. She finally told them to call the on-call health care agency.
In one of the calls, Mobley told Stowell to call the on-call home health agency. When Stowell did, the agency told Stowell to call 911, but Mobley still would not let her, according to the report.
It was later determined Burrows had a stroke.
Paramedics took Burrows to Lakeland Regional Medical Center at 3:42 a.m., and a CT scan showed that Burrows had a brain hemorrhage, the report said.
Burrows was chaplain at a local hospital for 26 years.
Why is a 22 year old woman with such poor judgment in charge of so many senior citizens and able to make life and death decisions for them?
From what I can gather from the article, this incident happened last year and has been being investigated all this time.
Okay, here we go. I edited this post to bold my exact words about age. Please note the words "with such poor judgement" . I also bolded part of the first paragraph to list her only degree which in most minds should not qualify her to lead a senior facility.
One can not win for losing here at DU now. She was arrested, the Attorney General said she was not qualified for the executive director position she was appointed to after Burrow's death. She is on administrative leave.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jun 21, 2014, 01:13 AM (115 replies)
Artist Isaac Cordal's Incredible Tiny Sculptures Offer a Chilling View of Climate Change
Climate change and the ills of capitalism are often harped on as two of the biggest threats to society, but many of us have trouble picturing such far-off threats. Artist Issac Cordal offers us a new perspective on these issues through his provocative series of tiny cement sculptures that challenge our views of society. Thoughtfully arranged without the need for exposition, these miniaturized scenes are often arranged as site-specific street art interventions.
One site called this politicians talking about climate change. I don't know the sculptor's name for it.
In his series "Waiting for Climate Change," Cordal created a set of ephemeral and partially submerged installations to draw attention to rising sea level change.
Some of Cordal's miniature sculptors are social commentary.
Cordal's miniature world
With the simple act of miniaturization and thoughtful placement, Isaac Cordal magically expands the imagination of pedestrians finding his sculptures on the street. The art work intends to catch the attention on our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look to the collateral effects of our evolution.
To give some perspective on size this page has pictures
Here is one.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jun 19, 2014, 03:25 PM (24 replies)
Also seen on Twitter this week.
Bush paints flowers while his legacy, Iraq, burns.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Jun 18, 2014, 04:39 PM (2 replies)
This is why I object to charter and/or private voucher schools because of their unregulated character. A deacon at their new church host even said they were not worried about the debt because God would provide.
Well, guess what, the state has provided money to them already close to 2 million dollars. They receive voucher money from the state as they teach autistic students.
Here are 3 articles about the Monarch School in Polk County. In spite of their financial problems, it does not seem anyone locally or state wide is stepping to stop them from opening yet another school. And getting more voucher money.
Lakeland's Monarch School for Autistic Children Beset by Financial Struggles
A South Lakeland school for autistic children is struggling with financial problems and had to pay its 18 teachers late, according to its CEO.
South Lakeland's Monarch School Still Struggling To Pay Staff
Earlier this month, the school's 18 teachers were paid five days late, according to the school.
And now they are planning to open another school in spite of the fact that teachers' paychecks are bouncing.
Financially Struggling Lakeland Monarch School Plans to Open New School in Zephyrhills
Administrators at a financially struggling South Lakeland school for children with autism plan to open a new school at a Zephyrhills church.
A deacon at the Zephyhills church where the new school will open said:
He isn't worried about the financial problems at the Lakeland school.
Monarch received $758,370 in McKay Scholarship money in 2013. From 2011 to 2013, the Lakeland school received a total of $1.9 million in McKay Scholarship money.
McKay scholarships are in effect vouchers for students with learning problems or disabilities.
I edited the post a little per discussion in comments whether it is private or charter. I did find another article from Zephyrhills about the new school.
Families scramble to find new school location for students with autism
The article points out that their old school for autistic children was abandoned by a charter management company called Quest.
However, after fielding offers from various local organizations seeking to replace Quest Inc and unsuccessful negotiations between parents, HOPE Youth Ranch and other candidates, the “right fit” was found.
Doesn't say more about what kind of management company, still doesn't clarify private or charter.
Also I learned to my surprise that there are public and private schools that receive McKay Scholarship vouchers. So that doesn't help in determining.
Office of Magnet, Choice & Federal Programs
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:59 AM (14 replies)
This one paragraph from the New Yorker article in the OP really surprised me in several ways. It's about who "got it" and who didn't.
If international dignitaries view the Prayer Breakfast as a reliable means of unofficial access, some Presidents—most notably, Bill Clinton—have been more accommodating than others. “Bill and Hillary got it,” says Doug Burleigh, who is Coe’s son-in-law, and a key figure in the Fellowship. “They came early, they’d meet with the groups early and do a photo op with ’em, hug ’em. They got what this was about.” George W. Bush, on the other hand, made it clear to Coe and the others from the start that he’d show up at the Prayer Breakfast but not to expect much more. “George came late, and left early—he did every year,” Burleigh says. “Now, I appreciate his honesty. He told Doug, ‘You know, this isn’t my thing.’ ”After Bush’s first, perfunctory appearance, Clinton telephoned Coe to console him. “He didn’t badmouth Bush, he gave it the best spin,” Burleigh recalls. “He said, ‘Hey, Bush’ll get it. He doesn’t understand what this thing’s about.’ ”
Not what I would have expected.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jun 16, 2014, 11:38 PM (0 replies)
These quotes are from a couple of pages of Jeff Sharlet's book, The Family. I transcribed them from my copy of the book. I did that after reading some words in a Democracy Now interview with Sharlet, which indicated that Abraham Vereides founded the group in the 30s to fight against the labor movement.
This part showed a sharp contrast between the wealthy and the workers. They seemed to take the efforts of the unions to gain power very personally...or as Sharlet once said Vereides considered it a challenge to God's sovereignty. From page 104 about the 1934 union strikes:
Seven hundred policemen in dark blue patrolled the waterfront on foot and in black cars and on high chestnut horses. Twice that number and more picketed and searched for strikebreakers. The middle class began contemplating last minute vacations. The wives of the wealthy bunkered up at the Union Club, where Abram led prayer meetings for businessmen. As the blue tear gas sent tendrils up the hill, they must have felt frustrated by his optimistic lessons in biblical capitalism. Scripture has much to say about honest dealing and even more about handling the heathen, but not once does it mention organized labor.
From page 108:
The strike went on, but the shippers were defeated by the time the coffins went into the ground. Their old beliefs could not compete. Management-capital-would require a new faith if it was to survive.
There is more about Vereide in The New Yorker for September 2013. This is one of the best articles I have read about the Family, the Fellowship. It is very long and detailed. If you are really interested it is worth the time to read it.
Frat House for Jesus. The entity behind C Steet
When the big preachers came through Oregon in the early nineteen-fifties, Billy Graham among them, they all stopped by to visit Hatfield, and Coe began to develop a network of important connections. One who made a lasting impression was a Norwegian immigrant named Abraham Vereide, a Methodist preacher who had created a unique ministry that existed outside the organized churches and aimed to change the world by changing the hearts of leaders.
Here is a video about Doug Coe and his influence. In this one he speaks of the kind of power wielded by Chairman Mao and Hitler. He actually compares it to what Jesus expects of us. It is a segment by Brian Williams and Andrea Mitchell at NBC in I believe 2008.
Take time to read the notes under it, click the More section. That is basically the NBC transcript of the Coe section.
There was an amazingly thorough post at Daily Kos in 2008 by Frederick Clarkson. He pulls a lot of stuff together. I remember the enormous amount of recommends this post had because people there recognized that ultimately this group is about power more than religion, that it is making contacts around the world with important people.
NBC News on Sen. Clinton & "The Family"
Access, and networking connections among the powerful is an important part of the modus operandi of The Family.
There's more from Clarkson, but from another source so I am not breaking copyright.
When Clinton first came to Washington in 1993, one of her first steps was to join a Bible study group. For the next eight years, she regularly met with a Christian "cell" whose members included Susan Baker, wife of Bush consigliere James Baker; Joanne Kemp, wife of conservative icon Jack Kemp; Eileen Bakke, wife of Dennis Bakke, a leader in the anti-union Christian management movement; and Grace Nelson, the wife of Senator Bill Nelson, a conservative Florida Democrat.
It also is a long post, but well worth the read.
The Family, the Fellowship, is on the surface about religion. But it is underneath about power and political contacts.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jun 16, 2014, 02:00 PM (127 replies)
The archived Palm Beach Post is unavailable, but I saved the important pages. Here's the original link from 2004. It was a long article:
Here is what I saved from it. I have posted it before, but he deserves much credit for his stance.
Graham: "frankly, my friends. ... the blood's going to be on your hands."
..."On Oct. 9, 2002, Graham — the guy everyone thought of as quiet, mild-mannered, deliberate, conflict-averse — let loose on his Senate colleagues for going along with President Bush's war against Iraq.
From CNN 2004 the words of Bill Clinton:
Clinton defends successor's push for war
"I have repeatedly defended President Bush against the left on Iraq, even though I think he should have waited until the U.N. inspections were over," Clinton said in a Time magazine interview that will hit newsstands Monday, a day before the publication of his book "My Life."
It wasn't worth it.
And some powerful quotes from Hillary Clinton which make it hard to believe her apology now. From ABC news 2008:
Hillary and the Iraqi People
"Around the world we have to restore American leadership and our moral authority and that begins by ending the war in Iraq and bringing our troops home," Clinton said, per ABC News’ Eloise Harper. "I know that we can starting within 60 days have a plan to begin responsibly and safely withdrawing our young men and women.
I doubt the Iraqis are feeling very enthusiastic about all that freedom now.
I remember all the posts here before the invasion about what would happen once we were there. Most of the thoughts here were that it would descend into chaos.
I think we were right on that.
I do not think President Obama has been left with good options at this time. He's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't jump in.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Jun 15, 2014, 07:28 AM (77 replies)